When it comes to gaming, the professionals know the difference that peripherals such as mice and keyboards can make to their performance in the game. The problem, then, is that all mice are not created equal, and some are just better than others, while some are simply not worth your time (or money). A simple search on Amazon regarding a gaming mouse comes up with a selection of mice so varied, it can drive anyone crazy. But, don’t pull your hair out, we have looked through all the major brands’ offerings and curated this list of 10 best gaming mice that you should consider while deciding on your next gaming mouse.
1. Razer Mamba Chroma
The Razer Mamba Chroma is perhaps the best gaming mouse money can buy. The mouse features DPI settings from an incredibly low 100 DPI to an extremely high 16000 DPI, ensuring that you get the best accuracy when you need it, coupled with the fastest action when you want it, thanks to the on-the-fly DPI switching that the mouse offers. The mouse comes in a nice smooth design, with textured and rubberized grips on the sides to ensure a proper and comfortable grip even during long gaming sessions. Perhaps the best feature of the mouse (well, one of the best), is the fact that it can be used in both wired and wireless modes. That can come in incredibly handy, especially when you don’t want the added weight and complications of a wired gaming mouse.
The Mamba Chroma comes bundled with a charging dock that looks great, and has an ambient light underneath it, adding to the overall appeal of the set-up, and making it look really classy when the mouse is mounted on the dock. In wireless mode, the mouse claims to offer an amazing 20 hours of continuous gaming, after which you will have to charge it on the dock.
There are 9 programmable buttons on the Razer Mamba Chroma, and each of these can be programmed according to your personal needs. However, the feature that ensured that the Razer Mamba Chroma came on the first position on this list, and not the Logitech G502 (one of my personal favourites), is the fact that the Mamba offers users the ability to custom tune the travel for the left and right clicks. So, you can adjust the amount of pressure it takes for the Mamba to register clicks. This is, in my opinion, an amazing feature, especially for people who want to have total control over the way their mouse registers clicks.
Buy the Razer Mamba Chroma on Amazon ($146.99)
2. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
The Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse, is in my opinion the best bang for your buck as far as features go. The amazing looking G502 comes in at $79.99, and offers some really great features. The mouse has an optical sensor, that can handle DPI values ranging from as low as 200 to 12000, meaning that you can get super precise tracking for all your sniping action, as well as quick 180º turns. The G502 is also incredibly customizable. It has 11 programmable buttons that you can program according to your personal preference using the Logitech Gaming Software. It comes with enough memory for storing 3 on-board profiles, which means that you don’t even need the Logitech Gaming Software, once you have set the mouse up.
The G502 also includes 5 additional weights, that come inside their very own case for safekeeping. These weigh-in at 3.6 grams each, and can be individually added to the G502 to adjust the weight and balance of the mouse. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited about it, the mouse also offers custom colours that you can set using Logitech’s software. Also, in what is perhaps the most awesome feature of the G502, the mouse can be tuned to the playing surface you use, to ensure the best tracking that the mouse can offer. This means you can tune the mouse to be used on a variety of playing surfaces, and the G502 will make sure that you get the best performance possible. Cool, right?
Buy the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum on Amazon ($79.99)
3. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Another one of Logitech’s offerings, the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse is the mouse that you should choose, if you want a wireless mouse that looks classy (and not tacky) enough to be used at work, and performs like a beast when it comes to gaming. At $79.99, the mouse is definitely not the most expensive ones in the market (or on this list), but it happens to be a very good mouse, looks and feature-wise. Yes, it does lag a bit behind the likes of the Razer Mamba Chroma, and the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum when it comes to features, but it offers a couple of other features that makes it worthy of a closer look.
The mouse supports DPI values ranging from 250 DPI to 2500 DPI, which is definitely not very high, but should meet your expectations for most games. The mouse also has 11 programmable buttons that you can tailor to your preferences using the Logitech Gaming Software.
So far, the features of the G602 don’t sound very exciting. Well, wait till you see this- the G602 claims a 250 hour long battery life on two AA batteries (which, by the way, are included with the mouse). But that’s not all, the mouse also has an Endurance mode, which (so claims Logitech), can last up to 1440 hours.
Buy the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse on Amazon ($79.99)
4. Roccat Nyth
The Roccat Nyth is a gaming mouse aimed exclusively at MMO, and MOBA players, who need a lot of programmable buttons to perform important actions as fast as is possible. The Roccat Nyth does this by offering players up to 18 programmable buttons! That’s right, 18 programmable buttons. And that’s not all, the Nyth comes with additional buttons, and side grips because the mouse is modular. Players can remove the buttons that they don’t want to use and replace them with different ones to arrange them in a manner that suits their playing style the best. The feature is a little hard to explain, so I’m just going to drop a couple of images of the mouse with different variations of button arrangements, for you to get the gist of the mouse. Also, the mouse features a hot-swappable side-grip.
The DPI settings offered by the mouse can go up to 12000 DPI. Roccat is a well known brand in the gaming world, although, not as much as Razer, which is by far the first brand that gamers recommend to other players in the market for gaming mice.
Buy the Roccat Nyth on Amazon ($119.99)
5. Razer Deathadder Chroma
Another of Razer’s offerings, the Deathadder Chroma is a really great gaming mouse. It offers DPI values up to 10000 DPI, has an optical sensor that Razer claims is exceedingly good. Design-wise, the Deathadder Chroma has a very ergonomic design, with textured and rubberized grips on the sides, making sure that players get the best possible grip, and the mouse is not uncomfortable, even during long gaming sessions, which, let’s face it, are the only ones that are any fun.
The Deathadder Chroma also features a lot of customization options. While there are no adjustable weights, the mouse does have 5 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fit the player’s needs, and it also supports DPI switching “on-the-fly”, which, in my opinion, is a really important feature to have, especially for people who play FPS games like Counter-Strike. The mouse also features customizable colours, which can let players reflect their unique style, thanks to the 16.8 million colours that the mouse supports.
While other mice have (or don’t have) on-board memory to store profiles, the Deathadder Chroma has no on-board memory, but it does have a Cloud-memory, which, Razer says can be used to store an infinite number of profiles, and macros for the Deathadder Chroma. Obviously, that “infinite” isn’t literal, but even if a player can store something like 10-20 profiles for their mouse, that makes a big difference to the way other mice handle custom profiles.
Buy the Razer Deathadder Chroma on Amazon ($69.99)
6. Razer Ouroboros Elite
Razer Ouroboros Elite is a mouse that looks as eccentric as it sounds. The mouse features a laser sensor, and supports DPI values up to 8200 DPI, which is high enough for most use cases. The Ouroboros comes in an ambidextrous design, which makes it a perfect fit for both left handed and right handed players, and even has modular parts that players can add or remove according to their needs.
Customization wise, the mouse features 11 programmable buttons, adjustable and modular parts along with adjustable rear panels and an adjustable palm rest to fit players’ every need. The light, however, is fixed at green and cannot be customized by the player.
The Ouroboros supports both wired as well as wireless modes, and can go on a continuous gaming spree of 12 hours on a single charge. The charging dock for the mouse is included along with it, which makes it easier to charge the mouse. Having both wired and wireless modes available is definitely a plus, as it gives the flexibility of playing with a wired mouse, or with a wireless one, if the cable is proving too annoying for their taste.
Buy the Razer Ouroboros Elite on Amazon ($149.99)
7. Razer Naga Hex v2
The Razer Naga Hex v2 is another gaming mouse aimed at players of games such as League of Legends, or DOTA. Equipped with a laser sensor, and capable of handling DPI values up to an extremely high 16000 DPI, the Naga Hex v2 comes with 14 programmable buttons, 7 of which are placed in a circular fashion on the left side of the mouse, ready to be accessed by the player’s thumb. The Naga Hex also features customizable lighting, and has a nice rubberized grip to ensure a proper grip on the mouse, and comfort when playing for extended gaming sessions. The mouse has improved ergonomics, ensuring that it can be used for extremely long gaming sessions, without putting too much strain on the player’s hands.
Buy the Razer Naga Hex v2 on Amazon ($79.99)
8. Logitech G300s
The G300s from Logitech, is the only Logitech mouse in this list that is ambidextrous in design, making it suitable for both left and right handed players. It sports an optical sensor, and can handle DPI values in the range of 250-2500 DPI, which should prove “just enough” for playing most FPS games, unless you prefer a much higher DPI setting, ensuring quick 180º turns and flips.
The affordable mouse also features 9 programmable buttons that can be tailor fit to meet players’ needs by using the Logitech Gaming Software. Players can also customize the mouse with colours of their choice. The mouse brings support for 3 on board profiles, and each of these profiles can be associated with a different colour, so players can know what profile they are currently using, just by glancing at the mouse. DPI switching “on-the-fly” is also supported, and so is changing the profiles of the mouse with a dedicated mode button. The good thing about on-board profiles, is that they can be used even without the Logitech Gaming Software, once they have been set up.
Buy the Logitech G300s on Amazon ($39.99)
9. Mionix Avior 8200
Mionix is a relatively lesser known brand, but its Avior 8200 is a mouse worth checking out. Priced at $59.99, the Avior 8200 supports DPI values up to 8200 DPI, making it capable of pulling off some really quick turns and flips, giving you the edge in multiple gaming situations. The design of the Avior is ambidextrous, and the mouse is designed in a way that makes it good enough for both palm and claw grip use cases. In terms of customization, the mouse offers 9 programmable buttons, as well as customizable lighting options, so players can make the mouse uniquely theirs, and reflect their style as well.
If the price is too steep for you, Mionix also offers a cheaper Mionix Avior 7000 mouse that supports DPIs upto 7000 DPI ($49), so you can check that out.
Buy the Mionix Avior 8200 on Amazon ($59.99)
10. Zowie FK1
The Zowie FK1 is an expensive mouse, for what it offers. It comes in at $59.99, sports an optical sensor, and can handle DPI values from 400 to 3200 DPI. The mouse is ambidextrous in design, and as such, can be used by both left and right handed players. It doesn’t look anything special; in fact, just by looking at it, one probably won’t think it’s a gaming mouse, anyway. However, a design like that also means that you can use it at work, without it looking too flashy. The FK1 offers 4 programmable buttons, two on the left side, and two on the right side, to ensure that both left and right handed players can use all four buttons easily. Zowie is a part of BenQ, and the mouse itself carries the BenQ logo on it’s side.
Buy the Zowie FK1 on Amazon ($59.99)
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Pick the Best Mouse and Pwn Them All!
So, that was our pick of the 10 best gaming mice, out of the many that are available. Whether you decide to go with one of our suggestions or not is completely up to you, but we would recommend you give these mice a close look before making a final decision. These mice, in our opinion, are the best that these well-known brands have to offer, both in terms of features, as well as customizability. If you think we missed some mice that deserve to be on this list, let us know in the comments section below, along with your favourite mice that you have used, or wanted to use.