A mouse is one of the two most common devices for navigating in PC games, the other one is the keyboard.
A regular mouse can be good for gaming if you're just a beginner and only play games casually. But if you're a pro-gamer, you should have a reliable gaming mouse.
Gaming Mouse Vs Regular Mouse
You can think of gaming mouse as a beefed-up regular computer mouse. Everything that a computer mouse can do, a gaming mouse does that better - better responsiveness, better build quality, better buttons etc.
On top of that, a gaming mouse has a lot of things you don't usually find in regular mice, such as backlighting, weight adjustment, and high precision etc.
Yes, it won't necessarily make you a better player in any game but it certainly gives you a competitive advantage in the form of better comfort, extra buttons, and customization etc.
Most people find it difficult to select a mouse without using trial-and-error approach - a method in which they use different gaming mice until they come across their favorite.
Needless to say, this approach costs them too much time, and many hundred bucks.
To prevent this, here we have written the roundup review of best gaming mice 2019.
Best Gaming Mice 2019 Buying Guide
So let's begin without any ado.
Corsair Harpoon RGB
Best Budget Gaming Mouse 2019
When it comes to budget gaming products, corsair has some amazing products in its accessories arsenal. When we recently wrote our gaming mouse review roundup, Corsair HS50 was found to be the best budget gaming headset. And now here is a gaming mouse from corsair - Harpoon RGB.
Let's see how it goes.
In terms of design, this mouse is one of the smallest and lightest I've ever used. Being a small-handed person, it was completely covered with my hand. Build quality is also above average. Yes, it doesn't feel as premium as some other mice do, but its plastic shell isn't fragile by any means.
On its top side, there's DPI toggle behind the scroll wheel, and both of them are sandwiched between the left and right buttons.
The scroll wheel is very smooth and is clickable too. There are two buttons on the left side, and they can be used for forward-backward operations, but you can re-map them using Corsair CUE software.
Apart from this, you can change DPI, as well as RGB lighting through this software and sync that configuration with other corsair device if you have any.
Speaking of DPI, it goes up to 6000 which is way less than some other mice offer but sufficient enough for most people out there. You can change polling rate too, but to notice any change, you'll have to have some experience with other gaming mice.
To increase the overall grippiness of this mouse, each of its side has a rubberized texture as well as the four Teflon pads on he bottom side.
The USB cable which connects it to your PC is non-removal as well as non-braided - but you can't argue much with Corsair in this price range.
In terms of performance, Harpoon mouse don't does wonders, but definitely punches above its weight. Some little drawbacks aside, like no weight adjustability and non-braided cable, this mouse doesn't have any big problem.
That too in a very little price.
This is why corsair harpoon is the best budget gaming mouse in 2019.
Best Wireless Gaming Mouse 2019
In 2016, Razer released their G900 chaos spectrum wireless mouse which was then declared by many as the best wireless gaming mouse.
Then last year, they decided to released its second iteration G903, and it looks same as G900. Plus, it's one of the only two wireless mice to be compatible with the Logitech's latest PowerPlay pad.
Simply put, this pad charges your wireless mouse while you're playing games with it. This feature essentially removes your dependency to plug in/dock your mouse.
Unlike G900, this mouse comes in charcoal black color with a slightly fancy look, the one who would expect from a typical gaming mouse. Its design makes it perfect to be used with claw or palm grip users.
One last good thing in its design is that it's an ambidextrous mouse, which means that you can use it with any of your hands. Side buttons are made detachable only for this purpose.
In order to switch the sides, just replace the left-side button with the flat cover (on the right side) and you're good to go. Other than this, you can either put those sides buttons on both sides, or remove them for both sides altogether.
Thanks to Logitech software, there's support for left and right, as well as both-side and no-side-buttons configuration.
On the top side of this mouse, there are two small buttons but increasing and decreasing DPI, and a scroll wheel (that can be clicked right, left and down), in addition to standard left and right buttons.
There's another button that lets you change the mode of the scroll wheel, from free scrolling to firm detents. The free scrolling mode is useful when you're reading long web-pages, like the ones from Wikipedia. Its DPI range is from 200 DPI to 12000 DPI.
There are some buttons on the bottom sides too.
One for turning the wireless receiver on and off, the other is to toggle between the 5 on-board gaming profiles you have saved. Behind them is that blank cover that'll be useful if/when you'll buy the PowerPlay mat for wireless charging.
It also supports weight adjustment up to 10 grams.
On the front side, there's a micro-USB port for charging. There comes a cable which lets you connect this mouse. That's the only downside of this mouse. There's no way to charge it without plugging it in (until you buy a PowerPlay mat).
This mat has a wireless receiver and supports wireless charging. You just need to plug mouse cable into the mat, pull out the bottom flat-cover and you're done. Its size is also good enough for most of the gamers. But since you have to buy it separately, it increases the overall cost even more.
In terms of RGB lighting, you can light up the G letter and the three lines on the top-center of this mouse, and can customize it to any color combination you want. Using the Logitech software, you can sync its lighting with that of other Logitech products in your gaming rig.
Talking about its software, it's worth mentioning that it has a total of 11 programmable buttons, and you can remap them using the software. Other than this, you can change the sensitivity and accuracy between different types of surfaces.
This mouse uses the latest PMW-3366 sensor, which is particularly known for its perfect tracking. In right and left button too, Logitech have implemented Omron switches. These switches enable very fast return rate. These buttons are billed by Logitech to last more than 50 million clicks.
At last, here's Lightspeed technology.
Although this technology was present in G900, it's only now that Logitech has named it. Basically, using this technique, Logitech has minimized most of the sources for input latency. This technique enable this mouse to have better optimization than the other ones.
Since it's a wireless mouse, battery life also plays an important role in the overall quality.
In our testing, we found it to be lasting more than 20 hours, and that was when the RGB lighting was one. Turn off this lighting, and you'll find even better results.
Logitech G Pro
Best Gaming Mouse 2019 For Small Hands
G Pro is a lightweight gaming mouse and is designed particularly for the small-handed people.
From design, it looks almost like a regular mouse. Its top side has 2 standard left-right buttons, along with a scroll wheel in the middle, and a DPI changing button behind that wheel which you can control from 200 to 12000 DPI.
One downside of this button is that you can't just scroll the DPI up and down like in other mice, you have to press them repeatedly to have your preferred DPI.
This mouse also has 2 thumb button on its left side and forms an RGB ring on its backside too. We found it most suitable for palm grip users. These buttons are very firm and it prevents them from being pressed accidentally.
Overall its design is very good, and classic in a sense.
Unlike its exterior, the internal parts are this mouse are some of the best ones. First one is the PMW-336 sensor, which is arguably the best sensor among gaming mice.
Next is the spring-tensioning system. This system reduce the distance required to register a click, and this thing prevents your from misclicking, when using your mouse at higher speed.
Performance wise, we particularly found it be excellent with FPS games. That being said, if you're into MMO games or if you have large hands, then look for somewhere else.
Here's what PC Gamer has to say about this mouse: "A simple mouse that excels at what it sets out to do, though slightly pricier than we'd like."
SteelSeries Rival 600
Best All-Purpose Gaming Mouse 2019
Steelseries Rival 600 is different than most of other mice in this roundup, and price is only one of those differences.
Unlike other mice which usually target a sub-niche among gaming mice (such as RTS mice, or MOBA mice), rival 600 has been made to work for every gaming genre out in the sun.
In short, it's been made as an all-purpose gaming mouse.
Talking about differences, you'll notice the first of them from the moment you see it. This one doesn't look like a gaming mouse from any angle. No lots of extra buttons and no funky design.
Instead, you'll be greeted by a sleek-black regular mouse look alike. Along with an illuminated SteelSeries logo on the palm-rest area, there are two LED strips that go from center to each of its sides. So yeah, it's odd but in a good way.
On the front side, there are two buttons and a scroll wheel with an engraved pattern, grooved from the rest of the mouse. Just beneath the scroll wheel, there is a DPI adjustment button. It has a DPI range from 100-12000 - way more than you would like to use in most scenarios.
On the right side, there are 3 thumb buttons. Two of them are horizontal, while the third one is on the front of the other two, and is diagonal and slightly inaccessible for smaller thumbs.
The cable is detachable and non-braided, but this whole "braided vs non-braided cable debate" is somewhat subjective.
Overall I'm happy with the rival 600's design. SteelSeries have been managed to make it stylish without going too over the top or doing something fancy.
Now coming towards the features, it has weight adjustment. There are eight steel weights, each having 4 grams weight, and goes into the mouse as four on each side.
Both sides are magnetized which means you can pull/plug weight(s) on the go - without removing any side panel. Having weights one both sides, also means that you can apply some weight on any specific area of rival 600, rather than the whole mouse.
Another big features in rival 600 is the calibration of the liftoff distance. It means that its sensor will stop tracking if you lift it up. This is certainly beneficial in competitive environments, but I don't think it has any big utilization for average gamers.
For regular features, such as RGB illumination and programming the buttons, go to SteelSeries Engine 3 software.
Its UI is easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate. You can use this software to re-map any button on this mouse, adjust DPI, and link a profile with specific game etc.
Performance wise, rival 600 was exceptional. I played a number of games with it, and while it didn't stand out in any of those games, its performance was rather consistent across all of them.
If price wasn't an issue, it would've been our best gaming mouse. Still, it is the best all-purpose gaming mouse for 2019.
"Gamers who play a variety of genres and esports aficionados who want something sleek and portable can pick up the SteelSeries Rival 600 without reservation. If you don't need tunable weights, however, you could go for something cheaper."
Things To Look For In A Gaming Mouse
When it comes to gaming mice, there's no single best mouse which is suitable for all the gamers.
Instead, you should know about your preferred gaming genres, your grip style, and the features you really want, in order to buy a good gaming mouse for yourself.
To help you guys out, we have written some points on things to look for in a gaming mouse.
Types of Gaming Mice
Although gaming mice are part of a broad group (computer mice), they have expanded so much that they now have subdivisions even among themselves.
Most of the sub-groups are about the number of extra buttons, their placement and, the way they help you in a particular gaming genre ( like MOBA games for example). Below are some of the most popular types of gaming mice.
Shooter Mice: High on Precision
Shooter mice are one of the most common types of gaming mice, and they're used for both FPS (First Person Shooter )and TPS (Third Person Shooter) games.
These mice usually feature the standard left/right button combo + a wheel in the middle, in addition to 2 or 3 thumb buttons. These thumb buttons are usually assigned to perform common tasks related to FPS/TPS games, such as weapon selection, zoom etc.
Apart from that, some high-end shooter mice come with a DPI-switch which lets you customize DPI (more on DPI in later paragraphs) for high-level precision.
MMO or MOBA Mice: Lots of Buttons
These mice are specially designed for MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games such as World of Warcraft, and MOBA (Massively Online Battle Arena) games like League of Legends.
Since MMO/MOBA games require a lot of button combinations, these mice usually feature a 12-button thumb grid. They require a lot of your time, in order to have ideal settings, and their thumb grids make them a bad choice for other gaming genres.
Ambidextrous Gaming Mice: Good for Lefties too
Like all good things in our daily life, most of the gaming mice are made specifically for right-handed people.
So if you're a southpaw, there's a good chance of you feeling discriminated.
But there are a few companies that release ambidextrous mice (not regularly though). These mice have a symmetrical shape which makes them suitable for both left and right-handed people.
They usually feature a simple body, and a shooting button on both of their sides.
Hybrid Gaming Mice
Hybrid mice are the ones in which companies try to combine the features that benefit more than one gaming genre.
These mice generally feature more than 2 thumb buttons (like in an FPS mouse), but less than 12 thumb buttons found in an MMO mouse.
Needless to say, these mice are not very common or popular. But if you love more than one gaming genre, these are definitely worth a shot.
Portable Gaming Mice: Good for Gaming Laptops
Many companies have now started to launch portable gaming mice. These mice are made for gaming on the go, and as a result, these mice are smaller (good for finger grip style), light-weight and wireless.
All-Purpose Gaming Mice
Until now we have seen gaming mice suitable for only one or two types of games.
Well here are All-purpose gaming mice.
These mice are made to play with any PC gaming genre out there. From Watch Dogs 2 to Counter Strike to World of Warcraft, these mice will play well with each of the above game.
So, if you play a lot of genres, these mice are your way to go. They are very good in each genre you play, but not excellent in even a single one of them.
They're like umm.. jack of all trades.
What is Your Grip Style
Once you've shortlisted the type of gaming mouse you want, it's time to know about your grip style, and finding a mouse suitable for that style.
The way you hold a mouse during gaming plays a big role in deciding which mouse would be perfect for you. Although there are a lot of different grip styles out there, each of them can be classified as one of the 3 major styles.
Note: It's generally not a good idea to change your natural mouse grip intentionally but there are some mice on which one style works better than the others.
First one is the palm grip style, and it is unarguably the single most popular way of holding a computer mouse.
According to one estimate, more than 50% of the people hold their mice this way, and they do so during all of their computer-related work, not just gaming.
One obvious reason for such popularity is the natural hand position this grip style brings. In this style, you rest your whole hand on the body of the mouse, with your index and middle finger entirely placed on the left and right mouse buttons respectively.
Although palm grip is good for your hands since they are placed in a very relaxed manner, it's not recommended for fast hand movement. But if you want good precision and control over your mouse, this is the technique you should adopt.
Usually big and large mice are perfect for palm grip.
Claw grip is a bit similar to palm grip style in a sense that in both of 'em, you lay your hand on the back of your mouse.
What's difference in this one, though, is that your index and middle fingers only touch the mouse buttons through their tips, making a claw shape.
Since this technique gives the user both agility and control, it's becoming really popular, especially among the RTS gamers.
Tip Grip/ Finger grip
In a number of ways, tip grip is the exact opposite of the palm grip.
Also known as finger grip, it is the least common grip style due to the very less contact points between your hand and the mouse. In this style, you hold the mouse and its buttons, using only the tip of your fingers.
Due to minimum contact points, this technique is high recommended if you want fast movements during games, but what you lose here is the high accuracy.
Also, many people find it less comfortable than other techniques mentioned above.
Generally, smaller mice (the ones that don't have a large palm area) are good for tip grip style.
Most gaming mouse nowadays come with a software that helps you customizing these mice. Some companies go even further and gives you a "suite" that syncs your gaming settings with all the other devices of that company, such as your keyboard and gaming headset.
Now coming back to these softwares, you can do a number of things with them such as making your personal gaming profile, customizing macros for different button combinations, and setting up the RGB illumination etc.
In terms of price, gaming mice can easily be divided into 3 sections: Budget mice (under $50), mid-range mice ($50-$90) and high-end mice ( above $90).
Under 50 bucks, it's a bit difficult to find a high quality gaming mice. These mice usually have low-DPI range as well as very few customization options. That being said, there IS a slight chance of you finding some real gems in this range.
$50-$90 is the ideal price range for a decent gaming mouse. More often than not, these mice have polished software, solid build, good responsiveness as well as high DPI range.
Unless you really trust a brand or its mouse, don't go over 100 bucks. Yes, these mice gives you a lot of customization, and you change design/looks of these mice, but 100 bucks is simply too much for a mouse.
Wired vs Wireless Gaming Mice
Both wired and wireless models are popular among gaming mice, and both of these types have their own pros and cons.
Wired gaming mice are preferred due to their convenience and efficiency, but often times these mice come with a short cable, and if somehow this cable breaks, your mouse is completely f**ked up.
Wireless gaming mice, on the other hand, offer you freedom to move around your room without having to worry about breaking-up your cable.
That being said, over-reliance on the battery, wireless interference issues, and more input lag as compared to wired models, are the main drawbacks of these mice. Not to forget about the fact that wired mice as often cheaper than their wireless siblings.
Many companies now provide a cable with their wireless models, so that you can use it as a wired model in case of any of the above-mentioned mishaps.
Other Bells and Whistles
Apart from the obvious features, some of which we discussed earlier in this post, gaming mouse do have some other bells and whistles that make them even more attractive.
Mouse' weight can have an important role in the way you operate that mouse and many gaming mice nowadays come with weight adjustment options. This way you can adjust the weight of your mouse, according to your own preferences.
In many cases, there's a weight container found in the bottom-side of these mice, which contained many small-sized weight-disks (usually 5g is the weight of each one). In order to achieve your desired results, remove those disks until you reach your preferred weight.
PC gamers haven't reached any conclusion in the seemingly endless "optical-vs-Laser mouse" debate.
But you know what? Laser mice are technically optical mice, and unless you're a pro-gamer who happens to play regularly in tournaments, it doesn't matter if your mouse is a laser mouse or an optical mouse.
For more details related to this topic, watch the above video by Tech quickie.
DPI (short for Dots Per Inch) is the measurement of a mouse' sensitivity. If a mouse has a higher DPI, the cursor on your screen will move further away, even if you make very little mouse movements.
Like the sensor debate, no one until this day has ever gave the rightful answer to this question: "what's the right DPI for gaming".
It's because the right-DPI doesn't exists, and there's no one size fits all solution.
Many companies are now launching mice with as much as 16400-DPI, but unless your gaming rig consists of multiple gaming monitors, you're less likely to utilize that much DPI.
So, if you're an average gamer like me, I don't think you should go beyond 4000 DPI in any case.
Polling rate is the number of times a mouse reports its position to your PC in one second. So, if a mouse has a 125 Hz polling rate, it'll report back its position to your PC 125 times in one second.
A higher polling rate will eat your CPU resources more (so consider getting a gaming cpu), but will also reduce the input lag. Although most gamers consider 500 Hz to be the optimal polling rate, some people go for as much as 1000 Hz.
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