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Best Mouse For Gaming
Surely, these most gaming mouse are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these gaming mouses are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Mouse for Gaming.
Mouse For Gaming Reviews
SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse
I came from using the Logitech G403 for over a year. I liked everything about the G403, especially the feel of the clicks and its light weight. However, over time, I noticed I kept placing my ring finger slightly on the top right edge of the right button. I was most proficient gripping the mouse in a two-finger fingertip-palm hybrid, but after extended gaming sessions, I often would give my hand relief by placing all three of my fingers on top of the mouse, using my middle finger for the scroll wheel and my ring finger for the right button. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the front of the mouse was too wide for me
As much as I liked G403’s technical performance, I decided I needed to find a more comfortable mouse. After a lot of research, I decided to try the Rival 310 specifically because of its narrower front dimensions. Overall, I was probably 95% satisfied with the Rival 310. Given its overall comfort and narrower front end, I noticed I did aim better with it than the G403. However, after a couple of weeks of use, I came to three conclusions. First, although I liked the shape, it was difficult dealing with its drastic variation in dimensions depending on just where each finger rested on the mouse; I had to be thoughtful and careful when holding the mouse in order to feel consistent. Second, I felt like its top buttons were a tad too resistant, leading my fingers to feel sore after a normal night of gaming. Third, its idiosyncratic shape, with the hump further back, felt great for claw or palm grip, but didn’t feel as good for my fingertip-palm hybrid compared to mice with the hump in the more conventional center area of the mouse.
I hesitated quite a bit with the Rival 600. Its slightly heavier overall weight, RGB ridiculousness, pointless removable cable, needless weight system, and superfluous second sensor for liftoff distance (which Razer and Logitech mice have been able to tune with *gasp* just a single sensor for LITERALLY years, which decades in mouse-years) all turned me off. I probably placed an order and cancelled it 20 times before I finally pulled the trigger.
Well, I am very happy I did. Immediately noticeable is that the plastic and silicone both have a silky, premium feel. The feel of the top clicks greatly exceeded my expectations as well; they feel almost equal to that of the G403. Most importantly, the mouse shape is exactly what I was looking for. While the 600 and the 310 are both Rival mice, the 600 is a new revision of the shape. The hump is more forward compared to the 310, and the mouse buttons rest slightly higher and flatter compared to the 310’s extreme downward top slope. This all came together to mean a much more comfortable shape for my grip. It really fits my hand like a glove, and I’m very happy with it. With some tuning, lift off distance is better than the 310 but not better or worse than the G403, which one could also tune. The only relative weakness of the 600 compared to the 310 is that the side buttons are smaller and slightly less user friendly.
ASUS ROG Spatha RGB Wireless/Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
This is quite a mouse. I’m a photographer and can spend many hours a week at the computer developing photos, making slideshows, etc. While I do use an extra gaming keyboard (RazerOrbweaver) for lots of keyboard shortcuts, I have all the buttons on this Spatha programmed as well; +- values, special scrolling, etc. And, you can do several profiles and this thing knows to auto swap to the settings for the active program. I keep the DPI switch set to a faster (get things done) setting and then, in one click, I slow it down for the fine work.
This is a big mouse, and a bit heavy, but I actually like that. I’ve gone from more of a fingertip user to more of a palm user and it’s become more comfortable for me to work a long time, and the weight just seems to add to the quality feel and handling. One drawback-at first-was not being able to easily pick it up due to the button placement, at least without pushing a button. But now I do it without thinking about it. And, though it took a little getting use to, I’m now using all the side 6 buttons, and the extra 2 on the top left, regularly without hunting. Click feel on all the buttons is very good. This mouse glides quite nicely too, on a quality pad.
I would almost take off one star just because it’s a pricey mouse but I’m feeling now, after a couple months of use, that it’s worth it.
Battery life is good for what I do. I don’t know about gamers, but for me, with 3-6 hours of routine mouse use a day, I usually get a couple days before I think to check the charge level. Then I just through it on the handy charger overnight, and I’m good for a couple more days.
Last, though it doesn’t matter really to me, this is not only a comfortable mouse, it’s pretty sharp looking too.
Razer Naga Hex V2 – Ergonomic MOBA Gaming Mouse
Excellent mouse if you like buttons. I tend to hold my mouse with my thumb tip pressed against the side in the exact spot where the thumb pad is on this mouse, so I took a chance and bought it. It may not be for everyone, since it won’t be comfortable if you hold your mouse with something different than a fingertip grip. This mouse is better than those with grid-style side buttons which have no place to rest your thumb. The software , Razor Synapse, works well and lets you code different button layouts for different games, and then link the layouts to the game itself so they change when the game is started. I haven’t had any problems so far, and the build quality is very good.
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional Grade Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
This mouse is everything I could ask for. I come from a long line of logitech mice and this is by far the most complete unit.
My g700s was a great mouse and a great performer, it did often feel a bit too big/heavy after long session. It has a higher bulge up top and forces your hand to curve up and wrap around the mouse. The biggest complaint I had was the battery life, it was much too short. The only redeeming factor was the replaceable battery.
I also had the MX master and while it was a beautiful mouse, the shortcomings for my personal use were too much for me to ignore. Primarily the inability to save settings on board memory meant if you plugged it to another pc you’d have to install and set it. For those on work provided laptops who are unable to install 3rd party software wont be able to adjust settings/sensitivity. It also caps out at 2000 dpi and while that’s enough for most people, I’ve gotten used to being around 2500-3500 depending on what I’m using.
This brings me to the g900 chaos spectrum mouse. The mouse is incredibly light, pin point accuracy, and very low resting hand position. The settings are able to be saved on the mouse itself and also offers to ability to add or remove buttons. It also adds a pretty snazzy and adjustable RGB led in the logo and the dpi indicators. I’ve only been using it for a couple days but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with all that it offers.
– ability to save profile settings on mouse
– very accurate
– confortable hand position
– very nice and satisfying clicks (mouse and wheel)
– customizable (lights)
– price is a bit hard to swallow.
– would have loved a smart scroll feature like the MX master
CORSAIR M65 Pro RGB – FPS Gaming Mouse
INTRO: I’ll start off by saying that my previous M65 is still going strong 3 years later with no issues. The only slight problem that ever came up was the scroll wheel had an issue where it would scroll back up half the time when I was trying to scroll down, but a couple puffs from an air can and a clorox wipe seemed to solve that. The only reason I’m upgrading now is because I’m also upgrading to a Corsair K95 RGB Keyboard, so I decided to get an updated RGB mouse to go with it. The old mouse only had the static blue light, so I convinced myself that the little scare with the scroll wheel was justification enough. Also I’m putting together a spare parts PC for my brother. The fact I’m buying the same mouse even though my old one is still good says something in itself.
FIRST LOOK: Upon first impressions I love this mouse. I loved the look and feel of my previous M65, and this one is only better. I went with the white shell top because I love the clean contrasting look of glossy white among the normally black sea of computer peripherals. I already know I’ll be wiping it off obsessively to keep it clean, but it’s worth it. Getting beyond the skin-deep stuff, I noticed right away that the sniper button was moved further toward the back of the mouse, putting it where my thumb rests naturally. I immediately sent Corsair a fist bump for that one because the position of the sniper button was my only real complaint with the old M65. I had to adjust my grip and reach for it, and that made me use it a lot less. Outside of FPS games, it makes a great quick macro button or extra key bind.
TEXTURE/FEEL: Another change I noticed immediately was that the sides of the mouse (black areas) have a texture like an extremely fine sandpaper grit . On the old version it was a basic smooth plastic. I like the new texture, seems to have more grip and generate less sweat. The top is glossy and smooth, where the old one was matte and almost rubbery. It was a nice soft texture, but seemed to generate a lot of sweat. The overall shape and size of the mouse seems to be the same, but upon closer inspection there are some very subtle differences. The end result being ever-so-slightly more compact, so that my palm rests on the new mouse less, which is a good thing because my palm would build up a lot of sweat using the old mouse sometimes. So that’s +3 Sweat Resistance from shape and texture.
BUTTONS/ACTION: The feel of the L+R clicks is fairly light but clicky enough to feel responsive. With the old mouse, I did notice myself accidentally clicking quite a bit, but that was probably only after it was well broken in. It has 3 weight adjustment zones if you’re into that. I think it feels a little better with the single weight at the heel of the mouse taken out, less overshooting on quick snaps. The position of the forward/back buttons is perfect, I much prefer having them both on the left side, in thumb reach, rather than symmetrically placed on each side of the mouse. The scroll wheel is nice and wide, and the scrolling action has a meaty feel so it’s easy to distinguish between individual scrolls. Some people like a smoother, more free rolling action, but those people are crazy and probably smell weird ;). If you are way into MMO’s or something you might want a mouse with 18 buttons on the side, but in my opinion the M65 has the perfect balance of complexity and simplicity in a gaming mouse.
SOFTWARE/FEATURES: The dedicated sniper button is probably the most unique feature of this mouse, and it’s awesome. The DPI controls behind the scroll wheel are also very useful, and another place where they improved over the old mouse: the new one has 5 DPI preset slots, old one had 3 (not including the sniper button). With the software you can customize the amount of DPI you want from each preset, or remap them entirely with different functions/macros. The new CUE software seems to be significantly improved, making it much easier to remap buttons and create macros. You can of course create and customize lighting/macro profiles, even link a lighting effect across compatible Corsair devices. I don’t have the Void headset, but am able to link effects between KB+M.
DURABILITY: Obviously I just got this one, but the old M65 survived a couple dozen drops from desk height onto a concrete floor (if lucky, a thin, hard rug to cushion). My office/gamer cave is in a concrete basement, and I shift things around a lot depending on what I’m doing, so some drops occur. I try to take care of my stuff, but I also put it through a lot of use, and Corsair’s products have so far taken everything I can throw at them with a smile. Over the years I’ve purchased a lot of Logitech and Microsoft periphs because they were decent for budget prices. But budget prices beget budget materials, and budget build quality (alliteration is fun!), and I have the graveyard of old periphs to prove it. I also have a wireless Corsair headset that has seen some drops, and only developed one small crack after about a year and a half. Once I noticed that crack, I reinforced those areas with some electrical tape and now not only do they seem nigh on indestructible, I was able to cover up that lame Corsair gaming Antlers-or-whatever logo without disrupting the black satin-y look. Should be nothing but smooth sails from here (wink wink nudge nudge), but I will update my review if anything changes my first impressions.
VALUE/BOTTOM LINE: Corsair makes quality products and the M65 is no exception. If you’ve never owned a true gaming mouse before, you will be blown away by the difference and never look back. I can’t imagine a better all-purpose gaming mouse, and I think $60 is a small price to pay for such a crucial piece of any setup. It might be double the price of your typical Logitech piece, but it’s not overpriced and gimmicky like a Razer, and still looks better than any of them. Don’t tell Corsair, but I would probably still buy this mouse at $90. And that’s why I give it 5 stars.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma – Multi-Color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
I’m not particularly a huge fan of Razer as most of their products are over priced and they have a tendency to create flashy products while skimping out on build quality, however their mice have always been well made. Before I purchased this mouse I was using a Razer Lachesis (the original model not the second version). I actually still use that mouse with my laptop since I can’t stand trackpads, but this DeathAdder Chroma I now use with my desktop. It has a great grip and a great feel to it thanks to the rubber on the sides as well as the weight. It’s not light but it certainly isn’t heavy. It feels just right.
The millions of colors that is is capable of displaying is completely pointless, but I do admit it looks pretty cool and the colors can be customized via Razer Synapse software.
I won’t make any bold claims about this mouse improving my gaming performance as I’ve been gaming and using gaming mice my whole life so transitioning from one to another isn’t going to do anything for me. I play mostly FPS games and RPGs and this mouse has been excellent for me. It’s very comfortable and the sensor is very accurate. I sometimes, well very rarely I should say, had an issue with the sensor on my Lachesis but I’ve owned this mouse for over a year and I’ve yet to experience any sensor issues.
One thing I should point out is that right after Amazon’s return policy expired, I began having a double click issue with this mouse. Sometimes when I would left click, it would register twice. This was extremely annoying. I would shoot more times than I would have to in shooters and when I would click to select a file, it would double click and open it instead. I was so disappointed that I spent so much money on a brand new mouse, the return policy was over, and I’d probably have to contact the manufacturer and get a refurbished one as a replacement.
I contacted Razer and they replied within 24 hours. I already told them I tried uninstalling and re-installing the software as well as testing the mouse on different computers. The customer support person asked me to try updating the device’s firmware and linked me to it. Lo and behold, this simple firmware update fixed my issue. It was a huge relief to find out that it wasn’t a hardware issue or a manufacturing one.
Lastly, I do dislike the Razer Synapse software (and unfortunately you’re forced to use it to keep the device updated and I had to use it to update the firmware) but I’ve learned to deal with it. Aside from popping up letting you know that there is an update available, it isn’t obtrusive. At least it gives you the option to create custom profiles per application which is nice.
Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
After such great experiences I’ve become a huge fan of corsair products, so I decided to switch my current MMO mouse to this one. I’m definitely not disappointed. The mouse has such a smoother feel than the mouse it was replacing. The CUE software does have a high learning curve, but once you understand it, it’s amazing. You can create profiles that become active with certain executables; for example I made a World of Warcraft profile that would only become active when World of Warcraft was running. So now when I launch the game, the mouse shifts to my WoW color scheme and the side buttons become what they were set to by myself in the software, but once the game is closed the mouse returns to normal(whatever you set to normal). For FPS players you can set buttons for melee, crouch, etc. and then a dedicated button for sniping(lowers the DPI while held). The mouse feels sturdy, well build and comfortable under my hand. I really didnt want to spend $70 on a mouse….but this was well worth it.
Pros: There is a lot to like about this mouse.
-It has a good sensor and worked well on all services except my whit desk surface where it would think I’m making small movement when I was not
-12000 DPI is great!
-Cable is tangle resistant and a good length
-Comfortable with good matte finish and the rubber on the right side ensures you never lose grip
-Buttons provide good tactile feedback
-Scroll wheel is easy to spin and doesn’t keep spinning after you let go
-Really like the ability to adjust the thumb buttons forward and back
-Software is easy to use for the most part. I had no problems creating macros and profiles for different applications
-And of course the light is fun to fool around with
Cons: There aren’t many cons, more feature they chose to leave out.
– Size and weight adjustability
– Wireless capability
-Would have like a little more of the rubber, maybe on the bottom left behind the thumb
-Could have worked on more surfaces
-I would prefer the thumb buttons had less resistance. I have to tighten my grip to keep the mouse from moving when I press them
-The software interface is a dark grey background with light grey font. This makes some menus hard to read.
CORSAIR SABRE – RGB Gaming Mouse
Wow I really love the design and the feel of this mouse from Corsair. I really didn’t need a new mouse but I had my eyes on this since Corsair launched this. I upgraded from a Razer Deathadder/Chroma (If you wana’ call it a upgrade) to the Gaive. I always liked and had many positive experiences with Corsairs premium quality of their keyboards and mouse products, and when this mouse really satisfied me. I mainly play csgo fps game, and was really drawn into the feature where it comes with two contoured side-grips to choose from. And the wider one that kinda’ flare outwards a little bit more interested me more.
But once i started using it it was actually really uncomfortable, kind of felt like i was about to loose control of the mouse or something, but this is just my preference because I “claw-grip” my mouse instead of “Palming” it. So easily switched to the other option and that grip was just perfect. I have regular normal sized hands and prefer larger, wider mouses and the Corsair Glaive, I can say is one of those larger and wider styles mouses. Just really impressed with feel and grip of this mouse. Everything about this mouse is unique comes with a interface where you can control the rgb lighting and gives you the option to set five dpi profiles which you can change with a simple click, on the mouse. Yes, you might not use all of them but for me i like to change between two profiles, when im gaming and when im just using for productivity I like an higher dpi setting. I highly consider this mouse, especially for FPS gaming like Csgo, you will be very impressed by the feel, weight and sleek style.
About Gaming Mouse
A computer mouse is a hand-held pointing device that detects two-dimensional motion relative to a surface. This motion is typically translated into the motion of a pointer on a display, which allows a smooth control of the graphical user interface. The first public demonstration of a mouse controlling a computer system was in 1968. Originally wired to a computer, modern mice are often cordless, relying on short-range radio communication with the connected system. Mice originally used a ball rolling on a surface to detect motion, but modern mice often have optical sensors that have no moving parts. In addition to moving a cursor, computer mice have one or more buttons to allow operations such as selection of a menu item on a display. Mice often also feature other elements, such as touch surfaces and “wheels”, which enable additional control and dimensional input.
The gaming mouse is an innovation to the world of computer gaming. Rather than be burdened with a standard computer mouse with 2 buttons, the gaming mouse brings more to the table then the standard mouse can handle. Gaming mice are being constantly innovated with new or improved features. Manufactures are tempering their products to be more advantageous for the user. This hardware allows users to become more precise, utilize more buttons, and become a dominating force in the world of online gaming.
Gaming mice implement the use of optical technology to track the mouse’s movement on the ground. With that feature comes the ability for the mouse to track DPI (dots per inch). A mouse that tracks 2000 DPI has a smoother tracking then one with 800. This leads to improved cursor placement. This is great addition to gaming. Another great specification to the gaming mouse is the use of additional buttons in contrast to the standard computer mouse. Gaming mice are known for their additional buttons. These buttons grant the user to deduct some of the keyboard’s work load, and place it on the mouse. With the use of mouse key binding the additional mouse keys maybe used for other actions in game.
These functions can be set to a whole range of actions, maybe the reloading a weapon or the casting a spell. Gaming mice can contain from 3 to over 10 additional buttons. Certain gaming mice have the option of changing the weight of the mouse by use of additional weights. This is an excellent feature that allows the user to customize his mouse to his preference. Storage for the additional weight is reserved for the user. The User can add weights of measurements and amounts into the mouse. The feature creates a specified resistance for the mouse to create. This leads to improved precision for the user since it is communes with their style and control. If a user has a heavier mouse preference, and is using a lighter mouse the resistance from the mouse will promote over extension of the mouse. Certain gaming mice have the ability to change shape. The user is given the option of altering the length or the width of the mouse. Mouse users who prefer to have the mouse act as a supporter for the palm of their hand may choose to increase the length of the mouse in order to do so, and the same applies to the width.
Mice have been issued the ability to go wireless. This is usually seen as more of a comfort option rather than response efficiency. Wired mice have better response time then a wireless mouse. Since data must be sent from the mouse to the receiver this process delays response time rather than a direct link. Wired mice are not prone to external interference from other devices. Signal interference can be created by other wireless mice in the area of the receiver jamming or sending mixed signals to the computer. This can be frustrating in situations that need immediate response and action. Wired mice are also great since they do not have the opportunity to lose battery power while in use. Wireless mice are equipped with chargeable or non-chargeable batteries both which have a limited lifespan. Nothing is worse than losing control in a game, while having to replace dead batteries.
How To Shop For The Best Gaming Mouse
Gamers often subject their computers to the worst conditions which necessitates the use of the best gaming keyboards, the best gaming mouse, and the best monitors they can buy. Hours of continuously pounding on the keyboards and brutal clicking on the mouse can take its toll on even the most rugged of computer peripherals. It’s a good thing that there are peripherals made specifically for the harsh conditions gamers often expose their gadgets to.
The first step in choosing the best gaming mouse would be to limit choices to devices made especially for gaming. This way one eliminates having to wade through hundreds of options that include non-gaming equipment which may not be as sturdy as those made especially for gamers. A good gaming mouse is ergonomic, which means that it fits comfortably in the hand. Stores allow customers to try out the mouse in their hands before making a purchase to ensure that the mouse is easy to hold and grip. This is provided by mice that are coated with rubberized exteriors. How the gamer grips the mouse is also a consideration when shipping for a gaming mouse. There are mouse that are designed for gamers that like to grip the mouse with the entire hand, while there are designs for gamers who like to grip the mouse using just the fingers.
Sensitivity is also another important issue. The best gaming mouse should have a range of 5600 – 5700 DPI for the best sensitivity. Another factor is the presence of wires. Wired mice were preferred in the past since they did not run out of power and reaction time was far quicker compared to wireless mice. However, new technologies are being put into newer gaming mice that allow it to respond as quick as its wired counterparts, as well as provided the mouse with enough power to be able to go through long periods of playing.
The customization may be a factor for some players. There are mice customized for use with specific games. A prime example is the Razer Naga, which is designed with extra buttons on the side used to control certain features of the game.
Shopping for the best gaming mouse is fairly easy as long as one knows what kind of mouse to look for and what his or her preferences are. Most gaming mice produced now offer a good mix of durability and functionality that gamers need. Customization, ergonomics, and reliability are other features that gamers should look for in their gaming mice.