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Best Gaming Mouse of 2011
Written by Lyth0s   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 14:27

Best Gaming Mouse of 2011



The Right Gaming Mouse

If you’re serious about gaming, then you know that it’s the little things that make a big difference to your performance. For gamers, every part of the system needs to be optimized, and that means investing in the best. The faster you can get your system to run, the less lag you have, and the better your gaming performance can be. You need the fastest processor, the fastest memory, the best video card and the fastest modem. Every component can make a difference, even your mouse. Over the last few years, gamers have been spoiled for choice with a growing range of specialist gaming mice that are designed to provide custom control and a faster response when you need it most. Whether you’re playing at home, online, or at a LAN, you want speed, precision, control, and comfort, and the latest generation of gaming mice provide all 4. Here we bring you four of the best gaming mice on the market, to help you pick the right one for you.

BUDGET CHOICE: Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse

Available from just $35.50, the Microsoft SideWinder has features that you would expect for twice the price. It has been designed completely for gamers, and comes with everything you need to enjoy an enhanced experience whatever your game.

Features

The Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse is designed to be as flexible as possible, and to support as many different gaming styles as you want. It features 5 configurable buttons to suit the game you’re playing, and a choice of 3 different DPI settings of 400, 800 or 2000 DPI at the touch of a button for precise control in all situations. At 1.6lb and 5 inches long, the mouse feels substantial in your hand, and has an ergonomic shape that should fit in most hands comfortably. As you’d expect from a dedicated gaming mouse, the SideWinder can be programmed to follow a custom set of instructions with a single button press, which can make a big difference at stressful moments during a game. One major advantage of the Microsoft SideWinder is the built in LCD screen, which provides at a glance information about the current settings. Given the price, it’s no surprise that the Microsoft SideWinder is a wired mouse, but thanks to clever design, the cable does not get in the way at crucial moments.

INTERMEDIATE CHOICE: Logitech G9X Programmable Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G9X Gaming Mouse is designed to be as configurable as possible in order to make it your first choice. The entire philosophy around the mouse is that it should have a flexible design that gives you as much control over your experience as possible whenever you use it. As you would expect from a gaming mouse, it uses laser precision for tracking motion and thanks to a clever algorithm, it sets the actual levels of precision on the fly dependent on your usage, giving a different DPI at different speeds making it a more natural experience than other gaming mice.

Features

As stated above, the Logitech G9X is completely customizable straight out of the box. This gaming mouse comes with an adjustible DPI from 200 to 5000 DPI. You can choose from a variety of different grip styles to ensure you get a comfortable experience whenever you play. Although the standard weight is listed as 1.3lb, making it a lighter option than the Microsoft SideWinder, the Logitech G9X comes complete with a custom weight set that you can fit onto the mouse in order to get it to the best level for you and to make sure that you don’t need to compromise on either speed or comfort when it comes to playing. Onboard memory allows 5 different gaming profiles to be set within the mouse for different games, and you can also pre-set the LED lighting on the mouse itself to match up with the rest of your team during events, or just to reflect your personality when playing at home.

STYLE CHOICE: Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse

Looking more like something from inside a game than a desktop tool, the striking design of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is completely different than any other gaming mouse on test. It has been designed entirely with gamers in mind, but don’t be fooled by the exterior. This is not just a pretty boy mouse; it’s a solid, advanced gaming machine that has a mind blowing 5600 DPI that is certain to give you the advantage when you play! With a solid metal frame, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is hardcore, and feels really substantial. The 1.85lb weight is the heaviest on test, but thanks to the design of the base, it feels lighter in use, and is comfortable over long periods of time.

Features

The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 can be programmed for most functions including macros, and has custom resolution for different gaming environments. Multiple buttons and an easy set up process mean that you can get online and gaming quickly with this mouse. To a certain extent, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is all about the striking exterior, and many gamers will buy it simply based on looks, but they won’t be disappointed by the performance either thanks to its responsive laser tracking, 5600 DPI, reliable buttons, and overall quality.

BEST IN CLASS: Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse

If you’re simply in the market for the best gaming mouse on the market, the Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse is probably the one for you. An evolution of one of the most popular gaming mice of the last few years, this latest iteration is already very popular with gamers in spite of a price tag that is twice that of the Logitech G9X. The Razer Naga Epic comes with no less than 17 completely programmable buttons, making it a great choice for anyone who doesn’t want the inconvenience of a separate gaming pad. It’s optimized for online gaming, and can be set up quickly and easily depending on your needs. What marks the Razer Naga Epic out from the competing mice in this article is the fact that rather than being wired, it is actually wireless. A lot of gamers do avoid wireless mice, because they have a tendency to either run out of batteries, or simply lose signal at a critical time. That’s not the case with the Razer Naga Epic; it has gaming grade software built in that allows it to maintain a signal consistently throughout your session, and recharges quickly when you need it. If you’re running the mouse in longer sessions, you can switch instantly to wired mode so that you can charge it while still playing, and without any down time. As you’d expect from a product aimed at serious gamers, the Razer Naga Epic has been designed to be customizable to reflect your individual personality. Interchangeable panels, and a custom thumb grid for in game control mean that you can set up the mouse for comfort on longer sessions, and have a mouse that feels great and is effective.

Summary

In an ideal world, we’d all like to own the Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse, because it really lives up to its name, and stands out amongst the other Gaming Mice on test because of its complete flexibility and support for multiple gaming types whenever you use it. On the other hand, if wireless gaming isn’t necessary, and you can get by without 17 buttons, then any one of the other 3 mice in the review would be perfect for your gaming experience, and would live up to your expectations about improving your responsiveness, and giving you that little bit of an edge when you play.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:13
 

Comments  

 
0 #9 Al 2012-06-18 19:21
Sidewinder serie have a different approach for the thumb buttons position
up/down instead of front/back, IMO it's a more natural position for thumb use.
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0 #8 Mouse 2011-11-25 05:17
But are they dishwasher-safe? :P

But in all seriousness, I am looking for gaming accessories I can run through the wash every now and again. Q-tips and rubbing alcohol don't quite satisfy my OCD anymore. I need to NUKE the sweat and food gunk off these things.
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0 #7 Line sino 2011-09-10 05:49
Great post!
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+1 #6 Rick 2011-08-22 01:07
Just got the R.A.T. 7 and i couldnt be happier. pretty much everything about this mouse is adjustable all the way down to the weight. EPIC if you ask me
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0 #5 jack 2011-08-03 12:34
The Sidewinder is a poor choice for budget mouse. Why? Because it has prediction.

I think a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 - which has a flawless sensor - is better. There is no angle snapping or prediction and no accel at normal speeds. The only problem is that it is 400 DPI but the vast majority of people do not need any more unless they use extremely high sensitivities.

If you can live with prediction, the Logitech G400 is an as good, if not better mouse than the sidewinder, IMO.
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+1 #4 metawin 2011-07-05 22:31
LythOs, The RAT 9 has 2 rechargeable batteries that last up to 8hrs each. If you don't have a wired connection and can't change the channel on your wifi router (i.e. its not yours) you may want the RAT 7 instead because if it does interfere you have to change the router channel for it to work.
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0 #3 zero.c 2011-07-04 16:14
g700 pretty handy with 13 bottons
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+1 #2 Lyth0s 2011-05-24 12:30
@G500
As far as I know the only real difference between the RAT 9 and the RAT 7 is that the RAT 9 is wireless and thus requires batteries. While some people may prefer a wireless mouse, the hassle of needing to replace batteries (especially during a gaming session) or having to worry about interference from various appliances (IE Microwaves) make the RAT 7 > RAT 9 IMO.
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0 #1 G500 2011-05-24 01:51
My personal favourite is the G9x from Logitech as it is a great mouse, but, if you want style and design then the only choice in my eyes is the Cyborg Rat 9.

You have the RAT 7 in your list?

Nice Reviews.
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