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The mouse along with a keyboard and monitor is one of the most used parts of a computer. As such it is important to get a quality mouse that supports the hand (and wrist) well. Some mice are prone to breaking or being overpriced. Many mice have more features than just clicking which some power users may appreciate. Some mice are more suited to gaming than others.
Windows Mouse acceleration fix
Disabling mouse acceleration will make your mouse feel incredibly responsive and accurate. It's essential for getting a K/D more than 1 in any video game, and even general browsing will be a lot faster. Mouse acceleration's only use is with touchpads and desks with small space, and even then it's better to just increase sensitivity.
Download the zip and unpack, then enable the .reg file for the screen DPI you use(which should never be more than 100%), restart, then use the test file in the unpacked folder to make sure it is disabled. Some terrible mouse firmware uses acceleration to have a higher polling rate, so be mindful of settings.
Choosing a mouse
You'll want to narrow it down to mice with good sensors, and to what is in your budget. Pick from what's left based on size, shape, weight, features you like, and build quality. These are all very subjective, but try not to get sucked in by gimmicky features.
The guide below is based entirely on sensor quality. Learn more about their build quality etc on their individual pages. Mice are ordered alphabetically in their tiers, not by quality.
- Logitech G400
- Logitech G400s
- Performance MX
- Razer Deathadder 2013
- Steelseries Rival
- Zowie AM
- Zowie EC1 eVo
- Zowie EC2 eVo
- Zowie FK1
- Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer
- Microsoft Intellimouse Optical
- Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical
- Logitech G100s
- Razer Deathadder 3.5G
- Razer Deathadder 3G
Logitech no longer manufacturers the G400 or G400s. If you RMA a G400s you will be sent a G402s. G400s can still be acquired for about 60-70 dollars, which is the same as a Zowie FK. Despite this price it still worth it. If the G400/G400s is the only mouse you can use it may be worth it to buy extras. The Zowie FK is at the same price point.
As of late /g/ has reached the conclusion that in fact, G500 mice are shit and if you get a g series mouse you should get a G400 or G400s.
- Logical Increments Mouse Guide
- FrankieOnPCIn1080p explains Mice configuration and other things. Incredibly useful video if you want to start learning about mice and how to choose the right one.
- Windows mouse acceleration fix. Mandatory if you are using a Windows computer. Do this now.
- Abstract: Mouse Balls Available as FRU (Field Replacement Unit) - A humorous memo by IBM in the 1980's about Mouse Balls being replaced with FRUs.