​The Best ​Gaming Mice 2017

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​We review the best ​mice for gaming in 2017

​November 2017

It's no secret that your mouse is the most important piece of hardware you should invest in as a gamer. That's why we have poured hours of research into short listing the best gaming mice to find you the best gaming mouse of 2017. 

Whether you prefer wired or wireless or right-handed or left-handed mice, we've got your back with our review of the best gaming mouse of 2017, so lets turn those RAGE QUITS into TRICK SHOT COMBOS. So, settle in crank up Darude Sandstorm, grab some Doritos and check out our gaming mouse guide below.

The Best Gaming ​Mouse 2017

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​Logically thinking, spending $2000 on a Gaming rig and shying out of buying that gaming mouse which will improve your gaming aim on FPS and improve your gaming experience on RPG based games (more buttons!). 

1. Razer DeathAdder Elite

Best FPS Gaming Mouse 2017

The Deathadder gaming mouse 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 around from the very first Deathadder. Professional Gamers are of the mindset that if you are ever confused about buying the best gaming mouse available on the market, you should opt for the Razer Deathadder and you will be instantaneously satisfied with your investment.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

​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 mouse.

Razer DeathAdder Elite - Technical Specifications

Overall the Razer Deathadder Elite is perfect for most gaming setups, but like everything in life there are a couple of negative points that we would like to point out for you.

Issue 1: No free-spinning (infinite) scroll wheel

The first one is the absence of free-spinning (infinite) scroll wheel, which may not be a big factor for gamers in particular, but it's helpful for browsing the web or you know... pointlessly scrolling through all your weapons while waiting to spawn on CSGO.

Issue 2: ​Razer Mouse Software

Believe it or not, 80% of the bad reviews revolve Synapse (Razers driver software). As first-time use requires a user to sign up “online” to create a "cloud account" before using the software.


However, I've been using DeathAdders for years and ​for all of those years I've been using synapses. I've personally found that it provides ease of use, allowing for software and firmware updates etc. Additionally you can also store your custom gaming mouse setups within the software to save you setting them up on every PC or when using multiple mice.

PROS

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    ​High quality mouse shoes
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    Ideal shape for various hand sizes and different grip types (clam or palm etc)
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    Older, but high quality sensor

CONS

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    No free-scrolling mouse wheel
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    ​Razer Synapse software required for button programing and updates
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    Braided cable - can be stripped

A truly fantastic mouse, that will be suitable for most players and game types, our pick for the best all round gaming mouse in 2017 - BlizzGC

Logitech has not been famous when it comes to their gaming mouse department except for their G series that has marked it place in one of the best gaming mice available on the market. 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 that costs $80 approx.

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.

As far as the durability goes, the mouse is a tank, based on the mechanical form factor of the keys which is far more durable than that of the conventional buttons.

Razer DeathAdder Elite - Technical Specifications

  • ​SENSOR
  • ​BUILD QUALITY
  • ​WEIGHT
  • ​BUTTONS

​​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.

Issue: ​Teflon Cover Wears Out Fast

The downside to the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB is the Teflon cover at the button of the mouse. 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 of the mouse, 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 actual body of the mouse.

​PRO TIP: Older Version is Cheaper

The G502 spectrum is very similar to the previous version and many gamers are saving money and buying the older version of the G502 mouse on amazon, which is $15 less!

If you are one of those ​gamers who would like to have the independence of customizing a mouse to its maximum capacity then the G502 is your best pick.

PROS

CONS

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    Best gaming mouse sensor
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    ​Comfortable with good, precise clicks and an improved scroll wheel
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    ​Big buttons, laid out well
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    ​Ultra fine weight adjustment
    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

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    Expensive
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    ​May not suit palm-grip players

3. Steel Series Rival 700

Runner up Gaming Mouse 2017​

(The Mouse that Vibrates)

​If you haven’t heard about steel series then either you haven’t been to a e-sports tournament, haven’t watched any online or you never paid any attention to the banners and the advertisements. It may sound weird but Steel Series is the most prominent part of any e-sports competition and their products are loved by gamers around the world, based on the outclass quality. Personally, I love the name of the brand and how their products are conventional looking yet have the classic feel that gives it the awesome touch.

Steel Series Rival 700 - Technical Specifications

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The Rival 700 gaming mouse comes with the optical sensor in-box, namely, the Pixart PMW3360 which offers a whopping 16,000 DPI, however, you have the option of switching to a ADNS 9800 which offers 8200 CPI. The choice may vary from gamer to gamer and definitely depends on the game you are playing.

The biggest drawback to the steel series rival 700 is the price tag. It is pretty expensive for a mouse and would have been more logical had it included a few cover options within the box, however, that is not the case. In that price range, there are multiple rivals that may fall short in terms of the uniqueness factor but if you are in for a mouse that has an amazing performance over all the gimmicks, then you may need to give this one a second thought.


4. ASUS ROG Spatha

Best Wired & Wireless Gaming Mouse​ 2017

Asus has set its arena in every corner of the computing world. Whether is making high quality and durable laptops to office laptops and all the way up to the gaming world, it has never disappointed its users. This is pretty much evident by the way Asus fans are offended by any other company that can offer a similar product to that of the ones the company has to offer. In fact, the ROG or the republic of gamers tag has been a premium one to carry for casual gamers and more importantly professional gamers.

Asus has recently made its way to the gaming world by introducing their outstanding gaming mouse which they are calling the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) Spatha. Sounds familiar Sparta, right? Well, the store is similar here.

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​Similar to the rest of the products that the company has to offer the Spatha is a premium gaming mouse with a price tag of $160 which is the highest when compared to any of the mice that we have compared earlier, although, the mouse has to offer several things that might make people agree on the price tag and others may stop right at the position where they are and look for other options. For a neutral person who has used Asus’s products in the past, let’s dig deeper into the actual working performance and features that would matter to a professional gamer.

ASUS ROG Spatha - Technical Specifications

  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

­It goes without saying that the magnesium body is an amazing touch to the mouse but due to the same reason it weighs 179g, which is way too heavy for a mouse. On the positive side, it is much durable and the feel is totally worth the extra weight. Besides, the weight the size of the mouse is noticeably big which again is similar to all the products that comes under the Republic of Gamers umbrella of Asus.

​One of the biggest plus factors for the Asus ROG Spatha is the fact that it can use either a wired or wiresless connection, giving you the best of both worlds. The Spatha comes with a docking station for the mouse that ​allows charging when the mouse is used wirelessesly. The mouse performes extremely well with minimal input lag when using wireless and even less when used with a cable. Due to the way wireless technology works there will obviously be more latency involved when using with mouse with a wireless connection, that said it's extremely impressive and unless you're a pro gamer with a low input latency display setup you "may" not notice the slight increase from the wireless input lag. Either way, the mouse offers both wired and wireless, so you can try it and see.

PROS

  • Amazing and solid design
  • 12 buttons can be customized via the software
  • Both wired and wireless

CONS

  • The side buttons are stiff to press and feels mush
  • A bit huge and heavy for users with small hands

5. Cooler Master Storm Alcor

Best Budget Gaming Mouse 2017

The CM Storm Alcor is one of the most­­­ recent additions to the gaming mouse lineup by Cooler Maste. The Alcor, with its design inspired by the spirit and essence of the early years of gaming merged into a proven comfortable, satisfying, simple and classic design with technological improvements to match today's gaming scene. The Avago 3090 optical sensor is being utilized by Alcor which is one of the most effective and efficient sensors available in the market.

For accurate and precise tracking and high-speed actions, both the sensors are tuned finely for gaming. Combine this with exceptional & incomparable ergonomics and a low weight of about 121 grams makes these mice perfect for gaming. The layout and physical design of both mice hold its true essence of a right handed, classic and ergonomic fell having each button placed intuitively for more comfortable long-term use and to ensure quick setup.

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Cooler Master Storm Alcor - Technical Specifications

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The Alcor utilizes the optical sensor Avago 3090 and is the optical version of these two. On four preset DPI levels, the sensor has a DPI range of up to 4000.

In order to gain the competitive edge and to ensure the gaming is not interrupted for gamers, the switching between the DPI levels is done on-the –go and very quickly.

The alcor is without any doubt one of the lightest mice available in the market and cooler master has kept this factor in mind even when it comes to the handling of the mouse. The shape of the mouse allows for properly gripping your hands around the mouse in order to get the ultimate grip on the mouse. During gameplay, you can keep your attention right on the game and your hands will be as comfortable as one would expect from a premium mouse.

The downside to the mouse of the Alcor is that it gets jittery at time. For instance, if you leave the mouse steady even then the cursor would seem like it is vibrating. The other downside is the fact that its vertical accelerations seem a bit amplified. However, these factors cannot be considered downsides keeping in mind the features and the functionalities the mouse provides and falls under the $40 price tag. The mouse pretty much goes face to face with professional mice that costs double the price of the alcor.

PROS

  • Price is ridiculously low
  • Has on-the-fly DPI switching up to 4000 DPI
  • DPI setting has four levels

CONS

  • No support software for the DPI levels to be customized
  • Build quality is a bit disappointing

Corsair is a company that is well-known within the gaming arena based on their quality PC cases and power supplies. The company is one of the top sellers in the gaming market and one of the biggest contributors and sponsors in gaming tournaments. The Corsair M65 RGB has most certainly made it to the list of the top mice available on the market based on the quality it has to offer.

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Corsair M65 RGB - Technical Specifications

When it comes to looks of the Corsair M65 RGB, it portrays the dangerous look that also makes it a beauty in its category. If you are carrying the corsair M65 to a gaming tournament you would definitely be noticed with the braided cable and sharp cables. The aesthetics are even further enhanced with the addition of RGB lighting all across the mouse with up to 16.9 million choices of colors and effects including ripples, chase and wave effects.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The buttons on the mouse are pretty conventionally placed. There is a DPI adjuster right behind the wheel with a button in the middle that one can set to any action of choice. Then there are the forward and the back buttons at the left side of the mouse and a sniper switch at the further end of the thumb rest which can be easily accessed.

The ‘sniper switch’ as mentioned above, can help with dropping your DPI down at a moment’s notice in order to get that perfect head-shot. The mouse feels solid and comfortable in hand, but it may feel a like slim for people with big hands which can be a problem or placing your pinkie finger on the body of the mouse.

Moreover, the software included macro functionality, that lets you bind specific custom macros to any button that you wish, as well as commands you may want to use for multimedia or general computing purposes. The buttons are placed right where you would expect from a mouse with a simple yet stylish design. The frame of the mouse if thinner where the palm rests and wider at the top in order to give you enough space for keeping your fingers on the mouse buttons.

The Corsair M65 is the ideal choice for someone who is on a budget yet he/she doesn’t want to compromise on the quality, looks or features of a mouse. Most certainly a lot of people lies under that category which marks the presence of the M65 in the market right where it should be. There are not many negative reviews on the mouse although some people have been complaining about the shape of the mouse being extremely simply, while some may have different opinions, according to us it is just the right amount of style and beauty.

PROS

  • Has 8 programmable buttons for personalized play
  • Has a laser sensor of 8200 DPI
  • 3 additional user configurable weights of 4.5g to fit your play style

CONS

  • Some users are bothered by the side panel corner
  • No carrying case for the weights that are unused

7. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

Wired & Wireless Gaming Mouse 2017

No matter how much one appreciates the quality and the products of Logitech, the person still may fall short on words. The peripherals that the company has to offer are just way classy for the market to handle and therefore, they do go out of stock pretty soon at least right after their release.

Whether it comes to its headphones or keyboards, Logitech has to be on the list simply because they are way too awesome. The praise isn’t just for their gaming peripherals but they also include their normal computing products that are just the right combination of quality, design and durability.

An image of a Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum gaming mouse

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Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum - Technical Specifications

This time Logitech has made it onto ​our list of the best gaming mice with its G900 Chaos Spectrum. This is one of the very few gaming mice that has the ability to go head-on against the Razer Ouroborus and the Asus ROG Spatha gaming mouse, the competition is based on price as well as the features that the mouse has to offer.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum boasts a maximum DPI is 12,000 DPI which can be adjusted right from the buttons on the mouse.

The biggest and the most amazing feature of the G900 gaming mouse is the fact that it is wireless as well as wired. Don’t hear about a lot of gaming mice being wireless? Well, we are aware that people who prefer a wired mouse because of the mouse lag factor, and several others issues (flat mouse batteries) but these are all negated by the G900 by offering the highest quality and performance of any wireless gaming mouse available on the market in 2017.

As for left-handed users, you can pretty much use the Logitech G900 with ease based on its ambidextrous design that offers the ultimate comfort to the user, making the G600 one of the best gaming mice for left handed players. The overall feel of the material used on the mouse is pretty solid and goes in-line with the hefty price tag. 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 G900 has been designed keeping durability in mind.

Besides the price tag there are not many downsides to the mouse. 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.

PROS

  • Fully programmable and customizable buttons
  • Best in class and amazing performance due to Logitech mouse sensor
  • Absolutely amazing design for every grip style

CONS

  • For budget, oriented users it is a little pricey
  • No charging dock

8. Razer Naga Hex V2

Best MMO Gaming Mouse​ 2017

A list of the best gaming mice is never fulfilled without the addition of at least two mice that come from Razer. The premium build quality and stealthy looking colors on the green lighting are just the right taste for every gaming enthusiast out there. A gamer is not a gamer unless he/she owns one peripheral from Razer, alright, this may be going a little too hard on the gamers based on the price tags on the devices that the company offers, but then the quality speaks for itself.

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Razer Naga Hex V2 - Technical Specifications

If you ask a professional gamer, he/she would typically never suggest the best gaming mouse would have several buttons, especially, in the thumb rest area. Having an array of buttons can make it harder for gamers to distinguish between the buttons with touch alone and can be a hindrance when it comes to gripping around the mouse. The choice and preferences will definitely vary from person to person and honestly speaking we have heard several gamers say that their gaming performance is much better when using a mouse with multiple buttons. The buttons can help them multi-task and keep their fingers on the keyboard where they are supposed to be.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum boasts a maximum DPI is 12,000 DPI which can be adjusted right from the buttons on the mouse.

The Razer Naga Hex V2 is one of the very few gaming mice that has a bunch of buttons all placed right around the thumb rest. The previous version of the mouse, the V1, was a disaster when it came to button placement and gripping the mouse but the company has done a great job by listening to its customers.

The Naga Hex V2 doesn’t look exceptionally different to the other gaming mice on the market. The Naga has a spherical dial around the thumb rest with 7 buttons on top of mechanical switches. The dial may seem difficult to use while looking at a picture or watching a review on YouTube, but in reality, they are pretty easy to distinguish. Besides, the seven buttons around the thumb rest there is the DPI adjuster right behind the scroller wheel which can allows you to fluctuate the DPIs up to 16,000 DPIs. All the buttons on the mouse are fully programmable and this can be done with the Razer Synapse, which is not very famous with the users based on the initial signup requirement for which you will need an internet connection and takes up to 5 minutes in order to get you registered.

Even will all the buttons of the side, the Hex V2 weighs 132g which is a fair amount of weight for a gaming mouse. The size of the mouse may seem a little bigger and is more inclined towards the use of gamers who have bigger hands. The price tag on the mouse is variated between $70 - $75, which is pretty razer-ish but if you have ever owned a razer peripheral before you would know that it makes up for the extra bucks with quality.

The overall finish of the mouse is just like a conventional Razer mouse. The matte black finish with the light green razer logo on the dome. It goes without saying that the Razer Naga Hex V2 isn’t like the rest of the mice on the list and several people may feel hesitant at first but after owning the mouse for a while it will most certainly get difficult to transition towards another option.

PROS

  • Buttons are fully customized
  • Delivers an impressive DPI of 1600 due to its highly sensitive optical sensor
  • Buttons are much easier to distinguish doe to its circular layout

CONS

  • For some users, its design is an odd choice
  • Some users find the weight of the mouse wheel dissatisfying

9. Corsair Scimitar RGB

MMO Gaming Mouse 2017

Corsair has been pretty dynamic with their products and the beauty of the company is that they can manufacture any sort of peripheral and they are ready to compete the big sharks in the market. One such example is the Corsair Scimitar RGB that is easily a competitor of the Razer Naga Hex series. Only, the Corsair has gone an extra mile in order to get it where it should land.

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Corsair Scimitar RGB - Technical Specifications

The M65 by Corsair was entirely focused on gamers who prefer being on top of the FPS arena. The Corsair Scimitar is the company’s way of showing love to the MMO/MOBA community. The mouse comes with 17 programmable buttons in total, 12 of which are conveniently placed at the left side of the mouse and each one of the buttons are supported by a mechanical switch, making it an ideal MMO gaming mouse.

So, before you think of the discomfort of the reach-ability factor, let me introduce to you the outstanding addition of the company in that regard. The buttons on the left side are placed on a slider which means you can pull the slides or push away the slider in order for you to have the ultimate reach to the buttons based on the size and length of your thumb. The slider is supported by a screwdriver to ensure that the slider stays where you want it to be.

For accurate and precise tracking and high-speed actions, both the sensors are tuned finely for gaming. Combine this with exceptional & incomparable ergonomics and a low weight of about 121 grams makes these mice perfect for gaming. The layout and physical design of both mice hold its true essence of a right handed, classic and ergonomic fell having each button placed intuitively for more comfortable long-term use and to ensure quick setup.

The inside of the mouse is just as powerful and innovative and the outside. The sensor within the mouse is a Pixart ADNS 3988, the sensor supports a maximum DPIs of 12,000 which can be adjusted from right on top of the mouse with the help of the buttons placed behind the scroller. Keep in mind that the mouse if made for users with big hands in mind, the buttons are placed right exactly where they should be (even though they are abundant in number) and are extremely responsive thanks to the mechanical switches underneath.

The RGB lighting can be controller via the Corsair Utility Engine, the same software works for customizing the mouse, such as assigning macros, programming the keys and controlling the RGB lighting.

The ending statement would be similar to that of the Razer Hex Naga V2 gaming mice, the Scimitar is designed for a specific set of users and only they can have a better value for the mouse. Logically thinking the buttons can be set for several functionalities including in-game weapons swaps and quick abilities access in a World of Warcraft kind of a situation.

PROS

  • 12 optimized mechanical buttons
  • For pixel-precise gaming it has a 12000 DPI
  • Complete CUE control software

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Mouse feet are not durable
  • Side buttons are usually awkward to reach

​What about Mouse Bungee's?

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