You’ve been playing PC games for a while, and you’ve come to realize you may need to purchase a gaming mouse. This guide has all the important factors you need to consider before buying a gaming mouse.
If you happen to be in a hurry, luckily for you, I’ve written an article about the best FPS gaming mice, you can find that article here!
What Type Of Games Will You Play?
There are gaming mice that are specifically suited for different types of games. before you pick up a gaming mouse, the first thing you should do is figure out what games you play passionately. You need to do this because you don’t want to pick up a mouse that serves no purpose for the type of games you play.
What Gaming Mouse For FPS/Shooter Games
FPS/Shooter gaming mice are the mice you want to pick up when you play games like (CSGO, Call Of Duty, Crossfire, Fortnite, PUBG). These types of mice are perfect for these games because they’re lightweight, very ergonomic, and feature a clean/sleek build.
With Shooter gaming mice, you will get up to 3 side buttons, and two buttons to control the DPI. You don’t need 9 buttons for FPS games because then you will have bulky gaming mice which are impractical for shooter games.
Some companies in the gaming mouse industry tend to make heavy gaming mice for FPS games, now generally you should go for mice between 90-100g so you can have swift mouse movements with low DPI.
There are also gaming mice with customizable weights, these are weights you can add to make the mouse heavier. Doing this also makes you more precise as your mouse movements will be slowed down by the added weight.
Something to keep in mind, wireless gaming mice weigh extra due to the added battery. As I said, you should aim for a mouse between 90-100grams, wireless mice tend to exceed 100grams.
One thing that holds true is that people have their own preferences and point of view on how heavy a mouse should be. That’s why certain mice allow you to add weights to them.
But since you’re most likely playing with low DPI, you should levitate to a gaming mouse that doesn’t weigh a lot. This is because you’re able to make quick movements to compensate for the low sensitivity.
Some FPS gaming mice come with a sniper button which basically slows down the mouse speed by decreasing the DPI when you’re sniping. This feature means you will have more precise sniping shots when aiming.
What Gaming Mouse For MOBA/MMO/MMORPG Games
People that play games like (World Of Warcraft, DOTA 2, League Of Legends) will find that they need those extra buttons to aid them in-game. These buttons are on the side of the mice and you usually end up getting up to 9 side buttons which can all be assigned to whatever you desire. People that play these types of games are willing to sacrifice a slim build for a bulky design with extra buttons.
These extra buttons on the side of the mouse are used by pro gamers to execute complex ability sequences effectively and efficiently. Imagine performing the same ability sequences on a keyboard, It doesn’t sound too pleasing as it will require more time and effort.
When choosing an MMO gaming mouse, you don’t need to worry about the weight of the mouse. The mice are bulky already, so most pro MMO gamers compensate by using high sensitivities, and smooth mousepads.
Are You Always On The Move?
Picking up a portable gaming mouse could be a good investment if you’re always on the move. Portable gaming mice are usually wireless and smaller in size to accommodate for portability. When gaming on laptops, picking up a mouse like this could be beneficial as it doesn’t take as much space as a regular gaming mouse. Furthermore, if you have small hands, the size of the mice could benefit you in that aspect too.
One thing you should consider is that wireless gaming mice tend to weight more than their wired counterparts, this is due to the additional battery. You can find more about the weight of gaming mice here: Light vs heavy gaming mouse.
We’ve written an article discussing the differences between wireless and wired gaming mice. If you need more information, you can find it here! Wired Vs Wireless Gaming Mice: What Should I Buy?
Here are a few examples of gaming mice that fit this category: Razer Orochi, Razer Atheris.
Do You Love RGB/Aesthetics & Customization?
If you love looking at your gaming mouse, you probably shouldn’t pick up a mouse if it looks ugly to you. Thankfully, there are so many gaming mice with RGB, so finding the right mouse shouldn’t be too difficult.
Going beyond RGB, there are mice on the market that you can customize almost anything you can think of. Think about customizing the size, weight, thumb rests and much more. These types of mice the masters of ergonomics, and are made so the user can specifically adjust the mouse for their hands only.
Mice companies like Mad Catz and Razer specialize in creating mice like this. Although they’re expensive, I do think they have their place in the gaming community. Some users may dislike the feel of a mouse, and want something more flexible.
Example of these gaming mice: Razer Ouroboros, Mad Catz Rat (3,5,7,9), Logitech G502
Make Sure Your Gaming Mouse Has Its Own Software
There are some gaming mice on the market that don’t come with software. This is usually for operating systems like Mac os.
But if you’re using windows, make sure you pick up a gaming mouse that comes with Software/Drivers.
Gaming mice with software provide a lot of flexibility. The software usually comes with a variety of options such as customizing the lighting, mouse DPI, polling rate and adding macros.
Software Lighting Customization
Customizing the lighting is done through the software, and there should be a ton of RGB presets you can choose from. The razer synapse software is for all razer gaming mice, and the RGB presets they come with are: (Audio Meter, Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Reactive, Static). If your mouse isn’t razer, they most likely come with very similar software only if the mouse actually has RGB lighting.
Controlling The Mouse DPI Through Software
The mouse’s DPI is probably the most important feature the software can offer. Mouse DPI is basically the resolution of your mouse sensor. Increasing the DPI makes the mouse move more pixels per inch aka DPI. Mouse DPI is far more accurate than in-game sensitivity too, this is why many pro gamers purchase gaming mice. Pro gamers usually have DPIs between a certain range for the games they play, Playing shooter games like CounterStrike means you want a DPI between 400-1000.
Polling Rate & Mouse Macros
Some gaming software doesn’t let you change the polling rate of the mouse. This isn’t as much as a big deal as changing the DPI, but some games don’t allow certain polling rates.
If you’re not familiar with macros, macros are basically sequences/patterns of actions that you create with a software. In this case, you can create macros and assign them to a specific key on your gaming mouse. An example of a macro would be rapid-fire.
What Hand Do You Use?
Most gaming mice are for right-hand use just like the Razer Deathadder. Using a right-handed gaming mouse in your left hand can be very uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable when gaming is a crippling feeling, you won’t play at your best when you’re not comfortable.
Don’t let this turn you off from buying a gaming mouse, there are many ambidextrous, and left-handed gaming mice on the market. Unlike left & right-handed gaming mice that curves for the hand, Ambidextrous gaming mice feature a perfectly symmetrical build compatible for both hands.
Examples of ambidextrous gaming mice: SteelSeries Sensei 310
Examples of left handed gaming mice: Razer Deathadder Lefthanded Edition