New sensor, same great performance.
Logitech is continuing to expand its PC gaming peripheral offerings geared toward professional players, which includes those who are amateur, but dream of becoming professional one day. The new Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is an update to its two-year old predecessor, with the biggest improvement being it’s received Logitech’s flagship HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor. At $70 the Pro is a bit spendy, so is it worth it if I’m not hitting the pro circuit?
Logitech G Pro – Design and Features
Well, it’s sad to say, but I’m confident I’ll never be drafted onto a professional gaming league any time soon (due to age discrimination, not my ability, obviously). But that doesn’t mean pro hardware doesn’t appeal to me or any other PC gamer who is looking for a little edge in competitive games. The new Logitech G Pro mouse retains most of the design cues of the original, including a pleasingly light 83g weight (sans the cable), which is really light for a mouse. To put it into context, the SteelSeries Rival 600 weighs 96g, and a Razer Death Adder is a chunky 130g. A vibrant RGB light bar swoops around the bottom curve of the mouse, and the the Logitech G logo still lights up, as well.
My giant hands are still partial to a larger mouse like the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro, but the new G Pro mouse has a comfortable soap bar design with a low profile that works well for either claw or palm grip. There’s two thumb buttons located on the left side, meaning this isn’t necessarily an ambidextrous mouse, but the G Pro is otherwise a symmetrical design. Both buttons are easy to reach and placed perfectly for quick actuation.
The biggest improvement on the new G Pro is its new HERO sensor, which first debuted on the wireless G603. While the previous iteration of this mouse ran a 200 to 12,000 DPI range—I would personally call that more than adequate—the HERO sensor in this new version runs from 100 to 16,000. While I can’t imagine a scenario where anyone in their right mind would need a mouse running 16K resolution, there’s no denying the new G Pro has a setting for pretty much anyone. This high resolution range places the G Pro in line with competitors like the Razer DeathAdder Elite, but higher than the 12K DPI SteelSeries Rival 600.
Durable Omron switches that are rated to 50 million clicks back up the G Pro’s six-button layout. Logitech has also included its own spring tensioning system under the buttons for faster feedback, and I did notice the left and right switches have a very fast, very short actuation that felt great. The mouse wheel features the same wide, knurled design as the old model and it is easy to spin with accuracy.
The G Pro utilizes four small skates on its underside and it slides around a mouse pad quite nicely without any hiccups. I do wish Logitech carried over one of the unique design choices on the also just-announced G Pro Wireless mouse, which has the DPI switch under the mouse to avoid errant presses mid-game. It’s a smart design change and would have worked on the wired G Pro, as well.
Logitech G Pro – Software
As usual, the G Pro mouse utilizes Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to alter resolution settings and to change lighting effects. The latest version of the software doesn’t reinvent the wheel of previous iterations, instead sticking with basic functionality much like this simple and streamlined mouse. You can setup five different DPI presets to the DPI cycling button, but conveniently it’s also possible to change the number of presets so you’re not needlessly clicking past resolutions you don’t need. Moreover, it’s also possible to store up to five different profiles in the G Pro’s on-board memory. So, traveling with your mouse and having the perfect settings on hand, no matter what the situation, is a breeze.
Lighting options are somewhat limited, as the G Pro only offers three presets of static color, breathing, and color cycle. That said, mouse lighting isn’t exactly a bastion of RGB effects, but I did appreciate the ease of changing brightness and the built-in sleep timer that shuts the lights off after a certain time.
But it’s important to note the new G Pro mouse will also be supported by Logitech’s recently announced software revamp, called G Hub. This new system will streamline syncing and updating Logitech devices, and it’ll offer increased customization for things like macros. The drag and drop macro system in G Hub is extremely impressive, even if I’m not personally a big mouse macro user. There’s also more lighting options, such as a the option to have the RGB lights mimic on-screen colors, so if your screen is flashing red your mouse would be too. Logitech says you’ll have the option of using either LGS or Hub with the G Pro, but I highly recommend the latter. It’s still in early access, but looks wonderful.
Logitech G Pro – Gaming
I spent a number of days gaming with the Logitech G Pro gaming mouse and thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity and lightweight design. While it lacks some features like additional buttons or weight customization like the Logitech G903, the G Pro lives up to its name with streamlined details geared toward users who just want a fast mouse without much fuss. Whether I was playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, or Doom, the G Pro worked flawlessly in shooter games. Generally speaking, I feel like that’s the genre where this mouse really excels; fast games that demand accuracy.
After setting my DPI presets to 800 and 1600 (my typical gaming resolutions), switching back and forth with the DPI cycle button was easy. The G Pro moves around the mouse pad really well, due in no small part to its light weight. But the HERO sensor is no slouch, offering smooth movement whether I was using big swipes with a lower DPI or even aiming from the wrist with a higher resolution. The switches in the G Pro felt very responsive and fast. While playing Overwatch, I definitely felt like my secondary shots with Zarya were improved somewhat. Whether that was all in my head or not is debatable, but I was very happy with the results regardless. My only real complaint about the G Pro in terms of gaming was its shape, as I could have used a little more support under my palm, especially for longer gaming sessions.
The Logitech G Pro gaming mouse has an MSRP of $70, and since it just launched that’s the same price it is on Amazon: