I bought the Logitech G402 along with the Logitech G610 Orion that I recently reviewed. Whilst it’s no MX Master, the G402 has some useful features for the day-to-day user, desktop based professional or the casual gamer – any of whom do not have £90 to spend on a mouse alone.
- 8 programmable buttons
- Fusion Engine High-Speed Tracking
- On-the-fly DPI switching
- 240 – 4000 dpi
- Lag free 1ms report rate
- Ergonomic design
- Highly durable
Setup and install
Once again, the setup and install of Logitech’s device is incredibly simple. Out of the box, the G402 Hyperion Fury has effectively plug-and-play functionality! Only if you wish to customize buttons, breathing effects and DPI Shift levels do you need to go out of your way to download a quick and simple piece of software.
The G402 is pre-configured in a way that 95% of users could pick it up, plug it in and never need to customize it. Only would a dedicated professional or high-end gamer really want to fiddle and fine-tune the standard setup.
Logitech G402 design and build quality
The G402 Hyperion Fury is another device that Logitech market towards gamers, yet there’s nothing particularly “gamer” about the device. Yes, there’s a couple of lights, yes the design is slightly more aggressive than a bog-standard mouse and yes there are programmable keys – none of which should be dedicated to gamers!
Regardless of how the mouse is marketed – the G402 is very well built. The mouse is made wholly of plastic with a matte black finish that is similar to the top side of the G610 Orion. There is also a small section of the mouse that has the same shiny finish as the side panels of the G610.
Unfortunately, there is a minor difference between the two devices (they’re not marketed as being a “bundle” at all) the LED’s on the G402 mouse are blue and the LED back-light’s on the keyboard are blue. I kind of wish that the LED’s on the G402 had a couple of options (blue and white for example) to match the general colouring of the G range of keyboards.
The G402’s USB cable is built in and is made of a matte rubberized material. Unfortunately, while the cable isn’t braided, the connectors are pretty sturdy and the cable is 2m long – meaning plenty of slack when plugged in to your computer!
The bottom of the mouse is relatively uninteresting. Aside from modest branding and some patterning, there is only a small port to allow the mouse to operate. While the mouse is not a darkfield mouse, it is still an optical mouse and can track at “speeds in excess of 500 inches per second” and can track acceleration in excess of 16G’s, all thanks to the on-board Fusion Engine Hybrid Sensor (laser + “Delta Zero”).
Including the main right/left click buttons and the scroll wheel, there are a total of 8 customizable buttons on the mouse. These can be programmed via Logitech’s Gaming Software to perform an array of tasks, ranging from generic back/forwards functionality, to macro functionality or to on-the-fly DPI shifting! Each of the buttons is ergonomically laid out and well within reach of either a finger or your thumb, meaning you’re always within quick reach of that macro or that DPI shift – perfect for gamers, digital artists or (surprising) Excel power users!
Logitech Gaming Software and customizing the G402’s functionality
Expanding on the above, Logitech’s Gaming Software allows full control over almost all aspects of the mouse. From changing the polling rate to controlling the breathing speed of the G logo, the Gaming Software permits you a pretty fine level of control over any and all customizable features.
As you can see above, I have my button layout fairly standard. Whilst I did experiment with macro’s and other functionality, I found that the standard layout suited me perfectly for web browsing, file browsing and any other work that may come my way.
I, personally, really quite like the DPI Shift functionality. What this essentially allows you to do is either drop or increase your DPI to a set level. I have mine set to drop all the way to 240 DPI, meaning my mouse movements become significantly lessened on screen. A suitable situation for this would be where you need fine control over some art you are creating and don’t want your mouse shooting around the screen. Another situation where the DPI Shift funcitonality comes in useful is in FPS (First Person Shooters). You can run around with your DPI setting as high as possible (4000 DPI in the case of the G402), however at the press of a button you can drop your DPI to the lowest setting possible – think running around with a machine gun then switching to a sniper rifle, the level of control required is significantly different!
So, who is this mouse for? Well, you may have guessed from my slight ranting that while this mouse is marketed at gamers, I also believe that this mouse is well-suited towards other end-users (similar to my summary of the G610!!).
Whilst I can fully appreciate that the business/professional market is significantly smaller than the “gaming” market when it comes to bespoke peripherals (most will simply use bundled mice + keyboards in order to save a bit of money), there is still a small market there. I know for a fact that the ability to shift from a high DPI to low DPI at the press of a button is an incredibly useful feature for graphics designers, animators or video editors who haven’t yet made the move to graphics tablet/stylus. I’ve also found this feature to be extremely helpful when working on massive, zoomed out spreadsheets when trying to click on a single cell.
Regardless of the approach to marketing, Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury is an incredibly well-built product. When I purchased my unit, I paid just shy of £39 (just shy of $50 at the time) which some will argue is steep for a mouse alone – especially when you can buy some keyboard and mouse bundles for the same (if not half of the) price – but when you take into consideration the level of customization available to you with the 8 programmable keys via incredibly quick and simple to use software, the DPI levels that you can adjust on the fly a the click of a button, the rather nice ergonomics/fit in the hand and comfort while using – I’d argue that this mouse definitely more than pays for itself in the long run. I’ve found that when compared to a bog-standard no-frills bundled mouse – any wrist ache I experienced is no more. I can power through an entire day without the need to shake my hand/wrist and have no aching. The only other mouse I’ve ever used that has had a similar effect is the MX Master (UK / US) which is by far the MOST incredible mouse to use, but typically well over double the price of the G402.
If you’re in the market for a mouse with around £40/$40 to drop on it and are looking for a relatively simple design, comfortable ergonomics with some nice additional features with potential to use for either gaming, in an office or even in a home office/on-the-go – I’d highly recommend this mouse to you!
Logitech’s website: http://gaming.logitech.com
G402 Hyperion Fury Product page: http://gaming.logitech.com/en-gb/product/g402-hyperion-fury-fps-gaming-mouse