Sharkoon Light² 200 gaming mouse hands-on: Feather-light but full of features
When it comes to gaming accessories, being able to enjoy their essential features without the help of a software companion is great, although this is often impossible. In this case, the onboard memory of the Sharkoon Light² 200 can handle five gaming profiles, each including the DPI custom presets, RGB lighting adjustments, macros, button assignment, as well as the advanced settings that can also be found in Windows — at least some of them — sensitivity, scroll speed, double-click speed, and lift-off distance. Even better, the user can switch between the existing lighting effects and profiles without the help of the software — thumb button 1 + right click and thumb button 2 + left click + right click are the combos assigned for these two actions.
The software of many gaming accessories currently on the market, including some that belong to the big names in the industry, is frequently lacking in many areas. I even encountered a few gaming mice that look and feel great, but the apps that should improve them even further are simply atrocious. Fortunately, the Sharkoon software looks and works great.
The aforementioned software has five main areas — Button Assignment, DPI Settings, Illumination, Advanced Settings, and Macro Manager. Its interface is user friendly, intuitive, and uses the same color scheme as the retail box. The app can be used to save and load profiles in the RHC file format.
DPI settings can be adjusted in 50 DPI steps and, if needed, the user can pick different sensitivity values for vertical and horizontal movements. I always considered this setting a “must have” due to the fact that, in most games — and even in daily office tasks — I need my mouse to be more sensitive when performing left-right movements than when looking up and down.
Each button of the mouse can be used for more than just its basic function or a macro command. The Fire key, for example, can be used to issue multiple clicks at once — between 1 and 255, to be accurate. Holding a button pressed after assigning the Aim key function to it allows for accurate aim (or pixel-precise selection in an image, to pick another task that requires low sensitivity) in the 50 – 500 DPI range.
The list of multimedia commands available consists of the usual such shortcuts one would expect — open media player, play/pause, next track, previous track, stop, mute, volume up, volume down, e-mail, calculator, open Explorer, and web home. When using the mouse for office tasks, it might come in handy to assign one of these basic commands: cut, copy, paste, undo, delete, save, and print.
Although I did not say much about the lighting, this mouse really made me change my opinion in regard to RGB illuminated mice — Sharkoon definitely got things right and the Light² 200 looks great no matter the settings used. Obviously, those who do not want lights can simply choose the LED OFF setting and forget about the RGB illumination feature.
I should be honest and say that I have been using the Sharkoon Light² 200 with my old aluminum mouse pad. The Skiller SGP2 gaming mouse mat that I mentioned earlier looks and feels great, but I just can’t fit it on my desk due to the space occupied by my speaker stands. No matter if I use the mouse on my metallic pad, on a piece of paper, or directly on the desk, it always works as it should.