How to find the perfect poker mouse!
The best builders need the very best tools — the same goes for poker players. Nobody needs their mouse sticking when they’ve just landed pocket aces. So, to make sure this doesn’t happen, we’ve taken a look at five of the best poker mouses around.
Perfect for computer gamers and poker pros
Boasting high performance at a cost effective price, the Razer Imperator is a brilliant multi-purpose mouse. Sure, it might be specifically designed for gamers, but we’re sure it’ll come in handy for poker fans too. With pin-point accuracy, you’ll no longer have those heart-in-your-mouth moments where you nearly click the fold button by mistake. It’s also a smooth running mouse, so you won’t be dragging the thing across your desk — which is always a luxury. One downside is the lack of wireless features, but at least you’ll never run out of power, which is particularly annoying when you’re on the river. At £60, the Razer Imperator is more than value for money.
The Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
Best overall for regular use
If you’re looking for comfort, the ergonomically designed Logitech MX is your dream mouse. It wraps around you hand and, quite frankly, becomes an extension of yourself. It comes with ball-bearing control over the top, which allows you to smoothly tackle any page with absolute precision. If you find your wrist twangs with pain after long periods of play, this mouse will help alleviate any niggles you may develop. In fact, its reported that users of this mouse experience less stress, allowing them to smash the opposition — perfect if you’re ultra competitive. Amazingly, the MX can work on nearly every surface; plastic, granite, wood and even glass (perfect if you live a glass house). With a low price point of £60, its generated a lot of praise on the poker forums. Ultimately, we think its worth every penny.
Evoluent VerticalMouse 4
Great for carpal tunnel sufferers
Again, another computer mouse designed for its ergonomic design; the Evoluent VericalMouse 4 is the best pick for anyone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Let’s go into a bit of basic anatomy here: if you have your palms faced downwards continuously, your radius has to turn over your ulna. Prolong this and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome develops, which is pretty irritating to say the least. As you’ll be playing poker for hours at a time, the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel is higher than that of a non-poker player (don’t panic though, as taking breaks will seriously reduce this risk). The Evoluent is designed to combat this by lightening the load on the forearm muscles, perfect for easier mobility.
Belkin n52te Tournament Edition Speed Pad
Straight out of the Tron universe — it looks rather modern
Okay, so this one looks a little weird — but honestly, after a few days, you’ll be playing like a professional poker robot. It’s essentially a controller, but a rather strange one at that. It comes with a block of keys that can be set to any function. It definitely feels a little awkward at first, but once you’ve started using it, you’ll never go back. It’s not ideal for a desktop computer, but if you’re able to stream your PC to your living room TV, you can sit back and relax on your sofa while battling it out over an intense game of Texas Hold’em. Designed to rest on your knee, leaving one hand free to do the drinking and the other hand to control the keyboard and mouse — it’s a poker players dream.
If there’s any mouse the guys at Coral poker advise to buy, it’s any of the above. Honestly, find the right hardware and the rest will come — it’s as simple as that! Good luck at the tables.