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Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

/ Oct 30th, 2013 No Comments

At this point, Logitech needs no introduction. Back with a G-series product line focused on gaming, Logitech isn’t just making great mice and keyboards, they are making great gaming hardware with the style to match. With a full product line from mice to headsets, everything is being tweaked and adjusted to suit the demands of PC gamers. The newest addition to the G-series line up, the G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, looks to improve upon every aspect of the former generation.

The Good

The G602 retains the sloping hump from the G700, which is incredibly comfortable for palm grip users, while adding small ergonomic tweaks. Better contours form to the fingers and thumb, adding support along the outer edges. A variety of materials and finishes have been chosen not only to make the mouse easier to grip, but to give an idea of hand placement without having to look down. Button arrangement has been significantly improved. Six buttons rest at the thumb, while the two that adjust DPI settings now sit flush next to the left mouse button. Three indicator lights give an easy readout on how where the DPI is set.

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Performance was impeccable. Movement was smooth without any stuttering or latency issues. When compared to similarly priced wired mice, there were no noticeable differences between the wireless G602 and its wired contemporaries. Even on the gaming settings, batteries are rated at 250 hours, a significant increase over the previous wireless model. An optional economy mode boasts six months of battery life, lowering the polling rate and decreasing the amount of time for the mouse to enter sleep mode.

Logitech Gaming Software allows for programming multiple profiles and swapping between them, depending on which game is being played, as well as programming any of the eleven buttons and tweaking the internals of the mouse to one’s personal taste. The software is straightforward and lightweight and helps take advantage of every aspect of the mouse. The G602 sports a very reasonable price at $79.99, placing it well below comparable wireless gaming mice.

The Bad

When compared to the G700, the G602 excels in every aspect. However, the complete removal of the USB cable could be an issue for some, as it was a godsend when batteries died during important gameplay sessions. The substantial increase in battery life with the G602, as well as the mouse being able to run while one battery is dead, should more than make up for the omission. For a gaming mouse, some may find the maximum 2,500 DPI to be on the low side, with some gaming mice exceeding the 10,000 DPI mark. The increase in sensitivity brings its own problems and 2,500 DPI is not as if the cursor is moving through virtual molasses. It is an understandable compromise for what the G602 is doing.
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Overall

The G602 does everything right. The overall shape and small contours add that extra bit of comfort and support. The varied finishes separate one section of the mouse from another and add a unique look. Logitech continues to release products that are not only great for gaming, but also extremely comfortable and economical for everyday use. The G602 performs admirably across all game genres and is one of the most comfortable mice on the market, making it perfect for home and office use. It provides the best of both worlds at a very reasonable price.
 

Chance Asue

Chance Asue

Associate Editor & Multimedia Specialist at Gaming Illustrated
Chance Asue is a self-taught computer builder and hardware junkie. His favorite game franchises include Pokemon, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy. He is Gaming Illustrated's Multimedia Specialist and reviews the latest hardware tech.
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LOGITECH G602 WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall93%

FUNCTION9

Great mid-range gaming performance with high end build quality and tech. Compromises could be an issue for enthusiasts.

DESIGN9.5

One of the most comfortable and beautiful mice on the market. More than enough buttons to program and an incredible jump from the previous models. As much a joy to look at as it is to use.

VALUE9.5

The G602 offers more than previous offerings, with better build quality, finishes, battery life and more at a lower price.