There are many gaming mice. A ridiculous number of gaming mice. So many mice that trying to choose a specific size and style – especially for a budget – are much more complicated than browsing through Reddit and Amazon's top lists to find an answer.
Still, I started looking for a new gaming mouse. I'm not a serious player and I do not stick to a game, although I prefer first-person shooters. I had never really thought much about the mouse I'd been thinking about switching from a wireless to a wired mouse. I am a n00b gaming mouse.
In my first searches, names like Razer and Logitech made the most choices, but I also noticed the name Zowie. If you've never heard of it (I had no idea), there's a better chance that you know the company behind the BenQ brand, which manufactures monitors, projectors, and other computer peripherals.
On Zowie's website, I noticed for the first time that mice were designed for hand or claw handles. When I outfitted some of the more serious PC players here at CNET with grip types, none of them immediately knew what I was talking about. It turns out, however, that it's very important to know how to hold your mouse in order to get one that meets your needs for performance and comfort.
Zowie's lineup is geared for fit and performance. Comfort, speed and control are the priorities and not how many buttons and lights you get. There are really only three models – two of them are ambidextrous – and unlike almost any other mouse no software or drivers need to be installed.
Apart from the shape, the key to comfort is that each model is available in two or three sizes so you can find the mouse that matches your hand size and grip style. (Check out #mousefitting on Twitter and you'll find people are pretty excited about this approach.)
If you're not sure what your grip is and what you need to look out for Here are the basics for each type.
Exactly what it sounds like, a handle means that most palms rest on the mouse and many of your fingers do as well. This is the most popular grip type. Since your hand is relaxed and resting on the mouse, it is comfortable.
This makes the mouse more of an extension of the arm, so you may use slower arm movements than faster wrist movements. However, the cursor moves smoothly and accurately. A mouse shaped to fit your right or left hand is the best and one whose area is large enough to rest your entire palm.
The fingertip is the complete opposite of the palm. Only your fingertips are on the mouse, your palm is always up and down the mouse. The position facilitates the lifting of the mouse and makes quick movements with the wrist. It's a position that you appreciate with a light mouse. So go to a smaller, flatter one that weighs less than 100 grams.
The claw grip falls somewhere between palm and fingertip grip. Your fingers are in a claw shape, only the bottom of your palm is on the back of the mouse. The position allows better wrist movement than the palm grip, but with more control than fingertips alone. A shorter two-handed mouse with a round back and a higher profile is well suited for the position.
Although the Zowie series has something for all sorts of grips, it's designed primarily for eSports. If you are looking for a mouse with more functions, more buttons, RGB lights or all the cables and cables mentioned above, you will stay up to date. We are in the process of testing many models and will return with full recommendations. And if there is a particular model that you think we need to test, please let us know in the comments.