Mouse Madness

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Posted by Rorie (5868 posts) -

Hey GB, I made a couple of purchases lately that I've been enjoying so I figured I'd tell you about them!

You may have heard some of my grousing about Logitech mice on the last UPFs. I don't hate them or anything; I've just always felt them to be a bit slight in build and I've never liked the placement of the side buttons. I was always an Intellimouse Explorer person, then shifted to Razer Deathadders, and recently flipped over to the Steelseries Senseis for my last few gaming mice. I splurged a bit a couple of years ago on a Sensei 700, which was well over 100 bucks at the time and had some real dumb inclusions like an LCD screen that you basically could never see during gameplay, but was a solid-ass mouse for the time that I've had it. Unfortunately it comes with two cords with different lengths and the proprietary connector on the bottom of the mouse (it might be USB-micro but it had a weird situation with pegs that locked into the mouse to keep it in place) started to screw up requiring me to fiddle with the cable a bunch to get it to resume working after the computer went to sleep.

So I started hunting around for a new mouse and decided that NOW was the time to invest in a cordless mouse. I've always had a bit of an aversion to wireless accessories, just because I'm super sensitive to lag and have had some bad experiences with wireless stuff in the past, but my desk at home is such a mess that it felt like time to experiment a bit. So even though I was a bit mad about the 700 fucking up in less than two years, I still really like the Sensei's handfeel or whatever you call it, so I decided to go back to the well and get one of their 650 wireless mouses.

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I think it's pretty dope! I haven't used a wireless gaming mouse in a long time, but I dig the form factor as I have with all the other Steelseries stuff that I've bought. (I also really recommend their QcK thin mousepads; they're cheap and a good size for a crowded desktop). I usually use my mouse with my fingers on the right and left buttons, shifting the middle finger over to the scrollwheel only when I use it, so I like a nice broad mouse that I can rest my hand on when I'm scrolling. So far this fits the bill; it's real comfortable to use.

I also kind of dig the third side button, which is placed pretty forward on the side of the mouse. It's not super convenient to hit if you're going to use it for something game-critical (most games I usually use the side mouse buttons for melee/grenade, or autorun in MMOs), but with the macro editor I just threw a quick Alt-F4 macro on there for closing stuff down quick. I used to have this macroed up on my old keyboard, but the DAS keyboard I'm running doesn't have a macro button bar, so it's good to have it back. Also it's got a weight system hidden behind a couple of magnetically-held side panels, which is kind of neat. I've never been a big fooler-around-er with weights in mice, but I did insert a couple of the weights closer to the front of the mouse, leaving the back two slots empty, which made the whole thing feel a bit snappier when aiming in shooters. Neat!

I think my big complaint here is the lack of a dock; I've always liked the look of mice you could just drop in a charging dock at the end of the day and let the thing charge overnight. The 650 has a micro-USB port on the front of it, so you do have to track down the cable and plug it in for it to charge, but it works fine in wired mode too, and they claim that 15 minutes of charging will get you ten hours of use, so that's nice.

So far I really like it, so if you're in the mood for a new mouse, maybe give it a whirl?

Just so this doesn't all read like some Steelseries ad (I ain't getting paid), I should also mention that I bought a new mouse for my laptop at work. I usually have defaulted to wireless mice at work only because I move my laptop around a bunch, but I've been sitting at my desk more lately, and the cheap-ass mice that I usually use seem to be having trouble connecting when my bluetooth headphones are on, so I figured I'd get something wired to use while I'm actually sitting at my desk. Apparently Anker just put out a dirt-cheap gaming mouse just called the Anker Gaming Mouse. It seems pretty decent for the price! One of the weird default things is that the DPI switcher goes through five separate DPI settings instead of the normal two, so if you hit it by accident it can take some clicking to get it back to where you want it. I can probably change that in the drivers but I haven't bothered to install those yet. But for 15 bucks or whatever, it's a perfectly usable mouse that might be a good option if you're tired of whatever you're using now.

Enjoy your mice! Thanks for reading!

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#1 Posted by Hupsel (40 posts) -

I had 2 Deathadders Elites in the past. They were amazing but each lasted one year so... nope, never again another mouse from Razer. I then got the Steelseries 600 about one year ago and its working very well so far. Love the mouse, and fits well in my hand.

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#2 Posted by Rorie (5868 posts) -

@hupsel: Yeah I had the same quality control issue with the Deathadders. Great feel but they broke quick.

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#3 Posted by Onemanarmyy (4501 posts) -

I had the same experience with the Razer mouses. They feel pretty great, but break so easily.

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#4 Posted by Dave_Tacitus (2507 posts) -

I remember buying a Steelseries mouse (a Rival) a few years ago on your recommendation and I really liked it but never got on with the config software and eventually went back to Logitech. I've had two of their wireless mice on the trot now, a G602 and now a G403, and love them.

Totally get where you're coming from when you change to a mouse you aren't in love with on UPF. Using the Rival for a few minutes now seems like I'm playing with an upturned frying pan under my palm compared to the 403. Maybe it's because I use a fingertip grip. ;)

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#6 Posted by Bollard (8185 posts) -

I love my old MX518 so much that recently I upgraded to another MX518:

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It's worth noting that my 8+ year old MX518 still works great, I just use it as my work mouse now.

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#7 Posted by Bane (921 posts) -

I've got one of the Logitech PowerPlay mouse pads and a Lightspeed wireless mouse. The pad charges the mouse so there's no need for a dock, and they claim their Lightspeed tech is faster than many wired gaming mice. It's a great combo.

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#8 Posted by Tussler (68 posts) -

I ordered a Glorious Model O yesterday after the mousewheel on my G303 died. Its been getting some good reviews and i like the idea of a superlight mouse.

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#9 Edited by Jesus_Phish (3898 posts) -

@rorie: Myself and my fiance both use a Steelseries Rival, which is a great cheap all purpose mouse. I've been thinking about moving up to one of their more expensive customisable ones as I'd like something with a bit more weight to it.

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#10 Posted by hippie_genocide (2453 posts) -

@bane said:

I've got one of the Logitech PowerPlay mouse pads and a Lightspeed wireless mouse. The pad charges the mouse so there's no need for a dock, and they claim their Lightspeed tech is faster than many wired gaming mice. It's a great combo.

Same. I use the PowerPlay paired with a Logitech Pro wireless. Switching to a mouse that light took some getting used to but now that I have, I love it. A true wireless mouse with no detectable lag that never needs batteries.

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#11 Edited by briarpack (338 posts) -

I saw this blog post a week ago and thought you had pretty good timing, I was also thinking about getting the Rival 650. I trust that it hasn't disintegrated between now and when you wrote this?

My age old Sensei has been on the fritz for months and it finally gave up the ghost a few minutes ago (right now I'm using a shitty wireless Microsoft mobile mouse that came with an equally shitty laptop cooler *shudders*).

I've had really good experiences with Steelseries, I tend to burn through peripherals like nobody's business, but they haven't let me down yet. By happenstance my keyboard and headphones are also from them and have lasted for almost five years by now. (I am also not being paid by Steelseries, I swear).

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#12 Posted by cikame (2911 posts) -

My Finalmouse Ergo Classic has developed a middle mouse button issue, they aren't really available any more so i hunted around for something similar and ended up with a Razer Basilisk, my first impression was that it was comfortable but after a week i'm finding it's a little "draggy", as in a little harder to move over a mouse mat, also my large hand in a claw grip end up with an awkward twist and my ring finger is rubbing on the right click... and the mouse wheel is too high...
I was going to just put up with it, but what made me make the decision to try something else was going to work and using a bog standard cheap Dell mouse and how comfortable its basic shape was, so i've just ordered a Logitech G Pro.
Finding a good comfortable mouse is proving to be difficult, i've even seriously considered trying one of those vertical mice, i like the idea but it doesn't look like it would be good for gaming.

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Hopefully i just get on with the G Pro, otherwise i have no idea what i'll be trying next.