Ever played World of Warcraft online and kept losing because your character wouldn't cast spells as fast as your opponent? Or with Counter-Strike, you just couldn't seem to get that sniper shot right? As gamers, we tend to ignore hardware unless it's a graphics card but the sensitivity and speed of your mouse can turn defeat into victory. To get that edge over your opponent, the little computer mouse is very important. Some factors while choosing a good gaming mouse for Mac, rather for any operating system, are...
Sometimes you need more than the standard left, right and scroll mouse buttons. You need to map commands to buttons, so instead of wasting time searching for the keys on your keyboard, you can just click a button and the action is done. Strategy and shooter games like DotA or Call of Duty have multiple commands which are difficult to remember and hence programmable buttons make the job easier.
Pick a mouse that is roughly the size of your hand. Most gaming mice are ergonomically designed to accommodate the natural highs and lows of a palm. A bulky and uneven design can tire your hand out and cause lag. Compact and sleek mice also help you move your hand faster.
If Harry Potter had to wave a tree instead of a wand, he'd cast a lot less spells and much slower as well. Similarly, the weight of your mouse can slow you down while playing. A heavier mouse is much slower to move and also tires your hand out. Choose a gaming mouse whose weight feels right or get one with adjustable weight.
Sensitivity rate (DPI/CPI)
Like human alertness, mouse sensitivity is the rate of how quickly the mouse executes when you click or move it. Imagine if your mouse carried out your click, 1 minute after you clicked it! Slowness to respond or initiate can end your game very fast. Getting a mouse with an adjustable sensitivity rate helps you understand which rate is good for you.
It's easy to find gaming mice that are Windows compatible but for the Mac OS, the options are limited. Here's a list of gaming mice to help you decide which is the best gaming mouse for Mac:
Razer Mamba ($130)
Black, sleek and wire-free, the Mamba is one of Razer's most powerful gaming mice, built for extreme precision and comfortable use. With its dual sensor system (optical and laser tracking), glide this sleek mouse over any surface to play. A 1 ms response rate and 6400dpi allows for exceptionally sensitive gaming, giving you an edge in multiplayer games. It has an impressive battery life of approx 16 hours on a single charge. The charging dock also multi-tasks as the wireless receiver, minimizing the amount of parts you need to carry around.
Razer Naga Epic ($130)
This Naga entry is indeed epic, with its smooth curves, snake embossed logo and eerily glowing LED buttons. The Naga Epic can be customized for a comfortable fit by using 3 interchangeable side panels. So you can adjust the shape of the mouse to suit your grip and your hand's size. This mouse is an MMO player's dream peripheral, as it features 17 programmable buttons on its thumb grid. You can assign macros to the buttons through the software provided with the mouse. The Naga Epic can be used wired and wirelessly and has a response rate of 1ms.
SteelSeries Sensei ($90)
Don't be fooled by the low-key profile and small size of the Sensei. Under its simplistic design, this gaming offering from SteelSeries is packed with impressive features. Firstly, the mouse houses a 32-bit ARM processor for handling its settings, both built-in and user-defined. The settings interface is an LCD on the mouse's backside. So the programming can be done on the mouse itself, without the use of a computer. You can even adjust sensitivity levels with the CPI switch on the mouse. The SteelSeries ExactTech features allow you to adjust lift distance, sensitivity, mouse movement and cursor speed. For personal customization, you can change the lighting on the 3 LED zones located on the mouse or turn the lighting off completely.
Cyborg R.A.T. 9. ($150)
The gaming mouse of the future. With a rugged metal frame, visible hinges and interchangeable parts, the R.A.T. 9. looks like a robo-mouse from the next century. Through its powerful gaming software, the mouse's sensitivity, DPI and macros can be changed. Three built-in configurations are provided for use. It is extremely responsive with a response time of 1 ms and 6400 DPI rate, which can be adjusted. The R.A.T. 9. also takes mouse fitting to a whole new level. Interchangeable palm rests and pinkie grips are provided, so you can adjust the mouse's design to suit your hand. The thumb panel is movable and even the mouse's mass can be changed by adding/removing weights. This Cyborg gaming mouse is wireless and its receiver also multi-tasks as a charging dock.
In the future, cross-platform gaming peripherals will be developed, so players shouldn't' have to worry about compatibility issues and more Mac friendly peripherals will be around. For now, hope this list has made your search for a good gaming mouse to use on a Mac, a little easier.