Best Mice For Gaming And General Computer Use

Posted: Mar 17 2009, 3:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:28pm CDT, in Hardware & Peripherals


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Yesterday I talked about some of my best picks for the top keyboards for gaming and general computer use. Today I am going to look at the other input device -- the computer mouse. The mouse is very common, though some use alternative devices like a trackball.

Gamers will need a mouse that is vastly different from what the general computer user needs. All mice are not created equal and will have varying ergonomic designs, sensitivity, and tracking capabilities. If you are in the market for a new computer mouse a few good suggestions that you will like are included below.

Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse

Currently my favorite mouse for gaming and general computer use is the Logitech G9. The G9 is a gaming mouse with interchangeable grips that allow the user to customize the feel of the mouse. The G9 also offers Logitech's fantastic changeable scroll wheel. Lift the mouse and press a button on the bottom and you can change the scroll wheel from the normal click style to a free wheel mode that makes flying through long pages a snap.

The G9 also allows the user to tune the weight of the mouse to their needs and preference with up to 28 grams of additional weight. The software included with the G9 also lets the user customize the color of the LEDs to suit their style. The best part about the mouse is that it offers up to 3200dpi of sensitivity. The higher the sensitivity the less hand movement it takes to move the cursor around the screen. If you work on a large LCD screen, high sensitivity is a fantastic feature.

Buy the Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse here.

Logitech V450 Nano Cordless Mouse

Most notebook users won’t go for an external keyboard when working in the office or home, but many notebook users do want a mouse rather than the track pad most notebooks use. The V450 Nano is my favorite notebook mouse around. What I like best about the mouse is that the USB receiver it uses is tiny and hardly protrudes out of the USB port. That means that you can leave the USB receiver plugged into the notebook at all times without worrying about snagging or breaking it.

The V450 has normal sensitivity and is a smaller mouse that is sized for portable use. The smaller stature of the mouse makes it work well for smaller hands and allows it to take up less space in your notebook bag or brief case.

Buy the Logitech V450 Nano Cordless Mouse here.

Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

The V450 Nano mouse is nice thanks to its tiny USB receiver, but with the majority of notebooks today offering Bluetooth you don’t have to take up a USB port to use an external mouse. The Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 connects to any computer, including Windows or Mac systems that offer Bluetooth connectivity. The mouse has an integrated battery gauge to tell you when to change your battery and offers four buttons for easy navigation. Microsoft also uses an ambidextrous design that will make lefties happy.

Buy the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 here.

Razer Lachesis Laser Gaming Mouse

For many gamers the most important feature is sensitivity. The Logitech G9 is a nice mouse that is comfortable in the hand, but if high sensitivity is the goal, the Razer Lachesis beats the G9. The Lachesis has a whopping 4000dpi of sensitivity, a full 800dpi higher than the G9. That means that gamers can make tiny hand movements with the mouse still navigate in their favorite game or applications. One important feature is that Razer is able to achieve the high sensitivity of the Lachesis without resorting to software interpolation, which makes the Lachesis more accurate. Also featured are nine programmable buttons and onboard memory.

Buy the Razer Lachesis gaming mouse here.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

If you want one mouse that can be used on a desktop at home or with your notebook on the go, the Microsoft Arc is a great option. The most interesting feature of the Arc is that it uses a folding design to make the mouse small and easily portable. Yet when opened up the Arc is sized like a normal desktop mouse for the best of both worlds. The Arc is available in several colors and has a stowable USB adapter. When folded the mouse automatically turns itself off to save battery power and increase runtime. The mouse uses laser tracking and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity with up to 30 feet of range.

Buy the Microsoft Arc mouse here.

See also our new PC Keyboard Buyers Guide.

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