Back in August I managed to spill tea all over my Razer Mamba. I thought it would be ruined and immediately began researching a new mouse. I had settled on the Logitech G302 but within a few days the Mamba dried out and I was able to use it again, which was great because the old worn-out Razer Naga I had been using the mean time was terrible. It had lasted me about four years but the right click had gone and left clicks occasionally registered as double clicks. Super frustrating, as you can imagine. The Mamba was fine… but nothing fancy. But as I played more mouse-intensive games like League of Legends and GW2’s PvP, I noticed my mouse hand getting cramps more and more often. Finally I decided to spring for the Logitech in the hopes it would solve my problems.
Before I get into my first impressions, I’ll briefly go over what drew me to the Logitech G302 to begin with. First of all, it’s pretty darn cheap as far as gaming mice go. I got it for just under $50 NZD, which is amazingly cheap. It goes for a little under $40 USD which is also pretty cheap for the kind of quality you can expect from Logitech peripherals. On top of that, the main criticism I saw crop up in reviews was that it was too small, which was actually a great thing. You see, I am a pretty short lady. I have similarly small hands. This unfortunately means that many mice are way too big for me. They are big and bulky in my hands and often too heavy as well. The reason I used a Naga for so long was because it was comparably quite small. I suspect the reason the Mamba began to tire my hand was that I had begun using it more often than previously, meaning that its size and weight began to wear down my hand.
Enter the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime. You can go to the site there to see all the wonderful tech details but here I’m going to focus more on how it feels to use. A little extra background on the mouse – it is designed specifically with MOBA players in mind. Logitech got the help of members of one professional League of Legends team, Cloud 9, to help them tweak and design the mouse to meet the expectations and needs of MOBA players. That said, it seems fine regardless of your game genre of choice.
I knew the mouse was small but nevertheless I was surprised by the size of the package when it arrived. I guess maybe over the years I’ve grown so accustomed to Razer’s wasteful packaging style that I expected a bigger box. Taking it out I was surprised again with how small it was, but definitely quite excited to give it a try. It’s got some nice, sleek angles on the edges that give it a unique look. The upper edges of the angles, toward the front, have an ever-so-slight texture to them. Not enough to get bits of dirt stuck in them, but just enough to give you a little grip on the mouse. The left and right buttons have a nice springy “click” to them that doesn’t require much finger pressure to execute, which is what you’re looking for when playing mouse-heavy games. Gotta avoid that repetitive strain!
If you’ve spent time researching mice, you’ll know that there are three types of grip that people usually use with mice. A palm grip is what it sounds like – you have your whole palm touching the mouse as well as your finger tips. A fingertip grip is also what it sounds like – just your fingertips are on the mouse most of the time. A claw grip is something in the middle, where maybe the base part of your palm is touching the mouse along with the fingers. What type of grip you prefer to use depends on the shape and size of your hand, the size of the mouse, and probably some other underlying factors. I usually like to use a claw grip, but with the Mamba I had to go with a palm grip. This Logitech G302 lets me go back to my preferred claw grip since it is much slimmer. It’s also very lightweight, which means using a claw or fingertip grip is easier. You don’t have to use your whole hand to push the mouse around, it slides easy with just a bit of movement from your fingers.
After playing League of Legends pretty much all day today, my hand hasn’t cramped up at all. Usually I would need to stretch out my hand and massage it every second match or so, but today I just played match after match with no issues. I also felt like I missed less often, but I can’t tell if that’s just me getting better at the game a little or if the mouse helped me out.
My impressions of the Logitech profiling system are pretty limited because I’m not usually into the pre-set profiles for mice, keyboards, and other input peripherals. Logitech does seem to provide a really expansive library of games that it has profiles and supports. If you are keen on setting your own buttons for various games then it certainly seems more than capable.
At first I was skeptical of whether I even really needed to install the software but I’m glad I did. By default, the mouse has three DPI settings you can switch between using one of the middle mouse buttons, dictating how fast your cursor moves around the screen as you move the mouse. I usually like a pretty high DPI setting because… well, I just don’t like having to move my hand around much. Call it laziness, but I prefer to think of it as maintaining hand health! Without the Logitech software, the highest DPI setting you get access to isn’t the highest the mouse is capable of. So if you plug in the mouse and find it a bit slow to your liking, make sure to get the software before you decide. It’s actually really great because you can set more DPI options to the middle mouse button. If you want to be able to switch between, say 5, DPI points instead of just 3 then you can!
Another good thing about the software is that it allows you to tweak how bright the lights of the mouse shine and how often it ‘breathes’ – or if it even has a breathing effect at all. When I first plugged in the mouse I cringed a bit because it was searingly bright for a mouse. I wound up turning to down by quite a bit because I didn’t want to get distracted by it. I also set the ‘breath’ effect – the way the lights on the sides and top of the mouse slowly pulse as if it’s breathing – to a much slower cycle. I thought it was a neat touch that these are customization with the software, especially since I wasn’t such a fan of the default settings.
Overall, I’m really pleased with the mouse. Between how much better my hand feels and how cheap it was comparatively, I feel like I made a good choice!