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Logitech Proteus G502 Gaming Mouse Review
The Logitech Proteus stands out on paper for its sheer number of features and pure force of specs, but how does it stand up in real life? In general, you can usually trust Logitech mice as a good basic to go with when you want a budget item, but with up to 12,000 DPI, snazzy features like adjustable weights, 11 programmable buttons and an MSRP of $79.99, it’s far from budget or basic.
Logitech Proteus G502 Specs
The Logitech Proteus G502 features a variety of high-end gaming specs that you can adjust based on your personal preference. These include:
- 200-12,000 DPI with quick adjustments for FPS gaming
- 11 Programmable Buttons, including Trigger Buttons
- Surface Calibration for performance on different desktops and mats
- Dual-mode hyperfast wheel for precise clicks
- Weight and balance adjustments – with individual weights
- 32-bit onboard ARM controller
- Onboard memory allowing you to store 3 profiles on the mouse for quick loading
- Up to 40G acceleration
- Up to 300 inches per second speed
Essentially, if you’re looking for a gaming or FPS mouse with specs, then the Logitech Proteus comes in at pretty much top of the line.
Unfortunately, good specs doesn’t always mean a good mouse, so we tested this out on both Windows and Mac, with a couple of different types of games including World of Warcraft, Helsing, Call of Duty and Laura Croft.
Speed: The Logitech Proteus is extremely fast and responsive. If you’re not used to using high DPI mice, it will be too fast for you and might get in the way until you adjust. Luckily, you can set five different profiles on one mouse and quickly switch between them. This came in really handy when sniping, because you can adjust the DPI to the lowest setting for precision targeting.
Accuracy: Everything from the clicks to the scrolling wheel is extremely accurate and unless you miss your target because you have the DPI up too high, then you’ll probably do just fine with this mouse.
Balance Tuning and Weight: If you’ve ever picked up a new mouse and stumbled with it at first because it’s a different weight or size than your previous mouse then your problems are over. The Proteus uses a really unique balancing system that allows you to take out and add weights until the mouse is comfortable for you.
Buttons: If you’re not used to using multiple buttons for macros or triggering, then you’re going to have trouble with the buttons here. However, they are tactile, so you do feel when you click them, which reduces accidental clicks. If you’re using the Proteus as an FPS mouse, then you can set triggers for different weapons and set one to fire with, which should make your life a lot easier. If you’re doing an RPG or MMRPG then you can set buttons for your favorite spells, macros and actions. Once you get over the learning curve, they do save a lot of time. However, you do have to program them using Logitech’s software, which takes more than a few minute to download. Once you download it, you can use a number of pre-set profiles for different games or create your own based on your gameplay. The two standard buttons are located right under the thumb, which makes them easy to press.
Size: If you’re used to other Logitech gaming mice, then this might be a little narrower then you are used to. However, you should adjust fairly quickly. However, it does make it a great option for women, teens, and anyone with small hands, because it fits easily into your palm and works really well with a claw grip. Unfortunately, if you have big hands, you might find this mouse to be much too narrow. This one is definitely aimed at the international markets, and therefore not always 100% ideal if you have larger hands.
Sensors: At 12,000 DPI, you probably won’t be maxing out the responsiveness on this anytime soon, unless you happen to be part borg, because let’s face it, most of us don’t have the wrist and hand/eye responsiveness to accurately use a mouse moving that much with that little movement. Personally, I eventually set it to around 2,500 DPI and just left it there. You’ll also find that the surface calibration is more of a gimmick than anything because in my experience it didn’t really affect the mouse at all. It does not work on glass but works well on wood and desktop surfaces as well as mats and pads.
Profiles: Once you download Logitech’s software you can create multiple gaming profiles and then load up to three of them directly on the mouse for instant loading when you open a game. This is really handy for switching between games because you won’t have to separately load your favorite gaming profiles. However, you will have to load a profile before you play a new game, or before you go to play something not in your top three. If you frequently switch between games, this might eventually get a bit annoying.
Overall, the Logitech Proteus G502 is a quality mouse with a few minor exceptions. For example, the middle switch is low quality, the scrolling wheel in the middle is made of metal and will definitely take some getting used to, and you might have to replace parts or purchase a new mouse if you drop it onto a hard surface. Most of the switches on the gaming mouse are Omrons, which are rated for 5-20 million clicks depending on whether they are primary or not, so you can get a lot of life out of the mouse unless you drop it.
What’s the Verdict?
With a variety of features, a price that comes in under some of the competing gaming mice and a lot of customizable options, Logitech’s Proteus G502 is one of the most versatile gaming mice we’ve tried. It works just as well for FPS and RPG games, so it’s a sure thing if you like to mix up your gameplay.