A good gaming mouse can be the difference between being the most valuable player and ending up on the wrong side of that final kill cam. But with so many gaming mice out there which one is best and ultimately which is the one you should be dropping all of that cash on. That’s where this guide comes in. I wanted to put together guide for you to help you by showing you the ins and outs of gaming mice as well as give you some recommendations on some of my favorites that may become your best desk companion.
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Facts and Figures:
We start with what makes a good gaming mouse and what I’m looking for when I’m reviewing them. Really, it’s all about accuracy and reliability while still having a very high level of comfort the main thing that you’ll probably see on the specs sheet is the sensor and they generally come in two flavors optical or laser. Laser sensors are actually optical sensors but they use coherent lights or lasers for their illumination and it’s a bit up in the air over which one is best, it will depend on a case-by-case basis but generally speaking most people will lean you towards an optical sensor as the best for gaming.
The other thing that you’ve probably seen is DPI (dots per inch) and this is a measure of how sensitive the Mouse is when you move it from left to right. If you have a high DPI then the cursor will move very quickly whereas if you use a low dpi it will move very slowly. Don’t go thinking that a massive dpi makes a mouse better from something that has a lower DPI. It’s more about how accurate the sensor is rather than how high the DPI can go. The other thing you’ve probably heard of is polling rates and this is a measure of how frequently your mouse will communicate with your computer. So a 1000 Hertz Mouse will communicate with your computer 1,000 times a second which in theory will be faster and more responsive than a 500 Hertz Mouse.
This leads on nicely to wireless mice because now you can get high-end gaming mice that have very similar if not identical levels of performance as their wide cousins but are completely wireless. Things like polling rate will have an impact on battery life but you can’t get mice from Logitech that will rely on induction charging so you never need to plug it in ever again. Wireless mice are often heavier than their wide counterparts because of course you’ve got that battery and you do introduce a few other problems things like you might get interference or just general dropouts that won’t affect you if you’re using a wide mouse. But most people would prefer the freedom of a wireless mouse if they can stomach the extra cost.
It’s not what about performance though and ergonomics are just as important. You can break it down into three main categories you’ve got buttons and the way they’re arranged, the shape of the mouse and then the weight. The shape and the weight will, of course, vary depending on the person you are and what you’re looking for how you hold your mouse as far as button layout goes through some people will want something that’s known as a alpha dexterous design so it’s suitable for both left and right-handed users as it’s normally symmetrical or if you want something specific maybe you want loads of buttons because you’re a mobile player maybe you want a sniper button for lying up those headshots. All of these things will vary depending on the model of the mouse you’d go for. So having an idea of what you want will help you when you are actually doing your shopping.
So a thing that’s everything you need to know at a glance about gaming mice as far as my recommendations are concerned these are all based on the last three or four years of review experience. I’ve been doing it professionally for trusted reviews as the peripheral guy for around 16 months now. But we start with the budget because not everyone has loads of money to spend on a high-end gaming mouse.
Optical: 6000 DPI – £30 / $30
My favorite at the budget end is currently the Corsair Harpoon. It’s a very small, lightweight nimble Mouse. It has a maximum DPI of 6000 as well so it should be fine across all monitors and it just represents great value for money coming in at around about 30 pounds at the time of release. It’s not absolutely perfect though it definitely does show weakness when you compare it to the significantly more expensive mice. Differently in precision movement so if you’re playing a lot of first-person shooters and you’re doing a lot of sniping, you might find it’s not absolutely perfect. But for the money, I think it definitely is a steal.
Asus ROG Evolve
Optical: 7200 DPI – £60 / $70
Moving on to the sort of male side advice looking at if you’re just getting into PC gaming and you have a little bit more money to spend, it’s the ROG evolved because while it’s definitely not hitting the headlines for having the absolute best performance and a load of standout features like a load of buttons and things like that. It does come with removable shelves which means that if you’re not entirely sure what shape of a mouse you like then you’ve got four choices out of the box and I have to say that I didn’t like two of the configurations but one felt amazing in my hand. I think that most people would have a similar experience it’s a way of finding the best fit for you if you don’t know what the best fit for you actually is.
SteelSeries Rival 310
Optical: 12,000 DPI – £60 / $60
My favorite all-rounder and one of my favorite all-time performing mice, it’s the SteelSeries Rival 310 and I’ve only recently tested this. It uses their new true move sensor which is actually exclusive to SteelSeries and it’s very lightweight. You can throw it around it’s great for flick shots but it just feels so natural whenever you’re using it. I’ve been playing a lot of Call of Duty and even some Star Wars Battlefront with this mouse recently and it’s been fantastic for first-person shooters and because it is so lightweight I think it’s going to have a lot of appeal.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
Optical: 16,000 DPI – £80 / $80
If you’re the sort of person that wants a lot of buttons on your mouse, you maybe play a lot of RTS, MOBA games then you should consider the Scimitar Pro from Corsair this is a bright RGB Mouse. It is in a larger size and it is quite heavy but it’s got a very large Bank of buttons and you can assign these to do whatever you like. Media Keys, button functions, numbers, macros; you name it you can pretty much do it.
Asus ROG Gladius II
Optical: 12,000 DPI – £80 / $99
Moving across to a decent first-person-shooter mouse it’s the Asus ROG Gladius II. This mouse I’d say, it still is perhaps a little bit expensive you’d get it at its full retail price. Build quality is excellent you’ve got a sniper button which is something I swear by and it also has some other things like that removable cable and removable/replaceable switches so that you have just a load of things you can do with your mouse. It’s not going to die on you within the first year or so.
Optical: 12,000 DPI – £135 / $150
If you do have a lot of money to spend on a gaming mouse though and you want the absolute best then I’m sort of torn between two as I really like the Logitech G 900 and then the Razer Lancehead. It is definitely worth noting here, as far as the Logitech mice are concerned there are some even newer mice but I haven’t tested these yet so stay tuned as I will be writing about them. But the G 900 is great, it fits my hand very well and it is very ergonomic. It is a bit on the larger side and as a wireless mouse, it does weigh fair amount; just under 110 grams. But the performance can’t really be faulted here. I just wish that it was maybe slightly better built as it does go a little bit flimsy and rough around the edges.
Laser: 16,000 DPI – £140 / $140
The Razer Lancehead, on the other hand, I’d say is better built and personally, I prefer the design is a little bit smaller and fits my hand even better than the G 900. Though I definitely noticed that their range is a little bit reduced versus the G 900. So make sure you keep the wireless dongle very close to your desk as otherwise, you might experience dropouts which would not be acceptable from something from a mouse this expensive. But both of them are fantastic shouts and it’s going to depend more on your personal preference rather than an outright which one is better.
Corsair M65 Pro
Laser: 12,000 DPI – £60 / $60
If you do want my recommendation for my absolute favorite Gaming Mouse then even after all of these years, it’s still the Corsair M65. The current variant, the Corsair M65 Pro RGB costs around about 55 pounds at the time of release. It offers removable weights, so if you’re not sure what weight you like you can find out. It got braided cable, performance is exemplary, it’s got the sniper button and I just find the shape very ergonomic and I just love using it. But obviously its going to depend purely on the games you play, your hand, your preferences.
So hopefully all of these recommendations have shown you that there are a wide array of choices to choose from and there’s not necessarily one right answer but regardless I hope it helps you. If you want to go and check these mice out further. Let me know what you thought of this write-up and of course, if you have any specific questions please leave them down in the comment section below.