Logitech G502 Proteus Core: Simply the Best? – review
How can the best be improved? Logitech after launching the G500 on the market a few years ago, one of the best mice around, aimed to outdo itself with G502 Proteus Core and today we will find out if it succeeded.
Once you take the device out of the box, you understand that the Proteus Core is a rational and well-designed mouse, where everything is in its place; it is neither minimalist nor excessive. There is rubber where a firm grip is needed, every finger finds its place without problems and the dimensions are perfect for any type of grip. Although it has eleven programmable buttons, it manages to place them all in the right place.
So we have the right button, the left one, three possible click directions for the wheel, two buttons immediately below, two more at the top to adjust the sensitivity and three buttons near the thumb. The only non-programmable key is the second one immediately below the wheel, which regulates the mode of use. In fact, if you want you can decide whether to slide it freely or use it like all other mice.
The aesthetics of the Proteus Core is remarkable and winks at those who appreciate mice with an aggressive line.
In our opinion, the free scroll mode of the wheel is the mouse’s only flaw. It is true that in this way scrolling texts and longer pages becomes very easy, but this is to the detriment of precision. Using this mode in the game is impossible and the same goes for all those situations where a precise scroll can make a difference. After some time you will forget about this option.
All the other keys are designed to be pressed without having to move the hand too much and only a person with particularly large hands could have any problems. Logitech could hardly have placed them better; in particular, those close to thumb are perfect for the most recurring skills, while the change of sensitivity near the left button will delight any sniper. To properly configure the Proteus Core you need to use the Logitech Gaming Software which after an uncertain start has managed, update after update, to reach the standards dictated by the competition, such as the Razer Synapse.
The mouse can store three predefined profiles in its internal memory and an unlimited number on the PC. If you don’t have the time or desire to create one, the software will take care of analyzing your hard drive, finding out what games you have and configuring a profile accordingly. For the rest, the customization of the controls is very simple: just click on the desired command and drag it to the chosen button, the software takes care of applying the profile as soon as the game is run. Obviously it is also possible to create a series of macros, control the lighting levels of the mouse and manage the DPI from 200 up to 12,000 (!), Even if this last setting is the prerogative of the craziest highsensers.
The 12000 DPI sensor is far beyond the capabilities of any average user.
But that’s not all, on the Proteus Core there are two other functions dedicated to gaming lovers: the possibility of analyzing the sliding surface and adjusting its weight. The G500 also allowed the latter option, but the Proteus Core refines it with a small magnetic door at the bottom, which houses five 3.6-gram weights that can be positioned at will. This possibility offers even more extreme control and customization, dedicated to those who are able to accurately perceive the difference between a weight positioned in the center and one on the side.
As for the accuracy of the sensor, obviously we are at the highest levels. If it is raised even slightly, the pointer remains nailed in place and even when you lift the mouse and put it back the movements are minimal. The materials are excellent, as per Logitech tradition, and the ergonomics are excellent, although adaptable only to right-handers. If we really want to find a defect to the Proteus Core it is its “generalist” character, which could penalize it against mice designed and created for specific genres, such as MMOs or MOBAs, but these are still details that could just annoy those who deal with it. of tournaments at high levels.
Anyone looking for a precise, solid, comfortable and durable mouse should definitely not miss the G502 Proteus Core, a peripheral capable of satisfying most of the requests of the average gamer. For the rest there is little else to add: in the price range of 70 euros, Logitech has simply set a new standard for the category and now it is up to the competition to fight back with a product of the same level. In this sense, there will be no lack of competition.