Wireless mice has almost always been perceived as “not good enough for gaming” or “still not there yet when it comes to serious or gaming applications”. Well, we’ve had our time with the Razer Mamba Chroma and we thought it was a step in the right direction for true wireless gaming mouse. Albeit, requiring improvements in several aspects of design. Such as, the wireless transmitter and receiver department. Though today, we think we may have found, I kid you not, possibly the best wireless mouse I’ve ever laid my eyes and hands upon. Ladies and gentlemen, today we’re taking a look at the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum. The wireless mouse that’s aiming to dethrone it’s wired counterparts and giving them a solid jab in the jaw for giving it the “wireless mouse handicap”.
Without haste, we’re starting off with some of the specs. Just like my G502, it’s equipped with a PixArt PMW3366 sensor which I personally alongside a lot of people in the forums, hold in high regard. For all my daily and gaming needs, it has been really joyful and pleasant experience as I do not feel in anyway bogged down by it being wireless. As usually, the issue when it comes to making a high performance gaming mouse, is the balance in power distribution and management between powering the sensor and the wireless transmitter. Which wouldn’t usually be an issue for wired mice. But, the PMW3366 is supposedly design from it’s core to be a wireless mouse sensor. A good thing for the future for both, wired and wireless mice to share.
Now for the wireless connection. It uses a 2.4Ghz connection that has been highly optimised alongside other design principles. Such as, the materials used and the placement of components inside the mouse, to give the best possible balance between performance and stability. Speaking of design, unlike my G502, it has an ambidextrous design to cater towards left handed users as well. There’s even a set of magnetic forward and back buttons included. So, you can move the side buttons to the other side of the mouse should you choose to do so. Featuring for the first time on Logitech mice, is the mechanical pivot and spring tensioning design. In theory, this would increase the overall durability as you wouldn’t need to bend any plastic to depress the switch.
Speaking of the switch, the Omron switches (which we all should know by now, are highly regarded and reliable) has been designed to be slightly raised and angled so that the button is presses directly on the switch. Overall, for me, I am comfortable clawing the mouse as the ambidextrous design isn’t really comfortable for my usual palm preference. In this case I use my thumb and both my ring and pinkey finger to grip the sides of the mouse comfortably. The buttons are nice, clicky and responsive. It’s sure to provide an overall experience that would satisfy most of it’s users. But, this tend to be subjective, as I do recommend heading out to try out mice before buying them, as comfort is above all when it comes to mouse designs. Then again, if you’re a very adaptable type, you’ll get used to it in no time.
Design wise, it has this very distinctive Logitech DNA that makes it recognisable even without all the markings. The design is very symmetrical and should satisfy even the most OCD, as everything is mirrored including the capability to choose which side you want the forward and back buttons. One thing I’m surprised is how light this mouse is. It’s even lighter than my stock G502 Proteus Spectrum without the included weights. This is mainly due to their new method of prototyping and manufacturing. Coming in at 107 grams, you’ll be wondering if there’s even a battery and transmitter in there. They’ve made efforts to shave as much weight from it as possible. Even opting for a ported scroll wheel as opposed to a solid one. This is subjected to personal preference and for me, I would love to have my mice as light as possible for fast paced movements. Despite the efforts to cut down on weight, the mouse is a fully featured with reprogrammable buttons, a hyper scrolling scroll wheel that you can choose to either be used in clicked-scrolling or free-scrolling (which I still find one of the best I’ve used so far) using the button behind the scroll wheel. There’s even individual buttons and indicator LED’s to tell your selected DPI profile right away. On the bottom side, there’s the sensor, an On-Off switch, 6 teflon pads and a button that would switch between profiles stored on the PC and those stored on it’s own on-board memory.
Speaking the battery, we’ve tested it, and it’s very promising. It scores a total of 31 hours with the LED’s turned on, with a mix of 90% productivity (video and photo editing) and 10% of gaming. Turning of the LED illumination should increase the battery life further. That’s not too far off from the advertised 32 hours of battery life. One may compare it conventional wireless mice with their 30 day or so battery life. But 32 hours is pretty good considering the weight save benefits and the high performance sensor. To scale it for you, you can have an entire weekend of competitive play on a single charge. When you’re nout using it wirelessly, there’s an included 1.8 meter long cable that connects via micro-USB that would serve to charge and to use the mouse in a wired configuration. Plus, if you’re not too keen on putting the wireless receiver into the far depths of the back of your PC case, there’s an adapter included for the extension cable. So, you can place the receiver as close to the mouse as you’d like.
Moving on to the software. It uses the universal Logitech Gaming Software to manage the total of 5 on-board memory profiles. I like this feature as I often switch between different computers and if you do the same, you wouldn’t want to have to constantly change the settings every time. With them, you can configure custom button mapping, DPI, RGB lighting effects and modes. Just like my G502, except the G900 supports 5 profiles while the G502 supports only 3. Another addition is the battery management. From the get-go it shows you how much estimated battery life you have left and would adjust itself based on which lighting presets you chose. Like I mentioned before, if you don’t really need the fancy RGB lighting, you could just switch them off to maximise battery life. Finally, the surface tuning bit where you can tune the mouse for optimal performance to different surfaces.
Without an ounce of shame or regret, I can confidently say that this is the best wireless mouse that I have ever laid my eyes and hands upon. We’ve reviewed the G502 and it was an awesome and one of the most comfortable gaming mouse I’ve used to the point that I even went ahead and bought one myself. If I were to say, I’d always stuck to wired mice to eliminate any possible chance of input lag or what not. But, I’ve always marvelled at the freedom that a wireless mouse bestows upon you. Using the G900 feels like having the best of both worlds. Having the flexibility and freedom without any sort of compromise for gaming performance. I feel this is one of my most favourite of Logitech’s creations. You can say what you want, but after trying it out, the input timing, the sensor, the battery, the modularity feel just so damn right. If I had anything to complain, is that I’d wish they’d come up with a similar thing for the the G502, as I still find it more comfortable when it comes to productivity than the G900 when it comes to my preferences. As well, for gaming, I find that there is a lack of any sort of guiding curvature on the buttons and would have loved to see grooves for your fingers to glide in naturally. If you’re looking the absolute best of both worlds, you might want to take it for a spin.