Logitech G502 Hero vs Proteus Spectrum | Which should you choose?

If you’re looking to get a good quality mouse, then one of the best series to look at is the G502 from Logitech. It’s been popular amongst gamers for a while now, and much of tha is down to it’s build quality.

But within the G502 series, there are different models of the mouse that have been released over the past few years. One of the most popular is the G502 Hero, which has been received by the community pretty well. Another model is the G502 Proteus Spectrum.

But if we’re comparing the two, what are the differences between them and which one should you opt for? Lets take a look at these two mice to work out which you should choose.

Logitech G502 Hero vs Proteus Spectrum

The main difference between these two Logitech mice is that the G502 Hero has a newer updated sensor in comparison to the Proteus Spectrum’s older, less sensitive one. Aside from this, they’re very similar to one another.

Whilst this is the main thing to note about the Hero and the Proteus Spectrum, that’s not everything. Let’s take a closer look at these two mice. Also, check our our extensive guide to all Logitech mice too.

Logitech G502 Hero

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Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Wired Gaming Mouse, HERO 16K Sensor, 16,000 DPI, RGB, Adjustable Weights, 11 Programmable Buttons, On-Board Memory, PC / Mac - Black
  • HERO Gaming Sensor: Next generation HERO mouse sensor delivers precision tracking up to 16000 DPI with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration

The Hero has been one of the top sellers out of all of Logitech’s gaming mice, and there’s a good reason that’s the case. It’s one of the most reliable of them all, and it’s reasonably priced too.

It’s a lot newer than the Proteus Spectrum, and the main difference between them as I’ve mentioned is the sensor. This has been stated by Logitech as their best sensor yet, and is much more advanced than the previous one the Spectrum uses. It offers more accurate sensitivity to your DPI settings, as well as being more responsive generally.

For those looking for a cheaper gaming mouse, then the G502 Hero is often a lot of peoples go to solution. It’s a good mouse with a lot to offer.

Pros

By using the Razer Synapse software, you can upgrade this mouse from 16,000 DPI all the way up to 25,600 DPI pretty easily. This will make your mouse super sensitive.
The Hero has weights that you can attach to it for your own preference, so the mouse can be as heavy or light as you like it to be.
It has the most customizable buttons out of any gaming mouse within this price range, giving you the opportunity to change 11 buttons to your own personal preference.

Cons

For a little more, there are plenty of other options from both Logitech and other brands out there which can match this mouse and more. So, whilst it’s not too expensive, it isn’t cheap or the best value for money out there either.
Although it has the option of using the tilt setting with the scroll wheel, it’s not as comfortable to use as some other mice are.
It has 11 programmable buttons, but for me only 9 of these are ideally placed. Two of the thumb buttons are a little awkward to get to.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Wired Gaming Mouse, 12,000 DPI, Adjustable Weights, 11 Programmable Buttons, Compatible with PC / Mac - Black
  • Accurate and Responsive : The advanced optical sensor provides smooth and precise 12000 DPI tracking for consistent responsiveness while gaming with any computer, Mac or laptop

As I’ve already mentioned, the Proteus Spectrum is the older of these two mouses. Saying that might make you think that the PS is ancient, but this isn’t actually the case.

This mouse was actually only released back at the start of 2016, but it didn’t get the best reception amongst users (although it’s not a bad mouse by any means, just not that popular). By 2018 it has fallen out of favour with Logitech, and whilst it hasn’t been officially discontinued, it’s no longer being pushed by the company.

Pros

This is another very sensitive and responsive mouse, good for those looking for the best.
It’s very easy to download the Razer software and set up the Chroma RBG lighting, which you can easily make fit with the rest of your gaming setup.
Like the Hero, it has 11 programmable buttons for you to use, although they’re not all in the best place to take advantage of this.

Cons

There’s not a wireless version of the Proteus Spectrum out there, with many folk looking for wireless alternatives nowadays.
One of the worst things about this mouse is that it’s pretty loud, especially the scroll wheel. It’s not a good choice for those looking for a quiet mouse.
It would be nice for a few more mice out there for lefties – this model isn’t available in left handed from or ambidextrous. However, it’s difficult to do that with 11 buttons.

Conclusion

All in all, it’s very easy to pick a winner out of these two mice. They’re very similar to each other, but essentially the Hero is just a newer version of the Proteus Spectrum, but with better hardware overall. So, it’s not a difficult choice to make, with the Hero being the clear winner here.

If you want a cheaper basic mouse, then both the M325 and the M310 would probably be a good choice. They’re budget Logitech mice that are worth considering if you don’t need a gaming mouse.

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