Last week I went over the keyboards I’ve used and there was a few ups and downs, but, overall, every keyboard I’ve used has been good. This week I’d like to talk about all the mice I’ve owned, and boy are you in for a treat. My mice have been a disaster.
My mouse history starts off benign enough. The first mouse I used was a Dell mouse. Just like my Dell keyboard, it came with the Dell computer I owned. From what I can remember, it was your typical boring mouse. It was low dpi, had a generic laser sensor, and got the job done. In fact, I used this mouse on a Windows server I ran not too long ago. I can’t remember exactly why I stopped using my Dell mouse and bought a new one. If I had to guess, it was because I wanted something “better”. I wanted a gaming mouse.
The second mouse I owned was a Logitech G5 and man was it a good mouse. I don’t have records of when I purchased this mouse, but I believe this is the mouse I used the longest, and arguably the most reliable gaming mouse I have own. It only had one problem, its scroll wheel. At times, the scroll wheel would rest between two notches. When this happened, it would repeatedly scroll up and down randomly until you scrolled and firmly set it into a notch. Most of the time I could avoid this issue, but eventually I got fed up and stopped using my G5.
On my birthday in 2009 I purchased myself a Logitech M500. The M500 was a marvelous midlevel gaming mouse. I can’t remember any problems with this mouse. The only reason I never bought a second one was that the dpi was too low (1000 while I favor playing at 1600-1800). This mouse worked flawlessly… until I killed it. Yep, somehow I killed this mouse. I knew it was on its last legs when it started randomly disconnecting from my computer. Then, one day in mid 2010, it rolled over, died, and never communicated with another computer ever again.
With a dead mouse, I was forced to acquire a new one, a Logitech G500. The G500 was basically a newer version of the G5. It had some new color styling, a higher dpi sensor, a few buttons were moved around, and they added a frictionless mouse wheel mode, but other than that, it was a G5. I liked this mouse, I liked it a lot. At least I did for the five months the cable lasted. It was manageable at first, but by December of 2010 the cable had frayed in half and I had to hold the cord against the mouse’s body at all times to stop it from disconnecting.
At this point, you’re probably thinking this is the end of the G500. I won’t blame you for thinking that, but this time around I was smart. This time, I RMAed the bastard. Logitech’s costumer service was well done, quick, and easy. I didn’t even need to mail the defective one in, which was a welcome surprise. I got my new mouse and everything was great, dandy, and sparkles for a total of 25 days. You read that correctly, it took 25 days for the second cable to fray and go bad. By this time, I had made the executive decision to not buy another Logitech mouse. This cable problem was the last straw. I had had enough problems with their mice that I was done with Logitech products. I like to think of this period as the great Logitech exodus. The G500 was the last Logitech product I bought, and I’d have to think long and hard before buying another product from them ever again.
In late January 2011 I made the switch to Razer and purchased a Razer Imperator. This mouse looked nice, felt fantastic in your hand, and had an absolutely horrendous sensor. The sensor on this mouse was just plain crap. I never quite felt that my Imperator mouse moved exactly where I told it to, and worse still, it would wobble. At times, I’d stop moving the thing and the cursor onscreen would continue to wobble, jittering away, slowly shaking its way toward the upper right corner. I thought about RMAing my Imperator, but decided it was more likely a defect with all Imperator sensors. It had been a short three months, and it was time for a new mouse.
Finally, in April 2011, I bought the mouse I am currently using, a Razer DeathAdder. This mouse is a world better than the Imperator, and has lasted longer than all my Logitech mice, excluding the G5. I would recommend the DeathAdder to anyone looking for a new mouse. I even bought a second one for my laptop. The only complaint I have, and with my luck there’s always something, is that I no longer have a middle click, having worn mine out completely. One of these days I’ll get around to RMAing the sucker and then, hopefully, the replacement mouse will last just as long as the first.
That’s the end of the disaster that has been my mice. Most of them barely lasted six months before I had to get a new one, especially the Logitech ones. In little over a one and a half year period I owned five separate mice. The only thing I learned from my purchases was that I’m never buying Logitech ever again. Speaking of Logitech, I realized while writing this that all my Logitech mice have had a “5″ in their name. The designers at Logitech must worship that number or something. Maybe it’s a fetish, or, if my luck has been any indication, a curse. The curse of the Logitech “5″.