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post #51 of 59
Are they needed? Not at all.
Is there a good reason for buying one? Absolutely.

Now you don't need an expensive mouse to have a decent mouse - the cheapest OEM Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical 1.1 tracks well and does not have any intrusive angle snapping or acceleration built into the hardware. If you can cope with 400 DPI (fine for low resolutions) and overclock it to 500Hz or higher (my Windows 7 system could not go over 250Hz for example) then it will handle higher speeds reasonably well.

There are plenty of crap cheap mice, and even plenty of crap gaming mice out there that have forced angle snapping, interpolation, jitter/tracking issues, acceleration problems however.

A good optical gaming mouse with a 'perfect' sensor such as the Razer Deathadder is a nice upgrade though. You get extra buttons with additional functionality. Even just for browsing the internet, I like to have back/forward buttons on the side of my mouse, and I do like to have at least three buttons (excluding the wheel) for gaming. I must say the new WoW mice are intriguing, if only because I can't fathom how 18+ buttons are necessary or even useful when your other hand is on a keyboard.

With a good gaming mouse, you are guaranteed to have good tracking on most surfaces, no acceleration, no interpolation and it will handle very high speeds without issue for people that play with low sensitivities.

Having a high DPI/CPI is not so important. Technically it may be more precise, but the majority of pro gamers still play with 400 DPI mice, and unless you are at very high resolutions on a 30" monitor or a triple-screen setup, there's really no reason to go beyond about 1800 DPI.

Most people (not everyone) that uses their mice at speeds above 1800 DPI do not have it set correctly so that one mouse count = one movement on the screen. They misguidedly use the maximum DPI/CPI and then turn down either the Windows sensitivity (terrible) or the mouse driver's sensitivity (less bad) which skips/interpolates high mouse counts to lower values.

It is far more effective and accurate to set your mouse speed using either the DPI/CPI control or in-game sensitivity. That way the game gets all the mouse inputs and can decide what to do with them. The problem now is that rather than offering the traditional 400/800/1600, 450/900/1800 DPI etc. many mice now offer a completely flexible DPI setting that allows you to set what you want, when the only true settings are in 90/100/200 DPI steps (with nothing telling you that it's the case) and all other values being interpolated.


A gaming mouse may have ergonomics that better suit your style of mousing or hand size, they generally glide better and you will have no problems setting higher mouse polling rates as 500/1000Hz options usually exist in the drivers. (most systems cannot do 1000Hz correctly so I would recommend 500Hz)

If you like the shape/size of it, a deathadder would be a good choice in my opinion. It's an optical mouse with great tracking and no issues with the latest firmware update and it's not that expensive. There is a new 'black edition' as well if you don't like the glowing lights and glossy plastic sides, though it does cost a fair bit more.

I would recommend against going out and buying any laser mouse for what it's worth. Now there are some good laser mice out there, but I find that the quality is far less consistent than optical mice. It seems to be difficult to make a laser mouse that tracks as well as an optical mouse without introducing other problems. Make sure you read up on the model before you make a decision on one.
post #52 of 59
They are usually much more comfortable, have more options, better tracking, etc. They are definitely not needed but I am glad to have one as it fits my hand almost perfectly, lets me change dpi with the touch of a button and has a nice feel with no tracking problems.
post #53 of 59
I feel like they're probably more of a fashion statement than anything else.

Didn't stop me from buying a Kone+ though
    
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I think mice are over rated because of one simple face. I run a Very cheap 7 dollar mouse from walmart "Logitech SBF-96" & I replaced the skates on the bottom of the mouse & this thing honestly is just as fast & accurate as my MX518

Im not kidding its really fast & smooth doesnt skip a beat at all.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Logitech-S...Mouse/11017015
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post #55 of 59
It's all for comfort and more buttons.
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post #56 of 59
Needed? No.

Nice? Yes.

Makes you a better gamer? No.
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post #57 of 59
mmm not sure if its worth it.
im looking into buying a razer naga, for the extra buttons.
but trying to justify $120 on a mouse.

been useing a generic usb mouse i found on the side of the road O.O haha
    
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post #58 of 59
How many of the professional gamers use a 5$ dell mouse? NONE

so are they needed for progamers, YES

Are they needed for you, Probally not

You simply can't get a accurate enough and responsive enough mouse that isn't a gaming mouse. Theres nothing worse than losing a game because your mouse isn't accurate enough
post #59 of 59
No. The most common mouse in the professional gaming industry I believe is the Microsoft Intellimouse. People simply choose gaming mice for remappable buttons, dpi/sensitivity and shape.
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