Logitech G303 Software

As with most advanced gaming peripherals, the software and features provided can be the deciding factor in what a user ends up buying. Logitech has been doing this long enough that their software works quite well. One cool feature is that the first time I loaded up the software, it prompted me to update the firmware on my mouse. A simple unplugging and reconnecting of the mouse with a 5-10 second firmware updating delay and the mouse was ready.

In terms of features, the software allows you to modify the lighting settings, though there aren’t a ton of options. You can set a color for the logo and sides, but the color is the same for both so you have four options: all lighting off, sides on/logo off, sides off/logo on, or all lighting on. As for the colors effects, besides a static color selected from a 24-bit RGB palette, you can enable a breathing effect or a color cycling effect. As for the static colors, while there are in theory 16.8 million possible colors, the actual LEDs seem to have closer to 24 levels of intensity, giving ~14K colors to choose from. Most users will end up using one of about 20 or so colors (or the color cycling effect), and this is similar to most other RBG mouse/keyboard lighting arrangements I’ve seen.

The software also allows you to customize the buttons with custom profiles on a game-by-game basis, with a variety of pre-defined profiles available if you prefer. Most of the time the default settings are sufficient, with only the left thumb buttons needing modification, and users can decide what works best. There are options to record and edit macros, change the mousing surface, and configure the DPI settings as well.

Closing Thoughts

With all the advanced features, at the end of the day mouse preferences are still highly subjective. I haven’t had a ton of time to play around with the G303, but it certainly tracks well on a variety of surfaces and the ability to disable all acceleration is nice. But is it better than the many other competing gaming mice that are already available? That’s a lot more difficult to say.

I have no complaints with using the G303 and the light weight makes it comfortable for me to use for long periods of time – assuming I have the time available to play games for long stretches. I’m not the type of gamer that likes having tons of extra buttons on a mouse, so the six buttons on the G303 fits my style well. I also like the more classic appearance rather than the “futuristic” styling of mice like the Mad Catz R.A.T.5, Cougar 700M, or Logitech’s own G502 Proteus Core.

If you have similar feelings about mouse design and aesthetics, the Logitech G303 is certainly worth a look. It might not actually make you a better gamer, but you might at least look a bit more sophisticated. It’s a good design and is attractive without being overly gaudy. The 12000 DPI setting isn’t something most people will ever use (I generally prefer 800 DPI, though YMMV), but whatever setting you want the G303 should keep you happily gaming for quite a while.

Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Introduction
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  • Le Québécois - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    I hope I'm not insulting anyone by saying this but to me, mice with no thumb buttons are as outdated in design as were the "single button" Mac mouse of 25 years ago or more recently, mice with no scroll wheel. Sure, you can use them but "life" is so much easier with "modern" mice.

    The G100S might have a great sensor but the design keeps it from being no more useful than a mouse I'd buy for 5$ in a bargain bin...
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  • althaz - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    There's nothing I want less on a mouse than side buttons. They are completely useless and just restrict how you can hold the mouse. On larger mice they are fine - they don't get in the way, so why not have them? On smaller mice, if you use a claw grip, they are just about the worst thing a mouse can have.

    My perfect mouse: button or switch out of the way somewhere for switching the DPI, left and right-click buttons that can be clicked reasonably far back on the mouse, a scroll-wheel with stops that feels nice and a great sensor. The buttons on the G100S feel as cheap as the mouse is, but to me the sensor makes up for it. Other than some refinement in the shape and those buttons, there's not much I'd change when designing a mouse.

    Also, how can you have an ambi-dextrous mouse with side buttons? They are guaranteed to be in the way almost no matter what you do.
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  • Le Québécois - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    I'm going to assume you never used a good ambidextrous mouse with side buttons then. I use the "claw grip" and I never had any problems with accidently pressing one of the side buttons with any of the mice I used; Logitech MX310, Razer Lachesis, Mionix Avior 7000. On the Mionix I currently use, the thumb rest/grip just below the buttons for an easy access yet never pressed by accident. My little finger just hold the mouse on the other side, never touching the buttons.

    To answer your question more directly, manufacturers wouldn't make high end ambidextrous mice with side buttons if no one was buying/using them.

    One of the best known and recognized gaming mouse on the market(for everyone, not just ambidextrous users) is the Steelseries Sensei, an ambidextrous mouse.
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  • bludragoon - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    i have a razor orbweaver stealth 2015 and a logitech proteus core g502. among many other mice /input devices.

    the razor experience is poor in every way. they have a software that seems to be spyware just that wants to always be connected to internet, just to remap a key. a lot of people had to uproar about it to even get it to maybe run without internet and they certainly don't document where to shut it off . you have to research it on your own. you ask them why they charge tax and for who razor doesn't answer. i ordered direct a very expensive item and they dont even put the promo stuff they advertised. for a 160 bucks no onboard memory and a big dowload with datamine software. and all reports poor customer servive and never on sale.

    logitech runs with or without a quick download, it just works. the mice are beautiful and well designed have onboard memory adjustable and customizable weights even extra pads included. and considered the best sensor out there with low overhead and also can be had on sale cheap. got mine for 59 bucks in store. the g303 looks to be a similar but less extras but more cute lights on the side (if thats your thing)than the core probably will be on sale somewhere for 49 bucks.

    razor has one thing going for it it has cool gamer name and logo and is green i guess .
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  • owan - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    I hate that Logitech feels the need to justify high prices on their 'enthusias' mice by slapping on progressively more useless features. The G303 looks like it has a lot of nice features and none of the "fat" from the higher end G502. I just wish I could get this sensor in a spiritual successor to the MX510/518/G400 shape rather than the crappy one in the G402. G502 has a whole bunch of stupid garbage that just distracts from a good mouse Reply
  • ClockHound - Friday, March 6, 2015 - link

    Wait! This was meant as some sort of review? Big front page image, but I'm confused...seems like a two page product sheet re-statement with a few personal caveats to give the vague appearance of objectivity...Article quota time with the new owners?

    Oh..I get it, Mouse Capsule review = Clickbait. Understand.

    Maybe for future mouse 'reviews' consider just filing it under 'user opinion' - not that the internet is short on those.
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  • Dark_Archonis - Sunday, March 8, 2015 - link

    Indeed. AT has slowly but surely been declining in article quality over the years. How I miss the super-detailed articles of old from Anand.

    This is laughable as a "review". This doesn't hold a candle to proper mouse reviews and comparisons like the old esreality ones.
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  • Martin84a - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - link

    This....this was the review? Why not look at what other sites do, and click registration delay
    http://utmalesoldiers.blogspot.jp/2013/02/114.html

    Or find our how much negative, positive acceleration there is, in style of the old Esreality mouse score test.

    http://www.esreality.com/?a=longpost&id=126567...
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  • Coup27 - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - link

    I've been a sole user of Logitech mice for longer than I can remember and I'm very surprised to hear all the comments about poor quality and bad support as I thought Logitech were well respected as a company. Personally, I've never had an issue with their product quality or their support when I've needed it.

    One of the reasons I stick with Logitech is from what I can see they are the only company who still offer mice with a left and right button built into the scroll wheel. I would be absolutely lost without these buttons.

    I don't actually game and I haven't gamed for years yet I always buy gaming mice because of their quality, functionality and flexibility. I've recently upgraded from a pair of G9X's (home and work) to a pair of G502's and after a longer than expected adjustment period I love the G502. I am a CAD designer and I have profiles on my mice for Windows, Chrome and AutoCAD. I have every button on the mouse doing something and I am so much more productive in AutoCAD with all these buttons than with just a basic mouse so I disagree massively that side buttons as some people have suggested above.
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  • Coup27 - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - link

    *that side buttons are useless as some people have suggested above.

    AT - When will you enable editing of posts? It's a joke made even worse as the box to write your post is only 4 rows wide.
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