Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2013-09-22 13:22:08 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: January 23, 2014
Price: $79.99

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Introduction:

Recently we took a look at the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming mouse – what a beast it was. It was of great quality and in general just a great product, just as I'd expect from Logitech. So logically my next thought is to be just as impressed with the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming mouse we are taking a look at today. I'm actually in the market for a new wireless mouse as I start my Masters Courses in just a week (and yes I do occasionally game between classes – just don't tell!). The Logitech G602 is a relatively standard wireless mouse in the fact that it runs on batteries. It comes with two AA batteries that are discarded and replaced once dead. I'll go ahead and give you a spoiler – we'll be looking at the Logitech G700s next, which does have rechargeable batteries (though they are just simply Enloop batteries). If this were to be my daily driver mouse I would install Eneloops as well – just have to charge them externally. If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about; take a break and go Google "Eneloop". Just don't forget to come back!

Enough spoilers and enough about batteries – you can figure out how to deal with dead batteries, rechargeable batteries, etc, in your own Google time. Let's talk more about the G602 from Logitech. First and most obvious as we've mentioned it a few times already, is the fact that it is wireless! No cables, no mess, no getting stuck on the mess of cables or crap on your desk; it is total free movement. Battery life is expected to last up to 250 hours and worst case scenario when you can only find a single AA battery to replace the dead ones – the mouse will still run! There isn't a documented time on how long, but I would guess somewhere just under half depending on the settings. There are eleven programmable buttons giving you control over the mouse, as well as the option to set in game DPI switching capabilities. I for one, take great advantage of this option. It has a unique shape, designed to fit the natural shape of the hand and provide grip where it counts. Enough to get you interested? Read on to see more.

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The box for the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse gives us a little déjà vu of the box we saw when we took a look at the G510s and G19s gaming keyboards, also from Logitech. This still gets my attention as both the mechanical and computer side of me get giddy. The X-Ray view of the innards of this mouse just makes you want to build one, okay, not everyone gets that. I do enjoy game controllers etc. that allow you to see the inner workings; thus this box is equally exciting. The front of the box doesn't tell you much, just what you are buying, a "G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse" and a nice top down image of the mouse half in X-Ray. The back of the box goes to show off a little more giving details on a few of the features I already mentioned in the introduction. The sides of the box finish it off with the specifications and features, which I've documented fully on Page 4. I won't dwell long here as I know you are more interested to what is inside this box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming more common in mouse boxes is the fitted window that allows you to both see the mouse in nearly all its glory as well as feel the shape of the mouse to some limited amount. The front of this Logitech box opens up like a book and allows just that. Some more details are laid out telling you of the 250 hour battery life of this wireless mouse as well as what seems to be a new motto of Logitech "Science Wins". The windowed portion allows you to nearly pick up the mouse and at minimal get an idea of how the mouse is shaped. You are, again, reminded that the mouse is wireless with a little cutout also showing the wireless USB dongle neatly marked at 500Hz (guess it won't be interfering with your remote control cars).

 

 

 

Pulling out the neat blue triangular box, much like you may remember from the G600, the mouse is getting nearer to actually being in hand. Yet, I can't help but adore the simplistic yet marvelous packaging scheme here. No need for scissors or a knife to get her opened up! The little white box packs the quick start guide and warranty information that most of you will never look at. The rest of the contents are simply the mouse and USB dongle. The batteries are pre-installed so the mouse is near game-ready right away. You can see that the USB dongle comes with a nice extender in case you are a bit far away from your case for good reception. I ended up not needing it with the dongle plugged in the front of my case about 2-3 feet to my left. It is a pretty good looking mouse at first glance and I'm quite appreciative of no cables at this point (and not just for the sake of picture taking). The mouse is just the right weight with both batteries loaded – though I could shed the load by removing one of the two batteries since Logitech thought ahead and allow for functionality with only one battery. I'm excited to start using this mouse! Move on to the closer look pages to see some more pictures of the mouse itself as well as some of my thoughts about each aspect of this mouse.

 

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.

 

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The software for the Logitech G602 can be downloaded from the Logitech website. It turns out the software is basically the same package as the other Logitech mice – so having downloaded the software for the G600 the software now acknowledges I have the G602 and reorients itself accordingly. I like being able to get one package that works for most rather than trying to find a specific one, so in my opinion I'd rather have a slightly larger download. Anyway, the first page shows off the mouse itself. You know you have the right thing for sure now. You can switch between the on-board memory and Automatic Game Detection Mode, which allows you to run profiles stored on your mouse or profiles stored on your computer. The auto detection also sees some of the games you may have installed. It can then recommend specific actions from the game as plausible button options for the mouse. It is still ultimately up to you to decide, which is always nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since there is no lighting component to this mouse the software seems "less", but really the same great features are here just a couple pages less to deal with. The next page opens up Pointer Settings where you can set the number of levels to cycle through in DPI settings as well as the points at which each level is set. You can also select your Polling Rate. Here with the software open, you can switch between the Performance mode and Endurance mode to see the physical change in DPI, 500Hz to 125Hz.

 

Besides links to Facebook and Twitter or the Help Menu, the settings options is all that is left to the software this time (nice and simple!). The settings menu itself has four tabs. The General tab gives you options to start the software with Window's boot, and things such as allowing the software to scan for new games – giving you more profile options. The Notifications tab is quite short to the list. You can toggle the option on or off to have the battery indicator for low battery show on screen or not. I highly recommend this, as setting a button for battery indicator fails miserably. You can press it and have it show you full battery, time and time again. The software battery indicator will tell you different. You ultimately won't have the software open all the time (I don't, even with three monitors), so you WANT this notification to be ON.

The G602 page is quite simple, this is where you will be able to quickly verify your firmware version as well as grab a quick link to update it. The final tab Profile allows you to control profiles as well as have an optional hotkey to cycle through various profiles you have stored.

 

 

 

Ultimately the Logitech software is quite simple and easy to use. It is pretty obvious what each thing does and is easy to change back to defaults if you somehow get too mucked up. With this being the fourth use of the Logitech software recently – I highly approve of it!

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Specifications:

Part Number:
910-003820
Warranty Information:
3-year limited hardware warranty
System Requirements:
Windows® 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
Mac OS® X 10.6.8 or higher
Powered USB port
Internet connection and 100MB hard drive space (for optional software download)
Platform Compatibility:
Windows® 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
Mac OS® 10.6.8 or higher
Tracking:
Resolution: 250 – 2,500 dpi
Max. acceleration: >20G*
Max. speed: up to  2 meters/second (80ips)*
 
* Some profile settings require Logitech Gaming Software, available at www.logitech.com/downloads.
 
Responsiveness:
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
USB report rate: Up to 500 reports/second
Glide:
Dynamic coefficient of friction - Mu (k): .09*
Static coefficient of friction - Mu (s): .14*
Package Contents:
Mouse
Wireless receiver
Receiver extender cable
2 AA batteries, pre-installed
User documentation
Durability:
Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers
Battery Life & Wireless:
Performance mode: up to 250 hours*
Endurance mode: up to 1440 hours*
Wireless range: 3 meters**

 

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Features:

 

 

Information courtesy of: http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g602-wireless-gaming-mouse

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Testing:

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, photo-shopping, and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Results:

 

Everyday Use:

In everyday use this mouse, not surprisingly, does quite well. With literally no strings attached it is easy to sit back and browse the news without tangling yourself up – though I'm not sure this is a concern for most people. In Endurance mode (most recommended for non-gaming to get longer battery life) you may find yourself decreasing the DPI to compensate for the lower polling rate. No less, things are still easy enough to navigate and I found little noticeable difference from it while doing simple tasks. Having no cable also leaves a rather clean desk – helping me clean up the rest of my mess (with no cables to blame). Honestly, surfing the web, reading email, scrolling through humortrain, or navigating to troll at your favorite sites this mouse is likely no different than what you are using now. With that in mind, this mouse is still functional outside of gaming, so there is our first plus!

 

Working:

Working is often hard to define. With more work tending to be on the keyboard side of the world for me this category has gotten harder and harder to rationalize for mice. One key item that always comes up in a sort of "work" manner is Photo-shopping pictures for reviews, such as this. In Endurance mode I had a little difficulty in being as precise as I wanted to be, but I partially blame that on me tending to use the mouse more in the performance mode at higher polling rates. There is nothing wrong with the standard 125Hz polling rate seen in the Endurance mode, you just seem to notice it more after switching from higher rates (that's all). Beyond that, I really couldn't find anything work wise to complain about. The G600 was nice for setting macros with so many button options, but for some reason I tended not to with the G602 in terms of working. I preferred keeping the forward and back options intact leaving only a few other options, which didn't seem worth setting.

 

Gaming:

Gaming is why most of you are here. It is indeed a review of a "gaming" mouse. This is the first wireless mouse I have used that is also labeled for gaming. I've had a few other standard wireless mice designed for laptops and of course gotten by like anyone else. It was indeed nice having the sleek, well-fitting mouse that I'm used to having at my desk also available on the go without a long cable. It almost just feels expensive compared to that of what I normally use (likely because it does cost quite a bit more). Nonetheless, I felt my gaming stance was ultimately unaffected by having a wireless mouse at my desktop. I felt just as in control of the game as any wired mouse and only slightly defeated with the need to change batteries ever so often. If I'm worried about needing new batteries, I just toss a couple on my desk before starting an all-day game binge.

With the additional buttons I used a couple in game, but not quite as many as I thought I would have used (since I'd used so many from the G600). The buttons are within reasonable reach and very easy to click in game – so that wasn't it. It may have just been an odd week in gaming for me, but something kept me from wanting to use them this time. When I did finally get myself to use them it, wasn't too bad. I did find myself having a hard time distinguishing between which set of buttons I was using, the first third, second third, or back third. Eventually it got easier, but I still felt a little unsure as I pressed the buttons. Overall the extra buttons were nice, but I don't think that is what would make me buy this mouse per say.

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

Ultimately the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse did impress me. I'm usually not a fan of wireless mice due to the need to feed them their never-ending supply of power via batteries. However, this mouse lasted longer than I thought it would on its first set of batteries. I can't give you an exact time, but longer than my typical laptop wireless mice seem to last. Not having the cable dragging along the others behind my desk, which I admit are quite the mess, was amazing. No drag, nothing to get caught on; it was just simple and smooth mouse movement.

The six buttons on the side of the mouse weren't my thing. I didn't enjoy having the extra buttons as they all felt the same to my thumb. My only distinction was top to bottom. I eventually just set forward and back for browser purposes and left it at that. I ended up taking back buttons to the keyboard in games just for simplicity.

The cost of the mouse is also a bit of the ways up there. With a slight discount with Amazon showing $63.57 I'm still second guessing to recommend someone to go out and buy this mouse. I feel there is still a market out there for wireless gaming mice, as on the go – what could be better; but without a place to store the dongle, like most modern low level wireless mice, it's hard to love this one. On the go I just know that tiny dongle is going to be long gone – though yes if I was taking my laptop or desktop it could just stay plugged in.

Overall I think this mouse is on the right path for wireless gaming mice. I personally just don't think it is all the way there yet. For the cost, I'd much rather deal with a wired gaming mouse.

 

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