Logitech G Pro X Superlight Review
When the Logitech G Pro Wireless released a couple of years ago it took the gaming world by absolute storm. Within a couple of months it was the number one (or very close to it) most used mouse for pretty much all of our analyzed games, and it's still insanely popular to this day.
Some might argue that that's due to sponsorships, but we've seen plenty of players who aren't sponsored by Logitech who swear by the mouse, and it's not hard to see why. At the time of its release it was an insanely light wireless mouse with a very safe shape, great clicks and scroll wheel, reliable build quality, flawless sensor and a flawless wireless connection. It truly was ahead of its time, and that's evidenced by the fact that other manufacturers took more than a full year to even announce competitors for the G Pro Wireless.
Today it's time for the successor to ascend the throne. Will the G Pro X Superlight be as successful as its predecessor in times where the competition has caught up, or will the heir to the empire squander it all? Read our full review to find out all that and more.
"PRO X SUPERLIGHT continues our design philosophy of ZERØ OPPOSITION—our commitment to remove all obstacles to create the purest possible connection between the player and the game."Logitech
Logitech G Pro X Superlight - First Impressions
‘Cool, this one’s white’ was honestly my first thought. I remember a lot of people in the community going crazy over the fact that the Logitech G Pro Wireless Ghost (a white version) was a limited drop, so it’s cool to see that Logitech is now offering the G Pro X Superlight (I’ll sometimes refer to it as just ‘the Superlight’) in both a white and a black colorway. Do note that the GPW isn't going to go away for now: that one will still be for sale, albeit at a reduced MSRP.
Aside from the impressive weight reduction, the removal of RGB elements, and the fact that there are no more side buttons on the right, not a lot has changed at first sight. Same scroll wheel, same shape, same side buttons, and so on. It’s when you flip the mouse over that you see some of the other major changes. Gone is the DPI selector button and away are the small-ish skates, in are big skates.
Long story short: Logitech cut out most of the stuff that players who gave them feedback didn’t use, which results in a weight reduction already, but they’ve also made internal tweaks to things like the PCB and what have you to achieve a much lighter weight overall. That weight is without a doubt one of the most noticeable things about this new one, but more on that later.
Before I go on I want to touch on something that doesn't really have anything to do with the mouse real quick. Logitech says that this G Pro X Superlight is a certified carbon neutral product, which means that it's using eco-friendly materials and production processes, effectively reducing the net carbon emissions to zero. This doesn't change anything about the mouse but I love to see these big companies do their best to tackle these things. As an individual there's only so much you can do for the environment (which doesn't mean you shouldn't bother) so whenever a large corporation steps I always applaud that. Good on you, Logitech.
The G Pro X Superlight is a medium sized mouse with the exact same dimensions as its predecessor, the G Pro Wireless. That means that it has an extremely safe ambidextrous shape (sometimes lovingly called ‘the potato’ by the enthusiast community) but due to the removal of the right side buttons it’s no longer a truly ambidextrous mouse.
On my scale it comes in at 62 grams, which would already be light for a wired mouse. A wireless mouse with a rechargeable battery at this weight really does deserve the title of being super light as far as I’m concerned. This is an extraordinary feat by Logitech, and they managed to do it without cutting holes in the shell or compromising on shell integrity. More on that later on in the review, by the way.
Something that might not be such a welcome change for some users is the fact that the DPI/profile selector button is now gone. I personally never used that but if you had multiple profiles saved for different games or use cases you’ll now have to swap between them in Logitech’s software. That's not a huge issue but it is slightly less convenient than just pushing a button.
The Superlight comes in the same type of box as the GPW, meaning that I started the unboxing experience thinking that I would know exactly what was inside: the mouse, some documentation, the USB receiver, the charging cable, and a little extender to allow you to put the receiver closer to your mousepad.
And I was right. All of this was in the box. I was also wrong, since there was more. I also found a replacement ‘puck’ for your mouse that has a skate attached to it and there’s some grip tape for both sides of the mouse and the main buttons. That’s impressive. Seems like Logitech wants to upgrade their ‘flagship mouse experience’ and I have to say that I’m all for it. I’ll go deeper on these extras further on in the review but I just wanted to say how cool I think it is that they included this.
Sadly they didn’t exactly go the whole nine yards because I didn’t find any replacement mouse feet in the box. For mice that are aimed at competitive gamers that’s always a plus as far as I’m concerned, so it’s a bit of a shame that they didn’t include a pair of extra skates.
Size & Dimensions
Shape and finish
Those who know the G Pro Wireless (or any of its clones) know what to expect here since it’s more of the same. The Superlight has an extremely safe ‘one shape fits all’ kind of design, with no awkward or sudden curves anywhere on the mouse. The hump is concentrated towards the middle but it’s very gradual, making it extremely easy to get used to. I know that not everyone likes these kinds of super safe designs, and it's not my absolute favorite shape either (it's a bit too 'general' for that) but I definitely have no issues using this for longer periods of time.
One quirky little detail is that tiny ridge on the right side of the mouse where the side buttons used to go. It's noticeable from some angles but I don't really feel it at all so it's not like it's annoying. I also don't think it's a 'feature' though: it's so small that it doesn't exactly provide support and it's placed in a spot where it doesn't help with picking up the mouse either, unless you've got a really strange grip. I think it's a remnant of the old side buttons, but that's just me. It's nothing to worry about anyway.
As far as the coating goes it doesn’t feel like a lot has changed, but that’s okay to me. I quite liked the coating of the GPW and I like this one too. The matte white feels almost a bit chalky to the touch and it performs great for my mildly sweaty hands. As an added bonus it does a great job at handling sweat and oils for me, so the coating definitely does what it has to do without any issues at all.
A bit about the grip tape then: I’m impressed. It’s very, very grippy, but what’s more impressive is just how thin it is. I’m normally not a big fan of tape because it can drastically alter the way a mouse feels in my hand but this is so thin that I’d have no issues placing it on my Superlight permanently.
I did end up taking the tape off because for me personally the mouse works perfectly ‘naked’ but if you want that extra bit of grip you can rest assured that this will do the trick. Do watch out when removing it though. You can easily do so without leaving any residue on the mouse, but since the tape is so thin you can stretch it out if you try to pull it off with too much force, so be gentle if you’re planning on reusing it.
And now the bottom’s up: that’s where we’ll find the new and improved ‘zero-additive PTFE feet.’ The feet that were on the G Pro Wireless were basically fine when that mouse came out, but in this day and age people expect better, and Logitech listened. Because smaller skates can dig into a mousepad when a lot of pressure is applied (this could happen when you're controlling recoil in a tense battle or something like that) Logitech opted to go for larger ones this time in order to achieve maximum consistency.
These unconventionally formed skates are nicely rounded and provide a scratch-free and smooth glide straight out of the box. I ended up going for the version with the big and round ‘skate puck’ on the bottom because I felt like I preferred that one over the non-skate puck version but honestly the difference (to me) was extremely minimal.
Buttons and scroll wheel
First things first: I know of Logitech’s double click problem. I don’t know how widespread this is and I haven’t encountered it myself on any Logitech mouse but I of course I do know of its existence. I reached out to Logitech to ask if they’ve been fixing this and they told me that there indeed have been changes made to the switches. Whether that means that it's now completely solved will be something we'll all have to see but I did not encounter double clicking during my review time, for what it's worth.
Back to the review then. I’ve always liked Logitech’s clicks, at least ever since they went away from having hair triggers on some models, and I like these ones too. They perhaps sound a bit deeper/fuller than what you get with the GPW and they feel slightly lighter (I am comparing it with a two year old GPW though, bear that in mind) but aside from that they’re pretty much the same. Both buttons actuate with a pleasing crispiness, so the main clicks feel stellar to me.
If I’m nitpicking (which I am; I’m a reviewer) I would say that there’s a bit of post travel if you press the buttons towards the front and that the main buttons have some side travel, both when they're 'loose' and when they've been clicked. On my copy this wasn't enough to actually bother me but if you press near the front and/or use a lot of force when gaming this could become somewhat of an issue.
The scroll wheel has remained pretty much the same: it’s a skeletonized wheel with a textured rubber ring around it for grip and it feels great to me. The wheel itself doesn’t have a lot of definition between steps, so if you’re someone who wants a very tactile wheel you may want to write that down as a negative but for most people this will do just fine. The fact that it’s easy to press (easier than the wheel on the GPW) is icing on the cake and makes it an overall great scroll wheel in my humble opinion.
The side buttons are extremely easy to distinguish thanks to the large amount of open space between them but some might find these too thin. If you place your thumb near the bottom of the mouse you can’t exactly do a small ‘roll’ onto the side buttons if you know what I mean. For me they’re positioned appropriately but I’m just mentioning it to be complete.
Something that is disappointing is that both of these buttons have a bit of post travel on my copy. This is most obvious when you press the M4 button near the front and the M5 button at the back but those are coincidentally the spots where I tend to use them so that’s a bit of a bummer. It’s not a deal breaker; the travel distance isn’t too big and both buttons actuate with a pleasing and tactile click so I only really experience the post travel when I press them hard in clutch situations or what have you, but this could be tightened up a little.
All in all though the click experience is great: I find it hard to image that a lot of people will actually be bothered by the slight side travel, for example, so I'm not saying that this is a glaring issue. You will most likely not notice anything wrong with the clicks of this mouse under normal usage. This is a flagship mouse though, coming in at a premium price point, so I think it's only fair that I put every detail under a microscope.
Sound test in order: left click, right click, scroll down, scroll up, scroll click, mouse 4, mouse 5.
Quality and cable
The people at Logitech have really impressed me here: when shaking the mouse vertically (and violently) I can hear a tiny bit of noise near the scroll wheel but under normal usage conditions the Superlight is as silent as a rock.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that the shell doesn’t flex or creak anywhere, except for a bit on the bottom if I press hard enough. I have to admit that I find these kinds of tests a bit superfluous since us reviewers usually (there can be exceptions) have to apply unreasonable amounts of force in order to get that ‘GOTCHA’ moment where a shell flexes and activates a side button or what have you, but I find the ‘flex test’ to be handy to gauge the overall structural integrity of a mouse. And it feels good here. This is extremely impressive for a 62 grams wireless mouse.
What’s a bit less impressive (at least for some people) is the fact that it comes with a micro USB cable. I personally don’t mind that at all. For keyboards I prefer a USB-C connection since it makes it easier to swap boards, but since I only use the Superlight’s cable to charge it I don’t have a big problem with it being micro USB, doubly so because the connector has ‘prongs’ to it to safely secure the cable to the mouse, which alleviates some of the concerns that micro USB can be a bit of a brittle format.
That said: I don’t have a preference as to what kind of connector they use but I have seen a lot of people being very vocal about USB-C on various message boards, so perhaps it would’ve been a good idea if they opted for USB-C. It’s more modern and there are no downsides to it, so that's a bit of a missed opportunity.
Performance and sensor
I don’t think the HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor needs a lot of introduction. Just like many of today’s common sensors it’s a flawless one, meaning that it tracks all of your movements with pixel perfect precision without introducing annoying stuff such as smoothing or angle snapping. I say it time and time again in my reviews: the age of flawless sensors has long been upon us, so if you get the G Pro X Ultralight you won’t have to worry about it spinning out or going rogue on you. Miss that headshot on a stationary enemy and it’s all you.
In Logitech’s G HUB software you can do the usual stuff such as setting the polling rate, creating macros, assign buttons, and change the DPI. What’s new here is that the DPI of the HERO sensor goes all the way up to an astronomically high 25600. Just for fun I set the mouse to that highest setting and I had trouble even getting it back to my regular 1600. It seems like companies aren’t done with the DPI arms race, and while I truly don’t get why anyone in their right mind would use this mouse at 25600 DPI it’s not like it hinders the mouse so I guess it’s all good. And who knows, perhaps this one ends the DPI wars for good.
As all of Logitech’s premium wireless mice this one uses their LIGHTSPEED technology. That was the first mainstream flawless wireless tech on the market, and it still works absolutely beautifully today. I’ve used the GPW as my main mouse (with some small breaks) for about two years and I never had a dropout or felt like the mouse was lagging behind: this truly is as good as a wired connection.
Of course wired mice have the advantage that they don’t need to be charged, but with a battery life of around 72 hours this is a mouse that won’t have to be plugged in all that often. I used it for days on end (complete with some pretty long gaming sessions) and the battery level wasn’t even below 50% yet. Again: that’s seriously impressive. I didn’t test whether or not those 72 hours that Logitech states are precisely correct, but rest assured that you won’t have to be charging every night, even if you’re a professional gamer.
As I said before this is a very safe type of shape. Logitech made it based on the feedback of a lot of professional players so while it is kind of a ‘neither here nor there’ type of shape it does fit an extremely wide variety of grip types and hand sizes. I’d go so far as to say that all grip types should work here, depending on your hand size of course.
For pure fingertip grippers it might be a bit too high, but as always this section is just a bit of a guideline. There’s not a single reviewer out there who 100% knows what your preferences are (unless you’re good friends with a reviewer, I guess) so we can’t guide you to your perfect mouse with pinpoint accuracy: take what we say with a grain of salt, and sprinkle in some of your own ideas and preferences.
Conclusion & Recommendation
This is a highly anticipated mouse, and I think the number one question that’s on a lot of minds will be ‘is it worth the upgrade?’ Well, it depends. If you’re perfectly happy with your GPW and you don’t care about the weight so much then I’d say stick with what you have. Yes, the feet on the Superlight are better but those can be swapped out on the regular GPW, and aside from the weight and the feet the differences are minimal.
Now that I answered that question I’ll speak about the mouse itself: it's seriously impressive. Over the past couple of months there’ve been a lot of companies who have had a go at the G Pro Wireless to the point where there are now a variety of alternatives on the market that are at the very least just as good, but the G Pro X Superlight proves that the people at Logitech haven’t lost their mojo.
The G Pro X Superlight will not be the landscape-changing bombshell that the G Pro Wireless was (that one had the advantage of being the first really good wireless gaming mouse) but it's a logical update. The lighter weight and PTFE feet give the mouse a more modern appeal, and while it's now the lightest wireless mouse on the market (that I know of) there are a number of competitors out there that deserve a look as well if you're after a wireless mouse.
On a technical level this is one of the most impressive releases I've seen in months though, and if you're looking for an ultra lightweight wireless mouse with a safe shape this is a top option.