Well, they’re both mice. They both get the job done. But how they get the job done is where it differs. A gaming mouse generally has more sophisticated technology in it than the average clicker. It’s not the lights: some of the most expensive mice – like a Steelseries Sensei – look a lot less flashier than the average Chinese UFO-like “gaming mouse” at Unity.
If you’re a casual gamer and you just want to enjoy single player games, then the average mouse will suit you. If however, you’re looking to get into some serious multiplayer gaming, you may want to invest in a good mouse. And this is where you start running into terms live sensitivity, polling rate, grip, DPI. These are some of what defines a gaming mouse, so let’s have a look.
There are gaming mice for Rs. 2000 and then there are mice for Rs. 20,000. A good gaming mouse is not exactly cheap – but they’re not expensive either. The trick lies in finding the mouse that fits your hand and your budget. This article covers popular picks below Rs 5000 (if you think that’s a lot for a mouse, wait till we bring you the exotic mice roundup).
A4Tech is a well-known brand in Sri Lanka, famous for making cheap and lost-lasting peripherals. Not usually a brand we’d look at for gaming, but this mouse has a lot going for it.
A4Tech says sports a patented anti-shooting-vibration technology that supposedly assists you in taking precise shots without the recoil impact. Of what? A mouse?
We don’t believe that, but what we do believe – and know – that comes with its own software (Oscar Mouse Editor Utility), 6 adjustable DPI settings ( 400/800/1200/1600/2000/3600) and has a total of 7 clickable buttons that you can remap with the Mouse Editor. It also has 64K On-board memory for you to store your custom profiles and even has a weight tuning system to ensure you get the mouse lift you deserve. The sensor’s an Avago 3060, the same thing used in the Steelseries Ikari Optical. Overall build quality is decent and of basic nature but considering the price, you basically get more than what you pay for.
Available at: Techzone, Unity Plaza
Gigabyte is another brand known in Sri Lanka mainly for their motherboards and laptops. They also have a variety of gaming peripherals – the M6900 is one of them.
The mouse is contoured for right hand use. It has 5 programmable buttons that can be configured to your liking via software which is can be downloaded from the Gigabyte website as they don’t seem to provide the software themselves. It’s quite comfortable and fits snugly in the hand and even has a rubbery thumb rest.
Build quality is very decent for the price – Gigabyte uses Omron switches under the left and right click buttons, even in these fairly cheap mice. For the record, Omron’s a very hardy type of switch most often used by dedicated brands like Roccat – meaning that left click won’t wear out anytime soon. It’s got a maximum sensitivity of 3200 DPI, which can be adjusted via the + and – buttons below the scroll wheel. Unlike the A4Tech, this one’s hard to use with a fingertip grip.
Available at: Redline Technologies , Majestic City
Ah, Armageddon. The gaming arm of Powerlogic, a manufacturer of cheap PC cases and power supplies that burn out at the drop of a hat. Normally, we wouldn’t recommend anyone to buy an Armageddon mouse – despite the fancy marketing, they’re terrible.
Except for this. The Aquila X2, a no-frills, ambidextrous 3200 DPI mouse, somehow turned out to be not just good, but a legitimate competitor for everything else here. With its rubberized surface, it looks and feels very much like a Steelseries Xai (now you know where they got the design from) and it’s seen heavy use in quite a few gaming cafes. It can be clawed or palmed with equal ease.
If you can find it, it’s a good pick.
The Alien III G5 (who comes up with these names?) is an ambidextrous gaming mouse from Armageddon – the gaming faction of PowerLogic.
It comes with some interesting features. For one, the surface area of the mouse is made up of aluminum. The mouse also has very visible backlighting with different LED combinations assigned to the DPI so at any given time, you know what DPI you’re on. It also has an onboard memory that allows gamers to store their profiles on the mouse itself.
Despite being metal on the surface, the build quality is nothing to drool over and the mouse has an alarmingly high failure rate. Also, on the highest DPI, the whole thing turns pink. We recommend this only for use as blunt instrument to hit people with. It looks good, and that’s just about it.
Available at: Acecom Technologies, Unity Plaza; Takas.lk
The Aquila X5 seems to be the refresh of the X2. It’s by no means a small mouse, in fact, for those with large hands and palms, this mouse fits in the palm quite nicely. The Aquila X5 has a DPI setting ranging from 500 to 2000 via the hardware button but can be cranked up all the way to 4000 DPI by means of the software included with the mouse. We don’t quite understand why.
However, the mouse itself looks good. And depending on the DPI setting selected, the color of the mouse changes from Comet Red to Cosmic Blue to Alien Green, finally to Flaming Fuchsia. It’s the quintessential palm mouse – high back, low front.
Unfortunately, Armageddon unreliability kicks in here, making this a good purchase if you want a 4,000 rupee desk ornament and nothing else. Quite a pity, considering how cool it looks.
Available at: Acecom Technologies, Unity Plaza; Takas.lk
Roccat is another famous brand for gaming peripherals. They’re German, in the same way that BMW is German. Their Lua is no exception. Straight off the bat, the Lua is an ambidextrous mouse meaning that it can be used by both right handed and southpaws alike.
It’s a basic 3-button mouse with a DPI switch and a decent enough sensor to keep things together in the heat of battle. The finely machined cat’s-head logo glows a vivid blue. Think of it as a cheap mouse with a good sensor and great build quality and you have a Lua.
There’s one downside to this mouse: it’s small, meaning it can be clawed – or fingertipp’d – but you need really small palms to palm this mouse.
Available at: E-Globe Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Colombo 04
Bloody is a relatively unknown brand. Turns out they’re owned by A4Tech, and Amazon actually likes them. I know right, who knew? The only place that has this model for sale is Barclays at Unity Plaza and even they couldn’t wrap their heads around the fact that it was a gaming mouse: when I asked them if they had any gaming mice, the prompt reply was “No sir, we don’t do gaming mice”. I was just about to leave when I spotted this and asked the next guy to have a look at it.
It looks a bit like a Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse and if you look close enough, it actually resembles a robot’s face. It also features illumination as well as a glowing Bloody logo. But the biggest draw are the specs: an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor and supports up to 8200 DPI along with Omron switches that have a life span of 20 million clicks. That’s extremely high up the ladder considering the price paid here. Build quality is actually acceptable. It’s even got braided cables.
It’s gaudy and the packaging looks like your typical Chinese manufacturer at work, but the specsheet’s impressive.
Available at: Barclays, Unity Plaza (If you can find it in stock and if they know it’s in their inventory)
The Miykoyan Foxbat sounds like a mouthful, and it indeed is so. Again another Armageddon product (they spawn like rabbits), the FoxBat is an ambidextrous mouse that can cycle between 400 and 3200 DPI.
It also features 5 Macro programmable buttons and a 2-way scroll, and users can save up to a total of 7 macro recordings (mouse click and time combinations) in a total of 3 profiles via the the FoxBat’s onboard memory. It also has a 9 point weight system for you to adjust the weight of the mouse to your exact needs, similar to what Logitech ships. The sensor’s a Pixart PAW3305DK – technically, we have the making of a good mouse here.
Unfortunately, that tacky design with the text on makes it looks like you’re an amateur. The Bloody TL8A pushes the limits of acceptance: this one seems intent on painting you with a bulls-eye saying “Noob”.
Available at: Available at: Acecom Technologies, Unity Plaza; Takas.lk
The Steelseries Kinzu is very much the entry-level horse in the legendary (and legendarily expensive) Steelseries family. It’s basic: a three butonn mouse, just like the Lua, no side buttons, ambidextrous – and rather small. In fact, it’s pretty much a toss-up between this and the Roccat Lua. It’s hard to recommend the Kinzu at this pricepoint, because there are better mice just up ahead for only a little over the 5K mark (await our next roundup). However, if you want to go Steelseries, this is the cheapest at which you can get that branding on your desktop.
Available at: Redline Technologies, Majestic City
On paper, the Logitech G300 sounds epic. An entry-level gaming mouse with 8 programmable buttons, a comfortable rubberized grip – and the Logitech build quality and warranty to boot.
In practice, it falls far short of the mark. The buttons on top, rather than on the side, make for very little finger space, and accessing them in the heat of battle is downright impossible unless your grip is as claw as can be. An off-center sensor means that you need to relearn how to pull off a few tricks – especially things like rocket jumps in Quake or TFT2. The sensor – an Avago A3055 – struggles with fast movements on an HD screen
If you’re in the market for one of these, we’d recommend one of two things. Either downscale and go for for the Gigabyte, which is the closest, most reliable match to this in shape and discreet bling (and it comes with a better sensor), or add a little bit more and go higher up the market. If you want to know what your choices are past the 5K mark, fear not – we’re coming up with a guide for that, too.
Available at: Redline Technologies, Majestic City
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
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Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
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