By – John Williamson

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Logitech’s pedigree as a pioneering peripheral manufacturer is enviable and contains an illustrious back catalogue. One particular area of expertise is gaming mice and older products such as the MX518 are highly revered and still sell incredibly well on the second hand market. In 2015, there are a wide range of gaming mice targeted at fans of specific genres. MMO themed mice opt for a huge array of side buttons while FPS games require an extremely responsive sensor. Today, we are looking at the Logitech Hyperion Fury G402 which is touted as an “ultra fast FPS gaming mouse”. Coming in at competitive retail price of £34.99/$39.99, the G402 seems like a superb value-for-money proposition.

The G402 is neatly packaged in an environmentally friendly box which adopts a black and light blue art style. This contrast of colours combines in a striking manner to create an eye catching design. Coupled with the flamboyant product snapshot and clear specifications, the G402 packaging draws you in. On another note, the cardboard used is fairly durable and quite difficult to rip. Further protection is added through a plastic mould which cushions the mouse without complicating the unboxing process. Thankfully, there’s no need to rummage through plastic with a rough coating and potentially damaging your fingers. Included in the box is the mouse itself, a warranty guide and pamphlet directing you to the driver page.

From an aesthetic point-of-view, the G402 is quite simplistic featuring a matte black design and glossy accents which help accentuate the mouse’s unique shape. Aligned to the left on the palm surface is an illuminated blue Logitech gaming logo. Additionally, there are three blue indicators which signify the DPI sensitivity and positioned next to the corresponding buttons. Overall, the mouse isn’t groundbreaking in its colour scheme but the contrast between matte black and blue creates a sophisticated look.

The build quality throughout the G402 is predominantly good but there are some areas for improvement. For example, the left and right click utilizes industry leading Omron switches rated at 20 million presses. These have a tactile response and feel extremely responsive. However, other buttons including the sniper command and DPI switcher are constructed from cheap TTC switches. This leaves a poor impression as each click feels rather mushy and pales in comparison to the Omron buttons. Similarly, the scroll wheel is fairly loud and doesn’t have the smoothest mechanism I’ve used. It’s not a huge issue though as you adjust to the audible rubber material fairly quickly.

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Another issue revolves around the general button placement and lack of ergonomic design. Logitech decided to incorporate the DPI switches parallel to the left click. As a result, it’s quite easy to slip and unintentionally click the DPI buttons instead of left click. Furthermore, you have to stretch your left finger to alter the DPI on-the-fly instead of naturally gliding towards it. While the rest of the buttons are positioned fairly well, i found the DPI switches to be a huge pain in competitive twitch laden games.  I was also disappointed by the lack of a braided cable. The bundled lead is rubberized, quite thin and uses a USB adapter without gold plating. Obviously, the gold plating doesn’t have any major benefits, but consumers might feel it’s an odd omission given competitors use this on many other models.

On a more positive note, the G402’s sensor is superb and based on the am010. This optical sensor features Logitech’s custom designed Fusion Engine™ which offers a tracking speed in excess of 500 IPS. Coupled with a 1ms report rate, the G402 is extremely responsive in both low and high sensitivity modes. While the 500 IPS figure isn’t really necessary for normal usage, it’s a good example of how fast the sensor reacts. Throughout the testing procedure, the mouse behaved in an exemplary manner with competitive FPS games such as Counterstrike. The lift off distance was minimal and I wouldn’t expect anyone barring professional players to notice it. Even then. it’s very minor between 2-3mm. While I did detect a small degree of positive acceleration, it was much less than most gaming mice I’ve reviewed. More specifically, the maximum rated acceleration recorded was

In terms of comfort, the G402 is suited equally to palm grip and claw users but I would recommend it more to people with medium to large sized hands. I personally have tiny hands so didn’t expect the mouse’s curvature to fit my hand shape at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised and found it perfectly usable with a claw grip. When it comes to dimensions, the G402 is H136mmxW72mmxD41mm. The end result is a fairly large mouse but compact enough to suit a wide range of palm sizes. A lot of comfort the relies on the left thumb bridge which allows you to rest your hand in a natural posture.

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I have to commend Logitech for their matte coating which feels very soft and doesn’t attract huge amounts of dust. It also helps the mouse to retain a clean finish and rarely shows fingerprints or grease.  It’s important to reiterate that the mouse has no weight adjustability and is fixed at 144g. This doesn’t make it particularly heavy or overly light so it should be the perfect balance for the average customer. Expecting removable weights is a bit unrealistic at this price and I presume most people adjust to the weight instead of altering it.

Logitech’s Gaming Software has always been a highlight of their product range and the G402 is no different. The device is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor allowing for full customization of 8 buttons and advanced macros. Navigating the software suite is quite easy due to the reliance on clear visual icons. To setup a macro, simply click the button you want to alter, then select “Assign New Command”. One complete, a detailed menu will pop up allowing you to create a plethora of custom macros. Another feature of the software package is the ability to manually set DPI intervals for the 4 default slots.

The G402 supports a DPI range of 240-4000 and should provide enough flexibility for FPS players to find an optimal field to quickly switch between during gameplay. This is where the Sniper button is fantastic as you can quickly lower the DPI to as low as 240 for low sensitivity headshots. I’ve only scratched the surface on Logitech’s Gaming Software and there are other inclusions allowing you to alter the LED luminance and change between fully on or a breathing effect. Please note, this is not an RGB mouse so your options are quite limited. Finally, the software tests your tracking speed to see if you can properly explore the limits of the 500 IPS sensor. This does feel a little bit gimmicky though and I wouldn’t recommend hurtling you mouse around to test the response.

Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?

The Logitech G402 is well-rounded, ultra fast gaming mouse which offers exceptional value-for-money. While the device has minor flaws such as the poor DPI button placement, it doesn’t detract from the overall user-experience. There are better mice on the market, but nowhere near this price point. Based on the sensor alone, I would thoroughly recommend the G402 and believe it to be the best budget mouse out there today.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Summary:

TPG Hardware

  • Time Used – 57 Days
  • Acquisition Method – Review Unit
  • System Specs – Intel I7 4770K, 16GB RAM, Gigabyte GTX 980 4GB
  • Games Tested – CounterStrike GO, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite, Tropico 5
  • Software Used – MS Paint, Google Docs
  • Warranty – 2 Years
  • Price – £34.99/$39.00
  • Availability – Newegg, Official Site

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