Logitech G303 Shroud Edition review: $130 wireless mouse for big-handed gamers – Ars Technica
Enlarge / Logitech G303 Shroud Edition.
What do you get when you take 2015’s Logitech G Daedalus Apex G303, halve its weight, tweak the length and width, and cut the cable? Well, you get another G303. But this time, it’s called the Logitech G G303 Shroud Edition. It’s way more powerful and expensive ($130 MSRP) than its predecessor, and it’s not for everyone.
Some of the changes made to the G303 were necessary for the mouse to compete in today’s gaming landscape. At 2.6 oz (75 g), it’s ready to compete in first-person shooters and for long sessions without tiring out your arm. At the same time, it avoids the aggressive sub-2-oz (57 g) ultralight category.
The G303 Shroud Edition is named so because it was made to the specifications of pro streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek. What that means for you, besides some subtle Shroud branding on the mouse, is a wider, flatter device. You’ll need bigger hands to find comfort here, and even then, the mouse’s pointy edges may turn you off. But if you’re bigger-handed and have been seeking a wireless gaming mouse for your fingertip or claw grip, you’ll be proud to rock the Shroud.
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|Specs at a glance: Logitech G303 Shroud Edition|
|Sensor||Logitech Hero 25K optical sensor|
|Connectivity options||2.4 GHz USB-A dongle, USB-C-to-USB-A cable|
|Size||4.92 x 2.50 x 1.57 inches (125 x 63.5 x 40 mm)|
|Weight||2.6 oz (75 g)|
|Other perks||Wireless extender|
There are a few reasons some hardcore gamers won’t touch a wireless mouse. One is fear of lag or dropped connections (although I’d argue wireless mice have improved tremendously over the past few years), but another is weight. Because wireless mice require batteries, they can feel heavy to push around, making swiping movements more tiring and sometimes harder to execute. Some mice go so far as to put holes in their chassis to cut weight, like the 1.72-ounce (49-gram) Cooler Master MM720, and heavier mice are getting less popular, especially for those constantly moving their mouse around, like FPS gamers.
Something like the MM720 is easy to fling about quickly so you can target your enemies with speed. But if you’re playing a slower-paced game, you may not need such a small product. Or you may just prefer something that feels more substantial in your hand.
The G303 Shroud Edition finds a comfortable middle ground. The old G303 weighed 4 oz (113 g), which would make it heavy for a competitive gaming mouse today, even a wireless one. At 2.6 oz (75 g), the new G303 feels light but not dainty or cheap, and it …….