The Right Mouse for the Job

If you’re a major gamer, you already know the importance of the right mouse. But, if you’re just getting into playing computer games, you might be wondering just how important the right gaming mouse is.

Gaming Terminology

Assuming you’re new to gaming, there are some terms that might be unfamiliar to you. We’ll look at them and help you to define them.

    • FPS (First Person Shooter)—this type of game centers around guns and weapon-based combat in first person perspective.
    • MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online)—this is an online game which supports hundreds to thousands of online players playing together.
    • MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)—also called action real-time strategy (ARTS), is a game of strategy where the player controls a single character in one of two teams.
    • DPI (Dots per Inch)—how mouse sensitivity is measured.
    • Polling Rate—measured in hertz, this refers to how many times your mouse reports its location to your computer. Sort of like the way your cell phone pings the tower.

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Features of the Gaming Mouse

There are certain features that you want to keep in mind when shopping for a mouse.

Laser or Optical Sensor

A laser mouse is more adaptive to surfaces than one with an optical sensor. In other words, an optical mouse may not work well on the arm of your recliner. Optical mice are also said to be less accurate, while a laser mouse will be more sensitive to dust accumulation.

An optical mouse can also ‘run out of space’ when you’re using it on a mouse pad, and every time you pick it up and re-center it, those movements translate into game movements. Some newer mice might have a 3G infrared sensor which solves this issue.

Dots per Inch and Polling Rate

The higher DPI your mouse has, the faster its movement on your screen. Plus, it offers you less distance to move the mouse for the action you want on the screen.

The DPI of a mouse is important for first-person shooter (FPS) games or other games where cursor accuracy is a must.

The faster your polling rate, the more accurate your cursor on the screen will be. Default polling rate is 125Hz. Gaming mice offer 500Hz or 1,000Hz, though there is little difference between the two.

With a higher polling mouse, you’ll need to have incredibly steady hands.

Style and Shape

Gamers have three gripping styles: palm, claw, and fingertip. A palm player likes to have a larger mouse with a lower DPI. But a claw gripper prefers smaller mice with a greater sensitivity. You should look for a mouse that feels like it was made specifically for your hand.

There are also left-hand, right-hand, or ambidextrous gaming mice.

Wired or Not Wired

Wireless mice operate on batteries, which may give out on you in the middle of a game. The batteries also add extra weight to the entire mouse and are not nearly as responsive as wired mice.

A couple manufacturers offer mice that operate both wired and wireless, giving you options when you start a game.

Mouse Durability

If you’re like most gamers, eventually you’ll find your mouse takes the brunt of your anger at a mistake. You’ll want to look at mice produced by the biggest names like Logitech or Razer.

Other Issues

When looking for the perfect gaming mouse, you also need to stay away from mice that have jitter, malfunction speed (IPS) or negative/positive acceleration. The best thing to do it research your choices carefully. Better yet, if you have a friend who games, try theirs on for size!

Choosing the right gaming mouse is extremely personal, as you will discover only one mouse will work the best for you, no matter what your gaming preference is.