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 June 12 2017

The pad that runs the mouse

Logitech Powerplay.

Powerplay pad and G903 mouse. © Logitech.

The problem with wireless mice is that they run out of battery every 20 to 30 hours. Logitech has made this problem history with the Logitech Powerplay, a mouse pad that recharges your mouse as you use it. The pad measures 275x320mm, connects through a USB port and has a reversible surface (hard and soft sides). The Swiss maker says that the system does not run on the Qi open standard, but rather on a better, proprietary technology, called Lightspeed. Two gamer mice are compatible with the Powerplay: the Logitech G903 and G703 (updates of the G900 and the G403). Both models support Powercore, a module that enables charging by induction. Logitech trumped Corsair, who demonstrated a similar prototype at the last Computex show; however, Corsair’s mouse was less practical, as it had to be left in a specific spot on the pad to recharge, and in any case it wasn’t set to be released before 2018. The Powerplay pad will be available as of August for US$100, and the G703 and G903 in June, for US$100 and US$150.

Ars Technica, “Logitech finally finds a good use for wireless charging: A mouse pad.”

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