May the Best Gaming Mouse Win

When it comes to a gaming mouse, they are not all created equal. Some are expensive but don’t perform as expected. Some are cheap but perform surprisingly well. Some have bells and whistles that you don’t need, and some don’t have enough. It’s time to meander your way through the land of the gaming mouse, so let’s go to some gaming mouse reviews.

The gaming mouse has come a long way since it began.

Questions

Questions about gaming mice are similar to the ones you ask yourself when buying other products, like cars, microwaves, or air conditioners. It can be all about the technology, or all about the look, or something in between. The choice often comes down to a personal one—what you can afford, or what it can do for you as far as gaming goes.

What are you looking for in a gaming mouse?

Is it speed? Sensitivity? Features?

How well does it fit your hand? Is it comfortable? Is it personal enough?

The word “personal” may seem odd here, but you’d be surprised at how intimate and intricate the mouse-buying process can be.

How many side buttons do you want? Do you even like side buttons?

Laser or optical?

The optic lens may be the best because of its response rate, but the laser can have higher DPI.

Do you want wired or wireless? Is your hand too large? The mouse too small?

Are looks important to you? Some gamers love RGB lights on their mice, and some don’t.

You don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to know what you like, and knowing what factors to look for is the first step in owning the perfect gaming mouse.

FACTORS

Where you purchase your mouse is perhaps the most important factor when mouse-hunting. Don’t buy from a dollar store when you should be browsing Amazon.com, Newegg.com, or BestBuy.com. If you’re after a generic toothpaste, that may be fine. But when it comes to a gaming mouse, a little discretion is called for. Don’t expect a lot from a $5 mouse.

Near the top of the list of gaming mice, or the very top in some circles, is Zowie. Both casual and competitive gamers love Zowie. They have great sensors and are all about accuracy and comfort, with ergonomic designs. Their most popular is an optical mouse, 1000 pulling rate, at  up to 16,000 DPI. Zowie also has mice in different sizes to fit any hand. They have mice for right-handers, like the EC Series. And the FK Series and ZA Series for the ambidextrous. You can visit their link for comparison shopping.

Razer is a second great mouse brand. They have wired mice, like the Mamba Tournament Edition, DeathAdder Elite, and Abyssus V2. And their wireless includes Lancehead and the Mamba. They have dual wired/wireless choices too, with a DPI of 8200. Visit their site to compare and contrast.

SteelSeries.  This brand has been around for a long time, and is known for consistent quality and innovative concepts. They also offer a lot of accessories. But let’s stick to the mouse. This brand offers mice at affordable prices, like $39 for a basic, and goes up from there. They also have a handy, at-a-glance comparison chart of specs and features to help you find the mouse that is right for you. Check out the chart at their site: https://steelseries.com/gaming-mice

A niche brand is ROCCAT. In a market dominated by the aforementioned brands, this one holds its own, and pushes the envelope with popular design and comfort. They can be a little pricey, but sometimes value is in the hand of the beholder. Er, gamer.

Can a Gaming Mouse Make you a Better Gamer?

If you’re a hardcore gamer, yes, but it has to be the right mouse.  If you don’t have a good sensor, you’re going to be at a disadvantage. A mouse that doesn’t fit right in your hand is going to hurt your performance.  A casual gamer wouldn’t need a great mouse, just a good one. If you’re a serious gamer, you have to shop around. Make your mouse a priority, next to the game and your system of course. The next item to focus on might be the right mouse pad, but that’s for another article.

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