Looking for a new mouse

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  1. KubeKing

    Server Staff KubeKing dan's birthday was fun too

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    Hey:

    I just wanted to post this out and get some opinions back. I'm in the market for a new mouse to use with my laptop that's in the $40-60 price range. It doesn't need to be anything special, but I'd highly prefer it to be Bluetooth-enabled if possible, and preferably available in a brick-and-mortar store.

    Thanks in advance,
    KubeKing4556
     
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  2. Shogun

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    What are you planning on doing with this mouse? Just work, or for gaming?

    EDIT: I just realized you said open ended, but it would still be kind to tell us what you plan to do so we don't recommend some $60 gaming mouse when all you plan on doing is Hammer.
     
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  3. KubeKing

    Server Staff KubeKing dan's birthday was fun too

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    Yeah, I definitely should've been clearer. I'm looking for a mouse that would work well for gaming, but wouldn't be restricted to it (so no, not 50 function buttons jutting out the side). I also do some 3D animation and modeling, if that's any help to the search.
     
  4. Shogun

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153115

    Because I love Razer, I'd recommend the Razer Orochi 2013. It's sort of like a squashed Deathadder, with only 2 function buttons on the side and besides that it's a just like a regular mouse. The "keys" are really high quality too. You can unplug it from the cord to make it wireless, and seeing that you said you preffered wireless I'm assuming you'd use it that way. It's at the top of your price range though, but Newegg has tons of sales so you might be able to find it for a bit less.
     
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  5. KubeKing

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    Thanks a bunch!
     
  6. DonutVikingChap

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    I'd strongly recommend against getting a wireless mouse, or (more importantly) any mouse with a "laser" sensor.

    For many years, gamers have been continuously fooled by gaming mouse marketing, specifically higher "DPI" numbers, because it's an easy-to-read spec that looks important and is represented in numbers. And the easiest way for the mouse manufacturers to achieve a high DPI is to use a laser sensor, while not giving a crap about acceleration or the other important aspects of a sensor. (DPI is only a measurement of the sensitivity of a mouse and has nothing to do with its tracking or accuracy in any meaningful way)

    But laser sensors are in fact inferior to "optical" sensors, since they almost always have inherent acceleration issues or other flaws/imperfections in the tracking that aren't very obvious to most people, but overall make them less accurate than a "perfect" sensor. (Some optical sensors have these problems as well.) The only real benefits to laser sensors are that they're cheaper and track better on some unusual surfaces.

    This has only become common knowledge in the most recent years, and is the reason why so many gamers give praise to mice like the Razer Deathadder 2013, the Logitech G502 and even older models like the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0.

    Buying a laser mouse in 2015 is just stupid, in my opinion. Even non-gaming applications can benefit from having a better sensor, especially if you learn to work without the built-in windows mouse acceleration (the "enhance pointer precision"option) that has plagued unknowing PC users for decades. Unless you really want a specific feature that isn't available on any mouse with a "perfect" sensor, I think you should do some research and look for those that have one. The three I listed earlier are decent examples. I personally use a Deathadder 2013 and I really like the feel of it (although I wish it would have more buttons).

    The reason why I also hate wireless mice is because no matter how you put it, they always have more latency than a good wired mouse, and the practicality of not having a cable (that you could easily manage in an elegant way anyway if you tried) just isn't enough to justify the latency, possibility of interference/disconnection and having to charge/change the battery in most cases. (Unless it's for a laptop that you bring around a lot.)

    To be clear, I'm sure you could make some valid argument for buying a laser / wireless mouse, but this is just my honest general recommendation.

    Best of luck to you in finding a mouse that will suit you.
     
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  7. KubeKing

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    Alrighty, I've put this into consideration, and I think I've come up with a solution that should fit just about all my needs:

    Right now, I own a cheap, USB-based wireless mouse, which many people feverishly complain about, but I seem to have gotten used to. I think I'll keep the mouse and its port in a travel bag for when I transport with my laptop, and purchase a wired mouse (such as the Razer Deathadder 2013) for home use. Thanks once again, and Happy New Years!
     
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