The Logitech G502 is an unstoppable gaming mouse. It debuted nearly five years ago with a ground-breaking design that recreated old Logitech gaming mice and combined a new body with the greatest mouse sensor they could make.
It was a terrific mouse in 2013, and not much has changed since then: the G502 gained RGB lights a few years ago, and now it has an even better sensor thanks to a 2018 update. Logitech determined that “if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it” with the G502 Hero, as the mouse’s design has remained unchanged for the past five years.
The Logitech G502 is a bit larger and heavier than I’d recommend for most gamers, and I believe that Logitech and other mouse manufacturers have improved upon its design in the years since it was initially released. However, it remains a fantastic gaming mouse with unique capabilities and a new sensor that will keep the G502 competitive with anything released in the next five years. It’s still the best huge, hefty gaming mouse on the market.
It weighs 121 grams, with several little metal weights that fit into the bottom of the chassis adding another 18 grams. The G502 has a substantial feel to it, thanks in part to the metal scroll wheel, which has such a beautifully smooth and gratifying scroll feel beneath your finger that you’ll find it difficult to go back to a mouse without it.
A button beneath that wheel allows you to choose between smooth scrolling, which is wonderful for quickly skimming through a 100-page document, and notched scrolling, which is better for shifting guns in a first-person shooter. You may also click the wheel left and right for extra button inputs, which is a nice function to have these days.
I usually recommend lighter mice to FPS players because of how quickly they glide across your mouse pad and how little effort it takes to twitch and click with them. Even a weight difference of 10 grams is obvious, and some gaming mice weigh upwards of 90 grams, which is a significant difference. Despite its weight, moving the G502 is never difficult, but it never vanishes in your grip to seem like an extension of your hand—it feels like a tool to be carried around.
The G502’s distinctive arch, which is perfect for a palm grip, can be traced back to original Logitech mice like the G500. Although it’s comfortable, the mouse’s steeply sloped and curved left- and right-click buttons make it unsuitable for a range of grips. A more prominent fingertip grip isn’t as natural because the mouse wants you to keep your fingers flat within the mouse grooves.
With five years of hindsight, this section of the G502 appears to be overdesigned. The left-click button is concave, scooping inward to retain your finger, while the right-click button is convex and slopes off to the right, creating an odd, slightly offputting asymmetry.
I occasionally feel like my finger is slipping off the edge of the right-click button, and because the left-click is narrow compared to most other mice, I frequently find myself mistakenly touching one of the two tiny buttons Logitech put to the mouse’s left corner.
They’re simply too easy to press, and they act as a DPI switcher by default. I’ve sent my cursor flying across the screen several times in the last week by pressing DPI+ instead of left-clicking.
Sensor Hero 25k
With next-gen precision and a built-from-the-ground-up design, the HERO 25K is our most accurate gaming sensor ever. HERO is capable of 400+ IPS across the 100 – 25,600 DPI range with zero smoothing, filtering, or acceleration, thanks to the quickest frame rate processing yet. The HERO 25K offers competition-level precision and continuous responsiveness. Use the Logitech G HUB to adjust and tune your DPI settings.
11 Buttons That Can Be Programmed
Program your favorite commands and macros to each of the 11 buttons on the Logitech G HUB. Construct, crouch, melee, heal… Put your most powerful techniques at the tip of your fingers. Save ready-to-play profiles on the mouse so you can carry your preferences with you everywhere you go.
Weight Can Be Adjusted
To get the most out of your mouse, fine-tune the feel and glide. G502 HERO comes with five 3.6g weights that may be configured in a variety of front, rear, left, right, and center-weighted configurations. Experiment with alignment and balancing to discover the sweet spot for best game performance.
LIGHTSYNC is next-generation RGB that can be controlled by games, audio, or your screen to create the most immersive RGB experience yet. Choose from a wide range of 16.8 million colors and coordinate lighting animations and effects with your other Logitech G products. Logitech G HUB allows you to customize anything quickly and effortlessly.
Details on Getting the Game Ready
Many aspects were carefully developed and designed in addition to the primary performance and customization features. Look for mechanical switches on the principal buttons, rubberized side grips, a magnetic weight-cavity door, and more.
Play to the Maximum
This is the most powerful version of the popular G502 gaming mouse. With the sophisticated HERO 25K gaming sensor, follow Evelynn’s lead and show them who’s boss.
Thanks to the new 16,000 DPI Hero sensor used by Logitech in its high-end gaming mice, the G502’s performance is better than it’s ever been. Most people, however, will find it difficult to distinguish between the Hero sensor and the earlier G502’s PMW3366 sensor, which operated practically flawlessly up to 12,000 DPI. The Hero sensor is also free of acceleration, jitter, and other faults that plagued older gaming mice. Tracking won’t be a problem at all.
The Hero sensor update will go unnoticed by most people, making the revised G502’s increased price a little tougher to justify. It’s the greatest version of this mouse on the market right now, but if you’re looking for a heavier mouse with a palm grip, the cheaper G502 Proteus Spectrum would suffice. However, the default function is to hold down the button to briefly lower your DPI for precision targeting.