By Cooler Master Staff • September 15, 2014
MORE THAN AN ACCESSORY
Your mouse is a precision tool for navigating digital landscapes, an extension of your mind and body that seamlessly turns thought into action. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that your mouse is a key factor in determining your level of comfort, satisfaction and ultimately your performance at the computer. From the most basic home and office users to the pro gaming elite – we have identified 3 unique grips that categorize virtually everyone’s style. These are: The Palm Grip, The Claw Grip and The Hybrid Grip.
POWER IN YOUR HANDS
Each separate grip employs its own characteristic method of manipulating and controlling the mouse. By identifying which grip you utilize, you’ll gain insight into peripherals on a whole new level, allowing you to make adjustments that enhance comfort, speed, accuracy and endurance. Whether it boils down to how you surf the web, scroll through a document or engage your enemies in battle, your mouse grip defines your experience.
CONTROLLING THE EXPERIENCE
Understanding your grip type is also powerful knowledge when searching for the latest and greatest device. Using the information from this course, you can be confident that you are able to select the mouse most compatible with your individual style. As you now know, and contrary to popular belief, mice are not a one size fits all solution. Combining your advanced knowledge of mice grips with the right gear choice allows you to set yourself up for a competitive advantage in any environment.
Users who keep full surface contact with their mouse are utilizing the traditional palm grip. This is the most commonly chosen method by users due to its natural feel with a right handed design. Most of the control stems from the wrist and forearm, while activating button pressures require the full finger to depress.
CM Storm palm grip mice are built to complement the natural curvature of the human hand, feeling almost like an extension of it. Right hand palm or ambidextrous designs work best for this grip style. Mice with a palm grip tend to come with longer mouse bodies that are often preferred by users with medium to large hands.
Users looking for a more secure grip tend to use the claw style, which allows for quick re-adjustment of the mouse without actuating mouse buttons. Lift-off distance can play a factor in how effective a certain mouse can be for this grip style. Mice with a claw grip often are characterized by a shorter mouse body that can be suitable for any hand type.
Buttons are activated with the fingertips for quicker response. This requires that the hand is arched above the mouse rather than laying directly on top of it for a lighter touch. While this grip style is unnatural and can cause hand fatigue, it can provide ample benefits for competitive gamers who put the time into adapting.
A variation of the claw grip for those with larger hands or longer fingers, this grip style provides exceptional control with little to no “dead weight” on the body of the mouse.
Control and activation is completely done through the finger tips for extreme precision and agility, but requires a steep learning curve to fully adapt and eliminate fatigue.
Lift off Distance:
Tracking height of the optical or laser sensor; lower is ideal for gamers who wish to reposition their mice without affecting game play.
Measure of sensitivity to movement and its affect to the cursor speed on screen; the higher the DPI, the quicker your cursor can move.
Supports both left and right handed users.