Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Mouse Review

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Updated Feb 22, 2021 at 11:46 am
Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Picture
8.5
Office/Multimedia
7.8
Video Games (FPS)
8.5
Video Games (MMO)
6.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.8
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is a wireless gaming mouse that feels very well-built and comfortable. Its sensor has an extra-wide CPI range, and the set CPI is outstandingly consistent, whether you're moving the mouse slowly or quickly. It also has a low click latency and a high maximum polling rate, resulting in very smooth and responsive cursor movements. The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is likely better suited for a palm grip due to its shape and thumb rest. However, since its body is very large, smaller hands may have a hard time using it with any grip type. Also, while you can optimize its mass using the included weights, it's still fairly heavy with none attached. On the plus side, it's very versatile as you can use it wired or wirelessly, and it's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Our Verdict

8.5 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless is an excellent mouse for the office. It has a lot of programmable inputs, feels very well-built, and most importantly, is comfortable to use for long periods. It's great for a palm grip thanks to its rounded shape and thumb rest, though people with smaller hands may have a hard time reaching all the buttons. You can unlock its wheel for infinite scrolling, which is very useful when going through long documents.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Lots of programmable inputs.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Large design may be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
  • Doesn't support Bluetooth.
7.8 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is a very good mouse for FPS gaming. It has a very low click latency, an extra-wide CPI range, and a remarkably consistent sensor. However, it's on the heavier side and might not be light enough for many FPS gamers. On the upside, it has a lot of programmable buttons, and you can set a G-shift button to give you an additional layer of programmable inputs.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Extremely consistent CPI whether you're moving the mouse slowly or quickly.
  • Lots of programmable inputs.
Cons
  • Large design may be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
  • Fairly heavy.
8.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is an amazing MMO mouse. While it doesn't have a dedicated MMO design with as many side buttons, it still has more programmable inputs than most typical FPS gaming mice. It also feels very well-built, solid, and should be comfortable enough for long raids and dungeons.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Extremely consistent CPI whether you're moving the mouse slowly or quickly.
Cons
  • Large design may be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
  • Not as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
6.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED isn't designed for this purpose and is too heavy to be considered an ultra-light gaming mouse. You can even make it even heavier by adding the included weights.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Lots of programmable inputs.
Cons
  • Large design may be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
  • Fairly heavy.
7.8 Travel

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is a very good option for traveling. It's wireless, so you don't have to worry about the clutter of a cable, and you can easily store its receiver inside the mouse, which is convenient. However, it's a fairly big mouse that may not fit into some laptop bags. On the plus side, it feels very well-built and comfortable to use.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Large design may be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
  • Fairly heavy.
  • Doesn't support Bluetooth.
  • 8.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.8 Travel
  1. Updated Feb 22, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Firmware update increased max CPI.
  3. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Logitech G502 Wireless is pretty much identical to its wired equivalent, the Logitech G502 Hero. It has a big body and an overall aggressive gaming look. The logo and CPI indicators are RGB-lit and the overall look of the mouse is very premium.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Height 1.6" (41 mm)
Width 2.9" (74 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
7.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.23 Cu. Inch (397 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The G502 LIGHTSPEED is fairly portable thanks to its wireless design. You don't have a bothersome cable around, and you can easily store its receiver inside the mouse, which is very useful.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
173 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
132 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
113 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

The Logitech G502 Wireless is a heavy mouse. It comes with four 2g weights and two 4g weights, which let you optimize it to suit your preference.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED's build quality is excellent. It has a very solid body with no sign of flex, and the buttons have a very clicky and satisfying feel. There are grips on both sides of the mouse, and the thumb rest is very comfortable. However, just like the wired version, there's a small wobble sound coming from the mouse when you shake it.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED has a comfortable ergonomic shape. It has a slight slant and a nice thumb rest that allows you to palm grip this mouse very easily. However, the mouse is rather large, so people with smaller hands might have trouble reaching all the buttons.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is designed for a palm grip, but people with smaller hands might have some trouble reaching the sniper button.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Just like the palm grip, people with small hands might have trouble using the sniper button as it's too far to the front of the mouse's body.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse isn't designed for a fingertip grip, but people with larger hands can still make it work. However, the sniper button and CPI-up buttons might be hard to click without losing good control over the mouse.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED connects with its dedicated receiver. You can use the cable to charge your mouse, or you can plug it in the receiver adapter and use it as an extension to bring the receiver closer to your mouse for better performance.

8.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable of this mouse is great. It's very similar to the G903's cable: it's flexible, and it doesn't keep too many kinks. However, it does tend to curl up a bit.

7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

The PTFE feet are decent. They provide a good gliding experience on both a desk or a mousepad, but they have sharp edges and are on the thinner side. No extra feet are included, but there are third-party ones available.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • 4x 2g weights
  • 2x 4g weights
  • USB to Micro-USB charging cable
  • USB receiver
  • Receiver adapter
  • Sticker
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
HERO 25K
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
25600 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-0 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The sensor has a remarkably wide CPI range adjustable by steps of 50. Itโ€™s outstandingly consistent, with practically no variation, whether youโ€™re moving the mouse slowly or quickly. The minimum lift-off distance is very low, so the sensor shouldn't track your movements when you reposition your mouse. The high polling rate should result in smooth cursor movements.

8.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
12
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
21
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

All of the buttons on the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED can be reprogrammed, except for the mechanical scroll wheel lock. There are three buttons on the left side, including a sniper one, and two additional ones on the main left click for CPI adjustments. You can set a G-Shift button that enables another layer of commands when pressed down, giving you a total of 21 programmable inputs.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel + Free Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
Yes
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel of the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED has pronounced steps and feels precise. It can be unlocked for free scrolling, which is great for long documents and websites. It also features tilt inputs that you can program in the companion software.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The mouse clicks are quiet and shouldn't bother those around you, even in a noise-sensitive environment.

8.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
12 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10 ms

This mouse has great click latency, whether it's used wired or wirelessly. You shouldn't notice any delay when playing games.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Logitech G Hub
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Logitech G HUB software is fantastic and allows for a lot of customization, whether you want to set your preferred lighting or performance settings. You can also save multiple profiles on the mouse and use them on a different computer without having to download the software again, which is very useful.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All buttons work on Windows and macOS, and since the software is available on both operating systems, you can customize it on both.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is the wireless equivalent of the Logitech G502 HERO. Other than that, the G502 LIGHTSPEED doesn't have any variants and it only comes in black.

Compared To Other Mice

The Logitech G502 Wireless has a remarkably wide CPI range and its sensor is outstandingly consistent, with practically no CPI variation whether you’re moving it slowly or quickly. Compared to other FPS gaming mice, it has a lot of programmable inputs, but it’s also quite heavier than others. That said, it’s a very versatile mouse thanks to its connectivity options and the fact that it’s fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless mice, the best gaming mice, and the best wireless gaming mice.

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED are very similar. The G502's design is a bit more ergo-shaped, thanks to the thumb rest, but its large body may not be well-suited for smaller hands. Performance-wise, it has a slightly better sensor with a wider CPI range and practically no CPI variation. It also has three side buttons, including a sniper, and two additional buttons on top of the left click, whereas the G903 only has two side buttons. That said, the G903 has an ambidextrous design that should fit most hand-sizes using any grip style, except for smaller hands with a fingertip grip.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is the wired equivalent of the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED. The LIGHTSPEED can be used wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver but doesn’t support Bluetooth, while the HERO is a wired-only mouse. They both have the same design and the same sensor, so they perform almost identically. 

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED. It's a little bit lighter, has a better click latency, and its CPI buttons aren't right on the main click, which some may prefer. However, the Logitech can unlock its scroll wheel for infinite scrolling and its software is available on macOS, while the Razer software isn't.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED, though the two have very different designs. The G Pro Wireless has a smaller, ambidextrous design with two side buttons on each side of the mouse. It's also noticeably lighter than the G502, and is suitable for a wider variety of grips, especially if you have smaller hands. The G502's design is a bit more ergo-shaped and it's well-suited for a palm grip, except if you have smaller hands. 

Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor perform very similarly, but they have a completely different design. The G502 is a large and heavy mouse, with an ergo-shaped body and a thumb rest. It also has significantly more programmable inputs and a more aggressive gaming look. On the other hand, the G703 is smaller and much lighter, with a sleek design and half the number of buttons.

Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED are both good versatile mice with the same sensor and a similar ergonomic design with a thumb rest. The G604 is a wireless-only mouse that supports Bluetooth. It has more buttons and programmable inputs. On the other hand, the G502 weighs less, and can be used wired or wirelessly, though it doesn't support Bluetooth.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 is outstanding for the office, while the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is very good for gaming, though it performs well for other uses as well. The two mice are very comfortable and have ergonomic designs with thumb rests. They're both better suited for larger hands. That said, the G502 looks a lot more aggressive, with sharper edges, more buttons, and RGB lighting. You can use it wired or wirelessly, and it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and a better click latency. On the other hand, the MX Master features two scroll wheels, supports gesture commands, and can connect via Bluetooth.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better FPS gaming mouse than the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED, but both are very good versatile mice. The Razer is smaller and much lighter, with an ambidextrous design that's well-suited for a fingertip grip, except if you have smaller hands. It has two side buttons on each side of its body, while the Logitech has an unlockable wheel and an additional sniper button on the side. The Logitech is very big and heavy, with an ergonomic design and a thumb rest. It should be better suited for people with larger hands. 

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is a slightly better mouse than the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed. While these two mice have a very similar shape, the Logitech has a better sensor overall and a bit more programmable buttons. It also has an unlockable wheel and its software is fully compatible with macOS. On the other hand, the Razer is a wireless-only mouse that uses an AA battery and can't be recharged. It also supports a Bluetooth connection, which the Logitech doesn't.

SteelSeries Rival 650

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED performs a bit better than the SteelSeries Rival 650, and they both have very different designs. The Logitech is a wider mouse with an ergonomic shape and a thumb rest. It's a bit lighter, has more buttons, and has a better sensor overall. On the other hand, the SteelSeries is heavier and may feel a bit more comfortable for people who don't like having a thumb rest.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT perform similarly as they use the same sensor, but they are designed completely differently. The G502 has more of an ergonomic shape with a thumb rest on the left side. It’s slightly bigger and wider, and not well-suited for smaller hands using any grip type. Overall, its design is more aggressive and gamer-centric, with RGB lighting and a lot more programmable buttons. The SUPERLIGHT has a rather sleek and simple look, with only five buttons and no RGB lighting. It’s designed for ultra-light gaming, so it’s significantly lighter and a bit smaller than the G502.

Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO are two good FPS gaming mice. Both options have a gamer-centric look and aren't for people with very small hands. The Logitech is a bit smaller and lighter and has more buttons, including an extra one on the side. On the other hand, the Corsair has both a thumb and a pinky rest, which some people may find more comfortable. It also has a lower click latency, and its polling rate goes up to 2000Hz, which is quite a bit higher than the Logitech.

Logitech G903 HERO

The Logitech G903 HERO is slightly better for gaming than the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED, but both are great versatile mice with the same sensor. The G903 has an ambidextrous design and a narrower shape that's well-suited for more hand-sizes. It's also a little bit lighter, has slightly lower click latency, and its feet provide a better gliding experience. On the other hand, the G502 feels better-built and is more comfortable overall, thanks to its ergonomic shape and thumb rest.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro are two very versatile wireless mice. Both options are about the same size, but the G502 is quite a bit heavier and has a thumb rest. Its sensor is a bit better, with a wider CPI range, practically no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. It also features three buttons on the side, including a sniper one, and two additional buttons on top of the left click, whereas the V2 only has two standard side buttons. That said, the Razer is much lighter and has a much lower click latency. It also has more connectivity options, as it supports Bluetooth and the G502 doesn’t.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED are quite different, though both are good wireless gaming mice. The G305 is quite a bit smaller and a little lighter. It has an ambidextrous shape that's well-suited for a fingertip grip, though people with small and medium hands can also use it with a palm or a claw grip. On the other hand, the G502 has a much more aggressive design with sharp angles and more side buttons. It feels more comfortable overall, with a right-handed slant and a thumb rest. However, people with small hands may have a hard time using it with any grip type. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range and a lot more programmable inputs. It's also possible to use it wired, while the G305 is wireless-only.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED are two very different mice. The Razer is an excellent wired-only FPS gaming mouse that’s rather small and lightweight. It’s a great fit for most hand sizes and grip types, though people with smaller hands may have a hard time using a claw or a fingertip grip. The Logitech is also a very good choice for FPS gaming and contrarily to the Razer, it can be used wired or wirelessly. It’s considerably heavier and has a fairly aggressive gamer look, with more side buttons and sharper edges. It’s not recommended for people with smaller hands.

Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro and the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED are two very different mice meant for different uses. The Logitech is designed for FPS gaming, with three side buttons, including a sniper button, and two additional buttons alongside the left click. It also has a wider CPI range, practically no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Razer has three swappable side panels depending on the type of game you're playing, with one including 12 side buttons for MMO gaming.

Anker Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Anker Gaming Mouse are good FPS gaming mice, but the Logitech is a bit more versatile overall. The Logitech is a wireless mouse that's much bigger and wider, with an ergonomic design and a thumb rest. It has a lot more programmable inputs, a lower click latency, and a better sensor. On the other hand, the Anker is a wired-only mouse that's much smaller and lighter.

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