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Logitech G502 Hero Review

logitech g502 hero review


Today we will take a close look at a gaming mouse always in trend, and by that I mean the Logitech G502 Hero! Why the Hero? Well, because according to “word on the street”, statistics, sales figures and all that, the most successful gaming gear manufacturer is Logitech, and by a long shot.

Hence, the Logitech G502 Hero review. What’s very special about this mouse is that it offers a lot of features and performance for a relatively affordable price, which is curious since the G502 Hero is not designed as a budget gaming mouse, yet performance-wise, it runs with the best as far as gaming gear is concerned.

And that makes it highly desirable for both professional gamers and total noobs looking for the best bang for the buck. Speaking of Logitech peripherals, even I use a combo consisting of a Logitech G203 mouse and a Logitech K 740 keyboard (mostly for writing purposes, obviously), so yeah, this is a fanboy’s review as far as I am concerned.

The Logitech G502 Hero is one of the models that started the madness when it comes to the G502 series, and it’s maybe the best quality vs price option on the market right now. And that’s not just me speaking, but the statistics, including sales figures, which show that the G502 is the best-selling gaming mouse in the world.

What makes the Logitech G502 Hero so special?

Logitech has never shied away from designing extraordinary (even eccentric) products, as in non-conformist, with asymmetrical shapes, which seem to be taken out of SF movies rather than from the store shelf.

And the same goes for the Logitech G502 Hero, a weird looking gaming mouse that features an “abnormal” design so to speak, at least for some people, and tons of buttons. But our hero somehow manages to be very elegant when it wants, and I think the most important thing about it is that it is amazingly comfortable.

I must also bring into light the comfort factor in a gaming peripheral used for hours and hours in a row; obviously, ergonomics are very important in any respectable gamer’s book, and in this regard the Logitech G502, whatever model I’ve ever used, behaved exemplary.

A few words about the Hero particle: in case you’re not up to date with tech news, the G502 Hero uses Logitech’s in-house made sensor, a 16,000 DPI variety respectively, which is light-years away from its competitors, like let’s say PixArt’s PMW3389.
It’s a known fact that haters used to criticize Logitech’s decision to use in-house sensors, but after all’s said and done, the Hero proved itself to be one of the best in the world.

logitech g 502 side view

What does a well-built mouse means today?

Finding a suitable mouse has recently become a rather difficult process, or we should say a lost art. And that’s maybe due to the plethora of models available, or because there are not many reviewers who can recommend a single model that is good for everyone.

This is why we must mention the build-quality thing. Maybe some of you prefer models with a perforated case like Glorious Model O, or maybe you don’t want something too complicated and you are satisfied with the classic shape made famous by Microsoft’s Intellimouse and adopted by many other manufacturers later.

Personally, I’ve tried everything (this is what I do, I review stuff), but the Logitech G502 has something special. I do not know what this is; maybe the shape, maybe the materials used, but even if I wanted to, I couldn’t get rid of it.

The Logitech G502 Hero (like all models in the series by the way) is made of a very durable plastic. The grip is also pleasant thanks to the rubber used on the sides, and the biggest advantage of this model remains in my view, the scroll wheel.

The Hero model, compared to the Lightspeed that I also used as a daily driver for a few months, has a metal wheel that seems a bit more resistant. It still keeps the infinite scroll function and the left-right navigation in the page. At least for work, this seems to be the best combination.

I use text and photo editors, and with this mouse I can work on them without problems. And the good part is that at the end of the day, I don’t have to take the gaming mouse out of the drawer; as it’s already on the desk and I’ve been working with it all day.

logitech g 502 structure

A Solid Mouse

I like to be in control, some may even call me a control freak, as in I want to be able to personalize as much as I like both my working and playing experience. Sometimes I feel the need for a heavier mouse, and the fact that the Logitech G502 Hero allows me to adjust its weight is a big plus.

logitech g 502 tunable weights

Okay, many noodle-arm geeks would consider this mouse a “heavy” one, or a “total unit” (weighs 121 grams stock), even without the extra weights (18 grams). Compared to girl-models weighing only 60-70 grams, this can be described as a “heavy” mouse. But I don’t mind its weight to be honest, and I’m convinced I’m not the only one in this situation. Heavy is good, heavy is reliable, and if it doesn’t work, you can always hit your opponent with it, right?

Moreover, speaking of tough gear, this is a wired mouse, which means it’s the most durable of the bunch (there’s also a wireless version), as in it will last you forever.

Does the best-selling mouse also mean the best?

It would be a lie to say that the Logitech G502 Hero is the best mouse in the world. Especially in today’s market where you have hundreds of models to choose from and in the end, everything comes down to personal preference.

No, this is not a perfect mouse, and I’ve met people who didn’t love either its weird shape or heavy weight; however, the G502 Hero is a formidable gaming mouse, and I think that the large number of units sold indicates that I am right.

Then there is the issue of notoriety; many people buy products based on recommendations, reviews like this, or the simple fact that their favorite gamer or streamer uses product X; hence the advantage of the Logitech G502 series.

Logitech has managed to win the hearts and minds of many users with this series, and a good product is one that manages to meet and exceed the requirements of as many people as possible; in this category, this model scores rather well.

Final word:

If you’re a gamer looking for a top-notch mouse from a reputable manufacturer at an affordable price, the Logitech G502 is not the hero we want, but the hero that we deserve. Seriously speaking, this mouse has it all: amazing value, tons of customization options, an amazing sensor and versatile performance for both work and play. Truth be told, it would be hard to find a better choice at a similar price point.

Pros:
  • Premium feel
  • Well built
  • Flawless performance
  • Low click latency
  • 11 customizable buttons
  • Ideal for palm grip
  • Best scroll wheel ever
  • Excellent for FPS players
Cons:
  • Not the best choice for large hands

Important Specs:

TRACKING

  • Sensor: HERO™ 16K ( 25K if upgraded with the G-HUB software)
  • 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 kilometers 4 Tested 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
About author

Chris is an old school millennial interested in fast living and everything tech.
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