Logitech G502 Hero Review: A versatile gaming mouse
The Logitech G502 Hero is a new variant of the G502. This popular mouse went through several modifications, changed the prefixes in the name, and in the final version of Hero even managed to switch from the Hero 16K sensor to the Hero 25K. We have the latest option on our review. Below I will describe the advantages and disadvantages of the Logitech G502 Hero, explain why and why it is suitable, how it stands out and who needs it.
Appearance and features
The Logitech G502 Hero has a simple compact box. Inside are standard manuals, warranty and sticker.
In addition to the mouse itself, there is a set of weights. There are five of them in the set, they are in a convenient case and weigh 3.6 grams each. If you put everything, then the 121-gram mouse will be weighted by another 18.
This case is installed under the cover at the bottom. There are also four Teflon gliders of different shapes, a native Hero 25K sensor with a polling rate of 1 ms and a maximum sensor acceleration of 40g.
Logitech G502 Hero resembles a transformer that is about to turn back into an alien robot. Its futuristic appearance with an abundance of sharp corners and irregularities at first seems chaotic, but after a while you find beauty and a cool idea of designers in it.
The mouse has a solid construction and excellent build. However, at first glance, the G502 Hero feels assembled from several elements. Perception is disturbed by three materials of the mouse: matte plastic, glossy plastic and rubber corrugated inserts on the sides.
All this, in theory, should be clogged with dirt and, perhaps, it will continue to be so, but after a couple of weeks of active use, nothing like this happened in my case. There is no dirt even in the perforated rubberized inserts, which is strange and pleasant at the same time. But the dust settles quickly and it is immediately noticeable.
The Logitech G502 Hero is designed exclusively for right-handers. A thumb rest was placed on the left. There are also three buttons, and above, near the main switches, there are two more.
The large button is the default DPI switch, but is often used in shooters for sighting or other similar things. If you have a massive hand with long fingers, then the thumb will rest on this key when gripping with the palm. In this case, he will constantly press it, which will interfere with work and games.
There are two solutions to the problem: use a finger grip or disable the button in the G Hub app. People with medium or small hands will not have this problem. But the latter will find it difficult to use the mouse due to its large size, so it is best suited for people with massive and medium brushes.
Between the two pairs of buttons on the left side is a triangle with three stripes. They light up when switching DPI and indicate modes.
On the right side, there is only a rubber part with a textured pattern to keep your hands from slipping.
The wheel of the Logitech G502 Hero is made of metal with large deep cuts. At first it seems heavy, but almost immediately you get used to the weight and realize that it’s even better – the wheel movements become more accurate.
The wheel works in two modes: normal and inertial. They are switched by the first button near the wheel. In the second mode, the wheel rotates easily and quickly. In this way, huge amounts of information, electronic publications, files and any other types of Internet pages will perfectly scroll.
Another button on the top is responsible for switching modes, but like all others, it is assigned to any action.
Switches in the Omron G502 Hero are 50 million-click reserve. The click is soft and fast, the volume is average.
There is RGB backlighting, but minimalistic, so only the letter G and the above-mentioned three strips with the display of modes glows in the mouse.
The backlight is customizable via the Logitech G Hub. It can be slowed down or accelerated, and even synchronized with other devices of the company. For example, with the headset G733 .
The convenience of use
The Logitech G502 Hero is a versatile option for play and work. For e-sportsmen, it is heavy even without weights, because here many people prefer models up to 100 grams. But for the casual gamer, the mouse will be the optimal solution for years.
And in shooters, including Call of Duty World at War and CS: GO, I was comfortable playing with her. Of course, I am not a professional and not even a top fighter, but the increased weight did not affect the quality of the game for the worse. On the contrary, the sensor works well and cannot be ripped off, so there are no unforeseen situations. The mouse slides like on ice and this helps to quickly aim at the target.
The purpose of the weights in this model is not entirely clear. The manufacturer talks about additional balance and detailed customization for the user. But this would be logical in a mouse weighing 50-70 grams. But why do weights on a gaming model of 121 grams? For office and any other basic tasks on a computer, weighting is not necessary – it becomes difficult to control the mouse. For games, this is all the more useless.
Perhaps the creators decided that someone really needed a heavy weight for something, and just in case they made all these cuts in the body and a set of weights. But it would be more logical to put a battery there for wireless connection.
The Logitech G502 Hero is suitable for different grips, but due to the weight, it will most likely be difficult for it to handle the classic “claws”. The best options, in my opinion, are palms and thumb. It is worth starting from the size of the hand, but a small brush with such a massive model will be difficult.
It is comfortable and pleasant to hold the mouse in your hand. The thumb is good in the hollow on the left, the sliding is excellent, the weight is adequate. If I played shooters or something other e-sports more seriously, I would have to look at the model lighter and more compact. And for my tasks, including work, the Logitech G502 Hero is perfect.
Like other Logitech peripherals, the G502 Hero works with the proprietary G Hub app. There are three sections for it, where macros are configured and commands are set. In the same place, DPI is adjusted in detail and custom modes for switching the sensor are created, and here the RGB backlight is debugged.
It is modern and comfortable. All sections are logical and understandable, there is a detailed setting for any aspect of the device.
Weight: 121g (mouse only)
Additional weighting: up to 18 g (5 weights 3.6 g each)
Cable length: 2.10 m, braided
Sensor: HERO 25K
Sensitivity: 100-16,000 dpi
Max. acceleration: > 40 G
Max. speed: > 10 m / s (400 in / s)
USB data format: 16 bits per axis
USB port polling rate: 1000 Hz (1 ms)
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM processor
Built-in memory: up to 5 profiles
RGB Lighting : 1 Zone Lightsync
Logitech G502 Hero is a versatile gaming mouse. True, its size and weight may not be suitable for people with small hands and short fingers. But here you have to look individually.
The model looks impressive and at the same time modest with RGB backlighting, which will appeal to fans of minimalism. Of the features stand out a heavy but easy-to-use metal wheel with two modes of operation, proprietary sensors with wild DPI values, as well as an abundance of programmable buttons.
At a price of $65, the Logitech G502 Hero does not look the cheapest, but still a top solution for casual gamers and shooter fans. But for cybersportsmen, its weight will not suit exactly, just as a set of additional weights is not needed. Instead, they could add a battery for a wireless connection. But we have what we have, which means here we have a stylish and well-assembled version for games and work.