Among the most recognized PC mouse brands, only manufacturers Logitech, Corsair and Razer implement infinite scrolling in their products, but other brands such as Rosewill and even Chinese OEM brands are also implementing it, each in their own way. The point is that out of the hundreds of mouse models on the market, only about 20 have this capability.
What is infinite scrolling and how does it work?
As you know, practically all PC mice (there are some models that do not have one, although this is somewhat surprising due to its base) have a scroll wheel, which allows us to move the screen when there are vertical scroll bars (some mice, in fact, they have 4D scrolling which also allows you to move horizontally) by moving it up and down.
Normally the typical scrolling of any mouse works in sections, that is, when we move it up or down it has a point of resistance that when we browse it it makes a slight sound of “Clap clap” and only when we do it when the screen goes up or down. This option is also configurable in the operating system itself, being able to select in the options of the mouse the number of lines or pages that we want to scroll when we activate the scrolling of the mouse.
In mice with infinite scrolling, this behavior is different, since this component which acts as resistance in the wheel is eliminated and therefore this clicking noise when scrolling is also eliminated. In other words, we can move up and down freely using the scroll wheel, because it will be activated as soon as we move the wheel. This means that the definition of “infinite scrolling” is literal, we can spin the wheel indefinitely to be able to scroll much faster and unlimited in the active window that we have selected.
A special feature of these mice (or at least many of them) is that the ability to have infinite scrolling is eligible for the user; In other words, they usually have a button or switch at the bottom that allows us to select whether we want to activate this function or use the scroll in the traditional way, which is always an advantage since we can choose at any time if we want unlimited or normal scrolling.
In some models like Razer, it is not a true infinite scroll, but instead of a switch they have a dial which allows to increase or reduce the resistance to “almost” leaving it loose, as in those which have a true infinite scroll. .
The point is that regardless of its implementation, the basic idea is the same, and soon we will explain what it is for.
Mice that have infinite scrolling
As we said at the beginning, there aren’t many mice that incorporate this technology, and in fact one can easily list them according to the manufacturer (keep in mind that the implementation may be different from a manufacturer to another, as in the Razer example we put before).
- Corsair: Nightsword RGB.
- Razer: Basilisk Ultimate, DeathAdder Elite.
- Logitech: G502 Hero, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G502 Hero, G300s, G703 Lightspeed, M705, G602, M510, G402 Hyperion Fury, G5, G500, G9x.
- Rosewill: LAW D10.
- Pictek: GEPC034AB.
What is this technology used for?
At first glance, this technology may seem like something useless that is not being used, but the reality is that users who try it no longer want another mouse that does not have it, although it does. There are also some users who find a scroll of this type uncomfortable because it is too smooth and does not have the ability to control exactly how much they want to move the window.
For the reality is, an infinite scroll mouse serves to scroll the window vertically without the obstruction of the “clap clap” of traditional scrolls, allowing you to reach the end of documents quickly and without having to constantly give the wheel. No more no less. This is especially useful for long documents, as well as for surfing the internet, especially if you take the big picture and don’t want to read everything on the screen all the time.
Some users have found that infinite scrolling provides some benefits in-game as well, because if you assign certain actions to scrolling, you can make it endless repetitions in record time (especially those known as “speedrunners” use usually this ability frequently). Since normally in shooter-type games the scroll wheel is used to select the equipped weapon, some also use the infinite scroll to select random weapons by stopping it at a given point in time.
Do you really need it on your mouse?
As always, it will be up to you and your preferences, but as we mentioned a moment ago in general terms, users who try it generally find it very useful and no longer want other mice that lack it. . In fact, we consider that the important thing is that the mouse has the option to select whether you want to enable infinite scrolling or use the traditional vertical scrolling method, as this opens the doors for the user to decide when they want to use it. one. or another.
Obviously this is a feature that one can experience without any problems, but it is also undeniable that it has great utility for many users, and we would say this especially for those who have to deal with long documents on a regular basis. . or for those who like to take a look at the news sections of web pages.