Everybody knows that when it comes to gaming, there is nothing more important than having equipment that does what is required. Whether it be a headset that picks up footsteps and noises that would otherwise go unnoticed, or keyboards that give you the edge as far as macros go. Just as important is the mouse. You want something comfortable to use, something that works seamlessly, and something that delivers in pretty much all aspects of the game. Does the newly released Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse live up to expectations? Let’s find out! Check out the unboxing video below.
Packaging is always something that catches my eye, and probably the eye of others, too. The G502 packaging does not disappoint. With its blue and black colour scheme, and a nice image of the mouse on the front of the box, it’s easy enough to see what you are getting. The sides and back of the box provides information not only relating to the mouse itself, but also specifications. Opening the flap on the front of the box, you are greeted with a nice view of the mouse through the clear plastic window. Removing the mouse from the box is where the real magic starts.
The G502 itself is actually really easy on the eye. It is a black mouse all over, apart from the Logitech Gaming logo which illuminates a nice blue colour, and a slight light blue strip on the left side and also on the base. This blue strip is where you can remove the enclosure on the base of the mouse and access the space where you can add up to five 3.6g weights (included), to add a bit of weight to the mouse if it is too light for you. Altogether there are 11 programmable mouse buttons, perfect for macro customisation within the downloadable software, and the solid metal scroll wheel has something different about it. It has two modes – a Free Roll mode and a Restricted mode. The Free Roll mode is perfect for web browsing as it provides endless, fast scrolling, while the Restricted mode presents the standard scrolling that we are all used to, and what I think gamers would be more inclined to use. It is also easy to swap between to the two modes – just click the button directly behind the scroll wheel.
After downloading the software and getting the G502 set up and ready to go, it was time to put it to the test. The software gives you the ability to change the button layout, set macros for in-game use if you wish, and also allows you to fine tune the mouse for use on the surface of your choice. This is achieved by going into the Surface Tuning section of the software and calibrating the mouse. There are defaults already present, but you can add your own. Simple click the Add New Surface button, name the profile with the surface you are using and you are taken through a setup wizard which requires you to move the mouse in a figure 8 pattern while pressing on the Left mouse button until the wizard is complete. Upon completion, the difference is instantly noticeable when using the mouse on your surface of choice. You can also make changes to the DPI (Dots Per Inch) within the software. The range is from 200 to 12,000 (wow!). Having the ability to customise the DPI this much means that there most definitely should be a setting to suit everyone, and any game of choice. Lastly, there is an option to enable G-Shift. This means that when you press the designated G-Shift button the mouse, you can use the assigned mouse buttons to perform tasks such as switching between browser tabs and changing the Zoom on the page.
Comfort wise, I am yet to suffer any discomfort while using the G502. My hands are reasonably small and it’s almost as if the mouse was made to fit. The buttons are all placed within reach so there is no need to reach for them and the slightly grooved space for the thumb provides somewhere for the thumb to sit, rather than balancing it on the edge of the mouse or on the desk. The rubber grip that is placed on both sides of the mouse adds extra grip for both the thumb, and the outer fingers, something else that I like very much.
Overall, the G502 mouse is actually a really nice bit of kit. The design and responsiveness is something that I think every gamer will love and the little added extras like the option to add weights, and the ability to change from Free Roll to Resctricted modes on the scroll wheel is a nice touch. With a price tag of £69.99, I think that the Logitech G502 Proteus Core is a mouse that gamers should definitely pay attention to.