I have a Logitech Mouseman PS2 3-button mouse right now, but I'm looking to upgrade to a nice 4-button/mousewheel; I was looking primarily at Microsoft Intellimouse Optical and Explorer- the Explorer looks more ergonamic, but the intellimouse is $20 cheaper. The buttons are arrayed differently, too- which one would be better for gaming?? Will trying to reach the upper button on the explorer cramp my hand? What about the Razer boomslanger? I took this puppy for a test-drive at Best Buy and it was like liquid comfort... It didn't have 5 buttons, though, and that's what I really am looking for.
I most frequent the Quake III mod WFA, and I wanted to map grapple, crouch, jump, fire and alt-fire. Not sure what the mouse-wheel up-down will be for, since I have weapons set nice on the keyboard and don't want to overload my right hand
this is the only area where I find the great Bill cannot be outdone, I've never used anything to touch an MS mouse. The Intelieye optical one is my favourite, though I don't have the cash for one myself I've used my friends in UT and it ROCKS.
Also, note that I have had the same MS Mouse 2.0 for 2 years and it shows no signs of wearing out, in the same time my Father has gone through 4 cheaper mice, equating to roughly twice the cost of my MS. I even have an old MS Mouse 1 in my loft which still works after 12 years (5 of which used for AutoCAD every day!).
My train of thought is a runaway!!
AHHH, I think my computer's got a Virus!
Oh no, that's Windows XP
Chimaera: Twin Athlon MP 1900+ @ 1824Mhz, GeForce 3 TI500, 512Megs Crucial RegECC, 100GB Total HDD, SuSE Linux 7.3 + Windoze XP Pro
Intellimouse Explorer USB. Just plug it in and there you go. The feeling of the mouse and sensitivity of the buttons takes a few days or hours to get used to, but once you are "in" you can't do without the mouse. I love my Intellimouse Explorer! It is the best mouse around.