There are many game mice. A ridiculous number of game mice. So many mice are actually trying to decide on a single size and style – especially on a budget – that is very complicated than scraping Reddit and Amazon's top charts to find an answer.
It is still how I started to search for a new gaming mouse. I'm not a serious player and I don't stick to a type of game, but I prefer first person shooters. I had never really thought of the mouse that I used beyond switching from one wireless to the wired. I'm a game mouse n00b.
In my first searches, the names like Razer and Logitech made most of the go-to selection, but I also noticed the name Zowie popping up. If you've never heard of them (I didn't), there's a better chance you know the company behind the BenQ brand, which makes monitors, projectors, and other computer peripherals.
It was on Zowie's website that I first noticed something about that mice are designed for palm or claw handles. When I took grip types to some of the more serious PC players here at CNET, none of them knew immediately what I was talking about. However, knowing how to like to grab the mouse is quite important to get one that meets your performance and comfort needs.
Zowie's range focuses on fit and performance. Comfort, speed and control are the priorities and not how many buttons and lights you get. It actually has only three models – two of which are ambidextrous – and unlike almost all other mice, there is no software or drivers to install.
Apart from shape, a key to their comfort is that each model is available in two or three sizes, so you can find the mouse that fits your hand size and grip style. (Check out #mousefitting on Twitter and you see that people are quite enthusiastic about this approach.)
If you are not sure what grip you are and what to look for, here are the basics of each type.
Just as it sounds, a hand grip means most of your wrist rest on the mouse and much of your fingers do as well. This is the most popular grip type and since your hand is relaxed and resting on the mouse it is comfortable.
It makes the mouse more of an extension of your arm, but then you stop using potentially slower arm movements more than faster wrist movements. But it makes the cursor move smoothly and correctly. A mouse that is sculpted to fit your right or left hand will be best, as well as one with an area large enough to rest your entire palm on.
Fingertip is the complete opposite of the palm of the palm. Only your fingertips are on the mouse with your palm always up and down the mouse. The position makes it easy to lift the mouse and make quick movements with your wrist. It's a position that makes you appreciate that you have a light mouse, so go with a smaller low profile that weighs less than 100 grams (3.5 oz.).
The claw handle falls somewhere between the handle and handle. Your fingers are up in a claw shape with only the bottom of the palm on the back of the mouse. The position allows for better wrist movement than the palm grip, but with more fine control than the fingertips alone. A shorter ambidextrous mouse with rounded back and higher profile works well for the position.
While the Zowie series offers something for all types of grips, they are primarily intended for eSports. If you're looking for a mouse with more features, more buttons, RGB lights, or all of the above – wired and wireless – stay tuned. We are in the midst of testing many models and coming back with complete recommendations. And if there is a specific model that you think we simply have to test, please let us know in the comments.