Review: Logitech’s Daedalus G302, the click re-invented

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Logitech’s Daedalus G302 proves once again that refined design outweighs the bells and whistles of its competition.

Pros: Lightweight, sturdy, clicks like heaven              Cons: Little to no rubbarization, sub-par grip
Tasteful lighting and look                                                Uncomfortable for larger hands
Tons of tech for your buck

We see it all too often now where companies tailor peripherals specifically targeting booming markets. Partnerships with these companies can lead to sales influxes during a title’s golden age. What Logitech has done instead is create a product manifesting specifications used by professional gamers. So is this really the right way to go? Apparently, with the Daedalus G302, it worked out pretty damn well.

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It’s a mouse with only one real flaw for myself, due partially to its size and grip. The real question for us is, what truly makes the G302 a “MOBA” mouse? Will this give you an advantage over others? It won’t carry you to diamond, but for many it could be just what you’ve needed to make that heroic climb from the depths of ELO hell.

Design

Interestingly enough, the G302 doesn’t follow Logitech’s norm when it comes to mice. What we’ve seen from a company I’ve referred to (lovingly) as “the granddaddy of clicks” is strict emphasis on ergonomics through its massive success with the G5. The round, palm grip design has been a godsend to gamers with larger hands. The G302, on the other hand, seems tailored to a MOBA audience populated largely by Asians. Let’s face it, a lot of Asians have smaller hands. Tools designed to skillfully handle the grace of chopsticks yet powerful enough to handle our favorite blade, the Katana.

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The mouse features two side buttons, placed perfectly at a resting thumb position. Unfortunately there isn’t much thumb support or grip in this area. It’s something that seems necessary with an all plastic design for many people. A DPI switch is placed just above the scroll-wheel, enabling quick cycling through three different presets either defaulted or set through Logitech’s gaming software.

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Lighting includes two areas. The G on the back end of the mouse has a persistent blue glow, while the rest of Daedalus’ rear sides include a polka-dot design with a default breathing setting again in blue.

Here’s where I have a few complaints when it comes to Daedalus’ form factor and features. When testing comfort and ergonomics for any peripheral, we have testers who range in hand sizes. What we found was that individuals with larger hands found the 302 to be uncomfortable over sessions lasting over a couple hours. This is due to both its size and lack of any real grip. That’s just about the only flaw I’ve noticed with this mouse. The surface of the 302 is entirely composed of plastic lacking rubberization we’ve seen other companies happily feature throughout their catalogue. Hopefully we see a re-iteration which features this industry norm.

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If you’re an individual with a small hand and tight grip, the Daedalus is perfect. If you’ve got man claws like our tester, you may want to consider spending another $30 and opt for a 502.

Features

Like a Hanzo-crafted blade, the G302 is a true precision tool. We were fortunate enough to get insider information on the R&D behind its specific nature towards MOBA gamers.

Brent Barry – Director of Marketing: Logitech
“We’ve done tons of research including bringing in top pros from teams such as TSM, C9, and CJ Entus. Their input was essential to tailoring our product for everyone looking to improve in-game.  We then gathered their thoughts and took the 302’s emphasis towards clicking speed and precision tracking.”

Logitech’s research is done in the remote mountains of Switzerland, where fire burns hottest in the forges of Skywatch. Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but this team was responsible for some of humanities most used products, and constantly push the boundaries of laser tracking technology.

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Daedalus features some of these master smiths’ latest with ‘Delta Zero™ sensor technology,’ which is fancy talk for improved accuracy with tracking through hardware and software. Continuing its emphasis on a MOBA player’s main buttons is the metal spring button tensioning system, allowing for some of the softest clicks currently available to gamers.  I wish these springs were applied to the side buttons, which still feel responsive, but obviously inferior. Lightweight and durable, the left and right button switches are tested up to 20-million clicks.

Specs

 

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  • Warranty Information
    2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
  • System Requirements
    Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
    Powered USB port
    Internet connection and 100MB hard drive space (for optional software download)
  • Physical specifications
    Weight: 4.48 ounces (127 grams, mouse plus cable)
    Weight: 3.07 ounces (87 grams, mouse only)
    Length : 4.53 inches (115 mm)
    Width : 2.56 inches (65 mm)
    Height : 1.46 inches (37 mm)
  • Package Contents
    Mouse
    User documentation
  • Technical Specifications
    6 programmable buttons
    On-the-fly DPI Switching
    Metal spring left/right button tensioning system
    1 millisecond report
    High-speed clicking
    Full-speed USB
  • Tracking
    Resolution: 240 – 4,000 dpi
    acceleration: >20G
    Max. speed: >120 ips (3 m/sec)
  • Responsiveness
    USB data format: 16 bits/axis
    USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
    Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
  • Glide
    Dynamic coefficient of friction*: .09 μ (k)
    Static coefficient of friction*: .14 μ (s)
  • Durability
    Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
    Feet: 250 kilometers

 Get it on Amazon for $49.99

Final Reaction

3.5/5 Atoms

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At its current price point of $50, the Daedalus is somewhat outmatched in features and ergonomics by both the Steelseries Rival and Razer DeathAdder. What really differs and makes it shine is its clickability. I’ve yet to enjoy the full clicking sensation it delivers on a product anywhere close to its price range. If you’ve got small hands and loves League, this could very well be the mouse you’ve dreamt of. For others with palm grip, or constant lifters, we may have to wait for a later model featuring this marvelous spring system.

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Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.