Choosing the Right Gaming Mouse

Choosing the right Gaming Mouse

Choosing the Right Gaming Mouse

Just purchased a new gaming pc and found yourself in the market for buying a new gaming mouse? Hopefully, you’re asking yourself a slew of questions about what matters to you.  Like many other gamers, you’re likely looking to gain a competitive advantage and improve your in-game performance. This guide will help spark the right questions and provide the direction needed for choosing the right gaming mouse.

Grip Types and Ergonomic Impacts

Gaming champions spend countless hours playing at their desks with their hands cradling their mice. They should feel comfortable during these gaming sessions while considering how to protect their hands from injury. When choosing a mouse, you have to take into account that its design is ergonomic for your play style. Identifying a gaming mouse grip style that accommodates a specific gamer’s style is simple.

Identify the Correct Mouse Grip for You

Palm grip mice are designed to fit the palm of a hand and are generally more comfortable for duration usage and used for MMO (massively multiplayer online) style games which require delicate and accurate glide control.  These mice have a natural and relaxed grip for a resting hand.  Palm grip mice are also usually wider than the other two grip styles. Besides, these are the most popular type of mouse grip on the market, as they’re often sold for non-gaming purposes as well.

Claw grip mice require a tighter grip than palm grips and are well suited for RTS (real-time strategy) style games which the mouse is often moved across the entirety of the screen. The claw grip mice cause the hand to arch up, making fewer contact points with the mouse than the palm grip, causing the fingers of the hand to form into the shape of a claw. These mice are typically shorter in length and slightly thinner than palm grip mice.

Fingertip grip mice are designed in such a way that the pointer and middle fingers, along with the thumb tips, make contact with the mouse’s primary buttons. The fingers will control the movement of the mouse, rather than the palm.  These mice are well suited for swift movements and twitch reactions needed for competitive FPS (first person shooter) games. Fingertip grip mice can be difficult to get used to but are often the preferred choice of dedicated FPS gamers. These mice are typically the shortest of in length and lightest weight of the three.

Mouse Weight

Another feature to consider is the mouse’s weight. Some mice incorporate weight systems that allow gamers to add or remove weights. Mouse weight helps make the movement and gestures of the mouse more fluid and more precise. It’s an added value to any mouse, but it’s not fundamental. For those players that require the additional configuration and customization to meet their names, it’s something to keep in mind. The more control we have over the game, the more chances we have of accomplishing our goals and potentially winning the game.

Programmable Button Configurations

There is a lot of value and power in customizing the mouse’s additional buttons. You can create optimal shortcuts that help you, depending on the game you’re playing. Some games do not permit certain macro functions to be configured, so this is an area that should be looked into considerably when playing online multiplayer games. Some games may have anti-cheat engines, like Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC), that can ban detect non-supported macros and ban you from the game.


The ideal way to choose a good shape is to try it, but if you can’t, look into the ergonomics and ratings. A rare design has nothing to do with an uncomfortable grip, although it will depend a lot on it. If your way of using the mouse is palm-grip, it should ideally be ergonomic and large.


There are three sizes (large, standard, or small). Of the last ones, there are almost none left in the market and standard is recommended for a claw grip, they are somewhat lower although, if you have a small hand, you won’t need a big one to grasp with the palm, you could reach it with a standard.

Technical Aspects

It’s usually what we usually look at when we go to buy a mouse and, although it’s essential, you should not neglect the above parameters. There are additional areas to look at, such as the cord type (if any at all), the cord’s material, the cord’s drag impact, and it’s length. Many technical aspects can be broken down on any mouse. But identifying the things that are most important to your gaming performance are necessary. Write the shortlist down while you’re shopping and remember to check each option against it.

Sensor Types

There are three types of laser sensors, and the differences between them are minimal.

  • Laser
  • Optical
  • Infrared

In addition to this, the distance at which they stop reading when we lift it is essential (lift-off distance). Less than 5 mm is appropriate if the range is rarer things can happen when we raise and relocate it, but most manufacturers do not give us this information.

Points Per Inch or DPI

This measurement is what allows the mouse to discriminate between two points and is usually used to describe the sensitivity of a mouse. A small camera that reads the surface where it passes.

If an optical mouse has 2000 DPI and a laser mouse has 2000 DPI they are just as accurate (although depending on the quality of the mouse it can vary a little and that’s where the refresh rate comes in). The laser can achieve higher precision than an optical but, at the same DPI, the sensitivity is the same.

Gaming Mouse Refresh Rate

DPIs are essential, but there are some images per second that the mouse camera takes. If your mouse takes a few frames per second, however sensitive it is, you won’t be able to enjoy it properly. A refresh rate of more than 500 Hz is not usually taken advantage of in reality so you shouldn’t make a more powerful mouse than this if you don’t need it.


The acceleration of a gamer mouse should be 1:1 and should be disabled, the problem is that some games or even Windows itself activate it by default. There are applications on the Internet that serve to eliminate all these inconveniences that make it very difficult for us to play.

Some Last Minute Details to Keep in Mind

A few details, while loose, are essential to consider when buying a new gaming mouse.

  • Price – While we all wish that price weren’t a determining factor when buying the right gaming mouse, it does have an impact. Cheaper gaming mice are going to be of lower build quality and have less research behind them. Ultimately, you get what you pay for, remember this. That’s not to say; however, there aren’t fantastic mice in lower price ranges, simply that the rule of thumb still applies.
  • Left-handed mice – If you are left-handed, be very careful before making that final purchase. You’ll want to verify that the mouse was manufactured for the hand of choice or is ambidextrously design with the same design on both sides. Otherwise, your comfort and performance will take a severe nosedive.
  • Extra buttons – If you like MMO’s or games for which require a lot of tedious repetition of actions, look for a mouse explicitly designed with more programmable buttons.
  • Mousepad – They are a world apart, and nothing will help a gaming mouse more. Avoid bad surfaces and invest in a mouse pad. There’s many out there, and they’re very affordable.
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