Best Cheap and Good Gaming Mouse 2015
Top Rated PC Gaming Mice for the Money - Under $50
Some gamers like to brag about their equipment, and rightfully so. A good gaming mouse can, in fact, help with both precision and accuracy. That being said there are many cheap, but good, gaming mice on the market that are used even by today's professional gamers.
Rather than focusing on the high-end gaming mice in this post I'll focus on my favorite gaming mice under $50 that will give you all the precision and accuracy you'll need. The rest is up to you.
Choosing a Good Gaming Mouse
When choosing a gaming mouse try not to make it too complicated. You want to find something that's precise, comfortable with your type of grip, easy-to-use, and is light on the eyes. In the professional circuit most gamers use a mouse that has 800-1600 DPI (source: Kim Ron, CMO SteelSeries), so getting that one with an extra 10,000 really is just for show. There are professional gamers who moved up the ladder using a very cheap mouse that cost them under $20. Once they get a sponsor they'll often times switch to a good gaming mouse associated with whatever company is sponsoring them.
Precision is Important - It Also Takes Practice
You can also test your accuracy and memorize distance by practicing in games like Disc Dash. There are many other games and ways to improve your accuracy, so you can always do a Google search if you need more options.
10 Cheap Gaming Mouse Options Under $50 2015 - Cobra E-3lue High Precision Gaming Mouse Review
Here are 10 good and cheap gaming mouse options to consider when making a purchase. I've tried to include some time-tested favorites as well as a few you've maybe never heard of before. If you have an option that you feel should be on this list, then be sure to respond to the interactive poll section below this list.
The first mouse of note is the Cobra E-3lue High Precision Gaming Mouse. It's one that's gained some popularity over the last several months because of its inexpensive price and 800 and 1600 DPI options. I recently purchased it, and tried it out on BF3 along with my . SteelSeries Cloth Pad
Don't let the cheap price fool you, this is a great gaming mouse. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable it was. It feels just about the right size and the cover is smooth. It is somewhat lighter than other gaming mice I've used - so if you're someone that likes to use weight tuning, then perhaps it's not for you. In addition, the wheel isn't perfect so if that's a deal breaker, then look elsewhere. In BF3 it did a good job. Don't get me wrong, I do prefer the feel and functionality of other gaming mice I own like the G500 or SteelSeries Sensei better, but as far as accuracy I didn't feel like it set me back at all.
Other than that, it's a great lightweight and precise mouse option for the money and it really looks solid alongside my gaming keyboard.
CM Storm Xornet
I like Cooler Master products so I was excited to see the CM Xornet pop up in late 2011. It's a claw style grip mouse that really gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It has a 2000 DPI sensor and has instant DPI switching for 500, 1000, and 2000 DPI. I also like the sweat-proof grip that prevents slipping. This tends to be a problem for me after a few hours of gaming so it's a real bonus for those long gaming sessions. The wheel also seemed easy-to-use for both gaming and browsing. A solid option at around $20.
Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 Review
I've been using Logitech products for decades. Don't let the naysayers fool you - Logitech puts out a quality product. The mouse featured here is the Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 which I've seen used by professional gamers because of its gaming grade optical sensor. It also gives you quite a bit more functionality than the two mice above with 9 programmable buttons and three onboard memory profiles. It's another claw grip, so palm grippers should look elsewhere. It's also a little bit on the small side, so that may be a good or bad thing depending on your personal style.
Here's another little-known option that I think works great for most gamers. The Perixx MX-2000 is inexpensive at around $30 and still gives you many of the options you get on mice that are twice its price.
Perix MX-2000 Features
It has omron switches, a braided cable, 500-5000 DPI, and even a weight tuning cartridge. It's not a flick wheel like my G500, but it is very accurate and responsive. It also works great for games like WOW with 11 programmable buttons and 5 user profiles. It's also heavily tuned towards right-handed gamers so lefties should look elsewhere.
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Comparison and Review
If you like the idea of having something that does a great job and will last you a long time, then the G500 might just be what you're looking for. Released in 2009, this has become one of the most popular gaming mice on the market. I purchased one a couple years ago and it's my choice for regular every day use and casual gaming.
In my opinion it's super comfortable and goes well with my palm-style grip. It also has a few programmable buttons, which I rarely use, but perhaps my favorite option is the scroll wheel. The wheel can be set to glide or click and it's seamless in its performance. It has a braided cable (perfect for disorganized people like me) and also is really accurate.
Overall, if you have $50, then I recommend you choose between this and the Razer Deathadder. It comes on sale for $49.95 so if you're trying to stick to a budget, then you might need to wait it out.
In this post on the best gaming mouse I found that out of over 10,000 votes the Razer Deathadder is the most popular gaming mouse on the market in 2013. It's because the ergonomics, precision clicking, and functionality are right where they need to be for a $50 mouse. You'll hear the occasional gamer gripe about the Deathadder. I suggest you simply ignore them.
A Few More Budget Gaming Mice To Consider:
A Solid Budget Gaming Mouse Option for Around $50 - Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance Gaming Mouse
Razer Abyssus High Precision Optical Gaming Mouse
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