Gaming Mouse Guide

Thank’s to competitive gaming and esports there is an ever-growing need for better technology to optimize performance during game-play. The top brands have in co-operation with the worlds best gamer’s turned gaming mice into a science. This makes buying the perfect gaming mouse somewhat daunting for the aspiring hardcore gamer. This guide is made to help enthusiast gamer’s in the important decision when looking to purchase a new piece of gaming mouse weaponry. We hope you will find this guide useful!

Technology

Input

Unlike gaming keyboards almost every single mouse today is connected to the computer using USB. There is not really any options available.

Polling rate

Is measured in Hertz. It is the amount of the times the mouse sends commands to the computer. One command is a button click or movement on the x and y-axis. Higher is always better. The standard of 125 Hz results in a delay of ⅛ of a seconds delay and that might just not cut it during intense game-play.

DPi

DPi measures the amount of recognizable points during one inch of the surface. This is then calculated to move the cursor a certain amount of pixels on the screen.

CPi

CPi is what SteelSeries uses to abbreviate the term for mouse tracking. They say DPi is something used for printing and has nothing to do with gaming mice. The meaning is the same as for DPi really, for each inch you move you mouse a specific amount of “counts” are sent to the computer and then translated into pixel movement.

Wired

Wired is pretty straight forward. It’s the oldest technology and is still today the preferred method of connecting a gaming mouse to the computer. Premium mice often come with a braided cable, a thin coating of some material that is supposed to make the cable more flexible and protect it from damage.

Wireless

Today’s wireless gaming mice connects to the computer using either Bluetooth or WiFi. Just a few years ago wireless was not desired among hardcore gamer’s since the was a bit of lag, and interruption. However today’s wireless gaming mice often have a lag of less than 1 ms which is barely noticeable. Some premium mice even have the ability to be operate in either wireless and wired mode to guarantee 100% up-time, using the provided USB cable. The mouse may be connected either using the USB-dongle or if you are gaming on a laptop Bluetooth and wireless network are often already present on the main device. The most premium mice often come with a charging cradle that should be placed on the desktop for easy access when the mouse needs a recharge.

Optical Sensor

Although laser sounds cooler and is more futuristic, optical sensors are still more common today. The technology has been researched to perfection since it’s breakthrough. An optical mouse uses LED diodes to illuminate the surface so that pictures may be taken of the area. These pictures are sent to the computer for registration in the system. The pictures are taken with a tiny low-resolution video camera that compares each frame to calculate the mouse’s movement.

Laser Sensor

Laser is the latest technology in mouse tracking. It uses a laser light to illuminate the surface. The laser light allows for far greater resolution of the pictures taken by the sensor, which allows for higher precision mice. Lately mice with 2 lasers have been introduced to the market. The second laser allows for the mouse to track on glass and many difficult surfaces.

On-board memory

Lately more and more mice feature some sort of on board storage for settings-profiles. This is obviously a premium feature and it may come in handy if you play different games from different genres, where the play style changes a lot. Another important functionality and probably the main reason gamer’s choose to use the on-board memory is that it’s easy to travel with the mouse and maintain settings during LANs and tournaments.

Drivers

While most mice allows for basic functionality in Windows just moments after inserting the cable. The more advanced features like macros and sensitivity settings requires a software driver. A driver is a piece of computer software provided by the manufacturer in the package, however we always recommend people to download the most recent version from the brands’s website. Every brand has their own driver and software with different looks and functionality, some even offer cloud syncing of settings for situations when you have to travel with you gaming gear.

Path correction

Patch correction is also known as angle snapping or drift control. Basically this is a function within the sensor that predicts when the user is trying to draw a straight line. The optical or laser sensor then smooths out the pointer’s movement. This is most often not desired during gaming since the accuracy of the pointer gets punished. Most gaming mice either has this function or not. Make sure to read specifications before making a final decision.

Macro

In the early days a computer mouse had only 2 buttons. Today some gaming mice may be equipped with more than 10 different buttons, spread across the surface of the mouse. Using the driver software users can map different macro-combinations to the different buttons on the mouse. This is especially good for MMO’s where you have a ton of different spells and items that needs to be within reach.

Lift Distance

No matter how big mouse pad you have, eventually you will have to lift your mouse to re-position it. Lift distance is a feature in the sensor that measures the distance to the surface and deactivates tracking while the user is re-positioning the mouse. Non-gaming mice might be able to track movement from a distance of 2 cm above the mouse pad, this is not really good for gaming when small adjustments are needed constantly.

Grips

Claw

Is recognized by the hand that is formed like an eagle’s claw. The palm is barely touching the mouse. Mouse controlled by the tips of the index and middle fingers. The mouse is then stabilized by the pit of the hand that is resting on the surface.

Recommended mouse for the claw-grip: SteelSeries Kinzu

SteelSeries Kinzu

Fingertip

Fingertip grip is closely related to the claw grip. The main difference is that the pit of the palm is moved further back and is never supposed to touch the mouse itself. The mouse is controlled solely by the tip of the fingers. This makes the grip only have 5 points of contact with the mouse instead of 6 as with the claw grip. This grip allows for very fast movement with the tips of the finger but may also be exhaustive. the fingertip grip is mostly used with very small ambidextrous mice that is easy to control with as little force as possible.

Recommended mouse for the fingertip-grip: Zowie Mico

Zowie Mico

Palm

The palm grip is where you put and rest your entire palm on top of the mouse. The index and middle finger is almost fully extended on top of the 2 main mouse buttons. A click is then activated by pressing the length of either finger on to the button. the palm grip is most often used with bigger and “curved” mice that has been designed for either left or right-handed people.

Recommended mouse for the palm-grip: Razer DeathAdder

Razer Deathadder

The Bottom Line

What is your weapon of choice? And how do you wield it?

 

Author: Linus

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