For years now I've been using what is by all standards a very crap mouse. It's a wired lazer mouse, about 6/7 years old, I nicked it from school when I was 16 and have never replaced it. It's small, light, cheep plastic, but I liked it. My mate gave me a Microsoft mouse, couple of programmable buttons, nothing special, probably worth around 15 quid, by all accounts much better than the one I've been using. But it was big, chunky, heavy and I couldn't get used to it and quickly switched back to my old Mitsai faithful.
Yesterday I went into PC world to laugh at over priced hardware, and ended up buying a Cyborg RAT 7 Contagion. I've read the reviews, tried it out before at trade shows all be it briefly, and I just thought sod it, I have the money, I probably should buy a new one, and this is meant to be one of the best.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not regretting it, it was expensive but I can afford it and it hasn't made any significant dents. After a couple of hours I worked it all out, got the drivers installed and opened up the programming software, and promptly closed it again. Got it set up the way I like it, took a few weights out to make it close to the weight I'm used to, made it small, again like I'm used to and plus I have small hands anyway, even replaced some of the panelling with some cushioned spares that came with it.
It's really nice, but I'm scared of it, because I don't want to break it or mess with the settings too much, and It doesn't make me feel better at games. It's smoother, noticeably more sensitive although getting it to play nice with pre-set mouse sensitivity in games has proven to be a slight pain in the arse especially when most of them are set up for my old mouse with high sensitivity (7 in TF2 which I know is unusual since most people stick to 3/4, I'm now down to 3 for the new mouse), but I'm doing no better than I was.
Now taking the extra buttons out of the equation, which I can see will come in very handy for key bindings and even some macro stuff if I feel inclined to try and get my head around setting all that up for RTS', how important is the quality of your mouse? From what I'm seeing, having gone from crap to one of the best, not all that important, but I feel like I must be missing something.
/Rant out, would love to hear some thoughts on the subject and advice over how, if possible, I can get more from my mouse.