The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse represents an interesting departure for Logitech. Abandoning the "G###" designation and Greek word naming scheme we've seen on all of the company's recent gaming gear is one way of signifying that this mouse is something different and special for the company. It could also be the start of a totally new product line, if the hints dropped at Logitech's recent press event announcing the Pro come to fruition.
The Pro was designed to give professional gamers or those who aspire to professional status everything they've always wanted in a single mouse. According to the pros Logitech had at their announcement event, elite gamers often have to choose between a mouse with the shape and weight they prefer (almost always something small and light) and something that offers top-of-the-line sensor and button performance.
With the Pro, Logitech hopes to offer a single solution to the needs of professional gamers. The mouse is as small and agile as what you find in a typical "entry-level" mouse, but with a sensor and buttons straight out of Logitech's higher-end offerings. The result is something aimed squarely at a specific audience dedicated to gaming at the highest level, and at players who care more about performance than bells and whistles or flashy looks.
Design and Comfort
The design of the Pro is all about simplicity, and if it wasn't for the RGB lighting strip and distinctive "G" logo it could almost pass for one of the standard office mice with which Logitech made its name in the 1990s. That said, simple doesn't have to be boring, and Logitech gets a lot of visual mileage out of the bright LED strip along the the bottom of the mouse. You're able to change the colors and animation patterns via Logitech's software, so you can get it matching all your other RGB peripherals without any issue.
The mouse's surface is a nice matte black, and resists fingerprints and smudges admirably. The side buttons are slim but still easy to hit when you need them, while up top you'll find a small button just below the wheel, which has a thin rubberized coating.
After a week of use I noticed a bit of gunk accumulating right below the wheel, where there is a small gap so the wheel can spin. This was likely just a combination of dust and normal hand grime, but it stood out because it was the only real sign of wear and tear after many hours of gaming.
Other design features of note include a nicely braided cable that's reinforced where the cable meets the mouse body and the continuation of the smooth surface of the mouse along each side, where many other gaming mice have a grippier texture.
Since this mouse puts performance first, comfort may be an issue for some gamers, especially those with larger hands. The mouse has no real contour to it in terms of handedness, which makes it ambidextrous but also doesn't offer the comfortable curve of something like Logitech's popular G502. I personally really missed the G502's thumbscoop and slightly larger size, and that mouse would always be my choice for comfort over the Pro.
Features and Performance
Compared to the bucket of features available in other Logitech gaming mice like the Proteus Spectrum, the Pro offers very little, which is fully intentional. Every added button or extra gimmick on the mouse would have made it weigh more, which would have slowed it down for the pro-level players that are this mouse's target audience.
The Pro features two side buttons as well as a button below the mouse wheel, programmable RGB lighting, and on-board memory which allows you to save your preferences and settings to the mouse itself (a big deal for pro players who need to take their peripherals on the go and hook them up to different computers, as this eliminates the hassle of getting specific mouse software pre-installed on a tournament rig). It also includes what Logitech calls an "extra-wide" scroll wheel, which really doesn't seem wider than standard for a gaming mouse to me.
The Pro weighs a sprightly 83 grams, which is 24 grams lighter than Logitech's wireless G900. This point specifically came up at the mouse announcement event, as the possibility of a future wireless version of the Pro was discussed. Right now there's nothing specific to announce on that front, and current wireless technology would add a significant amount of weight to what is supposed to be an ultralight mouse, but you just know Logitech G scientists are working on it.
The PMW3366 sensor in the Pro is thought of as the best mouse sensor available without much in the way of argument from those who would know, and the fact that this sensor is available in a small, lightweight mouse that improves on the shape of the G303 is the Big Deal for this mouse. The G303 was actually cited several times as a reference point for the Pro, and Logitech has said that they took the feedback from professional players regarding their dissatisfaction with the shape of the G303 seriously. The result is the more traditionally contoured, less angled Pro.
Chris Pate, Logitech's Gaming Product Portfolio Manager (and regarded as the "Bald Wizard of Gaming Mice" in the industry), said that the goal with the Pro was to make a product that "didn't get in the way" and "didn't slow down" professional players. I used the Pro as my primary gaming and office mouse for a week, playing games like Overwatch and something big that comes out next week that I'm maybe not supposed to say that I'm actually playing yet (I'm always unclear how those review embargos work). While I'm far from a professional in terms of skill level, I did notice that, in contrast to many of the gaming mice that I've reviewed, the Pro required very little thought to use, and never hit a technical snag or weird lapse in performance. It just worked, and worked very well, all the time.
The side buttons are a nice combination of thin and easy to click when you need them, though I did find in my testing that their position on the upper edge of the left side of the mouse did cause me to click one accidentally sometimes, when lifting the mouse. This issue might have been solved with a bit of that previously mentioned grippy texture that the side of the mouse is lacking, and which I would have liked to see included (though, of course, that would probably add weight Logitech doesn't want to add).
I was particularly impressed with the click feel on the main two mouse buttons, as there was a substantial resistance and springback to them -- not in the sense of being hard to click, but definitely in a way that would give you tactile feedback to know when you clicked. It's something you don't normally feel with a mouse this small and light.
Pate also said, when I asked him bluntly, that Logitech doesn't expect the Pro to sell anywhere near the number of units of their ultra-popular G502. The G502, with its generous thumb scoop and multitude of buttons and customizable weight and metal scroll wheel, is one of my favorite mice on the market, and the Pro can't compete with it and wouldn't replace it for my everyday use.
But the G502, with all its features, is fiddly. It's much heavier, and there's a lot more going on with the mouse in general, which means there's more to get in the way or go wrong in the heat of the moment. While the G502 may have more to get excited about, and might be the more useful mouse for those who regard gaming as a hobby, rather than Serious Business, the Pro is the mouse you would want to pick up if you absolutely, positively, just had to win a game of CS:GO.
As Logitech themselves said, while something like the G502 might be a consumer-facing sports car with plenty of horsepower, the Pro is a Formula One racer. And it feels like it.