Whether you’re blowing chunks out of opponents or demolishing those TPS reports, it’s essential that you have the right mouse under your hand. Gaming mice, in particular, have a seemingly endless variety of options to choose between, all offering different benefits. Here are some tips on choosing the right one for you. These mice –
Whether you’re blowing chunks out of opponents or demolishing those TPS reports, it’s essential that you have the right mouse under your hand. Gaming mice, in particular, have a seemingly endless variety of options to choose between, all offering different benefits.
Here are some tips on choosing the right one for you. These mice – all available in 2020 – are ideal for gaming PCs as well as these great gaming laptops, but you can use them for day-to-day work and browsing too.
Best gaming mouse of 2020
1. Razer Naga Trinity
Improving on one of the best gaming mice available, Razer’s Naga Trinity offers the best of the Hex V2 and then some. Why? While many gaming mice offer a single setup, the Trinity, as the name suggests, offers three. The mouse sports an interchangeable side plate and includes 2-, 7- and 12-button plates in the box, allowing you to customise the mouse for the type of game you’re playing. It’s simple to do too, and uses a magnet to snap the plates into place.
It’s not just a gimmick either – each plate features high-quality buttons that provide tactile feedback with every click, and ergonomic placement means we’re yet to experience any misclicks – even with the 12-button plate. This brings a huge advantage to PC gamers, as it provides up to 19 programmable buttons to be used in your favourite games, all customisable via the Razer software.
Along with the ability to switch out button plates, the Razer Naga Trinity offers an impressive 5G optical sensor with up to 16,000DPI (although we were content in the 1200s) to provide the sensitivity and speed required to beat the best when gaming online.
The design isn’t too in-your-face either, which is a refreshing change for gaming mice that are usually covered in LED lighting. Don’t get us wrong – you still get some areas lit by customisable LEDs (the logo, scroll-wheel and buttons), but it’s much less distracting than others we’ve seen. It is favoured for right-handed players though, which may cause issues with lefties.
2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed Wireless features slick design and impressive internals to deliver a premium gaming experience, complete with hotkeys and lag-free wireless connectivity. That wireless connectivity is powered by Logitech’s proprietary Lightspeed tech, providing low-latency 1ms response times to make sure you can react to crucial in-game moments in the blink of an eye.
It keeps the lightweight form factor of the hugely popular G502 HERO, weighing in at 114g, and boasts the same five customisable buttons near the grippy thumb rest on the left of the mouse. The G502 Lightspeed Wireless also sports the HERO 16K sensor, and is capable of tracking speed across the entire 16,000 DPI range. You can quickly tweak the current DPI using the easy-access buttons, ideal for switching between scope and no-scope in multiplayer shooters.
The scroll wheel has two modes – ratchet and free scroll – providing clicky tactile feedback for precise scrolling and lightning-fast, resistance-free scrolling experience respectively. The scrolling mode can be changed on-the-fly via the dedicated toggle found just beneath the scroll wheel itself, making the mouse ideal whether you’re selecting a weapon from your scroll wheel inventory in your favourite shooter or scrolling through long documents at work.
In terms of battery life, the G502 Lightspeed Wireless manages around 48 hours on average with the RGBs enabled, and jumps up to around 60 hours with lighting disabled. If the idea of plugging it in doesn’t appeal, you can pick up the optional Powerplay wireless charging mat and keep the mouse topped up without the need for a USB cable.
3. Asus ROG Chakram
Most gaming mice lean into a specific strength. Maybe it’s DPI, maybe it’s customisability, maybe its wireless performance or battery life or any number of other things. The Asus ROG Chakram does its best to lean into every possible strength at once.
Listing this flagship mouse’s specs and features it almost exhausting. You can use it wired over USB, or over either Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless.
The 16,000 DPI sensor is top of the line, and a DPI button on the underside lets you adjust responsiveness on the fly.
There are three RGB light zones: underneath the main buttons, the scroll wheel, and an ROG logo under your palm. This is actually customisable though – you can lift the case up and remove the logo plate to swap it with the included blank version, which you can customise how you see fit – so long as you have a steady hand and some artistic flair.
That’s not all you can tweak. Obviously all the buttons are remappable and the lighting works with Aura Sync, but you can also swap out the mouse switches, to replace damaged ones or simply adjust the feel to suit your playstyle. All of this can be done without a screwdriver or other tools.
What about the other buttons? In addition to two side buttons there’s a built-in joystick (again, customisable, with multiple sizes included). You can use this either in a digital mode that maps the four directions to specific inputs (to reload, lean round a corner, etc.) or in an analogue style to properly replace a thumbstick for flight sims or racing games.
It works well, and my only real complaint is that it’s a little further forward than I’d like, so that the way I naturally hold the mouse leaves my thumb just shy of the stick. Once you get used to have the extra four inputs from the digital mode it’s hard to go back (for regular use, not just gaming) and a thumbstick is a much more natural implementation than having four extra buttons, though the analogue functionality will no doubt prove a little more niche.
With all this tech, battery life should suffer right? Not so. Asus says the Chakram will last 79 hours over 2.4GHz (without the RGB lighting, to be fair) and I’ve found the battery lasts days of use comfortably. Fast USB-C charging gets you hours of charge from 15 minutes plugged in, while slower Qi wireless charging is a convenient back-up.
At £150/$150 the Chakram isn’t cheap. But you are getting so much in return that it’s honestly hard to argue with the price, and you could pay almost as much and get a whole lot less elsewhere.
4. Asus ROG Spatha
The Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Spatha sports a completely new design with a rather detailed Mayan-style grip on the left hand side next to six fully programmable thumb buttons, ideal for use in MMOs and MOBAs alike.
There aren’t only six buttons though – there are twelve buttons across the mouse ready to be customised via the ROG Armoury software available for Windows. That’s only touching the surface with regards to the app, as it also lets you customise button response, polling rate, acceleration, angle snapping and more, perfect for pro gamers.
The magnesium alloy-constructed ROG Spatha boasts extremely high sensitivity, thanks to the use of an 8200dpi laser sensor coupled with a DPI switch. As well as this, the ROG Armoury offers surface calibration, providing you with the best performance for the surface it’s being used on.
This combination allows you to switch between high and low sensitivity with a single click while giving you finer control when aiming with a precise weapon like a sniper rifle, for example.
If that’s not impressive enough for you, then maybe this is: the Asus ROG Spatha is both wired and wireless, depending on your personal preference. You can use the supplied Micro-USB cable to connect the mouse to your PC, or alternatively, you can connect the receiver/charging station and use it wirelessly until it requires a charge. It gives users the freedom to play how they like without having to compromise.
Along with the above features, it comes with fairly standard LED customisation that lets you change not only the colour of the logo on the mouse and scroll wheel, but also the light that leaks out between the thumb buttons along the left-hand side of the mouse.
5. Roccat Kain 120 Aimo
It might look a little on the basic side, but the devil is in the detail with Roccat’s new Kain 120. From the super-flexible braided cable to the Pro-Grip coating and refined (and very satisfying) click mechanism that’s rated for 50 million actuations, everything about the Kain 120 Aimo has been carefully and thoughtfully designed for gamers.
There’s a choice of black or white models (the white one is called the 122), and compared to its sibling, the Kone Aimo, there’s just two RGB zones: one under your palm and the other in the scroll wheel. So the LEDs aren’t distracting while you game, and you can adjust brightness and colour for each zone in the Swarm software.
It’s there that you can also adjust the DPI settings: from 50 up to 16,000 DPI thanks to Roccat’s latest Owl-Eye sensor. You can have up to five preset DPI levels, each of which is identifiable by a different colour in the scroll wheel as you toggle through them using the DPI switch.
If you’re not sure which is the best setting, a useful Calibrate button gets you to move the pointer to targets as quickly as possible. Typically you’ll want it at a far lower setting than 16,000, though.
As you’d expect, you can also assign the buttons to whichever function you want, but unlike many gaming mice, there aren’t that many of them: the only extras are two buttons on the side which default to back and forwards in a web browser.
We found the Kain a little too large to be really comfortable for long gaming sessions, but ergonomics are such a personal thing, and it may well be ideal for you. Roccat says the design is the result of two years of research and testing, and says it doesn’t “strictly position your hand into a specific grip style”.
6. Sades Axe
The Sades Axe is probably one of the best FPS mice that you’ve never heard of, and it’s affordable too, proving you don’t need to break the bank to get your hands on a great gaming mouse.
You’ll find all the regular gubbins of an FPS mouse here, including adjustable DPI – with LED indicators -, adjustable weights and a dedicated Fire button to the left of the left mouse button. There are four sculpted buttons housed just beneath where your thumb naturally rests, making them easy to access, and two more buttons above the thumb rest too.
Those buttons, along with the dedicated Fire button and the individual DPI settings are customisable via software for PC, and it’s also where you can customise the built-in LEDs with 12 patterns to choose from.
The only real limitation of the Axe is in the DPI department; while other mice in our chart go up to the 16,000 mark, the Axe DPI is limited to 10,000. That’s still more than enough for most gamers in our opinion, but some pro-level gamers may disagree.
Still, the Sades Axe remains a great choice at a very competitive price tag.
7. Roccat Kone Aimo
Despite the mid-range price-tag, the Roccat Kone Aimo offers a fairly premium experience. The ergonomic shape of the mouse fits the palm of your hand perfectly, and your fingers comfortably fall into the groves along the body. There’s even a thumb-rest that doubles up as a customisable trigger, an idea that is both practical and innovative (and something not featured on any other mouse in our roundup).
That might not be the first thing you notice about the Kone Aimo, though. Why? It’s the king of LEDs, boosting the number of LED strips from two to four when compared to the original Kone. It certainly looks impressive, and offers a range of preset (as well as custom) colour options to choose from via Roccat Swarm, the bundled software for PC that allows you to customise not only the LED lighting but custom buttons, scroll speed and more.
Under the hood, you’ll find the latest PixArt Owl-Eye optical sensor, offering up to 12,000DPI in 100DPI-increments, although we found the best results to be around the 1800-3000 mark. It also features what Roccat calls ‘Easy Shift’ technology – a tri-button thumb zone (one of which we mentioned above) that features two wide buttons above where your thumb rests, along with one below. The tactile and audible feedback from the buttons is satisfying, and should help provide an edge in battle. You’ll also find two buttons directly beneath the scroll wheel, allowing you to adjust the DPI on-the-fly.
It’s not wireless, but it does come with a 1.8m braided cable that should survive quite a bit of wear-and-tear.
8. SteelSeries Sensei 310
For those looking for something a little cheaper than the Steelseries Rival 700, we present the Steelseries Sensei 310. It doesn’t feature the OLED display or built-in vibration motor, but it does boast an ambidextrous design ideal for those lefties out there.
It also boasts what Steelseries calls ‘the world’s first true 1:1 eSports sensor’ up to 3.500CPI. More specifically, the Sensei 310 features a 12,000CPI PixArt TrueMove 3 optical sensor, providing incredibly accurate tracking, whether it be small adjustments or huge sweeping movements. Moving a distance on the mouse results in that exact same distance on screen with no kind of jitter.
Beyond the sensor, the Sensei 310 is impressively light at 92.1g, which when coupled with silicone side grips and fiber-reinforced plastics provides a comfortable gaming experience, even when you’re clicking away for hours at a time.
And, in true Steelseries fashion, you can customise the LEDs and button mappings of the mouse via SteelSeries Engine. It’ll all be saved on a 32-bit ARM processor, meaning you can switch PCs without having to install Steelseries Engine to load your presets.
If the ambidextrous design isn’t for you, you might be interested in the Rival 310.
9. Asus ROG Pugio
The Asus ROG Pugio is one of very few mice in our roundup that are truly ambidextrous, making it an attractive options for lefties and righties alike. It offers two configurable side buttons on both sides of the mouse that, thanks to the use of magnets (who doesn’t love magnets?) can be swapped out with button covers to stop them being accidentally activated when not in use.
It’s not the only customisable element of the mouse either. The Pugio features a push-fit switch socket design that allows you to easily swap out switches fort varying levels of resistance. It uses Omron switches for a satisfying click feel, and Asus even provides a secondary set in the box for you to find the right resistance. The push-fit design also extends the lifespan of the mouse, as it’s easy to replace the switches if they get broken.
The ROG Pugio also sports a 7200 DPI optical sensor with 30g acceleration, and a quick-access DPI switch beneath the scroll wheel. But, unlike other mice in our roundup, the Pugio only allows you to switch between two DPI profiles on-the-fly. It does have a handy DPI LED indicator though, so you know which setting you’re using at a glance.
It sports a sleek, low-profile design with a three-zone LED lighting system. You’ll also find Mayan-inspired engravings on the thumb grips, scroll wheel and on the bottom of the mouse to make the Pugio look a little more unique. We do have one complaint though; the small, low-profile design mean those with larger hands may not find it very comfortable to use for long periods.
10. Corsair M65
The Corsair M65 RGB mouse is, appropriately enough, a sleek, dangerous-looking thing of beauty, a mix of contours and sharp angles. The matte surface is non-slip for fast, precise movements, it has a braided cable, and it feels pleasantly solid.
It’s also part of Corsair’s RGB range, meaning it has three separate lighting sections that can be customized with 16.8 million colours in a variety of ripple, wave and chase effects.
While design and aesthetic appeal are clearly a key focus of this mouse, it by no means skimps on the features. The 8200 DPI sensor is the best we tested, and it comes with on-the-fly switching via two buttons below the scroll wheel, although the colour-changing indicator is less convenient than the Kone’s voiceover system.
It also features a ‘sniper switch’ as mentioned above, so you can drop your DPI down at a moment’s notice to nail that perfect pin-point headshot. The two side buttons are well-placed in thumbs-reach and the M65 feels reasonably comfortable in the hand, aside from a lack of pinkie support. For the more particular gamer, Corsair’s mouse also offers three ‘tuning zones’ to tweak the centre of gravity to your individual satisfaction.
Corsair’s configuration software covers all their peripherals, so applying customized lighting patterns between devices is a snap. The lighting management software itself can be somewhat confusing, but the options for creating patterns and effects are almost infinite, so it’s a good trade.
The software also includes macro functionality, so you can bind specific custom macros to any button you wish, as well as additional commands such as multimedia control.
What to consider when buying a gaming mouse
A lot of what to consider comes down to personal choice – how it feels in your hand, and whether you find the positioning of the buttons comfortable. Incidentally, lefties should take note; these are almost entirely right-handed mice, and the SteelSeries Sensei 310 is the only model here that is ambidextrous, so you might want to consider that before splashing out.
However, aside from sheer ergonomics, there are other factors to consider. Many mice offer adjustable on-the-fly DPI settings, allowing you to change your mouse’s sensitivity at the touch of a button. This is for when you need granular control, like when you’re going for that 360 noscope headshot.
Only three buttons on your current mouse? Most gaming mice come with anywhere from five to ten programmable buttons (which you can assign to specific functions such as sprinting, crouching or reloading), while an MMO-style mouse might cram 20 or more onto its chassis. These can give you a leg up on the competition when used correctly.
Many also offer various backlighting options to make them more attractive to look at. Occasionally a mouse comes with removable weights, allowing you to make the mouse heavier or lighter until you’ve found your “perfect” weight.
Wired vs wireless is another consideration. Most of these mice are wired, in part because there are substantially more wired gaming mice on the market. Sticking with wired saves you from worrying about battery life and guarantees a lightning-fast connection, but wireless mice are undeniably convenient and save you from messy cords. It’s also worth noting that wireless connection speeds are constantly improving, so latency is becoming less and less of a concern.
Whatever you’re after, whether you’re a twitch-gaming fanatic looking for the perfect precision headshots or a MOBA gamer trying to maximise your DPS, there’s a mouse that’ll suit your needs, and after finding it, you’ll never go back.
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