Does having a gaming mouse really matter?

lunky545

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I'm consdering getting either the G 5 or G7 from logitech but i wanted to hear from you gamers first.

Is it a huge difference playing with a gaming mouse than your run of the mill normal mouse?

I'm big on FPS games so ive been debating if its worth the investment.

If it happens to be which would be the best bang for my buck?
(Brand doesnt matter, Logitch, Razor etc.) Wireless(RF, BlueTooth is expensive) preferred, must come with recharge.

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How does DPI affect mouse precision?
 

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I have a G5, and I personally love it. On the other hand, one of my friends whom I badgered into getting a gaming mouse (though he chose a G7) didn't like it as much as his old M$ optical. Personal preference.
 

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I was the same way for ages. I LOVED my old 2 wheel, 5 button Logitech mouse (Which I bough new for $20), and saw no need for a $50+ "Gaming" mouse. Well, after my beloved mouse got ran over (long story), I had to go buy another mouse. I broke down and bought a Razor Diamondback, and talk about night & day! The pricision on this thing is insane! It took me a week just to get use to it, as with the slightest flick of the wrist I can send the pointer the full length of the screen. Now that I have one, I am never going back.

The Razors are awesome, but I am not sure if they have any wireless ones. I prefer wired devices, as I hate batteries and the headaches that can come from them, especially when gaming.
 

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I have the g5 and g15(keyboard) the drivers on both work good, 100%. it took me a long time to get used to the g5 2000dpi but not that i am man i can't go back
 

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I had a Razer Krait for a few weeks and loved it! Made a large difference once I got used to it. Unfortunately I am a college student and lost "The Raz" as my roomate named it for some reason, to a horrible beer spill accident. It still clicks and all that, just struggles to move. Truly a sad sad story... :cry:
 

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I personally like the trackball mice much better for fps games. Here's an almost identical mouse to the one I use for gaming. However, skill makes the greatest difference, so when you find the mouse you want, KILL EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.

Except me.
 

tool_462

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Trackball...
My grandmother is the only one I have seen use one...

Aristotle would agree by me saying...

You use a trackball mouse.
My grandmother is the only one I have seen use one.
You must be my grandmother! 8O










Just messin with ya, never thought of trying a trackball for FPS games. May be nice if you got used to it.
 

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A gaming mouse is very important for me. I bought a Logitech G5 and perhaps I got a bad one. Playing BF2, I snipe a lot and one of the tricks to sniping is to hold the button down even after the shot is off (think it's the equivalent of squeezing the trigger) for accuracy. However, it's very sensitive and it doesn't seem to stay pressed down. The on-the-fly sensitivity (I think) is a must for sniping to get the lowest resolution so you can move your sights very slowly on those long shots.

I have also used the Razer Diamondback and it glides across my gaming surface like silk. The fire button is very hair trigger though and many times I fire off a shot accidentally. Also, I found the on-the-fly sensitivity to be glitchy and didn't work; though, that could have been the drivers.

The Logitech 518 Gamer's mouse is the cheapest of the three mice and I am personally in love with this mouse. It has extra buttons on the mouse so I can use one for Push to Talk (Ventrilo) to talk with my clan members while playing and coordinate attacks better. The on-the-fly sensitivity works the best for me. The highest setting when in a tank so I can rotate the turret quickly when somebody is running up to plant C4 on the tank, and the lowest sensitivity for getting the crosshairs on somebody when making long sniper shots.

Oh, the DPI just assures that any movement by your mouse gets translated into movement of the cursor. The higher the DPI, the more accurate and less lost movement.

hball
 

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umm its day and night as someone said. I had a logitech mx 300, then a wireless mx 600. Thought these mouses were the bomb. I was like pwning it up in cs:S. Then my frien got an mx518, and I tried it. omg, i went like killing spree with a deagle. Nuff said.
 

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I'm consdering getting either the G 5 or G7 from logitech but i wanted to hear from you gamers first.

Is it a huge difference playing with a gaming mouse than your run of the mill normal mouse?

I'm big on FPS games so ive been debating if its worth the investment.

If it happens to be which would be the best bang for my buck?
(Brand doesnt matter, Logitch, Razor etc.) Wireless(RF, BlueTooth is expensive) preferred, must come with recharge.

And
How does DPI affect mouse precision?
A gaming mouse makes all the difference in the world. I recommend the logitech 518. It's less expensive than the laser mice and has more features. The laser mice have 2000 dpi vs the 518's 1600 dpi but I can tell you from experience you're not going to need more than 1600 dpi. The 518 is extremely precise and sensitve.

I'd recommend that mouse to anyone, and not just gamers. The adjustable sensitivity is useful in the desktop environment as well, not just games. The 518 also has more buttons than the Logitech lasers. Seriously. Get the 518, you'll be happy you did.
 

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Optical has it all over mechanical for mice, but I experimented with a "el cheapo" laser mouse (1600dpi) I got for £9 because it had 2 buttons and a wheel and fit the look of the rest of the machine. I figured if it was crap, I'd keep it for a spare or whatever.

It works great. I don't need 52 button on my mouse. Sure, there are things that could be better, like it could have more weight to it or it could change the dpi on the fly (it doesn't) but I'm enjoying the push of my fingers moving me across the full 1400x900 display. I'm a finger user, so broad movements were never my thing - so it works for me.

Mice are a very personal thing though. While I think it's light (and I'm considering opening it up and fitting some weights) someone else may like that it's light. It's really not a hand user's mouse though. It's not ergonomically fitted for your hand, and it has a brushed aluminum shell, and extra traction sides (where my fingers make contact). Plenty of people will think that's not for them. They want it to fit thier palm, have comfortable surfaces, and so on. Like anyone considering thier mouse beyond simply having a mouse, the best thing you can do is try a few out at the store. Before this you may not even have realized that there is more than one way to use a mouse.
 

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find one u like, gaming or not, that dosnt matter. gaming mice usually jus mean more features, i hav a razer diamonbak and the way u move the mouse and the 7 buttons on it i like, it is also a very light one ala optical 1600dpi
 

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personally, i have a specific logitech mouse i like (it's actually rather unknown, but i just call it a mini mouse) it's very basic with 2 buttons and a scroller, i love these so much that i have purchased a total of about 4, 1 has failed (which was my fault) in my whole experience with them (5+ years) and they are rather accurate for my useage (games..)


mice that i don't like (i don't know why) are ones which are designed to be ergonomic... i find those too "perfect" and do not fit my useage style (2 fingers on 2 buttons, with one of them moving for the scroller when required. As compared to the design of these mice which require a finger on the scroller and 2 other fingers on the two buttons at all times in a way so that the pinky rests on a special groove, which my style requires 2 fingers space there... i'm wierd.)

Ara
 

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I have some experience with the G5 and compared to a normal optical mouse, it is amazing...

Then i tried the Razor Diamondback and.... WOW 8O the difference was amazing...

Now they are both "similar" but the Razor company has been in the market with gaming mice for a long time. And have they done this one right, Gold plated USB plug, always on sensor, 7 ft cord, teflon feet, on the fly sensitivity...

But i guess do you want a corded mouse? or a wireless? personal preference on that one.

Woot.com just had the Diamondbacks for 25 bucks, so you can probably find a few online somewhere for around 30-40, if not cheaper
 

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Try to use some demos at a computer store. Some people think gaming mice are great, others can't tell the difference, or worse, find that the gaming mice are too sensitive. A high DPI likewise may be a help or hinderance, depending on your style. I got a new Logitech to replace my old MS mouse and found that it wasn't that much better, at least for me. Oh yeah, if you ever suffer from a twitch while using a super mouse, your aiming will be a disaster.

As for all the extra buttons and programability, if you're really deep into gaming and setting up all the individual options, then they're worth it. Otherwise, you've spent a lot of money for nothing.

As for trackballs, they have their uses, but not for serious gaming. I have one on my office computer and it has worked fine for years. In fact, its the longest lived mouse, or pointer if you prefer, that I've ever owned. But it is hard on the arthritc fingers as well.
 

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i would love to have a wireless. I have a wireless optical right now but on rare occasion i find myself outta juice in teh middle of a Warhammer 40K Winter Assault match or battlefield 2 firefight. Though its rare i dont really get a huge benefit from using wireless. If someone could tell me if something is happening in the mouse world anytime soon maybe ill wait till that comes out
 

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Speaking of gaming mice.How well do u guys think my current mouse will perform.It's a logitech Cordless pilot mouse which is optical by the way.Which wireless mouse do you recommend out of the 3 options:MX1000,G7 or MX610.

I was also considering getting myself a cordless desktop with keyboard and mouse.Do these perform well in games or should I avoid these things?

Any info will be helpful,thanx. 8)
 

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yes a gaming mouse is a good investment,but not a necessary one as a good quality optical mouse performs just as well.the gaming headlines are put on things to interest gamers and it gives the manufacturer a reason to charge more for specialized equipment.you may very well see some marked improvement from it,but not likely.anyways your choice.googluck.

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Yesssssssssssssssssssss

I went from a rollerball to a MS optical to a mx510 to a G7, with noticable improvement each time.

The G7 is like buttery plastic wireless sex..... but battery life yields about 4 hours of use, so if you go that route make sure you always have the backup in the charger :)
 

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I use the Logitech MX518 and found it to be awesome. It has on the fly adjustments and very good ergonomics. I used a G7 for awhile but found it had to much lag in FPS games to be effective (it is cordless).
 

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I have the G5 mouse and my gaming performance have increased. I have better aiming and precision with this gaming mouse. Also I can adjust mouse sensitivity on the fly to compensate for long range sniping shots. Using it for Return to Castle Wolfenstien, Counter Strike: Source, Day of Defeat, Call of Duty 2, Quake 4, FEAR and BF2.
 

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...battery life yields about 4 hours of use, so if you go that route make sure you always have the backup in the charger
I have a Logitech MX1000, and it is quite awesome, especially with Hyperglide feet on an Ulti-mat. It tracks beautifully, has no lag that I notice, and the battery lasts for days.

My only complaint was that if I forget to put it on the charger when it's low, I'm SOL. I thought the G7 might be an improvement, with its swappable battery packs.

But four hours?!? I'll stick with the MX1000. Having to go do something else for a while as my mouse charges, once every two months or so, is far preferable to swapping battery packs daily.
 

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I have a mx1000, and me and my family use it. I game alot, we probably use it 10 hours a day, and the battery lasts for atleast 4 days, no joke, its perfect for gaming also
 

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I use the Logitech MX518 and found it to be awesome. It has on the fly adjustments and very good ergonomics. I used a G7 for awhile but found it had to much lag in FPS games to be effective (it is cordless).
Of all the mice on the market right now the MX518 really is the way to go if you're into games at all. Wireless is no good for games so scratch all those mice, and there are just more functions (I use all of them all the time) on this mouse than any other out there. The MX1000 is nice for it's features but I found it to be too bulky. If they made a laser mouse with the 518's features I'd recommend that, but they don't. Get the 518.
 

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