Logitech G502 X Plus: One Minute Review
The Logitech G502 X Plus heralds a new era for the legendary and still popular Logitech G502 line. The release of this new item, launched alongside the new Logitech G502 X wired and the new Logitech G502 X Lightspeed Wireless, has been a long time coming. But now that it’s out, it’s proven to be worth the wait, thanks to improvements in optical switches, wireless performance and design.
Massive changes, especially to cult classics like the Logitech G502 and the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless, never really appeal to fans, and we expect some resistance to Logitech G’s decision to remove the weight adjustment feature and opt for a lighter design. After all, that’s one of the things that makes the G502 one of the best gaming mice Outside.
However, there are plenty of welcome improvements here as well, including Logitech G’s brand new hybrid optical-mechanical switch and a wireless Lightspeed protocol that’s faster than the previous generation and most of the best wireless gaming mice. And we’re confident these will make the Logitech G502 X Plus as much loved by gamers as the older models.
Logitech G502 X Plus: Price and Availability
- How much is it? $159 (£149, AU$279)
- Where is it available? Available for pre-order, shipping September 20
- Where can you get it? Available in US, UK and Australia
The Logitech G502 X Plus asks gamers to spend $159 (£149, AU$279) of their hard-earned cash for that privilege of wireless gaming with RGB lighting, making it a pricey proposition. That’s mainly because its predecessor, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless, is slightly cheaper and comes with removable weights.
However, that price tag is also expected on this type of premium wireless gaming mouse. It costs as much as the newly released and equally impressive Razer Basilisk V3 Pro, which is quite similar in features and design. You get a lot in return in terms of performance, customization and features, giving you more bang for your buck, including wireless charging options.
Unfortunately, the privilege of wireless charging comes at an extra cost, as that would require you to invest in Logitech G’s Powerplay system, and that will cost you an extra $119 (£109, AU$199). While we would have preferred a wireless charger, we don’t mind paying extra for it as long as it didn’t cost us more than $100/£100. As it stands, however, it knocks an extra half point off Logitech G502 X Plus in value.
Logitech G502 X Plus: Design
- Lighter than its predecessor
- Great thumb rest support
- RGB redesign is attractive
With the Logitech G502 X Plus, Logitech G is undoubtedly following the trend of light and fast gaming mice. While this isn’t the lightest wireless gaming mouse we tested in 2022, that honor goes to the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro – it is slightly lighter than its predecessor and its aforementioned direct competitor, the Basilisk V3 Pro.
That 106g weight combined with its low-friction PTFE feet, which glide effortlessly on most surfaces – but especially the best gaming mousepads – and provides users with an enjoyable gaming experience with less strain on their gaming arm and shoulder. Unfortunately for fans of the line’s adjustable weight feature, Logitech G has gotten rid of it, limiting the Logitech G502 X Plus to its basis weight.
Still, in terms of ergonomics, 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 provide a better yet premium grip, 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 a light touch and are incredibly satisfying to press.
Claw grip gamers would have appreciated seeing the side buttons a bit flush with the side panel and sliding forward slightly for easier, more seamless access. But palm grippers shouldn’t find the placement of the side buttons too much of a problem.
Another thing worth mentioning here is the third side button that sits right in front of the thumb rest. It’s a button with a tail, designed so that people with shorter thumbs can still click it without sticking their thumb out.
What’s cool about it, though, is that it’s magnetic and can be flipped depending on whether you want easy access to it or not. It’s a DPI Shift button by default and works fine, but if you want it out of the way but still usable, you can simply flip it over so the tail is pointing forward. If you don’t feel like it, you can even replace it with a non-clickable cover.
There’s gorgeous eight-zone RGB lighting that cuts right through the palm rest – an obvious and welcome upgrade from the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless’s dual-zone lighting. It’s customizable via the G Hub software and comes with an active playback detection feature that dims the lights under the right side of your palm when in use to conserve battery life. However, if you prefer a non-RGB version, 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 yet very satisfying
- 25K sensor ensures effortless movement
- Battery life gets a big boost
As far as performance goes, we have zero complaints. The low-friction PTFE feet of the Logitech G502 X Plus glide beautifully, even on the same leatherette cushion that the Basilisk V3 Pro struggled with during testing. While not the lightest, the weight is good too. It has a little more weight and is a little heavy in the back, but it didn’t get in the way of our gaming. If you’re used to lighting mice, you may need to take a moment to adjust.
All 13 controls are macro-programmable and reassignable, which should please macro fans. But the best thing about these buttons is that they are incredibly responsive and satisfying at the same time. Those hybrid optical-mechanical switches deliver the instant response to pressures that optical switches are known for, as well as that satisfying tactile feedback that only mechanical switches can deliver.
Thanks to the HERO 25K sensor, the one big thing it inherited from its predecessor is turning smoothly and accurately, whether you’re playing a slower game like Sable or a fast-paced battle title like Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
Sure, that sensor is a little too fast for most people, but that just means it’s just as great for pros as it is for non-pro gamers who will appreciate those effortless moves. And if you prefer to play with higher DPIs, you’ll be happy to know that the 106g weight adds a bit of weight to help you control the mouse better.
While the sensor didn’t get an update (not that it needed one), Logitech G has undoubtedly boosted its Lightspeed wireless connectivity. Not only does the Logitech G502 X Plus use a wireless protocol that is 68% faster than the previous generation, but it can also share one Lightspeed receiver with another compatible Lightspeed peripheral like our favorite, the Logitech G915 TKLsaving you a USB port.
The battery life is also better. While the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless reaches 60 hours without RGB lighting (up to 48 hours with RGB on), the Logitech G502 X Plus knocks it out of the park with up to 120 hours without lighting. However, since it has more RGB zones than its predecessor, it only gives you up to 37 hours with its RGB beams.
Should I buy the Logitech G502 X Plus?
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Logitech G502 X Plus: Report Card
|Where the||The Logitech G502 X Plus is worth its price, even if it is expensive. However, the fact that you have to pay $100+/£100+ more for wireless charging is a letdown.||3.5 / 5|
|Design||An attractive design, good ergonomics and buttons that are satisfying to click make the Logitech G502 X Plus one of the best mice for gaming.||4.9 / 5|
|Performance||The Logitech G502 X Plus is built for speed with that legendary 25K sensor, a new hybrid switch, and a new wireless connectivity protocol.||5 / 5|
|Total||With not many misses, the Logitech G502 X Plus is one of the best gaming mouse hits we’ve tested in recent years.||4.5 / 5|
- Rated first August 2022
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