In this review, we take a look at Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse, an innovative high-performance gaming mouse with support for wireless charging. For PC gamers, a high-performance gaming mouse is equally as important as having a fast graphics card or CPU. Technically, any old mouse will allow you to play a game. But a proper gaming mouse will have better performance and give you an edge while playing with friends online.
What makes a good gaming mouse is heavily debated amongst PC gamers, however, with one of the more argued points surrounding wireless gaming mice. Some see wireless gaming mice as superior because they don’t have a cable to drag around, whereas other people feel wireless mice are inferior due to their ability to suddenly die from a low battery and the increased latency caused by wireless communication with PC. The Logitech G502 Lightspeed, with its wireless charging system, offers a possible solution to these problems, but at a price that you may find unsavory.
Overview of Features
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed uses a Hero 16K optical sensor that is capable of reading over 400 IPS. It also has a DPI rating of 16,000, and Logitech noted that it has up to 10 times the efficiency of its last-gen products.
The right-hand oriented mouse weighs in at 4 ounces (114g), but this can be increased to 4.6 ounces (130g) if like me you prefer a mouse with a bit more heft to it. The mouse also has two RGB LED light zones that can be adjusted to a number of different light patterns to suit your taste. Logitech also equipped this mouse with a total of 11 buttons, all of which are fully programmable including the primary mouse buttons.
The G502 Lightspeed takes advantage of Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology to achieve a connection with exceptionally low lag. It can also be used as a wired gaming mouse if you simply connect it using the USB charging cable.
To take full advantage of this mouse you will need to also purchase Logitech’s PowerPlay mouse pad, which retails for $ 99.99. This rather expensive mouse pad is what makes the G502 Lightspeed really stand out against the competition, as it doubles as both a wireless charging platform and a wireless receiver. This means that the mouse will never die when used in conjunction with the PowerPlay mouse pad, as it will always be charging as long as you don’t lift it up off the counter too far. It will also have significantly improved wireless performance as the distance between the transmitter and receiver is reduced to the point where they are essentially touching, which means that the signals have less distance to travel and there isn’t anything between them to potentially block the transmission.
PCMag reports that in testing, the mouse was exceptionally comfortable to use, and the reviewer didn’t encounter any noteworthy bugs while using the mouse. He also listed that you couldn’t see the RGB LED lights directly while the mouse was in use as a con, but I don’t personally agree with this, as the same can be said about almost all RGB LED mice.
If we add in a quick look at some other competing products, such as Corsair’s Dark Core RGB SE, it’s noteworthy that the Logitech G502 falls a little behind. Not only is this mouse half the price of Logitech G502, but it also supports wireless charging on a less expensive $ 79.99 mouse pad and a similarly high-end 16,000 DPI optical sensor. Things get worse for Logitech in this comparison when you consider that the Dark Core RGB SE also supports both Bluetooth and 2.4G Wi-Fi wireless connections. There may not be anything actually wrong with the Logitech G502, but its price is considerably higher than we would like to see, and this seems unjustified in a head-on specs comparison.