Gaming Mice: A Personal Buyers Experience.

When you are looking to buy a new gaming mouse you should constantly ask questions about all the mice that catch your eye. It can be extremely difficult to make up your mind with the abundance of mice that are on the market at the moment. This is why I have decided to try and give a little more insight in how I go about choosing a mouse to give myself that little bit of an edge. Here I will discuss the types of mice I have owned and used over the years, tips to keep in mind when choosing the right mouse, hand sizes and grip styles and finally the top 3 gaming mice I have used and still continue to use to this day.

My List of Gaming Mice

My list of gaming mice:

I have been playing games for as long as I can remember, starting off as a console gamer and then slowly making my way towards PC gaming. And for the past 7 years I have tried an array of different mice. At first it was simply trying to find the right one, and then it became a hobby of mine. Trying out different mice to see how they differ from one another and what makes one mice better than the other and then being able to efficiently communicate as to why it would be a good or a bad purchase for a specific person.

Here is a short list of the mice I have owned over the years:

Ø  Logitech MX518 gaming mouse.

Ø  Mad Catz R.A.T 5 gaming mouse.

Ø  SteelSeries Rival 110.

Ø  SteelSeries Sensei.

Ø  SteelSeries Rival 600.

Ø  Logitech G502.

Ø  Logitech G403.

Ø  Logitech G703 wireless.

Ø  Zowie EC1-A

Ø  Zowie EC2-A

Ø  Razer DeathAdder

Ø  Razer DeathAdder Elite

Ø  And the latest edition, the Razer Mamba Elite.

Although there are many people out there with more impressive lists, I have used each mouse for more than 3 or 4 months at a time. Getting used to the good things and the flaws, if I found any flaws that would bug me too much, of course.

The things to look out for when buying a Gaming mouse:

I have a list that I always refer back to when I am looking at getting a new gaming mouse. It consists of six key features that I take my time looking out for so I know that it won’t be a completely terrible purchase.

The six features are:

1)   Buttons/Switches: Are the buttons and the switches on the mouse of a high quality.

2)   Weight and balance: Ensure that the mouse is not too heavy for you and the balance of the mouse is centred.

3)   Sensor: Has the mouse got a top optical sensor for gaming. Laser sensors can also be used, but I prefer the reliability of an optical sensor.

4)   Ergonomics and shape: Is the shape comfortable and the ergonomics aren’t too complicated. Sometimes simplicity is better.

5)   Size: Is the mouse too big or too small for the size of your hand.

6)   Features and functionality: Are you interested in software, macros and RGB lighting.

An important question to keep in mind when looking at the six points above is, what’s your main game type? This will greatly influence the type of gaming mouse that you purchase as it has different features that will make your gaming life so much easier. I focus more on FPS games such as CS:GO, Battlefield, Call of Duty and Overwatch, but I play a variety of different games too, which can make it difficult to choose a really good mouse for all the different game types. But for the purpose of this discussion I will stick to my main gaming type which is FPS.

Hand size and grip type

Your hand size and grip type is another factor that yo;ll need to keep in mind when looking at the different mice. You don't want a mouse that is too big for your hand making it difficult to aim, make quick swiping movements and so on. The best thing to do is measure the dimensions of your hand to get a better idea of your hand size. if you are unsure of your grip style, when holding a mouse, check out this link for more details on the different grip types. 

As a reference my hand size is 21cm in length and 11.5cm in width. The way to measure your hand size is to keep your hand flat and fingers close together and measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm to get the length and for the width, measure from the very edge of your thumb to the edge of your palm.

My preferred grip style when gaming is claw grip. I have played like that for as long as I can remember and just feel more comfortable when aiming and feel I have better control over the mouse when using the claw grip.

What was the best mice I used for FPS gaming?

It’s always difficult to answer this question as each mouse has something that captivated me into wanting to use the mouse more and more. If I had to bring it down to the top three mice I’ve used personally for all FPS games then it would have to be:

 - Logitech G403 and the 703 wireless tied in the number three spot. The wireless had no significant changes other than the being wireless and having the new lightspeed technology and being powerplay ready for wireless charging. Being virtually the same mouse they both proved to be amazing in performance, comfort, size and ergonomics. Not to forget the incredible sensors that Logitech use in their gaming mice. I never once had an issue with the 703 even when the battery was low it still delivered the best performance you can imagine. The only major differences that I could point out would be the weird sensation of not feeling the drag from the mouse cord on my mouse pad when playing with the G703. Even so, it didn’t take me long to get used to it and it felt incredible.

 - The number two spot would have to go to the Zowie EC1-A. Because I have larger hands I opted for the larger Zowie mouse. As soon as your hand grips the mouse you can immediately feel how comfortable the mouse is. Simple curves and edges with no flashy gimmicks. It’s plain and simple, yet not boring at all. I opted for the white edition, the finish is excellent and the coating they use over the plastic is indescribable. It felt really good in my hand. The only thing that I didn’t like about the Zowie was the inability to access any type of software for the mouse.

 - The number one mouse that I have used in my lifetime of gaming, the one that I will always refer back to no matter what has to be the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It’s a larger mouse so suits my hand size but I meets every one of the points that was mentioned above, with only one flaw that I can point out to people. The wide flare on the right hand side of the mouse is a little sharp and the way my hand rests on the side my finger could sometimes get agitated by the edge of the mouse two button. But with a slight readjustment of my grip fixed the issue.

The only mouse that I own right now that could possibly dethrone the DeathAdder Elite would be the new Mamba Elite. With a better overall shape compared to the DeathAdder, it could be my next potential number one. Only time will tell though, I will need more time with the mouse in order to justify its worth.

Keep tuned into the blog where I will keep you updated with Razer Mamba Elite. So far it’s been good, it certainly is a beautiful looking mouse. With the new 5G sensor inside the mouse and the brilliant ergonomically refined shape. It could make number one on my list. Or, it could be disappointing.

So to wrap up, if you remember to keep in mind what exactly you’re looking at getting out of your gaming mouse and always ensure that you are getting the best out of your gaming mouse for the money you’re spending you should guarantee yourself the best purchase. It ultimately comes down to what feels more comfortable in your hand and when you’re gaming. Check your hand size and the specifications of the mouse that catches your eye and you should be ready to defeat all your foes in every game or seamlessly glide through single player games.

What mouse are you currently looking at buying? What would you add to the list of “things to keep in mind when buying a gaming mouse”? If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know, let’s chat about it!

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