Today, success in computer games largely depends on the peripherals available to the gamer — keyboard and mouse. The stores offer the widest range of these products, so it is very easy to get confused in the variety of models. To prevent this from happening to you, we decided to dedicate our review to the best gaming mice of this year.
However, before proceeding to a direct consideration of the models, we decided to give a few recommendations regarding the choice of products. This is done in case you do not like any of the models from our rating, and you want to buy something else.
What do you pay attention to when buying a gaming mouse?
Before purchasing, it is advisable to take the mouse in your hands and see how comfortable it is. Be sure to take into account the mass of the device. On the one hand, the smaller it is, the better, since you can perform many manipulations without fear that your hand will get tired. But at the same time, it should be remembered that with a light mouse, the accuracy of pointing the cursor will suffer. Many gamers prefer to purchase a medium-weight device — about 90-100 grams.
Modern models are made from various materials. Inexpensive designs are made of plastic with a smooth surface. In this regard, when buying, you should carefully check that your hand does not slip off such a mouse. Keep in mind that during the game in the summer months, when it is quite hot outside, the hand may sweat. More and more gamers prefer mice made of corrugated plastic.
In addition, on sale you can find products with a rubber coating on which fingers will not slip. It will be necessary to take care of this product carefully, as a lot of dirt will accumulate on its surface. From time to time it will have to be washed with soap and water. You should also be prepared for the fact that such a mouse will heat up during the game. Many designs have a soft-touch coating. It is a matte plastic that feels very similar to rubber to the touch. The hand will not slide on it, however, this coating wears out quickly enough with active use.
The mouse must be equipped with special legs — the manufacturers invented them specifically to ensure high-quality sliding on the surface of a table or a special rug, but the device did not make unpleasant sounds. These parts are made of polyethylene, plastic or Teflon, the latter being the most expensive, but the most effective. The thickness of the legs must be large enough, as they are also capable of wear. In the most expensive models, you can find a set of interchangeable legs.
Wireless mice can also be found on sale, but gamers do not really like them, since the response time is somewhat higher compared to the classic wired design. In addition, her batteries may run out at the most inopportune moment — during a hot battle or passing through some difficult section. It is advisable to carefully check the mouse wire itself when buying. It should be quite thick, but still flexible. If it is placed in a textile sheath, this will greatly extend the life of the product.
When we decided which models to include in our ranking of the best gaming mice, we took into account all these factors, but not only them. We took into account user reviews, took into account the price-quality ratio of the device. We hope that after studying the review, you will be able to choose the optimal model for yourself, which will help you win one victory after another on the fields of virtual battles.
Wireless optical laser
3. ASUS ROG Spatha
This is a universal flagship model that can operate both in wired and wireless mode. The product is very expensive, but its functionality is head and shoulders above other similar designs. In wired mode, the mouse is capable of operating at a frequency of 2000 Hz, in wireless mode — up to 1000 Hz. In total, there are 12 buttons on the case, which can be programmed depending on the needs of the user. The mass of such equipment is 179 grams — a lot for a computer mouse, but this allows for excellent accuracy. The case is made of magnesium alloy — there is not the slightest hint of the use of plastic. The surface of the product is quite tenacious, does not slip out of the hands, regardless of the air temperature.
The body of the model is angular, it has a huge number of protrusions. There is a resolution switch on the top. All the main buttons are located under the thumb — this is very convenient if the gamer prefers games like MMORPGs. All keys on the mouse have excellent tactile feel. The device comes with two cables at once, differing from each other only in length — a meter and two meters. If necessary, you can change the force of pressing the keys. This is done by replacing the switches under the buttons. The default ones require 60 grams of force and also have a lifespan of 20 million clicks.
- Original and very interesting design;
- Excellent quality of materials and workmanship;
- Provided with LED lighting;
- Extended functionality due to the presence of many buttons.
- Quite heavy — good for accuracy, but negatively affects performance;
- Very expensive.
ASUS ROG Spatha
2. Logitech G403 Prodigy
This mouse compares favorably with many gaming designs due to its special shape: it is asymmetrical, there are no humps and sharp drops, so it fits perfectly in your hand. The case is made of high-quality matte plastic, which takes a long time to get dirty, and if necessary, it is very easy to clean it. The panels of the main keys are separate, their gaps are minimal, there is practically no backlash. There is a key for switching the resolution — it is glossy, located directly behind the scroll wheel. When pressed, a loud sound is heard. The keystrokes are muted and light, the operation is felt tactile. The resource is 20 million clicks.
The left side is made of rubberized materials, there are no reliefs on it, so, if necessary, it can be easily cleaned of any dirt. In addition, it will be able to hold tightly in both dry and wet hands. The side keys are made of glossy plastic, they can be clearly distinguished by touch. You will have to press with an average effort, there is no free play reserve. The wheel is also rubberized, has special notches to improve rotation. The PC connection cable is quite long — two meters, it is also placed in a nylon braid, you can detach it and use the mouse in a wireless format. In its form, this design is best suited to right-handers, regardless of hand size. The legs are Teflon, according to the manufacturer, they are able to withstand a run of up to 250 km.
- Excellent ergonomics;
- Attractive appearance;
- Extended functionality.
- If you do not install regular software, problems with the sensor may begin.
Logitech G403 Prodigy
1. Logitech G603 Lightspeed
This product, like others in this section of our ranking of the best gaming mice, is acceptable for use in both wired and wireless formats. The signal receiver in this case is not quite standard — it is numbered and tuned to the frequency of this particular mouse. The top cover can be removed if necessary — this is done very simply, since it is on magnets. Fastens in place securely enough, there is excellent protection against accidental jumping off. The build quality of the mouse is excellent. It is worth noting that you can use not two batteries, but only one — this will have a positive effect on the mass of the device, but it will not affect performance in the slightest.
Next to the wheel there is a button for adjusting the sensitivity — in the immediate vicinity of it there is an LED indicator that will light up in different colors depending on the selected parameter. The wheel scrolls in steps, but this is done quite gently and without additional effort. On the bottom side you can find an optical sensor, a power switch, a button that activates the Bluetooth channel. There are two large buttons on the sidebar, they are assigned forward and backward movements by default. They are quite soft moving. All side surfaces are made of matte plastic, which will not leave fingerprints. With the help of special software, you can reconfigure the functions of the buttons for yourself.
- Perfect build quality;
- Ability to work with two devices at once;
- Carefully thought-out design and form;
- Long term warranty service — as much as 3 years.
- Not detected.
Logitech G603 Lightspeed
Optical laser wired mice
3. Razer Abyssus 2014
This mouse has a top surface made of soft matte plastic, which is very pleasant to the touch. There will be no noticeable traces even of sufficiently long operation. The wire is thin and soft, it does not have an additional braid, but at the same time it is long — 1.8 meters. There is a reliable protection against bending at the entrance to the mouse body. On the side faces there is also not the slightest hint of the use of glossy plastic. Side keys are not provided here. In the front, you can see an imitation of an air grille. On the side of the mouse buttons, you can find stiffeners that have a positive effect on the level of strength of the entire top panel. All parameters of the product can be configured using the software — sensitivity, pulse rate, and so on.
Below you can find three Teflon buttons, allowing the design to easily slide on almost any surface. It is worth noting that the manufacturing company produces interchangeable legs in case the relatives are completely erased. The mouse has two buttons and a non-tilt scroll wheel. Under the buttons are Omron switches, which have a claimed lifespan of 5 million clicks. The buttons work as clearly as possible, there is no free play. The clicks are loud, but not very loud. The scroll wheel has a rubber embossed coating, the turns are very soft.
- Pretty reasonable cost;
- Moves quickly and accurately;
- Good ergonomics;
- Best for medium to small hands.
- You can fine-tune if necessary.
- Pretty thin wire;
- It is not very convenient to take such a mouse with large hands.
Razer Abyssus 2014
2. Steel Series Sensei [RAW] rubberized
The appearance of the device is quite simple, it is even difficult to immediately say that this is a gaming mouse. Immediately after connecting to a PC, the backlight turns on, which radically changes the attitude towards appearance. The shape of the case is classic, designed in such a way that the mouse is perfect for both right-handers and left-handers. The mouse itself is not too high, many users even say that it is pressed to the bottom. The case has a soft-touch coating, which will not leave any fingerprints, all sides are made of matte plastic. In total, there are 8 buttons on the mouse, and this includes a clickable wheel. There are a couple of buttons on each of the sides, they are initially programmed to work with the browser. The location of the buttons is very convenient, which gives the device even more versatility. The buttons can be disabled if needed.
The rims of the wheel are rubberized, and the wheel itself has a backlight. Scrolling is smooth, with distinct transitions. A little higher is the button responsible for the sensitivity of the device. To press it, you will have to make a certain effort, but with its help you can make quite fine tuning. On the top panel there is a manufacturer’s logo, equipped with LED backlight — in the dark, the mouse looks quite impressive. The lower part is made of transparent plastic, the thickness of which is about one and a half millimeters. The resolution of the laser sensor in this model is 5700 dpi. Teflon legs have a decent size — they occupy about 16% of the entire area of the lower face. The cable is quite dense, connected via a USB 2.0 connector, its length is 2 meters. It is difficult to bend it, so in certain conditions it will not be very convenient to use such a mouse.
- Good sensor sensitivity;
- Not too heavy;
- Smoothly moves both on a rug, and on any other smooth surface.
- After a while, the wheel starts to creak;
- Some users talk about rather tight buttons, however, they are further developed and become softer.
SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] rubberized
1. ASUS ROG Gladius
The main difference from other models included in our review of the best gaming mice is the original shape of the main buttons: they are made separately from the top of the panel, although the entire top is made of high-quality matte gray painted plastic. Most users report a high coefficient of adhesion to the skin surface. The device comes with two interchangeable USB cables, each of which is quite soft and flexible. They differ from each other in length (1 m and 2 m, respectively), as well as the presence of a braid — the longer one is made of nylon, and there is also a Velcro retainer. The shorter braid is not provided. Even if both cords fail, you can connect the mouse to your computer using any cable with a microUSB plug.
The left side of the side has a rubberized surface, the front part has a slight relief, all body parts are tightly fitted to each other, so that dust and other contaminants will not accumulate in the gap. The ergonomics are designed for right-handed users, regardless of their preferred grip during the game. The keys work easily, there is almost no free play. The wheel is rubberized, with 24 clear fixing positions. Teflon legs are quite large, the design uses an optical sensor with infrared illumination Avago ADNS-S3988. The mouse looks very nice, has excellent functionality.
- Beautiful appearance combined with a very high quality assembly;
- There is everything you need to improve the gameplay;
- The possibility of individual adjustment of parameters, functions, illumination is provided;
- If necessary, failed parts of the structure can be replaced.
- High price.
ASUS ROG Gladius
Optical LED Wired Mice
3.Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition
The main distinguishing feature of this product is its absolute symmetry, so the product is perfect for right-handed and left-handed people. In terms of overall dimensions, the mouse is slightly larger compared to average designs. There are 9 main buttons on the surface of the case, two of which are used to switch the sensitivity. The mass of the product is 104 grams, overall dimensions are 117x71x38 mm. Inside is the most advanced optical sensor Pixart 3389. Each of the buttons has a switch, designed for 50 million clicks. The mouse is equipped with a 4-zone RGB backlight, which can be configured using a special application.
All materials are very pleasant to the touch — the top panel is made of rough matte plastic, on the sides there are velvety silicone linings with a textured pattern. Thanks to him, the mouse will be securely held in your hands and will not slip out. The side buttons are made of matte plastic. Despite the fact that the dimensions are larger than average, this mouse is very comfortable to hold in your hands. There are no high bends on the body, so the product is very easy to control with your fingers. The main buttons are pressed clearly, loudly, but not too loudly. Backlash and idling are completely absent, all side buttons are easily felt, and besides, they are not very small.
- High reaction rate;
- One of the largest sensor resolutions is 16,000 dpi;
- Good build quality;
- Convenient software for fine tuning.
- Looks normal without backlight.
Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition
2 SteelSeries Rival 100
Another symmetrical design in our ranking of the best gaming mice. The upper part of the case is made of rubberized matte type plastic, which has a black color. It can get dirty during operation, but it is very pleasant to the touch, fits well in the hand and quickly evaporates moisture. The connection cord does not have a braid, its length is 1.8 meters. It is thick and soft, easily takes any shape, there is no memory effect. The left side panel is also made of matte plastic with a pimply nozzle, which provides a closer contact between the gadget and the user’s hand. There are two triangular buttons that can be easily found with your thumb. The cable is securely protected from bending.
The buttons have a slight margin of free play. The right side is about the same as the left — the main distinguishing feature is the lack of buttons. The back of the mouse is slightly raised and has a noticeable rounding. On it you can see the manufacturer’s logo, which has an RGB backlight. The mouse will be very convenient to use for right-handers and left-handers. The length of the device is only 120 mm — ideal for owners of medium or small hands, its weight is 90 grams. The mouse is perfectly balanced — it will not deviate vertically or horizontally. The switches have a lifespan of up to 30 million clicks, one of the highest in our entire list of the best gaming mice of the year. The legs are teflon, if desired, they can be replaced. The main element here is an optical sensor with invisible infrared illumination PixArt SDNS-3059-SS.
- Quality sensor;
- Reliable and durable switches;
- Assembly at height;
- Beautiful appearance.
SteelSeries Rival 100
1. Logitech G502 PROTEUS
This model has a rather interesting design, which in many ways resembles a spaceship from Hollywood movies. There is a small ledge on the left side of the case that can be used as a thumb rest. The case itself is made of matte plastic with glossy inserts, in addition, there are rubberized surfaces with a tenacious texture. Unfortunately, the ergonomic shape of the mouse is such that only right-handers will be comfortable using it. The cable length is 2 meters, there is a ferrite ring on the side of the plug. In addition, the cable is placed in a very soft fabric sheath, which in its structure looks like a shoe lace. On the left side of the device, you can find three additional keys at once.
The overall dimensions of the mouse are quite significant — 132x75x40 mm, but this does not prevent it from lying comfortably in your hand, you can hold it with any grip. In the hands of the mouse is held very securely, it can make even very energetic movements. The scroll ring is made of plastic, which is stylized as a shiny metal. It has 24 fixation positions. The so-called inertial mode is provided, when it rotates completely without stopping. Under the main keys are Omron switches with a claimed life cycle of 20 million clicks. There is one of the latest optical sensors with infrared illumination PixArt PMW3366DM-VWQU, if desired, the sensor can be calibrated for any surface.
- Excellent appearance, which will appeal to fans of active computer games;
- Well adjusted mass;
- Not too bright backlight.
- Not detected.
Logitech G502 PROTEUS
In conclusion, a useful video
Well, our review of the best computer mice for gaming has come to an end. For each model, a maximum of information was collected — we hope that it turned out to be enough for you so that you can decide on the most suitable mouse. If you still have some questions, then you can ask us in the comments to this article, and we, in turn, will try to respond to your messages as quickly as possible.