These days even influential websites lack the kind of detail and information necessary for gamers to make an informed decision on their purchases. While it could be said that it’s not their fault, as many manufacturers don’t widely publicize the information that many of us are looking for, it does leave us wanting more information before we make a gaming hardware related purchase.
In my recent review of gaming mice for FPS gamers I mentioned the importance of getting an accurate mouse with an optical sensor vs. a laser one and then, understanding the type of optical sensor you’re dealing with. The reason for this is that mice with laser sensors have built-in acceleration that can ultimately lead to missed shots. MMO-gamers, on the other hand, are more concerned with comfort, features like programmable buttons, weight tuning, DPI, and may even want additional acceleration.
It’s ultimately MMOs and perhaps RTS genre games that need so many macros, keys, and numbers. MOBAs and ARPG games like Diablo 3 typically need around 6. Training yourself to use a mouse with massive amounts of programmable buttons is not always easy, but ultimately necessary unless you’d prefer to use your keyboard more, have control of your movement keys less, or purchase a separate gaming keypad. Those who refrain from doing any of this most times just end up a clicky ineffective mess.
Why a MMO-geared mouse is not right for everyone:
A mouse with a lot of programmable buttons can have a steep learning curve and occasionally create miss clicks when you’re still learning. This can be a really bad thing if you have a spell or potion with a long cooldown.
If you have large fingers or simply don’t have good control with them, then going with a keypad may be a better option. In addition, many MMO-gear mice are also what I’d consider uncomfortable so finding one that feels right is key if you want to play for long hours. For many this will be more important than the freed up keyboard space.
Ultimately you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth purchasing a mouse with a ton of buttons or use one with just a few in conjunction with other options.
Grid Vs. Ergonomically Placed Buttons
Contents at a Glance
You won’t really find a MMO mouse that’s perfectly rated and this is one of the main reasons why. A lot of gamers realize that they like one layout over another and then automatically dismiss the other. For these type of mice you have either the grid style of mouse or what I’d call more ergonomically designed MMO mice. The grid style puts the bulk of its buttons on the side of the button all laid out and easy-t0-find and memorize fashion.
More ergonomically designed MMO gaming mice place more emphasis on spreading the buttons throughout the mice in a way that’s supposed to feel more natural. For some this seems to work, while others it leads to additional miss clicks and frustration.
DPI is sometimes a term that’s overemphasized when it comes to gaming mice. It doesn’t make your mouse more accurate to have more DPI, it simply allows you to move more quickly across the screen. Since all of the mouse below have as much DPI as you’d ever want, this particularly category shouldn’t hold much weight for MMORPG gamers.
TTG’s 2013 List of the Best MMO Gaming Mice
There’s a lot of reasons I placed the G600 number one, but with that being said it’s definitely not for everyone. The thumbpad is a lot like Razer’s old version of the Naga, but easier-to-use with buttons that are raised and lowered so you can literally feel which key you’re on. It doesn’t have different grips like some of the other models out there; however, the ergonomics of it just seem more comfortable. These features along with its budget sale price of under $50 make it not only one of the best value MMO gaming mice on the market, but also one of the best all around as well.
Additional Details: Avago ADNS 9800 Sensor, 20 MMO buttons (12 thumb), tilt scroll wheel, 3 memory profiles, up to 8200 DPI, 6 feet long braided cable, and 3 year warranty.
The newer Razer Naga is a lot like the G600. It has buttons varied in height and they got rid of the grip options for a more ergonomic approach – just like Logitech’s. Considering Razer’s initial pattern came sooner I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt; however, with a price at around $80 it’s certainly not as good of a deal as the G600.
Additional Details: Up to 8200 DPI with a 4G Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor (the same as many others in this category), tilt click scroll wheel, in-game MMO configurator, mechanical thumb grid, 7 foot, 2.1 m braided cable,
There’s a love or hate relationship with this mouse and others that manufacturer Mad Catz has released. With so much functionality it often gets a bit confusing and with so many buttons some have complained that the design feels uncomfortable. That being said if you’re willing to adjust the M.M.O.7 in the way that it’s intended it really is a fairly comfortable mouse.
In addition it’s not built with a higher body to accompany “the grid”. That along with a thumb rest and the dual action lock buttons make it so you can have near fatigue-free gaming. It’s also reasonably accurate with a 6400 DPI ‘Twin-Eye’ laser sensor.
As of the price you’ll pay at least a 50% premium on it compared to the Naga or G600. With all the customization and grips I get where the price comes from; however, some may still prefer the simplicity of the previously mentioned models.
While it may not be advertised or at least not have MMO in the name, the Logitech G700s is certainly one of the better options in terms of features, buttons and ergonomics. With 13 programmable buttons, an ergonomic design, S9808 laser sensor, and wireless freedom it’s one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever used.
Button Placement Makes Sense:
As far as the buttons are concerned they make a lot of sense. G keys are placed conveniently on both sides and the top where they won’t get in the way of each other.
This mouse is perfect for those long gaming sessions. A Thumb rest and ergonomically designed body make it easy to grip and hold on to.
Price and Final Thoughts:
Overall this is a great mouse that occasionally comes on sale for below $70. If you can get it for that, then you may want to go ahead and grab it. At the full $100 price tag you may still want to consider other options.
A Good Gaming Mouse for MMORPG Gamers that Play MOBA or ARPG games as well:
Some may shy away from this mouse simply because it doesn’t have the number of programmable buttons that the other models in this list do. That being said in many ways having the simplicity of a grid with just 6 buttons is sometimes not a bad way to go for not only MMORPGs, but also if you play MOBA or ARPG genre video games.
A higher DPI from the M90 and a better sensor in the Avago ADNS 9800 laser are some of the main upgrades found in the M95 vs. the previous version. In addition there’s a white version of the M95, although I’m not sure why you’d want the smooth white plastic vs. the rubberized coating used in the black version of the M95 unless you like the look and feel of holding a storm troopers helmet. One good thing to point out about the M95 is that it uses an Omron D2FC-F switch that should pretty much last as long as you want it to. This is a good quality product that feels solid in your hands and it shows in the aluminum uni-body plate.
This isn’t an option that many have thought about, but it did win a few awards for design this year so it seems worth noting. One of the cool things about it is that it has six LED lit areas on the mouse. It’s true that this mouse just looks cool. With that being said most will find the Gila’s design a bit uncomfortable after many hours of game play. I do like the button placement, but without the comfort, this mouse can’t overcome the likes of the G600 or Naga.
Additional Details: The Gila uses a Avago ADNS9800 sensor, has up to 8200 DPI, what I’d call a semi-ambidextrous design, weight tuning with 6 4.5 gram weights, gold plated USB, 1.8m braided cable, mix or T-MEC and Omron Switches and rated 8 million clicks
8. A Different Option Altogether: Logitech G13 vs. Razer Nostromo
If you’d prefer not to purchase a mouse with more buttons than a standard one, then there’s always the option of going with a keypad. The two that most people use are the Logitech G13 and the Razer Nostromo. As someone with larger hands the G13 just seems to work better and feel more natural to use, but ultimately that may be a matter of personal preference. The nostromo has 16 programmable keys while the G13 has25 and an additional LED screen for in-game stats.
Overall finding exactly what MMO mouse will work with your playstyle is a bit of a crap shoot. If you haven’t tried one before, then I highly recommend borrowing one for a friend or at least going to the store to get your hands on one. Don’t forget to vote in our poll below and participate in our open discussion before you go.
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