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I have a few ideas up in the old noggin for a sort of mouse roundup kinda thing. Now my biggest issue with mouse reviews is they are all pretty subjective. I know pass mark has a polling rate test but is there any other way to really objectively test mice? Thanks for the help and ideas guys.
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To test something like acceleration, you would need something that can track the physical movement in mouse, so that the physical movement can be compared to the digital movement.

something like this http://www.esreality.com/?a=longpost&id=1265679&page=3

There was also a program that let you test mouse smoothness, polling rate and some other things, which I cannot find the link to anymore.
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I saw the program you were talking about. And it was proven to be inaccurate so that is off the table.
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post #4 of 5
There are subjective reviews? What else is new?
A review will always be subjective, otherwise it would be a test as in an experiment that follows criteria like reliability, validity,comprehensiveness et cet. If you happen to have seen the clip about logitech you noticed the sophisticated custom-built devices they have just to test their mice. You then also know that every mouse - much like any electronic device - is a collection of compromises to reach a broad user base, keep costs in reasonable ranges et cet. That's why - when it comes to subjective reviews - you don't run out and purchase something some nobody in a YouTube clip praised over sliced bread but stick to trusted sources whose opinion and conclusions have proven valid (to you!) in the past.

That said, objectively testing mice is way too expensive for reviewers, and I doubt of any importance or relevance to even the most ambitious gamer. Seeing that pros apparently can put up quite fine with nearly anything their sponsor asks them to use, it should be no problem for use average Joes.
Edited by phl0w - 6/11/13 at 1:39am
post #5 of 5
It's possible, though I can't see it done by modern reviewer methodology.

Logitech's custom hardware setup is probably the closest one would get to objective measurement, though even their results will variate extensively.
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