Gamers all over the world are often looking for all kinds of peripherals to boost their gaming experience, whether it is to have a more comfortable or enjoyable gameplay or to improve their performance. One of the most important devices that would significantly affect such an experience would be the mouse. As almost all games out there (that are worth playing) would indefinitely require the use of a mouse, it is essential that the best one be chosen.
So, what makes a good gaming mouse? Well, there really isn’t a fixed answer to this as there are many considerations to be taken into account in choosing the perfect mouse for you. Also, it is likely that each of us would have our own preferences with regard to what makes a mouse great for gaming, but if you wish to maximize your performance and comfort, you will need to have the absolute best gaming mouse and we’re here to help you out with that.
Below, you’ll find a detailed chart on the various specifications that each mouse will have along with its prices and ratings that will allow you to compare all of them easily and efficiently. You could also check out our individual gaming mouse reviews at the right side of this page. Below the chart, we’ll also discuss which gaming mouse we think is the best.
The Ultimate Mice Comparison Chart and Key
|Gaming Mice||Maximum |
|16400||6||Laser||4.8 oz (+ 0.7)||$||4.6/5||125|
|16400||15||Laser||5.3 oz (+ 0.7)||$||4.6/5||76|
|8000||6||Laser||3.4 oz (+ 1.5)||$||4.6/5||1013|
|5600||6||Laser||4.2 oz (+ 1.5)||$$$||3.4/5||332|
|8200||10||Laser (Wireless)||5.3 oz||$$||4.1/5||372|
If you’re unsure of what the specifications mean, they will all be discussed here. This chart consists of 8 columns and they’re as follows:
- Brand/Model – With pictures.
- Maximum DPI – All of these latest mice have adjustable DPI. DPI is explained below.
- Number of extra buttons – The left, right and middle (wheel) mouse buttons are not included in the programmable buttons count.
- Type of sensor/wireless option – All these mice are wired versions but if they come with wireless options, it’ll be stated as such within this column.
- Weight – If the mouse’s weight is adjustable, there will be a plus (+) sign beside it together with a number, which shows how much additional weight you can possibly add to it.
- Price – Due to fluctuating prices, we use dollar signs as an approximate representation of the price ($ means below $50, $$ means $50-$100, $$$ means above $100). For checking the exact price, you can click on the image (a new tab to Amazon.com will be opened).
- Rating – This column refers to the average rating as listed on Amazon.com. The ratings are especially useful in determining whether a mouse is reliable and whether its users are satisfied with it.
- Number of Reviews – This show how popular a particular mouse is and how “accurate” the ratings are. Generally, the more reviews a mouse has, the more accurate the ratings will be as the ratings will be more averaged out.
*You can rearrange the order of the data provided by clicking on the top of the columns.
As you might have guessed, the chart above does not cover the entire list of mice that we’ve compared simply because there are too many of them to be listed here. These 15 mice are however the top ones that we have selected and we’ll be narrowing down the choices to determine the ideal gaming mouse for you further below.
The Top Factors To Consider In Choosing A Gaming Mouse
What is DPI?
DPI (dots per inch) is simply a measurement of how accurate your mouse movements will be, specifically, how many pixels of movement it will report for every inch that it moves. For example, if your monitor resolution is set at 1280×1024 and your mouse has 800 DPI. That would mean that your mouse only has to move 1.6 inches to move across the length of the entire screen.
Now, you might be wondering this: Wouldn’t the sensitivity slider in your games have an effect of how much of a movement you need to make for the cursor to traverse across the screen? What’s the co-relation between these two? Firstly, yes they do have a direct effect on your cursor movement.
To understand this easily, think of DPI as the mouse sensor’s accuracy in sensing your movements and the sensitivity settings as the multiplier of the speed of the cursor. Therefore, a mouse that has a DPI value of 100 set to 8x sensitivity in your computer would basically move at the exact speed as that of a mouse that has 800 DPI. The difference is that the former would feel jerkier and have a ‘twitching’ feeling to it. Take a look at the example above.
Tests of the effects of high DPI vs low DPI can be tested on MS paint by drawing some lines or squiggles. With a high DPI and low sensitivity value, the curves are smoother whereas with a low DPI and high sensitivity, the curves will seem jagged because of the “twitchy” input.
Does that mean that I should get a mouse with the highest DPI possible?
Of course, but that doesn’t mean that you should spend a fortune just to acquire the highest DPI mouse that’s available. As a yardstick, any mouse that gives you a DPI of 3000 is more than enough as you’ll practically be unable to register the precision of anything above that. The DPI numbers are really more of a marketing factor for the mouse-makers. A mouse with the highest DPI does NOT make it the best mouse for gaming.
You might have come across multiple claims stating that any “competitive gamers” would require the maximum possible DPI, which simply isn’t true.
90% of the extremely competitive gamers in the high level tournaments, where serious money are at stake, have only been using a DPI value of 800-1600. So, unless you believe that your senses can actually beat those of trained professionals, it’s unnecessary for you to spend a fortune to get an 9000 DPI mouse. That would be akin to purchasing a Bugatti. Sure, it has a top speed of 400 km/h and it would give you excellent bragging rights but you’d only be realistically using 1/3 of its maximum potential.
In short, virtually all mice these days would come with a DPI value of over 3000, which should be more than sufficient for any gamers, and many of them are adjustable on-the-fly so you wouldn’t have to worry about whether you’re getting the most performance out of them. Save your concerns for the various other factors that would make up an excellent gaming mouse instead.
This is entirely up to you but for 90% of the games out there, a minimum of 2 additional programmable buttons would be extremely useful.
There’s really no difference performance-wise between the two. A laser mouse merely utilizes a laser for surface illumination instead of LED which comes with an optical mouse.
This provides the laser mouse with enhanced surface tracking capabilities, thus allowing it to work on almost any reflective or see-through surfaces like shiny or glassy surfaces. An optical mouse, on the other hand, simply wouldn’t function on such surfaces.
If you’re serious about gaming at all, you’d be using a mousepad anyway, which makes this additional all-surface tracking ability of the laser mouse obsolete. Of course, there are also certain mice that use dual sensors (optical + laser pew pew!) like the Razer Ouroboros and Razer Mamba but they’re really unnecessary.
Wireless mice are significantly more costly compared to wired versions. However, all the wireless mice on our list come with cords anyway so you can switch between the two whenever you wish. So, the ultimate question should be whether it’s worth paying the extra for the wireless option. If I were to be asked this particular question a couple of years ago, I’d say go for wired ones without a doubt. Wireless mice have been known to be prone to occasional lag or interference with the transmission, thus causing delays. These problems however are almost non-existent today with the latest editions of improved wireless mice.
Note how I mentioned “almost”. If you’re playing competitively in an FPS match, it’ll still be wise to stick to wired mice to squeeze out every precious microsecond of transmission delay that a wireless mouse will inevitably have. If you’re a casual MMO gamer though, then a wireless gaming mouse would do just fine. Also, wireless mice tend to be heavier than their wired counterparts due to the batteries’ weight. You’ll also have to replace them every now and then. Personally though, I’m too lazy to constantly replace my batteries and I would rather pay for a very good wired mouse than a mediocre wireless one.
Because mice can vary rather substantially (the heaviest ones can weigh over twice as much as the lightest ones), you may find it hard to adjust to a new mouse with an entirely different weight amount. This is where weight tuning will come in useful.
Some mice comes with adjustable weights that will allow you to increase the weight up to 50%. None of the Razer or SteelSeries mice come with weight tuning however (what’s up with that?). While it doesn’t really make or break a mouse, that’d add a substantial amount of flexibility.
From our extensive comparison and reviews, we’ve narrowed down our final choices to 5 of these top gaming mice, which are arranged in the order of our preference:
- Redragon Mammoth (Our winner! Review’s at the bottom.)
- Anker High Precision (A close second. We’ll review this right below too.)
- Razer DeathAdder 2013
- Logitech G700S
- SteelSeries Sensei
*For wireless options, you can check out our list of the best wireless mice.
The Runner-Up: Anker High Precision
Anker has only started out in the mouse-making industry less than a year ago (they were sort of a peripherals company prior to this) but their range of products, in particular their mice, are already becoming really popular among gamers.
I was personally rather skeptical as to its tremendous ratings until I finally decided to try it out for myself and I have to say, I’m highly impressed.
First off, let’s start with its build quality. At a price of $40, you would expect it to feel inferior compared to most of the pricier options (think Razer or Logitech). Astoundingly, it doesn’t. It feels at least on par with the build quality of these well established manufacturers despite having a substantially lower price.
Additionally, this company seems to actually care and respond to what their customers think of their product, which is a huge plus in my books.
Now, onward to the performance aspect of the gaming mouse here. With a maximum DPI of 8000, that’s leaning towards the high end level of the DPI spectrum so no issue there. It has a fairly well balanced weight of 3.4 ounces. For users who’re worried that it might feel a little too light, fret not. It also comes with a weight adjustable option to which you can place an additional 1.5 ounces worth of weight into it.
It has a total of 6 additional programmable buttons (excluding the left, middle wheel and right mouse buttons), with 3 on its left side, 3 on the middle area of the mouse. Its 3 left side buttons are nicely placed (thank god) in a way that they’re not disruptive to my thumb and they have enough resistance so you wouldn’t accidentally click them as you might for some of the mice that are more flimsy in nature. These left side buttons are crafted appropriately in a way that I can distinguish them properly, with the middle of those 3 having a different texture to it for easier recognition.
The rest of the buttons also give a very satisfying click without being too noisy. This includes its scroll wheel which gives off a very soft but noticeable click as it moves. The left side of the mouse comes with a textured rubbery grip at the thumb area, which enhances my grip on it and it also looks impressive in itself.
Its illumination at multiple areas of the mouse is beautiful and gives the mouse a sophisticated appearance. Specifically, a blue hue is emitted at its scroll wheel, its DPI indicator and its logo at the lower back area. Unfortunately, only its logo’s colors can be altered. The rest remains blue.
Ergonomically, it feels right and it’s suitable for both palm and claw grip users. In fact, its measurements are very similar to those of the DeathAdder with a meager difference of 4mm in the height. It does seem bulkier in the pictures that it really is.
Movement-wise, it glides effortlessly across my mousepad and with its customizable weight, you shouldn’t have any problems getting comfortable with it. Comparatively, it reminds me a lot of the Razer DeathAdder in terms of its ergonomics and overall comfort.
Anker offers top-notch quality in terms of its performance and general features. It’s definitely very comparable or perhaps even on-par with the best mice manufacturers like Razer and Logitech. You can tell a lot by looking at the amazing ratings and reviews that it’s getting so far. So far, it seems excellent in every other way, and that includes its price ($60).
- Excellent build quality.
- Excellent ergonomics.
- Well-placed side buttons.
- Sufficient DPI to suit the most picky of gamers.
- Great looks and design.
- Relatively cheap compared to the top companies’ (Razer and Logitech) products.
- Sorry, only for right-handers.
- Only logo color can be customized. Blue illumination for the rest.
- The company’s relatively new in the mouse-making industry.
Find out what other users of Anker High Precision are saying here: Anker Gaming Mouse reviews.
The Best Gaming Mouse: Redragon Mammoth
Surprised? Many of you might not have expected this unfamiliar brand to make it to the top of the list. In fact, we’ve never heard of the company prior to this and because of that, we were quite reluctant to do an in-depth review of it but I have to say, I’m glad we did. Despite our initial skepticism about its raving reviews due to its relatively low price tag (about $50), we decided to give it a month or so of extensive testing.
The result? This little gem of a mouse has far exceeded all of our expectations and has since become our top favorite (over the Anker and Razer DeathAdder 2013, which were our previous favorites).
Despite being purposed to be the more affordable option that’s targeted at gamers with a limited budget, the Redragon Mammoth turned out to be superior compared to many other high-end mice in terms of its quality and comfort.
It has an overpowering DPI of 16400 (you can boast to your friends about it!) and a weight of approximately 4.8 ounces. If you’re used to heavier mice, you’ll be glad to know that its weight is adjustable further with an 8-piece set of weights.
The mouse comes with 4 additional programmable buttons (excluding the DPI buttons), all of which are placed along the left-hand side of the mouse (3 right above the thumb area and the last one is located at the top left corner of the left mouse button). The placement of these side buttons are perfect without requiring you to move much of your thumb to click them. Plus, they’re bumped out just nicely enough that you wouldn’t accidentally click them when you’re pushing your mouse to the right. This is one of the most essential features that the better mice will usually get right.
Besides that, the main buttons’ clicks are strong, satisfying and most importantly, they’re highly durable. After prolonged use, it is typical for many other mice (including the more expensive DeathAdder) seem to be prone to defects such as a sunken left mouse button that would cause unintentional double clicks or the inability to tell whether you’re actually clicking it properly, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Redragon Mammoth. The scrolling of the middle wheel feels perfect. It doesn’t make any audible sound when you’re spinning it but there’s still a distinct and apparent click that you’re able to tell.
Looks & Texture
Appearance-wise, this mouse simply looks stunning. Its red/black theme gives it a striking appearance and this extends all the way through the entire fiber-braided cord. Plus, you have the freedom to customize the illumination at the scroll wheel, DPI buttons, logo, its side lights and even the glow at the bottom of the mouse.
The texture of the mouse feels similar to some of the newest Razer mice, which comes with a slightly grainy and matte surface for better grip, which is personally a huge plus for me since my palms tend to get sweaty and the smooth plastic feel of the conventional mice just doesn’t suit me.
This is easily its strongest feature. The shape and the curves of it is just crafted to perfection. The fit just feels very natural for my hands, which aren’t too large or too small. You can use it with a palm grip as I do when I’m working on the computer but when I start to game, I’ll transition into a claw grip. Both ways feel just as comfortable and despite its seemingly simple design, obviously a lot of work has been put into this aspect. It’s as if a perfect blend has been found and the final result is a product that allows maximum suitability for both types of grips.
If you’re a user who places great weight on comfort and ergonomics, there’s really no other mouse that does it better than this baby (besides the DeathAdder, which has great grip comfort as well). Unfortunately, a left-hand edition isn’t available so if you’re a left hander, you might want to check out the DeathAdder instead.
This gaming mouse gets a perfect score in terms of its ergonomics, comfort and performance but don’t just take my word for it. Plenty of other user reviews on this mouse have been nothing short of stellar.
The cons of this mouse are few, if any, and believe me, we’ve tried really hard to look for something that’s lacking in this mouse. Perhaps its worst aspect would be the fact that its scroll wheel requires a rather significant amount of force to “click” but maybe that’s just me. On the upside, at least you wouldn’t have to worry about accidentally clicking it when you’re playing your games.
Price-wise, it’s great value for money and with the constant Amazon discounts that it has, chances are you’ll be able to secure one at a good price.
- Top build quality.
- One of the most comfortable gaming mice we’ve come across so far.
- Well-placed side buttons.
- Amazing reviews.
- Excellent value for money.
- No left-handed version.
- Clicking the middle scroll wheel requires significant pressure.
If you’d like to find out what the other users of the Redragon Mammoth are saying:
Also, if you’re looking for a similar MMO-specific alternative (i.e more programmable buttons), be sure to check out its 15-programmable button cousin: