[section_title title=”Performance”] Performance
The G602 is quite a comfortable mouse to use overall and a major part of this is thanks to the button location. Firstly, there is no centrally located buttons on the top of the mouse. Having buttons on the top just below the scroll wheel is a bane of mine as not only do I find it generally un-comfortable to reach and use, it’s also not efficient in terms of reaching there during game as you either have to sacrifice your index finger or your middle one to reach those buttons. Having the DPI buttons defaulted to the G buttons on the LMB is an ideal place, in my opinion, and the buttons themselves have a good level of protrusion as to not be pressed by accident.
Moving onto the G buttons located on the left side of the mouse and they’re awesome too. In most scenarios I think you’d find yourself having control of four buttons near-immediately thanks to the thumb placement. The rear most buttons take some use to getting use to and required me to bring my thumb right back but the buttons themselves become quite distinguishable to the touch and it’s easy to swap between button ’3′ and ’6′ as it were.
The rest of the mouse is just as easy to use too. The thumb rest is a massive help in terms of relaxing your grip, my only gripe here is that there isn’t one on the right side as well. Mouse buttons and the scroll wheel all have a nice click to them, with the scroll wheel having a really good level of feedback and also force needed to click it. The only other thing that springs to mind is I’m not sure what type of grip the mouse is designed for, if any. I found myself resorting to a sort of claw grip but this means you miss out on the thumb rest during gaming. I tried switching to a ‘palm’ type grip and found my little finger dragging on the mouse pad.
Primarily the focus of this review and raison d’etre is for gaming purposes and the G602 didn’t fail to deliver.
As most of you know by now, League of Legends is my main online game and the G602 was perfect for the job. The game devs recently introduced a new active item slot to the game which I had been finding hard to accommodate with my play style, but with the ease of access to the G602′s side buttons my new-item-slot woes have gone. Indirectly, I know my actual gameplay has improved because of this. I was a little put off by the buttons at first as I’m used to only two ‘function’ buttons on my usual mouse but I found myself deferring to the G602 after a few games over my keyboard allowing me to free up more keys for items, call outs and the like. In terms of tracking, I found the mouse perfect for League of Legends. I never felt like the polling rate or relatively limited DPI was holding me back, or, that the wireless capability of the device wasn’t up to scratch. In terms of League of Legends, I’ve hated going back to my Mamba.
Battlefield 4 next, and the transfer to the G602 was just as pain-free and productive as it was with League of Legends. DPI switching in an FPS is obviously more of a requirement than in a MOBA and I settled on three modes (from the five max) and found it adequate for sniping, mid-range and all out 2500DPI mode for quick panning in vehicles. Again, I gave the (comparatively) new buttons available to me and assigned ‘melee/knife’ to a G key from its usual spot on the scroll-click and melee kills certainly became more attainable. A few times on other mice I’d be the victim of a spongy scroll-click not registering and putting an end to my CQC – not anymore! It also helps being able to assign vehicle functions to the mouse or seat switch as you can often come up short in multiplayer with these if you’re not fast enough on the keyboard. All in all, a positive, upgraded experience from my usual mouse.
I was initially disappointed to see that the G602 didn’t ship with a rechargeable battery, but if that isn’t an issue for you then the battery performance has been phenomenal. In terms of life, from my own experience during the review that battery meter is at around 60% on the two included AA batteries and this is after, roughly speaking, at least 24 hour’s worth of League of Legends alone – not including Battlefield 4, general browsing and computer use; using it whilst writing this review. For comparison sake, I think I get around 6 hours League of Legends time from my Mamba.
The above battery life was whilst using the G602 in its performance mode rather than endurance one. This is worth pointing out because whilst general computer use doesn’t suffer from the limited 125Hz polling rate of endurance mode, gaming does, and noticeably so – especially for League of Legends. After seeing the battery stats during performance mode I’d think endurance mode would be a niche, really, so the lack of performance shouldn’t be an issue but it is there where games are concerned.
So, what do I think of the G602 overall? Let’s find out!