The humble mouse is an essential part of any PC setup, but most users tend to just stick with whatever rodent comes with their PC when they buy it. However, the difference between a bog standard mouse and the high-end pointing devices available is stark, and you would be amazed how much difference a good mouse can make. Of course having a good mouse to navigate Windows will definitely aid your productivity, but if like me, you’re a serious gamer, having the right mouse can mean the difference between life and death.
Wireless keyboards and mice have become more popular than ever, partly because the prices have dropped considerably, but also because they are far more reliable than they used to be. However, for me, a wireless mouse is just not good enough for gaming – I can always feel a slight lag when playing with a wireless mouse, and once again, this could be the difference between living and dying; or more importantly, gloating or sulking.
So, it comes as no surprise that you’ll always find a wired mouse attached to my main gaming PC. What is surprising though, is that until recently, the wired mouse that I used was a very basic Microsoft model, rather than a specific gaming model. The reason for this is that I have pretty small hands, and I’ve always found gaming mice to be a bit to bulky for swift movement in the thick of battle. So it was with some trepidation that I hooked up the Logitech MX518 gaming mouse, but now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, I don’t think I’ll ever want to let it go.
There are a number of reasons why I love the MX518, not least of which is its size. Not only do I have small hands as I already mentioned, but I also use a mouse very differently to most people. Whereas the majority of mouse users will hold the device in their hand and move it around from the shoulder, I rest the heel of my hand on the desktop and move the mouse with my thumb and ring finger. Using the mouse in this way means that it has to be small enough to move freely under my hand, while the sensitivity also has to be high as the range of movement is limited.
Now, I’m not going to suggest that everyone should start using a mouse the way I do, because the traditional method is far more ergonomically sound. I know this for a fact since I suffered from a terrible bout of RSI induced tendonitis last year – a direct result of how I use a mouse. So now, I try to use a mouse like “normal” people when navigating Windows, but I still can’t change my ways when it comes to gaming.