Don't bother, the teflon pads wear out real quick, and anything besides 3 buttons on the side is only good for rpg's. For anything else it is rather pointless, you end up spending time trying to find things to put on there, which means it wasn't that important or practical to put them there in the first place. The G500 is a great mouse.
I use the MMO 7 mouse. It's a little pricey, but it's great for MMOs and even FPS. They have a ton of well placed macro keys on it, a high and adjustable DPI and interchangeable parts. For the FPS player it also has a Sniper button which when you press it drops the DPI on the fly so you can be more accurate in that mode.
If you were wondering the FPS version of the MMO 7 is called the RAT 7. It's a great mouse, it takes a little while to get used to and it's a little expensive, but it's well worth it. There's a contagion version of it that looks fantastic.
No I know, I own that one as well. I find myself using the MMO one in FPS usually now though so I never have to take my fingers off WASD. The only thing I truly like the RAT more is for the sniper button, which is placed in a better spot and the DPI changer is a rocker not a toggle like in the MMO version.
I have the Razer Imperator and it's been with me for a while, I've spilled things on it and the baby still works like a charm. It's a little pricy but hey you're paying for the quality. In any case I would suggest a corded mouse because you don't have to worry about charging them. Whichever mouse you get I hope it works for you.
Standard Microsoft Brick(What I use, and loves it.) Or ALMOST anything Logitech (Some I find are way too sensitive, like my wireless mouse which I use with my Non-gaming laptop) , and don't be a fool and spend anymore than $20 on it. Like all these "Gaming" mouse people are posting.
Those mice have a pretty low DPI if I'm not mistaken. I can't game with a low DPI mouse at all. There is a reason for spending the extra money on the mouse. -Specific warranties with lifetime replacements -Hot keys on the mouse which can be crucial for certain games -Extremely precise -Look nicer
I find that all mice that are around that price range feel cheap and just dont feel right when I'm using them.
The DPI is just personal preference, if you are a low sensitivety player like my self it gives a higher level of adjustment, same can be said with high sensitivety players and high DPI.
I don't want to start up a big debate on "whats better." But I will say for everything you said:
-Specific warranties with lifetime replacements -- I have had that mouse for 10 years and nothing wrong with it (except for a slightly dogey usb port which is cause by someone knocking my laptop off a table and it landing on it bending it slightly, nothing to do with the mouses hardware itself.)
-Hot keys on the mouse which can be crucial for certain games -- I have my entire Leopard for this, it is the one reason people keep telling why I should invest in a gaming leopard/mouse when I can assign what I want to any key and reach it in the same time they can on their mouse.
-Extremely precise -- I'm not too sure what you mean by this, do you mean the laser/hardware itself? or precise movements/aim with the mouse? cause the first one, fair enough. The second one I find I have more control/accuracy with low DPI/sensitivety.
I know, I just respectfully completely disagree with that. Every single "Gaming mouse" I have ever seen looks like a complete eyesore. (love how the less important point is the one we are discussing in detail XD)
But we all have our preferences, like I said before. I just want him to know his options and stop him making the mistake of spending a few hundred dollars on something that doesn't fit his needs/suits him.
Again, I don't want to start a big debate over this... been in too many.
And you never should, but you shouldn't also just rule it out.
I'd go to a store with an open box return policy and try out the mouse you are looking at. If you don't like it return it, if you do like it return it and buy it online for cheaper. That's how I decided to buy my mouse.
I've had experience with the Logitech G500 and it's a great mouse, but the ones I've owned have all randomly stopped working. Other than that, which can very well be user-error, the G500 is a great gaming mouse.
I use a Logitech G700, the extra buttons are great, I used to set macros on them to instantly cast my ground target aoe spells in wow, so I could just hit one button on my mouse. And it's a hybrid wireless/ wired mouse, so batteries are never a problem.
edit: I forgot to mention that you need to put the little wireless dongle closer than about 4' from the mouse or it won't work.
Yeah, basically anything with lazer or even blutrack tracking, usb, wired (no batteries or misplacing/breaking the receiver dongle) and then your preference for DPI. I have a pre-programmed 3 DPI setting mouse, and I tend to start out on the highest settings I can stand, then switch to the lowest DPI for the more finesse things, like sniping or pixel-perfect adventure games. If you don't have as much of an interest switching DPI on-the-fly, this last part is easily mitigated in your Windows Mouse settings and the game mouse sensitivity settings.