Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse Review – A Serious Gamer’s Tool

Logitech G502 Proteus Mouse
by Tom Roeder on June 9, 2014 in Peripherals

Let’s face it – most people have heard of Logitech, and most of those who are tech savvy have become well-acquainted with the company’s various offerings over the years. I’ve been mostly pleased with everything I’ve tried from Logitech before, so let’s find out if the G502 Proteus gaming mouse continues the trend.

A Tour of the Software

As you might imagine, this mouse will work very well for just about everything you could want it to do by simply plugging it in to the nearest USB port and letting your OS do the rest, but it is certainly worth installing the software companion to take full advantage of this mouse’s features.   The installation of the software is very smooth, as you would expect from any modern device like this.

There are 11 programmable buttons on this mouse.  These can be programmed to perform commands, shortcuts, keystrokes and multi-key macros.  The Logitech Gaming Software is required to do this, and you can download that for free right here.

Logitech G502 Software Install Dialog Box 1

This mouse is fully adaptable to your environment – it comes out of the box optimized for Logitech gaming mouse pads, but with the company’s software interface you can add your own mouse pad/surface profiles and train your mouse to be optimal with your set up.

The G502 Proteus Core features in-game DPI shifting – what this means is you can change the sensitivity of your mouse on-the-fly.  If you were running through a FPS, navigating your way through a map, you are going to want a fairly high DPI setting as you will want to be able to scan your environment quickly.  Once you find that perfect spot to take the shot with your sniper rifle, just a couple of clicks of the buttons to change your DPI to the lowest possible setting will give you that hair-splitting sensitivity to make that head shot.

The first screen of the software tool is the standard welcome screen, thanking you for purchasing the product, and it’s where you will select your language.  The next screen will give you a mile-long EULA, which means nothing, but you are expected to read it.  Make sure you read it; after all, buying a mouse is a big responsibility, and you don’t want to be exposing yourself!

The software then will detect eligible hardware that you have on your system that it can customize.  On my system for example, the software found my archaic Logitech G11 keyboard, along with the G502 Proteus Core mouse.  The last step of the install will confirm that the software is installed correctly.

After you’ve navigated through all of that, you will get the main screen of the mouse software, dubbed “Gaming Software”.  On this screen you can select which device you would like to customize, as this software will work with many different Logitech peripherals.

Logitech G502 Software Button Setup 1

Here you will see all of the button’s current assignments, these are fully-customizable, and you can have up to three different profiles.   You may choose one profile for gaming – where you would program each button to do whatever you want for whichever game you are currently playing – even keystrokes and multi-key macros.  You could assign a profile specifically tailored to editing audio or video.  Media editing programs can be very complicated and programmable buttons to perform shortcuts would be very beneficial, saving you a lot of time.

The next screen is for Surface Tuning – this will maximize the sensor accuracy.  There are two presets already loaded in, for the Logitech G240 and G440 Gaming mouse pads.  I don’t have either of those, so I created a profile for my 3M Precise Mouse Pad (lame, I know).  This was easy enough and only took about a minute.  You can also utilize this feature if you aren’t using a mouse pad, and just using the top of your desk.

Logitech G502 Software Surface Calibration

Logitech G502 Software Surface Calibration 2

Logitech G502 Software Surface Cailbration Complete

The next screen we look at is Settings.  Under the General tab you will find startup preferences, macro control, illumination control, graphics, and whether or not to allow the program to scan your computer for installed games. It also offers you presets tailored to fit those games.

Logitech G502 Software Mouse Setting 1

This screen shows the settings for the mouse itself.  Here you can control the illumination, angle snapping, and check for firmware updates.

Page List

1. Introduction
2. A Tour of the Software
3. Testing & Final Thoughts

  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    The free wheel mode of the mouse is an actual blessing on large vertical documents. I use this mode extensively on another Logitech mouse I own which also features it.

    It doesn’t take long to adapt to the sensitive nature of the wheel, and it allows for very fast vertical scroll. It’s incredible useful if you are a programmer, or even on the web once you get used to it. I agree it is not what you’d expect to see on a gamming mouse. But in a productive environment, it offers a smooth, highly sensitive, precise and fast scroll.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      I agree. I haven’t used a wheel like that since the Logitech Revolution, but I didn’t mind it when I had it, and did like the fact I could scroll up and down a page with unparalleled speed. I’m not sure I’d like it in gaming though.

  • Eivind Tandberg Beltran

    It is quite amusing that you cannot find a scenario where the hyper scroll function is of any use. I can give you two:1. Tall web pages 2. Scrolling source code. What is irritating is that you make the assumption on behalf of all would-be users without hesitation. It comes off as very subjective, like saying: “I don’t care for…” or “I prefer….” On behalf of a lot of readers I would like to say that we do not care about your personal preferences :-) Really !
    For me this mouse turned out to be what I was looking for. Not because there aren’t good competitors out there, but exactly because it has that functionality in the scroll wheel(which you can lock to “detent” as you yourself will admit)
    So ultimately this mouse has some of the absolute best features + the feature that you don’t like( But can turn off) Anyone see a problem ??