Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 14, 2021 at 10:42 am
Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
8.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.2
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is a great wired gaming mouse. It feels very well-built, and it has very low click latency. It also has a wide CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50. It isn't ideal for larger hands using a palm or claw grip, but it should be comfortable for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip. It has RGB lighting zones in the logo and three independent zones in a band that runs around the back. The companion software offers plenty of customization options, and it's compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, while its predecessor, the Logitech G203 Prodigy, has onboard memory, this mouse doesn't.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is satisfactory for office use. It feels well-built, has a good number of programmable buttons, the software is compatible with Windows and macOS, and it's well-suited for smaller hands. However, those with large or extra-large hands may not find a palm or claw grip comfortable due to its short length. Unfortunately, you can't use this mouse wirelessly, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Software offers plenty of options and is compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Plenty of programmable buttons and G-Shift capability for a second layer of commands.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
  • Not a very ergonomic design, and small size only suitable for smaller hands or fingertip grip.
8.3 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is great for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, it has excellent click latency, and it has an ambidextrous shape that's ideal for a fingertip grip, regardless of hand size. It also has good mouse feet that glide well on desks or mousepads. Unfortunately, its rubber cable isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Software offers plenty of options and is compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse, and the cable isn't very flexible. That said, it feels well-built and has very low click latency and a low lift-off distance. Those with larger hands likely won't be able to use the mouse comfortably using a claw or palm grip, but a fingertip grip should be comfortable for all hand-sizes. The software offers plenty of customizable options, it's compatible with Windows and macOS, and it allows you to set a secondary layer of commands by assigning a G-Shift button.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Software offers plenty of options and is compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Not a very ergonomic design, and small size only suitable for smaller hands or fingertip grip.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is very good for fans of ultra-light gaming, but it's heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice, and its cable isn't very flexible. That said, it has very low click latency, good mouse feet that glide well on desks and mousepads, and it should be comfortable for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip. However, it isn't suitable for larger hands using other grip types.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Mouse feet that glide well on desks and mousepads.
  • Very consistent sensor whether you're moving your cursor fast or slow.
Cons
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
5.1 Travel

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is inadequate for travel. It isn't very portable, it may not fit into most laptop bags, and you can't use it wirelessly.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Not a very ergonomic design, and small size only suitable for smaller hands or fingertip grip.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated May 14, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 04, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (117 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.5" (64 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.09 in³ (280 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
111 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
88 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

If you're interested in a lighter mouse with honeycomb cutouts in the body to reduce the overall weight, check out the EQEOVGA D10 RGB.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
7.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The rubber cable feels slightly more flexible than the cable on the Logitech G203 Prodigy.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC
  • Logitech G sticker
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Mercury
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
8,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-2%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

7.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
11
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

If you're interested in a similar wired gaming mouse with five side buttons, check out the SteelSeries Rival 5. If you'd prefer a mouse with a pair of buttons behind the scroll wheel to adjust CPI up or down on the fly instead of a single button to cycle CPI profiles, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming M3. Or, for a mouse with hot-swappable left and right-click switches, look into the SteelSeries Prime.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
9 ms
Operating System And Software
8.5
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Logitech G Hub
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

If you're interested in a gaming mouse that has an OLED screen on the underside that you can use to change sensor settings without using its companion software check out the SteelSeries Prime+.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is an update of the Logitech G203 Prodigy. The unit we tested is black, but it's also available in blue, lilac, and white color variants. There's also a variant available in some regions called the Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC, which we haven't tested but expect to perform similarly. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The G203 LIGHTSYNC gaming mouse is an update of the Logitech G203 Prodigy. The LIGHTSYNC has three independent RGB zones in the band around the back, while the Prodigy has one. Unfortunately, while the Prodigy has onboard memory for custom profiles, the updated LIGHTSYNC doesn't. This mouse offers solid performance and can be a good choice if you're looking for a budget option and you prefer a fingertip grip or have smaller hands.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best cheap gaming mouse, and the best Logitech mouse.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC are comparable wired gaming mice. The Razer is significantly lighter and has much better click latency. It also has better mouse feet, a more flexible cable, and onboard memory. The Logitech has a lower lift-off distance, you can set the CPI by more precise increments, and the sensor is more consistent. Both mice are ideal for smaller hands but very well-suited for a fingertip grip, regardless of hand size. That said, the Logitech is slightly more accommodating of larger hands using a palm or claw grip.

Razer DeathAdder Essential

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC and the Razer DeathAdder Essential are wired gaming mice, but the Logitech is a better choice if you prefer lighter, ambidextrous-shaped mice. Also, it has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift of distance, and a much lower latency. Comparatively, you may find the Razer's larger, right-handed shape more comfortable when using a palm or claw grip if you have larger hands.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 and the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC are great wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The SteelSeries is lighter, has a marginally higher maximum CPI, has onboard memory for settings, and has quieter mouse clicks. The Logitech has much better click latency, a CPI that you can set more precisely, and a lower lift-off distance. If you have small hands and prefer using a fingertip grip, the Logitech will likely be more comfortable. If you use a claw grip but have extra-large hands, the SteelSeries may be more suitable because of its longer body. Both mice are only suitable for a palm grip for small or medium-sized hands.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC are very similar gaming mice but have a few standout differences. The LIGHTSYNC scores better for gaming across the board, but it's wired only, has a narrower CPI range, and while it has a somewhat better click latency, most people likely won't notice a difference. Despite scoring lower, the LIGHTSPEED may be a better gaming mouse for some. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver but is heavier since it's powered by an AA battery. It doesn't have RGB lighting, but this may not bother some people. Lastly, while both mice use the same software, the LIGHTSPEED has onboard memory for settings. Both mice are well-suited for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip, and only those with larger hands may find a palm or claw grip uncomfortable.

Logitech G203 Prodigy

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is an update of the Logitech G203 Prodigy. The two mice are nearly identical, but the LIGHTSYNC has three independent RGB zones within the band that wraps around the back, while the Prodigy only has one. The LIGHTSYNC also has a somewhat lower click latency, but most people likely won't notice a difference. Although it's the older model, the Prodigy has onboard memory for settings, but the LIGHTSYNC doesn't.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D has comparable performance to the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC. The Glorious is a right-handed mouse that's significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, better mouse feet, and a wider CPI range. The Glorious is best suited for a palm grip for any hand size and suitable for a claw or fingertip grip for larger hands. On the other hand, the Logitech feels better-built, has an ambidextrous shape, a lower lift-off distance, a more adjustable CPI, and a somewhat better click latency. It's best suited for a fingertip grip for any hand size and a palm or claw grip for smaller hands.

Redragon M602 Griffin RGB Wired

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC Is a better wired gaming mouse than the Redragon M602 Griffin RGB Wired. The Logitech is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable, a wider CPI range, a much lower lift-off distance, much lower click latency, and a CPI you can adjust precisely, compared to the Redragon, which has irregular CPI adjustment steps. Additionally, the Logitech software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Redragon software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Redragon has a thumb and pinky rest, which the Logitech lacks. It also has an additional reprogrammable button behind the scroll wheel.

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