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The JG Man
20-05-2012, 03:32 PM
My mouse (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004H4CGHU) has died. It was a good mouse, but lasted just over a year until its right button unceremoniously died on me. I paid 17 for it, bundled with a mouse pad. I liked that mouse. Alas, I can like it no more.

That is why I am coming to you, good people of RPSia. Because you all use mice. And have nice shiny ones, I imagine.

My knowledge of mice is pretty limited, I suppose. I have no real budget in place, but I'd prefer to spend sub 50 (~$75-80). I don't care much for game profiles, although having additional buttons on the side is quite nice for things like Mumble and what not. I mostly want something that is sturdy and will last some time. Ideally, something in the middle that is neither too limited, nor too overbearing, as much as a mouse can be. Simple, but not lacking. In terms of design, I don't want anything with tribal decorations with enough LEDs to light the London sky-line, but I also don't overly care if the mouse itself is good. The only reservation I have is that I'm not only a lefty, but one of those weird ones who uses the mouse in the left-hand anyhow. A lot of mice are obviously designed for right handed people and whilst the newly-deceased (that's not quite true - I can still use it, sans easy right clicking) was too, it wasn't too bad, my hand still comfortably fit round it.

I know that comes off as quite listy, but I also know that I don't want something that has to be replaced in 13 months time. Just a solid mouse that works, really.

Thank you muchly in advance.

slick_101
20-05-2012, 04:55 PM
So you're looking for:

Price range-ish: 50
more than a standard amount of buttons but nothing stupid
No stupid decorations but has to look nice
is a lefty but can use a right handed layout of mice?

The JG Man
20-05-2012, 05:02 PM
Essentially. The fifty is more of an upper-limit, but if there is something truly fantastic that's 51, I'm not going to ignore it. Button-wise, the one I have has dpi change on the go and two side buttons, so something around that is fine. Don't really care about aesthetics, so long as it's not completely gaudy and yes, any mouse is fine so long as it's not seemingly unusable by someone left-handed.

psyk
20-05-2012, 05:12 PM
I really like my razer imperator my steel series ikari was a nice basic mouse to but I had some problems with the connection in the mouse failing on both the ones I brought.

lol razer has both the things you don't want but they are subtle.

http://i.imgur.com/yKmG8.jpg (http://drh2.img.digitalriver.com/DRHM/Storefront/Company/razerusa/images/product/gallery/Razer-Imperator-Gallery2.jpg)

The logo led slowly flashes on and off or you can have it off altogether the scroll wheel is always on but can also be turned off.

slick_101
20-05-2012, 05:27 PM
Roccat Kova + (http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Mice/ROCCAT-Kova-/) Will do the trick perfect for ya, it's brilliant and can be used either right handed or left handed which is a big plus, it's 40 searching with google. And of course, the lights can be switched off.

Colonel J
20-05-2012, 05:33 PM
I bought one of these last year and still very happy with it - CM Storm Sentinel (http://www.ebuyer.com/267139-cm-storm-sentinel-zero-g-8-button-laser-mouse-sgm-6001-gllw1) 40 or you may find it cheaper on promotion from Overclockers in their weekly discounts.

Though it's a bit scalloped on the left hand side, designed for the thumb of a right handed person using those two buttons, this may be an issue depending on what you're used to using left-handed.

5600dpi is way more than I ever use but you can set what you want on-the fly from the preset buttons. as you're used to.

The JG Man
20-05-2012, 05:51 PM
Thanks guys, appreciate this so far. Looking to get something fairly quickly, ie. by the end of the week, so this is all good. The Kova I've seen elsewhere and I'm sure on here too, so it's definitely making its rounds. Cheers all.

slick_101
20-05-2012, 06:00 PM
Well. I'm a bit of a Roccat Fan boy, I've got my self the Kave 5.1 and the old Kone mouse. Will be getting a keyboard from them when my G15 dies

Patrick Swayze
20-05-2012, 06:14 PM
I was going to recommend a Microsoft Sidewinder gaming mouse which is probably the greatest gaming mouse to have ever existed but it seems they have gone extinct and are only for ridiculous sums or cheap but used on amazon.

If you can track one down you wont be disappointed.

JohnnyMaverik
20-05-2012, 07:15 PM
RAT 5's are pretty cheep, saw one the other day for 40... although gaudy, but worth a look: http://www.cyborggaming.com/prod/rat5.htm (don't buy it from there, way overpriced). The adjustability (both in weight and size, plus some extra panelling opinions such as palm and pinky rests come with it) is a big plus. The ones that Slick and Colonel J recommended both look pretty nice. Also worth looking at the various Razer options out there.

Ravelle
20-05-2012, 11:25 PM
I am a Razer enthusiast and am still enjoying my Deathadder.

The JG Man
21-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Microsoft Sidewinder

Yeah, it looks like the ones you can buy new are either crazy expensive or comparatively beaten. Still, some of them do look understandable crazy awesome.


RAT 5's

I almost want one so that I can whisper into it at night saying "Autobots, transform and roll out!" *sound effect*


I am a Razer enthusiast and am still enjoying my Deathadder.

Looking at it, seems like the pricier models are the better ones (well duh!) but that the price for those is considerably over 50?

So far, the Roccat is winning. Your input is all greatly appreciated though :)

Jams O'Donnell
21-05-2012, 01:15 PM
This is my mouse of choice: Logitech G9x, ~53 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001RQAMIG/ref=asc_df_B001RQAMIG7954471?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B001RQAMIG)

High DPI (and on-the-fly DPI switching), configurable profiles, a weight tray, interchangeable grips (!) ... I've had mine for four years (because I'm anal and keep all my reciepts I see I got it on Jan 25 2008) and it's still going strong.

Chaz
21-05-2012, 02:50 PM
I have a Sharkoon Fireglider (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharkoon-Fireglider-Laser-Mouse-Black/dp/B003C4FW7C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337607984&sr=8-1), which is pretty good for the money, not much more than 20. Used to have a Razor before that but had problems with the drivers and the mouse not coming on at bootup etc. The Razers look nice and stylish but are frankly over priced for what you get.

psyk
21-05-2012, 04:57 PM
Just put this here
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/razer_imperator_gaming_mouse_review/6
and this
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/steelseries_ikari_laser_gaming_mouse/1

The JG Man
21-05-2012, 08:18 PM
This is my mouse of choice: Logitech G9x, ~53 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001RQAMIG/ref=asc_df_B001RQAMIG7954471?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B001RQAMIG)

Seems pretty cool and the fact it's lasted 4 and a half years is a pretty big plus. My only issue is that at about 10 more than some of the others, I'm not entirely sure what it offers over them?


Sharkoon Fireglider (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharkoon-Fireglider-Laser-Mouse-Black/dp/B003C4FW7C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337607984&sr=8-1).

Seems like a good, cheaper alternative if I end up deciding to go that route.



http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/razer_imperator_gaming_mouse_review/6
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/steelseries_ikari_laser_gaming_mouse/1

With both of those, again, I'm entirely sure where the added cost comes from?

Kamikaze-X
21-05-2012, 09:17 PM
Logitech G500 gets my vote.

had mine for just over a year now, and its great. I especially love the free-scrolling wheel for going through reams of text.

http://www.ebuyer.com/174418-logitech-g500-gaming-mouse-usb-910-001262

offers similar features to the G9X and is 10 cheaper.

Looks nice too, not plasticy and tacky.

slick_101
21-05-2012, 11:10 PM
Something tells me you've seen the light and have decided on getting the Roccat? ;)

The JG Man
21-05-2012, 11:19 PM
The biggest push for me on it is that I can use it as a lefty. Everything else seems like it's drop one thing there, add it somewhere else. That said, when I'm spending so much money on something I intend to use for a long time and built for usability and comfort, I intend to look around. All of the suggestions have been useful, if only working out on what I don't like the look of.

JohnnyMaverik
22-05-2012, 07:38 AM
If your a lefty then forget the RAT. You need to buy left handed versions which probably aren't as readily available, sadly it's not that adjustable.

kalniel
22-05-2012, 01:17 PM
My go-to mouse recommendation is the Logitech MX518 or it's replacement, the G400. But they are unfortunately chiral so might not do for you, however I'd still recommend something Logitech because the build quality is excellent, and more importantly perhaps the customer support is really beyond the call of duty - people have had 10 year old products replaced within days with new models.

So maybe the G300?

www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/gaming-mouse-g300 (http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/gaming-mouse-g300)

Otherwise try and get your paws on a G400, it's very comfy for left-hand use, just the extra buttons are on the wrong side.

http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/optical-gaming-mouse-g400

psyk
22-05-2012, 05:07 PM
JG man, forgot them last time and a day had past so editing the post would of been pointless and the mice are pretty much the same price as any other gaming mouse :\

Labbes
22-05-2012, 08:02 PM
I have had one of these: http://www.amazon.de/A4Tech-X-710BH-schnurgebunden-optische-Gaming-Maus/dp/B002VBAYSY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1337713180&sr=8-4
For two years now. It has a nice scrollwheel and a DPI button, which I very much approve of. It does have a "burst fire" button too, but I haven't used it much.
I think the mouse is symmetrical, so a lefty could use it just as well, but I'm not sure how you'd use the thumb buttons then.

Also, it has travelled a lot, being pushed around in a backpack and stuff, and it hasn't given me any problems at all.

Carra
22-05-2012, 10:34 PM
I had my Logitech MX518 (which has a follow-up these days) for about 6 years and I finally managed to break it. I switched to a Logitech G9X, I'm content of it. However, both mouses are for right handed guys as you'll have trouble reaching the two thumb buttons.

The Razer Death Adders is a popular mouse and has a left version (haven't tried it myself).

The JG Man
23-05-2012, 12:39 AM
Thanks for all the input guys. I made a slightly-quicker-than-desired decision to buy a mouse tonight because I was making a delivery for something else too. I've gone with the Roccat. Looking around, it had equally good reviews as everything else, good price point, good features and ergonomics and looked best for a lefty. I'll report back when I get it with thoughts etc.

Once more, thanks for all the help. I've appreciated it a lot. You can all buy a drink to celebrate, huzzah!

Duckee
25-05-2012, 02:22 PM
I had no idea that MX518 had an upgrade! It is my favourite mouse! I have had the one I have now for 4 years after my first MX500 died several years ago (that model was a bit glitchy though). I also have a spare MX518 in case my current one breaks! If I break these two I shall be sure to go for the G400.

Carra
25-05-2012, 07:45 PM
I had no idea that MX518 had an upgrade! It is my favourite mouse! I have had the one I have now for 4 years after my first MX500 died several years ago (that model was a bit glitchy though). I also have a spare MX518 in case my current one breaks! If I break these two I shall be sure to go for the G400.

It's a very nice mouse. It's not too expensive, works very well, and has no unneeded fluff (extra weights or leds with a changeable color).

Spending some money on a mouse is a good idea. Chances are high that the little thing will survive two PC's.

KorbenGoodkat
26-05-2012, 04:49 AM
This (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-MX518-Optical-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B0015R8M7U/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1338003753&sr=1-1), Logitech MX518, is imo one awesome mouse. I've mine for years now and its still alive and kicking like the first day I used it.