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I’m looking for some mouse recommendations to fit my hand and grip style. I’ve been going through mice like underwear and it’s starting to get frustrating and not only that costly, but I have yet to find that perfect mouse.

  • I have medium sized hands. Somewhat shorter bug thicker fingers. Stubby thumb.
  • I have a cross between claw and fingertip grip. My palm doesn’t ever rest on the mouse, and I typically make a you shape with my pinky and ring finger (stacked on top of each other) on the right side, and my thumb on the left. With my index and middle finger on top. Palm sits on the mouse pad with my pivot point being that little bone on the right side of your palm.
  • I use Steelseries Heavy Qck as my mouse pad. I need cloth for the friction. My hands have always had a slight tremor and it helps with precision.

The two mice that I have and love from a tracking standpoint are:
  1. Sensei [Raw]
  2. Roccat Savu


But the problem I have with both of these is the way it fits my hand. The Sensei is almost perfect, but because it’s ambidextrous the right side comes in too much and my pinky never grips the side. When I force it, my hand/pinky tend to cramp up and ache. So the contact point ends up being the first knuckle on my pinky and even sometimes the first knuckle on my ring finger right where it starts to taper in on the right. So I always feel like it’s a tad unstable on the right side. Posted picture below. I'm at work and using a Xai, but the shape is the same. You can sort of see that my pinky just doesn't rest very well and there is always a small gap between my pinky (as well as pinky drag) and the mouse.



The Roccat Savu – I love even more than the Sensei. I’ve never felt more precise in my life. The sensor and the software is just amazing. From a mechanical standpoint, hands down the best. However, two things… It’s slightly smaller than I’m use to, which I think I can get over, but the gritty sides are starting to wear off and I can feel my right ring finger and pinky slip when I’m doing forward/backward motions. I even thought about modifying it somehow to help with the grip.

So I’d like something on par with the tracking of either the Sensei (laser Avago 9500) or the Savu (Avago 3090), but something that fits my hand better on my right side. So these are the options that I’m looking at.
  1. Zowie Mico – Which looks promising, but also looks slightly too small from the pictures. That and I’ve heard some discouraging comments about the quality of Zowie’s mice.
  2. Zowie Evo – This one looks promising as well because it’s the same shell as the Sensei (intellimouse 3.0), but it’s a right handed version so the right side flares out.
  3. Logitech G9X – This one seems to be a true and tried mouse that has been loved by so many people. It looks like it would work, and I know it’s using the Avago 9500, but probably doesn’t have the same tracking as the Sensei. I think Steelseries used a firmware of some sort to update the sensor for slightly better tracking.

I think that’s everything. If you know of any other mice that would be a good fit please let me know and if you think one of the three listed would suit me the best please don’t hesitate to tell me. I’m pulling my hair out and getting balder by the minute.
Edited by pickL3s - 5/29/13 at 1:46pm
post #2 of 7
Having used all of these mice except the Savu, I can tell you the Xai tracks better than Sensei. The Sensei cursor feels much more digitally altered than the Xai does (probably something to do with that dumb, on-board ARM chip). I would rate them as follows for tracking:

1) Xai
2) G9x
3) Sensei

The Xai is really the only Avago 9500 mouse I've used that I feel is usable for FPS games. The only problem is it's HUGELY buggy firmware that just flips out anytime you change a setting, plus it gets detected as a USB storage device, which might cause other issues.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by r0ach View Post

Having used all of these mice except the Savu, I can tell you the Xai tracks better than Sensei. The Sensei cursor feels much more digitally altered than the Xai does (probably something to do with that dumb, on-board ARM chip). I would rate them as follows for tracking:

1) Xai
2) G9x
3) Sensei

The Xai is really the only Avago 9500 mouse I've used that I feel is usable for FPS games. The only problem is it's HUGELY buggy firmware that just flips out anytime you change a setting, plus it gets detected as a USB storage device, which might cause other issues.

Hmmm... I was under the assumption that the Sensei tracked slightly better, but the truth is, I didn't run any side by side comparisons tests. However, I can completely vouch for the Xai software! Garbage..lol. I have the same problems.

Out of the ones you listed, which do you like best for hand grip? BTW, I typically play SC2 more than anything else.

Thanks for your feedback!
post #4 of 7
If the only thing bothering you about the Sensei shape is the inward indent on the sides, you might want to have a look at Zowie AM too. It's narrower and doesn't have the indents, while keeps the ambidextrous shape.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by fengshaun View Post

If the only thing bothering you about the Sensei shape is the inward indent on the sides, you might want to have a look at Zowie AM too. It's narrower and doesn't have the indents, while keeps the ambidextrous shape.
Will do, thank you! I’m also going to look at the new Roccat Kone Pure Optical, that looks pretty promising. I’m going to go down to my local store and see with the regular Kone Pure feels like. I think they have a demo out there. I’m going to find me that perfect mouse!!

My only hesitation about Zowie is hear their customer service is crap. I don’t know that first hand, but I’ve been hearing it pretty consistently.
post #6 of 7
Look into the logitech mouses, they are a bit wider than sensei. I personally had this problem with my sensei, but i got used to a new, more of an claw grip quite quick biggrin.gif
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Well, I went in a completely different direction! I was at fry's and came across CM Storm Spawn and played around with it for at least 20 minutes. Fell in love with the shape. Completely different than anything else I've tried to use. Did some research... made sure it was a good sensor and all the bugs were worked out. Then, went ahead and bought it. Well after playing with it for a 2 days, I'm loving it so far. The software isn't as slick as Roccat's or Steelseries, but between a nice solid sensor and the shape, I'm sold. No hand pains yet smile.gif My age is creeping up on me frown.gif

Will keep you updated. Not completely convinced yet, but pretty damn close.

Thanks for all the recommendations...
Edited by pickL3s - 6/8/13 at 9:32pm
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