Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In an ever expanding sea of mice to choose from, a departure from what is expected is what will set individual products on a plateau above all others. There are companies out there breaking into the market, cloning previous designs, or at the very least, throwing something together. This is done to try to run with the big dogs in the peripherals market, in hopes to offer you a full assortment of products which share branding. However, as some companies, like Logitech, who have been around forever, are left holding the best hand, and can expand upon the basic, and deliver something unique and exceptionally user-friendly.
Even as we were getting our feet wet in gaming, it wasn't long until we got our mitts on the MX518 for gaming, and used the MX1000 exclusively for years, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. With reviews taking us in so many directions, across the gamut of what is offered in mice, it had been a while since we played around with something Logitech. Not too long ago, we asked for the G700s, and were we ever in for a treat. There was a distinct evolution in every facet of design, in fact, we liked it so much we still employ it on the HTPC to this day. After nearly three years since, we thought we may as well see what Logitech has going on in mice, as long as we already had the G910 Orion Spark being delivered for testing, it only made sense to ask.
This bring us to why we have you here today. Logitech has paired our time with the G910, and sent us the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse to get our opinion on it as well. In short, what you are about to see, is a product that offers superb tracking abilities, wrapped up in a sleek and ergonomic, almost a take on the RAT7, but nowhere near as ugly. This is form fit to any right-hand user and delivers everything we expect from Logitech, as well as taking things to the next level in gaming mice. The G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB is teetering at the top as one of the best mice ever, and that alone should be reason enough to find out why.
The left side of the chart that is provided by Logitech covers all of the fundamental aspects of what you are getting. We are given the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB's 910-004615 part number, and no matter how you address its name, it is covered with a two-year warranty. As for what you need to have to be able to utilize the G502 fully, the chart shows you need Windows 7 or a newer Microsoft OS, a USB port to connect the mouse to, and also an internet connection to obtain the software. At the bottom, it is said that there are a mouse and some literature in the box, but they do leave out the weight system that is also packaged in this box.
On a technical level, the PMW3366 optical sensor has a range of 200 to 12,000 DPI and it can be adjusted in 50 DPI increments. Maximum acceleration that the sensor can read at is shown to be more than 40Gs, but must fall under 50G, or they would have shown that. The G502 can also be moved at an astounding speed of 300 inches per second, and they obtained the IPS and G-ratings using the G240 Gaming Mouse Pad. Responsiveness is speaking about the 32-bit ARM MCU at the heart of this design. Data is sent at 16bits per axis, and it offers a 1ms report rate. Using the G502 on a veneer desktop, they also figured out the very low coefficient of friction, both when moving, and from a stop.
Durability is also discussed, and while we understand the 20-million click lifespan of the Omron switches, we assume the 250 kilometers means the total amount of movement, but that could easily vary from user to user in our opinion. Logitech is also sure to cover the dimensions and weight of the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB at the bottom, but there is no mention of the materials or styling, you will just have to see it and find out along the way.
Now the G502 Proteus Spectrum is not exactly brand new at this point, but it is still fresh, and this is reflected in the pricing. It takes all of a minute to type in the model and search the internet, to see that this mouse is found almost anywhere. Of course, we go to our normal haunts and found that no matter if you are looking at the MSRP, shopping at Newegg, or Amazon, all pricing is identical. While this Logitech G502 does hit the upper threshold of what we think a great gaming mouse could cost, we assure you, with what Logitech delivered in this G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, even the most frugal buyer will have a hard time passing this up.
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