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Future Shop Canada has provided me with several different products to review during the holiday season, you can find some of my other reviews over at ZachBussey.com.

The Logitech Proteus Core G502 is a gaming mouse designed to be customized by the end user and tuned to their exact needs. The Proteus Core G502 was designed as an updated and upgraded version of the highly successful Logitech G500 gaming mouse, which was originally released back in 2010. The Proteus Core G502 was originally released this summer to much acclaim by reviewers and gamers alike.

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The packaging really does a great job at explaining the different features, but it’s only once you’ve opened and experienced the product that you really get a sense for what it’s capable of. For someone who has been using a standard (basic) three button mouse with scroll wheel for the last few years, the transition to this gaming mouse was a bit daunting. Having 11 programmable buttons on a single mouse was a lot to consider initially – but soon you realize that they simply make life easier, while the experience of using the mouse main buttons remains the same.

When it comes to gaming, those buttons are incredibly useful. For games where activating abilities can mean the different between life and death, having them at the tip of your fingers instead of on the keyboard takes a minor adjustment to get used to – but results in a massive improvement. I’ve been alpha testing Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, a League of Legends style game where abilities are activated via keyboard Q/W/E/R/1/2 etc keys. The Logitech Proteus Core G502 allows you to activate them easily with one hand – my performance in-game has massively improved.

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The mouse has an impressive DPI setting allowing it to pinpoint up to 12,000 DPI. For gaming, again this has a lot of value in games were pinpoint accuracy is key (any game with a sniper rifle.) While I don’t personally play a lot of those games, what I do partake in is image editing – and the ability to be super accurate in Photoshop has made the experience so much better. Additionally, the mouse has a button that allows you to switch between a large DPI setting to something super accurate with a single click. That feature alone has been so fantastic.

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The mouse is customizable to your hand and weight specifications as well – included with the Logitech Proteus Core G502 is a little container that contains 5 boomerang shaped 3.6g weights that can be arranged and customized in the bottom of your mouse to get the right balance. This customization allows the mouse to move more fluid with your hand and results in impressive performance when you need to respond quickly – again, and in-game feature that has applications in general web + photo editing as well. It just ‘feels’ right.

The Logitech Proteus Core G502 can also be customized to the surface it’s placed on, meaning that it will perform perfectly to your mouse top surface. Generally a lot of people (gamers especially) use high performance mouse mats that allow for the fluid motion of the mouse on top of it. The mouse actually comes pre-programmed with those settings stock. In my case, I have the mouse on top of a wood, black lacquered desk. I noticed some minor performance issues, but after tuning the mouse to the surface – a process that takes a minute or so, the mouse performed spectacularly.

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The mouse buttons perform quite well, and are arranged in a way that makes them easy to use. It is a bit of an adjustment, but after a few days, it feels quite natural and I’ve wondered how I survived with so few buttons for so long. I’ve programmed the mouse to surf better, close tabs, open new ones and much more. The only fault I’ve found with the interface has been the scroll wheel. While I am slowly adjusting to it – it’s taken a lot longer than I though. The wheel is so incredibly sensitive to touch and spins so effortlessly that it often gets accidentally ‘bumped’ by my fingers and moves the page/image around at the wrong time. While it says I should be able to turn down the sensitivity, I wish there was a way to make it ‘tick’ rather than flow fluid.

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Overall, the Logitech Proteus Core G502 is an incredible input device. For the average web surfing/Word doc writing user may not find as much value in this mouse – for someone who does photo editing, excessive web interaction, and, of course, video gaming this mouse will revolutionize your experience. The customizable buttons are fantastic, the DPI ‘on-the-fly’ switching, the surface tuning and the weight customization make it one of the most ‘personal’ experiences I’ve had with a mouse ever. It feels like this mouse belongs in my hand, with the only drawback being the scroll wheel being a little too sensitive and the interface taking some time to ‘adjust’.

You can get the Logitech Proteus Core G502 from Future Shop for $80.

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