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Best PC Gaming Mouse for the Money 2014

Updated on July 11, 2014
I recently purchased the latest version of the Razer DeathAdder, the 2013. Razer fixed some of the small problems with previous versions while not getting rid of what made it so great.
I recently purchased the latest version of the Razer DeathAdder, the 2013. Razer fixed some of the small problems with previous versions while not getting rid of what made it so great.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to my gaming gear. You can argue as to whether or not some of it actually affects your performance, but I feel that a good gaming mouse truly does. This is especially true for twitch-sensitives games in a competitive tournament setting.

Choosing and Understanding Your Grip Style:

A good gaming mouse fits your grip style like a glove. Claw grippers will want something more tight like the CM Storm Spawn while palm grippers rely on a somewhat lengthier body style like the Razer DeathAdder.

Palm grips tend to add longevity to game play while claw can add some accuracy when used correctly. Many pro gamers change their grip depending on the game or map they're playing.

Should you Choose Optical or Laser?

If you want the most accurate gaming mouse, then you'll go with one that's optical. Laser mice have built-in acceleration which can often lead to miss clicks, but can be advantageous in certain MOBA and RTS games.

DPI is important but shouldn't be your only criteria:

Most professional gamers use under 3,000 DPI. While you may feel the need to have over 6,000 you truly lose some accuracy when you go above 1,600. It's more important to base your decision on your sensor rather than your mouse's overall DPI. Finding a mouse with on-the-fly adjustment is best in scenarios where you need to lower your DPI for certain situations.

Voted Best FPS Gaming Mouse 2014

My Experience with the Razer DeathAdder 2013

When I'm working I actually don't prefer to use this mouse. The scroll wheel and ergonomics, for me, don't seem to work out as well as a mouse like the G9X or G500. That being said when I'm playing time-sensitive games it's the one I like to use.

We all know that the DeathAdder is the world's most popular gaming mouse, but really there's a lot of good reasons for that. The new 2013 version has a 4GHz infrared sensor (optical) which is as accurate as they come.

Improvements to the 2013 version also include rubber side grips which really seem to help when you're gaming over long periods of time.

For more of my FPS picks check out this post on the best FPS gaming mouse.

5 stars for Razer DeathAdder 2013

Voted Best MMO PC Gaming Mouse for the money 2014

While twitch-sensitive gamers that play FPS or RTS games may focus on accuracy, MMO gamers want functionality. In this space there are a lot of up and coming manufacturers that are trying to work there way into the market in 2014.

While the most popular MMO gaming mice on the market are probably the G600 and the Razer Naga, competitive companies like Redragon and UtechSmart have made solid budget alternatives with quality parts that include Omron switches and Avago sensors.

Logitech's G600 is Still a Winner if it Stays Under or Around $50:

That being said, my favorite is still the Logitech G600 which has an appealing thumb grid and features 20 MM0-tuned buttons because it simply feels the most comfortable in my hand. This, in addition to Logitech's quality for the item, makes it a mouse you can game with for a long time.

Here's a closeup look at the Anker gaming mouse (middle) compared to other popular gaming mice options including the Logitech G500(far left) and The Deathadder just to its left.
Here's a closeup look at the Anker gaming mouse (middle) compared to other popular gaming mice options including the Logitech G500(far left) and The Deathadder just to its left.

Best Budget Gaming Mouse Under $50 for the Money 2014

Recently Anker contacted me and asked me if I'd review one of their standard gaming mice. The Anker CG100 is what they sent and honestly I was a bit pessimistic about it because I hadn't really heard of the company before.

For $40 the price seemed right and the mouse itself looked nice online. What I actually got was much more than I bargained for. A cheap gaming mice with Omron Swithces an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor and tons of customization.

Perhaps one of CG100's greatest features are its fully customizable LED lights. You can change their logo breadth and depth and choose between one of 16 million colors.

The mouse itself fits nicely in my mid to large-sized hands and is very comfortable over long gaming sessions. Overall it's probably not the mouse I'd recommend for an FPS competitive league; however, it was accurate enough for most other scenarios while being very reasonable on the price front.

In the end the best gaming mouse for you all comes down to preference. Some gamers like a large mouse that covers their entire hand and has a lot of weight to it. Others prefer a small mouse that is easy to move around.

If you enjoyed this article on the best gaming mouse of 2014, then please comment below. If you feel that I should feature or make comments about another gaming mouse that you know about, then please let me know. Also see more gaming related hub links below.

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      Bilas 4 years ago

      what the heck? no steelseries??? really? half of your post is about overpriced crap-made razor mice that brake down in a year and no steelseries mice? i have to say though that the mx518 is EPIC for its value. after 3&1/2 years of daily gaming use its as good as new (apart from some scratches i am responsible for. non the less its a great mouse and very, VERY well built. i will suggest it anytime.

      now as long as gaming mice goes i have some suggestions to add as well

      1) steelseeries (obviously):

      a)optical Ikari is a great low-mid bugdet mouse with nice curves to fit in every hand and preety good responces, 3500dpi

      b) Sensei Raw , another great mouse wich comes in 2 different grips for you to choose, great responces and dpi meeters, and got everything you might need for any game (mmo are still for use with a kyboard, not a 20button mice, remember) a great choice with small bagdet differnces from the Ikari (also it lazer based so a bit beeter than ikari on ms) 5400dpi

      c)sensei , the upgrade from sensei raw with the same values, but some extra feutures that are more usefull for the high end gamers (like saving profiles in the mice's build in memory)

      2) Mad Catz:

      a)R.A.T. 3 and 5(wireless version) are good mice on midium bugdet prices, very comfortable with good sensores, but in my opinion! not worth the money compared to the logitechs or steelseries at the same price

      b) R.A.T. 7 and 9(wireless version) are another story, propably one of the best gaming mice out ther at a high buget (90 euros in my country for the wired one) but offer a great gaming experience. they have fully costomizable wight, and not oly that, but you can shange the sides on how you like them , and palm resting can be repositioned too. 2!!! lazer sensores for dynamic response system , a great mouse overal and very ergonomic

      3) Logitech

      since there is only one referance here i woud like to add that thee logitech G400 is the newer version of mx518 (which has started going out of production) at about the same price.

      generally logitech is a very good and reliable company with tonz of mice nad keyboard to chose from, and one not to be under estimated.

      4) some thing about why i don't suggest buying razer products.

      a) the materials used are not very good and that's why most of the razor mice break down within a year (as i metioned)

      b)i find razer as a company to be making products ONLY for the cash , not caring about their customers, something that leads to :

      i) overpriced products (something like apple laptops and such)

      ii) BAD drivers. I mean REALLY BAD ones. What razer did with SYNAPSE 2.o (the drivers that are used for ALL their products that require an active internet connection, a razer acount and their server being up , to use your mouse with all its features and not just like a normal mouse) is bad, and is also poping you out of many games just for its updates, plus its has been acussed for taking personal info for statistic purpuses (thus more money).

      that's my 2 sents on the subgect, i hope i helped some people out , and no hard feeling to the author, his part is also correct and worth reading.