Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury review
- 240 – 4,000 dpi
- 32-bit ARM processor
- 8 programmable buttons
- On-the-fly DPI switching
- >500ips tracking speed
- Manufacturer: Logitech
Gaming mouses may be a dime a dozen, but they aren’t all created equal. The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury plants itself in the better half of the bunch, with a feature set that enhances gameplay without overwhelming you with buttons, and a price that doesn’t send your credit card whimpering back into your wallet. Our Editors’ Choice Corsair Vengeance M65$49.99 at Amazon may outshine it in terms of quality and performance, but the Logitech G402 is still as solid a gaming mouse as anyone could ask for.
It’s being marketed as ‘the world’s fastest gaming mouse and to be fair Logitech have got a point. It’s not trading on the sort of crazy-high DPI settings it’s bigger sibling, the G502 Proteus Core, can manage, but it’s capable of tracking your movements however quickly you hurl your rodent around the desktop.
The G502 is able to hit a maximum DPI of some 12,000, while the G402 is seemingly lagging behind at a leisurely 4,000 DPI. That doesn’t sound quick, but sensitivity does not equate to tracking speed
And that’s where the G402 can claim dominion over pretty much anything else out there. The Hyperion Fury can track movements up to around 500 inches-per-second (ips) while the quickest you’ll generally find in high-spec gaming mouses like the G502 is something in the region of 300ips.
How is it doing such voodoo? Well, it’s all down to the Fusion Engine hybrid sensor Logitech has placed at the heart of the G402. Normal gaming mice use optical sensors to keep track of their movement across a given surface, but if you make sudden movements the sensor can lose track of where it is and you lose accuracy and consistency in-game.
Inevitably when I’m talking about a Logitech mouse, though, I’m going to give a shout out to the beautiful G9, and beg them to see if they can stick a Fusion Engine into their old chassis.
But personal issues aside, the G402 is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. It will consistently keep track of any speedy movement up to, and possibly including, hurling it across the room in a fit of gaming pique.
The Hyperion Fury runs on the Logitech Gaming Software, like all other modern Logitech gaming mice. One annoyance I found right away is that the software does not have an in-program update option, so your first stop will be to the Logitech website to manually reinstall something you may already have installed.
That slight annoyance aside, the Logitech Gaming Software suite is one of the best gaming mouse on the market. It automatically scans your system for games and creates profiles for any game you already own. With that done, you can assign properly named in-game functions to each gaming mouse button. For example, the software will list the “Hack” ability in Watch Dogs and let you map it to the mouse rather than just the Q button.
The software’s other features are nothing too special. You can adjust lighting for the G logo (both brightness and whether the light pulses); choose up to five DPI settings, between 240 and 4,000; and program a “shift” DPI for when you hold down the sniper button (more precise mouse movement can be useful in small intervals when aiming precise weapons).
If the DPI settings seem to have a low ceiling compared to Logitech’s other mice, that’s because the Hyperion Fury is an optical rather than a laser mouse. Gamers can (and do) argue back and forth on forums ad infinitum as to whether optical versus laser really matters and at what levels of play, but optical mice generally require less software trickery to achieve precise DPI settings.
If this is a big deal to you, the Hyperion Fury delivers a wide DPI range for an optical mouse as well as an optional Fusion Engine setting which enhances mouse speed. This feature didn’t make much of a difference to me, although I was also not competing at the highest levels of FPS play, so your mileage may vary.
One fairly important feature the Hyperion Fury lacks is the ability to set individual DPI levels for the X- and Y-axes. This can be a handy feature, especially for FPS gamers, but it’s not possible on an optical mouse, so take your pick.
The Hyperion Fury sets out to be one of the premier FPS mice on the market, and in this, it succeeds with flying colors. We tested it with Titanfall (FPS) as well as StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (real-time strategy), Watch Dogs (action/adventure) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (MMO).Although the Fury performed well in every category, its quick response time and streamlined design were most helpful in Titanfall.
While the Hyperion Fury didn’t improve my middling Titanfall skills, it did help me eke out a few more kills than usual thanks to rapid DPI adjustment, a well-placed sniper button and a design that kept my hand centered even when I was jerking around every which way to avoid getting stomped flat by murderous mechas.
The gaming mouse also worked well in conjunction with the other three games, although more buttons would have been helpful in skill-heavy games like Watch Dogs and The Old Republic. For Heart of the Swarm, most of the heavy lifting happens on a gaming keyboard, anyway, so the Hyperion Fury is actually an excellent choice for RTS gamers.
The Hyperion Fury has no appreciable liftoff range, but the Z-axis tracking is less than ideal. Picking up the gaming mouse and replacing it causes the cursor to judder a bit, but this won’t be a problem unless you play at a tournament level and hold your mouse aloft midmatch on a regular basis.
Logitech wanted to put out one of the best FPS mice on the market, and it succeeded. While the Hyperion Fury doesn’t quite surpass the lofty heights of the Corsair M65 RGB, it’s an ideal choice for anyone who swears by optical mice or wants user-friendly software. Between the Proteus Core and the Hyperion Fury, Logitech is clearly on a roll when it comes to quality mice; it will be interesting to see what genre the company tackles next.