I am currently using a Microsoft Sidewinder x8 on 1000 dpi (was using 2000 when I had a smaller mousepad) and a Steelseries QcK mousepad.
I'm not a mouse connoisseur, but anyone who can give you recommendations will probably need to know:
Wired or wireless,
How many buttons.
If you don't care for fancy features and ultra high dpi mice, then the MS IME 3.0 will serve you for years and years.
I have had a Logitech G5 and a SteelSeries Ikari, but I keep returning to my IME 3.0, it has better ergonomics and precision, only down side is that it's limited to 450dpi.
Been using a Razer Lachesis for two years now. I feel pretty indifferent towards the thing. I bought it on a whim and the only thing I really like is the material/coating. It has a really soft, rubbery feel that I love. I don't use ANY of the macro buttons (except for the on-the-fly sensitivity button. great for sniper-aiming) or special features. It's packed with options and adjustment software that is totally wasted on me. :) I'd trade it for any other decent mouse, preferably with blue LED to suit my Logitech G11 keyboard.
Gotta pick my Xai up soon. MX518's Wheel died so i'm seeing if a mouse can justify $100 or if I should have got a 1.1 instead.
I used to play Counter-Strike professionally, and just play for ****s and giggles now.
I've tried just about every decent mouse on the market.
First of all, all Razers are flimsy pieces of ****... except for the deathadder.
1.1 and 3.0 are good if you can get used to the massive neg accel.
Sensei/Xai are high level mice, but need a hard surface to track up to their potential.
A pad like the Artisan Hien would work better with them if you need cloth (like me). The talent and Qck make is sluggish.
Zowie EC series are great. AM should be great too (hopefully since I pre-ordered).
Logitech mx 518/510 are solid as ****. Haven't used the new g400, but I'm sure it is good too.
Great tracking but massive amounts of prediction and will take a while to get used to if you're coming from a laser mouse.
IMO optic > laser just because Laser mice are too picky and sensitive and the tiniest bit of dust on the sensor will make it track like ****.
Can't go wrong with anything I listed. First thing you should think about though... is how the shape of the mouse will fit your hand. not just in a comfortable way, but in a way where you have the most control over the movement. just because I can lay my palm and hand flat comfortably on a (insert random mouse), doesn't mean that I will be able to control it well.
also, don't look at dpi.
Most of the people I've played with on teams/in league use 400-500 dpi.
One scrub used 1600 dpi, and he just happened to be the worst player on my team lol.
Heh, i only use wireless! I'm not a big gamer, though.
Wireless is just practical for me. I'm not limited to being three feet from my computer, less cable management, and the mouse isn't being tugged forward all the time by the weight of the cable hanging behind my desk (i hate that).
Started off a while ago with an MS IntelliMouse, which has the classic and still best ambidextrous setup, IMO. Then moved on to Logitech's version of the design, the G3, which was my first exposure to a high-DPI laser mouse. While the value of high-dpi may be questionable in gaming, it absolutely changed the way I work. The extra sensitivity proved most helpful in image editing, where, after a couple of years of practice, pixel-by-pixel editing becomes much more fluid. I recently upgraded to the G9x and found the limit to the amount of sensitivity I need: about 4000 dpi. Although it could be that with practice I could acclimate all the way to the 5000+ range. Plus the different profiles for apps/web/gaming/image editing are a godsend.
The current setup is a fully weighed down G9x on a Fellowes Microban pad with 3500 dpi everyday, 4000 for photoshop, and 1600 for gaming. Admittedly I game mostly on consoles and could easily do better with an oldskool thumbstick controller than a mouse in FPSs.
I kind of agree. When my 518 died after years of use, I went to the Xai. After a few months of using the Xai I decided to just go buy another 518. I will say, the Xai is a good mouse, but i was just too used to the form factor of the 518. I would recommend either mouse, I just wanted the old feel back myself.