If the G502 X generally takes the global format from its elders, there are immediately some differences. The main buttons no longer protrude from the front, the anti-slip coating on the edges is now ribbed and quite pleasant to the touch, and the three small LEDs that indicate the sensitivity level of the sensor have disappeared from the left side of the helmet. .
This is not a big deal, because now it is the LED trench located at the level of the palm of the hand that will signal any change in sensitivity through a color code. In fact, it is no longer the G logo that is backlit, but this band whose color chart evolves fluidly. The result is quite successful in our opinion and the eight zones are, of course, customizable in G Software to assign them a fixed color, numerous effects or turn everything off. The autonomy is announced at 140 hours when the RGB is deactivated, but drops drastically (37 hours) when it is on. Obviously, autonomy will depend largely on daily use.
The manufacturer has also lightened the G502 series by ten grams, which now exceeds 106 g in the X Plus version. A relatively high weight compared to the ultralight models on the market that weigh less than 60 g, but in line with what we find in the competition in this type of versatile mouse. Otherwise, the grip remains just as good, with a beveled design that hugs the user’s palm well.
Slightly special optical switches
The main buttons have seen their architecture completely redesigned: the switches now benefit from a hybrid technology called Lightforce that is supposed to offer the advantages of optical models with the feel of mechanical models. This crazy marketing seems to hide a reality that is ultimately quite easy to explain: indeed, there are very fast and precise optical switches, but a metal element has been added to mimic the sensations and click noise of conventional switches. An addition that thus seems anecdotal, Logitech’s optical switches or competing mice are effective and offer physical feedback anyway.
always so many buttons
Otherwise, we found the many secondary buttons beloved by the G502, with two additional clicks on the index finger, two clicks above the thumb, a click on the wheel and two buttons above the wheel: one to deactivate it, the other to modify the profiles pre-saved in Logitech G. In any case, they are all very well anchored in their location, responsive, and here we find the build quality of the brand’s mice. To this we must add the two horizontal scroll buttons on the wheel, which brings the total to ten configurable buttons with the “sniper” button that we will return to a little further down. Obviously, again, all shortcuts can be managed on the Logitech G.
The steering wheel is of excellent quality, with perfectly marked notches, probably even the most accurate we have been able to test so far, all marks combined. On the other hand, he is a bit noisy in this exercise, but he is also disengageable and therefore can hover for a long time… a long time.
A “sniper” button, to reduce sensitivity on the fly, is placed at the end of the thumb. Logitech paid special attention to it. In fact, it is magnetic and can be rotated 180° to fit different sizes of hands (or fingers). It can also be removed and replaced by a cover provided for those who do not need it. Difficult to improve in terms of modularity; We salute the efforts of the brand.
There are large PTFE pads under the mouse for optimal gliding, the on/off button, as well as a location for the Lightspeed receiver. This has been slightly improved with reduced latency. You can now pair it with two peripherals (a G502 X and a branded keyboard, for example), a feature already present on many competitors and therefore a welcome one. Please note that Bluetooth is not available. If it may be practical not to have to connect the receiver, in any case its use in the game should be avoided due to communication latency.
Charging is via a USB-C cable, but the little circular cover is magnetic and compatible with Powerplay, the manufacturer’s mat that offers wireless charging so you never have to plug in your mouse.
Gaming and office versatility.
Many configurable buttons.
Tilting and disengageable wheel.
Very precise sensor.
Well integrated backlight.
Modular “sniper” button.
No left-handed version.
A bit heavy for FPS.
How does the rating work?
It’s hard to find fault with the G502 X Plus as Logitech has taken care of this new generation, except for the substantial weight that might annoy some gamers. Its many buttons allow you to tackle almost all genres of video games and even office automation, thanks to a very effective wheel. The “hybrid” optical switches are perfectly responsive, as is the Hero 25K sensor. And we appreciate the new, more modern design of the mouse and its nuanced backlighting. For those who do not want to spend more on this accessory item, it is always possible to opt for the G502 X Lightspeed or the G502 X with cable, which is even cheaper.
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