Woeful backstory: My daily driver mouse for a little over 1.5 years, up until last fall, was a Mionix Naos 7000. Then the scroll wheel click stopped working.
After some deliberation I got a Razer Naga Trinity. Now after less than 6 months the scroll wheel on it has started to randomly jerk upwards on its own.
Now I'm frustrated and at a loss what to try next.
Things I don't care much about in a mouse which online reviews spend a lot of time discussing:
- Weight (I don't play FPS games much right now and I will never be at the skill level where my mouse being too heavy is seriously holding me back)
- Sensor quality, within reason (see above comments about not gaming competitively, although I would appreciate it if my cursor goes where I tell it rather than where it thinks I want it go, which I understand is a problem on laser sensor mice)
- Wired vs wireless
- Advanced software features like the ability to save different macros and profiles (the Naga can do this and I've fiddled with it a little because it's there but I would never miss it; if the mouse has lighting I want to be able to change the color or turn it off, though)
- Other gimmicks like the absurd biometric tracking Mionix touts on the Naos QG, their replacement for my old Naos 7000
What I DO want from a mouse more than anything is, a comfortable, ergonomic shape that fills my hand. My hands are not overly large (I can't palm a basketball) but they are relatively wide, not delicate slim elf hands, and I use a palm grip.
Unfortunately most of the mice that have a shape like this seem to be aimed at MMO players, and come with many superfluous extra buttons I will never use on the side but which would rather just annoy me by their presence. The Naga Trinity had the advantage of its side plates being swappable so I could use one with just the "normal" amount of side buttons (although I have experimented with the 7-button one in some games), which is why I chose it to replace my Mionix. Unfortunately malfunctions starting to appear less than 6 months in confirms in my mind bad reports I've heard of Razer's build quality, and at $100 I don't feel like throwing good money after bad for a second Naga.
Which brings me to my other point, that of course I'd prefer to not pay more than I have to. I'm willing to be a little spendy on something I'll use every day for hopefully at least the next couple years, but if I want to get something that will last, and not feel like I'm paying extra for bullsh*t with no practical purpose (looking at you and your heartbeat tracking, Mionix).
Options I'm considering, not exhaustive
- Mionix Naos 3200 - This is my old mouse with a worse sensor, I'd probably never notice the difference, but it's also out of production and while some Amazon seller has some to sell at the moment I don't want to get in a habit of scrounging for old stock, especially considering as much as I loved the comfort the lifespan on my Mionix wasn't that impressive
- Qpad 8k and Dream Machines DM2 Comfy - These are the same shape/shell as the Naos but neither of them appears to be available to easily buy in the US so they're not practical solutions
- Razer Deathadder whatever-the-current-model is - Nicely big (though not as ergonomic) and relatively cheap, but they apparently fall apart, especially the side grips, and I'm not kindly disposed to Razer right now after my Naga experience
- Corsair M65 - I've used one of these a bit and I appreciated how w i d e it is but I found the way the top and side plates join at almost a right angle hard to get used to, it's like wrapping my hand around a box
- SteelSeries Rival 500 - Leader in the clubhouse right now, this is an MMO-oriented (comfy design) mouse but it has its sh*t-ton of buttons integrated into the mouse shape rather than just slapped on the side in a grid... so that's cool, and I've used SteelSeries mice in the past I was pleased with... would just rather not spend $80 for features I don't need if there's any alternative I'm missing
Thanks in advance for any suggestions anybody might have!