We do not believe that Logitech needs any introduction, as the company is well-known by both gamers and non-gamers.
We are convinced that all hardware amateurs had a Logitech mouse or keyboard at some point on their desk.
As the title suggests we will discuss the G502 Proteus Core, the successor of G500. We can safely claim that G502 is G500’s successor only by name because there are quite some differences between the two mousses, including manufacturing process, design and the performance offered by its sensors.
Without doubt Proteus Core’s strength is the optic sensor (Pixart PMW 3366) which allows an adjustable DPI from 200 to 12000 (without interpolations). Other specs follow the ascending trend; we get a maximum acceleration of 40G, max speed of 300 inch (760 cm) per second, normal pooling rate of 1000Hz for 2.0 USB and friction index of 10-15μ. Also buttons durability is estimated at 20 million clicks and 250 km for mouse’s support.
Let’s move forward and present its design, construction and software, after which we will discuss how it reacts in several popular games.
From a construction and design point of view we can say that apart from an exception we fully appraise Logitech’s mouse. The case is made of plastic, but the way the buttons are placed, their shape, touching feedback and its side textures, everything is very well thought and put in place.
Finishing touches are of extremely good quality and we believe that its only drawback is the scrolling wheel. This runs in two modes, either “free”, which means the user can scroll without any interference (or feedback) or “standard”, giving feedback at every rotation.
The problem we encountered is that none of these sensors seem to be well calibrated; the scrolling wheel is either moving freely and in vain or has a loud and powerful feedback at every rotation.
The mouse has a medium size (130 x 76 x 38 mm / 121 – 164g), which means that it may not fit those with large hands or those who prefer claw-grip mousses. The management application of Logitech’s mouse is very easy to use, the interface being intuitive and having effects which help the user to spot every button, function or option extremely fast.
Its settings are the usual, starting from adjusting the DPI and the pooling rate and ending with configuring every single button individually, setting macro functions and even configuring some pre-sets depending on the mouse pad you use (an interesting and useful addition). The mouse’s performances in gaming (because that’s what we are interested in) largely depend on every person’s settings.
Subject to the resolution used, the preferred DPI, the sensitivity used in Windows, the mouse pad used and of course to the game played, G502 can either offer excellent results or just mediocre ones.
Except those extremely exigent hard-core gamers who need a high DPI, the 12.000 DPI the mouse has should not be a decision factor for anyone looking to buy a gaming mouse.
G502 is an efficient and customisable gaming mouse with a great design and construction. Yes, it is made of plastic but the finishing touches, the textures, the positions and the shapes of the buttons are elements which decisively contribute to an enjoyable using experience.
The only problem seemed to be the scrolling wheel, which needed an intermediary mode to offer a subtle and silent feedback at every scroll. Even so, setting the free-to-move mode and figuring out a fitting scrolling speed seems to be a good solution. In daily use, both while gaming or performing other tasks, G502 acted extremely well, being a comfortable tool to use as well as a very accurate one.
Concerning its software Logitech, as well as Razor and a few other pioneering companies in gaming peripherals, has an easy-to-use application which is compatible and well-integrated in operating systems, feat which is the result of many years of experience.
There is only one more aspect to discuss – the price of this Logitech mouse. It is definitely not cheap, but we cannot say this takes us by surprise; after all G502 is a top-range product and it has a fitting price.