Gaming mouse are the high-end devices of the mouse world. They are designed to be more accurate, offer a more comfortable experience and are built to last – as gamers are likely to spend more time with their mouse than anyone else. Top-of-the-range gaming mouse also have multiple buttons, highly adjustable dots per inch (DPI) accuracy and a mass of settings that include everything from custom lighting to macros for specific games.
G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Cutting Edge Ambidextrous
“Good artists copy. Great artists steal,” according to an expression that Steve Jobs attributed to Picasso. But of course, commerce isn’t art—though art can be very profitable commerce. Duplicating the features heralded in other products is a fine line to walk, especially in tech-product design.
So when the Taiwanese firm G.Skill,… mostly known in the United States for its desktop and laptop RAM, decided recently to enter the mouse market, the company naturally looked around to see what well-liked features defined a strong MOBA-style mouse. Clearly, it found Mad Catz. Now, this isn’t a case of “Well, maybe they accidentally by chance duplicated a generic feature in some mouse from another company.”
No: Look at the multiple, differently-shaped side grips (Mad Catz calls them pinkie grips), the height-adjustable palm rest (which is very close to Mad Catz’s length-adjustable palm rest), and the weight kit (which equates to Mad Catz’s weight kit). That’s without mentioning the look of G.Skill’s new mouse, which is a second cousin twice removed from the typical look of so many Mad Catz mice. You might call that the “demonspawn borne of a mating between H.R. Geiger and an anime mecha.” Perhaps that overstates it a bit, but we digress.
Razer Taipan Ambidextrous PC Gaming Mouse
The Razer Taipan is a bare-bones gaming mouse, similar to the SteelSeries Rival. It’s designed for gamers who just want a high-performance sensor and decent hardware instead of a 20-button behemoth. Razer endowed the Taipan with an ambidextrous design that both right- and left-handed users will find comfortable. The tradeoff is that it won’t fit either camp’s hand like a glove.
It’s just a little too narrow… and a little too low to the desk for my hand to get a grip while still being able to press the buttons on the right side (underneath my ring finger). If you forget about those buttons (the Zowie AM, for instance, deactivates its right-side buttons when you use it as a right-hand mouse), then you can get a good grip on the thing.
Be aware, however, that you’re not getting a nine-button mouse; two of those buttons are basically inaccessible without some contortions. Palm grippers won’t like the Taipan at all. You’ll find much more comfortable options out there. The Taipan is a performance beast, though, with an 8200-CPI sensor and easy on-the-fly CPI adjusting by way of two buttons on the top (provided you don’t reprogram those buttons for other purposes).
Razer Atheris – Ambidextrous Bluetooth Wireless Portable Gaming-Grade Mouse
Razer has shown interest in on-the-go gaming with the svelte Razer Blade and Razer Blade Stealth laptops, but mobile gamers also need a mouse to pair with their luggable rigs. Enter the Razer Orochi (2015), a small, wireless mouse that’s designed to be carted between LAN parties with relative ease. The Razer Orochi isn’t a new entry to the company’s peripheral line-up; this is a direct sequel to 2014’s Orochi mobile gaming mouse.
The new Razer Orochi retains… the pint-sized dimensions of its predecessor, and is about half as big as the Razer Mamba (2015). It probably won’t be too shocking to non-gamers however, who’ll find its form factor akin to Apple’s Magic Mouse. For the must-knows, the exact dimensions are 99mm x 67mm x 35mm. As such, the Razer Orochi is also lighter than many of its contemporaries, although the battery – and high-spec innards – give the device a very welcome central heft.
Small mice often seem like they’re about to be yanked off the mat with every gesture, but the Orochi is plenty substantial and stays glued to any given surface. A key point to note about the Razer Orochi is its ambidextrous design. Razer has shown plenty of love to mixed-grip users in the past, most recently with the Razer Diamondback.
ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse
Where did all the buttons go, and why’s it so small? As gaming mice go, the Lua is the barest of the bare-bones, standing out only for its inexpensive price. You can’t expect miracles for the money when an input device, about the cost of a nice dinner and a movie, depending on your cuisine of choice. But were Roccat’s Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse your pick from the menu, it would be the small, underwhelming hunk of meat that would earn a deep frown at the table.
It is, alas, the kiddie-portion hockey… puck that gets thwacked onto your plate when you ordered the New York Strip and expected, well, more of a meal. Part of the problem is the expectation that the term “gaming mouse” sets. A mouse sold as a “gaming mouse” implies, in most cases, that you’ll get a smattering of customizable extra buttons, as well as at least a few advanced features that would optimize the mouse for games.
“Gaming mouse” also doesn’t suggest that you’re getting a compact mouse. But the Lua is button-basic, and it’s surprisingly small. We’re a little squeamish nitpicking a device whose feature list should probably lead off with its low price, given the few selling points that the Lua otherwise brings to the table.
Razer Abyssus Essential Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
The design of the mouse is actually something Razer has done very good with the Abyssus. The mouse is 4.5 inches in size and has a very aesthetically pleasing gloss black color finish. It is a very comfortable mouse and it holds an ambidextrous shape, so both you leftys and right handed people can use the mouse.
The large buttons allow easy navigation… using the mouse, with both index and middle fingers. Honestly at the price the Abyssus comes at, you are better off spending a little more and upgrading to another mouse from Razer’s range, the design helps if you are a big fan of Razer and need a basic travel mouse, however the performance is lackluster. When it comes to performance, the Abyssus has 3500dpi and a 1000Hz polling rate. Other than that the Abyssus completely lacks features.
It does not have any programmable buttons, or any other interesting features. Using the Abyssus in gaming will give you an advantage over other basic mice, however competitors that have similar features are much cheaper than the Abyssus and can be up to half the price for the same or similar performance.
Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous
Razer’s snake-centric product names get recursive with the Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse, a reference to the alchemical symbol of a snake eating its own tail. Despite the funky name, the Ouroboros is the new apex predator in Razer’s menagerie of snakes and other creepy crawlies, with all of the best hardware and a modular design that lets you adjust every facet of the mouse for comfort and a competitive edge.
The Ouroboros is all about the design.… The ambidextrous mouse has 11 programmable buttons: Right and Left, a clickable scroll wheel, two thumb trigger buttons on each side, and two DPI adjustment buttons. The thumb buttons can be activated and deactivated, thanks to two sliding on/off switches on the underside of the mouse.
The mouse features a dual-sensor system, which pairs a laser sensor with an optical sensor, providing 8200dpi sensitivity and uninterrupted tracking on almost any surface, and even when lifted slightly. Tracking at speeds up to 200 inches per second, with a 1,000Hz polling rate, the Ouroboros is extremely accurate, no matter how intense your gaming sessions get.
SAREPO iFashion Office Mouse 3-Button USB Wired
t incorporates 7 colors with breathing indicator light and scroll wheel to speed up documents or long web pages. The iFashion mouse is an ambidextrous mouse specifically designed for use with the palm of the hand. The surface with textured plastic that allows a good grip without making the hands sweat too much.
It is a plug and play type mouse… without the need for complicated driver installations. Braided cable of 1.4 meters with magnetic ring to avoid electronic interference. Compatible with Windows 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Win7, Win8, Win10, Mac OS X . The ifashion mouse is an ambidextrous mouse specifically designed for palm-grip use.
Mionix AVIOR 8200 Ergonomic Ambidextrous Laser
Mionix has completely flipped the script since their last submission to our labs. While the Naos, their pervious submission, was all about the feature set, the mouse body was where that design shined. With all the mice to hit our labs, it is rare that you find one that accepts and tends to every finger on the hand, and it is then able to keep the entire hand on the mouse.
Not only does it make the Naos… very comfortable to use, but taking the hand entirely off the mouse pad, it also reduces friction and made the Naos very easy to use for precise controlled movements, even as the DPI neared the 8200 mark. The idea this time around was to deliver all of the same level of software and components, but the exterior of the mouse has completely changed.
Where thumb and finger rests once were, there are now concave sections to the side of this new contender. Even the top of the mouse, where the palm of the hand will rest, has been changed. Rather than a bulbous egg shape of the Naos, the roofline has been chopped, leaving the top of this new mouse much better for a relaxed finger tip grip or a claw grip.