From its top of the line build quality to its heartwarming performance, Logitech has done a great job with the Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse.
A lot of games from various genres make their way to the PC every year. Thus, PC gaming unlike console gaming is much more diversified and such diversification requires peripherals which can change and adapt to different conditions. This makes the job of gaming peripheral developers even more challenging. So, how do you make a good gaming mouse? What features should it have? How comfortable should it feel in your hand when you grip it? All these questions have rather simple answers and the Logitech G502 Proteus Core answers them well.
Well designed, usable by all
Starting with the layout, the Logitech G502 features a well crafted body constructed from rubber and rubberised plastic and evidently Logitech has taken its G500s and made it better. The new angular design sets the mouse apart from previous generations and places it in-line with the new G-series mice. The new design also incorporates a glowing ‘G’ LED which takes it at par with mice from Razer and Corsair. The reworked button placement is another likable feature as even within this small chassis, Logitech was able to cram in 11 programmable switches. On top of that each switch is big enough to be clicked accurately without looking yet they don’t come in the way, when not in use.
Even the textured grip support for the thumb and the last two fingers give a much better grip over the mouse than any other mouse in its segment. The mouse is also quite handy and supports both the claw as well as the palm grip. This also makes it a good choice for all users, whether you have small or large hands. However, gamers with larger hands who are used to playing with a palm grip mouse (for instance, the Razer Deathadder) may require some getting used to if they shift to the G502. One more thing which isn’t exactly a drawback but I expected a multi-colour LED to be present instead of just the blue.
Ticking everything across the feature list
I believe a good gaming mouse should at least have a DPI controller and the G502 doesn’t disappoint as it offers that and more. In addition to the left and right buttons, it offers a DPI toggle switch behind the cursor wheel and two buttons adjacent to the left mouse button to increase and decrease the DPI. You also have three more buttons at your disposal near your thumb including one sniper button (which lowers the DPI to make it easier to use a sniper rifle in games as long as you hold down the button) and two other buttons which handle back and forward movement under default settings. The cursor wheel itself can be clicked left or right. The scroll wheel has one of the best scroll switches I have seen in ages and if you are browsing long pages, Logitech has you covered. Just behind the scroll wheel there is a button, click it and voila, the good old scroll wheel which offered a 2-DPI scroll till now will change into a free scroll. Whew! That is a lot of stuff in a small mouse.
But the Logitech G502 Proteus Core has even more to offer. It features the highest DPI in a gaming mouse which goes from 200 DPI to 12,000 DPI. Now, 12,000 DPI could be excessive for a single screen gamer but will make sense for gamers running a setup with more than three displays. The new weight system is also an improvement over the G500s. It is now hidden behind a magnetic door at the bottom; open it and you will see grooves in which you can place the six 3.6 g weights according to your liking and they do make a difference when you want that extra precision. All in all, I can say that Logitech has done a great job in speccing up the G502. There is a small niggle however; the mouse feet could have been of a better quality and Logitech should have given an extra set of feet with the mouse.
In order to test the capabilities of this mouse I played all kinds of games, ranging from fast paced FPS games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and CS: GO to slow point and click titles like Grim Fandango and I was amazed by the results. The mouse, in collaboration with its software, offers a satisfying performance in almost all game genres. However, MOBA players who prefer a Razer Naga with its keypad might want to look somewhere else. The hardware is just great. All 11 switches are programmable and can be used or changed according to one’s liking and each button is equally satisfying to press. The grip provided by the frame itself is very glove-like and I was able to shuffle between a claw type hold while playing COD to a palm style hold while playing Dota 2.
This transition is equally supported by the software. Now, having used other gaming mouse software from Razer, Corsair and SteelSeries, I found Logitech’s software much more useful and polished. Every single setting is easy to change and is done on the fly. The software lets you change key-bindings, DPI settings, LED light settings and it even lets you customise the mouse according to the mat surface you are using. Moreover, the heat map setting lets you analyze your gameplay even further. However, the main feature in its software which I liked the most is the ability to save custom profiles. You can save as many profiles as you want on the PC and the mouse itself can store up to three profiles.
Verdict: Dressed to kill
Logitech has done a great job with the G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse. The mouse is precise, full-featured and deadly. From its top of the line build quality to its heartwarming performance, it does it all. It also brings a jaw-dropping spec sheet at a comparatively reasonable price. There are some small niggles which I have pointed out but overall, this is hands down, the best all-round gaming mouse you can buy at the moment.
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Hardik "fluffyVader" Singh
Light at the top, this odd looking creature lives under the heavy medication of video games. Fluffy swore by PC gaming way early in life and has stuck to it. When he is not working, he spends his hours decimating the enemy in Dota 2.