Logitech G PRO Gaming Mouse Review
Logitech G PRO Gaming Mouse
Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse was inspired by the classic lines and simple construction of the Logitech G100 and G100s body made popular by top competitive eSports professionals.
This of course means nothing unless you're historically familiar the product line, so disregard that. Let's focus on what this peripheral has to offer the average person, and more importantly how it functions under Linux.
Physically the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse measures height at 116.6 mm, width 62.15 mm, depth 38.2 mm and weight of 83 g (excluding cable). The braided cable is a USB 2.0 connection type, with an overall length of 80 inches to provide ample range.
I would consider the design to be low profile, ergonomic and lightweight. Sizing is optimal for comfort, especially for those with smaller hands. The surface of the Pro Gaming Mouse is also treated with a special coating to improve durability and grip.
There are six buttons present. Response on both primary left and right buttons is consistent, firm and requires an appropriate amount of depression to engage thanks to the advanced button tension (metal springs). Click sound is mostly audible on primary buttons, but isn't over-exaggerated.
Located front center of the mouse is a rubber coated scroll wheel which steps with a slight tactical feedback. Scrolling is smooth and height of the button is perfectly elevated. Just below the scroll wheel is a dedicated to DPI button. This button is used to quickly cycle though four pre-configured sensitivity settings of your choosing. Lastly, there are two low profile buttons located on the left side and aesthetic RGB lighting with illuminated "G" logo.
Another outstanding attribute of the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is the optical sensor, more specifically a PixArt PMW3366 sensor. PixArt PMW3366 is known to deliver a level of precision widely considered to be the best sensor technology currently on the market.
The PMW3366 yields acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12000 DPI). During my evaluation I found tracking and accuracy of the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse to be exceptional.
I should also mention that according to Logitech, mouse feet are tested to over 250km of use, and left and right buttons are tested to exceed 20 million clicks – the equivalent of 10 hours use every day for two years.
- Inspired by Logitech G100 and G100s body
- Advanced Optical Gaming Sensor
- RGB Illumination
- 6 Programmable Buttons
- Onboard Memory
- Advanced Button Tensioning
- Lightweight and Durable
- Resolution: 200 – 12,000 DPI
- Connection Type: USB 2.0
- Sensor: PMW3366
I've performed this evaluation under Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Linux Kernel 4.4.0-116-generic #140-Ubuntu SMP. Game play was also tested using Steam on several Linux gaming titles.
Overall the Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse is compatible with Linux, remapping of mouse bindings and acceleration adjustment is easy enough. However, you will not be able to utilize the on-board memory which allows for saving preferences directly to the mouse. For that, Logitech Gaming Software is required and unfortunately only supported under Windows or Mac Operating Systems. The software also provides means to reassign buttons, adjust DPI, set gaming profiles and control RGB illumination.
Linux users will have to make due without these customization features as the RBG lighting softly and uncontrollably rotates through a spectrum of colors.
ConclusionThe Good - Pros
- Exceptional performance under Linux
- PMW3366 optical sensor with DPI range 200-12000
- Low profile, ergonomic and lightweight
- Long braided cable (80 inches)
- Durable components with 2-year hardware Warranty
The Bad - Cons
- Logitech Gaming Software still doesn't support Linux
The Ugly - Issues
The Verdict - Opinion
I am by no means a professional gamer, but without a doubt, out-of-box tracking is incredibly accurate, so in my opinion the performance is at an exceptional level.
Logitech really needs to to start supporting the Linux Desktop with their software - I hope we'll see this in the near future.