Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse ReviewBluePanda - January 23, 2014
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Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Closer Look:
With the mouse out of the packaging we can take a closer look at how good this mouse claims to be. Top down shows the right click button extending up past the left click button by quite a bit. It gives it a different look than most by quite a bit, but still remains an obvious right hand mouse (no doubts there). There is a massive thumb support that sticks out on the left of the mouse, big enough for even the biggest thumbs. Most of the mouse has a matte black appearance though there is quite the variety of actual materials/textures. You can notice that the left click and right click are the same matte plastic touch. Beneath the palm is a spirally drawn rubber texture that keeps your hand from getting clammy. The rear of the mouse flowing into the thumb rest, as well as around to the right (where your ring and pinky may hang out) is a more rugged plastic feel with a little more texture that looks quite neat as well.
The bottom of the mouse has a slightly smaller outline of the overall mouse shape. It has four major skates on the north, south, east, and west sides. There are an additional two skinny skates for a little extra in the center of the mouse around the sensor itself. The big black and white arrow is obviously not part of the mouse, but instead is there during shipping to block the contacts on the batteries. That way there is no draw on the batteries while they are waiting for you to play. Pull the tab like a kids toy and it is ready. You may notice the lack of bar-codes and standard stickers you usually see on the bottom of mice (flip yours over for a second if you don't know what I'm talking about). This is a sample mouse from Logitech, thus it's rather clean on the bottom. But don't let this lead you think it was somehow cherry picked; this mouse is just the same as what ships out, it just doesn't have the stickers for resale/warranty.
Pulling the arrow out, as it is just a plastic paper material, allows the mouse to turn on. Opening up the battery door you can see two batteries already installed for you, two Duracell batteries at that (not some strange off brand). The door is easy enough to remove to change out batteries as needed yet strong enough to not just fall off. Things are pretty simple here.
There is a little switch on the bottom of the mouse as well; you may have noticed it and been wondering when I would say something. The switch toggles the mouse on and off so you can stow it away in a bag without worrying about it wasting battery by constantly clicking. The switch has two colors beneath it: red and green to signal either off or on respectively. You can turn it off at the end of the day to save battery overnight, that is, if you can remember to do it. I haven't once remembered since I got the mouse!
Included with the mouse is, of course, a USB dongle to pick up the movements wirelessly. It also comes with a USB extender that the little dongle can fit into. There is a sticker over the USB extender stating that it is for use with the dongle only – why? I'm not sure, maybe it is smaller wire that can't handle full power; I won't be trying it to find out. The USB dongle is marked as 500Hz so it reports a little more often than your standard USB mouse (about four times faster) for a little more accuracy in gaming. I ended up not needing the extension as I had ports available on the front of my case. However, plugged into the back of my case still wasn't a great enough distance to need the extension. Even plugged in across the room I can still use the mouse. I'm guess the only real use for the extra length would be to deter any interference you are getting from the back of your case.
Back to focusing a little more on the mouse itself let us jump back in with the side of the mouse. The left side of the mouse has six "G" buttons labeled from G4 to G9. Each is programmable in software to about any of your desires. I used the G5 for back and G8 for forward in browsing and left the standard G6 button as the battery indicator option (which I will discuss in the software to not work so well). There are two buttons up near the left click, G10 and G11. These are for, again, whatever you desire, but I used them to cycle through DPI options set in software. We'll have a closer look at those two later. This angle really just provides a better view of the shape of the mouse as well as that enormous thumb rest, which will ultimately be your friend.
I took a full profile shot of the left of the mouse to give you an idea of how tall this mouse is. Without the extra height of the thumb rest I think the mouse would honestly be too tall for me. But with the rest and my hand sitting back far enough the mouse it just kinda fits. It is rather comfortable even though at first I found it to be odd. I had Waco try it out as well since he has bigger hands and give a quick opinion for you bigger handed friends. He thought it was relatively comfortable, but said he wished it had been a little longer in length to fill more of his hand. So it still comes down to what you prefer in a mouse; but at least you have two quick perspectives for size/fit. The right side of the mouse is pretty simple. It does not have the third mouse button or placement of the ring finger like the G600 had, but is comfortable nonetheless.
The back end of the mouse just looks nice. I really like the blend of the different textures on this mouse. In pictures it looks great. At my less brightly lit desk I hardly notice it, but I can feel it. You can see from this angle that the mouse is slightly raked to the right giving your hand a slight tilt in that direction. It isn't over done and is actually hardly noticed when holding the mouse. It's more that it is the natural position resting your hand at the table/desk. The front of the mouse shows that tilt as well and, again, the difference in textures. The scroll wheel is a nice soft rubber material yet hard enough that when pressed you actually get the reaction you expect. There is a switch below the scroll wheel a ways, but we'll cover what it does later.
I'll cut you a break from my talking – take a couple shots to just enjoy this mouse.
Taking a closer look at the G10 and G11 buttons you'll see they sit nicely off the left of the left click button. For my shorter reach I had to scoot up a little to reach them, but it wasn't too much of an issue. Having them linked to DPI levels kept me from having to use them urgently in battle. Bigger hands like Waco, or really probably most of the guys out there, this isn't even a problem. They are there just nicely in reach. Any time I find two buttons in an up or down pattern like this the general default is either DPI cycling or profile cycling, but you really can use them for anything you want.
Last but not least you can finally know what that little switch is for. The switch toggled down gives you a green light and toggled forward gives you blue lights! That's all it does. Okay, not really. The difference is actually an endurance mode (green) followed with a performance mode (blue), which ultimately effects the batter consumption of the mouse. Performance mode gives you the full 250 hours of uninterrupted game play with the full gaming grade qualities. The Endurance mode allows you to play longer - 1440 hours of solid use. The Logitech site doesn't say it directly, but it is clear that the polling rate is what changes between the two modes. When the battery is finally low – the indicator will blink in a cyan color to let you know to replace the battery, though you probably won't see it below your hand. Ultimately the mouse isn't too shabby; keep reading to see a couple flaws in the software as well as what I thought about the mouse in actual use and what rating I ultimately gave the Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse.