Logitech G Pro X Superlight Mouse Review
Logitech G Pro X Superlight Mouse Review
Logitech wasn’t joking when they referred to their latest wireless desktop mouse as ‘superlight’, writes PAT PILCHER.
The first computer mouse was unveiled in 1968 by Douglas C. Engelbart. He called it a mouse because of the cable that tethered it to a computer, which looked a lot like a mouse’s tail. The name was, however, a tad misleading. The mouse was a chunky block of wood that had more in common with an oversized rat than a mouse.
Fifty-three years later, here’s Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight mouse: featherlight, accurate and wireless, and missing the tail that inspired the name. How ironic.
Unboxing the G Pro X, I was sure that I’d been sent a display sample. It felt so light that I was convinced that it either had no electronics built-in or that it needed batteries before it’d function.
I was wrong.
After a charge, the G Pro X Superlight powered up and wirelessly connected to the supplied Logitech dongle I’d plugged into a spare USB port on my PC. It turns out that batteries were indeed included.
Logitech’s bumf says that the G Pro X Superlight weighs under 63g, which is a hell of a drop in weight compared to the original G Pro Wireless which weighed in at a hefty 80g.
The G Pro X Superlight has done away with a few nice – but not necessary – features. This time around there are no buttons on its right-hand side, no pointless RGB lights underneath the Logitech logo, and its scroll wheel is lighter.
While left-handed folk may lament the lack of customisable side buttons, the absent RGB lighting won’t be missed. Having used the G Pro X Superlight for a week, I can say that I’d happily have the weight reduction over all that other stuff in a heartbeat.
Looks-wise, it looks (and feels) a lot like its older siblings. It’s roughly the same size, but the G Pro X Superlight feels far comfier with extended use. This probably has a lot to do with its excellent ergonomics, which gets helped along by a near-weightless design.
As a gaming rodent, the G Pro X Superlight’s spec is all about speed and accuracy. To this end, it features the latest High-Efficiency Rated Optical (HERO) sensor. It has a count per inch (CPI) spec of 25,600, and Logitech says that there is “zero smoothing or filtering and acceleration”. Tracking speed is 400 inches per second (IPS). Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless 2.4 GHz dongle also keeps latency low and is energy efficient so it can maintain a long battery life.
In a gaming environment, improved latency means precious milliseconds can be the difference between roadkill or owning the frag fest. Most hard-core PC gamers still swear by a wired connection, but having used the G Pro X, I found its performance was fine. Going back to a wired mouse proved to be annoying too. Its cable added previously unnoticed resistance to mouse movement.
As with previous Logitech mice (mouses?), the G Pro X Superlight comes with software that tells you about battery life. (This is handily portrayed as a percentage, which is less vague than a battery icon). Battery run time is also estimated – it turned out to be reasonably accurate at just over 70 hours from a single charge.
Charging the G Pro X Superlight is a doddle thanks to its built-in micro-USB port and bundled Type-A USB cable. It would have been nice to have seen a USB-C connection for faster charging, but weight and price probably made old-school USB a better option.
As you’d expect, the Logitech software also allows you to set CPI levels, macros, and customise buttons. 5 different customisations can be saved to the G-Pro X. Logitech also bundles grippy transfers, additional feet, and an extension cable for the dongle. The bundled charging cable even does double duty as a wired connection.
The original Logitech G Pro Wireless has long been a popular choice for gamers. Logitech has taken that model and made it even better. The net result is a desktop mouse that is so light that it feels like pushing a feather around. It is also highly customisable and very responsive. The G Pro X Superlight might be pricey, but it is an impressive mouse that should make PC gamers incredibly happy indeed.