Leaderboard gaming mice - Buyers Guide October 2017

Mice are available in every price range - from five to more than 100 euros. Many models come under the guise of "professional players equipment" but rather by excessive prices than adequate quality. Meanwhile advertise dozens Player mice with new superlatives and special features for your favor - to keep track of this sense and nonsense, is not always easy.

So you should you before buying a new mouse thinking about your individual needs and make your play. With what type of handle and in what resolution your playeth whether your special functions such as sophisticated driver with macro functions and programmable keys want or whether you do the (expensive) preferred wireless models, are questions whose clarification is useful before looking for specific models.

In our mouse recommendations for players we focus exclusively on gaming suitable mice that full play to their strengths in both first-person shooters as well as in strategy or action titles, but are also useful when fummeliger imaging reliable assistance. Starting at 10 euros you can buy countless mice. but the more expensive models have better ergonomics, more buttons, a higher build quality and even higher, or at least accurately adjustable accuracy or sampling usually also "dpi" (dots per inch) or "cpi" (counts per inch) called.

Divided into price categories "30 euros", "up to 50 euro" and "from 50 €" we call each several tips for players. Moreover, we still recommend three wireless and three symmetrical mice that are fully suitable for the operation with the left hand.

Handling and Ergonomics

Even before the installed technology, the most important thing in a good mouse primarily their shape and ergonomics. Will the mouse simply not in harmony with your individual hand size or mouse husbandry, the sensor can still be so advanced that use of the mouse will never satisfy you. At worst, you are angry even daily about the uncomfortable position or get after some time pain in hand or wrist. Here is an overview of the most common types of grips:

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Palm-GripThe most pleasant for you keep the mouse is very important. Place the mouse rather with the whole palm of the hand, including palm-hook, you belong to the Group of Palm-Grip player. In this case, rather large, ergonomic mice are recommended, depending on the request, with a generous storage for ring and little finger.

Fingertip-GripIf you control the mouse with your fingertips without resting palm, use the fingertip grip. This handle allows generally faster movements on the mouse pad, but is somewhat more susceptible to fatigue. Most mice own, however good for the fingertip grip, the hand size plays a subordinate role for this type of handle.

Claw-GripThe third type of handle, called Claw Grip is vorranging among players quickly spread click intense games. Here, the player stabilizes the mouse with the heel of the hand, the fingers are shaped like a claw and click almost at a 90 degree angle to the fire buttons. This somewhat faster click-effects still can be realized. Claw Grip Players move the mouse usually with rather high DPI figures, as wide around sliding the mouse (by low sensitivity reasons) rather strained with this type of handle in the long run.

The sensor - Laser vs IR LED

The sensor unit performs the key tasks of a mouse: The detecting movements. A light source (laser or LED, either in the visible or invisible infrared spectrum) radiates collimated by different optics on the surface on which the mouse moves.

Similar to a camera microscopic single images of the surface are taken, in turn, analyzes a signal processor. He tries to detect even the smallest irregularities on the surface to recognize distinctive points in successive images. As can be with a little mathematics, the relative distance of a point charge that this has come in the span of two images (in the imaginary coordinate system).

Above, the construction of an optical Maussenssors with (usually) infrared light, below with laser as a light source.Above, the construction of a "optical" Maussenssors with (usually) infrared light, below with laser as a light source.

The operation between laser and "optical" LED mice is the same here, except for the light source is basically why the steady distinction between these two types of sensors is fundamentally misleading. Both work with light and the laws of optics. Nevertheless, this name has widely established, so that we it be maintained in the following article.

Almost all sensors for players mice come of it currently only one manufacturer - PixArt from Taiwan. While reading the name Avago many sensors whose patents (over 600 pieces) for mice, however, were licensed in late 2011 of PixArt respectively bought. Another, but for players (still) significant sensor manufacturers for mice is Philips.

Advantages and disadvantages

What are the practical advantages and disadvantages offered by the two methods? Usually laser sensors work on more surfaces and achieve a higher resolution. However, the maximum values ​​of current laser and LED sensors are so high that they are practically unusable in practice with maximum sensitivity.

The lift-off distance, ie the distance (height) from the sensor registered yet movement is usually lower in laser mice. The latter is especially important for players who put your mouse often.

Disadvantages of laser mice attributable to the properties of laser light: Because this radiates bundled, high-energy compared to light from an LED and thus penetrate deeper into the surface, significantly more often, however, registered unnecessary information of the surface of the pure distance calculation , Depending on the speed with which the mouse is moved, and the material properties of the support, the accuracy of the scan, therefore, varies by up to five to six percent for best optical mice with LED instead of laser sensor fluctuate in only one of a hundred cases.

The red lines we have drawn with activated Angle Snapping, black free-hand - the strength of the intervention of the software depends on the manufacturer.The red lines we have drawn with activated Angle Snapping, black free-hand - the strength of the intervention of the software depends on the manufacturer.

LED optical mice, therefore, is often accused of a more direct, more consistent pointer behavior. In practice, the differences are small, but quite noticeable. Especially for the highest possible stability, the technology-related sampling variation of laser mice is not optimal. That could be a reason why that fewer and fewer manufacturers are using laser sensors.

Other functions such as "Angle Snapping" (path straightening) or "Mouse Acceleration" (pointer acceleration) are among players also frowned upon (rightly), but can be disabled in most cases to the mouse movements without artificial straightening as authentic and unadulterated into play transfer.

Leaderboard gaming mice - Buyers Guide October 2017