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How To Choose A Gaming Mouse?

March 04, 2019

As the name defined, a gaming mouse is for the game, but in fact, there are no big differences with a regular mouse in function. You can still use a normal mouse to play games. And a gaming mouse will not improve your skill yet. But the gaming mouse will provide you a better gaming experience.

 

What Differentiates a Gaming Mouse from a Regular Mouse?

Generally speaking, a gaming mouse has more buttons (and most time, they are programmable) for you to set shortcuts for a game. And the gaming mouse will have better microswitches, an advanced optical or laser sensor, a better control chip, a higher DPI and so on.

 

In addition, almost all gaming mice are wired, not wireless. This tends to be put down to “input lag,” which is a debatable advantage for USB input. 

 

Other than the hardware, the design is important for a gaming mouse. At present, the mainstream appearance is the right-hand ergonomic design based on the appearance of IE3.0. The feel is very comfortable, and the shortcomings are also obvious, which limits the use of the right hand only. 

 

How To Choose A Gaming Mouse?

Well, in my opinion, there are three important parts of a gaming mouse we should take into consideration. 

 

    • Micro-switch

Micro-switch is an important part of a mouse (both gaming mouse and regular mouse). The switch will decide how long the mouse can work. (For normal use, no external force damage like dropping down from a desk.) A good micro-switch can make your mouse work longer and react faster. The most used switch is OMRON.

 

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  • Sensor

How fast and accurate of your mouse pointer is depended on the sensor. A good sensor can work better and has a strong anti-interference ability. At present, there are 2 main sensors, LED and Laser. 

 

  • LED mice:
Optical mice often used light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illumination when first popularized. The color of the optical mouse's LEDs can vary, but red is most common, as red diodes are inexpensive and silicon photodetectors are very sensitive to red light.[13] Other colors are sometimes used, such as the blue LED of the V-Mouse VM-101 illustrated at right.
  • Laser Mice
The laser mouse uses an infrared laser diode instead of an LED to illuminate the surface beneath their sensor. As early as 1998, Sun Microsystems provided a laser mouse with their Sun SPARCstation servers and workstations.[14] However, laser mice did not enter the mainstream market until 2004, when Paul Machin at Logitech, in partnership with Agilent Technologies introduced its MX 1000 laser mouse. This mouse uses a small infrared laser instead of an LED and has significantly increased the resolution of the image taken by the mouse. The laser illumination enables superior surface tracking compared to LED-illuminated optical mice.[15] (From Wikipedia)

 

Obviously, the laser mouse is better than the LED mouse. Of course, the laser mouse is also more expensive than LED mouse.

 

The choice of the sensor is mainly decided by DPI which refers to the relationship between the distance the mouse actually moves and the number of pixels the pointer moves. The higher the DPI is, the more pixels the pointer moves under the same distance. For some games that require long pointer movements, high DPI can reduce the mouse movement distance and fatigue. However, for some games that require the precise operation, high DPI may be over-sensitive and unable to operate accurately. Therefore, the sensor should be selected according to what kind of games you play. 

 

    • Appearance

 

Most gaming mouse will be with ergonomic design. But different people will have different using habits. So the so-called ergonomic design may not be suitable for everyone. 

 

When you choose a mouse according to the appearance, you need to know your grip style first. There are three main styles: 

    1. Palm grip: a standard grip used by most players. Your fingers lay flat on the mouse buttons and your entire palm rests on the body of the mouse.
    2. Tip grip: only the tips of your index, middle, and ring fingers rest on the left, center (wheel), and mouse buttons, with your palm not touching the body of the mouse at all. Your thumb grips the side of the mouse.
    3. Claw grip: a mix between the palm and tip grip styles. Your palm rests only on the back edge of the mouse, with your finger and thumb tips angled in towards the buttons. (Sources: howtogeek)

 

grip style

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Different grips can be more or less effective for different types of games, but it’s not a great idea to try and change your grip type intentionally. Simply use whatever grip feels right to you and lets you play well.

 

If you are a palm grip user, a mouse with a larger height is better. If you are the other 2 styles users, a flat mouse would be better.

 

If you just want to a normal mouse, here we have some basic tips.

 

With all that in mind, you should be able to narrow down your search quite a bit. What kind of mouse are you looking for? What kind of grip do you use? Do you care about extra features like RGB lighting and on-device profiles, or will any software do the trick? The gaming mice market may seem huge, but once you whittle down the stuff that really matters, you should have an easy time finding the perfect one for you.