Gamers are already a weird people. They can turn on their hardware for a lot of money just because they have the word gaming in their name. To this end, trends are changing rapidly.
For years, the mice were sold with more and more buttons and great additional functions. So does my current Logitech G520 (the G stands for gaming!). Six additional keys and variable weights. Cool or?
Since I have the Stream Deck, I have used the additional keys less and less. The two side buttons for back and forward, clear. They are permanently in use. The two buttons next to the left mouse button? Actually no more, are also not easily accessible for my little hands. With the best will, I only come to the Sniper button at the front of the side with dislocations. And the button behind the scroll wheel?! Who can seriously serve them?
But it has variable weights! Five 3.6 grams heavy weights can be used as desired, i.e. a maximum of 18 grams. I had inserted two, so 7.2 grams extra weight. Because… 18 grams seemed too heavy after the purchase, a weight was asymmetrical and no weight would be a gifted function…
When Surfing on Amazon, I noticed a new generation of gaming mice. Five buttons, with extremely light. Partly with holes in the surface to save even more weight. Whether that works, no idea. In the case of the holes, the upper shell, i.e. the struts, must become thicker for stability.
Nevertheless, the mice are so on 60-70 grams. This aroused my interest and I took the two weights out directly. In fact, I found it more pleasant. Nevertheless, according to specifications, the Logitech G502 weighs 121 grams. Twice as much as the lightweights.
Corona and boredom then kept me on Amazon. After some searching I came across the Razer Viper Mini. 61 grams light. Since I already have a Razer keyboard I can get away with only one software – that of Logitech could go away. This, as the name suggests, is intended for small hands.
What shall I say. It’s small. Almost an inch shorter than my G502. I’ve had 15 years of Logitech mice, all of which are almost identical in size. The Viper Mini is too mini for me. It is also less intended for small hands. Rather for players with the Claw Grip – the hand is not really on the mouse, the fingers are angled.
After an hour I felt like I was getting tendonitis. I then tested it for another three hours – maybe I just have to get used to it. No improvement.
So repackaged and returned. What a pity. The workmanship was good, the weight was also great. Back to Logitech looked chunky.
What do you learn from this? Input devices should be tested in real, if you do not have the right to order 10 pieces. I did that for a short time in the Media Markt last Saturday. Corsair, Asus and Roccat do not fit my attitude. Razer still has the Basilisk – which fit. But it also weighs 92 grams – 30% less. But spend 65 € on this?
I also have another problem: skin secretion. My Logitech G502 has fluted side surfaces. Sure grippy, but that’s where the schmodder just accumulates and has to be scraped out with a toothpick. The side surfaces of the Basilisk do not look any better.
Lucky, Logitech G502. You may die with me the death of old age when the time comes. Until then, I’ll keep pushing you.