Welcome to my second iteration of the wired vs wireless series, this time featuring the coveted mouse. If you’re interested in taking a look at the first comparison post discussing keyboards, you can check that out here.
The concept is pretty simple. Many peripherals have both a wired and wireless counterpart, with their own sets of pros and cons. Gaming mice, or any mouse in general, are a critical peripheral for any gaming setup. Try to imagine navigating your way around a browser or any desktop application without a mouse. Unless you’re an excel wizard who exclusively uses their keyboard, and exclusively uses excel, you probably need a mouse. That is why it’s worth while to make sure you spend the proper time and research to ensure you buy the best mouse for you. This includes considering whether you’re better off with a wired vs wireless mouse.
After reading this post, you should have the information needed to make the decision for yourself and your Battlestation. So if you’re researching whether you should go for a wired or wireless mouse, look no further!
A wired mouse is usually the mouse of choice for most people, especially for gamers. But they also come with downsides. See below for a discussion of the pros and cons, in no particular order:
- More responsive than wireless mice – Wired peripherals will always have less latency than their wireless counterpart. Mice are no exception. If you feel like your online activities require those few extra milliseconds of response time, you might want to look into wired mice. This is more applicable for gaming users in general.
- No Battery Required – Another benefit that wired peripherals share is that they are powered via the cable. You’ll never need to worry about charging a battery or worrying about how much juice your mouse has left.
- No Interference – This is similar to the response time point. Since there is no receiver to wirelessly transmit information, there isn’t an opportunity for radio-frequency interference. This isn’t exactly a common issue, but it is certainly possible and can definitely mess with your gameplay precision.
- Cheaper than their wireless alternative – Usually if a mouse of the same model has both a wired and wireless version, the wired one will be cheaper. The price difference isn’t always significant, but it can certainly help if you’re on a budget.
- Cables are ugly – With all the pros that a wired mouse has, it’s primary downside is, of course, the wire. Having a wire in such a prominent location of your gaming setup will never look better or cleaner than being wireless, end of story. For real, somebody try to prove me wrong!
- Wires add clutter – Another obvious one, wired mice can be annoying to drag around with the wire getting everywhere. Especially if your desk space is cramped! However, there is a solution. I introduce to you the elusive mouse wire holder! This nifty accessory provides a drag-free solution and is especially ideal for gamers.
- Inconvenient – This is more-so a problem for those of you who use a gaming laptop and use it in more than one location. The wire is a pain to ravel up and move around, especially if you’re switching places frequently (for whatever reason). This isn’t usually an issue if you have a static Battlestation which never leaves your room or office.
A wireless mouse usually screams convenience, but let’s take a deeper dive into the pros and cons shall we?
- Aesthetically pleasing – Having no wire between your mouse and your computer will look much cleaner than the alternative, that almost goes without saying.
- So much freedom! – With a wireless mouse you have the liberty move it whichever way you like! There’s no cable drag and nothing to get snagged on. It also allows you to conveniently bring your mouse wherever you like, as long as you have the appropriate dongle plugged in. In addition, it’s much easier to bring or carry around, compared to stuffing wires in your bag.
- Requires Charging or Batteries – Another common trait among all wireless peripherals is that they need a battery, and thus requires charging every so often. This might have the strongest impact for gamers in particular, since a low battery might result in stuttering or an unresponsive mouse during critical gameplay, which brings me to my next point:
- Less Responsive – Mentioned above, wireless mice will inherently have slower response times than wired. This is an especially important consideration if you’re a gamer who requires precise mouse movements. They can also be impacted by RF interference, but that isn’t very common.
- Easy to lose dongle/receiver – Mouse receivers are tiny. If you find yourself moving it often to use your mouse on a different computer, there’s a chance you’ll misplace it. This isn’t an issue if you intend on leaving it in a single PC.
- Slightly more expensive than wired – I mentioned this earlier too, but wireless mice will typically be a little more pricey than a wired version of the same model. However, if you find that a wireless mouse works best for your needs, it might be worth the extra few bucks.
Summary & Final Thoughts
Whatever you’re using your computer for, you’ll need a mouse. That’s why it’s worth while to think about whether you should go for a wired vs wireless mouse based on your own personal needs.
Using a wired mouse has the benefit of not needing to worry about charging, minimal latency and usually a bit cheaper. This comes at the expense of having an additional wire included in your Battlestation, which can be annoying to drag around, and isn’t exactly eye candy.
Wireless mice have the benefit of complete freedom and flexibility with how you use it. However, they will have more latency and require charging/battery replacements from time to time, which can be frustrating, especially for gamers.
I personally prefer using wired mouse since I believe the pros outweigh the cons for my own personal use at the moment. But that can change in the future! I’ve used wired mice all my life, so maybe I’ll give wireless an honest try in the near future. You should really consider your own situation and computer usage in determining which is best for you, and I hope that this post has provided you with the guidance to make that decision! Thank’s for reading!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me or drop a comment below.