Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex
£49 inc VAT • logitech.com/en-gb
Logitech first pitched the G302 Daedalus Prime to us last year as a MOBA-friendly mouse. It then came back a few months later with the G303 Daedalus Apex, which has pretty much the same design, though with slightly different internals. It comes with a 12,000 DPI sensor, a braided fabric cable sheathe and six buttons: left-, rightand middle mouse, plus one directly behind the scroll wheel, and two thumb buttons on the side.
You can tell the G303 grew from MOBA roots by the feel of the left- and right mouse buttons. Both are extremely tight, with a minimum of travel. The resistance is a touch too heavy for something built for rapid clicking, but it feels good nonetheless. It’s extremely tactile and much more satisfying than, say, the Razer DeathAdder’s spongier buttons. The Pixart sensor is also a beauty. You can whip the Daedalus Apex around with perfect accuracy, no problem.
It’s everything you’d want in a highly-responsive mouse except its shape. Keep in mind that this mouse is aimed specifically at claw and/ or fingertip grippers, so palm grippers might as well stop reading. But even as a claw gripper ourself, the Daedalus Apex is a bit awkward. It’s a small, thin diamond, with a low front, high rear, and pointy sides. It looks almost like an ambidextrous mouse, but it’s not quite symmetrical and there are no thumb buttons on the right edge.
On the plus side, it’s extremely lightweight. In fact, we’re pretty sure the braided cable weighs more than the mouse itself. The Daedalus Apex is pared down about as much as it could be, while still being recognisably mouse-shaped, and the result is a smooth, easy glide. Again, made for MOBAs.
But our poor hand. No matter how we held the Daedalus Apex, it felt uncomfortable. Pure claw-grip, we had to bring our little finger to rest against the bottom edge of the mouse where it dragged along the mousepad. If we pushed our hand a bit to the side, one edge of the diamond running against our palm, it felt better, but then our thumb couldn’t reach its dedicated buttons.
Not that the thumb buttons are well-placed to begin with. They’re arranged on the left corner of the Daedalus Apex’s diamond, with one to the rear and one to the front of said corner. The rear side button is fine and your thumb presses against it like normal.
But the front side button? Pushing it involves pulling the thumb back in, toward the palm. It’s not a very ergonomic motion, nor is it easy to execute without simultaneously shifting the mouse by a few millimetres. Last but not least, we should mention the scroll wheel. It’s coated in a slick rubber instead of the usual tire tread-esque grip, and it has a tendency to shift forward or backward whenever you try to click the middle mouse.
You won’t be surprised to hear that we’re not big fans. The G303 Daedalus Apex is outfitted like a premium mouse, with a 12,000 DPI sensor and some of the nicest left- and right mouse buttons we’ve seen. And Logitech’s RGB lighting is, as per usual, beautifully handled – bright and accurate, with a pleasant honeycomb pattern. The whole thing it let down by the shape, though. We were excited to put the G303 through its paces because it’s rare we get a mouse designed specifically for claw-grippers, but this feels like it needs (more than) a few revisions. It may, however, be suitable for people with smallerthan-average hands, as most gaming mice seem designed for giants. The G303 Daedalus Apex is one of the few that seems like it would work for those with daintier digits.
The Apex is pared down about as much as it could be, while still being recognisably mouseshaped, and the result is a smooth, easy glide