Need A New Gaming Mouse For Your PC? Check This Out!

Posted: Feb 10 2011, 4:19pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 11 2011, 1:18am CST, in Shopping | Gaming


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If you are a PC gamer, there are some things that you need to get so you can be ready for some of the cool games coming this year. One of the most important things for a gamer is a nice mouse and there are so many of them that it can be hard to determine which mouse to get. If you need help finding a good gaming mouse and choosing the right one for your needs I can help you with that.

The first thing we need to get out of the way is not any old mouse will work for gaming. When I say gaming, I am not talking about Farmville either. I am talking about gaming on the PC with things like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and any number of other games. Causal games like Peggle and Facebook games are just fine with any mouse that works, a hardcore gamer needs something with more features and precision.

Things you need to look for in a gaming mouse include the sensitivity, how many buttons it has, and you need to decide if you want wired or wireless. In the past wireless mice were frowned on thanks to the poor battery life and latency issues. Latency is when you move your hand with a wireless mouse and it takes a bit for your mouse to catch up, that will make it nearly impossible to play a video game where precision is needed. Sensitivity has to do with how big the hand movements have to be to get around the screen with the mouse. High sensitivity means less hand movement and faster movement on screen while low sensitivity is exactly opposite.

One of the only wireless gaming mice on the market also happens to be one of the best gaming mice around. The mouse is the Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700. The mouse is wireless and can be used for a solid eight hours of gaming per charge. If you run out of power or just don’t want to bother with wireless for some reason the mouse has a cord that connects to the front that allows you to use it just like a normal wired mouse all you want with no tradeoffs.

The mouse isn’t cheap at about $75, but it's excellent. It has plenty of sensitivity and that sensitivity is adjustable for any setting you want between 200 dpi and 5700dpi. I find 5700dpi is plenty of sensitivity for my 30-inch screen and you probably will too. The mouse also has 13 programmable buttons and they can be bound to macros.

Those that want a plain wired mouse will want to give the Logitech G9X a good look. I used this mouse for ten hours a day for years before the left mouse button finally stopped working. It has tons of sensitivity that is adjustable up to 5700 dpi. The mouse wheel has dual scroll modes with one that clicks and one freewheel. The mouse is also weight adjustable to make it just right for your use. Onboard memory means it can store profiles for different button programs for each of your games and doesn't need your PC to store them. The mouse has covers that can be changed to suit the feel you want and Logitech even offers custom covers as well. You can order the Logitech G9X for about $65.

Some folks prefer a cheaper mouse and the cheaper mice for gaming on the market today tend to be optical. All that means is that an optical mouse typically has less sensitivity than a laser mouse. One of the better optical gaming mice on the market is the Logitech MX 518. This mouse has 1800dpi max sensitivity making it good for the gamer that likes large hand movements. The mouse is a right hand only design though making it a no go for lefties. The mouse has eight programmable buttons and you can store macros to the buttons as well. You can buy the Logitech MX 518 for about $38 on Amazon right now.

If you aren’t a fan of Logitech for some reason you can buy Razer and know that you have one of the best brands in the business on your gaming rig. Razer is only a gaming company and has been for years. One of the best gaming mice on the market from anyone comes from Razer and is called the Mamba. The Mamba is a wireless mouse and the thing isn’t cheap, but it is very good. It will set you back over $100 most days and has up to 5600 dpi sensitivity. It has programmable buttons and onboard memory as well. It can be used as a wired mouse as well when the battery is out of power. You can order the Razer Mamba mouse on Amazon right now.

If wireless isn't your thing, but you like Razer, the Lachesis is one of my favorite mice. I used a Lachesis for years until the Logitech mice turned up with 5600 dpi and I moved for more sensitivity. The Lachesis has a max sensitivity of 4000dpi and that setting is adjustable. The mouse has programmable buttons that can be bound with macros. You can buy the Razer Lachesis right now for about $56.

I could go on for hours with different gaming mice from different companies. Many of them are good, but the ones I have mentioned here are the best on the market and you will be happy with any of them. Just remember no matter what mouse you buy to get one with programmable buttons and enough sensitivity. You might not want 5600 dpi today, but after you get used to high sensitivity, you can always get used to more!

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