|Tracking Method:||HERO Optical Sensor|
|Adjustable weights:||5 x 3.6g|
You may have heard of the Logitech G502 before and for good reason. Aside from it’s sleek, angled and sharp looks, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice on the market, with a ton of different features, some great but minimalist RGB and an amazing Sensor.
I should point out here though that there are a couple of different G502 on the market, mainly the Hero and the Proteus. They’re essentially the same mouse but with different sensors. The G502 Hero is the new mouse with the updated sensor (the Hero Sensor) and the Proteus is the old mouse with the old sensor (The PMW3366). Today we’re going to be looking at the Logitech G502 Hero.
Logitech G502 Gaming Performance
The Logitech G502 Hero is probably one of the better mice out there, with one of the most sensitive sensors in the market.
To start with, the G502 Hero can go up to a maximum of 16,000 DPI an insanely high number which most people probably wouldn’t find a use for. Thankfully, you do have the option to not only lower the DPI settings through the two buttons just off the right click, but also choose between different DPI profiles through the middle button right below the scroll wheel.
All of this is controlled through Logitech’s utility software, where you can set the DPI in 100 increments, and up to five different increments. That means that you can have 3 different DPI profiles which you can switch on the fly, as well as 5 different DPI settings within each profile, also which you can change on the fly.
Combine that with the tracking speeds of 400 inches per second and you have a mouse that performs incredibly well at a variety of settings. You also get a 1,000 Mhz polling rate and 1 ms response time, both of which are excellent and to be expected for a top end mouse like this. As such, the mouse movement is smooth and there’s virtually no jitter or weird movements, and when you click something you see an immediate response.
Speaking of clicking, all the buttons feel solid, although the ‘sniper’ button is a little too far away for my liking (of course, I do have medium sized hands, so maybe that’s why). Clicking is a pleasure, as weird as that may sound, mostly due to the satisfying click, the low response time and the excellent switches Logitech uses. That being said, I will admit that this mouse may have one too many buttons, and I barely use the two thumb buttons.
The thing with the G502 Hero is that it tends to sit in a middle-zone between FPS and MMOs. It’s too big and has too many buttons for FPS and it has too few buttons for some MMOs. Does that mean it’s not a good mouse? Quite the opposite actually.
If you can get used to its size, and adjust the weight according to your needs, the G502 Hero can absolutely fit both needs, especially if you don’t usually have a need for tons of buttons. Oh, and one feature which I really enjoy is the thumb rest, so much so that I now absolutely refuse to purchase any mouse without one.
In terms of design, the G502 Hero is an absolutely sexy looking beast. It’s a bit on the larger side and it’ has a swooping and curving back which should fit nearly perfectly for any hand grip. The mouse buttons are curved, which I absolutely love, although they do just out a bit to a sharp edge, which I’m ambivalent about.
Aside from the curve of its back, you won’t really see any curves on this mouse, with it mostly constituting straight lines which separate the different sections of the mouse. It’s actually really striking but without going overboard, something which is helped with the muted black matte finishing.
Of course, it’s incredibly prone to fingerprints and oils, and it can be hard to get in the nooks and crannies to clean, but for the most part neither of those are too big a problem. Aside from just the body, the G502 Hero also has some great lighting options, mostly in the form of the big Logitech G in the left back, as well as on the DPI selection indicator running on the right between the right click and the thumb buttons.
Going through the Logitech utility app, you can control not only the color of the RGB (of which there are millions), but also its effect; Fixed, cycle or breathing. You can also individually turn of each zone, change the brightness and rate of the effect as well as a sleep timer if you’re so inclined.
I should also mention that the bottom of the mouse has a compartment for weights, another feature which is excellent, especially for those who really like to fine tune the weight of their mice.
You have a choice of adding up to 5 of the included 3.6g weights (something which I do personally), and you don’t have to worry at all about it going off balance, since they’ve done a pretty good job of it, although I will admit that the center of gravity is slightly towards the back with all the weights on. Another thing I’d like to point out the middle scroll wheel probably one of the best I’ve experienced.
For one, you can choose whether you want to scroll freewheel or with notches by pressing down or depressing a button right behind the scroll wheel. This may sound silly, but if you’re somebody like me who might need to scroll through dozens of pages a day, having the freewheel makes life so much easier, and really cuts down on the wear and tear of the wheel.
Also, aside from the middle-click that you find on most mice, you can also side-click to the left or right, another incredibly handy option, which by defaults acts as a way to scroll and I sometimes even use instead of flicking the scroll wheel altogether.
Logitech G502 Pricing & Alternative
Currently, the Logitech G502 Hero goes for $42.99, a real bargain price considering the amount of features you’re getting out of it, making it one of the best Logitech mice out there. One thing I’ll mention is to not confuse the G502 Hero with the G502 Proteus. The proteus is a previous version of this mouse using the PMW3366 sensor which isn’t as good as the HERO sensor. The Proteus is also much more expensive for some reason.
As for alternatives, it’s really hard to pick when it comes to a mouse like the G502, especially given how good it is. One option is the SteelSeries Rival 600 which goes for $59.99, a bit more expensive than the G502, but it has a flashier design if that’s what you prefer.
If you’re looking for something with less buttons and more targeted to FPS, Steelseries also offer the SteelSeries Sensei 310 or the SteelSeries Rival 310 which go for $41.00 and $39.99 respectively, and is essentially the same mouse but with a different design. Or if you want something similar, but a bit lighter, try Razer Basilisk.
Frequently Asked Questions
How heavy is the Logitech G502 hero?
Without the weights, it weighs 121 grams which is already pretty heavy. If you add the weights though (there are 5 of them at 3.6g each), that number jumps up to 139 grams. So as you can tell, you can really get the weight pretty high.
What is a sniper button?
On a mouse, a sniper button is essentially a DPI shift which momentarily moves you to a lower DPI for as long as you hold the button. The idea is to give you more pinpoint precision when you’re aiming, ergo the name ‘sniper button’.
What sensor does the G502 Hero use?
The G502 Hero, funnily enough, uses the HERO sensor, one of the most advanced sensors on the market with the ability to hit 16k DPI. Actually, the G502 Hero is the exact same mouse as the G502 Proteus, the previous version which ran the PMW3366 sensor. It wasn’t as powerful, only hitting around 12k max DPI, but it was and still is a pretty strong contender in the market.
How do I program buttons on my Logitech G502?
- Open your Logitech Gaming Software app, that’s the utility app that comes with the mouse.
- Click on the customize profiles icon (it looks like a mouse with a chip sitting next to it).
- select the profile you want to alter.
- hover over the button you want to change and click the down arrow which pops up when you do, and then click edit.
- A new menu pops up where you can choose whether you want to use mouse functions or keystrokes.
- Make your choice or input your key/keystrokes and click OK
- You’re done!
How do I change the color of my Logitech g502?
- Open the Logitech Gaming Software app like above.
- Click on the Lighting Settings Icon (Looks like a Bulb with a colored halo and a chip sitting behind it).
- Select the profile you want to edit in the top right.
- On the bottom left you’ll see a color wheel as well as some stock colors and a place for your own custom colors.
- Select or create the color you want, and that’s it, you’re done!
Is the Logitech G502 Wireless?
No, unfortunately it isn’t wireless, although it is the first wired mouse that uses the Hero sensor, which is pretty cool. But if you prefer wireless mice for gaming, check out our guide on that.
Given it’s excellent performance, great aesthetic, and rock-bottom price, I definitely consider this mouse an amazing purchase. While the larger size might take some time getting used to, as well as the positioning of the different buttons, after some time with it you’ll feel as if it’s right at home in your palm.
The Hero sensor with a max DPI of 16k, 1k hz Poll rate and scan speed of 400 inches per second, means you are going to get unparalleled performance regardless of whether you’re playing some outstanding FPS games or an MMO. Similarly, given that you can set a DPI profile and easily flick through up to 5 different DPI settings, it’s easy to move from gaming to general usage without having to play around inside of Logitech’s utility app.
Of course, if you don’t like the look or feel of the G502, SteelSeries offers great alternatives with essentially the same performance and with a slightly lower price. This is especially so if you don’t feel the need for 16k max DPI and can settle for 12k instead.