There are few, if any, names in PC peripherals bigger than Logitech. Over the years pretty much everyone who has used a PC will have used one of their devices, whether it is as an enthusiast who goes out and buys one or as an office worker whose work PC uses a rebranded Logitech keyboard or mouse as part of their system. Nowadays as well as the more generic parts Logitech also have a heavy focus on gaming through their G series. Today we have one of the latest G series mice from Logitech attached to our system for review. Read on to find out how the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury does.
With the G402 Logitech are taking quite an aggressive approach to pricing and as a result we get a compact but stylish box with little inside, just a few leaflets. For the software we head over to the Logitech support site and download the latest version, which we will look at later in this review.
The Logitech G402
The top view of the Logitech G402 is shown above. It uses a mainly plastic chassis with textured surface and our G logo lights up in blue when the mouse is on. The left and right buttons are rated for 20million clicks and we have an overall warranty of 2-years. In terms of dimensions the G402 measures 136x72x41mm (LxWxH) and the mouse weighs 108grams, rising to 144g with the cable included. Speaking of that cable it is 7ft in length, plastic coated and ends in a silver USB 2.0 connector capable of 1ms response with 16bit/axis.
Turning to the left side of the Logitech G402 we find a rubber grip area where our thumb sits, something which is mirrored on the right. Two thumb buttons are present as are two DPI switching buttons towards the front of the mouse and just beneath them are our DPI indicator LEDs. Also worthy of note is the third thumb button which is our sniper button, dropping the DPI to a low setting to maximize accuracy.
Turning to the base of the G402 we find four feet which are guaranteed for 250km and offer static coefficient of friction at .09 µ (k) with dynamic coefficient of .14 µ (s) (tested on wood-veneer). The optical sensor is found in the center of the base and it has a resolution of 240-4000dpi with maximum acceleration of 16G and maximum speed of 500ips. Also present on the mouse is a 32bit-arm processor and storage for mouse profiles.
The Logitech Gaming Software control panel can be downloaded from their site and installs in a minute or so. We get options in the installer that allow us to add extras such as Ventrilo chat. Once that is complete we can go into the main control screens, but before that, the second image above shows a secondary area of the software where we can perform actions such as clicking through to social media or updating the mouse firmware.
In the main configuration screens for the Logitech G402 our first screen gives us access to choose where our profiles are accessed from, or enter the less important settings shown in the last section. By clicking the mouse we move on to the main settings for the mouse. In there we can configure the eight buttons on the mouse as well as tweak the DPI level (or profiles) and report rate. Next up are illumination settings which allow us to set the logo (on, breathing, brightness, timeout) and DPI status. Our final main screen then lets us configure the Fusion Engine between on and off and two handy dials show the impact of the setting for us.
User Experience and Conclusion
So what is this Fusion/Fury feature all about? Well essentially it takes our 4000DPI sensor and accelerates it using an accelerometer/gyro. It’s a reasonable approach to creating a fast mouse and we noted no issues with this approach (You can see more about it here in Logitech’s video). That said those wanting to use the Logitech G402 at the fastest setting will be in the minority. For my use, and everyone else in the office, DPI levels tend to sit in the midrange, or lower… which is where the handy sniper button comes in.
So as far as the enhanced speed goes, it is always better to have a feature and not need it, than need it and not have it. Elsewhere on the mouse we have a set of buttons which have a decent feel to them and for palm and claw grip users the mouse should be comfortable enough. We like the textured surface on top and the weight is good also, light but not too lightweight.
The only significant change we would make to the design would be to change the DPI LED’s. We have four settings and 3 LEDs. So Logitech try to use the three to make four light combinations… if they would just use 4 and the bar fills up the faster/higher you go! On the software front Logitech have an intuitive control panel. It seems a bit silly to have some of the settings in a different interface rather than another “tab” but that isn’t too much of an issue.
So that brings us to value where the Logitech G402 retails for $59.99/£49.99 which is very much midrange for a gaming mouse. What we get is a decent quality body, good performance and a nice software suite. All in all, well worth our recommended award.