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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  • SharpEars - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    Easily fixed by spraying contact cleaner over the switch. Takes all of 5 minutes to fix permanently.
  • Inteli - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    This is the West release of the G102 Prodigy (I wish they brought the white version too), and the sensor so far is extremely promising. It looks like besides some very minor angle snapping and the lower, but still high DPI cap, this sensor is comparable to the 3366. It also has a better cable than the G Pro. Considering it will likely drop at least $10 in a few months, this is an extremely compelling value gaming mouse.

    Logitech please bring the white shell over here.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    They need to simply rerelease the MX518/G400s form factor with updated internals and materials. Most people don't ask for anything else.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    I just bought a bunch of omron 20M switches from china, and I can rock my MX518 (2008) for the next 50-100years.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    2017 still no edit buttong, GG.
  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    @Lolimaster: "I just bought a bunch of omron 20M switches from china, and I can rock my MX518 (2008) for the next 50-100years."

    I think I may go that route as well, though I wonder if the Japanese versions that are supposed to be quieter, but otherwise identical would be worth it. I have about a dozen G500/G500S mice with double click issues that I may be able to recommission. Do you happen to have the model number for the Japanese version of the switch (or a link to where to buy)?
  • dreamslacker - Monday, January 23, 2017 - link

    I've got a bunch of them from replacing switches in mice over the last decade or so.

    MOBAs are the killers for mouse switches. I remember replacing the switches on Razer mice several times over the course of 6 months for my friends who were playing DoTA (the WC3 mod, not DOTA2) because that's how fast they were killing the switches.

    On the older Logitech switches, the double clicking issue weren't always due to the switches. On some models, it had more to do with the capacitor used for debouncing than the switch itself. Replacing the switch only fixed the issue for the short term until wear and tear brought the bounce to the point that the capacitor limits.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    You should open the mouse from time to time to clean dead skin and body grease. Replacing a dead clicker switch takes no more than 10min.

    Soldering the new switch in, 100% new mouse again.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Is there really a latency advantage (or some other advantage) in the mouse being wired at this point? I've switched over to wireless mice and the usual AAA battery inside lasts for at least half a year before it gets iffy. Maybe high DPI sensors would soak up more power, but I guess it just seems curious to omit modern capabilities when jacking the price of a mouse up by giving it a "gamer" label.

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