Light as a feather.
About a year ago Logitech ditched the fancy names for its products like “Proteus Spectrum” and settled on numbers instead, but a select few are just labeled “Pro.” There’s a pro keyboard, a pro wired mouse, and now finally a Pro Wireless mouse (See it on Amazon). The basic gist is that it’s a super lightweight mouse despite its wireless design, and it’s designed for professional players who want just the basics without unnecessary features and bloat. It’s a very stripped down affair, without weights or a million buttons. It offers an ambidextrous design with optional buttons on either side, the company’s latest sensor, tremendous battery life, and an outrageous $150 price tag.
Logitech G Pro Wireless – Design and Features
In the intro I mentioned this is a light mouse, so naturally you’re wondering just how light it is. At just 80g it’s one of the lightest mice on the market, if not the lightest overall. This theoretically allows for faster mouse movement, and also makes it easier to pickup and flick around. To put it into context, the Razer Mamba Wireless is 106g, and a wired mouse like the Logitech G502 goes all the way up to 121g. So believe me; 80G is featherweight.
Logitech achieved this by using a thinner exoskeleton, and by going with a smaller than average LiPro battery that runs for a very long time. Logitech hasn’t quoted any numbers but the Logitech G Hub software noted that a full charge was good for 41 hours, roughly. I was able to use it on and off for a week and the battery only drained by about five percent, which is pretty incredible. You charge the internal battery with a USB cable that connects to the front of the mouse, and you can easily use it as a wired mouse while it’s charging.
Aside from its weight this mouse offers several innovative features, so let’s tackle them one at a time. As I said, it’s an ambidextrous mouse, and Logitech allows for side buttons on either side, or none at all. In the box there’s two extra buttons and two extra placeholders, should you decide to remove all the buttons. The buttons are held in place with magnets, and are a snap to remove and swap out.
The mouse has a fairly low profile design, so it isn’t really intended for people who want to have a big mouse squarely in their palm. If you’re like me and tend to grip the mouse with your pinky and thumb on the sides, it is quite comfortable in a Goldilocks way; not too big, not too small, but just right. The entire mouse features smooth, black plastic and none of it is textured at all, which I did not like as I prefer some extra grip on the sides.
Here’s another new and possibly controversial design decision; the mouse’s DPI toggle button is underneath the mouse. Instead of having a button behind the mouse wheel or somewhere easily reachable, Logitech moved it to the belly of the beast. In the press briefing on this they just said their research informed them that most people never use it, so it just gets in the way. However, obviously some people want it, so they threw it on the bottom of the mouse to make those people happy. I’m perfectly fine with this, as I’m one of those people that never switches DPI. I have it set at about 1,000 or so and never touch it.
the mouse’s DPI toggle button is underneath the mouse
I’ve tried messing with this feature on previous mice just because it was offered, but I have never found the process of switching back and forth between settings in-game to be something that benefited my playing style. So kudos to Logitech for just moving it off the mouse all together; it won’t be missed, by me at least. In addition to the DPI switch, the bottom of the mouse also houses the on/off switch, and a slot for the USB receiver that’s covered by a magnetic lid. I love that you can put the receiver inside the mouse so easily.
Under the hood the Pro is rocking Logitech’s newest sensor, the Hero16K. This sensor offers more than enough range for anyone and Logitech also claims it requires less power than some of its previous sensors, allowing for a smaller battery and a lighter mouse. The Pro communicates with the USB dongle via the company’s Lightspeed wireless technology, which offers a 1ms report rate and is also used in the G903 and G703.
As a mouse made in current times, there is also RGB lighting. You can control the colors of the mouse’s logo, and there are also three small lights above the logo that indicate what DPI you’re using. As you increase the DPI the number of dots increase, but since I just used one all the time I always saw only one light. You can toggle whether or not the DPI lights are on all the time, or you can just have them flash briefly when you change DPI.
Logitech G Pro Wireless – Software
Logitech’s Gaming Software was already one of the best available for peripheral customization, but the company has one-upped itself with its all-new G Hub software suite. It is easy to use, logically organized, and straightforward enough that anyone can use it. You can do all the normal stuff here including adjusting DPI settings (up to five settings are allowed, but you can have as little as two), changing the lighting, recording and assigning macros, and much, much more. Most actions are drag-and-drop, so it’s super easy to use. For example if you don’t want one of the DPI assignments, you just drag it off the line in the software. Alternately you can also drag commands from a menu onto the buttons themselves to reassign them. It’s sublimely easy to use.
The Pro Wireless has onboard memory that allows you to save up to five profiles, so you can unplug the mouse and take it to another computer, ostensibly at a tournament, and have all your settings for certain games at the ready. You just need to assign one of the buttons to Profile Switch, which I did with the mouse wheel click.
Overall it’s a sophisticated suite with a million options, yet its intuitive design never feels overwhelming.
Logitech G Pro Wireless – Gaming
I’ve admittedly never used a wireless gaming mouse, but have sampled all the usual suspects in the wired gaming mouse world, so I was curious to see if I would notice the difference. Much to my surprise, I really couldn’t tell the difference, at all. To test this particular mouse I fired up Titanfall 2’s single player campaign, and played several sessions over the course of a few days. Mouse tracking was extremely accurate, even down to the slightest shimmy of my mouse hand. I have to imagine if you took a few gamers and put this mouse along with a wired mouse inside a box and had them reach in and play with it, none of them would be able to distinguish which was which. It’s that good.
The back-and-forward buttons are placed perfectly on the left-side, but I had no use for the ones on the right-side, so I left them empty. The placeholders the mouse uses are perfectly flush, so I was never able to detect them with my fingers on the far side of the mouse. All the buttons have a very satisfying feel when clicked, and the mouse wheel also uses perfectly spaced clicks you can easily feel, so I never went too far with it and selected a weapon I didn’t want, nor did I feel like I needed to spin it with a lot of force. Everything just felt perfect.
After a few hours of gaming the mouse still felt comfortable in my average-sized hand, and i was easily able to grip both sides with my fingers floating above the buttons without any discomfort or need to adjust my grip based on its size. If you’re the type of gamer who shies away from ambidextrous mice, there’s nothing to worry about here. I was in that camp myself, until I tried this mouse. The shape feels great, and the feet glide smoothly too. It’s a small and light mouse, and was always easy to control.
As far as its battery life goes, it’s really good. I only had to charge the mouse once and used it for a week without having to recharge. When I finally glanced at the battery stats it was only at 77 percent, so I could probably have used it for another week, gaming about one hour each night. It’s mildly annoying having to keep a cable on your desk at the ready, but what I would do long term is just put the cable on the top of my tower, then plug the mouse into that once in awhile.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless has an MSRP of $149.99, but it’s usually slightly cheaper online.