The release date for The Elder Scrolls Online is fast approaching, and April 4 will be here before you know it. Gamers looking forward to playing the next title in The Elders Scrolls series are already placing pre-orders for ESO (for more information on pre-ordering the game click here). Not only are pre-orders being placed, but players are making certain their gaming rigs meet the minimum system requirements for the game. Basically, Elder Scrolls fans are preparing beforehand so they can take full advantage of everything ESO has to offer as soon as the game hits the street.
Best Elder Scrolls Online Gaming Mouse
While console players will be content to play ESO with their next-gen PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controllers, PC and Mac players will need to use a gaming mouse to adventure in Tamriel. If you don’t already have a decent gaming mouse, or are looking to upgrade your current mouse, now is probably a good time to buy one.
The Elder Scrolls Online is a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) that promises to have lots of features. If you’re going to play the game on PC or Mac, you’ll do yourself a disservice if you don’t use a good gaming mouse, preferably one that allows you to program and customize buttons to your liking. A good gaming mouse will enhance your playing experience by allowing you to stay focused on the game. The best Elder Scrolls Online gaming mouse doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are several on the market for any budget.
The Mazer E-3lue gaming mouse is ridiculously cheap and offers six buttons with a scroll wheel (left, middle, right, forward, back, DPI button). While not designed for MMOs, the Mazer E-3lue should get you where you need to go in Tamriel. The mouse is made in China, and the “Mazer” name is suspiciously close to the better know “Razer” name. Despite this, the Mazer E-3lue has solid reviews on both Amazon and Newegg.
Cons: Bare bones. Lacks features of more expensive dice.
Best Price We’ve Seen: $16.50
The Anker 8200 features 9 programmable buttons, more than enough for The Elder Scrolls Online skills/abilities. The mouse can be personalized in several ways, including changing the LED colors and tuning the weight to make the Anker 8200 either light or heavy depending on your gaming style (weight can be added or removed via a small compartment). A nice, affordable mouse with good features.
Pros: Good price. Lots of programming options and features.
Cons: Build quality may not be on par with more expensive mice.
Best Price We’ve Seen: $39.99
Razer Naga Hex
Razer has a good reputation in the gaming community, and the company is know for their quality mice. The Naga Hex is made for action games, and offers 6 optimized thumb buttons designed for high performance and quick action. The mouse is available in red, green, and a special League of Legends edition.
Pros: Easy to access thumb buttons for quick action.
Cons: Mouse has a glossy finish that may cause your hand to slip depending on your grip.
Best price we’ve seen: $59.99
Corsair Vengeance M95
The Corsair Vengeance M95 is built for MMO gaming and features 15 programmable buttons. The Vengeance design is different from the numbered thumb panels on the Razer mice. Corsair claims the buttons are intelligently positioned to make it easier to play MMO games.
Pros: Unique button configuration may work better than thumb panels for some gamers.
Cons: Button configuration may take some getting use to.
Best price we’ve seen: $69.99
Razer Naga 2014
The Razer Naga is the best-selling MMO gaming mouse of all time. The mouse features a completely customizable, 12-button thumb grid that offers plenty of programming options. The Naga has been a favorite gaming mouse for World of Warcraft players for years, and will more than suit the needs of ESO players looking to enhance their game.
Pros: Best selling MMO gaming mouse of all time. 12-button thumb grid offers many programmable options.
Cons: Might be overkill for Elder Scrolls Online. Some of the buttons may be difficult to access.
Best Price We’ve Seen: $69.99
The Logitech G700 is a rechargeable gaming mouse for players looking to go wireless. The mouse offers 13 programmable, individually sculpted buttons so you can play by touch. It has a rechargeable NiMH AA battery that charges over a detachable USB cable. If you happen to be low on juice simply plug the mouse in and charge the battery while you’re playing — no worries about loss of game time.
Pros: Wireless and rechargeable.
Cons: Button interface not as straightforward as numbered thumb-grid.
Best price we’ve seen: $79.41
Razer Naga Epic
The Razer Naga Epic is another gaming mouse designed specifically for MMO players. The Naga Epic is expensive, but with the increased price comes advanced features not available with most other mice: namely that the mouse has duo mode wired/wireless functionality and is rechargeable. If you need to go wireless, simply detach the 7-foot braided cord and you’re good-to-go. It should also be noted that Naga Epic can also be customized to your grip via three interchangeable side panels. The Naga Epic packs a lot of bells and whistles.
Pros: Wireless functionality; rechargeable. Can be customized to your hand grip via interchangeable side panels.
Cons: Expensive. Advanced features may not be needed for some gamers.
Best price we’ve seen: $113.17
Hopefully this article will give you a starting point in your quest for the best Elder Scrolls Online gaming mouse. No matter your budget, there are many gaming mice available, and you should find one that will help you enjoy ESO to its fullest. You still have time to do research and shop around, but remember: April 4, 2014 is coming fast…
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