For PC gamers, having a solid mouse is a big deal. Doubly so for esports athletes. Be it League of Legends or Overwatch, every second counts in the competitive gaming world, as the difference between a successful Widowmaker headshot or a timely ult often comes down to a split-second decision on the player’s part. The last thing anyone wants is a mouse’s spring system to get in the way.
I can’t say I’m an elite player like London Spitfire’s Jun-young “Profit” Park or Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim. If I went head-to-head with the league’s greatest players in Overwatch, my E:D would be atrocious. While the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse is designed for players like Profit and birdring, I can’t help but think that its capabilities have helped me immensely as a player who sits right in between being a hardcore gamer and competitive player myself.
I know that from personal experience with the Pro Wireless. In Overwatch, the mouse’s lightweight design, accurate sensor, and minimal primary button delay landed me faster direct hits with Pharah’s rockets and more accurate shots with Tracer’s Pulse Guns. In both cases, I could literally feel myself switching from enemy to enemy, my shots landing exactly where I wanted them to hit. Playing through a few matches in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fared just as well, as I caught myself scoring headshot after headshot with both the AK-47 and M4A1-S.
Clearly, there’s something pretty killer about this mouse, both for esports players and enthusiast gamers.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse, then you may be like me. I try to squeeze as much life as possible out of my mouse, keyboard, and headphones, sometimes to a fault. Before I received the Logitech G Pro Wireless, I was playing Overwatch and CS:GO with a mouse from an old college desktop that came with an HP desktop from way back in 2012. It wasn’t exactly the best mouse in the world, to say the least.
As you can imagine, giving the Logitech G Pro Wireless a try totally blew my mind. For one, it’s built with Logitech’s new High Efficiency Rated Optical 16k sensor, or HERO 16k, which the company calls its “most accurate and highest performance sensor” to date. To give you an idea, it can cover over 400 inches per seconds (or IPS) and has a dots per linear inch (or DPI) range that covers anywhere from 100 to 16,000. I can’t say I’m the biggest mouse aficionado in the world, but the new specs definitely stand out. This mouse picks up movement immediately, and combined with its spring tension system, delay is minimal when you use primary or secondary click. So there’s no need to subconsciously compensate for your mouse’s lag when you press a button or move around on the mousepad.
This is one of the reasons why my Counter-Strike: Global Offensive performance changed dramatically when I switched over to Logitech’s mouse. With assault rifles like the AK-47 or the iconic entry-level SSG 08 sniper rifle, as soon as I had an enemy’s head in my scope, I fired and landed a shot instantaneously. I mean that literally: I studied my firing pattern during matches and actually had a hard time gauging for any delay between a mouse click and making contact. I can tell it’s still there, sure, but it’s so minimal that it might as well be non-existent. For gamers obsessed with min-maxing their performance, this mouse is really good at staying out of your way.
Then there’s the mouse’s Lightspeed Wireless capabilities. Logitech says the Pro Wireless is “lag-free,” and that’s a pretty accurate assessment. I experienced zero delays between movement and button clicks while using the Pro Wireless, and its input speed is as fast as any cabled mouse out there. Plus, the Pro Wireless sports a 48 hour battery life with its RGB light on, 60 without it, so unless you’re pulling a 48-hour marathon esports match (which we don’t recommend), you should be set to go for any tournament as soon as it’s charged up.
Then again, you may not even need to charge the Pro Wireless at all. I used the mouse with Logitech’s self-charging PowerPlay mouse pad, and the two work together perfectly: Just slide in the PowerPlay’s circular charging battery and you’re good to go. It’s a pretty nifty feature, not to mention it’s perfect for those neglectful players out there that get so caught up in training that they forget to keep their mouse charged.
There’s a lot to love about the Logitech G Pro Wireless, but this mouse just isn’t built for every gamer out there. The price tag is a major issue for one: It’ll set you back $149.99, and that isn’t even including the $99.99 for the PowerPlay, which is definitely essential for keeping the mouse consistently charged during wireless play. When all is said and done, we’re talking about nearly $250 on two peripherals alone, and that’s before tax is included.
Granted, that’s not a big deal if the Pro Wireless is an investment your team is covering or a work-related purchase that’s tax deductible, so for most esports pros with enough money to spare, the cost shouldn’t be an issue. For your standard gamer that plays Dota 2 and not much else, on the other hand, just $149.99 alone on a mouse is a lot of money. If you prefer to play pug matches in CS:GO over joining an esports league, I’d recommend upgrading to the Pro Wireless’ cabled sister, the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse, which also features the HERO 16k and only retails for $69.99.
I also felt like the Pro Wireless’ side buttons were a little too sensitive at times. I’m notoriously needy in Overwatch, so I set my two default left buttons as “I need healing!” and “Thanks!” so I could quickly communicate with my teammates on the fly while playing as Tracer. Instead, I found myself randomly hitting both buttons while adjusting my thumb during difficult plays behind enemy lines, much to my Mercy’s disdain.
This was a bigger problem when I tried to set the left-hand side’s default two buttons as my Shift and E abilities while playing as D.Va; I ended up boosting into enemies during teamfights or firing rockets when I didn’t mean to. In Fortnite, on the other hand, I accidentally built a ramp in a confined house and nearly trapped myself during a round of solos. Granted, Logitech lets you customize the mouse’s buttons so you can change up how they’re shaped or what each button does, if anything at all, so it’s more of a nit-pick than a flaw. This may be growing pains on my part, too, as I’m so used to handling a cheap mouse and not a professional one.
All that said, I’m absolutely blown away by the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse. Its wireless capabilities are phenomenal, there’s no cable weight to get in the way of my movement, its response time is fantastic, it has a ton of customizable features that make it stand out among mice, and its ergonomic design makes it an absolute delight to hold in your hand.
I really, truly believe the Pro Wireless is a mouse anyone can benefit from, even if you aren’t an esports athlete. Once you pair it with your PC and realize how your mouse works in conjunction with what you want to do in-game, it’s hard to go back to anything else. For me, that’s more than enough, and it should be for most esports professionals too.
|Pros||The Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse’s ergonomic design, wireless capabilities, fast response time, and minimal input delay make this mouse a must-buy for esports professionals around the globe.|
|Cons||The Pro Wireless’ price tag is steep, which may punish entry-level pros and teams strapped for cash. Some athletes may find the mouse’s side buttons get in the way, depending on how they handle the mouse.|