Logitech PowerPlay: Wireless is the way!
July 11, 2018
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Think of it as sheer ingenuity. Logitech’s been heavily invested in the gaming peripheral space in recent years including e-sports, and they decided to do something about the rather glum state of wireless gaming peripherals. Four years of research later, you have the Logitech Powerplay system. The promise is simple enough, a charging pad that wirelessly charges mice as you play with them. Meaning you’ll never run out of batteries in the middle of a heated match again.

PowerPlay interestingly isn’t one particular product, but rather refers to a line of Logitech accessories that all share a specialized form of wireless-charging technology. Key to the ecosystem here is the PowerPlay Wireless Charging System, essentially a 12.6 x 10.8-inch mouse pad that charges certain Logitech mice as you play with them. There are two compatible mice currently with the pad, namely the headlining ambidextrous Logitech G903, which was sent to us, and the G703.  Both take advantage of both PowerPlay and Logitech’s new Lightspeed wireless pairing technology.

As for the tech at work, electromagnetic resonance in the Powerplay creates an energy field above its surface which enables charging while in motion. This energy field is transformed into charging current via a Powercore module, which attaches magnetically to any of the compatible devices, namely the G903 or G703.

The device comes with a pair of alternative surfaces, one cloth and one hard plastic, mimicking more traditional mouse pads. It’s a matter of personal preference definitely, and I went in for the cloth surface. It’s literally a matter of laying the cloth surface on the rubberized base.

That done, just plug it in and a subtle Logitech “G” logo on the hub is illuminated. No fancy interplay of RGB colors, surprisingly.

As for the compatible mice, these are among the best in the industry. Take the G903, which comes equipped with the PMW3366 optical sensor, widely regarded as the best gaming mouse sensor on the market, RGB lighting and a 1 ms report rate.

So how does the whole combination work? I’ve been using the device for over a month now, and I’ve been very impressed by how consistently accurate the mouse is. A great aspect is that you almost forget the fact that this is a wireless device, since it’s perpetually on and charged. The mouses are very responsive, with hardly any lag, and it even charges fully in 12 hours even if the mouse is idle.

This is definitely one platform that will appeal to serious players, competitive players — especially those on the esports scene. One roadblock that they need to consider is it’s proprietary nature. So once Logitech expands the range of compatible mouses or even opens up the system to other manufacturers, the sky is the limit!

In conclusion? For those gamers with a traditional disdain of wireless gaming mouses, think again. Logitech’s Powerplay System will change your world.

The Logitech PowerPlay Wireless Charging System is available for AED 579,  and the Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse with Powerplay Wireless Charging Compatibility for AED 610 at all leading electronics retailers in the UAE.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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