Logitech Powerplay on test: When the mouse pad loads the mouse while playing

Logitech Powerplay on test: When the mouse pad loads the mouse while playing

tl; dr: The Mouse Logitech Powerplay, the battery-powered gaming mice can also load the operating wirelessly G903 and G703. And the software keeps the battery always in the optimal operating range. The system convinces in the test. The price for the entrance is with 230 euro however high.

When the mouse pad inductively charges the mouse

Logitech also uses a proprietary standard for powerplay and not the open standard Qi. PowerPlay is therefore not suitable for charging other end devices such as smartphones. The decision is intended to have a technical background: The maximum usable area with Qi is too small to be able to offer the charging in operation, explains the manufacturer.

Although the standard is still not loaded on the entire surface, the process only breaks when the mouse has the tip with the top edge, the end with the bottom edge, or the side with the outer side Edges of the pad. Users will not usually do this. The following video from Logitech indicates the positioning of the technique for loading.

Powerplay with G903 and G703

The only Powerplay mouse pad to offer a support surface of 282 × 340 millimeters is four millimeters thick with the enclosed fabric surface and five millimeters thick with the plastic surface also in the cardboard box. The loading base itself measures only two millimeters in height.

The mouse is connected via a 180 cm long USB cable, which not only provides the current for the charging mechanism but also relays the signals from the mouse to the computer. The receiver is located in the box at the top of the pad; the connection of the USB dongle from the mouse is not required. The flat box features the logo of the brand with RGB LED lighting as well as a small white LED that lights up permanently when the mouse is loaded.

To start with only G903 and G703

The first mice that support powerplay are G903 and G703. They follow the succession of G900 and G403 Prodigy from the year 2016 and put on the new radio standard Lightspeed, which is to reduce the delay via the wireless interface to a millisecond. The more recent G603 does not offer powerplay.

Logitech G903 Logitech G703
Ergonomics: Ambidextrous (symmetrical) right-handed
Sensor: Pixart PMW-3366
Sampling rate: 200 – 12,000 dpi
5 steps
Lift-off Distance:
button: ? , 50 mio. clicks
Number of keys: 9 6
Left side: 2
Dexter: 2
Special keys: dpi switch
4-way mouse wheel
dpi switch
Lighting: RGB
Software: 5 profiles
dimensions: 130 x 67 x 40 mm 124 × 68 × 43 mm
Mass: 110 grams (without cable)
1 weights of 10.0 grams
107 grams (without cable)
1 weights of 10.0 grams
Connection: Funk, 1.83 m cable
proprietary battery
mouse pad (Powerplay)
Price: from 145 € from 110 €

Powerplay needs the Powercore

Compatible with powerplay, the two mice have the option to insert thePowercore ” module , which is attached to the mouse pad, instead of the optional 10-gram weight . The G403 also offers the circular recess for a weight on the underside, including the two contact surfaces. Obviously, in this case they are not connected to the battery, but are designed purely as magnetic anchors. Unfortunately, the editorial office lacks a sample of this design. A final answer from Logitech is out.

The G703 and G903 battery is comparatively small, as is the case with its predecessors. Only 24 hours of battery life with 32 hours without LED lighting are promised at full charge and 1000 Hz signal rate. If you turn on the mouse overnight and also leave the LED lighting active, you have to expect about 30% loss of charge in the morning. If the mouse is used exclusively on the new mouse pad, however, it does not matter at all. And it can also be put into the rest mode on request.

The mice can also perform without power

Both mice can also be charged via the micro-USB port on the front. A cable is included with both models. This means they do not rely on powerplay or can be quickly brought to full capacity as required. Due to the position of the connection, they can be operated in parallel even further. The included Lightspeed dongles also allow communication with the PC without a mouse pad.

G903 for both hands, G703 for right

As an optical sensor in both new mice a Pixart PMW 3366 is used, which offers a maximum sampling rate of 12,000 dpi. The two primary matte keys of the new G903 are to hold up to 50 million clicks through metal springs and mechanical hinges. The G903 is also designed for both left and right-handed users, while the G703 is only for right-handed users.

Charge with 2 watts and only up to 95 percent

The practice of the two mice with the mouse pointer shows: Powerplay has nothing to do with quickstacks, the shop takes time. In the test, approximately 10 to 15 percent were possible with both mice per hour, whereby the software partly only adapts the display in jumps of five percent – a reliable statement is thus not possible. If the signal rate of the mouse is throttled or the lighting is deactivated, charging is faster because the consumption of the mouse drops. Either way, the energy supplied exceeds the consumed but obviously clearly. If the computer goes into standby, the charging process stops completely – unless the USB port has been set differently in the BIOS.

Software mechanisms to protect the battery

Logitech prevents premature aging of the battery in software: the mouse is always held in the band which is advantageous for lithium-ion batteries, between 80 and 95 percent charge capacity. It is therefore only charged when the capacity drops below 80 percent, and the charging process stops at 95 percent.

Charge by up to one centimeter of air

How much electrical power the Powercore delivers to the battery of the mouse is not noticeable. However, it is measurable that the power consumption of the mouse is increased from 0.5 watts without mouse to 2.8 watts with mouse in charge state. The mouse can be lifted about one centimeter from the mouse pad without breaking the charging process. In principle, other and, above all, thicker mouse mats with the charging unit can be used.

However, only the two alternatives provided will conclude. Because the charging unit and the mouse pad meet with rubber, the seat of the pad is safe even without mechanical locking or barrier.

Always keep an eye on energy consumption

Helpful for handling not only with these battery powered mice is the Logitech gaming software. It provides information on the current level of the battery, whether it is charged and also on the current power consumption of the mouse: If the signal rate of the mouse or the RGB LED lighting is adjusted, the interface provides information about the changed power consumption. The maximum run time at full battery charging can be increased from 22 to 37 hours according to software.

The software can also be used to configure the sampling rate, key assignment and RGB illumination. The lighting can be synchronized not only between the mouse and the mouse, but also other compatible products of the Logitech G series such as keyboards and headsets.

Prices and availability

The mouse Powerplay has been available in Germany since August to the RRP of 129 euros in the trade to buy, the Mice G703 and G903 according to price list 119 respectively 179 euros. In trade, however, the EIAP of the larger mouse is already significantly below this threshold. For the entry into the world of the wireless gaming mice loaded with the mouse with powerplay and G703 the investment is still at least 230 euros.

Conclusion: Ingenious, but expensive

There are things that are obvious on the hand. But it is only when they stand in front of you, that becomes obvious. Logitech’s powerplay technology is just one thing: to charge the cable mice in operation inductively over the mouse pad is brilliant in theory and not less convincing in practice. Also because the pad despite the loading mechanism is a maximum of five millimeters high and with 282 × 340 millimeters still large. The fact that the mouse is not loaded at the edge of the underlay is not relevant in everyday life. And this applies to the lower energy efficiency of the inductive charging process – in these magnitudes the absolute effects are tiny.

Against the acquisition of the technology speak in the end thus only the price, the still restricted selection in the mice and the binding to Logitech. The luxury of finding a loaded wireless mouse in your own workplace costs over 120 Euros already for the mouse pad much money. And the first compatible mice with at least 110 euros are also expensive.

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