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Logitech's G-series gaming mice get the HERO treatment with updated 16K DPI sensors

By Cal Jeffrey · 14 replies
Jun 11, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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  1. Logitech announced on Tuesday that it was refreshing three of its gaming mice with its latest high-precision sensor. The G903 Lightspeed, G703 Lightspeed, and the G403 Prodigy gaming mice are all being updated with Logitech’s HERO 16,000 DPI sensor.

    The HERO (High-Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor will give the G-series mice higher performance and energy efficiency over the previous generation. Logitech claims the mice will achieve the same wireless low-lag performance seen in its recently refreshed G502, while at the same time increasing battery life. The 11-button high-end G903 will see the highest energy efficiency with more than four times the usage on one charge.

    “The flagship G903 is upgraded with the best-in-class HERO 16K sensor, which delivers precise gameplay and 10x the power efficiency of the previous generation,” Logitech stated in a press release. “This results in an incredible 140 hours of battery.”

    The mid-range G703 will not gain as much in the way of energy efficiency lasting only about 35 hours (32 hours last-gen). However, it will shed about 12 grams of weight when compared with the previous model.

    The six-button G403 is the wired variant in the series and will not see much difference from the last-gen model other than the improved sensor performance.

    All three mice are programmable using Logitech’s G Hub software and feature 16.8M Lightsync lighting. The G903 and G703 are also compatible with the company’s Powerplay charging system.

    All three mice are expected to be available sometime this month from retailers and on the Logitech website. The G903 Lightspeed will run $150. The G703 rings in at $100. The G403 will be $70.

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  2. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 215   +153

    What game can you play with a DPI that sensitive? I usually game around 3200 DPI to 3800 DPI and all the games "in-game" sliders for sensitivity are almost down to 5% or less. If I go any higher the mouse is way too fast / hot /slippery / etc. to the point that my aim gets inaccurate and I overshoot the target? If there was a multiplier for that slider then I could maybe see something to these high DPI mice but until then 16k is way too much IMO?
     
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  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,900   +3,346

    The DPI is just for show. The real improvement is the sensor performance. Better quality sensors will more accurately track at lower DPIs.
     
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  4. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 439   +257

    3800? Geez, even that is high. I game at 800 lol...
     
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  5. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 120   +78

    They better improve switches on that thing, I just went through RMA with my L903 - doubleclicks everywhere.
     
  6. Christiaaan

    Christiaaan TS Member Posts: 24   +13

    its a driver issue dude, gotta disable the extra mouse drivers.
    It happens with the g602 for me and that was the fix
     
  7. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Addict Posts: 120   +78

    No it isn't, I went through RMA, switch was replaced and it's fixed.
    That's what you get for using low grade switch on your mouse and not an Omron one.
     
  8. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 215   +153

    Try cranking the DPI up to 2800 then set the in-game sensitivity slider lower to the mouse speed you are normally used too and then notice that your aim gets more precise because there are more movement "steps" you can make at a higher DPI. Your sniping skills will get way better. PEACE!
     
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  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,900   +3,346

    The G903 is one of the few logitech mice that don't have omron switches. No idea why they decided to go that route but the newer G Pro has omron so it's likely they will switch the 903 back to omron with this refresh.
     
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  10. Hot and Fresh

    Hot and Fresh TS Rookie

    The article incorrectly compares the battery life between the G703 and G703 HERO, the G703 has 24 hour battery with LED's on and 32 with them off, G703 HERO has 35 hour battery with the LED's on and 60 hours with them off. Comparing the 32 hours on the old model with LED's off vs the new model's 35 hours with LED's on doesn't make much sense and I think the article should be corrected.
     
  11. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 439   +257

    If this were true wouldn't pros use higher DPI?
     
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  12. max0x7ba

    max0x7ba TS Enthusiast Posts: 24   +26

    G903 has only 9 customizable buttons, because the 2 side buttons are duplicated on the other side. Also, the DPI up/down buttons aren't useful for customization because they are almost impossible to reach, so effectively it has 7 customizable buttons: 5 regular ones + 2 on the side. Not to mention that the mouse is rather small and uncomfortable, despite positive press reviews.

    G502 Lightspeed has true 10 customizable buttons: 5 regular ones + 5 on the side.
     
  13. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 393   +123

    LOL! 140 hrs? Heck, that's like 3.5 weeks of gameplay.
     
  14. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 393   +123

    Probably, but there's little point when the pros can just get away with using aimbots to make themselves look like pros.
     
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  15. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 215   +153

    Some do. I think its a feel thing? With a lower DPI I can feel when there is not enough DPI to align a headshot at distance. It's always off by a little? At a higher DPI I don't feel that limitation. It just feels more smooth like I can stay on target easier. Try it out? I used to suck at sniping. I don't anymore and that was my fix.
     

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