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

The Best Gaming Mouse 2018

Last updated: June 2018

It's no secret that a gaming mouse is the MOST important piece of hardware you need to invest in as a gamer. That's why we have poured days of research into our best gaming mouse of 2018 guide, short listing the TOP 8 mice making it easy for you to quickly find the best mouse for all game types (FPS, MMO, RPG & MOBA).

Gaming Mouse

Best Gaming Mouse 2018

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1. Razer Deathadder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite Destiny 2 Edition - Multi-Color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse - World's Most Precise Sensor - Comfortable Grip

Best FPS Gaming Mouse 2018

Optical

6,000

7

2. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, 12,000 DPI On-The-Fly DPI Shifting, Personalized Weight and Balance Tuning with (5) 3.6g Weights, 11 Programmable Buttons

Best All Round Mouse

PMW3366 Optical

12,000

11

3. Razer Naga Hex V2

Razer Naga Hex V2 - Ergonomic MOBA Gaming Mouse with 7 Programmable Thumb Buttons - 16,000 Adjustible DPI

Best MMO Gaming Mouse 2018

Laser Sensor

16,000

11

4. Logitech G903 Lightspeed

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse with POWERPLAY Wireless Charging Compatibility

Best Wireless Gaming Mouse 2018

PMW3306

12,000

8

5. Steel Series Rival 700

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse - 16,000 CPI Optical Sensor - OLED Display - Tactile Alerts - RGB Lighting

The Mouse That Vibrates

PMW3366 Optical

16,000

6. Corsair Scimitar RGB

CORSAIR M65 Pro RGB - FPS Gaming Mouse - 12,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Adjustable DPI Sniper Button - Tunable Weights -  Black

Best MOBA Gaming Mouse 2018

13263 

12,000

14

7. ASUS ROG Spatha

ASUS ROG Spatha RGB Wireless/Wired Laser Gaming Mouse (ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse)

Wired & Wireless

10508

8,200

7

8. Corsair M65 RGB

CORSAIR M65 Pro RGB - FPS Gaming Mouse - 12,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Adjustable DPI Sniper Button - Tunable Weights -  Black

Runner Up FPS Gaming Mouse

ADNS s3988

8,200

12

If you prefer wired or wireless, right-handed or left-handed mice, we've got your back with our review of the best gaming mouse for 2018. 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.

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

1. Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Best Gaming Mouse 2018

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Razer DeathAdder Elite Destiny 2 Edition - Multi-Color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse - World's Most Precise Sensor - Comfortable Grip
  • Perfectly designed to fit snugly under your palm, the ergonomic shape of the Razer DeathAdder Elite Destiny 2 Edition gives gamers the most comfortable gaming experience ever
  • The Destiny 2 Razer DeathAdder Elite is equipped with a 16,000 DPI optical sensor. It is capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 450 inches per second with 99.4% resolution accuracy
  • Whether you are playing at fast or low speeds, the Destiny 2 Deathadder Elite will always respond onscreen with exacting accuracy and the organic fluidity only possible with an optical sensor

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.

Professional Gamers are of the mindset that if you are ever in doubt when searching for the best gaming mouse available on the market, check out the Razer Deathadder and you'll have your hands on the best all round mouse for gaming in 2018.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

Button Response

The buttons are soft and you can get used to the click almost immediately. The tactile response of the buttons are designed in a way to give a feeling of a soft touch while hard enough to prevent them from being pressed accidentally.

Button Position
There are two small buttons situated under the ​scroll wheel that lets you adjust the CPIs with a single touch and two buttons situated at the left side, just over the rubber grip for the thumb. The buttons are easily accessible and can be custom programmed for any functionality that one may like.

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

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2. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB

Best Logitech Gaming Mouse

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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, 12,000 DPI On-The-Fly DPI Shifting, Personalized Weight and Balance Tuning with (5) 3.6g Weights, 11 Programmable Buttons
  • Advanced optical gaming sensor (PMW3366): Logitech's most accurate and responsive optical sensor precisely translates hand movements onscreen
  • Tunable weight and balance: Repositionable 3.6G weights for superior fit and feel. Resolution: 200 - 12,000 dpi
  • RGB customizable lighting: Match your style and environment with up to 16.8 million colors

A truly fantastic mouse, that will be suitable for most players and game types, our pick for the best all round gaming mouse in 2018 - 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, ​it's 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 on the button​s. 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. 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 ​device chassis.

​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. Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

Best Wireless Gaming Mouse 2018

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Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse with POWERPLAY Wireless Charging Compatibility
  • LIGHTSPEED WIRELESS: latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. LIGHTSPEED wireless technology features a 1 ms report rate for competition-level twitch targeting
  • ADVANCED PMW3366 SENSOR: equipped with the PMW3366 optical sensor-zero smoothing, filtering, or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) at speeds over 400 IPS
  • ADVANCED MECHANICAL BUTTON TENSIONING: delivers an exceptionally clean and crisp button feel, response, and consistency

This time around we have replaced the long awarded Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum with the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED.  Why I hear you ask, what is the difference?  

Logitech G900 VS G903 LIGHTSPEED

There are three main differences between the G900 and and G903, outlined below:

  1. POWERPLAY - Logitech's wireless (inductive) charging technology, when used with the it automatically charges the device when it's in use. A really cool feature, that means no more remembering to dock your device after use! The mat also connects the mouse so you only need the mat connected to both, connect and charge the device.
  2. LIGHTSPEED - Another Logitech technology that is designed to reduce the input lag from a wireless gaming mouse even further than the previous G900 model.  
  3. Weighted base - the G903 now allows for an adjustable weight in the base of the mouse.
  4. Price The price point is about the same for both mice now so we recommend buying the G903 LIGHTSPEED and the POWERPLAY mouse pad to keep it permanently topped up.

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.

  • sensor
  • build quality
  • weight
  • buttons

The body consists of a total of 11 fully programmable buttons that can be set to any function from the Logitech software. The DPI adjuster are right behind the scrolling wheel and then there are 2 buttons on the right and the left side of the dome shape where the palm rests. These buttons can prove pretty useful in-game as well as daily computing tasks.

When shopping for a gaming mouse have you ever considered a wireless mouse? As gamers  we are aware of the input lag factor, and several others issues (flat mouse batteries) but these are all negated by the G903 by offering 1ms delay and wireless induction charging  making it the best wireless gaming mouse available on the market in 2018.

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. 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 G903 has been designed keeping durability in mind and is fairly priced considering the design.

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

CONS

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

Logitech G900 Technical Specification


4. Steel Series Rival 700

The Gaming Mouse that Vibrates

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SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse - 16,000 CPI Optical Sensor - OLED Display - Tactile Alerts - RGB Lighting
  • Vivid onboard OLED display
  • Tactile alerts let you feel the game. Acceleration : 50g. Polling Rate : 1 ms (1000 Hz)
  • Ergonomics built for every grip style. SteelSeries Switches : Rated for 30 Million Clicks

​​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 Wireless Gaming Mouse

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ASUS ROG Spatha RGB Wireless/Wired Laser Gaming Mouse (ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse)
  • Customizable 3-zone (ROG logo, scroll wheel, side buttons) RGB lighting effects
  • Wireless/wired modes with 8200 DPI, 150 ips, 30g acceleration and 2000Hz USB polling rate (in wired mode)
  • Programmable 12-button design with swappable Omron click switches for customizable click resistance, weight 178.5 g without cable

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.

​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 ​ROG Spatha 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

There is a total of 12 buttons on the spathe that are fully programmable via the Asus Armory software. The button placement is something one has to get used to slowly and gradually because they are pretty awkwardly placed. The DPI adjuster is just behind the scroll wheel, the forward and the back buttons are placed at the edge of the left-click button and makes it real tough to access, especially, the forward button. Other than that, there are 6 buttons on the left side of the mouse where the thumb rests. These buttons can be extremely confusing and the feel of the touch isn’t as good as one would expect from a mouse as expensive as that of the spatha.

​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, that ​allows charging when 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 ​device offers both wired and wireless, so you can try it for yourself.

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ASUS ROG Spatha RGB Wireless/Wired Laser Gaming Mouse (ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse)
ASUS Computer International Direct - Personal Computers

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 2018

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.

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. The shape ​allows ​ proper gripping for your hands in order to get the ultimate grip. 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 Alcor is that it gets jittery at times. 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​ it provides and falls under the $40 price tag. The ​Alcor pretty much goes face to face with professional mice that cost double the price.

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

6. Corsair M65 RGB

​Best ​FPS Gaming Mouse

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CORSAIR M65 Pro RGB - FPS Gaming Mouse - 12,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Adjustable DPI Sniper Button - Tunable Weights -  Black
  • 12000 DPI high-accuracy sensor: custom tuned, gaming grade sensor for pixel-precise tracking
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum structure: light weight, durability, and optimal mass distribution
  • Advanced weight tuning system: set the center of gravity to match your play style

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.

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 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 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 ​M65 RGB 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.

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 ​chassis is thinner where the palm rests and wider at the top in order to give you enough space for keeping your fingers on the ​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 ​for the M65, although some people have been complaining about the shape 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. Razer Naga Hex V2

Best ​MMO Gaming Mouse​ 2018

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Razer Naga Hex V2 - Ergonomic MOBA Gaming Mouse with 7 Programmable Thumb Buttons - 16,000 Adjustible DPI
  • Created specifically for MOBA gamers, the Razer Naga Hex Chroma comes with a 7 button thumb grid outfitted with mechanical buttons, positioned in a way that ensures you never misclick.
  • Each of these buttons is programmable, giving you easy and quick access to skills, no matter how intense the fight gets.
  • Redesigned with comfort in mind, the Razer Naga Hex Chroma now features a new ergonomic form factor that will fit the most popular playstyles.7 feet braided fiber USB cable

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.

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. 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.

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 ​naga Hex, the V1, was a disaster when it came to button placement and gripping, but ​Razer 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 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 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 ​V2 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 ​scroll wheel dissatisfying

8. Corsair Scimitar RGB

​Best MOBA Gaming Mouse 2018

Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 DPI, Black
  • 12000 DPI pro-proven sensor - High performance optical sensor for a pixel precise gaming experience
  • Dynamic multicolor backlighting - Customizable backlighting immerses you in the game by providing nearly unlimited lighting adjustability
  • Complete CUE control - Don't just configure your mouse, program it

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.

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 ​Scimitar RGB comes with 17 programmable buttons in total, 12 of which are conveniently placed at the left side, 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 device is just as powerful and innovative and the outside. The sensor is a Pixart ADNS 3988, supporting a maximum DPI of 12,000 which can be adjusted from the buttons placed behind the scroller. Keep in mind that the Schimiter RGB is 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 appearance, 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

Best Gaming Mouse for FPS (CS GO, Overwatch, TF2, Battlefield)

Below we have the best gaming mice for FPS games like CS GO, Overwatch, Team Fortress 2 and the Battlefield series. Mice in this category typically have less buttons and are best used on my mat and configured without acceleration with the closest to 1:1 pixel mapping possible.

Best FPS Gaming Mouse

  1. Razer DeathAdder Elite
  2. Logitech G502 Spectrum
  3. SteelSeries Rival 700
  4. Corsair Scimitar RGB

PRO TIP: If you play multiple FPS games, configure your mouse settings the same throughout all the games to help train your muscle memory. 


​​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 experiance.

What Mice do Pro Gamers use?

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 accleration.
  • 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 noticible when the device is new, and your coming from a heavier older ​mouse - especially if it was a wireless mouse with batteries.

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.

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 noticible non-placebo improvement in our opinion.

What about Mouse Bungee's?

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. 

About this Buyers Guide

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​We are gamers like you, when we buy hardware we do our research - spending hours researching products online, reading countless reviews, forums, Q&A's and FAQ's. We created this site to give back to the community and help gamers make informed purchase decisions.

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When tasked with buying ​the best gaming mouse for 2018 we performed market research using ​trusted sources to provide  good honest, well informed detailed hardware reviews. We always cite my sources in articles (usually at the bottom).  

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Why have you spent hours upon hours building out ​truly epic buyers guide resources for gamers. Simple really, we know how it feels to do all hours and hours of research and still not really know what to buy as your stuck within indecisiveness hell.