Choosing your gaming mouse in general is a challenge, then to add personalizing makes it even more a challenge. The mice themselves can be pretty expensive, so you generally don’t want to lose on your first hit. Let’s face it, the choices are numerous and they are all so handsome!
How to Buy a Gaming Mouse?
Once again the gaming topic is subjective. From the crazy amount of games out there to the chair that you sit on, the opinions vary. Always remember that it comes down to your personal preference. To help you narrow down your choices, here is a criteria check list.
- What genre of game do you play? MOBA, MMO, FPS etc. There are gaming mice out there tailored to the specific game play, although, others may say a mouse made for MMO can work just as well for FPS.
- Is the grip type important? There are 3 main grip types known by the general populace, Palm Grip, Claw Grip and Tip Grip. See a screenshot from Razer. Select image for more details.
- Do you prefer a wired or wireless mouse?
- Most important, what is your budget? Our favorite brands have mice from low to high depending on your specifics, so take your pick. I always say spend for quality. Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries, Roccat, Redragon and Corsair have awesome choices from prices between $50 and $100. These often have ergonomic designs, excellent sensors and are versatile across multiple genres.
- Have money to burn and want something even more tailored for you? Razer has released the new Basilisk Ultimate mouse. It is fully customizable, wireless and just awesome! Razer says this is 25% faster than other wireless mice out there with high speed transmission, 11 progammable buttons, Razer chroma RGB lighting zones and more. The Roccat Nyth is also a sweet baby “hunka dunk dunk”. The Modular Thumb Zone got my eyes bulging, swappable sidegrips, a whole 18 buttons that you can apply secondary functions to which gives you a whopping mouse with 39 functions.. Are you done? I’m done!
Roccat also developed a software that lets you configure several features like sensitivity, DPI, scroll speed and so on. If you so decide on this option, you will be looking at spending over $100 but the result is absolutely worth it.
Add Your Personality, A Cool Gamertag or Logo
You are one step closer to getting your very own cool gaming mouse! There’s good news and there’s bad news. As I’m feeling very ”Es” today I will give you the good news first, though this will apply to people who are unaware of the following info.
We all know that there are some mice out there that we can purchase in different colors or design, but it’s very limited! For example, on Colorware there is the Logitech G703 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse, with awesome color customizing for the left, right and side buttons, the middle part where the scroll is and the shell your palm rests on. I find the custom preview to be a nice touch, it’s very interactive, the color options are amazing and it’s user friendly!
There are other companies that provide the service for a few more select brand and type of gaming mouse. One such company is Yactronix. They have 5 different types of mice like the Razer Deathadder and Naga, as well as the Logitech G-520, all of which you can customize with solid colors and patterns!
Another way to customize is with skins! Yes, that is exactly what it means, some truly awesome and thoughtful companies designed “clothing” for our mice! I don’t know about you but while the original mouse can look truly wicked, I get bored of the look and want to add my own style to it to make it even more squeal worthy!
The skin is an adhesive/decal that is quite easy to apply and leaves no sticky residue when you remove it. Just order a new “outfit” when you fancy a change in style. It is cheap, convenient, beautiful and squeal inducing! You can purchase ready made skins you take a liking to, or design your own!
Unfortunately these two personalizing options are not applicable to all mice and the first method is extremely limited in regards to the features of customizing, namely, putting your own logo or gamertag. Some of you will have to make do with the original manufacturer version. With the skins, some offer customizing with your own images etc, but it is not available for all mouse brands and type.
The originals are still very awesome and cool looking though.
PC Gaming Mouse Skins, Where to Buy Them?
So I gave you one spot to buy an awesome Logitech G703 with custom colors, if that was your choice, as well as Yactronix. If you are looking to add personalized graphics, then a mouse skin is the way to go. They offer pre-made skins that are really pleasing to the eye and you can also upload your own. One such company is Mightyskins.
As shown in the image they have a moderate selection of mice but most important is these mice are commonly used in the gamer community. So that may not be an issue for a lot of us. It’s a process that’s insanely fun and engaging.
With that said, so far I’ve seen only one mouse on Mightyskins that you can upload your own image. That is the SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse. With the others, you can only choose one of their select pre-made designs.
Another company is Decalgirl with the SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse, and Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10 M Advanced Gaming Mouse custom skins. They also allow uploading of your own graphics. The price range typically starts at $8.99 for pre-made designs and around $15.99 for custom ones.
Cool Gaming Mouse
It’s a great feeling when you brand something as yours. Streamers and all could do more than put their logo on their overlay, they can put it on a variety items to further market themselves and those really famous ones could even sell them.
It also works for people like me who aren’t professional gamers. Once you complete an awesome TC, believe me you start feeling professional… I still fail though.. unfortunately, but at least we can look the part.
If you buy a mouse for $20 because that was how much you were willing to spend, as a result you may be unsatisfied with the performance, or it starts to malfunction a month or 2 later? You buy another one? Do the math. Sometimes you end up spending MORE when you go too cheap and as a gamer, take some pride in your merchandise!