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Topic Title: Gaming mice: surprisingly useful if your workflow is already Mic + mouse!
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Created On: 04/03/2022 11:55 AM
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 04/03/2022 11:55 AM
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With the gaming mouse, the high DPI speed is nice, but the real advantages macro buttons. At work, a fair bit of my time is spent on the phone, so I can't access Dragon commands while talking to someone. Binding the things I would want to use most in that situation to one click mouse buttons is super helpful.


Also, for things where the Dragon commands are a bit of a mouthful, for example "go to next desktop" & "go to previous desktop" you can bind them to shorter phrases with HeardWord, which helps, but still feels a little sluggish on my system, tying the Windows keyboard shortcut to flicking my scroll wheel left or right is lightning fast and a bit more reliable.

I could give more examples, but it's really going to be workflow dependent.

I've experimented with two mice, the wired G502 hero, and the wired G600. Here are my thoughts.


Attribute G502 G600
build quality Feels decent, but there's a potential left click issue with some of them two-year warranty. Get the Amazon protection plan. Known for solid build, three-year warranty.
Buttons 11 20
Onboard profiles 5 onboard profiles, user-defined macro support in onboard mode is temperamental, but it's potentially useful in the absence of the Ghub software. 3 onboard profiles, limited to single key bindings without the Ghub software.
Shape The shape is fine, but it does take a bit to get used to. Taller mouse is much more comfortable for my hand.
DPI Up to 26000 DPI, so more than you'll ever need. 8200 DPI still gives me plenty of headroom. (Currently running at 7400)
Cognitive load Cognitive load is lower with this mouse. There are two factors at play, one, there are simply fewer buttons to keep track of. Additionally because of the way they're spread out across the mouse, pressing each one has a different kinesthetic feel, which aids in muscle memory. Having more buttons for more macros is great, and the left side keypad is actually easy to use, but it's higher cognitive load, because there's more buttons to keep track of, and while I don't get lost on the keypad, it's easy to end up thinking"Now which button did I assigned to that macro".



I know this is a little out-of-the-box, but I hope it's useful to someone, not using these mice for gaming, just a pure productivity boost and while I still prefer working with voice commands whenever possible, I find them to be a really useful additional tool, and as long as you're comfortable with the wired version, the prices stay fairly reasonable.

Hope this is helpful to someone.

 04/03/2022 01:25 PM
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Amazing use of the table to present your information in a clear and concise manner. Very nice.

 04/03/2022 06:14 PM
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Amen! Multibutton/gamer mice no longer work for me - mouse usage exacerbates my computeritis whereas trackballs hurt much less - but the more buttons the better.


for trackball 4 buttons is a minimum.


(Kensington expert mouse trackball has four buttons (+2  if you count pressing both lower or both upper buttons at the same time),  and a scroll ring.    I really wish that Kensington still sold the Kensington turbo ball,  which had similar for buttons,  plus a scroll wheel the could also be clicked for a total of five or seven buttons depending on how you count them. sometimes I just  put a numeric keypad next to the trackball, but I find that any movement of my forearm,  or worse reaching, exacerbates the computeritis.)


My personal BKM (best known method) for such multi button devices is NOT to use the software provided by the vendor, except to map each key to unique codes and then use AutoHotKey to do fancier mapping. AutoHotKey often has much more intelligence with regards to context sensitivity and apps and the vendor software does. Doesn't look as fancy. I use vendor software mostly to set up those unique mappings, and to control the LEDs. I find it quite useful to have the colors give me an idea of what the current mapping is. Although unfortunately my current trackball does not have LEDs under the keys or buttons the way so many gamer devices do.

Plus, since I always do AutoHotKey keyboarding mappings as well as trackball remapping, and at times have had as many as five devices that I'm doing such remapping for (1) keyboard, (2) gamer mouse, (3) gamer joystick with lots of buttons, (4,5) two X-keys - I find it helps to manage everything in the same place in AutoHotKey is much as possible.


BTW, I like your term "Mic+Mouse" workflow. When I restarted using Dragon I felt a bit of a failure because I just cannot get used to using things like mouse grid, or even "show numbers". But now I realize that while I have the ability to use a pointing device like a trackball, I might as well take advantage. I have been meaning to write a manifesto about hybrid usage models like speech recognition plus mouse/trackball. "Mic+mouse" is n nice way of putting it. although I can imagine it extending to gesture recognition, gaze tracking, etc..


DPG15.6 (also DPI 15.3) + KB, Sennheiser MB Pro 1 UC ML, BTD 800 dongle, Windows 10 Pro, MS Surface Book 3, Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU @ 1.3/1.5GHz (4 cores, 8 logical, GPU=NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 with Max-Q Design.

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