Best Mouse for Mac Gaming ?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Icy.Phoenix, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Icy.Phoenix macrumors newbie


    May 28, 2009
    Hey Everyone,

    I have been online for the past 3 hours trying to research what the best gaming mouse would be for my new Mac.

    At the moment I have the Razer Pro mouse, but I want a new one. I was about to go out and buy the Razer Death Adder Mac Edition mouse, but then I read a review and realized its not a Laser but infrared mouse.

    From my understanding Laser > Infrared.

    All of the new Razer Laser mice are not Mac compatible.

    Anybody know of any good ones that are Mac compatible, maybe Microsoft, Logitech, Razer ?
  2. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2009
    My Logitech G9 is great with my Macbook.

    I prefer my NZXT Avatar as a general use mouse, but it isn't compatible with OS X unfortunately.
  3. Icy.Phoenix thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 28, 2009
    Are you using USBOverdrive or something like that to get it to work ? Cause its not Mac Os X compatible out of the box right ?

  4. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    If you're doing a lot of gaming, I'd make sure to go wired, unfortunately...
  5. Icy.Phoenix thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 28, 2009
    Yea I know, I had a wireless before and it wasn't fast enough.

    But apparently from reading the reviews on the Razer Mamba it has no lag time and is great, and even if it does, one can plug it in and use it as a wired mouse.

    I am deciding between the Logitech G9 and the Razer Mamba, so far I am leaning towards the Mamba. :D
  6. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
    I have big hands so i love my MX Revolution. It has tons of buttons to customize, and VERY precise.
  7. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I say the Logitech G9 it has the highest dpi setting on any mouse I know of. It is also a laser mouse. it has a DPI ratting of 3200 the razer is much less
  8. jeffzoom91 macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2005
    After all these years, I'm STILL rockin' my Logitech MX1000. Best mouse I've ever used, bar none
  9. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
  10. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  11. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    Not sure if you consider the Death Adder a "new" Razer mouse, but there are official Death Adder drivers for OS X available from Razer.

    The Mamba and Lachesis both have on board memory so you can customize your mouse profiles, macros etc. using the Razer drivers in Windows and they will be saved/work when you use the mouse in OS X.

    As a generalization (it really depends on each specific model), laser mouses tend to have higher DPI's than infrared mouses. However, infrared is more ideal for low sensitivity gaming because (again, a generalization - but happens to be one of the Death Adder's selling points) they tend to be able to keep up better when the mouse is moved really fast where lasers mouses operating at a lower DPI will be more prone to skipping.

    (if you were using a laser mouse operating at a high DPI, you wouldn't be dragging the mouse half way across the table in a split second anyways, so you won't be running into this problem)
  12. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2007
    I use a Logitech G7. It's only problem is the lack of a second button on the left. It was useful in Warcraft where on my earlier mice I could configure one to activate Nature's Swiftness and the other for the highest rank Healing Touch. :cool:

    Apart from that, the sensitivity and battery life is pretty good too.
  13. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    I use Razr DeathAdder.

    Yes it is infrared, but on an everglide titan pad I notice no tracking problems at all and it's SOO much better than the mac mouse it's not even funny (though I do miss the little scrolly ball).

    FWIW. I'm no professional gamer, so maybe some folks have lightening reflexes that demand a better mouse, but this one was plug and play and works great.
    I don't use any of the programmable buttons or on the fly adjustment stuff, I just plug and go.
  14. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    If you want the latest fancy one, the G9 is great.

    However if you want a great gaming mouse that isn't expensive and so you don't care about beating up or wearing off the finish, get the MX518.

    Still hands down one of if not the best gaming mouse in existence. Used it in all my old CSS and L4D clan matches. Took me years to wear one out, and when I did, the replacement was dirt cheap compared to the other high end newer offerings. They still make it and price it accordingly, which I love.
  15. ChrisN macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2007
    Demarest, NJ
    I just bought the razer mamba and it works great, I just had to install usb overdrive x and it just worked flawlessly. I love the dpi settings right on the mouse and the ability to plug it in and it's a wired mouse. I haven't tried it with windows yet but it works but I still need to install the drivers. So far it is a great mouse but the price was a huge thing to get over.


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