The Best Gaming Mice For Your Money, Part Two: Rs 5,000+

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Continuing the epic saga of the best mice for your money, we find ourselves a little higher up in the price list: between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. If you read the previous article and feel that you have the cash to splash on a more expensive (and hopefully) higher end clicker, then read on. If, however you’re not in the mood for a new mouse or have passed your threshold financial limit, read this anyway and see what you’re missing out on.

We’ve already covered the basics of what to look for in a gaming mouse, so we’re not going to do that again. Let’s jump straight in. Here goes…

Armageddon Alien G9 – Rs. 5,940

ALIEN G9Armageddon has another trick up their sleeve with the Alien G9. A 6000DPI Avago ADNS-A9500 laser sensor, 9 button mouse that
offers customizable backlighting of up to 16 million colors. It’s squarely aimed at right handers and more specifically palm grippers as the overall shape and even the pinkie grip makes clawing this mouse quite difficult. It also has a 9 point weight system.

In real life, it performs decently and comes close to Logitech and Razer mice around the same DPI levels but nowhere near to them in build quality. It probably has something to do with the materials used. The buttons are made of matte black material and the sides have a rough and textured grip, whereas the scroll wheel is made of chrome, and the overall trim is black and a rather glossy plastic.

Available at: AceCom Unity Plaza, Takas.lk

 

Logitech G400S – Rs. 6,500

The successor to the all-time popular Logitech MX518, the G400S is the update to the G400 with an updated sensor and a new skin to
make it more appealing to gamers. The previous generation G400 was plagued with a number of issues such as the left button double clicking the mouse disconnecting from the host PCg400s.All these issues have been resolved and the G400S can resume its former glory. Aimed at right handers *cough*, the G400S can work with both palm and claw grips. It’s also got eight programmable buttons, all of which can be mapped via the Logitech Gaming software.

It does not, however, have an onboard memory so you’ll need to manually export your profiles via the software and then keep it with you if you’re heading to a LAN tourney and then load them onto PC there.The G400S makes use of an Avago ADNS S3095 optical sensor and Omron switches for the Left and Right buttons and has support for a sensitivity of up to 4,000 DPI.

There’s not much else to it though – no backlights, no weights, just plug and play.

Available at: Redline Technologies, Takas.lk, Most shops at Unity Plaza

Roccat Kova[+] – Rs. 6,900

The Kova [+] is another good performer in this price range. Composed of a matt rubberized plastic, it looks good, has 7 programmable buttons and comes with customizable backlighting that can be switched off when not needed. The left and right buttons have Omron switches, making them quite durable. While the build quality is substantial, the sensor isn’t a huge shift up – it’s a 3200DPI PixArt PAW 3305DK-H sensor that’s reliable enough, making the Kova[+] essentially a bigger, more customizable Lua.

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The buttons on the Kova [+] can be mapped for various combinations via the Roccat software. The mouse also has the Easy-Shift feature, allowing you to switch between another set of mouse keybinds on the fly.

Available at: E-Globe Solutions (Pvt) Ltd

Armageddon Alien IV G9X – Rs. 7,125

g9xArmageddon certainly a has a thing for names and the Alien IV G9X is certainly a mouthful (try saying it really really fast). Some may think that it’s a competitor to the ever popular Logitech G9X, but in reality, it’s not even close. The Alien IV G9X is a 6 button mouse with an onboard 512KB memory, a hardware setting of up to 3200 DPI and a programmable setting of up to 6400 DPI. The PixArt 3305 sensor offers good tracking on most surfaces.

The Alien IV also has a 7-level weight management system and customizable backlighting and for some apparent reason, a startling amount of text is spread across the mouse. Build quality, again is where Armageddon falls short; it looks cheaply made and conveys a somewhat tacky impression.

Available at: AceCom Technologies, Takas.lk

Armageddon AlienCraft G11 – Rs. 7,250

Armageddon is again at it with their naming, only this time a bit easier to pronounce. The AlienCraft G11 starts off with the stance that it’s aimed at right-handed, palm-grip users only. So all claw and fingertip grippers are out of luck and even attempting to use the mouse in a non-palm grip results in an uncomfortable experience.

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An Avago 9500 laser sensor, 9 macro buttons, a 6 level adjustable magnetic weight cartridge system, 64kB on-board memory and even Zirconia Ceramic gaming mouse feet, the G11 is not beating around the bush –  but that’s all on paper.

In real life, the mouse is again subject to tacky build quality, has the failure rate of Polan in World War II and offers less than impressive performance with its uncomfortable grip and tracking. It’s like Armaggeddon is trying to pack everything into one mouse, and failing quite badly at it.

Available at: AceCom Technologies, Takas.lk

SteelSeries Kana – Rs. 9,000

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The SteelSeries Kana is aimed at being the middle child in the family, falling right between the Kinzu V2 and the Sensei. Powered by a Pixart 3305DK-H and consisting of 6 buttons, the mouse is ambidextrous by nature and very comfortable to use, regardless of grip.

A revised version of the Kana, the Kana V2, was released with an updated Avago A3090 sensor and Omron switches. The newly updated design is meant as a fix for issues existing with the previous generation Kana such as a the weak sensor and switch durability. Unlike most mice where they have two buttons per side, the Kana has one large button on each side of the mouse that can be programmed with custom commands via the SteelSeries engine. Both the Kana and Kana V2 have a maximum supported sensitivity of 3200 DPI and come in black and white or a black and orange combo.

Available at: Redline Technologies

Roccat Kone Pure Optical – Rs. 9,000

Roccat enters the market again with their Kone Pure Optical. This is in every essence the exact same model as the Kone Pure, with the only difference being the sensor (hence the name). This is probably the smartest mouse for the price range because it literally incorporates a 72MHz, Turbo Core V2 32-bit ARM pocessor and 576KB of onboard memory. The Kone Pure Optical is aimed at right handed claw grip gamers.

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Let’s dissect that sensor. The Kone Pure Optical is powered by a Pro-Optic (R3) Sensor – which is basically an Avago ADNS 3090 optical sensor with a sensitivity of 4000 DPI with software sensitivity of 8200 DPI. It’s got what seems to be standard for this range – 7 programmable buttons, Omron D2FC-F-7N switches.

The Kone Pure also features backlighting of the Roccat logo with 16 million colors and Roccat’s proprietary Easy-Shift. Having dabbled with it for a little, I initially took a while to get used to the claw grip and worked out my own hybrid grip to fully conform to the shape of the mouse. For the price you pay, we can honestly say that there aren’t many competitors for a mouse with these features.

Available at: E-Globe Solutions

 

Logitech G500S – Rs. 9,500

The original G500 when released, was a killer in its time. It had anything and everything a gamer was looking for, provided they had a palm grip. The G500S retains the same design and button g500slayout of the original G500, adding an updated surface grip that makes it easier for those with sweaty palms to handle the mouse better. The 5-point weight system and accompanying cartridge is also left mostly unchanged, with some cosmetic tweaks to make it look better. Powered by an Avago S9808 laser sensor, the G500 has a sensitivity of up to 8200 DPI.

True to its parentage, the G500S holds up well in the heat of battle with accurate tracking and glides across most surfaces without a hitch. The only issue, if at all would be that it’s aimed at the palm grip gamers and claw grippers will practically break their hands on it. But don’t let that deter you from trying it out.

Available at: Redline Technologies, Takas.lk

 

Logitech G600 – Rs. 9500

The first thing you notice about the G600 is that it has 12 thumb buttons, bringing it to a total of 20 programmable buttons on a single mouse. Probably the most amount of buttons seen on a mouse. The reason for this oddity is that it is aimed at the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) gamer such as those playing WoW (World of Warcraft) and Guild Wars.g600

Either way, this relatively unknown mouse competes against the much more flambouyant, and more expensive Razer Naga (which isn’t on this list).

Powered by an Avago A9800 laser sensor, the G600 supports a sensitivity of up to 8200 DPI and has backlighting capability of up to 16 million colors. In addition to the 12 side buttons, the G600 also has an additional right mouse button which loads a secondary profile used to map in-game commands, application commands and keybinds. This is G-Shift (similar to Roccat’s Easy Shift feature).

Build quality is of course a no-brainer (because Logitech) but the mouse is aimed at the right handed. This is also a waste of money to those who don’t need so many buttons on a mouse so think before you buy it.

Available at: Redline Technologies, Takas.lk

Corsair Raptor M40 – Rs. 10,000

m40a_1Corsair is known for being the #1 for RAM and for their high quality PSUs. They also have gaming keyboards and mice. The Raptor M40 is the result of Corsair’s takeover of Raptor Gaming back in 2012. The first thing you notice is the unusual design of the mouse. It’s metal, and the rear end of the mouse is somewhat trimmed and therein it’s aimed to be a claw grip mouse with palm grip possible.

Powered by an Avago ADNS-3090 optical sensor with a maximum supported sensitivity of 4,000DPI, the M40 has a total of 7 programmable buttons that can be mapped via the creatively named Corsair Gaming Software. DPI is switched via the small toggle just below the scroll wheel and corresponding level is shown via an LED indicator. Tracking with the mouse is smooth and accurate handling almost all surfaces with ease. Flipping over the mouse reveals three removable screws that contain metal weights located around the sensor. The weight of the overall mouse can be adjusted by taking any of the three weights off to customize it to your liking. If you’re a claw grip gamer, and you like a metal mouse, then you should check out the Raptor.

Available at: Redline Technologies

 

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