Logitech this month introduced its new G203 Prodigy gaming mouse that combines a classic aesthetic with a high-resolution sensor, programmable buttons and RGB LED lighting. What is important is that the mouse is considerably less expensive than typical gaming mice.

Computer mice have greatly evolved in the past decade as manufacturers try to offer better ergonomics for different types of users and applications. Many mice today feature additional buttons and/or a rather fancy shape because their producers try to address hardcore gamers or prosumers looking for maximum comfort during their many-hour game or work sessions, with many users preferring different grips and layouts. The Logitech G203 Prodigy is promoted as a departure from the concept of complex design and we are told it brings ergonomics back to basics - the new mouse is made to resemble a simplistic shape that popular mice are known for, but we are told it can be done without sacrificing usability.

The Logitech G203 Prodigy is based on one of the company’s in-house-customized sensors with on-the-fly adjustable resolution (200-6000 DPI) along with an ARM processing core that supports USB report rate of 1000 Hz (appropriate software is required for relevant operating systems). Just as in the case of the higher end devices, the G203 Prodigy can be completely reprogrammed using Logitech’s software and then used on different PCs since button configuration is stored inside the mouse. Finally, developers of the G203 could not ignore the trend and installed a programmable RGB LED into the G logotype on the mouse.

One of the important aspects of the Logitech G203 Prodigy is its price: the company sells it for $39.99 in the U.S. and for €44.99 in the E.U., which is below the price of typical gaming mice that may retail for well over $100. Knowing that Logitech develops various product designs, high-resolution sensors and other components in-house, it is likely that the creation of the G203 Prodigy is a response to the demand of potential customers rather than an attempt to address a lower-end market segment currently controlled by various bulk production companies with a cheap product. The G203 Prodigy is made in Switzerland and thus passes all the rigorous tests that Logitech uses to promote the quality of its products.

As pointed out on Twitter by @AfterPad, this is an update to the previous generation Logitech G102.

Meanwhile, an interesting thing to consider is that the price of the Logitech G203 Prodigy will be very attractive not only to gamers who do not need fancy design, adjustable weight or plenty of additional buttons, but also makers of higher-end PCs designed for gamers. The G203 Prodigy is the most affordable gaming mouse from the company and thus becomes a good candidate to be supplied with pre-built systems.

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Source: Logitech

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  • Sushubh - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Too bad, like most Logitech mouse, the clicker would give up after a few months of usage and you would keep on getting replacements till it has warranty.
  • Madpacket - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    This is the exact same shape as the Logitech G Pro which sells for considerably more. Only difference I can tell is the sensor - G Pro using the basically perfect Avago 3366. If this new sensor is comparable this G203 will be super popular as the G Pro is currently (IMHO) the best gaming mouse for FPS.
  • limitedaccess - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    10m vs 20m Omron switches on LMB/RMB. Non-braided cable (arguably an improvement) vs braided as well.
  • Yojimbo - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Yeah, this seems like a replacement for the G100s. It has two thumb buttons that the G100s didn't have, and a better sensor, but the shape is pretty much the same.
  • bug77 - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    I have an original G5 that I have used till its finish rubbed off and the clicker is still fine. My Proteus Core is also over a year in with no problems. So I'm not sure what you mean by "most Logitech mouse" (sic!)
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    When it started aging I took all the rubber off my MX518, with time you don't even miss the rubber coating.
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Same here, I have a MX518 with the rubber slowly degrading (and the wheele being a bit queeky but everything else is fine) at one place and a MX500 which is still going strong with no obvious wear at my main station. I haven't experienced any clicker failures myself.
  • Great_Scott - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    I blame MMORPGS, mostly. I haven't had a mouse yet where the right button lasted longer than two years. Hundreds of hours of holding it down for mouselook takes its toll.
  • wolfemane - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    I've been using an m570 since it's release and have been an avid WoW player since vanilla beta. Other than a little sign of wear, a couple cleanings and new batteries, it's still going strong. I've had 0 issues with it. All buttons still work great, wheel hasn't failed me yet!

    I also have a trackman wheel I purchased back in 2001 (which was replaced by the m570 in 2010) as a backup I use on various devices at home and when I'm out in the field.
  • Manch - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - link

    Out in the field? Like the back yard?

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