Are Wired Gaming Mice Still Superior to Wireless? Definitely Not

It's time to put the age old argument to rest. Are wired mice still better than wireless mice?

If you're at all familiar with hardcore gaming, then you'll know about the age old argument: wired vs wireless. There are many arguments for either side, hardcore players usually default to wired, as the lack of a wire supposedly creates lag between the mouse and the computer. Though this is a discussion that effects more than just the hardcore gamers, so let's take a closer look.

Wires can be restrictive and annoying

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Wired mice require a cord that runs from your mouse and into your computer, while a wireless mouse frees your device of this restraint. This is where the wired mouse comes is at a disadvantage, as the wire limits how you can move your hand. This problem can be alleviated if you have enough space between you and a usb port and know how to run a wire. But if you've ever been in a school computer lab, with wires tied like crazy so no one can steal them, then you probably know the pain of limited movement with your mouse.

Worrying about your wireless mouse's battery life will soon be a thing of the past

Batteries aren't really a problem from wired mice, since they're plugged in they have no need for a portable power source. As of now, this is only a problem for wireless mice, but it might not be for much longer. Logitec is making a mouse pad that charges the mouse wirelessly. It only works with the wireless mouse that comes with it but this is the first step to removing one of the wireless mouse's biggest problems.

Wireless mice can perform just as quickly as wired mice

This is the biggest argument hardcore gamers use against wireless mice. They say that because the wireless mouse isn't directly plugged in to the computer there is a lag between when you move the mouse and when the computer registers the movement.

While this was true, technology is constantly advancing and if this lag still exists in modern wireless mice it's so small it's barely noticeable. A PC Gamer article about busting mice related myths comes tthe conclusion that "today, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between a good wireless mouse and a wired one."

Even if it's only just hard to tell now, technology will only advance and soon any semblance of lag will be gone from wireless mice.

You can get cheap wireless mice

There's really no way for the wireless mouse to get around this one. Wireless technology will always raise the price of any mouse above that of its wired counterpart. If you're on a tight budget, wired mice are generally the way to go, but there are cheap wireless mice out there if you don't care about high performance.

Wireless Mice are no longer inferior to their wired counterparts

With technology's constant evolution, wireless mice are able to overcome all their shortcomings and become just as good as wired mice--if not better. This is great for gamers, though some may remain stubborn and stick to their old ways, which is fine. Whichever you prefer, you definitely can't claim that wireless mice are inferior to wired mice anymore.

What do you prefer, wireless mice or wired mice? Why? Sound off in the comments below. Keep following GameSkinny for more about PC gaming and gaming technology.


Platforms PC Tags gaming mice 
Published Aug. 16th 2017

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