Robin Reviews…The Logitech G102 LightSync Gaming Mouse

Logitech has been around for what feels like forever (since 1981 to be exact) and for most people (including myself), has become the go-to brand for a host of tech and computing products. Just like Toyota in the automotive circle, they are affordable and tend to last forever.

The G102 LightSync Gaming Mouse is the topic of discussion here. Are there any differences between a normal mouse and a gaming one? In terms of functionality, not much. Each comes with a scroller, left and right clicking buttons, but then you get other gaming ones – like the Trust GXT 138 for example – that looks like something out of a Transformers movie and can come to life at any moment.

So what does the G102 cost? You can pick up a brand-new one for anywhere between R450 – R600, depending on where you buy it. Black and White are the only colour options to choose from – and even though the white looks uber cool combined with the LED strip, I’d go with the black simply because it won’t get dirty very quickly.

The differences come in the performance stakes. One of the major ones are in the clicking response and reactionary movements of the G102 compared to my old faithful M171 wireless unit. The click buttons of the M171 feel slightly heavier, while on the G102 it feels thinner, lighter and also makes a crisp click sound which is somewhat satisfying on the ear.

Gumtree takes a look at some of the G102’s basic specs:

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The free-to-download Logitech G Hub software, is a gem as it allows for the customisation of things like lighting, sensitivity and a host of button commands to suit your preference(s). As one would expect of a gaming mouse, it feels very light in the hand which is a pivotal when playing instant response first-person shooters like Call of Duty, Doom etc.

The Lightsync in the name is not to make the mouse sound cooler, but instead its purpose is actually quite cool. If you have existing Logitech products, like a illuminating keyboard for example, it can be synced to the G102 and content being played that creates an immersive colour experience which is really cool. In addition, the colour on the mouse will change to match things in-game like damage taken, explosions or just any feedback from the game itself. The colour on the mouse also changes periodically whether you are using it or not.

Even when not destroying zombies, the G102 can be used as a normal mouse at the end of the day and do the basics all the same - the ever-changing LED strip and 'G' emblem with more than 16-million colour combinations is another cool bonus. The side-positioned thumb buttons make navigating between web pages simple, though it's very easy to press the buttons by mistake with your thumb.

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Even though wire-connected mice are recommended for gaming to help eliminate lag, the 2.0-metre or so long cord often gets in the way when doing basic operations which can be a teeny frustrating at times. I also had my wife use the mouse for an extended period as well and with her being left handed, it provided a certain degree of ambidexterity which is not a major deal breaker for her but does take some of the gloss away.

In a nutshell, it really is hard to find fault with the G102 because it doesn't try to be Kim Kardashian in terms of appearance and does what it's asked when commanded to do so. At under R600, it represents great value for money given that it can do the job of avid gamer and everyday workhorse without much transition.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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