I am a game developer who mouses quite a lot for programming, audio editing, graphics editing, video editing, gaming and many other tasks.
I need a good and reliable wired mouse I can use with either hand, as I am constantly switching hands when working.
Features I need:
- at least five buttons
- scrollwheel that gives feedback
- reliable enough that lasts for a few years of heavy mousing
- reliable scrolling
- plug and play. No drivers so it works out of the box in whatever operating system I choose
Things I don't need (but can live with)
- high dpi
- strange designs
Things I don't want
- tons of buttons
So in general I am looking for an advanced professional mouse as opposed to a gaming mouse. Not unlike the das keyboard for keyboards.
For many years I used the IntelliMouse optical, which was great except for some scrolling issues until Microsoft decided to can it.
The proposed replacement, which I believe was the Comfort Mouse 4500 had a very loose scrollwheel that scrolled just by resting your finger in it.
After some research I moved to the SteelSeries Sensei RAW, which pretty much has everything I need, but the scrollwheel very often scrolls incorrectly, enough for it to be annoying. This has happened with two separate mice, and many users report similar problems.
I know the scrollwheel is a difficult part to get right, as it moves a lot inside and out of the mouse, catching dust and other stuff, and that is why I am looking for a well built mouse to stand the rigors of scrolling a lot.
I also wonder, why isn't there a category of high quality non-gaming mice?