What price to shed weight off your mouse? The most obsessive would understand, resorting to honeycomb designs or similar to lose as much weight as possible and at minimal cost to structural integrity.
Logitech’s answer to this is the Logitech G Pro X Superlight. It looks pretty modest by any standard, let alone gaming standards, but don’t let that fool you – this is quite a marvel.
Traditionally, weight shedding comes in the form of designing honeycomb shells, which offer the requisite rigidity while losing some weight in unnecessary plastic. It’s not always comfortable and there’s always the question of letting dust through. Well with the Superlight, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
The Superlight is ridiculously lightweight at 60g and it almost feels like a dummy mouse, i.e. for a moment I thought it was just a shell. If you’re getting into the spirit of shedding weight, you can always remove the dongle cover to drop an extra gram.
Despite its featherweight nature, the Superlight is extremely sturdy and rigid. You have to try really hard to get it to budge, so it’s safe to say that it will stand up to everyday use.
If there’s a trade-off, it’s in the primary buttons. There’s quite a bit of travel and feel borderline flimsy, while the side buttons are a little squishy. But I think they’re perfectly good when you making quick, twitchy movements. You might find that the buttons have too much post travel in a fingertip grip, though. Given the nature of its construction, I think the Superlight works better with a light touch.
The Superlight has a comfortable shape that accommodates the most popular grips, and the slightly matte finish helps a little if you have a light touch as well. Although it has a symmetrical shape, this mouse was designed for right-handers. There’s no provision to physically configure the side buttons for lefties, presumably because you will add weight by doing so. This also means that there aren’t any dedicated buttons to change the CPI on the fly, though you can repurpose existing buttons for this.
To an extent, the thought that there’s no provision can seem a bit laughable, because the mouse is so featherweight, you’d think they could spare an extra couple of grams. But I suppose that’s the point of this mouse: it moves oh-so-easily at the slightest nudge, thanks also in part to the generous patches of PTFE at the base. Logitech also includes an optional pad that you can attach to the dongle cover for added smoothness.
Strangely, they chose not to use a USB-C connector despite the mouse’s premium status. While this doesn’t harm the performance, it does take the shine off the product’s top-shelf allure. I’m not a fan of the semi-proprietary cable (standard mini-USB but it has guides) that they provided and I’m pretty sure people in the market for this are willing to top up the extra coin for USB-C. Another head-scratcher comes in the form of the sheathing for the USB cable. I know this is supposed to be a wireless mouse, but it’s always good to have the option to use it wired. The trouble is that the rubbery sheath adds a small degree of resistance depending on the surface that it touches. And that’s a drag.
The Superlight sports a HERO sensor that’s touted with a maximum CPI setting of 25,600, a maximum polling rate of 1,000Hz, a minimum lift-off distance of 1.2mm, a tracking speed of 400IPS and 40G of acceleration. That’s more of a flex than a triumph of function, because I’m quite certain nobody in their right mind will use anything close to maximum DPI settings; if they threw in some code to troll us once we hit ten hours at maximum settings, I’m pretty sure no one would use it long enough to ever find out.
Even though the Superlight is wireless it responds pretty much like a wired mouse in my book and the responsiveness is made even more apparent by its weight. Plus, the battery life is pretty decent for such a lightweight mouse – I can go a week of use before needing to charge. To go one step further, you could buy the PowerPlay mousepad to enable wireless charging. But that makes a rather expensive mouse even more expensive. And to be honest, I don’t think it’s necessary for most people – I mean, do you play 16 hours a day?
While the Superlight can store five profiles onboard, one potential downside to its sparseness is that you have to program a profile swap button in G Hub, Logitech’s de facto configuration platform. Otherwise, you are dependent on G Hub to make changes.
The Superlight has its weaknesses, but they are far from dealbreakers. Logitech has really done a good job with this one, though truth be told it’s a huge price to pay to shed a couple of grams. But I’m sure there are many who will appreciate the weight enough to get one.
Logitech Pro X Wireless Superlight
Features – 8/10
Value Proposition – 6/10
Performance – 9/10
Design & Build Quality – 8/10
It’s funny that we think the value proposition isn’t good and yet we think it should have gone all out and improved elements that would have made it more expensive. But it’s true, this should have been a ‘supercar’in all aspects.