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.
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.
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.
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