Oh, how one can miss those days of non-stop hardcore gaming, where determination and grit can be measured by how many empty cans and pizza boxes you have piled up. Sleep? Restroom breaks? You can do that when you’re dead.
Although we have to grow up and take on greater and more responsibilities (eventually,) a true gamer never really “ages out.” We just have to make the most of the gaming opportunities we get. For me, having less time means less patience to deal with technology-related bullcrap, namely rogue wires and under-performing equipment.
I’ve owned a Logitech G9 for over five years. Though not “perfect,” it has served my needs well enough to forego change. But recently, I’ve been upgrading my tech to better performance, mobile, or wireless devices. My desktop gaming hardware has been next on the list.
When Logitech released their G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, I couldn’t help but be drawn to it. 250 hours of gaming before having to recharge? Wired precision from a wireless mouse? Seeing as how the increase in my adult-related responsibilities have demoted me from “hardcore” to just “gamer,” I felt that this could be the exact thing for me.
Setup & Configuration
The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse comes with everything you need, except the software. Unless you already have it on your computer, you have to download the gaming software from Logitech. Run a quick update, then you’re good to go.
The gaming software immediately recognized my older Logitech G9 gaming mouse along with its current settings, which is cool.
The software interface is clean and easy for anyone to understand. All of the buttons are labeled and the drop-down menus for button-mapping are clear and consistent.
While I miss the Logitech G9’s left to right tilt-wheel, I love the array of buttons on the G602. There’s two layers of three buttons each for the thumb, three buttons for the index finger, one for the middle finger, and the scroll wheel makes eleven in total. That’s plenty of options without having excessive or crowded buttons.
You can save DPI settings to up to five levels, but only in 250 DPI increments. The sensitivity indicator on the left side of the mouse is perfectly visible while mousing, unlike my G9.
Configurations can be saved to the Logitech G602 itself, which lets you keep all your setting for the games you play. It’s handy if you’re going to be using someone else’s PC. The USB nano-receiver tucks into the bottom, right next to the batteries.
There is no comprehensive weight management system for this mouse, which is a small bummer. You could take one of the AA batteries for a minor weight adjustment, as the G602 only needs one battery for power. It simply cuts the play hours in half.
It’s easy to get used to the Logitech G602′s natural and comfortable design. This mouse floats like a dream. The shape itself favors a palm-style hold, where your entire hand rests on the mouse.
My hybrid style of mousing (mostly palm with some claw, depending) works with the G602, but I can tell that it would not be as good for claw-dominant mousers.
I don’t have the biggest hands out there (or smallest), but all of my fingers have a place to rest on the G602. Unfortunately for me, my thumb is only able to effectively reach and operate four of its six buttons at a time. I set the furthest two to changing the DPI levels, which works out. One’s thumb does not have to move that far to feel and press buttons. In fact, all of the buttons (especially thumb) are easy to individually distinguish by touch.
The Logitech G602 features a rubberized area, where the palm rests the most weight on the mouse. When you’re furiously gaming (or even having a non-furious yet extended gaming session), you’re going to get palm sweat. The rubber helps to provide friction so that the sweaty palm doesn’t budge much. So long as my palm is centered and fixed, my fingers and thumb maintain their ideal position. I can even stretch and flex my digits without having to completely readjust my hand and lose the sweet spot.
The rest of the mouse (for the thumb, ring, and pinky) has a textured surface not unlike that on my Logitech G9, but better. This sandpaper-y finish provides a non-slip grip for movement, but without being slick or clingy. At the end of a session, my palms can be wet but my thumb and fingers are dry by comparison.
Much thought went into the design of the thumb rest/wing. I’ve had raw and calloused thumbs in the past, where the side of my thumb made contact with the mousing pad or surface. The Logitech G602 provides a cozy place for the thumb, slightly elevated, that also improves control and handling.
In a word, flawless. I have the receiver plugged into the extension cord and kept nearby, just to ensure I don’t get any interference. The Logitech G602 beats my old G9 hands down (not really a fair comparison?). I’ve logged over 100+ gaming hours on the G602 and not once was I able to detect any skipping, lag, or unregistered button clicks.
The thumb buttons are easy to feel/find and have just the right amount of firm resistance. You can keep your thumb rested on the buttons while moving the mouse, and the buttons won’t click until you’re ready. No ultra-sensitive accidental hits (which I can’t stand).
All of the buttons on the mouse deliver a quick, clean, and satisfying click too.
I’ve been able to use the Logitech G602 with equal or greater success than my Logitech G9. The G602 delivers the speed and tracking I demand for most all of the games I play. The polyurethane sliders on the bottom have worked great for me on mats, glass, wood, tile, and smooth stone.
What I miss the most with the Logitech G602 is the option to set a DPI higher than 2500. I can absolutely positively tell the difference between the G602 cap of 2500 DPI and the 3200 DPI of my G9, even with everyday mousing. This aspect becomes even more apparent with larger monitors or screens. It’s not a deal-breaker to me, though after ten thousand (or so) gaming hours with the Logitech G9, I’m still finding myself adjusting to the lower DPI level of the G602.
Sadly, I’ve been terrible at keeping track of the battery life after 188 hours of playing (inclusive): Bioshock series, King’s Bounty: Armored Princess, Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II, and Call of Duty 4. By that time, I simply forgot the G602 was a wireless mouse!
I’ve just left it on, only remembering to turn it off every other day or so. The gaming software does keep track of the battery life, but with bars instead of a numerical indicator. It shows 3/5 left at the 188 hour mark.
As best as I can say, the Logitech G602 meets the listed 250 hours of gaming time on the performance setting. I don’t bother with the non-performance setting, which is ideal for over 1400 hours of casual or web-browsing use.
Some people might be turned off by the idea of using AA batteries instead of having a built-in rechargeable battery. I have a box of Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries to cover any and all battery-operated gadgets in the house. It’s no big deal.
All in all, the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse both looks and behaves like a high-performance, wired gaming mouse. Lefties are out of luck, as Logitech decided to create an excellent right-handed mouse instead of an average ambidextrous one. Even if you’re not a gamer, having a comfortable hand position while mousing is still key to reducing strain and injury. Endurance mode lets the Logitech G602 work well as a daily-use mouse, and all it takes is one flick of a switch to make it ready for some action.
Hardcore gamers might say that the Logitech G602 doesn’t have enough configurable buttons and/or a large enough DPI range and/or a cord for it to be considered a “hardcore gaming mouse” for fast-paced games. I tend to agree to a certain extent. Personally, I’d trade half a dozen buttons in favor of long-term comfort and design any day of the week.
The Logitech G602 caters to sweaty, long, and intense gaming sessions. The battery life and precision are outstanding. While I miss having the ability to set a higher, more sensitive DPI setting, I feel that all the features more than make up for it. If you’re in the market for a new gaming mouse, I definitely recommend at least giving the Logitech G602 a test drive. Unless you’re the most demanding and discerning of hardcore gamers, you’ll likely never go back to whatever mouse you’ve been using.