It seems like just yesterday I spouted a bunch of words revealing my antiquated, deep-seated distrust of wireless gaming peripherals. It’s almost as though the universe was paying close attention to my rambling and having a giggle at my expense, because it wasn’t long before Logitech’s G900 appeared on my desk, eager for a review. And not only does the G900 make the lofty claim of being the best gaming mouse in existence, but it’s… it’s wireless.
Buttons: customisable from six to eleven, programmable
The good news is, it’s actually a really fantastic mouse, and I’ve become quite fond of its wireless functionality. The bad news? It costs just shy of R4,000. That’s, like, 80 lunches or something. 80 LUNCHES. If you had 4,000 one-rand coins, together they’d weigh 16 kilograms. That’s, like, several beefy toddlers or something. SEVERAL BEEFY TODDLERS. It’s easily the priciest gaming mouse we’ve ever reviewed, by a significant margin. And if I’m perfectly honest, unless money’s no object and you’re obsessed with the idea of having only the best tech in your gaming peripherals, I can’t justify recommending it when you’d get a similarly satisfying experience from a mouse in the region of R1,000.
That said, the G900 Chaos Spectrum is a nigh-perfect gaming mouse in every possible way. It sports a very techy, barebones aesthetic that I quite like, and considering that it weighs just 107 grams, not only is it impressively light for a wireless gaming mouse, but it’s substantially lighter than many wired gaming mice as well – which is great news if you prefer a lightweight device.
Another important aspect of its design is that it’s ambidextrous, and the chassis is partially customisable to reflect this. On each side of the mouse you’ll find slots for the thumb buttons. This means you can switch the location of the thumb buttons to either side of the G900 at will to match your handedness, or you can install them on both sides so you’ve got more options for programmable functions. Alternatively, if you find that you hardly ever use your thumb buttons anyway, you can just remove them entirely.
I’ve got no complaints about the button placement on the G900, and I particularly like the design of the left- and right-mouse buttons. They’re quite lengthy and can be easily activated with very little force no matter where you click them, which makes this mouse an excellent choice regardless of what style of grip you prefer. There’s a bunch of fancy science stuff powering the G900’s optical sensor, most of which I don’t feel the drive to understand because it didn’t have any bearing on my experience with the mouse (perhaps because I’m not a professional eSports-er), but you can watch the video below to get an idea of what makes it so special. There’s also the option to calibrate the mouse’s sensor and optimise it for your chosen playing surface, which is pretty neat.
Naturally, there’s a bunch of customisable RGB LED lighting stuff to tinker with via the Logitech Gaming Software suite, which is a pleasure to use, as always. There are two separate lighting zones – one for the logo, the other for the DPI indicator – and the usual assortment of effects that can be applied. The lighting can also be turned off entirely, which’ll help the G900’s battery hold out for longer. Not that this is an issue in the first place. A single charge of the battery will yield you around 24 hours of continuous use even with all the lighting activated. When it does eventually run out of juice, all you need to do is attach the supplied cable to the front of the mouse and you’re good to go, charging as you play. The LGS software features handy functionality that’ll give you an estimate of when your G900’s due to run out of charge.
Overall, I really like Logitech’s G900. It’s an exceptional mouse, and its performance is brilliant whether you use it in wired or wireless mode. Setting it up is as easy as plugging the wireless receiver into an available USB port and enabling the power toggle on the underside of the mouse. Still, as fond as I’ve grown of its impressive feature set, it’s tough to overlook that price tag. I didn’t find it to be all that revolutionary compared to mice that cost a third of its price, so ultimately it’ll be up to you to decide if you’re willing to part with R4,000 to get your hands on a spectacular wireless gaming mouse.
Comfortable, ambidextrous design
Good battery life
Easily converts to a wired mouse when out of juice
Look at that price. LOOK AT IT.
9The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is one of the best gaming mice on the planet. Its design is both practical and comfortable, and as an added bonus it actually weighs less than most wired gaming mice. That said, is it worth 3,999 of your rands? Um…