Mice

What computer mouse should I buy for my esports team?

First off, mice are peripherals and as such not necessary for a varsity program to provide. Most gamers have their own gaming mice. Mice are easy for players to bring in their backpack to the school and as such are 4th out of 5th on our list of gaming peripherals in order of importance for the varsity program to provide.

What you need is-

  1. Adjustable DPI (Dots per inch) aka Adjustable Sensitivity
  2. Durability
  3. A size that fits all (or most)
  4. Ambidextrous (Works well for both right and left handed users)

1. Adjustable DPI-

Dots per inch is a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. The higher a mouse’s DPI, the more the mouse cursor moves on a screen when the mouse is moved. High DPI settings detect/react smaller movements. Some mice come with a pre-set DPI that cannot be changed. Most gaming mice allow users to change their DPI from a wide range, like 100-3200 for example.

For different games many players like to switch up their DPI settings. For example a lot of serious FPS (first-person shooter) players like to have lower DPI to help them be more precise with their shots. Strategy and MOBA game players can often have a higher DPI since precision is less important and they want their mouse to move faster. Also, within those games everyone has their personal preferences.

2. Durability-

This one is self-explanatory. Your school is investing time and money into building this program. The last thing you want to do is spend unnecessary money because you bought mice that broke after their first few months of use.

3. Size-

Every person has different size hands so finding the perfect mouse size for a group of people can be difficult. The average length hands are 180 mm (from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist crease) so we recommend a mouse length around 120 mm. The average width of hands is 79 mm so we recommend a mouse width around 65mm. There are so many different mouse sizes and shapes that no one mouse is best. This is the main reason why the computer mouse is at the bottom of the list of gaming peripherals we recommend providing. It can be difficult to find a size comfortable for everyone during a long gaming session.

4. Ambidextrous-

Yes, we are well aware that both-right handed and left-handed people can use a mouse that’s made for right handed people. However, gamers spend hours at their computer. Some varsity tournaments can take a whole day or weekend. The last thing we want is for players to be uncomfortable after their first few games, or worse, develop any sort of wrist issues that may arise from using a set up that’s not ergonomic for them.

Our low-cost recommendation-

SteelSeries Sensei 310

The steelseries sensei has an adjustable DPI up to 12,000, a great track-record in durability, its size is 125.1 x 70.39 x 38.95 mm (meaning it fits most hands), and it has an ambidextrous design. It even works well for both “claw” and “palm” grips.  Also, at the time of writing this article, it is priced under $50.

Checkout techradar.com’s full review of the mouse here-https://www.techradar.com/reviews/steelseries-sensei-310

Our high-end recommendation-

SteelSeries Sensei 310

Yep! It’s the same recommendation this time. The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is the best ambidextrous gaming mouse on the market at this time. Again, it’s less than $50.

What about wireless mice?

We recommend against wireless mice for a couple of reasons-

  1. Input Lag-Most wireless mice have an input lag of 8-16 milliseconds. This may seem like to small an amount to worry about, but there is no reason to play at any sort of disadvantage if you can avoid it. Gamers care about lag, even when it’s minor.
  2. Battery recharging needed or spending money on batteries– Wireless mice need to be charged. A mouse failing during the middle of a match could cost your team the game. Keeping the mice charged is another thing the head’s of the esports team would have to worry about.
  3. Easier to lose parts- simply because there is typically a USB plugged in to a computer and then a mouse that is (obviously) wireless. It can be tough to keep them together especially if students move around the room with their mouse.

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