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The mouse is to the gamer what the Katana is to the ninja. You live and die by it. It's what separates you from the in-game pack and makes you reign supreme on that score board. So, be wise and know your mouse well.
We've explained the key gaming mouse technologies and features below, with the goal of helping you understand them better and allowing you to make a well-informed buying decision.
Different designs fit different hands and play styles. Left handed? Try an ambidextrous mouse.
Depending on hand size or grip style, each gamer will have a unique way they hold their mouse. Check out grip styles and sizing guide to find what suits you.
Used to track the motion of the mouse. Most sensors these days are of such high quality, it's become less of a focus when choosing a mouse.
Designed to suit both left and right-handed gamers. The shape will usually be symmetrical in order to feel the same in both hands but many brands opt for one set of side buttons on the left side.
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Typically designed with right-handed gamers in mind and is formed to suit the natural curvatures of your hand as closely as possible.
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The way you grip the mouse. There are three categories, Claw, Palm and Fingertip as described below.
Your hand forms a claw shape, with your fingertips on the main buttons and your palm touching the back of the mouse.
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Your palm lays on the mouse along with your fingers down to the buttons.
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Only your fingertips are in contact with the mouse, with your palm raised up away from the mouse.
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The distance between the two sides of the mouse where you typically grip your thumb and pinky/ring finger.
Material used for Mouse Skates, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) provides minimal friction for your mouse to smoothly glide across your mousepad.
A design pattern used on the shell of mice. Holes are removed from the shell which represent a honeycomb pattern as a way to reduce the amount of material used, lowering the overall weight.
A rougher, dull looking coating which provides a better grip for gamers with dry hands.
A shiny, smoother coating, often preferred for gamers with sweatier hands to improve grip.
Refers to the amount of flex in the mouse shell/housing. This is seen as a reflection on the build quality.
Optical Sensors use a camera with the aid of an infrared or LED light to track the surface and report what speed the mouse is being moved at.
Also uses a camera and light to track the surface but with a laser, instead of an LED light.
The velocity (not speed) which your cursor will move when moving your mouse. For example, moving your mouse slowly will not result in a high velocity and not travel a great distance. However, moving your mouse quickly will increase the velocity, allowing it to travel further.
This helps a sensor predict movement in order to make small adjustments to smooth the course of travel.
When describing a mouse sensitivity, both CPI and DPI are referring to the same thing: How far the mouse cursor moves when the gamer moves the mouse.
CPI refers to the amount of steps the mouse will register when it travels across one inch. The higher the CPI, the greater the sensitivty of the mouse.
DPI signifies the number of individual dots that a mouse can detect in a line within the span of one inch. Again, relating to the sensitivity of the mouse.
The distance at which your Mouse Sensor stops tracking when being lifting away from the surface. Typically, this will only be a few millimetres on high quality sensors found in gaming mice.
The speed your mouse communicates data to your PC, measured in Hertz. Many gamers set their mice to at least 500Hz to avoid input lag at a lower rate but also to avoid demanding more CPU power at a higher rate.
Also known as the 'Sniper Button'. This button changes the DPI settings of the mouse, to increase or decrease the sensitivity.
The position of the sensor in relation to the front and back of the mouse. You'll find most are in the centre but the odd model can be slightly more towards to the front of the mouse.
The mouse switch is the part underneath the button. When the mouse is clicked, the switch is the part that sends the signal that an action has occurred.
Clicks Per Second... As it says on the tin...
The cooldown time after the switch (click) has been activated, before it can be activated again.
How many clicks the switch has before it packs up and calls it a day. Luckily, some switches can last for 50 million clicks 😎
The distance to the actuation point of the mouse. Basically, how far it travels until the click takes place.
Can range between paracords, braided and rubber cables.
A type of cable used for increased flexibility, removing stiffness normally found in rubber/braided cables. With greater flexibility, the cable offers less resistance to mouse movements.
A heavier, more durable cable material. Will last longer and withstand extreme forms of use.
A handy little cable management device that prevents your mouse cable dragging or snagging.
A thin adhesive tape to stick on your mouse which provides additional grip.
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Often referred to as Mouse Feet, skates are the pads on the bottom of your mouse which are used to glide on the mousepad. These are provided with the mouse, however, will need replacing once worn down.
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There are many factors that come into play when sizing your mouse, such as shape and grip style, but we've focused on the size of your hand comparitive to the mouse itself.
Length: Measure your hand from the base of your palm to the top of your middle finger.
Width: Measure from the knuckle of your thumb to the edge of your palm.
*These sizes should only be used as a guide, but we would love to hear your feedback on your own personal experience. All mouse sizes shown here at EG are based on this guide.
When you're looking to switch out your skates, you’ll need to choose replacements that fit your specific model of mouse due to each mouse having a different layout on its base where the skates are installed. The exception being brands who use the same mouse chassis for multiple models, but that will be mentioned on the skates product description.
Once you have your replacement mouse skates in hand, it's now time to remove your old ones from the base of the mouse. There are a few different methods to do this, but we’ll cover the main, most reliable method (in our opinion):
Method: Hairdryer & Spudger (removal tool)
This method involves using the hairdryer to heat up the glue underneath the mouse feet. Once the glue has been heated long enough, use a spudger (a flat plastic tool with a sharp end) or a knife to scrape underneath the feet to peel them off — be careful if using a knife! Be careful when using the hairdryer too, as you want to avoid overheating the mouse, which can cause damage to your mouse (plastic melting or warping) and also cause injury to yourself, so proceed with caution.You can use the spudger or knife on its own without using the hairdryer, especially if you're unsure of how long to heat the feet up by. This may leave traces of glue on the bottom of the mouse however, which will need to be removed before attaching the new mouse feet.
Installing your new skates
Once you have removed all the old skates from the base your mouse, give the surface a clean by using rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl). This will remove any excess adhesive that may still be present. Leave the mouse to dry, and then it's time to apply the new ones.Almost all aftermarket mouse skates will be a simple case of peeling and sticking onto the mouse, ensuring the feet are applied evenly to prevent any air bubbles from appearing.
Are you tired of your mouse slipping and sliding all over the place during intense gaming sessions? Installing mouse grip tape may be the solution you're looking for! It's a quick and easy way to improve your grip and control over your mouse.
With a little preparation and some simple steps, you can enjoy better control and performance like the pros.
The first step is to choose the grip tape that suits your preference. You can choose between a DIY sheet or a pre-cut option. If you opt for the DIY sheet, make sure to measure and cut the tape to fit your mouse's size. On the other hand, pre-cut options come in ready-to-use sizes and shapes, so you can simply peel off the backing paper and apply the tape to your mouse without the need for any cutting.
Before applying the grip tape, it is essential to clean your mouse to remove any dirt or oils that may interfere with the grip tape's adhesion. Use a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol to gently clean the surface of your mouse, taking care not to damage the coating. Make sure to remove all the dirt and oil residues, especially around the edges of your mouse.
With your DIY or pre-cut grip tape ready, it's time to apply it to your mouse. Start by peeling off the backing paper from one corner of the tape, making sure not to remove too much of the adhesive backing at once. Carefully align the tape with the edge of your mouse and begin pressing it down firmly, using a credit card or similar tool to smooth out any creases or bumps as you go. This will help ensure that the tape adheres evenly and stays in place for longer. Take your time and work carefully to achieve the best results.
Finally, once the grip tape is properly applied, use a sharp hobby knife or scissors to trim any excess grip tape from around the edges of your mouse. Trimming the edges gives your mouse a clean and finished look.
And that's it! You're now ready to take your gaming to the next level with your newly gripped mouse. Say goodbye to slipping and sliding, and hello to better control and performance.
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