Logitech PowerPlay Mouse Pad: Test
The Logitech PowerPlay mouse pad with induction charging technology – gives avid game players a glance of what awaits them in the near future. Now the mouse pad only works with two the Logitech model.
With its PowerPlay system, Logitech, with the use of inductive power, eliminates the need for connecting a wireless mouse when recharging or placing on a docking station. Furthermore, there is no need of sighing when your mouse decides to die on you and you lose time trying to get it connected.
During testing, this system proved to be extremely practical and customizable. Some small flaws need improvements and the manufacturer can take care of this in the 2nd version of the device. However, it remains an open question whether the relatively high cost of the product is justified by the mere absence of the need to recharge the mouse.
|+ Very practical for everyday use||– Compatible only with expensive mice|
|+ Simple settings||– Only one mat size is available|
|+ Good technical development||– In general, it is very expensive|
|+ Two pads included in delivery|
Logitech PowerPlay: How good is it in practice?
The principle of operation of the pad with the wireless charging function is relatively simple: the technologies based on a special mouse stand, connected to the computer via a USB cable, through which it receives power. The stand size is 320 x 275 mm and hides the induction coils used for wireless charging.
On the stand, you can place one of the rugs – hard plastic or textile (depending on personal preferences). At the top left is a special receiver with a USB connector, which on the one hand makes it possible to use a wireless mouse, and on the other hand, it is necessary for the wireless charging system to function.
Logitech limits the recharging of its system to its own compatible products. Other devices (for example, Smartphones) lying on this rug will not be charged. So far, the range is limited to two manipulators: a mouse of the top-class Logitech G903 and a model from the mid-price segment Logitech G703. However, if the system receives user recognition, we expect it to boom, as the PowerPlay will support more “rodents.”
In practice and with everyday use the Logitech PowerPlay is a wonderful system. Firstly, its setting is very easy: place the device on the table, select the type of rug, and connect the receiver to the PC. After that, place the Powercore block at the bottom of the mouse – and it is ready to use. Everything else happens in automatic mode.
The manufacturer has created the system in such a way that recharging continues even when the mouse moves, so we can use the manipulator without having to connect it to the PC via a USB cable.
Logitech PowerPlay charges the mouse battery until the charge level reaches 95%, and then allows it to discharge up to 80%. Due to this algorithm, the battery should wear down significantly. The white LED on the receiver indicates whether the device is currently being charged, or discharged. You can monitor the status of the charge with the help of the Logitech Gaming Software.
Logitech G903 and G703: What are the mice capable of doing?
Both compatible devices now are among the best of the wireless mice on the market. Logitech G903 is an improved version of the G900 Chaos Spectrum, for which you will have to shell out about $190. Although the price is extremely high, in addition to the space for the Powercore unit, the mouse can offer excellent gaming performance.
Logitech G903 lies well in the hand, works extremely well and with the help of a free application the Logitech Gaming Software you can configure the smallest detail. The connection between the receiver and the mouse is very effective so that the accuracy during operation and gaming is at the level of the cables connected through the cable.
Logitech G703 is for the demanding gamer, but it lacks some functionality related to comfort. It is worth about $99. The biggest difference from the model described above is the versatility of the mouse. While the G903, thanks to the symmetrical design and the rearranged thumb button, is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users, the G703 will be convenient only for right-handed users.
From a technical point of view, the models do not differ from each other. The laser sensor has a resolution of 12,000 dpi, which you can adjust in 50-dpi increments using the program menu. The space for the Powercore module of the Logitech G703 is also located at the bottom of the chassis, and the connection to the receiver is just as great as in the case of the G903. Considering all the above and taking into account the price-quality ratio, we give prefer the G703 (of course, if the user is right-handed).
However, given that the Logitech PowerPlay pad itself costs about $99, plus you will have to buy a mouse at a price of $120- the total cost of the kit is very expensive. For professional gamers who spend hours in online battles this purchase can be acceptable, but for ordinary users, such a device is hardly necessary.