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 that is down to its build quality.

But within the G502 series, there are different models of 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. It’s said to be the best Logitech mouse on the market.

Another model that’s available is the G502 Proteus Spectrum. Released a few years before the G502 Hero in 2016, it’s been moderately successful – though not enough to stop the release of a whole range of very similar mice from the brand.

But if we’re comparing the two, what are the differences between them and which one should you opt for? Let’s 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 almost identical to one another.

Something else to note is that the Logitech G502 Hero is also a little bit more sensitive that the Proteus Spectrum when you’re using it. You’ll need to take a bit more care with the Hero, even though it does still have a strong build quality.

It is also stated to have a longer lifespan too, with Logitech saying that their Hero should last up to 50 million clicks. This is probably going to equate to more than 20 years for anyone who uses their mouse on a daily basis.

Whilst these are the main differences to note about the Hero and the Proteus Spectrum, that’s not everything. Let’s take a closer look at these two mice.

Logitech G502 Hero

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 is 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.

So, the new Hero sensor is definitely one area where this is improved. It is probably the most criticised part of Logitech’s mice over the past decade, so getting a reliable sensor was definitely crucial to the success of the Hero.

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

As I’ve already mentioned, the G502 Proteus Spectrum is the older of these two mice. 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.

In general though, this mouse has pretty good reviews all round and it’s by no means a bad choice. It evolved from the previous mouse the Proteus Core, which was also pretty well liked too. The addition of a braided cable made it much more reliable than older versions of the mouse.

Another one of the main improvements that was made was the Chrome RGB lighting across the mouse itself, which definitely has made it visually more impressive.

It has a good optical sensor, and a long lifespan of more than 20 million clicks. Not quite as good as the Hero, but not too far off either – it will still last you a long time.

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 G502 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 form. 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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