The Logitech G502 X Plus, which debuted more than three years ago, is the model that replaces the Logitech G502 Lightspeed (May 2019). The G502 X Plus features a mild redesign and is less angular and aggressive than earlier G502 mice. It mostly maintains the shape of its predecessor, which had a long, ergonomically contoured body with a U-shaped thumb rest.
Also, it features Logitech’s newest Hero 25K sensor, “Lightforce” hybrid optical-mechanical controls, and an incredibly captivating eight-zone RGB light strip that, in all honesty, might be worth the price tag by itself (just kidding… sort of).
Design and Comfort of the G502 X Plus
Its body is matte black with glossy highlights, and its sides are lined with gripping, rubberized material. Above the palm rest, an eye-catching RGB light strip flows. Although I don’t frequently notice RGB lighting in mice, the G502 X Plus’s illumination is stunning. The mouse comes pre-programmed with the fluttery pink-and-blue preset “Pulsar Point,” and you can customize animations and patterns as well as modify brightness and colors using Logitech’s G Hub software.
5.17 inches (131.4mm) long, 3.12 inches (79.2mm) broad, and 1.62 inches (41.1mm) height are the dimensions of the G502 X Plus. That is only somewhat bigger than the G502 Lightspeed (5.20 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches/132 x 75 x 40mm). Although the G502 X Plus weighs 3.74 ounces (106g), it isn’t very light weight. This places the G502 X Plus squarely in the middle (well, on the heavier side of the middle), and Logitech has chosen to do away with the adjustable weight mechanism (seen in earlier G502 mice) in this most recent iteration.
The 4-way scroll wheel is one of 13 configurable controls on the G502 X Plus (up, down, left, right, and click).
Two thumb buttons and a “sniper” button are located on the mouse’s side. When pressed, the “sniper” button momentarily lowers your DPI to 800. (The concept is that players can use this button to aim their headshots precisely; hence, “sniper”). The sniper button extends back toward the thumb rest, making it simple to press accidentally. However, because it is magnetically attached to the mouse, you can flip it over so that it extends away from your thumb rather than toward it. This makes it still simple to press, but more difficult to do so unintentionally.
Additionally, Logitech offers a cover that you can use to conceal it if you’d prefer to do away with it entirely (visually, anyway). It’s also programmable if you don’t need it to be a sniper button. A 2.4GHz wireless USB-A dongle, a 6.2-foot (1.9m) USB-C to USB-A cable, and a USB extender are also included in the box.
The left-click, right-click, and four-way scroll wheels are located on the top of the mouse. Together with the left-click button, there are two more buttons. These by default increase and decrease DPI (but are programmable). Behind the scroll wheel, there are two buttons: The button that is farthest away from the scroll wheel switches between profiles and can be programmed, whereas the button that is closest to the scroll wheel is essentially a switch and cannot be programmed.
You can switch between the notched/tactile and free scroll modes of the scroll wheel using this switch. I did not enjoy this scroll wheel, despite the fact that I adore it as a feature and especially as a hardware feature (as opposed to Razer’s software-dependent dual-mode scroll wheel on the Basilisk V3 Pro). My finger doesn’t need to work out in the tactile mode, which is also shockingly loud.
Nevertheless, the free-scroll option is a touch too smooth, and towards the end of my scrolling, it continued twitching in reverse. Perhaps I was the one twitching, but I recently used a few of mice and didn’t see the same problem with the dual-mode scroll wheel on the Basilisk V3 Pro or the customisable scroll wheel on the Razer Naga V2 Pro.
On the bottom of the mouse, you’ll find a power button and a removable magnetic puck, below which is a storage compartment for the mouse’s 2.4GHz wireless dongle. The Powerplay wireless charging mouse pads from Logitech, which feature a wireless charging puck that takes the place of a magnetic puck, are compatible with the G502 X Plus.
Performance of the G502 X Plus
The Hero 25K sensor from Logitech, which has a maximum DPI of 25,600, a maximum speed of 400IPS, and a maximum acceleration of up to 40g, is included in the G502 X Plus. It has the brand-new “Lightforce” optical-mechanical switches from Logitech, which are hybrid switches created to combine the tactility and feel of mechanical switches with the speed and durability of optical switches. Although I haven’t used this mouse long enough to comment on switch durability, the switches do feel excellent. They make nice, solid clicks, and I haven’t yet experienced any double-click problems akin to those with Omron switches.
Because to its low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection, its smooth PTFE feet, as well as its quick, tactile switches, the G502 X Plus delivered reliable performance in a range of games. It’s not a lightweight mouse, as I previously stated (though it is a little lighter than the similarly-sized Basilisk V3 Pro). Also, the G502 X Plus is just a really huge mouse. The mouse’s size alone suggests that it was designed for palm grippers who value comfort and ergonomics rather than claw- and fingertip-grippers who want to zip all over the mouse pad.
Despite its size and weight, the G502 X Plus is a superb gaming mouse for a multitude of games because of its responsiveness and dependability. It has enough configurable features to be a respectable MMO/MOBA mouse thanks to its four-way scroll wheel, five auxiliary side buttons, and second layer of programmability provided by Logitech G-Shift. For gamers who enjoy a range of games (or who feel intimidated by mouse with 20+ buttons), it’s a fantastic option.
The G502 X Plus is a good enhancement to Logitech’s G502 range. It features a stylish redesign, an improved sensor, and new optical-mechanical switches that should be more robust. Yet it’s still mainly the G502 mouse that you already know and love. Of course, the G502 X Plus won’t win you over if you didn’t previously adore the G502 range. I have medium-sized hands and relatively lengthy fingers, so the G502 X Plus is a little too large for my comfort despite being prettier than its predecessor. It still has the same fundamental form factor as its predecessor (without the changeable weight system).
The G502 X Plus is a highly adaptable gaming mouse that will work well for both gaming and non-gaming tasks. The G502 X Plus is firmly in the middle if your gaming tends toward one of the extremes; it is neither lightweight nor does it have a complete side panel of buttons. While MMO/MOBA gamers will likely miss the multi-button side panels of the Razer Naga V2 Pro, esports players seeking for mice that feel like air will be better off with something like the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro — but both sides will still find the G502 X Plus to be a pretty good option.