If you were to ask a non-gamer what type of pc gaming mouse they have you’ll probably get a blank stare. Ask a gamer what mouse he plays with and you’re in for one heck of a conversation. Gaming has come a long way since Atari and Pacman and the accessories to improve your gaming experience have kept up with the changes.
Choosing a good gaming mouse is a very personal decision and what suits one gamer will not necessarily suit the next. As with any product, when there is a large selection, you need to consider a number of factors, from the performance and comfort to its features and how good it looks, and it’s not made easier because of the choices available.
What we do know is that while gamers might disagree on what is the best pc gaming mouse for the job, they all agree on these two universal truths: acceleration and prediction aren’t good for competitive play and the importance of DPI numbers is overestimated, often used more for marketing than adding any real value.
Slashing, slicing, dicing, attacking are just a few things you need your mouse to do while destroying the evil warlords, with a simple click of a button. Nowadays most gaming mice will offer you smooth and responsive tracking, basic click and scroll functions and reliable connectivity, but as any serious gamer knows it takes so much more than this to turn your gaming mouse into a weapon.
You wouldn’t go into a gun fight with a dagger, and the same applies to your mouse. It’s an essential part of your gaming arsenal, which is why you need one that’s as battle ready as you are.
We’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the best gaming mice for 2017. To ensure it’s as objective as possible we have read reviews, spoken to gamers in the know and where possible, tried a few out ourselves. For this particular gaming mouse review, we chose to focus on mice that work across various gaming genres. So whether you’re playing CS Go, WoW, or Leauge of Legends, you will find a gaming mouse to suit your needs.
Our Top Picks
Best Gaming Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Chroma
The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is our best gaming mouse for several reasons. It is a very well-priced, high-speed gaming mouse that costs less than $50 and it lights up, hence the tag “chroma”. The DeathAdder has, in a fairly short space of time made a name for itself as the best gaming mouse around because of its ergonomic design, its swift responsiveness, and excellent construction.
Considering it’s the entry level mouse in Razer’s Chroma line, and one of the most affordable across their entire range the DeathAdder is pretty awesome. It has its pros and cons and for an ‘upgraded’ mouse we feel it could have probably had a few more changes made to it, but perhaps it was a price thing and keeping the modifications to a minimal meant the guys at Razer could keep the cost down too.
If you’re after the best gaming mouse that does what it needs to, without all the frills, then this is the one for you. There are five buttons – middle mouse/scroll left and right as well as two under the thumb. The upside with so few buttons means it’s quicker to get used to it. The DeathAdder Chroma has a fast response and a good optical sensor and will work well for a lot of gamers. However, because there aren’t too many programmable buttons it’s not going to suit MMO games.
One of the most noteworthy features with the Razer line is their ergonomic design. Despite it being simple it has become iconic because of how it is sculpted, with some of the most comfortable right-hand contours on the market. If you are a palm gripper then this is the one for you. If size matters then you’ll appreciate that it’s super-sized: the scroll wheel can only be described as big and fat; the L and R buttons are wide and spread out and the thumb buttons, well they’re almost the size of it.
The DeathAdder Chroma is a no-frills RGB gaming mouse that’s perfect if you’re graduating from an everyday model to a mouse specifically designed for gaming. While customization and button-mapping options almost seem to have been overlooked, the quality, accuracy, comfort and price make up for it. It is important to mention there are a few people who have criticized the lack of updates given it’s supposed to be a new version, but that’s what we liked. It’s a best-seller, it’s iconic and it’s a case of “if it ain’t broke…”.
Best Wireless Mouse
VicTsing MM057 2.4g Wireless Portable Mobile Mouse
VicTsing what? If you’ve never heard of this particular mouse we’re about to turn your world upside down. A best seller on platforms like Amazon, the VicTsing MM057 2.4G Wireless Portable Mouse is a plug-and-play mouse that provides a mess- and wire-free gaming experience, for under $15. Yes, you read it right, it costs less than $15 and is possibly one of the best mice we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.
It has a total of five settings that are adjustable, and you can switch from 800 DPI all the way to 2400 DPI, depending on what you need. The award-winning mouse has six functional buttons and has a working distance up to 50 feet, or 15 meters and will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. It can also be used on laptops, desktop PCs, and notebooks. It’s incredibly durable, passing the keystroke test with more than 5 million keystrokes and its ergonomic design ensures a comfortable and contoured fit for hours of gaming.
To save power this wireless mouse for gaming automatically shuts down if your PC is off and it has a sleep mode. The VicTsing mouse has up to 15 months of battery life, which means you’ll probably replace the mouse before you need to change the 1 AA battery.
There really isn’t a lot more to say except that it’s an excellent wireless computer gaming mouse that works across all systems, fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and travels well. Even at four or five times the price, we would still buy it, and that says a lot.
Best Budget Mouse
Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS 2000
Most gamers will know brands like Logitech, Razer, and Corsair, but only a few might have heard of Redragon, a fairly new mouse on the block. Although they only launched in 2012, the company has been producing products for other brands since 1996, in fact, you probably own something made by Redragon without even knowing it.
The brand has quickly earned a reputation for their high-quality low-priced budget products and we’re pretty darn sure they’ll be one of the top contenders in the peripheral market soon. The Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS 2000 is one of the company’s most affordable products coming in under $15 and with all the hype around it, we decided we needed to check it out for ourselves, and to say we were impressed is the understatement of the year.
Probably like most gamers, the gaming mice we’ve always used in the past include Logitech, Razer, and Corsair, all well-known brands that we rate pretty highly. However, most of their mice retail from $50 upwards. What the price tag gets you is the promise of comfort, cool LED lights, side buttons, accuracy, and DPI customization and while $50 isn’t a huge amount of money it’s steep for some of us gamers. Would you still pay that if you could get geat a great mouse for under $15?
With years of experience, it goes without saying that the guys over at Redragon know how to build a good budget gaming mouse, from the look and feel to its functionality. The M601 CENTROPHORUS looks good and, with its claw-grip type shape that’s suited to both casual and hybrid gaming, it feels good too. Having used it we found the mouse to be very comfortable, not only for gaming but also if you’re working on your PC. We were happy with the sensor’s performance and we liked that the red backlighting lit up the important bits. The adjustable weights are a great feature and the DPI switch takes you from 1000 to 2000 DPI super quick.
The mouse is probably more suited to MOBA and FSP/RPG gaming and if you’re a button kind of gamer you’re not going to like it. Well placed and easy to access, there are right-left mouse buttons, two side buttons that are programmable, a scroll wheel and a DPI adjustment button; all easy to activate and if you’re taking a break from your game the two side buttons are ‘back’ and ‘forward’ while surfing the net.
The red backlighting is pretty cool albeit a little bright, but when you’re using it your hand blocks the light anyway. The side lights are awesome, adding to the overall look of the mouse. While Redragon might have cut some corners on the design side of things – although we don’t think so – they haven’t compromised on quality. How do we know? Well, the mouse that costs less than an electric toothbrush comes with an 18-month warranty. For us, that shows a company believes in their product.
Overall the Redragon M601 is an excellent budget gaming mouse, entry level or not and we would happily recommend it.
Best Logitech Mouse
Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse
When we first started gaming back in the day we judged a mouse by its cover; we figured the more buttons, gadgets, and lights meant it was better for serious gamers and the stripped-down bare-boned ones were for boring office workers.
It might have been the case but Logitech has changed that with the G Pro FPS mouse. While it looks very simple the guys at Logitech spent a lot of time consulting with pro-gaming teams including SoloMid and Cloud Nine and it seems like it was time well spent. This Logitech gaming mouse has specific features that professional players want.
The G Pro is similar in shape to the Logitech G100s and it’s a good size and weighs a mere 85 grams. The design, size, and weight specifically allow for quick movements at low sensitivities that most CSGO players prefer. It seems Logitech has taken the best features from all their mice and created a mighty mouse.
In an about turn, there are only six buttons that are programmable: the scroll wheel, the left and right buttons, two buttons on the left side and one just beneath the scroll wheel. While the mouse is symmetrical it’s necessary to mention the buttons are only on the left, which could affect the way lefties play. The optical sensor, the PMW3366, has no smoothing, acceleration or filtering and supports settings from 200 – 12,000 DPI.
The gaming software of the Logitech G Pro doesn’t disappoint. You are able to set up your mouse to be pretty much any color you can think of, there are five levels of DPI presets and you can bind the mouse buttons to a specific action. As with the G502, it has a surface-tuning ability that enables you to tune your mouse to work on almost any surface.
There isn’t much not to like with this the G Pro, it is a Logitech product after all but if you already own a G303 there isn’t much point to getting this one. They are exactly the same, bar the shape. If you want to replace one for the other it’s ideal but if you want an upgrade or a mouse that offers you something a little different it’s best you keep on looking.
Would we buy one? Yes, we would. Logitech is a trusted name, the mouse itself is lightweight and it offers a pro-level performance at a reasonable price.
Best Razer Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Elite
The name’s a mouthful but so is the mouse.
Since it hit the market way back in 2006 the Razer DeathAdder has been regarded as one of top gaming mice. Over the years there have been a few tweaks here and there but they’ve stayed true to the formula that Razer fans have come to know and love.
To celebrate 10 years of brilliance the DeathAdder Elite was released and while it still has the same ergonomic design a few updates have been made to the sensor, as well as the addition of new switches, new buttons, but most notably, its endurance. The Razer team could have gone all out, adding bows, whistles, and flashing lights but they have focused on performance rather than design, with a mouse that has a 16,000 DPI, almost 95% resolution accuracy and tracking speeds of 450 inches per second.
The only thing we could pick on, if we were so inclined, would be the rather modest features. If you’re more of an MMO gamer that needs specialized functionality you will feel let down by this mouse. For anyone else, though, the Razer DeathAdder Elite has a few well-thought-out additions to an already near perfect gaming mouse with no price increase, even 10 years down the line.
And we don’t even mind that it looks the same. Why mess with a good thing?
Best Corsair Gaming Mouse
Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB FPS Gaming Mouse
Okay, so if you’re into gadgets and gizmos and you know what the next big thing is before the big thing is a big thing or if you’re just after a mouse that can do just about anything then we’d like to introduce you to your next best friend. Corsair has delivered somewhat of a Mighty Mouse with software that allows you to set the center of gravity to suit your style, amongst other things, and a DPI of 12,000, all packaged into a shape many Corsair users are familiar with.
The M65 Pro RGB has DPI range that starts at 100 and goes up to 12,000, in increments of 100. There are two DPI adjustment buttons which allow you to simply scroll up or down to find your preferred setting. Also, each DPI stage has a different color so you can easily identify which level you’re at. Initially, we thought a 12,000 DPI sensor was insane and unnecessary, but there are now mice coming out with DPI of 16, 000 which must mean there’s a need for it.
The Corsair M65 has three RGB LED zones; one lights up around the scroll wheel, another, as mentioned, indicates the DPI levels and the third one is found under the logo, in the heel.
We like the brushed aluminum unibody design which gives the mouse a superior feel and helps keep it sturdy. The M65 is very much an FSP gaming mouse, with its unique shape suited to claw or finger-gripper gamers. That’s not to say you can’t use a palm-grip, it just doesn’t feel as comfortable.
The M65 Pro from Corsair is definitely a contender for one of the best gaming mouse around, especially with its CUE software which allows you to chop and change and customize your mouse to suit your style, right down to your preferred center of gravity. Some of the features are novel but they could become ‘features you never knew you needed’, like a sniper button, three point weight customization and the DPI switch that lights up to indicate which stage you’re on. Our only gripe is the lighting, and if the guys at Corsair can fix that, then we’ll give it full marks.
Best Mouse For MMO
Redragon M901 PERDITION
In a market that has been dominated by Razer and Logitech for the longest time, we’re excited to bring you another Redragon mouse, this time for MMO gaming.
The PERDITION is a decent mouse full stop. Not for its price, not for a relative newcomer; it’s a top gaming mouse that offers a lot and holds its own next to the Razer Naga and the Logitech G600. What does it make it an even better mouse is that it retails for almost half the price of the Naga and it’s cheaper than the G600.
Although Redragon is considered to be new to the peripheral market they’ve been making products for other brands and you can see it with the M901 PERDITION. All in all, we think with its high-quality components, good specs and a whole lot of buttons it’s definitely worth considering.
Even though the sensor is designed for multi-genre gaming, it’s clear this mouse is targeted at hotkey-heavy games, like Final Fantasy XIV, League of Legends, or World of Warcraft. The Redragon PERDITION has enough buttons for those games where each of the character’s abilities and spells can be mapped to a hotkey, with a few to spare. You literally have your figure on the pulse at any given time, which gives you an immediate advantage over your adversaries and evil warlords.
The mouse has some features that you would expect to find on much higher-priced peripherals, like the weight-tuning capabilities and its durable micro-switches, which allows you to tweak the mouse’s weight to give you a looser or tighter glide on the tracking surface and gives you 20 million clicks per button respectively.
Available in matte black or pearly white, it’s a comfortable and ergonomically designed mouse but as with their other mice, Redragon doesn’t score any home runs with the packaging or the design. While their capabilities are cutting edge, the overall look isn’t and they tend to stick to the same design with minimal variations. It’s by no means a bad thing and maybe that’s how they manage to keep the costs down.
The Redragon M901 is a sturdy mouse that feels weighty and pulls its weight. It easily stands up to other gaming mice that cost twice as much. The price tag on the PERDITION makes it accessible for entry-level gamers while its performance and quality make it ideal for seasoned gamers too.
Best Left-Handed Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Essentials Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse – Left Hand Edition
Finally, a gaming mouse made specifically for lefties. Unlike a few mice in the market that are ambidextrous, the DeathAdder Left Hand Edition is dedicated solely to the left-handed pro gamer.
Unless you’re a left-handed player you wouldn’t get the frustration that comes with having to play with a mouse for right-handed people, or even an ambidextrous one. The DeathAdder left-hand edition is the world’s first true FPS mouse and is the result of innovation, experience, and extensive research.
This top gaming mouse offers an ergonomic form, programmable buttons, and an accurate lazer sensor as well as intuitive software that allows gamers to adjust the LED lighting, polling rate, and mouse sensitivity. Equipped with the very best optical sensor, the DeathAdder left-handed edition is ideal for FSP games, giving the player complete accuracy and precision, which are the two most important features.
Ambidextrous mice have been around for a while, but the design seemed to favor right-handed players. The DeathAdder comes with a 6,400 DPI, five responsive buttons and an accurate scroll wheel. It sits slightly taller than ordinary left-handed gaming mice and it’s bigger, which is ideal for lefties with large hands. Special grips pads on each side give gamers a better grip while gaming. Losing because you’re up against a worthy opponent is one thing, losing because your mouse escaped from your grip is something completely different.
If you’re a leftie you need the DeathAdder Left-Handed version in your life. Now.
Best Gaming Mouse – Buyer’s guide
So those are our top picks as far as gaming mice go but do you know what to look for when you’re shopping for a new mouse or upgrading an old faithful?
How you decide which gaming mouse is best for you is by taking into consideration your gaming preferences. Like most things, it’s a subjective choice that can only be made by you looking at what games you play and how you play them. DPI ratings and the choice of sensor is important if you like first-person shooter (FPS) type games while someone who’s into ‘action real-time strategy’ will want a mouse that can map macros. All top gaming mice need to be comfortable because you usually spend a lot of time gripping that weapon of yours, and good ones will offer customization.
Customization and comfort is the name of the game and all mice can be adapted to suit your needs. Some even have pre-sets for non-gaming purposes, like if you actually wanted to use the mouse to do real work. A lot of the gaming mice are also customized for comfort, with removable weights for example, which let you fiddle with the total weight. Some of the more advanced mice designs allow you to shift the center of balance and adjust the height and angle, ensuring maximum comfort for your wrist and hand.
Palm grip, claw grip and tip grip, not expert fighting moves on one of your PC games, but rather the way you grip your mouse and the way your mouse is designed. The most popular one on the market is the ‘palm grip’ with manufacturers claiming it takes up 70% of the gaming mice market but having said that there has been an increase in sales of the “claw grip”.
Choosing a mouse for your PC gaming comes down to your personal preference, so as much as reviews rave about a certain mouse model or friends tell you which one to get, rather try them out for yourself. There is no ‘one mouse fits all’ anymore; it’s completely up to you how you hold it, and the final decision relies on how well you and your mouse work together. Remember the mouse is your weapon and if you don’t like the way it feels or it’s not offering you the best in precision then chances are you’ve lost the game before you’ve even started.
The most important piece of information we’re going to share with you is to not be baffled by all the bullsh*t. These peripherals are plagued by too many numbers and a lot of tech-speak, and while some might be relevant, the rest we believe are simply clever marketing tools.
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you choose the right mouse for you. If you’re new to gaming some of the features might not make sense but as you spend more time playing you’ll begin to understand things like lift off, jitter, sensitivity, and prediction, to name a few.
One of the most important features of a mouse is its sensor, which helps with accuracy and precision. Both are hugely important for gamer and there are two kinds available, either a laser sensor or an optical sensor. Laser sensors are suited to glass, reflective or smooth surfaces while optical sensors work best on rough surfaces. Laser sensor provides higher natural DPI because of a quicker response time whereas LED or optical sensors that offer good tracking sensitivity but manage better when lifted from a surface.
Laser sensors, although better at tracking might not handle as well when sh*t starts getting real and the pressure is on. There is also an option of a gaming mouse that gives you the best of LED and laser, using the two sensors together, which means you have the advantage of a laser’s accuracy tracking as well as the less finicky tracking of the optical or LED sensor.
We don’t mean mice that are in touch with their sensitive sides, but rather the DPI (dots per inch) or CPI (characters per inch). Both refer to the same thing, which is the number of pixels of movement across the screen per inch of mouse movement. Does that make sense? A higher DPI means the mouse can move across the screen faster, depending on the screen resolution size. Lower DPI does the opposite.
DPI is especially thrown around by manufacturers and marketing departments, making us believe the higher the DPI the better the mouse. High DPI settings are not only unnecessary, they can affect the sensor performance. In our experience, it’s best to avoid brands that sell their peripherals based purely on DPI numbers. Instead, we suggest that you look at the DPI settings for the games you enjoy playing
We’re a little older, and wiser and have come to realize that a lot of games allow for DPI settings within the actual game, which is by far the best option as it provides a 1:1 ratio between cursor movement and physical mouse movement.
Jitter is what happens when there is an inaccuracy in the sensor reading the surface. It usually occurs at higher speeds or higher CPIs. When your mouse gets the ‘jitters’ it can make your cursor jump unexpectedly and you know even the slightest jitter could be the difference between life and death in an FPS or RTS games.
Acceleration refers to how fast or slow the mouse moves on the screen in relation to your hand moves.
There are three different types of acceleration:
- No acceleration – this means that a given mouse movement moves the cursor at a given speed
- Positive acceleration – this means a normal motion will make the mouse move faster than the hand motion
- Negative acceleration – a normal hand motion equals a slower cursor speed
By their very design gaming mice are meant to move faster on screen than you can move the mouse. What this essentially means is buying a mouse with high acceleration isn’t only a waste of money, it’s also unnecessary as it affects the precision that is needed for competitive gaming.
Wired or Wireless
There has always been some fierce debate around a gaming mouse being wired or wireless. Over the years the wireless mouse has earned a bit of a bad reputation with gamers due to the fact the batteries can go flat or it could die because you’ve forgotten to charge it, leaving you high and dry in the middle of a game. It’s for this reason wired mice have been far more popular in the past.
However, there are gamers that prefer wireless mice because they want a clean setup, without wires getting in the way and they like the portability of it. The newer wireless mice, like the VicTsing MM057, boast a better battery life than those wireless ones of old. If you decide to go wireless be sure to check and compare prices, as it’s often the case they’re more expensive than the wired mice.
Angle snapping or prediction is almost like predictive text on your phone, taking data from your mouse sensor and modifying the output with the aim of creating smoother movements. An example is if you try and draw a line with your mouse, it’s not going to be perfect but the prediction function will smooth out the curves and make it straight. This is handy for day to day use and or if you’re a designer or graphic artist, but not so much for gaming. What it means is your cursor movements won’t match your hand movements which is why gaming mice have the function disabled by default.
Programmable Buttons and Profiles
One sure way of telling whether it’s a regular mouse or one for gaming is by the programmable buttons. The best gaming mice have several buttons that can be programmed as hotkeys depending on the game. Different games need different hotkeys with specific purposes. FPS gaming, for example, will need sniper buttons whereas MMO gamers will have different needs.
Top gaming mice also allow for different profile settings for games that have different characters.
This is another technical term that sounds very complicated, but it isn’t. The polling rate refers to the data transfer rate between the mouse and computer, or in layman’s terms, how well they communicate with each other. The mouse sends data to the computer, the computer processes that information and then takes the necessary action.
Polling rates are measured in hertz, usually from 250 to 1000 Hz. As the polling rate increases the responsive the mouse becomes.
The weight of the mouse is a key factor when it comes to professional gaming. Some mice have adjustable weights that allow you to customize the mass of the mouse, making it more comfortable and predictable.
Fast paced gaming usually involves quick lift-offs and landings with your mouse. The lift-off distance refers to how high it can go before the sensor is unable to track it. to track it. For gamers, a low lift-off is preferred so the mouse stops tracking when it is mid-air, otherwise, the cursor continues moving and will affect the outcome of the game. A good gaming mouse will offer this as an adjustable function.
According to the pros, 2 millimeters is good for lift-off distance; a mouse that offers anything between 2 and two and a half millimeters is average and anything over 2 and a half is too high. This is especially relevant if you have a tendency to lift the mouse often while playing.
To sum it up the mouse you choose is going to depend on the types of games you play. If you’re into first-person shooting games you will need a mouse with the widest DPI range. If on the other hand, you enjoy MMOs, MOBAs and RTS (real-time strategy) the main features you will look for are buttons, buttons and more buttons.
Contrary to popular belief, or what the advertisers want you to think when it comes to gaming mice, price and performance aren’t everything. You want it to fit comfortably in your hand (for those marathon gaming sessions) with the right grip and ergonomic design. Some pros recommend the lighter, simpler mice for gaming while others will tell you mice that are heavier and have loads of functions and gadgets are better.
The only way to decide which gaming mouse is the one for you is to try out a few out. Read reviews like ours, send us questions, visit forums and find chatrooms where there is a mix of pro gamers and those just starting out. Ask them what they suggest, which mice they prefer and why, and then take it from there.