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How many of you pc gamers even use a gaming mouse for gaming on your pc ? Is buying and using gaming mouse a fade thats in the past ? Should I just use a a reg mouse and just use the dam buttons on the keyboard instead ?
I think you're misunderstanding what gaming mice are for. It's not about how many buttons they have, it's about the quality of the sensor in the mouse. Gaming mice have higher accuracy sensors. The extra buttons which some mice may have are just extra.
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I use a 5 button mouse and really couldn't go back at this point, mouse 4 is pretty much my universal voice chat button and I sometimes use 4 or 5 (in sp games) for stuff that's used a lot (melle/slomo/leaning etc etc )
You want something that works well and that is comfortable. There are gaming mice that fulfill these criteria. Especially when it comes to the sensor, there are a lot of regular mice that do not suffice for a lot of gamers. And I am not even talking about acceleration and prediction and all that stuff, but more basically, for a lot of people the max tracking speed on a lot of normal sensors is too low. It is something that is especially noticeable for people that play high paced games with a low sensitivity setting. A lot of mice just simply stop tracking.
Beyond that there are the more detailed and nuanced characteristics to the sensor, though you could argue that this does not really matter for everyone, and I think you are right. However, mice can also have additional features that people really enjoy. Extra buttons can be something that a lot of MMO players like. Is it necessary? Certainly not, but I can see how it can appeal to a certain kind of player.
Personally though, when I think of a mouse that is well suited to gaming, buttons are not the first thing that comes to mind. I have always done with just 2 extra side buttons and that is all I need really. To me, if there is any one defining characteristic that makes something a gaming mouse, it is probably having a superior sensor. This is also why I think a lot of mice that are being marketed as gaming mice are not really gaming mice. They may have the adjustable weights and pretty lights, but there are a lot out there that only fulfill 2 things which are high max tracking speed and high DPI. Yet too often, other things like lift off distance and acceleration are neglected.
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I think the sensor talk is a bunch of baloney and the main reason to get a "gaming" mouse IS the extra buttons, but as for whether it's still "in," well, I think you have your answer from the responses thus far!!
I don't think its really a fad, it's really a great benefit finding a mouse that fits and reacts perfectly for your standards. Not to mention you can find good gaming mice for 30 bucks-ish so why the hell not? I just grabbed this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826249105&Tpk=black%20ops%202%20mouse for my new build, it's big and pretty damn bad ass. Lot of buttons though but they never get unintentionally pressed, overall it's a great mouse and seemed like a really good deal!