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Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 review: Evolutionary, not revolutionary

Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 review: Evolutionary, not revolutionary

Note: This review was first published on 18 September 2023.

Same design, new tech.

How do you improve on a legend?

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 needs no introduction. It may be a brand new mouse, but the legacy it builds upon is an old and storied one. The original G Pro was a frontrunner in wireless gaming technology, showing gamers that Lightspeed wireless technology could be every bit as reliable, in a package that came in at a surprisingly light 80g.

The Superlight brought that down to 63g. When it was released in 2020, it was the lightest wireless gaming mouse you could buy. While the competition has since moved beyond the Superlight with mice in the 40 to 50g range, the Superlight has remained one of the most popular gaming mice for both casual players and pros.

Now, the Superlight 2 is taking that same foundation and improving on it. However, Logitech appears to be playing it safe, unwilling to tinker too much with a formula that has served it so well. The Superlight 2 doesn't drop its weight drastically, and is only marginally lighter at 60g. It even has the same shape. Most of the upgrades are found under the hood, in the form of new hybrid mechanical-optical Lightforce switches, a 32,000 DPI Hero 2 optical sensor, and updated Lightspeed wireless tech that boasts a faster 2kHz report rate.

The Superlight 2 looks nearly identical to its predecessor.

The most noticeable change is probably the switches. They feel and sound markedly different compared to the Superlight, with a significantly more tactile feel and lower-pitched clicks. These mechanical-optical switches combine the reliability and speed benefits of an optical switch with the tactile feel of a traditional mechanical microswitch for better performance. They respond faster, and are more reliable than switches that rely solely on metal contacts for actuation.

What's interesting is that you can also decide which mode to use the switches in, with a choice between a power-saving hybrid mode and pure optical mode, the latter of which presumably consumes more power.

New switches provide a more tactile feel.

And while you probably won't notice much difference, the Hero 2 sensor has a lot of advanced tech baked in. A unique dual array design, or what Logitech refers to as Dynamic Spot Edge Detection, increases the working range of the sensor to maintain tracking performance, even when lifting or tilting the mouse. This is great for low-sensitivity gamers, who frequently find themselves lifting their mouse to reposition it.

G Hub also offers even more granular settings than before, including the ability to set the DPI for both the x- and y-axis, and the lift-off distance for each DPI stage. I'm not sure who would want a different DPI for both axes, but the option is there for greater customisation if you need it.

G Hub now offers far more granular options.

Another nifty feature is the Hero sensor calibration. This allows you to copy the sensitivity and feel of any mouse, so you can make up for any variations in sensors. The software will take you through the steps, which mostly involve having both mice plugged in and moving them across a fixed distance.

Now available with a 2kHz report rate, the Lightspeed wireless tech delivers even more responsive performance, at least on paper. Logitech says that it tests and tunes its technology in the noisiest radio frequency environments, such as esports tournaments, in order to ensure that its signal is exceptionally reliable.

There's really nothing much to remark on when it comes to tracking and wireless performance. It is flawless, as expected, with no noticeable jittering or stuttering. If you need to bring the dongle closer to you, there is an adapter that connects with the cable.

The hump of the mouse is weighted toward the middle.

And then there's the elephant in the room. At long last, Logitech has implemented USB-C on its flagship mouse, finally ditching the dated micro-USB connector. This is a welcome move, but one that's almost laughable considering how late it's come. The cord itself is a standard rubber cord, a far cry from the soft, supple paracord-style cables that ship with many mice today. It's not a deal breaker, and Logitech clearly doesn't expect you to use the mouse in wired mode beyond the times when you're charging it, but it would have been nice to see more attention paid to the cable.

Build quality feels as solid as always. There is no flexing or creaking anywhere on the mouse, even when pushing down. The rubberized scroll wheel is delightful, with quiet operation and well-defined steps. The PTFE mouse feet are smooth, and there is no scratchiness. The dongle cover has no PTFE layer by default, but you can swap it out for a cover with its own PTFE feet if you want.

The side buttons feel quite similar to the Superlight. They are springy, and have a slight amount of post-travel where they sink into the mouse.

The dongle is stored in a niche at the bottom of the mouse.

The shape of the mouse is a familiar one. It is incredibly safe, with the hump weighted toward the middle. The hump isn't particularly prominent either, so if you're looking for a mouse that will fill out your palm, this isn't quite it. Nevertheless, the Superlight 2 will support a wide variety of grip styles for those with medium to large hands, including all manner of claw and palm grips. There is an ever-so-light contour at its sides, where you can rest your thumb and ring fingers.

The matte coating resists dirt and grime well, but there is grip tape included in the box, which may come in useful if you have particularly dry hands.

Conclusion

The matte coating is great if you have sweaty palms.

With a S$249 price tag, the G Pro X Superlight 2 is as premium as they come. Logitech already knows it's got a winner on its hands, and the upgrades are iterative, rather than game-changing. However, this is a mouse that feels like there were a ton of missed opportunities.

The 60g weight is practically unchanged from its predecessor, and I'd liked to have seen Logitech make more effort to reduce its weight, such as with cutouts on the bottom of the mouse as Pulsar and Lamzu have done.I'd also have loved to see the Superlight 2 finally available in a smaller size, something many brands have already been doing with their flagship rodents.

The Superlight 2 has a great shape, but it's personally not for me because I have smaller hands. A smaller size would help it appeal to even more players, or provide even more choice to those who prefer smaller mice.

Ultimately, the G Pro X Superlight 2 feels like it is playing catch-up. While it is still an excellent mouse through and through, its hybrid switches, 2kHz Lightspeed wireless report rate, and upgraded sensor do not break any new ground. Combined with the late addition of USB-C, the mouse is simply bringing itself up to speed with the competition.

And as its competitors continue to innovate with new shapes, more choice, and ever lighter designs, Logitech risks being left behind in the dust. For a mouse that began life as the lightest wireless mouse you could buy, that would be a pity indeed.

The G Pro X Superlight 2 is available to buy from Lazada and Shopee.

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