REVIEW – LOGITECH G603 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE

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The Logitech G603 is an extremely popular wireless gaming mouse. That popularity is for an excellent reason, as the G603 is a well made and high performing wireless gaming mouse at a very reasonable price made by a giant in the industry who make some of the best gaming mouse available.

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The mouse can connect to your PC using either Bluetooth or the proprietary Logitech Lightspeed wireless connectivity solution that offers super-low latency, equivalent to wired solutions.

The G603 has a toggle switch to switch between HI Performance mode, which offers 1ms response times for gaming and an 8ms response time LO Performance mode for normal desktop usage, which consumes far less power and results in a longer battery life.

The mouse is powered by either one or two AA batteries, which also acts as the mouse’s configurable weight. With a one AA battery, the mouse weighs 112 grams, and with two it weighs 136g.

One of the fantastic features of this mouse is the absolutely amazing battery life it offers, and with two AA batteries installed, the advertised battery life on HI mode is 500 hours and on LO mode 18 months. Part of the reason this amazing battery life can achieved is that the mouse features no RGB lighting, definitely not a mouse for you if RGB is a must.

Here is a technical specification breakdown of the Logitech G603:

G603
Year Released 2017
DPI Adjustable up to 12000dpi
Buttons 6
Connectivity 2.4GHz Lightspeed and Bluetooth
Weight

112.3g with one AA battery

135.7g with two AA batteries

Sensor Logitech Hero
Additional Features

Onboard memory profile

Amazing Battery Life

Battery One or two AA batteries

The G603 is a comfortable larger form factor mouse, most suited for a palm grip style.
Thus far, I have been impressed with its performance and build quality, and it is easy to see why Logitech as gained an excellent reputation for their gaming mice.

UPDATE ON CORSAIR IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE

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Just a quick update on the IronCLaw Wireless Gaming Mouse I reviewed in July 2019, after just over six months of using the IronClaw as my daily driver mouse and loving it, the mouse wheel unfortunately broke.

After a quick search on the internet, this appears to be a common issue with Corsair mice, and the fact that Corsair must be aware of this design flaw and has done nothing to address this over the numerous iterations of different gaming mice is simply not acceptable.

Until this issue is resolved, I would recommend avoiding Corsair gaming mice for the time being.

REVIEW – LOGITECH G603 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE

REVIEW – CORSAIR IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE

The Corsair IronClaw RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse is the first wireless gaming mouse I have used in over seven years, and the main reason for this is that the input delay traditionally associated with wireless mice have been a deal-breaker for myself, overshadowing any of the benefits associated with wireless mice. However, various manufacturers have now developed technologies to overcome this latency, with Corsair’s solution being their 2.4GHz wireless slipstream technology (implemented using their included USB receiver), which promises sub-1-millisecond latency on par with wired gaming mice. I cannot verify the exact accuracy of this latency promise, but I can say that comparing it to the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition wired gaming mouse that there is absolutely no noticeable difference.

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Here is a technical specification breakdown of the Corsair IronClaw RGB wireless:

IronClaw Wireless
Year Released 2019
DPI Adjustable up to 18000dpi
Buttons 10
Connectivity 2.4GHz Slipstream, Bluetooth, Wired USB
Weight 130g
Sensor Optical PMW3391
Additional Features

RGB (iCue configurable)

Omron Mechanical Switches

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer

Given all the features above it is surprising that the IronClaw wireless is priced at a very reasonable $80 (USD).

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The RGB lighting on the mouse has 3 independent zones with clear and crisps colors, with various predefined as well as completely customizable lighting options available.

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The promised battery life using slipstream and RGB lighting enabled is 16 hours, which is very close to accurate based on my experience and 24 hours with RGB turned off. Using Bluetooth a battery life of up to 50 hours is possible.

The Corsair IronClaw Wireless Mouse overcomes the latency issues traditionally associated with wireless mice while offering good battery life, great mechanical switches and freeing the user of the annoyances of a mouse cable. The IronClaw is a joy to use, and of all the RGB control software applications offered by the different manufacturers, I find iCue by far the least annoying.

The IronClaw Wiress is a great mouse and I highly recommend it, I use it every day and it is one of the most comfortable gaming mice on the market for anyone who prefers a palm grip.

REVIEW – CORSAIR IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE

Review – RAZER MAMBA TOURNAMENT EDITION

Recently my Mad Catz R.A.T. 5 died after several years of great service, so I found myself in the market for a new mouse. After shopping around I decided on the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition as it is a larger form factor mouse which I find more comfortable.

From a feature perspective it measures up against the R.A.T.5 as follows:

R.A.T. 5 Mamba TE
Year Released 2010 2015
DPI Adjustable up to 5600dpi Adjustable up to 16000dpi
Buttons 8 9
Connectivity Wired USB (braided cable) Wired USB (braided cable)
Weight Adjustable up to 150g 133g
Sensor Lazer 5G Lazer
Additional Features Adjustable length, Aluminium Chassis, Removable Thumb Rest RGB (Chroma, configurable)

The Mamba TE does offer a lot less as far as configurability of the mouse’s physical attributes (e.g. weight and length) is concerned, however I do find it extremely comfortable. It is fractionally lighter than the R.A.T. 5 at its heaviest configuration (17g lighter) but in all honesty I cannot feel a meaningful difference. I find that the Mamba TE does feel like a more refined product, which is to be expected with a product 5 years newer.
I loved the R.A.T.5 and I loved that it was built like a tank, however I am really enjoying the feel of the new mouse and it also looks good, especially if you enjoy RGB.

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Review – RAZER MAMBA TOURNAMENT EDITION