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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  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    @bug77: "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!)"

    I've had hands on experience with a considerable number of Logitech mice, many of which I've personally owned. I've seen a number of gamers with some of the cheaper Logitech mice that experience issues after extended use over a relatively short period of time (~6 months). Consistent with Great_Scott's theory, the worst offenders were the mice owned by big MMORPG players. Prior to purchasing the MX510, I used the cheaper Logitech mice and also sometimes experienced these issues. Cheap mice use cheap switches, so this shouldn't be a surprise.

    That said, the more expensive lineup is not entirely immune to "click" issues. Somewhat recently, a significant number of reports stated that the G500 and G500S models were experiencing an issue where a click would periodically, but inconsistently register as a double click. This is consistent with my hands on experience, though most of the mice were over two years old before they started exhibiting this trait.

    On the other hand, I've personally owned had no issues (or client reported issues) with the MX510, MX518, G5, G502, and G900 despite heavy use under multiple users for gaming. Additionally, clients have had no problems to date with the MX500, MX1100, G7, G9, and G602.

    Of the mice I've owned (after the MX510), but don't game with, I've had no issues with the VX Nano, Performance Mouse MX, Anywhere Mouse MX, MX Master, and MX Anywhere 2.
  • Laststop311 - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - link

    I am on my third performance mouse mx. The first 1 got the click registering as 2 clicks periodically and so did the second 1, it's replacement. So even the 1's you had no issues with have issues. I am probably just going to get a razer naga hex since I'm mainly playing league now. Might be nice having on the attacks right there on the side of the mouse in easy to distinguish proper placement for 1 attack w attack etc.
  • Flunk - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    I've owned a great number of Logitech Mice over the last 30 years and never had this problem. I normally replace them after the oil from my hand eats through the plastic enough to make it shiny and unpleasant. This generally takes a while and the newer ones are better than they used to be.
  • lefty2 - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    If by "clicker" he means the mouse button, that has happened to me for all the logitech mice I have ever bought. Sometimes the mouse button doesn't even make it past the year. Lucky enough, logitech send you out a replacement at no cost
  • Samus - Friday, January 20, 2017 - link

    I've had a lot of Logitech products over the past 30 years as well. My first bus mouse for my 386 was a Logitech Trackball.

    But everything from the last decade has been crap in reliability. From speakers to keyboards to mice to joysticks. My last Logitech headset's microphone flaked out after 3 months and just when I got used to gaming without the mic and back to typing, the left ear piece started crackling.

    A stark contrast to say, Steelseries, where the H headset has been ultimately reliable for the many years I have owned it. Best $200 I've ever spent on a gaming peripheral.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    20M omron switches sells for about 10pieces for $5-6 on chinese sites (like aliexpress)
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    There's also the japanes version of omron switches whichs costs a bit more but have less noise on the clicks.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    MOBAS are the things that kills the switches fast.
  • vladx - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    My G700s still works flawlessly after more than 3 years.
  • ddriver - Thursday, January 19, 2017 - link

    Yeah, I plan on releasing a series of mice that have the click switches and cable slotted. That will kill logitech, and pretty much everyone else. Sure they could copy, but could their bloated business model fattening fat cats work with a product that is durable and repairable?

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