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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
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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#4 of 10
  • Performance - 35% 9
  • Customization - 35% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9
  • Buttons - 15% 9

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, onboard memory, customizable scroll resistanceOnboard memory, symmetrical, optical switchesOnboard dongle storage, ambidextrous designOptical switches, supple cable
Cons Fixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS gamesAsymmetrical, grips hard to cleanExpensive, slow “wake-up”Expensive, no charging dockRelatively limited customization
Bottom Line An above-average performing mouse featuring customizable weightA deadly gaming periphery with state-of-the-art components, easy set-up, and a competitive price pointThis competitive gaming device comes loaded with full battle rattle and is tether-free for an increased striking distance though that freedom comes at a hefty priceA high-performance wireless mouse that works in either handA high-quality mouse with a price most can manage
Rating Categories Logitech G502 HERO Razer Basilisk V2 Razer Viper Ultimate Logitech G Pro Razer DeathAdder V2
Performance (35%)
9
9
10
9
9
Customization (35%)
8
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7
7
Ease Of Use (15%)
9
10
10
10
9
Buttons (15%)
9
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Specs Logitech G502 HERO Razer Basilisk V2 Razer Viper Ultimate Logitech G Pro Razer DeathAdder V2
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Hero 25K/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 11 10 (+1 on bottom) 7 (+1 on bottom) 7 (+1 on bottom) 7
Wire/Charging Cable (feet, inches) 6'6" 7' 6' 6' 7'
Weight (grams) 119 - 137g 91g 77g 80g 80g
Polling Rate (Hz) 1000 125, 500, 1000 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 100 - 25600 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 25600 (50 up to 4k, 1000 after 4k) 100 - 20000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 400+ 650 650 400 650
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Mechanical (Logitech) Optical (Razor) Optical (Razor) Mechanical (Logitech) Optical (Razor)
Handedness Right Right Both Both Right
Size Large Large Medium Medium Large
Length 5.11" 5.1" 5" 4.95" 5"
Shell length 6" 6" 5.75" 5.8" 5.8"
Height (max) 1.63" 1.68" 1.5" 1.58" 1.68"
Hump inset 2.43" 2.1" 2.5" 2.4" 2.5"
Finger Width 2.2" 2.36" 2.5" 2.41" 2.73"
Waist 2.25" 2.4" 2.21" 2.18" 2.22"
Palm Width 2.21" 2.26" 2.57" 2.45" 2.55"

Our Analysis and Test Results

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