There are different kinds of mice, too. You have traditional wired and wireless options. There are ones with numerous buttons for programming, as well as others that only focus on comfort and accuracy. And a mouse is nothing without a good surface to move across. Luckily, we also have a collection of great mouse mats that you can pair up with your pointing purchase.
Here’s a collection of excellent mice for you to choose from.
SteelSeries Rival 600
The SteelSeries 600 is a stunning mouse. It’s comfortable to use for prolonged periods of time, sports a detachable USB cable (although with a propriety attachment design) and keeps the RGB lighting to a minimum to prevent the pointer from appearing tacky. But the company didn’t stop there. What sets this mouse apart from the competition is the exceptionally-good sensor tech.
The included TrueMove3 sensor is accurate enough to keep up with even the most competitive titles. The best part of going with SteelSeries is the company’s Engine suite, which remains one of the best software packages for managing personalization options and features of all connected SteelSeries peripherals.
It’s a bit pricey at around $80 but is well worth every penny.
Razer DeathAdder Elite
Razer’s DeathAdder is the esports mouse for the company’s catalog of pointing peripherals. However, that should not mean you have to overlook the mouse for more expensive options. If you’re looking around for a new gaming mouse, the DeathAdder Elite is a super offering for the brand name alone — and Razer makes some kick-ass mice and keyboards.
You’ll not want to pick this up for MMOs, should you require a million buttons at your disposal, but with the 16,000-DPI optical PMW3389 sensor, you’ll be able to take out enemies more effectively on the battlefield. And since this is a Chroma product, you’ll have access to 16.8 million customizable color options for the lighting.
The DeathAdder Elite can also be purchased in a variety of styles, depending on which game you follow. As well as the base $57.99 Chroma version, there’s also one for those who are left-handed, and a DeathAdder for Black Ops 3, Overwatch, and World of Tanks. Be sure to check the additional variations in pricing.
Logitech G600 MMO Mouse
The Logitech G600 is a laser mouse specifically designed, built (with an S9808 sensor) and sold for massively multiplayer online (MMO) fans. Many MMO games these days require you to hit a wide variety of keys for corresponding spells and abilities. Mice like the G600 help players out by making it easier to manage their catalog of character abilities by moving them from the keyboard to the mouse.
There are 20 MMO function buttons on this mouse. Twelve of them are situated on the left-hand side of the mouse, where your thumb usually rests for convenient access. There’s also a third button alongside the left- and right-click. Where your ring finger rests is the G-shift button that doubles the number of actions one can perform with each click.
It’s also a beautiful looking mouse with an aesthetically pleasing design. Better still, you’ll be able to customize the lighting for the thumb buttons, as well as adjust dots-per-inch (DPI) settings (up to 8,200) and button assignments. Not bad for $42. The G600 is available in black or white.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Mouse
The Rival 310 is SteelSeries’ optical mouse for tournament play with its impressive sensor technology and customization options. There are six programmable buttons with a configurable DPI setting (and TrueMove3 sensor) that tops out at 12,000 CPI. With the added 16.8 million color options and two-zone illumination, you’ll be able to get the Rival 310 to compliment your beastly setup.
SteelSeries rates the switches for 50 million clicks, perfect for those click-hungry games when you have some minutes to kill and don’t mind recovering from a repetitive strain injury. The Rival 310 will set you back around $50 and comes in white, gray, and black.
This beast of a wireless mouse from Logitech proves that you don’t need to remain shackled to a PC with cables to enjoy games without input latency. Using the included USB receiver with the G903 (about $110), it’s possible to game with just 1ms of lag between performing an action and seeing it represented on-screen. Logitech opted to use the PMW3366 sensor, which means it’s not only fast and reliable but highly accurate too.
But that’s only the beginning. Because this mouse is wireless, you need to keep it topped up with charge. Sure, you can use the cable but this beast of a pointer has built-in wireless charging. All you need is pick up the Logitech PowerPlay mouse mat and you’ll be charging while you play. That’s the future of wireless mice and keeping them going for long LAN sessions. Never plug the mouse into a dock ever again.
Corsair Gaming M65 PRO Mouse
The Corsair Gaming M65 PRO optical laser mouse ($49.99) features a 12,000 DPI A9800 sensor with high accuracy, and it’s custom-tuned for gaming. If you have an eye for design, the M65 sports an aircraft-grade aluminum build, which is both lightweight and durable. Corsair will even allow owners to calibrate the mouse with the available surface to ensure the sensor responsiveness is finely tuned for sessions.
Should you find yourself requiring on-the-fly DPI level switching, you’ll be able to do just that with the M65. Macros, programmable buttons, and the custom RGB lighting can all be configured to match your style too. Onboard switches are rated for 20 million clicks, so you’ll be fragging for years to come without needing to replace your trusty companion.
These are the mice we’d recommend to gamers, but what say you? Let us know your favorite mice in the comments below!
Updated May 08, 2018: We replaced some of the older models in this list with fantastic new gaming mice.