Although a bit limited on the extra buttons so depends what your after.
Personally if you can afford to wait just save for a G5 or Razer Lachesis, both around £35-40 on scan.co.uk and overclockers.co.uk
if you want some real quality your going to have to spend £35 upwards really, anything below that you might as well get the cheapest optical mouse you can find cause you aint gonna see any real difference.
Also if and when you can afford it a quality mouse mat is very worthwhile.
Im using a lachesis mouse with a destructor pad, maybe a bit overkill for some people at a total cost of £82 together but considering i must have spent 3-4x that over the last 3-4 years looking for a good setup on multiple pad/mice finding one i was completely happy with i can tell you is deffinately worth the investment.
Rundown of what i went through mouse wise to be happy, MS Sidewinder x5, saitek cyborg , various logitech mice, etc etc.
I realise im going to sound like a razer fan boy after all of this but dammit i am now after years of looking for something that wont get replaced in under 6 months, just buy one
P.s. (since i cant edit my own post :S)
consider your hand size too, i figured i had average sized hands but the lachesis i have now is smaller than the X5 I had before it, even though this is considered a 'large' mouse.
But then again depends if u palm the mouse (whole hand rested on it) or just claw it (maily move it with fingers placed around the sides).
I hate to say it but PC world or other large retailers can be handy just to go and see the mice on display and check what feels comfy.
Those are some nice mice indeed, though I feel the need to post some extra clarifications:
This mouse will be used for my laptop, when I buy a new desktop I will for sure go for something in the range of a G5 or better
Even though this is for a laptop the thought of a laptop sized mouse makes me cringe
Slightly related to the above I have slightly bigger than average hands, an average mouse is fine but a smaller laptop one is torture.
While the speed of the mouse is all good (the faster the better) since this is a laptop we're talking about I doubt I will need something in the excess of 1800 DPI (so pretty much any gaming mouse worth a damn will be fast enough)
A mouse with a few extra buttons is what I'm looking for, as I use macros and the like often
the MX310 does look interesting, I found one for 14.99 refurbished
anyway, my paypal has just gone through so I have decided to go with the OCZ X-750 Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse 2500DPI USB Dual Laser Engine as it seems to be a nice basic-ish mouse that still has enough DPI and buttons for everything I want to do.
*edit* paypal was off by 0.30$ >
Though feel free post other mouses for other people who might be looking for cheap gaming mouses
Other suggestions are more then welcome, as long as whoever the retailer is can ship to P.O. Boxes (and they're canadian)
I highly recommend that you get a a4 tech XL-750 BF
I was in the same situation as you. You can program this mouse, and it has 2 side buttons , 1 extra orage buttn next to the left click, and the middle click with 4 way scrolling. The dpi is max 3600 min 800 and it has a lot of options between that as well. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FC07MQ/ref=ox_sc_a...