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Properly Reviewing Gaming Mice

When looking for a new mouse, most people will on YouTube to check their favorite TechTuber and hear their opinion about some mouse they wanted to pick. While it’s easy and enough for most people, most TechTubers are not properly reviewing gaming mice. And a proper review is crucial for a competitive CS:GO, Quake or anything that requires low sensitivity player. And today we’re going to go through the criteria used in proper mice reviews and testing.

1. Shape and Size

Most people would just put their hands on a mouse and see if they can move it without getting any bruises then call it a date which is incorrect. In order to know what grip and hand size the mouse shape will fit, first of all, you have to measure the mouse from back to front

Rival 300Measured

And from the top of the slope to the bottom

ZA-12 Measured

And also keep in mind the general position of the hump since that defines the grip needed for the mouse.

After measuring that, the user must also measure his hand from base to the tip of the middle finger, then from the thumb to the knuckle of the pinky like explained in the following picutre and memorize its size

Hand Measured

Look for the mouse that best suits your ratio, for example: If you had a 5cm from thumb to pinky and 10cm from base to tip hand than you ratio is 5/10 = 1/2, look for mice that have the same ratio.
If you prefer claw grip then your hand should usually be a bit longer and thinner than your mouse and the hump should be slightly to the back.
If your fingertip your mouse, your hand should be both longer and larger than your mouse with a hump sloped to the back
But if you’re a palm gripper than a mouse with a more neutral shape that still suits your hand and a slight hump in the middle would be perfect

2.Sensor

This is where most reviews fall short. Since they use the mice they test on insanely high DPIs while playing they can’t stress the sensor enough to reveal its true potential. Trust me, if you’re not going to play something like CS:GO or Quake then you don’t need a gaming mouse with a top tier sensor. Please, don’t waste your money on something you’ll get to benefit from or notice its difference from others. But for reviews, here’s the methodology I like to use:

– Open up CS:GO
– Put the sensor on its lowest DPI
– Put the in-game sensitivity on 1

Now to test the sensor durability:
– On a reasonably big mousepad, move the mouse quickly from one side to the other and see if there is any noticeable skipping. Describe what you see

Acceleration Testing:
– Put your crosshair on an obvious and distinct place that you can remember. Move the mouse slowly from one side to the other. Now move it as quickly as possible to where you started the test and see if it comes back to its initial place. Describe what you see

Lift-off distance:
– Try to find a tool that is as thin as something like a DVD because most mice’s lift-off distance is under that.
Try to lift it and put it on the mousepad and see if there’s any shift in the direction. This test should preferably be done with several types of mousepads

Sensor rattle:

Shake the mouse while trying to stop any moving parts such as the scroll wheel from shaking since we’re only looking for sensor rattle

3.Buttons

This is purely subjective but most people agree that Omron switches offer the best tactile feedback and fast actuation without accidentally clicking them all the time

Recommendation:

Check Zowie’s mice, they have the widest variety of mice that fit all shapes and sizes.
Look for these sensors if you can afford mice that have them: 3366, 3360, 3310 (All Zowie mice have this one, it’s the most popular high-end sensor), 3988, 3989

I recommend you also check out this YouTuber for his excellent reviews on mice

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