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Office vs. gaming mouse: differences and areas of application

Office or gaming mouse? They couldn't be more different. That is why they also differ in their areas of application. Gaming mice in particular often come with many functions and features that you won't find in office mice. What exactly distinguishes the two types, Dansen explains in the video:

The main differences between the mice are in the technology. This is because the mice in gaming should be very precise and have to be able to react to your input as quickly as possible. Office mice, on the other hand, are somewhat more undemanding. They must have the basic functions and function.

The sensor

Many of the technical characteristics that make up gaming mice depend on the sensor. This determines some of the most important metrics when we talk about mice. Manufacturers generally use error-free optical sensors for gaming mice. A faultless sensor does not use mouse acceleration, mouse correction, or other artificial corrections. This ensures that your input is reproduced one to one on the screen and it increases your precision.

The sensor also determines your polling rate. This indicates how long the delay between your movement and implementation on the screen is. This value is also called input lag. In the gaming sector, a polling rate of 1000 Hertz is ideal. This corresponds to a response time of one millisecond. Office mice, on the other hand, often have polling rates of 250 to 500 Hertz. With these values, we have a delay of four to eight milliseconds. It doesn't make a big difference in office work, but in gaming it can decide the game under certain circumstances.

The sensor also determines the DPI. This stands for dots per inch and indicates how many dots per inch the sensor is scanning. This affects how sensitively the mouse reacts to your movements. Gaming mice often have up to 16,000 DPI or even more. For the average consumer and also for gamers, this is usually far too much.

The higher the DPI is set, the more sensitive the mouse reacts to your movements. With a high setting, you can move the pointer very far across the screen with little movement. With a low setting, the hand on the mouse must keep moving to reach the target on the display.

With gaming mice you can adjust these settings according to your wishes and ideas until you have found the right DPI number for you. You can usually change the DPI with the push of a button if you need it. With office mice, this setting is usually fixed and you cannot change it.

The switches

The switches also differ between the two types of mouse. These are located under the left and right mouse buttons and are accordingly responsible for the mouse clicks. High-quality switches are usually built into gaming mice, as the two buttons play an important role in most games.

This is mainly expressed in the fact that the clicks have very good feedback. You can usually hear the click clearly and also feel exactly at which point you activated the key press. This gives you very precise feedback with gaming mice. These switches usually have a long service life. Depending on the switch, this is between 20 and 50 million clicks.

With office mice, the switches can of course also be of good quality. But that varies a lot between the different models. However, even good office switches cannot keep up with the quality of the feedback and the service life of gaming switches.

The design

In addition to the technology, the two types of mouse also differ in their design. This includes the appearance and functioning of the rodents. Many gaming mice have the classic gaming look. That means: eye-catching decorations and RGB lighting with several zones. Office mice, on the other hand, are often kept simple and inconspicuous. Personally, I prefer the simple look. Fortunately, there are also a few representatives of this among the gaming mice.

Ergonomics is something that both representatives have in common. Because with both mice, or in the office and while gaming, users spend a lot of time. That is why an ergonomic design is almost a basic requirement. In individual cases, of course, not all models are always ergonomically designed, but both representatives have good and many ergonomic mice.

With some gaming mice, you can even customize the shape and weight to suit your needs. For example, you get interchangeable thumb splints or weights that you can swap out as you wish.

The functions

When it comes to functionality, gaming mice are one step ahead. Depending on the model, you have a few additional buttons, and the mouse wheel can also be operated with a click. In addition, functions such as a DPI switch or a wireless connection via two different types such as Bluetooth and 2.4 gigahertz are not uncommon.

As a rule, you can also install software that extends the features of the gaming mouse again. Here you can, for example, set the RGB lighting in different patterns and colors or change the key assignment and macros. In this category, the office mice are unfortunately left empty-handed, as they usually do not have such features.

The quality

We already mentioned the quality in the technology section. But gaming mice often have the edge when it comes to materials and workmanship as well. The manufacturers often use high-quality plastic in cooperation with metals such as aluminum so that the mouse looks high-quality and lasts for a while.

In office mice, the highest quality of the components usually only plays a subordinate role, also because office mice are usually not exposed to the same stresses and strains as gaming mice. Nevertheless, there are high-quality representatives that can definitely compete with gaming mice in terms of materials and workmanship.

Gaming mouse for the office? Why not!

When it comes to the question of which mouse it should be for you, of course it depends on what you want to do with it and how high your demands are. A simple office mouse is sufficient for normal office work and in most cases is much cheaper than a gaming mouse. So if you just want to browse a little, write e-mails every now and then and use programs like Word, this is a very good choice.

But here too, a gaming mouse can have advantages. The precision and the click feeling are a different experience than those of an office mouse. Once you get used to it, you don't want to go back. The extra keys and macros can also help you with office work. For example, you can open frequently used programs with a single click of the thumb button.

And when it comes to gaming, the gaming mice are of course way ahead. The short response speed and adjustable DPI are almost indispensable if you want to gamble properly. In addition, the feedback from left and right clicks is helpful in many games so as not to accidentally trigger the buttons.

A gaming mouse for the office can have its advantages, but is not a must. An office mouse for gaming, on the other hand, is completely unsuitable.

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