While we use mostly use our Xbox 360 for gaming purposes, it hasn't stopped us from being fans of gaming mice. The main reason is that these type of specialized mice also allow you to program many different shortcuts, making your interaction with a computer that much faster. In comparison, we've found that the acceleration is similar to using text expansion versus not using any; now that's fast, especially once you start to know the shortcuts by touch.
A typical modern mouse might have anywhere from 4 to 6 programmable buttons. Usually, they come programmed with default shortcuts, but most of them can be changed and customized via a small program provided by the manufacturer. Here are some of the most common used shortcuts that can be mapped onto the programmable buttons of a gaming mouse:
- Select All -> CTRL+A -> ⌘+A
- Copy -> CTRL+C -> ⌘+C
- Delete -> DELETE Key
- Paste -> CTRL+V -> ⌘+V
- Quit -> ALT+F4 -> ⌘+Q
- Close -> CTRL+W -> ⌘+W
- Open Explorer -> Window Key+E
- Open New Window -> CTRL+N -> ⌘+N
- Browser: Firefox or Google Chrome
- Word Processor: MS Word
- Image Edition: Adobe Photoshop
- Media Playback: WM Player or iTunes
The shortcuts listed above include ones for both Windows and OS X users. We tend to use a mouse for our PC but not for our Mac. If you share this preference, then we recommend trying using the Better Touch Tool app in order to program your touchpad with some additional shortcuts.
Here are some gaming mice: 1. Razer Gaming Mice and Keyboards 2. Cyborg R.A.T. Mouse 3. Razer Mamba Gaming Mouse 4. Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse 5. Belkin N52TE Using Text Expansion to Make Computers Faster Optimizing Your Mouse for Faster Computing Keyboard Shortcuts for OS X Apps That Get the Most Out of Your Touchpad (Photos by Range and Flickr member Scanlime licensed for use under Creative Commons)