Logitech splashes some color on the otherwise serious G502 gaming mouse

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Logitech’s G502 Proteus Core is already a popular gaming mouse, well known for its customizable weights and highly-tuned performance. But Logitech isn’t satisfied, and is now introducing the G502 Proteus Spectrum. It boasts the same winning design and powerful sensor, but now includes multi-color lighting for those who like their peripherals a little flashier.

Logitech’s lighting system is fully programmable from the Logitech Gaming Software, and allows for up to 16.8 million colors across multiple brightness settings. Beyond your choice of solid colors, there are a number of patterns and color cycling options. Add in a Logitech gaming headset or keyboard, and the software will synchronize lights and effects across all of them.

Under the hood, it’s still the same G502 Proteus Core that gamers know and love. The optical sensor is the PMW3366, which boasts a massive DPI range of 200 to 12,000. It’s highly customizable in the included software, but that’s not the only aspect of the mouse that can be changed to suit your mood.

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A magnetic hatch in the mouse allows users to distribute (or not) a set of five 3.6 gram weights to change the weight and balance of the mouse. Alongside 11 programmable buttons, there’s no shortage of options for adjusting the mouse to fit any game. In search of perfect response times, both the left and right click buttons are two separate pieces with their own mechanical microswitches. The scroll wheel even has two modes, one with clicky notches for changing weapons in game, and smooth scrolling for browsing the web or zooming out in an RTS.

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum will be available in the U.S. and Europe starting in January, with a list price of $80. That’s a solid price for a well equipped gaming mouse, especially considering the Logitech G910 Orion Spark took home top marks in our mechanical keyboard shootout, in part because of its software support. The G502 Proteus Spectrum is certainly a mouse for the discerning gamer.

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