Logitech G502 X Plus: One-minute review
The Logitech G502 X Plus ushers in a new era for the legendary and still popular Logitech G502 line. The release of this new entry, released alongside the new Wired Logitech G502 X and the new Logitech G502 X Lightspeed Wireless, has been a long time coming. But now that it’s out, it’s been worth the wait, thanks to improvements to its optical switches, wireless performance, and design.
Massive changes, especially to cult classics like the Logitech G502 and Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless, never sit well with fans, and we expect some resistance against Logitech G’s decision to pull the weight customization feature, opting for a lighter design. . After all, this is one of the things that made the G502 among the best gaming mice out there.
However, there are also many welcome improvements here, including Logitech G’s all-new hybrid optical-mechanical switch and a Lightspeed wireless protocol that’s faster than the previous generation and most best wireless gaming mice. And we’re confident they’ll delight the Logitech G502 X Plus to gamers as much as the legacy models did.
Logitech G502 X Plus: pricing and availability
- How much does it cost? $159 (£149, AU$279)
- Where is it available? Available for pre-order, shipping September 20
- Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia
The Logitech G502 X Plus is asking gamers to shell out $159 (£149, AU$279) of their hard-earned money for this RGB-lit wireless gaming perk, which makes it an expensive proposition. This is mainly because its predecessor, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless, is a little cheaper and comes with removable weights.
However, that price is also to be expected on this type of premium wireless gaming mouse. Costs as much as the newly released and just as impressive Razer Basilisk V3 Pro, which is quite similar in features and design. You’re getting a lot out of it in terms of performance, customizations and features, giving you more bang for your buck – including wireless charging capability.
Unfortunately, the perk of being able to charge wirelessly is extra, as you’d have to invest in Logitech G’s Powerplay system to do that, and that will cost an additional $119 (£109, AU$199). While we would have preferred a wireless charger to be included, we didn’t mind paying extra for it as long as it didn’t cost us more than $100 / £100. As it stands, however, it takes an extra half a point from the Logitech G502 X Plus in value.
Logitech G502 X Plus: Design
- Lighter than its predecessor
- Great thumb rest support
- RGB redesign is eye-catching
With the Logitech G502 X Plus, the Logitech G is undoubtedly following the trend of light and fast gaming mice. While this isn’t the lightest wireless gaming mouse we’ve tested in 2022 – that honor goes to the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro – is slightly lighter than its predecessor, as well as its aforementioned direct competitor, the Basilisk V3 Pro.
That 106g weight coupled with its low-friction PTFE feet, which provide an effortless glide on most surfaces – but especially the best gaming mouse pads – and allows users to enjoy a pleasant gaming experience with less strain on the gaming arm and shoulder. Unfortunately for fans of the line’s customizable weight feature, however, Logitech G got rid of it, limiting the Logitech G502 X Plus to its base weight.
Still, as far as ergonomics go, the Logitech G502 X Plus offers good support for palm grip gamers. It’s not as supportive as the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro or the Roccat Kone XP Air. However, it is comfortable to use on its own, even for smaller hands. The side panels are finely textured and rubberized to give you a better grip, but with premium feel, the dip on the left button is a welcome touch and the thumb rest is very supportive. All 13 programmable controls, thanks to the brand’s new hybrid optical-mechanical switches, require only light pressure and are incredibly satisfying to press.
Players with claws would have liked to see the side buttons a little stained with the side panel and slightly shifted forward for easier, seamless access. But, palm grips shouldn’t consider the placement of the side buttons as an issue.
Another thing worth mentioning here is the third side button sitting right in front of the thumb rest. It’s a button with a tail, designed that way so those with a shorter thumb can still click it without extending their thumb.
What’s cool about it is that it’s magnetic and can be flipped depending on whether or not you want easy access to it. It’s a DPI Shift button by default and it works great, but if you want it out of the way but still usable, you can easily flip it over so the tail is pointing straight ahead. If you have no use for it, you can even replace it with a non-clickable cover.
There’s beautiful eight-zone RGB lighting running through the palm rest – an obvious and welcome upgrade from the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless’ two-zone lighting. It is customizable through the G Hub software and comes with an active playback detection feature that dims the lights under the right side of the palm when in use to save battery power. If you prefer a non-RGB version, however, the slightly cheaper Logitech G502 X Lightspeed Wireless comes with all the features of the G502 X Plus minus the fancy lights.
Logitech G502 X Plus: Performance
- Buttons are incredibly responsive but very satisfying
- 25K sensor allows for effortless movement
- Battery life gets a considerable boost
In terms of performance, we have no complaints. The Logitech G502 X Plus’ low-friction PTFE feet glide beautifully, even on the same synthetic leather pad the Basilisk V3 Pro struggled with during its testing. Although not the lightest, its weight is also good. It has a little more weight and is a little heavy on the back, but it didn’t get in the way of our games. If you’re used to lighting up mice, you might need some time to adjust.
All 13 controls are macroprogrammable and remappable, which should please macro fans. But, the best part about these buttons is that they are incredibly responsive and satisfying at the same time. These hybrid optical-mechanical switches provide the immediate response to pressures that optical switches are known for, as well as that satisfying tactile feedback that only mechanical switches can provide.
Thanks to its HERO 25K sensor, the one big thing it inherited from its predecessor, turning is smooth and accurate whether you’re playing a slower game like Sable or a fast-paced combat title like Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
Of course, this sensor is a little too fast for most people, but that means it’s just as good for the pros as it is for the non-pro gamers who will appreciate those effortless moves. And, if you prefer to play games at higher DPIs, you’ll be happy to know that its 106g weight adds a little heft to help you better control the mouse.
While the sensor didn’t receive an update (not that it needed one), Logitech G has undoubtedly given Lightspeed wireless connectivity a boost. The Logitech G502 X Plus not only uses a wireless protocol that is 68% faster in response rate than the previous generation, it is also capable of sharing a Lightspeed receiver with another compatible Lightspeed peripheral like our favorite, the Logitech G915 TKLsaving a USB port.
Battery life is also better. While the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless tops it off with up to 60 hours without RGB lighting (up to 48 hours with RGB on), the Logitech G502 X Plus tops it with up to 120 hours without lighting. As it has more RGB zones than its predecessor, however, it only offers up to 37 hours with RGB exploding.
Should I buy the Logitech G502 X Plus?
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Logitech G502 X Plus: Report Card
|Value||The Logitech G502 X Plus is worth the price, even if it is expensive. However, the fact that you have to pay $100+/£100+ more for wireless charging is a detour.||3.5 / 5|
|Project||An attractive design, good ergonomics and satisfying buttons to click make the Logitech G502 X Plus one of the best gaming mice.||4.9 / 5|
|acting||The Logitech G502 X Plus is built for speed with the legendary 25K sensor, as well as a new hybrid switch and new wireless connectivity protocol.||5/5|
|Total||Without too many flaws, the Logitech G502 X Plus ranks among the best gaming mouse hits we’ve tested in recent years.||4.5 / 5|
- reviewed for the first time august 2022
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