Can’t you just buy the first thing you see? After all, they all have a left clicker, a right clicker, and a scrolling wheel, right? Yes to the latter but no to the former. Much like choosing a computer, a smartphone, or even a camera, you have to consider what you will be using it for. The price and color can just come next.
Buying a mouse can be tricky especially online. You only get to see descriptions and pictures of it. There are reviews from some other people that have purchased and probably used it. But you simply can’t rely solely on them. How they use their mouse might be different from how you use yours. But how about going to a physical store? That would be easy right? Yes, it can, if you know what you are looking for. If you do your research before going to the store, finding a mouse would be much easier.
As mentioned, the first thing you should consider is what you will be using the mouse mostly for. It can be for work, gaming, or just regular surfing.
A mistake I made when first looking for my best mouse was that I was only looking for gaming products. My train of thought was “I have a gaming mouse now, so let’s just find a better one!”. But I realized that games were now far from priority – I was using my computer mostly for work. Although more complex tasks require their fair share of precision, you don’t necessarily need the “unmatched performance” of a gaming mouse. It was at that moment I could almost put my current gaming mouse to my ear and hear the marketing team laughing at me for spending my money on some shiny LEDs and a logo.
Size and weight. This matters because if you are a gamer and you need to shot a moving zombie straight in the head, you’ll need a more accurate mouse. And smaller mice aren’t always. Wireless mice are more lightweight than wired ones.
Regardless of whether you have small or big hands, you are very likely to be used to a certain mouse size. Accuracy-wise I would advise people to stay away from little mice, regardless of how compact and portable they might be. But if performance isn’t an issue you can feel free to explore mice of all shapes and sizes.
Although plenty of mouse reviewers talk about size, very few seem to mention the importance of weight. The average weight of a wired mouse is anywhere between 90 and 100 grams. When you go into more exotic mice options. However, this number can vary. Wireless mice, for instance, tend to be quite heavier, mostly due to the added weight of the batteries.
Comfort and Design. Like size and weight, they are important as well.
If you’re behind a computer for most of your day, it’s important to find a mouse that feels comfortable. From standard solutions all the way to the strange and unusual, there’s plenty of options available if ergonomics are your top priority.
The design is all about what you want to say with your peripherals. Although you might not think of mice as a fashion statement, there are plenty of options to match your style.
Wireless or wired. This is a personal preference. But in summation, wireless mice are best for casual use while wired ones are usually ideal for gaming because of the absence of latency and delays that wireless mice have.
It makes sense to use wired mice on desktop computers and wireless ones on laptops. Factoring in everything else mentioned in the article so far. However, wireless isn’t simply an “add-on feature.” Sometimes the otherwise best mouse for you can easily be ruined by being wireless.