This mouse was supplied by Logitech for review.
I’ve often wondered how you design a mouse around a specific genre. Surely everyone wants an accurate sensor, comfort and nice feeling buttons, right? But a genre specific mouse is exactly what Logitech are claiming to have made with the new Daedalus Prime which is aimed at MOBA players.
As someone who has only briefly dabbled with MOBAs when I was offered the chance to review the mouse I told Logitech straight away that I would be happy to, but that I wasn’t the mouse’s target audience and that any review from me would come from a more general viewpoint. They agreed regardless and so here we are with a relatively cheap, straightforward mouse that does the job. That’s about it. Seriously. This is going to be a short review.
The first thing that becomes apparent about the Prime is that traditional palm-grip users are going to hate it. With a triangular top the Daedalus is meant to be held using a claw-style grip, resulting in a far nicer experience as angular design let’s you get a good grip on the mouse. Does that mean palm-grip can’t be used at all? No. If you use palm-grip it’s simply an uncomfortable but workable mouse, but given the vast selection of other mice out there that are far better suited to a palm-grip there’s no reason to opt for the Daedalus unless you’re willing to change the way you play.
Visually the mouse is simple, giving it a clean, elegant look. Toward the rear of the mouse sits Logitech’s illuminated gaming logo which is matched by two rear panels on either side of the Daedalus that sport a series of glowing dots. Personally I’m not a fan of the rear panels, but by accessing the Logitech software you can simply turn off the lighting.
In terms of build quality it’s merely okay. The mouse is lightweight for quick movement and it seems solid enough when held in the hand, but the plastic has a pretty cheap feel to it. Yet for the asking price this is hardly surprising news.
The performance, though, is hard to fault. The sensor is Logitech’s Delta Zero, has a range of 400-4,000DPI – enough for every taste – and a max acceleration of 20g along with a max speed of 120ips. Solid numbers, then, and in-game the Prime performed very well, providing fast and accurate movement with no discernible acceleration problems or hiccups. Even the old Paint test (drawing a circle) demonstrated that the Dedalus delivers where it matters. Meanwhile the left and right clicks feel great thanks to the use of spring tension which makes quick clicking a tad faster than usual. It’s a subtle difference, one that most people wouldn’t notice, to be honest, but a welcome one. The two thumb buttons are solid if uninspiring. The scroll wheel is smooth with enough resistance to ensure you won’t spin it too far when gaming, a definite improvement over some of Logitech’s recent offerings. The DPI switch is also functional in design, although the lack of an indicatory means if you accidently skip over the desired setting you could find it tricky to get back on track.
As per usual the Logitech software is straightforward and easy to use. Just download the latest software and off you go. You can choose your DPI settings here, and have the lights pulse or stay solid or just turn them off entirely. Sadly you can’t change the color of the light. There’s macro support here, but hardly very useful when you consider the fact that the mouse only has a total of four buttons, not counting the DPI switch and clickable wheel. However, you can assign profiles to different games and programs, and the mouse is capable of storing one profile in its inbuilt memory.
And that’s really about it. This is a short review but only because it’s such a simple, straightforward mouse. It’s a great choice for claw-grip users looking for a no frills option, but in comparison to some of the other fantastic mice on the market the Dedalus doesn’t have very much to offer. But then with a price-tag that puts it under the majority of mice marketed toward gamers it’s hard to settle on a final score. Take the price away and there’s quite a lot of other mice I’d recommend, including several Logitech products, but with the price-tag included it becomes a great budget mouse for people looking to not sacrifice too much of their wages.
That means it’s disclaimer time; I’ve always held that in a review the price shouldn’t come in to the equation because value for money from person to person varies. As such my final score reflects my thoughts on the mouse and the mouse alone, a fine product that performs well but doesn’t impress or surprise in any way. It’s simple and functional, both its strength and its weakness.
+ Great performance.
+ Comfortable with claw-grip
– Not many features.
The Verdict: 3/5 – Good
A no frills mouse that performs great.