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Offline Teckman

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Abyssus-like mouse with side buttons
« on: Tue, 22 July 2014, 22:15:53 »
Hi all,

I haven't been happy with my mouse in quite a long time.  The last mouse I really loved was my Abyssus, but I need a mouse for work that has side buttons, and want to use the same mouse at work as at home.  The work thing is relevant because I may not be able to install drivers or do firmware updates.  I generally have admin privileges and the firewall is pretty loose, but I could not use Synapse 2.0 for example as it would not connect to Razer's servers.  So if the mouse needs some kind of "fix" to work properly, that could be an issue.

My biggest complaint with most mice is that they are hard to pick up.  The pinky doesn't grip anywhere on the mouse because the right side of the mouse is convex rather than concave.  Also, there is often no place to rest my ring finger.  There needs to be a balance between having the ring finger jammed up against the pinky (deathadder), and being so high up it can exert little influence on controlling the mouse (G400).  Weight balance is also very important, but I prefer lighter mice anyway so this isn't crucial as long as it's light enough.  For me, Abyssus solved all of these problems.  I just need the side buttons.  I suppose the angle snapping and acceleration stuff isn't a huge issue anymore as I don't play FPS games.  But if possible, I'd really rather not have it.  Snapping isn't a huge deal, I actually sometimes miss being able to draw perfectly straight lines.  I haven't used a mouse with accel basically ever.  If it were perfectly consistent in its behavior that would be OK I guess but from what I've read the only way to create consistent accel is in software.

The mouse I hated the most was a G500.  Nowhere to put my ring finger and I found the gritty sides somehow very slick.  I ended up putting electrical tape all over it and still hated it.  The scroll wheel was cool though :)

Right now I am using a G400 at home and Deathadder 2013 at work.  I want to love the Deathadder but I just can't get comfortable with it.  The shape seems to only make sense with three fingers on top, which I guess is theoretically optimal, but in reality I feel out of control without a third finger controlling the mouse (thumb, pinky, and ring).  G400 is fine but a bit heavy and really not suited to the more fingertip/claw style I use at work.

This may seem weird to want an optimal "work" mouse but I am an excel jockey and actually do need some performance.  Save the pros use the keyboard comments.  The reason I switched to higher sense/fingertip is because I'm only on the mouse for brief moments to do the few things in Windows/Excel that lack keyboard shortcuts or are at least easier with a mouse.

So my priorities are:
Shape - Easy to pick up and rest ring finger
Weight - light
No accel
No snapping
Driverless

Must have back/forward buttons on the left side of the mouse, and preferably no additional buttons.

Honestly, for the perfect mouse I am willing to pay quite a bit so price is not an issue.  If anyone is some kind of super genius and can mod an Abyssus to have side buttons I would be willing to pay ~$200 for this.

Thank you so much for your advice.

Offline davkol

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Re: Abyssus-like mouse with side buttons
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 23 July 2014, 14:16:48 »
I have posted a review of Roccat Savu at Deskthority. It has a decent sensor, pretty good build quality, an on-board memory for profiles including button remapping (configurable even using an open-source GNU/Linux driver), grippy sides and enough space to fit three fingers on top. Suitable for fingertip/claw grip.

Offline thp777

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Re: Abyssus-like mouse with side buttons
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 24 July 2014, 04:02:26 »
Have you looked at the logitech g600? Has alot of your criteria covered and plenty of buttons.it has an extra top button for your ring finger. I love the side button for hotkey and macro mapping for autocad and 3ds max not sure how useful you could make that for excel. Ive had mine since launch and works great 8+ hours a day. And if you dont mind taking it apart you can lighten the weight up alot if its not to your liking.
« Last Edit: Thu, 24 July 2014, 04:04:18 by thp777 »

Offline vun

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Re: Abyssus-like mouse with side buttons
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 24 July 2014, 13:20:46 »
Have you looked at the logitech g600? Has alot of your criteria covered and plenty of buttons.it has an extra top button for your ring finger. I love the side button for hotkey and macro mapping for autocad and 3ds max not sure how useful you could make that for excel. Ive had mine since launch and works great 8+ hours a day. And if you dont mind taking it apart you can lighten the weight up alot if its not to your liking.

Actually the G600 fits almost none of the criteria; it's got accel, you need drivers to get proper use out of it, it's not particularly light and in my experience it's not easy to pick up compared to something like an Abyssus.

Offline saturnotaku

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Re: Abyssus-like mouse with side buttons
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 24 July 2014, 13:22:27 »
How about the Mionix Avior 7000? Not sure how big it is, though. There's a drop going on for it right now.

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BTW, love your avatar vun. Columbo was great.