Very much like finding the best gaming keyboard for your setup and needs, ensuring you don’t cheap out on a proper gaming mouse can be as important as any other peripheral. Do you need a precision based mouse that offers the ultimate sniping capabilities when the moment comes? Or perhaps you are just another Marksman on League of Legends forever attack moving and kiting that tank around the map, regardless here is a list of the best gaming mice on the market.
Regardless you will need to find the perfect mouse so that you can get that competitive edge over your opponents. You could argue that using any old mice that you find is adequate for gaming but then you’d be missing out on these essential features:
- Higher DPI (This helps you to cover a larger, or perhaps smaller, area of your screen with a normal amount of movement)
- Custom software for tweaking buttons on your mice, this is particularly useful for MOBA and MMORPG players who need macros and hotkeys ready for when the time strikes
- Sensors capable of handling faster movements to make sure your hardware is never the bottleneck in your gaming performance
- Reduced latency for millisecond precision potential
To put it simply even if you only play Minesweeper, why not do it on a gaming mouse… at least you’ll blow up in style.
Choosing the best gaming mouse for your setup is not all about stats and figures because for the most part as long as they can reach roughly 6,000 dpi, a reliable sensor and have a few macro keys then realistically, as a casual gamer, that’s all you’ll ever need features wise.
The real challenge when trying to find a gaming mouse for your setup is how they feel to use because we all have different sized hands and one model that works for me might not necessarily work for you.
Get your trigger finger ready because we are about to run through the top 10 gaming mice of 2017 and it’s all starting with the Razer DeathAdder Elite, something that’s truly special.
|1. Razer DeathAdder Elite||Up to 16,000||Wired||Razer Chroma Lighting|
|2. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum||Up to 12,000||Wired / Wireless||RGB Backlighting|
|3. Corsair Harpoon||Up to 6,000||Wired||RGB Backlighting|
|4. SteelSeries Rival 700||Up to 16,000||Wired||RGB Backlighting|
|5. Logitech G502 Proteus Core||Up to 12,000||Wired||RGB Backlighting|
|6. SteelSeries Sensei RAW||Up to 5,670||Wired||Yes|
|7. Razer Naga Hex V2||Up to 16,000||Wired||Razer Chroma Lighting|
|8. Corsair Vengeance M65||Up to 8,200||Wired||Yes|
|9. Cougar Minos X3||Up to 3,200||Wired||RGB Backlighting|
|10. G.Skill Ripjaws MX780||Up to 8,200||Wired||RGB Backlighting|
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder Elite|
|DPI||Up to 16,000|
|Other Features||Mechanical mouse switches (rated for up to 50 million clicks life span), Razer Chroma Lighting|
A familiar beast looks on at us from the distance, it could only be the latest revision of the ever popular Razer Deathadder series. This new revised model is more responsive than ever with sensors perfectly adequate for even the most intense e-sports players. You will find it hard to not AWP rushers down A long on Dust 2 with this bad boy at your dispense, this right-handed ergonomic beast sits comfortably in your hand with its sleek design that hasn’t been changed in years because it simply works.
There aren’t too many features that are bundled into the Razer Deathadder Elite, you get a beautiful mouse, two buttons below the scroll wheel in case you need to adjust your DPI in the middle of a team fight and two side buttons on the left-hand side that you can simply set to do anything you like be it popping a red potion whilst turret diving in a MOBA or simply reloading your AK-47 in CSGO.
Whilst there are no insanely advanced features, you do get some pretty chroma RGB lighting which you can customize to your heart’s content. The scroll wheel also has a comfortable grip that ensures smooth usage whilst browsing the web or scrolling through weapon slots.
One perhaps overlooked feature of the Razer DeathAdder Elite is the actual material that it’s made out of, normally during an intense gaming session your hands start to get sweaty under the pressure of the moment to perform and sometimes depending on what the mouse is actually made out of you might end up moving your hand ever so slightly out of position that could ruin your co-ordination.
However, this particular mouse has a, surprisingly, pleasant plastic matte texture which helps to prevent your hand slipping when things start to get serious.
|Mouse||Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum|
|DPI||Up to 12,000|
|Interface||Wired / Wireless (2.4GHz connection)|
|Other Features||11 Buttons, Ambidextrous, Customizable RGB Lighting and a battery life of up to 30 hours|
It was not too long ago when wireless gaming mice were all the rage and kind of became the new gimmick of the gaming world, however a lot of people have started to go off the idea. Quite simply because when you add a wireless receiver into the equation and a battery life then you are potentially risking a delay in response to your computer and also the mouse suddenly cutting out.
Understandably a lot of companies, such as Logitech, refuse to submit defeat and are here to convince you otherwise and to be honest the G900 Chaos Spectrum does a pretty good job of that.
By the power of technology and some other strange things they’ve sprinkled on the mouse Logitech have managed to achieve an incredible 1millisecond polling rate, this even at a wireless frequency of 2.4GHz.
The design of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is an interesting one, so much so that it’s actually ambidextrous and can be used by both left-handed and right-handed gamers. On top of this, they have even created a modular design for the buttons so you can detach the ones on the side if you just want a barebones gaming mouse.
There are a few other features which help the G900 keep up with wired mice in terms of responsivity:
- Zero Smoothing
- Zero Filtering
- Accelerated Coverage of the DPI Range
One cause for concern that some users may have is that the mouse only weighs a total of 107 grams, this might not sound like an issue until you realise that Logitech haven’t included any extra weights nor can you easily let the mouse pack on a few grams.
Logitech has really gone all out on this mouse to try and prove that wireless can be just as good if not sometimes a bit better due to convenience of not having any wires.
Overall the only real downside to this mouse, and every wireless peripheral, is that it does have a battery life and could at any moment drop out but even then Logitech is a step ahead of the curve because you can simply just plug this bad boy in and play with it wired in.
We really think this is a strong concept for other companies to take on board because there are benefits to wireless and wired gaming mice so if you can combine the two into one product then perhaps you’ll have the ultimate formulae? Who knows…
|DPI||Up to 6,000|
|Other Features||6 Programmable buttons, On-board memory for storing DPI profiles, Advanced optical gaming motion sensor|
What’s that over there, is it a bird, is it a plane? Nope it’s our best gaming mice budget award the Corsair Harpoon gaming mouse.
Much like Razer Corsair have a habit of generally not changing the design of a mouse once it starts to become popular and why should you right? The Corsair Harpoon is no exception to this rule and has many similar curves and edges to the popular Corsair M65 FPS gaming mouse.
The whole point of this entry level mouse is to provide gamers with everything they will ever need to get their feet off the ground and into a TDM on CSGO or a Ranked 5v5 match on summoners rift.
Here’s what you can expect from a mouse that is less than half the price of a lot of the keyboards on our top 10 list:
- RGB Lighting
- Six Programmable Buttons
- Textured Rubber Side Grips
- Onboard Memory to Store Custom DPI Profiles
When you look at that list you generally are quite taken back with what’s on offer for the price you are paying, while it does feel noticeably cheaper than other mice on offer that’s to be expected.
The Corsair Harpoon is well sized for both small and large hands so you don’t have to worry about it not being the right fit for you, plus the RGB logo is a pleasant ambient lighting to have just chilling on your desk.
The textured rubber side grips are a very welcome addition and help to ensure the mouse doesn’t slip away when gaming sessions get intense and your hands start to sweat just enough to lose grip.
Overall this mouse does pretty much have everything you could ever want for gaming so the question you have to ask yourself when choosing any other gaming mouse on our list is do you really need a better mouse than the Corsair Harpoon? If the answer is yes then you must have some specific feature needs or just simply don’t like the aesthetics of this mouse which is fair enough.
|Mouse||SteelSeries Rival 700|
|DPI||Up to 16,000|
|Other Features||OLED side-mounted display, Programmable buttons, On-board profile storage capabilities, RGB Lighting|
So apparently I’ve been out of the loop for a little while, it seems that we’ve finally reached the point where manufacturers need to start coming up with crazy features to put on the best gaming mice. On that note may I introduce you to the SteelSeries Rival 700 which comes with its very own OLED display that’s side-mounted on.
Currently, gamers aren’t really sure what to make of this addition, the OLED screen is currently being supported by three major games – CSGO, DOTA 2 and Minecraft. Alternatively, instead of making use of this support you could just stick a GIF of Nyan cat endlessly looping for your amusement, now there’s a throwback for you.
The current support in these three titles is quite simple actually and comes in the form of tactile alerts which result in vibrations to tell you that you’re about to run out of a particular resource.
Although it may seem a bit redundant and a lot of higher skill players will never need such a feature, it’s always interesting to see what a company will add next to a peripheral which you would assume has hit its feature peak by now.
SteelSeries are not shy when it comes to customization, as not only can you switch between a three or six-foot cable but the cover of the mouse is interchangeable.
The SteelSeries Rival 700 has come into a very competitive market with the intention of leaving a mark and it has most certainly done that, it’s one of the most unique piece of kit we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in a long time.
Overall SteelSeries have given us a taste of what we can expect from future updates to their SteelSeries Engine as we expect further support for popular games to kick in and this could very well be a dealbreaker for a lot of gamers who are on the fence about buying this mouse.
|Mouse||Logitech G502 Proteus Core|
|DPI||Up to 12,000|
|Other Features||Customizable RGB lighting, Additional 3.6g weights included, On-the-fly adjustable DPI, 3 on-board profiles|
If you thought that there was no mouse big enough or comfortable enough for your large hands then think again, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core is right up your street.
With a heavy base weight of 121g and an extra 3.6g of optional weight, this is a beast in disguise. Not only is the mouse heavy but even the buttons themselves feel like you have to use every fiber of muscle in your finger to push them down.
That may put off some potential buyers and entice others but one standout feature of this mouse is its unrivaled tracking sensor which currently sits as the most accurate on the gaming mouse market. Even at the max DPI setting of 12,000 the Logitech G502 Proteus Core maintains its cool under extreme mouse movements and no accuracy or performance is lost. Whilst most gamers will never need to use the maximum DPI setting it’s always nice to know that it maintains its performance and accuracy even under the most extreme conditions.
The sensor doesn’t cease to impress us there, it even features Logitech’s Delta Zero technology which allows it to be used on a greater variety of surfaces than most normal gaming mice.
There’s something quite satisfying about the aesthetics of this mouse, there are considerably more sharp edges when you compare it to its predecessor the G500. It seems as if Logitech has taken a leaf out of many other manufacturers books and future proofed the design.
Whilst the software used to configure the G502 is suitable for the purpose I feel that it could have a much simpler user interface without all of the flashy animations to make it seem cool.
At the end of the day you will either love or hate the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, it’s not an all-rounder like the Razer DeathAdder Elite but if you have large hands or prefer to use a heavier mouse and if having the best sensor on the market is appealing then this may in fact, be the best gaming mouse for you.
|Mouse||SteelSeries Sensei RAW|
|DPI||Up to 5,670|
|Other Features||Ambidextrous, Weighs only 90 grams|
You might be thinking, after looking at the features, why is the SteelSeries Sensei RAW on our top 10 gaming mice list? In a world where every company is trying to outperform the other with the additions of new and exciting features that have never been seen before, it’s a real pleasure to see a company just take a break and step back from the madness to go and re-visit the basic roots of a gaming mouse.
Don’t let the lack of features fool you, this is a very good mouse indeed and one of the lightest we’ve ever tested. Coming at a grand total of 90 grams (3.2 ounces) the Sensei RAW is the perfect companion for any gamer who has a preference towards lightweight mice.
Something to note with this mouse is that the glossy black finish does not bode well with any form of sweat that’s on your hands, so if you are to purchase this product make sure to buy the rubberized version as the additional grip is well worth sacrificing a shiny look.
Although this is a barebones mouse you still have features such as dynamic on-the-fly DPI adjustment between two settings which can be configured in the software provided.
The only negative aspect to this mouse is sometimes the fact that it’s ambidextrous and the layout means you can sometimes end up accidentally pressing the buttons on the opposite side to what you are used to, however this is generally an accepted issue with any type of ambidextrous design in gaming mice.
While it is impressive to see how light a company can get a gaming mouse and still make it a quality product, I do have a few concerns that it might just be a little too light for its own good but that’s purely a personal opinion.
Overall when testing the SteelSeries Sensei RAW we were thoroughly impressed with how effective such a simple gaming mouse could be and if you are in the market for something particularly lightweight then there’s currently no better option than this.
|Mouse||Razer Naga Hex V2|
|DPI||Up to 16,000|
|Other Features||Pre-set MOBA profiles, 5G laser sensor, DPI toggle buttons, 7-button thumb wheel|
Have you recently been struggling to consume that red health potion when it really matters, ever wished you could just have a button on the side of your mouse that did it for you? Then look no further, the king of MOBA gaming mice is back with even more features.
Razer’s second attempt at the Naga Hex has them this time not only looking to target MOBA players but they are also dipping their toes into the MMO market with this model. The main spectacle can be seen in the form of a 7-button thumb wheel that, with just a bit of practice, can have you improving your game massively.
Other features include two basic DPI toggle buttons just below the scroll wheel, Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting for wonderful aesthetics, a 5G laser sensor that’s capable of tracking at a rate of 16,000 DPI and pre-set game profiles to help you jump into your favorite MOBA.
There are two rubber grip plates located on either side of the mouse to help provide you with extra grip during intense team battles, these are a welcome addition and when testing we found that they had quite a noticeable effect on how we could keep the mouse tight in our hand.
A real downside to the Razer Naga Hex V2 is that it doesn’t actually contain any local memory for you to store profiles on, this came as a bit of a shock simply because of how expensive this gaming mouse is.
The design of the Naga Hex V2 is very familiar in the form of the DeathAdder and Razer Mamba and there’s nothing wrong with just repeating your own design, especially if it’s one that works well.
Overall this is great pickup for any gamer who is serious about their MOBA or MMO gaming and wishes to take it to the next level.
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M65|
|DPI||Up to 8,200|
|Other Features||Adjustable weight, 5 programmable buttons, Durability rating of over 20 million clicks|
The Corsair M65 range has been one of the best gaming mice for many FPS gamers ever since it was first released, the latest iteration is not massively different to its predecessors but don’t let that detract from the fact it very much deserves to be on our list of top gaming mice.
Let’s talk about the shape and design of the Corsair Vengeance M65 gaming mouse, our very first impression whilst holding it was that you will primarily be holding on to it with a claw grip opposed to using your palm to cover the mouse.
On the left-hand side of the mouse, you will find the ever popular sniper mode button that when pressed will drop the DPI of the mouse to whatever setting you have it on within the Corsair software. Immediately above this button, there are the two classic re-programmable side buttons which are featured on most popular gaming mice.
The metal design of the Corsair Vengeance M65 makes the build quality feel sturdy and capable of taking quite a punishing, unfortunately there is no left-handed design.
On the underside of the mouse, you will notice that there are three metallic circles which are the weights of the mouse, these can be modified to better suit your needs. I personally love the weight of the mouse when one of the metallic weights has been removed entirely as it seems to feel familiar to a lot of other mice that are out on the market.
The Corsair driver software is pretty simple to use and there’s nothing too flashy or distracting to make changing your DPI profiles and sniper mode a chore.
When it really comes down to the nitty gritty the Corsair Vengeance M65 is essentially an exact replica of the model which was given to us last year but that doesn’t make it any less of a fantastic gaming mouse, especially if you are heavily invested in the FPS scene.
|Mouse||Cougar Minos X3|
|DPI||Up to 3,200|
|Other Features||6 buttons, On-the-fly DPI modifier, RGB Backlighting|
While you might not necessarily know much of the Cougar brand they are rapidly becoming a household name within the best gaming mice on the market, their target market appears to be gamers who are looking for all of the features found in more expensive mice but without paying that premium price tag.
Thankfully one component which Cougar haven’t cheaped out on is the premium optical sensor that provides you with a smooth and accurate experience, having an on-the-fly DPI switch mechanism is incredibly useful for a mouse that’s so cheap.
Six buttons on the mouse provide you with adequate versatility if you ever wish to tailor this gaming mouse to your favorite MOBA or MMO hotkeys, the RGB backlighting is a pleasant addition which we would not typically expect from a product of this price.
The mouse is quite aesthetically pleasing to look at and comes sporting quite a traditional design with a few sharp edges to give it a meaner look. Upon first looking at the max DPI that this mouse has to offer you might be slightly put off, but unless you are looking to go professional, which frankly I imagine most of you aren’t, then a DPI rating of 3,200 is more than adequate for your gaming needs.
The OMRON switches used for this gaming mice are rated in at an acceptable 10 million clicks which will last you for years to come which makes the value for money rating of this mouse even better than before.
Overall it’s not the most recognized brand and it doesn’t necessarily come with all of the features you might want to have but do you really need them? It comes down to a question of do you have the extra money to splash out on a more expensive gaming mouse, if the answer is yes and you’re not too bothered about saving then go for something like the Razer DeathAdder Elite else the Cougar Minos X3 will serve you well.
|Mouse||G.Skill Ripjaws MX780|
|DPI||Up to 8,200|
|Other Features||Ambidextrous design, on-the-fly DPI switch, On-board storage for 5 profiles, RGB backlighting, Adjustable weights|
Out of all the gaming mice that we have reviewed, the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 is arguably the most versatile in terms of how much you can customize the weight and feel of the mouse with interchangeable side grips.
The ambidextrous design is always a welcome addition to the left-handed users and with more features than you can find in most other gaming mice it really does leave you wondering why everyone doesn’t own one.
The RGB backlighting has been split up into four different sections which delivers an even glow around this gaming mouse, it’s a nice unique feature that we have yet to see from other manufacturers.
With all of the adjustable physical features included this is by far one of the most comfortable mice we have had the pleasure of using throughout this review.
The build quality is nothing to laugh at either, the mouse feels sturdy and well built for the price you pay. The only complaints we have is really down to the software provided which could be made more user-friendly than its current state. While the RGB backlighting is a welcome addition, it’s not been done amazingly well, green can easily be perceived as blue and yellow lighting looks considerably off-colour.
Whilst there is a DPI switch button it is perhaps a bit too prominent in position and also considerably lighter than most other switches designed for the same purpose, so make sure to not accidentally press this whilst aiming down sights while covering A Long on Dust 2.
Overall it’s a solid gaming mouse which delivers on every front that you would need it to, however it had us asking for more in a lot of minor but still important areas. We would love to see an updated model that featured better RGB backlighting and a less responsive DPI switch.
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