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What is the best gaming mouse

Updated on February 27, 2016

If you want to game at the highest possible level, then it takes more than just fast reaction times and a keen understanding of the different titles. You’ll also need the right hardware. Paramount among your options will be the mouse you choose. Gamers can’t count on the conventional kinds to give them what they need, so let’s take a look at the various features you have to look for.

what is the best gaming mouse?

The type of gaming you normally do will affect the type of mouse movements you usually make. In turn, this will decide how sensitive of a mouse you want. For those games that require you to make large, sweeping motions, you want a mouse that won’t be as sensitive. First person shooters and other types that demand precision pointing and clicking will definitely be more suited to sensitive mice.

Mouse sensitivity is measured in DPI (Dots per Inch). Low DPI is going to be about 1,600 or less. High DPI, then, would be more than that, though 3,000 is considered a good place to start.

Fortunately, most mice allow you to adjust the DPI as necessary. Many will even let you set various DPI’s that you can switch between at will, making it possible to use one mouse for all your gaming needs.

How Many Buttons Do You Need?

Mice have evolved far past the days when they only featured two to four buttons. If you’re playing MMO or RTS games, you’d probably prefer to have a lot more available. These days, you can find mice that feature twenty-some buttons, if you like. Just like with the DPI, you can also map these buttons as you please, making it easier to reach certain ones as necessary depending on the games you play.

Many people have begun buying gaming mice even though they don’t play, because all the extra buttons can be used to make browsing easier, switching between programs and more.

How Do You Grip the Mouse?

There are three main ways people use their mice, categorized by the grip they apply. These three grips are:

Fingertip grip

This is where the tips of your fingers are the only thing connected to the mouse. It’s great for mobility reasons, as you can move the mouse with nothing more than a flick of your fingers. Here is a list of some best fingertip grip mice you can find out there.

Claw grip

This grip is just like the above, except the back of your palm is connected to the mouse as well. It curtails your mobility a bit, but allows for more control.

Palm grip

with this grip, your entire hand covers the mouse and your fingers are fully extended. This lets you move the mouse as fast as possible, though it will cut down on precision.

Not every mouse is going to work with every grip. Therefore, it’s important that you understand which grip you prefer first and then choose a mouse. Your preferred grip probably has a lot to do with the type of gaming you do most.

Once you have your grip decided on, look at the way the mouse is designed. Larger mice with less distinguished buttons are going to work well for palm grips. If the two main buttons are easily identifiable and the mouse itself is smaller, this is a good sign it will work well for finger and claw grips.


Ideally, you want to choose a mouse where you can adjust the weight. Many gaming mice come with tiny weights you can add or take out as necessary. The right weight is not only important to fighting fatigue, but will help you get better precision from your play.

There is no one perfect gaming mouse, but if you utilize the advice above, you’ll have a far better chance of finding the perfect model for your needs.


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