Let's be honest. There’s no denying that gaming peripherals, especially gaming mice have earned a lot of bad rep.
A lot of gamers, hardcore and casual have said that these gaming mice are nothing more than a gimmick, and the ability to win or lose the game is completely dependent on the gamer. What makes a mouse, the gaming mouse? We’re going to find out.
Things You Should Look for in a Gaming Mouse
Regardless of the good or bad reputation, there is no denying that gaming mice are something that are preferred by the masses of gaming community. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, or a casual one, having a gaming mouse automatically gives you the bragging rights.
While I won’t say that gaming mice will actually improve how you play, the fact that most gaming mice are tuned to perfection, have extremely precise sensors, and have macro keys that can be useful is something that we simply can’t deny.
With that said, choosing a gaming mouse is something that is relatively easy, especially for people who are fully aware of what they want to buy, and what they are looking for.
The market of gaming mice is pretty saturated, more and more companies are coming out with some of the best gaming mice we have had the chance of testing. When it comes to buying a gaming mouse, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind, things like the sensor type, the ability to adjust weight, and top of it, having the much hyped RGB LED option.
While the seasoned gamers are already aware of what they are looking for in a gaming mouse, the people who are buying a new, high end gaming mouse for the first time may end up having some sort of complication mainly because of the options that are available in the market.
In order to help you make the right decision and ultimately save money, we are going to take a look at some of the things you should be looking for in a gaming mouse; these thing will ultimately help you decide what mouse is best for you, and will save you a lot of time.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some things you should look for in a gaming mouse.
In all honesty, a gaming mouse wouldn’t really be a gaming mouse if it doesn’t let you adjust the sensitivity (DPI). While most people think that playing at a higher DPI is an easy thing, do keep in mind that higher sensitivity means that your mouse’s tracking will be really, really fast. If you have a multi-monitor setup, or a monitor with a really, really high resolution, then a higher sensitivity would be better.
However, do keep in mind that people who prefer first person shooters might want to tone down and find a lower sensitivity option that will help them aim precisely. These things become really easy when you have a mouse with adjustable DPI. Most gaming mice come with a button that lets you change the DPI on the fly, making your experience a lot easier.
Some gamers prefer their mice heavier, while others prefer them lighter in weight. When looking for a new gaming mouse, keep in mind that several gaming mice actually come with the ability to tune weight, you can make the mouse heavier, or lighter according to your preferences.
While this is something that may sound gimmicky but it isn't. For anyone who’s constantly shifting between preferences, this is a really great option that will help you make the right decision.
Left, right, and middle click are the only buttons that you’ll find your regular mouse. However, when it comes to a gaming mouse, you get a lot of buttons; there’s no proper way of saying but some mice have a total of 17 buttons, something that is a lot.
However, the good thing is that if you’re playing games that require you to have some complex macros, or some other commands, and you prefer to have them on your mouse, then these mice will let you remap all the buttons there, and if you don’t want that, you can even put some button combinations there.
This mostly is optional, but if you please, you can look for mice that comes with RGB LED options, and while this won’t really add anything to your gaming experience, if you’re someone who’s colour coordinated this may be your pick.
Other than that, there are some mice that have features such as haptic feedback that lets you know of certain events in the game, and while this is largely considered as a gimmick, it still is a nice feature to have for those who are looking to get the best of both worlds.
With that out of the way, we are going to look at our top picks, and see what is the best gaming mouse in the market.
Best Gaming Mouse 2017 Review
Steelseries Sensei Raw
Best Gaming Mouse for Ambidextrous Users
When it comes to gaming mice, peripherals in general, not many can rival Steelseries. The company is known for creating some of the most popular gaming peripherals that are used by professional gamers, hardcore gamers, and casual gamers.
Today, we are looking at their epic offering known as the Steelseries Sensei Raw; this simple yet powerful mouse by Steelseries is made for both right and left handed users, making it one of the best ambidextrous options the market has to offer.
Steelseries highly believes in simplicity, that is perhaps the reason why you won’t be finding any fancy curves, or over the top lighting, however, you do get a sturdy build quality, simple and elegant looks, quite a handful of customization options, and one of the best laser sensors that we have had the chance to use.
In addition to your usual set of buttons, the Sensei Raw also comes with 4 additional buttons that are conveniently placed on the either side, although the buttons are programmable through the software, they are pre-programmed to act as forward and backward, and page up and page down
The overall performance of the Sensei Raw is commendable to say the least, the sensor is capable of giving out a maximum of 5,670 DPI, and while it’s not awfully, it’s still good enough because most gamers won’t even reach beyond 3,00 DPI.
Overall, Steelseries Sensei Raw is a pretty capable gaming mouse for people who want to stay under the budget, it has a slick, glossy finish that may bother some, but other than that, it’s more than capable of delivering great performance.
Simple, elegant, and practical design.
Enough customization option.
Great laser sensor.
Below is an excerpt from SteelSeries Sensei Review by Brian Westover
SteelSeries Sensei offers simplicity [...] and a quality sensor that offers solid performance
Razer DeathAdder Chroma
The next mouse on our list is from non-other than Razer, and it’s safe to assume that almost everyone is aware of Razer’s legendary DeathAdder mouse. However, there’s no denying that DeathAdder is perhaps one of the oldest mice in the market.
Say hello to the new and improved DeathAdder Chroma, and obviously, this one comes with the Chroma RGB lighting that Razer is so proud of. However, the good thing is that the lighting isn’t the only upgrade this mouse has received.
As obvious as it may seem, Razer upgraded the sensor on this mouse to match the high DPI sensors that are getting more and more common, as for the DeathAdder Chroma, it rocks an insane 10,000 DPI sensor.
Razer has stayed true to the overall design language of the DeathAdder, and that is something we really appreciate. You also get the same set of buttons; 3 standard buttons, and two on the thumb side, the buttons are conveniently placed, and really easy to use.
Everything about this mouse is programmable, which means that starting from the button customization, down to the Chroma lighting; Razer’s Synapse 2.0 serves as one of the best gaming software, making your job a lot easier than it would normally be.
Overall, we did’t have any issues with the DeathAdder Chroma that should make someone change their mind. Yes, the mouse has some flaws like not having any weight adjustment, but the DeathAdder Chroma is a basic mouse at its core, and for anyone looking for a basic mouse, this is certainly a great option.
Below is an excerpt from Razer DeathAdder Chroma review by Hayden Dingman.
Hayden Dingman: The DeathAdder is about as bare bones as a gaming mouse gets these days.
Razer New Naga Hex V2
Best Gaming Mouse for MOBA and MMO
There’s no denying that MOBA gaming is something that is slowly taking over the gaming industry, as a matter of fact, several MOBA titles are already serving as e-sports titles. So, it’s only fair that companies release gaming peripherals that are targeted towards MOBA players.
Say hello to the Razer Naga Hex V2, a strictly MOBA and MMO centered gaming mouse that is offering a lot for the price you’re paying. With that said, the Hex V2 is loaded with features that will be good for MMO and MOBA players, for starters, there is an entire dial of buttons that you can program however you wish to; this is great for people who play games that require a lot of buttons, or people who have complex macros that need to be remapped.
In addition to that, you get an impressively powerful and accurate sensor that can go up to 16,000 DPI, something that we rarely get to see. In addition to that, this mouse is also equipped with Razer’s Chroma lighting, meaning that you can control the profiles, as well as all the lighting zones through Razer’s Synapse software.
One of the best thing is the placement of all the thumb buttons, they are conveniently placed, easy to use, and you won’t be clicking any of them by mistake thanks to a proper stiffness that is required in these cases.
Overall, the Razer Naga Hex V2 is an impressive mouse, however, it may not serve the purpose for everyone as it is targeted towards a specific breed of gamers, but despite that, the good thing is that you can still use this mouse to play any type of game you want.
Our only downside? Well, because of the thumb buttons, there’s no proper grip for people who like to have their entire hand rest on the mouse. Overlook that, and you’ve got yourself an amazing product.
Highly customizable, filled with options.
The thumb buttons are conveniently placed and really easy to press.
The Chroma RGB lighting is an added benefit.
The sensor is one of the best with a great variety to choose from
Below is an excerpt from Marshall Honorof's review about Razer Naga Hex V2.
For those who can’t put down League of Legends, Dota 2 or Heroes of the Storm, this quirky peripheral may be just what you’re looking for.
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Logitech is just one of those companies that are known for creating quality products whenever they can, the company is known for creating some of the finest gaming peripherals.
Today, we are looking their flagship G900 Chaos Spectrum, before we begin, the “Spectrum” is for the RGB lighting that is the latest and greatest trending fad in the PC hardware industry. With that out of the way, let’s see why the G900 Chaos Spectrum is so special.
For starters, this mouse is fully wireless, and for those who don’t prefer that, Logitech supplies a nicely braided USB cable that you can use to connect this mouse via a wire, and charge it at the same time. It uses the highly revered PMW3366 sensor that has become a favorite among gamers, and casual users thanks to its brilliant precision, and tracking.
The design is ambidextrous, so, those who often feel left out, because of the lack of options, can enjoy the best of both worlds, and the design is very futuristic, and pleasing to look at. The sensor can go as high as 12,000 DPI, and while that may not be the highest, the mouse glides perfectly.
Last but not the least, Logitech’s Gaming software is perhaps one of the best when it comes to offering streamlined performance, ton of customization option, and overall ease of use. It’s completely stress free, and extremely easy to understand.
Overall, we believe that the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is the near perfect gaming mouse that a lot of people have been looking for. Sure, it doesn’t really come with a charging dock, something that is a must for wireless mice, and for the price you’re paying. Other than that, the mouse is amazing in almost every single way
Class leading performance.
Ambidextrous design is a huge plus.
Logitech’s Gaming software.
Lag free wireless performance.
Below is an excerpt from Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum by Sean Keach.
if you're after the best in class for gaming mice, you can't go wrong
Roccat is a company that is not as widely known as some of the other ones in the market, however, the good thing here is that the company is dedicated towards providing some of the best peripherals in the market. They have created peripherals that are used by professional gamers around the world, and they are generous enough to have something for everyone.
Roccat Kova is an affordable yet amazing gaming mouse that is trying to achieve a lot. For starters, the mouse offers an ambidextrous design, and another design approach called Easy Shift+.
Enabling this will grant you access to 22 fully programmable button functions, something that doesn’t make sense to us but will appeal to more hardcore users. With that out of the way, the ambidextrous design is implemented gracefully with the mouse being extremely easy to handle, and control.
As for the sensor, the Kova uses a Pro-Optic sensor that is capable of delivering 3,500 DPI, and while it may be low for some people, playing at 3,500 DPI isn’t something easy to begin with. The good thing, however, is that the performance on this sensor remains good.
One thing we didn’t like is the software, and while it’s not really difficult to use, it’s a lot less intuitive and way overcrowded for something as simple as a gaming mouse. Rest assured, the learning curve is there, and if you overcome that, the remaining process is easy.
Overall, the Roccat Kova is a gaming mouse that’s fit for people who are on a fairly strict budget, the mouse can serve you well, and there’s no one denying that. However, it’s just the lack of features that is holding this otherwise great mouse back.
Below is an excerpt from Roccat kova review by Michael Crider
Gamers who want a mouse that’s great for southpaws will love the Kova, as will those seeking a compromise between shooter and MMO mice
Corsair is one of the companies that are jack of almost all the trades, and master of them as well; the company is prolific for creating some of the best cases, RAMs, SSDs, power supplies, as well as some of the best liquid coolers. However, today, we are looking at something different.
For those who don’t know, Corsair has enjoyed a massive amount of success in the peripheral industry true, the company is known for their top of the line mechanical keyboards, and in addition to that, they have created some great gaming headsets, and mousepads too. However, today, we are looking at one of their several amazing gaming mice; say hello to the budget friendly Corsair Harpoon.
In simpler words, Harpoon is Corsair’s attempt at gathering some mid-range users who aren’t willing to spend a lot of money, but still in need of a good gaming mouse. The Harpoon uses a PMW3320 sensor, and uses Omron switches that are rated for 20 million clicks. The sensor is capable of 6,000 DPI as max, and has several options to adjust the DPI from the software, or on the fly.
The mouse has a total of 6 full programmable buttons with 2 buttons sitting right under the thumb, the mouse uses a nice cable, although we would have appreciated if it was braided. Now, do keep in mind that the mouse is textured from both sides to provide the maximum grip. With that out of the way, another thing to note is that this mouse fits best for people with small hands as the design is contoured just the right amount to allow for a great handling.
Last but not the least, the mouse has an RGB Corsair sails logo that can be controlled through Corsair’s Utility Engine, the software that will let you control the mouse however you want, however, the good thing is that the mouse is also fully operational without a software as well.
Apart from the somewhat tricky software for a mouse that is incredibly easy to use, the Corsair Harpoon can be called the perfect mouse for budget oriented users, it doesn’t go too heavy on features, an unnecessary lighting zones, and that’s exactly how most of the people prefer it
Below is an excerpt from Corsair Harpoon RGB review by Davido Labido
The Corsair Harpoon RGB is for those who don't want to spend a huge amount but still want something that is feature-rich and lightweight.
Turtle Beach Grip 300
For those who don’t know, Turtle Beach is a company that is most associated with console gamers, however, their foray into the PC gaming market didn’t go unnoticed. The company came up with a gaming mouse that is aimed at budget gamers who don’t want to spend a lot of money, and still manage to get something worth their bucks.
Here's Turtle Beach Grip 300, an inexpensive gaming mouse that doesn’t come with fancy RGB LED options, difficult and detailed software, and plethora of buttons. Instead, what you get is a very streamlined functionality that is built to give you a good time when you’re gaming.
The Grip 300 only gives you a maximum DPI of 1,750, this isn’t a lot by any means, however, for FPS gamers, and other low sensitivity gamers, this is more than enough. Sadly, it seems that Turtle Beach forgot to add something as common as a DPI shifting button because it seems to be missing from the mouse.
It comes with the standard set of buttons along with 2 thumb buttons that are properly textured, and distinguishable, other than that, you get a simple red LED, and that’s about it. The Grip 300 by Turtle Beach is perhaps a gaming mouse at its simplest, and that is something we can’t hate.
Overall, the mouse is good, we won’t say it’s the best mouse out in the market, because it lacks some of the obvious, needed features. For starters, the DPI is low, and secondly, you can’t change DPI on the fly, something even a cheaper mouse offers.
If you can overlook these issues, you’ve got a fairly decent gaming mouse that will work as intended, and in all honesty, most gamers are looking for just that.
Solid performing sensor.
- Decent Build Quality
- Plug and play.
Roccat Kone Pure Military
The next Roccat mouse on our list is name Kone Pure Military, however, don’t worry, this mouse isn’t made out of some really heavy duty material that won’t break. The “pure military” is something that is basically referring to the color of the mouse, and other than that, there’s absolutely nothing military about that mouse.
After all, what endurance does a mouse really has to go through? While the mouse may not provide you with military grade features, it certainly looks like one, and it looks great while doing so. The Kone is one of the prettiest mice we have had the chance to use, but is there more behind the pretty face? Well, let’s see.
For those who aren’t already aware, the Kone lineup of mice by Roccat is known to be one of the best in the gaming market, these mice are targeted towards people who aren’t looking to spend a lot of money,
Great value for money.
Solid performing sensor.
- Sensor is accurate and fast.
- Cool lighting effects
- Great design.
Below is an excerpt from Joe Osborne's Kone Pure Military review
Roccat Kone Pure Military is one of the comfiest gaming mice that I've used in a long time.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Best Gaming Mouse for Heavy Gaming
Dubbed several times as the best gaming mouse ever, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the gaming mouse that has been around for quite some time. For those who don’t know, this is basically an updated version of the already revered Proteus Core, however, Logitech has put in the RGB lighting in it, and called it a day.
Needless to say, Logitech gracefully followed the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule, and has done a great job at it. At its core, the G502 is still the best at what it does, it still features the great PMW sensor, you still get the weight tuning, and the free scrolling option.
We shouldn’t have to talk about just how good the performance on this mouse is because it’s impeccable to say the least; tracking is as good as it gets, and you’ll face absolutely no issues in gaming regardless of the genre you’re playing. For those wondering, the sensor is capable of going as high as 12,000 DPI.
This coupled with Logitech’s amazing Gaming software gives you a package that is very hard to rival. The mouse also comes with programmable thumb buttons that you can program as you please; the buttons are easy to press, and easy to distinguish, making sure that you won’t be having issues finding them.
We have absolutely no issues as far as the performance is concerned, however, that doesn’t mean that the issues aren’t there. Although completely subjective, it feels like the mouse is a bit small for people with large hands. During reviews, we often faced issues in which the thumb button or the DPI shift button would accidentally be pressed.
However, do keep in mind that this is something only people with big hands would face, so, if you’re someone with modest sized hands, then you won’t be facing any such issue at all.
There’s no denying that the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum can easily be called the best gaming mouse in the market at the moment; it offers the best sensor, a great design, a lot of customization, and on top of everything else, you also get RGB lighting.
Great value for money.
Solid performing sensor.
- Incredibly fast and accurate sensor.
- Logitech Gaming Software is one of the best software of its kind.
Below is an excerpt from Logitech G502 review by Victoria Song
Logitech G502 is a gaming mouse with a comfortable design, 11 programmable buttons, and customizable lighting features.
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
G.Skill is another company which is largely focused on providing us with over the top RAMs, their Trident and Ripjaws are among the best series in the market. Keeping that in mind, it’s safe to say that we were shocked when we heard that the company is stepping into the peripheral market, and releasing their own lineup of gaming peripherals.
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 is a gaming mouse with a solid ambidextrous design that features just the right amount of futuristic elements, needless to say, the mouse looks great, and there’s no one denying that. As always, the mouse has RGB LEDs, so those who are looking to spice up their peripherals can do so.
The build quality is something we really admire because most of the mouse is built out of aluminum, something that is always a welcomed sight. As for the sensor used, we don’t have the actual name for it, but it’s an 8,200 DPI sensor that is extremely accurate, and has no acceleration issues whatsoever. Needless to say, G.Skill has done a wonderful job at creating the mouse.
The mouse features some additional options as well, for instance, you can replace two bottom pieces since they are attached with magnets if you wish to have a different grip style, and considering how it is an ambidextrous design, it fits nicely for both left and right handed users. In addition to that, for those who think that the mouse is a little light, or a bit heavy, there’s an option to tune the weight as per your preference.
You also get some extra buttons that you can program as per your requirement, and that brings us to the G.Skill software. For those who thought that there are other complicated softwares in the market, wait till you see the G.Skill’s software.
Simply put, it’s one of the most complicated softwares out in the market right now, but we won’t be too hard on the company, because it’s their first attempt at the peripheral industry, and there is a lot of room for improvement.
Overall, the G.Skill MX780 is a rather fantastic gaming mouse that doesn’t have a lot of issues on the surface, it has an amazing sensor, some great customization options, a great, and highly practical design. It’s just marred by tricky, unpolished software, and that’s about it.
Below is an excerpt from Ripjaws MX780 review by Chad Sebring
The Ripjaws MX780 may be small, but this mouse offers all the right components, its ambidextrous, and still has style.
Steelseries Rival 500
The last mouse on our list is another offering from Steelseries, however, this time, we are looking at a higher end product. Say hello to the Steelseries Rival 500, a slightly toned down version of their Rival 700, but still pretty good in its own right.
There’s no denying that Steelseries isn’t too heavy on the design, however, the Rival 500 almost feels as if the company went a bit out of their style, and created something that would please the ever so growing demand of futuristic looking peripherals. The end result is this gorgeous looking mouse that isn’t too heavy on the design elements, and looks great.
Clearly, Steelseries is targeting the highly demanding eSports audience with this mouse, but that doesn’t mean that people who are not going to play eSports can’t use the mouse. With that said, the Rival 500 is equipped with some of the best components, it offers a class leading sensor that can be adjusted from 100 to 16,000 DPI.
The mouse does feature RGB illumination but thanks to Steelseries’ clever design, and placement, the illumination doesn’t look out of the place, and actually looks great. There are ample buttons that you can use, and program to whatever you feel like it. Steelseries has done a great job at making sure that the hardware and the software on the mouse works in synergy, and it does.
The mouse also offers a really nice way of telling you of certain events in the game by providing tactile feedbacks, something that may sound like a gimmick but can play a huge role in competitive FPS games. Last but not the least, the mouse is pretty large as compared to some of the other mice, but the fact that it’s made for people with larger hands, it’s really good.
Overall, the Steelseries Rival 500 is a very nice approach to the eSports market, and in addition to that, it’s a mouse that will suit even the casual gamers really gracefully. Sure, there’s no onboard memory, but in all honesty, you wouldn’t need it.
Below is an excerpt from Steelseries Rival 500 review by Jason Bouwmeester
Rival 500 is a great MOBA/MMO gaming mouse, but I'd definitely recommend it for day to day office use as well.
So, there you have it, folks. The best gaming mice tested, and reviewed. As for the conclusion, most of you are looking for the one that beats out every other gaming mouse in the market. While we have a lot of amazing gaming mice in the list, picking between the Logitech G502 and Rival 500 wasn’t easy; however, thanks to some certain features, the G502 takes the edge.
The reason why we didn’t pick the G900 is simple, while it may be the most powerful gaming mouse in the market, it simply can’t be the best due to the price you’re paying for it. For much cheaper, the G502 provides almost exact performance, and somewhat better design to go along with at the same time.