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5 Tips to Improve Performance of Your Gaming Mouse

WRITTEN BY Shrek

Posted on April 15 2015


Your choice of mouse strongly affects your success rate in games. It’s not only about choosing the right gaming mouse, it’s also about choosing the best gaming mouse for you to work with. You can get the best mouse with the best specs, however if you are uncomfortable using it, results may disappoint. Once you have chosen a suitable mouse with the right specs, you need to make sure to set it up properly and keep it maintained, otherwise you will still not see its benefit. Be sure to read on for 5 important tips to help you choose and improve the performance of your gaming mouse, and ultimately your game performance.

Tip 1: Optical or Laser Mouse

To be a successful gamer, the choice of which mouse to buy is extremely important - this causes gamers to think about what kind suits them best, optical or laser? Generally speaking you will see two kinds of sensors used on modern gaming mice, optical and laser. Optical mice can then be split even further with either red or blue LED's being used, with red being the most common, however blue LED optical mice and laser mice can adjust to many different textures between your desk or mousepad, etc, and can even be used on glass.

In contrast, the red diode mouse has a smoother operation when paired with specific mousepad or surface. On the other hand, the laser mouse has greater sensitivity and allows for a higher DPI setting. Although the sensitivity of optical mice is not as good as laser, it becomes more accurate. However, a laser mouse is usually more expensive than the optical options, so gamers should choose based on what they feel is more comfortable and natural to them within their price range.

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Tip 2: DPI adjustment for different games

The DPI (Dots per inch) value is related to the displacement speed of a mouse; the bigger the value the faster the cursor will move on the screen. Different games require different movements, being able to control your mouse's DPI can be vital when switching between game types. Picking a mouse that suits your individual needs, and can be customized exactly to what you are looking for in terms of speed and accuracy can make or break a gaming experience.

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Tip 3: Setting your macro key

Generally speaking gaming mice will have a macro key (or multiple) located on the thumb-side of a mouse for easier access. This can be on the left or right side of the mouse you purchase, it depends if it is an ambidextrous mouse (mouse is symmetrical) or if it is a right-handed mouse (mouse shaped to fit your right-hand only). Choosing a mouse that feels natural and allows you the most comfortable experience when accessing these macro keys is very important. You can program these keys for specific functions or abilities in game, reducing your reaction time.

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Tip 4: GAMING Device Port optimized for your mice

MSI Gaming Device Port has a 500-1000Hz polling rate, and the triple gold plating extended 10X longer longevity for USB plugging and un-plugging. It also allows use of a high turnover rate mouse by processing a special design. But please note that your system must support a higher turnover rate, or it will stay in the same hertz (Hz) even if you adjust it. Meanwhile, it can also prevent oxidation.

In summary, the gaming device port is optimized to transfer the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully accelerate the speed. More responsive, smoother game-play and faster reactions are the key reasons that you need a motherboard equipped with gaming device ports.

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Tip 5: Keeping a smooth mouse by using Teflon

Finally, we can discuss mice feet, which can influence the smoothness and speed of your mouse's movement. So far, Teflon is usually the main material used on most mice, the chemical name is Polytetrafluoroethene(PTEF), which has special characteristics of insulation, heat and cold resistant, oxidation counteractive, anti-stick and self-lubricating. With its lowest coefficient, Teflon is an oil-free and smooth material.

However, it has a low hardness texture, so it still has a disadvantage as it is prone to abrasion. If you are using a hard plastic mouse pad, it is more likely the surface will scratch or damage the Teflon feet. If the Teflon is damaged repeatedly, you will have a difficult time moving your mouse due to the increased friction. Then you should consider a replacement for worn out mouse feet. You can also pick a quality plank mousepad, which can be used for a longer period of time.However, replacing Teflon tape is usually cheaper. Depending on your preference, you can choose either option.

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