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Logitech G502 HERO Review

This mouse is a standout on account of its adjustable weight. However, the unit has high-end hardware and ample customization, too
Logitech G502 HERO
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Price:   $80 List | $38.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Braided cable, infinite scroll option
Cons:  Fixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS games
Manufacturer:   logitech
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 2, 2021
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85
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RANKED
#4 of 12
  • Performance - 35.0% 8.7
  • Customization - 35.0% 8.1
  • Ease of Use - 15.0% 8.5
  • Buttons - 15.0% 8.7

Our Verdict

If you alike bigger, heavier mice but like to dial-in the weight just so, this is the unit. The Logitech G502 HERO has all the gaming goodies, too. It has a high tracking rate, adjustable DPI/CPI, and a flawless sensor. Moreover, it 11 buttons are plenty customizable. All told, this mouse is a killer

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Pros Braided cable, infinite scroll optionOptical switches, thumb rest, adjustable scroll wheelIncredibly lightweight, super supple cord, fine-tuned customization options17 programmable buttons, adjustable side button pad, customizable lightingGreat sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design
Cons Fixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS gamesA bit heavy, frequent software updatesRelatively loud button, big DPI adjustment stepsHeavy, relatively difficult to use, stiff cordRelatively low tracking speed, limited onboard memory
Bottom Line This mouse is a standout on account of its adjustable weight. However, the unit has high-end hardware and ample customization, tooThis top-shelf mouse set the bar amongst fierce competition while providing easy-to-use customization softwareAn incredibly lightweight mouse with top-notch hardware and intuitive software supporting its customization settingsThis built to purpose MMO mouse boasts 17 programmable buttons, tons of lighting, and all the customization options one could wish for, but it takes some time to masterThis economic device boasts elite hardware to get the job done, but you'll have to make up for the lack of supporting features with talent
Rating Categories Logitech G502 HERO Razer Basilisk V3 HyperX Pulsefire Haste Corsair Scimitar RG... Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35.0%)
8.7
9.3
9.2
8.5
8.7
Customization (35.0%)
8.1
7.9
6.2
8.3
5.7
Ease of Use (15.0%)
8.5
9.0
9.5
7.5
8.0
Buttons (15.0%)
8.7
9.7
9.7
8.3
8.3
Specs Logitech G502 HERO Razer Basilisk V3 HyperX Pulsefire Haste Corsair Scimitar RG... Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes PAW 3335/ Optical/ Yes PMW 3391/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 11 10 (+1 on bottom) 6 17 6
Measured Wire/Charging Cable 6 ft, 6 in 6 ft 6 ft 6 ft 6 ft, 6 in
Measured Weight 119 - 137 g 101 g 59 g 119 g 87 g
Polling Rate (Hz) 1000 125, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 100 - 25600 (50) 100 - 26000 (50) 200 - 16000 (100) 100 - 18000 (1) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 400+ 650 450 400 200+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (1) Yes (3) Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Mechanical (Logitech) Optical (Razer) Mechanical (TTC Golden) Machanical (Omron) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Right Right
Size Large Large Large Large Small
Length 5.11" 5.11" 4.88" 4.7" 4.57"
Shell length 6" 6" 5.5" 5.6" 5.25"
Height (max) 1.63" 1.68" 1.48" 1.62" 1.5"
Hump inset, back to hump 2.43" 2.1" 2.25" 2" 1.85"
Finger Width 2.2" 2.36" 2.2" 2.16" 2.23"
Waist 2.25" 2.4" 2.4" 2.87" 2.45"
Palm Width 2.21" 2.26" 2.5" 2.35" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

Logitech G502 HERO gaming mouse
Credit: Jason Peters

Likes


The Logitech G502 HERO is a button-packed mouse. To be exact, it has no less than 11 buttons to program as you see fit. Even the scroll wheel has two button options. Additionally, the mouse has five individual weights that can be added to the unit to increase its weight in ~3.6-gram increments. Given the weight of the unit and the button options, it is a good mouse to get one started with MMO games.

Dislikes


While the HERO provides enough buttons to get started in MMO games, it will not excel in such activities. As such, we consider this unit to be more of a generic gaming mouse — too heavy for FPS games and too limited in its binds to be an effective MMO machine. Yet, the mouse isn't terribly expensive, and it is a good starter mouse for those getting into computer gaming.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer

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