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Best PC Gaming Mouse 2015

Updated on February 18, 2015

There are so many gizmos and gadgets out there to make game playing even better and if you haven't purchased a good gaming mouse yet, then you should definitely consider getting one.

Gamers who use a gaming mouse know they give you a huge advantage. This is especially true when you're in time-sensitive situations. With programmable buttons, increased accuracy, and better precision it takes less effort to switch weapons and strike your opponent.

That being said there's a lot you might want to consider avoiding if you're purchasing a mouse specifically for an FPS game. One thing in particular is built-in acceleration and prediction that can decrease accuracy. On the other hand, someone playing an RTS or MMORPG might prefer some of that same acceleration based upon the game they play. Here's a few other things to keep in mind.

New DeathAdder Infrared Sensor
New DeathAdder Infrared Sensor

Choosing a Gaming Mouse

What should you look for?

DPI

Much has been said about getting the mouse with the highest DPI, but it's important to realize that DPI is simply a measure of sensitivity.

The SteelSeries Vs. Razer DPI Debate:

Per Kim Ron, the CMO of Steelseries you could go to a professional tournament and "Ninety percent of the expert gamers there will be using a DPI value between 800 to 1,600."

So, instead of looking to move your mouse more quickly gamers should be looking for better precision, functionality, and comfort. Razer, on the other hand, disagrees and says that "there are also more high-sense gamers around now, corresponding to the much larger screens and much higher resolutions available." Ultimately, you'll have to decide whether a mouse's dots-per-inch specs truly matters to your particular play-style.

That being said for FPS in particular you do lose accuracy by going beyond a certain level. With the DPI of most mice being available at that level in 2014 it's doubtful that you'll get too little DPI out any modern gaming mouse.

Programmable Buttons

A good gaming mouse may come with as many as 17 programmable buttons! As an FPS, RTS, and Action RPG gamer I don't use that many programmable buttons, but MMORPG gamers may find that additional programmable buttons outweigh other categories.

Accuracy and Precision

This is number one when considering a mouse for time-sensitive games like first-person-shooters or real-time-strategy. Generally a mouses sensor and how you grip the mouse affect accuracy. Additional accuracy may also be gained by lowering your DPI and adding weight.

Perhaps even more important is the sensor. Finding a mouse that has an Avago optical sensor will ensure additional accuracy even when on the run.

10 Good Gaming Mouse Options for 2015

As Voted on By Gamers

A Gamer Driven Top Ten - You Decide the Order!

I'm all about reader interaction when it comes to a top ten list. As an author it would be ignorant of me to not take into account your point of view. For that reason this list is decided by your vote, found at the end of this page.

Improved Rubber Side Grips - Finally!
Improved Rubber Side Grips - Finally!

Best FPS / RTS Gaming Mouse in 2014

Voted #1 - The Razer Deathadder 2013

Great Ergonomics for Right and Left-Handed Gamers

The ergonomics, at least as far as what I like, are spot on. The model I've listed below is for right handed gamers like me, but Razer has one that is ergonomically designed for lefties as well. If you're picky about your scroll wheel, like I am, then you'll like the non-slip rubber coating and 24 individual click positions.

What's New with the 2013 - 2014 Razer DeathAdder?

If you're comparing the old Razer DeathAdder vs. the new Razer DeathAdder, then there's several changes that really give the new version a leg up. Razer didn't change any of the stuff that we like about it already and added increased precision and accuracy by changing from a 3.5G optical sensor to a 4G infrared sensor and upped the DPI sensitivity to 6500.

In addition, those shiny and slippery grips on the side have been changed to a rubber-type material. This was a huge deal for me as my old one got pretty annoying after a few hours of gaming. Lastly, Razer upped the DPI from 3500 to 6400. This is especially important for those of you with super high resolutions. For those with a standard HD monitor, it's probably not that big of a deal.

Additional Technical Details: 1000Hz Ultra polling, 1ms response time, 7 foot braided cable, gold-plated USB connector, five programmable buttons, quick sensitivity adjustment, non-slip buttons, Razer Synapse 2.0, and ultra-slick feet.


The G402 is said to be the world's fastest gaming mouse. Logitech claims that Fusion Engine technology and 1MS report rate enables tracking speeds of up to 10 meters/second (420 ips).
The G402 is said to be the world's fastest gaming mouse. Logitech claims that Fusion Engine technology and 1MS report rate enables tracking speeds of up to 10 meters/second (420 ips).

#2 Logitech G402 - A History of FPS and RTS Success

The G402 is the successor to one of the most popular gaming mice ever - the MX518. Today's version uses the Avago S3095 sensor and has up to 9 programmable buttons. This

gives it both enough accuracy to play FPS games and enough features to satisfy ARPG and RTS gamers.

While its predecessor only had 1600 DPI the more modern version has on the fly adjustment allowing you to adjust from 250 to 4000 DPI in an instant.

That being said the G402 isn't completely different from the classic version. It has the same ergonomic feel that gamers have grown to love and that no nonsense accuracy and durability that they appreciate.

My Logitech G500 Two Years Later
My Logitech G500 Two Years Later

# 3 The Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse

A Solid Pick for the Multiple Genre Gamer:

The G500 is another really solid option and one which I use on a daily basis. I like the general feel of it as well as the free-flowing scroll wheel. In addition, it's not too radical looking for my home office.

Accuracy/DPI/Buttons:

The G500 allows up to 5700dpi so it has plenty of sensitivity for any game. On the front left portion of the mouse it also has buttons that make it convenient for adjusting on the fly. It also has a dual scroll wheel which allows you to more efficiently scroll on a large map or while outside of the map and browsing the internet. Just flick it up and it will go quite a way. Other mice have a mechanical trigger for this that makes the mouse scroll until you stop it. While this can be a great feature I like the simplicity of the overall design. It also comes with up to 10 programmable buttons for all of your favorite in-game macros/keys.

Overall:

In conclusion, it's one of the most time tested options available and will work well with most genres you come across. Are there better more expensive mice out there? Perhaps, but unless you're looking for a wireless mouse with a million programmable buttons for your MMORPG, then this should be a solid option.

After using it for two years the paint has faded slightly, but it performs just as well as the first day I bought it. In addition, it's probably my favorite mouse to use for work at home and at the office because of it's ergonomics and scroll wheel.

5 stars for the Logitech G502
R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse from MadCatz
R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse from MadCatz

#4 Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Series

Depending on how much cash you're willing to fork over you can purchase the R.A.T. 3, starting at $43, the R.A.T. 5, R.A.T. 7, and finally the R.A.T. 9 featured above. The most popular of these models is the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 which gives you most of the customization you want for under $100.

When looking at these models be sure to check out the versions which released in September and October of 2012 rather than the previous versions released in 2010.

Overall the R.A.T. 9 is somewhat expensive but if you go with the R.A.T. 7 you still get most of the customization and my favorite thing, the pinky rest. It also has a lightweight and durable aluminum chassis and a custom weight system for up to 30 grams of additional weight. If you haven't used this style of mouse before, then it might take some getting used to, but it's legit for those who are willing to give it a try.

#5 Steel Series Sensei

Steel Series is known for their professional gaming equipment. While it has an Ambidextrous rather than ergonomic shape gamers love the Sensei because the area it excels is is the only real thing that matters; precision.

It's for this reason that many competitive gamers use the Sensei and other SteelSeries mice to play games like SC2. The shape is also good for a variety of grip techniques rather than being tuned to a specific palm or claw type.

#6 Razer Naga MMOG Gaming Mouse - Molten Edition

Best Corded Mouse For MMORPG:

This molten version of the super popular Razer Naga mouse was released almost a year ago and I still can't get over just how cool it looks. Other than just the look you have access to a multitude of in-game commands located in one place with this mouse. The thumb grid comes with multiple buttons. Yet again, another ergonomically designed mouse to let you play for hours comfortably.

There are 17 MMO optimized buttons which include the 12 on the thumb grid. You can have an unlimited number of character profiles with AddOns and also more specific software with the AddOns as well. You can organize everything and get rid of information clutter with these interfaces.

Overall this is a very accurate mouse with 5600dpi Razer Precision and a 3.5G Laser Sensor. It is somewhat difficult to learn but overtime the learning curve is well worth the improved game play. Recommended for MMORPG-style games only. You'll have to decide whether it's worth a little extra cash for the molten version or whether you're willing to fork over considerably more for the Naga Epic which has gaming grade wireless and three interchangeable side panel grips.

#7 Logitech G700s

In at number 7 is the Logitech G700s which combines USB gaming level speed of 1,000 reports per second along with the freedom of wireless. This new version of the G700 has a higher DPS and additional accuracy and DPI when compared to the older model. Also, with Logitech phasing out the G9X, the G700s is a likely candidate to move up this list in the next couple of months.

The sensitivity is now up to a staggering 8200 DPI, and has in-game on-the-fly adjustment from 200 up to 8200 DPI. In addition you get Logitech's gaming-grade laser sensor. Another handy feature is that it comes with a rechargeable battery which can be plugged in to recharge even while you're gaming. Overall it's definitely worth a look in the $100 price range.

#9 Razer Naga Epic Gaming Mouse - Best Wireless MMORPG Gaming Mouse 2014

Another great mouse to add to your arsenal of gaming tools. This comes with 17 MMO optimized buttons and the famous Razer Naga thumb grid. The extra programmable keys give you a plethora of choices when it comes to how you want to use them.

The driver software gives you simple access to organize your key binds and character abilities for any game. You can remap and create macros for all 17 buttons. You can switch between a wired and wireless mode with no effect on the function of the mouse. Using the wired mode is a great way to charge it up without having to miss out on play time. There are three interchangeable side panels to fit any hand type.

Logitech G9X Sensor
Logitech G9X Sensor

#9 The Logitech G9X Gaming Mouse

Good Customization for Switch Grippers

Customization and Profiles:

The G9X comes with onboard memory for up to 5 profiles which store your macros, DPI settings, and even customizable LED colors (Red, Green, Blue, and Orange).

Did you know: The G9X is currently out of production. While there are still many boxes left for consumers to buy it remains to be seen exactly how Logitech will replace the gaming favorite.

Tip for Saving Money on the G9X: Go with the COD MW3 version which sometimes is available for as much as $30 off the standard G9X price.

Adding weight for additional Accuracy:

If you've never used weights before, then I recommend you do a simple test by adding and removing weight. I've always found that some level of weight in the front helps to improve my overall accuracy when playing first person shooters.

Overall the G9X offers you more options and flexibility and is one of the better high-end USB options available. The scroll wheel is similar to others in its category, but what really sets the G9X apart is its interchangeable grips and hard nosed accuracy.

#10 Razer Orochi Elite Mobile PC Gaming Mouse

The Razer Orochi Elite Mobile Gaming Mouse is the first notebook gaming mouse that gives 4000dpi. A great feature is the battery life indicator so you know when it is time to recharge and you aren't interrupted in the middle of game play. It only takes two AA batteries to operate.

It comes with Bluetooth compatibility for most laptops, so your on the go gaming is easier than ever. It is dual mode wired and wireless functionality so you have more precision and control. With the higher dpi you have speeds that are up to 5 times greater than standard sensors.

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Your vote changes the way that this page looks. During the year we've added various mouse to the poll and at the end of the year we'll reset everything to make sure newer mice get a fair shot.

What's the Best New or Classic Gaming Mouse of 2013?

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In the PC gaming industry hardware and peripherals change quickly. Each year at CES Las Vegas we see new products advertised as bigger and better.

Whether there's a particular mouse you have a question about or you want to ask about a new mouse on the market, then be sure to let me know in the open discussion area below.

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      masterofgamespt 4 years ago

      @Jarviis: Thats my favorite as well :)

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      Jarviis 4 years ago

      I wen't Razer Naga and will NEVER go back. Thanks for an informative lens, bud!

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      Mihai10NY 4 years ago

      I played with Razer Orochi (on my laptop), Razer Abyssus, Logitech G9X and SteelSeries Sensei. I like the Sensei, for me is the best!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Don't ever buy a RAT 9 wireless mouse.

      EVER!

      I have had so many problems with it, i can't even remember all of them.

      Bottom line is, if you want to buy a mouse every second month, buy a RAT, if you want something that lasts and lasts, buy a quality mouse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a Roccat Kone+. It's a great mouse indeed. Until it just breaks for no reason. First one I got lasted almost a month. After warranty, the second time, it lasted 2 months. Now I waiting for the warranty again. Maybe three is the charm...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a RAT MMO 7, don't get it. i can't recommend the other cyborg mice either. Mine was working great Ihave had it for 3 months. the thumb button broke off. the plastic piece. I got a hold of customer service once, they told me to pay for shipping to them, and the warranty info and ill get it back in 4-5 weeks. well i asked them if my seller was a verified seller so would warranty be valid (Amazon LLC) and they never replied. so now my button completely broke and im stuck with crap customer service. good mouse unless something goes wrong then you're screwed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why isn't there any roccat mouse? I have an roccat kone now for some years and it's the best I tried yet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I know! no one ever includes the G600 and i have found it to be one of, if not the best, gaming mouse on the market.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about the logitech G600? It's the best mice i have ever used for mmorpg's.. Used to use the naga. Tried the G600 at a friend, bought it the next day. Its the perfect mice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey jerkface, Logitech mice just WORK. I have owned a few different mice over the years, two of which were Razer Copperheads. Guess what? The LEFT MOUSE BUTTON GETS STUCK AFTER A HALF A YEAR OF USE. Logitech mice WORK. That said, I did have a G7 which had poor battery life, so I stopped using it. Paid way too much for that baby. But Logitech mice have also improved dramatically since then. Steelseries I have not tried, and I've heard reports that the RAT mice give out after awhile as well. The older M series Logitechs have been raved about for years. I'm considering Logitech for my next purchase as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi have the rat 7 (too heavy, without weights) the razer abysus (mouse buttons delay, lift-off distance gruesome).

      I am currently using Zowie, mico and am super happy with the mice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Cuz it's scroll wheel is pos and its quality is poor

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where are the other mouse? like gm and gigabyte and corsair?wtf

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Logitech G5, bought this baby a long long time ago. im a heavy gamer and guess what? I'm still using it! :D logitech's built to last! :) am thinking of getting a logitech mouse again... but am deciding on the model...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Seriously, I agree with the previous one that said this, why isn't the roccat kone + on there, or any roccat mouse for that matter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Razer mice are terrible. I bought both the Naga Epic & the regular Naga less then 6 months ago. Right out of the box the Naga Epic was defective so I returned it to Razer for another one. I received another defective one & had to go through the RMA process all over again.

      Now my Naga has also became defective. The left mouse button gets stuck & the cursor won't always move across the whole screen. Sometimes it stops about halfway. So I've had to just RMA it also & am currently waiting on a replacement. This was my 1st time to ever buy a Gaming Mouse & I thought Razer was a good company not only has the quality of their mice been terrible but also their software. At least there were some updates to it over the past 6 months that did improve & fix a lot of problems but there are still a lot more that exist. For instance there is an Export/Import feature that doesn't do a thing.

      On top of everything else their Customer Service is the worst ever. You would think they could reply to emails within 24-48 hours like most companies, or even 72 hours at the most, but no, that's only if you're lucky or it's a reply saying they are escalating your case. It usually takes a month or more to get a reply. I've been trying to get support to resolve my problems ever since I bought these mice going back to May now.

      Oh & if the defective mice aren't bad enough I never have been able to use my Naga Epic since the day I purchased it because of the software & now the software will not run at all period. So even if & when I get the other mouse back I still won't be able to use it for gaming since they still haven't been able to help me get the software running again ever since it stopped working over a month ago.

      I'm contemplating buying a Logitech G600 now instead.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yeah this site isn't biased against logitech at all

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Why obsolete if they still outperform all the others? I have the Mamba, Naga, others and guess what? Im using the Logitech G9 because its done right. The others didn't want to copy something looking the same to be different. Being different isn't always better. Im returning the Corsair m90 which is the nicest feeling sturdy cool looking metal mouse but the drivers/software does not work. Im reading reviews in case Im missing something but I guess not. Don't knock it till ya try it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Agreed with Tones. Razer mice are expensive only for their designs. I got myself Naga and Mamba, after 1 year Naga starts to auto double click, and Mamba sometimes disconnects after booting into Windows.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Feenix Nascita

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Uh...what about RoccaT? The Kone xtd is the best IMO

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, the G9x comes with weights that you can put into the mouse if you like a heavier mouse. Also the G9x is a simple of good gaming mouse. For me, the Mamba is way to fast along with the naga.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Razer mice are overpriced and have poor durability. Logitech are built to last

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why is the G9x first place?:)) Where is the 2012 Mamba ... That's the best gaming mouse. Logitech is obsolite.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Qpad5K Pro is my vote

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Razer mamba is better than deathadder, cuz i have both ^^

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Logitech MX 518 - should also include the G400 as well. I have owned both and besides the small difference in build quality its really the same mouse and yes its legend!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not sure why the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 isn't on this list and why you can't vote for it. If it were, it would either be first or very near the top.

      These vendors keep releasing new products, and the IE3.0 keeps proving that it's simple design is both timeless and superior regardless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't bother, I've had an M90 since they came out. The mouse hardware itself is really nice, but the software is worthless. You'll be lucky if you can even get it to work with any games you play. The latest version of their software is a beta version released in Jan 2012 because the first version of the software didn't even work at all with any games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't bother, I've had an M90 since they came out. The mouse hardware itself is really nice, but the software is worthless. You'll be lucky if you can even get it to work with any games you play. The latest version of their software is a beta version released in Jan 2012 because the first version of the software didn't even work at all with any games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what about sensei?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i just got the Razer Naga, it is really good i think -.-

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The MX518 is preferred over the G500 by my FPS gamers due to the fact that it has the optical sensor. There's definitely a noticeable difference between optical and laser.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the CM storm inferno is better than the G9x , had onboard sentinal memory rapid fire tactical button 1000 hz polling , macro pro key , tactics key , was designed by games for gamers

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      gamingpchardware 5 years ago

      @Sarah The order of the gaming mice is actually determined by the reader poll above.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why would you recommend the MX518 before the G500? This seems silly being that the G500 is newer, has more DPI and more features.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been using the Logitech G9 for a year now. It is without question the best mouse I have ever used. Nothing super fancy, just a great comfortable feel and great performance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw corsair M60 and m90 a few days ago and tey look very promising

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      gamingpchardware 5 years ago

      Thanks LGfreak. I also agree with your statement - as long as they don't sell out with bling like some of the other manufacturers have. Reading from their forums it seems as though they've been tempted from time to time to do so.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ok, after a long testing period and a lot of money spent (Razer Mamba, DA, Logitech G9x, RAT 7, Steelseries XAI and Sensei) my hard gamer conclusion is that Steelseries Sensei is and will be for long time the ultimate gaming mouse (in terms of performance and usability). I do also engineering design and this one is the most accurate and comfortable mouse ever.( 12 h of usage per day)

      Check this out on my gametracker account(some pictures with the last 3 mice)

      http://www.gametracker.com/evil_butch3r/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Roccat Kova + is awesome! Recommend this to everyone! Fits left and right handed users.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      SteelSeries Sensei is by far the best mouse I have ever used ;-)