Discover The Best Gaming Mouse: The Ultimate Mice Comparison Guide
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 as of the date of this post (21 July 2013).
The Ultimate Mice Comparison Chart and Key
|Anker High Precision||8000||6||Laser||3.4 oz (+ 1.5)||$60 (40)||4.7/5||668|
|SteelSeries Sensei||11400||4||Laser||3.5 oz||$90 (71)||4.1/5||138|
|CM Storm Xornet||2000||4||Optical||3.2 oz||$30 (27)||4.4/5||263|
|CM Storm Spawn||3500||4||Optical||3.2 oz||$60 (34)||4.3/5||79|
|Mad Catz Cyborg M.M.O. 7||6400||13||Laser||3.7 oz (+ 1.1)||$130 (121)||3.6/5||185|
|Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9||5600||6||Laser||4.2 oz (+ 1.5)||$150||3.4/5||840|
|Razer DeathAdder 2013||6400||2||Optical||3.7 oz||$70 (57)||4.2/5||1146|
|Razor Abyssus||3500||None||Optical||2.5 oz||$50 (32)||4.3/5||194|
|Razer Naga||5600||14||Laser||4.3 oz||$80 (70)||4/5||1230|
|Roccat Kone XTD||8200||5||Laser||4.3 oz (+ 0.7)||$90 (77)||4.6/5||18|
|Corsair Vengeance M60||5700||5||Laser||4.2 oz (+ 0.5)||$70 (66)||4.1/5||113|
|Corsair Vengeance M90||5700||12||Laser||4.6 oz||$80 (72)||3.7/5||92|
|Logitech G9X||5000||2||Laser||3.5 oz (+ 0.98)||$80 (65)||4.4/5||357|
|Logitech G500 Programmable||5700||7||Laser||4.1 oz (+ 0.95)||$70 (47)||4.3/5||716|
|Logitech Wireless G700||5700||10||Laser (Wireless)||5.3 oz||$100 (65)||4.2/5||776|
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.
- 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 – The original price of the mouse as sold on Amazon.com. The bracketed price will be the discounted price as of the date of this post 21 July 2013.
- 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.
If you wish to see more gaming mice as well as their specifications, click here: Full list of mice.
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
1. DPI: How important is this?
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.
2. Programmable buttons
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 so we’ll be taking this as our minimum requirement.
3. Sensor Type: Optical or laser?
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.
4. Wired or wireless?
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.
5. Weight and Weight tuning
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.
This is easily one of the most critical considerations in the choice of an excellent gaming mouse. The options open to you will vary significantly depending on your budget. The cheapest on our complete list would be a measly $12 up to a whopping $200. A fine balance would have to be achieved between price and performance. More on this later.
7. Rating and Number of Reviews
A mouse with a high rating (anything above 4 is good) indicates that the users are happy with the product and that’s important. Often, you’ll find that many mice tend to have issues in relation to their durability, comfort and general quality, which would lead to unhappy customers and consequently, reduced ratings.
As for the number of reviews, the lesser it is, the less accurate the rating would be as the numbers would be much more extreme. Also, more reviews show that a mouse is greater in popularity and that’s a plus.
By taking into account and assessing all of the above factors, we’ve concluded that the all round best gaming mouse should have the following features:
- At least 3000 DPI.
- At least 2 programmable buttons.
- At least a rating of 4 and above.
- At least 100 Amazon reviews.
Our Selection Of The Best Gaming Mouse
As this post has gotten rather lengthy, we’ve decided to cut short our ramblings and just get to which gaming mice we think are the best and you can read the full reviews of each individual mice at the links provided below if you wish.
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:
- Anker High Precision (Our winner! Review’s at the bottom.)
- Razer DeathAdder 2013 (A close second. We’ll review this right at the bottom too.)
- Logitech Wireless G700 - Click here for the full Logitech G700 review
- Logitech G9x – Click here for the full Logitech G9x review
- SteelSeries Sensei - Click here for the full SteelSeries Sensei review
*For wireless options, you can check out our list of the best wireless gaming mouse.
Our Top Gaming Mouse: Anker High Precision Review
Surprised? Many of you might not have expected this unfamiliar brand to make it to the top few of the list. After all, 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). 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 $60, 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. Within just 8 months, this mouse has received a total of 668 reviews and an average rating of 4.7, which is essentially the highest that we’ve seen so far.
Additionally, this company seems to actually care and respond to what their customers think of their product (this part of the observation is based entirely on some of the Amazon reviews), which is a huge plus in my books.
Now, onward to the performance aspect of the mouse. 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 Runner-Up: Razer DeathAdder 2013
There’s no doubt about Razer’s reputation and credibility as one of the best mouse-makers in the current times. The company offers a wide assortment of gaming mice, the best of which is easily the DeathAdder series. The Razer DeathAdder 2013, in particular, is the third revision in the series and its performance specifications and build quality have been improved considerably since its first ever model.
Now, let’s kick start this Razer DeathAdder review with the general features of the mouse. Despite being purposed to be the more affordable option that’s targeted at gamers with a limited budget, it turned out to be superior compared to the other mice series in Razer in terms of its quality and comfort.
It has a respectable DPI of 6400 and a weight of approximately 3.7 ounces. It’s weight isn’t adjustable but it’s a good average among the most popular mice out there so even if you’re used to lighter or heavier mice, it shouldn’t take long to get used to its weight. Personally, I’ve always favored a weight of between 3-4 ounces so this just feels perfect for me.
>> Click here for prices, pictures and reviews on Amazon.com
The mouse comes with 2 additional programmable buttons at its left side, which is just nice. This may seem somewhat few compared to what other mice are offering but it’s sufficient for me and yes, I do play WoW. I’ve always felt that a mice that’s riddled with tons of programmable buttons all over might even be obstructive to your gameplay regardless of what it is you’re playing. I mean, you already have an entire keyboard with macro functions and whatnot.
That ought to free up your right hand to perform the more delicate tasks of having to aim your cursor about unless of course you like having a command center in the palm of one hand so that the other can be used to stuff Cheetos in your face, but I digress.
The placement of these 2 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 and satisfying. The previous editions of the DeathAdder series 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. This durability issue seems to have been entirely resolved with the latest DeathAdder 2013 model. 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.
There’s a minor negative aspect about this mouse and it is that it doesn’t have a dedicated DPI button. You could bind one of its side buttons or perhaps your scroll wheel for that but with its already limited amount of programmable buttons, that might not be a good idea. I don’t have any issues with this personally but I can see why it would be a problem for those who like to constantly switch between the DPI settings when they’re in a game.
The only areas that are illuminated would be the scroll wheel as well as the logo at its lower back. The color’s a constant green and cannot be changed. You could opt to turn it off however.
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.
Its sides are also textured with a rubbery sort of material to avoid slips. If you’re a user who places great weight on comfort and ergonomics, there’s really no other mouse that does it better than the DeathAdder. A left-hand edition is also available and if you’re a left-hander, with the limited choices that are around, let’s just say that you’re in luck.
This mouse gets a perfect score in terms of its ergonomics, comfort and performance but don’t just take my word for it. Its Amazon reviews amount to over 1,000 (1,146 to be specific), with an average rating of 4.2/5 and the reason why it isn’t any higher is because it did have some durability issues in its prior 2 models. There’s no question about its build quality this time around though and with this being its third revision in the series, all the prior durability issues seem to have been eliminated completely too. If you’re worried about its looks, yes it does look simplistic in nature but that could really be a plus depending on each individual’s personal preferences.
Perhaps its worst aspects would be a lack of programmable buttons (only 2) and a DPI switch. If you’re a lefty, this is certainly one of the better gaming mice currently available on the market without a doubt. 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.
- Has a left-hand edition. Left-handers should be jumping in joy at this.
- Well-placed side buttons.
- Amazing reviews.
- Excellent value for money.
- No adjustable weights.
- Lacks a dedicated DPI switch.
- Only 2 additional programmable buttons.
If you’d like to check out what the other users of the Razer DeathAdder 2013 are saying, check it out here: Razer DeathAdder review.
Anker High Precision VS Razer DeathAdder 2013
Let me start off by saying that while the Anker High Precision remains our top choice, the latest Razer DeathAdder 2013 mouse has made a huge impression on us and it is an extremely close second. So, really, if we have to give the two of these mice an overall score each, they’ll essentially be minute in difference and ultimately, you wouldn’t go wrong with either one of these because performance-wise, they’re as good as it gets.
The DeathAdder does seem a lot more basic than the Anker with its limited 2 additional programmable buttons though so if you require more additional buttons than just the 2 that DeathAdder offers, you might want to opt for Anker’s 6 buttons instead. Design-wise, Anker gives off a far more sophisticated look to it while the Razer mouse is much more simplified. Plus, Anker is more affordable than the DeathAdder and that’s always a plus in my books.
In terms of their comfort level, the Anker and DeathAdder both offer optimal levels. In short, below are the advantages that each has over the other.
Anker High Precision
- More programmable buttons (6 over the 2 that DeathAdder has).
- Cheaper than DeathAdder.
- Has adjustable weights.
Click here to see the pricing and reviews of Anker High Precision on Amazon.com
- Razer’s a much more established mouse-maker. Anker is still comparatively new (November 2012).
- Safer choice.
Click here to see the pricing and reviews of Razer DeathAdder 2013 on Amazon.com