I don’t do many hardware reviews, and I’m not super technically inclined, but I do know what I like and don’t like when it comes to peripherals, so here goes. The Logitech G102 Lightsync wired mouse is both affordable and stylish. It’s priced around the R400 mark on local sites, which is very reasonable. It has what the Logitech site calls a ‘classic’ design and I’m inclined to agree. The G102 looks like what I’d expect a gaming mouse to look like, without unnecessary embellishments and dozens of buttons.
The G102 is ambidextrous in its design, so it should be comfortable for lefties. However, its two side buttons are on the left, perfect for use with your thumb – if you’re right-handed. The mouse felt comfortable in my hand, and its minimal weight (a mere 85 grams) meant that moving it around was a breeze. It did feel a little smaller than other gaming mice I’ve used (117mm long, 62mm wide and 38mm high), which was a plus because I often find gaming mice to be designed for people with much larger hands than me. As an RSI sufferer, size, weight and overall comfort are of critical importance when it comes to mice.
The main buttons make use of the Logitech G metal spring tensioning system. I don’t know what this means either, but I can say that the buttons were easy and comfortable to click, and not particularly noisy. The scroll wheel was equally easy to use. The G102 includes a single DPI change button below the scroll wheel, allowing you to cycle between the preset sensitivities from 200 DPI all the way up to 8,000, with the option to set up the presets to your liking in the Logitech G HUB software.
Speaking of software, the G102 uses the aforementioned G HUB software, much like the mouse I was already using. It picked up the mouse automatically and I was able to adjust the brightness of the RGB lighting with a few clicks. In addition, the G102 has some onboard memory, so you can save your settings to the mouse so you don’t have to make any adjustments if you use it on another computer.
As the ‘Lightsync’ part of the name suggests, and like most gaming peripherals these days, the Logitech G102 features customisable RGB lighting. The brightness can be adjusted – a must for me as the default settings on these devices is always far too bright for my eyes – as can the pattern of the lights. You can sync up with any other Logitech G Lightsync gear you might have, or set it to synchronise with your screen, music or game. Honestly I just set it to slowly cycle through all the colours and left it at that.
In short, the Logitech G102 Lightsync mouse is lightweight, and comfortable to use, and does this at a reasonable price point. It’s also perfect if you want a mouse a little on the smaller side. I enjoyed using it for boring office work and internet browsing, as well as gaming.