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Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
TL:DR A generally competent budget G502 knock off that doesn’t threaten the original.
G502 shape, right handed ergo, weight customization from approx 105-125g, sensor not advertised but believed to be a 3328 (?). 50M omrons, metal scroll. Lightweight software with macro support, RGB. Plastic all over.
Link below for SA, but (spoiler alert) this is not a recommended product.
-Shape: (A) While it follows the general G502 shape, it is slightly taller and wider in the middle. If looking for something a larger than the G502 but with the same basic shape, this is it. Good for medium/large palm and medium fingertip or medium/large claw.
-Software: (A) Small, 12mb simple reliable. Boots quickly. CD included or easy download. Multiple languages supported.
-Mouse Feet: (B) Glide well, slicker than the G502 while being a few welcome grams lighter.
-Primary Clicks: (B) Light and have nice comfort grooves. Tactility is good but somehow feel a little cheap compared to Logitech’s offerings, likely due to lack of tensioning.
-Sensor Implementation: (A) Placement is very forward, liftoff distance is low. 1600 DPI feels closer to 2000 because of this, but it feels more stable in practice than 2000 would on a mouse with the sensor farther back. (Forward sensor placement means more control for fingertip players due to a larger wrist pivot arc)
-Cost: Variable, but a decent value if/when on sale for $20.
-Weight/Customization: (B-) In case you want to make this a brick, you can make it a brick. Always nice to have the option. Weight scale is MIA, but 105-125g is the approximate range on offer based on feel.
-Braided Cable (C) Average stiffness. No complaints but far from outstanding.
-RGB: (B-) Colors have good depth and decent transitions, but logo is uninspired and color options are limited. Looks nice overall.
-Materials: (C-) Textured plastic everywhere. Grip is not issue due to shape, but the thumb area in particular feels flat and cheap despite being comfy overall.
- Button Placement (C+) M6 and M7 lie adjacent to the left click as with the G502, but the left click is wider meaning the index finger has father to travel to get to the scroll or M6/M7. Sniper button is also father forward than on the G502. Some may like this, especially if they have larger hands or palm more aggressively. I prefer the placement of the G502 as a medium fingertipper, but placement here is still good.
-Thumb Buttons (C) They lack the tension and tactility of the G502. Light actuation force required. I would have preferred flat buttons to the angled ones here. There is also slight pre and post travel on them. That said, they are objectively decent to good overall with good tactility and placement.
-Sensor: (B) The sensor here was first thought to be the 3360. It isn’t. Apparently (I’m going off of word of mouth here) it is a 3328. Specs on the sensor are hard to find and it definitely says “budget sensor.” That said, LOD was low, no accel/angle snapping was evident in my limited play and I could not get it to spin out. For the price range, anyone can get a better sensor in a variety of other mice. No complaints in game, but the sensor is a yellow light and hardly outstanding at the price point. (Only tested on dark cloth btw.)
-Customization: (C) DPI settings are limited to a handful of presets, even using software. I like to play at 1600-2000 but the next step up available in the software after 1600 is 2400 with no ability to set anything in between. This is a significant downer personally since this is where I like to tweak from one mouse to the next. The sniper button is matched to a “smart DPI” (400 DPI iirc) by default-software needed to map to anything more useful. DPI light is blue only with no option to change the color.
-Scroll: (C-) Very little tactility between scroll steps. Scroll resistance is medium, but with a “gummy” scrolling sensation. Not good for FPS and not really that pleasant for browsing either.
-Build Quality: (C-) No rattles, but when squeezing the mouse just aft of the sniper button there is enough flex to actuate the sniper button. I didn’t have any issues in game, and I doubt most people will, but the pressure required is relatively low and it is a clear knock on build quality. Combined with the hollow primary clicks and mushy scroll, I have concerns...
-After several weeks of use (mainly at work in the office) the M1 and M2 plastic seem to absorb skin oils. Even with repeated attempts at cleaning, the look is still smeared. For the record, I am not a groady but some people who eat and game/work will definitely make this mouse look awful in short order.
Meh. As forgettable as its generic throwaway name. How low-effort you gotta be to go through all the bother of making a mouse and not giving it a proper name? Even Redragon does that!
The "ABPGM" is a slightly lighter/larger G502 knock off with some cost cuts for build quality, materials, infinite scroll and sensor involved. No infinite scroll, no tilt scroll and no pleasant rubber grips here.
Despite not being as premium as the G502 in terms of tactility or materials, the mouse is a good value for $20 I got it for. The sensor is fine but feels like a cost-cutting move, logical or not. In-game performance level was functionally identical to the G502 and the forward sensor placement is good for fingertip. It actually beats the G502 shape-wise for larger hands that want more/wider palm support. It also has the advantage of packing most of the G502s function into a lighter package, which is very much appreciated.
At $20, the bang for the buck is just good enough that even though it is obviously “a poor man’s G502,” it does enough to escape the “total garbage” label – it’s not a bad mouse. That said, even at $20, you’re better off with something else and worth spending a little more. At $35 right now you can get a G502SE. I recommend staying away and go for better similar mouse like the G502SE, Basilisk or M65 Elite.
Nit-Noid Rating: 7.9
Bang for 20 Bucks: B-
Bang for $40 Bucks: C-