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Basic Tutorials Guide: How to Find the Perfect Gaming Mouse!

When it comes to gaming, users are becoming more and more demanding with their expectations of the small rodents. Dozens of manufacturers fill the market with their products. Every year new models and new “technical terms” are added, so you can quickly lose track of things. The research shows that the topic is more complicated than it initially seems. The Internet is full of more or less meaningful or neutral best lists and comparisons. But what are the most important tips for buying a mouse that will suit your personal preferences? Here we want to summarize the most important characteristics for you. We solve the jungle of terms and answer the question what is important when buying a Gaming-Mouse.

Tips for readers in a hurry:

  • There is no “the perfect mouse“, so form your own opinion and see which one suits you best. Do not orient yourself too much towards others.
  • High DPIValues are often an advertising argument, but they are weak. More than 2000 are enough, more is not always better.
  • Researched, Basic Tutorials is a good place to go. You spend a lot of time with the piece, you should also take this time with the research.
  • Do not make the choice dependent on the manufacturer or price, but look at it soberly. Not every expensive mouse is better too.
  • Which Griffart are you looking for? Try it out, e.g. at a electronics retailer! How often do you use the mouse?
  • Which purpose should they fulfill, office, gaming, which gaming (such as FPS)?
  • Find a middle way at Weight. For little DPI take a light mouse. Additional weights are good.
  • Cable or Cableless? Would you like to change the position with the mouse?
  • choice between laser mouse and optical mice is a struggle of faith. Compare installed sensors neutrally.
  • A good gaming mouse should have a polling rate of 1000 Hz.
  • None Mouse correction or can be disabled in the driver.
  • Mouse acceleration you don’t need as a gamer.
  • Mouse wheel should be of high quality and be easy to move.
  • Espects for Switches quality, the surface must be able to tolerate perspiration.
  • How many additional keys do you need, what of your wishes can actually be implemented with the mouse?
  • What can Software do for the mouse, what can you set?  Is it easy to use and understand?
  • Lighting is beautiful but not a must. However, it should be adjustable in a variety of ways.
  • A mouse should not only look good, but also be able to do something. It has to fit into your hand and euren Preferences fair become . Hide the question about the optics, “spaceship mice” won’t help you if you get cramps in your fingers.
  • A good mouse is not the only guarantee for ingame skill. But a good mouse pad can help 😉

What is the best mouse?

I’m sure a lot of people will ask. However, the question about the mouse cannot be answered in general. A leaderboard à la Chip is therefore nonsensical. The requirements for the gaming mouse vary from game to game and from person to person. One thing is certain, however: gamers need a good input device for almost every game. There are many affordable models available on the market that deliver acceptable quality and are absolutely sufficient for most games. In some areas, however, the requirements are significantly higher – in such a case, it is worth comparing the available mice more closely.

In principle, it is not advisable to make the choice of mouse dependent on the manufacturer or the price. Even if many manufacturers build up a kind of product compulsion, for example by making keyboard and mouse communicate better in the package, one should not be impressed by this. A look at the competition is almost always worthwhile, because not one manufacturer is the best in every segment. It is much more important to consider the objective qualities.

The ergonomics of the mouse and the different grips

In recent years, the ergonomics of classic office furnishings have increasingly moved into the focus of users. Mice should also be ergonomic if health disadvantages are to be avoided through frequent use. A conventional mouse cannot meet these requirements – the wrist is bent too much during use. The “wrong” posture of the mouse can lead to a pain syndrome, which in principle can affect the entire area from the wrist to the shoulder.

Ergonomics should therefore be taken into account when selecting the gaming mouse. Ergonomic mice usually provoke a slight rotation of the forearm. Through this, a healthier posture is achieved.

The most common “mouse grips” are called Palm-Grip (palm grip), Claw-Grip (grip) and Fingertip-Grip (fingertip grip). With Palm-Grip the whole hand rests on the mouse and encloses it. This type of grip is most commonly used because it allows each mouse to be controlled comfortably. A Palm-Grip mouse should be large and asymmetrical if possible. The Claw-Grip should be avoided. The only difference to the Palm Grip is that only the fingers rest on the keys and the mouse is enclosed on the side. As the device is almost exclusively operated from the wrist, this type of grip is not recommended. When Fingertip-Grip the mouse is only touched by the fingers. This allows a very precise control of the mouse.

Ergonomic mice, which guarantee a healthy use, seem at first quite strange. Among other things, “vertical mice” are offered. The devices are larger and more misshapen than conventional mice. The keys are not on the top, but on the side. However, they are not suitable for gaming.

The ergonomics for gaming

Ergonomics not only plays an important role for “health”, but of course also for handling and mouse feel. It determines how quickly, precisely and safely it can be moved by hand. If you move it rather with your hand lying flat on it, does your thumb steer against it firmly or do you push the mouse more with the ball of your hand? Precision is especially important for shooters, the mouse is the weapon of the gamers, so it depends on the subtleties. What suits you better personally is best to try out. A new type of grip usually requires a longer adaptation period, but can also prove to be better.

If you decide on a grip type, should you consider how much DPI you usually use, are you a fine tuner or a gross motorist? Is it possible to move the mouse equally well in all directions or to move it downwards or to one side less well? The best thing to do is to get your hands on something in the shop. If you want to see with which settings and which mice the pros play, you can take a look at this popular list for CS:GO.

The models on the market differ in size and shape, as can be seen in the following overview. What do you prefer?

Mice with error-free sensor, source: H1ghlander

The weight of the mouse

Lighter mice can be moved faster than heavier ones. Heavy mice can be guided more quietly than lighter ones. It is ultimately a question of the player’s personal preferences. Heavier mice put a lot of strain on the wrist. The mouse should be large enough to be used comfortably. In addition, the weight should be distributed fairly evenly. When selecting the mouse, the comfort offered by the device should be taken into account. If you play with little DPI, you have to lift the mouse more often, the mice should then be as light as possible.

Also available on the market are mice with additional weights that can be inserted into the mouse. Such mice offer maximum flexibility because the weight can be adjusted.

The question about the cable

This is also a “question of faith”. The fact is that wired mice are a few milliseconds faster than their wireless pendants. However, this does not result in any advantages or disadvantages for the ordinary player. The advantage in the millisecond range is to be considered at most with professional players in the range of very reaction-intensive games. For the average person, it is simply irrelevant whether the mouse is wired or wireless. A cable-free mouse offers more comfort, you can take it with you to the couch and it won’t get tangled up anywhere. But if the battery is empty or the driver causes problems, then the screaming in the middle of the game is often big.

One thing is certain: all good players and all top-class mice serve the cable segment, but it is more relaxed without it. If you don’t want the cable to hang, a mouse bungee can help. Cable sheathing is a must for good mice. If possible, the connections should be gold-plated to ensure better contact over a longer period of time.

Optical or laser sensor

Optical Mice work with an LED. In most cases, a mouse pad is required in order to use these precisely and without complications. Laser mice, on the other hand, work with a laser diode. The laser mouse is to be understood as a “further development” of the conventional optical mouse. In contrast to this, it can be used on numerous surfaces. In addition, the laser mouse consumes less power and often works more precisely.  But be careful, this rule is to be enjoyed with exceptions. Each manufacturer uses their own designations for the sensors, which makes it difficult to maintain an overview. Take a close look at which sensor your dream mouse has and compare on the Internet.

Der Aufbau eines optischen Sensors, Quelle: Agilent

DPI / CPI

The values DPI (dots per inch) or CPI (counts per inch) indicate how far the cursor moves on the screen when the mouse is moved one inch (inches) . At a DPI value of 1,000, the cursor moves 1,000 pixels on the screen when the mouse is moved one inch – 2.54 centimeters – in reality.

A good gaming mouse is – contrary to popular opinion – not characterized by the highest possible DPI value. The mouse only needs to actually have a DPI value that covers the user’s needs. This goal is reached at about 1,600 DPI in most cases. No human needs mice with – for example – 10,000 DPI. Much more than a high DPI value, the easy adjustability of this value distinguishes a good gaming mouse. The highest possible DPI value is specified – lower values can be set. In gaming, it makes sense to select a mouse whose DPI value can be set in steps of 200 (or less). For each game you need a different DPI value. The following applies: The higher the DPI value, the faster the cursor moves. But the precision suffers from this.

Polling rate

The polling rate indicates – in layman’s terms – the speed of communication between mouse and driver. The higher the polling rate, the more often the driver “polls” the mouse. The more frequently this query is made, the faster mouse movements and keystrokes are processed. So if the speed is important, mice with higher polling rates are to be preferred. Mice with lower polling rates such as 125 “stutter”, i.e. transmissions, occasionally stop. It should be noted, however, that an extremely high polling rate can overload the driver – in this case, the mouse requests would be processed late. In practice, the polling rate is irrelevant in most cases. However, if you are looking for an extremely fast response, as your favorite games require enormous speed, you should choose a mouse with a high polling rate.

Mouse correction

The mouse correction, also called Angle-Snapping or Mouse Prediction, is especially useful in graphics programs. This is a function to “falsify” the actual mouse movement. If the mouse detects that a straight line is being drawn, it will hide all other incoming signals and keep the cursor on the straight line. The drawn mouse line is smoothed artificially, so to speak. In the gaming sector, such a mouse correction is an enormous obstacle. If you try to move the mouse precisely, the mouse correction may intervene and prevent it. For this reason the mouse correction should be able to be deactivated at least in the mouse driver.

What better way to try and illustrate this than with Paint?

Medium Angle-Snapping compared to none at Roccat Kone Aimo

Lift-Off-Distance

The Lift-Off-Distance indicates the distance that the mouse sensor must be at to the ground to stop scanning. This value is especially interesting for players who lift the mouse and reposition it. With an unlimited lift-off distance value, this new placement would lead to unwanted and uncontrolled cursor movements. For gaming mice, the value should normally be between 1.5 and 1.8 millimeters.

Mouse acceleration

Mice that have integrated mouse acceleration enable the cursor to depend on the speed of the actual mouse movement. In everyday life, this means that the faster you move the mouse, the greater the distance covered by the cursor on the screen. It is therefore an artificial acceleration of the cursor by the sensor of the mouse.

In gaming, mouse acceleration is usually not desired. The average player wants to achieve an exact reproduction of his mouse movements for highest precision. However, if the sensor has a mouse acceleration, this intentionally falsifies the transmission. This results in an unnatural movement in the game. In the gaming sector, such mouse acceleration is strongly discouraged. If you want to aim quickly (which often happens), you shoot “over and above the target”.

The mouse wheel, the third button of a gaming mouse

In everyday life, the mouse wheel is mostly only used for scrolling. In addition, however, it can be used as a third mouse button and can be assigned additional functions in numerous games. In the gaming area, you should pay particular attention to the fact that the grid of the mouse wheel can be adjusted. The sensitivity of the mouse wheel should also be easy to adjust. We recommend a 4-axle mouse wheel (e.g. Roccat Titan Wheel), which can also be operated to the left or right. This is very useful for graphics or video editing or for scrolling in documents.

A mouse wheel should have as frequent a sampling rate as possible, i.e. it should only have to be turned a little to trigger it, e.g. to deliver precision for jumps in CS:GO. Letting go can then be timed better. With some models the mouse wheel starts to squeak at some point, so pay attention to quality. It should not be too close to the mouse, but should not protrude too far, because otherwise you would have to put other fingers down when operating the mouse.

Switches & Surface

Regarding switches (left and right mouse buttons), an average gaming mouse should usually have Omron switches and a lifetime of 20 to 30 million clicks. Almost every gaming mouse available on the market meets these requirements. But some manufacturers offer even more. The pressure points on a mouse must also be taken into account: are they too fast or too slow – do they trigger too early or too late? That may sound petty at first, but it’s almost the most important thing when you click in the millions with a mouse.

The coating of a mouse is part of ergonomics. If it gets stressful during gaming or too hot in summer, the mouse should be able to tolerate hand perspiration without becoming slippery or detached.

Additional keys

“Normal” mice only have two buttons and a mouse wheel. Gaming mice, on the other hand, can have numerous additional keys that can be assigned to a wide variety of commands. Almost every gaming mouse has two additional thumb buttons. However, some models have up to ten different keys on one side of the mouse – these are structured like the number keys of a conventional mobile phone. In the various games, each key can be assigned a command. Normally most commands are on the keyboard. However, this can be changed. Experienced players can execute numerous commands within fractions of a second using the additional buttons on the mouse. Especially for fans of online role-playing games, a mouse with many additional keys is a good choice. With shooters, on the other hand, you don’t usually need the additional keys.

Mouse buttons are nice to have. However, the question arises as to what can actually be achieved with them. The developers work together with the game manufacturers to create as many unusual and useful features as possible. It’s hardly worth mentioning an additional mouse button to place a macro on it or a simple command like replacing a keyboard key these days. Mouse buttons should not be disturbing during operation. Can all additional keys be easily reached and haptically distinguished from each other? After all, you don’t like to get lost in a game with abilities. An application from 6 keys usually means only 3 additional keys. In the ideal case, the keys can be reached comfortably with the thumb and the mouse can also be moved easily via the mouse pad during operation.

Software & lighting

Almost all well-known hardware manufacturers also offer a corresponding driver for a gaming mouse. Here is a competition between features and gadgets, which can be implemented with this. It is important that a mouse driver is clearly arranged. All “technical terms” should be briefly explained again – in German as well. Settings like mouse wheel speed, DPI, angle snapping, a simple macro recording, many additional features and lighting characterize a useful mouse. A driver should be reliable, simple and offer as many functions as possible. It also makes sense to be able to choose between different profiles. Depending on the area of application, a push of a button is all it takes to adjust the settings to the new game or area. However, some manufacturers also like to obsolete their software, so make sure that your brand will continue to update the driver in the future (e.g. for new games).

With more and more models, the lighting is one of the possible settings of the software. From flickering to breathing, almost everything is there, and most of the time in 16,8 million possible colors. This can look nice, especially if you can configure it according to your own wishes. One should not be “dazzled” by the lights on the mouse, especially not when buying! It has a LAN style factor, but usually you look at the monitor while gaming.

Further useful links on the topic:

  • An overview of popular mice: her
  • An overview of all sensors: her
  • If you want to study the topic, you can here stop by.

Our recommendations – The best gaming mice 2019

If you’re still not sure which mouse might be the right one for you and are looking for a mouse recommendation, we’ve put together some mice for you below. Please note that these are subjective decisions. If you can recommend another gaming mouse, we would be happy to hear from you. If you have any questions, they are also welcome – we will be happy to help you find the perfect mouse for you.

The best gaming mice up to 50 Euro

SteelSeries Rival 3 Gaming Maus
SteelSeries Rival 3 Gaming Maus*
by SteelSeries
  • Außerst robuste Materialien - mit hochwertigem polymer für eine lange Lebensdauer
  • mechanische Schalter für 60 Millionen Klicks - solides Gefühl vom ersten bis zum letzten Klick
  • truemove Core optischer gaming-sensor - echtes 1-zu-1-tracking, 8. 500 cpi, 300 ips, 35g-beschleunigung
  • komfortable ergonomische Konstruktion - Ergonomisches Design für Komfort bei intensiven Spielsessions
  • brillante prismabeleuchtung - neu gestaltete Beleuchtung bietet 3 Zonen mit 16, 8 Millionen wunderschönen, gestochen scharfen Farben
Für Ein Optische Gaming Maus Steelseries Rival 100 62341 Rechts
Für Ein Optische Gaming Maus Steelseries Rival 10*
by LOGICOOL
  • Neu,
  • Produktart: Nicht zutreffend
 Price: € 70.32 Buy now*
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Trust GXT 180 Kusan Gaming Maus (100-5000 DPI, 6 programmierbaren Tasten, USB, CO-development Epsilon Esports) schwarz
Trust GXT 180 Kusan Gaming Maus (100-5000 DPI, 6 p*
by Trust
  • Hochpräziser optischer Sensor mit max. 5,000 DPI. 6 reaktionsschnelle und programmierbare Tasten
  • Onboard-Speicher zum Speichern von 5 Gaming-Profilen. Individuell anpassbare RGB-Beleuchtung
  • Hochentwickelte Software für die Programmierung von Tasten und Beleuchtung. Ergonomisches, leichtes Design
  • Gemeinsam mit professionellen eSportlern von Epsilon eSports entwickelt
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The best gaming mice up to 100 Euro

Razer Basilisk - Ergonomische FPS Gaming Maus (Abnehmbare DPI-Schaltung, Anpassbarer Mausrad-Widerstand, Optischer 5G-Sensor mit 16.000 DPI, Mechanische Maus-Schalter & Razer Chroma RGB)
Razer Basilisk - Ergonomische FPS Gaming Maus (Abn*
by Razer Inc.
  • Gamer Maus; Optischer 5G-Sensor mit echten 16.000 DPI
  • Anpassbarer Mausrad-Widerstand für eine individuelle Anpassung der Empfindlichkeit
  • FPS-Maus mit abnehmbarer DPI-Schaltung zur vorübergehenden Anpassung der Empfindlichkeit
  • Mechanische Maus-Schalter von Razer extra widerstandsfähig - bis zu 50 Millionen Klicks
  • Shooter Maus mit optimierte Auslösungsgeschwindigkeit für ein Höchstmaß an Reaktionsgeschwindigkeit
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Razer Lancehead - Beidhändige Kabellose Gaming Maus (AFT-Sensor, Ergonomischer Formfaktor, 16.000 DPI Gaming-Sensor, Mechanische Maus-Schalter und Chroma RGB Beleuchtung)
Razer Lancehead - Beidhändige Kabellose Gaming Ma*
by Razer Inc.
  • Kabellose Performance in Gaming-Qualität
  • Unser 5G-Laser-Sensor zeichnet sich durch 16.000 DPI und Tracking mit 250 Zoll pro Sekunde (IPS) aus, wodurch die Razer Lancehead den offensichtlichen Vorteil verschafft.
  • Powered by Razer Synapse Pro; Integrierter Hybrid- sowie Cloud-Speicher
  • Für Gaming optimierte Mechanische Maus-Schalter von Razer; Extra widerstandsfähig - bis zu 50 Millionen Klicks
  • Razer Chroma Beleuchtung; Mit 16,8 Millionen anpassbaren Farboptionen
  • Geräteübergreifende Farbsynchronisierung
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The best gaming mice over 100 Euro

SteelSeries Rival 650
SteelSeries Rival 650*

Die nächste Stufe kabelloser Präzision Die erste voll und ganz auf Performance ausgelegte kabellose Gaming-Maus ist da. Die Rival 650 Wireless bietet verlustfreie Leistung mit 1 ms dank der Quantum WirelessTM-Technologie, blitzschnelles Laden und den präzisesten Gaming-Sensor aller Zeiten. Quantum WirelessTM Schnelles Laden. 1 ms Latenz. Polling bei 1.000 Hz. Optisches System TrueMove3+ 2 Senso...

SteelSeries Rival 710
SteelSeries Rival 710*

Die fortgeschrittenste Gaming-Maus der Welt Die Rival 710 ist die einzige Maus mit OLED-Anzeige, Taktilfeedback und dem präzisesten Sensor aller Zeiten. Anpassbare OLED-Anzeige Visuelle Benachrichtigungen. Game-Statistiken. Tastenzuweisungen. Warnungen per Vibration Taktilbenachrichtigungen. Sofort einsehbare Hinweise zum Game. Angepasste Vibrationsmuster. Optischer Sensor TrueMove3 Echtes 1-zu-1...

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE - kabellose Gaming-Maus
Corsair Dark Core RGB SE - kabellose Gaming-Maus*

› 9 Tasten | 2-Wege-Scrollrad › Sensor: Pixart PMW-3367 | 16.000 dpi › Gewicht: 128 g › Ergonomisch, RGB-Beleuchtung, integrierter Speicher

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The best wireless gaming mice

SteelSeries Rival 650
SteelSeries Rival 650*

Die nächste Stufe kabelloser Präzision Die erste voll und ganz auf Performance ausgelegte kabellose Gaming-Maus ist da. Die Rival 650 Wireless bietet verlustfreie Leistung mit 1 ms dank der Quantum WirelessTM-Technologie, blitzschnelles Laden und den präzisesten Gaming-Sensor aller Zeiten. Quantum WirelessTM Schnelles Laden. 1 ms Latenz. Polling bei 1.000 Hz. Optisches System TrueMove3+ 2 Senso...

Razer Lancehead - Beidhändige Kabellose Gaming Maus (AFT-Sensor, Ergonomischer Formfaktor, 16.000 DPI Gaming-Sensor, Mechanische Maus-Schalter und Chroma RGB Beleuchtung)
Razer Lancehead - Beidhändige Kabellose Gaming Ma*
by Razer Inc.
  • Kabellose Performance in Gaming-Qualität
  • Unser 5G-Laser-Sensor zeichnet sich durch 16.000 DPI und Tracking mit 250 Zoll pro Sekunde (IPS) aus, wodurch die Razer Lancehead den offensichtlichen Vorteil verschafft.
  • Powered by Razer Synapse Pro; Integrierter Hybrid- sowie Cloud-Speicher
  • Für Gaming optimierte Mechanische Maus-Schalter von Razer; Extra widerstandsfähig - bis zu 50 Millionen Klicks
  • Razer Chroma Beleuchtung; Mit 16,8 Millionen anpassbaren Farboptionen
  • Geräteübergreifende Farbsynchronisierung
List Price: € 99.99 You Save: € 10.99  Price: € 89.00 Jetzt bei Amazon ansehen!*
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I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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When it comes to gaming, users are becoming more and more demanding with their expectations of the small rodents. Dozens of manufacturers fill the market with their products. Every year new models and new “technical terms” are added, so you can quickly lose track of things. The research shows that the topic is more complicated than it initially seems. The Internet is full of more or less meaningful or neutral best lists and comparisons. But what are the most important tips for buying a mouse that will suit your personal preferences? Here we want to summarize the most important characteristics for you. We solve the jungle of terms and answer the question what is important when buying a Gaming-Mouse.
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