Logitech G502 Hero


Expect to pay: $130 AUD

It was only a few months ago that my beloved Razer DeathAdder mouse gave up the ghost. This trusty peripheral had seen me through countless battles and adventures, and now, sadly, it was failing. The right-click simply wasn’t – a state of affairs that any gamer knows needs an instant remedy. Enter Logitech’s G502 Hero.

Logitech’s top of the line corded mouse (that’s right, no wireless lag, no batteries to worry about) is a sleek, small, streamlined design, sitting somewhere between a sports-car and the Christopher Nolan’s Batmobile in looks. In fact, when it comes to looks, and handling, it’s nearly identical previous G502 mice. And this isn’t a bad thing, as the G502 was and is an exceptional design. The prime difference seems to be the HERO sensor, capable of a staggering 16,000 DPI resolution (not that I’ve ever found that to be something of practical use).

While it does come with the obligatory programmable buttons (11 in total), and does have a special button which changes whether the scroll free-wheels or moves in steps, despite it’s sleek and outlandish looks, by gaming mouse standards it is fairly conservative. Forget flashy lights (though there is a G logo with RGB lights), strange perforated grips, or swap-able panels and buttons – in fact, the only concession to physical adjustment is the ability to add or remove small weights vary how heavy the mouse it. No, what this gives you is a mouse that is exceptionally well designed for people with medium to small-sized hands. If fact, when I’m using it, I’m not even aware of my mouse, which is just how it should be. I shouldn’t be aware of the texture of the grip, or the shape it’s putting my hand into. I shouldn’t notice the placement of the buttons. If I’m aware of my mouse in the heat of gameplay, that means that, in at some level, it’s actually getting in my way. A good mouse does it’s job well, a great mouse acts as an almost invisible conduit to give your instructions to the computer, and should be as natural and unconscious as breathing. And in this, the G502 Hero fits the bill perfectly. ■

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