Those of you that pay attention to the world of gaming mice have probably heard of the Logitech G502. It’s one of the most consistently praised (and highest selling) gaming mice on the market; much beloved for its exceptional balance of thoughtful design, convenience, and cutting-edge tech.
It’s long been a go-to for PC gamers, but there hasn’t been a wireless version until now. Logitech has managed to not only cut the cord, but also upgrade the mouse in some other meaningful ways, all while keeping the iconic design completely intact.
You can pick up the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse for $149.99 on Newegg, GameCrate’s parent site.
Same body, different soul
At first glance, the G502 is still very recognizable. Not much has changed as far as design language.
The body has a rounded build, with a few sharp edges to make it clear it’s a gaming mouse. The G502 is nicely sized, neither too bulky or too small, and my larger than average palms can rest comfortably on the rounded back. I’m used to a more substantial thumb rest, though what’s here is probably sufficient for most people. There is a textured rubber on the right and left of the mouse, which is great for grip, even when things get intense. It’s a little thinner than I’m used to which I found distracting at first, but I quickly grew used to the different profile, and eventually came to prefer it.
It’s all around pretty comfortable, but I’m not crazy about the placement of the DPI adjustment buttons. I love that you can adjust the DPI up or down with a few clicks, but the placement so close to the left click makes it a little too easy to accidentally bring it up in the middle of a game. It wasn’t a frequent problem, but moving the buttons, or perhaps making them smaller could eliminate this issue completely.
So how did Logitech fit in all the fancy new upgrades when the design is more or less the same? The simple answer is that they made plastic that holds everything together thinner. By reducing the thickness of the plastic walls from 1.8mm to 1mm, they were able to use that extra room to upgrade the internals, and actually ended up with a lighter mouse as a result.
To avoid fragility due to the thinner walls, Logitech focused on improving the “endoskeleton” of the mouse (the internal support structure where the PCB and sensor lives) to keep things durable. Though time will tell if this compromise works for longevity, the mouse certainly feels substantial, and despite being lighter, still appears as though it could survive a few inevitable falls from a desk.
You’ll still have access to a large selection of 11 programmable buttons, perfect for MMOs or game genres that require complex inputs. The layout is intuitive, (other than the aforementioned DPI switches) with a button near almost every finger. Logitech’s G HUB software is capable of creating some truly complex macros, including functions in OBS and Discord for those of you who want streaming shortcuts built straight into your mouse.
You can also use G HUB to customize the G502 Lightspeed’s RGB, and make sure all of your Logitech gear is in sync. It’s not the most RGB-heavy mouse, with only the Logitech logo shining through the black plastic, but sometimes understated is ok, especially for those looking to upgrade in a more professional environment.
A weighty proposition
One of the coolest features of the G502 is the fact you can customize the weight of it. The mouse comes with two 4g and four 2g weights, allowing you to adjust the feel and balance of the mouse to your exact specifications. Simply pull off the magnetically attached undercarriage, place weights to your satisfaction, and snap the pieces back into place. It’s pretty painless, and makes customization remarkably easy. The mouse can feel almost too light without the weights, so having the option to address that is very much appreciated.
One of the G502’s defining features is the infinite metal scroll wheel, and that’s still here as well. With the simple click of a button you can switch from a traditional notched scroll wheel that you’re probably familiar with, to an infinite scroll that not only feels great, but is excellent for browsing text heavy web pages or lengthy documents.
The biggest change, obviously, is the fact that this version of the G502 is wireless, though you can still pick up the older G502 Hero if you don’t mind the cable. The G502 Lightspeed uses Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless tech that Logitech claims is actually faster than some wired gaming mice. At a certain point it’s probably hard for the average user to tell the subtle difference in polling rates, though these small improvements are important and add up, especially in this price range.
The real question though, is how does it feel to use? The answer: excellent.
As far as I could tell, there is no discernible difference between my wired mouse and the G502 Lightspeed, with the exception of a lack of cable drag. In gaming, even a tiny amount of lag can win or lose a match, so the fact it operates so seamlessly is a huge plus. Wireless mice have developed the often deserved reputation of suffering from lag and delay, so it’s great to see these higher-end wireless options rival the performance of wired mice.
Another significant change in the Logitech G502 Lightspeed is the newly upgraded sensor. Called the HERO 16K, this is an improved version of their HERO sensor, and is capable of 400 IPS precision, and sensitivity ranging from 100-16,000 DPI. It's not often the average gamer will need 16,000 DPI, but for those who require extremely sensitive movement, the G502 Lightspeed has you covered.
Movement felt precise throughout my time with the G502 Lightspeed, with a high degree of accuracy that easily lets you forget you’re using a wireless mouse. I didn’t have a problem with the previous version of the HERO sensor, but I’m not going to complain about improvements, especially alongside such expertly implemented wireless functionality.
If you’re looking for wireless charging, the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is also compatible with G Powerplay mouse pads. These charge your mouse while you use it, meaning essentially infinite battery life. It’s a pretty ingenious solution for those of you who don’t want to charge via USB.
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed was probably a pretty safe bet on Logitech's part. As one of the more popular mice out there, simply throwing in a simple wireless system would have probably been enough, but Logitech took it further.
Not only is this an excellent wireless gaming mouse, the improved sensor and robust software package make this one of the most feature rich mice out there right now, wireless or otherwise.