lickrichtungen change, change weapons, pull the trigger: A precise gaming mouse is designed for PC gamers, the most important tool at all. The problem: The plastic rodents jostle by the hundreds in the dealer shelves. They are available in large, in small, with many and few control buttons, with cable and wireless. Which is the right one? COMPUTER IMAGE GAMES had up-to-date models for Windows PCs in the test and reveals what matters.

Logitech G703 Lightspeed © Logitech
Asus ROG Strix Evolve © Asus
Razer Naga Trinity © Razer

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The mouse celebrates its 55th birthday

The first mouse presented the engineer Douglas C. Engelbart already in 1963, then made of wood. But because at that time were far from applications and operating systems such as Windows with its graphical interface in view, the Engelbart invention remained unnoticed. It was not until the mid-1980s that the input device became the standard: operating Windows ? With the keyboard too cumbersome! Edit photos and videos? Without a mouse, unthinkable! Just like shooter or strategy title on PC play.

10 million clicks, 300 kilometers

In doing so, gamers are putting incredible strain on the small input devices: whoever plays three or four times a week, presses the mouse’s control buttons up to ten million times within three to four years. And although gamers often steer the mouse only a few centimeters to the left, right, front and back, the Teflon feet attached to the underside slide 250 to 300 kilometers across the table during this period – virtually from Berlin to Hamburg.

Hama Rage Reaper Revolution © Hama

Like a small PC: Under the case (pictured here the Hama Rage Reaper Revolution model), sensors and tiny processors capture and calculate every mouse and scroll wheel movement as well as button operations.

Gaming mouse and high scanning depths

A gaming mouse must be so robust. But which equipment is important? In addition to the two usual control buttons and the scroll wheel, one or two thumb buttons are recommended, which can be assigned functions by driver – for example, for the nimble activation of the healing spell in role play, Or for a command sequence (macro) like: Run ten steps forward, fire a volley and then duck. In addition, all buttons need a noticeable resistance. Anyone who clicks on an online shooter inadvertently, because there is no feedback, virtually blesses the temporal. Useful is often an additional key for the rapid change of the scanning depth. Thus, without interrupting the game and detour via the driver to change the scanning depth – for example, if a sniper wants to aim pixel-precise with a sniper rifle, then he simply down from nimble 2,000 dpi to more leisurely 1,000 dpi down.

Pointless dpi delusion in gaming mice

Speaking of scanning depth: Manufacturers like advertising at high dpi rates – dpi stands for “dots per inch”. The higher the dpi value of a mouse, the more accurately your optical sensor scans the ground. Example: At 2,000 dpi, the mouse captures the movement 2,000 times in a 2.54 centimeter (1 inch = 2.54 centimeters) movement and translates them into the game. The more dpi, the better? No, because in practice, a high rate does not automatically mean more precision! On the contrary, if you set the scan depth of the Razer Lancehead or Razer Naga Trinity to the maximum value of 16,000 dpi, a hand shake is enough to change the direction of view unintentionally by 180 degrees. This is counterproductive for precise goals. Depending on your taste, a scan depth of 2,000 to 4,000 dpi is completely sufficient for gambling – everything else is nonsense.

Razer Naga Trinity © Razer

The Razer Naga Trinity comes with exchangeable side shells : for titles like “WoW” with many buttons (1) , with a “button wheel” (2) for games like “Battlefield” or classic with two thumb buttons (3) .

The polling rate must be correct

Much more important for the accuracy of a mouse is the so-called polling rate. It influences how quickly commands such as mouse movements and key operations actually arrive at the computer. At a rate of 125 Hertz, as provided by the tested Sharkoon Shark Force, mouse data is polled every eight milliseconds. For gamers, it should be at least 500 hertz, optimal are 1,000 hertz as in the rest of the test field. The transfer to the PC takes place once every millisecond – 1,000 times a second.

Wireless gaming mice

In recent years, gamers mostly prefer to use mice with cables instead of wireless technology. And there were good reasons for this: many players complained about unstable wireless connections and exorbitant low polling rates in wireless models. Inputs landed so often only with great delay in the PC. This is now different: In this comparison, there are three wireless mice, all of which even tiny changes in position precise and jagged transfer into the game. If you want more comfort, you can safely use a wireless mouse. And what if the battery is empty? No problem: with the exception of the Logitech G603, the tested wireless mice do not have to pause in the charging station. Players simply plug in a USB cable for charging – and continue gambling.

Razer BlackWidow Chroma © Razer
SteelSeries APEX M800 © SteelSeries
Mad Catz STRIKE 7 © Mad Catz

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Do not bend your thumb

Basically: Try the mouse you want before you buy: Is it good in your hand? Are there any sharp edges? Can you handle the weight? IMPORTANTLY IMPORTANT: If you have to bend your thumb and fingers completely for extra loads, you definitely have the wrong gaming mouse in your hand.

Conclusion: Comparison test gaming mice

The Logitech G703 is a well-made, no-frills gaming mouse that quickly and accurately translates motion and clicks into the game. Practical: It can be operated both by cable and wirelessly. If you do not have 100 Euros left for the Logitech, you will not go wrong with the Rapoo Vpro V280, which is slightly worse and lacks weights, but works just as fast and precise while playing – and costs a lot a price of 45 euros not even half.