Video Games Tutorials and News - Why Is Everyone Buying This Gaming Mouse. Logitech G502 Hero
You know what you want. I mean, the fight is so one-sided that it's gotten to the point where this is not just the top seller on Amazon, but Logitech even made themselves their own little custom award to commemorate that they make the top selling gaming mouse on the freaking planet. I know our sponsor is grateful to Pablo Host for sponsoring this article.
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At this point, starting with the razer boom slang all the way back in 1999, razer all the way, it was available with either 1000 or 2000 dpi, or dots per inch, sensitivity, with the 1k version costing 70 dollars and the 2k model costing a crisp Benjamin, but in spite of the outrageous price, it was so successful.
It launched Razer into the publicly traded behemoth that it is today, though that's not really that surprising. I mean, gamers have always been hungry for any way to get an edge over their opponents, and seeing Razer's success, more companies were obviously going to follow suit. Logitech's first attempt also came in 1999.
But in retrospect, its weird shape and lack of a scroll wheel are probably why Logitech acts like it never existed. Logitech's g series, though released in 2005, was their first serious power move. No balls The g series also marked Logitech's first salvo in what would be a never-ending marketing war to create the highest sensitivity gaming mouse.
Over the next nine years. Logitech and their competitors used a combination of optical and laser sensors, with Logitech even building one mouse with an accelerometer in it to go from a practical 2000 dpi all the way to 12 000 dpi in the g502. Proteus Core, the distant ancestor of the world's most popular mouse today.
The 2014 model wasn't identical, but it featured many of the key elements that we still love about the current iteration, including a braided cable, 11 remappable buttons, extra weights, and a free spinning scroll wheel, but the engineers weren't done.
A hero is born
Our cursors must move faster, so four years later , using the all-new hero sensor, the g502, Hero was born. It was basically the same as before, except it could reach a staggering 16 000 dpi. Or that is to say, at least it used to reach 16000 dpi and, thanks to a recent firmware update, it can actually be pushed even further to 25.600 dpi.
That is a lot of dots per inch. We now love Logitech mice around here. You'll find more than a few MX Masters kicking around at our workstations and most of us. I think, are using their gaming mice at home, so it wasn't a huge surprise when we saw their name in the number one spot, but with at least 10 different designs featuring that same hero sensor, why is this ancient body the king?
Let's start with a look through some of the 26, 000 ratings for this mouse on Amazon. Eighty-two percent of users give it five stars, for an average of four points out of seven, with most reviewers pointing to the comfort of the design, the ease of access to all the programmable buttons, the sensor, and, surprisingly, the customizable weights.
For years now, this has been a feature for years, starting with the g5 in 2005. And in an age where going lighter and lighter is typically preferred, we were surprised to see so many current reviewers mentioning the weights. I mean, personally. I'm on to the G Pro Super Light at this point, so I can hardly imagine loading up the already chunky G502 to its 139 gram capacity, but then again.
I also don't really lift that much. Setting up and using ghub is pretty solid, especially with a wired mouse like this one where you basically just plug it in and it works, and it is comfortable with petite gamers like me able to switch between a palm or a claw grip and more generously endowed gamers probably preferring a straight claw grip.
That being said, many of the complaints about the mouse from the 4 star or lower reviews are valid. It is a little on the small side. Some of the buttons can be a touch too easy to press while looking at your g's 4 and 5. While the thumb support wing feels good to some, it feels absolutely awful to others.
The scroll wheel can also end up feeling too stiff when it's locked and too free when it's unlocked, which is really hard to properly convey without letting you actually try scrolling with it yourself, but trust me, they've got a point. Something that surprised us was the handful of complaints about it being too much.
I mean, but I guess that's kind of fair enough. For lulls by the way, we did crank it up all the way to the limit to try it out and immediately backed off to somewhere in the 1200 to 3000 range. It should be noted, though, that just because we're not using that extra sensitivity on the slider doesn't mean it's necessarily going to waste because it can contribute to additional accuracy.
But whether those improvements are meaningful at this point is another conversation. The weight was another factor, with most unsatisfied buyers complaining about how heavy it is. Though we did find one outlier who thought the mouse was too light. Okay then, suit yourself, and while you're at it, suit yourself up with our new indoor hoodie from lttstore, Com. The most crucial issue that stuck out for most was.
The double click
Not all of the one and two-star reviews, though, were switch failures, primarily double clicking and clicking and dragging. Conveniently enough, we just so happened to have a torn down g502 that our creator warehouse engineers were analyzing to find out what's so good and bad about it.
As it turns out, Logitech is using switches in this thing that aren't really meant for modern mouse designs. The Omron d2fc-f-7n switches used to work fine in older models that ran at a higher voltage and current than the Japanese Omron d2f-01fs. For the mice of today, thanks to their more robust build quality, you can replace the stock switches entirely.
There are a few tutorial articles on YouTube to help you, but the reality is that the average user isn't going to bother. They're going to log a complaint, ask for a refund, and probably buy a different mouse. So, with that damage to their brand on the line, why is Logitech trying to save a buck on one of their most popular products?
Well, that brings us to the price. A decent new gaming mouse used to set you back between about 80 and 120 dollars. If you wanted something wireless or with niche features, like the g502 hero, it's 50 bucks on Logitech's website, just 40 on Amazon, and we even found the se variant, which appears to be just a different color, for 35.