Time to upgrade your mouse since you want to get that competitive advantage in your favorite game? In this article, we will look over what you need to look for when purchasing a new mouse, what the best gaming mice are, and address some frequently asked questions.
What Mouse Do Most Twitch Streamers Use?
Here is a list of nine of the best gaming mice in the market, in no particular order. I will briefly describe their respective features and indicate which ones are best suited for different types of gamers.
- Razer DeathAdder V2
- Razer Viper Ultimate
- Logitech G Pro Wireless
- Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
- SteelSeries Sensei 310
- Razer Naga Trinity
- Glorious Model D- Gaming Mouse
- Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse
- Corsair Harpoon Pro
Razer DeathAdder V2
- 20K DPI
- 8 Programmable Buttons
- Drag-Free Cord
Razer Viper Ultimate
- Mechanical Switches
- Ambidextrous Design
Logitech G Pro Wireless
- Hero 25K Sensor
- Ultra Lightweight
1. Razer DeathAdder V2
This Razer DeathAdder V2 is going to be the best all-around mouse for gamers who play a wide variety of games. Here are some of its features:
- 20K DPI Focus+ Optical Sensor that automatically calibrates on the mouse pad to reduce cursor drift.
- Eight programmable buttons that can be remapped and assigned macros.
- Razer optical switches, which are faster than traditional mechanical switches and allow for faster actuation times.
- Customizable RGB lighting that features game-specific integrations.
2. Razer Viper Ultimate
The Razer Viper Ultimate is perfect for gamers that need a higher DPI and prefer a wireless setup. This mouse boasts several great features:
- 20K DPI Focus+ Optical Sensor, and optical switches that are faster than mechanical switches, just like the Razer DeathAdder v2.
- Ambidextrous design, which means that it can be used for right-handed and left-handed users alike, with two programmable buttons on each side.
- Razer HyperSpeed technology allows for extremely low latency and low interference.
- Extremely light, weighing only 74 grams.
3. Logitech G Pro Wireless
This is the mouse Shroud uses, so I’ve linked the Shroud Edition of the mouse. This mouse is perfect for gamers who are competitive FPS gamers and prefer going wireless. Here are some of its features:
- Hero 25K DPI sensor that allows for 1:1 tracking and no filtering, smoothing, or acceleration.
- LightSpeed Wireless technology offers a 1-millisecond report rate connection, meaning there is virtually no input lag.
- Ultra lightweight design, weighing only 80 grams.
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
- HERO 16K Sensor
- 11 Buttons
- High-Performance Design
SteelSeries Sensei 310
- 50 Million Click Durability
- RGB Illumination
- Ambidextrous Design
Razer Naga Trinity
- 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor
- Full Modular Customizability
- Up to 19 Programmable Buttons
4. Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless is the second Logitech mouse on our list. It is perfect for gamers with big hands who prefer a wireless setup. It boasts several features such as:
- Hero 16K DPI sensor that allows for no filtering, smoothing, or acceleration.
- LightSpeed Wireless technology that delivers ultra-fast and reliable performance for any gamer, including professional gamers.
- Eleven buttons that all allow for customizable key-binds and macros.
- Six adjustable weights, which allow you to fine-tune the weight of the mouse to your liking.
- Customizable RGB lighting.
5. SteelSeries Sensei 310
The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is perfect for gamers who prefer an ambidextrous mouse. Here are some of its features:
- Custom TrueMove3 12,000 CPI optical sensor, which allows for 1:1 tracking.
- Ambidextrous design, which means it can be used by right-handed and left-handed users alike, and is perfect for palm or claw grips.
- Customizable RGB lighting.
6. Razer Naga Trinity
The third Razer mouse on our list, the Naga Trinity, is a perfect mouse for gamers who are into MMO games due to its features:
- 16K DPI optical sensor that can be adjusted on the fly.
- Up to 19 buttons that can be remapped and assigned macro functions.
- Three different side plates that can be interchanged. These side plates include 2, 7, and 12 buttons.
- Fully customizable RGB lighting.
Glorious Model D–
- Ergonomic Size and Style
- Mouse Feet
- Esport Customization
Razer Basilisk Ultimate
- Mechanical Switches
- 11 Programmable Buttons
- Up to 100 Hour Battery Life
Corsair Harpoon PRO
- 85 Grams
- Precise Control
- 6 Programmable Buttons
7. Glorious Model D- Gaming Mouse
The Glorious Model D- is a great mouse for any gamer with small to medium-sized hands. It offers several features:
- 12K 6-step DPI.
- Six programmable buttons that can be assigned macro functions.
- Extremely lightweight at only 61g for matte models and 62g for glossy models.
- Lighting effects.
8. Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse
The fourth Razer mouse on our list, the Basilisk Ultimate, is the perfect mouse for gamers who want a versatile and feature-heavy wireless mouse. Its features include:
- 20K DPI Focus+ optical sensor, which is built for accuracy and lift-off detection.
- Eleven programmable buttons that can be used for macros or that can be remapped.
- Battery life of up to 100 hours.
- HyperSpeed technology provides extremely low latency and low interference.
- Razer optical switches allow for extremely fast actuation times.
9. Corsair Harpoon PRO
The Corsair Harpoon PRO is the perfect mouse for gamers who are on a budget. Although it’s the cheapest mouse on our list, it does have some great features, including:
- 12K DPI optical sensor built for high accuracy.
- Six programmable buttons that can be remapped or assigned custom macros.
- Ambidextrous design, which is perfect for both right-handed and left-handed gamers.
- Lightweight at only 85g.
What to Look for in a Gaming Mouse
These are five things to consider when purchasing a new gaming mouse:
The genre of game that you will play can determine to a certain extent what mouse you should purchase. There are certain mice that have more buttons for MMO games, where you will have easy access to complex macros at the click of a button. There are also mice that have fewer buttons but are more lightweight so that you can track enemies more easily in FPS games.
Grip and Weight
Mice come in different shapes that fit different grip styles better, such as palm grip, fingertip grip, or claw grip. It is important to research what style the specific mouse you are purchasing is best for. In addition, some mice have adjustable weight. Some people prefer lighter mice since they take less effort to move, while others prefer heavier mice since they fit better with their gaming style.
Types of Sensors and DPI (Dots Per Inch)
There are two main types of sensors for gaming mice, namely optical and laser. Optical mice use LED lights to track movements and must be used on opaque surfaces. Laser mice use a narrow, more targeted laser light to track movements. Arguments can be made for both regarding which is better. Mice with customizable DPI are also sought after. The DPI is the rate at which your cursor moves on the screen compared to the distance you move your mouse. Bigger monitors usually require higher DPI. Some manufacturers also use CPI (counts per inch) instead of DPI, but they are effectively the same thing.
Wired or Wireless
The main difference between a wired and wireless mouse is the price. A wireless mouse offers a slightly slower, less stable connection than a wired mouse with a USB connection. However, in recent years, there have been many improvements in technology that make wireless mice function almost as fast as wired mice, but without having to worry about cable management.
Customization and Lighting Effects
Mice also should be customizable, whether it is adjusting the DPI easily, button remapping, adding macro functions, or even adjusting the RGB lighting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Mouse Do Pro Gamers Use?
There are several mice that are used by pro gamers, but a few of them are more prevalent. The genre of game where mice matter the most is FPS games. Professional gamers in the biggest e-sports games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, use the Razer DeathAdder v2, the SteelSeries Sensei Ten, or the Logitech G Pro as their mouse of preference.
What is the Fastest Gaming Mouse?
According to Razer, the world’s fastest gaming mouse is… Well, the Razer Viper 8K, and it is priced at $79.99. This is due to the Razer HyperPolling Technology, which provides a polling rate of 8000hz. The current industry standard is 1000hz, so the polling rate is eight times faster. The polling rate is the frequency at which the mouse sends data to the computer. A higher polling rate can eliminate micro-stutters and can make a difference in gameplay where every fraction of a second count. Currently, manufacturers do not put much emphasis on the mouse’s polling rate, and Razer is taking advantage of this.
Is a Wired or Wireless Gaming Mouse Better?
More often than not, a wireless mouse will provide a better gaming experience. Moreover, a wireless mouse is also generally cheaper than a wired mouse. However, a wired mouse offers a faster and more stable USB connection. Therefore, there will be less input lag and the mouse will feel more responsive. On the other hand, a wireless mouse does look nicer and you will not have to worry about managing cables.
Is Logitech Better Than Razer?
There isn’t really a simple answer to this, as this depends on the model of the mouse. However, there are a few general rules of thumb. When it comes to wired mice, Razer really builds them well. Wired Razer mice, such as the Razer DeathAdder v2, truly have a great form and feel completely natural when holding them in your hands. In addition, they offer great customization, accuracy, and barely any latency. If you prefer wireless mice, then Logitech mice, such as the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless, might be the way to go. Logitech has experimented more with wireless mice, and has very reliable infrared and laser sensors.