The Logitech Prodigy G203 (See it on Amazon) is a budget mouse for gamers who went out and invested their life savings in a GPU and didn’t have any money left over for a high-end mouse. The chief attraction of the Prodigy G203 is its extremely low price of just $30, and its wide DPI range, which runs from 200 to 8,000 DPI, thanks to a recent firmware update. On the box, Logitech stamps the Prodigy G203 as a 6,000 DPI mouse, but as soon as you connect it to your PC, it’ll ask you to update its firmware, which ups the DPI. Whether you need such a large DPI range, however, depends on the rest of your rig, namely your monitor.
Logitech Prodigy G203 – Design and Features
Aside from its RGB lighting, the Logitech Prodigy G203 looks more like a mouse for office use than gaming. True, it has six programmable buttons, which is more than you get on a normal mouse, and the scroll wheel is a hair wider with a bit more a textured, rubbery surface than your typical scroll wheel. It’s plain shape, however, makes it look like it’s built more for navigating Excel or PowerPoint than something like Far Cry 5.
If not for the two side buttons, the Prodigy G203 would be an unassuming ambidextrous mouse. The lack of ergonomics for right-handers is a drawback since gamers tend to spend long sessions with the mouse in their right hand. The mouse’s surfaces are entirely plastic; there’s no textured side grips or soft-touch rubber to improve its feel.
The mouse’s six programmable buttons include right-and-left mouse buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, a DPI settings button just behind the scroll wheel, and two buttons on the left side. The side buttons are positioned so that they stay out of the way to prevent accidental clicks while remaining easily accessible for a quick thumb click.
The Prodigy G203 has one-zone RGB lighting. Both the logo and a thin stripe that runs around the edge of the back half of the mouse light up but they can’t be programmed individually to show different colors. If you have other Logitech peripherals with RGB lighting you can sync the lighting via Logitech’s software.
Like the Corsair Harpoon RGB, the Prodigy G203 has onboard memory so you can take your settings from one PC to another and get gaming more quickly. While onboard memory is common on pricier gaming mice, it’s not usually found on budget mice.
Logitech Prodigy G203 – Software
Like most USB peripherals, the Logitech Prodigy G203 is plug and play. If you install the free Logitech Gaming Software app, however, then you’ll be able to access the mouse’s settings and update its firmware. For starters, the Logitech Gaming Software allows you to reprogram any of the mouse’s six buttons. That’s standard for any gaming mouse, but Logitech goes one step further and lets you set up different profiles for different games. It will scan your PC and find the games you have installed and offer to set up profiles for each so that you can customize not only the mouse buttons but also the keys on your keyboard.
Next, the Logitech Gaming Software lets you customize the DPI sensitivity levels. You can set between one and five active levels that you’ll cycle through, from 200 DPI to 8,000 DPI (provided you update the firmware). Without two DPI buttons on the mouse to cycle in two different directions, I usually disable all but two DPI settings for a FPS: a low DPI setting for controlling sniper shots and a higher setting for regular action where I’m not carefully and methodically lining up a headshot. I do this because don’t want to have to cycle through extra DPI settings when I’m switching in and out of sniper mode.
With the Logitech Gaming Software, however, you can assign a mouse button as a DPI Shift button and then one of your DPI settings as the Shift setting. This way, you can keep as many DPI settings active on the mouse as you see fit and have a DPI setting for, say, a sniper scope, a button away. I set it up so that I press down the forward button on the side to enter 200 DPI for sniper kill shots.
The software also lets you customize the mouse’s RGB lighting. You can choose a solid color, color cycle or a breathing effect. You can also adjust the brightness and rate of change for your chosen effect. And most helpful of all, you can assign a custom lighting effect for each of your profiles.
Overall, the Logitech Gaming Software is a strong selling point for the Prodigy G203.
Overall, the Logitech Gaming Software is a strong selling point for the Prodigy G203. It makes is dead simple to create individual profiles for different games, each of which can get its own custom lighting, which is super cool and helpful. And the DPI Shift function is a great option that many gamers will come to appreciate and employ for sniper targeting.
Logitech Prodigy G203 – Gaming
I tested the Logitech Prodigy G203 by playing Battlefield and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. On both games, the Logitech G203 felt smooth and accurate. My biggest complaint about the mouse is its slippery, plastic surfaces, especially on the sides, and its lack of ergonomics. I prefer the feel of the rubberized, texture side grips on the Corsair Harpoon RGB or the Razer Abyssus V2. And the Prodigy G203’s buttons clicking mechanism wasn’t my favorite; it offered a bit too much travel and louder-than-average click noise.
Unless you have a huge monitor, you likely won’t need such a high DPI rating as the Prodigy G203’s maximum of 8,000 DPI. I tested the Prodigy G203 on a 27-inch, 1440p gaming monitor and found a point of diminishing returns when I set the DPI level higher than 4,000 DPI. At 4,000 DPI, I could easily move from one side of my display to the other with a short swipe; at DPI settings higher than that, the mouse began to feel jittery.
The Logitech Prodigy G203 has an MSRP of $39.99 but has been around $30 on Amazon for some time now:
Source: IGN PC Articles