With gorgeous curves, satisfyingly clicky buttons, and a smart and subtle blue LED logo under the palm area, the Logitech G402 gained a cult following not only through for its custom-built Fusion Engine hybrid sensor, but its non-aggressive design (when it comes to “gaming” products, anyway).
As a tech reviewer for the last seven years, I’ve had my fair share of mice come and go through the office. And as a “gamer” at heart, those that managed to impress enough to earn a permanent place on my desk have been rigorously put through their paces. That’s why I’m honestly surprised to see myself shelling out my own cash to add more Logitech products to my set-up, especially after having such a dismal time with the Logitech G600, a mouse that had some absolutely catastrophic sensor issues that would see the cursor (and your in-game camera) shoot straight up to the top of the screen at some incredibly inopportune times.
My build up to this mouse came not after throwing in the towel with my problematic G600, but when dreams of a completely wireless setup went up in smoke after upgrading to a 144Hz monitor. The Logitech MX Master wireless mouse I bought to suit my constant switching between PC, laptop, and Steam Link worked just fine before then, but the lower polling rate of the MX Master, which isn’t a gaming mouse by any stretch of the imagination, just couldn’t keep up with the rapid refresh rate of my Samsung monitor.
So in came the G402 and its higher ISO polling rate. I’d never really given much thought to the more intricate stats of a mouse before. I’m not a pro gamer in any capacity, and I play on the same 1100 DPI sensitivity setting no matter which mouse I use. But moving up to a high-refresh or high-resolution display is where those numbers start to mean something for even the most casual player. There’s no point getting a 144Hz display if your mouse doesn’t send its position as fast as the screen refreshes the image you see.
Thankfully, the Logitech G402 has no trouble keeping up. It glides across my cheap oversized mouse pad, its mechanical-feeling DPI switcher buttons are responsive, nonintrusive, and can be reprogrammed to serve completely different needs with ease, the back/forward buttons are there to facilitate easier desktop navigation and, again, can be easily mapped to in-game actions, and the temporary DPI lower – or “snipe button” as they’re more commonly known as” does its job. More on that later.
But just because I attribute a lot of my in-game kills and match-making responses to this mouse, that doesn’t mean I have nothing bad to say about it. I most certainly do.
One minor gripe I have about the G402 isn’t necessarily in its build
Anyone really into their gaming mice will know of the various “grips” gamers become attributed to. The grip refers to how an individual positions their hand on the mouse when in use. As a palm grip player – one who rests their entire hand on the mouse when in-use – the sniper button is completely out of reach by being positioned near the front of the left thumb grip.
Despite being a relatively longer button, it’s impossible for me to press and hold it in without shifting to the more uncomfortable and unnatural claw grip. Sure, most say a claw grip is
The Logitech G402 is a brilliant low-profile mouse. Priced on the lower end of the spectrum, newcomers and budget-conscious gamers can get a solid mouse with no compromise on build or sensor quality, while keeping aggressive “gamer” aesthetics to a minimum. It makes sense to exclude Logitech’s more productivity-focused infinity scroll wheel for the price, but it’s a shame to see a coveted function like the sniper button be positioned out of reach for the average hand.