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Did you know Microsoft introduced Solitaire in earlier versions of Windows to make people familiar with mouse usage?
Similarly, a set of other games was also introduced with the same purpose. In Wikipedia’s tone, “A computer mouse is a pointing device (hand control) that detects two-dimensional motion relative to a surface. This motion is typically translated into the motion of a pointer on a display, which allows a smooth control of the graphical user interface.”
Over the course of time, the mouse has evolved and changed its shape and upgraded its uses.
Remember the ball mouse that had a ball at its bottom?
Companies used it for a long time as the only pointing device. Nowadays, optical and laser mice are the latest ones employing modern technologies. They are fast, sensitive and responsive.
What is Gaming Mouse?
However, dimensions of the gaming world are way too different. Talking about gaming, big titles such as Gears of Wars 4, Battlefield, Fortnite, PUBG, and Tomb Raider, etc. would be much harder to play without gaming accessories.
Basically, there are three major accessories we talk about. Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Mouse and Graphics Card (Headset is also another peripheral but just leave it for a second).
I will focus on gaming mouse here, leaving the other two for future discussion. Most of our hardcore games are either first-person shooters or real-time strategy. They are designed in such a way to fulfill the demands of such games. So a gaming mouse is drastically different from a normal mouse in terms of characteristics as well as the design.
In this article, I will do a comparison between Normal Mouse and a Gaming Mouse and things you should consider before buying one.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Mouse:
Don’t get distracted by a gaming mouse RGB Lighting. Read these differences between a gaming mouse and a normal mouse before buying one.
I would love to put two examples here. Asus ROG Spatha and SteelSeries Rival 700. You can observe the following things in them:
- Extensive Gaming Look
- Custom Buttons
- DPI Switch
- RGB Lightings
Now, what exactly is extensive gaming look? Well, not all gaming mice have this type of look but still, it is considered an important characteristic. Of course, no one would like to buy an ugly looking gaming mouse, the design really matters.
For example, both Spatha and Corsair Sabre look like small robots or types of transformer. They are heavy in weight though but they are designed that way and they look amazing. You can see buttons on the left, (or customize them for special features in gaming, for example, you can use these buttons to build stairs or a wall in Fortnite) lightings in three or more regions. All these things are basically what gamers prefer over normal mice.
Customization is the need for big games now a day. Through customizing software, you can create profiles, assign commands and can control mouse as per your own choice. Gaming mice usually accompany 6-12 programmable buttons for this purpose. In simple words, your command is just one click away.
DPI switch is a third main factor. DPI stands for dots per inch and DPI switch is used to adjust the pointer speed. You can increase or decrease it as per your gaming needs. For most of my experience, I ran through 2000 DPI to 4000 DPI. Still, companies manufacture a device with DPI ranging from 200-12000 DPI normally.
RGB lights. For me, the gamer isn’t a true gamer without them. Today, all gaming accessories such as keyboards, headsets and gaming boxes come with RGB lights. If you use accessories of the same brand, Razer, for instance, you can sync their lights using Synapse or any other compatible software. Furthermore, you can select any color from the vast library of 16.2 million colors.
Gaming mice come packed with plenty of features that give them an upper hand over ordinary mice. Their basic purpose is to satisfy the overgrowing gaming demands. Some of them are:
- Optical/Laser Sensor
- Higher Polling Rate
Gaming needs sensitivity and normal mice can’t fulfill that requirement. That is why almost all gaming giants products mice with an optical or laser sensor. Laser sensors are more advanced than optical sensors but still optical one does a great job.
Customization through macro keys is a very useful feature and it allows gamers to assign built-in game functionalities. In the case of first-person shoots (FPS), you can set buttons for reloading the gun. Similarly, there are many other cases where you can accomplish the small target using a single button.
The polling rate is a dimension related to the lag of the mouse. Measured in Hertz, the greater value of polling means less lag and vice versa. Generally, gaming mice have a polling rate of 1000-2000 Hz which is more than enough to handle the game smoothly. Furthermore, they are also customizable and can be adjusted.
You see gaming isn’t an easy thing nowadays. You may have to spend even a whole day to complete missions and achieve milestones. So there’s a need for a design that doesn’t put some serious pressure on hands. That’s why relief is a major factor considered while designing a mouse. Also is the reason why lightweight mice are preferred.
Let’s just patch up things and compile the basic difference list.
|Gaming Mouse||Normal Mouse|
|Higher Polling Rat||Lower Polling Rate|
|Higher DPI||Lower DPI/Non-customizable|
|Attractive Design||May or may not be|
|Factor of Comfort||May not be the preference|
So, in this article, we did a features comparison between a normal mouse and a gaming mouse. To help you decide which one is gonna be best for you. If you are a daily gamer, then I would highly recommend you to go for a gaming mouse, you won’t regret it. And if you need a mouse for your normal usage, then don’t get distracted by RGB lighting of a gaming mouse. Save yourself a few bucks and go for a normal/standard mouse.