Top 7 Gaming Mouse for 2017 – 2018: Most Advanced Gaming Mouse


I started playing when I was 7 on an old Pentium 1, with a 64 MHz processorJ. From 14 to 18 I played semi-professional League Counter – Strike 1.5. Got on top places in local Championships. From my personal experience, I can say that the mouse and the mousepad have a very strong influence on the game process, particularly if this is a shooter. (Of course, the personal skills also matter)

Furthermore, on what should we pay attention when are choosing a gaming mouse. I will try in this article to tell more about the individual choice of the mouse, specifically oriented unto your needs. In order to do this, first we have to understand and define what we expect from the device, how it should be or not be, or what should be the price, shape, size, color and so on.

Let us presume that you decide to get a new mouse, but you do not know what to choose, because the abundance of them is so huge that it is easy to get confused. Let us be clear and look at the parameters, which are most important to us. Next, I will present a list of the most important parameters in according to my strictly personal opinion:

  1. What game you are going to buy a mouse for
  2. What’s your gaming style
  3. How you grip the mouse
  4. What shape, weight, mouse size you prefer
  5. How much you want to spend on this device

Since the choice of a mouse is always personal, before buying one it is preferably to try the device you chose in the shop. However, what exactly to choose, I will try to recommend in this article. At the end of the article, I will describe the technical specification, which you need to pay attention and I will explain the difference between them. Now we will try to find out if we need a fancy, cool, high-tech, professional mouse, or we can make an alternative budget.

If you need the mouse for daily work in office or at home on a stationary computer or laptop and you absolutely cannot see the difference between a touchpad of a laptop, a wireless mouse or wired one, it is likely you don’t need none of the below described devices. Since this article is intended for fans of computer games and for those who work with specialized programs.

Finally, I would like to finish the introduction and move on to the main questions that I asked myself when was choosing a new mouse. So let us review:

What game you are going to buy a mouse for
Modern game industry is highly developed that there are specific mice designed for specific games. If you play MOBAs games where monitoring and strict sequence of actions is important then you might want a mouse, which will simplify your work with the help of custom buttons.

Let us consider another example, you are a fan of shooters type CS GO, in this case, you will need a simple ergonomic mouse, which does not have different useless buttons, it is light and easy to maneuver. It is clearly that a couple of side buttons may be useful with the condition that they are customizable, because many players use binds or scripts.

What’s your gaming style
After we figured out the game (or games), we need to know our game style. For example, in CS GO you play as a sniper, in this case, you need a little sensitivity and good aiming. If you play on rifle then you need a high sense and a large viewing angle without the need to return the mouse each time to the middle of the mat. In according to your gaming style the next item follows or better to say, your grip on the mouse (mouse claw).

How you grip the mouse

To find out, put your hand on the mouse and see where your fingers are on the mouse and how the palm is located. There are three main grips:

  • claw grip style
    Claw grip

    This type of grip is typical for players who prefer short-range or medium-range weapons. In this case, the fingertips hold the mouse and the palm of the hand is used as a support without touching the surface of the mouse. Mouse itself is not much moving on the pad. For such a grip a light mouse with a high DPI and ergonomic shape, such as Razer Boomslang, Copperhead, Lachesis; RoccatKova, Kone +; Steelseries Sensei, Sensei Raw and others are appropriate

  • palm grip style
    Palm grip

    This type of grip is peculiar to players who prefer long-range weapons. In this grip the palm is completely on the mouse without touching the pad. The fingers lie relaxed on the buttons providing good precision aiming and sensitivity. These mice are the mostly from Logitech, Razer Death Adder, Mionix Naos and others

  • fingertip grip style
    Finger tip grip

    Finger grip is peculiar to players who like to control every move of the mouse. With this grip, the player tightly grasps the mouse with his fingers providing absolute control over the situation and maximum maneuverability. Representatives: ZowieEC2-A, FK2, Logitech G Pro and others

What shape, weight, mouse size you prefer
This parameter is purely individual and cannot be reviewed as thoroughly as the previous one.The best way to find your size, weight and shape is go to the nearest store and try different types of mouse, from different producers given your style of play and your grip.

How much you want to spend on this device

The price issue is also very individual, but it is very important to understand what you are paying for. Why paying for expensive brand new mouse if you can buy a good alternative for a significantly lower price. It should also to be noted that in my opinion most of good mouse price range is approximately the same, but there are exceptions such as Logitech G102 Prodigy.

Table of comparison

Model type Resolution, dpi Acceleration, g Frame rate per second, fps Switch resource, millions Weight, g Lift-off, mm Wireless control
Logitech G900 12000 40 12000 20 107 2 Yes
SteelSeries Rival 700 16 000 50 12 000 30 135 2 No
Logitech G403 12000 40 12000 20 107 2 Yes
Razer Naga HEX v2 16000 50 12000 20 135 1 No
Roccat KonePure Optical 2015 5000 50 6 500 5 93 2 No
Razer DeathAdder Elite 16000 50 12 000 50 105 1 No
Zowie FK1+ 3 200 30 6 500 10 95 2 No

Logitech G900 CHAOS SPECTRUM

Logitech G900 CHAOS SPECTRUM

Advantages Disadvantages
Brand inertia wheel Backlash of the main buttons
Removable side buttons The material gets dirty
Wireless Mode High price
Perfect ergonomics
Customizable RGB lighting

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum – a symmetrical mouse that works both in wired and wireless mode. It has an optical sensor Pixart PMW3366. Specifications: speed– 300 ips, acceleration – 40 g, the frame rate per second – 12 000 fps, resolution – from 100 to 12000 dpi, step – 50 dpi. The default is a low distance from the surface (Lift-off) – less than 2 mm. Switches Omron 20 million clicks; optical encoder with brand inertia wheel, RGB- illumination, which is charge level indicator. Mouse dimensions – 130 x 67 x 40, weight – 107 grams (excluding cable), number of buttons – 11. To avoid interference it is necessary to have the adapter not more than 20 cm from the mouse for better communication.

The main part is covered with rubberized material. The rest is made of plain matte plastic, which collects dirt at the main buttons during active playing. Rubberized metal inertia wheel provides good tenacity with finger.

A full palm claw will not go down – it will not be possible to completely relax and straighten all the fingers, because the mouse is symmetric and not the widest. However, the relaxed palm-fingertip grip comes to cheer. Claw is also very convenient. Moreover, really like the fingertip grip, because the fingers quietly take all the controls, while the mouse is quite easy to control with just your fingers and brush.

Logitech G900 CHAOS SPECTRUM

The main buttons are fairly crisp, moderately light, springy and good tactile clicks. Springs under the main buttons very much contributed to such a pleasant click.I did not like the fact that all the other buttons … First, they are made of gloss and secondly they have a very quilted and soft click. There is also one disadvantage associated with the designing of the main buttons: the plates are mounted on hinge, and there is no more emphasis on the buttons, so they stagger to the right, left, and backlash.

The side buttons are made very interesting. First, they are like in two sets; secondly, the buttons are mounted on the magnets; thirdly, their ergonomics are just wonderful. The side buttons are placed closely to the fingers and clicked in the most natural way thus there is no false trigger.

When scrolling in inertial mode, the scroll wheel rotates without any interference. In normal mode, the wheel has light, but still noticeable cut-offs. Clicking on the wheel is a bit taut, deaf, with a small reserve movement. In addition, the mouse has horizontal scrolling when the wheel tilt is deflected.

There are six very good-bottomed Teflon legs, which give a soft, pleasant and oily glide. But there is nospare legs in case of need for replace – we’ll have to pack up our Chinese colleagues in the shop or to ask the support of the company for a new set of Teflon legs – usually they send.
The cable is rather soft, in braided fiber; it bends well and retains its shape. However, it is very thick and in wire mode it literally pulls the mouse behind it, so the wire is better to use only for charging.

Logitech claims that a fully charged G900 is capable of running 24 hours with backlight on or 32 hours without it. These figures suggest active use of the mouse, so that during normal viewing of sites, the battery will last longer.

This mouse made a great bustle, chaos, absolute revolution in the field of wireless gaming mouse. The assembly in general is good, except that you can slightly criticize the main buttons, but no more.The shape as always is gorgeous and versatile and complemented by the perfect technical base, coupled with the inertia wheel. The materials are practical, but in some cases controversial, which, however, does not interfere with enjoying the use of the device. Honestly, this absolutely without the tower’s pleasure from the game I didn’t got… probably never. Just for the sake of wireless control you can safely take this mouse.

SteelSeries Rival 700 gaming mouse

SteelSeries Rival 700

Advantages Disadvantages
OLED Display Weight
Customizable Tactile Alerts A small number of supported games (for now)
Created for competitive games
Ergonomic
vibration motor

SteelSeries Rival 700 – This is an ergonomic mouse for the right handed and wired. There is no wireless mode, battery and so on. Infrared Optical Sensor PixartPMW3360, resolution – from 100 to 16000 dpi in steps of 100 dpi, speed – 300 ips, acceleration – 50g, the frame rate is 12000. The adjustable distance from the surface (default is 2 mm), which changes in the mouse settings. Under the main buttons, the re-branded SteelSeries switches are 30 million taps, the wheel encoder is mechanical, 24 cut-offs,DPI switching button with the ability to configure the mouse, Side OLED display, Dimensions (in mm) – 124,9 x 68,5 x 42; Weight – 135 grams (excluding cable). Modular design: vibration motor, removable panels, detachable sensor and detachable cable. The mouse has 7 buttons, RGB-backlight and is customized with proprietary software – SteelSeries Engine 3.The sensor works on any surface (black, colored, plastic, aluminum, frosted glass and any fabric).

The mouse is slightly smaller than the Rival 300, but still the Rival 700 is a pretty large mouse that fits well in the palm of your hand. The back part, which touches the palm has a carbon coloring and feels slightly like a soft touch coating. Button panels are made of matte plastic. Simple and practical materials

Mouse SteelSeries Rival 700 best fits in the Palm grip, it is also well suited for fingertip grip but in this case it is necessary to have strong fingers.I do not recommend a claw grip because of the great efforts that have to be made to control the mouse.

The clicks of the main buttons are light, clear, muffled, and almost do not have a freewheeling.

The wheel has a nice stroke, good turn-based fixation, clear, light and rubberized cut-offs, and this is with no plastic knocking when scrolling up or down. Pressing on the wheel is moderately tight and accompanied by a more sonorous click.

The click of the side buttons is clear, loud and resilient; it is a little tougher than on the main buttons.

Side OLED display, is monochrome with a resolution of 128 x 36. It can display any information, draw your own picture, and also the display supports the reproduction of the animation with a frequency of up to 10 frames per second.

The top panel is secured with latches and can easily be removed. The panels are bought separately and for the choice, there is a glossy panel and a soft-touch plastic panel. Under the panel, there are three LEDs (Light-emitting diode), responsible for the operation of the RGB logo backlight.

The bottom of the mouse is elastic, which is also replaced; however, it is necessary to be printed on a 3D printer. The model is downloaded on the official website.

Replacement sensor – it is worth to notice that for the choice so far is only a laser sensor Pixart ADNS-9800.

SteelSeries Rival 700

The wire connection. There are two of them; both are connected via micro-USB. The one in the braided fiber has a length of 2 meters, in a flexible shell – 1 meter. The cable in the braided fiber is moderately hard and keeps its shape well. The flexible shell cable is quite flexible and feels like a matte surface. Each cable is inserted with a perceptible click and for its removal, it is necessary to pull the lock.

Three small Teflon legs are glued on the underside of the mouse. Teflon is somewhat harsh and more, perhaps, like a mixture of plastic and Teflon, but it polishes well and gives a pleasant oily glide. For removal of the legs there are notches. The legs themselves are located below the level of all the other elements, and therefore neither the sensor, nor the rubber band, nor the connector will scrape over the pad.
Except shape, materials, clicks and ergonomics on average this mouse leaves only the best impressions. SteelSeries is working on itself and fixes all those small mistakes that were previously found in their mouse.

To turn on the mouse control, you must press and hold the dpi switch button. In the menu, you can select or edit settings in profiles. To configure certain system functions and to learn technical information – installed sensor and the firmware version. All navigation actions are accompanied by a tactile response – the vibration motor works very gently.

SteelSeries Engine 3 – is using proprietary software. You can completely reconfigure all the buttons, change additional functions that affect the operation of the sensor; record a macro; configure the OLED display (in which you can choose any picture); clan tag; animation and stuff and you can make your own picture.  However, this requires a black-and-white images with a resolution of 128 x 36) to set the backlight (setup is performed by using gradients). Setting the last two is carried out using GameSense. For now, there is support for three games: CS:GO, Dota 2 and Minecraft.

The device is really revolutionary. The SteelSeries Rival 700 mouse has a tactile feedback, a top sensor, a nice and versatile ergonomic shape, a display and other chips that are rarely seen at all. Most important, all this is very well implemented and thanks to all these innovations work. After a few years other manufacturers will catch up to what SteelSeries have done now, but for now this is a new level in device structure.

Logitech Prodigy G403 Wireless

Logitech Prodigy G403 Wireless

Advantages Disadvantages
Absolute accuracy Slight play of the wheel
Maximum ergonomics and comfort Built-in battery in the mouse, which adds weight
Adjustable weight system Relatively large sizes
Maximum opportunities for customization Thematerialgetsdirty
Instant DPIadjustment system

Logitech G403 Prodigyv Wireless – ergonomic wireless gaming mouse for the right handed. The buttons are all common: two main, two sides, one for switching dpi, clicking the wheel and there is traditional scrolling. Each button can be reassigned as desired. The dimensions of the mouse (in mm) – 124 x 68 x 43, weight – 107 grams (with a load of 117 grams) without the cable. Under the main buttons are Omron switches for 20 million clicks, the main buttons have a spring return mechanism, the wheel encoder is mechanical. There is one of the best optical sensors inside Pixart PMW3366. The mouse is configured through the Logitech Gaming Software and has a dual-zone RGB illumination.

Logitech Prodigy G403 Wireless

The set includes a mouse Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless, cable for charging and wired connection, The USB connector for the mouse radio frequency 2.4 GHz (a little thing), adapter and a load with the weight of 10 grams. The adapter is an interesting thing. In general, the connector can be connected directly, but then there may be interference that prevents accurate transmission of the signal from the mouse to the computer, for this reason it is better to connect the wire, to it the adapter and to the adapter connector. In addition, when the mouse is discharged, it will have to be charged through the wire and then you have to pull the adapter with the USB connector, and connect the wire to the mouse for charging. For connection use a micro-USB stacker.

Load and changeable weight is a separate issue. There is a lid at the bottom of the mouse, fastened to the magnets where you can put an additional 10 grams of clean mass.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless mouse has simple and practical materials. The upper part is a usual matte smooth plastic, when is used it actively collects dirt from the fingers.The sides of the mouse are much better as they are rubberized. Therefore, the mouse keeps very tenaciously and does not slip out. Side buttons are also collecting dirt, because they are made of gloss.

Mouse shape is a delight. Everything is simple beautiful and tasteful. The only small issues is the very panel of the main buttons that stagger (and in the last installment they backlashes) and break the nice designing of the mouse.

The beauty of shape – it is very familiar. I cannot describe it in any other way. The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless mouse fits ideally in your hand, solidly, perfectly. It’s enough to take the mouse in your hand and you feel it’s yours.There are no distortions, differences, humpbacks and minor inconveniences under which it would be necessary to adjust the hand.The mouse itself is not very large (by type and size is similar to Zowie EC2-A, but smaller than the same RazerDeathAdder),while a bit narrow and quite shallow. It does not have a hump in any point, which could rest against the palm of your hand and the mouse lies in the hand just fine. It is not one of the largest mouse where all the fingers immediately go where you need and you just do not feel any inconvenience. I just have not seen the best ergonomic shape yet. Therefore, now, for me the shape of Logitech G403 is absolute and unrivaled standard.

After being acquainted with this mouse, I changed my idea of the correct ergonomics representatives, which were such models as RazerDeathAdder, Zowie EC ruler. Very close to the overall experience with the G403 is RoccatKone Pure, but the last is not as concise as in its performance as Logitech. Every grip on this mouse was comfortable to me. In games, I use the palm-finger tip grip, but the palm while working.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless mouse

Spring-loaded main buttons and the wheel is a different story. The main buttons Logitech G403 Wireless Prodigy are clicked clearly and quite easily; a good tactile click is felt and an elastic return. Side buttons – this is generally a fairy tale. They are large, strictly located under the phalanges of the thumb and any of the buttons is easy to feel and click blindly, and I have never had a hint of accidentally clicking. In addition, a tangible divider between buttons complements this. However, the side buttons are quite large and therefore clicking on them is quite soft and light.

The Wheel is the same ergonomic. It is the most familiar. The cutoff is soft, moderately light, maybe a little blurry, but it still tactilely discernible during the rapid scrolling or systematic scrolling. An amazing picture emerges that can be characterized in two words: familiary and naturally. Twenty-four cutoff wheels, clicking is also moderately tight, resilient, with power reserve and very clear in terms of tactile feedback. In general, the mouse and the controls are an example of how to work with ergonomics.

The length of the cable is 1, 8 meters, due to a special plug; the cable is well kept in the mouse and has a weighty protection against bending.The cable is soft and pliable, wrapped in a fabric braid. If compared to mouse dimensions, the cable is quite large.

There are two disadvantage: you need a special cable holder (CamadeZowie and Razer Armadillo 2 fit) and the second is more critical – with sharp movements, the wire literally violates the inertial state of the mouse, giving it an extra impulse when is stopped and trying to pull the mouse behind it. In shooters, this drawback can be not such critical, but it is felt.

Well and the last – Teflon legs.Teflon is a bit drowsy in quality: very soft, oily, but, when it’s moving, viscosity can be felt on some pads. The only advice is to just chase the mouse over the pad and rub these legs.

The Logitech software is something that no longer needs to be presented. Easy to open, easy to understand, easy to configure, easy to create different profiles for different games and so on. I have all the typical: the main buttons, side – back and forth on top of the cyclical switching dpi.  And I do not see the need for myself to change anything in this way.

Features. The first one is related to the mouse settings. There are 2 types: the internal memory of the device and through the Software that is the personal computer. I want to draw your attention to the fact that the settings on the computer and in the internal memory of the mouse are made separately.

The second feature is the battery charge.The software shows the amount of charge in percentage and the approximate time of work.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless is able to work about 32-33 hours. With the illumination of the logo and the wheels is less, about 22 hours.

Day and night the mouse’s illumination looks very, very nice – it’s pretty bright, but it does not hurt the eyes.The backlight in the middle of the contour of the wheel is a pleasant detail.

The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless mouse is equipped with an infrared optical sensor Pixart PMW3366, which has outstanding technical characteristics: speed – 300 ips, acceleration – 40 g, frames per second – 12000 fps. The sensor resolution is from 200 to 12000 dpi in steps of 50 dpi.The distance of separation from the surface by default is also very low – about 2 mm, and there is a calibration function under the particular surface inside the software. However, I did not have to use it since the sensor works well without that.

Traditionally, in Logitech’s mouse I want to mention low input lag and, as a result, the absence of any delays. In the same CS: GO, I experienced only the positive feelings from all the actions, starting with the tapping and ending with  the spray control.

The USB transmitter is best to keep somewhere near the mouse, at distances no greater than 20 cm in immobile states to ensure optimal performance.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless mouse

And given the lack of wire, it is created the most natural feeling that you are hovering over a pad – absolutely nothing hinders and does not constrain movements and displacements. The mass of the mouse is somewhere on the level of RazerDeathAdder (107 grams – it is quite a bit, for a wireless mouse!). I want to note one important point: if you want to get the most out of shooters, you can choose a wired version, the mass of which is 87 grams.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless is the standard in terms of shape and sensor.This is such a moment when the synergy of ergonomics and technical equipment allow us to squeeze the most out of the device, and thereby allow the user to use their abilities to the maximum. It is comfortable that is why is a mouse you want to use. Therefore, it has earned the definition of comfortable wireless gaming mouse.

 

Razer Naga HEX v2

Razer Naga HEX v2

Advantages Disadvantages
Ergonomic shape No internal memory in the mouse
Excellent build quality Randomly clicking the main and side buttons
Very comfortable buttons
Accurate Sensor
Intuitive software

It is seldom that there will be designed devices for a particular genre of games, which are designed to significantly improve the level of comfort in the game process. However, Razer is one of the few companies that really give out the best device for fans of any genre of games. Fans of MOBA-games also decided to pleaseand Razer does it with an enviable regularity, because in the assortment of the company there are several mouse for this kind of games.

Razer Naga HEX v2 – ergonomic mouse for right-hand designed for a full palm grip covers MOBA games. In the Razer Naga HEX v2 is installed a Philips Twin-Eye PLN2037 laser sensor, built on Doppler Shift technology.This is one of the most sophisticated sensors at the moment with acceleration up to 50 g, resolution – from 100 to 16 000 dpi, step – 1 dpi.The main buttons are built on Omron switches with a resource of 20 million keystrokes; the scroll wheel has both vertical and horizontal scrolling, the side part is also equipped with a 7-button wheel.The mouse is equipped with a three-zone RGB-backlight with support for popular effects; the mass of the mouse is 135 grams, which is acceptable for such a device. Razer Synapse is an integral and permanent support of all devices Razer.

The sensor is a blast. It provides an ideal balance of responsiveness and sharpness; all movements follow the hand exactly. Any debugging sharp turns are made with exceptional precision and without any doubt, the detachment from the surface (less than 1 mm).It is also worth to note that it has almost the perfect tracking. Sensor Philips PLN2037 surely deserves the title of “sensor for shooters”.

Despite its apparent complexity, the mouse looks very modest and careful. Combined with a light and pleasant smell from the factory dyed – plastic creates a very good first impression.The upper part of the mouse uses a tenacious rough matte plastic, which is practically not getting dirty. The same cover has two buttons for switching dpi.

The whole side part is made of matte and slightly less rough plastic, which provides at least a tenacious grip.The side buttons are made of transparent plastic covered with paint, so that the number of buttons vill be clear in the dark. In addition, there are two rubber inserts: one under the thumb and one under the little finger.

The mouse is best placed in the palm-fingertip grip. With a full palm grip, the hand also is placed well, but the thumb falls to the outside of the seven-button wheel, which makes the mouse a little less comfortable. For a claw grip, the mouse does not fit.

mouse Razer Naga HEX v2

Clicks on the main buttons on the mouse Razer Naga HEX v2 are elastic, springy, while not rigid and well tactilely perceptible. Each click is accompanied by a sonorous click. Lateral buttons in their base do not have micro switches, as on the main buttons, but such special round buttons-pimples.

Clicking the side buttons are deaf quite light and soft, while not very elastic, and therefore when you are clicking, a greased and tactile sensation arises.The situation is saved by the fact that each button has a certain pressing vector, so it will not be difficult to find the right button. The buttons for switching dpi also have a “pimp” design and the same light and deaf pressing.

The wheel frames the rim of soft rubber, pressing on the wheel is not very heavy, dull and quite resilient.To work in the same 3D editors with such a wheel is very convenient.Also, the wheel has a horizontal scrolling, pressing left and right soft and elastic. For horizontal scrolling it is possible to hang a couple of additional binds.

The Razer Naga HEX v2 wheel has a fairly easy scrolling and the wheel feels good with step-by-step cut-offs.The wheel encoder is mechanical, the are 24 cutoffs, the level of the wheel at the height is no crunching and plastic bounce, the wheel works very clearly and is very quiet when scrolling in either direction. To everyone’s joy.

The cable from Razer is the detail that can be outlined, framed (as in the once popular joke about two Samsung designers) and soft, pleasant and pliable, in fine fabric braiding, and it easily remembers shape. Another thing is that so far no one has copied it. Infact Razer has the best-braided cables. The cable is located quite low, but it has protection against bending, which moreover, raises the cable over the pad not allowing it to catch on.The length of the cable is 2 meters.

At the bottom are three large and high-quality Teflon legs, which ensure the stability of movement on any type of surface.Sliding on such legs is very light and oily; Teflon is well polished on fabric carpets.

The Razer Synapse software is already known to many people who once held the Razer device. Initially, most of those side buttons crammed values of the normal numbers, but then each of the keys can hang anything you want: launch programs, macros, hotkeys, and so on.

The backlight in the mouse Razer Naga HEX v2 has quite a few different settings modes. In addition to the standard effects each of which can be used on any of the zones separately. It is possible to use third-party programs that give almost limitless possibilities for implementing lighting effects, and they are called up using Chroma applications.

In general, the mouse is executed on a traditionally high level for the Razer, with a complete lack of backlashes and other constructive inconsistencies. Features of the performance of the mouse are determined by a certain gaming orientation but even despite all this, the ergonomics of the shape is very well designed. Everything else materials, sensations from the buttons, the execution of all the details and elements of the mouse – only complete the already great feeling of using the device.

Roccat Kone Pure Optical 2015

Roccat Kone Pure Optical 2015

Advantages Disadvantages
Perfect ergonomics Additional device options
Excellent sensor Hard cable
General quality of designing

Roccat Kone Pure Optical 2015 ergonomic mouse designed for right handed. Inside the mouse there is an optical LED sensor Pixart PMW3310, which lacks of acceleration. Features: speed – 130 ips, acceleration – 50g, maximum resolution – 5000 dpi, steps– 100 dpi, frame rate – 6500. Unmarked Chinese Omron switches are located under the main buttons. The 5 million taps Kailh switches are located under the side buttons. The wheel encoder is mechanical, developed byAlps; the number of sections is 24.

Mouse weight – 93 grams without cable weight, dimensions (mm) – 115 x 70 x 35. There is a built-in memory inside the mouse (576 KB) for settings storage and profiles, the mouse stores 5 profiles. Cable length is 1.8 meters. The mouse has a customized backlighting and software.

In shooters, the sensor has a high level proficency. It works almost on any surface: black and colored fabric carpets, table, plastics, aluminum and even glass. There is one aspect tobe considered and this is not to to have a short distance between software and surface. In this case, there may be problems with reading.

Roccat Kone Pure Optical 2015 is made in a straight and elegant black color, its shape is monolithic and basically not fragmented. The mouse is entirely covered with a very pleasant to touch and smooth soft-touch plastic. At first, the form may seem unusual, but all these doubts go away as start using the device. In general, the mouse shape is a bit unusual, but this is one of the most successful forms I’ve ever used.

Mouse clicks are light and soft. Touching clicks are smoothly felt, but they do not have free moving and they get a little blurry, because the trigger point of the button is not felt. It is a pleasure to click on such buttons and fingers do not get tired at all, even after a very long time of clicking. There is an important issue to be mentioned, which is the right click is tighter than the left one.

The side buttons are elastic and have a small idling with a good click and a rebound. The buttons are indistinguishable from the tactile point of view, but it is convenient to press on with a simple lifting of the thumb up and the buttons are located so that the thumb will easily reach them. Excellent designing.

The mouse wheel has a rubberized stroke and fairly clear sections, but due to the small size of the wheel, switching to one position is somewhat difficult. Clicking the wheel is rather tight, clear and tactile, that is why you’ll have to make an effort to press on it.

The upper dpi switch buttons have a nice tight click. The wheel and buttons are covered by a glossy frame (the only glossy detail) that collects dirt.

There are two large Teflon legsat the bottom, which initially have a flat and even surface and apparently they are polished. Teflon is moderately hard, it does not provide the fastest sliding due to the large contact area, it can be rubbed quickly, but it does not stitch.

The mouse wire is wrapped in a cloth braid. The wire is not pliable, it does not straighten out and it does not keep shape well. I had to stretch its folds for 10 minutes, to somehow straighten it and shape it.

At first, the hand will look for its grip, so I will recommend you to try with the finger and the palm-finger grip. A full handgrip on the mouse will not be possible becuase it is somewhat narrow and a claw hilt will not be very good. On an ergonomic mouse it is generally more difficult to use a claw hilt.

In conclusion, I can say that in general the mouse leaves a very positive impression. The shape, materials, the overall quality of the assembly are excellent. There is not a hint of any backlash, everything is very well fitted. Of course, the wire and the additional elements are a bit distressing, but this is not critical. I also want to note that this is one of not many mice that I could recommend for girls.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Advantages Disadvantages
The world’s most advanced optical sensor There are small backlashes on the wheel, the dpi switches and on side buttons
Ergonomic shape, perfected by gamers
Optimum weight for precise operation
Tactile level scrolling wheel for more control
Tracking the lift height for fast movements without loss of accuracy

Razer DeathAdder Elite came to replace Razer DeathAdder Chroma. This is an ergonomic mouse for right handed. It the classical type and there is no need for presentation. What‘s new? Omron switches are designed for 50 million clicks (created in partnership with Razer, according to manufacturer’s request).A new design of the main buttons, which leads to no idling (the plates are clicked immediately on the switches, which eliminates the possibility of backlashes); a new wheel mechanism, and a new and most heaped technical sensor – Pixart PMW3389 with a resolution of up to 16,000 dpi. Soft Razer Synapse and dual-zone RGB-backlight. Device dimensions(in mm): 127 x 70 x 44, mouse size – 105 grams.

The top material of the mouse is made of dyed plastic. In general, it’s still the same nice, rough, textured back. Side buttons and dpi switching buttons (innovation to this model) are made of the same material.

The branded rubber bands are located on the sides of the mouse and they do not wear off and are literally soldered to the body of the device. When you grab the mouse, you will touch them with your fingers. They are reliable and solid.

 

The mouse shape is something that Razer does not change, as far as I recall, more than 8 years in a row.The mouse perfectly lays down in a full palm grip and a hand grip. Personally, I do not like the claw grip, but you can get used to it easily. Probably, this is one of the most universal shapes, despite the fact that it is ergonomic.

However, pay attention to the high ledge in the middle. The mouse is really hunchbacked. This hump rests against fingers and palms articulation and therefore in some cases it may seem inconvenient. But the only problem is in the habit – usually the hand “settles” any mouse for several days, so the hand will have to adapt to a new grip.

The Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse main buttons – this is a new occasion for Razer to be proud. When clicking the buttons you will see that they do not have a free move – they contact directly with the switches and therefore each click is perfectly felt. In this way, the clicking is now moderately resilient, sonorous, nice and neatly tactilely palpable. If thinking about the DeathAdder Chroma, I can say that the clicks became more clear and elastic, the “softenss” disappeared and the tactile sensation was washed away when clicked. This is really great!

Side buttons – very clear, resilient and noisy and I still had a feeling that they also do not have idling. It is possible they do not have enough output, because the buttons‘entranceis very short.

The wheel – another reason to be proudof. The mechanical encoder at the wheel has clear and soft cuts, the sound now almost sounds like a rattle. At the same time there is no plastic crack when scrolling. The wheel encoder manufacturer is TTC. The notches on the rubber wheel rim allow you to control step-by-step scrolling. Clicking on the wheel is through a very short click- it is resilient, pleasant and dull. The buttons for changing dpi have soft and soundless clicks.

The fabric braiding cable is simply the best. Razer was always famous for this type of cable, but wiht this mouse it reached the peak of perfection. It is easily unwound, twisted and almost not felt. It is softer and more pleasant than the previous cable. The length of the cable is 2 meters, the end is chrome-plated black USB-plug, with a completely closed lid.

Teflon feet also underwent significant changes. Now these are two big legs are located on the contour of the mouse and one – around the sensor. Teflon has become larger, but at the same time it has become stiffer and much durable, such Teflon will last long on any surface and it is also slippery, although due to its large surface area it provides oily sliding.

Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse

Mouse Software –original software Razer Synapse.

Razer DeathAdder Elite, like other devices, cannot store offline profiles, so all mouse settings are done through the software. It is a pity that this memory is available and the initially established profile there is still there. I will explain: the mouse initially has five dpi settings, which can be switched by the same buttons at the top. Why profiles cannot be stored inside still remains a mystery.

You can assign these profiles in the software settings and change them at your own discretion. In one window you can assign macros, binds, keyboard keys, hotkeys, program calls and all other elements, the values ​​of dpi are set in the second window, the polling frequency, acceleration and individual sensitivity are set. Next is the calibration under the surface, if it is required. From my experience I can say that it is better not to touch this point at all without need – the sensor fits perfectly with any mousepad and therefore do not touch something that works well. Lastly is the integration of the backlight settings with various applications, games or other Razer device.

New optical sensor Pixart 3389 (full name – Pixart PMW3389DH). I will say simply, the new 3389 is the top. Technical specifications: resolution – 16 000 “real” dpi, speed – 450 ips, acceleration – 50 g and of course, lack of acceleration and smoothing. Even Logitech with their proprietary Pixart PMW3366 have not more serious parameters than this sensor. If speaking about “real” dpi in many mice, the resolving power of the sensor is in fact somewhat lower than what is then written on the boxes and, therefore, interpolation is used in order to achieve high values, when the controller issues 2 for 1 real motion. This is a conditional explanation, but the idea is that a software method is involved and this always negatively affects accuracy.

I’ll start sharing about my impressions firstwith the sensations from the Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse. In general the cable does not feel at all in the work. The impression that you use a mouse without cable is very close at hand. New hard legs just fly over the carpet, but thanks to the large area of contact with the surface the mouse sticks very firmly to the carpet and every movement is felt very well. Shape and ergonomics are unprecedented. They were always good. Simply said, it is an indispensable tool for all types of aimers

The list of changes is incredibly wide: new switches, new wheel, new wire, Teflon legs and a new perfect optical sensor. A proven shape with well-thought-out ergonomics, quality build, materials and all the chips that go with the mouse can be added to this and you will have one of the best devices in your hands and by the way for the same money as the predecessor.

This is an upgrade according to all parameters. The mouse assembly and monolithicity became much higher. Technically the mouse became even more perfect.Theoretically, the switches should ensure its durability for years to come, while retaining pleasant outlines and shape recognition.

Razer DeathAdder Elite is the standard and the top of all other mice – concise, image recognition, just a great device, which is nice to use. The mouse fulfills its functions to maximum level and does not have any extra whistlers. It definitely worths its money.

Zowie FK1+

Zowie FK1 gaming mouse

Advantages Disadvantages
Nice covering There is a small wheel cracking
Absence of drivers
Good cable flexibility
Excellent quality of designing
Strict design

In fact, the rebranding of Zowie brought with it much more changes and in this case the mouse received not only new dimensions, but also several other quite tangible changes.

Zowie FK1 + is a symmetrical and rather wide mouse. The optical infrared sensor Pixart PMW3310 is installed. The maximum resolution of the sensor is 3200 dpi, the speed is 130 ips, the acceleration is 30 g, 6500 frames per second. Optical wheel encoder with 16 cut-offs Huano Blue Dot switches for 10 million keystrokes. The dimensions of the mouse (in mm): 128 x 62 x 38; Weight – 95 grams without cable. The mouse has only 4 dpi ​​and for each setting from the bottom, there is a color indicator: 400 dpi red, 800 dpi purple, and 1600 dpi blue, 3200 dpi green. There is also no software, just a pair of side buttons on each side, with just one pair of side buttons working at once. There is everything you need inside the box, such as, a mouse, a useful instruction for setting up the mouse, a spare set of Teflon legs, and a holographic sticker.

The Zowie FK1 + sensor is distinguished by its sharp behavior – when aiming, the cursor immediately follows the hand, without any movement smoothness or viscosity. The mouse has a very low distance from the surface. It is also worth mentioning that, given the low separation distance, the mouse cannot work well on heavily textured carpets and in this case it will be necessary to increase the separation distance. Zowie has 4 settings (minimum, default, medium and high). The last two can be used for textured carpets.

The first biggest change is the shape. The mouse Zowie FK1 + is quite large in size, it lies well in a full palm grip. The mouse became wider, the fingers lay down and held it tightly from all sides and the grip became, in my opinion, more comfortable than on the usual FK1. The claw grip also is suitable but to control it in such a grip will be a little more difficult. To hold the finger is not so comfortable, because of mouse large size. The Zowie FK1 + just has a great designing. Apparently, after the transition to BenQ in Zowie they also worked over this.

I consider that it is the most pleasant shape to control the palm. The mouse lies very well in the hand, slides easily and quickly over the carpet and a large area of Teflon legs gives confidence and control in any movement.

Zowie FK1 gaming mouse

If to compare it with SteelSeries Sensei, then the hump is felt in the central part, there is also a narrowing in the middle and the back part simply lies in the palm of your hand. Sensei is also closer to the back and therefore the mouse sits well in the palm of the hand, providing a comfortable palm-toe grip.

The second global change is the wheel. In addition to restyling in black, the wheel got 16 cut-offs instead of 24. The main buttons are not clicked as tightly as on the original FK1, but still have a tight and elastic push, and there is also a small power reserve. In short – a rattle.

Earlier there were rumors that new Omron switches would be inserted into the new Zowie by BenQ, but this did not happen – all the same familiar and very well-proven Huano Blue Dot switches with a 10 million click resource are installed. Side buttons are clicked slightly less clearly, but elastically, and they have a small power reserve, while the buttons on the right side do not interfere at all with their fingers because of their small size.

Traditionally, Zowie has the best flexible cable; two meters of pure flexibility and compliance. In short, it is very soft; it straightens easily and keeps its shape well. In front, there is a small protection against bending, which raises the wire over the carpet and at the end; there is a gold-plated USB-plug, 5 cm to the end – a removable ferrite filter.

Below there are two large Teflon legs. Teflon is quite soft, well polished, it has a light and rapid gliding; notches are used for the removal of the legs.

Since Zowie mice do not have inserted software, all settings are done by clamping various keys and then connecting the device to the PC.

The mouse has a nice body designing and a tenacious covering, very good and mindful shape, which is pleasant to control the palm. The mouse lies very well in the hand, it slides easily and quickly over the carpet and a large area of ​​Teflon legs gives confidence and control in any movement. It is perfect for palm grip lovers and thanks to its size; the wristle simply rests on it during ordinary work.

How to choose a gaming mice?

In order to understand how modern mice are designed sometimes can be very difficult. But in some ways gaming mice are similar to each other – good designing quality and materials; competent technical features, thoughtful ergonomics and so on. However, the top manufacturers have an abundance of worthy models, which cost a lot of money. Therefore, below I will list all the main aspects that should be taken into consideration when choosing a gaming mouse.

Shape (body designing)

Shape (body designing) is the first thing that should be taking into consideraton. The more convenient is to hold the mouse, the more pleasant is to play and work at the computer. The mouse shape is a subjective factor; therefore, it is impossible to select a mouse, based only on technical features and general data. The shape preference is at the individual leveland you can choose the particular mouse according to your preferences, which will be closest to ideal type.

According to the type of mouse shapethere are two main types – ergonomic and symmetrical (also called “Ambidextrous”). The first mice can also be called asymmetric, since they are designed taking into account the features of a single hand (right or left). The latter have the same designing on both the left and right sides, so they can be used by both right-handed and left-handed players.

According tomouse size, they can be divided into large, medium and small. Small mice are quite compact and they are more convenient when working with a laptop, rather than playing games. The average choice will be a medium-sized or large-sized mouse, because they are more convenient to hold with the whole hand. Then everything depends on your grasp. If you like to grabthe mouse with a whole hand, then a large mouse will be preferable; if you like a tenacious grasp with your fingers, then a medium-sized mouse will fit your grip.

Sensor

Sensor is the second element after mouse shape, to which there should be paid most of attention. There is one stereotype during the game, which is sensor resolution: the more dpi – the better. This is not true. The type and model of the sensorare more important, as well as, its technical specification, because the quality of readingdepends onit, called tracking. The better the tracking, that is, the better the mouse reads the surface, the more accurate to track any movements will be. Translating to the gaming language: the more accurately you will give out headshots and make sharp jerks or any turns.
Sensor resolution is always marked in dpi, although other names (dpi, cpi, ppi) can be found. All this is the same; it’s simply called differently and means the sensor resolution – the number of dots per inch. The quality of the sensor is directly related to its technical specifications. The higher these features are the more precisely the sensor works. Furthermore, do not forget the simple and useful rule: a good sensor – a good carpet (mousepad).

 

Sensors are divided into three types:

  • optical light-emitting diode
  • optical laser
  • Laser sensors (working with Doppler Shift technology, sometimes they are also called “real laser”) (laser sensor)

The main parameters of any sensor are:

  • speed (ips)
  • acceleration (g)
  • the number of frames per second (fps)

Which sensor should you choose and why?

  • Optical LED (they are called simply optical). The most popular type of sensor, installed in the mouse. It is versatile and problem-free – it works with most carpets and they have the less problems with reading. The top models of optical sensors show their best in the game plan – they have excellent tracking, a low distance from the surface (liff-off distance) and they do not have various disadvantages like acceleration or angle snapping) and some other ailments inhereted in budget models or other types of sensors. An excellent universal option for shooters and daily computerwork, including works with graphics.
  • Optical laser (they are called simply laser). Less popular type of sensors, which works on almost any surface, as well as, reduced power consumption. Unlike optics, laser sensors have some drawbacks such as non-removable acceleration, which results in a small loss in tracking and therefore this can be critical in games, where sensor accuracy is required. Due to the omnivorous and low power consumption, these sensors are placed in wireless mice, but generally, they lose good optics. For a laser sensor, rigid surface types (plastic carpets) are preferable.
  • Laser (Doppler Shift, sometimes referred to as a “real laser”). This type of sensor is less common, sometimes it is confused with an optical laser sensor. Technically, these are the most sophisticated sensors on the market, but they are demanding for firmware and therefore not every company will take the risk to install them into their mice. In addition, they have several shortcomings, because of which they have a “whimsical” behavior and are much more demanding on the surface than the above options. At the moment, this does not allow them to become a mass product on the market, although the potential of these sensors is incredibly great.

When choosing a mouse, it is important to pay attention not only to the shape (body designing), but also the model of the installed sensor. For this reason, professional players and cyber sportsmen players often choose mice with the best optical sensor, but put on it moderate dpi values that range from 400 to 1600 dpi. In this range, the sensors work in the best way, they have no errors or inaccuracies in the reading and the potential of the sensor with its technical parameters is revealed to the maximum possible.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics in mouse design is a subjective factor, which seems to be very individual for every person. Ergonomics is totally linked with the whole perception of its contour, but in this case, we will be describing the separate elements of mouse functioning. In short, ergonomics is about how are some control elements designed, what are mouse materials, what is its weight, cable and other small parts that make the device friendly for any user

Control elements –Every gaming mouse will consist of five control elements: main buttons, side buttons and scroll wheel. Those who prefer shooters and simple designing of buttons will be enough, whereas people who often play MMORPG or MOBA, as well as,operating with complex programs may need a much larger number of buttons. There is an interesting tendency in recent years has to create mice, where you can adjust the elements of the device in according to your desires, e.g. you can adjust the mass, replace or even remove the side buttons, and transform one or other mouse elements for a more convenient grip.

Materials –When creating gaming devices any manufacturer will seek to develop a mouse from practical materials. The advantages of gaming mice materials are obvious: pleasant tactile feelings, practicality and easy to maintain, hand stability, which is especially important in a tight game, and an attractive designing. For this purpose, they use various types of cover materials: colored, soft – touch, simple matte, glossyplastic or rubberized covers. These materials will be found most often and they can be either smooth ortextured

Weight and cable – Low weight allows you to easily control the mouse on the carpet, which is important when playing shooters. At the same time, there are users who prefer heavier mouse, because it “feels good in the hand”. This is the word-by-word phrase of many people, who prefer heavy mice. Here you can also include a cable. Cables come in braids and without it, thin and thick and they can partially affect the game. A thin cable is not felt when the mouse moves suddenly, and the braided allows keeping it safe, whereas a thick wire can tangle the game and not allowing the hand to move freely or will simply pulling the mouse behind it.

Technical specifications

Software and built-in memory for settings storage. Well-known manufacturers insert their software, which will allow to fine-tune the buttons and some technical parameters of the mouse (for example, changing sensitivity, mouse calibration or set the port survey frequency). The software is useful because it wants to configure macros or re-assign standard mouse buttons to more ones that are convenient. The built-in memory will save all the settings inside the mouse so that when you connect the device to another computer, these settings can be recalled from mouse memory.

Unusual featured elements. Manufacturers often come up with very handy elements that greatly simplify the game and workflow, and each manufacturer has their own specifications. Thus, SteelSeries Company began to equip the latest models of their mice with vibrators and displays, which give significant advantages in the same shooters, and Logitech excelled in creating an inertial wheel that allows you to browseseveral pages simultaniously. Other examples will include the ability to change the sensor, analog controls and even joysticks, as well as, mouse modification by replacing the mouse side buttons and panels.

Technical equipment and quality of assembling Often the device reliability and durability depends on the installed elements, and they are also responsible for tactile feelings when the buttons are pressed and the wheel is scrolled. This applies to the switches under the main and side buttons, as well as, the type of wheel encoder. Equally important is the quality of assemblingof the mouse –particularly for gaming mice, this parameter is at a very good level, because they are subject to increased demands. Given the cost of these type of devices it should justify the expectations one has. Here everything depends on the manufacturerand the advanced and well known manufacturers have a rather strict quality control.

Designing

Designing – this is a second parameter, which can play animportant role when choosing a gaming mouse. Someone likes aggressive and sophisticated design, but someone else, as a real esthete, chooses conciseness and asceticism with a minimum of decorative elements. Designing depends on the types of plastic used and most often, the mice are black with a great variety of designing. However, some prefer a stand-out device, so you can always find a mouse in some bright and bright coloring. If you want to gather a set of devices in a single color range (e.g. white) then the black mouse will look inappropriate.

In the last years, the RGB-backlight gives extremely wide opportunities for personalization, which varius gaming mice are designed. Such backlight works for the entire color spectrum, often lighting the whole device, which looks very unusual and memorable, especially at night. When arranging the workplacethesevarious light effects give almost unlimited space and freedom for imagination. In addition, many manufacturers offer an easy backlight system for the interaction of various devices           .

Wireless mice

It is just a new word in the field! Attempts to create productive and accurate gaming mice have been going on for years, but only in the last year there were really impressive results registered. Previously, all wireless mice were difficult to call gaming mice, because they had a number of problems: a budget and unproductive sensor, data transmission delays, heavy weight, a short operating period of time. In addition, “gaming” options price was very high and did not worth their quality.

Recently, wireless gaming devices market has increased its activity. The appearance of some companies marked a new era of wireless mice, as they managed to develop the best optical sensor and get rid of all the shortcomings of past wireless mice. At the moment such devices have a moderate weight, relatively long operating time, they have no delays in data transmission and they cost a little more than wire-based mice type. Wires, of course, will not go anywhere – otherwise how to charge a mouse? However, such changes will be able to give us the bright future of wireless gaming devices.

Conclusion

There are two important things to be taken into consideration while looking for a mouse – shape and sensor. These are two main elements on which the whole works of device depend. The shape comes first and the sensor comes afterwards. All other elements will entirely depend on your personal tastes and discretion. In order to find the mouse you are looking for and will suit you best, think about your past experiences in using different types of mice. Shape type, grip, sizes influence the choice of a mouse. Picture yourself shape type, size and also grip, which seems more comfortable to you and all this will help you understand what you like and what you do not like in you present mouse. For example, if you always preferred ergonomic mice, but due to symmetry your hand turns back, then there is no point keeping on using this type of mouse. To make a choice of a mouse according to technical specifications, such as hand length or other things, it is basically impossible to do it. That is why the only unmistakable advice will be, have a trial! All that will help you in choosing a mouse is your personal experience and feelings.

Nowadays, there is a wide range of gaming mice, so finding a convenient shape is not so difficult.  So, it is always advisable to have an idea of ​​what else you want from the mouse. Materials, weight, designing, specific control elements, as well as, hardware and software – all these factors can also greatly influence the further choice of the device. The more specific requirements, the fewer choice options, but it will be more likely to find the right mouse that will suit you perfectly. If looking at the latest tendencies, it is possible that the wireless mice will be the most common choice.

Finally, it will be also useful to mention about price. The price of gaming devices is not always logic – the costs of device, marketing, software and other features are always included in the final price of the device. So the advice here is simple – choose what you like best. After all, once the device is chosen correctly, being even an expensive one, will give you the pleasure of using it for many years to come.

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