What is The Best Gaming Mouse? This is a question that's been asked hundreds (If not thousands) of times in the PC Gaming community, and I think I've finally found the answer.
I've used dozens of gaming mice in the past (My previous recommendation was the Redragon Lavawolf), and even compiled a Top 5 list of some of my favorites. However, after returning to the Proteus Core, (To go with my new Logitech G910 Orion Spark) I've realized something - The Logitech G502 eclipses every single one.
This mouse blows almost ever other mouse I've ever used out of the water. This is no exaggeration, all you have to do is use the G502 for a few minutes to realize how unique it is (I haven't used any of Logitech's older mice, so I don't know how similar it might be to them).
It's extremely comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. It feels durable, and it's highly customizable to boot. It has all the makings of a great mouse, though there are a few minor issues I have with it.
Because there's a lot of ground to cover here, I'll be dividing this review into a few areas of the mouse I want to talk about - Comfort/ergonomics, functionality and customization. I believe these are the three things you should look for in any good gaming mouse, and, fortunately, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core fits all three perfectly.
Product Overview - Logitech G502 Proteus Core
- 11 Programmable buttons, all conveniently placed and easy to access
- RGB LED Color Customization
- Extremely comfortable and ergonomic with rubberized thumb rest
- Feels sturdy - High quality materials
- Some have complained about the smooth metallic scroll wheel (I like it, personally)
- Surface tuning didn't seem to make a difference, but the mouse already tracked just fine
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Comfort & Ergonomics
As I stated in my introductory paragraphs, the G502 is one of the most comfortable mice I've ever used. This is due largely to the rubberized thumb rest.
It is shaped perfectly, and allows room for my thumb to rest comfortably while still being able to easily press the buttons in that area (The Redragon Lavawolf made it difficult to avoid pressing the forward and back buttons, resulting in lost writing progress at times).
I have particularly large hands, so it's also important to mention (For others like myself) that the G502 fits my hand perfectly. It's slightly larger than the Redragon Lavawolf, and it has a taller rounded top that will conform to your palm far better.
While I wish there was something for my pinky finger to rest on (I use a claw grip), the rest of the mouse is the perfect size for me.
For those with smaller hands who are worried it may be too difficult to move the mouse around, fret not - The weight of the mouse is completely adjustable (I'll talk more about that further on down the article), and based on other Amazon reviews, those with small to medium sized hands have found this mouse perfectly comfortable as well.
So, we know the G502 is comfortable, but what about special functions and utilities? The logitech G502 has a few to speak of that set it apart from the competition. First is something I'm a big fan of - The DPI switches.
There are technically 3 DPI switches, but only two of them actually switch up and down between DPI settings (There are 3 pre-set settings the buttons toggle between, but they can be changed and configured in the customization software).
These two buttons are conveniently placed right to the left of the left mouse button. All you do is slightly press down on the up or down DPI button to toggle between the DPI pre-sets..
This is actually quite brilliant button placement, in my opinion. It's hard to describe exactly why it works so well, but something about simply being able to shift my finger an inch to the left to change the DPI is just wonderful.
The third DPI switch is quite unique. It's located near the thumb rest, but it's not a "Toggle" button - You hold it down to quickly shift the DPI down to its lowest preset setting.
I've never used a mouse that had a dedicated button for downshifting the DPI specifically for sniping, but it's pretty awesome and easy to use. When you release the button, the DPI switches back to whatever setting you had it on before.
Other than the DPI switches, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core has two other cool features in terms of functionality - A unique scroll wheel and weight tuning capabilities. I'll discuss the scroll wheel first.
It's made of a smooth metal material with slight ridges for gripping purposes. For some reason I can't quite understand yet, a lot of users have complained about this, saying the smooth metal makes it difficult to grip the scroll wheel comfortably.
While I don't want to say they're wrong per se, I haven't had any issues with the scroll wheel at all - In fact, I think the metal was a brilliant idea, as it keeps the scroll wheel cool to the touch. I only wish the entire mouse was made out of the same material!
The scroll wheel can tilt left and right (Which can be bound to keybinds or macros, just as all the other buttons on the mouse can), and can be toggled into "Free wheel" mode by simply pressing a button directly below the scroll wheel. This is great for spreadsheets or long webpages.
Weight & Balance Tuning
Finally, I wanted to discuss the weight and balance tuning. As you can see in the image to the right, you simply remove a magnetic cover on the bottom of the mouse to access the weight area.
Each weight can be adjusted, swapped, or removed entirely using the included set of weights.
I prefer a heavier mouse, so I put all of the weights in, but you are free to mix and match as you choose. It's nice to have the option to do so, at the very least.
You can customize the G502 in both color and keybinding aspects, both using Logitech's Customization Software. The interface is simply and easy to navigate, yet surprisingly robust - There's plenty of options and aesthetic choices for you depending on the peripheral you are customizing, but the G502 in particular allows for color and keybinding customization.
The G502 model I purchased was the RGB model, so I was able to select whatever color I wanted for my built-in LEDs using simple sliders. The Blue LED version has a few minor physical aesthetic differences (The weight area is a light blue, as is the edge of the thumb rest), but is otherwise identical.
You can, of course, change each button to perform whatever action you'd like a - Anything from crouching in a video game to opening up a web page. Logitech's software can also scan for existing games on your system.
If it is compatible with any of the given games installed on your rig (I have no reason to believe it isn't compatible with every game out there right now, but better to be on the safe side), it will allow you to map in-game actions (Such as opening up specific menus or casting certain spells) to each button as you please.
Final Verdict: 5/5 - Excellent
I tried very hard to find something I didn't like about the G502, but I just couldn't. It's a massive step up from other mice I've had in the past, and complaints others have had simply don't affect me (Such as the smooth metal scroll wheel) as much.
The G502 is extremely customizable, comfortable, and feature-rich. It's a perfect choice for anyone looking to upgrade from their existing gaming mouse, and I honest'y don't think there's really much else out there that can compete.
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