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Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

12 Dec 2013  by   Paul Younger
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Developer: Logitech
Publisher: Logitech
Reviewed on: PC
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A mouse is a mouse, right? Well, it is if you’re messing about in spreadsheets or doing some of that surfing the Intertubes stuff. But when it comes to gaming it’s the mouse that’s your interface, and finding something that feels right is a hard task.

I have used loads of the little blighters over the years, most recently and probably for the longest period of time the wired Razer Death Adder. In fact, I’m on my second of these at the moment. I have generally steered away from wireless mice but Elly in the office here uses a Logitech wireless mouse which has its own rechargeable docking station which I have to say it is pretty nifty. It’s a nice mouse but for a super elite gamer such as myself *cough* I want something pro.

Enter the Logitech G602, a wireless battery powered mouse aimed squarely at the gamer. This offering from Logitech is actually quite a decent looking mouse, though what it looks like is probably a secondary concern for most. It’s all about how it feels in the hand, performance, and in the case of all wireless peripherals, the battery life.

The first noticeable thing about the G602 is the weight. The mouse takes two AA batteries and when these are both inserted the mouse does feel a little on the heavy side. Logitech have a trick up their sleeves though as one of the batteries can be removed to reduce the weight. Cunning. Compared to a wired mouse it may still feel a little on the heavy side, even with just the one battery, but that’s down to personal preference.

Logitech G602 mouse review

Let’s talk battery life. If you have a wireless mouse you’ll know that it’s a right pain when the batteries die right in the middle of some serious gaming action. The G602 claims to offer up to 250 hours of use when switched to ‘Performance’ mode, which you will want active for better response times when gaming. When switched to what Logitech call ‘Endurance’ mode, the batteries will apparently last up to 1400 hours which is not at all shoddy. And rather difficult to test.

When looking at the other wireless Logitech mouse across the office nestling in its nice charging station I can’t help but think that something similar for the G602 would be handy. There has to be some technological reason for the lack of charge station, probably something to do with the pixel-precise targeting that’s one of the main features of the G602. Perhaps there’s a trade off that has to be made to make this a gaming mouse with all its precision. I’m no mouse engineer but the Logitech boffins presumably know what they’re doing. I hope.

Logitech G602 mouse review

Let’s look at the tech behind this mouse. For anyone really concerned about the response times, the magic numbers range from 250 DPI up to 2500 DPI thanks to the sensitivity switches on the top left of the device. These can be instantly toggled higher or lower depending on what you’re doing with small blue lights indicating the current sensitivity setting. The positioning of these buttons next to the main left mouse button make them easy to toggle, which could be useful with a bit of practice in-game.

No gaming mouse would be complete without 8 billion programmable buttons and the G602 certainly has enough to be getting on with. Tucked next to the thumb are six buttons which can all be assigned different jobs. They’re not the most attractive looking buttons but they have been designed in such a way to stick out as ridges so the thumb can easily feel each one. Again, it will take some practice to make the best use of these, but they are quite recognisable by feel when resting the thumb on the thumb rest.

The mouse also comes with an extension cable which the very small USB receiver can be slotted into. The receiver can then be positioned closer to the mouse so there’s no interference. It basically means it’s up to you where you place the receiver for the best performance. The USB receiver is really small and could be easily lost so my advice would be to leave it firmly attached to the cable anyway. Unless you have an absurdly clean desk at all times. The mouse utilises all the bandwidth on a USB port too, which brings improved latency.

The G602 is a little longer than I’m used to but it is actually a near perfect fit in my hand. The top of the mouse also features a matt finish in an effort to minimise slippage when moving it frantically in a fire fight.  Again, it’s actually quite an attractive looking device overall when you compare it to other gaming specific mice on the market. More importantly, it feels comfortable.

Price wise the G602 is not the cheapest mouse on the market with a RRP of around £69.99 but if you hunt around they can be picked up for around the £60 mark. Then again, when have specialist gaming mice ever been cheap?

Logitech G602 mouse review

After clicking away frantically with the G602 for the past few weeks in games such as Battlefield 4 and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, I’m impressed with the feel and performance. It’s certainly one of the better gaming mice I’ve used recently. If the idea of a wireless battery powered mouse puts you off then perhaps this isn’t for you, but it is a decent piece of kit and worth a look if you don’t mind charging and replacing batteries. Still wish it had that charging station though.

Now let’s hope those batteries last as long as they claim and don’t fail just as I’m about to pull the trigger on a sniper rifle.

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8/10
An impressive mouse considering it's wireless but could be slightly on the heavy side for some gamers when all the batteries are inserted.
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  1. Avatar of
    sorudo
    -3

    it’s wireless, i had one with a charge dock my self but it’s simply not good for gaming.
    not only that, logitec is on my “no no” list of horrible brands together with trust and sweex.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm
  2. Avatar of
    Lazerbeak

    Good article, do you have large hands or small, also did you hold the mice with finger tips or claw it? Does the mouse wheel click or free wheel, when you move it up and down (sorry :D).

    A problem I have with mice is my thumb is quite long and sometimes have issues with the thumb button being too close to the end of the mouse.

    My experience with wireless peripherals is not wonderful, I Have a Logitech F710 joypad, and even with full batteries and the receiver almost next to it, now and then it goes mental and stops responding, or worse moves you in a random direction.

    December 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  3. roger smith

    ain’t no boomslang

    December 16, 2013 at 3:14 am

  4. GreiverBlade
    +2

    so you never tested it and you say :\it’s wireless, i had one with a charge dock my self but it’s simply not good for gaming\ well fresh news : Logitech did it right… i have one for more than a month now and i still use the 2 bundled AA battery that came with,i will get some 2600mAh accu one they wear off but still 3/5 battery bar. i use it primarily in endu mode even in game (mostly mmo) in fps i sometime switch to perf mode and 500hz poling but even in endu i feel no lag or delay.

    most of the reviews rank it from 8 to 9.1 on 10 and they didn’t tested it extensively…

    btw thanks for the laugh: \logitec is on my “no no” list of horrible brands together with trust and sweex.\ putting Logitech in the same league with Trust and Sweex …

    what you have for a mouse ? Razer? Mad Catz? Roccat? Steelserie? Corsair? (the 3 first are in my no go, and after many test with them … special fail award to Razer, btw. the 4th is in the \ok they can do better\ and the 5th is in the \well for the price it is not too bad\

    February 6, 2014 at 10:39 am
  5. Avatar of
    Lazerbeak
    +1

    I have to add Logitech support is pretty good, on multiple occasions they have sent out BRAND new replacements for faulty item without fuss, and don’t even make you send out the faulty item, seem may seem no big deal, but many firms these days make you jump loads of time wasting hoops then send out shoddy referb replacements

    February 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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