Nowadays, when you’re looking to acquire a new gaming mouse, it wouldn’t be beneficial anymore to still look at the same old specifications like its DPI level or the type of sensor that that the mouse uses. This is because things have gotten rather stale in this regard. I mean, what’s the point of knowing the maximum DPI that the mouse can possibly achieve when most mice today is capable of achieving over 5000 DPI? Also, there’s practically no difference between an optical mouse and a laser mouse because any serious gamers would be using a mousepad which essentially nullifies the advantages that you can get from a laser mouse anyway. There are many more important things that should be considered instead, like whether you should get a wireless mouse or stick to wired options or whether the gaming mouse has enough buttons to bind all of your shortcut keys onto it.
For anyone who’s looking for a wireless mouse for gaming, one of the most important questions would be: How long can the batteries last? There have been so many occasions whereby I have gotten my raid group wiped out just because my mouse had run out of batteries. That panicky few moments where you’ll be scrambling out of the chair and rummaging through your drawers for replacement batteries are certainly not fun at all. After those experiences, I started avoiding wireless mice as much as I can. The constant reminders that you have to keep up can be a real pain especially when you just want to enjoy a good gaming session and just forget about the stress of your work and your responsibilities. With the latest Logitech G602, this might actually be possible.
The G602 is a wireless mouse that is apparently able to last for many more hours compared to any other wireless gaming mice on the market. The best part is that it doesn’t involve the use of more than 2 AA-sized batteries and Logitech has always issued reports which states that it can easily be used for over 200 hours in a single runtime or in its “power-savings” mode, even over 1,000 hours. My current Razer Orochi can only withstand up to 15 hours of continuous usage and even then, I find it quite impressive for a gaming mouse. If you take a look at this website, which talks about the best gaming mouse (Redragon Mammoth, as of this moment), you can probably see what I’m trying to get at here. If the Logitech G602 is able to do that at more than 10 times the durability, it would easily be the most powerful mouse ever. Are there any drawbacks included with this gaming mouse? Sure, there is. Instead of the usual 5000+ DPI that you’d get with any gaming mice these days, the G602 is only capable of achieving up to 2500 DPI. Oh, and the sensor is optical rather than laser. Do these lesser features make any difference at all? Well, not so much if you’re not an extremely competitive gamer. Let’s face it, most of us will never use anything past 3,000 DPI anyway as doing so doesn’t grant you any advantages in terms of the precision which you should ultimately be looking out for. Furthermore, a laser sensor isn’t that important unless you’re planning on using it on glass surfaces. Otherwise, an optical sensor will do just fine.
The only thing that could potentially cause the G602 to be much less desirable is the fact that the polling rate is limited to 500 Hz. Most gaming mice nowadays is easily capable of reaching a polling rate of 1000 Hz. How important is this? Well, let’s just say that the mouse cursor will be updated every 2 millisecond instead of 1 millisecond. Taking into account the transmission delay both ways, you’ll be looking at a 2 ms disadvantage from using the G602 compared to other mice, regardless of what game it is you’re playing. Whilst it is virtually negligible, I can imagine how some of the more hardcore gamers would be thinking right now. Every millisecond of delay is essential to them and they would certainly not sit well with this additional disadvantage that they have. It could also lead to a placebo effect and their performance may degrade noticeably. That much can be said about the situation.
For all those other average gamers, we can rejoice in the fact that we’ll never have to recharge our wireless gaming mouse for weeks or even months at end. I know for sure that I’ll be one of those queuing up to purchase this excellent product when it comes out within a few months’ time.