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My mouse broke and I had to get a new one.

The new one pleases me greatly.


I've been using Razer Death Adders for a while. They are great, very comfortable, very sleek, they do everything I need them to do with no fuss or extra doo-dahs. Before that I had a wireless Logitech mouse which was rather heavy because of the batteries and I had been having some trouble with carpal tunnel-type symptoms, which went away immediately and permanently when I replaced it with the Death Adder.

Trouble is, I have been going through Death Adders like no tomorrow. I can't remember if I've worn out three or four of them so far; the click gets all clicked out of them just as they come out of warranty. It's not like I'm doing a lot of gaming in the overall scheme of things - I mean, my number one game of choice is often mentioned in the same sentence as "click-fest" but I play other types of games and I do spend quite a lot of time not playing games at all. Death Adders are over a hundred dollars each. Chewing through them like this is not sustainable.

I could think of two options: find the cheapest wired mouse available that doesn't make my wrist hurt (in the $10-15 range should be doable) and, assuming they may be a little less durable than Razer gear, keep a spare one in the cupboard at all times and treat them as disposable; or find something better.

Some research turned up the Asus ROG Gladius gaming mouse. The mouse button switches are rated at 20 million clicks' durability (as compared to 8 million for a Death Adder) and they can be replaced. By the user, with just a screwdriver. There are two replacement switches in the box ready to go, and new ones can be acquired separately. The advertising angle is that the switches can be customised to suit your preference so you can be the best shooty-game player in the world - but what they've made is a user-serviceable environmentally friendly mouse that can be repaired to prolong its life. I like that concept. And the ROG Gladius costs a little under a hundred dollars - less than a Death Adder for better technology.

I've been using mine for a few days now. It's shaped practically exactly the same as a Death Adder and is so comfortable I forget I'm using it. I'm going to take careful note of how long it takes for the buttons to start wearing out, as compared to other mouses... and then I'll pull it apart and fix it myself.
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