Three years in, the Logitech G502 Hero still stands at the top of the mice food chain; check out our review for the legendary mouse here.
What makes a good gaming mouse for MOBA titles?
Multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs) are an entirely different beast compared to other video game genres. A natural evolution of the real-time strategy genre, MOBAs require intense focus and great micro skills in order to excel in, and it is one of the genres that benefit greatly from using the right hardware peripherals.
Having the right mouse at your fingertips while playing either LoL or Dota 2 can go a long way to improving your overall game. Mice with a lot of buttons for additional macro options will almost always give you an edge over your opponents, as having the ability to press your skills faster – even by just a fraction of a second – can go a very long way. At the same time, having a better spread of DPI as options is also so much better for MOBA players, as they can find the setting that fits their playstyle best.
Logitech’s mice offerings have always been a go-to for tons of different esports genres. The G502 Hero sits proudly on top for MOBA mouse choices, and in this review an excellent device for those looking for the best balance between button diversity, comfort and control.
Logitech G502 Hero Specs
- 11 programmable buttons
- 25,600 Max DPI (200 minimum)
- 1ms report rate
- HERO tracking sensor
- Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering, >40 G max acceleration, >400 IPS max speed
- 121g base mouse weight, with optional 3.6g weight (up to 5 for 18g more)
- 2.10m cable length
- 1000Hz USB report rate, 16 bits/axis
- Up to 5 onboard profiles
- LIGHTSYNC RGB, Logitech G Hub
Gamelevate’s Review of the Logitech G502 Hero
The good: price point and precision
Logitech has always been at the heart of every discerning PC gamer’s set of peripherals, and for the most part, I’m no exception: the G502 Hero was my favorite mouse for the better part of the year, with the Kone Pro Air finally dethroning it just a week ago. I am very particular with their peripherals when it comes to gaming, but at a cost that’s still fairly reasonable; I’ve used Razer mice (in particular, the Deathadder and the Basilisk v1) and the G102 before, which another of Logitech’s finest offerings at a lower price range. I can say with certainty that the G502 Hero is the best of its class at a decent price for what it has to offer, and it’s one of the best compared to mice in the similar cost range from other brands.
Precise to a T
Accuracy is the name of the game that the G502 Hero plays best, thanks to the precision Hero 25K sensor built specifically for it by the manufacturer. It is extremely well-tuned to suit a variety of different tastes and needs, and if you’re one of those PC gamers with weird offsets for their DPI settings, then the G502 Hero should always be at the top of your list.
Starting at 200 for the lowest up to a maximum of 25600, the G502 Hero has something for everyone – whether you’re the twitchy type who can cover his entire mouse pad within the span of a second or whether you’re a conservative player who makes it seem like you’re barely moving your mouse at all. The 1ms report rate is also excellent to keep the delay at the very minimum for that extra precision at the most clutchest of moments.
The G502 Hero can excel at all kinds of gaming genres, but its best applications can be found deep within the trenches of the MOBAs. Whether you’re playing Dota 2 or League or Legends, the G502 Hero is one of the best mice for the job thanks to its eleven programmable buttons.
While some players prefer the minimalism of the standard three to five-button mouse, playing with a decent spread of possible macros and shortcuts at your fingertips, especially for MOBAs, cannot be beat. Logitech’s G HUB software is incredibly thorough for setting different values for the keys as well as macros, which can then be set easily for whatever game you’re playing.
Control and style
There’s a definite attempt in the G502 Hero’s design to shift a ton of control directly to the player. To that end, Logitech included 3.6g weights that go in the bottom of the mouse, which allows players to tune the weight distribution of their mouse as they desire. It’s a very interesting concept that Logitech managed to pull off nicely, mostly thanks to the G502 Hero’s smooth ergonomics.
The G502 Hero’s aesthetics go beyond its sleek design, though, as the LIGHTSYNC RGB technology built-in elevates your mouse to go with the style of your whole rig. It’s fully controllable and customizable within the G HUB software. It can also be synchronized quite easily with other compatible LIGHTSYNC devices like Logitech keyboards.
The meh: wires and weight
While the G502 Hero is a definite choice for most players looking to enhance their MOBA game, some of its features can be seen as a turnoff. For one thing, the mouse is heavy: at 121g without any weights, it’s a chunky boy that will definitely take some time getting used to. If you’re a player that relies on lighter weight to control your mouse movement, the G502 Hero may end up being more of a hindrance than help.
While the G502 Hero’s cable extends up to a decent 2.10m, some PC gamers would rather have no cables on their desk. If this is something you’re going to have an issue with, the G502 Hero’s wireless sibling, the G502 Lightspeed, may be the superior choice, especially if you like everything about the former save for the wired aspect.
The G502 Hero in review: overall
- Plenty of programmable buttons
- Healthy spread of DPI settings for various needs and wants
- Fast and accurate sensor
- Sleek, ergonomic design
- Decent choice of RGB settings
- Tunable weight
- Base mouse weight may turn off some people
- Wired aspect of the mouse could be limiting