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Pyra, Sensei and Anywhere MX Grip style comparison

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Originally I was about to write a little rant about my latest quest for a new mouse but why not make something with a little more usable content for educational purposes?

My Pyra wireless started to double click the other day so I was in need of a replacement. I literally loved that tiny rodent to bits because of its tiny shape which is ideal for my fingertip grip style.

The most important thing for me was wireless. Seriously, I don't want to run a cable across the living room, that's what the newfangled wireless stuff is all about.
Second on the list was the size. As stated above, usually smaller means better for me. I can't stand having the mouse touch the back of my palm when dragging it backwards with my fingers so the more clearance I get in that direction, the better.
Thing is, the market for small wireless gaming mice is pretty empty these days. There was the Roccat Pyra wireless which has been discontinued quite a while ago. There's the Razer Orochi. And... well... anything more? I sure couldn't find anything from known brands that's marketed for gaming.

For reference, this is how I hold my Pyra

For these shots I've raised my palm a little so you can see where the shell ends. There's a lot of clearance between the shell and my palm, great!

First thing I've tried is the Steelseries Sensei Wireless. It's a little counter intuitive because it's got a big shell. To reach all buttons comfortably I need to grip it this way


The above is literally a palm grip for me. Now holding it with enough clearance for fingertip grip would look like this for me


Reaching the foremost thumb button is pretty hard this way. Also I'm gripping the mouse on the plastic parts behind the thumb rest so with a little sweaty hands from a longer gaming session this would probably get slippery. I like the build quality but grip style is way more important.

I've also tried the Orochi but that one has one major design flaw. The shell gets narrower from bottom to the top. Normally you have at least some indent for your fingers to grip the mouse in case you need to lift it. Not with the Orochi though. Also the shell is just plain plastic, no rubberization that would at least mitigate the odd shape.

As both the Sensei and the Orochi weren't really cutting it, I started searching further. The Orochi already clocks down to 125hz polling rate on wireless as far as I could find. Since my die-hard FPS days are long past I had a look what notebook mice were up and around and stumbled upon the Logitech Anywhere MX. My most immediate concern was its limited CPI of 1000. From earlier experiments in Q3A I knew I needed more than 800 to track every pixel on screen but so far this hasn't been an issue. This is how I'm holding it

As you see there's lots of clearance so this is a good thing.

Well, that's about it. I'm keeping the Anywhere MX and so far I'm happy with the shape. smile.gif
Edited by mosi - 4/20/15 at 11:21pm
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Oh I almost forgot, here's the whole menagerie


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A little PSA here:

I picked up a Anywhere MX in a Target's clearance bin for $15 Saturday, so there might be some others out there.
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