Logitech often reminds us that its G502 is simply the best-selling gaming mouse in the world. And for years, this design has been updating optically and electronically to remain among the best. Let’s take a look at the G502 Hero, the current model in the Logitech range.
- Ergonomics that teaches
- A slip back
- Powerful switches
- Software support always on top
- A high level sensor
Our last test of a wired G502 dates from 2019, when the mouse was accompanied by the suffix Proteus Spectrum to celebrate the transition from blue lighting to an RGB LED. This name change is also typical of what Logitech has been doing for years with its flagship model, the G502 also recently existing in a wireless version, under the name G502 LightSpeed , and for which we had already detected a slight loss speed compared to the competition, for lack of innovation. Will we have the same feeling with the HERO model?
|Sensitivity max. supported||25,000 DPI|
|Number of controls (excluding right and left buttons, and wheel rotation)||9|
|Backlight||Yes, 2-zone RGB|
|Max polling frequency||1000Hz|
|Weight||126g-144g measured without cable|
Ergonomics that teaches
We won’t go back on the grip, which remains strictly identical to that of its predecessors, and we invite you to take a look at the test of the LightSpeed model which will inform you of all the small improvements of this generation in terms of grip and ergonomics. Generally, comfort is clearly in order and the G502 remains one of the most pleasant models to handle, despite the profusion of buttons.
A slip back
With a minimum weight of 126 grams, the G502 Hero lacks a bit of lightness compared to the most modern models. And the fact of being able to add weight, up to 18 additional grams, is only of interest if you want to increase the inertia of a model that is already not lacking in it. Added to this is the presence of inferior Teflon pads to what we find today under the manufacturer’s G Pro, which results in a less efficient glide than expected.
The G502 HERO is therefore a rather slow model on the mat, especially if you play on a thick surface, and therefore seems more suited to precision pointing than to rapid movements. She nevertheless remains sufficiently efficient in terms of sliding for the practice of FPS, TPS and other shooting games for the general public.
Nothing to say about the switches offered by Logitech for this G502 HERO. The buttons have certainly not changed place, but they are still as pleasant to use. The main left and right switches are quick and dry, and the 6 additional buttons are all accessible, but with a threshold high enough not to be triggered inadvertently.
Special mention for roulette, disengagede on the fly thanks to a mechanical process, which offers if necessary a marked notch or a really fast rotation. This knob also adds a vertical click and two additional directionsagain with an efficient calibration that makes it easy to use.
Software support always on top
The G502 comes with G HUB software on Mac and Windows. Software that unifies the products of the Logitech G range and offers for the G502 full remapping, macros for each button, management of the two RGB zones like profiles, and complete settings to accompany the optical sensor. In the end, only the stall height adjustment in the software is missing for those who work with a small mat.
A high level sensor
The G502 sees its sensor updated with the HERO 25,000 dpi model, a crazy value that clearly isn’t useful in-game, even if you’re working with 3 4K displays. But who can do more can do less, and the G502 HERO is infallible on the carpet, both in precision and with rapid acceleration. We were able to play on a mouse pad as well as on a table directly, without the sensor ever losing the signal. Whether in gaming or in the office, the G502 is a model to be trusted, that’s for sure.
- A very good quality of manufacture
- The position is very comfortable
- Disengageable wheel with lateral axis
- A top-notch sensor
- 11 programmable keys
- Easier to access software
- The adjustable weight
- The pads that slightly slow down the glide on fabric
- No stall height adjustment in software
- Cord without real protection
The G502 resists the passage of time superbly well and this update simply allows it to be left in the race against increasingly efficient competition. Finally, its ergonomics are still excellent, and we will only really point to its sliding a little behind, the fault of the skates being a little light for the weight of this mouse. For everything else, the G502 remains a versatile reference and a model of confidence.
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G502 Hero review: Is the world’s best-selling mouse still the best?