PC gaming enthusiasts are known to want the very best when it comes to hardware, whether it be the latest hex-core CPUs or Graphics cards with enough raw performance to fly a space shuttle. Being at the No.1 spot is what it’s all about and some will pay an insane amount of money to do so.
More often than not, people forget that the smallest little details makes the biggest difference. Yes, you may own the fastest computer on the planet and the skill to take on the world of online or offline gaming., but games nowadays, especially FPS, need you to be precise and accurate. A split second delay could be the difference between life and death and this is more evident in Online Multiplayer gaming, where you go up against actual people with an equal or greater skillset. Having the hardware which gives you the precision and accuracy to take them down (before they do the same to you) is the need of the day. Regular mice just can’t cut it as they aren’t built for the task at hand, they are created keeping in mind day to day usage where precision and accuracy mean squat.
This is where Gaming Mice come in, designed from the ground up for gamers who demand the very best and loaded with tech not found in your standard run-of-the-mill mouse. Gaming mice are built keeping in mind the multitude of features required by your typical gamer. While a higher DPI and ergonomics are at the top of the list, things like extra buttons for weapon and DPI switching are also requested.
Choosing one which fits your requirements and at the budget you want it to fit in can be a headache. So we at Tech2 decided to give you our choices for the top five gaming mice under Rs. 5,000. We have tried to include Mice which suit all type of gamers, so if you are someone who wants just a basic ‘no frills’ entry-level mouse or a hardcore gamer who needs multiple profiles with buttons for your spells, we have just the thing for you.
Ye old faithful, as I call the MX518, released way back in 2005 and is still popular to this day (albeit with a few upgrades). It has been a mainstay for gamers who are just starting out or want bang for their buck gaming mouse. The MX518 packs in a 1800 DPI sensor which provides a great platform for newbies to start honing their skills. Ergonomically, it's one of the best gaming mice we have tested, in the way that it is moulded perfectly for all types of grips and hand sizes. The two programmable buttons near the thumb rest, as well as the DPI switchers, are perfectly placed and don’t require the user to fumble about when using them. When it comes to looks, Logitech has given the MX518 a holographic dented look which is in line with the whole concept of gaming.
At a street price of Rs. 1,200, the MX518 is not only one of the cheapest gaming out there, but is also one of the best.
The Razer Abyssus is a simple ‘no frills’ gaming mouse with one simple agenda, Kill thy enemy. The Abyssus does away with the bulky design that a lot of gaming mice tend to go after and offers an exquisitely carved slim body with the blue Razer logo to offset the matte black colour and add a little ‘bling’ to it. One thing worth noting is that the Abyssus is much smaller than your average mouse, so do keep that in mind if you intend to purchase one.
The Abyssus is not all talk and no walk, the 3500 DPI with an infrared sensor, which is customizable via the Mechanical DPI switches at the bottom of the mouse, allows you to customize the mouse to your exact liking. The 1 ms response time adds to accuracy and delivers headshots at the drop of a dime. Lefties will feel right at home as the Abyssus is one of the few gaming mice which are ambidextrous in design and allow the switching of buttons via the bundled software.
At Rs. 1,499, the Abyssus will suit those who want a simple 3 button gaming mouse which is light in weight and fulfills the need for users who have small hands.
SteelSeries Ikari Optical
The SteelSeries Ikari Optical Mouse is one that is directed specifically towards FPS gamers. FPS gaming, especially the competitive side requires the user to be as sharp as a tack. The ability to turn on a dime a pop that noob, who thinks that you are nothing more than cannon fodder, is paramount and is what will put you at the top of your game.
The Ikari sports an optical sensor which allows for a larger number of Frames per second to be processed by the mouse. This offers a big increase in precision for the user. The Mouse is great for those who want a big mouse with a low amount of weight. It was a snug fit in our hands and felt really good when it was time to bust some caps. The Ikari also features driverless plug and play support which is a big boon for gamers who frequent LAN parties or like using their own equipment at tournaments. The sensitivity switch is right below your thumb and makes making changes a snap.
Priced at Rs. 2,499 it fits in perfectly for those who are totally into FPS gaming and need the accuracy to pop off long range headshots with little effort.
Apart from having a really awesome name, the Razer Naga is also an excellent MMO mouse. Featuring the same precision and accuracy as its brothers, it goes further by adding in seventeen buttons for the MMO-mad gamers to play with. Twelve of them are situated near the user thumb and are arranged in a nice little grid, while the other two are placed near the index finger. All seventeen buttons are programmable via the downloadable software.
Ergonomically it's very similar to the Mamba, and users with different grips and hand sizes can easily settle down after a few minutes of use. MMO gamers will love the Naga as it allows then to bind their macros to the buttons and can do so with ease. Another great feature which MMO gamers will gobble up is the ability to download add-ons which brings in the ability to configure the keypad buttons in-game.
With a street price of Rs. 4,200, it’s a good price for someone who is a dedicated DoTA or WoW player and wants to be in control of his powers all the time.
The Cooler Master Inferno was quite a surprise for us. It managed to combine all the features expected from a gaming mouse and has managed to deliver it a superb price. The Inferno is an upgrade over the CM Advance and features a 4000 DPI sensor and is scarily precise. Add to that the multitude of customizable buttons and a design which mimics the new Bat-mobile, which the Inferno quite the amazing mouse. Movement is sharp and with well placed buttons, switching sensitivities and weapons is as easy as pie.
The Inferno also has rubberized sides which make long gaming sessions comfortable and with the ability to store various profiles via the 128kb on-board memory, it’s a great choice for those who switch between multiple profiles within the same game. The driver-less plug and play support also make it a great choice for people who attend LAN parties.
At Rs. 3,300 it’s a great product which not only delivers on performance, but also on the price point as well.
So there you have it, our top picks of Gaming Mice for those who need something different for their unique needs. We do understand that there are others which you may prefer over the ones we have chosen; if so, do let us know in the comments section.
Published Date: Jan 21, 2011 05:06 pm | Updated Date: Jan 21, 2011 05:06 pm