Of Mice and More Mice
Posted by Acid for Blood [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on Thu, 15 Nov 2007 04:28:36 +0000

The Razer DeathAdder Guild Wars Edition mouse, which I wrote about in July, had been announced only for Europe at that time. I just checked the Razer website, and the Guild Wars edition mouse is now available for Guild Wars fans in the States. I’m not sure how long these mice have been available on the US Razer website. I have an email subscription to their mailing list and either I glossed over the announcement, it got sent to my spam folder, or they didn’t send out an email about the Guild Wars mouse. The price for the Guild Wars Edition mouse is $69.99 at the Razer website. The cost $10 higher than the regular Death Adder mouse. Presumably the “go faster” Guild Wars branding and orange backlights on the logo and the scroll wheel are meant to give you the competitive edge when you’re pwning n00bs in HA or for us fluffy PvE folks, clearing an area in Hard Mode.

Razer DeathAdder Guild Wars Edition Mouse

When I first read about the Guild Wars Edition Razer DeathAdder mouse, I was all excited and such. However, I also know that most gaming mice are too long for my hands. The Razer Copperhead which I had considered, is 130mm long. The Copperhead is a great mouse, but for me to use comfortably it would have to be a bit shorter. The Razer DeathAdder mouse is 128mm in length, and I’m not sure the 2mm will make much of a difference to me.

I recently won the Ideazon Reaper gaming mouse from WomenGamers.com for completing a survey and winning the random prize draw (as well as a couple of World of Warcraft “Fragmats”). The Reaper is 125mm in length. I’ve been using it for about a day, but I’m not sure I am going to keep it for myself. The little curve the Reaper has at the butt of the mouse is awkward and completely unnecessary. It forces my palm back, and because my hand is small, my fingers feel as if they’re straining to reach for the mouse buttons. I can’t even reach the first and second side buttons with my thumb. If you have small hands, the Ideazon Reaper gaming mouse is not for you! I’m going to use it for a few more days to see if I change my mind, but if it takes me so long to get comfortable with a mouse, I’m thinking the answer would be “No” (in which case I would have to find a horrifically large-handed gamer to give this mouse to).

The Razer Krait, at 120mm in length, may be my best bet if I wanted to get a gaming mouse, and the price for the Krait is reasonable as far as gaming mice go — $39.99. Still, that DeathAdder — either version — looks pretty sweet. Perhaps I should mosey on down to the shop in December (because I’m still NaNo-ing, geddit?) and see if there are any DeathAdders to manhandle.

Some mouse-making company should seriously start considering people with smaller hands when they design these things. I use a Logitech right-handed gaming mice at work and it’s too long, too tall, and a bit too fat. I’ve learned to deal with it, but it could stand to have a few millimetres shaved off of the length, height, and width. My Logitech Ladybug Mouse, which was made for children (another variety of small-handed people), and it’s the most comfortable mouse I’ve used. The only thing it lacks is the optical speed of gaming mice. So, Logitech, I love your products, but you (or someone else) need to start making gaming mice for those equipped with smaller hands or who prefer smaller mice. My suggestion? Ladybug mouse, reskinned in appropriately “gamer colours” (black and blue are safe bets, see the DeathAdder for a good example), add a button that allows you to switch DPI instantly (800, 1600, and 1800 DPI), add a couple of programmable side buttons, perhaps make the scroll wheel glow — and boom — instant seller! Man, I should totally go into product development, for serious.

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