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Laser mouse vs optical, which is good for gaming?

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February 5, 2011 11:16:24 AM

Hello

I have a chance to get a wireless laser mouse with a dpi rating of 1600 or I can stick with a optical mouse.

Which of these would be good for gaming?

Do expensive gaming mice really make a difference? I am not a hard core gaming, I play often but not hardcore.

Stupid question, how do you know if you have a laser mouse or not? The mouse I have now has a pretty strong beam.

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February 5, 2011 11:34:28 AM

Yes when playing FPS games it makes a big difference in having a high DPI laser mouse you accuracy will be much better.
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February 5, 2011 11:35:49 AM

I am quite happy with either. Usually there is a sticker on the product that says what it is then you could always check in device manager.
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February 5, 2011 11:41:22 AM

A laser mouse you will not see a beam when you lift it up if you see the red light pretty bright it usually is an optical mouse. Also for gaming a wired mouse seems to be better also, but there are some very good wireless ones out that are just as good.
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February 5, 2011 2:03:41 PM

For gaming i would get a mouse with at least 1800dpi.The Logitech MX-518 comes to mind.
I've always and still use an optical mouse i've never tried a laser mouse.
Here's a few mice that always seem to make most top 10 list i've read.
Logitech MX-518
Razer DeathAdder 3500
Logitech G9
Logitech G500
I've also read good things about Steelseries and CoolerMaster gaming mice.
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February 6, 2011 4:21:58 AM

davcon said:
For gaming i would get a mouse with at least 1800dpi.The Logitech MX-518 comes to mind.
I've always and still use an optical mouse i've never tried a laser mouse.
Here's a few mice that always seem to make most top 10 list i've read.
Logitech MX-518
Razer DeathAdder 3500
Logitech G9
Logitech G500
I've also read good things about Steelseries and CoolerMaster gaming mice.


Which is better wired or wireless?
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February 6, 2011 4:40:31 AM

I own a Logitech M510 an I love it for gaming. It is pretty cheap at only $40.
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February 6, 2011 1:00:36 PM

g335 said:
Which is better wired or wireless?

As far as i know wired is optimal.
I've still read of lag issues with wireless.
However the lag is nominal in the newest generation of wireless mice.
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February 6, 2011 3:17:40 PM

mice preference is really a personal thing
it depends what kind of grip you use
some palm the mouse
others use a claw grip
some people have big hands
some people have small hands
the best thing is if you have a store where
you can try gripping different mice to see how they feel
for example I have a wired optical Logitech MX310 with six programmable buttons which is nice for palming and gaming
but I use a wireless laser M310 for office/general use since it is better for a claw grip
and I dont have to worry about a wire on my desk.
Both are inexpensive.
But again it is really personal choice.
Someone might give a particular mouse a good review but you might hate
it.
Razer is the premier gaming mice.
Logitech (personal preference) gives best bang for buck.
I really want to try Logitechs roller ball mouse (trackball instead of traditional mouse)
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February 6, 2011 5:41:31 PM

As others have mentioned, go with the Logitech MX-518 wired mouse. Very precise. I have two of these on 2 different desktops.
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February 6, 2011 9:25:20 PM

Ubrales said:
As others have mentioned, go with the Logitech MX-518 wired mouse. Very precise. I have two of these on 2 different desktops.

Thanks
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February 7, 2011 1:44:11 AM

I use laser and optical, wired and wireless.

I still use my old G5, and I have used the G7 (the wireless version) and could not tell a difference really between the two when playing LAN.

As far as laser or optical as a choice it really is a preference. People swear by each, but I will tell you one of the Most famous Elite gamers Jonathon Fatality says he still plays with optical when he competes so its what ever you like man.

My Motto is BeyondReflexes because you will need more than Reflexes just to beat someone like me.
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December 21, 2013 1:16:27 AM

this shall be cheap and goodLenovo M6811
it has 1600 dpi
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March 1, 2014 1:50:56 PM

The Corsair Raptor M40 is a great mouse
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July 23, 2014 10:38:35 PM

saaiello said:
Yes when playing FPS games it makes a big difference in having a high DPI laser mouse you accuracy will be much better.


Oops hit the wrong button. I meant to downvote. This is so hilariously incorrect. For FPS games it's best to have an optical mouse with low dpi. I hope you're joking.
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August 9, 2014 5:14:42 AM

Aaudiio said:
saaiello said:
Yes when playing FPS games it makes a big difference in having a high DPI laser mouse you accuracy will be much better.


Oops hit the wrong button. I meant to downvote. This is so hilariously incorrect. For FPS games it's best to have an optical mouse with low dpi. I hope you're joking.
it depends on your mouse style mate.
some pro fps players use low dpi optical mice with a 1ms response time and sweep across huge areas of the mat while playing.
these layers tend to have a slight disadvantage in the twitch shooting but gain in middle and long range accuracy. i know this is legit because they wouldnt be world class players if it didnt work for them.

@op
it used to be that laser mice were more accurate for gaming but today you can buy high dpi optical sensors that are just as if not more accurate at tracking than some lasers.
this isnt to say optical is better than laser now, its not. both have there flaws. optical may have rouble reading some surfaces... so it is a compromise no matter which you choose.

personally i have been using a laser mouse for about 7 years now and have had good and bad 1s. im perfectly ready to go try 1 of the new high dpi optical mice coz i think i may be pleasantly surprised.
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