Photos and Features
Like I said before, the styling of the G502 is very unique for a mouse with a lot of angular shapes which at the time of the original G502 wasn’t seen much on most PC hardware. In the last few years, that same design has been showing up on a lot of motherboards and video cards along with the influx of RGB as well. The G502 Lightspeed Wireless hasn’t really departed much from the original G502 design, at least on the exterior of the mouse. But once we get looking closer there are a few changes from the last time we had a G502 up for review. They did introduce an updated wired model last year but I haven’t taken a look at so my observations are going from the original to now. There are a few new colors/finishes in place. The new design is all black where the old one had dark grey for the palm area and silver in the DPI indicator area as well as a touch of blue down on the thumb wing. The Logitech Logo is a little different as well with a boxy design, but still in the same spot.
Both sides still have a rubber finish with tiny up and down arrows embossed into the rubber for extra grip. Speaking of grip, one of the aspects that I like about the G502’s shape is that both sides of the mouse do have a small overhanging shape that helps with holding on to the mouse, especially if you lift as I do. The right side has it mostly at the front where your ring finger would be and the left up under the thumb buttons. Speaking of the side buttons, those haven’t changed as well. The thumb side has two long buttons above where you would put your thumb and then a third farther up at the front. The G5 and G4 buttons are traditional programmable buttons and the forward button has a target on it. This defaults as the DPI Shift button that can be used to slow down your DPI for aiming. It, of course, can still be programmed to do whatever you want. Above the thumb buttons, there are three small dashes, those are LED indicators which would normally show your DPI setting but for this mouse, Logitech is using them to show battery level when paired with the default setting of the G9 button.
The G502 is a right-handed design through and through with the shape of the mouse being higher on the left and leaning down on the right. Not to mention the wing that comes out of the left side of the mouse that keeps the side of your thumb from sliding on the mouse pad as well. This carries around to the front of the mouse as well where the right trigger sits down significantly lower than the left trigger does. Also on the front, we can finally get a look at the charging port. Like Logitech's other Wireless mice, the G502 Lightspeed does use a Micro-USB port for charging but if you look closely you can see how it is set back into the mouse about 1/3 of an inch. This is where the shape of the included charging cable comes in, it has a keyed shape that makes this the only cable that can be used. The older winged design that Logitech used was nicer because while it was keyed you could still use a normal cord most of the time which most people have multiple Micro-USB cords around.
Looking down from the top you can see that the G502 Lightspeed does have a slight coke bottle shape in the middle. The majority of the mouse has a flat finish but Logitech did use gloss in between all of those components to split them up, this includes in between the triggers where the G502 has a few things going on. The scroll wheel has changed from the original design which used an all-metal wheel. This design has rubber on the outside for additional traction and the wheel itself has had weight removed from the middle. It does still have a free spinning mode button right behind it. Pushing that will get rid of the bumps/clicks when you scroll and let you spin the when all the way down to the bottom of a long page. There are three programmable buttons up on top with the G9 in the middle and G8 and G7 to the left of the left trigger. This does make the left trigger a little smaller than the right but this is still a relatively large mouse so even at that size it was still larger than my fingers width. Now under the triggers, I was especially curious what switches were used. I’ve personally had big issues with multiple Logitech mice in the past year with Omron 50 million click switches failing. Funny enough Logitech doesn’t mention the switch branding in any of their reviewer documentation this time around, but from what I’m told they have gone with Omron 20 million click switches this time around. Hopefully, that addresses those issues.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much going on under the G502 Lightspeed. The model name is in that Logitech blue right next to the power switch and there are five Teflon gliders including that large front glider that the G502 has always had. But most of the bottom of the mouse comes off. The pulling on the wing will pull most of the bottom off to expose where you can place the included balancing weights. Then at the back, it has the same round panel that the G903/G703/GPro Wireless all have. Both panels are held in with magnets. The round panel hides some of the FCC and certification info and it has a nice hiding spot for the G502’s wireless dongle as well. This round plug also has two metal contact points where you can swap the included dummy cover for the one included with a PowerPlay Wireless Charging Mousepad. I took a look at the PowerPlay last year in THIS review and I have been using it from then on. Having PowerPlay support for the G502 is huge because you can keep the mouse charged without ever having to plug it in or in my case without ever having it die because I forgot to plug it in.
Now we can’t talk about the bottom of the G502 Wireless without also bringing up the sensor. The original G502 gained a lot of its popularity at the time because it brought the PWM 3366 sensor with it which was/is a great sensor and back in 2014 most mice had horrible sensors in comparison. Logitech changed the G502’s sensor last year when they introduced the G502 Hero which uses their Hero 16K sensor. The G502 Lightspeed didn’t change this, it uses that same Hero 16K sensor which as the name indicates goes up to 16,000 DPI. No one cares about going that high, but knowing that it tracks at over 400 ips with 40gs of acceleration are the important numbers here. The Hero 16K was also a big step for Logitech because it uses significantly less power and was when they moved directly on to the PCB as well which saves weight. Both are significant for a wireless mouse.