Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gaming Mice

What is all the hype about gaming mice? Most serious gamers know why using a good gaming mouse is so important compared to using a standard mouse. It is true that good ones are generally more expensive, but most of us think that they are well worth spending the extra few bucks on. Overall, they just provide more comfort, improved gaming control, better performance, and sharper precision.

When playing games you want to excel. You want to completely blow the competition away. Most of the popular laser gaming mouse like the R.A.T. series by Cyborg or the G700 by Logitech have a much higher polling rate than the other more standard mouses. What it means is that the mouse reads the surfaces of the mouse pad or the desk at a higher rate and that it makes the mouse more responsive. They offer much sharper precision than any optical mouse. These infrared laser gaming mouses usually come with laser sensor technologies designed for improved sensitivity. Lots of the gaming mouses on the market today generally show us that the majority have a resolution of over 2000DPI. For example, the Logitech G700 has a resolution of 2000 DPI while the Razer DeathAdder has a resolution of 3500 DPI and the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 has an amazing 5600 DPI. Besides the gaming mice having all of these great features, they are mostly all adjustable.

The manufacturing process for this new era of gaming mouses is vastly different than that of the standard optical mouse. They are designed specifically for competitive gaming purposes and many of them have unique features such as grip shape and buttons locations that would allow comfort and efficiency of use. Their sizes and weight are also carefully designed in order to let players use them through an extended period of time. Many of these products even come with weights, a feature standard mice simply won't ever have.

Unlike standard optical mouses, gaming mouses usually have many more buttons to provide extra controls and functions. For example, the R.A.T. 9 has extra buttons and different controls that are versatile and able to be programmed. The Logitech G700, being the mouse which is designed for MMORPG, even has a 13 button thumb pad. This helps the player not having to use the keyboard and keeps their attention on the screen instead. From what I can tell, PC gaming capabilities will continue to impress us with one technological advance after another.

14 comments:

  1. Nice intro to those who aren't familiar with gaming mouses. I got a gaming keyboard, but I have yet to invest in mouse shenanigans as I'm not a crazy hardcore FPS gamer...

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  2. My gaming friends swear on a good mouse..for me..I just use whatever I have. Doesn't really matter much.

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  3. They're like athlete shoes aren't they... they don't do most of the work, but any little advantage could get you ahead.

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  4. Yeah you're right. I use my xbox controller when I can though!

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  5. cool another game reviewer! and I still use the mouse that came with my computer..

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  6. I'm gonna need one of these for diablo 3

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  7. Sounds like I need an investment piece.

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  8. Thanks for making my mind to Logitech G700

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  9. I've been looking for a new mouse to play SC2 with and I think you convinced me.

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  10. A DPI increase and decrease button is just about all I need. I tend to prefer a much lower DPI when I'm sniping, then a much faster one when I'm using an assault riffle or something that requires a fast, close quarters reflex time.

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