Logitech G102 Review
Logitech has literally been making mice for decades, we’re talking early 80’s when most of the world’s population still associated the word mouse with rodents. So it’s no surprise that the Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC Gaming Mouse is good, but just how good is it?
The G102 has kept the same familiar shape since its first release back in 2016, as we haven’t reviewed a G102 yet what better time than now with its recent LIGHTSYNC facelift.
The G102 is slightly understated and looks a little reserved compared to some gaming peripheral we’ve reviewed in the past. Other than the LED lighting effects, there is no real giveaway, at least visually, that this is a pretty serious piece of gaming kit. It’s a smooth, almost symmetrical, 6 button mouse with a clean finish that is available in a black or white finish.
It’s a medium-sized mouse sitting at 116.6 mm long, 62.15 mm wide and 38.2 mm high. The mouse comes with a 2m soft rubber, non-braided USB cable.
There are some downsides; No braided cable, nor is there any option to adjust the weight. That being said, the specs the G102 does pack in, fits the $59 AUD price tag well.
Performance and Specs
The Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC Gaming Mouse weighs in at 85g which is slightly heavier than a Razer Deathadder v2 at 82gs and significantly lighter than a SteelSeries Rival 710 at a hefty 136g. For me, it’s a comfortable weight providing enough resistance while flicking or dragging during gameplay. The G102 uses the Mercury sensor, the same one that’s in the G203. Logitech’s refer to this as their gaming-grade sensor and it lets you control the sensitivity from 200 to 8000 DPI.
A key feature of the G102‘s is the reporting time. The G102 LIGHTSYNC is capable of reporting back at up to 1000 reports per second, this is roughly 8 times faster than a standard mouse and makes movements and clicks feel much more instantaneous.
The weight of the scroll is significantly heavier than some of the mice I have used in the past, for me this is a huge positive as I like a strong tactical bump when using a scroll wheel to switch between weapons. You may find it a bit heavy if you plan on using it to scroll websites or documents all day. The wheel itself is rubber and easy to grip in contrast with the smooth mouse buttons.
The RGB halo and Logitech “G” logo on the back of the mouse supports 16.8 million colours, can be adjusted for brightness and offers smooth colour transitions and blends. The halo also allows for the rainbow effect that is becoming popular on newer peripherals.
LIGHTSYNC technology immerses you into the action with automatic, game-driven lighting effects that react to many popular games. LIGHTSYNC will blast light to match in-game explosions, approaching enemies, damage taken, healing done, new worlds visited, and much more.
The symmetrical shape took a bit of getting used to. Historically I’ve used a mouse that favours a flatter grip style, something with a thumb indent or rest. The G102 however, calls for more of a claw grip and runs smoothly along both sides. This small change initially threw me off and made the side buttons feel out of place. I found myself left-clicking while trying to use the side buttons and vice versa.
After a few hours and a minor change to my grip, the mouse came alive in my hand. It felt balanced, maneuverable and predictable. After my first few games, I felt comfortable and confident while aiming and tracking.
Logitech G HUB
Logitech’s G HUB software package gives you ultimate control over the G102, letting you tweak it to your specific requirements. The standout feature for me has to be the DPI Speed settings. This function lets you assign anywhere from 1 to 5 different DPI speeds which can then be toggled using the DPI button located under the scroll wheel. The ease at which this can be configured speaks volumes to Logitech’s understanding of the gaming community and their requirements.
The Assignments tab is where you can do some major rearranging of the G102. It’s also well laid out and assignment of macros, Windows commands and applications to any of the buttons can be configured in seconds.
Finally, the G HUB software also lets you control and customize the LED lighting via LIGHTSYNC. One of the cool features I found was the Screen Sample effect, which changes the LEDs based on what’s currently on your screen. Simple but effective.
LIGHTSYNC peripheral’s RGB lights are also able to be controlled by most popular games, which means they will flash or change colour depending on what’s happening in-game.
“LIGHTSYNC technology immerses you into the action with automatic, game-driven lighting effects that react to many popular games. LIGHTSYNC will blast light to match in-game explosions, approaching enemies, damage taken, healing done, new worlds visited, and much more.” – Logitech
- PERFORMANCE - 80%80%
- QUALITY - 75%75%
- DESIGN - 72%72%
- VALUE - 85%85%
The Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC is a genuine delight to use. It’s clean and simple design backed by Logitech’s gaming sensor make it easy for anyone looking for a mouse they can pick up and game with, while the G HUB software provides plenty of control and customisation for seasoned vets.
For more on Logitech, check out our previous coverage.