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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
If you do not care about video games, then choosing a mouse isn't a difficult task. Choose something by either Zowie or Logitech and spend >$20. Zowie has the advantage of not requiring drivers, but logitech has the advantage of having a much wider range of mice. Also consider having a look at mice section on the Chinese Shit General Page
If you do however care about video games, then read on.
There are a lot of aspects to mice, such as size, shape, weight, sensors, buttons, sensor position, build quality, etc.
However, the most important aspects are the sensor and the shape/weight/size (these 3 are usually related to each other). This is because all other aspects have minimal impact and/or can be modified (e.g. mouse feet can be replaced)
The best mice normally change over time. This isn't entirely because mice are getting better, sometimes good/great mice stop being produced and finding these mice becomes quite hard/expensive.
What this means however, is that this guide will likely become outdated if it is not updated every year or so. So be cautious if the last edit to this section was a long time ago.
For a more up to date list, consider checking out what "professional gamers" use on sites like Prosettings.net. However do be warned, a lot of the mice listed may be because these players have deals with specific companies and not because those mice are actually better (some players will also lie about what mice they use).
- Roccat KPOE
- Logitech G403
- Finalmouse Air58. Many versions of the air model exist. Finalmouse products are also treated like designer items for some reason. You will either overpay or be able to flip the mouse for a profit.
- Finalmouse Ultralight. Many versions of the ultralight exist. Again, another Finalmouse product so despite being sold originally for $70, it now sells for >$200.
- Logitech G Pro
- Zowie EC2-a
Anything by Razer is trash. Most things targeted to "gamers" are horrible, with the only exceptions being the mice listed on the guide above. Anything with a lot of LED lights and other useless junk like adjustable weights is also trash.
If your mouse isn't in the guide, then its probably not as good. But if you don't care about games then it really doesn't matter what mouse you have.
- 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.