Choosing a gaming mouse on computers requires special consideration. A lot needs to be considered before you finally choose the mouse you want if you want to own hardware that will meet all or at least most of your gaming needs.
Logitech G502 Hero
Some iterations of the Logitech G502 mouse have been on this list since it was first released in 2014. It has a lot of buttons in smart places, with three thumb buttons, two more lined up on the side of the standard left mouse button and a tilt wheel. The latest version has a Hero sensor, which maintains the top performance for which the G502 is known.
Mad Catz R.A.T. 8 Plus
If you like aggressive mouse design, this is the mouse for you. Mad Catz R.A.T. the line is like no other. However, modularity and exposed buttons and levers are more than design choices. These are toy mouse for those who want more. RAT 8 is still full of settings, big and small. The discreet lever on the right allows you to move the palm rest back and forth, changing the overall shape of the RAT from a squat, almost circular shape to an elongated oval.
The first is great for catching fingertips, the second is more comfortable for catching palms, with plenty of settings in between too. You can also completely replace the default palm rest, with two replacements: a rubber-coated handle and a smooth plastic finish. All in all, powerful in appearance and ability, this mouse will offer the best to those looking for it.
Cooler Master MM830
The MM830 has some tricks up its sleeve, such as a built-in D-pad (which barely works as such) and a small OLED display, but it’s still a solid gaming mouse where it counts. It is good to hold and durable has a sleek and modest design and features a premium PMW3360 sensor, all at a good price.
It is extremely comfortable, with a gentle spatula for the right hand and thumb support. The plastic on top also has a bit of texture, not enough to be seen, but ultra-fine touch sandpaper to help you stay firm. It should also be durable, and the Cooler Master highlights the PBT housing MM830, which is a significant improvement over the cheaper plastic used in most mouse.
This is a great mouse, extremely comfortable, with all the basic features you want, and at a great price. Cooler Master is filled with tricks that don’t add anything worth the MM830, but don’t really need to. Nonetheless, it’s a good mouse, and the tricks just feel superfluous. Since the price has remained reasonable, it’s hard to persuade Cooler Master to try something new.
Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System
The reason we recommend Logitech’s wireless charging system over a specific wireless mouse is that any of Logitech’s three compatible wireless mouse is commendable. What sets them above the rest of the pact is the ingenious way the Logitech Powerplay mouse pad performs constant charging of your wireless mouse during use, so it never runs out while charging.
Of the three Powerplay-compatible mouse, the G502 Lightspeed ($100 for Logitech) is clearly our best recommendation. The G703 (also priced at $100) is still a decent alternative for right-handers. And there’s the G903 (now reduced to $90), which matches many of the G502’s features but opts for this form.
Razer Mamba Hyperflux and Firefly Hyperflux
If you’re more of a fan of Razer mouse, it might be worth looking at the combination of Razer Mamba Hyperflux and Firefly Hyperflux as well. There are many similarities. It’s a wireless mouse you don’t have to worry about charging. Razer’s implementation is even more futuristic, the Mamba Hyperflux mouse does not have a battery.
Instead, it is powered directly from the Firefly Hyperflux mouse pad, with a capacitor in the mouse that stores about 20 seconds of charge – enough to lift and adjust the mouse. This makes it less suitable for travel (mouse pad is necessary), plus it’s more expensive than Logitech’s solution.
SteelSeries Rival 650
Okay, you may not want to buy an entire mouse pad just to use a wireless mouse. That is understandable. Logitech’s Powerplay and Razer Hyperflux settings are cool and futuristic, but also expensive and a bit impractical. In that case, look at the SteelSeries Rival 650.
It’s an attractive mouse, certainly, with smart key positions, a bunch of weight adjustment options and a leading TrueMove3 sensor, the latest SteelSeries variant of the beloved PWM3360. But the real treat is its charging speed: it generates about 10 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.
The era of “the more keys, the better” is mostly over, but if you still want something like this, Roccat Tyon will serve you well. With 12 keys and an analog spatula, Tyon is a beast. One of the thumb keys is actually a modification key, which Roccat calls “Easy-Shift Technology”.
It effectively doubles the number of keys on your call and the call, and there is an intuitive approach that balances the questionable position of the key on the thumb pad. However, if you are lazy and let your thumb relax, you could inadvertently press it when you don’t want to.
How to (re) evaluate a mouse before buying?
The easiest way to find out which mouse is “best” or close to the best, is of course if you spend time with that mouse. This is the best way to find out if your mouse meets what you expect and how it behaves.
Usage quality testing can be tested in a variety of ways: from using the mouse for simpler tasks, such as opening files, copying, pasting, and the like, to more demanding ones, such as playing games. When playing games, keep in mind that not all games are equally demanding on the mouse. Doom high-intensity shooters are of course more demanding on the mouse and will therefore test it better than, say, Resident Evil 2 Remake.
You probably don’t think consciously about how you catch a mouse, but it is also an important aspect. There is of course the number of buttons the mouse has, the quality of the sensor (for dpi) and the shape. And of course, how everything the mouse brings fits in the price.