A review of the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime Gaming Mouse and G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad

Today we’ve got a review on some gaming peripherals from Logitech! We’re going to be featuring the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse & the Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad. Last March 20-22, 2015, I was able to go with the eSportsINQ team for media coverage of the Major All Stars Season 1 Dota 2 Tournament in Malaysia. One of their major sponsors was Logitech, and they had a booth that promoted the G302 Daedalus Prime Mouse as well as the G100S gaming keyboard. They had computers set-up so you could try the mouse & keyboard combo in a 1v1 Dota 2 matchup against a friend or random opponent. Their booth was pretty interesting and lots of promos and stickers were given out with purchases. The deal I got was too good to pass up. I was looking for a new mouse & pad for my gaming set-up at home anyway, so I snagged it on the last day of the event.


Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad

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Logitech has released two gaming surfaces, the Logitech G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad and the Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad. The difference between the two is mainly with the composition of the materials, one is made out of cloth and is soft, and the other one is made out of polymer and is rigid in form. The Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad comes packaged in a solid piece of cardboard with the blue color scheme branding of the Logitech G series. It’s pretty upfront and simple and doesn’t go over-the-top in terms of design.

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Going over some technical specifications, the G440 has the following measurements.

  • Width: 340mm
  • Depth: 280mm
  • Thickness: 3mm
  • Weight: 226g

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Once you open it up, what’s inside is the mouse pad itself and some user documentation. There’s also a 3-year limited hardware warranty offered.

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As you can see, the mouse pad itself is very large. It overlaps a bit into my Ducky tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, so if you’re thinking about getting this, make sure your desk has ample space. It’s very simple in terms of design, as it is primarily just a black background and the only hint of branding is the Logitech G logo in blue on the lower right corner. Very simple design aesthetic, but it should fit into a lot of PC set-ups nicely. It has a very solid feel to it because of the hard polymer surface which doesn’t feel cheap at all. It is completely rigid, so you can’t roll it up like a cloth based mouse pad. It’s something to note because some people might want to roll up their mouse pads on the go and bring it to LAN events which makes the G440 less portable. This might be bad for some people, but for those who are just gaming at home and don’t plan on going to any LANs, this might not bother you too much. You may want to consider the Logitech G240 cloth based mouse pad if you want more portability. One positive thing about its rigidity is that it will never lose its shape or form. Some cloth based mouse pads will fray at the edges, shrivel up and have discolorations with the dirt, sweat and grime that accumulates over time, but not this mouse pad. Due to its construction, it will look the same as on the day you purchased it. That’s a big plus for some of us who like to keep our desktop looking tidy and clean! It is also very easy to clean because of that hard surface. Liquid spillage or dust also won’t affect this pad as much as a cloth based mouse pad.

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The mouse pad has a rubber backed portion which helps prevent movements and keeps your mouse pad in place during a gaming session. After two weeks of using this, I’ve come to the conclusion that this mouse pad is unlike anything I’ve tried before. I’ve tried several Razer & SteelSeries mouse pads, but all of those were cloth based, and this is the first time I’ve experienced a hard gaming surface with a polymer base. The over-all size of the mouse pad is ample enough to where I never ran out of space for mouse movements when flicking or lifting the mouse. In fact, it’s a bit generous and could even be trimmed down to a mini version down the line. The rubber backed underside surface provided enough grip to where the mouse pad didn’t move even during the most intense gaming sessions, which is always a plus. You don’t want your gaming mouse pad moving around while in use as it could affect tracking and disturb your game play. One little quirk that I found with the pad was that the hard edges will bite into your wrist a bit, but nothing to where it would cause too much discomfort. However, it’s still something to note as it is something you will feel over extended gaming sessions as opposed to if you were using a soft cloth based pad.

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The polymer surface offered a consistent surface texture which was a pleasure to use. I found the tracking in the mouse to be spot on and I never encountered any problems or inconsistencies when using this surface. It’s a very low friction surface which is primarily intended for high DPI mouse control. So for those of you who like using lower DPI settings, I would recommend that you try this first as the cloth based mouse pad might be more suitable to your liking. I usually game at about 1800-2400 DPI, but I know that a lot of gamers who are into FPS will game with around 800-1200 DPI. It really depends on the genre of the games you are playing. Some people will also prefer the higher friction surface of a cloth based mouse pad for more control but over time, I found myself getting used to this more and more. It really allows for a speedy feel and movement of your mouse with just the right amount of abrasiveness. The surface selected is supposedly also optimal for the Logitech G Gaming mouse sensor, but I think this could work just as well for a variety of optical and laser sensor based mice. Another positive to the low friction surface of this polymer based mouse pad is that it increases the lifespan of the teflon feet of your gaming mouse because it doesn’t wear out as fast as it would on a high friction surface like a cloth based pad.

The price is what may be a major drawback for some people. I actually got this as a freebie when I bought the G302 mouse, which is what made the purchase so compelling! But the regular price is RM 89 or when converted, around PHP 1,200.00 which is a bit steep, but then again, that’s usually the price you pay for a premiere gaming surface or mouse pad. The cost is always another consideration to make when buying something, and this is no exception.

Pros:

  • Simple design aesthetic with a very clean look that will fit in with a lot of gaming set-ups and themes
  • Does not get affected by liquid spills, dust or dirt as much as a cloth based pad and it is easy to clean
  • Mouse pad is ample in size which is appropriate for all types of games and mouse movements
  • Polymer based pad provides a consistent surface texture that is compatible with most mice
  • Something different from all the other cloth based gaming surfaces by other companies
  • Rubber underside provides a solid grip that prevents movements while gaming
  • Will maintain its shape, look and form over time due to the construction
  • Low friction surface extends the lifespan of the feet of your gaming mice
  • Speedy feel & tracking but still maintains feel of accuracy

Cons:

  • The polymer edge will dig into your wrist, causing a bit of discomfort over long gaming sessions
  • Speedy feel and tracking might not be for everyone who wants more control and friction
  • The G440 favors higher DPI over lower DPI settings
  • Not very portable as it cannot be rolled up or folded
  • Somewhat expensive

What’s the final verdict? Overall, I really enjoyed using this mouse pad and it continues to be my daily driver along with the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime mouse. Lots of gamers are used to the cloth based mouse pads, but it’s good that Logitech introduced this hard polymer based mouse pad which will suit those gamers who may want to try something different that actually works. If you are looking for a new gaming mouse pad or would like to try a polymer based pad, I highly recommend that you check out the Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad.


Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse

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The Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse comes packaged similarly to the Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad. It comes in a plain box with a simple design aesthetic of black and blue with a picture of said mouse. Logitech released this mouse as a gaming mouse that caters primarily to MOBA gamers with games like Dota 2, League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm and is tuned to the specifications catered to MOBA pro gamers.

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Opening up the box, we have the mouse and cord which is wrapped neatly in a transparent plastic housing as well as an information and warranty card. There’s also a piece of cardboard in blue with a cut-out of the Logitech G gaming logo in the center, but this is strictly just for design and packaging.

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This is a very lightweight mouse which weighs 87 grams and it’s the lightest mouse I’ve ever tested. There are no options for weight tuning here. The build quality pretty good even though it is mostly plastic. It’s a mixture of glossy and matte textures. It feels good in hand and works well for those with the claw grip. However, since this mouse is both light and small, it might not be the best fit for those who have huge hands or those who primarily have a palm grip. I say this because the mouse is fairly narrow at the left and right click buttons but it starts to widen up and jut out where the Logitech G gaming logo is located. It took some time getting used to, but you will really notice the arch. It might bother some people and cause slight discomfort in the palm area. Best to try it out in store if you can. It isn’t ambidextrous as the side buttons are only on the left side of the mouse, so it functions as a right handed mouse even though the mouse design is symmetrical. Left handed gamers can use this mouse, they just won’t be able to utilize the side buttons well.

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The cable is wrapped in in black rubber that manages to do the job just fine and it connects to a metal plated USB cable. The end where the mouse is attached to the cable is reinforced with an extra layer of rubber. I didn’t find too many situations where the cable would rub against the surface of the mouse pad and affect the tracking. I believe that making this a braided cable would make it even better as it lessens the weight and makes the construction of the cable stronger over-all. But at this price point, I can’t expect them to add a braided cable, so I’m just nitpicking here.

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On the bottom, you can see the teflon feet at the top and the bottom portion. There are also teflon strips at the center surrounding the optical sensor. The sensor used in this mouse is the AM010 optical sensor which has a range from 240-4000 DPI and uses Logitech’s Delta Zero Technology, which is supposed to minimize acceleration and provide the best possible tracking experience. In general, optical sensors are a preferred choice by a lot of gamers as laser sensors tend to have built-in acceleration that cannot be turned off. Logitech didn’t cut on costs, and using the AM010 optical sensor was a great choice. I found that the tracking was spot on and excellent. I never found myself complaining about any issues with the tracking and it was just a pleasure to use over the past couple of weeks. Aside from a bit of dust and dirt build-up, the teflon feet stayed consistent and didn’t chip off or have any significant wear and tear. This is also partly due to the fact that I was using the G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad as the surface, which greatly helped keep the mouse surface consistent, but the G302 is compatible with all other types of cloth based mouse pads as well.

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There are 6 programmable buttons on the G302, you have the left and right click, the mouse scroll wheel button, the DPI switch button, and two side buttons on the left. Logitech used a metal spring tension system for their left and right click buttons which is supposed to improve button feel and response. I felt that the left and right clicks were consistent, and no matter what your grip was (palm, fingertip or claw), it felt good to use and registered just fine. The scroll wheel also felt good when scrolling up and down. You can feel the resistance in each individual scroll movement which adds a level of control and I prefer that over smooth scrolling. Pressing on the scroll wheel button was okay, no complaints there. There is a DPI shift button behind the scroll wheel that allows you to change the DPI settings on the fly. There are also two side buttons on the left side which provide a reassuring click when pressed.  All the buttons are relatively within reach and don’t require major adjustments from your thumb or index finger to be accessed. All the buttons felt spot on and I didn’t notice any creaking or shoddy build quality issues. What’s also good is that you can change the functionality of the buttons using the Logitech Gaming Software, which we will get into later.

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 The lighting on the G302 is very unique and I give props to Logitech for implementing such an interesting design. You have the Logitech G gaming logo illuminated in blue on the back side which is simple but  looks elegant and refined. On both sides of the mouse, there is a honeycomb or beehive pattern that emits a blue light onto the surface which looks really cool. However, blue is the only color that it emits, so keep that in mind if you want to match it up with your gaming rig or desktop theme. Using the Logitech Gaming Software, you can adjust the intensity and brightness of the logo and the honeycomb pattern and either change the setting to constant or breathing mode.

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You have to download the Logitech Gaming Software from their website after plugging in the mouse. Their software is fairly easy to navigate around and everything is clearly indicated. You have an option to use automatic game detection or on-board memory, which is a very nifty feature, essentially making this a plug-and-play that isn’t totally dependent on the software. You can also change up the profiles per game and change the functionality of the six programmable buttons. There is also a tab for pointer settings which adjusts the DPI sensitivity and polling rate when the DPI shift button is pressed. Lastly, there is also a tab for the lighting options which is pretty straightforward.

I got this mouse for RM 129, when converted is around PHP 1,600.00. It has a very good price-to-value ratio when considering the other mice in its class like the Razer Abyssus and the Steelseries Kinzu.

Pros:

  • The AM010 optical sensor and the Delta Zero Technology provides accurate and consistent tracking of mouse movements and is compatible with a lot of surfaces
  • Logitech Gaming Software is easy to navigate and provides options for on-board memory profiles or automatic game detection
  • Lightweight mouse that is oriented primarily for MOBA games but will work just as well for other genres
  • Feels good in hand and has solid build quality even though it is primarily plastic
  • The left and right click buttons are very responsive and consistent no matter which area they are pressed
  • The side buttons and the DPI shift buttons also provide a reassuring click when pressed
  • The scroll wheel has a bit of resistance when scrolling which gives control as opposed to a smooth scrolling sensation
  • Very unique lighting design with the honeycomb pattern
  • Amazing price-to value for the features
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Mouse shape and weight may not be for everyone and is primarily oriented for those with the claw grip
  • Not ambidextrous even though it is symmetrical as the side buttons are only on the left side
  • Lighting options are limited with blue as the only color
  • No braided cable or weight tuning options

What’s the final verdict? This is an excellent gaming mouse that does a lot of things very well given its relatively inexpensive price point. It has a great optical sensor that provides excellent tracking. The build quality is solid. The lighting is unique and the Logitech Gaming Software is easy to navigate around. Very good price-to-value ratio. On the box, it says that it is a MOBA mouse, but don’t be fooled, it’ll do just as good in other genres. There are also other options in the Logitech gaming line like the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury and the Logitech G502 Proteus Core which you can check out if you need added features or if you find something lacking in the G302. Logitech has actually released another version of this mouse, the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Mouse. They changed up the sensor and added a braided cable as well as some other features, but it also comes in at a more expensive price point. These are the more expensive versions that have more features and also are catered for other genres. But still, it’s hard to beat the performance and value you get from this mouse. I highly recommend that you check out the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse.

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