I haven’t thought of charging my Logitech wi-fi gaming mouse in two and a half years, as a result of I’ve a magic mousepad that does it mechanically. However Logitech mice that work with the Powerplay mousepad are costly, heavy, or each, and none of them double as a Bluetooth mouse so I can wirelessly pair them to my laptop computer, handheld, or cellphone.

Right now, Logitech is altering that with the Logitech G309, an $80 mouse that just about does all of it. It’s the first Powerplay mouse this cheap, the first with Bluetooth, the first that permits you to use a AA battery whenever you’re on the go — and the first Logitech wi-fi mouse with a supercapacitor inside so that you don’t essentially want a battery in any respect.

Even with out Powerplay, the G309 is a dual-mode wi-fi gaming mouse that guarantees as much as 300 hours of battery life utilizing its Lightspeed wi-fi dongle, or as much as 600 hours over Bluetooth, whilst you’re slinging round its 86-gram body.

However in case you’ve obtained that $120 Powerplay pad, you may take away the AA battery to succeed in a complete mouse weight of simply 68 grams, practically as gentle as the 60-gram, $160 Logitech G Professional X Superlight 2 that gave me critical mouse envy final yr. It’s potential as a result of the supercapacitor acts as a tiny battery consistently being wirelessly charged by the Powerplay mousepad beneath. “It’s never going to die at all; it’s endless battery life,” guarantees Logitech senior world product supervisor Nicolas Métral.

It’s not the first wi-fi gaming mouse to check the waters with a supercapacitor — however when Mad Catz and Razer tried that in 2018, these dear wi-fi energy mice didn’t have any different strategy to cost. You had to make use of them on their bundled pad or with a wired twine. Till now, Logitech’s used inner rechargeable lithium cells to allow you to make its Powerplay mice considerably transportable; right here, a AA battery picks up the slack.

Regardless of being on the finances finish of Logitech’s gaming mice, the G309 additionally has the identical Hero 25K sensor and hybrid optomechanical switches the firm’s been transport in premium mice for some time, each of which is perhaps welcome upgrades over the $60 G305 mouse it’s primarily based upon.

However it’s nonetheless lacking the one Logitech mouse characteristic I’d have a tough time doing with out — the firm’s dual-mode ratcheting/free spinning scroll wheel that I’m consistently utilizing to zip by means of paperwork and webpages once I’m utilizing my gaming mouse for work. Amongst gaming mice, that’s nonetheless unique to its G502 and G903 from what I can inform.

And, it’s a little bit of a disgrace Logitech nonetheless sells its Powerplay mousepad for $120 with solely the rarest and smallest of reductions. If the firm actually desires to satisfy the G309’s promise of “Wireless Play for All” — that’s Logitech’s tagline — I’d suggest making the full package deal extra reasonably priced.

Logitech says it is going to preserve promoting the G305 alongside the G309. The G309 may share a single Lightspeed wi-fi dongle with a bunch of Logitech’s wi-fi keyboards, together with the new G515 TKL, G715, G915, G915 TKL, Professional X 60, and Professional X TKL.