Gamers have always been concerned about the performance that they’re able to get out of their hardware and peripherals. That much is uncontested. This is precisely why you often see people asking on gaming forums regarding the best mouse to acquire for their gaming purposes and one of the questions that most frequently pops up would be whether a wired or wireless mouse is better. That really depends on a number of things. Firstly, we’ll have to take a look at the budget allocated for this. It’s easy to get carried away and spend over $150 on a single gaming mouse when you could get one for as cheap as $50 and save the rest for a keyboard or a monitor. For instance the Razer Mamba is ridiculously priced at $130. You could get an Orochi which costs $50 less and performs even better than the Mamba. Both of these gaming mice are wireless of course and are sufficiently well known among gamers so you can’t really go wrong with either of those.
The point here’s that you need to do your due research before moving on with your purchase if you want to get the most bang for your buck. For me personally, I’ve always been using wireless gaming mice because I simply hate the constant tugging on the cables that wired versions will come with. If you’d like to stick to a wired mouse for gaming, check out these mice as they are some of the best mice that are built specifically for gamers. Also, it gets pretty dusty here and the braided cables often get tangled up with clumps of dust and dirt which can get rather annoying to have to clean them often off of my gaming setup. Heck, if there ever was such a thing as a wireless monitor, I might even pay top buck for it. Anyway, all prejudicial perceptions aside, I would say that wired mice are certainly better if your pure purpose is to use it for gaming. If you were to use a wired mouse, you’ll never have to deal with the problem of running out of batteries, which could potentially be disastrous if that happens in the middle of an 8-hour raid marathon in WoW, for instance or any other games for that matter. If that happens to you, the entire raid group would have to wait for you while you find replacement batteries for your mouse. How troublesome! And that’s not even the worst part of it all. Imagine running out of battery juice during the last 5 minutes of an hour long boss fight. Everyone would be furious at you for causing a whole raid wipe when your only excuse is that your mouse stopped working all of a sudden.
Of course, you could argue that wireless gaming mice these days have the capability of lasting over 10 hours of continuous use. Indeed, the Razer Naga Epic, which is a mouse built for MMO gaming, or even the Razer Orochi 2013 are easily capable of running for 15 hours at full performance. However, that’s only possible if you keep your mouse fully charged all the time which isn’t very practical if you think about it. There will be times when you’ll be using the mouse for other things besides your games and those activities will be draining on your mouse battery life as well.
Also, if you’re a hardcore gamer, you should know that wireless transmission of data will always be slower than wired ones and even with the highest polling rates of 1,000 Hz and transmission delay of 2ms, this can still have a negative impact on your performance. If you still insist on sticking with a wireless gaming mouse however, I’d recommend going for Logitech’s mice over Razer. Alternatively, you could check out other choices of the best wireless gaming mouse on this site: http://bestgamingmouseforyou.com/choosing-the-best-wireless-gaming-mouse/. There’s a specific gaming mouse that is doing exceptionally well and it is the Logitech Wireless G700S. Take note that this is a revamped version of the older G700 and it is better in many ways. The sensor is still laser (duh) but the DPI has been increased from 5700 to 8200. An impressive jump indeed though I doubt it’ll help much. Plus, there are now 13 programmable buttons on this mouse instead of 10. The price is still exactly the same at $100 though so it doesn’t really make sense to go for the G700 when you could opt for the improved G700s wireless version. Delays or interference with the transmission signals are minimal, if not non-existent. Wireless 2.5 Ghz connections are no longer being used so you don’t have to worry about any cursor lags or stuttering. Tracking is smooth and with a mousepad, the movements will feel extremely fluid.
The reason why we don’t really recommend Razer’s mice is because a lot of our users have experienced problems with their durability. Double-clicking or sunk buttons are pretty common after a while of usage (usually past 1 year). A cyber cafe nearby my area has all of its computers equipped with the latest 2013 DeathAdders but about half of them have issues with unintentional double-clicks mostly for the right mouse buttons (thanks to Dota). Nonetheless, this shouldn’t be an excuse for the product to malfunction and something serious needs to be done about this before Razer loses its reliability.
That’s it for wireless mice. We’ll be talking more about the best wired gaming mouse in our next post so stay tuned! (hint: it’s part of the Corsair Vengeance series).