Gaming computers, for those in the know, have been around since the 1980s. It wasn’t until the mid-90s, however, that PC gaming finally managed to hit its stride and, from there, never ceased to innovate. Since then, PCs have flaunted gaudier form factors, been embellished with LED lighting practically everywhere. At the same time, graphics capabilities and pricing have improved as well.
But the real winner is the gaming mouse, which has seen a multitude of transformations over the years. If you skimp, you’ll find yourself at a disadvantage whether you’re the next League of Legends superstar or simply enjoying the occasional Overwatch match. Assuming you’ve paid up for a rig straight out of hard sci-fi, there’s no excuse not to invest in the best gaming mouse, complete with maximum dexterity and minimal lag.
How to choose the best gaming mouse
So then, what is the best gaming mouse? Evidently, that answer depends on personal habits and preferences. If first-person shooters are your jam, the key is striking the perfect balance between sensitivity and responsiveness. Otherwise, for real-time strategy, MMOs or MOBAs, you should be able to get by with a lightweight budget clicker, absent the need to hand over a fortune.
Below, we’ve chosen the 5 best gaming mice around. Whatever your gaming setup requires, one of these is certain to catch the attention of your prized desktop gaming setup.
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1. Razer DeathAdder Elite
Razer’s most responsive DeathAdder ever
DPI: Up to 16,000 | Features: True tracking at 450 Inches Per Second, Resolution Accuracy of 99.4%, Mechanical mouse switches (up to 50 million clicks), Razer Chroma lighting, Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration, Razer Synapse software
Super-responsiveComfortable gripColorful RGB lightingNo free-spinning scroll wheelOverly familiar design
You know what you’re getting with a Razer DeathAdder mouse, and this year’s Elite model is one of the most responsive yet thanks to a new eSports-grade sensor that makes it easier than ever to keep enemies firmly in the center of your crosshair.
Razer’s refreshed rodent features the same right-handed ergonomic design as its predecessor that moulds into your hand, all while adding two new buttons beneath the mouse’s scroll wheel to change DPI (or dots-per-inch) on-the-fly.
While the DeathAdder Elite misses out on more advanced features such as the free-spinning scroll wheel that you’ll find on Logitech’s Proteus Core, the Razer’s pretty RGB lighting (customizable lighting with 16.8 million color options through Razer’s synapse software), big and accessible left-mounted buttons and grippable scroll wheel make it the best mice available in the price tier below.
2. SteelSeries Rival 700
A mouse with a side-mounted display
DPI: Up to 16,000 | Features: Gamesense support, OLED display, Tactile alerts, SteelSeries Engine 3 support, Programmable buttons, Onboard profile storage
Innovative LCD displayModular componentsLimited display supportRight-handed only
SteelSeries has ventured where few gaming mouse makers dare by adding a black-and-white OLED display to its Rival 700. It can either be a useful tool for three currently supported games – Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Minecraft – or can instead be used to loop animated GIFs. There’s a high level of customization on offer here thanks to the Rival 700’s modularity. Users can snap covers on and off and even switch between a three- or six-foot cable. Tactile alerts are also in place, which trigger vibrations to indicate when health, mana and other in-game resources are replenished in the aforementioned games. Overall, a distinct piece of equipment.
3. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
The ultimate wireless gaming mouse
DPI: 12,000 | Interface: Wired/Wireless 2.4GHz | Buttons: 11 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Features: Customizable RGB Lighting, 30 hour battery life, removable side buttons
Ambidextrous designModular side buttonsNo optional weights
In recent years, wireless gaming mice have cultivated a rather adverse reputation, mainly in response to their perceptible lag. With the G900 Chaos Spectrum, however, Logitech seeks to change your mind. Using some form of wizardry, the company somehow managed to get its polling rate down to 1 millisecond on a 2.4GHz connection. Accompanied by accelerated coverage of the entire DPI range, zero smoothing and filtering, this gaming mouse is prepared for everything from your next game of Hearthstone to tournament level Heroes of the Storm. That goes without mentioning an ambidextrous design ideal for left-handed players in addition to a modular button layout.
4. Corsair Harpoon
A grippable textured budget mouse
DPI: 6,000 | Features: Optical gaming sensor with advanced tracking, Contoured design, Textured rubber side grips, Six programmable buttons, Onboard memory to store custom DPI settings
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Great gripAffordableRGB lighting
Featuring a grippable leather texture down the left-hand side, using the Corsair Harpoon is light slipping into a comfortable car with leather upholstery. Not a very expensive one, mind you, as the Harpoon is a budget offering that looks and feels cheaper than mice twice its price. Which is to be expected, of course, and with a snappy optical sensor and six programmable buttons including a center DPI switch and forward and back buttons on the side of the mouse, you have everything you need to game in any genre. Its average size makes it a good fit for both small and large hands, and Corsair’s RGB-lit logo on the back makes it look rather cool when rested on your desk.
5. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Heavyweight champion of profound customization
DPI: 200 – 12,000 | Features: 11 programmable buttons and controls, including DPI shift, Customizable lighting from a palette of 16.8 million colors, Up to five 3.6g weights for personalised mass and balance, Surface-turnable gaming sensor with Delta Zero tech, 5 on-the-fly adjustable DPI settings, 3 on-board profiles
RGB lightingSatisfying scroll wheelWeights can be tricky to remove
Logitech’s gaming mouse makes heavy-handedness seem like a good thing. Its hexagonal core can be customized with up to six 3.6 gram weights, giving you a lighter or heavier mouse to wield. Adjusting the mass and balance isn’t the G502’s only trick: its surface-turnable gaming sensor packs Logitech’s Delta Zero tech, which lets you use it on a wide variety of surfaces beyond your regular mouse mat.
Clicking a middle mouse button lets the G502’s scroll wheel spin freely, which helps prevent knuckle strain when navigating long webpages and forms. Add to that 11 customizable buttons including four on the left-hand side, a three-speed DPI shift under the scroll wheel and a logo that lights up 16.8 million colours in the dark using RGB backlighting, and you have one attractive, tech-stuffed gaming mouse.