Top 7 Things to Look for When Choosing The Best Mouse for CS:GO
So you’re looking into getting a new mouse. Maybe you want the edge over your friends, need a mouse replacement or are just looking for an upgrade. No matter what the reason, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best mouse for CS: GO.
1. Speed and Accuracy
The thing that really sets a gaming mouse apart from a normal mouse is the DPI. This stands for Dots Per Inch and is a reflection of the number of recordings a mouse will take if moved one inch. Your standard mouse runs about 800 to 1000 DPI. High-end gaming mice such as the Razer Mamba and the Logitech G700 run at 5600 and 5700 respectively. This high DPI allows the mouse to be extremely sensitive to movement and translates to increased speed in gaming.
2. Programmable Buttons
Another of the big features that separate gaming mice from standard mice is the programmable buttons. Almost all gaming mice have extra buttons that can be set to switch your sensitivity or do custom macros. Before you buy a mouse, make sure it has enough buttons – but not so many that they will get in the way. Some mice, such as the Razer Naga, also have custom interfaces you can download for specific games. These make it easy to clear up some room on screen by mapping your skills or macros to physical buttons.
3. Wired vs. Wireless
Once upon a time, wireless mice were quite a ways behind their wired counterparts. These days, wireless mouse performance is almost on par with that of a wired mouse. This really comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer wired mouse because they don’t lose connectivity or need to be recharged while other like the freedom of a wireless mouse. If you do indeed go wireless, make sure you check to see if any other features are lacking.
Also, check to see if it uses a rechargeable battery or disposable batteries.
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4. Response Time
This is an overlooked yet important aspect of gaming mice. You probably want to find a mouse that has a 1ms response time. This is pretty standard in most gaming mice, but some mice – especially dual wired/wireless mice like the Razer Orochi – take a hit in the response time category when playing wireless.
Probably one of the coolest features of many gaming mice today is the amount of customization you can do. You can change every button, right down to the left, and right-click to do anything you want. Some mice go even further than that. A few let you change the color of the mouse backlight; some even allow up to 16 million color combinations. Even better, some allow you to change the physical feel of the mouse. The Logitech G9X allows you to change the amount of weight inside the mouse and even the side grip can be switched out.
6. Onboard Memory
Many of the best gaming mice out right now have built-in onboard memory. This allows you to make different mouse profiles for different games or situations and store them on the mouse. This is not only convenient because you can switch between them, but also because it allows you to have all your settings when you plug into another computer.
7. Extra Features
In the mice currently on the market, there are lots of extra features that can give you an edge. Some of them may seem like overkill, (such as a braided cord and gold-plated USB connector) but others can give you the edge. Some things to check are the material of the feet if any software comes with the mouse and the movement of the scroll wheel. New features will continue to evolve in gaming mice. It is up to you to discern if the added features will make a difference in the way you play.
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The Logitech MX 518 is the current budget mouse from Logitech. Unlike the other mice currently sold by Logitech, the MX 518 features an 1800 DPI optical engine. This optical design cuts down the price while still making the mouse a viable option for most gamers. The mouse has many features while still having a low enough price point to be considered a replacement for the average user’s mouse. This mouse is perfect for the money-conscious that still want an edge over the competition or some added functionality.
Speed and Accuracy
This mouse features an 1800 DPI optical engine that’s fast and that is much higher than a regular mouse but much less than the 5000+ of other high-end gaming mice. This means the mouse can give you increased control and speed in your gaming. The MX 518 is adjustable from 400 to 1800 DPI. A lower DPI would allow slower and more precise movement while a higher DPI allows for higher speed and a more “twitch” based approach to gaming. The feet are made from polytetrafluoroethylene which allows them to glide seamlessly over almost any surface.
Feel and Customization
The MX 518 has an ergonomic grip that is quite comfortable for your hand. Although you can’t change the grips like you can in the G9X, this mouse does sport 8 buttons that can be customized for almost any action or setting you can think of. The sensitivity can be switched in-game to suit the situation, and the included software allows you to customize the MX 518 much more than your ordinary mouse.
Logitech® MX™518 Optical Gaming Mouse
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The G700 is the high-end wireless gaming mouse from Logitech. The mouse has the most programmable buttons of any Logitech mouse while still being wireless and being just as sensitive as the G9X or the G500. One feature that sets this apart from other wireless mice is the quick-connect design. If your G700 starts to run low on battery, you can plug it in while continuing to play. The nano receiver is very small, so it won’t get in the way. I really like how Logitech implemented the wireless in this mouse.
Speed and Accuracy
In terms of sensitivity, the G700 matches up to all other gaming mice – even the wired ones. It sports a 5700 DPI laser engine that is far quicker than anything most gamers will need. The DPI is also adjustable, so you can change it to suit the situation. One thing to note is that the wireless transmits at 1000 data reports per second. This helps to eliminate any lag or dropouts that you would usually see in wireless mice.
The G700 features many other features that its wired counterparts have. This mouse boasts the most programmable buttons on any Logitech Mouse with 13. These buttons are all grooved so that you can keep them separate, and can be used to change settings or sensitivity on the fly. The G700 also has the dual-mode scroll wheel inherent in other Logitech mice. This allows it to change from click-to-click mode to smooth and fast scrolling. The mouse is also comfortable, but it may take some getting used to due to the number of buttons it sports.
Receiver extender cable
3-year limited hardware warranty
- 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor
- Has a wireless connection
- Razer has been labeled to be one of the best-selling manufacturers for PC peripherals in the US
- Boosts of having a 50 Hr Battery Life
- The onboard memory can save up to 5 profiles
- The high DPI offers good sensitivity adjustment all over the buttons
- Comes with custom RGB Chroma RGB lighting
The Mamba is Razer’s high-end gaming mouse offering. This mouse is the most expensive of any Razer mouse and has the performance to back it up. The mouse arrives seated on a pedestal that doubles as the charging dock – probably the coolest package any mouse comes in. This mouse is similar to the Orochi in that it is able to switch from wired to wireless, but has a longer, seven-foot braided cord. If you are serious about your gaming and want a wireless mouse with the performance of a wired mouse, this is a mouse to consider.
Speed and Accuracy
The Mamba’s speed and accuracy rivals any other high-end gaming mouse with 5600 DPI. The DPI is also adjustable so you can change the mouse’s sensitivity as is needed. As I mentioned earlier, this mouse is similar to the Orochi in that the mouse is wireless but can be quickly plugged in to charge and save battery. Unlike the Orochi, there is no drop in performance for using this mouse wireless. The DPI is a constant 5600, and the mouse boasts a 1ms response rate whether or not it is plugged in. The feet, like other Razer products, are zero-acoustic slick Teflon to allow the mouse to move quickly and easily.
Besides being a high-performance wireless mouse, the Mamba packs in some other features. There are 7 buttons you can program – your standard three and four on the side. Two of the buttons are quite close to the left click button for quick pressing, but some gamers may find them too close. The side of the mouse features a battery indicator so you’ll always know if when it’s time to charge. Like some other Razer mice, the Mamba also has onboard memory to keep all of your settings. This means you can access your button or profile settings from anywhere. The real draw to this mouse is the amount of speed you can get from a wireless mouse. While some other gaming mice have up to an 8ms delay, the Mamba has a 1ms delay even when it isn’t plugged in. Razer claims the battery lasts for up to 14 hours of continuous play, so this is a perfect wireless mouse for marathon gaming.
Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
Certificate of Authenticity
Quick Start Guide
- USB connection
- 5600dpi Razer Precision
- Has Laser movement detection for precise accuracy
- The USB connection is gold plated
- Comes with an easy to use guide
- This mouse is lightweight with a braided fiber cable
- Built with 17 buttons that are fully optimized for MMO
- I love the 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ that is 1ms response
The Naga is Razer’s massively multiplayer online gaming answer. This mouse, apart from having all the usual Razer features and 5600 DPI, has some other crazy add-ons that will give you a huge edge in your gaming. While most high-end gaming mice have custom programmable buttons, the Naga has a full 17. Excluding the standard left, middle, and right-click, that leaves us with 14 buttons. No other mouse I’ve seen has this many buttons. If you’re a serious MMO player, this mouse could simplify a lot of the in-game actions you perform regularly.
Speed and Accuracy
The Naga’s sensitivity is just as good as the other high-end gaming mice at 5600 DPI. The Razer Naga also has adjustable speed which can be programmed into any of the various buttons found all over the mouse. This mouse also boasts a 1ms response time which is consistent with Razer’s other wired mice. Although the DPI is just as high as all the other gaming mice, the real focus here is on the number of buttons.
The thing that really sets this mouse apart from the rest is the programmable buttons. It has 12 numbered buttons on the left side of the mouse along with two other unnumbered buttons. These can be programmed to do anything from changing the sensitivity to doing in-game actions. Even better, there are custom interfaces for game add-ons such as World of Warcraft™, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning™, and others. This can keep your screen less cluttered by mapping skills or macros to each button. The Naga also contains the usual razer amenities such as a gold-plated USB, a braided cord, Teflon quiet ultra-slick feet, and a 24 position scroll wheel.
Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse
Certificate of Authenticity
Quick Start Guide
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