Logitech G403 HERO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 02, 2020 at 08:05 am
Logitech G403 HERO Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
8.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Logitech G403 HERO is a great gaming mouse. It's a wired version of the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse, fitted with a HERO sensor that delivers exceptional performance. It has a great build quality and a comfortable shape that's well-suited for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It has low click latency, a high polling rate, and allows you to adjust the sensitivity in small increments. There's a good number of buttons and they're all programmable; however, it might still not be enough for some MMO players. The scroll wheel is sturdy but basic, as it doesn't have L/R tilt inputs or infinite scrolling. Lastly, it has superb software support through Logitech's G HUB, allowing you to customize it exactly the way you like.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech G403 is decent for office use. It's a well-built mouse with a good number of programmable inputs that you can customize through software. It has a comfortable shape that's suitable for most hand sizes, though smaller hands might have trouble reaching the scroll wheel with a fingertip grip. Also, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tile buttons and infinite scrolling.

Pros
  • Comfortable shape.
  • Programmable buttons.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky.
  • Wired-only.
  • No infinite scrolling.
8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech G403 HERO is great for playing FPS games. Gaming feels incredibly responsive and smooth thanks to its low click latency and high polling rate. Even though it's slightly bulky due to its tall back, it's fairly light and comfortable to use for extended periods. It has a great build quality and a flexible cable that lets you move freely.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Comfortable shape.
  • Great build quality.
  • High polling rate.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech G403 HERO is excellent for playing MMO games. It's well-built, and its comfortable shape is great for those hours-long raids. It has low click latency and a high polling rate, and you can adjust the sensitivity in small increments. Although all of its buttons are programmable, it might not have enough for some MMO players.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Comfortable shape.
  • Programmable buttons.
  • Great build quality.
  • High polling rate.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky.
  • Might not have enough buttons for some MMO players.
8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech G403 HERO is great for ultra-light gaming. It's relatively light, and you can make it even lighter by removing the cap on the underside of the mouse. It has low click latency, a high polling rate, and a flexible cable that doesn't retain kinks. It's very comfortable to use; however, it has a slightly bulky size that makes it less ideal for smaller hands using a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Comfortable shape.
  • Great build quality.
  • High polling rate.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky.
5.3 Travel

The Logitech G403 HERO is inadequate for portable use. It's wired and has a big hump that makes it a bit bulky. It has a great build quality, though, and its onboard memory allows you to access your custom profile on any computer, even if G HUB isn't installed.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Update 10/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Logitech G403 HERO is the wired version of the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse, and it has the same shape and button layout. It has a matte black finish, with a pair of glossy buttons on the left side. The rubber side grips also have a matte black finish and blends in well with the rest of the mouse. The scroll wheel and the logo on the back have RGB lighting, which you can customize through software.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (125 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
21.30 Cu. Inch (349 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Logitech G403 is wired and a bit bulky, so it isn't the best option for portable use.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
130 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
90 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

This mouse is fairly light. You can make it even lighter by removing the cover on its underside to shed 3g, or make it heavier by putting in the included 10g weight.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. It's entirely made out of plastic but feels solid and sturdy. The buttons are clicky and satisfying, and the feet allow the mouse to glide smoothly. The only issue with the build is that it's possible to activate one of the side buttons when squeezing hard on the sides.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

This mouse is very comfortable to use and doesn't cause any fatigue over time. It's designed for right-handed use and suitable for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. The side buttons are well-placed, as they're high enough that you won't accidentally trigger them but still within reach.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is suitable for a palm grip regardless of hand size. Most people should be able to reach all the buttons comfortably.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is suitable for most hand sizes using a claw grip. However, due to its slightly bulky size, those with small hands may have trouble reaching the scroll wheel.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is a little bulky and has a long back, so it isn't recommended for those with small or medium-size hands and using a fingertip grip, as some of the buttons and scroll wheel can be difficult to reach. If you have small hands and use a fingertip grip, check out the Logitech G PRO HERO, as it has a more compact body.

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

The Logitech G403 HERO is a wired-only mouse. If you want the same mouse with wireless connectivity, check out the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor.

8.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.8 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable is great. It's braided, flexible, and doesn't retain any kinks. It doesn't restrict mouse movements, good for those playing with a low sensitivity setting.

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

  • Logitech G403 HERO mouse
  • 1x 10g weight
  • User guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
HERO 25K
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
25600 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-3 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
7.6
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
11
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The Logitech G403 has a relatively typical layout with two thumb buttons on the left side. They're all programmable, including the scroll wheel's click. It doesn't have a default button for profile switching, but you can always map it to one of the buttons through G HUB.

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

The scroll wheel is mediocre. It's incremented and can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling, making it harder to quickly scroll through long documents. It doesn't have L/R tilt inputs, either.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10 ms

The click latency is excellent. Most people shouldn't feel any lag.

Operating System And Software
10
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
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

Logitech's G HUB is superb. It has a clean interface that's easy to navigate and offers a lot of customization options. You can adjust its performance settings, remap buttons, and customize the RGB lighting. Profiles are saved per application, and there's onboard memory to store one custom profile.

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

The Logitech G403 HERO is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are three versions of the Logitech G403. The original non-HERO version is a wired mouse and has a CPI range of 200 - 12000, though we haven't tested it. There's also a wireless version, the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse, which we've tested.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Logitech G403 HERO Gaming Mouse is great for playing most types of games. However, its mediocre scroll wheel makes it less ideal for office use, and some MMO players may be disappointed by the number of buttons available. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best FPS mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wired mice.

Logitech G PRO HERO

The Logitech G PRO HERO and the Logitech G403 HERO are very similar performance-wise; the only difference is their shape. The PRO has a smaller ambidextrous shape despite its right-handed button layout, while the G403 is bulkier, with an ergonomic shape designed for right-handed use only. The build quality is better on the PRO, but the G403 has a higher-quality cable.

Logitech G502 HERO

Performance-wise, the Logitech G403 HERO and the Logitech G502 HERO perform almost identically since they have the same sensor. However, the G403 is better because it's lighter, and it has a higher-quality cable and feet. On the other hand, the G502 has a lot more buttons and programmable inputs, and the scroll wheel has infinite scrolling and L/R tilt inputs.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Overall, the Logitech G403 HERO is better than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The Logitech is slightly lighter, it has lower click latency, and full compatibility with Windows and macOS. However, the Razer has more programmable inputs, better build quality, and it allows you to adjust the sensitivity in smaller increments.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Logitech G403 HERO are very similar mice, with the Razer being marginally better. The Razer has more programmable inputs, a better build quality, and lower click latency. On the flip side, the Logitech has better software support and compatibility with macOS.

BenQ Zowie EC2

The Logitech G403 HERO is better than the BenQ Zowie EC2. The Logitech feels better built, has a wider and more customizable CPI range, and its click latency is slightly lower. Also, unlike the BenQ, the Logitech's logo and scroll wheel have RGB zones, and it comes with outstanding software to customize the buttons and sensor settings. However, the BenQ's mouse feet glide better than the Logitech.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G403 HERO and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are very similar in performance since they use the same sensor; however, there are some differences between them in terms of feature and shape. The G403 is a wired mouse and is more comfortable to use due to its ergonomic shape. The G Pro Wireless is lighter, and it has more buttons and programmable inputs.

SteelSeries Sensei Ten

The Logitech G403 HERO is slightly better than the SteelSeries Sensei Ten. The Logitech has lower click latency, a higher quality cable, and a shorter lift-off distance. The SteelSeries has more programmable inputs, as it's an ambidextrous mouse with thumb buttons on both sides.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse is better than the Logitech G403 HERO, but mostly due to its wireless capability, as it's basically a wireless version of the G403 HERO. However, there are some small differences, as the G403 HERO has lower click latency, a wider CPI range, and is lighter since it doesn't have a built-in rechargeable battery.

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