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Gaming Mouse Guide - What does all the specifications mean?

Updated on October 12, 2016

The mouse is definitely the device that holds the most delicate role during our gaming sessions. If in fact between keyboards of the high-end and an average, the differences may not be particularly significant, the mouse performance in a major way affect the game experience and the results you can get. It is therefore important for a player who wants to make the most of their abilities, do not settle and invest a little more in the purchase of this device.

How do you know which is the mouse that suits you? In fact, many of the features offered by the various products, which come in many forms and are not always adapted to the habits of all the players. Here you will see how to choose the best mouse with proper specifications you need, the way you use it, and that be more comfortable in your hand.

You should choose a mouse, which is comfortable and adjust to your ways. There are in fact different types of grip provided to use an ergonomically suitable device.

Palm Grip

The most common grip is the palm grip: the whole hand is on the mouse. Index and middle finger are fixed respectively on the left and right mouse button; the thumb is on the side, while ring and little fingers are on the right side, with the only function to hold the mouse well. It is most suitable to grip long gaming sessions, because the whole hand rests on the mouse and it is very less tiring of the other grip.

Claw Grip

Claw means "claws" characterized precisely by putting your hand in claw shape, folding the fingers. There are 6 of the mouse touch points: the tip of the 5 fingers and the palm. The Claw Grip is preferred for the players who require fast and precise movements, and those who want to have more control over the speed and click.

Fingertip Grip

The mouse is gripped and moved completely with the fingertips, the palm does not touch anything to the surface of the mouse, and then the contact points are 5. This grip is the one that returns in general greater accuracy and agility.

What is your natural grip? If you know it will be easier to find a product that best fits your needs: it will not be difficult to find information about which grip is more appropriate for each type of mouse.

Wrist movement

As for the grip, even the movements that are performed with the mouse are very personal, and it is good to find a mouse that come towards you without altering your habits.

  • A High Sensor is the player who usually prefers only move the wrist, moving slightly the mouse to move the pointer.
  • A Low Sensor instead is a player who prefers to large movements of the entire arm to move the pointer.

The Low Sensor prefer lighter then mouse to tire less fingers and wrist since it requires the constant lifting of the device, while the High Sensor will greatly help a mouse that allows to change the DPI by pressing a button.


Almost all mice dedicated to gaming allow you to customize the DPI. Let's find out what it means and what this function.

The DPI (Dots Per Inch) are the sampling scale at which the mouse detects the movement: the more the DPI number is high, the more the cursor will move at constant physical movement. Some manufacturer changed the characteristics of the product to CPI (Counts per Inch). It is the same thing; it just changes the sampling scale. It is not true that depending on the DPI mouse is more or less accurate, it only changes the answer in our hands: the players High Sensor prefer to have High DPI, while the Low Sensor prefer to have a Low DPI value. Usually the mouse to personalize this function are the keys (+ and -) that let you adjust the sensibility of mouse. If you have an internal memory and good software, you can also customize each interval with values chosen by you.

This feature is especially useful for players of FPS, but also caters to those who play many different game types, and wants to adapt the performance of the controller passing from one to another.


Some mice have keys dedicated to specific functions. Not all features are essential for all types of players, so it is important to focus on what can be of help and which, instead, would be unused.

One of the most common functions is that of Aim, which provides the pressure of a specific button that decreases the sensitivity of the mouse DPI. It is different from customization of the sensitivity since once the pressure released from the button; the cursor speed becomes the standard. This particular function is usually only in high-end mouse, and is best for those who play FPS like Call of Duty, as it allows greater stability on long distance shots.

Laser or Optical

It can be said that in an absolute sense mice with laser detection are best, as they reach higher resolutions and are more functional on some surfaces. It is important to consider that the gap with a good optical mouse is almost imperceptible, and this difference should not be a discriminating factor in the purchase, unless you are looking for maximum. In this case you can turn to products with dual-source detection (laser / optical) or double reading laser (with an "eye" dedicated to each axis) to have the highest possible reliability, but it is very expensive products and that guarantee a minimum performance gain.

Wired or Wireless

To date, the wireless mouse is no longer inferior to counterparts with wired and have no detectable differences in performance or technical level. The choice is therefore essentially your light of the substantial basic differences. The ideal choice, but in the most expensive ever, you turn to a model that present the cable, which also acts as charging, it can be removed in order to use the device wirelessly. If you choose this type of product, however, make sure that when the cable is to be equipped with a good anchoring system that makes it stable.

© 2016 Akramul Haq Sagar


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