There’s no doubt about it that a standard office mouse is not up to scratch when it comes to gaming. For a start it only normally has 3 buttons! A gaming mouse may have 5 to 9 buttons and has special features which will aid any gamer to be able to be better whatever level you play. Some even have backlighting so they look great too.
For gamers there is a much bigger choice depending on the style that suits you, what feels comfortable in your hand, and whether the buttons are positioned correctly for you. It all comes down to personal choice - the purpose you need it for, and of course your budget. However there will be definitely one to suit you.
Good priced gaming computers are now much more readily available to suit every budget and so the market for suitable gaming mice gas also expanded.
So get familiar with the important things and terms to look out for when choosing the right mouse for your gaming:
- DPI – this literally means dots per inch, and this will be an indication of how sensitive the mouse is. This does not necessarily mean you must have one with the highest DPI you can get. The important thing is that the higher the DPI is the further that the cursor on your screen will move when you activate the mouse. Obviously therefore the higher the DPI setting then the more sensitive the mouse is – it will react quicker to smaller movements.
- Number of buttons – 3 buttons is basic but 5 buttons is essential. The reason for this is that the 2 extra buttons can be used by your thumb easily, for copying and pasting, switching or closing tabs and backward browser pages. You will find some gaming mice have 7 or more buttons and whether you need these for your gaming depends on what games you might want to play – it is a personal choice. E.g. Thunder X3 TM10 which is a 6 button mouse.
N.B The mouse buttons allow you to be able to bind keyboard keys to the mouse. Then you can keep your fingers on the WASD keys more often. (The WASD keys on the keyboard are used in place of arrow keys).
- Wired mice V wireless - there are more wired gaming mice about than not, and some opinions regards the wired option as best. It is all about personal choice again.
- All purpose mouse for ordinary PC or specialised gaming? If you intend to use your normal PC for gaming too then you will need an all purpose gaming mouse. If you are a novice player and trying out different types of gaming, an all purpose mouse which would be versatile enough to take them all would be the best choice.
- Time spent gaming – hours or minutes? – If you spend long periods of time gaming, a mouse which is packed full of specialised customisations will give you the most comfort and aid your gaming experience e.g. Thunder X3 TM60 Gaming Mouse 16000 DPI.
The phrase – ‘you pay for what you get’ does not always apply with gaming mice as you may end up purchasing one which is totally wrong for you and your purpose! Gaming mice are not automatically any better quality than a normal cheaper mouse. It is often assumed because they are slightly more expensive that they must be a higher quality.
The important thing to remember when choosing is to get the right one for YOUR personal gaming, the price you pay reflects only the amount of customisation details that you need. Speaking to a supplier of computer gaming accessories is highly recommended as they will know to sell only the best most reliable items and give you the right advice. Check out the ones who have experience and good customer service contact – always a good idea!