- Huge buttons that make control easy
- Responsive software that allows maximum customisation
- Smart design that just feels great
- Excellent weight adjustment
- Eleven programmable buttons
- Laser depth: 1.5 mm
- DPI control: 200-12,000
- Size: 130 x 76 x 38 mm
- Connection: wired
- Grip: palm and claw grip
- Weight: 164 g (highly adjustable)
If you’re a serious PC gamer then you will know that you need the best gaming mouse in your hands whatever game you’re playing. However, some mice are good for FPS games, and some are better for games like World of Warcraft. It’s rare, in fact, to find a mouse that can handle all game types reasonably well, never mind perfectly.
But if you’re looking for a mouse like that, we think we’ve found it. The Logitech G502 Proteus Core seems to meet the needs of all gamers. There are plenty of features that make it an amazingly versatile mouse. The two key areas in which all mice are judged -design and performance – are those in which this mouse excels, and it beats the competition hands down.
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Note: Before we get into this great piece of gaming equipment, we do have to mention that the mouse has already had an update. The Proteus Spectrum is the newest version, and it comes with illuminated movement. Apart from that, it’s just the same as the model we are reviewing here, and it costs the same too.
Review of Logitech G502 Proteus Core
They’re important, looks, and this one is amazing. It actually has a lower physical profile than any of the mice on the market right now. It’s a sleek, modern thing. There is also a lot of stability available here, with the thumb rest and finger grips being textured perfectly for a nice feel.
You’ll notice that this is a pretty special mouse when you see eleven programmable buttons. It’s a wonderfully sensible setup, not too much and not too little. Basically, it allows the seasoned gamer to get on with their job, and the more casual player to have a mouse that doesn’t look scary. We’ll cover the customisation options a little later in the review, but it has to be said that the number of buttons and the design make the mouse a good all-rounder.
The thumb buttons, by the way, are big and well shaped. And here we find the first real clue that the Proteus is aiming at all game styles, with the lower thumb button being in just the right place for those who like to play FPS titles. This button is particularly clever because it lowers DPI. When you’re sniping, this is invaluable. It’s an intelligent feature of the mouse and shows Logitech’s confidence in the gaming mouse arena.
This mouse is ready for any gamer, and pretty much any preferences. The first thing you need to be aware of is the fact that the mouse runs on the Logitech Gaming Software. This is good news because it has tons of features that make it perfect for the seasoned gamer who wants a mouse that is perfectly aligned with their gaming needs and likes.
Now here’s the exciting part. The mouse is able to store three individual profiles on its internal memory. But when you connect it to your PC, it has a multitude of profiles. And to add to that good news, the software scans your PC to see which games you have installed and automatically sets up profiles for each game. It also happens quickly, with minimum input from you. If there is anything here that makes it the perfect gaming mouse, this adaptability is it.
You’ll also be relieved to know that the profiles are 100% accurate. This is what the modern gamer should be able to expect. It will take seconds for you to drag the commands (such as ‘aim’) to the relevant buttons on the mouse. It couldn’t be simpler.
When it comes to sensitivity, you have complete control over the range here. Interestingly, you can have the DPI all the way up to 12,000. Although this is impressive, we don’t know many people who would find a mouse that sensitive to be of any use to them. But the fact that it’s there is what makes this special.
Breaking new ground
We liked the surface-testing feature, which primes the mouse for maximum control on a range of surfaces. Even if you’re sitting there with an A4 writing pad, the mouse will grip it and give you maximum control of that surface. At the same time, a high-quality mouse pad will offer you the same experience. This is new and innovative stuff and shows just how much effort and research has gone into this mouse.
Amazingly, you also get a full weight-management system. It allows you to choose where and how much weight you want to add to the mouse. Anyone who has ‘spun their wheels’ while trying for a high score will welcome the ability to add weights to the center of the mouse, not just the rear.
This is an area where the Proteus truly shines. The big buttons make control easy, and the programmable aspect (while by no means new in mouse technology) seems to make every type of game we tested easy to control. In strategy games, you can navigate a map quickly and easily, and perform the huge number of functions required when managing troop units. The FPS crowd is easily accommodated (those big buttons are superb for this) and we also found complex adventure games perfectly manageable. The programmable aspects and the clean design of the mouse just work together to produce a very versatile piece of kit.
A mouse for all players. No drawbacks of note, and an incredible range of features. The best part is the design, closely followed by the ability to make the mouse perfect for almost any game. Backed up by Logitech’s excellent software, this one is a winner.