Today I would like to talk to you about another key point of your gaming setup, your mouse. The mouse is an extremely important part of your gaming setup. It doesn’t matter how well your computer runs the game if you have poor control and have improper key bindings. Having the right mouse will help to have the ultimate synergy from what you think to how you control in game.
There’s several different factors in choosing the right mouse that we will cover.
-Ergonomics, What grip you use and how it fits your hand
-How many buttons you want
Having an ergonomic mouse is very important. If you spend a lot of time gaming, having a mouse that’s too small or doesn’t fit your hand or preferred grip style correctly can be very uncomfortable.
There are three main grip styles. You probably don’t really think of what grip you use, but different mice can be made for a certain grip, so it is important to know which you use before buying. sometimes the mouse you are looking at will say what grip it is meant for, but the dimensions of your hand also matter. If you have really small hands for example, a normal palm grip mouse might feel too big. Things like this are important to note.
-Palm grip. This is when you rest your hand over the mouse with your fingers extended. Generally for palm grip you want a larger (especially longer) mouse. Especially if you have big hands.
-The Fingertip grip is when you grip the mouse just with your finger and thumb tips. No palm contact with the mouse.
-Claw grip is like a hybrid between the two. Your palm can rest on the mouse, but your fingers are bent like a claw instead of extended. This generally works well for smaller mice.
One key difference between a gaming mouse and a standard mouse is having more buttons. When I first got my gaming rig years ago, the first thing I bought was a new mouse to have more buttons. It can be great to be able to bind switching to your side arm, melee attack, or whatever other things you may need on the fly to the side mouse buttons to be able to use them faster, and without needing your movement fingers. For games like MOBA’s and MMO’s, you may want even more buttons. This is when the “MOBA mouse” comes in. These generally have several extra buttons on the side, where standard gaming mice usually only have two. It is important to decide which of these suits your needs best. Do you want just a couple buttons to be able to quickly press when needed, or do you have a ton of bindings and need more buttons?
Another important thing to note is the button placement. If you are comparing two mice with two side buttons each, which one is easiest to quickly press each of the buttons? If you need to stretch your thumb far back to hit it or the button is really small, this may be problematic. A good idea is to find one that your thumb either rests in between the two buttons or on one of them, and you can press either easily and quickly. For mice with more buttons, this can be a little more tricky, but you want to find one that you think you can comfortably hit each button easily and accurately. More buttons wont help when you hit the wrong ones. Don’t worry if you cant hit the buttons perfectly right away, part of it is just muscle memory and with time you will adjust to your new mouse.
Sensor Quality and Type
Sensor quality is another key element to a gaming mouse. Any good gaming mouse brand will have high quality sensors. These will make sure that every precise movement you make is translated into the game. There are two types of sensors, optical, and laser. I feel like most people will say optical is best but its debatable. I wouldn’t worry about the specifics too much, just make sure that if you are getting a less well known mouse, that it has quality sensors (while Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, Corsair, etc all have good sensors that you don’t need to worry about).
Lastly is the mouse software. All good mice should have software. This enables you to customize bindings and settings. It is very important to be able to go into your software and perfectly customize your dpi and acceleration to feel the most comfortable. Many people play with no acceleration, I personally like it. Its all up to you, and most software will let you adjust it.
I cant pick the perfect mouse for you, but I can try to guide you in the right direction. Note that there are many mice out there, and I cant show you all of them, so if one you liked isn’t mentioned below don’t worry, this is just my list. Feel free to look up any mouse you want that you think is worth getting.
Standard mice (shooter mice)
Some good shooter mice for palm grip are the Logitech G402 and G502, Steelseries Rival 310, Razer Deathadder, and For claw grip, the Corsair M65 pro, and the Steelseries Sensei 310.
Note that the grips can be interchangeable and may be based off your hand size, these are just baselines.
For those looking for more buttons, the Logitech G600, Steelseries Rival 500, and the Razer Naga & Naga Hex are all good options.
I’m actually a left handed writer but use my mouse right handed. There are much less left handed options. One is the Razer Deathadder left handed version. Also, you can get basic gaming mice that don’t have side buttons that are ambidextrous, like the Razer Abyssus.
Thanks for reading! I hope I was able to help you chose the right gaming mouse. If you have any comments or thoughts, please leave them below!