Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Review - Could this be the true successor to the MX518?
The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury -- a mouthful of a name -- is touted as Logitech’s fastest gaming mouse built specifically for FPS gamers. How is it the fastest, and what does it mean to be an FPS mouse you might ask? Well, it’s feature packed with an optical sensor featuring a new proprietary technology called the “Fusion Engine” that can track up to 500 inches per second (IPS). Now as to whether or not you could actually move the mouse fast enough to reach those speeds is another matter. It’s a wired mouse that comes with 8 programmable buttons, one of which was actually quite controversial for me; a sniper button just within reach of your thumb, but I’ll get into that later. You can edit all the buttons and map them out to your liking in the Logitech Gaming Software you can download from the site. On the top you have the basic left and right mouse buttons flanking the scroll wheel which has a solid click to it.
It also has on-the-fly DPI switching which means you can easily change the sensitivity with the two top buttons near the left click button. The other two buttons are thumb buttons which are traditionally used outside gaming as forward and back on your web browser. Moving to the interior, the mouse also comes with a 32 Bit ARM Processor which means you can save the settings you have directly on the mouse and use them without having to re-programme them in another computer. This is especially useful if you like to travel with the mouse for your laptop, other computers or use it in LAN parties.
I’ve been using the mouse for about 3 months as of this review and I think it’s given me enough time to appreciate the nuances and overall feel for it, especially as it’s been my daily gaming and work mouse at home. First up is the look and design of the mouse. Logitech G launched in 2013 as the dedicated gaming division of the company and has with it a very distinct and identifiable design style with the slogan “Science Wins”. With that, we’re seeing sleek profiles and a TRON-like aesthetic especially with the light blue motif on the mouse. This all comes down to personal preference, and for me I quite like it. I think it complements the clean lines of the mouse. Also I loved TRON so it’s a win-win. On the very top of the mouse is a large G which when lit can be set to be permanently on or pulsating/breathing to give it an effect. If you’re not into it, you can always set it to off on the Logitech software, otherwise it’s completely covered anyway when you use the mouse as your palm sits right on top of it. The other source of light is just beneath the two DPI switches and can be set to 3 bars. When selected, you can see 3 strips of light blue. They represent the DPI speed you’re currently on, so as you go higher, the 3 bars are lit to its maximum, and lower to 2 or 1 when you go lower.
It actually took me a couple of weeks to get used to the shape and feel of the mouse at first. I came from the Cooler Master Sentinel Advance, which I had been using for almost 5 years prior. I was used to its high back and a relatively roomier area to rest the pinky. The Logitech G402 looks way sleeker and smaller which made me wonder if my hand could actually envelop the entire mouse comfortably and not have my pinky drag on the pad. It actually wasn’t a problem at all, and looks can be deceiving because the G402 actually is bigger than it looks. It took about two to three weeks of gaming and work use, but I eventually adjusted to the feel of the mouse. The mouse buttons are very nice and clicky; the left and right mouse buttons apparently are the highly sought-after Omron switches which when I did my research seems to be very high quality switches that will last tens of millions of presses, perhaps even outliving its user.
On the right side of the mouse is a wing-like area where it extends out to let your pinky rest comfortably, and over time my hand contoured and allowed me to easily rest on this side. It has some grooved lines along it to help with a nice hold. I can now hold the mouse very nicely on a full palm grip, which means you can rest your entire hand pretty easily if you have medium hands like me although larger hands shouldn’t be a problem.
I’ve been using the mouse primarily for FPS and RPG gaming and have had a pretty good experience so far. The mouse is very responsive and holds pretty firm, especially with its rubberised coating all throughout the sides and the rear where your palm and pinky have contact with the device. Now I mentioned earlier that the sniper button was a bit of an issue for me at first. This is because I’d probably consider myself a purist and don’t really care much for extra shiny new buttons on mice that otherwise work as intended. I did a lot of research on the mouse and I was ready to give it a try because I had actually been using the venerable Logitech MX 518 way back in 2005 and had used it up until 2009 when I switched to the Cooler Master Sentinel Advance. The MX 518 for me was perfect and ever since I had been looking for the perfect replacement.
The only thing holding me back was this addition of what I thought was a gimmicky sniper button that some manufacturers have begun adding in recent iterations of their mice. The idea for the button is that you hold it down and your mouse speed decreases significantly so you can make minute adjustments as you are looking down the sniper scope for some highly accurate shots. Personally, I don’t necessarily like additional buttons because I feel it disrupts the overall flow of my gaming experience. The sniper button to me felt like it would just get in the way of gameplay, especially when I never even needed it before, and now there was this extra button that I might accidentally hit in the midst of a firefight in BF4.
Now, when I actually started using the mouse, I never actually felt the sniper button creeping up on my thumb. Of course this is all up to your hand size and preference, but it never actually disrupted the feel and use of the mouse. I decided instead to make use of it differently.Instead of using it as the dedicated sniper button, I looked at the Logitech Gaming software and remapped it to my push to talk button. I realised I now had a nicely visible and large enough button that was dedicated to voice comms in Teamspeak. At OMGeek, we have our own Teamspeak server which we use daily to coordinate coop or multiplayer games with the community.
Games and Windows can’t actually detect or map out the sniper button since it’s a proprietary button, so in the Logitech Gaming software, what I did was set the key for push to talk as “Pause” in the keyboard, which isn’t really used (at least for me) so it would avoid any conflicts and then in the Logitech Gaming software, set “Pause” to the sniper button. As simple as that, I now had a dedicated PTT button for Teamspeak.
After 3 months of use, I think i’ve settled into it quite nicely and will be using this for the foreseeable future until something better comes along in terms of comfort and features. If you’re like me and don’t like the sniper button and are on the fence, I’d say don’t worry about it because it doesn’t really get in the way and you can always remap it to do something else, or disable it completely. Again it may be hand size dependent but for the most part it doesn’t interfere with the general use of the mouse. It’s also quite affordable at around SGD $60-65 depending on retailer. At the end of the day it’s a well built mouse designed and tested by a Swiss company (Yes I actually just realised recently that they were from the land of great chocolate and mechanical watches), designed and tested by them but made in China. But then again these days, what isn’t made there? As for the future of this product line, I’m pretty sure variants will have the RGB colour options, as with the current craze in peripherals.
The Logitech G brand has some interesting naming schemes as I mentioned earlier, with each device bearing a Greek god’s name to indicate the kind of specialisation each has. I think it’s ok and they sound pretty cool, but I’d rather just call it the G402. It’s a great mouse and in my opinion a worthy successor indeed to the old school MX 518.