Best Gaming Mouse 2018 - FPS, MMO, MOBA, Wireless & Budget
Best Gaming Mouse 2018

The Best Gaming Mouse 2018

Gaming Mouse Buyers Guide

The following gaming mouse guide was built by a real gamer with over 20 years experience of playing FPS games (since Q1 & CS BETA). And I can honestly tell you that a gaming mouse has vastly improved my game play (for both FPS and MMO). This guide was built to take the pain out of finding the best gaming mouse 2018 has to offer, regardless of your game type (FPS, MMO, RPG or MOBA). 

Best Gaming Mouse 2018

Product

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Sensor

DPI

Buttons

Weight

Price

Best Gaming Mouse

PMW3366 Optical

12,000

11

4.3 oz

Best FPS Mouse

Optical

16,000

7

4.6 oz

Best Wireless

PMW3306

12,000

8

3.88 oz

Best MMO Mouse

3389 Optical 

16,000

19

4.2 Oz

Budget MMO Mouse

Laser

8,200

20

4.7 oz


Best Gaming Mouse 2018

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB

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.

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.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB

Pros

  • High quality mouse sensor
  • Comfortable with good, precise clicks and an improved scroll wheel
  • Big buttons, laid out well
  • ​​Ultra fine weight adjustment

Cons

  • Teflon cover wears out for some gamers
  • May not be suited for palm grip players
  • Fairly expensive (paying for quality)
As far as the durability goes, it's a tank, based on the mechanical form factor of the keys which is far more durable than that of the conventional buttons. Without a doubt this would be my "desert island choice", assuming desert islands have power, gaming laptops and internet connections...

Best FPS Mouse

We reviewed the best FPS mice from Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries and BenQ, we settled on the Razer DeathAdder Elite and some runner up mice. 

Razer DeathAdder Elite

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 from the very first Deathadder.

The DeathAdder is used by countless FPS pro gamers, if you are in doubt when searching for a new mouse then, check out the Razer Deathadder and you'll have your hands on the best fps gaming mouse 2018 has to offer.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Pros

  • A high quality, cheap gaming mouse
  • Suits various hand sizes and different grip types (clam or palm etc)
  • Older, but high quality sensor 

Cons

  • No free-scrolling mouse wheel
  • Razer Synapse software required for button programming and updates
  • Times Circle
    Braided cable (I stripped mine) 

Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

When was the last time you considered a wireless mouse? As gamers we are aware of the input lag factor, and several others issues (flat mouse batteries anyone?). But, in recent years things have improved and the G903 is now only 1ms delay and uses wireless induction charging making it the best wireless mouse for gaming.

As for left-handed users, you can pretty much use the Logitech G903 with ease based on its ambidextrous design that offers the ultimate comfort to the user, making the G903 one of the best gaming mice for left handed players. The overall feel of the material used on the G903 is a well made solid device. The Logitech G903 has been designed keeping durability in mind and is fairly priced considering the design.

Logtech G903 Lightspeed

Besides the price tag there are not many downsides to the G903. 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 (and left handed gamers)

Cons

  • It's is a little pricey
  • You need the mouse pad as well really

Best MMO Mouse

Razer Naga Trinity

The Razer Naga Trinity has everything an MMO gamer needs, accuracy, high quality construction, and stacks of programmable buttons making it our choice for the best MMO mouse of 2018. The 5G optical sensor Razer have used is one of the fastest sensors on the market in 2018 and the switches are top of the line Ormond mechanicals. 

I understand you might be put off by the price. And yes, it's a lot to spend on a mouse, but you're paying for quality. When you consider the standard of the internal components Razer have used, you're getting the best deal and in our opinion the best MMO mouse 2018 has to offer serious MMO and MOBA gamers. 

Razer Naga Trinity

Pros

  • Mechanical 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
  • 16,000 DPI

Cons

  • Some users don't like the scroll wheel feel

Best Budget Mouse

Logitech G600

The G600 is our choice for 2018's best budget MMO mouse, this category also covers MOBA. The mouse has  large amount of highly configurable thumb buttons, while we felt the the middle row buttons were a bit of a stretch (at least for my thumb) when compared to Razer Naga. The Razer Naga also wins on button quality, the mechanical buttons on the Naga just felt "better" than on the G600. That said the G600 is our budget pick, if you don't want to shell out on the Naga grab the G600, but if you have the budget go with the Naga. 

Logitech G600

Pros

  • ​Thumb buttons (good for MMO)
  • Buttons allow for customization
  • Feels comfortable / nice weight in hand

Cons

  • Not well suited to claw of finger tip grip types
  • The button feel is not as good as the Razer Naga

Gaming Mouse Buyers Guide

Below we focus on what you need to know when buying a gaming mouse in 2018, covering all important factors from grip type to sensors and DPI, wireless vs wired mice. We focus on what matters when it comes to improving your gaming accuracy and experience.


Before we get started a common thought when buying a mouse is what mouse and settings do the pros use for gaming mice? Obviously this differs significantly depending on the type of game you're playing a mouse for RPG, MOBA or MMO's with a large number of buttons is likely not a great fit for FPS games. Below we have listed some links to resources that do an excellent job of documenting the mice used by pro gamers.


Mouse Technology

Gaming mice have advanced significantly since Razer's first DeathAdder with super insane DPI's and other stats and metrics being spammed around by manufactures, it's hard for gamers to make a choice. Below we explain what they are and if they are important. 

  • ​DPI - ​DPI stands for dots per inch, higher the DPI the less you need to move your mouse. A lot of gaming mouse manufactures went nuts trying to obtain the highest DPI possible as a way of selling more mice. Higher DPI does not always mean a higher mouse accuracy, this will depend on the type and the accuracy of the sensor. As a side note DPI,  is actually an incorrect term the correct metric measurement is CPI (Counts Per Inch) - not they we are elitist around here 🙂
  • Sensors - ​There are two types of sensor optical and laser. Traditionally optical performs better on more surfaces, including rough surfaces and laser performs better on reflective surfaces. So, what's best optical vs laser? While we can't speak for every mouse sensor on the market, generally speaking optical sensors track smaller precise movements better during our testing process and we if had to pick one over the other we would go with optical.
  • Mouse ​Acceleration - T​his is your worst enemy it makes mouse movements inconsistent and unpredictable, the good news is you can turn it off. Check out our gaming mouse settings guide for more information on how to setup your mouse for DPI, sensitivity and more importantly how to disable evil mouse acceleration.
  • Polling Rate - When you move your mouse the data is sent from the device to your computer for processing. Polling rate is the amount of updates sent from your gaming mouse to your computer, the higher the polling rate the more updates are sent. Typically speaking there is no draw back from higher polling rates, but like most metrics there becomes a point where it makes little difference and it becomes something else for the marketing teams to boast about on the box. Polling rate is typically measured in Hz and gaming mice on the market in 2018 should all be 200hz+
  • Lift-Off-Distance - The distance you can lift the mouse off the pad while still registering movement. Typically Lift-Off-Distance can be adjusted withing mouse software. 
  • Weight - Usually an overlooked concept but a heavy mouse can appear laggy to some players. Adjustable weighted mice exist such as the Logitech G502. Mouse weight difference is most noticeable when the device is new, and your coming from a heavier older mouse - especially if it was a wireless mouse with batteries. 

Grip Types

Different people grip the mouse in a different ways, below are the most common grips types:

  • Palm Grip - The most natural feeling and the most commonly used mouse grip type. When using the palm grip your entire hand will be on top of the mouse, resting on the mouse creating 7 points of contact. This grip type is the most comfortable (for most players) and is the least fatiguing as most movement will come from your arm, allowing you to make fast powerful movements. However, this grip type has the caveat of not being as precise as some other grip types. The best gaming mouse for palm grip types are those with a high arch, such as the RazerDeath Adder, ROG Spartha, or the Logitech G502. 
  • Claw Grip - The claw grip only uses 6 points of contact and is midway between Palm and Finger Tip grip types providing the best of both worlds for gamers. The Claw grip uses your arm for movement and your finger tips arched over like a claw for more precise clicking accuracy. Most mouse types work well with the claw grip. 
  • Finger Tip - The finger tip method uses 5 points of contact, the mouse is moved only by the finger tips allowing precise movements of the mouse and for it to freely move around on the pad by moving finger tips only makes it fast and accurate for smaller movments. However, the finger tip grip does not work well with large swipes or big movements.

There is no right way, and no wrong way to grip a mouse. Try them all out and figure out which one will give you the most precision, speed and comfort to give you an edge in your game.


Do Gaming Mouse Pads Matter?

Yes, they matter. A gaming mouse pad is important your mouse needs to track perfectly on it's surface, that's why we recommend matching the pad to the gaming mouse. In certain software such as Razer Synapse you can configure the sensor for the gaming surface you're using. And it does have a noticeable non-placebo improvement in our opinion.


What About a Mouse Bungee?

Another product you should consider is a mouse bungee, a device that holds your mouse cable up in the air. This removes cable drag and prevents yours mouse getting caught on other objects on the desk, we have an in depth buyers guide for mouse bungees that will help you save some time doing your own research.


Will a Gaming Mouse Improve My Aim?

Yes and no, a good quality gaming mouse will enable you to perform at your best by not holding you back. I am sure we all have that friend with worn out old microsoft intelipointer, who owns everyone against all odds. But who knows if he had a good gaming mouse like we have recommended here - perhaps he would be even better.

The take away here is that a gaming mouse will help, but nothing can or will replace practice, determination, skill and a bit of luck.