Originally Posted by Asterra
Seriously. Take a look at pics of the Razer Abyssus. What is this fascination with buttons that cover over 50% of the sides? I've got this mouse sitting on my desk now. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where to put my ring finger. There are three choices, which I'll list in order of most to least comfort (though there's not much difference in comfort between them):
1) On that 50-degree angle which is the button itself. Yeah? I can feel the surface move whenever I click it, and I have even accidentally clicked the button with my ring finger on more than one occasion. Scratch that.
2) On that 60-degree (recessed) angle below the big, gaping seam which separates the buttons from the rest of the mouse. The issue isn't the angle so much as the fact that keeping my ring finger away from that big seam requires a conscious effort, and also requires me to shove it into the mousepad. Otherwise, the joint of my finger rests on that seam and it's pretty obvious that prolonged use would engender a sore. Which brings me to
3) On the seam itself. This is where I reflexively move my ring finger every time I click the button and get that feedback reminder that I've been sitting it on the mouse button yet again. The mouse button juts out here with its extremely sharp corner.
I have been considering wearing a piece of duct tape on my ring finger because doing so would quite literally be more comfortable than using this mouse without it. So why did I buy the thing when it should have been obvious what I was getting myself into?
Because I did my research and came to the conclusion that there is no alternative out there. Not for me, at any rate. I should list my criteria:
1) Ambidextrous or left-handed.
2) NO longer than 4.5 inches. I've tested and tested. Even 4.5 inches is a trifle more than I'd like, forcing me to move my fingers a little further back on the mouse buttons than is strictly comfortable in terms of leverage, but most freaking mice tend to be 5 inches, so whatever. Even three inches wouldn't be too short for my purposes.
3) 1000Hz, or at least 500Hz. In large part for the responsiveness (but I do have another reason, almost never mentioned).
4) Good CPI. 800-1000 seems to be what I need.
5) Good LOD. 1mm ideal, 2mm acceptable. The Abyssus's flaw here can supposedly be fixed with some tape (will eventually test).
6) NO (or 100% defeatable) prediction.
7) NO (or 100% defeatable) acceleration.
8) NO OUTSTANDING ISSUES. Z-axis flaws. Bad jitter. Pixel jumping bugs. (I read about some Steelseries mouses fixing this lens bug with firmware. That'd be an interesting development.)
9) No deal-breaking design flaws such as having the sensor way in the back, or to the side, or both...
May sound like a lot, but in a nutshell all I'm asking for (besides the length) is a mouse which is modern, doesn't suck, and whose "features" can be disabled at will. I'm not even picky about extra buttons as long as they stay out of my way.
I'm hardly the only one.