I fondly remember the late 90s, using a Logitech Wingman Gaming Mouse at the time. I felt it was the pinnacle of ball tracking performance. In the face of over hyped and poorly performing optical mice making their way to market, the Wingman was still king.
It wasn’t until 2002 that I made the move to optical. I did it with the Logitech MX500, which has changed my perspective on performance and ergonomics.
Between then and now I’ve loyally followed Logitech through the evolution of MX510, MX518, and now a G400, amidst a sea of highly marketed and highly "improved" pro gamer peripherals. Those improved products have found their way onto my eBay account, such as the Logitech MX 1000, or thrown at a wall in the case of my Logitech G500.
Apart from the odd gem, such as the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 and Razer DeathAdder 3G, I've spent years being pained by the false progress of lag burdened wireless solutions and inferior laser sensors.
Cue the Logitech G602.
Lag free wireless, finally
A phrase including "lag free" and "wireless" is no longer an oxymoron. Using the full bandwidth of its wireless receiver, the G602 runs at a 500Hz polling rate, equating to a 2ms response time. Yes, that’s slower than the 1000Hz, 1ms specification of the G700, however it’s worth noting that everyone’s beloved MX518 runs at 125Hz out of box, which is 8ms. The G500 and G700 both run at 500Hz out of box.
Having run 125Hz, 500Hz and 1000Hz on my previous succession of mice, I ultimately settled on 500Hz to ensure that my experience remains consistent on any machine that I use it on. Suffice to say, I’m very happy at 500Hz, and the lag of previous wireless mice really is entirely non-existent. It’s as responsive the G400 I’ve continued to compare it to side-by-side, amazingly so.
The weight equation
An added benefit of the G602 is that it’s lighter than the 158 gram G700. Even with both AA batteries, yielding 250 hours of use, the G602 weighs 5 grams less.
Running on a single AA battery, the G602 falls to 129 grams, still delivering a stellar 125 hours of use. The G400 comes in at a lighter 105 grams, but after many long hour gaming sessions with the G602 I’ve felt no wrist fatigue due to those additional 24 grams.
If you switch the G602 into endurance mode, which enforces a lower polling rate of 125Hz, you’ll find a staggering 1440 hours with two AA batteries, or 720 hours with a single battery.
Comparatively, the G700 will run for a mere 15 hours at 1000Hz, or about 30 hours at 125Hz.
What about the tracking performance?
We believe the G602 uses the same optical sensor as the G100s. It tracks far better than the positively accelerated G700, as well as most other mice for that matter.
Through my testing I’ve been unable to find fault. There has been none of the acceleration issues seen in laser sensors, nor any of the angle snapping - otherwise known as prediction - seen in many optical mouse sensors.
The G602 provides a brilliant 1:1 experience, which if isn’t of G400 “perfect sensor” calibre is as close to perfect as measurably possible.
But it’s all about the CPI, bro!
Actually, it’s not, so don't be hating on the G602's 2500 DPI maximum. Counts per inch, commonly referred to as dots per inch, isn’t a measure of accuracy. It’s simply a measure of how many pixels your crosshair will move per inches of movement on your mouse pad.
There’s a good reason that many professional first person shooter players continue to use 400 and 800 with their mice, and that’s because when you’re running a sensor far beyond its native tracking resolution it will actually hamper performance rather than improve it.
The G602 steps from 250 and up. If, like me, you're not interested in installing any settings software, the default steps are 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500. For reference, I’ve been running mine at 500 with a Windows sensitivity of 6/11 and raw 1.0 sensitivity in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Build quality and buttons
The overall build quality is superb, feeling nothing short of a refined, serious piece of hardware. There are a few features that some may miss, such as a tilt wheel and Hyperscroll, but to the lack of those I say good riddance.
My only complaint is a minor one, which is really a matter of preference more than anything else, being that there are perhaps too many buttons in the thumb area for my liking. Coming from a lineage of two thumb button Logitech mice, relearning my thumb placement for button pushes has taken some getting used to.
A decade since my move from ball to optical, I feel like we’ve finally made another leap of legitimate progress. This progress hasn’t come in the form of higher DPI, twin optical sensors, or interchangeable weights. This progress is Logitech ushering in the era of wireless gaming mice that match wired ones, bettering the tracking performance of many of them.
My stock pile of MX510 and G400 mice can now be retired, as I fearlessly trek into a future with a restored confidence that truly high performance mice will be designed and sold.
The recommended retail price of $109.95 may put some off, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. For just one more day however, you can pick one up at Mwave.com.au for just $69.99!
Believe the hype.