After months of gamer anticipation, Logitech’s G303 Shroud Edition wireless gaming mouse is available. Logitech has yet to officially announce the mouse or list it on its US website, but Best Buy has the mouse available for $130.
The G303 originally debuted in March 2015 under the longer title of the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex.
The mouse came as a better alternative to the 2014 G302, with Christopher Pate, Logitech product manager at the time, saying the mouse was “somewhat an enthusiast edition of the G302”. The new G303 ups the ante by going wireless and pushing the specs even higher.
G303 Shroud Edition vs. the Original G303
The most obvious difference between the 2021 G303 and 2015 version is the lack of a cable. The new G303 uses a 2.4GHz wireless dongle that can support up to 32.8 feet, according to the product page. According to Best Buy, the mouse is rechargeable via an included USB-C cable.
And following the latest gaming mouse trends of high CPI specifications, the mouse features Logitech’s very best proprietary sensor, the Logitech 25K Hero. It has a CPI of up to 25,000 through software (16,000 CPI without). But it seems there’s more emphasis on the mouse’s ability to drop to an ultra-precise CPI of 100, where you get a fine level of control. The sensor of the earlier G303 could reach 200-12,000 CPI. The difference is clearly greatest between the maximum sensitivities of the mice. Still, the branding for the mouse on the Best Buy page, presumably provided by Logitech, claims that the mouse is “made for low-sensitivity DPI and faster targeting.”
Here’s how the mice stack up against each other differently:
|Logitech G G303 Shroud Edition||Logitech G G303 Daedalus Apex|
|Sensor||Logitech 25K Hero||PixArt PWM336|
|Sensitivity||100-12,000 CPI||200-12,000 CPI|
|Max acceleration||>300 IPS||>400 IPS|
|Connectivity Options||2.4GHz USB Type-A dongle or USB-C to USB-A detachable cable||USB-A cable|
|Relief||No||3x RGB zones|
|Dimensions||4.92 × 2.5 inches (height not included)||4.57 × 2.6 × 1.51 inches|
|Weight||2.6 ounces||4 ounces|
|Price upon release||$130 at Best Buy||$70|
In addition to letting go of the chain from the old G303, the new mouse also appears longer than the original and negligibly narrower. Best Buy doesn’t provide a height measurement, but we can also see that the new mouse is 35 percent lighter than the original. With gaming mice becoming blatant holes to reduce weight, it’s no surprise that Logitech made the G303 Shroud Edition trimmer to swing around.
Notably, the G303 Daedalus Apex had three built-in memory profiles. Best Buy does not specify whether or not the new G303 has internal memory.
Logitech has also ditched the RGB for this version, which should improve the mouse’s battery life and appeal to those tired of RGB’s persistence in the gaming world. The dark aesthetic also goes well with a peripheral with the word “shroud” in its name.
Lightly shrouded in Shroud
Logitech decided to tap Pro Gamer Shroud for the new G303 by stamping the gamer’s name into the mouse’s model name and sneaking a click below the left mouse button. It continues an ongoing partnership between the company and the player, which already includes Shroud editions of Logitech G’s Pro wireless mouse, Pro X wireless gaming headset, Pro X mechanical keyboard and G840 mouse pad. The shroud-style G303 appears less offensive than the rest by keeping the branding to a minimum and skipping the gamer’s bright blue logo.
We’ve reached out to Logitech for more information about the G303 Shroud Edition, but we didn’t hear back in time for release. However, Logitech may make an official announcement about the mouse today, as it hinted via Twitter yesterday:
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