Log­itech G602 Wire­less Gam­ing Mouse

Lag-Free Wire­less

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TexT // JaMes lU

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.

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