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The Best Gaming Mouse: A Review

Updated on August 28, 2011

The Best Gaming Mice of 2011

There are many decent gaming mice on the market today. These are the best of 2011!

But which gaming mouse is the best?

If you have any hope of being able to respond quickly and accurately to an enemy that is about to attack you in your favorite First Person Shooter, then you need a really good gaming mouse.

I have selected and reviewed the top gaming mice out there!

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As voted by gamers that have visited this page, the Best Gaming Mouse is the

Razer Deathadder 3500 High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse

Mionix: Naos 5000

Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse
Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse

The Specs

5040 dpi gaming laser sensor

S.Q.A.T - Surface Quality Analyzer Tool

Adjustable lift distance

1 ms response time

12 000 frames/sec

Tracking speed: 5.1 m/sec (200 ips)

10.6 megapixels/sec image processing

Acceleration: 30 g

40 000 Hz sampling rate

True 16-bit data path

Grip friendly rubber coating

7 buttons (7 programmable)

3 steps in-game dpi adjustment

In-game profile switch

Configurable dpi up to 5040 dpi

6 integrated LEDs

Adjustable polling rate

128 kb built-in memory

Large teflon feet

Balanced weight tuning system (up to 40 gr)

Gold-plated USB connection

Full speed USB 2.0 with Plug n Play

Cable length: 2 m (braided for durability)

Compatible with all kinds of surfaces

Weight tuning: up to 40 gr

System Requirements

Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista / 7

Available USB port

40 mb free space on hard drive

The Review

This mouse has a similar size and dimensions to the Logitech G500. It has a nice, braided cord to prevent cord-memory and that won't risk power-loss due to the batteries running out. It's exceptionally responsive and is comparable to the bigger named manufacturers of gaming products.

I give it a thumbs up!

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Logitech: G500

Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse

The Specs

10 programmable buttons

Adjustable weight-cartridge

Tuning weight: Up to 27 grams

Resolution: 200 - 5700 dpi

Image processing:12 megapixels/second

Max. acceleration: 30G

Max. speed: up to 165 inches(4.19 m)/second*

USB data format: 16 bits/axis

USB report rate: Up to 1000 reports/second

Sleep mode: Disabled

System Requirements

Windows® XP or Windows Vista®

USB port

CD-ROM drive

The Review

The mouse size and shape is pretty much perfect for most adult (or almost adult) hands. Some people have complained about the 3 thumb buttons, but I have not had any problems between them. I use the middle thumb button regularly.

Like many other gaming mice, you can adjust the weight. I like a heavier mouse than the standard mouse. The weightier is more responsive with sudden movements and when trying to be precise, such as when sniping.

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Microsoft: SideWinder X8

Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Gaming Mouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Gaming Mouse

The Specs

World's most advanced tracking technology for gaming with image processing of 13,000 frames per second.

Instantly switch sensitivity between high, medium, and low with one click.

Twelve Buttons - Seven are programmable

Up to 30 hours of active gaming on a single charge, or use the play-and-charge cable for non-stop action.

2.4 GHz Wireless

Full-speed, 500 Hz USB reporting

Macro Record - Easily record macros while in game with the dedicated button.

Replaceable Mouse Feet - Choice of three different materials for glide preference.

System Requirements

Requires a PC that meets the requirements for and has installed one of these operating systems: Windows® 7, Windows Vista® or Windows XP.

100 MB Hard drive

Powered USB port

CD drive

The Review

The size and shape of the SideWinder X8 mouse is very nice. I like that it feels like a natural fit, not clunky or two small, when I'm playing a game. Being that its a wireless mouse there is nothing to tangle as you try to spin around to shoot someone. This gaming mouse is super responsive. Too much, most likely. I doubt that you would notice a difference compared to most others. Maybe.

However, the cost is very high. There are similar gaming mice for half the cost. I say look at the other choices.

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SteelSeries: Xai

SteelSeries Xai Gaming Mouse
SteelSeries Xai Gaming Mouse

The Specs

Frames per second: 12.000

Inches per second: 150+

Megapixels per second: 10.8

Counts per inch: 100 5.001 (one CPI Steps)

Max. Acceleration: 30 G

Sensor data path: True 16 bit

Lift distance: ~1mm (auto-adjusting)

Buttons: 8

Cord: 2 m / 6,5 ft (braided to improve durability)

Polling: 125 1000 Hz (1Hz increments)

Gold-plated USB connector

Measurements: 125.5 x 68.3 x 38.7 mm / 4.94 x 2.69 x 1.52 in

CPI high/low indicator

On mouse LCD display for tweaking via menu system

Large pressure points that reduce friction for optimized glide

Driver-less, plug-and-play feature for LAN gamers

Built-in memory for 5 profiles

System Requirements

Win 2000/XP/Vista/7 / Mac OSX

The Review

The specs of the Xai are impressive. It sports a gold plated USB connection too! But its packaged in a mouse circa 1995, small and non-ergonomic. On top of that it is almost as expensive as the better Microsoft Sidewinder X8.

This mouse gets a resounding 'no', until they make some improvements.

Cyber Snipa: SWAT

Cyber Snipa SWAT Gaming Mouse
Cyber Snipa SWAT Gaming Mouse
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Razer: DeathAdder

Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

The Specs

3500DPI Razer Precision™ 3.5G infrared sensor

Five independently programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons

Ultra-large non-slip buttons

Ergonomic right-handed or left-handed design

A response time of 1ms, as compared to that of 125Hz / 8ms found in conventional gaming mice

System Requirements

PC/Mac compatible

The Review

There are several things that are impressive about the Razor Deathadder. One of which is that they have a left-handed model. Power to the Lefties! Actually, I'm right-handed, but at least someone thought about the left-handed gamers out there.

It's simplicity is where it shines. It is not lacking, like the Xai above, but has just enough to please even the most picky gamer. It features large thumb buttons, a grippy top, and an ergonomic shape, much like the better gaming mice above.

It is also one of the few top-contender gaming mice that is optical, instead of laser. It is using a type of optical sensor called a 3G infrared, which they claim is far better than other optical sensors. It does not have the technical precision of the laser mice above. However, you will be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about responsiveness. It is one of the top rated mice on Amazon and other websites.

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      Dell3 6 years ago

      Looks great

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      Bradshaw LM 7 years ago

      Nice lens. Hard to believe that anything as common as a computer mouse can be made to look almost like a centerfold layout lol.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'll have to take your word on this Shea, being I'm not a gamer really. Recently another lensmaster has been borrowing my spare bedroom, and I have been enjoying watching online games when I have a bit of time to. There sure are some great games, and the graphics are amazing. Glad that there is so many tech tools for people to use. Nice lens!

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      carny 7 years ago

      My favorite is Logitech MX518. It's simple but good.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      I'm not an FPS player, but I still want them all.