Often times, we tend to overlook the importance of a mouse because it just works — you drag the mouse, either right click or left click and you scroll down using the wheel. But similar to earphones, you can do a lot better and feel more comfortable. Since the mouse is one of the most used computer peripheral together with the keyboard, it’s a smart move to do some researching on what’s the best one for you.
Of course, there are some cheap, simple, 2-button mice out there, but I’m sure you’d be surprised on how much easier a nicer mouse can make your day more productive. Sure, they are pretty much more expensive than the ones you bough at CDR-King, but whether it’s getting rid of your wrist pain or saving you endless clicks for a smoother scroll wheel, I promise you, they’re all worth the extra cash.
Need help on things to consider before buying? We got you, read on:
Wired or Wireless?
Whether or not you should get a wireless mouse or not is really a personal preference. You have to weigh the pros and cons. With a wireless mouse, you won’t run the risk of getting tangled in your cord and it’s much more cleaner in your table. But you do run the risk of running out of batteries at an inopportune time and you’ll carry some lag (usually about 8ms). And let me tell you, that feels like an hour when you’re playing FPS games.
Do note that wireless mice can sometimes interfere with other wireless devices in your location, like a wireless G router or some 2.4 GHz cordless phones.
And those cons mentioned above are irrelevant when you’re using a wired mouse. You won’t need to worry about losing battery life because wired mice draw power using your USB cord. Plus, it’s perfect for gaming because you won’t have any lag when you’re aiming down that crosshair in your enemy’s head.
Size and Ergonomics
The most important thing to consider when buying a mice is how it feels. Having a mouse that perfectly fits your hands will make a huge difference. For the most part, size and ergonomics involves two things: size and grip. Size is depends on your hands or how portable you want your mouse to be and grips depends on how you handle your mouse. The two main grips are:
Palm Grip – This style of grip, you lay your entire hand on the mouse and you use your palm to move the mouse around. It’s typically faster than the other grip, but it’s also less precise. Usually, these mice have bigger bump on the back end for your palm to rest.
Claw Grip – As the name suggests, you’re holding the mouse like a claw. Often times you still rest your palm on the back but your fingers are arched in a claw-like fashion. It’s more precise but can be more straining than the palm grip.
With this, always remember that when buying a mouse, comfort is king. Remember that ergonomics is not a one-size-fits-all thing, and it can very depending on the size of your hands and the way you typically hold it. You should stick to what is more comfortable, not what’s pretty.
Programmable Buttons – Guys, extra buttons are not specifically designed for gamers only. You can program extra buttons to any functions. Just like my office mouse, I programmed them with back and forward when using the browser and file explorer. That way, I want have to reach for my backspace button or navigate my browser’s back button.
Advanced Scroll Wheel – There are mice out there that feature a fast scroll that’ll make your scroll wheel move fast, smoothly, and with momentum. Perfect for long excel sheets and long web pages.
DPI Buttons – Sensitivity is calculated in dots per inch (DPI). It determines how small of a movement you need to make for your cursor to move. Your everyday mouse typically won’t require such precise tracking and will get by just fine with a lower DPI mouse. You may even find the extra preciseness annoying. Gamers and graphic designers, however, will need that additional sensitivity. But if you’re looking for the best one, there are mice that have buttons on them that let you switch between different sensitivities without opening up the settings or control panel.
In conclusion, don’t base your purchase on how many buttons a mouse has. But do keep in mind that a few extra buttons on the side can make your work more efficient and faster.
Bottom line, do prioritize comfort and health first. You probably spend a good amount of hours sitting at your desk with these peripherals, so you have to pick one that helps you entirely. There is no “best mouse” for any category, but if you can narrow down the mouse that suits you with the categories above, you’ll find the perfect mouse for you.
Did we miss anything? What mouse are you using right now? Let us know in the comments section below!