Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse Review

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Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse front left

Introduction

Today we’re taking a look at the Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse part number Black: 910-005469. It traces its origins back two decades to the classic Logitech MX500, a revolution of its time. Logitech themselves need no introduction having been mainstays of the desktop mouse industry since its infancy. And while Logitech has expanded its portfolio into other markets, they’ve definitely not lost sight of its core business.

The Logitech G502 HERO is a wired mouse that comes in two different color themes, both with different pricing. The Black version part number 910-005469 we are reviewing today is $49.99 on Logitech’s website. For those looking for a different color scheme or perhaps for fans of League of Legends, Logitech offers the G502 HERO K/DA for an additional $30 making it $79.99. The G502 HERO K/DA is more gamer-y yet still fairly tasteful customization with a few buttons swapped to blue and three of the shell sections swapped for white with decorative lines.

In the grand scheme of Logitech mice, the G502 series sits on the upper-end tier. There is a G600, G703, and G903 series above this mouse. However, there are plenty of models under this mouse in terms of hierarchy. This is a bigger, heavier mouse for gaming that offers an advanced optical sensor, customizable RGB, custom game profiles, and repositionable weights.

Logitech G502 HERO

The G502 HERO is the latest of the 500-series, which are typified by a larger, ergonomic, right-handed shell with a base that tapers wider to support the user’s right thumb, optional weights, and plenty of software customization. What would a mouse be today without RGB? The Logitech G502 HERO comes with LIGHTSYNC RGB that can be driven by games, audio, or your screen. You can synchronize lighting animations with other Logitech G devices.

There are 11 fully programmable buttons on board. You can use Logitech G HUB to program your favorite commands and macros to each of the 11 buttons. It uses onboard memory to store up to 5 profiles with the latest firmware. Detail has been put into the buttons with primary buttons using mechanical switches and rubberized side grips. Logitech has added a third thumb button ahead of the thumb rest as well as two additional buttons that flank the left trigger. Additionally, Logitech has placed a profile selector behind the scroll wheel and its mechanical infinite scroll toggle.

Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse top - all buttons

Logitech classifies the G502 HERO as a ‘High Performance’ gaming mouse. In contrast to simpler options in their lineup and from their competitors, the G502 HERO adds three normal buttons to the relatively standardized six-button layout as well as side-scroll buttons activated by nudging the mouse wheel to the left or to the right. This may sound like a lot, and for some perhaps it is, yet the additional buttons are ergonomically placed so that they’re usable in a broad range of applications, with many buttons natively supported in operating systems and applications.

The Logitech G502 HERO uses the Hero 25K IR Optical sensor. The HERO sensor was developed by Logitech and is optimized for precision and power efficiency with high accuracy. The HERO sensor is capable of 400 IPS across the 100-25,600 DPI range with zero smoothing filtering or acceleration. It supports a 1ms report rate. It has a max acceleration of >40G. You can tune your DPI settings with Logitech G HUB. It uses USB data format 16 bits/axis at a report rate of 1000Hz (1ms) and a 32-bit ARM microprocessor.

In full 500-series tradition, the G502 HERO features include Logitech’s latest tunable weight system. Included in the package for placement underneath a bottom swing-out panel are five 3.6g weights. This lets you customize for front, rear, left, right, and center-weighted configurations. With the full complement of weights are installed the G502 HERO bulks up from a heavier 121g up to a relatively porky 139g. And aside from a small promotional booklet and brief manual, the adjustable weights and their holder comprise the packaging contents. Logitech offers a 2-Year limited hardware warranty.

Size and Weight

Below you can compare the size and weight of the G502 HERO. Logitech claims a weight of 121 grams for the mouse only. Then there are optional extra weights that can add up to 18 grams (5×3.6g each.) We’ll note that the weight came in a few grams heavier as Logitech measures the G502 HERO without a cable, while in delivered form the cable is fixed, and thus it is impossible to weigh the mouse without some level of deconstruction.

The Logitech G502 HERO wired mouse measures 5.2 inches in height, 2.95 inches in width, and 1.57 inches in depth. The cable length measures around 7 feet in length. We found these measurements to be accurate in our own testing. This puts the mouse as both a bigger and heavier gaming mouse, especially with the weights.

Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse next to ruler showing size

Logitech G502 HERO Specifications Table

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Height: 5.2 in (132 mm)
Width: 2.95 in (75mm)
Depth: 1.57 in (40 mm)
Weight:4.30 oz (121 g), mouse only
Optional extra weights: up to 18g (5×3.6g)
TRACKING
Sensor: HERO
Resolution: 100 – 25,600 dpi
Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
Max. acceleration: > 40 (Tested by Logitech on their Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad)
Max. speed: > 400 IPS (Tested by Logitech on their 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 (Tested by Logitech on their Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad)
OTHER FEATURES
Onboard memory: Up to 5 profiles (requires firmware 127.1.7)
LIGHTSYNC RGB: 1 zone
REQUIREMENTS
Windows® 7 or later
macOS® 10.11 or later
Chrome OS™
USB port
PART NUMBERS
Black : 910-005469
KDA : 910-006095
WARRANTY INFORMATION
2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
John Tharp
Long-time follower of computer gaming and computer assembly from the days of the i386, photographer, husband, and lover of gaming peripherals

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