Logitech G502 gaming mouse offers adjustable weight

My 14 year old came to me last week with a dead mouse in his hands. No, not a rodent. So I gave him my gaming mouse, which left me looking for a new one. I've found it, and it's from Logitech - it's called the G502 Proteus Core.

I've long been a fan of Logitech's mice because their design fits my hand so well. I used a Logitech wireless mouse for almost a decade before it finally crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

The right-handed G502 melds the ergonomic sense you'd expect from Logitech with the current aesthetic common to gaming mouse — angular, aggressive, weaponized. If the "Tumbler" Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies had a mouse, this is what it would look like.

G502 front

Getting the G502 out of the box, it's extraordinarily light — feels almost flimsy, truth be told — 4.3 ounces (121 grams). That's because Logitech actually lets you customize the mass and balance of the mouse by including five 3.6 gram (0.13 ounce) weights which you can install in spaces around the the bottom of the mouse, underneath an easily-removable panel. The USB cable is braided, to help prevent it from tangling and knotting.

G502 weights

The G502 measures 5.2 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches (132 x 75 x 40 mm), making it comfortable for my hand — I wear a medium-sized glove. When gaming with it, I'm moderately more comfortable using a palm grip with the G502 than I am using a claw grip, though that may be because I tend to grab the mouse further back. Your mileage may vary. The primary and secondary mouse buttons are quite long, about half the length of the mouse overall, and are quite responsive all the way down to their base, so the mouse should be able to work well for different kinds of grips and different kinds of games.

The G502 sports no shortage of programmable buttons and controls: 11, all told. A dedicated button below the solid metal scroll wheel either locks the wheel so it ratchets audibly as you turn it, or freewheels.

I have to say that to look at the mouse in its packaging or in its web site, you'd have no idea that it's Mac-compatible. Any USB mouse is Mac-compatible, but Logitech makes Mac driver software too — excellent driver software. Maybe it was an oversight, or maybe support for the G502 was only offered after the product was already released. I really don't know. But I do know it's supported now.

Logitech Gaming Software

The "Logitech Gaming Software" installs as a menu item accessible from your Mac's menu bar. The software not only affects how the G502's buttons and controls work but also which profile you're using. You can store up to three profiles, which you can tell the mouse to switch through using a mode switch on the mouse itself. And the mouse has built-in memory, so you can store configuration info on it or use the computer if you prefer.

Other features of the software include sensor dot per inch sensitivity levels (adjustable from 200 to 12,000 DPI), with up to five levels that can be switched on the fly using buttons on the mouse; you can also alter the mouse's sensor to adjust for different surfaces.

The software includes a surface tuning feature that lets you calibrate the mouse on whatever surface you're going to be using; Logitech has included a couple of its own (the G240 cloth gaming mouse pad and G440 hard pad).

You can even adjust some of the more gimmicky stuff of the mouse, like how much lighting is sent to the glowing logo, and whether the DPI lighting markers stay on all time. The software also handles firmware updates on the mouse (yes, even mice get firmware updates these days, it seems).

The weight system in the G502 is potentially handy if you want to customize the mass of your mouse. I like a bit of heft to my mice so I just loaded it up and forgot about it. Fully loaded, the mouse weighs about 5.9 ounces (168 grams); hefty, but not ungainly.

The good

  • Customizable weight adjustment
  • Terrific software
  • Lots of programmable buttons and controls

The bad

  • Somewhat kitschy design
  • You wouldn't know it's Mac-compatible

The bottom line

The G502 is a solid gaming mouse contender from Logitech with really great software. I'm trying not to read too much into Logitech's decision not to sell this to Mac users; it's clear that their software engineers get it, even if their marketing department doesn't.

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Peter Cohen
  • I wish their was a, mac compatible, bluetooth version.. :( Bluetooth gaming mice are like searching for a Unicorn..
  • I wouldn't recommend wireless for gaming. I also wouldn't recommend a Mac for gaming. Macs are great but they don't have many games to play. Sent from the iMore App
  • wow.. showing some ignorance there.. Macs have lots of games to play. Half of Steam has games that work on Macs and PCs.. AND Linux.. Thats OLD thinking there. and I play on a wireless mouse all the time.. works great. Amazes me how people are so critical of a gaming wireless mouse's 'response time' then just as quickly, w/o thinking, jump to use a console wireless controller. silly. The response time on a wireless mouse (a good one) is just fine for gaming. I just want a GAMING wireless mouse. I want the extra programmable buttons. Razor has a few nice wireless, and rechargeable, ones that even have a Mac driver.. I was hoping for a Bluetooth version though. I hate taking up USB ports for peripherals when I have perfectly good bluetooth connection.
  • I just checked steam on my iPhone. They have a very limited amount of games for Mac and all the ones I currently own run on windows only. It's not half. It's not even close to half. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well, Bluetooth adds in input lag, that's why he doesn't recommend it, and The Mac section on Steam is very weak. Most games add Mac support 2 or 3 years in, you don't get the better indie games, and most of the ones avaliable just aren't fun. Games like Terraria and Warframe are Windows exclusives for no reason other than Macs aren't seen as gaming computers. They run on freaking potatoes, but the devs didn't make them Mac compatible. It's not that games are too intensive, it's that the added cost currently outweighs the benefit Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • This looks like a watered down R.A.T 5, which I have and is an excellent mouse. Agreed, why there aren't more bluetooth mice is a mystery. I have one that I take on the road with me - it's ancient, but works great.
  • Ergonomics are different, and the software is much different. Mad Catz has a Mac driver for its mice, but it's wonky.
  • Wonky - totally agree! It was next to useless for years - a bunch of us bugged them relentlessly and now it sort of works, if you load part of it via accessibility. I like this logitech mouse, and am seriously considering it. Thanks for the review!
  • I use the R.A.T. 7 for everything. Sent from the iMore App
  • Every Bluetooth mouse I've used has had terrible battery life - including the Magic Mouse. And this one has a nice braided cable which makes using a wired mouse more tolerable. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have it for my PC. Wonderful mouse. I can't recommend it enough. Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree that Logitech does a horrible job too of letting Mac users know their products are Mac compatible. I just purchased their Extreme 3D Pro joystick for some of the flight sims on the iMac App store and so fare it works great. Thanks for the article, I was considering picking up a "gaming mouse" and will give this one some consideration.
  • This is a really solid mouse, it feels FPS geared to me, but you can use it for any games of course and it's definitely sensitive enough for most people. Tip though, head to Best Buy and see if you can play around with one. You want to see how it feels in your hand. And if you do buy, keep your packaging until you can't return it. Little things like long term sessions are impossible to test in stores and require time. I've been through many many gaming mice, and finding the one you love is definitely worth it. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
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