Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
This isn’t the only wireless mouse offered by Logitech, but it is among their best. Logitech really pulled out all the stops on the wireless G502 to address all the common complaints about wireless mice.
The G502 was already a bestselling mouse when Logitech’s HERO sensor was introduced and it managed to impress both newcomers and diehard fans alike. The question then arose: how well is the wireless version going to perform? Well, by all accounts it seems to be performing as well or better than its cord-bound counterpart.
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse
Hearing the words “wireless mouse” can raise red flags for some gamers. The first concern of the performance hounds is latency. To address the latency issues caused by existing wireless technologies, Logitech actually created its own. The LIGHTSPEED wireless technology allows this mouse to outperform the majority of its wired counterparts.
The other concern with wireless mice is usually the weight. It is a no-brainer that the addition of a battery must increase the weight of a mouse. However, against all odds, Logitech has managed to actually make the G502 wireless 7 grams lighter than the wired model. This comes courtesy of a complete redesign of the internals without compromising any of the looks and feel.
In short, The Logitech 502 Lightspeed Wireless features wired performance in a wireless package for even the most discerning users.
Who is this mouse for?
The G502 has been used by some of the most successful competitive gamers out there. The Lightspeed wireless gives these same demanding users everything they’ve come to expect from their wired G502 mice.
This mouse is marketed for serious users with high customizability requirements that know exactly what they need. Everything about the G502’s features is about high-end gaming. That said, even the casual gamers who want to treat themselves to a quality gaming mouse can use it as well.
The G502 Lightspeed Wireless is a bit pricey, but the performance it offers more than makes up for it.
In the box, you’ll find the G502 Wireless mouse and the wireless dongle to connect the mouse to your computer. There are also six weights — four 2g weights and two 4g weights — in a convenient carrying case.
The package includes a braided micro-USB charging cable for the mouse which doubles as a wired adapter. It also has a USB adapter for the wireless dongle to minimize the distance from the mouse when in use. Finally, there are some Logitech decals and installation instructions. Software for the mouse is not included in the box.
Overview of features
For starters, this mouse is only available in the right-handed version. It has an aggressive look and feel, and can work for both claw grip and palm grip adherents. There is also a rubberized thumb grip which prevents slipping. The mouse weights 114 grams and you can tune it up to 130g with weights.
Logitech’s crown jewel, the HERO sensor, goes from 100 to a whopping 16,000 DPI. It also supports 400 inches per second smooth tracking. Logitech also claims that their sensor is ten times more energy efficient than the competition, thanks to the smart power management system. This efficiency translates into a 60-hour battery.
The mouse has 11 customizable buttons and a smooth scroll wheel which can be toggled to step-scroll. The body features two LED zones which can display up to 16 million colors. The lights can compromise battery life but the mouse is compatible with Logitech’s Powerplay mouse pad which allows wireless charging for unlimited battery life.
How to get the most out of it
It is a wireless mouse and it should feel like one, but the convenience and benefits of the Powerplay mouse pad can’t be overstated. It simply removes all concerns about battery life and whether the mouse will last through a gaming session.
The LED lighting cuts down the battery life to about 48 hours, which isn’t bad but it’s definitely a lot less than 60. If you want to extend the battery life, consider avoiding the LEDs altogether.
- Classic G502 design
- Adjustable weight
- Superb performance
- RGB Lighting
- Very good battery life
- Weights are included
- 16 million lighting options
- Not the best option for players with exceptionally large hands
- Not available for lefties
If you’re looking for something with the same performance and a little less glitz and glamour, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 might be your best option. It provides great performance with somewhat modest customization options.
The Sensei 310 has split-trigger buttons, maximum speed of 12,000 DPI, and 2 lighting zones. It’s not a wireless mouse but affordable price and solid performance make it a good contender.
The G502 LightSpeed wireless mouse is a high-end peripheral. It’s a dream mouse for hardcore gamers, but casual gamers can use it as well. Anyone who is serious about performance, and looking for that perfect forever-until-better mouse, has to at least take this bad boy for a spin.