Many of my gamer buddies have often approached me to ask what the best brand for a gaming mouse would be. I often reply with a simple, “There’s no easy answer to that.” but they’ll keep prodding me and asking me what I mean by that. The truth is that there’s just so many options and factors that you have to look at that the ideal choice for each gamer would be different. So, unless I know very clearly what it is you’re looking for or what your general preferences are like, I would be unable to advise you on this matter.
Let’s take the following situation as an illustration. Gamer A loves MMORPGs but he hates PVP because he enjoys slaying monsters without having to feel inferior when he competes with other real players online and loses to them. This is a valid fear that many gamers often have to face when they join online games that force this upon them whether they want it or not. The other gamer (let’s just call him Gamer B for now) hates PVE because it’s pointless to him but he’s heavily into PVP since he’s much more skilled in gaming than Gamer A. If both were to ask which gaming mouse is the best, the answer would inevitably be different for the both of them.
For the first gamer, the obvious choice would be to go for a mouse that’s specifically made for MMOs like Mad Catz’s R.A.T. 9 or M.M.O. 7. He even has the choice of going for Logitech’s range of gaming mice since almost all of them are suitable for MMOs. The Razer Naga series comes to mind here. As for the second gamer who’s a competitive PVP player, his choices are much more limited. Firstly, for intensive gameplay that requires the quickest of reflexes, mouse twitches or cursor flicks across the entire screen are often necessary especially when every millisecond counts to determine the victor and the loser. Obviously, in such circumstances, the best gaming mouse would be one that weighs relatively light and that has adequate buttons, but no more than necessary. For instance, the Logitech G500 or the SteelSeries Sensei would be suitable. Alternatively, you could opt for some of these mice too since they’ve been voted the best by many users.
How so? The DPI level should be the first thing a gamer looks at. If it’s anything below 4000, it wouldn’t even be worth considering. There are tons of gaming mice that have way over 5000 DPI so this shouldn’t be a problem. Additionally, you want a mouse that can offer the highest level of comfort at the lowest possible cost. This combination is much harder to find today since there isn’t many mice out there that have great ergonomics but have a low price. Logitech’s G700, for example, has some of the best ergonomics out there, hands down. Its closest competitor i.e the Razer Mamba is way underperforming in comparison. However, both of these cost roughly the same. Wouldn’t you go for the G700 without a second thought? While that may be true, you have to also take into account the fact that the G700 has a much bulkier interface and it also weighs a lot more than the Mamba.
The Mamba is actually much better for FPS games whereby the G700 would be suited to MMOs. If you didn’t know any better, you’d most likely have opted for the Logitech mouse instead of Razer upon comparing the specifications, but the ideal choice would really differ depending on the type of games that you’re playing or that you plan on playing in the future. With that said, don’t rush your decision when purchasing a gaming mouse. Instead, take the time to contemplate the pros and cons of each of the mouse before you settle for one.