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usb or ps2 mouse?

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viking84

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just wondering everyone's thoughts on the better way to connect a mouse (especially for gaming): through a usb port or a ps2 connector?
 

Captain Slug

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PS/2 isn't as reliant on system resources so they're far more effective on non-quite-up-to-date machines. If you have windows XP or a program called PS2rate you can bump the response rate of your PS/2 mouse upto 200hz. The standard PS/2 response rate is a meager 80hz
USB mice can't get past 150hz
 

Chris

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On the other hand though USB is hot swappable meaning you can plug it straight in and not need to reboot the PC like you would a PS/2. To be honest for gaming there is no better way both will give you good results if you try them both out I would highly doubt you would notice a difference at all. PS/2 is on its way out if you ask me a lot of motherboards are now legacy free and dont carry PS/2 ports, and when was the last time you saw an up to date mouse that nativly used PS/2? Its all USB with PS/2 adapters just incase you need it.

Dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with PS/2 mice, if you own one dont go out and buy a new mouse just because its USB, because at the moment theres no real point. At the end of the day its just connectivity. :)