Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Review
If you have a preconception of Logitech as the company which provides middle-of-the-road products to middle-of-the-road buyers then a) you clearly haven't been paying attention and b) the G900 Chaos Spectrum annihilates those preconceptions. The Logitech wheel and pedals have been market leaders since the G25 first blew onto the scene and their G series of keyboards have innovated from the first to the last.
For a mouse which boasts a 12000DPI sensor it might be something of a surprise that we start with the pure hardware side of things. However, there is no denying that the Pixart 3366 sensor is an absolute beast. The internet is awash with people who have very firm opinions about whether optical sensors are better than laser ones, whether Avago models are preferable to Pixart ones, if a high DPI is even necessary and all the other "my personal opinion is fact and thus you're wrong" things that internet likes to argue about on a daily basis. We've never had a particular issue with mild angle-snapping or sensor smoothing, but we know some people demand that their pointer does nothing that their movements haven't induced, and to this end they'll be delighted with the Pixart which beats at the heart of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum. It's all about unfiltered, uncluttered, unmodified reporting of your movements, and that might just give you the pixel-perfect edge that moves you from the merely outstanding to the best in the world.
On the subject of blistering response, the buttons of the G900 are as responsive as any we've tested. Utilising a hinged design rather than just being part of the main body of the mouse, there is practically zero deadzone between the button moving and the microswitch activating. If you're the type of person whose finger twitches in an anticipatory manner then you'll have no end of unwanted clicks, but if you're so good that the few millimetres of travel before the main button activates drives you crazy, then you can be sure the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is the answer to your dreams. You could probably cough towards the mouse and register a click. Not really of course, but it's that responsive. Equally high in the 'no lag' stakes is the wireless connectivity. As you can imagine in an office with plenty of wireless signals flying about the place any rogue signals would be death to your accuracy, but the Chaos Spectrum never misses a beat and, thanks to the ability to place the receiver close to your mouse rather than tucked around the back of your system, it's as responsive as if it was wired. Once again, this is a mouse for people who demand things that instant, not a nano second later.
The design is spectacular. We adore the looks with their sharp angles and deep creases. Whether it's the little thing such as the wireless receiver or the latches on the edge of the cable ensuring your wire never unplugs mid-session, or the big things like the magnetic side pieces which mean you can run the G900 as anything from a no side-buttons mouse to having all four available to you, it's all done brilliantly. We haven't even mentioned the scroll wheel. If, like us, you get sick of your scroll wheel sounding like a babies rattle when moving down big documents then you'll appreciate the ability to click the button behind the scroll wheel and unleash it to a completely resistance free option. In fact, like much of the G900, it's almost too responsive in this mode. You literally can breathe on it and make it scroll.
The G900 Chaos Spectrum is a mouse for those who demand zero compromise. It's got a seriously hefty price-tag, even compared to other ultra-high-end mice like the Razer Mamba or Ouroborous which have all the features but for £30 less. The sensor, scroll-wheel and buttons all demand exceptional accuracy from the user, such is their blistering responsiveness. This is not a mouse for the squidgy, the uncoordinated or 'close enough' brigade. It is, if you'll pardon the expression, razor sharp. But, if you do fall into the category of person who already has skills and find even the tiniest lack of response to be something abhorrent then you can be certain that the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum will fill the void in your life like nothing else and so wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award.