Best gaming mouse

Best gaming mouse

A quality gaming rodent is the only way to ensure that your rapid-fast reactions are registered in-game before the enemies. With a variety of weights, sizes, grip-styles, and button layouts finding the perfect fit can be a little tedious at times. Well, fear not! We have you covered with our top picks for gaming mice.

Check Amazon US and Amazon UK for the best prices and specs on gaming mice.

But do you want a laser mouse, a Razer mouse, a Logitech mouse, a wireless mouse or just a simple, cheap gaming mouse? The choices are manifold, but nailing down exactly what you want can be tricky. As ever it’s a delicate balancing act.

You have to juggle comfort, ergonomics, performance, reliability, specs and always aesthetics. You could have a mouse which looks like Vader’s own codpiece (we're looking at you, Mr. Sidewinder) though if it can’t deliver the goods in-game then as a gaming mouse it’s about as effective as jabbing a USB cable into a dead hamster.

We’ve tested a wide variety of peripherals and have finally narrowed it down to our favourite gaming mice in a selection of categories, as well as the overall best gaming mouse to buy right now.

If you want to know what to look for when buying a gaming mouse, or want to know about those specific categories you can quickly jump ahead using the links below...

________________________________________________

Best gaming mouse

Best gaming mouse - Logitech G900

Logitech G903

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11  | Weight: 107g

Approx: $125 / £130

The G903 is our new pick for the outright best gaming mouse to buy today. It’s a magnificently versatile gaming rodent that manages to be pretty much all things to all people. For all intents and purposes it is the slightest update to the brilliant G900 Chaos Spectrum, but with compatibility for my favourite new bit of wireless tech, the Logitech G PowerPlay.

The Logitech G PowerPlay feature allows for wireless charging of the mouse, via a connected mousemat, which uses electromagnetic resonance to create an energy field above the gaming surface. The real magic is that it will continue to trickle charge your wireless rodent through this field even while you're flinging it around your mousemat mid-game. Essentially it means you'll never have to think about charging your wireless mouse ever again.

Granted the PowerPlay kit is another $100 (£85) on top of the price of this already super-expensive gaming rodent, but it makes it hands-down the perfect wireless gaming mouse you can buy.

For a start it’s rocking an ambidextrous design, with only a slight compromise in comfort for either left or right-handed camp, and its ergonomic layout is equally adept at catering for either claw or palm grip gamers. Logitech have though released a much cheaper ambidextrous mouse, the Logitech G Pro Gaming mouse, which uses the same sensor but with a super-clean, stripped back design.

The G903, however, can also be used either as a wired or wireless gaming mouse, and we’ve detected no compromise in performance should you decide to game sans cable. We challenge anyone to be able to tell the difference in a blind test as to whether they’re gaming using the wired or wireless connections - it really is that slick.

And then there’s that marvellous freewheeling infinite scroll wheel which makes zipping through long documents or lengthy tech trees a delight. Battery life is great and the Pixart optical sensor remains accurate and responsive at any stage between its 200 to 12,000 DPI scale.

The only real issue is that at it’s a hell of a lot of cash to be spending on a gaming mouse, but don't fret, there are other options…

It's almost identical, so go read the full Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum review.

The best Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best gaming mouse runner-up

Corsair Glaive RGB

Corsair Glaive RGB

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 122g

Approx. $60£61

In the Glaive, Corsair have somehow succeeded in combining the finesse and precision of a ballet dancer with the build quality of a tank. The Glaive feels meticulously crafted, sits in the hand oh-so-comfortably, and the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the Pixart PMW 3367 sensor at one DPI increments means you can have it set just how you like it.

The fact that it’s resolutely wired and right-handed means that it just loses out on the top spot, but if you’re a righty who likes your braided cables this may well be the perfect mouse for you. What’s more, you’ll get to use Corsair’s CUE software to play about with the Glaive’s settings, which is so intuitive your dog could use it. It’s massively cheaper than the G903 too... and that means, if you're not bothered about the wires or wireless charging, the Glaive is starting to look even more tempting.

The best Corsair Glaive RGB prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best gaming mouse runner-up

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 105g

Approx. $55 / £61

The latest DeathAdder has been on a diet to hit the necessary Tournament weight for the Elite, but that just makes it an even more zippy feeling gaming mouse. Compared with the standard 133g weight of the original DeathAdder the Elite has lost nigh-on 30g. Thankfully the Razer 5G Optical sensor they've jammed into the DeathAdder Elite is more than capable of keeping up with the lighter rodent.

It's got the 1:1 tracking we've come to love optical sensors for and has an even higher maximum DPI than the excellent Pixart sensors we've seen in the best Logitech and the following pack. Of course, throwing around your mouse at 16,000 DPI is a recipe for disaster, but that range of sensitivity means even down at the lower end the Elite loses nothing in terms of tracking.

The best Razer DeathAdder Elite prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals. 

Best gaming mouse runner-up

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Razer Mamba Tournament ed.

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 9 | Weight: 133g

Approx: $110 / £77

There are some people who prefer laser sensors in their mice and the Philips sensor in the Mamba is still an excellent option. With the hardware acceleration you might think they're crazy, but laser sensors care not for the surface they skim across so can be a more versatile option if you're travelling around sans mat. The Mamba is also an incredibly comfortable gaming mouse, with a relatively light touch too. It doesn’t glide across your desktop quite as well as the Logitech options, but it’s still a great gaming mouse in its own right.

The best Razer Mamba Tournament Edition prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best gaming mouse runner-up

Speedlink Omnivi Core

Speedlink Omnivi Core 

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 10 | Weight: 145g

Approx: $70 / £65

This mouse has some ergonomic problems. Its slanted, palm grip-focused design seems built to punish the sausage-fingered claw grip gamers among us, leaving your ring and pinky fingers stacked on top of each other. The flappy extra buttons running alongside the left mouse button could do with feeling sturdier, too. They don’t really inspire confidence.

The Omnivi Core does, however, make up for these failings with four sturdy thumb-operated buttons, a rubberised body that’s pleasant to the touch (so long as it fits your grip) and a body that’s exceptionally easy to slide along the desktop. Just make sure you try this one in person first.

The best Speedlink Omnivi Core prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

________________________________________________

Best MMO mouse

Best gaming mouse runner-up - SteelSeries Rival 500

SteelSeries Rival 500

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 15 | Weight: 129g

Approx: $69 / £50

The SteelSeries Rival 500 is a mighty little mouse and tops our list for the best MMO gaming rodent. It doesn't have the vast number of thumb buttons as either the Nyth or the Razer Naga, but for my money that's a good thing. My thumb gets confused when there are too many button-y options waiting to be clicked on. That doesn't mean the Rival 500 is lacking in those stakes - there are still 15 configurable buttons arrayed around the Rival 500, but they're more evenly spaced out.

As well as buttons around your thumb SteelSeries have also placed three extra buttons on the top for your index and second fingers to manage. This lessens the strain on the chubbiest of digits leaving the thumb to deal with only a potential six buttons. You can limit that further by parking the two bottommost buttons and leaving them as a simple thumb rest.

The other reason the Rival 500 gets our vote as the best MMO mouse is that it's using the fantastic Pixart PMW 3360 optical sensor. That gives it a potential DPI rating of 16,000, but manages that without any form of hardware acceleration potentially jerking the rodent's motion. It's this 1:1 tracking that makes the Pixart sensor the darling of the gaming community and is why pro-gamers have stuck with even low DPI optical sensors for years.

I also like the chunky design aesthetic and the fact that, while not super heavy, it doesn't feel as lightweight as a lot of the recent gaming mice I've tested. It's a great MMO mouse then, and more than capable of gaming outside the genre too, and it's also not going to break the bank either.

The best SteelSeries Rival 500 prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best MMO mouse runner-up

Best MMO mouse runner-up - Roccat Nyth

Roccat Nyth

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 18 | Weight: 126g

Approx: $92 / £85

The many-buttoned Roccat Nyth was our previous pick as the best MMO mouse around, and it still makes for a great configurable option. The Philips laser sensor is impressively accurate and the different optional grips make it a versatile gaming mouse, if a little too chunky. But the biggest tick in the pro column for the Nyth is the way it arranges its extra thumb buttons. You can have as few as three extra buttons or as many as 12 and any combination in between.

The best Roccat Nyth prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best MMO mouse runner-up

Best MMO mouse runner-up - Razer Naga Epic Chroma

Razer Naga Epic Chroma

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 19 | Weight: 135g

Approx: $90 / £120

Razer’s Naga has been synonymous with MMO gaming since it first arrived six years ago. Now in its seventh iteration, the Naga Epic Chroma represents a significant refinement of that original design, replacing mushy buttons with mechanical switches, which are thankfully much quieter than the 2014 edition. It’s also usable as either a wired or wireless controller.

The best Razer Naga Epic Chroma prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

________________________________________________

Best cheap gaming mouse

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Logitech G502

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11 | Weight: 121 - 139g

Approx: $65£47

The Logitech G502 is a fantastic gaming mouse, albeit a slightly eccentric-looking one. It's essentially the wired basis for the more streamlined, cable-free G900, which means it's got the more expensive mouse's brilliant combination of free-wheeling infinite scroll wheel, and the brilliant Pixart PMW 3366 optical sensor.

The resolutely right-handed design might put off the sinister left-handers, and you might think it a touch long if you're more of a claw-grip gamer than a palmer, but it's still as accurate as they come and packed with a broad feature set. Classic Logitech stuff. It's got a full set of interchangeable weights, allowing you to pick just how heavy or how light you want your rodent to be and it will also tune itself to whatever gaming surface it's skating across. That's especially useful given how optical sensors can be more picky over the surface you use. The G502 has a host of programmable buttons too, with 11 to switch around however you feel.

And at just under sixty bucks it's a bargain for such a feature-rich little gaming mouse. If you can't afford the ludicrous price tag of the brilliant G900 then you won't feel short-changed dropping half the cost on the Proteus Spectrum instead.

The best Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up

Corsair Harpoon RGB

Corsair Harpoon RGB

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 6,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 85g

Approx. $25£27

The Corsair Harpoon RGB (gotta have RGB) is not a great gaming mouse. What it is though is a great-value one. The 6,000 DPI optical sensor at its heart is a Pixart 3320, offering the 1:1 tracking we've come to love their latest sensors for, but without the extreme sensitivity that makes them perfect for high-res displays. It's also incredibly lightweight and will fly across your desktop.

Where it falls down slightly, for me, is in the ergonomics. I'm not a fan of the design purely from a comfort stance. As a dyed-in-the-wool claw grip gamer it doesn't have the longterm comfort that I need, though for the palm grip it is feels a lot more well-designed. But for the money you can't argue with the tech on offer.

The best Corsair Harpoon RGB prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up

Best cheap gaming mouse - Cooler Master Xornet II

Cooler Master Xornet II

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 3,500 | Buttons: 7  | Weight: 132g

Approx: $39£30

Decent gaming rodents don’t get much cheaper than Cooler Master’s Xornet II mouse, but it is rather an exclusive device. By that I mean anyone looking for a high DPI laser mouse will be disappointed, as will any card-carrying palm grip gamers. The Xornet II is a seriously small mouse with an optical sensor which taps out at 3,500 DPI. But it is cheap and accurate on a decent gaming surface.

The best Cooler Master Xornet II prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up - Corsair M65 PRO RGB

Corsair M65 PRO RGB

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 115 - 136g

Approx: $50 / £50

The M65 Pro RGB's UK price might be steep, but in the US it's a bit of a bargain for such a serious gaming mouse.

At 136g it’s on the heavier side of the mice on our list, but the glide pads make sure it doesn’t feel sluggish, and removable weights on the underside mean you can bring the overall weight down to 115g if it’s bothering you. The sturdy construction and braided cable give the M65 PRO a feeling of quality, even if it’s not the prettiest mouse on the market.

Its max DPI of 12,000 matches Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum, and with a similar price and optical sensor, they’re in direct competition. For our money, the Spectrum has better looks, and it also sports three more programmable buttons, so unless the M65 PRO’s sniper button is a feature you’ve been craving, it just loses out on the top spot.

The best Corsair M65 PRO RGB prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up

 

Best cheap gaming mouse - Speedlink Kudos Z-9

Speedlink Kudos Z-9

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 8,200 | Buttons: 9  | Weight: 95g

Approx: $43 / £53

Speedlink is not normally a name you might be used to seeing linked to the best gaming peripherals, but the Kudos Z-9 is a rather impressive little mouse. The feature that interests me most is the offset laser sensor. The Z-9 is using a fairly standard old Avago laser sensor, capable of a maximum 8,200 DPI, but it’s been shifted so it sits under the left mouse button instead of dead centre. That means it’s just under your index finger, which makes it feel more intuitive when pointing where you want to aim - great for FPS gaming.

The best Speedlink Kudos Z-9 prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

________________________________________________

Best wireless mouse

Best wireless gaming mouse - Logitech G900

Logitech G903

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11  | Weight: 107g

Approx: $125£130

The G903 not only ranks as the best gaming mouse overall, but it also absolutely nails the win in the best wireless mouse category too. I’ve not used a wireless gaming mouse that felt this reliable and accurate before, and definitely not one with the sort of lengthy battery life the G903 is sporting - even with those flashy RGB LEDs glowing along its spine.

The tiny wireless receiver makes it a perfect fit for laptop gamers - the little nubbin barely sticks out at all - but can also attach via a bundled micro-USB adapter if you need a longer lead to snake up onto your desk. I’ve had the nubbin plugged in behind my monitor though and haven’t experienced any connection issues which would necessitate that.

The reason we've replaced the almost-identical G900 with this is that the upgraded gaming rodent comes with Logitech PowerPlay support. That means it can keep its battery charged wireless simply by using it on the PowerPlay gaming surface. That makes it the perfect wireless gaming mouse to my mind, and almost worth the exorbitant sticker price for the package. Obviously you have to pay a premium for the wireless connectivity, and the price of the G903 with PowerPlay is somewhat restrictive, but if you’re after the absolute best wireless mouse around then I’m afraid you’ve got to pay for it.

The best Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best wireless mouse runner-up

Best wireless gaming mouse runner up - Logitech G403 Prodigy

 

Logitech G403 Prodigy

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 107g

Approx. $53£45

Using the same excellent Pixart PMW3366 sensor as the G900 and G903, as well as the same low-latency wireless connection, the far cheaper G403 Prodigy makes for a quality little fuss-free wireless rodent. It doesn't have the aggressive styling you might expect from normal 'gaming' mice and just comes with a very clean, lightweight aesthetic. It's also got a seriously impressive battery life too, running to around 24hrs or so during my testing.

It has recently been superseded by the $100 (£90) Logitech G703, but that is simply the updated PowerPlay compatible version of this exact mouse. If you want to pay the extra to get the awesome wireless charging you need to pick up the pricier version, but the G403 still has worth if you don't want to spend the same again on the charging system.

It's a no-frills wireless mouse that just focuses on what's important, namely a quality sensor, great wireless connection and good battery life. What more could you want?

The best Logitech G403 Prodigy wireless prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best wireless mouse runner-up

Best wireless gaming mouse runner-up - Razer Mamba

Razer Mamba

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 9  | Weight: 125g

Approx: $110 / £77

I’ve had a bit of a rocky relationship with Razer mice. Historically I’ve found their designs rather uncomfortable for my claw grip, but their recent range has certainly changed my mind. In fact the Mamba (and its wired Tournament Edition companion) sport probably my all-time favourite Razer design, sitting perfectly under my hand. The Mamba is also a very good wireless gaming mouse, with a solid Philips laser sensor and a decent, 20 hour, battery life. It’s also a little cheaper than the G900, but beware, it does suffer from the occasional stutter in the wireless connection, though I’ve only ever really noticed it on the Windows desktop, not in-game. 

The best Razer Mamba prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

Best wireless mouse runner-up

Best wireless mouse runner-up - Asus ROG Spatha

Asus ROG Spatha 

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 8,200 | Buttons: 12  | Weight: 179g

Approx.  $154 / £120

If you like 'em big then the hefty Asus ROG Spatha might be the gamng rodent for you. Like the latest Razer Naga this is an MMO-oriented mouse, sporting six buttons on the thumb side for macro-ing like a champ. It's also as happy running wireless on its 2.4GHz connection as it is wired in. If you likes your LEDs it'll work for you too, with three areas of RGB lighting you can configure, though that can help it chew through the battery. It's not as long-lasting as the excellent G900, or as accurate with its laser sensor, but if you want to sync your Asus motherboard, keyboard and mouse those LEDs matter. Probably.

The best Asus ROG Spatha prices we've found today:

If you can't see the price widget it's because your browser is running ad-blocking software. If you pause it you can check out the latest deals.

 ________________________________________________

How to buy a gaming mouse

What do you need to look for when buying a gaming mouse? Probably the most important thing to consider when you’re choosing a mouse is how you naturally hold your gaming rodent. Whatever gaming mouse you choose it needs to feel natural in your grasp.

There are two main types of mouse grip: the claw grip or the palm grip. The claw is such that the palm will either not rest on the mouse at all, or will just sit on the very back of it with only the tips of the index and second finger resting on the two main buttons. Essentially all mouse movement is controlled by the fingertips and wrist. The claw grip will then generally favour smaller, lighter, more sensitive gaming mice.

The palm grip on the other hand (weak pun fully intended) means the entire hand rests upon the mouse, with the hump resting perfectly in the middle of the palm...hence the name. The fingers rest across the full length of the mouse buttons making the palm grip more suited to longer, larger mice. And because the movement is controlled from the wrist and the elbow, rather than the fingers, it also favours lower DPI settings too.

Some will tell you there is a third option, the fingertip grip, but that really is little more than a very slight variation on the claw.

Gaming mouse sensor

Laser or optical sensor?

The next consideration is what sort of sensor you want. Again we’re looking at two options here, the optical or laser sensor. Really both are optical sensors - one uses LED light (or infrared LED light) to bounce off the surface and back into the sensor’s lens to track the device's motion and the other uses laser light.

Historically optical sensors had lower sensitivity levels and also required a dedicated gaming surface (mousemat to you and me) to gain accurate tracking. Where they’ve always had the edge over laser sensors though is they deliver 1:1 tracking of movement, with none of the hardware acceleration aids laser sensors use to cope with their higher sensitivity.

It’s for this reason that many pro gamers prefer the translation of motion that a good optical sensor can deliver.

Laser sensors though have improved to where their hardware acceleration doesn’t produce the sort of jittery, twitchy experience they used to. Laser mice are also much more forgiving of your choice of desktop too, and you can often dispense with a mousemat entirely.

But the latest optical sensors, like the Pixart PMW 3366 in the Logitech G900, show that they are now capable of dishing out super-high DPI levels while still maintaining that all-important 1:1 tracking. With the exclusivity deal with Logitech using the Pixart sensor now ending we're seeing a host of other manufacturers releasing gaming mice using the PMW 3366. And with an optical sensor capable such sensitivity, without hardware acceleration, why would you go for a laser mouse anymore?

Gaming mouse weights

Weightwatchers

Like the choice of grip (though some say it’s not a choice but something you’re born with…) your preference of weight is another consideration. 

When laser sensors were still twitchy little things having a weighty mouse stopped them from feeling so flighty. Take the old Mad Catz RAT 7 - at 150g, without the additional 30g of custom weighting, it was almost glued to the table. Compare that with the later RAT TE (tournament edition) coming in at 90g and you can see the trend is moving towards lighter gaming rodents.

With the more reliable sensors of today a light mouse can be preferable for twitch-based games, allowing you to fling your mouse across the desktop quickly, smoothly and consistently.

Wireless gaming mouse connection

Wired or wireless?

The choice between opting for a wired or wireless connection is becoming less and less about reliability and performance - thanks to much-improved modern wireless tech - and more about a question of cost. 

Battery life has improved to the point where the G900 is able to deliver over 30 hours on a single charge and connectivity so robust that you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference between using it wired or wireless.

But the inevitable price premium always added to wireless peripherals is still a concern. And when there are wired alternative which are almost as good you have to question just how much one less wire on your desktop means to you.

Check Amazon US and Amazon UK for the best prices and specs on gaming mice.

Paladins
Sign in to Commentlogin to comment
Shriven avatarDog Pants avatarxNuke avatarMountain_Man avatarxXThaKangXx avatarEsivo avatar+31
Fattox Avatar
459
2 Years ago

Surprised to not see the Logitech G502 mentioned, it seems super popular on most game forums. I picked one up over a year ago, didn't even need a new mouse, it just felt so natural that i had to buy one.

"Best mouse" is so dependant on hand size and grip style that i guess it's a semi-pointless argument anyway. G502 fits my tiny hands and claw grip though, for what it's worth.

5
NettBeast Avatar
1
1 Year ago

It's also about the customization... I can set up DPI presets for various games so the mouse is tuned to the particular game, and yes, it's comfortable in my hands..

I was also surprised to see it overlooked

1
Rock1m1 Avatar
383
1 Year ago

G502 is the best mouse I've ever used.

1
khi4l [DK] Avatar
3
1 Year ago

The G502 is too heavy, specially for FPS gaming.

I recommend you also check this list out: http://mousearea.com/best-csgo-gaming-mouse-2016/

Peronally i reccommend the FinalMouse 2016, i has the best sensor in the world.

1
Geneaux [1TR] Avatar
2
1 Year ago

"The G502 is too heavy, specially for FPS gaming."

For you maybe. Everyone else: whatever they prefer. Having a lighter mouse isn't necessarily going to make you objectively better. Any mouse with a perfect sensor, like the G502 or Finalmouse, is a great mouse, worthy of any recommendation.

1
Hideous Mutant Freek Avatar
92

It has weights inside of it that you can remove and change to fit your needs. Too heavy take em all out and now it is lighter. Too light, put the heavier set in and now it is heavier.

Honestly it is a very nice and very customizable mouse.

1
Mountain_Man Avatar
729
2 Years ago

No love for Zowie?

4
Esivo Avatar
344
2 Years ago

Logitech G600 is much better than the Nagas. So much comfort and the buttons have a much better layout and are easier to reach and click. And you can't press them by accident.

3
Fraser Brown Avatar
960
2 Years ago

I love my G600. Got it when it first came out in the UK and I've never contemplated replacing it. It's great for MMOs, but I used it for everything.

1
Esivo Avatar
344
2 Years ago

Yeah. I used to play CS with it after I stopped playing MMOs. It's pretty amazing.

1
Nick Wilson Avatar
359
2 Years ago

When I went from a Razer Naga to a G600 I never looked back. It's simply better in every way, from hardware to software.

Soon after I replaced my Razer Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard with a Logitech G710+. Again, another fantastic purchase.

1
{DFT}[3]Wikster Avatar
14
2 Years ago

This was a fantastic read! I was actually just trying to figure out a good mouse to purchase because I'm assembling my first rig and moving away from the laptop I've been using for the past 3 years.

Is there possibly anything in the works about the best mechanical/gaming keyboards that are out there? Its another area I lack expertise in, and I've always trusted the opinions/reviews of the folks at PCGN. It would certainly help me a lot, and others too, I would imagine.

3
xNuke Avatar
465
2 Years ago

No Zowie FK1? Widely used by FPS pros. It's on my radar to replace my current Razer Naga MMO which is starting to give in to the extended usage :( And I shifted my game of interest from MMOs to competitive CSGO

2
Dog Pants Avatar
1388
2 Years ago

Bananamouse! That looks like a nice one actually.

1
QDP2 Avatar
863
2 Years ago

G502 Hyperion Fury? Was a bit surprised it wasn't on the list :P

2
Flappers Avatar
302
2 Years ago

No love for the Steelseries Rival.

The Rival is a really awesome mouse, far better than any other mouse I have ever used before

2
MrJinxed Avatar
908
2 Years ago

I've been on the lookout for a new gaming mouse. I've tried razer products, but they all break down within a year, and I currently have a steelseries sensei raw, but that is beginning to break down too (double pressing upon single click, and scroll wheel going up when scrolling down sometimes which is extremely frustrating). Being a left-handed gamer, it's not easy to find a new mouse, but I will definitely look into this Zowie FK1 mouse. I've never heard about it before.

Now please make such a list for keyboards. I really hate the whole lightshow keyboards that are currently trending, but it's all but impossible to find other things for sale in stores.

2
Shriven Avatar
3456
2 Years ago

Corsair M95 here. Was skeptical after my Naga broke that this would actually be any good. Its taken a battering and looks great in White.

My recommendation.

1
Dog Pants Avatar
1388
2 Years ago

I have a Razer Deathadder. I bought it because I use a palm grip and I wanted something hefty to grab. I also didn't want too many thumb buttons, because I'm just not that accurate with thumb presses, and concave main buttons after the much missed Razer Diamondback I once owned. It's a bit light for my tastes and the thumb buttons aren't where I'd like them to be, but I'm happy with it.

Before that I had a RAT. It was a nice mouse despite the weird looks. I like the weight and adjustable length, although it was still a bit small for me. I also liked the thumb flange at the bottom. I think I broke the left button within a year though, so it gets a fail on quality from me ultimately.

1
xXThaKangXx Avatar
25
2 Years ago

I'll hang onto my Perixx MX-3000B. Feels just as nice as any Razer/Roccat mouse I've had, without the price tag.

1
Neurosploit Avatar
50
2 Years ago

I've had the M65 and thought it was a nice mouse. However after using it for several months the mouse started to send disrupted inputs to the pc when holding the mouse buttons down. Which makes games like skyrim impossible to play with bows. The scope button looks like a very nice feature but I couldn't get used to it and thus ended up pressing it on less favorable occasions. So I quickly switched back to a wired steelseries sensei mouse and haven't looked back ever since. They are reliable, simple and get the job done.

1
Jezcentral Avatar
519
2 Years ago

The QPAD OM-75. It's their cheapest design, but it is still built like a tank. Even after over two years, the click still feels as solid as when I first got it.

1
Aerowix Avatar
30
2 Years ago

I have had MX518 and now I have G400S. Current G400S had a faulty left-click button which I successfully got replaced by warranty. Since that, a year ago no problems.

It's a okish mouse but with few flaws. The 2 sensitivity buttons feel inconsistent. I can never trust them to return to the exact sensitivity value if I use them. Also single strands of hair get into the laser housing and get stuck screwing up precise movements.

1
[ZZZ] Ronin Avatar
19
8 Months ago

I also use MX518. It's an old mouse, have it for several years, still woking well,

1
Soxekaj Avatar
81
2 Years ago

Been using a Mamba 2012 edition for about 3 years now, been very happy with it. Have not been using the wireless feature much.

1
BradShort Avatar
5
2 Years ago

Great article :) Rocking a G700 here. I map so much to my mouse when FPSing so all the buttons come in handy. Can't ever contemplate going back to a two thumb button arrangement.

1
{ubb-1}Soggy Avatar
29
2 Years ago

Same here, would not swap my G700 for anything else. It's had more feet than I can remember!

1
SkankwOn Avatar
114
2 Years ago

I know the R.A.T series is an acquired taste but not sure about the TE over the 7

1
laser_corn Avatar
1
1 Year ago

I am proud of my logitech M90 lol

1
Automater Avatar
1
1 Year ago

i'd recommend the roccat kone xtd optical over the roccat tyon. especially if you don't need so many buttons.

1
ERRORNAME Avatar
1
1 Year ago

Whoah, am I the only RedDragon Centrophorus here?

1
Lunatic Zorr Avatar
10
1 Year ago

What about Left Handers? :(

1
SkyBlueDaPon-3 Avatar
1
1 Year ago

What? They didn't include the Roccat Kiro? That to me is like the best gaming mouse ever

1
Droniac Avatar
102
1 Year ago

The best mouse depends primarily on your preferred grip. As such design and tracking should be the most important factors. This list seems to favor other things over tracking however.

The Razer Mamba (TE) pick makes no sense. The DeathAdder has exactly the same design, but an optical sensor instead of laser and a lower price point. So why not get a DeathAdder and a decent solid-black mouse mat? That saves some money and gets you a mouse that tracks better!

I also have to point out that the Razer Mamba design is not recent. It's practically identical to the DeathAdder and that mouse (and its design) dates back to 2006. It's a fantastic design for palm/claw-grip though. Even the most hyped up claw-grip mouse (Zowie FK1) is really just a small variation on this design.

That being said: still missing any mention of Zowies. They're the most talked about gaming mice, so you would expect at least a mention of them somewhere.

I'm using a Razer DeathAdder 2013 with claw-grip and 6cm/360 sens in games. It works great for that purpose: claw/palm-grip and high-sensitivity tracking. My experiences with Logitech mice haven't been very positive, but then neither have my experiences with Razer laser mice... (Lachesis anyone?)

1
LordCrash Avatar
141
1 Year ago

I love my Logitech G700s and I use it for everything.

1
Castiel3838 Avatar
1
1 Year ago

A little bit outdated list. I've bought myself a Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury, after reading multiple reviews.

It's 5 stars rated, and on a discount here at the moment:

http://no-fuel.org/product/logitech-g402-hyperion-fury-fps-gaming-mouse-with-high-speed-fusion-engine-910-004069/

Give it a look if you can't decide, it's a great mouse!

1
Mountain_Man Avatar
729
1 Year ago

Why does Zowie always get overlooked in these kinds of articles?

1
rta Avatar
1
10 Months ago

Will have to pry my old G5 v2 blue lava outta my cold, dead hands. In fact just found another on ebay to have just in case this puppy ever kicks.

1
ThatThereTim Avatar
31
9 Months ago

Best wireless mouse? Steelseries Sensei, hands down.

1. Battery lasts forever - I can play FPS' for like 4 days before I need to charge it.)

2. Great performance - some people say wireless mice are less responsive than wired ones: they're wrong.

3. Fantastic, great looking dock to sit it in when you want to charge it - no faffing about with cables to charge it. Any wireless mouse that doesn't come with a dock is a design failure.

4. Good design - Symmetrical so super comfy, loads of buttons, and the software for it works fantastically well.

Sure, it's not cheap, but by god does it piss on all the others from a great height.

1
ThatThereTim Avatar
31
8 Months ago

Steelseries Sensei Wireless, hands down the winner, it's brilliant.

1
Roemello Skuggs Avatar
21
2 Months ago

I have a Tt esports level 10M advanced. It is absolute trash. Thanks for giving me some replacement options.

1
Roemello Skuggs Avatar
21
4 Days ago

I have a Tt esports Level 10 M Advanced. Never buy a Tt esports mouse. The sensitivity profiles switch by themselves and their Windows application is a joke. Avoid at all costs.

1
khi4l [DK] Avatar
3
1 Year ago

The G502 is too heavy, specially for FPS gaming.

I recommend you also check this list out: http://mousearea.com/best-csgo-gaming-mouse-2016/

Peronally i reccommend the FinalMouse 2016, i has the best sensor in the world.

0