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FrancesTheMute

I'll stick with my Mionix NAOS 8200. Managed to snag one from Newegg when they had it on sale 50% off. Great mouse, feels good, software is good, love the options I have with the LED lighting, although I'm boring so I just set it to match my keyboard's LED color.

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B.A.Frayd

You forgot the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. The mouse that would have won this round up hands-down.

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buttersoft

(I should being by saying don't take my word for any of this. It's important that you read it, but check the facts yourself, because the information is out there for you to find.)

NavarWynn has it right about the fact that optical sensors don't track well on shiny, transparent surfaces where Laser mice do. This is well known, BUT...

Laser sensors used in mice have in-built acceleration. That's ALL of them, no exceptions. There are also other issues with diagonal stepping and the way laser sensors work. (Ever watched your mouse cursor drift to one corner of the screen while using a laser mouse?) This is not normally a problem until it comes to the fine edge needed for FPS gaming.

Gaming is new, and gaming mice are even newer. A lot of really detailed information is very widely dispersed, and only just coming together properly. Among other things FPS gamers are starting to talk about sensors, how they work, and who makes them, rather than about whose name or branding is on the finished mouse. MPC is falling for the same marketing spin again and again. Shape is important, but the mouse underneath needs to work properly.

Optical sensors vary, but the best of them have no acceleration, and combined with decent firmware provide what is known as a high perfect control speed. Perfect control speed and accuracy are the most important things for an FPS gaming mouse, and any reviewer that ISN'T talking about it should be dismissed out of hand. Why do you think Steelseries built their latest flagship offering, the Rival, with an optical sensor?

Again, DO NOT think that because you bought a mouse and learned to use it, that mouse is any good. NO MOUSE with a laser sensor is capable of achieving a perfect one-to-one control speed for anything but slow movements. This means that while you can learn to adapt to a particular acceleration curve, if that mouse dies and is no longer made to the identical specs (and NO mouse has lasted more than about 3 years that way) you lose that fine edge when you change mice.

Laser is shit for twitch gaming, no matter what surface you use. Get a decent optical mouse and a close-weave cloth mousepad. Subjectivity just doesn't cut it anymore. It's no longer enough to say "I own this mouse and it's great it works for me." Please STOP posting comments like that.

TL:DR - http://i.imgur.com/5KQGP5l.jpg
that graphic pre-dates the steelseries Rival and Zowie EC1/2 "Cooller", so do your own research there.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Oh, boy....

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buttersoft

I'm all ears if you have anything to add ;)

I should add that while DPI and polling rate do count, beyond a certain point, say about 1200 DPI and 500Hz or even 250Hz, you won't notice any difference. This is not because things couldn't be smoother - they could, but the tech isn't there to support that. The manufacturer's 100K DPI laser is still using prediction to work out where it is because the surface you're using it on isn't perfectly flat at that resolution and scale. So the end result is still "grainy" even if the grains are so fine you're not noticing.

Some mice perform completely differently at different settings too, so be aware of that. This is especially true for laser mice, and for any given mouse you can't just double your DPI and halve your sensitivity, for example, and expect everything to feel the same but smoother.

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Guisano

Come on, MPC . . Razer is overpriced junk and their software is illegible. So is their website.

I had a Naga. Those buttons on the side don't work for me but that's my problem. What is a problem on their side is the cheap, shoddy, plastic that they use for the mouse buttons. The left side of mine fatigued and broke. Razer said that fatigue was misuse and not their fault. Funny . . use a mouse for its intended purpose and it's misuse.

I bought a Corsair M65 mouse for a replacement. It works great and the software package is easy to use and, oddly, legible. One of the selling points was that they have a guarantee of 20 million clicks. The Naga failed well under one million clicks, that's a fact. Oh . . it was about 2/3 the price of the Naga.

My Razer keyboard had the 'D' worn off and there's a space wearing on the space bar that's also had the black rubbed off of it. Razer doesn't seem to offer replacement keys. Maybe they do but trying to find that information on their website is an exercise in futility. Razer is highly overestimated and overpriced.

Spend your money elsewhere.

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Quenepas

THE BEST MOUSE AINT EVEN THERE!

The Anker Gaming mouse is the cheapest, has better build quality, is loaded with features, you can chnge the lighting to dozens of colors, include weights....

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Seven button, nine button, or eleven button?

Only one has an actual model name. I'm guessing you like the pointy one with all the lights (the seven button model).

Let me guess: Viral marketing Smurf account?

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azzazin5577

The G700 is the perfect mouse for me, its wired and wireless and it has the perfect amount of buttons; not to much not to little.

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vrmlbasic

Does the Ouroboros truly send its data over USB when plugged in? After the xbox 360 controllers and, if memory serves, the PS3 controllers not doing this I fear the worst.

I've seen the Ouroboros in person and it looked cool but, despite your argument on the first page of this article, I have no interest in a wireless mouse. I do, however, have interest in a mouse to replace my very aged Microsoft 5 button IntelliMouse.

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DOS 1

Still using a Microsoft Trackball explorer. I don't have to lift it all, unlike a mouse. Had it rebuilt on eBay with ceramic bearings. They still command the highest price of all input devices around. I have 5 of them and plan on using them forever until a better solution comes along.

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NavarWynn

The Achilles heel of the G602 is it's sensor. The best thing about a wireless gaming mouse is that I can map those buttons for tasks other than gaming. That means it's used every day, for 8hrs at a time.

However the 'HD optical' tracking sucks ass on any remotely smooth or glossy surface (even many laminate countertops). If you work/game on the go, then you don't often control where you set up. Which means that your optical mouse often doesn't work for snot -go laser or go home. Good wireless mice now are just fine for gaming, and I'll never go back to a corded mouse which seems to always add unexpected tension to your movement at inopportune times. It's frustrating as HELL when you miss a shot because your cord got caught on something and pulled taught at the wrong moment.

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Chad727

I've honestly never experienced these issues with my G602 on the coffee table with a glossy honey-oak finish that it typically sits on (sometimes my 8-month old necessitates me using it on the arm of the couch). I use a Cherry M-300R (1700 DPI laser) at work on a matte white finish desktop and I've missed more shots with that little bastard than the G602. By comparison I enjoy the G602 much more. I have G10 and G11 programmed to bounce between 2,500 and 500 dpi for sniping and I've never seen it skip around once I had figured out some hardware conflicts. Running in "gaming mode" for nearly two months now for over 12 hours a day and the software reports that it hasn't dropped below half charge. I even tested it on the side of a clear glass that was sitting on the table just for shit's sake and it still worked without issue. You really should give it a try in person if you get a chance. It may change your perception of optical tracking.

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DelroyMonjo

There is but 1 line of mice, mouses, meece, and its name is Logitech!

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trgz

So if this is a 'best gaming mice' review, and you admit straight-off that the R.A.T. M is inferior to the 7 (which you gave a 10), then why not include the R.A.T. 7 instead?

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Chad727

I picked up a Logitech G602 a couple of months ago and I like it so far. That's not to say it's been free of issues. I learned the hard way that it doesn't always play nice with other peripherals. It managed to saturate my front USB header when other devices became active, causing the pointer to skip around. Once plugged into it's own USB card and cable it works much better. I really like the texture and button placements. It's a great mouse for large hands and it's not too bad on the eyes either.

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thematejka

Maybe my problem was the same, but I thought my pointer skipping was due to connectivity issues. I had my G602 usb receiver plugged into the back of my case and experienced issues. As soon as I moved it to the front it was fine.

Ever since it has been the most amazing mouse I've ever owned. I use mine in economy/endurance mode and has been running since January (24/7) on a single charge.

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Chad727

The high data throughput is one of the reasons that it won't work with Unity I'm told. Too much data running through one USB port. Once I gave it it's own header and moved the receiver as far away as possible from any other transmitters it's behaved much better. (Naruto rules BTW!)

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Upyourbucket

You forgot to mention Logitech's T-bb18. Oh wait, Logitech discontinued the greatest trackball ever made. It was replaced with the M570, a wireless trackball mouse that is battery operated junk.If Logitech made a wired updated version of the M570, I think it would be better than all the mice mentioned in this list easily as far as gaming goes.

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reutnes

The graphic at the end was kinda neat but as a fingertip player, i can assure you that the arch of the mouse is literally irrelevant to me. Only my fingertips are touching the mouse after all, how high or low it is doesn't really end up mattering. I use an HP oem mouse (fairly low) all day at work and switch to my super arched Logitech G700 at home with basically no change in form.

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AndroRabbit

Would love to see a review on the Cobra E-Blue mice, or for that matter any of Cobra's gear. It's way cheaper than any of these mice and seems to work fairly well.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

They suck. The PTFE feet are too thin, so you have to use them on a hard surface (or put up with the bottom of the mouse dragging across a soft pad). And the thing is so small as to be fit only for little children. And the brand is E-3lue. The model is Cobra. The Mazer is probably a little better, because it is somewhat larger.

There's your review.

Get a Etekcity M555, instead. It's a big-boy mouse, and costs about $14.

http://www.amazon.com/Etekcity%C2%AE-Precision-Programmable-Adjustable-Gold-plated/dp/B00F3L19KQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398127376&sr=8-1&keywords=Etekcity+mouse

Mammoth hands might like the monstrous size of the AULA Ghost Shark. Thing's a beast. Best for those who don't pick up the mouse a lot while gaming.

http://www.amazon.com/GHOST-SHARK-400-2000-Expert-Gaming/dp/B00CDJRBKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398127404&sr=8-1&keywords=aula+mouse

I think the article favors advertisers. You can get better mice for less just by browsing the many unfamiliar brands at Amazon. Newegg has most of them, too.

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Ghost XFX

Just because a company is little known now, doesn't mean it won't be known later. Plenty of lesser knowns became famous later on. If you want to stick with the well knowns, no problem go ahead and pay the price of premium products. But that don't mean they're better than the other guys, just means you didn't take a chance to try the other products to find out if they are.

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AndroRabbit

Oh yeah, definitely hire this one to write crap for the mag.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

At least I know the difference between a brand name and a model name.

Why are you all wet in the panties over a cheap piece of plastic turd?

But, please—by all means—go ahead and write your own pro gamer review of that paragon of gaming hardware, Cobra's E-Blue mouse. I'd love to read it.

Waiting....

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BrainFlush

Still promoting garbage mice. Cheap QA and no customer support. Go for it. Even cheaper quality parts and plastic inside.

Don't you get it? The people who buy those mice are first time gamers or casuals without a clue and don't know any better. Wait. How about just cheap people.

I don't use Razer as I hate their products. I use Corsair. So don't come back with some BS snide comment about sheep and eating it all up. Your ignorance is sad.

And unlike you, when you click on my profile you see a link to my Steam account. I ain't some clueless chump boy.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I can tell that you are a force to be reckoned with. I cannot best your towering intellect and preternatural physical prowess. Your brilliant riposts counter all opposition with an almost divine grace and authority. We are all of us but worms writhing in your shadow.

Now go play in traffic, while I wait for Darwinism to do its thing.

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BrainFlush

Boring...so boring. Your canned responses are as cheap as the mice you buy.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Maybe I could get a better mouse by sitting on my ass, drawing a disability check? What do you think? Is that the path to wealth and power?

Please respond soon—I'm dying to know how it's done!

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Peanut Fox

I retired my still working Logitech G5v2 some time ago and have been rocking a G700 since. Wired or wireless I absolutely love it. I also have a Logitech G600 that I use on rare occasion, and it's also pretty good, if not a bit odd with the wide grip.

As a side note, Logitech's software only keeps getting better. Certainly not perfect, but I'm willing to bet none of the other's are as good, or accommodate as many of their in house products. G5, G600, G700, G510, G11. No matter what I plug it, it remembers my settings and almost always just works.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

A few years back, they used that software to gimp some of the older, popular mice, such as the early MX 500 series. The idea was that if they removed some of the programmability, gamers would rush out to buy newer, more expensive mice. Instead, they just pissed off a lot of gamers and lost customers. Likewise, when Logitech realized their Illuminated keyboards were popular with gamers, they engineered key blocking into them, preventing normal operation during most any FPS or sim. Again, the idea was that gamers would jump over to their more expensive "gaming" keyboards. Pretty fucking lame.

But, yeah, their software has gotten better. Then again, look how many years it's taken just to get the basic functionality it has now.

Personally, I'll never buy another Logitech product, not until they stop fucking gamers.

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slagz

Ive been using the Logitech G700s since Christmas. I absolutely love it! My favorite features are the 4 thumb buttons. Left, right (awesome for scrolling wide docs) and middle clicks on the wheel. 5 button profiles, switchable on the fly. A button for switching the scroll wheel to click or free spin(awesome for walkthroughs). cordless and rechargeable. And of course the customizable, switchable DPI values on the fly.

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draconis123

I always play at either 4800 or 6400 dpi depending on the game. 6400 for fps and regular use and 4800 for rpgs. Anything less and it's pretty unplayable for me. So I don't agree with your "above 4000" comments.

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Obsidian

Logitech G9x 4-LYFE! (I jest) Then I got the G602 wireless mouse and I liked the fuller palm more than the G9x, although the wireless mouse isn't as responsive as the old wired G9x.

There's the upcoming offering from Logitech that kind of combines the best of both worlds with the G502 Proteus. I may eventually pick up one and give it a spin, but these toys aren't getting any cheaper. I'm sure the G502 wasn't available at the time this was written. Have Logitech send one so you can give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

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leetNightshade

I'm not really a fan of most of these mice. The Logitech G500 is a pretty bitching mouse, and it's been around for a long time now.

I am curious why you picked the Logitech G602, it's the wireless version of the G502. Just because it's a higher number doesn't mean it's newer or the superior mouse. I'm sure if you reviewed the 502 it'd be better rated because it doesn't have the downsides of being wireless; I at least would be curious to see what you would rate it at.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Their ratings don't matter. They exist for entertainment purposes, only. Don't let yourself be guided by them.

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Rogue74

I got a Logitech G500 right before Battlefield 3 came out. I like the grip on Logitech's mice over most others. I initially got a Razer Mamba and the arch didn't feel right for my grip. I was constantly hitting the right mouse button by accident. I never saw a need for the weights the G500 came with though. I don't know why you'd want a heavier mouse.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It matters more when you are lifting and repositioning the mouse during gaming. Not everybody does that.

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methuselah

I owned a RAT 9 and HATED it. The software is too clunky to use, you can't bind the scroll wheel to any keys and there's no wheel "side" scrolling (which I also bind to keys). Then there's the hardware... Tracking problems (on two replaced mice)and their service dept blows chow. One day, they may realize that it's the customer that keeps them in business.
I personally will never own or recommend another Mad Catz product, thus why I make my comment here.

The only thing I truly miss is the pinky tray you can attach to the side of the mouse. Why no other mouse manufacturer allows for this (are you listening Logitech???) is beyond me.

Am I really the only person out there that hates dragging their pinky across the mouse pad?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Nope. It drives me bat shit crazy. What's the point of the PTFE feet and fancy pads, when our palms and fingers hand off the back and sides of these tiny mice? Nearly every mouse I have ever seen, I've thought needed to be 20% larger.

Seriously, mice need to come in different sizes, just like gloves.

You can get an AULA Ghost Shark. Unless you have gorilla hands, you won't drag along the mouse pad. Thing is, it's not the kind of mouse you want to be picking up and moving during an intense game. So, get a BIG mouse pad, or turn the sensitivity up.

http://www.amazon.com/GHOST-SHARK-400-2000-Expert-Gaming/dp/B00CDJRBKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398129735&sr=8-1&keywords=aula+mouse

It is the most comfortable mouse in the world. Using it is like having your hand in a big, soft recliner.

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fygquas

BTW, what do you think of Mionix Naos?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The 3200 and 8000 are trash. The NAOS 7000 has one of the best optical sensors in the world, but only performs well on certain surfaces. The hard, shiny surfaces some gamers prefer don't work well. I believe it comes with a surface analyzer.

Bear in mind that it is a palm grip mouse, not the kind you pick up and move around while you play. You'll want a BIG mouse pad, or high sensitivity. That said, it's supposed to be one of the most comfortable palm mice around. I cannot find a bad review of the thing; everyone loves them.

As long as the price doesn't bother you, it's a safe bet.

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FrancesTheMute

I have the NAOS 8200. It's one of the best mice I've ever used, I have no issues with the sensor. I use a Razer mousing surface, seems to work fine. Especially since I got it when Newegg had it on sale 50% off!

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fygquas

I've tried Roccat Kova+ (good but too small, I think this is shaped after the Steelseries Kana/Kinzu), wanted to buy Roccat Kone+ (reviews praised this, even though CustomPC/Bit-tech.net dislike it because it leaves the little finger dangling), so I got the Mionix Naos 3200 because CustomPC likes that it has resting space for the little finger.

Assuming that all the Naos have the same body and surface coating, then I would say it's not comfortable enough for me. Maybe it doesn't offer me the right grip style or maybe it's just the surface coating, but for whatever reason, my hand gets too sweaty using it.

I've also tried the Logitech G400 that seemingly everyone seems to go crazy for. The arch is high AND facing the wrong way, it's very fatigue- and perhaps RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury)-inducing for me. The only good thing is the surface coating doesn't attract sweat and grime.

The only mouse I've ever liked a lot is the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse (the one with two grooves on top). The arch is high but it's angled right. Plus, the base is wide enough to allow my little finger to rest on it. The surface used is tacky to touch and attracts grime easily, but the grip is too damn comfortable, you wouldn't care. Shame that they don't have these in high DPI version. Do you know other mouse with similar size and shape (grooves optional)?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

That's a weird shape for mice. Most are higher toward the ass. Some are high in the middle.

You didn't specify wired or wireless; you seem more concerned with shape. And I don't know if you move your mouse around (pick it up & reposition it) when you game or work. That said, here are a few safe picks, in no particular order:

Sharkoon Drakonia Black $50
• Rosewill Reflex RGM-1000 $40
• UtechSmart High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse with 8000 DPI, $34
• Anker® CG100 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse, $40
Anker® C200 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse with 6 Buttons, $14
Anker Programmable Gaming Laser Mouse with 5000 DPI, $36
CM Storm Havoc, $50

The three mice preceded by the • share the same shell, and therefore the same shape. We have a couple wireless Anker C200 mice, and they are comfortable.

There's also the Redragon Mammoth, but that's not a mouse you pick up & move around. Still, ridiculously comfortable.

And then there is the OCZ Behemoth. You may be able to get one off eBay. Some day.

If you DON'T need to pick your mouse up while you play, you might light the AULA Ghost Shark, which is probably the most comfortable mouse on the planet. And then there is the Redragon Mammoth, which I mentioned, above. Remember, if you tend to lift your mouse a lot while gaming, you probably don't want either of those.

A cheap trick: Change the height of your chair, thus changing the angle between the forearm and mouse. This can greatly alter the comfort of any mouse. Also, don't be afraid of putting your hand somewhere other than where you "think" it belongs. Many mice need the palm more forward than expected, leaving the fingertips extending slightly past the ends of mouse 1 and 2. The Logitech G400 is such a mouse.

The longer the mouse, the less height you need. Most mice are too small, betraying the narrow-mindedness prevalent throughout the gaming peripherals industry.

Good luck!

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fygquas

As per your suggestion, I tried putting my hands more forward on the G400. The grip is more comfortable, but then there is now a gap between my wrist and the table. Not sure if true or not, I have read somewhere that when your wrist floats above the table, you can get carpal tunnel syndrome. Raising the chair does nothing for this, also why change the chair height when your legs are already comfortable? I resorted to using a wrist rest to reduce this gap, but with the wrist dragging across the wrist rest, I now get extra drag which I think would be bothersome when I need to move the mouse around quickly. Even more problematic is that just as my fingers are now positioned more forward, so is my thumb. Folding in the thumb to press the "page back" button just feels really awkward, unintuitive and unergonomic.

I like your recommendations for mice with "safe" shape, but I am really after those mice with a less unorthodox shape, mice that looks weird until you try it, mice like the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer, because that's just too damn comfortable. Whereas safe shape symmetrical mice like Kinzu/Kana/Roccat Kova feels normal and fatigue-free, the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse feels like your hand is at optimal resting position.

By the way, I don't lift up my mouse, so I don't understand why some people do that?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Gamers using very low sensitivities often run out of mouse pad, and have to move their mouse back to "center."

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draconis123

I'm surprised. I have a RAT 9 and I love it. Never had any problems with it. Although over time the battery life isn't the greatest but otherwise it's awesome. I love the pinkie tray too.

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buttersoft

I bought a RAT 7 a while ago because it looked cool and customisable, and got thoroughly burned. The main problem was the laser stepping diagonally on my cloth mousepad, or indeed on any mousepad I tried, and even on my desk itself. It has taken me 18months to track down that problem, but i finally understand what the issue was. I thought it was vibration from the running machine on my desk, and while that might trigger it, in fact it's symptomatic of massive tracking and fine control issues and the RAT series is actually complete shit. The mouse has a shit-ton of other issues and MPC needs to stop recommending it.

DO NOT presume that because you bought a RAT and like it that the mouse is any good. You're only hurting yourself by using it. See my comment further up for more info on decent mice.

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Dorito Bandit

My Logitech G400s Optical Mouse is just fine, thank you. :)