The ultimate Gaming Mouse PRO Guide
Your passion for gaming and your enthusiasm for becoming the next pro gamer are already there but you still have the feeling that your current gear is a handicap on your way up to the top? Don’t worry, this is the perfect place for you. In the upcoming article, we want to give you the most important information on current gaming mice without specifying on a genre or a price category. We simply want to show you the best gaming gear out there in the hopes of making your next purchase decision easier.
Gaming mouse types: Choose your weapon!
We’re living in the perfect time for ambitious gamers who value their equipment very high and for which the best gear is just good enough. Every year new and very exciting products are released, with the ultimate goal, of making the gamer life as comfortable as possible. Because of that there are countless gaming mice with different features on the market. The mouse is the most important instrument for a gamer. That’s why choosing the right one is so crucial for your way of becoming a future pro gamer. To make your search for the right gear easier, we tested many gaming mice and brought together the most important information. Click on the picture below to get to the right category.
The right mouse for your favourite game
As mentioned above there are various types of different mice to meet every need of the modern gamer. Therefore, we tried to make your search for your new dream mouse as easy as possible and already put them into handy categories focusing on various mouse types. If this is still too vague for you as you are not just looking for the best FPS or MOBA mouse but for the best mouse for your specific game, you might want to take a look at the below section of this article. There you are going to find the best and highest rated mice for various games within the esports universe.
BIGGEST BRANDS – GREATEST MICE
Taking a look at today’s hardware, there has definitely never been a better time to be a gamer. Unfortunately, this also puts you in the difficult position to find the right equipment and the best bang for your buck among all those brands, products and gimmicks. But don’t be afraid! Although you are going to find an intimidating amount of products out there, there is nonetheless a handful of brands that have clearly proved themselves worthy of being referred to as the top of the line within the industry.
Best of 2017
Below we’ve created a listing with the 25 best gaming mice of 2017. You’ll be able to see their most important features right away such as maximum DPI, current price, button count, available colours and if there are any wireless options. We’ve also mentioned various pro gamers or streamers that are currently using the exact same type of mouse. Maybe you’ll even be able to spot your own idol?
|ZOWIE EC1-A/EC2-A||BenQ||~60,00 €||black, white||3200||no||5||NiKo (FaZe Clan)|
|ZOWIE FK1/FK1+/FK2||BenQ||~60,00 €||black||3200||no||5||shox (G2 Esports)|
|ZOWIE ZA11/ZA12/ZA13||BenQ||~60,00 €||black||3200||no||5||Golden (Fnatic)|
|DeathAdder Elite||Razer||~70,00 €||black||16000||no||7||nitr0 (Team Liquid)|
|Lancehead Tournament Edition||Razer||~90,00 € (~150,00 € wireless ed.)||black, grey, white||16000||wireless edition available||9||stanislaw (Team Liquid)|
|DeathAdder Chroma||Razer||~80,00 €||black||10000||no||5||FugLy (NRG Esports)|
|Abyssus V2||Razer||~50,00 €||black||5000||no||4||rapha (Team Liquid)|
|Naga Epic Chroma||Razer||~160,00 €||black||8200||yes||19||Towelliee (Twitch Streamer)|
|G300s||Logitech||~45,00 €||black||2500||no||9||NiCO (Rogue)|
|G403||Logitech||~70,00 € (~120,00 € wireless ed.)||black||12000||wireless edition available||6||Mendokusaii (Cloud9)|
|G502||Logitech||~70,00 €||black||12000||no||11||Grimmmz (Twitch Streamer)|
|G903||Logitech||~180,00 €||black||12000||both||11||SicK (Misfits)|
|G PRO||Logitech||~80,00 €||black||12000||no||6||byali (Virtus.pro)|
|Rival 100||SteelSeries||~40,00 €||black, white, red, yellow, green||4000||no||6||suNny (mousesports)|
|Rival 700||SteelSeries||~110,00 €||black (+ back plates in blue, white, red)||16000||no||7||Soltek1h (Twitch Streamer für Rogue)|
|Rival 310||SteelSeries||~70,00 €||black||12000||no||6||fer (SK Gaming)|
|Sensei 310||SteelSeries||~70,00 €||black||12000||no||8||shinbagel (Tyde)|
|Rival 300||SteelSeries||~55,00 €||black, white, grey||6500||no||6||HEN1 (Immortals)|
|Sensei RAW||SteelSeries||~55,00 €||black, white||5670||no||7||RooKie (Invictus Gaming)|
|M65 PRO RGB||Corsair||~60,00 €||black, white||12000||no||8||BPandaaa (Evolution)|
|Harpoon||Corsair||~30,00 €||black||6000||no||6||babybay (Kungarna)|
|Sabre||Corsair||~50,00 €||black||10000||no||8||Kobbe (Splyce)|
|PulseFire FPS||HyperX||~50,00 €||black||3200||no||6||LIRIK (Twitch Streamer)|
|KONE XTD||Roccat||~60,00 €||black||8200||no||8||Jebus (Team Roccat)|
|Scimitar||Corsair||~90,00 €||black, black/yellow||16000||no||17||sodapoppin (Twitch Streamer)|
DP..WHAT??? - The most important terms explained
Before we hop into the wonderful world of teflon-coated high-speed/high-performance-mice, we have to explain a few terms which are used frequently in this article.
The term DPI (dots per inch) explains the sensitivity of a mouse. That means: the higher the DPI, the further your cursors moves on your screen when you move the mouse.
With higher DPI you can move your character already with small wrist movements, while low DPI requires longer mouse movements. Gamers usually focus their movement on wrist aim (out of the arm wrist -> high DPI, short movement), forearm aim (out of the forearm -> low dpi, long movement) or a combination of both. There is no general opinion on which style is better but FPS-players do prefer the forearm method since long movements are usually more precise.
The polling rate is measured in Hz and explains, how often the mouse gives feedback on its position, to the computer.
That means: on a polling rate of 125 Hz, the mouse sends its position 125 times per second (= every eights millisecond) and on a polling rate of 500 Hz every second millisecond. Therefore a higher polling rate reduces the delay between the movement of the mouse and the cursor movement on your screen but is also more CPU heavy.
While in the past mouse movement was tracked with a plastic ball on the bottom of the mouse, today we luckily have two different types of sensors which are more precise and easier to handle. Modern mice usually have either an optical sensor or a laser sensor.
That means: an optical mouse uses a LED-light through which the mouse movements are tracked by a CMOS-sensor inside of the mouse, while a laser mouse uses a laser for that. All in all both sensor types work very similar but since the laser technology grants a more precise information gathering, it can be used on more surfaces than just your mousepad. However this can also result in your mouse gathering more “useless” information, which can lead to slight inaccuracies compared to an optical mouse.
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Ergonomics have been an important part of modern office work for the last couple of years and are slowly gaining a lot of popularity among gamers as well. If you think about the countless hours you need to spend in front of your computer if you are really taking gaming seriously, it only makes sense to choose a piece of equipment that tries to support your hand and the position of your wrist as naturally as possible. Especially if you have experienced pain in your fingers, palm or your wrist, it might be the right time to start thinking about ergonomic gaming equipment.
Although ergonomic designs have been around the gaming industry for some time now, there is one type of design that has been getting a lot of increased attention recently: the ambidextrous gaming mouse. All this basically means is that, having a completely symmetrical design as well as the exact same amount of buttons on both sides, this mouse can be used with either the right or the left hand. Whereas these mice might seem as they are not going to be as comfortable as there ergonomic counter parts, it is safe to say that companies are putting a lot of design efforts into this to make their ambidextrous options as comfortable as possible (e.g. limiting their design to a specific grip type). Especially since ambidextrous gaming mice are going to have a broader userbase than their ergonomic counterparts, we can definitely expect a lot of exciting designs and inventions in the years ahead.
There are basically three main grip types and since you might come across some designs that do not meet your specific grip type, it might be helpful to take a minute to think about the most comfortable grip type for yourself. Instead of wasting your time with in-depth explanations of every grip type, it might be more helpful just to take a quick look at these three graphics.
If you are looking for a mouse which is cheap but still recommended by gamers we found three models which will increase your performance even if you’re on a budget. Two of them are even lower than the price category we were looking for.