The G Pro Wireless is the best all-round gaming mouse you can buy right now, or at least it should be. For starters, it has one of the most universally comfortable and practical designs we’ve ever used. Its ambidextrous shape is hardly a new concept, but here Logitech has made the design so much better by making the side buttons modular.
You can swap out the back and forward buttons that would otherwise sit under your little and ringer fingers, reducing the chance of them being knocked accidentally. The buttons and the blanks with which you can replace them – via magnets – are reassuringly solid too, with no wobble or extra give.
Elsewhere, you get a subtle but perfectly judged overall shape, and a button layout that’s suited to the majority of grip styles, although users with larger hands may find its 125 x 64 x 40mm measurements a little small. Another crucial aspect of the mouse’s design is its weight. Despite being a wireless model with a battery, the G Pro Wireless weighs just 80g. That’s light for a wired mouse, let alone a wireless one.
And that brings us to this mouse’s second big feature – its wireless technology. On every other wireless mouse we’ve ever used, the added delay has been noticeable when gaming, but it’s undetectable on the G Pro Wireless, thanks to Logitech’s LightSpeed wireless technology.
What’s more, Logitech’s new HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor is so power-efficient, that the G Pro Wireless’ battery can last double the time of previous Logitech wireless models. The G403, for instance, is rated to last for 22 or 30 hours of gaming, depending on whether the RGB lighting is on or off, while the G Pro Wireless is rated to 48 and 60 hours respectively. In our experience, this mouse lasts the better part of a couple of weeks between charges, whereas the G403 would need a top up every two or three days.
That sensor also provides faultless tracking performance. It’s rated at 16,000dpi, with 40G acceleration and 400IPS of movement speed, and it doesn’t miss a beat. It’s no better than many of the very good optical sensors in other mice, of course, but it’s definitely just as good.
So are there any downsides to this mouse? Well, yes. Big time. The first is the price – £130 inc VAT is a lot of money for a mouse, whichever way you look at it, and it’s particularly high when you consider the lack of extra polish. We’re all for a simple, clean, efficient design, but there’s no rubber on the sides, there’s only one measly RGB zone under the Logitech logo and you don’t even get a soft touch finish.
The mouse also has very few buttons. The left, right, 2 x side buttons and scroll-wheel-click is all you get on the top, with a DPI switching button on the underside. According to Logitech, that’s how eSports gamers like it, and we agree, but you’ll have to look elsewhere if you prefer a lot of extra buttons. Some users have also reported issues with the left and right buttons rubbing against each other. We’ve been able to replicate this by pushing both down together, but in use this isn’t an issue.
What is a major problem, though, is that the left and right buttons can double-click when only pressed once. In initial testing we found this happened so rarely as to not notice but with long term use this has become a persistent and extremely annoying problem. You can just about work round it, but it’s simply not good enough for such a premium mouse.
Logitech G Pro Wireless
The G Pro Wireless launched at $130, making it very expensive for a mouse at the time of its release. However, several years on and its price has dropped to a reasonable sub-$100 level.
Price: Expect to pay $95 USD / £85 GBP
Logitech G Pro Wireless
So, while its ingenious ambidextrous design, incredible low weight, very long battery life, excellent wireless performance, faultless sensor performance and simple button layout make the Logitech G Pro Wireless the finest gaming mouse we’ve ever tested, until we see a guarantee that Logitech has resolved the button problems, we can’t recommend this mouse.