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New mouse
Ehvis commented on 10 August 2018 at 1:48 pm UTC

Since my trusty Logitech MX 518 appears to be dying after a long life of about 8 years. I need to start thinking about a new one.

What are good mice for Linux gaming these days? Specifically in terms of Linux support and gaming on Linux.

Note:
- I like my thumb buttons.
- The MX 518 is a good reference for the shape and size I find comfortable.
- I *need* my scroll wheel to be a button as well. This was (is?) a problem with Logitech making free rotating wheels where clicking the scroll wheel only changed the mode.
- I have no need for bells, whistles and rgb leds.

What is your opinion?

drlamb commented on 10 August 2018 at 2:24 pm UTC

I personally use Logitech's G403 wireless and I love it (the middle mouse button is just that, a button)...though mice are highly subjective as we all have different needs, hand sizes, etc.

That being said, I would make sure that whatever mouse you choose works with piper if you want an easy to use GUI for configuring your mouse. Note that some mouse vendors have their own open source config tools but piper is pretty vendor agnostic.

https://github.com/libratbag/piper

debianxfce commented on 10 August 2018 at 3:28 pm UTC

From aliexpress.com: link

Sigbjorn commented on 10 August 2018 at 8:12 pm UTC

Hi! I'm sorry I can't really recommend a good mouse to you, but in case your dying mouse refers to the infamous problem that plagues Logitech mice where clicks start behaving randomly, usually with unsolicited double-clicks, I'd suggest trying to fix it before changing it. It's relatively easy not so hard. The culprit is a very tiny piece of metal inside the microswitch that acts as a spring. You can either bend it into shape or change it, which is very cheap. Here is a very detailed article on that :
http://www.redferret.net/?p=31008

I'm not sure it applies to your specific model, but it might be worth a look.

And if your mouse is dying for other reasons, well at least I shared a very useful link that might help many. (And I think it was worth creating an account to do just that. ^^' )

Ehvis commented on 12 August 2018 at 11:26 am UTC

G403 doesn't look too bad actually. The Chinese one is silly price. Almost worth to order it just as a spare.

@Sigbjorn Buttons are still fine actually. It's just general wear, especially the sliding surfaces, and probably an almost break in the cable somewhere.

ageres commented on 12 August 2018 at 2:16 pm UTC

My mouse is Logitech M705, I have been using it for 5 or 6 years. It's wireless and laser. It doesn't switch off when you don't use it for a minute, so you don't have to click it first to use it, unlike optical wireless mice. But two AA batteries can power it for more than two years! The downside is that, as every Logitech mouse, after a couple years its left button starts double-clicking, as described above.

Rhythagoras commented on 13 August 2018 at 1:25 am UTC

I could never find a proper replacement for my mx518... But on newegg, a few weeks ago, I found someone selling 'new' in bulk packaging mx518s. So I bought one, and it is just as good as the original. Best mouse ever.

debianxfce commented on 13 August 2018 at 5:33 am UTC

EhvisG4 The Chinese one is silly price. Almost worth to order it just as a spare.

I have use that Chinese mouse for 6 months now and it feels good as new. It is the best mouse what I have had in 35 years of mouse controlled computing. However, I am using wireless PS3 clone controller when ever I can. That is good as an old usb Logitech controller.

wolfyrion commented on 13 August 2018 at 10:58 am UTC

For me I use corsair mouse , especially M65 Pro RGB

Ehvis commented on 2 September 2018 at 11:07 am UTC

Actually went to a store to feel a few mice IRL. None of the Logitech's unfortunately. One felt instantly right, the "Razer Mamba Tournament Edition 5G". But that's a pricey beast and I wonder if the quality is actually good enough to warrant that price tag.

Shmerl commented on 2 September 2018 at 4:01 pm UTC

I'm using Logitech G400s, since I like its ergonomics.

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