When to replace a Gaming Mouse

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Gaming mouses are one of the most used hardware pieces that you’ll have your hands on. So it’s no wonder they go through a decent amount of wear and tear even when trying to get the most out of them.

A gaming mouse should easily last 2 years of full-time gaming use before needing to be replaced and will only need to be replaced if it becomes damaged or defective. In this article, I’ll be sharing my recommendations on various mice manufactures as well as some of the damage or defects that may arise.

There is no need to replace a gaming mouse unless it does have damage, is defective or is showing signs or getting one of these two things.

Defective Issues in a Gaming Mouse

Luckily issues that are affecting a mouse can be easily spotted and noticed by the user. The problems you may encounter are:

  • Mouse buttons do not click correctly or stick down when pressed.
  • The cursor on your screen doesn’t move or shakes around when moving.
  • The scroll wheel doesn’t scroll or click in.
  • The mouse doesn’t slide cleanly across your mouse pad.
Mouse with sticker damage under it causing drag when moving over the mouse pad
Mouse with sticker damage causing drag when moving over the mouse pad

Fixes for defective issues in a Gaming Mouse

A lot of the time if you’re having issues with your mouse it’ll most likely need to be replaced but there are something things you can try which may solve your problem.

Cleaning the mouse making sure to get under the buttons if your mouse allows for it may stop buttons from sticking down. It may even stop the mouse from not sliding across your mouse pad flawlessly.

The next thing is to make sure the laser under the mouse is clear of any dirt or debris. I know my mouse is famous for trapping short cat hairs inside of it making the cursor on my screen shaking all around when I move the mouse.

If you’re having issues with the mouse acting like it isn’t plugged in at all just double check that it is. While you’re at it pull it out and put it into another USB port just to make sure the USB port isn’t broken.

Not many mice nowadays need a driver just to function and if they do it will install it automatically when the mouse is plugged in. Check your mouse model in google to see if it needs a driver to work correctly. If it does you may need to install or re-install it and see if that solves your problem.

Recommendation for replacing a Gaming Mouse

You can always check out our Recommended Gear page where I keep up to date my very own recommended products but I’ll give a quick overview of the mice you should look at.

Razer DeathAdder Elite and Logitech G400 Gaming Mice
Razer DeathAdder Elite (Left) and Logitech G400 (Right) Gaming Mice
  1. Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse
    Razer DeathAdders have always been a popular mouse around gaming, even the name itself sounds awesome. It’s a reasonably priced mouse (check current price on Amazon) with a massive 16,000 DPI. It was built to last with an advertised 50 Million mouse clicks before it needs to be replaced due to clicking not working anymore.
  2. Logitech G400
    A simple mouse but by far my favorite. A mouse in this series of mice has lasted me about 5 years that how great it was. Embarrassingly enough it had to retire once my bird ate the scroll wheel (Seriously!). Unfortunately, before I purchased my latest mouse this one was in high demand and I was unable to get it but now the price has lowered (check price on Amazon) and it’s been in stock for a good amount of time around the web. They are a super reliable mouse and if you’re going to want something for the long run this is it.

These are not the only two brands of gaming mice though but just the two that I highly recommend. While you’re checking them out though you’ll need to check out the Razer Goliathus Mousepad for a large mouse pad that your mouse can just slide across.

Conclusion

If your mouse is working correctly you’ll get a good few years out of it before needing to replace it. If you do replace it though know that the better quality the mouse is the longer it’ll last and the cheaper it may be in the long run. Keeping your mouse clean will keep it going like it’s brand new and solve a lot of issues you may have.

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