Logitech G602 Mouse Review
Hot on the heels of the Gigabyte Aivia Uranium we have Logitech’s take on the Wireless Gaming mouse, the Logitech G602. This is the first Logitech Wireless mouse that we have seen here at pcGameware, and being from such a well regarded manufacturer we’re keen to see how well the G602 performs.
The Logitech G602 is a right-handed mouse that features 11 programmable buttons (yes that’s right eleven!), an adjustable 2500 DPI sensor and sports a battery life of 250 hours in Performance mode and 1440 in Endurance mode. This is due to the fact that the Duracell AA batteries supplied are not rechargeable, therefore after their time is up it’s time to fit new ones, meaning there is a small ongoing cost of ownership.
The Logitech G602 came in a smart predominately black box, with an image of the G602 on the front, cleverly showing some of its internals at the same time.
The back of the box highlights the following features (in various languages):
1. UP TO 250 HOURS OF WIRELESS GAMING
2. 11 PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLS
3. HIGH ACCURACY DELTA ZERO SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
4. ON-THE-FLY ADJUSTABLE DPI (250-2500)
5. LED BATTERY LIFE INDICATOR
6. PERFORMANCE AND ENDURANCE MODES TO MAXIMIZE BATTERY LIFE
7. PRIMARY MICROSWITCHES RATED TO 20 MILLION CLICKS
On opening the lid of the box the G602 can be seen hiding within, the mouse was well presented and extremely well packaged. Cleverly the mouse and its associated packaging can just be popped out of the box (above left). Note the unusual 500Hz stamp on the receiver in the bottom left of the packaging. The G602 does use a 2.4GHz wireless connection, the 500Hz stamp seems to refer to its maximum USB Report Rate.
Within the the box, other than the mouse itself we find a receiver, receiver extender cable and a documentation wallet! Unpacking everything we can now see a little more, including the Setup Guide and the Safety, Compliance & Warranty documentation.
At the time of writing the Logitech G602 is retailing for approximately £59 and comes with an impressive 3 year warranty.
courtesy of Logitech
3-year Limited hardware warranty
Windows® 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
Windows® 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
* Some profile settings require Logitech Gaming Software, available at www.logitech.com/downloads.
*Tested on wood-veneer desktop.
Battery Life and Wireless
*Battery life may vary based on user and computing conditions.
There’s no doubt about it, Logitech makes a damn good mouse, as soon as the G602 is out of the box the build quality is obvious. All of the surface textures and the plastics used are of a high standard, fit and finish is also exceptional, it’s a good looking mouse too. I fear for the highly ergonomic (right handed only) shape though, as this often forces you to hold the mouse in a specific way (seems like this mouse is designed with a Palm Grip in mind), but I guess I will have to wait and see. Then there’s the plethora of buttons on the side, six in all, obviously designed with RPGs and the like in mind. But can someone (someone like me perhaps) actually make use of all these buttons?
The top of the G602 is a complex affair, in fact it looks a little too busy maybe!? There’s at least four different materials used, one for the left/right buttons, a rubberised material for the palm area, with the rest of the mouse covered in another grippy (sorry that’s the best word I can come up with) form of plastic . The final material is used in the brushed aluminium strips, although I’m unsure what they are truly made of, I think they’re painted. The overall look though is good and the mouse has a certain touch of class about it.
The left click button also incorporates a couple more buttons (G10 & G11), these can be programmed via the Logitech software, at their default settings they are DPI up and down. In the centre we find the scroll wheel with its all rubber smooth surface. Directly behind the scroll wheel sat within a central strip we also have the Battery/Mode indicator (not visible as it illuminates) that allows you to see the selected Mode (Blue for Performance Mode, Green for Endurance), this is set via the switch just a little further back. Adjusting this setting allows the batteries to last longer in Endurance mode at the expense of Report Rate, as it is dropped from 500Hz to 125Hz.
- Front / Back
Looking at the front of the Logitech G602 there’s very little to see, this is a wireless mouse after all. You can see what I mean about the build quality though and the fit and finish, very impressive!
Looking at the G602 from the rear, is a little naughty of course (I said that because there’s not much else to say!).
- Sides (left & right)
The left side is where all the action is as the G602′s left side is dominated by the six thumb buttons (G4 through G9). Now while these buttons are relatively well placed, I wonder just how many people will be able to reach the correct one when the chips are down. The central two (G5 & G8) are nice and easy to reach, and maybe even one of those back ones too, but the rest, hmm… Just forward of the raft of buttons you can also just see the three DPI indicator LEDs (well you can when they’re on!) that can be used to set your desired DPI setting, a maximum of 5 DPI settings are supported from 250DPI to 2500DPI in 250 increments.
The right side of the G602 is effectively featureless, but the image below does give you further evidence of its somewhat ergonomic shape.
The underside is actually quite plain, normally we find stickers and labels here but the Logitech G602 is nice and free from this. There is however and on/off switch, a centrally mounted sensor and 4 large glides, with an additional smaller two around the sensor.
The Logitech G602 seems to tick all of the right boxes then, let’s now install the software and take her for a spin…
The Logitech G602 mouse is Wireless so no connections to speak of, just a simple USB receiver needs to be plugged in. Ideally this should be connected to the 1.5m extension cable supplied and situated somewhere near the mouse itself for optimum reception.
Of course software is required (but not supplied) for full functionality of the Logitech G602…
The Logitech G602 was tested using our Intel Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software.
As per the Setup Guide the Logitech Gaming Software was downloaded from Logitech’s website (here). Version 8.51.5 was installed and used throughout testing. The G602 came with Firmware version 4700.0010 and no further update was available at the time of writing.
The G602 was tested using a OcUK Mega-Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface.
The following games were used to help in the evaluation of the Logitech G602:
- Battlefield 4
- Assassins Creed Black Flag
I really enjoy reviewing mice as they are so important when it comes to PC Gaming, without a decent mouse you’re sure to find yourself nearer the bottom than the top of the leader-board. You may feel that using a Wireless mouse may introduce problems and might push you closer to the bottom, but like some of the mice before this one, the G602 performs its duties flawlessly…
Yes that’s right in my opinion the Logitech G602 Wireless mouse performs its duties as well as any wired mouse that I have tested. It tracks as well as any other mouse too, although I did notice that even when set on the same DPI setting as other mice tested, the G602 seemed more sensitive. The end result being that I had to turn down the sensitivity a little further, to get the feeling right for me. I found this to be at 1250 DPI, quite low really!
While the overall shape of the mouse is quite ergonomic (and right hand only) I found that after a relatively short time I settled into the shape quite naturally, although it’s still better if you’re a natural palm gripper, I tend to use more of a claw grip.
All the buttons (there are eleven don’t forget) work well in operation, I also quite like the DPI buttons (G10 & G11) on the Right Click, as they’re relatively easy to reach and operate. The six thumb buttons are the real talking point here though, although I’m sure I would never be able to use them all, as in a fire-fight finding the right one at speed is extremely difficult. I did find that the central two buttons (G5 & G8) we beautifully placed though and reaching for either of the back buttons (G6 & G9 – I assigned both to the same action) was also easy enough. Meaning that what we have here is a mouse that at the least has 3 usable Thumb buttons, and that’s a first for me, so well done to Logitech for that. Maybe with more time, I would find myself using more…
Overall the Logitech G602 is close to perfect then? Yes it’s close: There’s one (and only one!) irritating feature that’s bugged me ever since I stated using it. It’s the fact that while you can assign various DPIs (five in total), the lights that indicate what DPI you are on only illuminate for around 8 seconds! Meaning that if you’ve been switching in game and are unsure of what DPI you’re on, you cannot glance at the mouse for that vital information as the LEDs are now likely off!? This also now means that you don’t know whether to dial in an up or down press to get to where you want, meaning that a random press is the order of the day to gauge what setting you’re on. Followed by the correct number of presses to get to where you want to be! Add to this the three LEDs for Five DPI Settings, yes that’s right these three LEDS light from both ends (effectively giving up to five settings), meaning that it’s now even more difficult to work out what setting your’re on. Maybe LEDs have gone up in price recently… Frustrating!
This is obviously a bit of a blow, as other than that the Logitech G602 is pretty much perfect!
The Logitech Gaming software (not supplied) can be downloaded here, version 8.51.5 was used throughout testing.
The home page of the Logitech Gaming software can be seen above, presenting you with an interactive view of the G602. From here you can adjust DPI, assign keyboard and mouse functions, program Macros and also switch between On-Board Memory or Automatic Game Detection modes (more on this in a minute!). The indicators in the top left of the screen show battery charge as well as the current battery setting (Performance (blue)/Endurance (green)). Note that all this seems to do is change the Report Rate; 500Hz for Performance and 125Hz for Endurance, with the latter providing far better battery life (1440 hours compared to 250). The software is actually extremely powerful (despite is simple look and feel), but at times it can get a little confusing…
- SOFTWARE – On-Board Profile (Configure/Edit)
On the Home screen (see Home screen image above/top), leaving the switch in the On-Board Memory position means that when you press the Customise on-board profile you are taken to a screen where you can modify the single/default Profile of the G602. Here you can adjust the DPI settings (up to five settings are supported), change the Report Rate, re-assign buttons and assign macros etc. Buttons can also be Unassigned too, which is also useful for buttons you may accidentally press (and with this mouse that’s pretty easy!). There’s nothing worse than handing an enemy a medkit when you meant to stab them in the back with a knife! Profiles can also be imported and exported to your disk drive although there seems to be no way to store Profiles aboard the G602 itself.
- SOFTWARE – Auto Game Detection (Scan For New Games)
Switch from On-Board Memory to Automatic Game Detection and after optionally scanning for new games (above are the Games that the Logitech Software knows about, although they seem a little out of date, no BF4 here!?)…
- SOFTWARE – Auto Game Detection (Configure/Edit)
And you will find yourself here. Here you can now use the newly downloaded Profiles, or assign new ones should you wish. Up to 6 Profiles are supported and again here you can modify everything (such as Report Rate/DPI/Macros etc) the same as before. I used the pre-defined setup for Battlefield 3 as a test and also created a new Loadout Profile (see images above for more detail). This Profile was them mapped to the Loadout.exe, meaning that when Loadout was launched the associated profile would be loaded, pretty cool stuff…
- SOFTWARE – (Settings/Help)
A simple Settings screen allows you to modify various features of the Logitech Gaming software. There’s also a highly detailed Help screen, which is good as navigation at first can be a little awkward; everything does seem to be here, but sometimes it’s buried deep within multiple pages…
I must admit that I expected great things from Logitech and the Logitech G602 mouse and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The G602 came nicely packaged and presented, once the mouse was out in the open there was no denying that the G602 was a quality piece of Gaming hardware, the fit and finish is also some of the best I’ve seen, the build quality is of a very high standard.
It looks good and feels good, I was even happy with the ergonomic shape within a few hours, despite the fact that the mouse seems to be designed for a palm style of grip. But how does it perform? Performance was spot on with the mouse tracking and gliding as good as any mouse tested despite that Wireless connection. I did find that when using the same DPI as other mice, the Logitech G602 always seemed a little more/too sensitive, to rectify this I found myself lowering the DPI by a few hundred Hz. Not sure why this was, but interestingly I have had other Logitech owners tell me similar stories. Once the DPI was set though the mouse was perfect, coping well in fast paced Games such as Loadout and Titanfall, and slower Games such as Battlefield 4 (well it’s slow in comparison to the two!).
The Logitech Gaming software was also relatively easy to use, once I’d found what I was looking for, some of the options seem a little too well hidden. Although this does give the overall feeling of an uncluttered User Interface which is nice.
The only issue that I came across when using the G602 was while switching DPI. As mentioned above the LEDs that indicate your current DPI setting turn off after around 8 seconds!? Meaning that a quick glance at the mouse is not going to help you if your unsure of the current setting. This for me is a bit of an oversight, presumably done to further enhance battery life. I’d certainly forego the battery life for better feedback via those 3 LEDs.
But that is the only problem and it’s minor, even those six Thumb buttons are usable with practice (well, probably a lot of practice!); I found myself easily using three of them! At under £60 at the time of writing, the G602 also represents great value for money, especially when you consider some of the competition’s prices (at the time of writing the G602 was the cheapest Wireless Gaming mouse at Overclockers UK). Overall a very high quality and great performing Wireless Gaming mouse from Logitech, I’d certainly be happy to use it as my own, but unfortunately this one has to go back…
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Many thanks to Logitech for providing this sample for review