An article on whether gaming mice are worth paying for.
Computers are everywhere nowadays, and most of the time you’re using one, chances are that you’re using a mouse. They provide fast and accurate input and are easy to use. Most cheap mice are suitable for casual gaming, work and business applications. Gaming mice usually cost a lot more than normal ones. Do they offer any significant advantages and are they worth your money?
Some gaming mice can cost hundreds of dollars. Surely something that expensive has its advantages. If not, why do people buy them? There are many pros to gaming mice, and one of them is comfort. Quality mice from companies such as Razer, Logitech and Steel Series offer comfortable mice that fit perfectly under your palm. Some of them allow customization of its weight, shape and sensitivity. If you’re a gamer, you’ll know what it feels like when you’ve gotten used to your gaming mouse of choice and you suddenly need to use a cheap Microsoft mouse. Some gaming mice are designed for a high level of accuracy and precision, especially for first-person shooters. Others have their shape designed for comfort, or even both. Anyway, the point is that even with mid-range gaming mice, you’ll find them much more comfortable than standard ones.
Another factor that determines the quality of a gaming mouse is how accurate and precise it can be. Gaming mice usually provides more precision than regular mice. This is especially noticeable when you’re playing on a large HD monitor or with a high sensitivity. This is also affected by their shape. Wider mice allows you to rest most of your hand on it but are not as fast or accurate while thinner ones allow you to aim quickly and accurately at a target. Mice designed for gaming are also noticeably smoother than regular ones. They really do give an advantage when aiming fast and accurate at a small target, however, simply switching to a “gaming” mouse will not instantly improve your performance in-game.
Overall, most gaming mice gives you an advantage in terms of comfort, precision, accuracy and smoothness for competitive gaming. They’re not essential, however, as a good player can do well with any ordinary mouse. If you’re currently using a cheap mouse and you have $50 to spend, then a gaming mouse will be a great choice. If you’re on a low budget, I would advise saving up for something else such as a new headset or graphics card instead.