I’ve never been all that interested in wireless mice for gaming. While they work great for traveling with a laptop, I’m one of those people who frets about battery life in my devices — call it “click anxiety” instead of range anxiety. Wireless charging has been supported in a variety of devices over the last few years, but nobody apparently thought to combine the use of a wireless charging pad with the hardware that could best benefit from it — at least, not until now.
Logitech’s new G Powerplay mouse and accompanying surfaces (both cloth and hard surface) are a “Have your cake and eat it too” solution that continuously tops up the mouse’s charge while you play. There’s a video of the platform in action below. The mouse pad you choose fits on top of the Powerplay base, where the Lightspeed receiver is embedded.
The G Powerplay is compatible with two different Logitech mice, the G703 and the G903. The base specs on the mice are the same — they support Windows 7 – Windows 10, have a 200 – 12,000 DPI variable track rate, the same PMW3366 sensor, and a two-year warranty. They also both have a 1ms response rate, and both appear to use the 2.4GHz band. The primary difference is in how customizable each mouse is. The G703 has six buttons and appears to be a conventional right-handed mouse, while the G903 has 11 buttons and an ambidextrous frame meant to work with either a left-or-right handed grip. The G903 also features something called clock tuning, which appears to adjust the mouse’s polling rate based on what kind of work you’re doing with it. Logitech claims that this allows the device to run up to 32 hours straight on a single charge, and that their own integrated software app will keep an eye on the mouse’s power level and inform you when it’s getting low.
Both of these mice are available without the G PowerPlay system, with the G703 priced at $ 100 and the G903 at $ 149. Powerplay is a $ 100 system on its own, so the price for a compatible mouse + mat is going to clock in at $ 200 / $ 250 depending on which model you want. That’s fairly high for a mouse, but then, this is the first time we’ve seen a company try to build this kind of product. PCMag reports that Corsair has demoed their own version of the technology, dubbed Concept Zeus, so it might be worth holding off for that hardware to launch to get a better sense of how the two solutions will compare. If this concept takes off, the overall price for mice and mouse pads will likely come down in fairly short order.