The following gaming mouse guide was built by a real gamer with over 20 years experience of playing FPS games (since Q1 & CS BETA). A gaming mouse can and will take your game to the next level and it's probably the cheapest, noticeable upgrade you can make to improve your gaming experience. This guide has everything you need to finding the best gaming mouse 2018 has to offer, regardless of your game type (FPS, MMO, RPG or MOBA).
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB
Best Gaming Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Elite
Best FPS Mouse
Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED
Razer Naga Trinity
Best MMO Mouse
Budget MMO Mouse
The G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB is a successor of the Logitech G502 Proteus that had gained its popularity based on the customization and the optical sensors that it uses in order to provide everything a modern gamer would expect from a gaming mouse.
The colors of the illuminations can be changed to any color imaginable within the Logitech software. The addition and the customization of the colors can allow users to have that awesome look that matches with one’s casing colors or that of the keyboard lightning.
The downside to the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB is the Teflon cover on the buttons. Several reviews have claimed that the Teflon cover wears out surprisingly fast and Logitech users had to face the same issue with the previous version. However, it hasn’t been addressed by the company in the later variant.
The good news is, Logitech offers a 3 years warranty and has replaced several Teflon covers upon complaints of the users during that period of time. The Teflon cover also adds up to the friction caused between the material most gaming mouse pads are made from and the base that harms the adhesion between the cover and the device chassis.
As far as the durability goes, it's a tank, based on the mechanical form factor of the keys which is far more durable than that of the conventional buttons. Without a doubt this is our "desert island choice" !
The G502 is by far one of the most user-friendly mice we have ever reviewed. All the functionalities are at the discretion of the user. As long as actual sensors are concerned, it offers a maximum of 12,000 DPI and has the well-known PMW-3366 sensor engraved within, to provide the ultimate experience to its users.
From design perspective, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB looks exactly like the previous version except that the newer variant has RGB lightning in two regions of the mouse, namely, the Logitech logo and the DPI/Profile indicator. The colors of the illuminations can be changed to any color imaginable from the Logitech software. The addition and the customization of the colors can allow users to have that awesome look that matches with one’s casing colors or that of the keyboard lightning.
The G502 comes with a variable set of weights for the user to choose from, which means if you like a heavy mouse or a lighter one, the mouse will accommodate your liking. There is a total of 5 weights, accessible after removing the Teflon cover underneath the mouse. Each of the plates weigh 3.6g which means you can variate the weight of the mouse up to 18.0g, for your preference.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB comes with a number of buttons in total, 11 keys on the mouse including the primary right and left click buttons. The keys are fully programmable, so if you are one of those people who would like to keep different set of keys for each game then you can easily get that done with the help of the Logitech software application. Besides the left and the right click buttons, there are a back and a forward button situation right on top of the rubber for the thumb to rest upon. Going ahead, there are the DPI adjustment buttons situated to the left corner of the left click button. Then there is a scroll left and scroll right feature that can be used by tilting the wheel in whichever direction you would like to scroll through the page.
Aside from the buttons we mentioned above, there are 3 more that let you access the key functionalities of the mouse. The DPI Shift key situated at the far end of the thumb rest, a Profile Select and a Wheel mode shift button behind the scroll wheel. The DPI Shift button or more commonly known as Sniper Mode Key drops down the DPIs to improve the accuracy and precision of the mouse to land the bullet right where you want it to strike. The Profile selection key allows the user to choose from 1 out of 5 profiles that can be set using the Logitech software application. The Wheel Mode Shift key allows you to choose between a free spinning wheel and the conventional wheel options.
One thing worth noting is the DPI adjustment buttons are right beside the left mouse click and It's a bit of pain to access with your index finger.
The DeathAdder series is by far the most successful and therefore the widely known product the company has ever produced. The reason behind the success if their simplistic design, that has been carried from the very first DeathAdder.
The best FPS gaming mouse available on the market, check out the Razer DeathAdder and you'll have your hands on a great FPS & all round mouse for gaming.
The Deathadder Elite comes with a 16,000 CPI optical sensor, seldom will someone boost up the CPIs to that figure, therefore, the biggest hitching factor for the deathadder is the addition of the PMW-3366 sensor which has been manufactured by Pixart in collaboration with Logitech. The sensor has been favored ever since it was introduced back in 2014. Some may argue that the sensor is old and may not perform as good as a modern sensor, but those allegations are only limited until you use it and feel the precision that the sensor adds to the Deathadder Elite. The software of course plays a vital role in adding up to the precision and the overall quality of the device.
The design is yet another amazing factor, the finish is matte plastic, giving you a firm grip over the shape of the mouse. If you are someone who gets sweaty hands after holding a mouse for a while, ya'know after hours of combat in battlefield... well, you don’t need to worry at all as the mouse caters well to the sweaty handed gamer just fine. Moving on from sweaty palms... the design is wide enough to easily accommodate large or small handed gamer potentially making it a good mouse for girl gamers. I'm told works well for claw grip or palm grip players (fairly certain I'm palm grip or somewhere in between).
Weighing just 105 grams, far less compared to its competitors; the Steel Series Rival 700 and Logitech G502, that weighs 135g and 168g, respectively. However, the weight of the mouse is down to personal preference. While professional gamers prefer a lighter and more simple mouse. At the end of the day, you need to decide if you prefer a heavier or lighter mouse, choose the option that feels better to you.
Related: See the full Razer DeathAdder Review
This time around we have replaced the long awarded Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum with the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED.
When was the last time you considered a wireless mouse? As gamers we are aware of the input lag factor, and several others issues (flat mouse batteries anyone?). But, in recent years things have improved and the G903 is now only 1ms delay and uses wireless induction charging making it the best wireless mouse for gaming.
Besides the price tag there are not many downsides to the G903. When it comes to quality to price ratio they are pretty much in-line. For a mouse that offers such features and functionalities it is justified to have that kind of a price tag. Design conscious people do argue that the design isn’t exactly aligned with the price tag, but considering what you get under the hood pretty much makes up for that space.
There are three main differences between the G900 and and G903, outlined below:
POWERPLAY - Logitech's wireless (inductive) charging technology, when used with the it automatically charges the device when it's in use. A really cool feature, that means no more remembering to dock your device after use! The mat also connects the mouse so you only need the mat connected to both, connect and charge the device.
LIGHTSPEED - Another Logitech technology that is designed to reduce the input lag from a wireless gaming mouse even further than the previous G900 model.
Weighted base - the G903 now allows for an adjustable weight in the base of the mouse.
Price - The price point is about the same for both mice now so we recommend buying the G903 LIGHTSPEED and the POWERPLAY mouse pad to keep it permanently topped up.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum boasts a maximum DPI of 12,000 which can be adjusted on the fly from the buttons.
The design of the mouse is pretty different when compared to the conventional shapes of the modern mice. Even though the design and aesthetics are a great addition to the mouse, it doesn’t affect the performance of the mouse, which his simply outstanding.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum weighs in at 107g.
The body consists of a total of 11 fully programmable buttons that can be set to any function from the Logitech software. The DPI adjuster are right behind the scrolling wheel and then there are 2 buttons on the right and the left side of the dome shape where the palm rests. These buttons can prove pretty useful in-game as well as daily computing tasks.
Left-handed gamers can use the Logitech G903 with ease due to its ambidextrous design that offers the ultimate comfort to the user, making the G903 one of the best gaming mice for left handed players. The overall feel of the material used on the G903 is a well made solid device. Things that may feel smaller things while considering a mouse, for instance, the feel of the click makes a huge difference once you have used a mouse for a good part of a month. The Logitech G903 has been designed keeping durability in mind and is fairly priced considering the design.
Aside from the price tag there are not many downsides to the G903. When it comes to quality to price ratio they are pretty much in-line. For a mouse that offers such features and functionalities it is justified to have that kind of a price tag. Design conscious people do argue that the design isn’t exactly aligned with the price tag, but considering what you get under the hood pretty much makes up for that space.
The Razer Naga Trinity has everything an MMO gamer needs, accuracy, high quality construction, and stacks of programmable buttons making it our choice for the best MMO mouse of 2018. The 5G optical sensor Razer have used is one of the fastest sensors on the market in 2018 and the switches are top of the line Ormond mechanicals.
I understand you might be put off by the price. And yes, it's a lot to spend on a mouse, but you're paying for quality. When you consider the standard of the internal components Razer have used, you're getting the best deal and in our opinion the best MMO mouse 2018 has to offer serious MMO and MOBA gamers.
The G600 is our choice for 2018's best budget MMO mouse, this category also covers MOBA. The mouse has large amount of highly configurable thumb buttons, while we felt the the middle row buttons were a bit of a stretch (at least for my thumb) when compared to Razer Naga. The Razer Naga also wins on button quality, the mechanical buttons on the Naga just felt "better" than on the G600. That said the G600 is our budget pick, if you don't want to shell out on the Naga grab the G600, but if you have the budget go with the Naga.
Below we focus on what you need to know when buying a gaming mouse in 2018, covering all important factors from grip type to sensors and DPI, wireless vs wired mice. We focus on what matters when it comes to improving your gaming accuracy and experience.
Before we get started a common thought when buying a mouse is what mouse and settings do the pros use for gaming mice? Obviously this differs significantly depending on the type of game you're playing a mouse for RPG, MOBA or MMO's with a large number of buttons is likely not a great fit for FPS games. Below we have listed some links to resources that do an excellent job of documenting the mice used by pro gamers.
Gaming mice have advanced significantly since Razer's first DeathAdder with super insane DPI's and other stats and metrics being spammed around by manufactures, it's hard for gamers to make a choice. Below we explain what they are and if they are important.
Different people grip the mouse in a different ways, below are the most common grips types:
There is no right way, and no wrong way to grip a mouse. Try them all out and figure out which one will give you the most precision, speed and comfort to give you an edge in your game.
Yes, they matter. A gaming mouse pad is important your mouse needs to track perfectly on it's surface, that's why we recommend matching the pad to the gaming mouse. In certain software such as Razer Synapse you can configure the sensor for the gaming surface you're using. And it does have a noticeable non-placebo improvement in our opinion.
Another product you should consider is a mouse bungee, a device that holds your mouse cable up in the air. This removes cable drag and prevents yours mouse getting caught on other objects on the desk, we have an in depth buyers guide for mouse bungees that will help you save some time doing your own research.
Yes and no, a good quality gaming mouse will enable you to perform at your best by not holding you back. I am sure we all have that friend with worn out old microsoft intelipointer, who owns everyone against all odds. But who knows if he had a good gaming mouse like we have recommended here - perhaps he would be even better.
The take away here is that a gaming mouse will help, but nothing can or will replace practice, determination, skill and a bit of luck.