iTZKooPA Rambles is a column dedicated to the shelled one talking about Internet, gaming or nerd culture. Extensions include anything he feels relevant to those microcosms. Oh, he also loves expressing his opinion, so that’s kinda why this column exists too. Sorry about that.
19 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI 4G sensor, green LED backlighting, 7-foot braided cable, 1000Hz ultrapolling, mechanical buttons and a one-size-fits-all grip.
As a computer scientist and nerd that’s built every desktop he’s owned since he was a wee lass, I only fully understood three of those packaging bullets at first blush. The other two I get the basic meaning, but do not know how truly important they are. Is 8200 DPI – that’s dot per inch or the speed to move – truly that much more meaningful than 8000 or even 2000 for that matter? For an incredibly small percent, say the true professional gamers and the ones attempting to climb to that level, the answer is yes.
At such high DPI it can take a seasoned gamer a healthy chunk of time to adjust to the little cursor whipping across the screen at these insane speeds. The polling rate, a healthy 1000Hz, is the ability for the mouse to read. The higher DPI you set, the higher the polling rate should be. Again, 1000Hz is overkill for, well, let’s just say everyone.
Let’s not forget that this confession is coming from a long time min-maxer. I attempt to optimize everything from the pens I use to the alcohol to price per oz. content of craft beers. I even bought diapers for my brother based on cost per unit of natural diapers. And his kid is literally going to crap on that.
At any rate, most so-called “gaming” mouse hold much the same features. Logitech’s G600 series boasts much the same credentials, with 20 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI and 1000Hz polling. Because these features are becoming commoditized, I’ve realized that overall quality, including customer service, and, sadly, warranty support are the important features.
The last 12-months have seen a variety of peripherals, from mice to headphones, die on me. To that end I’ve balked at feature sets that will have essentially no impact on my gaming experience and returned to my bottom line. This has lead me back to Logitech, which even when broken out of warranty I have never had a bad experience with.
This begs the question, how do you select your peripherals? Do you have a favorite company across the board or select depending on the peripheral type? Sound off in the comments.