Riddling a perfectly fine mouse with holes, it’s a hate-it-or-love-it kind of design. While some don’t see appeal in perforated gaming mice, others swear by their ultra-lightweight performance. As the trend has caught on, most manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, and started drilling their plastic bodies to bits. But who undressed their mice the best?
When looking to buy a perforated gaming mouse, one first has to decide on the connection type of said product. Do you prefer the reliability of a cable, or do you want to be untethered with a wireless mouse? Gaming mice with cables are usually the lightest, as they require no weighty battery, where wireless models benefit from less drag and physical restraints. Some prefer that sense of freedom when flicking their peripherals around.
Most wireless mice can be used with a cable as well, granting them additional versatility, but they are regularly more expensive than their wired alternatives. By foregoing the wireless feature, you effectively pay less, while the peripheral itself carries less weight — and that’s exactly what most gamers search for in these honeycombed designs.
Taking those factors into consideration, here are some of our top picks for perforated gaming mice, wired and wireless.
Not considering their connection methods, we mostly look for reliable performance in perforated gaming mice. As perforated mice try and trim down their design, they usually gear towards competitive results. Less weight means quicker mouse movement. The end game is to reliably record all those flicks and clicks.
Comfort depends, just like mice with smooth surfaces, mostly on preferences in hand positioning. Don’t worry: most perforated mice don’t feel grating to the touch, or pressure patterns into your palm. These bodies can prove just as comfortable as their unriddled brethren. Depending on how you usually place your hand on a mouse (palm, fingertrip, or claw grip), there likely is a perforated model out there suiting your comfort needs.
Other than performance and price point, it’s mostly up to personal preference. That notion rings truest when it comes to looks. Riddled with holes or not, these gaming mice offer a wide array of choice in form factor and RGB features.
Although the ‘Glorious PC Master Race’ wasn’t the originator of the trend, it surely made waves in bringing the honeycombed design into the mainstream. The Model O meant to become the end-all be-all in competitive gaming mice. Glorious’s main contender costs less than high-end competitors, but offers gamers just about anything they might look for in a mouse.
Weighing in at around 67 grams, the Model O packs quite a punch. The optical sensor tops out at 12.000 DPI — ‘overkill’ for most players — while the maximum supported acceleration is rated at a hefty 50 G. Mechanical switches by Omron offer a firm and reliable click to important buttons.
Glorious prides itself on their flexible cables and silky PTFE-skates, which have since become staples for perforated mice in general. To top it all off, Glorious Model O (and slightly downsized Model O-) come with ample RGB features, as well as some choice in colour and finish.
Since its release, the Model O has been surpassed in some specifications by other brands, but this model has captured many a gamer’s heart. Glorious doubled down on their premise by following up with the Model O Wireless.
The Model O mission statement stays unaltered, but this wireless variation comes with less restraints, sturdier switches, and an updated sensor. And yet, it still weighs only 69 grams. Of course this revamped variation is slightly pricier, but it’s priced well within reason. The battery lasts around 70 hours (without RGB lighting) over a speedy 2.4 GHz connection.
SteelSeries is no newcomer when it comes to gaming mice. To tag along with the trend, the Danish manufacturer riddled their beloved Rival 3 with holes, and consequently brought us the Aerox 3.
Coming in at 57 grams, it slimmed down quite nicely, while still boasting top-of- the-line mouse specifications. It’s swift and subtle, apart from the honeycomb shell, of course.
With a reliable 8.500 DPI sensor, maximum acceleration of 35 G, and switches rated for 50 million clicks, the Aerox 3 is meant to withstand any gaming scenario. That includes spilled drinks and crisps too, as the internals of the mouse are water and dust resistant up to an IP54 rating.
While it does sport a highly flexible and detachable USB-C cable, the Aerox 3’s PTFE glide feet can feel a little underwhelming. They make for some swift movement, but might lack the size and depth to withstand years of heavy duty. SteelSeries also does not include or offer replacement skates, while other brands do.
SteelSeries’s Aerox 3 Wireless mostly consists of the same form factor, while cutting cables and swapping out sensors. Coming in at 18.000 DPI and up to 40G acceleration, this wireless brother places its specifications in the higher-end of gaming mice. In total, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless weighs about 66 grams.
Besides offering lag-free connection over a 2.4 GHz dongle, the Aerox 3 Wireless also supports Bluetooth. A nice touch for gamers who move around more, but the slower connection also improves battery life. A full charge grants around 80 hours of speedy gaming over 2.4 GHz, while Bluetooth’s got your back for around 200 hours — even with some minor RGB effects. It’s a solid choice for some weightless office work, too.
If it’s not mainly gaming performance you’re looking for, HyperX might have the right package for you. The Pulsefire Haste cuts back on RGB nonsense and wireless possibilities, and instead zones in on pure gaming performance. Pricewise, the HyperX’s perforated mouse nears the lowest segment, without slimming down performance.
Weighing roughly 59 grams, the Pulsefire Haste is one of the lightest gaming mice out there. While HyperX cuts back in weight and price, the sensor and switches aren’t downplayed in the slightest. Measuring a firm 16.000 DPI (at 40 G maximum acceleration) and offering the same 60 million clicks TTC switches as the SteelSeries Aerox 3, the Pulsefire Haste doesn’t mess around.
Although the nifty HyperFlex cable is fixed, the Pulsefire Haste offers some flexibility when it comes to glide skates and griptape. The mouse itself includes replacement feet, as well as firm stickers to adorn the sides and main two buttons with. If it’s a tighter grip you need, you can stick it on yourself.
RBG is kept to a tasteful minimum within the on-par scroll wheel. Although there might not be anything about the Pulsefire Haste that really catches your attention, it also doesn’t make any big misses. It’s all about no-nonsense performance with HyperX. Too bad it doesn’t come in white, yet…
Offering roughly the same package as HyperX, Cooler Master is coming in hot with their MM710 mice. As the company is known for their excellent price-to-performance ratio, the MM710 turns out to be the most affordable option, while also weighing the least. The latter can be attributed to the lack of any RGB lighting.
Even with its 53 grams, Cooler Master still sports DPI up to 16.000, and acceleration up to 50 G. It’s all par for the course, withstanding some minor issues in build quality.
The main mouse buttons are rated for 20 million presses, but some users can experience rattling within keys and the scroll wheel. The so-called Ultraweave cable performs alright, but isn’t as lightweight or flexible as some of its competitors.
If it’s the lowest price and weight you want, Cooler Master has got you covered. Need more colorful lighting on your desk? The Cooler Master MM711 offers the exact same package, now garnished with two RGB lights and a glossy white finish. These extra touches weigh the total down to about 60 grams.
Alternatively, there is Cooler Master’s MM720, sporting a completely different form factor, leaving the ambidextrous designs behind. This honeycombed mouse features a stubbier build, weighing even less than its predecessor. It’s not for everyone, but as long as you don’t prefer a palm grip, this might suit your hand. The MM720 comes in at 49g, even though some RGB is built into the model.
Performance-wise, the Cooler Master MM720 uses the same sensor as the MM710. This model also tops out at 16.000 DPI and 40 G acceleration. By having the PTFE skates enlarged, the stubby mouse can still glide around with ease.
The downside can be found, yet again, in minor quality issues. The fully rubberized scroll wheel may be lightweight, but is prone to get stickier and imprecise over time. And even though the two side buttons seem larger, some users have been complaining about them being squeaky. By having the internals water and dust resistant up to IP58, it might win back some confidence in durability, though.
The MM720 mostly proves that perforated mice don’t necessarily have to be confined to ambidextrous shapes. With its broader design, it grants additional comfort for gamers who prefer a claw grip or fingertip grip. It’s sturdier than it might seem, just don’t expect the buttons to surpass the bigger mice brands in precision
And thus concludes our list of great, perforated gaming mice. The trend might be somewhat new to most gaming brands, but it might be here to stay. Not all gaming mice have to adopt a honeycomb shell, but if it’s featherlight performance you need, perforation is probably your go-to from here on out. Any hole is a goal, when trimming down weight.
Of course, some gamers might prefer a heftier gaming mouse, and that’s alright too. If you truly despise the looks associated with the honeycomb design, there will always be alternatives for you. Some major brands are still on the fence about the trend, and might look for other ways of improving performance and/or losing weight. To each their own.
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