The Logitech G403 is one of the latest Prodigy series mice, aimed at making gaming more affordable for new and budget-wary PC gamers. It follows the classic ergonomic right-handed design popularized by the Razer DeathAdder. The price however, puts it in direct competition against not the entry level mice, but established, well known names.
Gaming mice are often identified by their unique and exotic shapes, but the G403 keeps it simple and classy. The shape that feels very natural and familiar to hold. In contrast to high end gaming mice like the Razer Naga or the Logitech G600 which boast of a horde of buttons, it takes things back to the basics with two side buttons, and one DPI switch button in addition to the conventional left-click, right-click buttons and the scroll wheel.
The G403 has a black matte finish with glowing RGB backlight for the Logitech G logo. There’s a streak of the same RGB light passing through the scroll wheel. It maintains an identity without shoving it in your face, something that is hard to accomplish these days. The side buttons are well-placed near the top edge, making them easy to reach when you need to while eliminating the risk of accidentally clicking them. They’re also very responsive, snappy and make them great to use while playing multiplayer. It also has a 10g weight which can be put at the bottom, allowing you to adjust the weight of the mouse according to your comfort levels.
Logitech points that the buttons they use in this mouse are the same as the ones used in their Pro series mice. These include detached plastic keys in contrast to the unibody ones used in most Razer and Roccat mice, which can lead to deformation of the buttons in the long run. The mouse, however does have a plastick-y feel to it, though that also makes it very light.
The mouse can have up to 5 DPI settings which can be switched on the fly, with a maximum DPI of 12000. The sensor is capable of sending 1000 reports per second, making it smooth even at the highest sensitivity. Using the Logitech Gaming Software, you can have individual profiles for each game or follow a general DPI setting profile throughout. You can also customize the LED lighting, though the options there are limited. You can either have a Colour Cycle effect, which cycles through the entire spectrum or have a Breathing Effect for a single colour. There’s no option to set the LED to a static colour.
The G403’s strength lies in its feel of familiarity, even for people who have never used a gaming mouse before. The buttons are responsive and snappy, and the operation is overall pretty smooth. But in a market that’s already saturated with gaming mice from every major peripherals maker, its price tag doesn’t seem to do it any favours. The wired version comes at a tag of USD 70 while its wireless counterpart is for about USD 100, putting it in the same league as the Razer DeathAdder. It offers enough features to please the average gamers as well as hardcore ones, but while the Prodigy series aims to make gaming more approachable with its reasonable price, that is the one thing that goes against the G403.