The Best Gaming Mice By Type And Price (Oct 2018)

Adrian B Updated last Monday at 11:06 AM

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

Basics

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

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.

Buying Guide

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.

Versatile

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 EMP

Roccat Kone EMPlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 12000 DPI
chevron_right135 x 75 x 42 mm, 116 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB Lightinh, 6 extra buttons
Market Price: $62.84
Available on:
Amazon USA
SteelSeries Sensei

SteelSeries Senseilaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightLaser, 5700 DPI
chevron_right125.5 x 68.3 x 44 mm, 153.6 g
chevron_rightAmbidextrous , 8 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $65.97
Available on:
Amazon USA
Razer Abyssus v2

Razer Abyssus v2launch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 5000 DPI
chevron_right117 x 64 x 38 mm, 80 g
chevron_rightAmbidextrous, 3-color lighting, programmable buttons
Market Price: $27.21
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Sabre RGB

Corsair Sabre RGBlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 10000 DPI
chevron_right124 x 80 x 38 mm, 100 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 5 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $47.92
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI Interceptor DS300

MSI Interceptor DS300launch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_right Laser, 8200 DPI
chevron_right125 x 81 x 43 mm, 153 g (+13.5 g)
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 4 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $41.71
Available on:
Amazon USA
Asus ROG Spatha

Asus ROG Spathalaunch

chevron_rightWireless/Wired
chevron_rightLaser, 8200 DPI
chevron_right137 x 89 x 45 mm, 178.5 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 30G acceleration, 9 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $130.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrumlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 12000 DPI
chevron_right132 x 75 x 40 mm, 121 g (+18 g)
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 40G acceleration, 8 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA

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 MX780

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780launch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 8200 DPI
chevron_right130 x 70 x 38 mm, 111 g (+8 g)
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 5 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $28.19
Available on:
Amazon USA
SteelSeries Rival 700

SteelSeries Rival 700launch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 16000 DPI
chevron_right124.85 x 68.46 x 41.97 mm, 135 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 50G acceleration, 4 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $99.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
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Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Razer Mamba Tournament Editionlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightLaser, 16000 DPI
chevron_right128 x 70 x 42.5 mm, 133 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 50G acceleration, 6 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $69.98
Available on:
Amazon USA
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury

Logitech G402 Hyperion Furylaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 4000 DPI
chevron_right136 x 72 x 41 mm, 144 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, 16G acceleration, 5 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $38.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair M65 Pro RGB

Corsair M65 Pro RGBlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 12000 DPI
chevron_right118 x 39 x 39 mm, 115 g (+20.5 g)
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 5 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $49.80
Available on:
Amazon USA

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.

UtechSmart Venus

UtechSmart Venuslaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightLaser, 16400 DPI
chevron_right117 x 76 x 38 mm, g (+19,2 g)
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 30G acceleration, 15 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $38.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Razer Naga Hex V2

Razer Naga Hex V2launch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightLaser 5G, 16000 DPI
chevron_right119 x 75 x 43 mm, 135 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 50G acceleration, 12 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $114.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Scimitar RGB

Corsair Scimitar RGBlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 12000 DPI
chevron_right119.4 x 77 x 48.8 mm, 147 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 14 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $98.82
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB

Corsair Scimitar PRO RGBlaunch

chevron_rightWired
chevron_rightOptical, 16000 DPI
chevron_right119.4 x 77 x 42.4 mm, 147 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 14 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $69.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Razer Naga Epic Chroma

Razer Naga Epic Chromalaunch

chevron_rightWireless
chevron_rightLaser 4G, 8200 DPI
chevron_right119 x 75 x 43 mm, 150 g
chevron_rightRight-handed, RGB lighting, 50G acceleration, 14 extra buttons, programmable buttons
Market Price: $244.95
Available on:
Amazon USA

Changelog

Added Products

  • February 1, 2017: Roccat Kone EMP, G.Skill Ripjaws MX780, Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

 

How did you find this guide? What kind of mouse do yo prefer? What’s your favourite mouse you ever had?

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