How to Choose the Best Gaming Mouse.
By Umar Farooq(Kluey) , OnRPG Journalist
A good gaming mouse is essential to get an extra advantage over other gamers. With the gaming hardware market being so huge nowadays, it is extremely hard to differentiate between a fancy flashy mouse and a good solid product. It can also be a challenge to know what type of mouse will actually fit into your hands perfectly and which mouse is made for your style of holding the mouse. In this article we will go through each aspect of a good gaming mouse and prepare you to buy a mouse that you will love.
Why Do I Want A Mouse?
Knowing why you want a new gaming mouse is the most important thing when purchasing one. If you play fast paced games that don’t require many macro keys, you will want a small, light weighted mouse with few or even no macro keys. If you are playing a slow paced game where you would benefit from extra macro keys, you want a big mouse with many macro keys. If you play both, you will need a totally different mouse.
Different Grips for Gaming Mice
There are three types of grips that gamers will use. The most commonly used is the ‘palm’ grip. This is very much like it sounds as your palm will be resting on the mouse. The benefit of using this grip is that you will be able to move from side to side easily as your wrist will never move making a 180° rotation very simple. Another reason to use this grip is if you have large hands. A game that requires ‘boxing’ motions is best for the palm grip.
The second grip is the claw grip. This is when your thumb, little finger, middle finger and index are touching the mouse. This grip allows you to make pushes and pulls rather than rotations. This allows for more precise clicks that are used in FPS or MMORPGs.
The last type of grip is the fingertip grip. This is almost the exact same as the claw grip but, your fingertips will touch the mouse rather than the edge of your nails. This grip is for people with very skinny hands and allows for a combination of rotation and pulls. The only downsides are that it requires more practice and fatigues the user as only the muscles in your fingers are moving the mouse.
Okay, but what about the DPI’s and Response Times?!
DPI is the measure of the number of ‘dots’ that can be placed within an inch. DPI is an acronym for Dots per Inch. The higher the DPI is, the more sensitive and precise the mouse can be. That being said, a high DPI setting will not always benefit you. Let’s say your screen resolution is 1280×1024. With a 1000 DPI mouse, it will take 1.2 inches to move from left to right and 1 inch to move from top to bottom. So, if you buy a 4000 DPI mouse, it would be uncontrollable and not benefit you in any way. Now, if your screen resolution is high enough that you require 4000 DPI it is worth buying.
When looking at response times, it is almost unnoticeable to the human eye unless you are using a wireless mouse with more than 200ms response time.
Alright, let’s do some shopping!
Depending on your budget, you will want to look at different mice. One thing you want to keep in mind is that top brands aren’t always your best option. Some less popular brand will do the job just as well but you will save up to 25% just because it doesn’t have a certain logo. I have put a list of some top mice that you can look into.
Large, Macro Mouse – The Razer Naga. The best in this category hands down.
Small, Lightweight Mouse – The Razer Salmosa. Another top in its kind.
Palm Grip – Logitech G500. Very solid mouse with many features.
Claw Grip – Razer Copperhead. Not that many exclusive Claw Grip mice.
Fingertip Grip – Steelseries Xai. An extremely solid mouse.
A gaming mouse is almost essential nowadays as your opponents will almost always have one and not having one will put you behind. I think that a good, thought out decision will never leave you disappointed when buying a gaming mouse.