People ask me why there must be a ‘Gaming Mouse‘, for a specific purpose – gaming?
How their average mice are different than these so-called Gaming Mice?
And after spending a lot of money on Graphics Cards, Gaming Keyboard, Gaming PC/Laptop and Gaming headset and even routers, will they now have to spend some more bucks to create their ultimate Gaming rig?
Gaming Mouse Comparison
I will answer all of these questions. But First, let me clear one thing.
A Gaming Mouse is different than your average Mouse.
What does that mean?
It means that a Gaming mouse/keyboard has very less input lagging when compared to their ‘normal’ counterparts. An average mouse takes 8-35 ms to process information for a Click and another 2-3 milliseconds (ms) to send it over to CPU.
Well, that’s may not be a big deal for an average PC user but it surely is – for Hard-Core Gamers. ‘Cause in many First-Person Shooter (FPS) games, every millisecond matters. An average Gaming mouse has only 2-8 ms input lag ( time taken to process information of a click) and 1ms polling rates (the rate it sends info to the computer).
Apart from this, there are many other different features in a Gaming Mouse. They have DPI density very higher than that of an ordinary mouse. The greater DPI density, the mouse sensitivity will be higher and pointer speed will be faster.
Other than more DPIs, Gaming mice have the ability of DPI switching – they can go from very fast motions to very controlled movement – in the blink of an eye. This feature is called on-the-fly DPI switching. They also include weight cartridges.
Palm Grip vs Claw Grip vs Fingertip Grip
One more thing. While choosing your gaming mouse, you should also consider which mouse is suited to which grip. In general, we have 3 types of Grip stances.
- Palm Grip – In this stance, you place your entire hand over the mouse.
- Claw Grip – This grip resembles very much to Palm Grip except one difference. Your fingers are arched, to make the index and middle fingertip perpendicular to mouse buttons, in this stance.
- Fingertip Grip – In this grip, your entire hand is raised in air from back instead of resting on the mouse, and just two fingers + thumb are in contract with the mouse.
You see, it is important to understand which mouse suits your grip stance because not every mouse works best with every grip.
So now, as you know much about Gaming Mice, here are best Best Gaming Mice for 2016. Go on and pick one that its perfect for you. Because everyone has its own needs.
Best Gaming Mouse for 2016 – Top 10 Gaming Mice Reviewed!
10. Turtle Beach Grip 500 – Check Best Deals
Although Turtle Beach is a very active company in the gaming market, 2015 was the first year in which this company manufactured accessories of PC gaming like Turtle Beach Elite 800 etc. Grip 500 is one of those devices.
First, we are going to talk about its looks. Although it features an ambidextrous shape (for both left ad right-hand users), the fact that it has three input buttons on its left side means it is better for right-hand users. But you can use it as a leftie too, for this, you have to use your little finger to press those buttons. On its top side, there are standard left, right buttons + scroll wheel. You can click through scroll-wheel but it can’t be used to tilt sideways. It has another button too, right under the scroll-wheel, which you can use to resets your DPI settings.
You have to manually download its drivers. Once you’ve installed them you can use its software to assign different functionalities to each of its keys. Apart from this, you can also adjust DPI settings, double-click speed, and lift-off height etc. For your information, Grip 500 can have a maximum DPI up to 9800.
What Other Say About It
The Grip 500 is a well-balanced, comfortable gaming mouse with flexible sensitivity options and a macro editor that should keep MMO gamers happy……….. It has a more in-depth software suite and complete customisation of all its LEDs — Expert Reviews.
9. Roccat Kone Pure Optical: Check Best Dels
Roccat Kone Pure Optical can be a good option for you if you want to cover all the bases while remaining in a budget too. Yes, Onboard memory, Programmable Keys, and multicolor lighting – all of it in a bit more than 50 bucks. On design, it looks like its big-brother Roccat Kone XTD. Its ergonomics are seemingly tailor-made for right-handers. It is fully-coated and indented for the placement of not just your thumb, but your fingers too. Weighing only 95 grams, Roccat Kone ensures it can glide smoothly. All these things make a perfect experience.
Here are some of its features:
- Adjustable Pro-Optic(R3) sensor – You can adjust up to 4000 DPI.
- Easy-shift[+] technology – Well, it is a whole game changer. More on that in the later paragraph.
- On-Board Memory – To store all of your macros – it has a 576 KB of memory.
- A 32-bit Turbo V2 processor for fast computing.
- A polling rate of 1000Hz (it takes only 1 sec to report its position to computer) and 1 ms response time – pretty decent even for a gaming mouse.
- A total number of 7 buttons and a wheel.
- You can set its lightning with a combination of 16.8 million colors.
So why this mouse is so special?
Actually, there are two reasons for it. First, is its software. I know many people who only buy a Roccat mouse due to its software. On the main tab of its software, you can change settings like scroll speed, tilt speed and DPI level etc. To change Double-click speed scroll all the way to its bottom tab.
Second is its EasyShift[+] feature. You think 7 programmable aren’t enough, huh?. If so, then you can use EasyShift Button in combination with other buttons – just like what you do with your traditional keyboard’s shift key. This sums the total programmable Buttons to 17.
Button assignment task is pretty straightforward. Roccat helps you by showing what you have it – in case you don’t know. There are 5 profiles and each can have 17 programmable buttons, so you can store 85 tasks you want your mouse to do. Geez, this is so much! You can manage all these macros under Macros Manager.
8. Thermaltake Level 10 M Hybrid: Check Best Deals
If you want a Gaming mouse that looks stylish too, that is what you can have. Just look at it and you would find it weird – but in a positive way. Going by aesthetics, the first thing you will notice in it would its raised-top, from the bottom side. This makes it even more funky.
It is made for right-hand users but left-handers can work with it too. As I said its back is raised, but you can actually adjust to required height and sideways tilt for palm rest. Buttons wise, nothing special here. 2 Action buttons and a 4-way directional pad on the left side is what you get, along with the usual left, right, and scroll wheel buttons. Behind left button, there is a honey-comb like hexagon space. It works pretty well in keeping ventilation and cooling it down.
There is also an adjustable bolt which you can use to raise/lower top-cover up to 5mm. One minor hiccup I found in its design is that since it has no thumb-resting place, you may accidentally press some buttons of the directional pad. And it’s not weight-adjustable, something very crucial for every gaming mouse.
Inside this mouse, you will get a 128 KB onboard memory and up to 8200 DPI. You will need its software for customization. Using this software, you can make different gaming profiles (up to 5) and make macros for 9 programmable keys. You can also change different modes such as Normal, Battle etc. In battle mode, for example, its lightning changes as per every single click.
This mouse comes in two version: Wired and wireless. Of course, wireless version is little more expensive, but it has some pros too. Like, you can use the wireless version as a wired mouse too. The range of that wireless version is 10 m. Its connects through the USB dongle receiver to the computer and its battery life is 4 hours.
7. Logitech G502 Proteus Core: Check Best Deals
Here is Logitech G502 Proteus Core. PC World Called it a “Supremely customizable Beast”, TechRadar recommended it to “Stubborn Gamers” and Toms Guide sums it up as “best all-purpose gaming mouse”. This funky-shaped small rodent got all this praise for a reason – actually many reasons. First of all, its design is perfect for both palm grip and claw grip. Its size is average with the textured surface for both of the fingers and thumb resting place.
In this rodent, you will get 11 programmable buttons which are a pretty fair deal. Other than the usual left and right buttons, it’s got a 3-directional scroll wheel, 3 thumb buttons, and two DPI-switching buttons to move its DPI from 200 to , as much as, 12000. For sensitive FPS games, you can decrease its DPI. You can also adjust the wheel’s friction courtesy of a non-programmable button placed beneath the scroll wheel.
Features wise there are many good things in it. First, it ‘scans’ its current surface, literally. Be it a sub $50 premium mouse pad or thin paper sheet, you can optimize it for every surface. You can calibrate it for these surfaces using its gaming software, more on it later.
Second, it has customizable weight adjustment.
Didn’t get it?
Well, let me clear you. Although there are many mice with weight adjustable, they basically just have an eject-able canister, just like the one found in Logitech’s G500s. But in this mouse, you can select how much weight you want on which part. You can apply weight on the front, on the backside or even on the middle.
For hyper-fast scrolling, it has an improved dual-mode scroll wheel, which can do hyper-fast scrolling on the web to enhance click-to-click precise for gaming.
In the past, we’ve seen Logitech’ Gaming software far behind than that of Razer. But enough is enough, it has got some pretty good tricks of its own. This software automatically scans all of your installed games. It also figures out which command is used in which game and list it out. All you have to do is to drag that command to program buttons columns and drop it on your desired button.
What this mouse also automatically does, is to make a profile for every game and load this profile too, upon playing a game.
Except MMO gaming, we found its performance pretty exceptional. So if you’re an MMO gamer you can look at others like Razer Naga Epic Chroma, but for the rest, who want performance within budget, it is highly recommended.
6. Corsair Vengeance M95: Check Best Deals
You can call this mouse to be the successor of Corsair M65. The later got very good reviews except some minor glitches. Although it doesn’t have a flamboyant look, you will get a comfortable and clean-looking design overall. Particularly, we liked its Arctic White version which contrasts well with sideways’ black color. Since it is raised from back, you will get a curved palm. It has textured surface for both fingers and thumb resting place. Since it is has got plenty of thumb buttons, you won’t be able to rest your thumb, though.
Now as we’re talking about its buttons, let me tell you that it has 15 programmable buttons, instead of M65’s 8. You will get a button behind scroll wheel, two DPI switching buttons next to the left button and 9 thumb buttons, other than usual left, right and scroll wheel button. These 9 buttons surround your thumb and it is one complaint we have from its design. Because having so many buttons closely-packed means you have to rely on your luck to not press any unintended button.
Apart from these, you can even switch between different response times such as 1ms, 2ms, 4ms, and 8ms etc.
Software and features
M95 uses the same Corsair software which is used by M65. While this software is good, it has a steep learning curve. On top of this, you have to manually download it from Corsair website. This software gives you endless options with 15 buttons on each profile and you can make 6 profiles. One problem you can have is that these macros may get interrupted by some programs. To cure that, you need to select the checkbox which is labeled with Hardware Playback. This allows macros to override. You can also change mouse’ DPI through this mouse. It has an 8200 DPI laser sensor.
5. SteelSeries Sensei Wireless – Check Best Deals
How can you describe a mouse that Tom’s Guide calls ‘a wise Investment‘?
I don’t know about you but I would call that mouse nothing less than a real stuff.
And By the way, why a wireless gaming mouse would not be perfect when it is costing more than 100 bucks.
If you’ve noticed from above picture, it consists of two parts: a base which serves the dual purpose of a charger and wireless transceiver + the mouse itself. Therefore, it is a 2-in-1 mouse which means that you can use it on two modes: Wired and Wireless.
Sensei Wireless features a pretty simple design. A left and right buttons on either side of a scroll button that can be clicked. Just behind this scroll button, we have a DPI-switcher – you can change up to 8200 dpi — and two side buttons on each side. These are programmable buttons that do pre-assigned tasks – Page Up/Down buttons on right side whereas Forward/Backward Buttons on the left side.
For customization, you will get SteelSeries Engine 3. It is a software through which you can tweak its sensitivity and illumination. You can also assign macro commands to 4 combined programmable buttons. SteelSeries Engine 3 is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.
This mouse features acceleration. It means that anticipate your movements and require little physical movement for your hands — in order to move. You may not like it if you want pin-point accuracy. In that case, you can disable this acceleration. However, you can even increase that to 2 to 3 times more if you like it, through SteelSeries Engine 3. It features another built-in Battery save feature, which basically puts this mouse in a sleep mode, after a few minutes of inactivity.
As I said, this mouse works in two modes: Wired and Wireless. By default, its USB-to-Mini-USB cable plugs into its base station — for charging. However if you want to work in wired mode, all you have to do is plug that cable directly into this mouse. Meanwhile, you can charge its base while using the mouse in wired mode. Its base is illuminated which tells you a different status of battery – low, full, empty etc. It’s estimated battery life is 18 hours approx. After this, it takes almost 3.5 hours to charge fully.
4. Zowie Gear Ergonomic Optical Gaming Mouse – Check Best Deals
One common problem new users can face, while using their first gaming mouse, is — being overwhelmed by the plethora of options they have in their sleeves. I mean anyone who has used only 3-button mouse for 5-6 years will be certainly astounded by a typical 10-button gaming mouse with seemingly infinite configurations and many more macros. Even if you’d feel like being in a NASA control room in that situation, I wouldn’t be shocked.
To save from this enigma I have included this mouse — Zowie Gear EC1-A. Going by its aesthetics, it looks like a regular mouse made for office purposes. It works best for right-hand users. Its surface texture makes it grippy and hard to slip if your hand is sweaty. Its rubbery scroll wheel is a bit hard to scroll and can be clicked. In the latter case, it gives you decent noise and tactile feedback. Scroll wheel changes its color accordingly with your current DPI settings.
There are two non-configurable buttons above its thumb-rest. Underneath the mouse, you’ll find its two large feet, unlike other mice which feature four feet. In case you’re wondering how you can change frequency and DPI, then don’t worry. You can adjust DPI/HZ/LOD all with buttons on the mouse.
There are some minor problems in this mouse, of course. One problem I’ve mentioned in above paragraphs is that it works best for right-hand persons. Apart from this, its tracking speed is not up to the mark with its more expensive rivals.
For many first time users, Zowie’s Gear mouse may feel like another horse in the sub-60 bucks race-course of gaming mice. But it nicely carves its own niche. You can call it as a hybrid between a regular mouse and a full-fledged gaming mouse.
3. Razer Ouroboros – Check Best Deals:
Sometimes I wonder that why the heck Razer is so obsessed with their snake associations. First, there were Mamba, Naga and DeathAdders. And now we welcome Ouroboros (Click on that Wiki link to get more info about this word). But all things aside, let’s take a look inside this rodent.
Let me be honest with you. Razer Ouroboros is an expensive mouse and its design takes every chance make you realize that. One left and right buttons, a scroll wheel that can be clicked, two buttons for your thumb on both of its side and two for DPI adjustments — that’s all it got, a total number of 11 programmable buttons. In case you don’t want those thumb buttons, just activate/deactivate them through on/off slider on its bottom. One notable thing in its design is overly-raised back. That can be a problem for those who like to rest their palm on a desk while using mouse. But the good things is, it’s adjustable.
The first thing about which Razer Ouroboros boasts is its Dual-senor system. It’s got mechanism of both laser and optical mouse — which means it combines a laser sensor with an Optical sensor. Due to this 2-in-1 combo, it has 8200 dpi sensitivity and 1000 Hz polling rate.
On the other side, you’ll get an ARM 32- bit processor. Courtesy of its, Ouroboros has a Polling rate of only 1ms. In terms of connectivity too, you’ll get more than one option. You can connect through its USB cable for wired connections, whereas it can also act without cords. Its wireless base station provides sufficient charging.
One thing you’ll miss, may be, is its weight adjustment. Actually, it’s the lack of it, because you can’t adjust its weight to suit your technique — apparently due to no space for weight allocation inside it. If you dare to read its full name — Razer Ouroboros Elite “Ambidextrous” Gaming Mouse — it implies that it can be used by both right and left-Handers.
On the software side, one thing worth mentioning is its Razer synapse 2.0 feature. Simply put, Synapse is Razor’s own customizable dashboard for your gaming mouse configuration. Good news is that it’s cloud-connected which ensures your configuration is saved over the internet. So that you can later use that config can be used on any other Synapse-installed PC. Pairing it with other Razor’ Devices( like Keyboard) is also a breeze. In addition to this sync, this software also lets you assign macros and customize your mouse keys. You can even have separate profiles.
2. Razer Naga Epic Chroma – Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming – Check Best Deals
Razer naga Epic Chroma is the best wireless mouse you can get for gaming. In our testing, we found it particularly good for MMO games (the games which support a massive number of players simultaneously).
Its design is borrowed from the original Naga wired model. Simply put, it has a very large mouse with a left and right button on either side and a Nokia 3300-style keypad. This keypad has 12 big buttons, easily accessible by your thumb. Other than these, it as some other buttons such as 2 central buttons and a scroll wheel that clicks 3 ways – more on that later.
Just like other Razer mice, Naga Epic uses Razer’s proprietary Synapse 2.0 software. Using this software, you can program each and every key of your mouse. Other types of customization you can do is adjusting color options and brightness. Since it is a Chroma mouse too, you even select different colors for scroll wheel and buttons. Synapse 2.0 also has a cloud support to save your data and profile.
Like Sensei Wireless, it also works in Wired and Wireless mode. Its dock also acts as a wireless receiver. It can work up to 20 hours on a single charge. Its main advantages are its keys. The mere fact that it has a total number of 19 buttons can make pro-gamers drool. In both wired and wireless mode, it has a response time of less than 1ms. This good response time makes it a perfect choice for gamers. From Amazon it is available in 4 different options: Standard, Left handed, Epic and Epic Chroma.
1. Razer DeathAdder Chroma : Check Best Deals
Meet another and new member of Razor’s Serpent-inspired DeathAdder category — DeathAdder Chroma. Generally speaking, DeathAdders are considered to be top players in Gaming mice market. Comes Chroma, in which Razor some minor tweaks rather than a new overhaul. So it is more of an evolution and less of a revolution. So let’s find out what’s different in this mouse from other DeathAdders.
Looking at its size, it is not a big one but Good for both palm and finger grip techniques. A good thing is a ‘V’ shaped angle it forms between its two finger buttons. That means that your fingers will make a natural angle. Take that feature aside, you will have an apparently modest gaming mouse with 5 buttons. 3 standard left, right buttons and scroll wheel + 2 programmable buttons join to form this combo.
This mouse doesn’t have weight adjustment feature. But neither does its weight makes you feel that deficiency.
Another main thing which distinguishes it from other mice of DeathAdder Lineup is that it has enhanced-RGB illumination. According to Razor, it can support up to 16.8 million colors. You can apply any combination of these 16.8 million colors (whether it’s 10 or 100 colors) in the scroll wheel and Razor’s Logo of your DeathAdder Chroma. Although you can’t adjust its brightness level, there are many things you would like such as automating a color cycle or even syncing it with your Razor Keyboard.
Like Ouroboros, DeathAdder has Razor Synapse 2.0 to help you doing different tasks. Since I’ve already describe some of Synapse’ functionality on Ouroboros’ review, there is no need to describe it here again. Anyways, you can switch your DPI from 200 to 10,000. Polling rate can also be changed, it is capable of detecting speed up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration. You can also have different types of configurations for different types of surfaces on which you will use your mouse.
You can also use your Synapse to record your performance and make automatic heat-maps to improve your gaming ability. Of course, you can disable this feature if you don’t like it — that would be pretty rare.
What Others Say About It:
The Chroma delivers with price, weight and comfort. With customizable lights and intuitive software, it’s easy to recommend Razer’s latest gaming mouse – Brittany Vincent