We’re at a point now where gaming mice have to not only perform like a sports car, but look the part as well. There’s a ton of manufacturers out there, who hit that itch. You’ve got Razer’s reliable brand of high performance mice, while the R.A.T.9 still looks like the love-child of the office photocopier and a Decepticon. Then you’ve got Logitech, who usually reach a middle ground between performance and style. That idea hasn’t exactly changed with the G502 Proteus mouse. But the quality is undoubtedly there in a futuristic piece of design.
I quite dug the look of the Proteus. It has the trendy edges of new mice, which make it look perfect for stabbing someone in the face in case of a home invasion, but it’s not overly exaggerated like on other similar mice. It’s sharp where it needs to be, and rounded off at all the right spots, giving it a nice ergonomical feel. Situated between all those angles, is a sexy scrolling mouse, with eleven programmable buttons scattered around the mouse.
It’s a plastic mouse through and through, but the plastic itself feels of a higher quality, while the buttons are situated where you’d want them to be when you’re aiming for a high click-rate. The scroll wheel itself has a nice metallic finish to help separate it from the mouse design, with a Logitech G logo that warmly glows capping the product off. It’s a great shape, and for people like myself who have…not that massive…hands, it’s easy enough to cradle.
Larger/Normal-handed gamers might need to adopt a raised position with their hands to use the device properly, something I observed when I gave the unit to the meat-fists of my father so that he could play Spider Solitaire with it. No complaints about comfort however, and it’s a mouse that I’ve easily spent days using for unbroken hours at a time. Palm or claw grip, you should be sorted. If there’s one complaint I did have however, it’s that the left-sided buttons did feel tad bit slippery at times, due to the angled design.
It’s also not lefty-friendly, so that rules out Southpaws who want to get their hand on this mouse.
Usually, I’m completely terrible at games such as StarCraft and MOBA’s are generally a no-go area with me. With the Proteus G502 however…I was still completely crap at these games. But at least the mouse gave me better options. The big draw of the G502 is that it boasts a DPI of up to 12 000, a staggeringly ludicrous number that you’ll most likely never ever need to max out. It’s essentially a bit of future-proofing from Logitech, for the day when displays pack a higher resolution. Throw the brakes off and unleash all 12 000 DPI with the downloadable Logitech software that allows you to crank it up, and you’ll send your mouse cursor right through your monitor and into outer space.
The G502 easily works at half that DPI, with purists finding their stride with maybe a bit more added to their selection in order to get better control and accuracy in their game of choice. It’s safe to say that the mouse has sensitivity that’s greater than an entire mandatory management seminar on the subject.
The software itself was plenty adequate. Easy enough to use and program, and up to date on various games and suites with the option of custom profiles ready for players. The mouse itself glided easily over surfaces, whether it was a proper mouse pad, a glass table, a T-shirt or a smooth wooden surface. I still need to test how it handles on a clean title, which may be redundant but I feel like being thorough on this. I’ll update on that soon.
As for games, I tried the mouse out on the likes of StarCraft 2, Command and Conquer 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Serious Sam 3, The Sims 4 and Crysis 2. It was easy enough, and the mouse performed admirably within each game. It’s pretty much the gaming mouse that I’d prefer to use right now, as it’d be an easy replacement for my current device, a SteelSeries Sensei Raw mouse. I played each game at 5500 DPI just to get a general feel, and from there I adjusted ever so slightly where needed. For strategy games especially however, the DPI adjustment button was indispensable and helped me set my own pace and lose with a bit of dignity for once.
Unlocking the scroll wheel also allowed me to spin that part of the mouse with reckless abandon, for quicker inputs.
The G502 also features customisable weights. And that’s handy for players who require something with a bit more heft to it, as this mouse does feel light at times despite the solid casing and plastic that surrounds it. Inside the box, there’s a small case with five 3.6 gram steel weights. They’re easy enough to insert so that you can adjust the mass of the G502. I have to confess though, I felt zero difference whatsoever, so I’m chalking that up to my dainty hands just not being sensitive enough to actually feel any difference whatsoever from adding all of those weights in.
Last Updated: May 8, 2015