Welcome to Gaming Mouse Geek
If you play a lot on the computer, you need an ergonomic gaming mouse to avoid fatigue and make the gaming session really fun. Of course, the mouse should also navigate precisely so that no frustration arises, especially when playing games. We’ll show you what to look out for when buying a mouse and present the best mice in our big gaming mouse test and our gaming mouse best-of list.
Welcome to GamingMouseGeek.com, the number one website for gaming mouse tests, reviews and more. I am Louie and my ambition is to cover everything you need to know before purchasing a new gaming mouse.
When buying a gaming mouse there is more to consider than you might think: features, ergonomics, wireless or wired and much more. Our page with the best gaming mouse 2020 should help you find the right mouse. Our bestseller lists show you which is the best gaming mouse on the market, the advantages and disadvantages of the mice and how much they cost. Most of the models tested by us can be used on a Windows PC as well as on an Apple Mac.
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Which gaming mouse suits me?
The most important aspect to consider when buying a computer mouse is ergonomics. The best features and the greatest functions are useless if the mouse doesn’t fit well in your hand. If that’s not the case, the gaming session can quickly turn into a torture: you become tense and fatigue sets in quickly. But how can you tell if a mouse has good ergonomics?
First of all, you should look at the weight of the gaming mouse and ask yourself if you have any preferences in this regard. Indeed, tastes can vary greatly on this subject. Some people prefer a light mouse, while others prefer a heavier one because you need a weight when you’re guiding the input device to navigate more precisely.
There are mice that are only suitable for right-handed users and mice that are suitable for right- and left-handed users. The latter offer an axisymmetric design that allows you to play with both your right and left hand depending on your taste.
The right mouse grip
When we talk about a mouse having to fit well in the hand, we mean that it must give a “good feeling”. Does it feel comfortable or rather bulky? Is the body perhaps too wide or too high? At this point, we’ll show you the three most common grip styles, although these are not necessarily applicable to every mouse design. So ask yourself which handle type you are and test your desired model if possible!
- Palm-Grip: More than half of all computer users use the so-called Palm-Grip (“Palm” comes from English and means “palm”), which is also very popular with gamers. The palm rests loosely on the back of the mouse, while the thumb and little finger are pressed lightly against the left or right side of the mouse. Lateral rubber coatings, as offered by many gaming mice, ensure a non-slip grip. This position ensures maximum comfort and prevents fatigue.
- Claw-Grip: In direct comparison to the Palm-Grip, the Claw-Grip is less common, but is becoming increasingly popular among gamers. Characteristic for this grip type is the angled position of the index, middle and ring finger. Hence the name, as this hand position resembles an animal claw. This results in fewer contact points between mouse and hand. Experienced players can perform very fast, short and precise movements with this grip method.
- Tip-Grip (Fingertip-Grip): With this unusual grip method, which is only practiced by a few players, there are only a few points of contact between mouse and hand. The mouse is practically only guided by the fingertips. You can also imagine the Tip-Grip as an extreme variation of the Claw-Grip. Whoever has mastered this demanding grip method is able to perform even faster maneuvers.
Whichever grip you prefer, the most important thing is that the mouse sits comfortably in your hand and that you can reach all the buttons – be it the side buttons or the Dpi switch on the top – without effort. This is the only way to play and work without tiring.
Which buttons do I need on a gaming mouse?
A two-button mouse is sufficient for normal office life and of course you can theoretically play with it. But: That’s not enough for untroubled gaming pleasure! A certain number of buttons should be enough. First of all, something fundamental: All keys, including the two main keys, should be freely assignable. Button programming is quick and easy via the corresponding mouse software, with which you can assign the function you want to each key.
A general statement about how many keys a good gaming mouse should have cannot be made, as this depends on personal taste or gaming style. So before you buy, you should ask yourself: How many keys do I need and does the mouse offer me exactly the keys I want?
In any case, your gaming mouse should offer the possibility of adjusting the sensitivity (Dpi) with the touch of a button. This can be done with either one or two buttons (which you then use to switch up and down). These buttons are usually located on the top of the device, sometimes on the left side.
Of course every mouse should have a scroll wheel: Here you can distinguish between two different types of scroll wheels: Two-way models, where only scrolling up and down is possible, as well as the variants that additionally offer vertical scrolling. Both types of scroll wheel are roughly on a par with the mice currently on the market. No matter which variant you choose, we recommend that you make sure that the scroll wheel is rubberized. This guarantees a good grip at all times, even if your fingers get sweaty in heated battles.
In addition, the mouse wheel should have a good locking mechanism (you should hear the click when you hold the mouse to your ear). This function is very important for fast (and precise) weapon changes. By the way: Some Logitech mice allow you to disable the ratchet function, but we don’t think that’s useful. You can scroll through the available weapons even faster, but you have little control over whether you really have selected the next one or skipped three when changing weapons.
What you need to know about mouse sensors
The sensor is the heart of every gaming mouse (and of course of every conventional mouse). Meanwhile, two types of sensor have become established: the infrared (also called optical sensor) and the laser sensor. The latter is increasingly being replaced by the optical variants, although it must be said that laser scanning is also ultimately an optical scanning process. In the past there has been much discussion about which scanning technology is the better one. Nowadays, gamers and PC hardware experts largely agree that in practice there is no significant difference between the two variants. Both laser and infrared mice are equally suitable for gaming.
You will also come across the term Dpi again and again in this topic. The abbreviation comes from English and means Dots per Inch. It is a unit of measurement that indicates how many pixels per inch (one inch is 2.5 cm) the mouse can perceive. The higher the Dpi number, the more pixels the gaming mouse can detect. It is still commonly mistakenly assumed that a very high pixel value also means that the mouse is more accurate.
In fact, according to a study by mouse manufacturer Roccat, most professional gamers play with a Dpi value around 2,000, which means that the mouse can already capture 2,000 points while moving a distance of 2.54 cm on the screen. A maximum Dpi value of 12.000 (as it is found in many current high-priced gamer mice) sounds great, but in practice it doesn’t really make much sense and is rather to be understood as a marketing strategy on the part of the manufacturers.
Cable or Wireless
If you decide to buy a wireless gaming mouse, you have to keep in mind that the built-in battery naturally affects the weight. Alternatively, however, there are wireless mice with induction charging. These only have a capacitor, which only has an imperceptible effect on the total weight. Mice with a built-in battery, on the other hand, always feel the weight. The advantage of wireless over wired models is obvious: you don’t need a tiresome string to use the gaming mouse – except for charging, of course. At this point, we would like to clear up a prejudice. Wireless mice are often said to not work without delay, i.e. they are not latency-free, as it is called in the jargon. In our experience, this criticism is not tenable. We made a direct comparison between wireless and wired mice and could not find any significant differences.