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).
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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.
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...
We reviewed the best FPS mice from Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries and BenQ, we settled on the Razer DeathAdder Elite and some runner up mice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Different people grip the mouse in a different ways, below are the most common grips types:
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.
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.
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.
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.