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Im looking to get a new mouse. It will be used for gaming, school work, general use...I know DPI is the main thing to look for, but I have a few questions:

How much DPI do you really need for gaming? I play FPS, and RTS games and have gotten by with these cheapo Microsoft lazer mice for years, using a fingertip grip. Not sure what kind of DPI it has, can't imagine it being over 800. What difference would I feel between this stock mouse, and something with 1800, 3200, or 6000 DPI? Do you really need that much sensitivity?

Any product recommendations would also be nice, preferably from newegg.ca as I will be ordering most of my new rig from there.
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I just ordered a G500, but I had a G5 before. Logitech makes some good gaming mice. Check them out.
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I just ordered a G500, but I had a G5 before. Logitech makes some good gaming mice. Check them out.
Thanks. I was actually looking at that mouse. As well as the mx518 (i think thats it). Is the extra 20 dollars worth the extra DPI?

Also, can anyone tell me what is the difference between optical LED and Laser?
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classic but awesome...Logitech MX518

LED (aka optical) vs Laser:
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6331214_di...er-mouse_.html

optical is the old technology, whereas the Laser is newer, faster, more precise, etc.
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Laser tracks better so it will be more accurate. As for the MX518 and if the money is worth it, I'm not sure.
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Originally Posted by TheSchlaf View Post
Laser tracks better so it will be more accurate. As for the MX518 and if the money is worth it, I'm not sure.
I'll agree to disagree.

Laser tracking is much more advanced and tends to pick up everything between the mouse and the pad. That's good rite? Well, not really. Because it picks up everything, any fiber or dust that gets in between the sensor and the surface will cause the mouse to malfunction or loose control at a much earlier speed. And no offense, but the technology needs more work considering there isn't a laser sensor on this planet that can track as consistent as an optical.

Current generation laser sensors tend to have acceleration and z-axis issues. Older generation laser mice tend to malfunction at a much earlier speed compared to their optical competition.


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Originally Posted by grassh0ppa View Post
Im looking to get a new mouse. It will be used for gaming, school work, general use...I know DPI is the main thing to look for
DPI is the last thing you should base your decisions off of.

Body shape, grip, playing style, sensor quality/performance are the important factors.
Edited by Skylit - 2/2/11 at 10:04am
post #9 of 20
FWIW you can use a laser mouse on a glass table, vs optical which can't.

More flexibility I'd say..
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Originally Posted by hokeyplyr48 View Post
FWIW you can use a laser mouse on a glass table, vs optical which can't.

More flexibility I'd say..
You know, I hear that a lot, but I can't for the life of me imagine using a mouse on a bare glass table. My hand usually touches the mousing surface and that would cause a lot of drag.

My $0.02: if you need a good general-purpose mouse, then something like the MX518 is excellent. It's easily among the top 10 most popular mice of all time, and for good reasons. A hardcore gamer would probably find it lacking, but those are people who actually need 3500+ DPI and 12 buttons on a mouse.
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