There are literally hundreds of gaming mice on the market today, so when I was looking for a new mouse there was only one brand I was interested in. I've been using Logitech products pretty much since I got my first PC - back in 1996. Logitech simply make some of the best keyboards, mice, joysticks and controllers.
Having looked at the current range of Logitech gaming mice I decided on the budget G502 Hero model. Despite the fact it's not a premium model it does pack a huge number of features including 11 customisable buttons, tilting scroll wheel with free flow or rigid modes, DPI adjustment on the fly, RGB lighting and best of all a customisable weight distribution.
In terms of the sensor, the other great thing about this mouse, the G502 comes with the "Hero 25K" sensor, which has a sensitivity of up to 25,600 DPI. This can be configured from between 100-25600DPI and 4 DPI presets can be loaded into the mouse and togged using the DPI sensitivity switches. A handy LED guide shows the sensitivity preset being used.
The design looks rather rugged, jaggy and futuristic with the white detailing, but its really comfortable to use. The buttons are plentiful, but spaced in a way that they are accessible but not in the way and very rare to accidentally click something that you didn't mean to.
The scrolls wheel feels metallic and has a good feel to it, although personally I find the ridged snap a little to strong. There is a toggle that turns the snap off and the wheel then is then free to scroll without any friction. The tilt buttons are also nice to use, positive feel whilst not being to strong that effort is needed to action them. Next to the left mouse button are two extra buttons which by default are configured to serve as DPI up and DPI down, although these can be changed in the Logitech G-Hub software. There is also a shift button which you can hold in to temporarily adjust the DPI up or down. This is especially useful for times when you need extra sensitivity, such as aiming up a sniping shot.
The G502 Gaming Mouse has a nice curve to its profile, a little higher than my previous Razer gaming mouse but its not as high and uncomfortable as some other mice.
Speaking of the Logitech G-Hub, this is the central place to manage all of the Logitech products that you own. Unusually for software of this type, it performs well and doesn't hog resources much. The software has a series of preset profiles and you can also download profiles from the Logitech site, although a user account must be created first. A nice feature is to be able to sync lighting across all devices, so once you configure one you can sync with the others - having the keyboard and mouse glow the same colour is a good thing. There is also a powerful macro editor which can be used to create complex macros which can then be bound to any of the customisable buttons.
If you find that the mouse is too light, or you prefer to have the mouse off-balance (like me) then you can add weights to the underside of the mouse. These little blocks are 3.6g each and you can place them in any of the slots. Depending on the size of your hand and strength of your wrist you may like to add weight. A mouse with not enough weight can feel like its a toy, with little substance. Adding weight can make it feel much better, although too much weight can fatigue your arm. This is something you can experiment with to find your perfect mouse weight.
This is a very responsive and solid feeling mouse which so far has lived up to expectations it performs really well in gaming and during the day job. If you can get over the looks then this is a great mouse I would recommend buying.