Logitech G303 Shroud Edition review: not for everyone

The Logitech G303 Shroud Edition is a Logitech G303 mouse that was redesigned as part of a partnership between Logitech and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, a popular streamer and former pro Counter strike player. This makes it a very unique mouse, and therefore it is quite specific in taste. Designed for larger hands, this rechargeable wireless mouse is powered by Logitech’s powerful Hero 25K sensor, but it’s the unique design that will likely be the deciding factor in whether you really like it or not.

Specifications for Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

Sensor Hero 25K
Resolution 100 – 25,600 DPI
Voting rate USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1 ms)
Buttons 5
LED zones nothing
Cables USB-A to rechargeable USB-C, USB-A dongle, USB-C female connector
Connectivity Charging / data cable
Drums Rechargeable, 140 hours
Dimensions (H x W x D) 4.92 x 2.5 x 1.57 inches
Weight 2.2 ounces
Price $ 129.99

Design of Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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I usually use a Logitech G602 mouse for gaming, and I have used it as my go-to mouse for many years. The G602 has a thumb rest on the side, several programmable buttons, and it’s a heavier mouse that allows for a grip. If you can imagine the G602 as the mouse that fits my hand perfectly, the G303 Shroud looks pretty much the exact opposite.

At first glance, the G303 Shroud mouse is attractive, stylish and mature. It’s not particularly flashy – no RGB lighting or something like that (although there is an LED battery indicator just above the scroll wheel). However, it’s a cute mouse with a Logitech G logo on the bottom, right and left click buttons, a scroll wheel, a button below the scroll wheel, and two shortcut keys on the left side.

Despite his appeal at first glance, he feels a bit fragile. Part of this is because of its extremely light weight, but it’s also because it just doesn’t feel as sturdy as the other mice I’ve tested. The build quality is generally okay, but I can see the internal components when I turn the mouse to certain angles.

The sides are also made of translucent plastic. This is arguably more of a cosmetic issue than a quality issue, but I can’t ignore how much of a screw there is visible on the underside of the mouse, which to me felt lazy in a mouse at this. price, especially since there is ample opportunity to hide the screw without affecting performance or access to internal components. You still have to remove the pads (which messes them up) and the four screws underneath to get into the mouse anyway, so it’s not like that visible screw is there for an easier part swap.

On the back of the mouse there is also a pull-out drawer where you can store the USB dongle for 2.4 GHz “lightspeed” wireless connectivity. When the dongle is stored in the drawer, there is a very noticeable clicking noise when you move the mouse, as the dongle does not snap into place very well in the drawer.

This is a rechargeable mouse, so it does not contain disposable batteries. It only weighs 2.2 ounces (about 75 grams), so it’s extremely light. The package also does not include weight for adjustment. The USB-C charging and data cable plugs into the top of the mouse, which may cause additional resistance when using the mouse with the cable plugged in.

On a more positive note, the scroll wheel of the G303 Shroud is sturdy and sturdy. The lower pads are smooth and don’t cause excessive drag, and the matte black design will go well with just about any gaming setup.

The shape of this mouse, which almost looks like a rounded diamond, is something I haven’t seen in many other mice. The side angles are sharp and I struggled to access the side buttons with my thumb in a natural way. Due to the shape, I found myself forcing some sort of claw / grip combination with my fingertips and accidentally pressing the front side button when using the mouse to surf the web. Also, because this style of grip was uncomfortable for me, my hand actually contracted after a few hours of use (but that could be due to the fact that I’m so used to the grip of the G602. ). The back side button is also extremely difficult to press in the middle of a game because it is too far back on the mouse for me.

In other words, this mouse might work better for those with larger or at least medium sized hands.

Buttons on Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

The best gaming mice have enough buttons to map all of your most vital actions, and they position these buttons for easy access during a game. There are five main buttons on the G303 Shroud, plus a clickable scroll wheel. By default, the side buttons serve as the Previous and Next buttons, but you can assign them in Logitech software (we’ll get to that later). The button under the scroll wheel controls PPP by default (instead of setting alternately between continuous and ratchet scrolling like on some other Logitech mice), and there is no designated thumb rest. The ratchet scroll wheel consists of an internal metal bar configuration, so it is quite pronounced.

Software for Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Logitech G303 Shroud Edition

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Like newer Logitech mice, the G303 Shroud uses Logitech’s Ghub software. You can adjust just about anything you can imagine in the software, including DPI speeds, button assignments, and more. There are even presets for specific games like Far Cry 5, COD: Black Ops, Destiny 2 and Hitman 3, but I didn’t find the presets particularly useful because the mouse is already so specialized.

Due to the difficulty I had with the back button, I ended up favoring the forward button and reserving the back button for tasks that I rarely use in the game. However, the software allows you to assign macros to your keys, which is very useful. I would have liked to have had more softkeys than the six available here (counting the scroll wheel), but I was able to make it work for most games.

Logitech G303 Shroud Edition Performances

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If you can overcome design quirks, performance is where the G303 shines, especially if you’re highly skilled in battle royale games, shooters, or other games that require a lot of precision. I’m not a professional player by any means, so I’m coming from an amateur’s point of view. I’m also a bit of an anxious gamer sometimes, so I like a heavier mouse to help reduce gut reactions. With the 2.2-ounce weight, I had quite a few issues with excessive scrolling at first, but the on-the-fly DPI adjustment helped me tailor the G303 Shroud mouse to my specific sensitivity needs. After a few days I was able to play COD with this mouse and maintain my typical stats. I didn’t see any improvement in my stats, however.

While I wish the G303 Shroud had more programmable button controls, the right and left buttons are extremely responsive and they feel great while gaming. This mouse has absolutely no noticeable lag and the sensor does not allow for any smoothing, acceleration or filtering. The G303 Shroud contains Logitech’s Hero 25K sensor, as well as Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology for low latency performance.

During testing, I found the wireless range to be around 30ft and have yet to recharge the battery after a week of testing for three to five hours a day. The published battery life is 140 hours, and that feels reasonably accurate considering I have about 50% battery left after turning the mouse on and off, surfing the web, programming buttons, and playing with it for one week. You can also get around two and a half hours of use if you plug it in for five minutes, thanks to USB-C fast charging.

Final result

The Logitech G303 Shroud Edition may lean too much into the tastes of the collaborator and not enough of the needs of a larger gaming audience. It would have been nice if this collaboration between Logitech and Shroud resulted in a mouse that meets the needs of the gaming community as a whole, as opposed to the only right-handed players with medium to large hands who have thin fingers and enjoy a handful of modified claw.

Overall, I like the unit’s low latency, accuracy, battery life, and aesthetics at first glance, so it has a lot to offer. I just wish it had a more universal shape that wasn’t so uniquely designed by the collaborator’s hand, plus more button and weight configuration options to make it more desirable for each individual player. . If you’re a gamer who prefers a super lightweight rechargeable mouse with a combined hot shoe / fingertip grip, you might really like the G303 Shroud Edition. But if you prefer a grip, thumb rest, weight adjustment, or multiple buttons, this mouse isn’t for you. Consider instead the Razer Basil V3 Where Clutch MSI GM20, both of which have thumb rests and plenty of customization options for people who don’t fit the mold of Shroud.

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