The Logitech G502 X Plus is a premium gaming mouse that delivers a premium hands on experience. Comfort and performance are both top shelf and capped off by one of the best RGB implementations we’ve seen in a mouse.
the good bits
Responsive wireless performance
Refined, comfortable shape
Plenty of customisation potential
Excellent RGB lighting
the not so good bits
Yuck scroll wheel
No Bluetooth option
Logitech G502 X Plus LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
Logitech have been consistently producing some of the best mice on the market for years and it’s no surprise they’re often a go-to for gamers and creators alike. The all-new Logitech G502 X Plus is the latest offering in the G502 product line that carries nearly a decade of iterations.
The range-topping X Plus packs as much of Logitech’s tech in as it can, with more all caps buzz words than you can point a mouse at. It all comes at a cost though, the G502 X Plus is the most expensive option the brand offers – so is the Logitech G502 X Plus worth it?
It’s worth flagging from the start that I’m about as far from a pro gamer as you’re likely to find. I’m a streamer and creator who plays a lot of PC games, but I’m not reliant on incredible response times or unbelievable precision. The most highly spec’d mouse in the world isn’t going to improve my Fortnite abilities, sadly.
So the way I approach judging how good one mouse is compared to another is measured in different ways. If you’re looking for a deeply technical breakdown of the benefits of the 25K HERO sensor, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a hands-on, everyday use review of the Logitech G502 X Plus, read on.
The G502 series holds a pretty iconic and recognisable silhouette and it’s clear how much refinement has gone into the shell over the years. It all pays off in the design of the G502 X Plus which takes its place at the front of the lineup as the premium option in the range.
The build quality of the Logitech G502 X Plus is unsurprisingly top shelf for a mouse at this price point. There’s no creakiness or hollowness anywhere, it all feels rock solid. At 106g it’s not the lightest mouse on the market but for my non-pro use I actually found the weight reassuring rather than a nuisance.
Overall I have to say, good job Logitech because the G502 X Plus is one of the more comfortable mice I’ve used. The contours feel natural and there was always support where I wanted it, even during extended sessions. The thumb rest is large enough to be useful but compact enough to not make the mouse’s footprint too overbearing. It’s all a nice balance.
It’s definitely tailored for palm grippers and you’ll want to use this kind of grip to get the most out of the G502 X Plus. Each of the 13 customisable buttons feel accessible and logical when holding the mouse and those who rely more on a fingertip grip might find it a stretch.
While let’s be honest it’s absolutely unnecessary on a mouse, the RGB implementation on the Logitech G502 X Plus is superb. The coloured light that spills out from the gap between the plates is vibrant and the eight zones manage to produce wonderfully smooth transitions and effects. I’m not a major RGB guy but I’ve taken the strong hit on battery life to keep the LEDs on, that’s how much they’ve impressed me.
I’ve used a Logitech G402 as a daily driver for the last few years so the G502 X Plus felt familiar to me from the start. It’s certainly a case of evolution over revolution from those lower models in the range but I’m pleased to say everything bar one area was a nice improvement.
Setup was easy and the G502 X Plus immediately synced to the included LIGHTSPEED USB adapter and popped up in Logitech’s G Hub software. This was all well and good but I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed to not have the choice of connection via Bluetooth too. I appreciate it doesn’t bring the same high performance as Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED solution but it’d be nice to reclaim that USB port for day to day use.
The LIGHTFORCE hybrid optical-mechanical switches deliver responsive performance with a satisfying tactile click. The customisable G switches are very easy to activate with just a light touch, which will suit some but I found a couple of times I accidentally triggered them with a little slip of the finger. The customisation potential of these buttons is great however and G Hub offers a load of flexible options to help you create the ultimate setup.
The customisation isn’t just on the software side either, there’s physical customisation on offer with the G502 X Plus too. Lurking at the end of the thumb rest is a reversible, removable sniper button. While primarily designed to drop your DPI to improve fine aim, it can also be bound to a host of other handy actions you need at a moment’s notice. The keycap can be flipped to bring it closer or further away, or Logitech also include a blanking cap too which is a thoughtful touch.
If you keep the RGB off, Logitech say the wireless G502 X Plus will last 130 hours on a single charge. But honestly, why would you opt for the G502 X Plus if you’re going to give up the light show? That’s what the G502 X Lightspeed is for. With the LEDs on you’ll see nearly 40 hours of playtime. In my testing I found this pretty true to Logitech’s claims and you can play while charging via the USB-C cable anyway so do yourself a favour and keep the lights on.
There’s just one area of the Logitech G502 X Plus that I found disappointing and that’s the scroll wheel. It feels oddly cheap in an otherwise premium unit and just isn’t pleasant to use. It’s surprisingly loud in the ratcheted mode and each step feels a little too far apart. Meanwhile there’s not enough resistance in the freewheel mode to not go flying past your target. It all works obviously, it’s just a notable weakpoint in an otherwise excellent experience.
The Logitech G502 line has always been held in high regard and the G502 X Plus is another hall of fame entry. Yes it’s expensive, but for heavy users it’s a solid investment that ticks all the boxes across comfort and performance.
The RGB implementation is quite possibly the best we’ve seen on a mouse and while it does slash battery life when running wirelessly, there’s still more than enough juice to last days in a row. If you’re looking for a high performance gaming mouse the G502 X Plus is a great choice.