Most gaming mice out there are made for people with “average”-sized hands. Unfortunately, this leaves plenty of people to settle for uncomfortable conditions while gaming. There’s nothing worse than getting hand cramps from trying to curl your hand around a tiny little mouse, and it seriously impacts your gameplay to boot. Those of us with larger hands aren’t left completely high and dry, however – there are definitely mouse options out there that are very well-suited wider, longer, and otherwise larger hands. Let’s take a look at some of the best choices on the market today.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Top 5 Gaming Mice For Big Hands In 2017
- 2 Buying A Gaming Mouse For Large Hands
- 3 Wrap Up
Top 5 Gaming Mice For Big Hands In 2017
|Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum||$$$||Optical, Wired||12,000|
|MIONIX NAOS 7000||$$||Optical, Wired||7,000|
|Logitech G700s||$$$||Optical, Wired/wireless||8,200|
|Logitech G602||$$$||Optical, Wireless||2,500|
|Cougar 450M||$$$$||Optical, Wired||5,000|
1. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
A high-end Logitech gaming mouse, the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB definitely earns its rather expensive price tag. Specifically designed with FPS games in mind, the G502 prides itself with its extremely accurate and precise sensor. You can change DPI sensitivity on the fly (5 gears from 200 to 12000 DPI). As with most Logitech gaming mouse, it is all about personalizing you’re the peripheral’s performance to suit your needs.
The G502 has a customizable weight capabilities which helps you fine tune the balance and feel of the mouse. It accomplishes this with the help of 5 3.6 gram weights installed within the device. It also features 11 customizable buttons that you can use to save specific input commands. The Logitech Gaming Software is also easy to navigate and program. Which is good news for those who are not that well-versed when it comes to customizing the performance of their gaming mouse.
- Perfect balance and weight thanks to its fully customizable weight tuning feature.
- As precise as the best FPS gaming mice around.
- The fully customizable RGB LED light can also help you distinguish what mode your mouse is currently on.
- Size makes it perfect for almost all types of hand.
- While the RGB LED is great, it’s located beneath the mouse so it’s not as prominent as I would like.
- Advanced optical gaming sensor (PMW3366): Logitech's most accurate and responsive optical sensor precisely translates hand movements onscreen
- Tunable weight and balance: Repositionable 3.6G weights for superior fit and feel
- RGB customizable lighting: Match your style and environment with up to 16.8 million colors
2. MIONIX NAOS 7000 Gaming Mouse
First thing you will probably notice about the MIONIX NAOS 7000 is its sleek design. Which is to no surprise as it was designed for optimum comfort and grip. It utilizes 4 layers of rubber padding for maximum grip and prevent it from slipping during intense FPS matches. It features 7 programmable button layout design and 5 built in memory profile. This allows you to program your mouse for any type of game and circumvent the process of changing the button layout every time.
The NAOS 7000 has a 7000 DPI which is good enough for smooth and accurate movement. The GUI is also easy to navigate. All settings are spread out which allows you to parse through them quickly. As expected, you can also fully customize the RGB LED lightning to your preference. You have 16.8 million color options and can choose between solid, blinking, breathing and pulsating effects.
- The biggest strength of the NAOS 7000 is in its ergonomic design. This has got to be the most comfortable gaming mouse around.
- The button click delivers amazing tactile feedback.
- Get a mouse pad. The sensor sometimes won’t register depending on the surface you are using it on.
- Ergonomic, right-handed gaming mouse
- Up to 16.8 Million LED color options
- 128 kb built-in memory
3. Logitech G700s Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
The wireless G700s solves the issue of tangles when it comes to your gaming experience, and it’s a pretty solid and reliable mouse for games as well. Call me old fashioned but I actually prefer wired gaming mouse as I feel at ease there won’t be any lag or skips in the performance. But G700s helped me embrace the wireless life a little easier. The 13-button configuration might lead you to believe that this gaming mouse is bulky but that is not the case as it is still has an ergonomic design that delivers comfort even after long gaming sessions.
Its DPI is pretty solid as well. It features 5 DPI gears from 200 to 8200. You need slow and steady aiming? You got it. You need lightning fast cursor movement during heated PvP sessions? It has you covered as well. It also allows you to store 5 setting profiles in its built-in memory to help eliminate the arduous process of setting configuration for different games.
As this is a wireless gaming mouse you will need to charge it from time to time. Fortunately, you won’t need to stop your gaming session as it can be charged while still being used. You can also expect an easy to use GUI which is a staple of the Logitech gaming peripherals.
- 13-button layout but still feels sleek and comfortable.
- Can be used in wired and wireless mode.
- Easy to use GUI.
- Can use standard AA batteries.
- No weight tuning.
- RGB LED is removed. But understandable to help conserve battery.
- Full-speed USB performance whether wireless or wired: Executes commands up to eight times faster than a standard USB mouse
- 13 programmable controls: Perform simple commands or intricate macros with a single click of a button
- Onboard memory: Store up to five ready-to-play profiles
4. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
The Logitech G602 is another wireless gaming mouse that aims to help welcome you to the wireless era. Does it succeed though? First and foremost, I would like to commend Logitech for the sturdy feel of the G602 design. It claims to have 20 million click lifespan for its button and you’ll believe them once you get your hands on this mouse. The wireless performance has a 2-millisecond response rate and uses a 2.4GHz signal from the USB Nano receiver.
As for DPI, the G602 features 5 gears, 250 to 2500 DPI, which you can change shift between using a single button press. Not as a high as other high end gaming mouse but it’s enough to produce quality performance in your games. It has 11 programmable buttons and comes preset right out of the box for a plug and play experience. You can still change configuration with the easy to use Logitech GUI though.
As for battery life, the G602 can operate up to 250 hours on standard mode and over 1000 hours on Endurance mode.
- Battery life is quite good. Turning on the Endurance Mode further prolongs battery life at the cost of limiting polling rate to 125.
- The design takes into account all hand sizes so it’s almost guaranteed to be extremely comfortable to use.
- Buttons deliver amazing tactile feedback.
- An overall well-constructed gaming mouse.
- Wireless reception issues if there are any obstructions between the mouse and the dongle.
- Up to 250 hours of battery life
- Power-saving, high-accuracy Delta Zero sensor technology
- Lag-free gaming-grade wireless, Performance and Endurance modes maximize battery life
5. Cougar 450M Gaming Mouse
The simple and minimalist design of the Cougar 450M hides a pretty amazing gaming mouse. It features 8 programmable button for quick access to specific commands. You can fully customize performance using the 450M’s GUI. As for performance, it has an impressive 1000Hz polling rate and 1 millisecond response time and up to 5000 DPI. It also utilizes Anti-Slip Flanks to help negate slips during the more intense gaming sessions.
You might wonder why the simple design. The answer is that the 450M is designed to be used by both right handed and left handed gamers. It is designed for optimum comfort for use of both right and left hand. The 512kb built-in memory allows you to save three different settings for quick access during game changes.
- Ambidextrous design makes it great for left handed gamers as well.
- Quite affordable compared to other quality gaming mice in the market.
- The rather large design makes it ideal for all hand sizes.
- This is not compatible to Linux OS. Keep that in mind before purchasing.
- Pro-grade 5000 dpi Optical PWM3310 Gaming Sensor
- 8 Fully Configurable Buttons (up to 27 different functions) and RGB Backlight Effect
- Premium Pro-Gaming Surface with Anti-Slip Flanks
Buying A Gaming Mouse For Large Hands
When are your hands too big for a mouse? The word “big” is ambiguous. Some folks have relatively smaller fingers but large palms. Others have long fingers but smaller palms. So, when is it too big to consider general mouse sizes?
First, we need to establish a baseline. For this, we chose three common household objects and how you handle each object determines whether you have large or small hands.
First up, is a Pringle Tube. Can you reach the last few Pringles without tipping over the tube? In other words, can you put your hands inside a Pringle tube, all the way down?
Second, do latex gloves tear the instant you try and stretch them all the way down to your wrist?
And finally, do you find it difficult using touchscreens because you regularly click on the wrong links and buttons?
If you have answered Yes to at least two questions, then you have large hands. For everyone else, any mouse will suffice as long as it isn’t an ultra-portable wireless mouse. But, for you with large hands, it is time you conceded defeat and began your search for an appropriately sized mouse. So, let’s start by discussing all the various factors you need to keep in mind before buying a brand new mouse just so it feels comfortable in the palms of your hand.
What Size Is Right?
Manufacturers, unfortunately, do not make models in varying sizes. Each model has a specific size and intended end user in mind. Nevertheless, it is common for top brands to make several models in varying sizes, so you should be able to find the right mouse size just for your hands.
There are ultra-portable models that are super compact and feel like children’s toys even for a normal individual. You, with your larger hands, simply cannot use them with any degree of accuracy. Avoid these ultra-portables at all costs.
Standard mouse sizes are general anywhere between 5 to 7 inches in length, but the length isn’t the only factor. A mouse can be long, so it rests comfortably in your palms while stretching as far as the tip of your fingers. However, if it isn’t wide enough to completely support your palm, you will lose some amount of accuracy. You might even cramp up your palms or fingers with extended use. Hence, while it is important for a mouse to be long, it also has to be wide enough to fit within your hands comfortably. We don’t want any spill over to the sides.
Finding Your Hand Length
Take a tape measure or ruler and measure the distance between the tip of your ring finger and the crease in your wrist. Ideally, you should get a mouse that is at least 75% of your hand size. The closer you can get to your hand size, the more ergonomic it will feel.
70% of all commercially available mouse devices fall in the Small to the Medium category. In Inches, this translates to 6 ¼ inches and 8 inches. For those with hand sizes above 8 ¼ inches, you need to pay extra attention to the length of any mouse you choose. Fortunately enough, all manufacturers display their mouse sizes online. Just remember to get a mouse that is at least 75% of your hand size, and you should be alright.
Are You Using Your Mouse The Right Way?
A mouse that fits your hand will feel comfortable to use, but if you are not using it correctly, it may still feel awkward. Hence, just as important as size is, so is the manner in which you use a mouse. Here are some tips that apply to all.
- Always rest your palm on the mouse base, but keep it off the desk or surface of the table. By resting your entire palm on the mouse, you prevent putting unnecessary pressure on your carpal tunnel.
- Position your fingers stretched out over the mouse with the palm resting on the mouse base. If the tips of your finger touch the edges of the mouse or go slightly beyond it, you have the right size.
- When moving the mouse around, use your forearm and not just your hand or wrist. Sussing your forearm helps reduce the strain on your wrist and prevents injuries.
- When clicking, do it gently. A good mouse will need no more than couple pounds of pressure to register a click.
Are You Right Or Left Handed?
Manufacturers do not exclusively label mouse devices right or left handed. In fact, most manufacturers prefer designs that are ambidextrous. However, with the majority of users being right handed, many cheaper companies tend to treat all their buyers as right-handers. The result is often ill designed mouse devices that are just not suitable for left-handers.
If you are a right-hander, then you have nothing to worry as all mouse options are open to you. But, as a left-hander, you need to be careful. Since manufacturers do not make right-left declarations in their product descriptions, you have to verify all available product pictures manually.
The tell-tale signs of a predominantly right-handed mouse are the presence of depressions or dimples on the right side that is designed to rest your free fingers. An ambidextrous mouse, on the other hand, will have no such dimples on either side. In fact, both sides will appear mirrored.
If you are left handed then your objective is to pick a mouse device that either looks ambidextrous or has unique finger contours to the left side. Additionally, some companies give you the option of reconfiguring all the buttons as per your liking.
Buttons In Play
Are you a gamer and left handed at that? You need specialized gaming mouse devices that allow you to remap each button. With big hands, not only is the size, number of buttons and design important but also the ability to remap every single button.
Speaking of buttons, how many is just right? For MMO gamers, more buttons equal more combos and macros. However, for a typical user with limited gaming needs, the standard three-button mouse should suffice.
If you are a graphics designer or even a coder, having more than three buttons is always handy as you can set the extra buttons to zoom in or out, change layers, move between artwork or code snippets and do much more.
If you need any of the above functionalities, then remember to get a mouse with the ability to remap each button. Next up is the size of buttons. Naturally, with larger hands, you need bigger buttons. The two main buttons on any mouse isn’t an issue here. We are talking about the additional buttons and their sizes. If you need extra buttons, remember that they should be sufficiently large enough and with just the right separation. Large and well-spaced buttons will reduce accidental clicks and improve functionality.
DPI – Does it Matter?
Again, it all depends on what you do with the mouse. For average users who browse the internet, watch YouTube videos, craft letters and documents on Word or Excel, DPI settings make no difference. However, for those involved in complex graphics work, 3D rendering, gaming and game testing, DPI makes a lot of difference.
Do not confuse DPI with sensitivity though. While both handle the speed and accuracy of movement on the screen, they are different technical terms. DPI or Dots Per Inch refers to the hardware capabilities of a mouse. Whereas, sensitivity is purely software that determines the speed of the screen cursor. Naturally, DPI offers greater accuracy than sensitivity. We advise picking up a mouse with multiple DPI settings even if you aren’t much into gaming. It comes handy in a variety of tasks.
How About Weight?
Did you use a heavy ball mouse in the past? If you have, then you know just how heavy these devices were. It felt solid in the palm of your hand. You instantly felt in control of every movement you made. With the advent of optical and laser mouse, the inaccurate heavy ball was replaced with a lightweight accurate and fast light based mechanism. The downside to this was the drastic reduction in weight.
We at ArmChairEmpires loved those heavy ball mouse devices because they only moved when you wanted them to. Light devices can move with every sudden jerk or twitch of your fingers. Besides, with larger hands, the chances of you accidentally moving the mouse is significantly lower if it is heavy.
Weight is a personal preference. Some folks like their mouse being light, others prefer heavy. Since manufacturers make this decision on behalf of customers, the only option is to purchase a mouse that lets you change its weight.
Some models come with added weight that you can remove and vary. This feature will not increase the price by much but is always welcome. You get to choose the weight that fits your style.
Go With Wires
We firmly believe that wired devices beat wireless any day. Wireless devices need a receiver and a transmitter. A signal needs to transmit from the wireless mouse to the receiver (Bluetooth or IR). Naturally, it involves generating a signal from the mouse, receiving the signal and then decoding it. All this takes time, and while it can be in milliseconds, the lag is sufficient to introduce errors. Besides, wireless devices need to be charged or operate on replaceable batteries – yet another hassle.
With a wired mouse, however, the signals are transmitted raw to the computer where a driver or software processes it. Since your mouse does nothing more than passing the movement information, there is less lag. Moreover, wired channels of communication can carry more data and quicker than wireless when the distance is minimal. And finally, with fewer components, wired mouse have a greater shelf life.
We advise going for a wired mouse.
How Much Should You Pay
There are a lot of things that contribute to the cost of a mouse. Chief among them being the popularity and reputation of the brand. Thankfully, there are plenty of newcomers in the computer peripherals segment with products priced competitively. A good gaming mouse from lesser known brands can cost you less than $30 while offering you the same features as a recognised brand.
What you need to keep in mind though is if a mouse fits your unique requirements. Is it large enough for your hands? Are the buttons sufficiently large size and ample in number? Does it have adequate weight? These are the fundamental questions you need to ask before zeroing in on a particular mouse for your big hands. Like we said, the market lacks many plus sized models, but there are enough to choose.
Buying a mouse is all about personal preference. You with your big hands will have to disregard a lot of options, but if you search hard enough, you can find at least twenty models that suit your hand size. After that, it is a simple matter of application.
For gamers, plenty of buttons, DPI choices and wired will do the trick. For designers, the same applies though buttons do not matter as much. However, if you are a simple guy with large hands looking for a comfortable mouse, then you can make do with any mouse that fits your palm and feels adequate.