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These are my current mouse and mouse pad rankings as I've been through quite a few in recent times looking for the best performers.

Of course a lot of it is subjective, but perhaps it will help someone decide. I've been sticking to known good products without crap sensors, and I try to give every mouse and surface 3-4 days to see how it performs.


Mice:

1. Zowie EC1 eVo - Awesome shape and grip plenty of room for all digits (feels like a bigger IME), no drivers or software required. I go back to the DeathAdder 2013 at times out of familiarity, but this is the best mouse I've used so far. I actually like the tangle free but not braided cord. Requires one of the faster/textured mouse pads imo due to the large feet.
2. Death Adder 2013 - Mouse feels great to grip and use. Classic Death Adder, just improved with the texture and pads on the sides. Synapse garbage software is required though. I have had three Death Adders, none has ever given me a problem.
3. Razer Deathadder Black Edition - Awesome all around mouse, can use old driver. Only thing I don't like is because of the coating I tend to hold it at an angle rather than straight to keep a good grip.
4. Bloody Ultra Core v3 - Macro controversy aside, I really like the mouse as it is. Has a decent sensor (Pixart 3305dk), shaped similar to a death adder, but taller and more V to it.
5. Razer Deathadder 3.5G - Good but sides lack grip. Suggest DA Black Edition instead.
6. Logitech G400 - Cheap and accurate, but don't like the shape (ledge is badly placed), if you use your middle finger on the right mouse button, there is nowhere comfortable to put your ring finger and grip. Scroll wheel sucks, and bad cord.
7. Logitech MX518 - As above. Rad in 2003 or whatever, but the death adder is much better imo.

Of course had a bunch of older mice like IME, WMO, G5, and some lasers, but not included for relevance.


Mouse pads:
(I currently play 40cm/360, so the 17" pads will work great for a game like CS or Battlefield, but sometimes feel like a bit more room for a high movement game like Shootmania would be nice, they all will work though):

1. Steelseries QCK+ - Strangely, the cheapest pad I have is the one I keep using. Has just the right balance of speed vs. stopping/friction. Really like the size and thinness as well as you can put it right up to the edge of the desk.
2. Zowie GT-F Speed - This pad is cloth, but kind of a hard pad like surface, really fast, but somehow controllable as well. Stitched edges, great backing that sticks like glue. Awesome water resistant surface. If this were a bit bigger it would be number one.
3. Artisan Hien Soft L - Great surface, best backing, just wish it was just a tad bigger and less expensive. Initial movement is a little slow, but has a really nice glide and accurate. The rough texture doesn't bother my skin. If you like thick mouse pads, these Aritsan are the best, the foam they use doesn't have all of the air bubbles you see in a normal mousepad giving it a comfortable but consistent feel.
4. Razer Goliathus Control Extended - BIG! 3ft. long so I never see the edge, nice stiched edges, The name is a bit of a misnomer as the pad is quite fast with it's textured material, but this roughness sometimes feels like your in or out of groove when trying to be precise. Green paint is bad as it's ugly and you can feel it.
5. Artisan Hayate L - This is a very unique and fast surface. Many people like this, but I didn't like the lack of friction to stop. Always has that slightly out of control feeling for me.
6. Razer Goliathus Speed Extended - BIG! 3ft. long so I never see the edge, nice stiched edges Speed feels somewhere between the QCK and Puretrak, so fast but controllable. I can't use it as my palm/pinky kind of stick to it. If you have dry hands or don't drag may be okay.
7. Steel Series 9HD - Good hard pad but too small to play low sens. Prepare to buy a bunch of mouse feet.
8. Puretrak Talent - 19"x14" is an amazing size, surface has a really silky feel, I can't use it as my palm/pinky kind of stick to it. If you have dry hands or don't drag may be okay.

Before this I mainly used X-trac hard and cloth pads or Func 1030 which were good in their day.


Mouse Feet:
On the mice, most of them have stock feet, but the top three I have installed hyperglides or zowie speedy skatez which are amazing. Puretrak mouse feet are garbage, Pureglides are bad material that don't glide well, and the HD version are too thick and not rounded at all, just cut out of a sheet.


Some Pics:



The G400 I threw away after trying to shave the ledge off, 3.5 my bro has, and the bloody mouse no pics because it is a rage inducer. smile.gif



If you have some questions lemme know! I can take some pictures/video if needed to compare, but there's a bunch of info out there, just trying to put it together.
More mouse info here http://www.a2vgaming.com/forum/m/12435064/viewthread/6766100-mouse-thread
Edited by pigmY - 5/23/13 at 4:12pm
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Zowie EC1 eVo & SteelSeries QCK+ Master Race checking in.

I do want to get the QCK Heavy though.
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Originally Posted by Remmib View Post

Zowie EC1 eVo & SteelSeries QCK+ Master Race checking in.

I do want to get the QCK Heavy though.

Truly an awesome combo! Have you tried the GT-Speed pad? It's amazing as well.

I've found i don't like the thick pads like the heavy all that much, but I might have to try it just cause. biggrin.gif
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Cool pics, thanks for the share!
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Thanks for sharing , i would like you to try zowie am \ fk and share your thoughts about them biggrin.gif
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