So you’re in the market for a new mouse, and you’re wondering if a gaming mouse is worth it. There are so many different mouses to choose from, with a wide variety of prices and features, and it can be challenging to find one that suits you.
If you visit any Best Buy or Microcenter and you’ll see displays of gaming mouses with all kinds of programmable buttons, often costing hundreds of dollars. But do you even need a mouse like that? When you’re done reading this article, you’ll know exactly if a gaming mouse is right for you.
Is a Gaming Mouse Worth it?
A gaming mouse is worth it because it has programmable buttons, low latency, improved sensors, adjustable DPI, and custom software. These features can help you improve your accuracy in competitive video games.
Unless you play a game that uses lots of macros, I wouldn’t worry about buying an ultra-fancy gaming mouse. You don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on a gaming mouse. In fact, there are plenty of good options between the $50 – $100 range.
There are other factors to consider too, such as mouse weight, wireless vs wired, ergonomics, mouse pad, and more. It also depends on what type of games you play, such as shooters, RPGs, RTS, or MMOs. I’ll talk more about that later on.
Quick mouse recommendations:
Did you know wireless mice are just as fast as wired ones?
Gaming Mouse Features:
A gaming mouse has a wide range of features, but there are only a few that are important.
1 – Comfort
While there are tons of gaming mouse specifications and features to talk about, one that beats most is comfort.
If the mouse is not comfortable in your hand, you won’t be very accurate with it, even if it’s a top-of-the-line gaming mouse. I can’t say which mouse is the most comfortable because that depends on your preferences.
I personally like heavier and larger mouses, but most people think that’s weird. I suggest trying out various types until you find a mouse that suits you.
Here are some comfort factors to consider:
- Shape (palm, claw, fingertip, etc)
Speaking of comfort, another important product that can improve your performance in games is a good quality mouse pad. People often overlook mouse pads because they assume any old mouse pad will do the trick. If you have a professional gaming mouse but a junky mouse pad, your performance might suffer.
Good quality mouse pads will help keep the mouse accurate because they don’t have materials that will interfere with the mouse sensor. It’s always a good idea to get a professional mouse pad.
Here’s one anti-slip mouse pad I recommend.
2 – Sensor
Every mouse manufacturer has its own type of sensor, so it can be a little difficult to figure out what you look for. It seems like the two best sensors on the market today are Logitech’s HERO and PMW3360.
If the gaming mouse you have in mind has one of these sensors, it will be very reliable. I’ll recommend some products later on with these sensors so stay on this page.
The reason you want a good mouse sensor is that you want the mouse to track quick flicks with no jitters. Mouse flicks are very important for competitive shooters, and if your mouse can’t register the movement fast enough, the flick won’t be accurate.
3 – Mouse Input Lag
Another gaming mouse feature is low latency. It’s the time it takes for your computer to register a mouse action. Most regular mouses have pretty high latency but it’s not super noticeable because it’s a matter of milliseconds.
It also depends on your monitor’s response time. Your mouse might be fast but your monitor won’t be able to register it. If you’re trying to streamline your gaming PC to have the lowest response times possible, you need a mouse and monitor that has low response time.
Most of Logitech’s mouses boast a 1 ms connection speed. I would look for a gaming mouse that has less than 20 ms latency.
4 – Programmable Buttons
If you’re a casual gamer, you probably won’t use the programmable buttons on your mouse. Most mice include at least two side buttons.
If you play a game that requires a lot of hotkeys, such as MMOs or RTS games, it might be a good idea to buy a mouse that has a few programmable buttons.
For example, some gamers like to change their in-game healing items to mouse buttons because it’s much easier to access. You could also bind them to a specific type of grenade or ability in shooters.
I bind two side buttons on my mouse to specific actions, depending on the game, and I find it makes the game a lot easier.
Ultimately it’s up to you to decide how you want to use the buttons.
Will a Gaming Mouse Make a Difference?
A gaming mouse can improve your accuracy in games because the improved sensors accurately track your hand movements and reduce the chances of jitters. In other words, it’s more reliable than any old mouse. Of course, it does take some time to get used to a new mouse.
When you switch to a new mouse, there’s also a chance your accuracy will be worse. The reason for that is you’re just not used to the new mouse yet, and your muscle memory needs to adjust.
To summarize, a gaming mouse is worth the extra money, but it can take some time to find a mouse that suits your personal preferences. My suggestion is to try a couple of the most popular models and see which one you like the most.
There’s also no need to buy a super-expensive mouse. I would be stick to the $50 to $100 range at first until you need something even better (but you probably won’t). It’s up to you.
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