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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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15 Comments

  1. Oh, I have this mouse – I recently bought it to replace a Corsair M65. I largely agree with your well written review, and I like the pics of the ruler and scale!

    There was nothing wrong with the previous M65 (which I would recommend, although I don’t know if recent models are the same level of bulletproof as my older one) – it was working great. But I had it so long I couldn’t quite get it all the way clean, so I figured in the spirit of Covid it was probably time to retire that (along with my K69 keyboard).

    I chose the 502, mostly just to try something a bit different from the Corsair, and I don’t regret it. It’s a nice mouse – but I use 0 of the advanced features or extra buttons. I loaded up the default hardware profile to my preferred DPI, uninstalled the Logitech software, and it’s been a great "set it and forget it" device.

    It was slightly taller than my M65 – which meant that with my Ratzpad, it wouldn’t fit in my desk pullout keyboard tray – the middle mouse button would hang. So I had to put my treasured Ratzpad into long term storage (it will probably outlast me and I am going to put it in my will) for the moment.

    As far as being larger – yeah, it is a bit longer than the M65, but I didn’t notice it being overly large. My wrist actually feels a lot better using the 502 over the M65 (I’m getting old, arthritis is catching up – but part of that could also be the new chair that I’m sitting in is better adjusted for posture)

    Regarding weight – I prefer a heavy mouse, and I run with all the weights installed. So I guess that’s a plus for me – but I am probably the furthest thing away from a twitch or FPS player – I’m more in the "Fat guy on the sofa" class of player.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    I think the weight is a bit polarizing depending on use case, as is the size. The G502 is optimized for palm grips and steady, controlled inputs, and I dare say it’s probably in the top of its class in that regard.

    And aside from the basic six buttons common to gaming mice (L – M – R, Forward / Back, and sensitivity adjust), the scroll left and scroll right inputs on the mousewheel are also natively supported, while the sensitivity up / down buttons on the left side of the left trigger also work – out of the box.

    So we mostly noted the size and weight as being outliers relative to where the market is going, and on balance, being very nice and very affordable for what it is!

  3. This is a very good mouse. I have the OG 502 and the Hero 502. The Hero is my favorite sensor for a mouse. Razer’s new one is pretty good but I just feel like the Hero sensor is virtually surgical.

    The only complaint I have about both 502’s is the rattle inside it. I even went so far as trying to stuff some paper in there to keep it quiet but it didn’t work. I swap mice every few months for a new feel and I try this one too but that rattle drives me crazy so I mainly swap between my G Pro, DeathAdder and MX 518.

    I also think Logitech has the best, most transparent software of any peripheral brand.

  4. Great review. I looked at this mouse, but landed on the G703 instead. Too many buttons for me on the G502, especially due to my large hands I hit those buttons by mistake too often.
  5. Great review. I looked at this mouse, but landed on the G703 instead. Too many buttons for me on the G502, especially due to my large hands I hit those buttons by mistake too often.

    I thought I would too but never really did. I actually like the "sniper button" and used it more than I thought I would. You can set it at a custom DPI and it actually came in kinda handy in COD and other shooters which surprised me cause I thought it was kinda gimicky when I first read about it.

  6. Great review. I looked at this mouse, but landed on the G703 instead. Too many buttons for me on the G502, especially due to my large hands I hit those buttons by mistake too often.

    I did – all the time. Until I disabled them.

  7. Awesome review @LazyGamer !! I currently have the Logitech MX518. It’s a little small in my big palm, but is very usable none the less. I’d consider this one as a replacement when the time comes though.
  8. I have the previous 16k sensor version of the G502. I bought it as a replacement for my old 2013 Deathadder after it started double clicking. I’d tried the G502 at PAX in 2019 (you know, back when you could actually go to exhibitions and try things), so I knew it was a comfortable mouse. I like the weight and solid feel of the thing. I add all the weights as well; it just feels better to me. Best mouse I’ve owned. Good to see Logitech iterating the sensor and not changing things up too much because honestly it doesn’t need changing.
  9. I mostly like my G502 Proteus. One things I do not like is the position of the thumb button on the side. It’s too far forward. If I position my hand so that button is more useful then the rear side button becomes useless.

    I want a mouse where the thumb button is directly centered below the side buttons.

    I don’t palm grip mice. More of a claw grip person.

  10. I mostly like my G502 Proteus. One things I do not like is the position of the thumb button on the side. It’s too far forward. If I position my hand so that button is more useful then the rear side button becomes useless.

    I want a mouse where the thumb button is directly centered below the side buttons.

    I don’t palm grip mice. More of a claw grip person.

    I like where the thumb button is on my EVGA X17

  11. I like where the thumb button is on my EVGA X17

    Does the scroll wheel have detents or is it free spinning? One feature I love about the G502 is being able to change that on the fly. I prefer detents while gaming and free spinning while doing everything else.

  12. Does the scroll wheel have detents or is it free spinning? One feature I love about the G502 is being able to change that on the fly. I prefer detents while gaming and free spinning while doing everything else.

    Detents only. Feels nice.

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