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Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse: looks can indeed be deceptive

  • 13 July 2017
  • Written by  Joshua Varghese
  • Published in Peripherals

Gamers looking for a handy navigation device are likely to find Logitech G's latest offering of more than just passing interest.

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is a medium-sized device, reasonably long and narrow in width. There are a total of six buttons – the left and right mouse click buttons, the scroll wheel button, a back and forward button on the left side of the mouse and a button just below the scroll wheel, which, when clicked, toggles between four mouse sensitivity profiles all of which can be set in the Logitech Gaming Software.

When plugged in, the Logitech G logo as well as the base of the mouse glow and cycle through many colours (16.8 million colours, in fact). This feature is supposed to be toggleable, but my settings never seemed to stick – whenever I locked my screen or restarted my computer, the LEDs made their appearance again.

In terms of the quality of build, I cannot say I am either impressed or disappointed - its size matches its weight almost as you would expect it. In other words, this is NOT something on which you can take out your gamer rage on.

The aesthetic style of the mouse is reminiscent of something out of the movie Tron (when the LEDs are active). However, when inactive, the mouse looks rather simple, especially when compared to other gaming mice on the market – if a layperson came across the mouse outside of its packaging, they might mistake it for a run of the mill office mouse.

I am personally a big proponent of hardware with a simplistic exterior and a beastly interior. I will definitely address the interior in later parts of this review, but right off the bat, I can give the design of the Logitech G Pro mouse a thumbs up.

Stats and features

The mouse is advertised as having a 200-12,000 dots-per-inch (DPI) range. This range is essentially the spectrum of mouse sensitivities that you can use the mouse on – 200 DPI corresponds to the mouse cursor moving 200 dots/pixels on the computer screen when you move the mouse an inch. Far too many people see an impressive number like 12,000 and expect that to mean something of value. However, when you actually think about it, playing a game at 12,000 DPI is impractical for most people – in fact, despite what the layperson might intuitively think, several very high level gamers do extremely well using low mouse sensitivities.

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Simply put, the DPI or mouse sensitivity comes down to preference, and one should not base their buying decision on how high a mouse’s DPI goes. Either way, whatever your preference is in terms of mouse sensitivity, the Logitech G Pro mouse will certainly accommodate it (and allow you to change it on the fly with the click of a button).

Something nifty about the Logitech G Pro mouse is that it has onboard memory – all your mouse preferences can be saved on the mouse itself. This means macros and mouse DPI settings can be saved on the mouse and used on other computers to be used there without having to install the Logitech Gaming Software on said computers. This is especially useful for those who want to go to a tournament or LAN event and want to just plug and play.

The G Pro mouse uses Logitech’s “advanced button tensioning”. They claim that this “enhances the consistency of the left/right mouse buttons and helps reduce the force needed required to click”. While I greatly respect Logitech trying to fine tune everything in their new piece of gaming hardware, how many of us really complain about the force required to click our mouse? This felt like a bit of a randomly added feature.

In terms of longevity, the G Pro mouse also boasts an impressive 250km+ of travel distance and 20 million clicks (for both left and right buttons), which, according to Logitech, equates to two years of playing 10 hours a day at a pro level. If the mouse truly has this kind of durability, this is impressive to say the least.

The Logitech Gaming Software — a piece of software that is downloadable free — gives one the ability to customise the mouse to how one would like. As mentioned earlier, there are four programmable DPI profiles you can save on the mouse, but the LGS also allows you to assign macros to any of the buttons (other than the left and right mouse buttons) and also unassign the buttons altogether so you aren’t accidentally pressing them during a game. Given how much flexibility the macro assigning feature gives you, I think I can safely say that whatever kind of macro you want to assign to the buttons of the G Pro mouse, the LGS should have you covered.

Test drive

The games I used to test the Logitech G Pro mouse were Starcraft: Brood War and Starcraft 2. After several hours of gaming, I can say the G Pro mouse was not for me. I definitely loved how light it felt and how quick you could move it around. However, the G Pro mouse does not work well for those who use a fingertip grip.

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Let me explain. For those who are not aware, there are a few standard ways that people tend to hold their mice. Firstly, there is the palm grip, where the hand rests over the mouse completely, with the fingers and base of the palm touching it. Next, you have the claw grip, which is similar to the palm grip except that the index and middle fingers make a claw (similar to the orientation your hand would assume if you were scratching a blackboard).

Lastly there is the fingertip grip. This is my personal preference and is essentially a palm grip without the support from the base of your palm (in fact, it’s the only grip where the base of your palm doesn’t touch the mouse). Since you don’t get any support for moving the mouse from the base of your palm, it’s important to pinch the mouse with your thumb and ring finger at the point at which most of the weight is distributed – this will allow you to have the greatest level of control over your mouse.

Another thing to note is that the fingertip grip allows you to move your mouse over the greatest range of motion. For this reason, people who favour lower mouse sensitivities might prefer the fingertip grip, with the writer being one of those people.

Now that I’ve explained that, we can talk about why my fingertip grip does not suit the G Pro mouse. As I mentioned earlier, if you are you using a fingertip grip, you want to squeeze your mouse around the area where most of the weight is distributed. For the Logitech G Pro mouse, this area is right near the bottom of the mouse. If you follow my recommendation and grip the mouse here, you are essentially gripping the mouse at nearly the bottom, which just feels off.

Another problem I had was, when I was playing, my thumb and ring finger kept slipping further up the mouse until I was essentially forced into a claw/palm grip. Even though they aren’t my native grips, I tried out the G Pro mouse with a palm and claw grip. All I can say is that it just felt “right” – if you’re a palm or claw grip gamer, you’ll definitely feel at home with this mouse.

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Next, the G Pro mouse’s laser. With mouse lasers, you either get an pass or a fail – the mouse cursor either does what you’d expected or it skips pixels and/or bugs out. After testing the mouse, I can say the laser is certainly a high quality one – the movement of the mouse cursor matched the movement of the mouse as predicted. However, this should be a given with gaming mice, especially considering the price. Either way, I can give the Logitech G Pro mouse a pass in this category.

Another way I put this mouse to the test was by playing Aim Booster. Despite the G Pro mouse not favouring those who use fingertip grips, after a few tries of getting used to the mouse, I was able to achieve the same scores that I usually get when playing with my daily driver mouse. For me, this was quantitative proof that the Logitech G Pro mouse was a solid piece of gaming hardware.

Final rating and recommendations

The Logitech G Pro mouse is certainly a quality mouse, suitable for gaming at high speeds. However, given my (albeit small) discomfort using a fingertip grip with this mouse, I can only make a recommendation for this mouse for users of a palm and claw grip.

At $99.95, the Logitech G Pro mouse is definitely at the higher end of the price range – other quality mice can be found for similar or even cheaper prices. If you can get it on sale (I have seen it on go as low as $65), you can certainly expect a quality mouse for a good price.

Before you do end up purchasing, I would highly recommend trying it out at a store or elsewhere. I can provide my own experience, but a mouse needs to be selected based on one’s own personal preferences – only the user can know that.

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse has an RRP of $99.95.

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