– You know what you want, accurate tracking, quality materials, optimal weight, extra buttons, and ample RGB. But there are quite literally hundreds of gaming mice on the market, many of which tick all of those boxes so why the green flaccid (beep) is everyone buying this one? I mean, the fight is so one-sided it’s gotten to the point where this is not just the top seller on Amazon, but Logitech even made themselves their own little custom award to commemorate that they make the top selling gaming mouse on the freaking planet.
I mean, how can a product line that was first announced at PAX 2014 still hold that crown? It can’t be that good.
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– Razer all the way. – It was available with either 1000 or 2000 DPI or dots per inch sensitivity, with the 1K version costing 70 US dollars and the 2K model costing a crisp Benjamin. But in spite of the outrageous price, it was so successful (upbeat music) that it launched Razer into the publicly traded behemoth that it is today. Though, that’s not really that surprising. I mean, gamers have always been hungry for any way to get an edge over their opponents and seeing Razer’s success, more companies obviously were gonna follow suit.
Logitech’s first attempt also came in 1999, the Wingman, but in retrospect, it’s weird shape and the lack of a scroll wheel, are probably why Logitech acts like it never existed. Logitech’s G series though released in 2005, was their first serious power move. They featured much better ergonomics, extras like side buttons or adjustable weights, and perhaps most importantly, no balls. The G series also marked Logitech’s first salvo in what would be a never-ending marketing war to create the highest sensitivity gaming mouse.
Over the next nine years, Logitech and their competitors used a combination of optical and laser sensors, with Logitech even building one mouse with an accelerometer in it, to go from a practical 2000 DPI all the way to 12,000 DPI in the G502 Proteus Core, the distant ancestor of the world’s most popular mouse today.
Now that 2014 model wasn’t identical, but it features many of the key elements that we still love about the current iteration, including a braided cable, 11 re-mappable buttons, extra weights, and a Logitech signature top level free spinning scroll wheel. But the engineers weren’t done our cursors must move faster. So four years later, using the all-new hero sensor, the Logitech G502 Hero was born.
It was basically the same as before, except it could reach a staggering 16,000 DPI or that is to say at least it used to reach 16,000 DPI thanks to a recent firmware update, it can actually be pushed even further to 25,600 DPI. That is a lot of dots per inch.
Now, we love Logitech mice around here. You’ll find more than a few MX Masters kicking around at our workstations, and most of us I think are using their gaming mice at home. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when we saw their name in the number one spot, but with at least 10 different designs featuring that same hero sensor, why is this ancient body, the king? Let’s start with a look through some of the 26,000 ratings for this mouse on Amazon.
82% of users give it five stars for an average of 4.
7 with most reviewers pointing to the comfort of the design, the ease of access to all the programmable buttons, the sensor, and surprisingly the customizable weights. Now, this has been a feature for years, starting with the G5 in 2005 and in an age where going lighter and lighter is typically preferred, we were surprised to see so many current reviewers mentioning the weights. I mean, personally, I’m onto the G Pro Superlight at this point so I can hardly imagine loading up the already chunky G502 to it’s 139 grand capacity but then again, I also don’t really lift so…
Another positive, is most people seem to feel like the software is pretty okay and I guess I feel the same from changing the RGB, to programming the buttons, to creating DPI profiles, setting up and using G Hub is pretty solid especially with a wired mouse like this one, where you basically just plug it in and it works.
And it is comfortable with petite gamers like me, able to switch between a palm or a claw grip and more generously endowed gamers probably preferring a straight claw grip. With that being said, many of the complaints about the mouse from the four-star or lower reviews are valid. It is a little on small side, some of the buttons can be a touch too easy to press, looking at UGs four, five, seven and eight, and while the thumb support width feels good to some, it feels absolutely awful to others. The scroll wheel can also end up feeling too stiff when it’s locked and too free when it’s unlocked, which is really hard to properly convey without letting you actually try scrolling within yourself but trust me, they’ve got a point.
Something that surprised us was the handful of complaints about it being too much. But I guess that’s kinda fair enough. I mean, not everyone needs so many bells and whistles or 25,600 DPI for that matter. For laws by the way, we did crank it up all the way to the limit to try it out and instantly backed off to somewhere in the 1200 to 3000 range.
It should be noted though, that just because we’re not using that extra sensitivity on the slider, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to waste because it can contribute to additional accuracy.
But whether those improvements are meaningful at this point, is another conversation. The weight was another factor with most unsatisfied buyers complaining about how heavy it is. Fun fact though, we did find one outlier who thought the mouse was too light. Okay then, suit yourself. And while you’re at it you can suit yourself up with our new indoor hoodie from lttstore.
com. The most crucial issue that stuck out for most if not all of the one and two-star reviews though, was switch failure, primarily double clicking and click and dragging.
Conveniently enough, we just so happened to have a torn down G502 that our creator warehouse engineers were analyzing to find out what’s so good and bad about it and as it turns out, Logitech is using switches in this thing that aren’t really meant for modern mouse designs. The Omron D2FC-F-7N switches used to work fine in older models that ran at a higher voltage and current, but Japanese Omron D2F-01Fs would work better for the mice of today, thanks to their more robust build quality. Now you can replace the stocks which is entirely, and there are a few tutorial videos on YouTube to help you, but the reality is the average user isn’t gonna bother they’re gonna log a complaint, ask for a refund, and probably buy a different mouse.
So with that damage to their brand on the line, why is Logitech trying to save a buck on one of their most popular products? Ah, well that brings us to the price.
A decent new gaming mouse used to set you back between about 80 to 120 US dollars more if you wanted something wireless or with niche features. The G502 Hero, it’s 50 bucks on Logitech’s website, just $40 on Amazon, and we even found the SE variant, which appears to be just a different color, for $35 on Best Buy. I mean, even at the official price of $80, which you can still pay if you really want the KTA skin version for some reason, it’s reasonably competitive so getting it for less than half of that, feels like a heck of a bargain.
I can understand why Logitech might’ve wanted to cost it down to hit that price point and besides when something is affordable, people tend to be a lot more forgiving of minor grievances, like having to RMA it perhaps, or the lack of a finger channel on the right click or a bit of extra heft. I mean, within Logitech’s own product stack, there are really only two wired competitors both of them priced a little higher, the Pro and the G600. The G600 is labeled as the MMO mouse and it’s pretty clear why, it’s got 20 programmable buttons for basically every macro you could ever need while still being comfortable. And as for the Pro, well, many of you might be attracted to it’s symmetrical shape, hero sensor, six programmable buttons, onboard memory profiles, and extra RGB.
If you like the look and feel of the Pro, but you wanna save a bit of money and you don’t need 25,000 DPI, then the cheaper G203 Prodigy might be the mouse for you.
As for if you want something wireless, well, the price does jump substantially. Of course, you don’t have to stick with Logitech to hit this price point. A quick look reveals plenty of other options in the $30 to $50 range, many from reputable brands, you can get a Razer DeathAdder Essential for $24 at the time of filming, but even at regular price it’s down to 50 bucks. And the Viper Mini Ultralight is just $40, $28 on sale right now. The Reddragon M801 is $50, EVGA X15 MMO is also $50, and the SteelSeries Rival 3 is $30 we’re gonna have all of these listed in our affiliate links down below.
I mean, sure, most of these don’t have quite the same robust feature set often spoting fewer programmable buttons, or lower maximum DPIs but like we mentioned before, many of you don’t actually need, let alone want something so extra. If you wanna spend even less money, there are some interesting products from brands we’ve never heard of now, I certainly can’t vouch for them, but hey, competition is good, right? $16 for a mouse with seven programmable buttons, a high polling rate up to 7,200 DPI and RGB, it’s not a lot to lose if you feel like taking a chance and that one is downright expensive compared to this bad boy.
But coming back to the G502 Hero at this price, we can honestly say that we do recommend it. It’s got unparalleled tracking, good software, and it’s backed by Logitech’s legendary support.
But it also might be worth expanding your horizons a little guys, we don’t have to all buy the same mouse. The Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed wireless was only $35 at the time of filming and Corsair Nightsword RGB well, a little more expensive at $60 on sale is a great choice if you’re looking for something similar to the 502, but you prefer the Corsair ecosystem. Whatever route you go with though, it’s still probably better than the Amazon Basics PC Programmable gaming mouse $65 for this thing, looks like Amazon didn’t get the memo I mean mice are really affordable now. You know what else is affordable? Our sponsor, thanks to Zoho CRM for sponsoring this video.
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