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The Best Gaming Mice Available Right Now

Updated on June 29, 2017

Important Definitions for Beginners

Optical sensing mouse - A mouse which uses a LED light to track movement.

Laser Sensing mouse - A mouse which uses laser technology light to track movement.

RGB lighting - Lighting where Red, Green and Blue are combined to create more than 16 million colors.

DPI - Measurement of sensitivity of a mouse cursor movement.

Polling Rate - Rate at which mouse reports its position to the PC

Introduction

Having trouble choosing the right gaming mouse? Look no further because I have put together a top ten list of the best, the ultimate, and the bee's knees of gaming mice.

World class companies are churning out quality mice at an unprecedented rate and this article will help you to choose the best mice for a fair advantage in the gaming world.

I have tested my fair share of gaming mice on various gaming platforms and in this article has reviewed the mice which deemed best in my eyes.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
One of the best ambidextrous mouse available
Lack of strong software
Affordable
Limited lighting customization
Suitable for both palm and claw grip
Less DPI compared to other high end mice

10. Roccat Kova

A pure ambidextrous mouse created for all souls who love games, Roccat Kova is small, sublime and minimally designed. For the small minority of lefties, the arrival of Roccat Kova made them par with the more dominant right hands.

DPI settings in the mouse can be programmed with the help of rocket's Swarm software. Kova excels in almost all genre games due to the smart use of Swarm software by Rocket. Moreover, the Kova is cheap compared to high-end mice and pressing Easy Shift[+] mode releases secondary buttons, which increases the usable buttons to a lavish 22 buttons.

Maximum DPI obtained at Rocket Kova (7000 DPI) is achieved in its overdrive mode. Even though it is pretty less compared to more high-end mice such as Logitech G502 series, it still is a good catch for the fair price of Kova.

What I Liked

I play all genre games, so for MMO games, I was able to increase the available buttons by pressing Easy Shift [+] mode. I tested the mouse on Star Wars: The Old Republic and it worked smooth and sleek. And being a Palm Gripper, I was able to control and manage the mouse with ease.

I'm not an ambidextrous guy, but just to test how the mouse fares for lefties, I tried playing Winning Putt with Kova. And it's safe to say that what Rocket claims about Kova is correct.

Roccat Kova

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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
OLED screen & Vibration functions
Bit pricey for a wired mouse
Highly customized experience
Weight is not adjustable and is heavy (135g)
Perfect machine for competitive shooters
 

9. Steel Series Rival 700

Steel Series Rival 700 offers a highly custom-able experience for gamers who are okay with a dented pocket. Equipped with PixArt PMW3360, arguably the best optical sensor available right now, Steel Series Rival 700 is a medium sized mouse which fares exceptionally well for playing competitive shooters.

The tracking, timing and sensing capabilities of the mouse are precise and immaculate and the mice can seemingly integrate into various games due to the advanced customization functions available. These functions if properly used makes a huge difference in games where an iota of carelessness will deliver instant karma.

The right use of the 7 programmable buttons, along with OLED and vibration functions gives a proper leeway while playing PC games. But the glum side of the vibration option is that it only works with already pre-loaded three games.

What I Liked

The removable optical sensor provided is a good innovation, as PixArt PMW3360 used in the mouse can be swapped for PixArt ADNS-9800 laser sensor if required.

The vibration option was a great feature, I gave Long Buzz for shooting a gun and double click for the jumping option for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The mouse buzzed while I happily exterminated some dreaded terrorist.

The tactile alert option worked best for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Steel Series Rival 700

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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Affordable and easy to use
Weight and weak illumination
Good for long gaming sessions
No special features to steal the spotlight
Simple design and suitable for claw/palm grip
 

8. SteelSeries Rival 300

Steelseries Rival 300 can be described as the "Zara" of gamer mouse. Simple, easy to handle, affordable and programmable, this mouse is a true choice for gamers who are serious about gaming but doesn't have the capacity to afford complex expensive gaming mouse.

Like most of the Steelseries models, rival 300 is an RGM mouse and offers the astonishing amount of customization. With a surviving capacity of over 30 million clicks, the rival offers six programmable buttons with an adjustable DPI.

Textured pads and scroller are suitable for continuous gaming, which resists slippage even during heavy sweats. Ideal for big hands and normal gamers, Rival 300 fares better than Rival 700 due to its affordability.

What I Liked

The option to 3D print nameplate was best suited for people like me, who like to customize anything and everything. The Game Sense software is not as suave as the Razer Synapse or Logitech Gaming Software.

The other good feature I found interesting was that we could add many games to one profile, that helped me to play Shooter games without having to set up individual profiles for each game.


Steelseries rival 300

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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
15 programmable buttons for e-sports competitors
Cannot save onboard profile
customized vibration and trigger settings
Bulky and larger than its competitors
Good software which syncs with all SteelSeries products
 

7. SteelSeries Rival 500

Of the three Steelseries mice I have included in the top 10, the Rival 500 has the most availability of programmable buttons, i.e. fifteen. Even though a little bit on the heavier and bulkier side, due to a capable design team, the Rival 500 is suitable for both palm and claw grippers.

Having five programmable thumb buttons gives u a proper elbow room for competitions, and for home users, if not needed, these buttons can be converted into thumb rest too.

This RGB lighting mouse has a customization vibration and trigger facility, which helps you set triggers if your life or equipments go down, and can be a life saver to those who are under immense pressure in an e-sports competition.

What I Liked

SteelSeries Rival 500 has almost the same features as Rival 300 but misses the option to store profiles on board, that didn't help much as I had to program profiles whenever I went to a tournament or to a friend's home.

One good feature was that I was able to set up a vibration alert when ever my life went down on Counter Strike. That helped a lot as its difficult to focus when we are in the heat of the moment. Also, the 15 programmable buttons came handy when I was playing MMO's like Star Wars: The Old Republic or Marvel Heroes 2016.

SteelSeries Rival 500

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Corsair M65 PRO RGB

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6. Corsair M65 PRO RGB

This is the only mouse from Corsair to pop up on my list. The Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB is a pocket-friendly mouse which employs a PMW3360 sensor(the best in the market) along with a dedicated sniper button and adjustable DPI settings.

The design is sturdy and sleek, with an adjustable weight (115 g - 135 g) and a CUE software (Corsair Utility Engine) which enables the mouse to change its RGB color settings. With a price tag of $40, the mouse is a good bet for FPS players and right handed gamers.

Easily adjustable DPI settings come in handy while snipers are employed and the RGB lighting can be adjusted to find out which DPI setting the mouse is being employed.

What I Liked

Are u a right handed guy like me.?, do u like playing First Person Shooter games.?, are u a palm gripper?

Well, I am and when I was playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Call Of Duty 4, the dedicated sniper button worked wonders.

The unfavorable side of Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB is that it quite doesn't work for other genres as perfectly as it does in the case of FPS games. It is better to use a Razer Naga or Logitech G series if FPS ain't your favorite genre.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Affordable price, best for FPS players
Not good for claw grippers
Adjustable weight and brilliant optical sensor
Not a bet for left handers too
Sturdy mouse with a dedicated sniper button
 

Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Good software and simple design
Buttons have been reported to malfunction
Durable switches and light weight
 
Suitable for both palm and claw grippers
 

5. Razer DeathAdder Elite

Released as a replacement to our beloved RazerDeath Adder Chroma, the Razer death adder elite retains all the features that took Razer to the heart of pro gamers and even adds little more attributes.

It has one of the best software's available in the market, the Razer Synapse. Death Adder Elite can be heavily customized, it has seven buttons for optimum use and accuracy. Omron has claimed that its installed switches have a durability of up to 50 millions clicks, far more than most of the mice available in the market right now.

Designed for pro gamers, the simplicity in design ensures that it can be used for normal browsing also. Being on the lighter side of the gaming mice spectrum (105g) Death Adder Elite is small and fits good for both palm and claw grippers.

What I Liked

The buttons below the scroll wheel helped to change DPI settings instantly, which came in handy when I had to move on to fast action sequences after releasing a sniper shot which required low DPI for accuracy.

The Razer Synapse was far better and easy compared to Corsair Utility Engine or the SteelSeries Game Sense software.

My Buttons worked fine and I liked the way they were configured, but one of my gaming buddy did complain that his buttons started malfunctioning after a 5-month use.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

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Razer Naga Hex V2

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4. Razer Naga Hex V2

With seven thumb buttons arranged in a unique design, the Razer's updated version of fan favorite Naga is a bulky mouse. Designed for MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) players, the mouse worked comfortably with all other genres also after testing.

Naga Hex 2 boasts the same high-quality features that Razer's other gaming mouse offers. i.e more than 16.8 million RGB lighting, Razer Synapse 2.0 software, good quality switches, and a comfortable grip.

With a high DPI of 16000, Hex Naga V2 offers fast flutter operativeness, which is essential for MOBA games.This affordable mouse is reliable and adds a flying feather to Razer's arsenal of high-end gaming mouse's.

What I Liked

The button placement made it easy for me to control and configure the mouse for MOBA. I tested the mouse on Dota 2 and the output was extremely satisfying.

I am a palm gripper and the mouse was convenient for my long gaming sessions even though it was designed to give an edge to claw grippers.

The mouse proved easy to use while playing Dota 2 but felt a little uncomfortable when I tested it on Overwatch at first. But once I got accustomed to it, even an FPS MOBA like Over watch was an easy kill.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Ideal for MOBA games
More heavier than Death adder elite series
Boasts all the best features of typical Razer mouse
Better mice are available in market for FPS, MMO games
Unique design and button placement
 

Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Ideal size,quality performance
Entry level mouse
Affordable and simple design
Designed with a preference given to right handers
Best software and easy syncing
 

3. Razer DeathAdder Chroma

The third mouse to get included in this list, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is a minimally designed mouse with a guaranteed high performance. It has both left-handed and right-handed editions. The Chroma has five buttons which can be tuned as per your gaming style.

Even though mice with better DPI, complex buttons, and better lighting is available, Chroma shines on the aspect of simplicity and usability. DeathAdder Chroma can be easily synced with Razer Synapse, the bespoke software of the Razer family.

The Death Adder Chroma can be described as an ideal mouse for entry level gamers. The mouse is small and has an affordable price tag.

What I Liked

The Rubber coating on the sides was helpful as my hands tend to get sweaty in long gaming sessions. The mouse felt so comfortable that I started using it for my day to day operations for a while also.

I tested the mouse with MMO games like Dota 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Marvel Heroes 2016 and FPS game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It fared well in both genres.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Wireless, sleek and stylish
Expensive
Suitable for all genre
No charging pad
Buttons can be programmed and profiles stored as required
 
The best unparalleled technologically advanced wireless mouse available right now
 

2. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

Arguably, the best wireless mouse available in the market right now, Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is a true delight to gamers who hate the tangling and rummage created by a wired mouse.

Let me make it pretty simple, if you want a mouse which is ambidextrous, lightweight, has a world class software, has a pretty high DPI rating with a proper acceleration and polling rate, and has programmable buttons with the ability to store and change profiles as per need and fits perfectly for both palm and claw grips; voila, buy the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum.

The only wireless mouse to get a spot on the list, G900 Chaos Spectrum works without any lag or garbling feared from a wireless mouse. The mouse sits at the second spot because of the high price tag of $150.

What I Liked

The mouse is designed for ambidextrous users and we can swap thumb buttons as per our preference. this wireless mouse delivered performance in par or better than most of the wired gaming mouse I have tested. The modern, sophisticated look blended perfectly with my Alienware.

I was able to store my customized profiles and it was a time saver during tournaments. For FPS games, I didn't feel the pinch of lacking a dedicated sniper button as I was able to configure the function to the thumb button.

The mouse performed well on all genre, I tested the mouse on Dota 2, Marvel Age of Heroes 2016 and on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
Weight adjustment and tuning
Textured surfaces may not be comfortable for some users
Has one of the best sensors in the market.
 
Stellar performance and ease of use
 

1. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Logitech tops the gaming mouse section unanimously when it comes to both wired and wireless gaming mouse. They have a vast collection of solid mice for professional gamers.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum, the updated version of G502 Proteus Core is designed to give maximum efficiency and a solid grip. The mouse is molded for a firm thumb grip.

The mouse is equipped with PMW3366 advanced optical gaming sensor and 11 programmable buttons. Weight can be tuned as per customer satisfaction as some gamers prefer a heavier mouse for a firm hold and control while some gamers prefer light mice for flexibility and rapid movements.

What I Liked

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the best performing mouse I have ever tested. It may seem expensive to some considering the price tag of 80 bucks, but for all the features it provides, the mouse is really worth every penny.

The adjustable weight tuning was a plus as while playing MMO games I prefer a less heavy mouse and for FPS games, a bulkier mouse to get better accuracy.

I tested the mouse with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The snipping button was an efficient weapon while aiming for cold - blooded terrorists.

The mouse flowed in my arms like a smooth flowing river with all its ease and beauty. Affordable price compared to the high performing Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum makes Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum the best gaming mouse in my list.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

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