Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse 5

Back in my high school days, I realised that I really enjoyed PC gaming, particularly the competitive side of it. I played a plethora of multiplayer titles at several LANs, and later, online. It later became obvious however, that I needed something more than my no-name brand mouse to take my skills to the next level.

Based on a friend’s recommendation, I saved up some cash and threw it at a blue optical MX510. That mouse served me for around 8 years, and it still works today. The only reason I didn’t keep using it was because, well I had to keep with the times. Laser was, and still is all the rage. I moved on to the more modern G500, and a few years later, to the mouse I’m using now, the G500s.

Seeing a pattern here? Yeah, I’m quite the fan of Logitech mice, so imagine my excitement when their latest offering, the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB tunable gaming mouse, ended up on my doorstep for review. Is it any good? You bet!

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse 3

The box for the G502 is surprisingly skinny. This initially lead me to believe that the mouse itself was a lot more compact than what I’m used to. Unboxing it however, yielded a device that is almost the exact same size as my G500s; just the teeniest bit sleeker. Look, I know I’m a big Logitech fan, but I honestly don’t think I’m being even remotely subjective in saying that the G502 is a gorgeous looking mouse. Its design is simple, yet elegant. That sleek black finish, with a hint of customisable LED lights, really makes for an attractive piece of hardware that doesn’t look like it’s over the top, or trying too hard.

The scroll on the device has a satisfying, sure click to it. This will make weapon selection for example, as precise as one could ever hope for it to be.  Otherwise, if you’re inclined to live a little… dangeously, there’s a little button just below the wheel, which when pressed, will allow it to spin with reckless abandon. The G502 spin is so smooth and fast, that I managed to beat Darryn’s 100 meter scroll record of 00:54.04 seconds on my  very first attempt, with a time of 00:51:32.

Packed into the G502’s slim frame are a whopping 11 buttons, all of which are customisable. They should be easily accessible to every single user, no matter how small or large their hands are. The buttons are also placed smartly (for the most part – more on that in a second). My thumb for example sat on the allocated rubberised grip with ease, and had more than enough room to rest without fear of accidentally pushing something whenever I moved the mouse about.

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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse 6

Despite its rad design, there is room for improvement on the G502. Without even realising it, my finger often sidled over, and pushed the G6 button. As you can see in the image above, it’s a button that rests just to the top left of the left click. By default, G6 ups the DPI sensitivity. As a result of me accidentally clicking it multiple times, there were many occasions where my little cursor flew about a little too quickly for my liking. Many times, I had to stop whatever I was doing to rectify the situation.

Granted, doing so isn’t a huge missions (all I had to do was push G5 really) but this small annoyance can really be a bigger issue in-game. I pushed the G6 button often during ordinary PC use. Can you imagine how many times it got clicked during frantic gaming? There was nothing worse than wondering why my aim in a fast paced game like Overwatch was completely off, only to realise that it’s due to that pesky G6, and not because I completely sucked (that may be true… BUT STILL).

That really is me nitpicking though. A less clumsy gamer will likely find little to no issue with that very same button. I’m just more used to my G500s I guess, which has the DPI buttons in a similar position to that of the G502. They’re just a lot smaller, and placed a little lower and out of the way. I much prefer that personally.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse software

Performance wise, there is very little I can criticise about the G502. The biggest hurdle I have with any mouse in general, is the initial setup phase. It usually takes a while to get used to a new device. Getting it to act like the device it’s replacing can sometimes be a herculean task. Seeing as I’ve had a bunch of Logitech devices over the years though, getting used to the G502 took almost no time at all. After dabbling with the excellent Logitech Gaming Software for a few minutes, I was good to go, and everything felt as it should.

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I’m not one for setting up different macros and profiles, but the options are there for those who do. What’s nice is that these settings can be saved directly to the mouse, meaning it never has to be setup again once plugged into a different PC.

In terms of actual movement and the like, the G502 does a stellar job too. By default, it’s a pretty heavy mouse, which some may not like. The weight distribution and net value can be adjusted quite a bit, thanks to the included weights at least. Once I fiddled around with several different potential layouts, I found what I really liked, and moving the mouse about proved to be a breezy experience – despite its “heavy” default weight.

 

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse 4

Dimensions and Specifications

  • Dimension: 132(L) x 75(W) x 40(H) mm
  • Weight adjusting: 4pcs x 4.5g
  • Weight (mouse + cable): 168g
  • Weight (mouse only): 121g
  • Additional optional weights: 5 x 3.6g
  • Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
  • Max. acceleration: >40G
  • Max. speed: >300 ips
  • USB report rate: 10000Hz (1ms)
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit
  • Buttons: 11 programmable, including DPI-shift
  • LED: 16.8 million colours
  • RRP: R1299-1499

Overall, the G502 Proteus Spectrum is a really great mouse. The only thing I can pick on really, other than my one bit of subjective criticism above, is its recommended retail price.Gaming mice are expensive, no doubt about it, and I know our exchange rate isn’t doing us any favours, but with a recommended retail price of R1299 and up, I find the G502 a little on the pricey side.

Though, truth be told, If I had the money, and had to choose, I’d gladly choose it over the Diamondback for example. Razer’s mouse costs about the same, but isn’t quite in the same league in my opinion.

Yeah, I love the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse. I’m going to cry when the delivery company comes to pick it up. They’re going to have to pry it from my kung-fu grip for sure.

Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse
Summary
A fantastic gaming mouse, marred only perhaps by its steep asking price. The G502 is packed with features, and will make those who can afford it, very, very happy.
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Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    “that I needed something more than my no-name brand mouse to take my skills to the next level.”

    Like talent? I’ll carry on reading now.

    • hairyknees

      What a dick 😛

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        At least…he has one…that you can see

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          …..um…. thanks? O_o

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            😀

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            o_O

          • Deceased

            Sounds like he’s got you covered, like a Jimmy Hat XD

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        He’s just jealous because the mouse isn’t suited for lefties.

        • hairyknees

          Yeah lefties left out to dry again with this mouse 🙁

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I didn’t even notice that! Once again the tyrannical right-handed majority attempts to subvert the naturally superior lefty race through technological chicanery.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            It all sounded very serious until you said lefty.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Careful now, wouldn’t want something to accidentally happen to your Telkom line would we? Be a right shame. Oh… something has? Well, well, well.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Hmmmphhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
            Of course, it’s still broken. Since last week Wednesday. And I haven’t heard a thing, even after calling and getting them to escalate the fault.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Oh, I called them back to say that everything is sorted….

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            No wonder you like your meat charred

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only some right-handed ninny would eat raw meat. Explains their disgusting worm-like fingers.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Raw meat and medium rare meat is not even close to being the same thing lefty

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Like you can tell the difference. If you don’t kill it with fire it’s obviously not dead.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Kill with knife.
            Warm meat until it stops bleeding.
            Eat the nomnoms
            Burn the gross pieces.
            Burn them some more.
            And some more.
            Serve to Trevor.
            Trevor enjoys.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Typical caveman. :/

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Yes you are, killing meat three/four times

          • HvR

            IF you were naturally superior you would be the majority
            http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/517/111/fbd.jpg

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            BOOOOM!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s a predator/prey relationship. Too many predators thin out the herd.

          • HvR

            Because left hand fighting is so useless making you easy prey.
            https://media1.giphy.com/media/RY4tWACV5NjiM/200.gif

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That gif has it right. The lefty at the top of the ladder.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Newsflash, they are both lefties, you can’t even get along with your own kind

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s healthy competition that makes us even better.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I don’t think I’ve ever used a Logitech mouse, they’ve just never appealed to me. Like this one – I prefer a sleeker, simpler design without a ton of buttons because I’m easily confused and can’t remember what half the buttons do anyway, this looks like it was designed by someone who has an unhealthy obsession with Lego and Chinese assembly instructions.

    • hairyknees

      I’m not a fan of a million buttons either. I really like the design of this mouse though – nothing looks out of place at all 🙂

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Lies.

    Diamondback is supreme!

    I still have the ’05 model.

    Not. One. Click. Missed.

    I’m sorry, but out of ALL the Logitech equipment that I’ve dealt with (I do procurement as well at work), they are inferior tech.

    • hairyknees

      Meh 😛 I only had issue with my G500. After two years, I took it back because it was faulty. I got given a brand new one 🙂 other than that, no issues at all!

    • HvR

      Sadly seems Razors over the last couple years not close to that built quality.
      Mine broke twice within the year warranty before I opted for refund; form internet searches I was not alone in my experience.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Strange, no issues on my side.

        What year model did you get?

        • HvR

          IIRC 2012, after that went TeSport which was even more of a disaster after that bought a Zalman cheapie which so far outlasted both.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Interesting, perhaps a bad batch?

          • HvR

            Form the forums trying to fix it (was hoping it was driver issue) seems over that 2012/2013 there were lots of people having issues.

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    R1,300 to R1,500
    For a mouse.
    I say hell no.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      You want to pay R100 I take it?

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        I’ll pay what it’s worth.
        There are other with the same quality and specs for half that price.

      • Jan Prins

        No offense meant, but my R100.00 mouse still works just as well as it did 3 years ago. I guess it must be you do not miss what you never had.
        Like the love of my first girlfriend. Oh she SAID she loved me, alas, I was a fool…

  • Jan Prins

    My Word! If I had to operate that mouse I would unknowingly end up hacking something important…

  • chimera_85

    I would love a gaming mouse but the prices are insane. I guess it’s more or less the same when buying another controller for a console.

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