Logitech G502 X Plus Gaming Mouse Review
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The Logitech G502 is a legendary mouse, best known for its fantastic shape but also for being a mess in a few ways.
The “messy” part of it was mostly down to Logitech’s design choice which involved several flaps, paddles, grooves, and gaps in what felt like unnecessary areas all over the mouse.
Considering the fact that the X Plus variant was built and released after the manufacturer received all that feedback, one would expect that certain changes and improvements must have been made to ensure that this new one is only on the news for good reasons.
With that said, I’ll be putting the newer model through its paces in this Logitech G502 X Plus review. Should you buy it? Read on to find out.
There are a few items in the package. Apart from the mouse itself, there is a DPI-Shift button cover, a USB-C charging cable, a LightSpeed USB-A receiver, a USB extension adapter, a sticker, and the usual user documentation.
The key specs of the mouse are as follows:
|Size (mm)||Weight||Sensor||Polling Rate||DPI||Switches||RGB|
|131.4 x 79.2 x 41.1||105g||HERO 25K||1000 Hz||25600||Lightforce Hybrid||Yes|
The G502 X Plus hit the gym and a useful weight loss plan helped it down to 105g compared to 114g on the wireless version of the OG G502.
Apart from that, the choices of Lightforce hybrid switches and the Hero 25k sensor are unique to Logitech, but we’ll talk about performance in practice a bit later. Logitech makes some of the best gaming mice in the industry, so I naturally had high expectations for this one.
The Logitech G502 X Plus may be lighter in weight than the original G502, but it is still very similar to its predecessor in terms of the overall design language. Thankfully, there are fewer gaps and grooves here, but they are still very much present.
If there’s anything that did not need changing from the older version, it is the shape. That was arguably its best attribute, and Logitech has made the sensible decision to stick with the formula here.
This is an incredibly comfortable palm grip mouse – it’s almost like a comfy sofa for your hand. The fewer grooves and gaps are a welcome change as it reduces the instances of trapping dirt and having to clean regularly.
Speaking of trapping dirt, let’s talk about the coating.
The texture of the coating on the G502 X Plus is smooth matte. There are rubber lines running across the sides of the mouse – much like the older version.
These are intended to help you grip the mouse better, but it feels like they do a better job at making the mouse stickier than grippier. To be fair, you’re less likely to lose your grip if your palm is stuck.
Apart from the stickiness, these rubberized areas can also attract and trap dirt within the line engravings marked across them. The older version had triangular engravings which trapped even more dirt, so maybe that counts as progress?
The older G502 model had standard black plastic feet. If you’d used them back then, you would not have complained. However, when compared to the PTFE feet that come with all the G502 X models, the difference is very clear.
These PTFE feet just feel way nice and move much smoother on mousepads and desks than the plastic feet did. The difference is noticeable in-game, and it will be hard to go back to the old ones once you’ve used these.
Buttons and Switches
The buttons are also the same as they were on the G502. There are mouse one and two buttons, the side buttons, the extra DPI cycle, the removable sniper button, the scroll wheel, and an extra button under the scroll wheel.
The sniper button was previously not removable, but it’s a welcome change. However, the DPI cycle next to the mouse one button is bigger than it used to be. I’m not sure I like Logitech’s approach of matching a right move with a wrong one so far.
The only explanation for making that button bigger would be to make it easier to reach, but in my experience, the increase also makes it easier to misclick the button.
Moving on to the scroll wheel, massive changes were needed here and Logitech delivered them.
The older G502 had a heavy scroll wheel that was loose at points and just felt poorly built. The newer scroll wheel is more solid and reliable, although it is still a bit loose and you can use a can of compressed air to roll it forward easily.
The wheel is still loud as well, but not as much as the older version was. Baby steps.
Logitech’s LIGHTFORCE switches were advertised to be the best of both worlds in comparison to optical switches and mechanical ones. They promised that these switches have the reliability of optical switches and the feel of mechanical switches.
In practice, I actually found them to be very nice albeit a bit heavy. They have a consistent click to them and would not be out of place inside a high-performance mouse.
We’ve all become very familiar with Logitech’s hero sensor at this point. It supports up to 25,600 DPI and you also get the luxury of their Lightspeed wireless technology for zero latency.
The Hero sensor is not the highest performer on the market by any chance, but it still belongs in the higher tiers. We’ve seen Logitech use these sensors with many of their mice, including the G305 Lightspeed and the G Pro X Superlight.
Using the mouse to play games generally felt very good. The reduction in weight might not seem like a lot on paper, but it is in practice. One can move the mouse around with more fluidity, and those PTFE feet certainly help too.
There is a ridiculous gap between the battery life that one can get with no RGB and constant motion and what you get otherwise. With RGB on, you’re only promised about 37 hours while you can get up to 120 hours (!) if you turn it off.
Logitech has not specified if the 120-hour figure is affected by the polling rate (ideally, it should be), but it would be seriously impressive battery life if that number applies to 1000 Hz, even with RGB off.
It’s curious how come RGB affects the battery life so much though. There are at least 8 light zones that you can change, and you can sync the lights with various games as well.
However, your hand will be covering these lights most of the time while you’re using the mouse, so there’s no real point in having them on and draining the battery life so much.
With a high-tier sensor, nice switches, and great wireless performance, there’s hardly anything to complain about with the Logitech G502 X Plus mouse. It’s definitely a more polished version of the older G502, but it is pretty similar to other G502 X variants.
At this price point, Logitech is certainly pushing the needle to the limit to see what they can get away with, but with the range of extra features packed into this mouse, they just might be within their rights to price it this way.
Obviously, there’s no real reason for you to give this mouse a second look if you’re already using a G502X variant.
However, for people that are coming from the OG G502, or people that have not had the pleasure of using any mouse from the series at all, a G502X is a worthy purchase.
The real question is, do you need to pay the premium for the G502 X Plus when the only real difference from the equally excellent, more affordable G502 X Lightspeed is RGB? With every fiber of my being, I think not.