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All you need to know about GAMING mouse

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Nocturnal310, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Nocturnal310

    Nocturnal310 Notebook Virtuoso

    Sep 7, 2007
    Article Last Updated: 10th February 2009
    Update Log:
    > Types of Gamers,
    > Wireless Gaming issues.
    > Grammatical errors.
    > Better structuring.
    > added: MX518 1800 DPI
    > 2nd feb: Razer Mamba
    > Last update: Expired links updated

    All you need to know about GAMING mouse

    Gaming mouse. The in-thing. The thing every guy wants & every n00b doesn’t understand.

    Due to flooding of questions on Gaming mouse. I am creating this guide for all new Gamers who are looking forward to buy a Gaming Mouse.

    Gaming is a field which demands exceptionally great products. Although for Casual Gaming you can do away with a $10 optical mouse. But once you reach a certain stage or you got money to spend you need Gaming Accessories.

    The most important Gaming accessory is a Gaming mouse & hence I‘ll focus on Mouse only.

    Q.Why do I need Gaming mouse for Gaming?
    This is an interesting question. First things first.You don't need it you WANT it. Its like High Definition TV's. People still use CRT in many countries but lot of us are buying HDTV's now as we want better things.

    If you play FPS (First Person Shooter) games only then do you need a Gaming mouse. This is due to the fact that Mouse undergoes maximum wear & tear during this Genre of gaming.
    & for the Members here who play Counterstrike MODs, including Source. You might understand better what wear & tear I mean.
    I’ve personally broken 6 normal mice before I went ahead & decided to buy my Razer Deathadder.
    I used to play with a Made In China Laptop mouse.
    But as I entered competitive Gaming & started playing in Clans I realized I need a proper mouse which won’t betray me.
    FYI, A Professional Gamer moves his hands at very high speeds of upto 2.5 m/s.
    Since Top CS players like f0rest play at Ultra-low sensitivity, the friction & stress a mouse undergoes is tremendous for an average $10 mouse.

    Checkout some videos of f0rest of fNatic clan HERE

    There are different types of players who player at different Sensitivity:
    High Sens: Top speed of 0.5 m/s
    High sensitivity players don't tend to move the mouse very far when they're playing so they can make do with small mousepads. They have to keep a very firm grip on the mouse because the slightest movement translates to huge swings on the computer screen. High sensitivity players don't need to move their mice very fast.

    Low Sens: Top speed of 2 m/s
    Low sensitivity players tend to have huge mousepads because every movement is a full sweep of their arm. Many top Counter-Strike professionals use ultra low sensitivity. When they want to turn around 180 degrees it often takes two huge sweeps of their arm, and they need to execute that movement as quickly as possible. Low sensitivity players can hit very fast speeds of up to 2 m/s (78"/s) and sometimes beyond.

    Medium Sens: Top speed of 1 m/s
    Medium sensitivity players are somewhere in-between, and make up the majority of players. They can play on the standard small pads, but a larger mousepad can make gaming more comfortable. Medium sensitivity players can move the mouse quite fast at times, but not at ridiculous speeds.

    There are some players that use even lower sensitivites than mentioned here, for example moving the mouse up to one whole metre (40") to turn 360 degrees. I would consider this quite extreme, but it should be taken into account so that test results go beyond what you might consider fast speeds.

    If you haven't figured out what type of Gamer are you then let me help.

    Types of Gamers:
    1. Casual Gamers: Most of us lie here, we don't play to win, we play to enjoy, the journey is the prize. Casual Gamers also need Gaming mice because their regular mice will need regular replacement as it isn't built to take the heat.
    Most of these Gamers play latest Games like Crysis, Bioshock, COD4 etc.

    2. Competitive Gamers: These are the ones who have sudden jolts of Competitive primal instincts. One day they are on Couch with chips & the next day they are online with their online opponents PWNING them. They live normal lives but the Animal within comes out at Night. These gamers are nocturnal species who Play to Win at night. During the day they look like Clark Kent (Casuals). Most of these Gamers play games like CS, CZ, CSS, UT series. also HL2 or TF2 for a change.

    3.Professional Gamers: Alrite, you ain't one if you are reading this. Professional Gamers already have achieved the Nirvana. They know everything. They know the machine they want. They are like David Beckham. They Play, they endorse, they earn. Gaming is their life.

    4. Wannabe Gamers a.k.a n00bs a.k.a Addicts!: This is the emerging breed of Gamers who are just wasting their time. They got no talent to even quality the WCG rounds. They just buy Latest Computer with best GFX to play Counter-strike (lol). They play in College mostly. These are the breed which Drives the Sales of Razer Inc. .
    There are also some who play tooo much, tooo n00b or too goood
    Oh btw.. Some of them are Talented but they ain't winning Tournaments anytime soon.
    These Gamers call themselves G@M3RS! meaning they have their Cool Nicknames.

    By now you must have figured out where you stand.
    So lets get down to some serious business.

    Q. What companies make best Gaming mouse?
    The top players in this industry are Razer Inc. , Logitech & Microsoft.
    Microsoft often partners with Razer but Microsoft has made their own Gaming Mice too. (Sidewinder).

    Other Less popular Companies making Gaming mouse are 'Genius' & ' Wolf King'.

    I ll be explaining from scratch. So you can scroll further down if you find the initial stuff little lame.

    Firstly, there are 4 Types of Mouse based on the Input technology. I am excluding Ball mouse as its a dinosaur & can be found in Geek Museums.

    1. Optical Mouse.
    2. Laser Mouse.
    3. InfraRed Mouse. (also known as 3G IR - as marketed by Razer Inc.)
    4. Wireless Mouse.

    The Optical Mouse is the most popular among Gamers & NOT laser mouse.
    This is because Laser mouse has high Lift - Off distance i.e. it tracks the surface even after being lifted above the surface for upto 10 mm.

    This is not acceptable during Gaming sessions as when you reach the end of the mouse pad you need to pickup & bring your mouse to the center during which the cross-hair shouldn't move. With laser mouse this ain't possible so
    Laser mouse is NOT for Gamers.

    Dont fall prey to marketing by Logitech (G9) & Razer (Lachesis).
    Laser mouse is Great for Casual Gamers & Graphic designers, Professional Architects. etc. as it offers very high DPI and works on more surfaces. But for Competitive Gaming, Laser sensor has some unresolved issues.
    For example: They have a Higher Lift-Off distance, they skip a lot, they have issues with Tracking accurately. Especially if you are a low sensitivity gamer you ll have trouble with them if you move your arm too fast.
    They are like Hummer on Formula One Track.

    There are other issues also which i ll mention as you read.

    The latest technology is 3G IR which is even better than Optical as it has very high precision tracking & doesn't compromise of Lift-Off distance much.

    Then there are Wireless mouse. They have Sensors like others but they are Wireless. Which means u have to plug-in a receiver.

    Issue with Wireless: Waves travel faster in Solids than in Air. So Wireless Mouse will always have a Slower Response Rate. However, with technological improvements this difference is minimize by increasing the Frequency at which they send information. For Example: Logitech G7. This mouse is Wireless but its also the First Wireless Gaming mouse. It has Max. 2000 DPI and a Laser Sensor
    Issue with Best Wireless Gaming mice?
    Well, it has maximum data rate of 500 reports/second which is HALF of Latest Wired Gaming Mice.

    with Release of Razer Mamba this general notion is being changed that Wireless mice aint good enough for Gaming. Checkout at bottom of article for more info. on this mouse

    Logitech G7: To Buy or Not to Buy? You Decide!

    There are few terms you need to understand when chosing a Gaming mouse.

    Perfect Control
    When you move your mouse it may result in turning your viewpoint in an FPS game, moving the cursor in an RTS game, or something else like rotating a tank turret. In each case the importance of using a mouse is the proportionate response. If you move the mouse slowly you expect to turn slowly or the cursor to scroll slowly. If you move quickly you want to be turning faster or the cursor to move quickly across the screen. If someone creeps up behind you in a game you want to be able to make a wild flick of the mouse to face your opponent quickly and return fire. The ideal mouse response is a linear one, where moving the mouse twice as fast results in a response of "twice as much". I define Perfect Control as the top speed up to which the mouse performs exactly as it should.

    Malfunction Speed
    Another important factor in choosing a mouse is the fastest speed you can move before it gives up and decides to fire the next rocket at your feet. I call this the Malfunction Speed, where the mouse loses control and effectively stops working. When you flick your mouse beyond the Malfunction Speed, anything can happen. You may either end up looking in any random direction or just find you haven't turned around at all. All optical and laser mice must have a Malfunction Speed, so we want it to be as high as possible so you don't notice it.

    Dots-per-inch (DPI)
    With a printer, the DPI (dots per inch) tells you how well the printer can translate information from the computer onto paper. For a mouse, the DPI value tells you how well the mouse can translate your hand movements to the computer. It would seem that a higher DPI would theoretically mean a better mouse? Before you run out to buy the highest DPI mouse we should think carefully about how much DPI is actually useful on a computer that spends most of its time displaying images made up of pixels.

    High Sens: 360 degrees in 0.1 m (4"), roughly 1000 DPI needed

    Medium Sens: 360 degrees in 0.25 m (10"), roughly 400 DPI needed

    Low Sens: 360 degrees in 0.50 m (20"), roughly 200 DPI

    But you have to realize that only DPI is not enough. DPI doesnt even give an estimate which mouse is better for you.

    Laser mouse often have much higher DPI but they have lower Perfect control & Malfunction speed.
    This has been proven in worlds first Mouse Benchmarking 2007 in the ESREALITY article which I ll post as a link. It’s a MUST READ for all Gaming enthusiasts.

    Now, that you know that Optical & IR mouse are best for Gaming.
    Lets Talk about different Design & which is better for you.

    1.Claw Grip Design: This type of design is for players who like to control their mouse with only two fingers. Forefinger & Middle finger. Thus your palm forms a Claw-like Shape when you are using this type of mouse. This design offers a very precise movement & accurate aiming for Gamers.
    Example: Razer Krait, Razer Copperhead & Razer Diamondback.

    NOTE that if you have a Large Palm like me, you ll find it quite uncoomfortable to play with a Claw Shaped mouse.

    2. Palm Grip Design: This is the most common design but is slightly enhanced & contoured for Gaming mice.
    For controlling this mouse you place your entire palm on it. Hence its called Palm Design. It is doesnt have a very Precise movement but it is very comfortable for long gaming sessions. I prefer this design as I have large palms.
    Example: All Logitech Mice - MX518, MX510, G5, G7, G9, Razer Deathadder, Razer Lachesis.


    Q. Currently, which is the best gaming mouse in the world?
    If you ask me that I ll NOT give a specific name as each mouse differs & is built for different types of Gamers.I ll mention some popular mice which shine above the others.

    >MX518: This is the most popular & perhaps the oldest Gaming mouse. Great for Counterstrike players on a budget. It has On-the-fly DPI adjustment settings (400, 800 & 1600) which let you adjust DPI of the mouse while Gaming. It is easily available in the market & is preferred mainly by Counterstrike 1.6 players. 1600 DPI, & Palm Design. Although there are some issues like Slippery surface (when your palms are sweating), Lack of on-board memory for storing Profile which is crucial in competitions as you don't carry the Driver CD everywhere. It's price is much lower now & it still offers a Gaming Grade performance.
    A Must-Buy for Emerging Gamers on a Budget.

    Update: There is a newer version of MX518 recently noticed in the market which is 1800 DPI and revamped looks. Its a good buy for MX518 lovers.

    And updated Firmware (Vista support) can be downloaded from logitech website.

    Bottomline: Its one of the most popular Gaming-grade mouse which oozes Performance. one of the top 3 rankers in the Mouse Benchmarking 2007. For Competitive & Professional Gamers. Casual Gamers might find the Grip slippery after 45mins to 1hr. One of the best Performance-to-price Ratios.

    MX518 (comes in 2 versions: 1600 DPI & 1800 DPI):

    >Microsoft Intelli 3.0
    : This is an optical mouse, palm design. This is one is a performance mouse & offers a 9000 frames per second of tracking, but has a low Perfect control. The top speed is 1.92 m/s which is easily reached by gamers. Other than that its not very expensive so its great when cash is low.

    Bottomline: For Most Gamers including Competitive gamers. But not Professional Gamers.

    MS Intelli 3.0:

    > Microsoft SideWinder: This is a very popular Mouse among Non- Professional gaming enthusiasts. The design is very detailed. The buttons for Various on-the-fly adjusment are big & perfectly placed. However, this mouse is expensive & doesn't offer good Performance for Price. But is a great buy if you game at home.
    Bottomline: For Rich gamers who like Gaming but aren't into Professional gaming, this is the Lambhorgini Gallardo of Gaming mice. This will also make your desk look good.
    Microsoft Sidewinder:

    >Logitech G5: This is in the Flagship series of logitech, marketed as a High End Gaming mouse. currently, it's price has also fallen by now & u can buy it for much lower price, it has a great design Palm grip design. Its a laser mouse (Yes, Laser mice Skip much easily compared to Optical mice), but Laser sensor works on more surfaces and that is one advantage if u play while on the go, has Adjustable weight cartridge, (sounds cool right?) for perfect handling, 2000 DPI which is high.Top of the line but since its Laser hence professional gamers dont use it & hence logitech hardly sponsors any gamers. I would recommend this mouse if you want to play games like Crysis, Bioshock etc.
    I would also recommend this to all who believe in one-time investment. This mouse has excellent build quality.
    Bottomline: For most of the gamers: Casual, serious, addictive gamers. Who also like to Own their friends!

    Logitech G5:
    Adjustable Weight Cartridge:

    >Razer DeathAdder: This is currently the Top Ranked gaming mouse in the world. It has been benchmarked THE BEST. See This. It has a phenomenal Tracking speed which a gamer will never reach of 2.92 m/s. It has a 3G IR sensor which is the Latest in technology, although be careful, looking at IR sensor can damage your eyes., but it works on all surfaces hence it is 'nearly' similar to laser sensor. It has 1800DPI which is more than enough for 19" - 21" or resolutions of 1280X1024 to widescreen of 1280X768. But since its the top performer & latest its also very expensive. So go for this if you got the cash & passion for competitive gaming. I wouldn't recommend this for casual gamers as such a high Perfect Control is never needed. You would rather go for G5 if you don't play CS or CSS.
    This mouse is best for CS Mods, CS Source, Call of Duty 4 modern warfare etc. It has a sweat dissipating rubberized skin. So you can play long hours comfortably. I am using this currently.

    It DOES have a big problem. It has no On-the-fly DPI adjustment even after being priced so high.

    Bottomline: For Professional or Competitive gamers who demand the Best. Schumacher's Ferrari F1 of Gaming mice.

    Razer Deathadder:

    Deathadder Command & Conquer Edition (only in South-east Asia region):

    >Razer Lachesis : This is the latest mouse from Razer.This has an ultra high 4000 DPI. This has been marketed as a Gaming mouse but its more for Professional designers & It has a very good design. Infact the best design since its a hybrid of Claw + Palm Grip. Its also expensive as its the latest. One of my friend is using it & is very happy with it. He also attracts Attention due to this mouse.

    Bottomline: For Enthusiasts who love buying the latest & with best features. It is also a Great performer for Competitive Gamers.

    Razer Lachesis:


    Razer Mamba (Possibly the Worlds Fastest 'Wireless' Gaming Mouse by Razer):
    For long time all gamers had become skeptic that there isnt going to be a Wireless mouse with response time as good as Wired mouse and zero lag issues.
    finally razer claims they have released a mouse which can prove all skeptics wrong.

    Announced at CES 2009, it is a wireless mouse which uses 2.4GHz RF and an integrated battery that offers an impressive 14 hours of non-stop gaming, or 72 hours of 'normal' gaming. It also features DPI and battery life indicators, (feature also found in MS Sidewinder) and a 3.5G Laser sensor which offers an unbelievable 5,600 DPI. This target wouldn't have been possible with Optical sensors which generally have a lower DPI.

    All this with a 1000 hz polling rate giving you a 1 ms response time and on-board memory so you can carry your profile settings anywhere without needing to re-install the Driver application.
    Now for those who love every feature of mouse except miss the wire they have an option to plug in a 7 foot cable provided. Seems like Razer hasnt turned any stone unturned is it?
    well not until you see the price tag of $129!

    looks a lot like Deathadder doesnt it?

    So now we 've reached the End of Article. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

    This was a very basic article & it ll give some idea what to look for when chosing a gaming mouse. If you have any enquiry you can post it here. You dont need to create new topics. Thanks!
    Comments are welcome & i ll be editing it if there are any mistakes or incomplete information.

    Submitted by:
    - Tushar a.k.a Nocturnal310 a.k.a WaYne

    >ESREALITY Mouse Benchmarking Article
    > Fnatic Clan

    Lasted edited by : May 8, 2015
  2. jedolley

    jedolley Notebook Consultant

    Jan 24, 2008

    This is a really well written document with good info. However, there are two issues I would like to comment on.

    1. Razer bias - Not a major problem as they are a good company, but your document sways the reader in their direction. Selecting a mouse is still subjective at best and is and probably always will be different from person to person. I like how you added a benchmark from another site, but that also brings me to my second point.

    2. FPS are not the only games on the PC - If your subject had included something about this document being for FPS gamers, then it would be fine. However, when you are talking about gaming mice you only touch on their use in FPS games. FPS are very popular, but even in professional gaming other genres are still prominent.

    Other than these two issues that I had, the document is still informative and will be helpful to others.

    I think a nice thing to add maybe a list of sites that do hardware reviews in relation to gaming (i.e. gotfrag). These sites will usually be your best bet for reviews on mice geared towards gamers.
  3. Pommie

    Pommie Notebook Deity

    Jul 30, 2005
    Great write up. I'll make one comment though. I have the Logitech G7, wireless mouse. Beautiful mouse, I absolutely love it. You mentioned that it will still read movement when off the mouse pad, upto a height of 10cm? If you lift mine more than about 2mm it stops reading. I think its an excellent gaming mouse, but yes, I wouldn't classify myself a "hardcore" gamer.
  4. PocketAces21

    PocketAces21 Notebook Evangelist

    Jan 14, 2008
    I have a Logitech G9, a laser mouse, and it also doesn't exhibit this whole "track at 10 cm" thing. In fact, it stops tracking at about 1 cm.
  5. Nocturnal310

    Nocturnal310 Notebook Virtuoso

    Sep 7, 2007
    This problem isnt specific to G series from logitech. the maximum lift - off distance varies from mouse to mouse.
  6. Johnny T

    Johnny T Forum Moderator Super Moderator

    May 16, 2007
    Well there was the MX510 and MX500 before the 518...:p May be you can add in a bit on mouse feet too, Teflon pads and such. Also, alittle more on ''on-the-go'' sensitivity changes would be good too :)

    Just some suggestions, more to come later :D
  7. jl1989

    jl1989 Notebook Evangelist

    Oct 23, 2007
  8. Johnny T

    Johnny T Forum Moderator Super Moderator

    May 16, 2007
    The platform thingy is for re-charging the mouse :)
  9. jl1989

    jl1989 Notebook Evangelist

    Oct 23, 2007
    ohhh ok =) cause i'm looking for a bluetooth wireless mouse for lappy.. with extra buttons. lol =) i<3 more hotkeys/binds

    me= Lazy
  10. Crimson Roses

    Crimson Roses Notebook Evangelist

    Jan 15, 2008
    While I don't agree with all that you say nocturnal310, that was a great post that you must have put a consiterable ammount of time into. Defentally worthy of a rep.
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