Choose your weapon wisely.
Last updated: May 2018
There are few relationships in the PC gaming world that are as important as the one between a gamer and his or her mouse. That’s why it’s so important to pick the absolute best gaming mouse. It’s the most direct connection you have to whatever game you’re playing (no offense to the keyboards reading this). On top of the amount of time spent holding it, the mouse also plays a huge role in games too, since a comfortable, accurate mouse will help you dominate while an unwieldy one will just lead to disaster. Not to overstate it, but from a gaming perspective choosing the right mouse is literally a matter of life or death.
We’ve sampled some of the finest gaming mice available, and would like to offer you our picks for what we think are the best mice for Mac and PC. Note there are several subcategories of mice – best mouse for MOBAs, wired and wireless mice options, and plenty more which we haven’t covered yet, but we will in a future update. For now we’re just looking at the best all-around mice for gaming, first person shooters, and daily drivers.
TL;DR: These are the best gaming mice:
- SteelSeries Rival 600
- HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB
- Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB
- Razer DeathAdder Chroma
- Logitech G903
SteelSeries Rival 600
The SteelSeries Rival 600 is the company’s flagship mouse, and it’s got some trick technology under the hood. It’s the first mouse to boast two sensors; one for traditional side-to-side movement, and a second sensor that detects lift-off from the mouse surface. This is aimed at eSports players who are known to wildly throw their mouse around, and it helps prevent the mouse from tracking anything when it’s in the air, even if it’s just .5mm off the surface. The second big innovation is its custom weight system, which allows you to place 4g weights in four spots on each side of the mouse, allowing you to customize not only how much weight is added but where it’s located in the mouse. It’s also got full RGB lighting, a comfy grip, and adjustable DPI settings as well.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge
The HyperX Pulsefire Surge is a comfortable, attractive mouse with a 16,000 DPI sensor. As great as it is to use, it looks amazing, too, thanks to a colossal 32 zones of RGB lighting. That’s in addition to the customizable HyperX logo. But enough about how it looks, because that’s the least important consideration when it comes to gaming. The Pulsefire Surge is a beast when it comes to gaming: comfortable and smooth no matter what your grip.
Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB
The Corsair M65 Pro RGB is a specialized weapon designed specifically for right-handed, claw-grip gamers who play first person shooters. Out of all the mice we tested recently it was the most accurate and the most comfortable, which is really all that matters. We dig its aluminum body, which gives it a distinctly rigid feeling in your hand, and it also includes a custom weight system as well so you can tailor its heft to your liking. What really puts the M65 Pro RGB over the top though isn’t its RGB lighting, which we don’t really care about, but rather its Sniper button located in the thumb area. When depressed it lowers the mouse’s DPI for more accurate tracking, letting us fire off a precise headshot then go back to run-and-gun in games like Fortnite. It’s even available in white.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma
Not everyone grips their mouse with their fingertips. Some people like to lay their palm over the length of the mouse and let their fingers dance upon the buttons. For these folks we think the Razer Deathadder Chroma is hands-down the best mouse because it’s as comfortable as a velvet bathrobe and as accurate as a weather forecast in Siberia. Unlike a lot of high falutin mice with weights and customizable grips and more buttons than the Space Shuttle, the DeathAdder keeps it simple with just the basics; including buttons for left-and-right click, forward/back, and a mouse wheel. On paper, it doesn’t sound like much really, but once we slid our palm over the contoured top and rested our fingers on its scooped buttons, we knew we had found the mouse of our dreams. Even better; the DeathAdder we reviewed was recently updated and is now called the DeathAdder Elite, adding DPI switching and a more precise sensor.
Best Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G903
Logitech’s updated G903 mouse with Powerplay and Lightspeed is as good as it gets in the wireless mouse game, and it feels as solid and accurate as a wired mouse, if you can believe that. Logitech even has charts showing its wireless mice have less input latency than some of its competitors wired mice, and after testing the G903 we believe it. This mouse is not only comfortable and accurate, but modular so you can swap the side-buttons or remove them if you don’t want to use them on either side. Though the wireless charging mat isn’t cheap, you might as well spring for it as when combined with the G903 you’ll be in wireless gaming nirvana.