Best Gaming Mouse: best gaming mice to buy now

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PC gamers have never had it so good. The e-sports scene is enjoying unprecedented popularity, with plenty of (not entirely frivolous) talk about how gaming should be added to the Olympics roster.

Whether you fancy becoming the next League of Legends or Call of Duty superstar, or something more sedate, like leading a vicarious virtual life in an MMO or RPG, one thing is for sure: you will be at an instant disadvantage if you skimp on your choice of mouse.

And there’s no excuse for that if you’ve lashed out eye-watering sums on an overclocked, water-cooled rig festooned with neon lights, or a top-of-the-range gaming laptop.

How to choose the best gaming mouse

Your choice of mouse depends very much on your gaming preferences: if you’re into first-person shooters, say, finding the right balance of sensitivity and responsiveness is vital, so you’ll need to pay attention to DPI ratings and decide between optical or laser sensors (fear not – leave the technical stuff to us). Whereas if you’re into real-time strategy, MMOs or MOBAs, it’s vital to pick a mouse that lets you map macros triggering the actions you use most to specially configured buttons.

So, we’ve picked the 9 best gaming mice: whatever your gaming preferences or needs, one of these will complete your ultimate PC or Mac gaming setup.

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 1. Roccat Nyth

The most customizable mouse, bar none

DPI: 1200 | Features: Custom button layout, Mid-finger fin switch, AlienFX Illumination, 3D printing support, 2x hotswappable sidegrips

Highly customisable Contoured body Can’t change length

Roccat’s Nyth is one of the more innovative mice in recent times. Clicking a button pops out its 12 side buttons, which you can then re-configure in any order you like – giving you a potential 36 side button combinations. Mapping is done using Roccat’s Swarm driver, which lets you create custom button configurations and map buttons to programs. That makes it suitable for not just MMOs, but a whole range of genres – from FPS to MOBA titles. If you’ve got a 3D printer, you can even 3D print your own buttons for it.

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 2. Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Sports a classic design and has an insane DPI

DPI: 10,000 | Interface: USB Wired | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Yes | Features: Textured rubber side grips, Chroma lighting, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, Always-on mode

High DPI Grips well Pedestrian design No macro buttons

Many pro gamers swear by Razer’s PC peripherals, and the Death Adder Chroma mouse is one of the most popular gaming mice around. There’s nothing too flash about it (except for the ability to make various bits of it glow in different colours), but it feels right in the hand, is light, the rubber side-grips come in handy at frenzied moments, its optical sensor is tried-and-tested and it goes up to an insane 10,000DPI (probably too sensitive for mere mortals, but it’s there if you need it). MMO fans may be slightly disappointed by a less-than-generous allocation of macro buttons, though. But in the world of gaming mice, it’s considered something of a design classic.

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 3. Roccat Kone XTD

A true button-basher

DPI: 8200 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 8 | Feature: Ergonmic design, 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time, 12000fps, 10.8megapixel, 30G acceleration, 16-bit data channel, 1-5mm Lift off distance, 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU, 576kB onboard memory, Zero angle snapping/prediction

Plenty of buttons Fast response time Software bit gimmicky

With a clever easy-shift system that effectively doubles the number of its buttons, Roccat’s Kone XTD scores particularly highly with those who crave macros at their fingertips. But it’s a great all-rounder which is built to last, with easily adjustable sensitivity and a rugged wheel. With a 32-bit processor and ability to analyse your mouse-pad and automatically set lift-distance, it might just be the most high-tech mouse on the market. Plus it looks and feels spot-on. Some of the software may be a tad gimmicky, but it provides all the customisability any serious MMO, MOBA or RTS gamer could desire, and can hold its own on the first-person shooter scene.

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4. Razer Naga Chroma

The most colourful MMO mouse around

DPI: 8200 | Interface: Wired/Wireless | Buttons: 19 programmable | Features: Tilt-click mechanical thumb grid, Wireless gaming-grade tech, Charging dock, Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options, Razer Synapse software, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, up to 200 inches per second/50g acceleration

Customizable lighting Plenty of buttons Hard to replace battery

Razer updated its Naga MMO mousse with Chroma lighting, and once again there’s more than enough buttons for fans of the genre to customize their moves. The Chroma Naga is connected using the supplied charging cable, which can be disconnected to provide up to around eight hours of charge. Sporting a sleek black matte design that contrasts well with the shifting colours, the Naga Chroma is a slick addition to Razer’s line-up of gaming mice.

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 5. Mad Catz R.A.T.M

Small rodent

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DPI: 6400 | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 12 (10 programmable) | Feature: GameSmart Multi-platform, USB Nano Dongle, Bluetooth, 1 year from 2 AAA batteries, Adjust grip in 0-15mm in 5mm increments, dang

Built-in Bluetooth Adjustable grip Fits better in smaller hands

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Finding the right mouse is a perennial problem for gamers who prefer laptops to PCs, but Mad Catz’s R.A.T.M has been specifically designed to solve that conundrum. As is typical for laptop-specific mice, it’s tiny (which could prove problematic for the giant-handed), but at least it’s size-adjustable, and packs surprisingly decent specifications for such a tiny package, with 6,400DPI sensitivity and a clever four-way button that can run five macros. And it’s wireless – with a built-in Bluetooth dongle so it works even if your laptop doesn’t have native Bluetooth. Worth considering for those who place portability at a premium, but like to play MMOs and MOBAs.

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 6. SteelSeries Sensei

A shot in the (32-bit) ARM

DPI: 6400 | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 12 (10 programmable) | Features: Customisable lift distance, Button functionality and CPI, Ilumination, Macros, SteelSeries Engine, 32-bit ARM CPU, 1 – 5,700 CPI, 10.8-MP HD image correlation at up to 12,000 FPS, Tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second

Handy 8 macro buttons
Customisable “lift distance” Bland design

SteelSeries peripherals have a huge following among the professional gaming community, and many pros swear by the Sensei. With 11,400DPI sensitivity and a handy eight macro buttons, it comfortably straddles the first-person shooter/MMO/MOBA divide. Meanwhile, underneath its deceptively conventional looks, it’s precision-engineered for all the precision and sensitivity you could desire. And it even lets you customise its “lift distance” – so whatever surface you use it on, you can get it performing perfectly. We can’t vouch for your general level of talent, but the SteelSeries Sensei will at least put you on a par with the pros in terms of equipment.

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 7. Logitech G602

Battery warrior

DPI: 2500 | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 2 | Features: 250 – 2,500 DPI, 20G max acceleration, Max speed 6.6ft/second, 250-hour battery life, 9.8ft wireless range, In-game sensitivity switching, Performance mode, Logitech Gaming Software

Long battery life
Low DPI

SteelSeries peripherals have a huge following among the professional gaming community, and many pros swear by the Sensei. With 11,400DPI sensitivity and a handy eight macro buttons, it comfortably straddles the first-person shooter/MMO/MOBA divide. Meanwhile, underneath its deceptively conventional looks, it’s precision-engineered for all the precision and sensitivity you could desire. And it even lets you customise its “lift distance” – so whatever surface you use it on, you can get it performing perfectly. We can’t vouch for your general level of talent, but the SteelSeries Sensei will at least put you on a par with the pros in terms of equipment.

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 8. SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]

White hot metal

DPI: 62155 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 8 | Features: Advanced macros, Scalable pointer speed from 90 to 5670 in increments of 90, 10.8-Megapixel HD image correlation at up to 12,000 FPS, Tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second, White illumination, UPE material

Long battery life Scalable pointer speed Low DPI

The Sensei [RAW] is a cut-down, and considerably cheaper, version of the classic Sensei, which keeps all the Sensei’s most important attributes, but does away with some more exotic features – notably the 32-bit ARM processor and the LCD display. In terms of all its mechanical bits, though, it’s the same as the Sensei. So you get that tournament-honed feel and precision (and it’s available in a nice rubberised finish, too). Worth considering if you’re pretty sure that you don’t possess the raw talent to make it to the very top of the online gaming world, and happen to be a tad impecunious – yet still want a mouse that handles impeccably.

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 9. Logitech G502 Proteus Core

Tunable gaming mouse

DPI: 200 – 12,000 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 11 | Features: Control weight and balance, Comes with five 3.6g weights, 11 programmable buttons, In-game DPI shifting, Dual mode mouse wheel, 32-bit microcontroller, 3 on-board profiles, 1 millisecond report rate, Mechanical microswitches, Rubber grips

In-game DPI shifting Adjustable weight and grip No right-hand buttons

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If you like a bit of weight in the hand, as it were, Logitech’s bombastically named G502 Proteus Core is undoubtedly the mouse for you. That’s because its weight is customisable: it comes with five weights that you can add and reposition (making it nose-heavy, say) to your heart’s content. Beyond that, its specification is sufficiently tasty for it to have made inroads into the pro-gaming community, with 12,000DPI sensitivity (adjustable on the fly) and 11 programmable macro buttons. And even its wheel can be adjusted between clicking and scrolling. A top-notch all-rounder.

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 10. Cougar 550M

Responsive and well-built, it’s ready to pounce

DPI: 50-6400 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 6 | Features: Braided cable, Omron micro switches, Gaming-grade scroll wheel, Programmable trigger buttons, Anti-slip flanks, Premium gaming surface, 1000Hz Polling Rate/1ms Response time, 3-stage DPI LED display, Multi-colour backlight system (2 zone RGB)

Fast response time Tough cable Won’t fit small hands

The Cougar 550M is a durable gaming mouse with a fast 1ms response time. Its side panels feature a mesh design that lend it some Crysis-esque cool and feel great to grip, and its two roomy side buttons on the left-hand edge are easy to press. We wish more manufacturers would make gaming mice with braided cables like the one on the 550M – they do a better job of staying untangled and add to your confidence levels in-game. Located under the scrool wheel, the 550M’s DPI switch feels curiously satisfying to press – like changing the gear stick in a sports car. The mouse feels solid in the hand, but its size doesn’t make it a great fit for small hands.

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50 thoughts on “Best Gaming Mouse: best gaming mice to buy now

  1. G400 is cheap and perfect. Ain’t a better wired mouse out there.

  2. It’s ok – noman is a child that can’t argue a point coherently without resorting to swearing

  3. I didn’t say roccat is the best. I said kone optical pure is their best.

  4. I just swapped my Roccat for the Zowie because Roccat is dog shit.

  5. this is a nice overrated and gimmick mouse list. now if you want a REAL gaming mouse list, this is it 1. Logitech MX518 now called Logitech G400s 2. Roccat Kone Optical Pure – I own it and will buy it again if this one breaks. 3. Zowie EC1/EC2 4. Corsair M40 OPTICAL or M60 LASER (new m65 has a bad sensor) 5. Steelseries Sensei RAW 6. Razer Lachesis 7. Logitech G9 8. Steelseries Ikari 9. Razer Deathadder 10. Roccat Savu

  6. Nice joke of a top 10. Zowie mice blow any of these out of the water. Roccat 2nd has to be a bad joke. I just got rid of mine that was 6 months old cause I couldn’t handle how shit it was anymore.

  7. i find it interesting how the cougar 600m got in this review but the 700m didnt

  8. Another seemingly missing bit of information is are they ambidextrous. Based on the looks you can tell a lot of them aren’t but some appear that they might be but just because it is a symmetrical shape doesn’t mean the buttons are the same on both sides for someone who is left handed to use properly.

  9. I know that Roccat, Razer, Mad Catz, and Cougar don’t make the best products. Corsair, Logitech, and sometimes Steelseries make actual quality products. Mad Catz and Roccat especially are shoddy. The best mice are: Logitech G303 (best sensor) Logitech G502 (best overall mouse) Corsair M65 (just great)

  10. Still love my Logitech G600, somply because of the thumb buttons. I was going to buy another one but then I saw the Corsair Scimitar has a very similar thumb buttons layout. Another plus is the fibremesh cable that both mice use.

  11. What idiots, Reviewer con: turtle beach, lack of right edge buttons? how about Lack of left edge buttons….. seriously… lack of review.

  12. How about this list: 144hzmonitors (dot) com/gaming-mouse-buyers-guide-october-2015/

  13. Pretty obvious they don’t use the mice when they say that a non-wireless mouse has a long battery life.

  14. Lucky gun do some more research on in game sensitivity and dpi before spreading false information about it. Using 20,000 DPI and in game sensitivity of 0.1 is more than likely LESS accurate than 800 dpi and say a default unchanged sensitivity of 5 for multiple reasons. One reason is that most mouses lose accuracy the higher they go in DPI (above like 5k DPI) because extra calculations in the mouse are often used to to exaggerate the maximum DPI of a sensor. Or if the laser sensor legitimately tracks say 20k DPI raw, it’s too accurate and it will track past the top surface and track into the fibers deep in a cloth mouse pad, messing up accuracy, thus why optical is widely preferred to laser. Another bad thing is using 0.1 compared to a default of 5 makes the game calculate and estimate sensitivity more, increasing the room for inaccuracy.

  15. I meant relatively speaking. a higher DPI on the mouse itself and lower sensitivity eliminates an issue that can manifest in some games that causes the cursor to straight up skip pixels.

  16. Why would you use high sensitivity and low DPI. You use quicker movement with your arm to compensate from low DPI and moderate/low senstivitivity. This is what pros do, and anyone who knows gaming.

  17. the higher the dpi the smoother the natural aim, high dpi/ low sensitivity is superior to low dpi/high sensitivity because the latter can be quite jagged without some form of artificial smoothing.

  18. I don’t get it when you talk about high dpi and FPSes. I am using a Logi G700s and I’m coming from a razer Ouroboros, my DPI is never above 1000, most of the time around 700-800…

  19. I think just the LEDs…but we’re getting one in next week for review so we’ll find out together!

  20. me too i loved mine till the center wheel stopped working after about 8 months of heavy use, loved it,

  21. +1 Next mouse will be an M45. I wanna try that next gen optical sensor. And I REEEEALY like the stiffness of the LR buttons. All these mice featured here click with finger pressure….it’s terrible.

  22. And for those that want wired, you can plug it in too. I got the G700S last year, and love it, got it to replace my aging wireless G7 whose batteries starting physically falling apart after 8 years of use

  23. Logitech G700s , I used it , and it is amazing , great grip , vey long battery life , wireless ( most important) , and cheap! only complain is the texture on the side which is slightly rough for my taste.

  24. I normally use 500dpi for desktop and 800dpi for PC games. For Xim4, it has to be above 4500dpi to function properly (with now the mouse/controller emulation works and to have it work 1:1 with no accel). So yes, dpi is pretty important. Sure you won’t need 12k but it’s there whenever you want it. Especially when you’re playing BF4 and trying to drive a tank or a plane. I use the 4500dpi setting for that too since it’s already set in the mouse.

  25. I also didn’t mention click failure rate, I was talking about tracking rates as in, what’s the mean time between tracking failures. I’m sure for most mice it’s exceptionally high and wouldn’t really make much difference, but it’s something i would be interested in. How about robust mouse buttons for other parts of the mouse, not just left and right click?

  26. Damn, didn’t thought about that…gonna try it to see whether it’s true, especially game where this smoothness is quite low…like Witcher 3 for example, it doesn’t have high smoothness that I wished for…

  27. Roll on 1,000,000 dpi Eh? really … the rest of the world is wrong.

  28. That’s wrong, I play at 12000 DPI 0.0756 sens on my Logitech G502 and experience no acceleration or deceleration no matter how I swing the mouse. Pro players play at 400 DPI because they are used to it and reluctant to change. 400, and even 800 DPI at any reasonable sensitivity is full of stair-step effects. I’ve experienced nothing but smoother movement with high DPI on this particular mouse.

  29. Higher DPI is bad because it causes artificial acceleration. Why do you think every CS:GO player plays on 400 dpi? Stop feeding incorrect information. High dpi = bad. If you want to be accurate you should playe around 400-500 dpi and not more.

  30. Like cylinders in a car engine, there comes a point where smoothness is perceived and not felt…. DPI beyond 1600-2000 is ridiculous.. like V6 -V8 -V12 -V24. lets make it higher because it’s about numbers & forget about innovation.

  31. DPI is actually an important thing. with higher DPI the in game sensitivity can be lowered making the cursor move much much smoother. I do agree though click failure rate is also important, but the problem is click failure is going to depend heavily on the user, thereby making the stat nearly untrackable.

  32. For games yes, but when on desktop I use alot of dpis. 400 really is a minimum. I mean I’ve been told that the lower your sensitivity and the higher your dpi, the better. Not sure about how this really works, but I use around 4000 dpi on my FHD display and pretty low sensitivity. EDIT: Sensitivity/cursor speed, don’t misunderstand me.

  33. It’s impossible to say what the limit will go up to, and yes with the increased pixel density of monitors we would need generally higher DPI mice, but right now I use 400 for a game on a mouse that goes up to 11,400DPI, *way* above anything required these days. All I’m saying is that the levels of DPI available are gratuitous.

  34. Also the new display are getting higher and higher resolutions, which means that on higher pixel density and same dpi cursor will move slower. If you want the same amount of speed and better smoothness (which high-res display can provide) you need more dpi. Right now most enthusiasts use 1440p displays, but resolutions on future monitors will go up to around 5300p

  35. I have very big hands (I mean, REALLY big). Yet, I don’t like mouses that fit the size of my hands; I only play FPS with mini and very light mouses. It feels almost like I’m just moving my hand and I don’t even have a mouse

  36. I’m with you, DPI is ridiculous…. next 10,000 DPI… who the nutts uses it? SALES TEAMS & bad reviewers making it a plus.

  37. I do not know how people can control so high DPI, I haven’t tried to get use to my 8200 as maximum on my Taipan, mainly I use 1800, both for games and desktop. I can still control 4000 somewhat. Obviously just need to get use to, but still, do not see such a big requirement on 1080p/24inch screen.

  38. There is a difference between optical LED, optical Laser, Optical checkerboard and Doppler Shift. In the other hand, it’s not about the surface, it’s all about the sensor and the only sensors that are 100% zero acceleration and no tracking fix are optical LED. Some of them are the avago A3090, Pixart PMW3310, Avago ADNS-S3080, etc. And yep, not all optical LED are good sensors. For example the avago A3050 or the AM010 can’t be considered in the

  39. lazer mice ARE optical. On a hard surface, a lazer sensor is always going to be more precise than an IR based sensor. That’s actually why they are less accurate on cloth or heavily textured mats. They’re poling more info than they need to be. It’s an old, old myth that IR sensors are better. They aren’t, if your mouse is properly matched to your mousing surface.

  40. I think that ergonomics according to your own mouse grip and a good tracking is more important… BTW, there are few flawless mouse sensors and all of them are optics (not laser), so most of this list is just trash. So, for a palm grip, the Razer DeathAdder (not the chroma) or Logitech G502, most of the Zowie and maybe the old clasic Logitech MX518 For claw: most of the CM Storm (optic versions) and Steelseries Rival For fingertip: Corsair Raptor M45 or Roccat Kone Pure Optical/Military

  41. I wish you wouldn’t tout the DPI/CPI as something to get excited about. The only people who use those settings are people who haven’t figured out how to use the software to lower it yet or people pretending to spinbot. Tracking success rate at high levels of acceleration and the longevity of the switches used for each button would be something much more useful to actually compare mice with rather than just throwing large numbers at people who will often assume the highest number is obviously the best.

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