Looking for the best gaming mouse? This is a complete list of all the best mice a gamer can buy in 2017. Tested and reviewed by our gaming team.
We tested them all in various games and genres of games, to make sure we know every mouse’ weaknesses and strengths. We will be focusing mostly on four main factors:
- How does it feel to play with? – Regardless of dpi and other technical factors, we believe the most critical factor is the actual feel of the gaming mouse.
- Specifications – The technical factor of how ”good” the mouse is on paper and whether or not that translates well into the mouse itself.
- Price – Value for money.
- Quality – How does the quality compare to other products of the same price class.
These are the four main factors and certainly the most important things to consider. But when we are doing these reviews, we have to look at everything, design, brand, quality, accessories, software and extra features, etc.
The list is not chronological from best to worst. It’s merely a list of the best gaming mice. Since all mice have stronger and weaker points, some are better at FPS, and some are better at MMO’s. We have chosen to instead focus on each mice individual strengths.
1. Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Likely the best all-purpose gaming mouse on the market today
This Logitech mouse may not be as flashy as a Razer mouse, or as high-end as a Roccat mouse. But if you prefer performance and comfort over flashy colors and hundreds of key bindings, this is the best gaming mouse by far. I’d go as far as to say it is the best overall gaming mouse ever to be produced.
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If you search around the internet for reviews, you will quickly find more people of similar belief. In the early 2000’s Logitech produced their first mouse from the MX series, and that was widely considered the best gaming mouse at the time. And a lot of the Logitech G502’s success can be linked to that of MX518.
What made the MX518, so insanely popular was the fantastic palm grip and overall top-end quality. Which is where the G502 picks up, it’s built around the same palm grip design, but with a modern twist. It can easily compete with any high-end mouse on the market, in both performance and quality. But on top of that it has unparalleled comfort and grip, only matched by its ancestors from the MX series. It’s almost as if it is custom-made for each customer, to fit their hand perfectly. So if you are a massive fan of the MX518, but are looking for something fresh, then this is the perfect pick for you.
Logitech MX518 – Logitech G502
We tested it in ‘Starcraft 2’, ‘CS-GO,’ ‘League of Legends’ and ‘World of Warcraft. And whether you are playing a first-person shooter, MOBA, RTS or a MMORPG it does not disappoint. The grip and comfort of this mouse are what makes really this mouse stand out. But that does not mean, that it is the only amazing thing there is to be said. The design makes it so that all the 11 fully programmable buttons are all intuitive and easy to reach. Its performance regarding speed, precision, and competitive capability is nothing shy of amazing.
The customization options are also extremely admirable. Both concerning the above-average gaming software that comes along with it and the mice itself. That comes with a weight tuning set so that you can adjust its weight to your personal preference.
This is the best overall gaming mouse in existence. I have played well over 1000 hours on this thing, and I have yet to find anything negative to say about it. Its quality is well above its pricing, and not because it’s cheap, it’s just that it is that good. You can find 200$ competitive Esport mice that have higher speed and accuracy. But not in a way that you would ever notice unless you are competing at the highest level. I will obviously recommend this to anyone, and it is without a doubt my choice of this list.
- Laser Depth: 1.5 mm
- DPI: 200 – 12,000
- Size: 130 x 76 x 38 mm
- Weight: 164 g (Adjustable)
- Connection: Wired
- Grip Type: Palm/Claw
+ Weight adjustment system
+ Very intuitive keybindings
+ Improved scroll wheel
+ Streamlined software with lots of options
2. Razer Deathadder Chroma
The world’s most popular gaming mouse for a reason
There is a reason the Razer DeathAdder continuously is the most popular gaming mouse, year after year. It’s an excellent mouse and probably the best piece of gaming equipment Razer has ever put out on the market.
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Usually, I’m not much for Razer gaming gear, not to say that Razer is a bad brand but it’s just always a bit too flashy for me. That being said, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is not like most Razer mice. It has a fantastically simple but beautiful design, and unlike most Razer gaming mice it’s not just about looking ”cool” it actually has a great feeling to it. Sometimes Razer does manage to hit the nail on the head, and this is one of the few examples.
There is a reason that this is the most popular gaming mouse on the market. Partly it’s due to Razer being an absolute giant when it comes to gaming gear, but there is certainly more to this mouse than branding. Unlike most Razer products, it seems that performance and comfort were the highest priority when they made this mouse. But on top of great performance and a very comfortable palm grip, it also has that signature Razer features. I’m talking about endless LED customization, slick design and over the top specifications in terms of DPI and acceleration. Making it a great choice both for competitive and casual gaming.
My favorite thing about the Razer DeathAdder is the fact that it’s universally good. It’s great for any type of games, and if you enjoy switching between MOBA, FPS, RTS etc. Then this is a perfect fit for you. I have felt for a long time now that Razer was no more the top gaming gear brand that it used to be. But product’s like this just goes to show that Razer still has some genius left in them.
Best Left Hand Edition Available
It is worth mentioning that it is available in a left-hand edition. And with most companies choosing not to produce mice for left-handed users, this is easily the best gaming mouse for lefties on the market.
I have very few bad things to say about this mouse, to be honest. Personally, I would choose the Logitech G502, but that comes down to personal preference. And in my book, this is still one of the best gaming mice ever made, and I can certainly understand why it’s the most popular. I didn’t think I would be giving a Razer product this great a review anytime soon, but this is truly a fantastic all-purpose gaming mouse.
- Palm/Claw Grip
- 10,000 DPI
- 16.8 Million colors
- Optical Sensor
+ Tons of customization options
+ Well placed key-bindings
+ Great in all game genres
3. SteelSeries Rival 300
Ergonomic genius from SteelSeries
Grip and performance are some of the key factors for any great gaming mouse, and the SteelSeries Rival have mastered them both.
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You might wonder why we didn’t pick the Rival 700 since it is the most expensive version of this mouse. Well, it’s quite simple. With the Rival 700, you pay a lot of extra money for unnecessary features, like the fancy LCD display. Features that 99% of gamers don’t really need. On top of that, the Rival 300 actually provide a slightly more comfortable grip.
When it comes to comfort and ergonomics, the Rival 300 is undoubtedly one of the best on the market. It even competes with that of the Logitech G502 and the Razer DeathAdder, both mice which are known for their extremely comfortable grip. Comparing them would not get us anywhere though, since they all have such excellent grips, that the rest simply comes down to personal preferences. The Rival 300 is mainly designed for a palm grip, which is what most gamers naturally use.
The Rival 300 offer endless customization in terms of LED lighting, which is always great. However, it is not a necessary feature by any means. Seeing as there is only 1 part of the mouse that is backlit, and that part is covered up during gaming sessions. Nonetheless, a nice feature for those interested in making a grand display of their gaming setup. The mouse wheel does actually light up as well, but it is not something you will ever notice in the midst of gaming.
The mouse uses the SteelSeries Zera hardware acceleration, which grants perfect tracking, no matter the speed you choose to play with.
The rubber on the side does grant some extra comfort and a better grip. But it tends to get a little ruined after a couple of months. This does not really mess up the comfort but more just the look of the mouse.
SteelSeries promise a durability of 30 million clicks, which is indeed very impressive. Sadly, we do feel that it is an exaggeration or at least a best-case scenario. Since mice with more qualitative feel bolts lesser durability time. We did however not get to test it for 30 million clicks, so this will have to remain a mystery. But we recommend you take that notion with a grain of salt.
One thing that really sets the Rival 300 apart from other mice on the list, is the side buttons. They are bigger than most, making them very user-friendly. Especially the thumb buttons are very intuitive to use.
The SteelSeries Rival 300 offers what most gamers want, comfort and performance. The 2 factors that most influence our reviews, and it mostly nails it.
The comfort is one of, if not the best on the market. Depending on what type of grip you prefer.
The tracking is precise and acceleration great. Making it an attractive choice for any serious competitive gamer. While the price ensures that casual gamers can enjoy it as well.
Undoubtedly one of the best mice in the world right now, especially when you consider the value for money factor.
- 6 programmable buttons
- Zero Hardware Acceleration
- Over 16 million LED color variants
- Durable for up to 30 million clicks
4. Zowie FK1+ BenQ
Best ambidextrous gaming mouse that packs quite a punch Buy From Amazon
Any fan of Esports and competitive gaming are bound to be familiar with BenQ’ Zowie series. Time and time again, BenQ manages to create competitive gaming gear of the highest quality, and the Fk1+ is one of the prime examples.
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Why not the Zowie fk2? While both mice are excellent, we feel that the Fk1+ is simply superior as an all-around gaming mouse. Whereas Fk2 is a better niche pick for high paced competitive gaming.
The Zowie series are not known for their extensive list of additional features. This might turn some people off, but we feel it is what really makes this series great. Everything with this mouse is optimized to the fullest. It is simple but in the most efficient of ways.
When talking about ambidextrous mice, we cannot help but mention the Razer Diamondback and SteelSeries Sensei. So why not them? Both of those are pretty great, but whereas the Zowie is practically flawless, due to its minimalistic design, the Razer and SteelSeries mice have features forced down on them which don’t work optimally. Which in conclusion give a relatively flawed experience in comparison to the Fk1+.
The dpi settings on the Fk1+ lies between 800-3200, which don’t sound like much when compared to other mice on this list. However, the precision and speed of this mouse are so finely tuned that you won’t ever need more than what it has to offer. Who really need 16000 dpi anyway? That’s right, no one.
The side buttons are placed very intuitively, and they become second nature to your gameplay after a few hours with this mouse.
A very important thing for any Ambidextrous gaming mouse is the capability to switch between left and right-handed functionality. This is easily done with the click of a button, and no annoying software involved.
Like any other Ambidextrous mouse, it is an ideal choice for claw grippers. Not to say that it doesn’t work just fine for anyone else.
The simplicity and effectiveness make this mouse the ideal plug-n-play mouse, and by far our favorite ambidextrous mouse on the market as of 2017.
The mouse appeal to every gamer, right from the casual to the hardcore competitive gamer.
If you enjoy flashy LED lighting and a ton of extra features, then it goes without saying that this mouse is not for you. However, if you want precision, speed, and quality, without having to monitor and configure the mouse through annoying software. Then this is perhaps the ideal gaming mouse for you.
- Left to right-handed functionality switch
- Dpi: 400/800/1600/3200
- 4 side buttons
5. Razer Mamba Chroma
The Maserati of gaming mice
The Razer Mamba has outrageous specifications, that you will probably never need, but it’s nice that they are there. This is Razer attempt at an eSport targeted gaming mouse, and it does that job quite nicely.
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The Razer Mamba Chroma Gaming Mouse is clearly designed to win a pissing contest between all the major gaming brands. because this mouse ON paper is the best in the world as of 2017. It is also clear that it has been manufactured to be used in major E-sport events, and therefore it has the top specifications that no ordinary gamer needs. But the problem with this is that specifications rarely translate to performance. Double the dpi and acceleration on paper does not mean it performs twice as good.
You probably pay more than you get with the Razer Mamba, but what you get is still fantastic. In terms of speed, precision, and acceleration its second to none. So even though the jump in performance is not as great as it looks on paper, it’s still something you can feel. And these specifications, do come in handy if you are playing at a highly competitive level. A lot of people really like the feeling of knowing that what they hold in their hand is the very best. Understandably so, and Razer Mamba is undoubtedly just that when you look solely at the performance.
A minor setback for this mouse is the fact that the thumb buttons aren’t programmable. This won’t affect most people since they tend to bind the keys in-game to the mouse, and not the other way around. But for people who are used to having a specific bind on their thumb keys, this is a crucial point to make.
The Razer Mamba Croma could easily be compared to a wild horse. Few people will be able to harness its crazy performance, most people would prefer a comfortable, and safe choice. but if you learn to tame this wild beast, then you have the strongest and fastest horse in the race.
There is a jump in performance compared to the other mice on this list, but it’s not as big as it looks. But if you don’t mind spending a few extra buck, and truly appreciate the high-end performance, then this is a great pick. I would only recommend this to people who play games to compete, and not just for the fun of it. For those people, the Logitech G502 and Razer DeathAdder are much safer and mostly better picks.
- 5G gaming mouse sensor with 16,000 DPI with on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
- Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
- 16.8 million customization color options
- Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Nine independently programmable buttons
+ A lot of customization, both in color and buttons
- Tracking issues on rare occasions
6. Logitech G Pro
Most popular Logitech mouse among professional gamers
Don’t let the simplistic exterior fool you, the G Pro gaming mouse from Logitech has some serious power behind it. It’s no coincidence that it is one of the most popular mice among professional gamers.
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It was developed with the assistance of actual pro gamers and it shows. The sensor has exception tracking accuracy and the wide DPI range allows for ideal customization for any player. These two factors together make it one of the fastest and most precise gaming mice on the market. The DPi Range goes all the way from 200 up to 12000. So whether you are a competitive Counter-Strike player and prefer a DPI of 400 for increased accuracy or a MOBA gamer that like his DPI on the high end for higher efficiency, there is a dpi setting suitable for you.
The G Pro is also sporting a spring button tensioning system which is meant to reduce the force needed to press the left/right mouse buttons. As well as increase the reliability of your clicks. I’m not entirely sure how much more reliable I feel the clicks are, but it manages to reduce the pressure needed to click, without making misclicks more regular.
Even though the G Pro has a very simplistic look, I personally love the exterior of this mouse. The design is just incredibly clean cut and has some beautiful LED editions to it as well. Which has full RGB customization, meaning you can choose whichever color you prefer. This is especially nice if you are already sporting a Logitech keyboard, as they can be synchronized to have the same color and pulsation.
In terms of quality, there is nothing bad to say about it really. Despite being lightweight it feels and is incredibly durable. It can last for as long as 20 million clicks, which mean you can practice 10 hours a day for 2 years before it starts to wear down.
The design is excellent for both palm and claw grip. While the classic Logitech design of the G502 may be a bit more comfortable, this is a fantastic ambidextrous mouse and will fit any player just fine.
It is easy to understand why this mouse is such a hit on the competitive gaming scene. You can really feel that it has been developed with the help of real pro gamers. Everything from the lightweight design, the insanely accurate optical sensor to the advanced button tensioning. This mouse has everything a competitive gamer could ever ask for, and then some.
- 200-12000 DPI
- Advanced optical Sensor
- RGB LED lighting
- Advanced button tensioning
- 20 million clicks durability
7. Asus ROG Gladius 2
Powerful peripheral from the Republic of Gamers
Asus ROG is most commonly known for their excellent gaming laptops and monitors. However, the Gladius 2 proves that their expertise extends to mice as well.
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The Asus ROG Gladius II might not be a designated MMO, MOBA or FPS mouse but it performs very well in every genre of gaming regardless. The Swappable switches are one of its most attractive qualities with the OMRON switches provided offering a different feel (or click resistances) in addition to being extremely durable too. FPS players will quite like this option I feel. Performance wise it is quite good. The sensitivity is great and probably just shy of the g403.
The Gladius II has a good optical sensor and a designated DPI target button which aids the sniping process or speeds it up when you scroll. This is quite a nice feature. The DPI target button allows you to instantly move between high and low speeds which are the mouse main selling point and ASUS do a good job of executing this feature well. You get 2 USB cables of different lengths which can be used interchangeably based on your setup. This is a neat feature for some but for me personally didn’t make much of a difference as I never usually have trouble tucking my mouse away when I am done gaming.
The rubber grip has a nice texture to it that is easy on the hands. This is a good mouse to start your gaming adventure with especially if you haven’t sorted out which grip you are most comfortable with. As this mouse caters to palm, claw, and fingertip gripping surprisingly well. (For those with average sized hands at least) The ROG armory software can be used to change the lighting & other customization options on the mouse which can be easy to use especially if you have other ROG products. The lighting can also be set across all the devices that use the Aura sync tech.
The price is the major sticking point with this mouse for me personally. Since its price class is above all the others on this list which makes it a tough sell especially when you factor in that it has no programmable keys. The swappable switches ensure excellent durability so this would be an awesome choice if you are a beginner starting your esports adventure or need a backup that won’t fail you for a long time.
- Weight: 110g
- 12000 DPI
- 50 million click durability
- ROG Armoury software
8. Logitech G403 Prodigy
Another brilliant mouse from Logitech
Logitech is definitely the most consistent when it comes to making quality gaming peripherals and the G403 Prodigy is just another prime example of that.
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Like we mentioned at the start the feel of the mouse is very important which is why the Logitech G403 is a must have on our list. Its advanced optical sensors deliver extreme precision. This accuracy makes it a great choice for FPS gamers. Another thing I like is that it has a very firm yet comfortable grip coupled with an instantaneous response rate which makes it one of my favorite FPS gaming mice.
The buttons feel good and at least I never came across any jamming issues. The accuracy and response are just shy of the G502 one can say. Some users have reported the right click button to be a bit on the sticky side over time & its feel is definitely a bit different to the one on the left. The G403 comes with an additional 10g weight which you can add on when you get a good feel for the mouse. This Logitech also comes with all the usual bells & whistles like backlighting with a range of colors and the ability to customize different profiles for games. It has an onboard memory which allows you to store different settings & use on multiple PCs without having to download software or reconfigure the entire thing.
The ergonomics is where I felt the mouse has some small issues. Despite being advertised as being suitable for multiple grips if you happen to employ the palm grip and have large hands you will find that your index is practically on the scroll wheel in many situations which can make it quite uncomfortable. Whilst the G502 we touched on earlier has a narrower shape this is a tad wider. The exact feel you will have is subjective as usual. Although it’s important to note that most people agreed that the mouse is extremely comfortable. The scroll wheel is also quite loose and I really wish Logitech would make it a bit less rough. There have been some users mentioning that the right click button tends to wear out quicker this might be one to watch for as you rack up the hours.
Overall, this is an excellent mouse that I would say is a feature or build quality step shy of being one of the all-time great mice available these days. The key to a good FPS mouse is its light weight and this mouse certainly ticks a lot of boxes for FPS gamers at least. The price is quite comparable to that of the Steel series rival and the Corsair we touched on earlier which makes it a good value for money option as well. There is a wireless variant too which weighs slightly heavier at 107g which is still a decent weight for FPS mice.
- 6 programmable buttons
- 200 – 12000 DPI
- Response rate: 1ms
- Click durability: 20 million
- Weight: 90 grams
9. Razer Naga Chroma
Excellent MMO mouse & timeless classic
The extra key-bindings on the Razer Naga can be a bit much at first. But if used correctly, they can grant an unfair advantage over your opponents. This mouse really has the potential of raising your skill roof a lot, required you put in the work.
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What really works about the 12 thumb button grid, is the fact that they are built like a mechanical keyboard almost. This gives a great audible feedback when pushed, which makes it feel great to use, and really makes it stand out compared to other MMO mice.
If you are looking for a mouse you can use for all your different games, and if you’re not a big MMO gamer(or other games that require insane macro-management) then you are probably better off with any of the other mice on this list. Simply because the extra buttons do make it clunky if you don’t intend to use them.
The thumb grid, combined with the possibility of 16.000 DPI can be a drawback. Especially if you are looking for something simple. But if you are a seasoned gamer, looking to improve, this might just be the perfect fit for you.
As I have played an extensive amount of ”World of Warcraft” I was looking forward to finally trying this fan-favorite MMO mouse. And it did not disappoint! It does something that very few mice manage to do. It actually raises your skill-roof and makes room to make YOU a better player. This is obviously because it is very hard to master, especially at first. but once you learn to unleash its full potential and the thumb grid to its fullest, it’s very hard to go back to an ordinary mouse.
If you are not looking to use the extra buttons, you should look into another mouse. Since that is where it truly stands out, and anything else it has to offer, you get elsewhere.
At first, I got quite a lot of ‘miss-clicks’ but after a few hours of play with the Razer Naga chroma, I began to get it right and to also see actual improvements in my spell rotation in WoW which is actually very impressive.
This mouse is fantastic in its target niche, which is MMO gaming. I would however never use this mouse in a ‘first-person shooter’ or even a MOBA. But I will definitely be using it when ‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ comes out. I would probably also use it for insane micromanagement games such as ‘Warcraft 3’ or ‘Starcraft 2’. If you enjoy pushing your macro-management to the limit, this is a mouse for you!
- Insane 16,000 DPI(world’s most precise)
- 19 Fully programmable buttons
- 16.8 million color options
- 12 Button Mechanical Thumb Grid
- One-size-fits-all ergonomic form factor
+ Insane macro management
+ Endless customization options
+ Amazing for it's target genres
Related: We have since made a full list of the best MMO mice. Read the full list here.
10. Corsair M65 FPS
Great niche mouse, with a focus on fps gaming
When looking at mice suited for the FPS genre, precision and speed are obviously a priority. It does not have as amazing specifications as the Razer Mamba or even the DeathAdder, but it doesn’t need to. The precision and acceleration in this mouse are so finely tuned that it performs on par with the Razer Mamba, at 1/3 of the cost.
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The first thing that really stands out about the M65 gaming mouse, is the quality. It’s built with a lightweight aluminum chassis, of the highest quality. Which not only makes it look outstanding, it also feels more qualitative than any other on the list. They have built it so that the aluminum core creates a fantastic weight distribution in the center of the mouse.
The M65 FPS Gaming Mouse from Corsair has an actual sniper button which got me really excited for this one. Obviously, I chose to spend most of my testing time in FPS games but I did test it in all the different games nonetheless. And aside from being an outstanding choice for FPS gaming, it manages to do well in MOBA/MMO/RTS’ as well. So if you prefer the FPS genre but also like to delve into other game types, this is a great pick.
The so-called ”Sniper Button” was one of the most exciting features to me. And most mice with such a feature haven’t managed to tune it very well. But in the M65 it actually works very well, especially in ‘Battlefield 4’ and ‘Call of Duty’ because of the more ”advanced” sniper mechanics. The sniper button is however not very useful in the most high-paced games such as CS-GO and overwatch, but still a nice touch.
One concern I did have with it, is the weight since this mouse is quite heavy. For me, this is alright, since the weight distribution is well centered. I do however see this as a potential issue for some people. So if you do not enjoy heavy mice, or just prefer lighter options, then have a look at our list of best Fps mice for another option.
It’s listed as an FPS gaming mouse and it is just that. But don’t take it too literally, since it can be used just fine in all game genres. All tho the lack of key-bindings could prove an issue in the MMO and RTS genre. but if you’re mainly playing a lot FPS games this is definitely the perfect mouse for you.
One last thing to take away from this. is the quality for value. It comes at a highly reasonable price, whilst still feeling more qualitative than many others on the list.
- Designed and tuned for exceptional FPS gameplay
- Dedicated sniper button instantly lowers your DPI so that you can quickly and accurately aim for precise location
- 8200 DPI ( customization on the fly, with a DPI button)
- Fast Weapon Swapping Key-bind
- Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Design
Update: We have since made an entire list, dedicated to FPS mice. So if you still need more inspiration, have a look.
+ Optimized for FPS'
+ FPS specific binds
+ Works fine in non-fps games
How to Pick the Best Mouse
Did you ever choose a gaming mouse because the DPI was very high, but without actually understanding what it means? Or maybe just because the specifications sounded awesome.
If yes, you should listen in closely. It explains what to look out for and what to consider when browsing for a new gaming mouse.
After reading this, I am confident that you will be able to make a fantastic purchase.
The mouse is definitely the gaming device that holds the most delicate role during our gaming sessions. With keyboards, the difference between high-end and or average, may not be particularly significant. But the gaming mouse performance effect in major ways the gaming experience and the results you can get. It is, therefore, important for any gamer who wants to make the most of their abilities, to not settle and invest a little more in the purchase of their gaming mouse.
How do you know which is the mouse for you? In fact, many of the features offered by the various products, are not always adapted to the habits of all the players. Here you will see how to choose the best gaming mouse with the right specifications, grip etc. for you.
You should choose a mouse, which is comfortable and adjust to your playing style. There are in fact different types of grip provided to use an ergonomically suitable device.
The most common grip is the palm grip: the whole hand is on the mouse. Index and middle finger are fixed respectively on the left and right mouse button; the thumb is on the side, while the ring and little fingers are on the right side. The palm grip is most suitable for long gaming sessions because the whole hand rests on the mouse and it is much less tiring than the other grips. This is also the grip type I would personally recommend to most gamers.
Claw grip is characterized precisely by putting your hand in a claw shape, folding the fingers. There are 6 mouse touch points: the tip of the 5 fingers and the palm. The Claw Grip is preferred for the players who require fast and precise movements, and those who want to have more control over the speed and click.
The mouse is gripped and moved completely with the fingertips, the palm does not touch anything to the surface of the mouse. This grip generally trades comfort for greater accuracy and agility in
What is your natural grip? If you know it will be easiest to just find a gaming mouse that suits your needs in terms of specifications etc. It will not be difficult to find information about which grip is more appropriate for each type of mouse though.
As with the grip, the movements that are performed with the mouse are about personal preference. And you should find a mouse that naturally enhances your abilities, without forcing you to change your play style.
- A High Sensor: Is for the player who usually prefers wrist movement, and only moving the mouse very little. So in short, your cursor moves a lot even with minor movements with the mouse.
- A Low Sensor: Instead is for the player who prefers large movements and using their entire, if not most of their mouse pad. The cursor moves with the mouse, large movements require larger movements with the mouse.
A crucial addition to this function is the DPI customize button, which I will go in-depth with below.
Almost all mice dedicated to gaming allow you to customize the DPI. Let’s find out what this function actually does.
The DPI (Dots Per Inch) is the sampling scale at which the mouse detects the movement. The higher the dpi, the more the cursor will move with physical movement. Some manufacturer changed the characteristics of the product to CPI (Counts per Inch). It is basically the same thing, it just changes the sampling scale. It is not true that more DPI is equal higher precision, although, for some, it is, in some cases, it’s the exact opposite. The players that prefer high Sensor gaming mice, usually prefer to play with a High DPI. While the Low Sensor users prefer to have a Low DPI value. Any gaming mouse worth its soul, have a DPI customization option, which is generally the +/- button. If you have a good understanding of the concept and good software, you can also customize each interval with values that fit you.
This feature is especially useful for FPS(first person shooters) players. But it also caters to those that enjoy many different game types, and want to adopt the performance of the mouse to each game.
Some mice have keys dedicated to specific functions, but not all features are essential for all types of gamers. So it is important to focus on what can help you and which, instead, would be unused.
One of the most common functions I’m being asked about is the Aim function, which provides a specific button that decreases the sensitivity of the mouse DPI. It is different from customization of the sensitivity since once the pressure is released from the button, the cursor speed goes back to normal. This particular function is usually found on higher-end gaming mice, and I usually only recommend it to those who enjoy high paced FPS gaming, such as Call of Duty or Battlefield.
Laser or Optical
This is one of the big questions gamers have fought over for years, which is best, optical or laser? Well on paper the laser is by far the superior and newer technology. It is both faster, more accurate, expensive and works on pretty much any surface you can think of. But a lot of gamers, including myself, do not find these claims to be all that true. This is because the technical advantages are usually so small that a normal human would not detect them. The Logitech G502, that I and many other gamers find to be perhaps the best gaming mouse of all time, is an optical mouse. So what can we learn from this? Laser or optical should not be the defining factor when buying a gaming mouse. It should instead be considered as most of the other features, and simply be one of the things you consider.
Optical Vs Sensor
If you want a more elaborate explanation of what the difference between laser and optical are, the video below does a fantastic job at explaining this. And huge thanks to TechQuickie for the awesome video. I highly recommend following this channel on youtube if you find this stuff interesting.
Wired or Wireless
For a lot of people, wireless mice may sound very tempting, but be careful. The wireless technology is almost never on par with their wired counterparts, the technology is simply not there yet. A wireless mouse will usually have a lot lower specifications than wired gaming mice. And I recommend wired over wireless to anyone who does not consider wireless as an absolute must.
10 Frequently Asked Questions about Gaming Mice(FAQ)
1. What is DPI and what does it do?
DPI, or ‘dots per inch’ is a term used to define how many pixels the cursor moves per inch moved. So in other words, it is a way to define how sensitive a mouse is, and how much you need to move the mouse for the cursor to move X amount.
2. Is a higher DPI always better?
NO, this is one of the most common misconceptions about gaming mice. Higher dpi don’t make for a better mouse, but the options of switching the dpi to very high are always nice. It all comes down to personal preference really, some professional FPS gamers even prefer incredibly low DPI to gain better accuracy. The Razer DeathAdder and Naga which can go as high as 16000 dpi, is just pure overkill, not even Korean RTS pro gamers need 16000 dpi. So sometimes it is just a fancy specification to lure people to buy the product. However, having the options to easily change the dpi on the fly is almost a must have featured in our opinion.
3. What is polling rate?
Polling rate is a number of times the mouse inform the computer of its movement and is measured in Hz. If your mouse has 100hz polling rate, it means that your computer will register the mouse’ position 100 times per second. So a mouse with 1000hz, report its position every single millisecond. Unlike DPI, the polling rate is generally better if it’s in the higher end. Especially in fast-paced competitive gaming such as MOBAs and FPS, since it decreases the time between your movement and for computer register it.
4. What is a ”snipe” button and what does it do?
Snipe buttons are very popular among fps specific mice such as the Logitech G402 and Corsair M65. What it does is that it slow the dpi down a LOT, momentarily, this allow fps gamers to gain incredible precision on the fly. A ‘snipe button’ is very useful when, you guessed it, sniping or whenever you need to aim with great accuracy.
5. Which mice do pro gamers use in eSport?
There is no easy answer for this, it really comes down to the genre of eSport(MOBA, fps etc.), personal preferences for the players and last but not least, sponsor deals. There is definitely some mice that are more popular in professional gaming than others, but no one mouse is dominating the market. Here are a few examples of popular mice for pro gamers:
- Logitech G
- Zowie FK1, FK1+, and FK2
- Razer Deathadder
- Razer Diamondback
- SteelSeries Sensei
This is just a few examples, there is obviously a lot more.
6. what is meant with plug-n-play?
It means that the mouse in question does not need a driver, software or anything else in order to run properly. With a plug-and-play mouse you simply plug in the USB and the mouse is good to go. The mouse can still have a software attached, as long as the mouse can do fine without it.
7. Which mice is the most popular one for gaming?
Like in many other gaming gear categories, Razer takes the cake again. The Razer DeathAdder is by far the most popular gaming mouse, and it is very easy to see why. We won’t say it is the best mouse in the world, but it is definitely up there in the top 5. The Logitech G502 is also an incredibly popular pick among gamers and is by many considered to be the best mouse in the world.
8. Is there a big difference between wired and wireless mice?
Yes, without the shadow of a doubt. The performance of wired gaming mice is generally and almost always a lot better, and also more durable. You will have to pay a quite excessive amount of money to get a wireless mouse that can compete with that of its wired counterparts. Such as the G900 Proteus Spectrum, but you can get the same performance for less than half the price. So unless wireless is a feature you absolutely need, we always recommend you buy wired mice instead.
9. Does all mouse work with Mac IOS?
No, most gaming gear companies target their products at Windows PC’s, since it is generally the superior option for gaming. This combined with the exclusive and isolated software that is IOS makes it so that a lot of mice only work properly for Windows computers. So if you are a Mac user, do make sure to always watch for the ”compatibility” factor when shopping for new gaming gear.
10. What is RGB?
RGB stands for red, green and blue, and means that you can fully customize the LED lighting to whatever color you might wish. We do think this feature is something that is overpriced when it comes to most mice since very few mice actually have a lot of visible LED during gameplay. But if you enjoy customizing or syncing your mice with the rest of your set-up RGB can be worth investing in. It has absolutely no positive effect on performance or quality, however, which is important to note.
In an attempt to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information, we have used the following sites for our research in making this buying guide.
Techquickie Youtube channel – Informational gaming youtube channel.
How-to Geek, Mouse DPI, and Polling Rates Explained – Gear gear information site.
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Epicgear.com, the 3 types of mouse grip – technical information site on gaming.
Lifewire.com, wired vs wireless mouse, a very useful website for tech geeks.
Steelseries.com, gear used by our professional gamers at TI6, official SteelSeries website.
Mmo-champion.com, computer gaming gear forum, the biggest forum for MMO gaming in the world.
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