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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum – Review

Let’s jump straight in by saying that the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the RGB tunable successor to the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. Back in the days, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core quickly became one of the most popular and best selling gaming mouse around.

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the successor the the acclaimed Logitech G502 Proteus Core!
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the successor the the acclaimed Logitech G502 Proteus Core!

In short … the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum simply adds RGB to it’s arsenal of features.

Design

Lets start by saying that there is no big difference with the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. We didn’t really test that specific mouse, but … we did some research. The design is exactly the same. The G502 Proteus Spectrum is a black / grey mouse with a metal scroll wheel. Nothing special there! The only visual difference is that the G502 Proteus Spectrum no longer has a blue line near bottom of the area where your thumb rests.

Other than that, the design of the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is exactly the same as with the G502 Proteus Core.

Features

Although the G502 Proteus Spectrum still offers the same basic features as the G502 Proteus Core, we will still cover them in detail since we actually never played with the G502 Proteus Core ourselves.

Customisable DPI Range

Important to note is that the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum can scale up it’s DPI from 200 on the low end to 12.000 on the high end. Using the Logitech Gaming Software, yes the same software you use for the Logitech G910 Orion Spark keyboard, you can set up 5 different DPI ranges. The two buttons under your thumb can be used to switch to the lower or higher DPI range. The button on the Thumb rest area can be used as a sniper button. While pressing and holding that button you can make the mouse switch it’s DPI to a specific setting for more precision.

Programmable Buttons

If you never switch between different DPI Settings, you can of course use the Logitech Gaming Software to make those buttons trigger another action. In all you can actually reprogram the 11 buttons.

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum has 11 easy programmable buttons.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum has 11 easy programmable buttons.

As with the logitech G910 Orion Spark, you can even set up different profiles. Sadly this time you are limited to 3 profiles. We didn’t find a way to make the mouse detect games and switch profiles depending on the active game or application though. It would be nice if we could set up profiles for games / applications instead of only having 3 presets. Additionally automatically switching to the correct profile depending on the active application or game would be awesome too!

RGB

The biggest change to it’s predecessor is of course the RGB Lighting. Using the Logitech Gaming Software you can set up custom lighting to match the lighting of your RGB keyboard.ç

With the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum you can customise the color of the Logitech G Logo and the profile indicator. The lighting behind the profile indicator fades out though, so during use you will only see the Logitech G logo in your predefined color style.

Ease of Use & Performance

We have to admit that the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum performs exceptionally well. The mouse feels sturdy and offers a good thumb-rest. Accuracy and responsiveness is something Logitech has been working on. With their most responsive optical sensor and the exclusive Logiteg G Delta Zero optical sensor technology mouse acceleration is minimised and reliable targeting is increased. Wether you’re playing fast paced action games, an MMORPG or even doing simple administrative tasks on your computer, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum might fit your needs!

With five 3.6g weights you can easily adjust the weight and balance of the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum to your own needs.With five 3.6g weights you can easily adjust the weight and balance of the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum to your own needs.

Oh … one thing we forgot to mention … The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum comes with a set of weights, so you can adjust the weight / balance to your own needs. In total you have five 3.6g weights which you can add to your mouse to tailor it to your own needs.

Our Verdict

We actually liked the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum a lot. It handled everything from hardcore gaming to even video editing on the Mac quite nicely. The easy DPI switching is a real time, and in some games even life saver! On the con side, we didn’t really find anything. Only thing that somehow messed with our brain was the fact that once you enabled Auto Game switching profiles on the first page of the Logitech Gaming Software, you still couldn’t set up DPI sensitivity levels for the individual profiles. For some reason, you still have to check an ‘Enable per profile pointer settings’ on that page!

Let’s jump straight in by saying that the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the RGB tunable successor to the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. Back in the days, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core quickly became one of the most popular and best selling gaming mouse around. In short … the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum simply adds RGB to it’s arsenal of features. Design Lets start by saying that there is no big difference with the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. We didn't really test that specific mouse, but ... we did some research. The design is exactly the same. The G502 Proteus Spectrum…

Our Verdict

Design - 92%
Ease of Use - 95%
Features - 90%
Value for Money - 90%

92%

We actually liked the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum a lot. It handled everything from hardcore gaming to even video editing on the Mac quite nicely. The easy DPI switching is a real time, and in some games even life saver! On the con side, we didn't really find anything. Only thing that somehow messed with our brain was the fact that once you enabled Auto Game switching profiles on the first page of the Logitech Gaming Software, you still couldn't set up DPI sensitivity levels for the individual profiles. For some reason, you still have to check an 'Enable per profile pointer settings' on that page!

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2 comments

  1. I had the same thoughts on the G502. You forgot to mention the sensor which is the most incredible part of the mouse. The PWM3360 is an amazing sensor that I think we will see logitech continue to use in future product lines.

    Nice review!

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