The FPS genre is probably the type of games that benefit the most from proper gaming gear. This is simply because it’s higher paced than pretty much any other game type. And every single millisecond counts in competitive FPS gaming. Because of this, having the best fps mouse, a reliant keyboard, and a zero delay monitor is extremely valuable. Especially when trying to perform at a high level. On this list, we will be focusing on the best FPS gaming mice on the market as of 2017.
We will be focusing mainly on these 4 key factors.
Performance – Some mice with worse specifications sometimes outperform ones with better specifications. Therefore the actual performance of the gaming mouse is a crucial factor to consider.
Specifications/features – In FPS games, speed and accuracy are insanely important. So, of course, the actual specifications on the mouse are very important.
Quality – This is obviously strongly connected to the price factor. But some people simply don’t care that much about the price, as long as the quality is top-notch.
Value for money – As with any other product, price matters. And it’s important, how much value you get for your hard-earned money.
These factors are clearly not the only significant factors to consider. We are trying to look at everything bad and good with every gaming mouse. Those 4 are just the most crucial to their final rating.
The 10 Best Mice for FPS Gaming in 2017
1. Fk2 Zowie Gear BenQ Optical Gaming Mouse
Simplistic, yet immensely efficient ambidextrous mouse from BenQ
Two things come to mind when thinking of BenQ, performance, and quality. Over the last couple of years, they have cemented them as one of the top quality brands when it comes to gaming gear.
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They don’t make flashy LED covered products with fancy names. In regards to design, they are pretty much the exact opposite of Razer. But that does not mean that they don’t make great looking gaming gear. Personally, I am a huge fan of the slick simplistic design, and I much prefer it over the classic multicolored LED design that most gaming brands tend to favor.
The Zowie gaming mouse is as functional as it is simplistic. It has the standard two thumb buttons on each side, which are well placed and very easy to use. In addition, it’s a simple plug-and-play gaming mouse, with no software needed nor wanted. This works well with their overall philosophy of being simple, yet effective.
It has 4 on-the-fly dpi settings, and the dpi button is easy to hit but impossible to miss click. And this is a theme that repeats itself over and over with this mouse. It uses Huano switches beneath its buttons, which makes it closer to a mechanical keyboard, in the way that it’s almost impossible to miss click any of its buttons. This is a huge plus for me, especially in FPS gaming. But if you enjoy games where you have to click spam, such as RTS or MOBA’s, this might not be the optimal choice for you. But if you are looking for a mouse for Mobas, we got you covered as well with this list.
Just because it’s a very simplistic mouse, does NOT mean it’s lacking when it comes to performance. Like any other competitive gaming gear from BenQ, the performance is superb and it has great speed and precision. Making it an ideal choice for FPS gaming.
This mouse is minimalistic in the most fantastic way. It doesn’t overflow with gimmicks and software, but it still performs at a high-end top-level. If you enjoy millions of LED options, flashy design, and features, then this is not for you. But if you enjoy effectiveness, simplicity, and quality, then this is the one for you.
I personally prefer the FK2 version, and not just because it’s the newest, but it just feels a little more optimized. But the FK1 and FK1+ are also fantastic picks and works pretty much in the exact same way.
On-the-fly DPI switch(400-800-1600-3200)
Plug & play
Huena Switches to reduce ghosting
Zowie BenQ FK2 Optical Mouse
-Slick simplistic design -High-end performance -Superb value for money -Plug & play
-Doesn't work well for spam click games, such as diablo or RTS'
This mouse should not come as a surprise to anyone. Even though it is not exactly an FPS mouse, it is widely regarded as the best all-purpose gaming mouse in the world. And I agree that it is the perfect all around gamer mouse.
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The major thing that really makes the Logitech G502 stand out, is the ergonomic design. It has by far the most comfortable grip, of all mice I have ever tried, and that is saying something. The palm grip is second to none and will be very familiar to those who have tried the Logitech Mx518 classic. It has the same snuggly ergonomic design, but also a few improvements. Such as the thumb rest, which only adds to the fact that this is the most comfortable mouse on the market.
It’s sad that there is not a left-handed version yet. But is one of the very few negatives that can be said about it.
When it comes to performance it is also outstanding. It does not have same excessive over the top specifications as the G402, but that’s okay. It can perform at a top-level, that would make even a professional gamer very happy.
The mouse has an overall undeniable qualitative feel. The wire is nicely corded, so there are no annoying issues with it. Even the mouse wheels feel is of a high quality, which is actually quite rare when it comes to mice. After more than 2 years of excessive use(and I play A LOT of video games), there have been no issues at all with it. It still functions as if I’m using it for the first time.
In terms of weight, it should fit everyone nicely. Since it comes with multiple weights, that are easily adjusted.
Image of Logitech Software
It comes with an easy to use software, for those that enjoy adjusting colors, keybindings etc. But it also works perfectly well as a simple plug-n-play mouse.
Some may find the pricing semi-expensive. However, when talking about value for money, then this is as good as it gets.
If I have to try to mention something negative, it might be that there is a small chance your hand will not fit its ergonomic design. However, we have yet to find anyone that doesn’t love the shape it.
This is my favorite mouse for MOBA’s, overall gaming and for FPS it is no different. If you are purely an fps gamer then you can get something close to equally good for less money. But if you enjoy many different game genres, then this is the best mouse for you. It is superb for fps, MOBA, RTS, MMO and every other gaming genre out there.
Any list with this mouse on it will have a clear winner. This is once again my ‘Editors Choice’, and I recommend it to any gamer, looking to spoil themselves.
I found this to be a great upgrade of the timeless MX518 classic gaming mouse from Logitech. And people who love the older model will definitely adore this one.
11 programmable buttons
Weight tuning system
Adjustable tracking, dpi, and ips
-Best grip on the market -Superb performance -Endless adjustability -Intuitive thumb buttons -Easy to use software -Works great as a plug-n-play mouse
-No left handed version
Related: Every great mouse deserves a fantastic keyboard at its side. Take a look at this list, of the 10 best mechanical keyboards.
Fans of competitive first person shooters might be familiar with this one, as it is one of the absolute favorites on the pro CS:GO scene. And we can see why that is. It has an inch-perfect sensor, an outstanding lift-off distance, and an awesome ergonomic design. Which altogether makes a near perfect mouse for competitive gaming.
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Note: The only difference between the EC1-A and EC2-A are the size. The EC2-A is slightly smaller in both width and length. So whether you have small or big hands the EC series should fit you well.
A quick look at the specifications of the BenQ EC series might look underwhelming, as it does not sport any of the cool additional features, such as RGB, snipe button etc. However, this is one of the things that makes BenQ such a great gaming brand. The focus is 100% on the performance and feel of the mouse, which at the end of the day is the most important. At least to me, and any gamer which looks to perform at their best.
So if you enjoy tons of features, lighting, and software, you will be better off buying a Razer mouse. That being said, if your main focus is getting better as a gamer and reaching your highest potential you might want to listen in. The Pixart 3310 sensor used in the EC1-A and EC2-A are among the best on the market and ensures inch-perfect precision and tracking whilst gaming. All the while the preset DPI setting work splendidly, whether you prefer it fast or slow. The dpi max out at 3200, which is all you will ever need. As opposed to common belief, more dpi is NOT better, quite the contrary. A lot of brands such as Logitech and Razer tend to allow you to switch the dpi up to around 16000 which is downright useless and nothing more than a sales trick to fool people who don’t know squat about gaming specifications into buying their products.
The side buttons use Huano blue mechanical switches, which is too rarely seen on mice in general. Having mechanical switches as opposed to membrane creates outstanding tactile feedback eliminates misclicks. Some do prefer membrane buttons since they are easier to spam click and there is something to that. If you are used to spamming your side buttons you might have trouble getting used to this. However, if you just want precision, these Huano blue switches will help you out a lot.
Lastly, let’s talk about the design and quality of the EC1/2-A. It feels very light, yet surprisingly sturdy and you won’t have any issues with this one breaking after a few months of usage. What really set the EC series apart from most other mice is the ergonomics. They are second only to the Logitech G502 and fits especially well with a palm or claw grip.
Would I recommend this mouse? Without a doubt and I can honestly say that it is one of the favorite gaming mice to date.
If you are looking for a non-nonsense mouse with stellar performance and ergonomics, the EC1/2-A are perfect. It is essentially the ideal plug-n-play mouse. This also means that if you enjoy RGB LED lighting, software, and other gimmicks, this is not the mouse for you.
But if you are looking to truly improve your gaming performance, why not try out one of the most popular mice among professional FPS gamers?
BenQ ZOWIE EC1/2-A
+ Pro-level tracking and precision + Ideal lift-off distance + Incredible ergonomics + Plug-n-Play + Mechanical switches on side buttons
- Few additional features & gimmicks(LED,software etc.)
4. Logitech G Pro
Most popular Logitech mouse among professional gamers
While less popular than the G502, this mouse from Logitech might be one of the best they have ever created. Especially for those looking to be competitive in the gaming world.
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In terms of performance, the G Pro is up there with the very best. The PMW3366 optical gaming sensor delivers some of the best traction on the market and ensures pixel perfect accuracy. What more can an FPS gamer ask for? Well the G Pro is far from just being a fantastic sensor mouse. The metal Spring button tensioning system creates excellent feedback and makes your clicks more reliable than ever. It’s not for nothing that this mouse is so popular among pro gamers. It was even developed in affiliation with actual pro gamers.
The design pretty much speaks for itself. While not quite as ergonomic as the G502, this is perhaps the best mouse on the market for claw grippers. Which is a very popular grip type in the eSport world of fps gaming. The design is slick, simple and yet beautiful all at the same time and it is an aesthetically pleasing addition to any gaming setup. The only minor downside to the design is the size, which can feel a little too small if you are used to bigger mice or simply have a very large hand size.
The quality is superb, as it usually is with Logitech products. And it an especially great choice for fans of the Logitech brand, as the RGB lighting and Logitech software allow you to synchronize all your Logitech products to create a truly stunning setup. The Logitech software also allows you to create custom profiles for each different game types, meaning you can set up the perfect dpi, traction and precision for each different type of games and the mouse will figure out which one you are playing so you only have to set the profiles 1 time.
On top of all this, it is also very affordable. making it an awesome choice for competitive gamers and casuals alike.
The performance alone makes the G Pro well worth its very reasonable price tag. On top of this, you get awesome quality, unparalleled tactile feedback, and a stunning visual treat. In other words, I would highly recommend this mouse to pros and novices alike. The specifications and features such as the metal spring buttons make it ideal for high-end competitive gaming, while the price tag and ambidextrous design make it a good choice for any other type of gamer as well.
Logitech G Pro
+ Beautiful, yet simple design + Metal spring button system creates ultra reliable clicks + Pixel-perfect accuracy + Ideal for pro gamers and casuals alike
- Less ergonomic than the average Logitech mouse - Might be a bit small for some people
5. SteelSeries Rival 300
A perfect mix of simplicity and in-depth customization
Here is another popular choice among competitive gamers, the Rival 300 from SteelSeries. Sporting awesome ergonomics, a high-level sensor and a very user-friendly software that allow a ton of customization.
Check out our full in-depth review of the Rival 300 right here.
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Seeing as we recently did a full on solo review of this mouse I will not go into as many details with this one. So if you want to learn everything there is to know about the Rival 300, check out the link above.
This mouse is basically the middle ground between the Razer DeathAdder and the Zowie EC2-A. On the surface, it is a very simplistic gaming mouse with a superb sensor and awesome ergonomics. However, it also allows for a ton of customization, both visually and performance wise. And as opposed to the Razer software, SteelSeries has an extremely user-friendly software.
The strong points of the Rival 300 are definitely performance and comfort. The very precise 3360 sensor ensures smooth, precise and decisive gameplay. That will give you a clear edge over most other gamers. On top of this is has a perfect palm-grip design that ensures comfort and limits hand fatigue, even during marathon gaming sessions.
I would highly recommend this mouse if you are looking for a middle thing between a Razer and a BenQ Zowie product. Furthermore, I would recommend this one over the Rival 700, seeing as the difference in price does not reflect the difference in performance. And with the 700 you pay a LOT extra for mostly useless additional features.
SteelSeries Rival 300
+ Very comfortable + Awesome tracking and sensor precision + User-friendly software + High quality for money
- Not fit for claw-gripping - No left handed version
It’s hard for me to come up with new stuff to say about the Razer DeathAdder Chroma. Since it has been in so many of my top list of the best gaming gear. This mouse is the all-time most popular gaming mouse in the world, and there is a clear reason for this.
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Usually, Razer has a tendency to value looks, LED lighting and cool names over real quality, but sometimes they just nail it. And that is exactly what the Razer DeathAdder is, the best Razer product to ever be produced and one of the best gaming mice ever in the world.
It is not because it excels at any one thing, but it excels at almost anything and everything. it has more horsepower than you will ever need, in terms of speed and acceleration. It has a perfectly optimized optical sensor, that grants outstanding precision. The palm grip is the best Razer has ever made and trumps most other gaming mice. And in addition to all this, it is a highly customizable gaming mouse, with tons of LED lighting options and more.
Make no mistake, this is not an fps targeted product, it’s clearly an all-purpose mouse. Which is why it is so astounding that it manages to reach my top list of fps mice. But the thing is, it could reach any top 10 for mice in any genre of games, which is why it’s so insanely popular.
I would strongly recommend this mouse to any type of gamer, and FPS gamers are no different. But if you are only focusing on FPS gaming I may recommend one of the others on this list. This mouse is for you if you love the FPS genre, but also like to dwell in other genres. My own criticism of this mouse is that it is suffering from the regular Razer Chroma software, which in my opinion is not very user-friendly.
10,000dpi optical sensor
200 inches per second and 50g acceleration.
16.8 million customizable color options
Razer Deathadder Chroma
- Optical sensor - World's most popular gaming mouse - Amazing speed, precision and acceleration - Nice palm grip
- Complicated and inefficient software
7. SteelSeries Sensei
Timeless Plug-&-play gaming mouse with a steely performance
From one classic to another. The SteelSeries Sensei has been a fan favorite for a long time, and we certainly understand why. It has a minimalistic, yet effective design, which very well mirrors its performance.
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This mouse is not stuffed with features and crazy over the top specifications. This does however not mean that its performance isn’t outstanding, it just means that it’s focused.
By this, I mean that it does not have a thousand key-bindings, 12 different dpi settings etc. But instead, it has a much greater focus on simplicity. It has outstanding surface traction, with an inch-perfect precision. Which is really one of the most important things, when looking at fps mice.
In terms of speed, dpi, and acceleration. It does not go as high as some of the other picks on this list, but it’s maxed settings are more than enough for 90% of gamers out there. So unless you are used to outrageous speed/dpi settings, this will serve you well.
The design is really what will make or break it for most people. It has a great ambidextrous shape, which some people will love and some hate. Personally, I prefer a more ergonomic design if it’s done right. But a lot of mice goes for an ergonomic design, but just end up being a bad fit for a lot of people. Whereas an ambidextrous shape really fits everyone. Doesn’t really matter if you are left-handed if you have small or large hands etc. This mouse will fit you nicely.
If you really enjoy the ergonomic shape of most Logitech mice, then this ambidextrous design may be a major downside for you.
The simplicity of this design makes it an ideal plug-n-play mouse. So if you don’t tend to enjoy software attached to your gaming gear, this is a perfect pick.
7 Programmable buttons
SteelSeries ExactSens, FreeMove, ExactAim, and ExactLift
-Plug-n-play -Ambidextrous shape -Superb surface traction -Well placed thumb buttons
-Few dpi settings
8. Corsair M65 PRO RGB FPS Mouse
Powerful fps mouse, covered in a high-quality build
Corsair has always put high focus on FPS games when producing their gaming gear. This gaming mouse is no different. and it is obvious how it was built with a love of FPS gaming in mind. It has a strong focus on everything essential for FPS gaming, such as precision, speed, and acceleration.
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It has a very smooth and well placed DPI switch that goes up to 12.000 DPI. Which just adds a smoothness to the gameplay, when you want to switch up your DPI on the fly.
A thing that really surprised me is the fact that the sniper button actually has real value. Most FPS mice with a sniper button tends to be there for the sake of having it. Instead of for the sake of improving your gaming experience. But with this Corsair gaming mouse, it really adds to your gameplay and works really fantastic to enhance your performance in certain situations. It is worth noting that the sniper button is not very useful in high-paced competitive games, such as Overwatch and CS-GO. But it works really well in games like Battlefield and Call of Duty, due to the fact that aiming is more realistic and slow.
The aircraft-grade aluminum structure gives a real feeling of sturdiness, quality and makes the mouse look SO good. Certainly one of the most stunning mice I have ever had my hands on. The aluminum core does add quite a bit of weight to it though. This can be a big con or pro, depending on who you ask. Personally, I like the feeling that the mouse is more grounded.
The grip works great if you prefer a claw grip, and fits very nicely unless you have very small hands. Claw grip can, however, be a bit annoying in long gaming sessions, as it does cause your hands to fatigue faster than a palm grip.
Another minor downside, in my opinion, is the software, it was not very intuitive and kind of illogical. But if you don’t mind spending a bit of time with the software, you should be fine since it’s all about getting used to it. It’s also perfectly fine if you don’t care about the software, seeing as it works fine as a plug-and-play mouse.
I am happy to say that this is my favorite Corsair gaming mouse to date. It has everything that Corsair is always amazing at, such as the aluminum design, fantastic specifications, and great overall performance.
I’d categorize this mouse as a niche gaming mouse. Simply because it’s weight and claw grip are not for everyone. But if you don’t mind those things, it’s a superb FPS mouse. But it also works quite well in most other game types. I am not a big fan of the software but that is such a minor problem, and I don’t personally mind it as a plug-and-play mouse.
8 Key bindings
20 million clicks durability
Corsair FPS Gaming Mouse
- Stunning aluminium structure - Up to 12.000 DPI - Well placed key-bindings - Useful sniper button
Every list of great gaming mice needs 1 or 2 Logitech mice, and for FPS the G402 is a fantastic option. This mouse is illogically fast, and it has the AMAZING acceleration to back it up. The G402 has a max speed of 500ips, which if you are not familiar with mouse specifications, is more than anyone in the world will ever need.
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Just like most Logitech mice, it has an amazing qualitative feel, even though it’s very lightweight, which also compliments its speed well. It has fantastic ergonomics, with its curvy shape it feels like it has been custom tailored to your hand personally, pretty much no matter the size of your hands.
I don’t know how Logitech does it but their design always has a fantastic palm grip and the G402 is no exception. It doesn’t feel quite as good in your hand as its big brother, the G502, but still amazing.
having great speed and acceleration is, of course, important for any FPS mouse. But it also has great features such as the sniper button.This allows you to go from 4000 to 250 in the blink of an eye. I found this to be great in games like Call of Duty and especially Battlefield 4, with the more realistic sniping gameplay. I did however not find it very useful in very high paced games, such as CS-GO and Overwatch. Simply because you cannot afford to slow down in those type of games. But that is just my personal opinion.
For those who enjoy installable software for their gaming mouse, this mouse will make you very happy. It has a very user-friendly software, that allows for tons of customizability.
I have yet to do a negative review on a Logitech gaming mouse, and this won’t change today.
The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury has it all, great design, ergonomics, specifications, software and an overall remarkable performance.
You should NOT buy it for the sniper button since it’s not nearly as amazing as it sounds. And it can actually at times be annoying since it is in a position to be accidentally pushed.
The few times I have had the pleasure of trying a mouse from Utech has been very positive. And I honestly don’t know why they haven’t become a major brand within gaming yet. This mouse is qualitative, ergonomic, innovative and performs great.
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The mouse comes in an amazing case, with great product protection. That sends a really strong signal of value and quality about the product and makes sure there’s no problem with it when it arrives at your door.
The mouse does not have quite the same performance in terms of speed and acceleration as the other picks on the list. But what it lacks in that, it makes up for in customization options capabilities. And that is really what makes this one stand out, you can customize it to fit your personal preferences perfectly.
The software that you get along with the mouse is such a joy. It’s easy to use, easy to master and you can literally customize everything. It is so rare to see well-crafted gaming gear software nowadays, but this is one of the few.
The last thing that makes this gaming mouse very unique is the side key bindings. It is not the standard 2 button thumb buttons, it’s 5 fully programmable side buttons in a very clever design that’s intuitive to use. At Least once you get used to it, which only took around 2 hours. This feature is not really targeted at fps but more so at MMO gaming. But luckily they are not easily miss clicked, which just makes it a nice extra feature, that also adds to your customization options.
If you don’t know exactly what you want in a gaming mouse, then this is exactly the mouse you want. First of all, it’s a very nice overall gaming mouse, with everything a great mouse should have. But the fact is that you can customize it to be exactly as you want it, is what makes it a great pick. You can decide on everything from the color on each part of the LED to what each single button should do, and everything in between.
I must also admit that I really fell in love with the innovative 5 thumb key-binding design. And that is probably what I will miss the most when using other mice. There is a reason this mouse has a 4.8/5 user score on amazon, it’s quite hard to say anything bad about it.
Up to 16.000 DPI, 1000 Hz polling rate, 30G acceleration, 100-150in/s cursor speed
13 programmable buttons,
Over 16 million LED color options.
TEFLON feet pads and contour body
14 buttons, 5 side buttons
UtechSmart Uranus Optical Gaming Mouse
- Customization options are endless - Easy-to-use software - Innovative key-bindings - Teflon body
- Can feel a bit too small
First person shooters have been a dominant force in gaming, ever since Doom and Wolfenstein opened the genre to the mainstream audience in the early 90’s. The popularity of this genre started skyrocketing most of all due to games like Goldeneye, Battlefield and Tom Clancy’s rainbow six. But FPS games would not be what it is today, without Valve Corporation’s Counter Strike 1.6 and Half-Life Opposing Force. Because these games were the first BIG competitive games in the genre. But A LOT has happened since. Today FPS is finally a HUGE part of the E-sport scene and with games like CS-GO and Overwatch, it’s easy to see why.
Best of the Best
This list is hand-picked with the highest user reviewed FPS focused gaming mice on the market. Making the ones to make that it on this list the best of the best. In addition, this list will not be chronological, seeing as the mice that actually made it onto this list are all brilliant, and each is better than the other in different ways. And therefore your own preference is very important, so we will try to highlight each mice strengths and weaknesses. In order to make it easy for you to find the one that fits your personal play style.
Q&A FPS Mouse Edition
Q: What Specifications should I look for in an fps mouse?
A: If you have some base knowledge of how dpi and acceleration work with mice, and how it works for you. Then that is a great thing to start with, but if you don’t know too much about it then it may cause you to buy the wrong one. So unless you know how DPI and acceleration function, then don’t look for it. Other than that I would focus on whether or not you want an optical or laser mouse and find one from that criteria. Most FPS gamers prefer optical and it is considered the best one for FPS gaming, but it comes down to your individual opinion.
Q: What mice do they use in professional CS-GO gaming?
A: There are quite a few mice that are prominent in the FPS eSport business. Among the most popular are the Zowie FK series, the Logitech G502, Steelseries Sensei and the Razer Deathadder. All of which are used by multiple pro gamers each.
Q: Does the sniper button function well for Overwatch
A: That really depends on which mice we are talking about since a lot of mice out there has a horrible ‘snipe’ button function. However, assuming it is a good one, like the one on the G402 and Corsair M65, then yes it can really help. However, it is a little hard getting used to. Going from incredible high dpi to a very low in a split second is hard to play around, but if you learn to master it then you will really improve your skillset. You may have seen professional FPS gamers move their mouse like it was a tractor wheel, that is because they have their snipe button activated, in order to gain better precision.
Q: Which FPS games are the biggest in eSports?
A: CS-GO is by far the biggest eSport FPS game, and there is really no other game close to it in terms of a prize pool. Other big games are Overwatch, Call of Duty and Battlefield 1. Overwatch may even compete with the player base of CS-GO, but not the prize pool yet.
Q: Will an FPS specific mouse really give an edge over my opponents when gaming?
A: Yes, especially in FPS gaming. FPS is likely the game genre that requires the most acceleration, speed, and precision of all game types in the world. Which mean that having an excellent fps mouse, with outstanding performance will most definitely give you an edge when gaming. It is almost a requirement if you play at a highly competitive level. There is a reason that all pro gamers use a specific mouse.
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