The mouse is one of the most important tools when it comes to gaming. Gaming mouses not only look cool, but they can be the difference between winning and losing a competitive game.
Unfortunately, gaming mouses aren’t just important, they’re expensive. If you’re going to spend all that money on a fancy gaming mouse, it’s only fair to know how long it’s going to last.
How Long Does A Gaming Mouse Last?
Typically, a gaming mouse is expected to last anywhere from 1.5 – 2 years. How long the mouse lasts will vary on its model. Some mouses made by reputable brands can last well past 5 years if they’re not treated too rough. On the other hand, some very nice mouses have been known to have issues after a year.
Personally, I’ve found that research is the only way to know for sure how long a mouse will last. Sometimes, name-brand expensive mouses are well worth the price and will last 5+ years as long as you’re gentle with them.
In the same vein, I’ve had a very expensive mouse start showing problems after about a year. Reviews did warn me about this, but I didn’t listen and paid the price.
The same can be said about cheap mouses made by unknown brands on Amazon. Usually you can tell these mouses are cheap as soon as you use them because of the plastic and materials used. It’s not surprising that these mouses do not last very long before they begin to die.
So I highly recommend springing for a quality mouse, if it’s viable for you to do so. Just make sure to do your research first.
How To Know If Your Gaming Mouse Is Dying?
One of the main symptoms of a dying mouse is inconsistent clicks. This can mean double clicking (click once, but 2+ clicks register), unclicking (clicking and dragging, but the drag gets canceled), or not registering some clicks at all. Overall, unresponsiveness is the main sign of a dying mouse.
Depending on which games you play, and how much you use your mouse, you may not be able to tell when your mouse starts to die. If I notice my mouse isn’t responding how I think it should, I click and drag around my desktop for a few minutes to see if my drag gets canceled. I’ll do this with left and right click.
Unfortunately, the symptoms for a faulty connection are the same as for a dying mouse. So if your mouse is wireless, make sure its dongle isn’t too far away from the actual mouse.
Do Wired Mouses Last Longer Than Wireless Mouses?
There is no difference between the life expectancy of a wired mouse and a wireless mouse. Both types of mouses generally last around 3 – 5 years with moderate, daily use. Modern wireless mouses have come a long way. Their connection, latency, and build-quality have all improved greatly in the last few years.
It all comes down to how you treat the mouse in the end. If you click very aggressively, or slam your mouse around, you’re probably going to notice issues whether your mouse is wired or wireless.
Just as before, it all comes down to the quality of your mouse and its materials. A cheap mouse from an unknown company is probably going to fail faster than a nice Logitech or Razer one. It’s still important to research the mouse you’re interested in though, because some are known to fail after a year.
How To Make Your Gaming Mouse Last Longer?
Treating your mouse with care and not physically abusing it is the best way to make it last longer. On top of this, if it’s a viable option for you, invest in a quality mouse from the start. Find one you like, and check out some reviews on Amazon, eBay, etc.
Everybody gets mad at their game, but if you want your mouse to last a long time, you need to limit your abuse to the verbal kind. A gaming mouse has many small, delicate parts so slamming it around is a good way to knock something loose. Most of the time, the thing that comes loose will be one of the mouse button mechanisms.
Air dusting under your mouse’s buttons can also help shake loose any dust that may have accumulated. This dust can stop clicks from registering, so it’s a good idea to get rid of it periodically.
How Long Does A Razer Mouse Last?
A new Razer Mouse will last anywhere from 2 – 3 years. The exact number of years the mouse will last depends on which exact model it is, and how heavily the mouse is used. Some Razer mouses can even last up to 5 years and beyond, but this is pretty rare.
Razer is one of the most well known brands in gaming. Some gamers have complained that they’re all flair, and that they use cheap material for their peripherals and rely on their branding. However, I’ve seen through personal experience, reviews, and research that their gaming mouses are on par with any other brand in gaming at the moment. They last just as long, and are just as durable.
Every brand will have certain models that last longer than others, so it’s a good idea to look up reviews before buying the Razer mouse that catches your eye.
How Long Does A Logitech Mouse Last?
Logitech mouses usually last 3 – 5 years. How long a Logitech mouse lasts depends on what model it is, and how much the mouse is used. Aggressive clicking or slamming of the mouse will cut down on its lifetime significantly. Logitech mice are usually built with quality materials and will last a long time.
Every gaming brand has hit or miss products. Logitech is no different. They’re known for quality products, but research is still required. I’ve bought a very expensive Logitech mouse that only lasted a single year before it stopped registering all of my clicks. On the other hand, I’ve bought a mid-priced Logitech gaming mouse that is still chugging 4 years later.