Gaming Mouse Specifications – What Are They?

I think you have heard of a thing such as “Gaming Mouse Specification” right?? If you haven’t heard something like that before or don’t have any idea about what it is, don’t worry. This page is created in order to teach you what are the specfications of gaming mice and how do they help you identify what you will get out of a gaming mouse.

 

What Are Gaming Mouse Specifications??

 

Specifications of gaming mice are indicators of their features. Specifications show you generally what kind of features you can get from a gaming mouse. Or shortly, it’s the technical sheet of a gaming mouse. Just like a technical specification sheet of a machine. Actually, a gaming mouse is also a machine.

So, I think you get the idea. Gaming mouse specifications show the features of a gaming mouse. By giving you the general list of their attributes, the specs list helps you to judge if that gaming mouse has the features or specialities you need.

So, what kind of features are included in the specification list? These are the kind of things that you will come across with when you look at a spec list:

. Sensor Type

DPI Range, DPI Switching

Programmable Buttons Count

Design features (Ergonomic, Ambidextrous etc..)

On-Board profile number

Extra features such as Adjustable Weights and etc..

Lighting System (if it has one)

Polling Rate

Durability and Life Span (Million Clicks and etc..)

Dimensions (L x Wx H)

 

These are the usual features that you will see when you look at a technical specs sheet. Some technical specs sheet have more information about the technical side of things such as: Max. tracking acceleration, dynamic coefficient of friction and etc

Now I will explain you what do these specifications mean and what kind of an understanding you should get when you look at them. Right after I give some little examples.

Here is a typical and more simplistic specification example from Logitech G502:

Let’s have a look at those specifications and what to they mean:

 

Sensor Type

Gaming mice usually have to kinds of sensors. Lazer sensor and optical sensor. Old school mice used to have a mechanical trackball but those kind of mice can’t be seen around as much as before. They still exist, but modern day mice are equipped with usually one of those mentioned before. Lazer sensor or optical sensor.

But how do they differ? Actually both of them operate to accomplish the same task. The only difference is in the way they accomplish it. Laser sensors work with the use of a physical phenomena called doppler effect while optical sensors can be thinked as microcameras which take pictures of your surface and evaluate your mouse movement direction in their processor.

All have their share of benefits. But I must admit the fact that optical sensors are more preferred when it comes to hardcore and pro gaming. Optical sensors are built almost acceleration-free which means that it becomes more of a precision master. And it’s extremely important when victory is tied to  a single shot in a few milliseconds. You can’t be sure to take that shot if your mouse accelerates and misses the target just with a few millmeters. That is definetely not acceptable in an E-sports competition when that singl shot is tied to thousands f dollars of reward.

That’s why you can see some of the most badass FPS E-sports competitors use mice with special optical sensors. But that doesn’t mean that laser sensor is some useless crap and optical sensor is the one and only. Each of them have their own thing. But there is an article which will come in WAY MORE HANDY than explaining it here.

Check out our article: Optical Sensor VS Lazer Sensor

DPI Range, DPI Switching

As for many technical stuff, I have an article for this one too. Click to read if you want to know detailed stuff about DPI: What Is Mouse DPI??

DPI is a shortened nickname of “Dots Per Inch” and indicates your cursor movement in pixels for every inch of your mouse movement. There is a wide range of DPI available now with new age gaming mice. Very high and very low DPI aren’t both good things. Everything has an optimum and you may have to use different DPI values for different situations. And how can you use multiple DPI?? By switching between them.

Programmable Buttons Count

Programmable buttons can become one of your best friends when it comes to gaming. They open you the door of a lot of oppurtunities in gaming. They have become very wide used in the gaming mice industry that you will almost all the time come across with additional buttons on them.

You will notice many gaming mice with at least 2 programmable additional buttons these days. Some of them have MANY of them while some of them are a little shy when it comes to additional buttons. You can even see mice with extensional thumb grids which offer you 12 ADDITIONAL BUTTONS that you can program in any way you want.

So, buttons are your good guys if you know how to use them. Usually gaming mice come with their own software which you can use to programme those additional buttons and add macros/ key shortcuts in order to customize your play. Think that you have a grenade shortcut right under your thumb.

Design features (Ergonomic, Ambidextrous etc..)

Some mice are more “curvy” than others. Some mice are custom tailored to provide their users with good ergonomic features. Good ergonomics can really change the game for you and your wrist health.

A mouse with good ergonomics feels  like your hand is flying. You just feel like using your hand and have total control on your computer while gaming. Also ergonomic mice dcrease the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. These factors make ergonomics one of the most important featurs when it comes to gaming mice.

I also advice you to always use amouse pad with a wrist support. You know those cool things with silicone inside (not boobs).

 

On-Board profile number

You can notice that some mice have this feature called “On-Board Memory”. It’s a pretty useful feature because it allows you to carry your mouses created profiles in its brain anywhere with you. A profile is the summ of all your assigned macros/shortcuts, selection of technical parameters like DPI range and polling rate, lighting system preferation and stuff like that.

On-board profiles are really useful especially if you are going around to gaming parties or events with your mouse. Your customised profiles for specific games will be in the brain of your mouse and you can game at comfort of your home anywhere you go. Bcause it’s a fact that your body addapts itself to your mouse with muscle memory. Another mouse won’t feel the same and can give you some hard time if you’re used to your own mouse.

Extra features such as Adjustable Weights and etc..

Some mice come with their adjustable weight kit. You can increase the weight of your mouse just by adding these extra weights to their sockets. To be honest, I prefer heavier mice and this feature is a great deal for people who know that devil’s in the details.

My sweet spot of mouse eight is around 130 grams. It just makes me feel that I have full control on my mouse. Some people like their mice heavy, some like light. So, decide which one you are, demonstrate and find your sweet spot.

Lighting System (if it has one)

Many new age mice come with a RGB lighting system which takes the user experince to a whole new level. Your mouse can illuminate various colors from 16.8 million color range. It can even be programmed to illuminate different combinations of actions likee breathing light, raindrop or spectrum shift.

Polling Rate

In order to understand what poling rate is you can check out our article: What Is Polling Rate

Durability and Life Span (Million Clicks and etc..)

Some mice are built to last long. You may see some durablity specs like clicks and mice feet lifespan. Some mice like Logitechs G series have 20 million clicks lifespan.

Dimensions (L x Wx H)

 

 

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