The competitive gaming scene has been booming for quite some time now. E-sports, or cyber sports are not, by any means, something new. However, most gaming tournaments in the past were either limited to RTS or FPS games like Warcraft, Starcraft, Counter Strike 1.6, Quake, Unreal, and so on. Today, with all the advances in graphics technology and, for lack of a better term, the globalization of the gaming industry, engagement is at an all-time high, and the fans run rampant from tournament to the next.
To put into context the size of the gaming industry, let us use a recent example. This past August, Valve hosted their annual Dota 2 International Tournament in which 16 teams of 5 tried-and-trained cyber athletes went toe to toe against each other to prove who was the best team in the world. The total prize money raised for this tournament was more than $20 million. The winning team would score a whopping $9 million, while the very last place would also earn a hefty $100 thousand. Judging by this event alone, we can safely assume that gaming has gotten big. Big enough to set a person for life with a single tournament. It certainly seems like the times where gaming was considered a hobby for “geeks” and outcasts is such a far cry from where we are right now.
Evidently, these cash prizes coupled with the promise of fame and glory in the gaming world will draw thousands, if not millions of individuals who wish to make a career out of their hobby. Unfortunately, like most things in life, these laurels are only awarded to the most skilled teams. Most professional gaming crews spend hours practicing their strategies and polishing their individual skills. And even when they acquire the skills necessary to shine on the field of glory, they can still be held back by faulty equipment. A 3:1 kill ratio is rendered moot when the match is thrown because a mouse suddenly decided to bug out in the middle of the game.
When it comes to skill, you’re only as good as the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. On the other hand, even when having enough skill, your gear will present a significant bottleneck if you game with sub-par equipment. In that sense, we’d like to dedicate this article to giving you a peek of the best mice for gaming, so you can make the best choice the next time you find yourself in the market for a good gaming mouse.
Keep in mind that picking a mouse is a personal decision. It might be the case where you don’t feel comfortable using the #1 best-selling gaming mouse, but enjoy using one of the least popular picks. This is fine and acceptable, as long as it doesn’t hamper your ability to play. That being said, let’s dive into the elements you should keep in mind when choosing the best mouse for yourself.
Redragon is the manufacturer of some of the best and most affordable gaming mice in the market. The M801 Mammoth comes equipped with a Avago laser sensor, which means effective and precise tracking on most surfaces. The sensor can be adjusted to a maximum of 16,400 CPI. We seriously doubt that you will ever be in a situation where you need that much sensitivity, but the fact that you have it is a welcome addition to this mouse’s features.
This mouse is equipped with 9 fully customizable buttons, with 5 memory profiles for when you want to quickly swap between different gaming setups. The LEDs of this mouse can also be customized to more than 16 million colors. Comfort is what this mouse is all about. Via its adjustment system, you can also fine tune the weight of this hardware to better fit your hand. Additionally, the teflon feet pads will ensure that each movement of your hand is as smooth as it can be.
All around, this is one heck of a mouse. See the full Redragon M801 Mammoth Review.
This one is regarded as one of the top gaming mice for gamers on a tight budget. The Daedalus is equipped with Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor technology, which boasts unparalleled precision with every movement of your hand. The sensor is adjustable and can be configured to a maximum of 12,000 CPI. This durable mouse is tested with a lifespan of 20 million clicks in each button. Speaking of buttons, the Daedalus offers 6 programmable buttons, which makes it great for both FPS and MOBA games.
The price makes it a great option for those looking for an entry level professional-grade gaming mouse.
For more information see our Logitech G303 Daedalus Review.
The Redragon M601 is sort of like the Mammoth’s little brother. Equipped with an optical sensor that can be adjusted up to 2,000 DPI, the Centrophorus is a very good choice for more casual gamers who would like to save a few bucks without compromising on reliability. This mouse offers 6 customizable buttons, and an 8-piece weight tuning set. The bottom is lined with the same smooth teflon featured on the Mammoth, for extra smoothness in every move. All of these features make the Centrophorus stand out among similar mice in its price range; which is saying alot.
Full Redragon M601 Review.
Redragon makes the list once again with the M901 Perdition. This bad boy was built for the hardcore MMORPG gamers that need all the buttons they can possibly get, in a single place. Similar to the Mammoth, this mouse is equipped with an Avago laser sensor, which can be adjusted up to 16,400 CPI. It also comes with an 8-piece weight tuning set and the same smooth teflon feet that Redragon uses on most of its mice. Where this brilliant piece of hardware really shines is in its sheer number of buttons. It features 18 fully customizable buttons, which, as we mentioned above, is perfect for MMORPG games, since they frequently have tons of spells and abilities that can easily be mapped to any of the mouse’s buttons. With the M901 Perdition, you will never fear an ambush when traveling through the wide expanses of Azeroth or Eorzea.
Full Redragon M901 Review.
The G402 Hyperion comes equipped with the Delta Zero sensor we mentioned a few paragraphs ago. This sensor technology bestows the user with peerless precision at up to 4,000 CPI. The sensor is also supplemented with Fusion Engine proprietary technology, which allows super precise tracking speeds. This mouse will not jitter, nor stop tracking even when sliding it across the mousepad at breakneck speeds. The product itself is black, slick and has the look of a professional piece of hardware. It has 8 buttons which can be programmed to perform different functions, and its shape is modeled to suit any one of the 3 standard grips, for maximum comfort.
We’re entering the world of professional gaming with the G900 Chaos Spectrum by Logitech. This top-grade gaming mouse is equipped with a PMW3366 optical sensor, which provides the pinpoint tracking precision held in high regard by most competitive gamers. This mouse’s sensitivity setting can be adjusted from 200 to 12,000 CPI with the click of a button. As we mentioned above, the bane of all wireless mice tends to stem from lackluster battery life. Logitech circumvented this issue with this mouse’s battery-saving Clock Tuning Technology, which provides up to 30 hours of life on a single charge. Additionally, the batteries included with this product are rechargeable. So when you’re running low on juice, all you need to do is connect it to your PC via USB, and keep gaming while your mouse recharges.
One last feature that might interest you about this mouse is that its physical buttons can be customized and swapped out for ambidextrous use.
For more information, see our dedicated review of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum.
The G602 boasts a more conservative design compared to the G900, which means that it can easily be used in the workplace without attracting unwanted attention to yourself. This mouse is also equipped with the Delta Zero sensor technology, which can be adjusted to a maximum 2,500 CPI setting. The G602 offers 11 fully customizable buttons, which is a very decent middle point between an FPS, and an MMORPG mouse. Compared to our previous entry, this model outright got rid of the battery issue by providing a whopping 250 hour battery life. With the G602, it is very unlikely that will run out of battery in the middle of a match. The USB dongle used to pair Logitech devices to your PC is the definition of plug ‘n forget. With a design that is barely the size of a thumbnail, you will most likely connect it to the back of your PC and literally, forget about it in a few days.
If you are interested in this model, see our full Logitech G602 Review here.
ZhiZhu is one of the lesser known manufacturers of mice here in the States, which doesn’t subtract anything from the quality of its products. This is hands down one of the cheapest wireless gaming mice you will find in the market. This product is equipped with an optical sensor capable of tracking up to 2,000 CPI. It has 7 buttons which can be customized via the company’s software. The Advanced Energy Saving Chip installed in this product allows you to set your mouse to various power-saving modes. There’s not much else to say about this product, besides that it is a very good deal if you’re looking for an entry level mouse.
The G700s is one of the best wireless mice on the market. At roughly half the price of the G900, this piece of hardware is equipped with a top-grade laser sensor which can be adjusted to a maximum of 8,200 CPI; more than enough for most situations. This is more of an MMORPG mouse, with 13 buttons that can be customized or programmed to execute macros and other functions. Additionally, you can store your settings in up to 5 profiles, for easier swapping between games. Similar to the G900, this mouse can also be connected to the computer via USB to recharge it, bestowing virtually infinite battery life. The design isn’t ambidextrous this time around, but it is comfortable enough to provide with an enjoyable experience, whether while browsing or during hardcore gaming.
Full Logitech G700s Review.
The Epic Chroma is Razer’s proposal to the MMORPG community. This mouse has a layout, not unlike the M901 Perdition we mentioned on our list of wired gaming mice. The Epic Chroma comes equipped with an 8,200 CPI sensor that can be adjusted to any level the user chooses. The wide arsenal of 19 buttons at the user’s disposal ensures that you will have access to all your spells and abilities, and then some.
As is expected with all Razer hardware, this mouse is compatible with the Razer Synapse software, which provides cloud syncing capabilities for all your settings, and allows you to configure virtually every setting of your mouse. This includes CPI, LED colors, Lift-Off Distance, surface calibration, and much more. The sheer amount of customizability and options available to the user make this product one of the top gaming mice in this list.
Here is our full Review of the Razer Naga Epic Chroma.
Most mice come with a set of specifications that will set them apart from the competition. Things like CPI, angle snapping, acceleration, and so on. These are important factors to keep in mind when choosing the very best mouse for your needs, and we’ll get to discussing them in a few moments.
This section is dedicated to discussing the more general traits of any given mouse; things that should be taken into account to narrow down the options of available mice in the market. So, let’s get on with it:
Evidently, this one is more of a personal choice. However, there are certain advantages that are implicit in each type of mouse. Wired mice are reliable all-around. Your standard mouse will serve you well in all types of situations, but it will falter in the portability department. There might be occasions where you will be more comfortable if you could just drop the cable and go wireless. Using your laptop on an airplane or during long bus trips comes to mind when thinking about times where wireless mice could actually be better. Or you could simply be a neat freak, and dislike the idea of dragging cables behind your desk.
The only obvious downsides of wireless mice comes in the form of battery life and type of USB dongle they use. Depending on the model, your mouse will need its battery swapped from every few hours, to every couple of days. Having several sets of rechargeable batteries so you can hot swap them when the current one runs low on energy is a good way to circumvent this issue. But it remains an issue nonetheless. In order for your computer to pair with a wireless mouse, you must plug a dongle into one of your USB ports, which can be an issue if you have none to spare, or don’t like the idea of an unsightly gadget permanently stuck in one of your ports. Luckily, most manufacturers addressed this problem by issuing small “plug n’ forget” dongles, which are so small that you can literally stick them in a USB port and be done with it without a second though.
There are currently several models of sensors on the market. Some are proprietary like Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor, and can actually provide more precision than other sensors, such as the Avago. However, all these sensors fall into two bigger categories, namely optical and laser sensors. You’re going to have to consider on which surfaces you will be using your mouse before making a decision, as it will behave differently depending on the type of sensor installed.
There used to be a difference between these two sensors when it comes to sensitivity. Laser sensors could usually track at a higher resolution than their optical cousins. Nowadays, they can track at pretty much the same sensitivity, rendering this difference moot. As a general rule of thumb, optical mice are better suited to solid surfaces with minimum reflection, such as a mousepad. They will seldom work on reflective tops, such as glass tables or plastic mouse pads. Laser mice are more versatile since the sensor can illuminate the tracking surface better and will perform reliably on any type of top. However, since laser sensors tend to be more powerful, they could also pick up the grooves and cracks in a tracking surface when scrolling at low speeds, which could translate into jittery movements when not using a mouse pad.
This should be one of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing your next gaming mouse. After all, what good is a piece of hardware, with all its perks and features, if you don’t feel comfortable holding the thing in the first place? Furthermore, a mouse not fitting comfortably or correctly in one’s hand can lead to injuries due to repetitive stress.
When it comes to comfort and ergonomics, choosing a right mouse can be difficult. No two pair of hands are alike. In that sense, providing an objective opinion on which mouse behaves better in the aspect is difficult. Nevertheless, most mice are designed to favor certain grips above others, and you would do well to keep this in mind when shopping for a mouse, especially if plan on partaking in prolonged gaming sessions.
In the world of mice (the computer peripheral, not the animal), there are 3 types of standard grips:
This category depends almost entirely on the size of your hands, and the type of grip you prefer to use. Most smaller mice are designed with frequent travelers in mind. People who are constantly on the road may not benefit from lugging a big and weighty mouse. While smaller mice are usually uncomfortable to use at home on a daily basis but are perfect to take on trips for their portability.
Most mice aren’t made in standard sizes such as small or large. However, a quick search on your favorite store will reveal that there are clear differences in sizes between different models. In some cases, you might even find models that offer adjustment capabilities for width, height, and weight, providing superior adaptability in most situations, albeit for a higher price in some cases.
Last but not least; most gaming will have more than your standard 2 or 3 buttons that most office hardware offers. Gaming mice will often have more than 5 buttons, all of which can be completely mapped to perform different functions, macros, or shortcuts. Your requirements for additional buttons will vary on the type of games you usually play. For FPS, your standard 5 buttons will provide more than enough versatility on the field. For MMORPGS and RTS, you will do better with more buttons in most cases, since you will have access to important skills and groups of units at your fingertips, without having to fumble blindly on the keyboard. Keep in mind that some mice will offer extra buttons, but in some cases, they will be locked to certain functions and unable to be modified. Be sure to thoroughly read the product’s specifications to avoid misunderstandings.
Now that we can effectively narrow down the vast selection of gaming mice to a more feasible number, it’s time to go into the nitty-gritty of gaming mice technical aspects. If you were on the fence due to lack of user reviews on a certain model, then with this knowledge you will be able to effectively pick the best mouse suited to your requirements. Below you will find a list of most terms that are used to describe a mouse’s capabilities, along with their definition.
We realize that all this information can be a lot to take in. Nevertheless, now that we (hopefully) know what we’re looking for in a gaming mouse, let’s go ahead and dive into our picks for the best gaming mouse.
As you may have guessed from reading this article; there are a lot of elements to consider before purchasing a new gaming mouse. And, even when knowing exactly what you’re looking for, there can still be tons of mice that fulfill your requirements. Truly, choosing a mouse can quickly become a nightmare for the uninitiated.
Admittedly, even with the information in this piece, you may still have a hard time deciding between different models of mice. But if you read each element and term carefully, you can rest assured that, whichever your choice may be, it will still be a good gaming mouse.
Good luck on the battlefield!
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