Mice have evolved a lot over the last decade. Back in time, it was very difficult to find specific models for specific uses, grip types or tracking technologies.
In this guide, you will learn the key concepts you should take into consideration when choosing a gaming mouse. Later, I will show you the best options available in the market, grouped by game genre (FPS/RTS, MMO/MOBA or Versatile) and by price.
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How To Choose The Gaming Mice That Suits Your Needs
Nowadays, there are just two kinds of mice sensor types: laser and optical. At its core, they both are optical. The difference relies on the technology implementation, which is what determines their unique capacities, both good and bad ones.
We couldn’t say that one type is better than the other. That is something that the end user must decide on his own preferences. And that’s why I’m writing this guide, to help you determine what kind of mouse fits your needs.
Here is a quick tip: how do you differentiate an optical mouse from a laser mouse? Easy thing to remember: optical sensors use a red LED while laser sensors use an infrared laser, so you won’t see any light.
How the sensor type affects the user experience? Laser sensors are more precise capturing irregular surfaces, which can add some “noise” to the final signal sent to the computer, causing erratic behaviors when used on top of soft or cloth surfaces.
On the other hand, optical sensors register less information which improves the ability to calculate the movement on soft surfaces. The bad thing? It fails in other surface types like glass.
Pointer Movement (DPI)
Did you notice that when you move your mouse, the screen pointer also changes its position? Wow… that may sound like magic, but that’s the power of your mouse’s sensor! How does it work? The sensor captures images from the surface, comparing them one to another in order to calculate the distance that has been moved. Then, the distance is converted to the equivalent amount of pixels that the pointer must be moved.
The more images the sensor can capture, the more precise it will be. This feature is known as DPI or, Dots Per Inch. The mouse’s DPI will determine how many pixels the pointer will be moved when the mouse is displaced one inch.
Letting technicalities aside… a mouse with a high DPI means that, with a little movement, the pointer will cover a large distance. Depending on your preferences and the games you use to play, you will find more comfortable faster mice or slower mice. I just want to be clear on one point: a higher DPI does not necessarily mean that the mouse is better.
Acceleration is the ability to dynamically modify the mouse’s precision depending on the movement speed the user applies. In other words: the mouse’s DPI value is modified depending on how fast you move the mouse.
A quick and small move will increase de DPI and so, the covered distance will be greater. On the other hand, if you move the mouse slowly, the DPI will be lower, allowing you to optimize the click precision.
The acceleration feature can be configured via software to adapt it to your needs.
Classify mice depending on their target audience (game type) is usually complicated, as the differences between the different categories are not always clear enough. In this guide, I’ve tried to separate the different models in three categories (versatile, FPS/RTS and MMO/MOBA), although you will find some FPS mice that could fit in the versatile category and vice-versa for example. That being said, take this buying guide as an open/unrestricted classification.
The following models are suitable for any game genre, either because of the mouse’s customizable buttons or its accuracy. And because of the generic intended use, in this category you will find the most affordable mice. If you play all kind of games indistinctly, this is definitely your place.
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Roccat Kone EMPlaunch
Razer Abyssus v2launch
Corsair Sabre RGBlaunch
MSI Interceptor DS300launch
Asus ROG Spathalaunch
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrumlaunch
FPS / RTS
Do you want to improve your head-shots accuracy ratio? Do you need to move quickly between your troops to destroy your enemies faster than ever? For First Person Shooting (FPS) and Real Time Strategy (RTS) games, precise and quick mice are always preferable.
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780launch
SteelSeries Rival 700launch
Razer Mamba Tournament Editionlaunch
Logitech G402 Hyperion Furylaunch
Corsair M65 Pro RGBlaunch
MMO / MOBA
The best mice for massive multiplayer online games, such as Dota, League Of Legends, WoW …, are those that includes multiple keys on one side, right at your fingertips. If you want a fully customizable mouse to avoid relying entirely on desktop shortcuts, take a look at the following models.
Razer Naga Hex V2launch
Corsair Scimitar RGBlaunch
Corsair Scimitar PRO RGBlaunch
Razer Naga Epic Chromalaunch
- February 1, 2017: Roccat Kone EMP, G.Skill Ripjaws MX780, Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
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