Every PC gamer knows that when you’re playing the latest shootem-up gaming there is nothing worse that your mouse not keeping up with the game play.
For this reason manufactures have designed and built PC gaming mouses to that allow precision shooting in games like BiT Evolution which is one of my favorite precision games or the ability to click 300 time a minutes in MOBAs such as League of Legends which is another of my all time favorites, however of all the gaming mice on the market, what's the best gaming mouse and which ones should you leave on the shop counter.
Gaming mice have been developed over the last few years to the point whereby they’ll not only fit in your hand like a glove, but also have lower latency, better software that supports custom movements, support higher CPI (counts per inch) and use sensors that easily keep up with faster movements. Two points, gaming mice don't have to be expensive. Yes there are models on the market that will cost you upwards of £100, however there are great gaming mice that cost less than £20. The second key point, gaming mice are always wired mouses. For any true gamer, wireless is not an option, that said there are a few that I liked during the tested phrase and you can see them in the best gaming mouse range below.
The Best Gaming Mouse 2018
There are some great gaming mice on the market today, however the best gaming mouse on the market today is the Razer range of gaming mice. I have been using Razer's range of gaming mice for a few years and happy to report they are light years ahead of the competition. Whilst there are some great gaming mice on the market, what separates Razer's range from the competition is the software that accompanies the mouse. The Razer symapse allows you to track your clicks and mouse movements through stats and heatmaps to help you analyse and most importantly improve your gameplay.
The Razer range comes in two slightly different models. The stats are very similar, however the real difference is with the programmable buttons and really depends on the layout that you want. The mice typically come with dimensions of 127mm X 70mm X 44mm, weigh in at 105 grams, use omron switches, a 16,000dpi optical sensor that is capable mouse movement speed of up to 200 inches per second at 50g.
Personally I think the best gaming mouse is the Razer Mamba TE which comes with nine independently programmable buttons with a tilt click scroll wheel however if you're playing MOBA games then check out the Razer Naga Hex V2 MOBA mouse as this comes with 14 MOBA optimised programmable buttons.
Razer Mamba TE
Razer Naga Hex V2 MOBA
Personally I am not a great fan of wireless mouses. Five years ago, they could not keep up with the movements and thus a true gamer would always stick with a wired gaming mouse, however as more research is being done in to wireless mouses, they have improved to the point where there is really not much difference. If you want to check out the best wireless mouses on the market, check out our review here, however personally I would avoid them and stick to wired mouses and avoid any possible problems.
Best Gaming Mouse 2018 - The Range
Below we have the top 12 models that we have tested and highly recommend.
16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
5 dpi settings from 200 to 12000 dpi
6 dpi settings from 1000 to 9200
Up to 16400 DPI
5 dpi settings from 800 to 2400
Wireless / 2.4Ghz
5 dpi settings from 800 to 2400
4 dpi settings from 1,000 to 4,800
5 dpi settings up 16,400
Flat 6,000 DPI sensor
Flat 2,000 DPI sensor
4 dpi settings from 800 to 4000
Wireless / 2.4Ghz
How We Tested
Gaming mice have come along way over the last few years with many manufactures designing and building gaming mice to attract you their brands. Some are very good, but lots are terrible and come with cheap sensors that cannot keep up with the game play, software that does not allow you to tweak the mouse how you want it and build quality that just does not allow the mouse to perform anywhere near what you’d expect.
The best gaming mice perform in two key areas. Firstly they come with software that allows you to set up the mouse how you want it, but secondly, hand movement are directly translated into cursor movements on screen without any variation.
Gaming Mice Reviews
Logitech G502 Wired Gaming Mouse
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The Logitech G502 is a great gaming mouse from Logitech released in 2017. It’s one of the more expensive options on the market, but comes with a number of features which serious gamers will really love. What's great is also it's biggest problem. It's totally customisable from the lighting to the DPI setting to the optical sensor, which can all be customised.
The biggest problem is the freedom that you have. Using the G502 means that you're forever changing the settings of your mouse to try and get optimum performance. Personally I don't particularly like the software that it comes with. I find it hard to use and therefore spend more time adjusting the settings than I did actually playing with it. If you can simply pick a profile and use it, you will enjoy this mouse as it's a great gaming mouse. There is a decent reddit blog here with lots of DPI settings for different games and resolutions.
In terms of the actual mouse it comes with customisable RGB lighting and almost 17 million colours, five DPI settings up to 12,000 DPI (which can even be shifted mid-game for ultimate accuracy and versatility) and five 3.6g weights to really customise the feel and movement. It works with Windows 7 through to Windows 10 and has a right-hand design.
As mentioned above, it comes with 11 programmable buttons for fantastic control and a really adaptable gaming experience. The scroll-wheel is super fast, which many users really love and allows for speedy and responsive gaming.
The Logitech mouse connects via USB and has a braided cable. Other than the hundreds of different options, the only other thing that annoyed me was how tight the braiding is. If you're anything like me, the mouse cable often gets twisted up and given how tight it is, it's actually quite difficult to straighten it.
Across the internet, the reviews are positive. Users love the free scrolling, the versatility and how easy it makes gaming. Many have also reported on the great feel of the mouse and how it makes gaming even more fun. Of the poor reviews there are not many, however users seem to dislike the wheel clicks and have reported mis-clicks with the wheel, but this seems to be the only – barely reported – flaw. It’s otherwise a great mouse with great features, and is worth the slightly-high price point.
OMorc 9200 Wired Gaming Mouse
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The OMorc is an affordable option for budget-conscious gamers. The OMorc 9200 comes with a really nice aesthetic, an ergonomic design for comfortable fit and feel, 8 weights for lovely versatility, 6 DPI speeds up to 9200 DPI and 13 light modes. If you’re keen to get something inexpensive but flashy and user-friendly, this is a good option.
The polling rate of this one is 500Hz and the FPS rate is 6666, both of which deliver good response and smooth movement. There are also eight customisable buttons on this one, which gives decent versatility. There are options on the market with more buttons, but at this price point, you won’t find much better usability and versatility.
This model is compatible with Mac and can be used across a number of Windows platforms, which again gives good versatility. It connects via USB and is built for right-handers. The braided cable is durable and measures around 1.8m, so it has good length. It feels very good in the hand and the feel of the design is great for battling fatigue… perfect for those marathon gaming sessions!
This mouse is quite responsive, which is of course great for gamers, but it’s not the best at tracking very slow and very precise movements, which may be a concern for some. That said, it tracks quick movements very well. Users really like the LED lights overall, and have reported how good they look, which is great if you have aesthetic concerns.
Many have also reported that the weight of this is very nice and performs at a level usually associated with much more expensive models. Some have reported that the sensor can be faulty at times, which of course is a fundamental and unfortunate error, but this has only been reported by a minority of users. If you’re willing to take the gamble on that, this is a great mouse with excellent features at a low price.
TeckNet HyperTrak Laser Mouse
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The TeckNet Hypertrak laser mouse is a few years old now, however comes at a very affordable and very attractive price. It is compatible with all Windows models and has been designed to be used with right-handers. It works up to 16,400 DPI, has an ADNS9800 sensor, works at 11,750 FPS, 150 IPS, has 30G acceleration and comes with 4 6g weights for weight adjustment.
The best thing about the TeckNet is its flexibility which includes 10 programmable buttons, 5 user interface settings and over 16 million LED colour options. Rather than using separate software that allows you to customise your experience, the Tecknet uses an onboard memory meaning that you can save your settings to the memory without the need for additional software. This will take some getting used to, however it's ridiculously easy to set up and use.
Like many of the top performing gaming mice, you can adjust the centre of gravity with 6 x 4g removable weights, which will suit gamers of all different styles. In terms of performance, it's seriously good given it comes with the Avago ADNS-9800+ optical sensor that is often regarded as one of the best gaming mouse sensor on the market today. Response rate is down to 1 ms which is almost 10 times fast than a standard mouse and works fantastically well on all surfaces whilst the ergonomic design feels really good in the hand.
Feedback from across the market is very positive. Users really like the versatility and feel of the gaming mouse and many have reported on the great scroll wheel. Users also like the fantastic DPI settings, which offer good versatility and appeal to gamers of all descriptions. Of the poor feed-back, most is associated because they feel the buttons are a little close together, and a couple of people have reported slightly under-par durability, but these problems are not commonly mentioned.
Overall, the TeckNet is a great gaming mouse with a value for money price point and excellent versatility. The lightweight makes for an easy gaming experience, whilst it's been designed for 10 million clicks means show off it's durability. If not, the 18 month warranty is a great feature.
VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse
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As I have mentioned a couple of times across the gaming mouse review, I am not a great fan of wireless gaming mice, however if I ever changed my mind and wanted to buy a wireless gaming mouse, then the VicTsing wireless gaming mouse would be on my shopping list. It's a fantastic wireless mouse that might not have the DPI of the latest gaming mice, but it's got the performance.
Just check out the reviews on Amazon.co.uk, it's got over 800 with over 600 of them being five stars with most reviewers think that the Victsing wireless gaming mouse is better than there current wired gaming mouse.
The Victsing is perfect for gamers who want something good that’s affordable and not too complex. For casual gamers, this is a great choice. It comes with 6 DPI settings up to 7200 DPI, 7 LED light modes, a simple fire key built for FPS games, an ergonomic design and most importantly is one of the few true gaming mice that is comfortable for both right-handed and left-handed gamers.
If you’re looking for something that feels good while you’re playing, this is a decent option. It has a textured grip, a rubber wheel and a well-laid-out design which makes it easy to use. It’s also pretty good for people with large hands, which isn’t always the case with gaming mice. The comfort is increased by rest places on the side of the mouse, and right and lift click buttons which also sit near the side.
Upon playing, it moves very smoothly and is good on pretty much all surfaces. The buttons feel good, and they aren’t too stiff to click easily, which can often be the case with inexpensive products. The tracking isn’t the most precise you’ll find on the market, but it’s pretty much as precise as it gets at this price point. It might feel a little heavy and a little cheap for some, but if you want something affordable with good durability, usability and functionality, and with decent versatility, this one could be for you.
Overall its a great gaming mouse that will last you a good few years. It has a click life of up to 5,000,000 clicks, a durable braided cable and great compatibility: its usable with Mac and with Windows models from 98 all the way up to 10.
VicTsing Wired Gaming Mouse
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The VicTsing Wireless gaming mouse above is a fantastic gaming mouse that even those that hate wireless mice such as me, might end up buying soon as it's that good. This VicTsing gaming mouse is the wired version of the model above and quite frankly we're not a fan. Yes it represents great value for money, but the difference between this and the best gaming mouse is huge.
The VicTsing has four polling rate levels from 125 to 1000Hz, with changeable pointer speed, changeable scroll speed and changeable double click speed. It has five DPI settings from 1200DPI to 7200DPI and LED light options of up to a massive 16,000,000 colours.It has an ergonomic design which feels great against the hand, and is designed for quick gaming and speedy response.
It is built with matte-textured ABS for durability and a nice feel. You get seven customisable buttons with this model, which is pretty decent overall given the price point. This mouse works with Windows Vista all the way up to Windows 10, but isn’t compatible with Mac. It’s usable for both left-handed and right-handed gamers.
It is heavier than some other mice on the market, but this gives decent control and makes gaming easier. It’s also a very responsive model and gives great control for the price point. This one is also good for those who just want to plug and play, as it’s really easy to get going quickly and simply.Some find this one a little too sensitive for their needs, but this can be overcome with the changeable speeds, and this is only a very sporadic complaint. The cable is a little shorter than some others on the market, and it doesn’t come braided, but the durability is still decent.
It’s not as easy to program this as some other more expensive options, but it’s still very manageable with a little patience. It’s not the most durable on the market, but if you’re a casual gamer seeking something fairly cheap with decent versatility and usability, this one is a pretty good choice.
Aizbo C80 Gaming Mouse
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The Aizbo C80 gaming mouse is a pretty good choice for gamers looking for something unique and reasonably user-friendly, with two things that set it apart: its (relatively low) price point and its design… it looks like something from a science fiction movie. If you want something with a really unique aesthetic design to make your gaming station really pop, this might be the one for you.
It’s built for right-handers, it has a comfy ergonomic design and plugs in via USB. Given the price point, it also has some nifty features and statistics. It has four DPI settings up to 4,800 DPI, a refresh rate of 6,400 FPS, 30G acceleration, and an impressive click life of up to 10,000,000 clicks.
It’s also versatile across a number of platforms – it works with Mac and across a number of Windows versions. The mouse is quite big, which most users seem to like, as it allows for a longer session with no discomfort. The cable is 1.5m, which makes it versatile and easy to use. This has plenty of programmable buttons on the surface of the mouse, though the customisation you get with this one isn’t as good as some of the more expensive and high-profile options on the market. Similarly, the LEDs aren’t massively alterable, but they still look good and most users love them.
The mouse wheel moves smoothly and reliably and the durability of this is very good given the price point. Some users don’t like the feel of this one, and have reported clunkiness (it’s not as user-friendly and smooth-feeling as some more expensive options), but if you want something affordable, aesthetic and decent – and don’t want maximum customisability – then this one is still a pretty good option at the price.
UtechSmart Venus Wired Gaming Mouse
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The UtechSmart Venus is a great option for those that are looking for programmable buttons and programmable profiles packaged in a bullet proof gaming mouse and available at a value for money price tag. If there is something that I don't like about it, it's got too many buttons and no-where to put your thumbs without pressing buttons by mistake.
The UtechSmart was released in mid-2013 and therefore you its only good for those that don’t mind that it’s not the most current release model.
This model has an absolute stack of amazing features… it works up to 16,400 DPI, 12,000 FPS, has 30G acceleration, a 1000 Hz polling rate, up to 150in/s cursor speed and a massive 18 programmable buttons. If you want something really customisable, you won’t really find much better than this. It’s difficult to cram 18 buttons onto the surface of a mouse, but UtechSmart have managed to do it here!
The LED lights are very aesthetic and customisable. It’s also possible to disable them for those seeking something less flashy. The weight settings are also customisable, so this one can be personalised in so many ways.
This has a right-hand design with great rubber grips and a TEFLON coating, making gaming easier and more reliable. The grip will stay firm no matter how sweaty your hand gets! The cable is 6 feet in length, which is pretty impressive, and comes braided for extra durability. It connects via USB.Overall, if you’re seeking something which can be massively personalised, you won’t find much better.
Users have found great precision, great response and a fantastic array of alterable features. Some think that the buttons are a little too close together and a little too stiff, but this is a vast minority. This might perhaps be a consideration if you have big fingers, but this is otherwise a great mouse and a fantastic choice for serious gamers looking for a good mouse at a good price.
Corsair CH-9301011-EU Wired Gaming Mouse
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The Corsair CH-9301011-EU try's to be a cheaper, value for money version of the Razer above, however whilst I know many gamers that do rate it, personally I hate it and would recommend that you don't buy it. A great example, it uses the same Omron switches that the Razer uses, however the DPI is 60% less and therefore it does not work as well.
The Corsair was first released in November 2016 and therefore is great for gamers who are looking for a gaming mouse with a relatively recent release date, this models is a good option.
It’s an optical gaming mouse which is really built for performance, so it’s perfect for those who want something really serious to accompany them on their gaming sessions. It’s also suitable for both right-handed and left-handed gamers.
This one comes in a number of varied ergonomic designs, all of which look good for those who like something with a nice aesthetic. It has a 6000 DPI optical gaming sensor with advanced tracking, textured rubber side grips for a great hold, up to 20,000,000 clicks of play, 5 pre-set DPI settings, and six fully-programmable and full-customisable buttons on the surface of the mouse. As gamers will know, this is especially useful if you want something that’ll make your gaming even more quickfire and productive. The buttons allow any customisation from simple remaps to complex macros.
The ergonomic design reduces fatigue and helps to maintain your performance over a heavy session, with a good lightweight feel. It’s a plug and play affair, which also means that there isn’t much setup.
The price point is around what you would expect from something of this quality. It’s not the lowest price on the market, but it’s certainly not as expensive as some others… and the price is great given the quality.
Users have found that there are rarely mis-clicks or tracking problems, and most really like the design of the RGB lights (which are also customisable). If you want something with an intelligent and reliable build which responds accurately and reliably to subtlety and high-speed gaming, this is a fantastic choice. It occasionally has durability issues and sometimes the user-set button programming can be lost, but other than that it’s an excellent mouse from a trusted name. If you want a good mouse at a decent price, you’ve found it.
Tecknet RAPTOR Optical Gaming Mouse
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The RAPTOR Optical Gaming Mouse is a new release from gaming experts Tecknet, and features exciting and innovative features and extra touches to make gaming an even better experience for those with a passion for fun. It’s a 6D mouse, has a precise sensor, comes with 40g of added weight for greater control, has acceleration of 15G, a tracking speed of 31 IPS, a refresh rate of 4000 FPS and 1000/1600/2000 DPI shift.
It is built for use by both right-handed and left-handed people.Compared to others on the market, what sets this one apart is its affordability. If you’re seeking something high quality with good features but at a very affordable price, you can’t really look beyond this… the price point is excellent. It also comes with an 18-month warranty.
It’s very easy to use this one, and it works with Windows models from Windows 98 all the way up to Windows 8. It isn’t compatible with Mac. It’s a plug and play affair, it has a lovely ergonomic design which most users really enjoy, and it’s fairly durable, so it’ll last you a decent amount of time. It has a click Key Life of over 3,000,000 and it tracks intelligently and reliably on any surfaces, including transparent glass. It plugs in via USB, it has blue LED lights on the surface and it comes with a long and trusty braided cable.
Most users have found that this looks good, it stands up well to hardcore clicking and it performs very well given its price point. Some have commented that the buttons are a little stiff and that the plastic design doesn’t give as much grip as rubber alternatives, but given the price and the durability of this, it’s overall a very good option for the budget-conscious gamer keen to get their fix.
TeckNet RAPTOR Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
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The RAPTOR Pro is a gaming mouse based on the model above from TeckNet, and is a step up from their standard RAPTOR given it's wireless. It comes with added features and a slightly higher price, so it may suit those who are looking for something a little more serious. It is designed for right-handed gamers, so left-handers will want to look elsewhere.
This one comes with eight programmable buttons, which is pretty much unrivalled at this price, and 8 default DPI levels from 1000DPI to 7000DPI. You can switch between these DPI options while in-game, which gives fantastic versatility and optimum gaming for those who really want to show off their skills. It’s easy to customise this one, which makes for good usability, perfect for those who don’t know the ins and outs but are keen to get their hands on something easily customisable.
The speed, continuity and precision of this one is also great, with a polling rate of 1000Hz. This has seven customisable lights colours and the shape of the mouse feels good against the hand. It has a textured grip to counteract even the sweatiest of in-game palms and an intelligent button layout, both of which make for fun and pleasant extended gaming sessions.
This one can be used on pretty much all surfaces and has good durability. It also comes with an 18-month warranty. The cord is fairly thick and the buttons have a good feel; not too stiff and not too loose. If you want something with good durability, you’ve found it. Some have complained that the sensor is not sufficiently sensitive, but this complaint is only sporadic and is the only major qualm. For the price point, this is a great for those seeking something customisable, versatile and adaptable without too much complication and expertise.
Gaming Mice - Buyers Guide
If you’re considering going outside our recommended best gaming mouse, there are a few things that you need to look out for before you go out and buy a new gaming mouse.
Brand Names - these are always a must when you’re buying a gaming mouse. The different between a great gaming mouse and a shocker is actually quite small and you generally will not notice anything until the game play really starts to heat up. The problem with brand names, they cost more. What’s great about brand names, you know that you’ve bought a product that has been specifically designed for people like you.
Gaming Mouse Weight - This is personal choice, however the basic principle behind game mice weight comes down to control. To light a mouse and you loose the feeling, too heavy and you cannot move it around fast enough. Generally an acceptable range is between 80-and 120grams.
Design - this again is a personal choice, however you typically get three choices when it comes to design. Palm, claw and fingertip (look for a video on how each grip works). Most gamers I know prefer palm mouses as they allow for better control and easier access to the extra buttons.
Wired Vs. Wireless - As I discussed earlier, most gamers I know prefer wired gaming mice as they seem to be faster and more consistent. I have tried wireless gaming mice in the past and whilst they’re great, i just got the feeling that i did not have the control that i have with my wired mouse.
CPI - or counts per inch is commonly referred to a DPI speed. Without getting too technical, its the number of times the sensor reads the surface per inch that the mouse moves. Generally you should be looking a minimum of 8,000 DPI, however the higher the better. One point, if you want maximum performance, you need to make sure that your using a gaming mouse matt that has been designed to work with the gaming mice sensors.
Jitter - This is the amount of inaccuracy between the sensor the mouse matt and typically occurs when your moving your mouse at an extremely high rate. With the latest gaming mice, it virtually impossible to measure this with out using software which will either be built into the mice software as it in with the Razzer brands or you need to use a gaming mouse software such as MouseTester.com
Mouse Acceleration - Typically you want to see a gaming mouse that allows you to switch off the mouse acceleration effect. Having a mouse acceleration means that the faster you move the mouse, the faster the cusor travels. Whilst this in itself is not a bad thing, it does mean the next time you move you mouse across the screen, you will need to judge how far to move it rather than it being a 1:1 movement.
Lift Off Distance (LOD) - With a low LOD, the millimeter you lift the mouse off the mouse mat, the on screen cursor stops moving. Generally speaking its a great idea to have a low LOD meaning that you hardly need to lift the mouse off the mouse mat for the cursor to stop moving which is great in those FPS situations when you need to move the screen but have run out of mouse-mat.
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