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Hardware Preview: Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse

August 17, 2016 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

I was recently invited by Logitech to check out an official presentation and preview event for a new high end computer mouse called the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse. This is a new piece of hardware that was developed and designed by Logitech specifically for the eSports realm. In addition, pro gamers were on hand to assist the design phase of this piece of hardware. The mouse was built inspired by its lines of the Logitech G100 and G100s. eSports players who helped with the design of the mouse include Counter-Strike Go player Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham of Cloud 9 and Kory “Semphis” Friessen of Team SoloMid.

Now specifically, the mouse has a nice sleek design. It’s very responsive, and it handles well. It has those psychedelic RGB lights with alternating colors that accent the design very nicely. Logitech also revealed that the operation of the mouse is driver free, which is good. Also, the developers expressed that the mouse’s on-board memory enables gamers to take their personal settings that have been programmed wherever they go, including a friend’s house, a hotel, an LAN, or even overseas for a gameplay tournament. However, it does have its drawbacks. The mouse is not compatible with Mac software at launch. My understanding is that it will be compatible with Mac computers eventually. However, people who want to use this mouse for Mac computers will have to wait until the mouse software has been updated. Until then, it can’t be used for a Mac. As a Mac computer owner, the compatibility issue is a bit frustrating.

This is a wired mouse. At the Logitech presentation, developers expressed that the wired model is a more ideal preference for pro gamers. Due to the weight of the batteries for a wireless, it can be a greater hindrance for speed and reaction time. Logitech expressed that there could be a high-end mouse like this that’s wireless in the future, but it will be a matter of figuring out the battery and weight issue. Since this is a mouse built for pro gamers, the mouse was built specifically to have a very lightweight design.

A major performance issue for using a computer mouse is its sensitivity on various surfaces. The presentation allowed to test the mouse on a very flat and thin mouse pad, and it worked fine. The developers expressed that it will have a good performance on just about any surface. I generally prefer to use graphite mouse pads, but I’m not an eSport player either. The performance of the mouse at the presentation was overall strong, but I did not get the chance to test it out on various other surfaces yet to really see if will work well with just about any surface. The design for the mouse is built around PMW3366 optical censor. In terms of the buttons, I like that the design is not over-encumbered with a lot of extra various buttons. It features the main left and right buttons. In total it has six programmable buttons.

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is due out later this month. It will be available for the suggested retail price of $69.99.