Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
There’s a good reason you don’t see many wireless gaming mice: while they’re great for most tasks, and they certainly look tidier on your desk, the last thing you want is your mouse dying mid-game - not to mention the potential of lag caused by the wireless connection. For most gamers, the benefits just don’t outweigh the potential drawbacks. Nevertheless, Logitech has a well-earned reputation for making solid gaming peripherals, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt with their latest gaming mouse, the wireless G602.
Sporting the kind of aggressive ergonomic style that you either love or hate, which includes one of the biggest thumb ledges we’ve ever seen, the G602 is unabashedly right-handed. As such, there’s really only one way to hold it: palm style. With that in mind, if you’re right-handed and use a palm grip you should find its curves quite comfortable. The thumb ledge does seem unnecessarily big - it’s about 20mm wide - but overall, we liked the feel of the mouse’s medium-height arch and relatively long shape.
The one thing we didn’t like was the weight of the G602, which tops the scales at a hefty 152g (most gaming mice weigh between 90-130g). At this weight, wrist fatigue is definitely a concern.
Mice with multiple thumb buttons, such as Razer’s Naga and Logitech’s G600, have become quite popular, especially with MMO gamers. However, they’re not so good for other games as you just don’t need that many buttons. The G602 tries to find a compromise by having six thumb buttons in two rows of three. This setup doesn’t deform the mouse’s shape with a huge thumbpad, but still offers you more buttons than a regular two-thumb-button mouse.
The G602 runs on two AA batteries, and offers two power modes: Performance and Endurance. According to Logitech, the mouse will get 240 hours on Performance mode, and 1,440 hours on Endurance. The modes can be toggled with a small switch found below the thumb-wheel (Up for Performance, Down for Endurance). Installing Logitech’s G602 software will also let you see a battery life indicator and you’ll also get a reminder when your batteries start to run low.
An interesting feature of the G602 is that it will actually run in both modes with just one AA battery inside. While battery life is halved in this setup, it functions a bit like a makeshift customizable weight system. Taking one battery out will cut the mouse down to 130g - still on the heavy side, but certainly much better. It’s also comforting to know that if you run out of juice, you can keep going if you find at least one working battery.
The G602 uses a 250 - 2500DPI Avago optical sensor. The sensor is very precise, and we didn’t detect any prediction or angle snapping. Despite the wireless connection, there wasn’t any hint of lag. Additionally, the sensor tracks well on all surfaces, and the mouse’s four large Teflon feet let it glide smoothly over all types of mouse mats.
All things considered, the G602 is a thoughtfully designed mouse that performed far better than we would have expected from a wireless gaming mouse. The battery level indicator and low battery warnings should give you ample warning time to switch in new batteries, and the mouse’s in-game performance is just as good as a wired connection.
Unfortunately, at 152g, it’s just too heavy for lengthy gaming sessions. You really start to feel it in your wrist after a couple of hours. Even after removing a battery, the G602 still weighs 130g. We only hope that Logitech releases a wired version (the batteries are what’s adding to the weight) or a lighter wireless version in future.
You can reduce the weight of the Logitech G602 by removing one of its AA batteries.