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What we bought: Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight isn’t just for gaming

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This winter I spent $160 (or $200 CAD for me) to buy a new gaming mouse. I’ve never had one that cost more than about $50. My previous one was the Logitech G305† And for that I had a SteelSeries Sensei 310† If you’re not familiar with the G305, it’s one of the best wireless mice you can buy for under $50. Thanks to the Hero sensor, it’s just as fast and accurate as some of the most expensive gaming mice on the market. Another highlight is that it uses an AA battery for power, meaning you can get up to 250 hours of uptime on a single charge. For most people, including those who play competitive games, I think the G305 is just about all the mouse they need.

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So why did I decide to trade in a perfectly good mouse for a multiple of its price? For me it came down to build quality. By the time I decided to Logitech G Pro X Superlight, the scroll wheel on my G305 started to get mushy and the battery cover on the back creaked when I put the palm of my hand on it. And at that point, I had my eye on the Superlight since Logitech announced it in 2020.

If you spend a lot of time watching videos on YouTube about PC gaming, then you know the appeal of this mouse. Logitech claims it weighs less than 63 grams, making it one of the lightest you can buy right now. Like someone who plays a lot Valorant and League of Legends, a lightweight mouse is attractive because it allows you to be both fast and accurate with your mouse movements. The reason for this is that you can maintain a low DPI (a setting that determines the sensitivity of your mouse) and still be able to quickly swipe across your mouse pad, thanks to its light weight.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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There are mice you can buy that are even lighter than the G Pro X, but almost all of them use a perforated design where the main body of the mouse has a honeycomb-like hole pattern. But that can compromise build quality – a mouse with holes won’t feel as solid as a mouse without, because it has holes.

Instead, the G Pro X represents a different kind of compromise. It has the same body design as Logitech’s incredibly popular G Pro Wireless, but it doesn’t all have the same features. It doesn’t come with RGB lighting or even a DPI switch to quickly adjust the sensitivity. But the most notable omission is that the Superlight doesn’t come with a second set of buttons on the right side of the mouse. Sorry, left-handers.

But here’s the thing: I don’t mind it missing those features. Maybe my opinion would change if I were left-handed, but I’m not, and I think the white model looks great without RGB lighting. Not having a DPI switch isn’t a deal breaker for me either, as I can remember situations with my old G305 where I accidentally clicked that button during a pivotal moment in a game.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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In other words, I could live without those features, but I didn’t want another mouse to wear me out. And in that respect, the G Pro X Superlight should not disappoint. It features: Omron switches that produce a satisfying click when you press the left and right buttons, and it has one of the best scroll wheels I’ve ever used on a mouse. The plastic also needs to develop the shine that you see when it becomes worn in certain areas. This thing is built to last.

I also found that the features that make the Superlight a great gaming mouse lend it just as much for productivity use. It doesn’t include Bluetooth connectivity, but what it does have is a clever magnetized pocket for storing the wireless dongle. Combine that with its lightweight design and you have a great travel mouse. It also has a shape that I think fits well with my palm grip, making it ideal for long Lightroom and Photoshop sessions.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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Yes, $160 is a lot to spend on a mouse, but it has given me one of the best gaming mice on the market. When you consider how much it costs to buy the “best” graphics card, monitor, or almost anything gaming related, you’re looking forward to spending well over thousands of dollars. The G Pro X Superlight didn’t cost me that much, and I have a mouse that’s great not only for gaming, but for everything else I use my computer for.

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