The Ultimate Poker Mouse Showdown

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11 February 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
The Ultimate Poker Mouse Showdown

Regardless of where you play, how many tables you're on or how long your sessions are, every online poker player needs a good mouse.

Even though any simple computer mouse (including those old shitty trackball mice) will technically do the job, getting yourself a serious mouse might be one of the smartest things you can do for yourself.

Aside from reducing frustration and muscle strain, a good mouse can increase your precision and productivity, which has the potential to increase your bottom line.

At the very least all of the mice below will also help you absolutely rape at COD:MW2.

Since we're looking at mouses for online poker I'm ranking them based on the following criteria:

  • Precision (both tracking, and mouse movement)
  • Comfort
  • Well placed fully customizable extra buttons

Because we're looking for peformance the only mice worth considering are the ones marketed towards the gaming crowd. These mice are built for razer sharp precision, and hours of extended play-time.

There are literally hundreds to choose from but don't worry. We've narrowed it down to the the best of the best.

Winner - Razer Imperator - $80 (Mamba - $130)

Razer Imperator

First, I should explain why the winner is actually two mice. It's not so much that they tie, but that they're pretty much the same mouse. The difference is that the Mamba is a wireless mouse, with an included USB cable, making it both wireless and wired.

Other than that the Imperator and Mamba are pretty similar. However, the Imperator is wired, cheaper and, frankly, a better mouse.

If you really need wireless, then the Mamba is the winner, otherwise Imperator takes the cake.

Razer is a company that makes high-end gaming accessories. Mice, Keyboards, audio and much much more. If you want to be a hardcore gamer, this is really the only name you need to know.

The Imperator is easily the most comfortable mouse I've used. It's grippy without getting slippery in a long grind. It's one of the most precise mice on the market, and just like all high-end mice allows full customization of the mouse pointer speed.

Being able to change your pointer speed via the DPI rather than the standard windows slider allows you to fine-tune your mouse to the point of being deadly accurate. No more mis-clicking.

Also included in high-end mice is the ability to modulate the pointer acceleration. If you constantly overshoot your on-screen target, chances are the acceleration isn't tuned to your hand, get a real mouse and fix it.

To top it off the Imperator includes two buttons on the left side for your thumb. Unlike any other mouse I know about, these buttons are adjustable, allowing you to make sure they're in the perfect place for your thumb, rather than the thumb of the designer.

All buttons on this mouse are fully customizable including macros. This means you can use the mouse software (or table ninja) to bind the side buttons to specific bet amounts. I like to have a one-click pot bet, and a one click fold.

All in all I have no complaints with this mouse, other than its high price. It's a clear winner over every other mouse tested.

Geek Info:

  • 5600 DPI 3.5G laser
  • Seven programmable buttons (including macros)
  • Onboard memory for saving settings, regardless of the computer
  • Up to 200 inches per second/50g acceleration
  • 1000Hz Ultrapooling (1ms response rate)

Runner Up - Logitech G500 - $70

logitech G500

Until getting my hands on the Imperator, Logitech was my go-to company for keyboards and mice. I've spent years using the predecessors to the G500 (Some still available, look for the MX mice), and have very few complaints.

The mouse looks hardcore, and is extremely comfortable during extended use. As you'll start to notice I've only put wired mice on this list. If you simply must need wireless I'd recommend the Performance Mouse MX. This wireless mouse also works on glass surfaces... which is good if you have a glass desk.

The mouse has a non-rubber coating which is grippy enough to stay in your hand comfortably even after long sessions. Just like the Imperator the mouse has onboard memory for saving your settings, and is fully customizeable.

Unfortunately I've never liked the setpoint software which is used to configure and operate all Logitech mice. It does work, and do exactly what it's supposed to do, but I find it to be glitch heavy and difficult to use for anything but the most simple operations.

Logitech is the king of trying to make things far too easy, making them more difficult for anyone wanting to do anything advanced.

The extra buttons are configurable and well situated, but without the customizable locations, could possibly lead to extra button misclicks if they're not in the perfect place for your thumb.

Unique to Logitech (as far as I know) is the ability to customize the actual weight of the mouse. The mouse comes with weights which can be added into a special compartment near the heel to add up to 27grams of heft.

You have no idea how great this feature is until you use it. I like my mice to be slightly heavier than many people, this lets you fine tune it.

If you can't find a store which sells Razer's (which is odd, since Bestbuy stocks them), or just want to save a few bucks, you'll be more than happy with this mouse for as long as you own it.

Geek Info:

  • 5700 DPI laser
  • 10 programmable buttons (including macros)
  • Onboard memory for saving settings, regardless of the computer
  • Up to 165 inches per second/30g acceleration
  • 1ms response rate

Third - Razer Diamondback 3G - $50

razer diamondback

I wanted to have a scaled down, simple, basic mouse on my list as well. At the same time I didn't want to compromise the features that are important to the online poker player.

The Diamondback 3G is almost a standard two-button, scroll-wheel optical mouse. The mouse itself has two buttons on each side, for a total of 7 customizeable buttons.

This is somewhat misleading, since the two side buttons on your pinky side are almost impossible to be hit with any precision. This mouse is perfect for left-handed players because of this, but it means it's a 5-button mouse in practice, not 7.

The mouse feels great in your hand and looks deadly with its dramatic lighting (it comes in red, green and blue).

Also, it only costs $50, which is always a bonus. This is a very simple, straightforward mouse with most of the perks of its bigger brothers, including on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment. You just need to sacrifice the unreal laser tracking for infrared.

Geek Info:

  • 1800 DPI 3G infrared
  • 7 (5) programmable buttons (including macros)
  • Always on mode
  • Up to 120 inches per second/15g acceleration

Fail - Logitech G9x - $100

Logitech G9

This mouse is very similar to the G500, but sucks.

Firstly, it's too damn small, and feels like a notebook mouse. It's simply not comfortable (unless you have tiny hands).

They tried to make up for this lack of feel and looks with a host of features like adjustable weight, adjustable LED colors, and even an interchangeable grip, which you can customize with pictures of anything you want, like your family, dog, or boobs.

The mouse looks dumb, feels dumb, and isn't worth the money. If you want a Logitech, get the G500, end of discussion.

Geek Info:

  • 5700 DPI laser
  • 10 programmable buttons (including macros)
  • Onboard memory for saving settings, regardless of the computer
  • Up to 165 inches per second/30g acceleration
  • 1ms response rate

Epic Fail - Microsoft Sidewinder x5 - $70

microsoft sidewinder

The sidewinder is probably a really decent mouse, but it's not even close to being as accurate, comfortable or awesome as any of the other mice on this list.

In fact, there is really no reason to even consider buying it, that and it feels like you're holding on to a potato.

The only good thing about it is the location of the side buttons. But still, it's a potato with a cord.

Geek Info:

  • 2000 DPI Laser
  • Five programmable buttons (including macro)
  • That's it, the mouse sucks

-Lind

 

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