When buying a new gaming mouse, there are a lot of things to consider. Some of these things are very obvious, but others are things most people will probably not think about. Here are the most important things to think about before you get a new gaming mouse:
If you think I am going to talk about comfort, you are mistaken. All gaming mice are designed to be ergonomically comfortable. When you’re buying a high-end mouse from a reputable gaming hardware manufacturer, you can expect that the mouse has been tested extensively. You will, of course, prefer some mice to others. That gets us to our first point:
Mouse grip: Everyone holds the mouse a little bit differently. While there are many terms used in the gaming industry to describe how someone holds the mouse, there are only two thing that really matter when we talk about the comfort of the gaming mouse: claw or palm grip.
Some people like to put their entire hand on the back of the mouse. People who do this will find smaller mice and mice that are shorter to be aggravating. Other people like to move the mouse around with just the fingertips. Usually, the wrist is wresting on something and the motions are much smaller. You can read gaming mouse reviews, and if the review is good you will read whether the mouse is made to be gripped with your fingertips or your whole hand. For example, the Microsoft Sidewinder X8 is made to be held with the whole hand, while the Logitech G9x is meant to be held in the fingertips only.
Anything beyond these two things is a matter of preference and playstyle. Even though these things are important, they do not have a significant impact on how much you like the mouse.
CPI / DPI: Counts per inch or dots per inch is the next thing you need to think about. These are essentially the same thing, but the terminology is different between companies. Most gaming mouse makers like to use the term DPI, but Steelseries likes to use the term CPI. The reasons are technical, and Steelseries has a great reason for rebelling, but this isn’t important for now.
The important thing is that these numbers are a measurement of how accurate the mouse is, and how fast it can go. If you want a mouse that is very sensitive, you need a mouse with a higher CPI / DPI. If you want a mouse that is very accurate, you will want to look for a higher number too. Modern gaming mice can go as high as 5700 for the best, and 1800 for the least accurate sensors.
Weight: Some people like a heavy mouse, some people like a light mouse, and most people will adjust to a mouse no matter how heavy or light it is. If you are someone who wants a heavy mouse you may want to look for a mouse like the Logitech G500 that has a weight cartridge included with it. These mice allow you to make the mouse very heavy or fairly light depending on your preference.
Cords: Traditionally, gamers did not like to buy mice that were wireless. The batteries ran out fast, there was interference, and there was a lag in response time. Modern gaming mice have fixed this problem with new technology that allows them to last longer, avoid interference, and work with less lag.
New gaming mice like the Razer Mamba and Microsoft SideWinder X8 can function in either wired or wireless modes. This also helps prevent having to recharge the battery at the worst times. These mice usually have a very slight delay, cost a lot more, but offer much greater flexibility. For most gamers, the hybrid mice are an excellent choice if they can be afforded.
Extras: There are a number of other gaming mice that have features that make them ideal for certain uses. The Razer Naga, for example, is designed for MMO gaming. It has tons of buttons on the side that can be mapped to different functions within games. There are other mice, like the Logitech G9x, that allow you to record macros and save them right on the mouse along with your personalized settings.