Logitech impressed with the G302 Daedalus Prime, an affordable, well-built gaming mouse tailor-made for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) titles. The Logitech G302 Daedalus Apex ups the ante with a better sensor and more customization features, letting you change light patterns and colors, as well as speed. While the G302 doesn’t quite match the construction quality and feature set of the Editors’ Choice Corsair M65 RGB, it’s a highly responsive and well-made gaming mouse worth considering.
One of the main talking points is that the Logitech G302 is designed for high speed clicking – capable of registering up to five clicks per second thanks to a new metal spring tension system. Today we will find out if such a feature can really give you an edge when it comes to mouse driven MOBA titles:Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime:Best MOBA Gaming Mouse 2017
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse
- up to 4000 DPI.
- 1ms response time.
- 1000hz polling rate.
- Buttons rated for 20 million clicks.
- Delta Zero Optical gaming sensor.
- Metal spring tension system for improved click response.
- Tuned to eSport grade specifications.
By gaming mouse standards, the Daedalus Prime is tiny and low to the ground, measuring only 4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches. I didn’t find it very comfortable, especially compared to the accommodating shapes of Logitech’s own Proteus Core and Hyperion Fury gaming mice, but the Daedalus Prime is not designed with everyday gaming in mind.
Logitech designed the Daedalus Prime specifically with MOBA gamers in mind. It didn’t really work for me, yet this is apparently what the pros want: plain, angular and minimalistic. A slight thumb groove give the mouse some grip; two lighted plastic panels make it pretty but don’t add much else.
The Daedalus Prime sports a conservative six buttons: left and right buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, a dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity button right underneath that, and two slim thumb buttons. Logitech, whose scroll wheels have had a mixed reputation, deserves some kudos for the one on the Daedalus Prime. It’s smooth but has a pleasant resistance to it, and should be ideally suited to gaming rather than endlessly scrolling through Web pages.
Since MOBAs generally rely on a precise combination of gaming keyboard and gaming mouse commands, keeping the Daedalus Prime simple was a smart idea. If all you need are the left and right mouse buttons, you’ll like these; they are some of the more responsive ones I’ve worked with. The thumb buttons are nothing to write home about, but MOBA players are not especially likely to need them.
When you first set up the Logitech G302, the installation window suggests that you download Logitech Gaming Software to take advantage of the G302’s features. Without it, you can’t change the light color, light pattern, or dpi settings. The software is free and very easy to use. For instance, it allows you to save multiple sensitivity profiles, each of which can hold up to five different dpi levels.
You can use the default dpi tiers or fine-tune your own settings, then cycle through them at any time with the dedicated button under the scroll wheel. The button also serves as a sniping-specific tool when gaming (there’s even a small crosshair just beneath the button), since you might need to rapidly decrease your sensitivity when you zoom in while playing a shooter.
The lighting customization—an entirely new feature not offered in the G202—is simple to use. You can have the gaming mouses cycle constantly through a preset batch of colors, or pick a specific color to slowly fade in and out in what Logitech calls breathing mode. In the software, you can even change the light pulse or cycle rate (the maximum speed is comically high).
The software lets you select what kind of surface you’re using the mouse on, and it will adjust the sensitivity accordingly. It comes with two presets for Logitech’s own G-Series mousepads, but you can add any new surface and do a tracking test by repeatedly moving the mouse in a figure-eight pattern so that the mouse can automatically adjust its sensor.
The Logitech G302 boasts a metal-spring, button-tensioning system, which is meant to keep the left and right mouse buttons precisely positioned to reduce pre-travel and backlash (when the gaming mouse buttons rise back up after being pressed down). Both buttons feel extremely responsive, and the left and right buttons are rated for 20 million clicks. The gaming mouse’s optical sensor is the high-end Logitech PMW3366, which allows for smooth tracking at high sensitivity and minimizes acceleration. The sensor can offer shooter-centric precision at up to 12,000dpi, an upgrade from the Logitech G302, which maxes out at 4,000dpi.
While it’s possible that the Tom’s Guide gaming computer mishap was a one-in-a-million fluke, it’s still disappointing that the software malfunctions essentially left me with a product that did not live up to its full potential until I tried a second machine. If you purchase the Daedalus Prime, the software will probably work just fine, but if it doesn’t, be warned that there’s no clear solution just yet.
Granted, MOBAs rely less on ancillary buttons and fancy profiles than do other genres, and tournament players who specialize in one game won’t miss them. The gaming mouse can store one profile in its internal memory, and this worked fine for me on every PC.
Otherwise, the Daedalus Prime lets you play with the brightness and pulsing rate of the lighting, switch among four DPI settings in any given profile, adjust the polling rate (how rapidly the gaming mouse communicates with the computer) and launch an analytics mode that determines how often you press each button and for how long. They’re helpful features but don’t make or break the mouse.
Aside from the oddities with the profile software, the mouse worked fine for the standard battery of Tom’s Guide test games: Titanfall, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Watch Dogs and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Since the Daedalus Prime is a peripheral primarily for MOBAs, I also tested League of Legends, and will focus most of the discussion there.
The first thing I noticed was that the Daedalus Prime has a very smart design for League of Legends. I didn’t touch the thumb buttons or the DPI adjustment; I just needed springy left and right buttons, and a small, mobile gaming mouse. There was nothing at all to using the mouse other than moving and clicking it, which is ideal for a game where speed and keyboard commands are the keys to victory.
All of these high-performance features add up to one very responsive mouse. The Logitech G302 simply feels good to use, and the adjustable sensitivity is noticeable. The auto-adjust for various surfaces works surprisingly well, and I noticed the appropriate changes in tracking when I switched among several mousing surfaces, including hard gaming mousepads, soft mousepads, and desk surfaces like metal and wood.
The dpi switching feature works as expected, though this is no different from many gaming mice. Having multiple dpi settings to swap through for each game (or even for different moments within a game) is a must for many players, and it worked as expected in testing. Pressing the top button instantly switches the sensitivity with no delay, though it’s a bit hard to reach if you’re trying to aim carefully—I could see wanting to move the command to one of the more accessible side buttons. In contrast, the Corsair M65 RGB’s sniper button is centered in the thumb rest.
As I am something of a neophyte when it comes to MOBAs, I handed the mouse off to my co-worker Sam Rutherford, a regular League of Legends whiz. While he found the pointy edges near the palm rest a little distracting, and the DPI-adjustment button unnecessary, he loved the left and right buttons. They responded to a light touch, he told me, but not so light that a player could click them inadvertently. He was also impressed that Logitech has recruited pro MOBA players, such as WildTurtle from Team Solo Mid, to promote the gadget.
When it comes to MOBAs, the Daedalus Prime does exactly what it promised. Just don’t expect anything special for other genres.
Just as you wouldn’t buy the Razer Naga unless you planned to sink most of your leisure time into massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, there’s not much reason to buy the Daedalus Prime if you consume all genres with roughly equal dedication.
If, on the other hand, you want to be the next e-sports star, the Daedalus Prime could be a very useful and affordable tool in your arsenal on the way there. It won’t improve your skills (only time and dedication can do that), but it can help keep you focused on the essentials, without any extra bells and whistles to slow you down.
The Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime is a fine example of how a relatively simple mouse can specialize in a specific sub-genre of gaming. By focusing on MOBA gaming, the otherwise basic mouse provides an excellent peripheral for use in the arena, offering a competitive edge with a lightweight design and customizable controls. It doesn’t replace the Corsair Vengeance M65, our Editors’ Choice gaming mouse, but it offers a great choice for gamers who specialize.