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Logitech G502 Hero Review

Logitech G502 Hero Review

In this Logitech G502 Hero Review, I’ll go into why I freaking love the G502 Hero from Logitech. It’s been my go to mouse for over 5 years now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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Logitech G502 Hero Specifications:

Height: 5.2 in (132 mm)
Width: 2.95 in (75mm)
Depth: 1.57 in (40 mm)
Weight:4.30 oz (121 g), mouse only
Optional extra weights: up to 18g (5×3.6g)
Cable length: ~7 ft (2.10 m)


Sensor: HERO™
Resolution: 100 – 16,000 dpi
Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
Max. acceleration: > 40 G2Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
Max. speed: > 400 IPS3Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad

USB data format: 16 bits/axis
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM

Logitech G502 Hero vs Proteus Core

The G502 Hero is the new model of the G502 Proteus Core(Spectrum). 

The new Hero version now uses a HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) Sensor which also increases the DPI from 12,000 in the Proteus version to 16,000 in the Hero version.

The G502 Hero also has a cable that frays less easily.

Besides these 2 differences, they are pretty much the same mouse.

Logitech G502 Features

  • 11 programmable buttons
  • HERO sensor
  • Sniper Button (DPI shift)
  • Logitech G Hub Software
  • Excellent 1ms polling rate
  • 5x 3.6 gram weights

Slider images are of my 5 year old G502 that is still going strong. Very little wear and tear for 5 years old.

Logitech G502 Hero Review

Here you can see my 5 year old G502 Proteus core. It looks identical to a G502 Hero. The Hero part is the successor to the Proteus Core G502. The Hero ups the DPI, which I’ll get into later, to 16,000 and also has a cable that frays less easily. My Proteus core version cable hasn’t frayed in almost 5 years, but apparently some people were having that issue.

Alright, let’s jump into what makes the G502 Hero one of the things I freaking love.



It's Dependable

It’s dependable. As I mentioned before, I’ve had a 502 since 2016 and it still looks and works perfectly. Finding an electronic product with that much staying power is tough these days. You’ll be happy to know Logitech rates the button durability at 20 million clicks. That’s a lot of noscopes or word doc saves. I dunno what you people do with your mice. Anyway, on to latency.


Low Latency

Low latency is a must have with any mouse. In order to have low latency or the time from when you move your mouse to when it moves on your screen. You need a high polling rate. A polling rate is how often the mouse checks for movement. With a polling rate of 1000HZ or 1ms, that’s a thousand times a second. When you move your mouse physically it instantly reflects that movement on your PC. The IR optical sensor also suffers less from acceleration that can affect laser sensors more, causing errors in your movement.


11 Programmable Buttons

It has 11 programmable buttons. Alright, I get it. Almost every gaming mouse on the market has multiple programmable buttons, but do they have a sniper button? The G502 has a dedicated sniper mode button known as DPI shift, that can be used to adjust the DPI of the mouse.

DPI and DPI Shift

Let’s take a moment to explain what that is. Firstly your DPI is Dots Per Inch and it relates to how many pixels the mouse will move on your screen for every inch you move the mouse in real life.

While the G502 boasts up to 12,000 DPI with the Hero version upping that to 16,000, more is not always better. The optimal DPI for gaming is around 800-1600 DPI, give or take. In a practical sense there is really no need to have a DPI over 2,000. In fact a higher DPI can cause more noise that can lead to errors in movement.

Alright, back to the sniper mode. Underneath the default mouse front and back buttons on the G502 is a sniper mode button that when pressed it lowers the DPI of your mouse. This is great for when you are looking down the scope of a sniper rifle(hence the name) in an FPS or anytime in a game when you need more subtle movement. 

With your DPI lowered while holding the button, your mouse moves less on screen for every inch moved in real life, giving you more precision. The DPI returns to your current setting when the sniper button is released. 

There are also 2 buttons on top of the mouse back button where you can adjust the DPI up and down based on settings you create in the Logitech G Hub software. The DPI adjust buttons are great for games like Elite Dangerous where you want a higher DPI in supercruise and a lower DPI in fights. Especially if you’re playing with Flight Assist Off.

The adjustable DPI is also great for graphic design work, where you may need to make very small adjustments.



Let’s move on to weight. The G502 weighs just 4.3 ounces and has 5 weights that weigh 3.6 grams each to adjust the weight and feel of the mouse. I personally don’t use any weights, because the G502 is pretty hefty compared to other gaming mice already.


In conclusion, the Logitech G502 Hero is still the king of gaming mice for a reason. They are adjustable to fit your specific needs and last forever. Short and simple. Tell me if you’re running the 502 in the comments below or try to convince me to get a different mouse.

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