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#1 Glov

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:18 PM

So, now that I'm living on the US and using a laptop for the first time, I plan on acquiring a gaming mouse mainly for playing GW2 and maybe LoL/DotA 2.

I always used laser mice on my PC, because optical mice were very expensive in my home country. I know that the best options ofr mice are either Logitech or Razor, but I do not know if I should acquire a wireless or wired mouse.

My main concerns are: running out of battery during crucial parts of a game (wireless) and me getting entangled with the wire (wired), or even other ppl getting entangled on it. As far as precision/DPI/whatever goes, I belive that all "good" models are enough for GW2/DotA2/LoL, and thus I won't need the best/fastest mouse ever (I really don't like extremely fast mice, annoys me).

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:19 PM

For gaming, wired > wireless, all day long.

#3 Aaron Demonsniper

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

Wired is generally more reliable. You can tie the extra cord length up after you get the mouse all set up. I've used both wired and wireless in GW1 and I will never go back to my old wireless mouse.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

Play whatever you're most comfortable with. It matters less than (most) people will tell you.

Hardcore gamers hate wireless mice because there is a small delay, but you won't notice that in an MMO.  The batteries should only need to be changed every few weeks (or even less frequently) and you'll get a warning hours ahead of time if you watch the battery indicator, so it shouldn't be a big deal.

Wired mice tend to be cheaper. If you're worried about the cord, just find one with a short length. You can always use a twist tie to round up any excess.

I think you're much better off finding a mouse that fits comfortably in your hand. Since you'll probably be playing for long stretches of time, comfort outweighs all these other concerns. If you live near electronic big box stores, try a few mice out and see if there's a brand you prefer: I've always found Logitech mice very comfortable in my hands, but your mileage may vary. Once you find a pattern, you can browse online to find the best deal.

Also pay attention to buttons. I like at least two buttons on the side by my thumb which I use for various actions. In GW2, I have one bound to dodge and the other to auto-run. Some mice have a lot more buttons and may be useful, but I have a SteelSeries Merc keyboard with plenty of keys for my left hand, so I find two on the mouse to be enough.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

I would say use Wired, I used to use wireless keyboard during my GW1 gaming days wow that was horrible. Batteries run out in a mission or HM area clear and party wipe.

I would suggest MX510 however logitech doesnt sell it anymore therefore you could get G300 or G500  both good reviews.
G300 is good if you are left or right handed.
AS I've always said Logitech > other companies.
I've seen other branded mice and keyboards break in few months while Logitech stuff lives on in the same condition with even more use then the other equipment.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:31 PM

View PostAaron Demonsniper, on 07 August 2012 - 05:23 PM, said:

Wired is generally more reliable. You can tie the extra cord length up after you get the mouse all set up. I've used both wired and wireless in GW1 and I will never go back to my old wireless mouse.

You say that, but decided to upgrade my old Logitech MX518 because the feet where extremely worn and I wanted to try something new.  I picked up the Logitech G700 locally figuring that I could use it wirelessly and if I didnt like that I could use it wired and if I didnt like that I could return it.  I can't imagine playing with a wired mouse now with what I previously thought was undetectable cord drag.  Response is just fine, no probs at all in Battlefield 3.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:36 PM

View PostDevast73, on 07 August 2012 - 05:31 PM, said:

You say that, but decided to upgrade my old Logitech MX518 because the feet where extremely worn and I wanted to try something new.  I picked up the Logitech G700 locally figuring that I could use it wirelessly and if I didnt like that I could use it wired and if I didnt like that I could return it.  I can't imagine playing with a wired mouse now with what I previously thought was undetectable cord drag.  Response is just fine, no probs at all in Battlefield 3.

I think the opposition to wireless mice is rooted in their performance from 10 years ago and not representative of current technology.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:37 PM

Whatever you like most. There's no real advantage for wired or wireless that isn't negated by disadvantages (e.g. wired -> more reliable connection, but both are now anyway, but the wire can catch on things).

If you want to check if your computer will run GW2, check here.

If you find out you can't and need to think about upgrading or building another, check here.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:41 PM

I use a razer naga molten edition to play lotro,smite and gw2.. Being an elementalist I think I really do use this mouse to its fullest..

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

View PostGlov, on 07 August 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

So, now that I'm living on the US and using a laptop for the first time, I plan on acquiring a gaming mouse mainly for playing GW2 and maybe LoL/DotA 2.

I always used laser mice on my PC, because optical mice were very expensive in my home country. I know that the best options ofr mice are either Logitech or Razor, but I do not know if I should acquire a wireless or wired mouse.

My main concerns are: running out of battery during crucial parts of a game (wireless) and me getting entangled with the wire (wired), or even other ppl getting entangled on it. As far as precision/DPI/whatever goes, I belive that all "good" models are enough for GW2/DotA2/LoL, and thus I won't need the best/fastest mouse ever (I really don't like extremely fast mice, annoys me).

Thanks in advance!


I generally use wired mice; i find the cord to be a non-issue.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

I second the Logitech G700. It can be used either wireless or wired and it's button placement is very comfortable (for me at least). I personally think that most Razer products are overpriced vs Logitech products but I do own a couple Razer products that I feel are worth the money (one is the Nostromo).

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:52 PM

I'm particular fond of my Logitech g9x laser mouse (http://www.logitech....g9x-laser-mouse).

I picked mine up for almost nothing, but i have found it to be a sturdy and stalwart companion in many a game.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

Wired, as it's not that you will move it from one location to another all the time.. It will always be at your PC, plus you will never have any lag or have to replace batteries. Also most wired mouses have long thin cords, so you won't even feel the difference when using it because the cord is very light and loose.

Edited by JWZ, 07 August 2012 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:26 PM

Get a G700 and you don't have to choose. If your battery dies plug it in and you can keep playing with data over cable. Data over cable has the most reports per second USB2 can allow so you can plug in when you need the absolutely fastest response necessary. You can tell the difference when wireless, especially when you get creative with the "mousepad".

I generally use wired more, but wireless can be nice from time to time and is great for certain applications like home theater uses.

Edited by Krazzar, 07 August 2012 - 10:28 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:27 PM

wired

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:10 AM

View PostKrazzar, on 07 August 2012 - 10:26 PM, said:

Get a G700 and you don't have to choose. If your battery dies plug it in and you can keep playing with data over cable. Data over cable has the most reports per second USB2 can allow so you can plug in when you need the absolutely fastest response necessary. You can tell the difference when wireless, especially when you get creative with the "mousepad".

This is the false argument that gets used so often.

Full cabled USB2 is faster than wireless RF, sure. But no mouse can produce enough data that it matters! The Logitech G700, for example, is rated up to 1000 reports/sec. I believe the Razer mice are the same.

Don't believe the hype! Wireless mice are plenty fast! Pick whatever is most comfortable!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:12 AM

View Posttimmyf, on 08 August 2012 - 12:10 AM, said:

This is the false argument that gets used so often.

Full cabled USB2 is faster than wireless RF, sure. But no mouse can produce enough data that it matters! The Logitech G700, for example, is rated up to 1000 reports/sec. I believe the Razer mice are the same.

Don't believe the hype! Wireless mice are plenty fast! Pick whatever is most comfortable!

I agree, you're gaming mice will be fairly equal. Buy for comfort and convenience.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:38 AM

View Posttimmyf, on 08 August 2012 - 12:10 AM, said:

This is the false argument that gets used so often.

Full cabled USB2 is faster than wireless RF, sure. But no mouse can produce enough data that it matters! The Logitech G700, for example, is rated up to 1000 reports/sec. I believe the Razer mice are the same.

Don't believe the hype! Wireless mice are plenty fast! Pick whatever is most comfortable!

That was more a response to the issue of limited battery life. It's not like the G700 is a shabby mouse either, without the wireless option it's still better than most of the other gaming mice out there. I've had mine for a year and a quarter. As for the "tell the difference" comment, that was in reference to the feeling of the wire; there is a difference when you don't have a wire and you can get more creative with the surfaces you use.

Actually, the G700 still reports at 1000/second wirelessly.

Wireless mice are plenty fast and some people won't notice a difference, but I was suggesting a quality mouse from experience. There are other wireless/wired mice out there, but I wouldn't suggest anything I haven't used for at least a year.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:55 AM

Zowie AM ftw

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:38 AM

I prefer wired, but have used wireless with no hazard. On the other subject, I prefer the G600 over the Naga for an MMO mouse. The buttons are more accessible and plentiful. This is preference though and I would suggest you put your hands on ANY mouse before making a decision.

Edited by Hatecoin, 08 August 2012 - 03:38 AM.


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Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:43 AM

Wired all the way. Imagine the fortune you'll save on batteries!

Seriously though, they're more reliable.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:49 PM

Where I'm from (hot humid Tropical Island) our Wireless Mice Batteries tend to corrode while left in housing....thus destroying your investment.....

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:52 AM

View PostDevast73, on 07 August 2012 - 05:31 PM, said:

You say that, but decided to upgrade my old Logitech MX518 because the feet where extremely worn and I wanted to try something new.  I picked up the Logitech G700 locally figuring that I could use it wirelessly and if I didnt like that I could use it wired and if I didnt like that I could return it.  I can't imagine playing with a wired mouse now with what I previously thought was undetectable cord drag.  Response is just fine, no probs at all in Battlefield 3.

Having a G700, I find the cord is incredibly stiff and heavy. This cord seems to have more drag than any other mouse I've used. I can also confirm that the difference in response between wired and wireless is unnoticeable.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

I've never noticed a difference between wired and wireless mouse, but I have bought my fair share of cheap-o wireless keyboards, and those are some of the biggest pieces of shits ever. Maybe if you invest a lot of money into a wireless keyboard it can be good, but every single wireless keyboard I tried had some problem. Some would often randomly lag, others wouldn't connect at all, and there was one I got that had keys that wouldn't function unless you pressed it like 10+ times. Needless to say, after my experience with all these awful wireless keyboards, I'm never touching wireless again.

Also depending on your setup, it might be best to get a wired mouse. The way my computer is currently positioned (or maybe it's something else), whenever I use my wireless mouse, it'll disconnect from time to time and I won't be able to use my mouse for a second or two. It's not bad in most MMO's, but in some games it can get you killed very easily. With a wired mouse, there is no risk of this ever happening.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

"wireless" and "gaming" are oxymorons.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

View Posttimmyf, on 07 August 2012 - 05:36 PM, said:

I think the opposition to wireless mice is rooted in their performance from 10 years ago and not representative of current technology.
I had an expensive wireless Logitech mouse a few years ago and tossed that POS in the trash. For me, wireless mice are still POS that should be avoided when you can get an outstanding wired mouse like the Razer Naga.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

"outstanding" and "Razer" are also oxymorons.

But in all seriousness, wireless for gaming is no bueno. Nothing worse than running out of batteries or missing a packet (it happens) in the middle of a tournament.

Well, I suppose it's ok for casual gaming. Hardcore and competitive gamers know well enough to stay away, though.

Edited by Treble, 08 January 2013 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Choose whatever is most convenient with your current setup: I go wired if at all possible. No extra cost in batteries or having to worry about the batteries dying or the signal getting interrupted or being non-responsive in the middle of a fight.

Razer makes great products -just don't buy the original Razer naga: opt for the new 2012 version or one of the limited editions.




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