Since its release in 2014, the G502 has conquered a large audience while evolving step by step, in particular via a Lightspeed version (wireless) and ever more precise sensors. Today, Logitech is completely renewing the range with not one, but three models: the G502 X, the G502 X Lightspeed and the G502 X Plus.
A revisited design
As a result, we discover a new, more modern design lined with backlit trenches and obviously a lot of technical improvements. In reality, the LED strips only light up on the G502 X Plus, the other two not benefiting from this aesthetic addition. This is the only difference between the G502 X Lightspeed and the G502 X Plus. There are eight customizable backlit zones in the G Hub software as well as a motion sensor to turn off the lighting when the hand is not on the mouse, in order to save battery – a feature already present on the brand’s MX Mechanical or MX Keys keyboards. Autonomy is announced at 140 hours without lighting, and around 37 hours when activated.
Innovative hybrid switches
The G502 X still benefit from the Hero 25K sensor, which has proven itself in terms of responsiveness and precision. On the other hand, Lightforce switches are now hybrid: they offer the same responsiveness as optical switches, while retaining the sensations of mechanical clicks. An interesting new technology on paper, which we will not fail to test. Logitech does not announce a guaranteed lifespan for these switches, but this should probably be a little below that of the optical versions.
Well-thought-out ergonomics and some technical improvements
Another novelty, the “sniper” button, which allows you to modify the sensitivity on the fly, is modular: it is 180° reversible to better accommodate all morphologies and hand sizes and to reach under the player’s thumb. You can also remove it and put a cover in its place if necessary. The wheel is disengageable, with a choice of a notched mode and a free mode.
The Lightspeed connection protocol has been updated to be faster and offer greatly reduced latency. In fact, this element will be difficult to measure and observe as the latency is low on most gaming mice. On the other hand, we can now connect two peripherals to the Lightspeed receiver (a G502 X and a keyboard of the brand for example), a feature that was expected so as not to occupy two USB ports on our PC.
The G502 X Lightspeed and X Plus are compatible with Powerplay wireless charging technology, wireless charging embedded in the brand’s mouse pads which means you never have to plug in the mouse. Logitech has also abandoned the proprietary cable – the different models now connect using a USB-C cable.
Finally, these G502s are lighter than the old generation, but are clearly not models of lightness: it takes 89 g for the G502 X, 102 g for the X Lightspeed and 106 g for the X Plus, a level of weight directly comparable with the excellent Razer Basilisk V3.
All models will be available in white and black at indicative prices of €89, €149 and €169 respectively. You will be able to discover the tests soon on our site.