After being introduced to the fantastic Logitech “Lightspeed” technology in my Logitech G502 Lightspeed review, I was very eager to check out more of these seemingly magical wireless mice. No longer is a wire necessary for competitive gaming, as Lightspeed truly delivers wired-like performance without the need for a cable. It’s honestly groundbreaking stuff and great to see it being used to modernize classic mice of the past. The G602 is the latest mouse to get the Lightspeed treatment. This our Logitech G604 Lightspeed review.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed Review | A long life
In addition to the manual and sticker you get in the Logitech G604’s box, you’ll also find an included battery(!), the little Lightspeed receiver, and an extension cable for that receiver. For me, the presence of a AA battery is good to see. USB charging has its place for other peripherals, but for a wireless mouse that I really don’t want to worry about topping up often, a AA battery is my preference. Grab some rechargeable AA batteries and enjoy the best of both worlds!
Each battery should allow for up to 240 hours of use in Lightspeed mode or five and half months in Bluetooth mode. As expected, I’m still using the same battery after three weeks of Lightspeed use during both work and play. Battery life is a definite win here.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed Review | The more the merrier
With its 15 total programmable buttons, I suppose this mouse is aimed at MOBA or MMO gamers. Now I don’t dive into those genres all that often, and yet I’ve found the increased button count to still be beneficial in games like Apex Legends, which might be a shooter, but the additional abilities and pings mean more buttons have their uses.
The additional buttons in a comparatively more dense layout was my main concern when moving from the G502 to the G604. At first, it was a little tricky to feel out which of the six thumb buttons I was pushing, but once muscle memory had set in, this was no longer an issue. Button placement has been refined in the G604, with lessons presumably brought across from the G502 and ergonomic Master series of mice, and Logitech has found a great balance here.
More buttons made the G602 great for photo and video editing, and it’s the same case here with the G604 Lightspeed. Moving through layers and tools on Adobe Photoshop is a breeze if you change keyboard shortcuts to thumb buttons instead, and it’s the same experience on Adobe Premiere Pro. In fact, for those lengthy video timelines, potential buyers will be happy to know that the G604 Lightspeed has an infinite scroll wheel, meaning it can scroll for a long, long time with a single push. This is also great for moments of downtime, when scrolling through forums or social media sites.
Up to five profiles can be stored on the mouse itself, allowing you to easily switch for different programs or games, even if you move to a different machine.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed Review | Dark mouse
There are absolutely no RGB lights on the Logitech G604 Lightspeed. This might come as a shock in 2019, where even budget mice offer some kind of customizable light, but clearly the G604 isn’t “that kind” of mouse. There is a single blue dot to show the connection and that the mouse is on, but that’s all you’re getting.
The lack of RGB lighting isn’t a dealbreaker for me, personally, though I do think the G502 Lightspeed has just the right amount of tasteful lighting, which would have looked good on the G604. With that said, it doesn’t impact performance, and if omitting RGB helped keep the price down, then I think that sacrifice was worth it.
You’ll still be using the functional and inoffensive Logitech G Hub software for customization, but there will be no RGB tab to worry about.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed Review | Some heft
I’ll be frank: the G604 is a pretty chunky lad. At 135g, it’s 11 grams more than the G502 Lightspeed that I previously reviewed. The G604 has a AA battery which will add weight, and it’s also a mouse that is aimed more at MMO and MOBA players, where lightweight mice aren’t as big of a deal.
However, if you’re planning to use this mouse for shooters, especially with a low DPI and/or sensitivity where you’ll frequently be making large swooping movements, then do compare that 135g weight to the mouse you’re planning to replace. I’m not saying that it’s uncomfortably heavy, but it’s certainly a noticeable heft when compared to the likes of the Glorious Model O at 67g, for example.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed Review | A classic remastered
You know, I think the Logitech G604 Lightspeed might low-key be one of the best Lightspeed mice out there. While the G502 Lightspeed is able to shine due to the wired model’s already insane popularity, the G604 is not only priced more attractively at $99.99, but it also includes more buttons, while retaining the impressive Hero sensor.
If you can handle the lack of RGB and the heavier weight, then the Logitech G604 Lightspeed is definitely worth considering for your next mouse upgrade. It takes an already proven set of features from the G602 and makes them wireless in the best way with Lightspeed. Tremendous stuff!
Logitech G604 Lightspeed review unit was provided by Logitech.
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