Best Mouse for Programers: 17 Buttons

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While shopping for a gaming mouse, a interesting one i noticed is the “Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse”. This mouse has 17 buttons!

Razer Naga gaming mouse 2
“Razer Naga Gaming Mouse” amazon

At first i thought this would be the most stupid mouse. I thought that, some geek thought more button is better, so jam'd the mouse with cellphone number keys. The result would be very painful to use. However, from reading amazon.com's reviews, apparently it is usable.

After reading and watching many reviews, this is actually a very good mouse. Half of the buttons can be operated by touch easily.

When this mouse first came out in 2009, the number keys are not programable. They are simply the same as the number keys on number pad (so, you program the numbe pad keys instead). But with version 2 of driver, they are programable now! So, a mouse with truely 17 programable buttons. That's fantastic.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Video Review by Kaeyi Dream

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse

A better one, created later by Logitech, features sculpted buttons that's much more easier to press by feel.

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“Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse” amazon
〈Logitech G600 VS. Razer Naga - MMO Mouse Face-off〉 “Razer Naga” amazon

Left Handed 17 Buttons Mouse: Razer Naga 2014

And, if you are left-handed, or wield double mouses, one for each hand (as i do), this is for you.

Razer Naga left-handed gaming mouse
Razer Naga 2014 Left Handed MMO Gaming Mouse. amazon

Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

Apparently, 17 buttons is too many for some. So, Naga came up with a 6 side buttons version, the Naga Hex.

Razer Naga hex gaming mouse red
Razer Naga Hex gaming mouse. amazon
Razer Naga Hex Review (with Naga comparison) amazon

Wireless

What about wireless?

Logitech G602 mouse
Logitech G602 mouse. amazon

The Logitech G602 wireless got ≈11 butons, with 250 hours battery life. (but it doesn't have hyperwheel (wheel that spins), and doesn't have builtin recharger) Full review: Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse.

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“Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse” amazon

The Logitech G700s's battery lasts only ≈20 hours. But it has recharger builtin, and has spin wheel. Full review here: Logitech Gaming Mouse G700/G700s Review.

Why You Need So Many Buttons?

Lots of buttons are good for gamers. But if you are a programer, you'll love lots buttons too. A normal mouse with 5 button is not enough. See: Why You Need a 9 Buttons Mouse?.

Alternatives

Instead of a mouse with lots buttons, you can get a keypad.

X-Key programmable key stick
Fentek's X-keys Programable Key Stick. It adds 16 programable keys. amazon
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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Review amazon

For a list of keypads, see: Programable Keypads: Add Extra Function Keys to Your Keyboard.

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