Opinions on the Logitech G502 Mouse?

Cyber Akuma

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So, I used to have a MadCatz R.A.T. 5 long ago. I loved the comfort of the mouse and it's features..... but it's sensor was meh and it's reliability was utter garbage. I had to repair it several times, until I couldn't even fix it anymore when it broke again.

Currently I am on a Corsair M45. It has decent build quality, and it's sensor is fairly good, but the one feature I miss from it that my RAT5 had is a snipe button (the side buttons are also a bit farther to reach than my RAT5 were).

I had tried looking up other mice now and then, mainly going by the list at https://sensor.fyi/mice/ for which mice have a good sensor, but wasn't able to really find anything good that also had a snipe button and didn't cost a lot.

But then a group was talking to me about how they loved how their Logitech G502 has a switch to set the wheel into frictionless mode and has side-scrolling, and while I wasn't too interested in these features when I looked it up out of curiosity I noticed that it both seems to have a popular good sensor (at least the non-hero version, no idea what the proprietary sensor on the hero version is like) and has a snipe button.

Seems like everything I was looking for in a mouse, but I also wanted to ask people's opinions on that one. Especially since I haven't had much good history with Logitech input devices. Is this a good mouse? Is it reliable? Also, and advice on how the sensor on the normal G502 compares to the one on the Hero version?
 
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I'll preface my comments by saying all mice lack imagination, true ergonomics and innovation we can use. What improvements we do see are mainly hype and of little real value. You will never use the max tracking value in normal gaming so stacking your claim on the highest dpi or most sensitive is superfluous. My favorite mouse of all time was the FUNC MS-32 That said, I have a 502 because like the MS-32 It has the right amount of programmable buttons in the right place for my favorite gaming genre, FPS.

The 502 felt a bit cheap to me at first but compared to others I've used (too many to count) maybe that was about how light it was and since that's a thing now maybe you'll like it. I have a large hand and was spoiled by the MS-3
2 width and support for the ring and pinky fingers. The G502 felt very narrow to me and I suppose great for those with long fingers, and narrow large hands, so the length I found quite nice. I also like the button arrangement and the 11 programmable button availability (snipe button). Tracking lag and accuracy was excellent although I maxed out at 6500 DPI in most games and rarely used 9500 dpi. or above that. I probably used 800 more than 9500 for sniping. Software is better than some but has room for improvement. There is no doubt it's a high quality mouse and reasonably priced for what you get and my grandson who O handed it down to loves it.

I had the same issue with the MadCatz so, I feel your pain but I liked its customize ability not much more.

I really like the Corsair M65 pro RGB excellent in everyway (snipe button) except width and that pinky thing. Its an eco system thing too for me I use a K70, ST100 and MM800 which limits the running apps in the system tray.

Okay so back to the whole all mice are lacking thing.
We have 5 digits on our hand why can't we have a button for each digit? and stop dragging fingers around unsupported by anything but air. We aren't drinking tea out of a tea cup where its fashionable to point those digits up. I know I know but, people said crazy things about the mouse when it was invented it hand only one button now it's indispensable and 11 buttons are niche but desirable by many. We just need to put those button in reach of our other digits and give my thump and index finger a break. lol rant over....
 
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Denpepe

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I think the 502 is one of the worst mice I have ever used, I can't stand the ergonomics of that thing, I kept accidentally pressing that damn snipe button, strangely enough a lot of people realy like it, to each their own.
 

Westwood

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I think the 502 is one of the worst mice I have ever used, I can't stand the ergonomics of that thing, I kept accidentally pressing that damn snipe button, strangely enough a lot of people realy like it, to each their own.
That second left click button? Yea, I disabled that. What a stupid design.

I don't mind mine. I'm adjusted to it. My previous mouse had a scroll wheel thing that would roll forward and back. This one is a click button. That was probably the biggest adjustment I had. I feel like the middle mouse button is a bit clunky. I use that for keybinds in World of Warcraft.

Not a bad mouse. I'd buy it again.
 

TheSlySyl

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I love mine. Fits my hand nearly perfectly, i love the extra buttons on the left click and the "aim" button is what I have toggled for reload in most games (back in general windows usage) and its really comfortable to hit.

Also the damn thing only cost me $25 and for that price it was an absolute steal, especially because the two mice I used before it cost $60 and $80 and neither of them lasted as long as this one has.

I also really like how sensitive the sensor is. I know that every mouse these days has a ridiculous sensor, but I keep mine around 10,000dpi normally and this mouse handles that very well. (I'm a fringe case.)
 

Cyber Akuma

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$25? Geez, that's a rather insane price. Currently $50-60 on Amazon.

Still not 100% clear on the difference between normal and Hero though, especially how the sensor fares.
 

TheSlySyl

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Mine's a G502 Hero, it's just the sensor.
Mine's actually the Hero SE, which means it has these weird white accents that apparently didn't sell well - which is probably why it was selling for <$30 around black friday 2019*. (I got mine from Bestbuy - found the deal on r/buildapcsales.)
 

Ihaveworms

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I have a 502 hero that I no longer use for my gaming PC. The switches in the left and right mouse button started to fail on me in about 5 months of use. Waaaay sooner than my previous g500. Looking at reviews it seems this is a common problem. I got a replacement from logitech, but am using a razer basilisk v2 now. I like the feel of the switches better in the 502. It feels like there is less creep and they actuate with a nice click. The razer switches feel a little softer and squishier. It isn't terrible, so I live with it. I wanted a more reliable mouse so I went with the basilisk. I have been using logitech mice exclusively since the mx 510. But the switch issue pushed me into the razer camp for now.
 

maro

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I can comment on the original 502 with the 3366 sensor. Shape took some getting used to but I grew to like the little thumb 'shelf' at bottom. The snipe button was a bit of a strech to hit, and I would occasionally click back button while moving around. Right and Left buttons were very sensitive and tactile which I liked but found myself accidentally right clicking a lot. Weight adjustable but a little on the heavy side if that bothers you. The wheel was really nice on it. Metallic feel to it and enough mass to spin for a long time in the selectable freewheel mode. Forward and backward scroll and side to side tilt. The only thing could've made it better is a little rubber strip for better grip but it was excellent as-is. As much as I like the 3366 sensor and the wheel it just didn't 'fit' me well and I moved on from it...

As far as the 502 Hero I think the only diff is the sensor... maybe build materials and/or quality.

Have you looked at the Corsair M65? IIRC it uses a 3360 sensor. Aluminum base, seems to be very solid. It's fairly big and heavy. Has a almost-too-easy to reach snipe button. The wheel is not bad but not as good as the 502 (no tilt or freewheel). This one was comfortable and I liked it but IIRC stopped using it cause the RGB got annoying and I didnt want to install their iCue software.

Currently using the 'new' MX518 Hero. The Hero sensor in it is snappy and responsive. I'm not noticing any annoying correction or smoothing with it so I like it so far. May not meet your criteria since it has a mundane wheel and no shift button but is a great comfortable mouse.

I don't FPS much and not competitvely... the skills are perishable so I doubt I'd notice the diff between these 3 sensors at this point. There was a time I could (or at least though so). Also probably not qualified to comment on longevity since I don't put in the hours (and button clicks) I used to, but I hope this helps.


IMO get one from somewhere with a good return policy and give it a try. 3366 version may be harder to find and thus more expensive. 502 Hero goes on sale frequently. If you get dreaded 'double click' issue Logitech was very good about honoring warranties.

speaking of on sale frequently - the 502 Hero RGB is $39.99 at Best Buy or $49.99 from Logitech right now!
 
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