Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury

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Pros

  • Very comfortable to use
  • Lightweight
  • Great button positioning and response
  • Easy DPI switching

Cons

  • No weights system
  • Doesn't look very premium

Key Features

  • Review Price: £49.99
  • 240 - 4,000 dpi
  • 32-bit ARM processor
  • 8 programmable buttons
  • On-the-fly DPI switching
  • >500ips tracking speed

What is the Logitech G402?

Logitech has a long and enviable

history in the gaming mouse market and its latest model looks set to

continue that line. While it may not include every possible feature, it

packs in a high-speed, high-sensitivity laser sensor, a 32-bit ARM

processor and oodles of programmable buttons, so it’s got all the

performance you should need.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: Design

One

of the areas where the Logitech G402 doesn’t really impress is design.

The matte and glossy black plastic combination is certainly not

offensive but neither is it all that inviting, plus the offset glowing

blue G logo doesn’t really do much for us – it’s all a bit incoherent.

Other mice like the Corsair M45 or Steel Series Sensei give off more of a

sense of cohesion.

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There are no premium materials here either,

for what good they do. There’s none of the Aluminium of the Corsair M65

or the snazzy braided cables of many premium models. Here the cable,

while perfectly long and relatively kink-free, is plain rubber.

All told there’s a sense that this could just as well be a cheap Chinese knock off so far as design is concerned.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: Ergonomics

While

the G402 may not look the part in use it most definitely feels it. The

matt finish feels great under your hand and fingers while the contouring

is near perfect.

Now clearly there’s always a degree of

personal preference when it comes to mouse ergonomics but to this

reviewer the G402 absolutely nails it.

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The Logitech G402 is longer and slimmer than the Corsair M45

The elongated

gently-curved top section supports the hand nicely when in a more

relaxed position while the scalloped, rubberised sides provide a really

firm grip when moving the mouse with thumb and little finger.

The

flared section under the thumb-grip also really helps the thumb to not

slide off. In contrast, the Steel Series Sensei’s fairly flat sides can

almost cause the thumb to slip under the mouse.

Further subtle

tweaks include the chamfered edges round the base of the mouse, which

help ensure the mouse doesn’t dig into your mousemat – a particular

hindrance when quickly raising and moving the mouse in FPS games. The

Corsair M45 doesn’t have this and digs in awkwardly.

Finally, we

come to the buttons and again, to this reviewer, they’re almost

flawless. For a start all the buttons are excellent in terms of

responsiveness. They all click instantly rather than having a stodgy,

delayed feedback.

They’re also placed perfectly. Clearly the two

main buttons and the scroll wheel fall easily into place – it really

would be something to get that wrong – but then there are the Back and

Forward buttons that sit just perfectly above the thumb. Here they’re as

close as can be yet aren’t prone to accidentally being hit.

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Likewise

the two buttons that sit just to the left of the Left-Click button.

These are for adjusting DPI and again they’re really easy to reach yet

don’t get in the way. So good are they that we’ve been forced to change

our mind about multiple DPI settings. We’ve long been in agreement with

SteelSeries that most of the time you only really need two DPI settings –

fast and slow – when gaming and that having a single button to switch

between the two is all that’s needed. However, so convenient did we find

the G402’s buttons that we ended up regularly switching between

multiple settings.

Finally there’s the ‘sniper’ button, which

sits just forward of the thumb. This is for momentarily reducing the DPI

while it’s pressed, so you don’t need to adjust the DPI up and down

manually. We found this a little less convenient because it requires

adjusting your grip to move the thumb forward, but it works and this

location has become the standard for this feature.

One final word on the overall ergonomics, in case you hadn’t noticed, this is a right-handed mouse only.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: Features

The

headline feature of this mouse is its 500inches per second (ips) sensor

speed. IPS is usually the top speed at which the optical or

laser sensor stops being able to consistently tell how the user has

moved the mouse, and it usually tops out around 100-150ips. However,

what Logitech has done with the G402 is combine the laser sensor with an

accelerometer and gyroscope.

This allows the onboard processor

to fill in the blanks so that the mouse still reports a reasonably

accurate movement. It’s the same principle as employed by some sat navs

to report a more accurate location. Logitech claims this technology

allows the G402 to remain accurate at speeds of over 500ips.

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Powering all

those extra calculations is the other headline feature, the 32-bit ARM

processor. There’s not word on exactly what processor this is.

As

well as this very high speed, the sensor is also rated to 4,000 dpi and

the mouse can report at intervals as low as 1ms. Neither are class

leading figures but they’re competitive with other high-end mice.

That’s a

pretty impressive set of pure performance features but when it comes to

the extras, the G402 isn’t shouting so loudly. For those that see a

point to such things, they’ll miss the lack of a weights system – for that you’ll have to opt for the G502. There’s

also no adjustability of the shape nor inbuilt memory for storing your settings for use on different

computers where you can’t install the driver.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: Software

To

get the most out of the Logitech G402 you’ll need to download

Logitech’s Gaming Software. Here you can change the functions of all the

buttons, fine tune the DPI settings, change the polling rate, adjust

the lighting for the logo, and there’s even a tool for testing how fast

you can move your mouse!

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The latter is a rather comical addition

as we gave it a go and found that to get anywhere close to 100ips – let

alone 500ips – we were having to move the mouse so furiously there’s no

way any gamer could come close in the heat of battle. That said, the

extra leeway is always welcome.

Overall it’s very clearly laid out and easy to use.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: Performance

While

a lot of the numbers mentioned in gaming mouse specs does sound like

snake oil the results are clear. Tracking performance of the G402 is

flawless. Sure a lot of high-end laser gaming mice are as good these

days but it’s always good to be reminded of just how good these mice

are.

Comparing to even good optical mice or lower end gaming models there’s a clear distinction.

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Should I buy the Logitech G402?

Priced

at around £49, the Logitech G402 is competitively priced for such a

high-performance mouse. So, combined with its great ergonomics it makes

for a great buy if pure performance is your concern.

That said, there are plenty of other very good

gaming mice that do have a few more physical features to show for the

money and the design here just doesn’t look that premium. If you can look past that, though, it’s a great buy.

Verdict

While it may not be the

most attractive gaming mouse on the market the Logitech G402 Hyperion

Fury absolutely delivers where it matters. It’s really comfortable to

use and it performs superbly.

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