Logitech G502 Review - Armchair Empire

Logitech G502 Review

  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Durability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Value - 10/10

Our Rating

Logitech G502 Quick Specs
Sensor Optical
Connection Wired
Max DPI 12,000
Max Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Programmable Buttons 11

The Logitech Proteus Spectrum is an addendum of sorts to the Proteus Core, a widely well-received mouse that had few downsides. It’s for this reason why the company didn’t iterate substantially with the Spectrum, although that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth its salt. On the contrary, the G502 Proteus Spectrum is nearly an impeccable mouse, wholly capable in terms of gaming and everyday use. It’s reasonably priced, adds some pretty nifty customizable RGB lighting, adjustable resolution (up to 12000dpi), as well as a few other things that we’re pretty excited to get into.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, 12,000 DPI On-The-Fly DPI Shifting, Personalized Weight and Balance Tuning with (5) 3.6g Weights, 11 Programmable Buttons
  • Advanced optical gaming sensor (PMW3366): Logitech's most accurate and responsive optical sensor precisely translates hand movements onscreen
  • Tunable weight and balance: Repositionable 3.6G weights for superior fit and feel. Resolution: 200 - 12,000 dpi
  • RGB customizable lighting: Match your style and environment with up to 16.8 million colors.System Requirements:Windows 7 or later,Mac OS X 10.10 or later,Chrome OS


While we’re not going to get too much into aesthetics – they’re pretty subjective – it should be said that it’s not a bad looking mouse. It’s highly stylized, much in the way as many gaming peripherals are. If you’re familiar with the previous entry, the main difference here is that you won’t find those teal highlights. Logitech ditched those in favor of matte black, which encompasses the whole body, save the gray scroll wheel and buttons. Also, measuring 1.57 x 2.95 x 5.2 (HxWxD), the Spectrum is reasonably sized, if just maybe a touch on the small size for those with bigger hands.

It’s also reasonable in terms of which, coming in flat at 4.3 ounces, putting it firmly in the middle of the pack when comparing top-flight gaming mouses. With it being a tunable mouse, the package comes with 5 3.6 gram weights, allowing the user to essentially customize the mouse as they see fit. They use a magnetic cover to allow the gamer to add more weight to either the palm or the center, an implementation that works pretty well. Also, this is possibly our favorite feature because it allows for as much control as we’d like and change up depending on how the mood strikes us.

Lastly, the mouse seems to be able to withstand a fair amount of work. As earlier stated, the buttons had a different finish from the body. We imagine the design choice was one for functionality. The glossy finish on the two buttons were a good combatant against grease and sweat. While this may not be everything for some gamers, hardcore gamers will genuinely appreciate how incredible this addition is after a marathon gaming session.


We’ve touched on a couple of the features in the design portion, but there are still a few we think should be pointed out. First and foremost, the dpi (dots-per-inch) sensor is pretty solid. It’s probably one of the cooler things about the mouse, as it the mouse changes the sensitivity a lot smoother than a great deal of other popular selections. The DPI Shift, located in the front, allows for a seamless transition instantly. It works well. You can get finer control of these settings on the left of the left mouse button.

Going deeper into the DPI sensor, you’re to expect a range of 200 to 12,000. We’d be remiss if we didn’t bring up the fact that It’s not the absolutely best range that we’ve seen, but that may not matter for most. There aren’t too many people who will notice a supreme difference between the Logitech and Razor’s 16,000, though we know a lot of sticklers who generally demand those extra dots per inch. However, the 12,000dpi are more than enough, especially when you factor in the mouse’s ability to create and save profiles for both dpi and/or polling between 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 100Hz. There’s also the option for allowing the game to create these profiles for you.

Another addition to the mouse, as the name implies, is the RGB lighting. It’s a pretty cool feature, but truth be told – it’s purely for aesthetics. However, if you want, you can set up various profiles, settings, and effects with the help of Logitech’s bundled software. So, while for strictly for aesthetic purposes, it’s cool enough for mentioning.


Performance-wise, you’re not getting a slouch here. Before a lot of work has even been done on your favorite game, the comfort really stands out. Within a few minutes, it’s pretty easy to understand where a decent amount of these reviews came from. In a word, this is one intricate mouse. It just feels completely comfortable in-hand, making it almost a perfect mouse for extended periods of gaming – especially if you’re right handed. While it may not exactly may not be completely a performance issue, there will be a bit of a drop-off if you’re a southpaw when considering one’s ability.

In terms of straight up ability, this mouse performed well when playing first-person shooters as well as it did operating on spreadsheets – even though it may seem a bit funny when using it for the latter. In any event, there was little to no lag when changing camera angles rapidly, maybe even in a way where you normally wouldn’t. Unfortunately, one of the issues that we’ve experienced were the dpi sensors. While they worked well, they weren’t exactly natural, meaning that you can increase or decrease them without trying too much. It may be a good idea to re-map them once you get your hands on the mouse. However, some may not see a problem.


All in all, this is a damn fine mouse. While a matter of personal preference, this mouse won’t look bad on anyone’s desk, especially if you’re one that’s into playing around with colors and effects. The weight is solid, by function of it being tunable, so you won’t feel as if you’re locked in to a specific configuration (unless you have a problem with its base weight). From a technical standpoint, it does everything you’d generally want it to do with few – if any – downsides. It’s highly responsive without feeling too floaty and you can really deaden it if that’s your preference. Lastly, it’s not going to break the bank. The Logitech Proteus Spectrum isn’t hard to recommend!