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#1 Edited by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

Can anyone recommend a good gaming mouse?

I've been using an ancient trackball, before that I was mostly gaming on laptops.

I've been told by some people that wired gives better response time, and by others that wireless is better because of the lack of lag.

The trackball made sense when I was mostly couch gaming, but now that I've got a side table, I think a real mouse would be a better choice.

Oh, and I should mention, I want a minimum of 4 buttons, but I could use as many as 6 for the games I currently play.

And a scrollwheel would be nice.

#2 Posted by TyCobb (1976 posts) -

Logitech G500

Love this mouse. Been using it for a few years. It comes with a weight cartridge so you can easily make it so it feels just right to you. You can toggle the mouse wheel to either click or smooth scroll which I like. Also if you install the software you can customize what DPI the mouse uses when you trigger one of the 3 settings.

I wouldn't worry too much about wired vs wireless.

#3 Posted by SmilingPig (1340 posts) -
#4 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I really like my Logitech G400.

#5 Posted by ThePaleKing (613 posts) -

Check out the Steel Series mice. I usually make fun of all the gaming mice stuff since it just gets so ridiculous at times, but I really like the austere look of their gear; similar to the DAS series of keyboards. The macro software is some of the best.

#6 Posted by ajamafalous (12120 posts) -

Logitech G400

#7 Posted by Cramsy (1175 posts) -

Logitech G9

#8 Posted by ImaTreee (209 posts) -

razer deathadder

#9 Posted by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

Looking at the steel series, the 11 button MMO mouse seems decent. Anyone have any experience with it?

#10 Posted by kilikafinal (5 posts) -

Razer Orochi. has 4 additional programmable buttons along with the standard 3 a typical mouse has. also has the ability to go wired or wireless(easy to switch between the modes)

#11 Posted by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

I'm liking the Orochi and the Naga.

The Orochi for the ability to switch from wired to wireless.

The Naga for the pile of extra buttons, which seem like they could be handy.

#12 Posted by TyCobb (1976 posts) -

It could just be me, but the Razer products feel extremely cheap when I use them.

#13 Posted by Dick_Mohawk (384 posts) -

I'm using a Sharkoon Fireglider (Black) which has served me very well these last few months.

#14 Posted by lead_farmer (1041 posts) -

@ImaTreee said:

razer deathadder

Pretty happy with mine

#15 Posted by Razorlution (186 posts) -

I use a naga epic when I play WoW, and the g500 for everything else

#16 Posted by AssInAss (2704 posts) -
@TyCobb

Logitech G500

Love this mouse. Been using it for a few years. It comes with a weight cartridge so you can easily make it so it feels just right to you. You can toggle the mouse wheel to either click or smooth scroll which I like. Also if you install the software you can customize what DPI the mouse uses when you trigger one of the 3 settings.

I wouldn't worry too much about wired vs wireless.

Pretty much.
#17 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Can somebody explain to me why a gaming mouse is better than a default mouse that comes with your PC/Mac?

#18 Posted by Fattony12000 (7588 posts) -

My DeathAdder 3.5g has been fine for the past year or so.

#19 Posted by TyCobb (1976 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Can somebody explain to me why a gaming mouse is better than a default mouse that comes with your PC/Mac?

Precision is a lot better, more buttons, customization (weight, looks, etc.). Also durability. A gaming mouse is unlikely to break when it is slammed down in a burst of rage. I had an MX510 last me for years before it finally said "no more!". Also most stock mice just suck. It's the same with keyboards. Some stock keyboards work decently, but some just plain suck.

#20 Posted by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

@Hizang: Well, I'm using a logitech trackman that's about a decade old. I was tight on budget when I was putting together this rig, so I scavenged it. I'm intending to use the new mouse for gaming, so I'm asking for gamer recommendations.

#21 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Can somebody explain to me why a gaming mouse is better than a default mouse that comes with your PC/Mac?

It's not about if it's a gaming mouse or not, just a decent mouse. In truth most gaming mice are over the top with DPI you never will actually need.

#22 Edited by SomeJerk (3361 posts) -

Most gaming mice are regular computer/office $15 pieces of crap with a DPI switch and fancy aesthetics, as are most sub-$150 headphones and headsets.
 
But when you do find a good wired model that's good for gaming and worth the money, it's probably a Logitech. I swear by the tiltable scrollwheel and the brake you can disengage on it. Superb drivers for the GX00 series too, now. Lets me play games with improper mouse movement scaling no problem, storing that memory on the mouse itself.
 
Just avoid their headsets if they're still up to the same standard as up to three years ago.

#23 Posted by selbie (1962 posts) -

I recently bought a Mionix Naos 5000 as it is one of the few mice on the market that has good ergonomic design.

Pinkie fingers need some lovin' too!

#24 Posted by PillClinton (3292 posts) -

@ImaTreee said:

razer deathadder

+1. Really like my Deathadder. It's really well ergonomically designed, and quite large--great if you have giant troll hands like me. I just can't stand using tiny mice. I need something that fills my palm nicely.

@TyCobb said:

It could just be me, but the Razer products feel extremely cheap when I use them.

I'd argue that with the exception of a few great mice, most Razer products are pretty cheap and crappy.

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#25 Posted by Philantrophy (354 posts) -

What is the consensus about thermaltake products? Because I really like the design of their still unreleased Level 10 M mouse.

#26 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

It could just be me, but the Razer products feel extremely cheap when I use them.

It's not, I've had a few mice and a controller made by them. None of them was very sturdy.

Right now I'm using a R.A.T. 7 that I got used. You probably won't find one for a reasonable price, but if you do man this thing is awesome.

#27 Edited by Splodge (1844 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Can somebody explain to me why a gaming mouse is better than a default mouse that comes with your PC/Mac?

The difference really is huge. I use a crappy standard mouse when I am at home, but when I go to my mates to play LoL I use his spare Razer Copperhead. The difference is pretty severe. Quicker response time, I can move the mouse faster. I dont know why these things happen, but it's definitely a more pleasurable experience.

#28 Posted by Zaccheus (1800 posts) -

I've been very happy with the R.A.T. 7. Works well on my Mac and of course in Bootcamp. Tested video and review.

#29 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -

I don't know if anybody has already mentioned this one, but the Logitech G500 is a god among mice, just like the G5 before it. It looks like they're on discount at Amazon right now, too.

#30 Posted by EVO (3929 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

@Hizang said:

Can somebody explain to me why a gaming mouse is better than a default mouse that comes with your PC/Mac?

Precision is a lot better, more buttons, customization (weight, looks, etc.). Also durability. A gaming mouse is unlikely to break when it is slammed down in a burst of rage. I had an MX510 last me for years before it finally said "no more!". Also most stock mice just suck. It's the same with keyboards. Some stock keyboards work decently, but some just plain suck.

Don't forget comfort. I use an Apple Magic mouse and playing games with it is painful.

#31 Posted by predator (355 posts) -

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

#32 Posted by Andorski (5351 posts) -

Another vote for Deathadder. I'm not some 1337 PC gamer, but I can definitely tell the difference in accuracy and feel when compared to even other great (albeit wireless) mouse like my Logitech Performance MX.

#33 Edited by Brandino (261 posts) -

@predator said:

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

This. Been using the 3.0 since 2001, luckily i was able to buy them at COMP USA when they were discontinued years and years ago, they had them in 5 packs and i still have 4 of those never used. in 11 years i have only had to replace it ONCE. I don't know if the 3.0 is different now then it was (when they brought them back from popular demand) but it's by far the most comfortable and reliable mouse IMO.

#34 Posted by SSully (4265 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

Logitech G500

Love this mouse. Been using it for a few years. It comes with a weight cartridge so you can easily make it so it feels just right to you. You can toggle the mouse wheel to either click or smooth scroll which I like. Also if you install the software you can customize what DPI the mouse uses when you trigger one of the 3 settings.

I wouldn't worry too much about wired vs wireless.

This. I have been using this for about 3 years now and it still works flawlessly. It is very precise, its nice being able to change the DPI on the fly, and the scroll wheel is fantastic. If this mouse ever breaks I am just going to buy a new one, no questions asked.

#35 Posted by ItBeStefYo (1020 posts) -
#36 Posted by krazy_kyle (715 posts) -
#37 Posted by bushpusherr (826 posts) -

@predator said:

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

@Brandino said:

@predator said:

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

This. Been using the 3.0 since 2001, luckily i was able to buy them at COMP USA when they were discontinued years and years ago, they had them in 5 packs and i still have 4 of those never used. in 11 years i have only had to replace it ONCE. I don't know if the 3.0 is different now then it was (when they brought them back from popular demand) but it's by far the most comfortable and reliable mouse IMO.

Microsoft Intellimouse is incredible. I've had mine for about 8 years, and it still works like a dream. Super simple, inexpensive, and comfortable. No need for all the flash.

#38 Posted by Brandino (261 posts) -

@bushpusherr said:

@predator said:

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

@Brandino said:

@predator said:

Intellimouse 1.1 or 3.0.

This. Been using the 3.0 since 2001, luckily i was able to buy them at COMP USA when they were discontinued years and years ago, they had them in 5 packs and i still have 4 of those never used. in 11 years i have only had to replace it ONCE. I don't know if the 3.0 is different now then it was (when they brought them back from popular demand) but it's by far the most comfortable and reliable mouse IMO.

Microsoft Intellimouse is incredible. I've had mine for about 8 years, and it still works like a dream. Super simple, inexpensive, and comfortable. No need for all the flash.

My theory on why they discontinued them many years ago was because these things just won't die and that it was cutting into sales because of the fact these things are invincible. Did they discontinue them again? Newegg says they are and no other retail store seems to be selling them and the amazon ones are all third party sellers.

It's a conspiracy man.. They won't die so they keep taking them off the market!

#39 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

I've used a G500 and DeathAdder in the past. They're great mice. My personal mouse is a Mionix Naos 5000. I don't care about the gimmick shit that they add in the simple fact is that it is hands down the most comfortable and ergonomic mouse I have ever used in my life. I don't even feel like I'm holding anything when I use it.

My advice, go for something comfortable. Everything has the high DPI or the adjustable weights or custom macro settings, but how it feels is the most important thing. If you're using it for a few hours a session and then using it for internet use and everything else that's really the main deal.

#40 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#41 Edited by mnzy (2920 posts) -
Razer Deathadder Black Edition

Bought it a couple months back, my first Razer and the best mouse I had so far.

#42 Posted by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

There's a decent computer shop around the corner, I'll pop in there when they're open on Monday and see if they'll let me try the mice they've got in stock.

I do have giant hands, so the sharkoon seems like it has possibilities.

#43 Edited by handlas (2719 posts) -

I briefly had a Cyborg R.A.T before my dog chewed the cord in half. I mainly got it because the Tested guys seemed to like it a lot. And I would agree with them... it was quite nice. I'm not a huge fan of how it looks but it felt really great in ur palm and the weight adjustment was great. I liked it with none of the extra weight and it still felt pretty sturdy.

The corded version was also nice because it had sort of a braided cord. I think it does have a couple of extra buttons.

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#44 Edited by Socialone (202 posts) -

Explorer Mini Mouse by Microsoft. I've been gaming with it for 4 years without any problem --looks good, 4 buttons, good quality mouse wheel, portable, solid tracking technology. It eats through AA batteries though, I have to put a new one every month or so. Anyway, for 25$ (see here) I think it's your best bet.

EDIT: As a college student I might be biased because not looking too dorky in class definitely is a criteria for me.

#45 Posted by AlexW00d (6382 posts) -

@TheeGravedigger said:

There's a decent computer shop around the corner, I'll pop in there when they're open on Monday and see if they'll let me try the mice they've got in stock.

I do have giant hands, so the sharkoon seems like it has possibilities.

I used to have a fireglider and it's an odd shape, so I dunno if the big hands thing makes a difference. It's not particularly ergonomic, which is why I bought a Logitech G500 instead. Thing fits in my hand wonderfully.

Also if you're an American I don't think you'll be able to find the Fireglider. Sharkoon are a German (I think) company so US retailers don't seem to want to stock them.

#46 Edited by bybeach (4974 posts) -

Razor DeathAdder.

I've gotten to dislike Logitech products..hate to say it but my G19 keyboard is a fail

#47 Posted by JusticeJanitor (186 posts) -

+1 for the Razer Deathadder. I've used one for around two years, until it died on me. Before that, it was probably the best mouse I've used. I'm currently using a Steelseries Ikari. I like it quite a bit but I think I liked the Deathadder more.

#48 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

G9x is great for claw and high dpi. The G500 is probably more of a paml/low dpi mouse. The Cyborg if you find trouble getting a good fit with other mice.

@TyCobb said:

It could just be me, but the Razer products feel extremely cheap when I use them.

Yup. Never been a fan.

#49 Posted by Hadoken101 (844 posts) -

My brother recently got me a Razer Naga Hex and I've been enjoying it so far.

#50 Posted by TheeGravedigger (105 posts) -

I'm mildly amused that this topic has been moved twice by the moderators.

: how easy is it to use the 12 buttons for hotkeys without getting confused?