Like many competitive Counter-Strike players from the 1.6 era, I have a history with Logitech mice. And I still remember the exact time and place when I swore I stopped using them: it was in the middle of a tournament, during a crucial round. The mouse decided to fail on me, doing 360 degree spins in the air instead of shooting the one guy that would have won the match for my team.
I raged, then and there, and it's been almost a decade since I've used Logitech mice. Fortunately, I've returned to the fold at a good time: barring a couple of quirks, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is a fantastic, lightweight option for your fragging needs.
What Is It?
Released internationally last year and finally having made its way to Australian shores, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is effectively a modern reboot of a classic Logitech design. It's reminiscent of the original Optical Wheel Mouse and more recently the G100 or G100S, featuring a small oval shape that's suited to fingertip or claw grips.
Available locally from $79, the G Pro has a Pixart 3366 optical sensor with minimum and maximum DPIs of 200-12,000. The shell weighs 83g without the cable, and there are six buttons in total: two main ones up the front, the mouse wheel, a button underneath that which defaults as the DPI rate switcher, and two side buttons. As for the size of the shell, you're looking at 116.6 x 62.15 x 38.2mm (h/w/d).
Like Logitech's recent peripherals, the G Pro also supports the Logitech Gaming Software. It's a suite that controls the RGB lighting on the logo of the mouse and an outer strip, while also controlling custom binds for the mice, the polling rate, and even calibration for different mouse pads.
The main characteristics are physical, though. The sides of the G Pro have a slightly textured surface, and the mouse buttons are fairly sensitive to the touch. The side buttons and mouse wheel are much stiffer, especially if you're trying to use the mouse wheel as a third button. The G Pro's cable is also braided, and the underside of the mouse has five separate mouse feet (four on the corners and a small ring around the sensor).
What's It Good At?
Logitech has had plenty of hits and misses over the years, and part of that journey has resulted in them receiving a lot of feedback - some of it brutal. The company has taken that on board, however, and the G Pro mouse really is an exemplary piece of kit.
Most mice live or die by the quality of their sensor, and the 3366 is one of the best on the market today. There's no in-built smoothing, making it perfect for gamers who prefer low sensitivities and low DPI settings (particularly in games like Counter-Strike.
The simple construction makes it great for gamers with smaller hands or, as an example, players who tend to prefer smaller, lighter mice that can be whipped around a lot more easily. Fans of Age of Empires or StarCraft will also appreciate the lightness of the clicks, given the amount of actions per minute those games can demand at high levels of play. Fans of shooters can get something out of the G Pro mouse as well; the lighter clicks can result in slightly faster reactions, although gamers with slightly less steady hands might prefer a larger mouse that requires more force to move around.
The Logitech software suite isn't too bad either. It's not as gaudy or insistent as Razer's tools, and the onboard memory saves your settings just fine if you use your mouse on a new PC without the software.
What's It Not Good At?
There isn't too much to fault, but I would have liked to try a prototype of the G Pro Mouse with side buttons that were embedded in the shell of the mice more. Zowie's mice are quite good at that, although their side buttons are lighter and consequently much easier to hit. But the consequence of Logitech's design here is that you often use the side buttons as a ridge for your thumb. That's not a bad idea, and it's not uncomfortable - but to support that, the side buttons have to be stiffer than most mice. They're not as rigid as pushing in the mouse wheel, however, which takes a surprising amount of force.
Packaging for the G Pro line is fairly minimal, and there's not much that comes in the box. I would have liked to see an extra set of mouse feet, especially since the G Pro's offerings are quite small. The feet also don't glide as well as what you'd find on other gaming mice, and grabbing a spare set of Hyperglide skates goes a long way.
One technical problem: after calibrating the G Pro to my mouse pad using the tools in the Logitech software, the mouse began to behave a little erratically. Going back to default settings, however, corrected any issues I had.
Should You Buy It?
The software also has monitoring tools that can track how often you click each button and for how long, although it's largely superfluous
It's tricky to recommend mice because the experience varies so much from person to person. Your hands might be larger than mine. You might prefer a palm grip instead of a claw grip. You might want more than six buttons, or a non-ambidextrous shape. There's a lot of personal preference involved.
Take a look at the mice you use on a day to day basis. How much space in your hand does it take up? How high does it rest in your palm? Do you like the shape? Where do your fingers rest most of the time?
You need to answer those questions for yourself. For me, the G Pro Gaming Mouse is the mouse I wish I had almost ten years ago. The sensor is great, the light texturing on the shell feels good to hold in the heat and the cold, the software isn't a pain in the arse and the RGB lighting is nice, but not overstated.
It's not perfect, but it's very, very bloody good. As long as you don't mind your mice on the smaller side, the G Pro is a solid choice.