When it was first invented, the mouse revolutionized the way that we interact with computers. The fundamentals of the mouse have not changed much over the countless decades of its existence, although the technology sure did.
Today, keyboard and mouse controls are widely regarded as the best way to play most games. They’re especially important for games that require any sort of aiming – such as FPS or TPS games – although the precision of mouse controls also makes them indispensable when it comes to interface-heavy games.
In this article, we will bring you a wide selection of the very best gaming mice of 2020, spanning a wide price range, so everyone will find something to suit their needs.
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Best Gaming Mice (General)
Let’s start with the very best gaming mouse in general. These will work well with any games and will take your FPS skills to the next level if you haven’t got one of these already.
- Very affordable
- Comes with a braided cable
- Build feels a bit cheap
- Not the most accurate mouse
Redragon is a company appreciated for its affordable gaming peripherals that don’t sacrifice much in the quality department.
As such, it is no wonder that one of their products – the M601 Centrophorus – might just be the best affordable gaming mouse out there, if the price is what you’re worried about the most.
The mouse boasts a robust plastic body, red LED lighting, and even a braided cable, all of which defy its very low price. In terms of functionality, it offers a decent DPI of 3200, and all of the five buttons are programmable.
While it is a very reliable and functional device in this price range, the manufacturer inevitably had to do some corner-cutting, and it is evident mainly from the overall questionable sensor quality.
It is not bad by any means, but the cheap-feeling plastic and the lack of precision during fast mouse movements will make veterans give this mouse a wide berth.
However, if all you’re looking for is a cheap mouse with a couple of programmable buttons, we can wholeheartedly recommend this one.
- High-quality build
- Very accurate sensor in this price range
- Good RGB
- No braided cable
Following up next, we have another RGB mouse. This one comes from a more prestigious and more recognizable company in the gaming world: Corsair.
The Corsair Harpoon gaming mouse is similar to the above Redragon M711 regarding design, given that it combines a clean exterior with RGB lighting.
However, the Harpoon adopts a more minimal approach and features a more modest implementation of RGB, as it is confined only to the company logo on the palm rest. Nonetheless, the lighting is of a noticeably higher quality than what you’d be getting with the M711.
All in all, the Harpoon is a very well-made no-frills mouse that focuses on precision above any extra features. It also comes with Corsair’s excellent CUE software used to customize the programmable buttons and the RGB lighting.
The only significant downside to this mouse is the lack of a braided cable, something that we would have expected to see in a mouse in this price range, especially considering the modest implementation of RGB.
Despite this, the Corsair Harpoon is still an excellent pick for anyone looking for a relatively affordable and durable no-frills mouse with a unique optical sensor.
- Fairly accurate sensor
- RGB lighting
- Good value for the money
- Durability issues in the long run
Next up, we have yet another affordable Redragon mouse, only this time, it is an RGB-equipped one – the M711 Cobra. This mouse is a step up from the more modestly-priced M601 that we looked at first.
It sports a cleaner design that gives off a definite air of quality, even if we were to set aside the elegant RGB strip that extends across the sides and the back of the mouse. Functionality-wise, there’s a total of 7 programmable buttons and 10000 DPI, which is more than sufficient.
All in all, this is a very decent gaming mouse, although the build quality does leave a bit to be desired. It doesn’t feel cheap, and there’s nothing wrong with the mouse right out of the gate, but some units have a tendency to break down a tad too easily.
Still, the M711 is noticeably more precise than the M601, so it should be the first choice of anyone looking for an affordable gaming mouse for shooting games. Plus, the RGB may not be top-of-the-line, but it is a nice feature to have nonetheless.
- High-quality build
- Ambidextrous design
- Extra programmable buttons
- Plastic cable
- No RGB
As always, it’s impossible to talk about gaming peripherals without mentioning Logitech. The Logitech G line of gaming products is very popular today, and it includes a relatively affordable gaming mouse called the Logitech G300s.
In essence, it is everything you’d expect a Logitech product to be if you’ve ever used one – quality build, highly functional, and sporting a stylish and sleek exterior. Plus, it comes with a total of 9 programmable buttons, with all the extra ones placed conveniently around the left and right-click.
And even though it has a distinct black and blue color scheme, it does come with customizable lighting in the form of two LED strips on either side of the mouse. These can display a total of seven different colors, which is a far cry from RGB, but still better than a single-color static LED.
One thing that we don’t quite like about the G300s is the cable. Namely, it is a simple plastic cable, and we’d have liked to see a more durable braided one in a mouse that comes at this price.
Other than that, we have no significant complaints. All in all, this is an excellent ambidextrous mouse with highly convenient extra buttons
- Solid aluminum frame
- Highly ergonomic
- Accurate laser sensor
- Ambidextrous design
- Design won’t be appealing for everyone
G.Skill is a company widely known for its highly popular RAM products, including the Ripjaws and the RGB-equipped TridentZ.
However, G.Skill also makes several gaming peripherals, including a single gaming mouse. The mouse in question is the Ripjaws MX780, which looks like your stereotypical over-the-top gaming mouse.
But this kind of flashy of over-the-top design is nothing new for G.Skill, and it’s up to the user to decide whether they find such design philosophy appealing. When push comes to shove, the MX780 really can push. It as a highly accurate laser sensor, a robust aluminum frame, and it takes ergonomics to a whole new level.
What’s perhaps most notable about this mouse is its modular nature, such as the ability to swap different types of grips of varying sizes. Combine that with a height-adjustable palm rest, and it’s easy to see why this is easily one of the most ergonomic mice out there.
Naturally, it also comes with eight programmable buttons and, of course, RGB lighting that is compatible with Gigabyte’s and MSI’s customization software.
There are no real significant flaws to this mouse, although, as said before, the design may just be a bit too much for some people. If that doesn’t turn you off, then the MX780 is probably one of the best laser gaming mice that you can get.
- Extremely accurate sensor
- Excellent build quality
- Highly durable and responsive switches
- Superb Chroma RGB lighting
- On the expensive side
- No distinguishing features
Naturally, at least one Razer entry is pretty much mandatory on any list of gaming peripherals, so we have the Razer DeathAdder Elite, an improved version of the slightly older DeathAdder Chroma.
This is a highly popular no-frills mouse that puts build quality and precision above everything else. Coming with a top-notch sensor and 16000 DPI sensitivity, the DeathAdder Elite is one of the best FPS gaming mice that you can get, although it is still a no-frills mouse with no outstanding features apart from the excellent Chroma RGB lighting.
On the downside, what will deter most users from this mouse is the same thing that tends to keep non-enthusiasts away from Razer’s products in general – the price.
There’s no denying it, it is quite expensive for a mouse with virtually no extra features, although in most cases, the sheer precision and the quality of the sensor will make up for it.
In the end, if you’re searching for a mouse fit for competitive multiplayer and you don’t care about programmable buttons or any other extra features, then the DeathAdder Elite will be worth your money.
- Superb optical sensor
- Highly durable
- Extra programmable buttons
- High-quality RGB
- Potentially awkward button placement
And for the final entry in this category, we have what is widely regarded as one of the best and most versatile gaming mice currently available – the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum.
In essence, it is an RGB-equipped version of the original G502 and retains all the good (and bad) things about the older model.
The mouse comes equipped with an excellent 12000 DPI sensor that rivals that of the DeathAdder Elite. Still, unlike Razer’s mouse, it also comes with quite a few programmable buttons – 11, to be exact – which makes it versatile and allows it to shine in an array of different genres.
Add to that the durability and the RGB lighting, and it’s easy to see why the G502 is the top pick of many a gamer.
Now, while the Proteus Spectrum was among the most expensive gaming mice at the time of its initial release, the price has dipped since the initial release, so it doesn’t still come with a three-digit price tag attached. Still, it is far from cheap, and it is usually a notch above the DeathAdder Elite in terms of pricing.
Other than that, some might find the programmable button placement to be positioned a bit awkwardly, but this depends mainly on the hand size and an individual’s preferred grip style.
Best Mice For MOBAs, MMOs And Strategy Games
For other game genres like MOBAs, MMOs, and strategy games, you will obtain an advantage by having more buttons on your mouse. You can use them for keybinds and macros, and they are all readily available from the comfort of your mouse.
- Quite affordable in this niche
- Good build quality
- Macro buttons are a bit stiff
- Long-term durability issues
The first mouse in the second category comes from Havit – the HV-MS735. It is their take on an affordable MMO/MOBA-oriented mouse, and it is a very affordable and efficient solution.
It comes with a 12-button macro thumb panel on the left side and has 19 programmable buttons in total.
But all the macro buttons aside, the mouse is still very viable for FPS and TPS games, as it is quite accurate with its 12000 DPI sensor.
Plus, it looks good to boot, as the RGB implementation in the logo and around the scroll wheel complement the matte black and glossy exterior combo quite well.
Sadly though, the RGB doesn’t extend to the macro buttons, which only use blue LEDs for illumination. Speaking of macro buttons, they are a bit on the stiff side, so using the mouse may get uncomfortable during long gaming sessions.
Other than that, there are no significant issues, apart from some long-term durability concerns.
- Fairly affordable
- Comfortable to use
- Great value
- Build feels a bit cheap
After the Havit HV-MS735, we have a slightly more expensive and highly popular MMO gaming mouse – the Venus, made by UtechSmart. It may not look as fancy as the above offering from Havit, but it is more functional.
The Venus boasts a 16400 DPI laser sensor, although it is not significantly more accurate than optical sensors in this price range, and it doesn’t work on glass.
More importantly, the macro buttons are more comfortable to use, and the lighting customization extends to them as well, unlike with the MS735.
On the downside, the Venus doesn’t feel as well-built as the MS735, although there are no significant durability issues in the long-term.
In any case, if you prefer function over form and have a few extra bucks to spend, the Venus would undoubtedly be a better choice than the slightly cheaper Havit mouse.
- Accurate sensor
- High-quality build
- Adjustable thumb panel
- Very comfortable to use
- Size and weight make it less appealing for FPS gamers
Next up is yet another mouse from Corsair, and this time it’s the Scimitar Pro – an excellent high-end mouse for MMO and MOBA players.
As is usual for this type of mouse, it is a bit bulky, and, as is typical for pretty much all gaming mice these days, it incorporates RGB lighting into its design.
The Scimitar Pro does have a few unique tricks of its own, though. For one, the thumb panel with the 12 macro buttons is adjustable, allowing a greater degree of comfort for different hand sizes.
On top of that, the mechanical buttons themselves are tactile, easy to press, and textured for easier identification.
The mouse comes with a highly accurate sensor, too, making it a viable mouse for shooting games as well, although it is probably heavier and bulkier than what most FPS players are used to.
But of course, there’s little point in spending extra on this mouse unless you also play MOBAs and MMOs, as there are more affordable gaming mice that are just as accurate.
- Accurate laser sensor
- Solid and durable build
- Plenty of programmable buttons
- G-Shift doubles the number of accessible macros
- Bulky and heavy
Are you looking for a reliable, top-notch mouse for MOBAs and MMOs? Look no further. The Logitech G600 is here!
Equipped with a total of 20 programmable buttons – including the 12-button thumb panel – Logitech is similarly priced but takes a somewhat different approach than the above Scimitar Pro.
First and foremost, the G600 is better-built, more durable, and has a more ergonomic design, although it also has some surplus functionality.
Most noticeably, there’s the “G-shift” button next to the right mouse button, which allows the player to easily switch between two sets of functions assigned to the programmable buttons, effectively doubling the number of macros you can access.
Besides the fairly high price, the G600 has no inherent flaws, although its weight and bulk do limit its versatility. In general, FPS players prefer lighter and more compact mice, something that the G600 isn’t, although it is a tad lighter than the Scimitar Pro.
- Swappable side panels
- Mechanical switches
- Highly responsive and accurate sensor
- Quality build and RGB lighting
- On the heavy side
And to close this category, we have another Razer mouse, and it’s the Razer Naga Trinity. Design-wise, the mouse is pretty much what you’d expect from Razer.
It features a simple matte black exterior, a bulky and ergonomic palm rest that’s pretty common for this type of mouse, and there’s Razer’s superb Chroma RGB lighting.
Now, the trick that separates the Naga Trinity from most other mice of this kind is the fact that its side panel is swappable.
In addition to the standard 12-button panel, there’s also one with seven buttons arranged in a circle, and there’s a regular 2-button panel that you find in most mice today.
Apart from that, the mouse also comes with the kind of quality that you’d expect from a Razer peripheral, including high-durability mechanical switches and a high-resolution low-latency optical sensor.
The main drawback is the price, as with most Razer mice. Granted, the Naga Trinity isn’t even that expensive compared to the rivals and considering the features it offers, but it remains on the pricey side nonetheless.
Furthermore, it’s a tad heavy and doesn’t support weight adjustment, so some may find it a bit uncomfortable to use in fast-paced games.
Best Wireless Gaming Mice
Back in the days, wireless mice were not suitable for gaming, and it was always best to get a wired mouse. Today, the difference in response time between wireless and wired mice is negligible, so if you want to cut the wires, you can just grab a wireless mouse as well.
- Highly affordable for a wireless mouse
- Light and easy to use
- Not the most durable build
- Mediocre sensor
The first mouse in this category is the VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse, a simple and seemingly unremarkable but highly affordable solution.
You’ll notice that the exterior design is nigh-identical to that of the first entry on this list, though this mouse comes in two flavors: red LEDs with red highlights and blue LEDs with no striking highlights.
The mouse comes with a compact and inconspicuous USB dongle and has some quite convenient power-saving characteristics, which ensure that the AA battery powering the mouse lasts a long time.
Furthermore, it has a 2400 DPI optical sensor that performs quite well in this price range, though, overall, it’s hardly a great sensor.
In the end, this is essentially just a bare-bones wireless mouse that is a good solution if wireless connectivity is your top priority, and you’re working with a limited budget.
Of course, if you’re looking for something more responsive, accurate, or more feature-rich, you will need to invest a little bit more towards a pricier solution.
- Quality build
- RGB lighting
- Excellent rechargeable battery
- Good value for the money
- Not the most accurate sensor for the money
The next mouse is a familiar one – the Corsair Harpoon Wireless, only this time, it’s a slightly more expensive wireless variant.
This version of the Harpoon is almost entirely the same as the more affordable wired variant, the lack of wires being the main distinguishing feature, along with a higher-resolution sensor.
That said, it still has RGB lighting, boasts a clean and appealing design, is comfortable to use, and is relatively affordable – for a quality wireless mouse, of course.
It is some $20 more expensive than the wired version and, as mentioned above, has a better sensor. On top of that, it uses a rechargeable integrated battery.
Now, the battery life is undoubtedly impressive, as the mouse can take about 60 hours of use before needing a recharge. Furthermore, it can be used as a wired mouse while charging, which is an excellent option to have in case it ever runs out of juice.
Ultimately, like the wired version, it is a great all-around solution, though the new sensor isn’t quite as accurate as those of some other mice in this price range. Still, it bumps up the DPI from 6000 to 10000.
- Excellent sensor
- Quality build and design
- Top-notch Chroma RGB lighting
- Serious battery life
- No notable features
Moving on, we get to another Razer mouse, and it’s the Razer Mamba. It sports a recognizable design similar to that of the more popular DeathAdder. It is just a beefed-up wireless version of the DeathAdder Elite, which we’ve seen in the first category.
So, it also boasts a 16000 DPI sensor, uses responsive mechanical switches, comes with Chroma RGB lighting, and the design remains quite ergonomic. Like the wireless Corsair Harpoon, it features a rechargeable battery, which can take 50 hours of use.
Ultimately, the only problem with the Mamba is the same old as with most Razer peripherals – the price. It is quite expensive, especially since it lacks any standout features to justify the high price tag.
- Superb sensor performance
- Low latency
- Highly ergonomic
- Excellent battery life
- Extremely expensive
- Unremarkable design
And finally, we have a Logitech mouse once again, and it’s the Logitech G Pro wireless mouse. It’s similar to the Razer Mamba in many ways, and judging by the name, you can pretty much tell what to expect from this mouse.
Namely, it is a super-lightweight wireless mouse which places an accent on ergonomics and precision. The 16000 DPI sensor is the most accurate one ever made by Logitech – or so they claim.
It offers minimal latency, something that anyone who is into competitive gaming is bound to appreciate having in a wireless mouse. Of course, it also comes with a rechargeable 60-hour battery.
Overall, if it is performance you’re after, you won’t find a better wireless gaming mouse than this one.
Granted, it is extremely expensive for a mouse and the design doesn’t exactly scream “high-end”, though many people prefer a more low-key, minimalistic design, especially in wireless mice.
How To Pick The Best Gaming Mouse For Your Needs
As with any other gaming product, mice incorporate different types of technology and come with multiple relevant entries to consider in their specification sheets. Here is everything you need to keep in mind before buying a gaming mouse.
Optical VS Laser
A common misconception that will persist well into 2020 is the notion that laser mice are inherently more accurate than optical mice.
Of course, this is a misconception grounded in reality, as laser mice were indeed more accurate “back in the day.” But today? Not so much.
Fundamentally, optical mice used to have lower DPI and less refined technology. However, with the ongoing technological advances, optical mice soon had all the precision of laser mice, with none of their inherent drawbacks such as the higher manufacturing costs or the jittering that sometimes occurs during slow movements.
Today, laser mice remain a good choice for those who might want to use a mouse on reflective or transparent surfaces.
Still, if we factor that out, an optical mouse will inevitably prove to be a better investment in most cases, as it will be more affordable and offer all the features and precision that you’d need.
Wired vs Wireless
Another common dilemma that people face when it comes to all kinds of peripherals is the choice between wired and wireless, be it mice, keyboards, or headsets. So, what are the pros and cons of wired and wireless mice?
Wired mice remain a gamer’s favorite to this day, primarily because of their negligible input lag and the fact that a wired connection is always more stable than a wireless one. The only downside to wired mice is cable management.
You might simply not like cable clutter – who does? – but the mouse cable getting caught on the edge of your desk can be a real hassle, but that’s why mouse bungees exist.
Wireless mice are definitely more convenient and look better, plus you are free to use them away from your desk and can use them easily on different devices.
However, potential input lag, higher pricing, and the fact that charging or replacing the batteries might be a bother for some are all reasons why wireless mice tend to take the back seat when gaming is concerned.
So, in short, if you only plan on using the mouse with a single PC at your desk, there is little need to go wireless just yet. If you don’t mind the input lag or just really can’t stand cables and don’t lament the extra cost, however, wireless mice are equally as valid a choice for gaming as wired ones are.
DPI – Does It Matter?
DPI, or dots per inch, measures the sensitivity of both optical and laser mice, with dots correlating directly to pixels. DPI tends to differ wildly in modern mice, with some lower-priced ones easily having a DPI twice that of a premium gaming mouse.
So how much is enough?
In truth, it all depends on the screen resolution. For example, if you’re gaming on a 1080p monitor, a DPI of 2000 will allow you to move the cursor across the screen by moving the mouse only one inch.
Of course, higher-resolution monitors, monitors with a higher pixel density, and setups that utilize multiple monitors, all necessitate a higher DPI for an optimal experience.
Keep in mind that overly inflated DPI counts – such as the ones commonly seen in cheaper mice – are in no way indicative of the sensor quality and are simply a marketing gimmick most of the time.
Today, programmable buttons have pretty much become the norm for all gaming mice, regardless of their pricing. So, what are programmable buttons for? Well, anything, really.
With the help of the bundled software that the manufacturer provides, you can assign whatever function you wish to a button, or you can bind a more complex command to it that would typically include multiple keystrokes, such as a macro.
Therefore, programmable buttons can be used to put any sort of command or a series of commands right at your fingertips. It can truly streamline your experience and save valuable seconds that can mean life or death in a fast-paced multiplayer match.
However, mice replete with programmable buttons are the most useful for those who primarily play MMO, MOBA, and strategy games.
Conclusion – The Best Gaming Mouse Of 2020
And finally, let’s pick out the winners, shall we?
The Best Budget Gaming Mouse – Corsair Harpoon
There’s no denying that the Corsair Harpoon is simply a great deal. For what it lacks in customizability and versatility, it more than makes up for with its high-quality build and an even higher-quality optical sensor.
Needless to say, if you’re looking for the best budget gaming mouse, we’d suggest the Harpoon above anything else if we’re talking the best value for your money.
The Best Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
The Logitech G502 has been around for quite some time, especially if we consider its first iteration, the Proteus Core. Seeing as the Spectrum is merely an RGB-equipped version of the Core, it is no wonder that it is as popular as its predecessor.
As mentioned before, the G502 boasts an extremely accurate sensor, RGB lighting, a robust and reliable build, as well as some extra programmable buttons that greatly contribute to the mouse’s versatility.
If you’re looking for the very best gaming mouse and don’t lament the cost, the G502 is the way to go.
The Best Gaming Mouse For MOBA, MMO And Strategy Games – Razer Naga Trinity
The Razer Naga Trinity stands out among the competition.
Most notably, there’s the swappable side panel, which gives it some flexibility. Still, it is also a good product all-around, as it sports a durable build, is comfortable to use, comes with durable mechanical switches, and a very accurate sensor.
Granted, it’s weight may be an issue for some, but the mouse offers excellent value, especially for a Razer product.
The Best Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G Pro
For the time being, the Logitech G Pro is possibly the best wireless gaming mouse available, thanks in no small part to its fantastic sensor and minimal latency.
The biggest drawback here is, of course, the price. Yet, a high price tag is unavoidable if you’re after a proper wireless gaming mouse.
As with the Proteus Spectrum, if you want the very best and are willing and able to pay for it, then you won’t regret getting the Logitech G Pro.
As a final note, here are some additional mouse accessories that you might find useful if you are already in search of a new mouse: