I’ve probably played my way through thousands of tournaments and all-round, all-night gaming sessions during my free time, and during my career I’ve likely designed hundreds of different logos and pieces of clip art during my time –and there’s one single thing that’s made a whole world of difference in both fields: Using the right mouse.
Gaming is all about being the fastest one with your finger on the trigger, whether you’re playing an all-out FPS game or focusing on strategy, it’s all about fast turns and speed. It matters who can draw quick.
Graphic design on the other hand is all about being able to make those finer turns with the mouse – and every graphic designer will know what a nightmare it can be to have a deadline looming in front of you and the best thing you have is the equivalent of a car with broken power steering. You can’t design a logo or take on a magazine’s layout if you can’t work carefully with your mouse, which can be impossible if you have nothing to work with.
Most gamers and graphic designers, at least the ones I know, will usually go drop a few hundred dollars (if not as much as a thousand) on a new mouse – and this is something that will apparently ensure that you play better, faster and win (or in the case of graphic designers, survive your deadline without accidentally cropping heads!).
I can confirm that a mouse is one of the most important things. Not just when it comes to speed and accuracy, but also when it comes to injuries. If you’ve ever had carpal tunnel, you’ll know what an uncomfortable condition it is – and it can even cost you the use of your hands. In career gaming and professional careers like graphic design, you really just can’t afford to have your mouse be the cause of what’s losing you your health – and most people have literally no idea that it can make this much of a difference.
You really don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a mouse if you want to get something that works: The aLLreLi Ergonomic Gaming Mouse works perfectly fine, and it’ll only cost you ten dollars.
When I heard what the price was I doubted my colleague’s recommendation at first… I had bought cheaper $15 models before – and while they lasted for a while, they couldn’t be compared to models that were higher up on the price scale. I only thought this until I actually used the aLLreLi for myself.
My boyfriend bought me one of these just before a huge tournament. Of course, he told me that he had paid a lot more for it – and he’d ordered it from the same place I looked – but I didn’t need to tell him that I knew! I’d actually been meaning to get one for myself.
He knew about the carpal tunnel injuries – and that both work and gaming was turning into a nightmare with numbness in my fingers when I really couldn’t afford it. Since I’ve been using the aLLreLi Ergonomics Gaming Mouse there’s a lot less trouble with that – both during gaming sessions and at work.
It’s got a pretty simple plug-in-and-work design, which is great – I can just pack it up and take it with me even when I’m working on someone else’s equipment. If you want to make use of the extra buttons (more about those in a second), then you have to install the drivers – though it works on everything from XP to Vista and Linux, and it doesn’t even take five minutes to install.
It responds the way you expect it to. In fact, it responds better than you would expect it to – and this little gadget is as good as gold. It works for those finer turns that can mean the difference between good and great in graphic design, or a headshot when you’re playing COD.
My boyfriend is left-handed, and I’m not – usually this means you have to get a special “left-handed” mouse for the right curve, which can cost you a lot more – but the aLLreLi works great for the both of us.
Now for the buttons I talked about earlier: In addition to the obvious buttons a mouse is supposed to come with (you know, left and right clicking – and then the scroll-wheel in the middle), this one also comes with six extra buttons.
How much time do you think six extra buttons can save you while you’re working? I’ve saved tons of time by just setting up a button for whatever function I’m using most – whether it’s a flamethrower or an airbrush. And, it makes you kind of feel like the Hollywood-version of a hacker having everything at your fingertips.
It gets even cooler than that. It comes with a gold-plated USB port, which makes it a lot more durable than most things you’ll stick into a USB port – and, just in case you make a habit of working or gaming in the dark like I do, it’s god responsive lights, too!