Price: Australia, February 2017, Computer Alliance $65AUD

PACKAGING

Packed neatly into Logitech familiar G-series packaging, there is a ‘preview door’ which allows you to somewhat feel the mouse and decide if it is comfortable for you to use. This is only really applicable in retail stores however it is nice that Logitech has designed the packaging in this way.

WP_20170220_16_01_05_ProThe mouse through the preview door in the packaging. Why are the batteries oriented incorrectly in the graphic on the door? ….. C’mon Logitech, get it together.

DESIGN

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse features a plastic chassis with an asymmetric design. The sides of the mouse are finished in a rough rubber coated plastic that I feel may wear over time and become shiny but I haven’t used it long enough to experience that. The top of the mouse has a ribbed soft rubber coated plastic which helps to reduce sweaty hands. The left and right-mouse buttons are plastic with a semi-matte finish and the mouse wheel is a rubber coated plastic. Somewhat disappointingly Logitech did not choose to use genuine Teflon mouse feet, instead using polytetrafluoroethylene feet (though they are chemically similar). I am thinking that Logitech decided to do this to save costs.

WP_20170220_16_23_32_ProThe tiny USB receiver and G602 mouse.

The mouse uses 2 AA batteries but if the mouse feels too heavy you may remove either of them to lighten the mouse and/or to move the centre of mass. Note though that unlike other wireless mice (including those from Logitech such as the MX Master, G700s and G900) it cannot be recharged using a USB cable – instead needing its battery replaced when it completely discharges. The ongoing cost of AA batteries can be reduced by using rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (which is what I will be doing once the supplied Duracell alkaline batteries have discharged). The USB wireless receiver can be stored in a dedicated slot located in the battery compartment.

There are 2 silver buttons to the left of the left-mouse button which change the G602’s DPI and a toggle switch behind the mouse wheel changes between ‘Performance’ (Blue) and ‘Endurance’ (Green) modes – though I suggest only using the ‘Performance’ mode. There are also 6 side mouse buttons where can be programmed though 2 of them default to browser back and forward buttons.

BUILD QUALITY

Despite the plastic chassis and the relatively low price point for a wireless gaming mouse, the build quality is great. The mouse has a nice centre of mass and the plastics do not warp or squeak when using it normally. Note that some care must be taken when transporting the mouse as I found that the pointed corners on the end of the mouse buttons would catch on things (especially the right mouse button as it is extended). The mouse wheel does not squeak either when in use and the 6 side mouse buttons feel good to press but feel a little loose when you are trying to identify which button to press by feel.

SOFTWARE

The G602 utilises Logitech’s ‘Logitech Gaming Software’ where you can also customise settings of other Logitech devices (e.g. G910 keyboard). The software allows you to customise where each of the five DPI stages are and if you find five stages are too many you can reduce these too. There is also an automatic profile mode where the software detects what program you launch and changes the mouse’s settings according to customised settings. There is also the usual macro editor and firmware updater. Something quite cool is that you can store settings on the mouse so you can carry the mouse with you and use it on other computers without losing any of your settings. Nice!

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The software provides macro assignment, DPI level customisation and more options.

PERFORMANCE AND USE

My everyday mouse is a 2012 Razer Mamba so I made sure to use the G602 over two weeks to accustom myself to it. Initially I found the mouse to feel a little bit too heavy so I removed one of the two AA batteries. After doing this I found the mouse to be very comfortable and I didn’t suffer any wrist fatigue even after a couple of hours playing Overwatch. However I found that the mouse did not glide as well as it should have if it used genuine Teflon mouse feet (like on some Razer mice).

WP_20170220_16_23_43_ProThe polytetrafluoroethylene mouse feet. Note the extra pair of feet surrounding the sensor. Neat.

The left and right-mouse buttons are slightly contoured for fingers and click nicely in games and I never had any unwanted clicks and no dreaded accidental double clicks. The mouse wheel had good steps and I could select weapons and equipment just fine in Battlefield 1. However the smooth rubber coating on the mouse wheel is a little slippery and I sometimes did not manage to move the mouse wheel accurately because of this. The silver DPI switching buttons next to the left-mouse button were convenient when playing FPS games (especially Battlefield where I prefer a higher sensitivity when driving tanks) and I never accidentally pressed them though they feel a little mushy. It should be noted that there is a maximum 2500DPI which is quite a bit lower than many other mice at this price point but this should be enough for most gamers.

IMG_20170314_163836Size comparison between Logitech M950 (left), Logitech G602 (middle) and Steelseries Rival 300 (right).

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The side mouse buttons are of a good size and all feel consistent however they take a little while to get used to as they all feel much the same so I found myself clicking wrong buttons sometimes but as I used the mouse more this became less of an issue.

IMG_20170314_163741The 6 side mouse buttons are solid to use and improve functionality. Note the mouse’s profile and surface materials.

Now for the elephant in the room….wireless performance. It’s actually great! I couldn’t feel any extra lag when compared to wired gaming mice such as the Razer Deathadder Elite and Steelseries Rival 300. It really is a nice mouse to use and being wireless means there won’t be any cable snags. Battery life is also good – utilising ‘Performance’ mode and running on the one AA battery yielded me about 8 days of use with an hour of gaming per day. Note that I didn’t use ‘Endurance’ mode much as I found the mouse became a bit laggy however battery life is claimed to be much improved with this setting. Wireless range is fairly mediocre and it really takes a big hit past 2.5-3 metres from the receiver so I would suggest not using this mouse if you want to game in a living room. Also it should be noted that the G602 does not work with Logitech’s unifying receiver and that there is no wired mode for it either.

FINAL THOUGHTS AND RATING

The Logitech G602 is a great wireless mouse. Are there areas to improve? Yes but nothing that is deal breaking in my opinion. The mouse feet are a little on the rough side, the mouse wheel is a little slippery and the 6 side buttons are unidentifiable. It’s also a bit heavy with 2 AA batteries installed but easily resolved by removing one battery. Overall though, these are quite small problems especially when you consider just how cheap the mouse is at a street price of $65AUD compared to Logitech’s own G403 and G900 wireless gaming mice ($99AUD, $160AUD respectively) and Razer’s Wireless Mamba (~$190AUD).

Build Quality 9/10

Comfort 8.5/10

Performance 8.5/10

Battery Life 9.5/10

OVERALL 9/10

If you need a wireless gaming mouse you really can’t go wrong with the G602 for the price but if you can afford it and justify the extra money, there are better options out there.

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