Review: Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Logitech has been making mice and keyboards (plus other PC peripherals) for a long, long time. Since the early 80s, the company has pretty much cornered the input device market. Although there are many more brands around nowadays, Logitech still makes some of the best and most reliable products.
Gaming in Style
The G or gaming series recently received a makeover; its gaming mice which used to have colourful patterns have been replaced with lines that gave them a futuristic look. The G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse is the latest redesign and this time, those wave lines are gone, replaced with a textured surface and lots of grey-coloured plastic. It’s easily one of the best-looking mice out there.
On paper, the G602 has a resolution of 250 to 2,500 dots per inch (dpi) and a USB polling rate of 500 reports per second. It has a total of 11 programmable buttons, including six thumb buttons. Unfortunately for southpaws, this mouse is only for right-handers. As the name suggests, it is a wireless mouse and uses Logitech’s nano receiver. However, it isn’t compatible with the Unifying receiver which is meant to connect multiple devices. The G602’s receiver uses the whole USB bandwidth to ensure smooth operation.
Long-lasting Battery Life
The G602 is a wireless mouse and it will take two AA batteries, although only one is required for operation. With two, it can last 250 hours of non-stop gaming, according to the website. I had the mouse for slightly over three weeks and all in, around 100 hours of MMORPG and MMOFPS sessions. The indicator was still at full strength when I returned the mouse. If gaming’s not your thing, you can switch the G602 to Endurance mode which will give you up to 1,440 hours of battery life. I don’t think battery life would be an issue with the G602. One feature I like is the ability to check on the battery’s status via a single sliding switch.
Logitech Gaming Software
Moving on to the software, Logitech has streamlined their software utility a.k.a. Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) for all their gaming peripherals. It will now detect and manage all the G-series of products, so if you have a mouse, keyboard or a gaming keypad, the same software will handle all the configuration tasks. It’s very simple to use, thanks to the graphical interface.
In terms of ergonomics, I find the G602 to be one of the most comfortable gaming mice I’ve used, despite my short, stubby fingers. It’s not too big and the shape fits my palm very well. The only gripe I have is the placement of the six thumb buttons; a couple of them require a slightly more flexible thumb to depress. The mouse’s tracking mechanism is flawless; I did not encounter any problems playing RIFT, Planetside 2 or even Battlefield 4. The ability to change sensitivity on-the-fly is useful, but if you get your settings right, this feature isn’t quite necessary.
A Great Choice for Gamers
The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse has an official price tag of RM269 which isn’t cheap, but if you consider the features it offers, that price is a bargain. Some other makers offer mice without the thumb buttons, wireless capability or powerful software utility at even higher prices. So everything considered, the G602 gets our two thumbs up.