Of late, the PC gaming peripherals markets has become a hotly contested battlefield for tech manufacturers. On the upside, this gives gamers broader choices and with the added investment also brings new tech to the market . On the downside, however, it also means that making a choice between one gaming accessory over another is no longer as straightforward as it used to be when the market had a few players. Here are some pointers on how to choose a gaming mouse much more effectively.
Consider The Sensor Technology
Generally, the choice here is between a laser sensor or an optical sensor. Some manufacturers even offer dual-sensor gaming mice so that gamers can get the benefits each has to offer. Laser sensors are generally being overtaken by optical sensors, and most top end gaming mice now feature optical sensors such as the Razer Deathadder, with its 10,000 dpi optical sensor. The biggest downsides to laser mice are the trouble they have with cloth mouse pads, and the inherent acceleration that seems to be present in most laser mice tested. It won’t matter all that much if aim is not a huge factor in the game you are playing, but generally optical is going to treat you better.
There are three conventions to holding a mouse: you can hold the mouse using your finger tips – which applies to small mice, or you can hold the mouse with your palm resting on the mouse, which applies to larger mice. The third option is the claw grip, which is something of a hybrid of the two. In this case, it is hard to say which is better than the other – it is simply a matter of personal taste. If you cannot pick a favourite based on personal taste, an evaluation of the kind of mouse grip your favourite games require should help in making the final decision.
Some mice have a physical feel that some gamers prefer over all others. Unfortunately, this is again a matter of choice. While some gamers prefer a mouse with a smooth glossy finish, others opt for a rubbery non-slip coating. Of course there is also the typical plastic coated mouse that offers nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to coating, and yet some gamers are perfectly comfortable with this. Lately some manufacturers have been including a special non sweat coating for those of us who have trouble with sweaty hands.
Corded Or Cordless?
Generally, manufacturers are shifting towards cordless gaming mice, something most gamers appreciate. A gaming station is not as cluttered when using a wireless mouse. However, the cordless mice bring the issue battery longevity and price to the fore. The last thing a gamer wants is a mouse that dies out on them without adequate notice. Top-end mouse brands can offer over 8 hours of rigorous gaming. The price is obviously a deciding factor when shopping for a wireless mouse because wired mice are just so much cheaper.
The Sort Of Games You Play
Gaming choice will have a bearing on the type of mouse to buy. Even mice manufacturers tend to focus their mice to a certain gaming experience. Generally, fans of FPS (First-person Shooters) would be better off with a mouse that has great switches, aesthetic comfort, broad DPI options, and lightness in order to offer precision and better responsiveness required for these kind of games.
With role-playing games (RPG) and massively multi-player online games (MMOG), a mouse that offers a broader range of controls is more appropriate. Therefore, a mouse with several buttons is a better choice in this scenario.
In general, gaming mice manufacturers know better than to manufacture a flimsy mouse. A gaming mouse should have the physical strength to withstand a little more physical abuse that the average mouse. But even then, some manufacturers outdo others in this regard, which is why some gaming mice are more likely to fall apart when in the hands of heavy-handed gamers. Any gamer in this special category should obviously prioritize sturdiness when shopping for a gaming mouse.
Left-handed gamers have severely limited choices when picking a gaming mouse. Most manufacturers do not cater to this special category of gamers at all. As if that is not bad enough, the best gaming mice are almost exclusively made for their right-handed counterparts.
Some folks like flashy stuff. A particular gamer will pick a mouse simply because it is adorned with ‘sick’ graphics or fancy LEDs. For such gamers, functionality and everything else most gamers would consider a priority when shopping for a gaming mouse may come second to appearance, and who is to say that a mouse that is outfitted with flashy blinding lights is not the best gaming mouse for this gamer, even if it offers second-rate features in all other respects? After all, its all a matter of personal choice.
When it’s all said and done, there is no universality as to the greatness of a gaming mouse. Personal choices play a significant role in determining which mouse towers above the rest. Choices dictate what grip to pick, the coating preferred, external decorations, and so forth. Then there is the issue of different games requiring different gaming mouse variants. Only by evaluating all these factors can a gamer choose a gaming mouse that suits them best.