Fi­nally, the charg­ing so­lu­tion wire­less gam­ing mice have been wait­ing for.

APC Australia - - Contents - Joel Burgess

Back in May, Cor­sair in­tro­duced the first mouse­mat (the Zeus) that’ll recharge the mouse that sits atop it, do­ing away with the need to ever plug in the lat­ter or swap out bat­ter­ies. But while the Zeus is just at con­cept stage, Logitech has, out of nowhere, been able to launch a fully-func­tional wire­less charg­ing mat that’s avail­able right now.

It’s nat­u­ral to worry that the Powerplay charg­ing sys­tem might have been rushed to mar­ket. Yet de­spite its rather sud­den ap­pear­ance, based on our test­ing, this is def­i­nitely a ma­ture prod­uct — and one that more than lives up to its claims. The mat is made up of the mouse pad sur­face, the base charg­ing mat and a wire­less re­ceiver. The mat needs to be plugged into your PC via USB.

With a foot­print a lit­tle larger than an A4 sheet of pa­per, the Powerplay of­fers enough sur­face area for most, and comes with both hard plas­tic and soft fabric mats. What’s per­haps more crit­i­cal, though, is the wire­less con­nec­tion. The Powerplay sig­nal re­ceiver in­cludes Logitech’s Light­speed wire­less tech, good for one-mil­lisec­ond ‘com­pe­ti­tion-level’ re­spon­sive­ness.

The at­tach­able puck-shaped wire­less charg­ing mo­d­ule will keep both the com­pat­i­ble mice (G903 and G703) at 85–95% of max bat­tery ca­pac­ity — this range pre­vents cell da­m­age.

The down­side of this new tech is the price. At $150 for the pad alone, you’re look­ing at an out­lay of at least $300 to get started. If you’re will­ing, how­ever, the high­qual­ity com­po­nents of this con­ve­nient wire­less gam­ing mouse setup won’t let you down.


An im­pres­sive wire­less mouse pe­riph­eral of­fer­ing pre­ci­sion and con­ve­nience, for a price.


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