Best MMO Mouse for PC Gaming 2016
Whether you play WoW or another MMORPG online you know just how many buttons you need to press. A good MMO mouse will certainly have a few extra buttons, but should those buttons come at the cost of comfort?
Having access to all of these mice has certainly changed my opinion on it. DPI and accuracy are important as well, but not as important as they would be on an FPS or RTS mouse.
Accuracy is important as well, but not as important as they would be on an FPS or RTS mouse.
So, what's truly important?
In my opinion, the most important thing is to find a mouse that not only is comfortable but one that also has plenty of features and is lightweight. The buttons should be arranged in a way that makes sense to you and doesn't hurt your hand. There is no one option fits everyone's playstyle here.
More About DPI:
DPI shouldn't be confused with accuracy. Accuracy comes more in the type of sensor you're getting, the surface you're using, and how well your hand works with the DPI you have set. I've not seen an MMO-centric mouse in the past few years that hasn't had enough DPI.
If you care about accuracy, you'd ideally go for an optical sensor. That being said, I'd still choose overall comfort above all else.
Ergonomic Vs. Grid Layouts for MMO Mice
Advantages and Disadvantages to Grid Gaming Mice:
As I mentioned above there's no one single right layout for every person out there. Some would prefer to have a grid with the 12 buttons they truly need right on the side. This is a simple way to memorize and just makes a lot more sense to certain gamers.
Placing a grid on the side like we've seen with Logitech and Razer means that a little something is sacrificed in terms of ergonomics as these mice hold a bit higher in your palm.
Ergonomic Alternatives to the Grid Layout:
To combat this, manufacturers have also put together mice that keep the ergonomics of a standard mouse with a lot of the buttons that an MMO mouse has.
A mouse like the MMO7 from Mad Catz or the G900 have buttons placed throughout the mouse. This can make for a more fluid option once you train for it, but some don't like it over the simplicity of a grid.
Which works better for you and how can you know?
Ultimately, you may have to test and see which option works the best for you. It is easy enough to hold one of these mice at the store, but the only way to truly know is to buy one or two and try them out for a couple weeks.
Top 5 MMORPG Gaming Mice in 2016
1. Logitech G900
There are a lot of reasons that the Logitech G900 is at the top of my list for MMO gamers in 2016. First of all, the ergonomics are on par with standard mice out there. It's comfortable and won't leave your hand in an awkward shape for hours on end. The G900 uses an ambidextrous shape which should be appealing for some.
Wireless vs Corded Gaming
Second, it's wireless. Wireless is something I've avoided in the past; however, with newer technology, there is no noticeable difference between the responsiveness of something like this and a corded mouse. Unless recharging every 30 hours is something that annoys you, I'd consider wireless to now be a huge plus.
Optical Sensor vs Laser
Unlike many of the MMORPG gaming mice on the market, the Logitech G900 uses a top sensor in the PMW3366. It's accurate enough for FPS and RTS games, and is a worry-free option for MMO gamers. Overall, this is a good thing but not a deal breaker or maker for MMO and MOBA gamers.
The last thing that's truly sold me on the Logitech G900 is the 11 programmable buttons. They use a mechanical pivot design which I find to be consistently fast. In terms of pure numbers it's not as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important moves.
In terms of pure button count, the G900 doesn't have as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important skills.
If that's not enough, the buttons are modular as well. This is a good option for those that you continually misclick or that simply get in the way.
The scroll is great for tactile feedback as well as free scrolling, a personal favorite of mine. It's a pleasure to use.
Overall, the Logitech G900 is the mouse I'd get if you have the money. It's a bit pricey, but in my opinion, it's worth saving up for the additional comfort. I'd consider it suitable for all grip styles and good for medium to large-sized hands. At 107 grams it's also light enough for hours and hours of gameplay.
2. Roccat Tyon
If you're looking for a wired mouse that has a lot of buttons like a grid mouse but in a more natural way, take a look at the Roccat Tyon.
16 Programmable Buttons Plus Easy Shift
The button assignment software allows you a plethora of options for the Tyon's 16 programmable buttons. The easy shift essentially doubles the amount of buttons on the mouse to around 30. Additional profiles also add flexibility.
The Roccat Tyon does use an 8200 DPI PRO Aim (R3) laser sensor. While it's not as good as the sensor on the G900, it is very good.
Size and Shape
This is a big mouse. It weighs around 128 grams. The profile of it doesn't seem as cumbersome as the grid mice I've used, but you should know upfront that it's not small. Due to the size, I'd only recommend it for palm and claw gripstyles. If you use a fingertip grip, go with something else.
For the shape, I found the Tyon to be a lot like the DeathAdder, which I really like. The back of the mouse does hang a bit higher than the DeathAdder, but this is a big advantage vs. other button heavy mice on the market. The thumb grip is deep and adds to the overall comfort level.
Overall the Roccat Tyon is one of my favorite designs for gamers looking for a lot of buttons. It's well-made, accurate, and looks great too. The price is a bit more expensive than the typical grid mice out there, but the build-quality is great.
3. UtechSmart Venus
When I first reviewed this mouse a couple of years ago I never thought I'd ever be recommending it in this setting. UtechSmart was a company I'd never heard of.
Still, the Venus really is a thing of beauty. UtechSmart has kept the cost down compared to other similar mice on the market at around $40 while giving it similar to better quality than those options.
The Venus comes with 18 programmable buttons with the grid holding 12 of those. Speaking of the grid, the buttons are set at varying angles so you can easily learn to locate them with your thumb. This is definitely a plus.
The software is easy-to-use and makes setting it up a breeze.
The UtechSmart Venus comes with a weight tuning set (8x2.4g) that's easy to install at the bottom of the mouse. The mouse itself has a heavy starting weight of around 150 ounces. Because of this, I actually preferred gaming without the extra weight on the Venus.
At half the cost of the Tyon and a quarter of the cost of the G900, the UtechSmart Venus definitely holds appeal for budget-conscious MMO gamers. If you do end up getting it, you'll likely be as surprised as I am by it's good performance.
4-5 Logitech G600 Vs. Razer Naga Chroma
As far grid mice are concerned right now it comes down to whether you'd rather have the Logitech G600 or the Razer Naga Chroma model.
If this were last year, then I'd clearly give the edge to the G600. The grid has a layout which has buttons staggered up and down in a way where you can feel them with your hand. In addition, not having the alternate grips that the 2012 Naga had simply made it feel more ergonomic.
With Razer's upgrade to the Naga model in 2015 these two are now very much the same. Razer added a mechanical pad with staggered buttons like Logitech's and eliminated grips to give it better ergonomics. Both use the Avago ADNS 9800 Sensor with up to 8200 DPI. I'd prefer if Razer and Logitech used an optical sensor instead, but perhaps advertising high DPI is more important to both of them.
Overall you may decide to go with whichever one is cheapest or looks better to you. The G600 is regularly available for around $50 while the Naga is currently around $80. Neither has the wireless freedom that you'd find in the G900 or the Naga Epic, but both do have well-made braided cables.
More MMO Gaming Mice Options
Another really good mouse in this category is the Corsair Gaming Scimitar. It's a MOBA / MMO designed mouse with 12 optimized mechanical buttons on its grid.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about the Scimitar is the mobile thumb grid. As one gaming mouse certainly doesn't fit all, this will be appealing to those who have trouble with the way that typical gaming mice are arranged.
If the better customization doesn't convince you of how great this mouse is, the sensor probably will. Unlike its competitors, Corsair chose to put a more accurate optical sensor in this mouse. This is definitely a plus.
Overall, this is a mouse that probably deserves a place in our top 5 but I want to hear from you first. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let me know in the comment section your thoughts about it.
Logitech G700S - Budget Wireless Freedom
If you want a mouse with wireless freedom, conveniently placed G buttons, and one that just feels good, then the G700S is another good classic option.
At this time this particular mouse is on sale for less than you can purchase the Naga Chroma.
It's a great alternative to typical grid mice and a good budget option for those who don't want to pay up for the Logitech G900.
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If none of these options seem to work with your style, then I highly recommend you try a gaming keypad like the Logitech G13 or Razer Nostromo along with a highly accurate mouse like the Mionix Castor, Razer DeathAdder, Zowie EC2-A, or Logitech G502.
Be sure to give me your opinion on all of this below.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
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