You know if you need a gaming mouse. You’re not pushing virtual paper around on your desktop; you’re fragging bots and shooting zombies. By Hayden Dingman
It was hard work, but we’ve put a small mischief of g8aming mice through their paces. We’ve assessed their skills in general day-to-day use and gaming, from browsing Reddit and video editing, to searching Spotify and playing Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront.
We also looked at the preferred grip. It’s probably not something you think about, but it’s important nonetheless. People generally fall into three grip types:
Palm grip: This is probably the most common grip, and it’s what the vast majority of mice are designed for. Your entire hand makes contact with the mouse at the same time, with your arm driving most of the movement. This is the most ergonomically comfortable grip, with the mouse shaped specifically to fill and complement your palm.
Claw grip: Claw grippers arch their fingers more, creating separation between the hand and mouse, but keeping the fingertips and rear of the palm in contact. This allows for quicker button pressing and slightly quicker movement, but puts more strain on your wrists.
Fingertip grip: The most agile grip also puts the most strain on your wrists. It involves guiding the mouse with only your fingertips – no palm contact at all.
We’ve merged the Claw/Fingertip grips, because generally a mouse that works for one will work for the other. The main distinction is between Palm and Claw grips.
Other things to look out for
Button count: You’ll pretty much never find a three-button gaming mouse. Even the cheapest gaming mice we’ve tested have five- to 10 buttons.
Sensor: Dots per inch (DPI) is a measure of how many pixels the mouse moves
on-screen per each inch of desk you move it across. Some people prefer to make large, sweeping motions with a lot of precision, necessitating a low DPI. Others want fast, jerky motions that are accurate
– high DPI. The latter group will want to pay
particular attention to each mouse’s limit. At this point, the DPI arms race has
become largely meaningless. Manufacturers push numbers that are so high as to be impractical for most people’s day-to-day use.
Is that 16,000 DPI mouse more useful to you than the 12,000 DPI one? Probably not.
Shape: There are three categorieshere, too: right- and left-handed, and ambidextrous.