Whether you’re a seasoned esports pro or a hardcore PC gamer (and really, is there another kind?), you’ll know that selecting the right mouse for your gaming rig is a complex task. It seems that every other week a new gaming mouse hits the market, and while it’s great as a consumer to be spoiled for choice, it also makes matching your gaming needs to the right purchase sometimes trickier than it needs to be.
Players need to bear in mind, not just the type of games they most enjoy – the needs of a Real Time Strategy (RTS) fan differ quite a bit from those of the First Person Shooter (FPS) crowd. Once that’s out the way, they need to decide how adjustable they want their mouse’s sensitivity to be (that would be DPI or dots-per-inch to you) or how many customisable buttons they need. What grip do you want? Are you a Southpaw? What’s the best mouse for the gaming genres you most frequently play?
We’ve put together the following list that will (hopefully) help you purchasing a mouse that best suits your needs.
SteelSeries Rival 700
SteelSeries’s Rival line of mice is one of the more popular among gamers and it’s easy to see why. Featuring myriad customisation options, ergonomic design and fantastic performance, these mice suit the needs of pro gamers, beginners and everyone between.
The Rival 700, though, is a cut above its brethren. Not only does this mouse feature adjustable DPI settings that max out at 16,000 and a reactive OLED screen, it contains rumble motors that allow it to make games like Dota 2 and CS:GO more immersive experiences. The games supported are a bit limited and it doesn’t really accommodate left-handed players, but it suits the needs of players across gaming genres admirably. It may strike some as a tad expensive, but if you have the financial layout this may be the only mouse you need for a while.
Logitech G903 Chaos Spectrum
The successor to arguably the best wireless gaming mouse on the market – the LG 900 – the G903 builds on its predecessor’s assertion that wireless mice don’t have to be rubbish. Light in weight, and well built for both claw and palm-grip players, the G903 is also ambidextrous in its design, offering arguably the best wireless experience for both left-handed and right-handed players.
Boasting eleven customisable buttons, a DPI range of 200 to 12,000 – which should satisfy everyone from MMO grinders to FPS twitch triggers – and one of the best sensors on the market, the G903 is also one of the few mice that can benefit from Logitech’s Powerplay feature. If you’re prepared to shell out for a wireless charging system, this mouse charges itself as you use it, putting paid to the pesky drawback most wireless mouse units have had… until now.
Razer Naga Trinity
One of the best peripheral providers in the market, Razer has a mouse to suit pretty much every gaming need and every budget on top of that. We’ve picked out the Razer Naga Trinity for a couple of reasons, but chief among them is the fact this mouse has easily swappable side-plates.
As its name implies, the Naga Trinity has three swappable plates, that between them, cater to a variety of gaming genre needs. You have a 12-button grid (popular with WOW players) a 2-button selection or a 7-button thumbwheel to choose from. All are completely customisable and all plates are sleekly contoured in design to fit snugly against your thumb. Toss in a 5G sensor and 16,000 DPI and you’re looking at a great all rounder – which is surprisingly cheap for what you get.
Corsair Glaive RBG
Robust, elegant and offering the glide of a figure skater the Corsair Glaive RBG is a solid buy for casual-to slightly-below-elite tier players. It doesn’t offer the bells and whistles some in this list do (it’s not ambidextrous and it doesn’t come with snap-on/snap-off customisation beyond its comfort grips), but it boasts one of the most intuitive customisation UI settings around. Really, your cat could sort this out.
It’s slightly understated compared to some of the offerings on this list, but its performance isn’t lacking; the Glaive RBG offers the ability to customise sensitivity through its Pixart PMW 3367 16,000 DPI optical sensor and its lightweight fits snugly in one’s hand. It may not satisfy the esports crowd, but its relatively low price and genre versatility should make it a shoo-in for entry-level PC shoppers.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma
If you’re in the market for a gaming mouse and you either don’t know which device to go for, or you don’t have the money to take a chance on high-end kit, the DeathAdder Chroma should be on your radar. The reason? This is a highly affordable, jack-of-all-trades gaming mouse that should satisfy anyone outside the esports/PC-head elite group.
That’s not doing it down, by the way; there’s a reason Razer is an iconic brand in PC gaming. While pros may look at it as a no-frills option, it suits the needs of everyone else. Comfortable, customisable and boasting 10,000 DPI, unless you’re jumping into a pro-game of Overwatch, this is a mouse that’ll suit your needs and then some.