Top 10 Gaming Mice
Best Gaming Mice Reviews
A good gaming mouse can dramatically improve your performance in FPS, RTS, MOBA, and other competitive games which require precision and fast reaction. Find the best gaming mouse for your needs in my top ten gaming mice review.
When choosing a computer mouse for gaming, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- What grip style are you using: palm, claw, or fingertip? This determines the size and shape of the mouse you should look for: palm grip users prefer bigger mice, while claw grip fingertip grip users like smaller, lighter ones.
- What games are you playing mostly? MMORPG fans will probably want to get a mouse with lots of programmable buttons to bind their skills and spells to. On the other hand, the two basic buttons and the scroll wheel are usually enough for RTS gamers.
- What's your budget? If you don't have a lot of money to spend, don't despair - cheaper gaming mice with an optical sensor often perform just as well as the expensive laser ones, although they aren't capable of as high maximum DPI.
Then proceed to the best gaming mouse list below and choose your weapon of digital destruction!
#1. Razer Deathadder
The best palm grip mouse from Razer with a 6,400 DPI optical sensor
Who here hasn't heard of DeathAdder? It's definitely one of the most popular gaming mice on the market. Featuring ergonomic right hand design, 4G infrared sensor, 1000 Hz ultrapolling (1 ms response time) and above all, competitive price - you can't go wrong with this precise fragging tool from Razer. According to the company, this mouse also features one of the lowest lift-off distances around, a mere 1 mm, meaning the cursor won't "drift" when you lift your mouse.
Just keep in mind this mouse is pretty large: it's possibly the best mouse for palm grip, might be feasible for claw grip, but not really suitable for true fingertip grip due to the position where your thumb rests.
#2. SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]
Pro gaming mouse with a built-in profile, rubberized surface, and a classic shape
Sensei [RAW] is a new offering from SteelSeries: a top gaming mouse armed with a 5,670 DPI laser sensor, capable of registering a staggering 12,000 frames per second for maximum accuracy. The mouse is fully customizable and optimized for gaming with its adjustable prediction (aka angle snapping), polling rate, and sensitivity. Sensei has a classic mouse shape that should work with most grip styles, especially claw and finger.
The [RAW] version of Sensei is most likely the best gaming mouse from SteelSeries at this point. Unlike its pricier predecessor (named simply "Sensei"), it lacks some bells-and-whistles such as a built-in LED screen, 16.8 color LED illumination, and the option to double the CPI up to 11,400 (as if anyone needs to go that high). [RAW] makes up for it with a more reasonable price and a rubberized surface which feels great in your palm and provides a non-slippery grip, which will serve you well during those prolonged gaming sessions.
#3. Logitech G400s
A successor to the legendary MX518
The new Logitech G400s is a true successor to the classic Logitech MX518 gaming mouse. It has an upgraded optical sensor with more DPI, exactly the same shape of MX518 that gamers have come to love, and a non-sticky plastic coating (as much as I liked its predecessor, its smooth finish was quite annoying when my palms got sweaty). The button layout also stayed pretty much the same: two side buttons, scroll wheel, DPI+ and DPI- buttons, and a button for quick tab switch. If you are looking for an MX518 alternative or upgrade, this is the way to go. The price is also quite affordable, and the mouse doesn't have any glowing logos or LEDs for those who dislike that stuff.
Note: this mouse used to have some jitter issues with Logitech Gaming Software installed, but they are now fixed. If you are using LGS, make sure to update it to the latest version. It's also best to use native CPI settings (400/800/2000/4000) to avoid interpolation.
#4. Roccat Kone XTD
8,000 DPI laser, 576 KB onboard memory, and adjustable weights
Kone XTD is the best gaming mouse offered by German manufacturer Roccat, which is unsurprising given that it's their flagsghip product. It uses the same laser sensor (Avago ADNS-9800, basically an upgraded version of A9500) as MLG Sensei. This device does have some positive acceleration, but that is unavoidable for laser sensors in general. The advantages are very high sensitivity and accuracy, as well as no angle snapping.
XTD boasts a number of non-essential but cool features, like programmable macros, multicolor light system, customizable weight (4 x 5 g), and optional sound feedback when performing on-the-fly DPI adjustments or switching the on-board profiles. All that is put into a rugged ergonomic shell for right-handers. This is definitely an excellent mouse, but its price isn't low, either. Kone XTD is rather large (13.5 cm x 7.8 cm x 4 cm) and should suit palm grippers and people with large hands quite well. Most people will like the rubberized soft-touch surface, too.
#5. Razer Abyssus
Possibly the best fingertip grip mouse out there: light, small and accurate
The Abyssus is the best fingertip grip mouse currently offered by Razer. It's small, light and ambidextrous (symmetrical) which makes it perfect for precise control with your fingers. It is recommended to couple it with a control mouse mat, such as the Razer Goliathus. Keep in mind that this Razer Abyssus mouse does not have any thumb buttons, which probably won't be a problem for RTS or FPS gamers, but might be unacceptable for MMORPG fans who need more buttons to bind their skills.
#6. Zowie FK1
Ambidextrous claw grip mouse with avago ADNS 3310 sensor
Zowie Gear is a manufacturer of competitive gaming hardware which is known to focus on quality and essentials rather than marketing gimmicks. This philosophy is reflected in the new Zowie FK1, an ambidextrous mouse aimed at claw grippers in general and FPS gamers in particular. It features an optical Avago ADNS 3310 sensor (same as Sensei Rival), pleasant coating, flexible rubber-coated cable, adjustable DPI and USB polling rate without additional software, and a low lift-off distance. As expected, there's no LED illumination and other non-essential extras.
Like all Zowie mice, FK1 uses Huano switches. Compared to the widely-used Omrons, these are a bit harder to press, which can be a plus or a minus depending on your preference.
#7. Mad Catz R.A.T. 9
One of the best wireless gaming mice with twin-eye laser sensor
If you want to get the very best wireless gaming mouse, look no further than R.A.T. 9 from Mad Catz. Long gone are the days when wireless mice were considered inferior for gaming. R.A.T. 9 has 1 ms response time which is on par with the best wired ones. It is a unique mouse due to the solid metal frame, custom weights and 3 interchangeable grips / palm rests, allowing you to fine tune the feel of the mouse to perfection.
Another rare trait is its usage of a Phillips PLN sensor rather than ever-popular Avago or PixArt. These "Doppler shift" laser sensors operate on a different principle than image capture sensors, and have their own quirks. The older PLN 2032 sensor was infamous for its Z-axis bug, but fortunately PLN 2033 (used in new R.A.T. mice from 5 to 9) is much better in this regard.
The only big downside of this impressive product is its rather steep price. If you want to save some money and don't mind the wire, take a look at R.A.T. 7 instead.
#8. Mionix Naos 8200
Comfortable right hand design, custom weight system and 8k DPI
This wired gaming mouse from Mionix has some of the most comfortable ergonomic designs for right-handers I've ever seen. Your hand is fully supported by the mouse, so palming it feels just natural. It has a 8,200 DPI laser sensor (the new Avago 9800), adjustable LED illumination with 16.8M colors, and 7 programmable buttons in total. Add in a braided cable, rubber grips, and PTFE mouse feet, and all high-end gaming mouse features are covered.
Mionix boasts about compatibility with all kinds of surfaces, so you probably don't have to worry about tracking problems or negative acceleration on this one (although a plastic mouse pad is still recommended for laser sensors).
#9. Razer Naga
The only mouse with 17 programmable buttons
Naga is a powerful gaming mouse from Razer made specifically for MMO games. It boasts an accurate laser sensor, anti-slip rubber grips, and a lightweight braided cable. But what makes this mouse really stand out is its 12 thumb button grid. FPS or RTS gamers won't ever need that many functions, but MMORPG fans will love being able to bind any skills and macros to one of the 12 extra buttons, accessed easily with their thumb. Razer also offers custom add-ons for the most popular MMORPG games. However, a gaming mouse with all these features doesn't come cheap.
#10. CM Storm Inferno
Twin doppler laser sensor capable of up to 6 m/s tracking speed
Cooler Master is better known for their computer cases and coolers. However, it turns out they know how to create good gaming mice as well. The best features of Storm Inferno include an accurate laser sensor with up to 50g acceleration, non-slip texture on the sides for a stable grip, and 128 Kb on-board memory. This is a mouse built with MMO gamers in mind, so it comes as no surprise that it has 11 buttons in total, and the ability to program and execute complex macros and scripts. It is best suited for claw grip if you have big hands, or palm grip otherwise.The laser sensor of Cooler Master Storm Inferno can be a bit capricious, so you'll need a good hard mousepad.