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So are Laser Mice better than Optical Mice? By which I mean precise/accurate.

#1ajko000Posted 7/31/2013 6:30:22 PM
What's the deal with them? Are they considered better or worse? Looking for a new gaming mouse, preferably with only 2-3 thumb buttons, I don't need 20+. I don't know how to find my current mouse's dpi, so I have no idea what to look for in that regard, and I want to know if Laser Mice require a different surface compared to Optical Mice, or if they are symmetrical in this area.
#2WyzeGyePosted 7/31/2013 6:43:32 PM
They are capable of higher DPI so yes, more precise, but in my experience they're really finicky about the surface they work on.
#3Skul_Posted 7/31/2013 6:50:12 PM
Optical mice are better for gaming.
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#4Snuckie7Posted 7/31/2013 6:50:54 PM
Apparently the opposite is true.
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#5GreenMage7Posted 7/31/2013 6:53:09 PM
Optical is better. If you look hard enough you can find several lengthy discussions about this, but it basically always comes back to optical is better.
#6Lord_CohlianiPosted 7/31/2013 6:55:46 PM
Depends on what you're playing, but if you're playing FPS you wanna go with optical for sure.
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#7aak57Posted 7/31/2013 6:58:04 PM
An optical mouse would be better if you care about tracking accuracy. That's not due to optical itself, but rather every laser sensor having a flaw of some sort (slight built-in acceleration, tracking z-axis movement, etc).

I'd recommend the G400 for palm and Storm Spawn for claw if price is a factor. Zowie FK if you like ambidextrous mice, and Savu over Spawn if you can find one for a good price.
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#8ajko000(Topic Creator)Posted 7/31/2013 6:59:19 PM
Price isn't so much a factor as the fact that most mice that are more recent are either laser, have too many buttons, or both.

I only really know of Corsair, and I hear Razer sucks, or rather isn't very trusted?
#9aak57Posted 7/31/2013 7:03:17 PM
Razer's build quality is inconsistent. Some mice last for years, others crap out after a couple months. I would personally just stick with the G400/G400s if that's the shape you're considering.

BTW, shape is really, really important. You can have a mouse with an A+ sensor but it doesn't mean much if it's uncomfortable. I use a claw grip and love ambidextrous mice so I'd actually do worse with a G400 (palm, ergonomic) compared to a Sensei (5% built-in acceleration, but ambidextrous).
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#10ZethPosted 7/31/2013 7:04:16 PM
The only Razer mouse I'd recommend is the DeathAdder.
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