Wireless technology can be a bit of a double-edged sword at times. The lack of wire entanglement and portability are the obvious upsides, but performance lag can be the price that’s paid for convenience, which someone who has owned cheap off-brand wireless mice can attest to. There are good wireless mice out there, but they tend to cost more than eight bucks and aren’t made by brands like Magentbox and Sorny. The Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse is one such mouse that claims to combine the convenience of wireless without sacrificing performance.
Before getting into the personal experience with the G305, here are some of the technical features. The HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor is designed to deliver lag free performance and up to ten times the power efficiency of previous generations with accuracy and responsiveness with 400 IPS precision and sensitivity up to 12,000 DPI. The Lightspeed wireless technology delivers a 1ms response rate with end to end optimized wireless connectivity making it reliable for competition level performance.
Long-lasting battery life is another bragging point for the G305, though mileage will vary depending on whether it’s in Endurance mode or Performance mode. Performance mode with 1ms response rate can get approximately 250 hours or nonstop game play out of a single AA battery. If the user is more concerned about battery longevity than response rate, they can switch to Endurance mode on the Logitech Gaming Software. This increases the response rate to a less impressive but still fast 8ms but can sustain power for up to nine months on a single AA battery. To avoid running out of juice in a crucial game event, a LED indicator will turn red when the battery life is down to fifteen percent remaining.
The G305 is lightweight — with the need for only one AA battery, the total weight is 99 grams or roughly a bit under a quarter pound. Using a lithium battery can bring the weight down closer to ninety grams and extend the battery life as well. Lightweight is always nice even if the weight of a mouse is never a factor in portability, but there is a nice feature with the G305 that makes it convenient to use with laptops. It has built-in storage for the nano receiver, which adds a small level of convenience for travel since it’s easy to lose those tiny things. It’s a minor but appreciated feature that makes this friendly for laptop usage. An interesting design feature with the G305 is it has an additional foot on the back to increase stability for players that tend to lift the mouse off the pad while gaming or press down hard when returning.
Getting past the technical info, the real important question is how well does this thing actually perform. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and Diablo III were the gaming test subjects, and there was no noticeable lag with either title. For a comparison I also played the games with the higher end Logitech G603 and the stock Alienware wired mouse that came bundled with my PC. There were no issues with moving the cursor, waiting for a delay in clicking between the action or any of the other problems I’ve encountered with lesser mice in the past. Overall it performed as advertised with no issues to complain about. During the review time I did not have 250 hours or nine months to test the claims of the battery life, but G has had the same batteries since 2017 and it’s still going strong which lends credibility to the battery life claims for the G305. The G305 is available in black or white. It requires a USB port and works with Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.8 or later, Chrome OS and Android 3.2 or later.
The Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse is a good midrange option for a wireless gaming mouse. It lacks some of the extra features of some more expensive gaming mice but still delivers where it matters. Like other products in the G series, the Logitech Gaming Software allows users to customize the function of each of the six mouse buttons and save separate profiles for individual games, allowing multiple custom hotkey configurations. There are gaming mice out there that offer more features and bells and whistles, so individual preferences do play a role, but the customization options and quality of the G305 make it an option that is a good choice for most gamers.