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.

Testing & Final Thoughts

I ran this mouse through a gambit of various tests.  I played around with video editing, casual Web surfing, and of course, gaming.  I found that the feel of the mouse in my hand not at all awkward – it was just a natural extension of my hand.

My one major complaint as to how the mouse feels is with the scroll wheel.  There are two different modes that this scroll wheel comes with – detent style or smooth free-wheeling.  When I say free-wheeling, I mean just that.  The bearings or bushings that Logitech used must be aerospace grade; this thing will spin for a very long time if you give it a good hard swipe with your finger – almost like a frictionless perpetual motion device.  I cannot imagine in my wildest dreams a scenario in a game, or even browsing the Web, where this would be useful.  When browsing the Web, it is really a useless feature as it is so sensitive; even lifting your finger off of it can make your page scroll.

Fellow gamers that I asked could not give me a scenario where something like this would be useful.  Not to worry though, as with a click of the button directly behind the scroll wheel, you get the detent style wheel.  I found issue with this as well, as the detents seemed a little firm and noisy for my personal tastes.  I admit, I am being very picky here and basically splitting hairs like an anal-retentive schlub, but hey, that is what I am here for.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Mouse Belly

Other than the scroll wheel, I really cannot find anything else to complain about – at all.  As I said before, the mouse feels absolutely great in your hand, totally natural for me, and I have owned many mice in my day.  The cord on the mouse is light and moves very easily, making you quickly forget that you are using a corded mouse.  The software is well-thought-out and very intuitive, offering you countless combinations of preferences and settings.

Logitech G502 Proteus Mouse

The computer mouse is undoubtedly the one component you will be the most familiar with.  Your hand will spend more time on it than any other component, and thanks to modern software making everything a graphical UI for the last 25-or-so-years, the mouse is really what gets you around on your computer.  This makes selecting your mouse not something you want to be whimsy with, like buying whatever Amazon has in its God Box deal.

At an MSRP of $79.99, this is a very competitively-priced mouse.  Regardless of whether you are a hardcore gamer, doing CAD, editing video, or are just the casual Web-surfer who wants a hot-looking well-made mouse, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core will certainly meet your needs.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse - Techgage Editor's Choice
Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

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 ??