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Logitech G502 HERO Review – A Quality Wired Gaming Mouse

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Logitech has been at the forefront of the gaming mouse market for years now, whether it’s in the budget price range like the Logitech G203 Lightsync or the more premium Logitech G Pro Wireless.

The Logitech G502 HERO sits somewhere in the middle at around $80 (currently on sale at half price) and has been around for a couple of years as one of the most beloved wired gaming mice. But is it still good enough to withstand the recent onslaught of exceptional gaming mice from longtime rivals like Razer and Steelseries?

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Logitech G502 HERO Review
  • Design & Build - 8.6/10
    8.6/10
  • Features - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
  • Comfort - 7.9/10
    7.9/10
  • Total Value - 8/10
    8/10

Summary

Gamers looking for a plethora of extra buttons and top-notch precision will find a lot to love in the Logitech G502 HERO. The new HERO 25k sensor allows its performance to keep up with even the latest of gaming mice and its mouse wheel design might just be the greatest one to-date.

Unfortunately, its bulky size makes it unsuitable for gamers with small hands and it remains quite heavy even without any of the additional weight. But even with its flaws, the G502 HERO manages to maintain its status as a fantastic wired gaming mouse that won’t empty out your wallet.

Overall
8.2/10
8.2/10

Pros

✓ Sturdy design and luxury feel

✓ Top-of-the-line sensor

✓ Programmable buttons galore

✓ Logitech G Hub works perfectly with both Windows and macOS

✓Nifty sniper button

✓ Unmatched mouse wheel design

✓ Reasonable price

Cons

✗ Bulky design makes it tough to use for gamers with small hands

✗ Cable is still a little rigid

✗ Some of the buttons take a longer time to get used to

Stick around as we find out in this Logitech G502 HERO review.

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What is the Logitech G502 HERO?

Logitech’s G502 line of gaming mice has been around for going on six years now, with the Logitech G502 Hero making its debut in August of 2018. It’s essentially identical to 2014’s G502 Proteus Spectrum but with a kickass new sensor and upgraded cable. Fans of an edgier mouse design will love its jagged, angular exterior and jet black colour scheme that would look right at home hooked up to Batman’s batcomputer.

It’s unmistakably a gaming mouse (its looks alone will tell you that much) and has enough programmable buttons to make it ideal for MOBAs and MMORPGs while maintaining a high degree of sensitivity and aiming-specific buttons that are perfect for all kinds of shooters. It’s around 10 bucks pricier than the fan-favourite Razer Deathadder V2 but has the added advantage of having 5 extra programmable buttons. If you’re not a fan of wired gaming mice, the HERO has a younger brother called the G502 Lightspeed Wireless that ditches the cable for a wireless connection.

Logitech-G502-HERO-Side

Features

Sensor

The biggest upgrade to the initial G502 model is the addition of Logitech’s trademark HERO 25k optical sensor, hence the mouse’s name. While Razer is probably the most well-known brand in this particular area thanks to its 20,000 DPI Focus+ optical sensor, the new HERO 25k sensor actually boasts a superior DPI of 25,600 with a solid 1000 Hz polling rate, giving the mouse more precision than any gamer would ever need.

Connection

The Logitech G502 HERO sports an updated braided USB cable design that’s thinner and more flexible than its predecessor, making it more comfortable to use without having to sacrifice durability.

Buttons

This gaming mouse has 12 buttons in total, all of which are fully programmable minus the wheel unlock button. Despite the abundance of extra controls, the mouse’s button layout is smart enough to ensure that gamers avoid pesky misclicks, though the pair of extra controls on the edge of the left primary button can take some getting used to. There’s even a “sniper” button near the tip of your thumb that allows you to slow your DPI to a crawl whenever you want to do some precise sniping.

Software

Logitech’s G Hub software is one of most user-friendly in the business and gives you easy access to all the programmable buttons on your mouse. The best part? It’s completely compatible with both Windows and macOS, giving it extra flexibility. The G502 also has some onboard memory that stores all your settings so they don’t go back to default if you need to switch computers.

Logitech G502 HERO Back

Design & Comfort

The G502 HERO’s design hasn’t changed since it was introduced six years ago. It’s offbeat and asymmetrical, especially towards the top left side, with some sharp angles on the tips of both the primary buttons. The mouse’s texture is a blend of matte and glossy plastic coated in a jet black finish, with the glowing Logitech logo placed to the left of the mouse’s centre. It’s a look that screams video games and would fit right in with a gaming setup but would likely scare off people looking for a more minimalist design.

Its build is sturdy and feels wonderfully high-end despite its affordable price tag, though its comfort level lies squarely with the size of your hands. It’s a fairly bulky mouse so smaller hands may have a tough time gripping and accessing all of its buttons comfortably (particularly the sniper button). If you have larger-sized hands, however, the G502 HERO’s well-placed thumb rest and overall shape feel great whether you prefer utilizing a palm or claw grip.

The device comes with five 3.6 g weights that you can experiment with until you find the right balance, though even at its lightest the G502 HERO is still a decent bit heavier than a lot of the competition. Unfortunately for left-handed gamers, the mouse is purely for the right-handed due to the way it’s built.

Logitech G502 HERO Front

What’s it like to use?

Logitech’s new HERO 25k sensor gives you an exceptional level of sensitivity and precision that can rival any of the best gaming mice out there. Add that to the additional DPI controls and the host of extra programmable buttons and you’ve got a mouse that can elevate your FPS experience to new heights.

Switching DPIs from assault to sniper rifle in Warzone felt especially seamless thanks to the nifty sniper button and effortlessly customizing your sensitivity presets in G Hub made it easy to configure different DPI increments for your favourite weapons. The extra buttons helped just as much for binding item controls in MOBAs like Dota 2. On the other hand, the two buttons on the top left of the mouse eat into the left click a bit and can feel quite unwieldy while you learn to get used to it.

The metal scroll wheel feels amazing and has an accompanying toggle button that switches it from notched to smooth-scrolling in case you want to go from gaming to browsing the internet or reading an ebook. Even though it’s a bit on the heavy side, gliding the mouse across my mousepad was smooth and felt akin to a mouse of the lighter variety.

While the new and improved braided cable is lighter and more flexible than its older brother, it still feels a little on the stiff side and may get caught on some rougher textures. Another minor flaw is the DPI indicator which only lights up when cycling through the DPI levels. Rough spots aside, the G502 HERO was an absolute joy to use with my large hands.

Final Thoughts

Logitech managed to give the already stellar G502 HERO a welcome upgrade in the form of an outstanding sensor while maintaining the sturdy build and robust functionality that made it such a great gaming mouse to begin with. Gamers looking for more buttons will find all the extra controls they need in the G502 and mapping them couldn’t be easier.

Price reduction
Logitech G502 Hero
  • Hero 25K sensor through a software update from G HUB, this upgrade is free to all players: Our most advanced, with 1:1 tracking, 400+ ips, and 100 - 25,600 max dpi sensitivity plus zero smoothing, filtering, or acceleration
  • 11 customizable buttons and onboard memory: Assign custom commands to the buttons and save up to five ready to play profiles directly to the mouse
  • Adjustable weight system: Arrange up to five removable 3.6 grams weights inside the mouse for personalized weight and balance tuning
  • Programmable RGB Lighting and Lightsync technology: Customize lighting from nearly 16.8 million colors to match your team's colors, sport your own or sync colors with other Logitech G gear

On the downside, its larger size and weight maybe turn off a few people – especially those with smaller hands – and some of the buttons will probably take some getting used to. Shortcomings aside, the Logitech G502 HERO still stands proudly among the best-wired gaming mice on the market and even made our list of best gaming mice in 2020

FAQs

Absolutely! The Logitech g502 is one of the best gaming mice on the market. Logitech has a superb track record of producing top tier gaming mice and the g502 hero is up there with the very best.

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No, the Hero is not wireless. It uses a cable of 2.10 meters in length to connect to the PC. If you’re after a wireless version, then check out the G502 Lightspeed version.

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The g502 Hero was released in October of 2018. Despite its age. It is still up there with best gaming mice on the market.

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The g502 Hero ticks every box for FPS gaming, but it must be noted this mouse is on the heavier side when compared to mice specifically designed for FPS. If you look at pro gamers they generally opt for a light mouse. For 999% of people, the small variation in weight will not meaningfully impact your performance.

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Full Spec List

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Height: 132 mm
Width: 75 mm
Depth: 40 mm
Weight: 121 g, mouse only
Optional extra weights: up to 18 g (5×3.6 g)
Cable length: 2.10 m
TRACKING
Sensor: HERO™
Resolution: 100 – 16,000 dpi
Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
Max. acceleration: > 40 G2Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
Max. speed: > 400 IPS3Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
RESPONSIVENESS
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
DURABILITY
PTFE Feet: > 250 kilometers4Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
OTHER FEATURES
Onboard memory: Up to 5 profiles (requires firmware 127.1.7)
LIGHTSYNC RGB: 1 zone
Braided cable
REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 7 or later
macOS 10.11 or later
Chrome OS™
USB port
(Optional) Internet access for Logitech G HUB (G HUB)
PART NUMBER
910-005472
WARRANTY INFORMATION
2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

 

Last update on 2021-04-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Author

Mo Alshorbaji is a seasoned content writer who specializes in video games and all things tech. He’s been in love with video games ever since he learned how to properly hold a controller and enjoys nothing more than putting PCs together in his spare time. When he’s not gaming or thinking with computers, you’ll likely find him enjoying a good book or reading up on the latest in tech.

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