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Why all the hate on laser mice?

#1WyzeGyePosted 3/20/2014 10:59:23 AM
I totally understand the drawbacks as compared to optical, but I also understand the benefits.

I use a laser mouse, and I love it. Perhaps I have a sensor that downplays all the drawbacks such as acceleration and don't speak for all laser mice...

just seems like a bunch of elitist hate that nobody really understands.
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#2CELTEKKPosted 3/20/2014 11:45:22 AM
pretty much. i have a laser mouse as well... don't understand the hipster hatred.
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#3aak57Posted 3/20/2014 11:47:21 AM
People don't like acceleration, even if it's 5%. Though honestly, I doubt most of the people who rail on such things would even notice since 99% of people use high sensitivity.
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#4electroflamePosted 3/20/2014 11:49:14 AM
aak57 posted...
People don't like acceleration, even if it's 5%. Though honestly, I doubt most of the people who rail on such things would even notice since 99% of people use high sensitivity.


This is pretty much it. I use laser mice and I don't really care that much about the acceleration, since I use relatively-high DPI settings.

It doesn't eliminate the acceleration, but it downplays it enough that I don't even notice it.
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#5_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 3/20/2014 12:07:23 PM(edited)
If you are interested to know more about acceleration and other possible sensor issues, and how it affects you ingame, I suggest checking out this guide:
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=53945.0

I guess the main reason why people avoid laser mice (specifically Avago laser mice) is to avoid acceleration. You could say that perhaps it is not all that noticeable for the average player, and ingame success will remain a matter of skill as long as you use a peripheral that does not malfunction. But on the other hand, one of the main reasons for getting a "gaming mouse" is to get a sensor that performs well (granted, sometimes people get them for other characteristics like a specific shape or the number of available buttons). So it makes sense to be picky when it comes to the sensor, since for many people that is why they are forking over $50+.
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#6BogePosted 3/20/2014 12:09:33 PM
I recently had a G400s that I sold and got a G500s. I had a G500 and missed some of the features.

Since switching to the G500s, I haven't noticed a difference. Laser or Optical, whatever. Doesn't matter to me.
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#7PsythikPosted 3/20/2014 12:14:45 PM
There are drawbacks to laser mice? They're all I use because I thought they were supposed to be better. Isn't acceleration done on the software side? Why would a laser mouse build it into the hardware?
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#8Fargoth272Posted 3/20/2014 12:54:41 PM
Psythik posted...
There are drawbacks to laser mice? They're all I use because I thought they were supposed to be better. Isn't acceleration done on the software side? Why would a laser mouse build it into the hardware?


It's a downfall of the laser sensor. ALL laser sensors have some acceleration currently.
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#9_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 3/20/2014 1:23:22 PM(edited)
Fargoth272 posted...
Psythik posted...
There are drawbacks to laser mice? They're all I use because I thought they were supposed to be better. Isn't acceleration done on the software side? Why would a laser mouse build it into the hardware?


It's a downfall of the laser sensor. ALL laser sensors have some acceleration currently.


This is not entirely accurate. The most popular ones that you find in mice today (Avago 9500 and 9800 mostly) have acceleration. Other laser sensors have other issues. For example, the Philips Twin Eye has the fairly serious "z-axis" issue, where the cursor moves as you lift the mouse, but it does not suffer from acceleration. Some older laser sensors like the A6010 do not have acceleration if I am not mistaken, but have other problems like low max perfect tracking speed.

Objectively, you could say that the best sensors currently on the market are all optical. Since, optical sensors are becoming once again more popular as more gamers realize their advantages, and since they come in all shapes and sizes, the real question is not why should you go for optical (like the A3090 sensor), but why would you go for laser?
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#10Erik212Posted 3/20/2014 1:35:10 PM
I just went from a laser G500 to an optical G602 and I have noticed the acceleration.
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