Logitech G502 vs G502 Hero

For almost seven years in the market, Logitech’s G502 series is still one of gaming’s strongest competitors for gaming mouse products in the market.

Their newest entry in the market, the Logitech G502 Hero and G502 Lightspeed brings all the necessary updates that their products need to succeed in this new era of PC gaming.

Get to know more about the newest members of the G502 family! In this article, we compared these two products to see which of them suits your gaming preferences the best.

 

Comparison – Logitech G502 vs G502 Hero

Logitech G502

Logitech G502 Hero

DPI


50 DPI to 12,000 DPI

100 DPI to 25,600 DPI

DPI Adjustment Steps

50 DPI

50 DPI

Sensor

PixArt PMW3366
  (Optical - LED)

HERO

(Optical - LED)

Number of Buttons

12

12

Number of Side Buttons

3

3

Programmable Buttons

Scroll Wheel

notched + free wheel

notched + free wheel

Scroll Wheel Steps 

24

24

Scroll Wheel Tilt 

Thumb Wheel

RGB

Connection

USB port
(1,000 Hz)

USB port
(1,000 Hz)

Cable Length

2.0 m / 6.7 ft.

2.0 m / 6.7 ft.

Changeable Cable

Windows

Windows 7 or later

Windows 7 or later

macOS

macOS 10.11 or later

macOS 10.11 or later

Chrome OS

Optional extra weights

5 x 3.6 g

5 x 3.6 g

Weight (Mouse only)

120 g to 138 g

121 g to 139 g

Warranty

2 years

2 years

Hand Size Recommendation

Small Hand

Medium Hand

Large Hand

Extra Large Hand

Compatible Software

Logitech G Hub

Logitech G Hub

Windows

macOS

DPI Adjustment

RGB Settings

Profile Conifguration

On-Board Memory

Logitech G502

Logitech G502 Hero

DPI

50 DPI to 12,000 DPI

DPI

100 DPI to 25,600 DPI

DPI Adjustment Steps

50 DPI

DPI Adjustment Steps

50 DPI

Sensor

PixArt PMW3366
  (Optical - LED)

Sensor

HERO

(Optical - LED)

Number of Buttons

12

Number of Buttons

12

Number of Side Buttons

3

Number of Side Buttons

3

Programmable Buttons

Programmable Buttons

Scroll Wheel

notched + free wheel

Scroll Wheel

notched + free wheel

Scroll Wheel Steps

24

Scroll Wheel Steps

24

Scroll Wheel Tilt 

Scroll Wheel Tilt 

Thumb Wheel

Thumb Wheel

RGB

RGB

Connection

USB port
(1,000 Hz)

Connection

USB port
(1,000 Hz)

Cable Length

2.0 m / 6.7 ft.

Cable Length

2.0 m / 6.7 ft.

Changeable Cable

Changeable Cable

Windows

Windows 7 or later

Windows

Windows 7 or later

macOS

macOS 10.11 or later

macOS

macOS 10.11 or later

Chrome OS

Chrome OS

Optional extra weights

5 x 3.6 g

Optional extra weights

5 x 3.6 g

Weight (Mouse only)

120 g to 138 g

Weight (Mouse only)

121 g to 139 g

Warranty

2 years

Warranty

2 years

Recommended Hand Size

Recommended Hand Size

Small Hand

Small Hand

Medium Hand

Medium Hand

Large Hand

Large Hand

Extra Large Hand

Extra Large Hand

Compatible Software

Logitech G Hub

Compatible Software

Logitech G Hub

Windows

Windows

macOS

macOS

DPI Adjustment

DPI Adjustment

RGB Settings

RGB Settings

Profile Conifguration

Profile Conifguration

On-Board Memory

On-Board Memory

Logitech’s newest releases, the G502 Hero and Lightspeed, are some of the brand’s greatest gaming mouse products releases to date. G502 Hero is the wired and heavier counterpart of G502 Lightspeed and improves upon other wired mouse products under the G502 series.

Meanwhile, Lightspeed improves upon Hero’s many flaws by being lighter and more portable with its wireless functionality while also being virtually the same in greatness as the latter in terms of its design and sensor functions.

What exactly are the key differences between these two products? With our help, we will give you all the significant distinctions between these two models and help you figure out which of these will help enhance your gaming setup.

Here are the specific distinctions to keep in mind between the two devices when choosing which of these two you should buy right now:

 

Connection and Installation

One of the biggest differences between the G502 Hero and Lightspeed is that the former is a wired model while the latter has a wireless function.

With its 6.7 feet-long braided USB cable, G502 Hero has minimum drag as its cable’s length and flexibility allow for faster and freer cursor movement than many wired mouse products in the market.

On the other hand, G502 Lightspeed stands out as the wireless version of Hero with none of the major issues of the latter product. Lightspeed uses a USB receiver connector for installation, which is a useful alternative for Bluetooth connection, especially for PCs with no such function. Whether you use this model in a wired or wireless connection, there would not be much difference in terms of delay for quick and uninterrupted gaming sessions.

In terms of battery life, G502 Lightspeed boasts a rechargeable battery that can last for as long as 48 hours, depending on use. If you play with RGB lights on, however, do not expect your mouse to last that long.

If left unused, Lightspeed has an Automatic on and off Switch to preserve its battery life longer. As soon as your mouse indicates low battery, simply plug your 6.1-inch-long micro-USB cable into your PC for recharging so you can get back on business whenever.

 

DPI

Both Lightspeed and Hero feature strong dots per inches range of 100-25,600 DPI and are easily customizable if you installed the Logitech G Hub software on your PC.

Their only difference is with their DPI variation, where Hero proves to be 3% lower than that of the Lightspeed mouse, which stands at only 0%.

 

Optical Sensor

In terms of sensors, both of these products stand above several of their competitors with their flawless LED Optical Sensor Technology from HERO 25K.

Both products have adjustable sensors that suit the preferences of its user when it comes to tracking, reaction speed, and acceleration. You can choose between four (4) polling rate presets 125, 250, 500, and if you want to go beyond, 1000Hz.

Either of the two is a great purchase option if you are looking for a mouse with amazing sensors for gameplay, both of which are completely customizable to your liking in that regard.

 

Ergonomics

Buying a mouse is not just all about how well it functions or how affordable it is. Another thing of note for you when choosing which of these two products you should buy is how well they would feel for you while using them.

Both Hero and Lightspeed feature some of the best ergonomics for a gaming mouse in today’s market. Both feature customizable RGB lighting that gives your mouse a more personalized feel, and you can easily fit its aesthetic with that of your PC setup. Both of these mouse products glow on their logo areas, and their DPI indicators, which when glowed, pair fairly well with their sleek glossy black and latex exteriors.

In terms of design, both versions are aesthetically pleasing and fairly solid in both look and feel.  Although they look almost identical, Hero’s dimensions are slightly bigger and less portable than the Lightspeed due to its cable and larger inner builds.

Their builds are also huge enough to cater to a wide range of hand and grip sizes. For all three kinds of grips (Hand, Claw, and Fingertip), a small hand size generally would have a harder time using both versions as these products are ergonomically designed for people with larger hands. People who grip PC mice with fingertip grip, specifically, would have a hard time controlling these products if their hands are categorized as small or medium.

You can also customize both their weights by removing one of their installable extra weights. For Hero, the model is packed with additional five 3.6 grams of weight, giving it a max additional weight of 18 grams, while Lightspeed can add as much as 20 grams of weight inside it as it has two 2-gram weights and four 4-gram extras in its package. Even still, Hero would still be slightly heavier if all the extra weights for both products were added.

Both build qualities of these products are of high caliber, sleek and impeccable. And suppose you are one to find the portability of a gaming mouse as a huge factor in your purchase. In that case, you will heavily favor Lightspeed over Hero because of its wireless functionality and lightness. However, if wobbly sounds aren’t your thing when moving your mouse, then you may find a slight problem with both versions of the product while using them.

Special Functions

As said earlier, both products are perfectly customizable by its user through the use of the Logitech G Hub program. Anything that affects the user’s preferences when using their gaming mouse, from DPI to polling rate and RGB lighting for aesthetic effect, can be edited with the help of this free program. This software is compatible with both Mac and Windows OS, so you can personalize your mouse whenever.

Price

Price-wise, G502 looks to be a clear winner between the two competing products. Its classic matte black version costs around $100 less than that of Lightspeed in both their original prices. Even with Hero’s other versions, the KDA and the Special editions, Lightspeed still costs more than these products by about $70 in their original prices.

 

Conclusion – Logitech G502 vs G502 Hero

If you are looking for a gaming mouse that is within your budget, has a sleek design, and has functions that allow you to personalize its use, then the Logitech G502 Hero is, no pun intended, a very logical option. Barring the heavy feel of the said product, Hero provides users with enough customization options and near-perfect sensors at such a fairly low market price.

Its less budget-friendly option, however, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, improves upon the flaws of the former product in ergonomics while also retaining Hero’s appeal like its customizability, immaculate sensors sensitivity, and design. Lightspeed is also portable and lighter due to its wireless functionality and is perfect for gaming on the go! But beware of the price, for Lightspeed certainly ask for more for minimal upgrades on its wired version.

Matt

Senior Editor at TechVert.com. Passionate about tech & gaming. Gamer since 2003.

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