We’re at a point now where gaming mice have to not only perform like a sports car, but look the part as well. There’s a ton of manufacturers out there, who hit that itch. You’ve got Razer’s reliable brand of high performance mice, while the R.A.T.9 still looks like the love-child of the office photocopier and a Decepticon. Then you’ve got Logitech, who usually reach a middle ground between performance and style. That idea hasn’t exactly changed with the G502 Proteus mouse. But the quality is undoubtedly there in a futuristic piece of design.
I’ve got a soft spot for mice. Not the furry kind mind you, because as a child I was always on Tom’s side when he was receiving horrendous physical abuse from Jerry in the Saturday morning cartoons. I’m talking computer mice, and specifically gaming mice. We’re in an age now where such devices are no longer just USB-tethered navigation devices with a gigantic ball inside of them. The gaming mouse of today is a specialised device, something that is meant for specific games and scenarios. And Logitech is looking at those markets for their new G303 Daedalus Apex mouse.
As a PC gamer, my most important piece of hardware is undoubtedly my mouse. For me, a good click device has to be accurate, durable, and of course, comfortable. At first glance, the Cougar 700M looks anything but that, almost alien – awkward to hold and flimsy, which, hardware, aside, would translate into horrendous accuracy. Also, it looks like it could turn into Optimus Prime at any second. Sadly, it doesn’t tick any boxes for being an undercover Transformer. As a gaming mouse though? It ticks everything twice.
A good mouse could mean the difference between life and death. Who was that snotty email for – your boss or the company that gave you poor service? Chances are, a bad mouse will result in a missclick, sending it off to your boss, which will inevitably lead to the loss of your job. This is all hypothetical of course, but it could happen! With this in mind, I took the Logitech M280 for a spin. Are its clicks accurate enough to keep you your job?
Lately the PC peripheral market has been dominated by Razer and SteelSeries - at least locally. Logitech has receded in the background over the years, especially when it comes to specialized PC gaming hardware. That's slowly changing, and at rAge this year they had two fairly great products to show off.
Ozone is a rather new face in the world of eSports and gaming peripherals. They have a lot of endorsements from professional gamers, but not much brand recognition and trust. Luckily for them, I’ve had a play with their new Neon range of mice and I’m happy to say that it’s very good for the price point. Not many online stockists are selling it right now, but the price point is $49 (AUD) so about R480. For that price, you don’t really expect too much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Over the years, gaming mice have become increasingly ridiculous, adding all manner of superfluous feature and button so that it very nearly requires a degree in engineering just to hold one. Sometimes, a simpler approach is not only necessary – but welcome. If you’re looking for a gaming mouse that nails the fundamentals but forgoes the superfluous, look no further than the Steelseries Rival.
Let’s face facts: Your mouse sucks. It’s ancient, takes 9 volt batteries and is about as sensitive as the right side of Sly Stallone’s face. Need something decent, awesome and for cheap? Well here’s one for you.
So you want to be a PC gamer, do you? If there’s one essential tool that you’re going to need then, besides a rock-hard butt to endure hours of playtime, it’s a good mouse. But after spending a ton of cash of a decent rig, you’ve only got enough money to eat dog food for the rest of the month. Fortunately, Steel Series has you covered with a budget version of their iconic Sensei mouse. Here’s how the clicker handles.
We all (should) have one. That surface that your shiny mouse sits on to avoid dust and grime and to give you smooth, even handling. But sometimes we neglect the mousepad: after forking out for high quality peripherals, your wallet might be screaming at you to just use that R30 brandless thing that came with your very first mouse.
…Some cold air. PC Gamers, look at yourselves, and more specifically, your hands. They’re dripping with sweat and what we hope is spilled mayonnaise, flinging fluids in every direction. No one wants to shake a clammy hand like that, and that means that your life is over, if we are to believe everything that happens in movies. Don’t you wish that you could avoid that?
Well, now you can, with this handy mouse that will keep your hands cool and dryer than a Stephen Wright punchline.
Lionheadâ€™s Peter Molyneux has compared Microsoftâ€™s full-body motion-sensing peripheral with the advent of the computer mouse, which also saw derision and a general lack of acceptance in its early days, in the land before time.
We have been accepting entries into what may have been our first ever hardware competition over the last week.
But now with that awesome Black Ops Prestige edition up for grabs itâ€™s time to wrap this one up and hand over the limited edition RUSE mouse to one lucky winner.
And that winner is Wade Kruger for being randomly drawn from the list of people who correctly stated that Megarom are the company responsible for distributing RUSE locally as well as supplying us with the prize.
Itâ€™s all in how things are controlled. thatâ€™s how Peter Molyneux,Â over-hyping grand champion, sees the world. It wasnâ€™t the microprocessor that revolutionised the Pc, according to Molyneux â€“ no, it was the mouse. â€œIF youâ€™re thinking Natal is going to give you another version of an FPS, youâ€™re just not thinking broadly enough. After all, it was the invention of the mouse that gave us computing as it is today â€“ not the invention of the microprocessor. Thatâ€™s how we ended up controlling our PCs.â€