When it comes to PC gaming, people often neglect the importance of having a good, quality mouse; with most only purchasing a pro model after having worn out one or more default models. Needless to say, after playing around with a solid, customizable mouse, especially within the context of playing an interesting game, you’ll begin to see just how much more control you have over things like player movement. Similarly, if you’re into MMO’s (or MMORPG’s), you might need a mouse that’s capable of storing / executing different types of macros, which will greatly free up your ability to enjoy a game like “World of Warcraft”, to say the least. Regardless of the reason, the point is – having a badass mouse is a necessity if you’re going to call yourself a competent (or prepared) PC gamer. Having said that, here are our current top 5 mice picks (for PC gaming) in 2014 (this far)…
Aside from its rather devilish name and sleek, understated yet neon-emblazoned visage, Razer’s DeathAdder 2013 is a great, solid mouse for multiple applications, gaming being chief among them. Seriously, in designing this they seemed to have thought of nearly everything. First off, it’s very comfortable and takes on a very ergonomically pleasing shape which makes long playing sessions more than bearable. The main focus of this particular mouse is in basic usability and utility of function, i.e. – it allows for extremely precise control in the context of a no-frills package. While you do have 5 hyper response buttons, which are programmable, this isn’t necessarily a mouse that’s perfect for all gaming applications, but it’s ideal when it comes to first-person shooters. The Razer DeathAdder 2013 is still capable of handling virtually any task if you’re inventive and determined.
Razer also has a number of other excellent mice models in their catalog, including the Naga 2014, which is perfectly suited toward uses in MMO games. The first thing you’ll notice about the Naga is the 12 button thumb keypad, which allows you to basically macro everything to the mouse. Needless to say, such a mouse makes it possible to enjoy games like WoW, essentially simplifying everything in a way that helps you to enjoy the gameplay and grow as a player. However, it’s also fully-stocked with all the other expected features, like a 8200dpi 4G laser sensor, and all sorts of other systems which help to stabilize or emphasize minute movements.
In total, the Naga has 19 buttons on it, making it the ideal control device for any type of massively multiplayer title / open-world RPG where there are plenty of tricky commands and moves. There are a litany of other perks and benefits associated with using this particular mouse as well, along with plenty of endorsements from well-known Warcraft players. Additionally, the unit comes in a few very interestingly different graphical designs which many might find favorable.
The truth is, a lot of mice (particularly those meant for pro gaming) tend to be a bit on the expensive side. For instance, a good, fully-featured mouse tends to be priced well above the $50 mark in most instances. Perhaps this is a reason why the E-3lue Mazer Type-R is such an intriguing product – it essentially does most of the stuff that its’ more expensive bretheren, but at a fraction of the cost (under $20).
For starters, the Mazer Type-R has no less than 6 buttons on it, along with the obligatory scroll wheel and side buttons. This essentially means that it can be used for a wide variety of different types of games, along with being able to handle work-related tasks (for those who might be employed in digital media and so forth). In addition, the unit looks rather intriguing with its futuristic design and flashy, built-in lights on the side.
As far as performance is concerned, it allows for relatively smooth operation too, being able to process 4000FPS frames per second (4.2 megapixels per second) and containing an Avago 5090 Chipset. Most laptop and PC users will find this mouse to be nothing short of a revelation, especially if it’s to be their very first experience “pro” model.
Getting straight to the point – the Anker 8200 DPI high precision programmable gaming mouse is one of the best you can get in 2014. Moreover, it’s also one of the most affordable mice that’s also packed with many of the same features that you find in the top-tier designs. With 9 fully programmable buttons, you’ve got more than enough space to allow for conventional macro-ing, but the main focus of this unit is still its precision. Whether we’re talking about accuracy in terms of the high-quality laser used in its construction or the fact that you can adjust the weight of the Anker, this mouse is a friend to the gamer who requires complete customization. Just in case you were wondering, this also includes the ability to alter the colors of the LED lights in the unit itself, which is quite uncommon, actually.
Not only is this programmable gaming mouse accurate and trustworthy when it comes to FPS gaming, but it’s also extremely comfortable. In other words, the Anker utilizes a great design that allows it to move around effortlessly and rest easy in the palm of your hand. Even with slippery hands, you’ll find no problems when it comes to keeping a grip on things.
Last but not least, we have the Razer Abyssus Optical PC gaming mouse, which is by all accounts, a truly no-frills model, suitable for all basic tasks and most types of gaming. With only 3 buttons, most people might be apt to look for another mouse with additional options, but don’t let it’s rather traditional visage fool you, it controls and responds like a pro model.