What's the Difference Between Optical Mouse and Laser Mouse?

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Both optical and laser mouse use light technology.

Here's the difference:

Note: the difference may not be noticeable today. Both laser and optical sensors have advanced in the technology & design.

Is Later Mouse Better for Gaming?

For gamers, laser mouse is worse. Here's a simple test you can do.

Lift your mouse slowly up, but try not to move the mouse.

A even more spectacular test is just to pick up your mouse and stick your finger in the laser hole. For some laser mouse, you'll see the pointer jitters randomly.

When gaming, you often have to lift the mouse and re-position. Laser mouse's jittering is very bad.

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