If you’re in the process of buying a gaming mouse, I want you to close all those useless Google Chrome tabs you’ve got open.
Reading other reviews, weird old forum posts, or trying to get a definitive answer about whether or not optical sensors are better than their laser counterparts is a waste of your time.
This is the only thing you need to know: the Logitech G502 Proteus Core is the best gaming mouse I’ve ever laid my chubby little hands on. I’ve had mine for over a year now, and it’s treated me better than any other peripheral I’ve ever owned.
Here’s some context if you’ve decided to take this review seriously. I use mine exclusively for FPS gaming–primarily CS:GO, but with a little bit of Overwatch thrown into the mix recently. I also use it for internet surfing and work.
The dankest sensor
I’ll be honest, I’m not a hardware expert. But everyone who is seems to agree that the G502 has a kickass optical sensor–there aren’t any issues with acceleration, smoothing, or all that junk. It just…works.
More DPI than you’ll know what to do with
There’s no reason why anyone would ever need–or want–to use a DPI of 12,000. But the Proteus Core can go that high. Why? Because Logitech wanted to. Reminds me of that JFK quote: “We choose to build a mouse that you can crank up to 12,000 DPI…not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.”
The sixties, eh? What a time to be alive.
In all seriousness, there isn’t any reason you’d need to have a DPI level that high–I’ve got mine set to a comfy 400, because that’s what a lot Counter-Strike pros use and I’m really just a big fanboy at heart. But it’s nice to know that I could set my DPI to 12,000. If I wanted to. Which I don’t.
I treat it like crap but it refuses to break
I’ll tell you a secret–I’m not very nice to my peripherals. Not intentionally, of course. But I’m too lazy to spend the time on cable management, and I’ve got a great track record of breaking expensive things. This mouse has been dropped on the floor countless times, and it’s fallen off of my desk a bunch. I’ve dropped heavy books onto the mouse buttons. I actually managed to get crumbs stuck on the sensor once, because I’m a disgusting slob.
But it never stops working. I mean, I did have to take the crumbs out by hand, which was totally ridiculous. I e-mailed Logitech support about this and they told me that “[our] mice aren’t able to remove stuck food products from inside themselves […] there are no moving parts in the G502. To answer your other questions, we have no plans to make a self-cleaning mouse or a robot that cleans your mouse for you.”)
I’m the clumsiest person in the world. We had to babyproof the cabinets in our kitchen because I kept smacking my head on the corners. I’m not kidding.
The G502 is built to last. It’s built to withstand idiots like me. It’s still working just as well as it did on the day I bought it. I’m sure I’ll pay for my sins one day.
One size fits all
I’ve also got tiny hands. Really small. And they’re kinda chubby. This mouse isn’t designed for folks like me–it’s a big mouse, almost exactly the same size as an iPhone 5s. Sometimes my clumsy fingers will accidentally brush up against one of the numerous side buttons–all of which can be bound to a key or key combination of your choosing. Some reviews will tell people to pick a mouse that fits their hand best. Ignore them. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Buy a Logitech G502 Proteus Core.