Gaming mouse leaderboard 2017:
pro gamer mice in comparison
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 Test 2017: The Leaderboard
Here you will find the 25 most popular gaming mice of 2017 in comparison. At a glance you can see the maximum DPI, the current price, the number of keys, the available colors and if the mouse can be used wirelessly. In addition, you will see immediately which famous pro gamer has already used the gaming mouse. Below you will find the reviews of the devices we have tested for you.
|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)|
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum The ultimate luxury model by Logitech
With the G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse, Logitech has created a true all-rounder. The gaming mouse comes with an optional USB cable, but it can also be used wirelessly. In both cases, the fast response time of one millisecond ensures optimal performance. With the precise optical sensor “PMW3366” you can play up to 32 hours with only one battery charge.
The Logitech gaming software allows you to save different profiles for key assignment, DPI and colors. These are set up per game. With the switches on the mouse it is then possible to switch through different levels during the game.
With the changeable thumb keys, it is suitable for both left- and right-handed users. The mouse wheel can be released for fast manoeuvres and fixed again for greater accuracy.
Scope of delivery
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum comes with an USB extension cable, a wireless USB adapter as well as additional thumb buttons for lefties and an accessories case.
With about 120,00 € the G900 has a lot to offer. This gaming mouse sets new standards in flexibility. With or without cable? Left-handed or right-handed? Speed or accuracy? With the G900 Chaos Spectrum, you don’t have to choose one side over the other. We think that’s great.
Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X The most customizable mouse in the world
The Mad Catz R. A. T. Pro X is one of the most expensive gaming mice on the market, but it also has a lot to offer: Hardly any other device has such a large range of accessories and changeable parts.
Almost every part of the R.A.T. Pro X can be replaced and customized. You can not only change the glide feet, but also the thumb rest, pinkie rest and palm rest can be replaced by other versions to meet your individual requirements.
Scope of Delivery
No other gaming mouse comes with more accessories than the Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X. Included are various scroll wheels, plastic and ceramic glide feet and different versions of the rests for thumb, pinkie and palm. Furthermore, there is a hex tool for adjustment and a lens cleaning brush. To complete the package, there is also travel case to carry your mouse with you to events or when travelling, without fear of damage.
The Mad Catz R. A. T. Pro X convinces with its large range of accessories and changeable parts, but also with its high customizability. The workmanship of the individual parts is consistently of high quality and robust. With a price of about 140,00€ we didn’t expect less.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum The Gaming Mouse with adjustable weight
With its 11 programmable keys and six additional weights for balance adjustment, the Proteus Spectrum is a small miracle of technology and has really impressed us in our tests. It offers almost everything a gamer’s heart could wish for.
The six additional weights of the G502 Proteus Spectrum enable optimal weight distribution. They weigh 3.5 grams each and are attached to the underside of the mouse in a magnetic weight-cavity door provided for this purpose.
With the 11 programmable buttons and the adjustable lighting, no other wishes remain unfulfilled.
Scope of delivery
The G502 Proteus Spectrum comes with the six additional weights and a storage box.
A gaming mouse with an elegant design, many adjustment options and high-quality workmanship. With the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum, you can’t go wrong as an ambitious gamer.
Steelseries Rival DOTA2 Special Editon A gaming mouse with exclusive DOTA2 design
The DOTA2 Special Edition of the Steelseries Rival gaming mouse convinces with its anti-sweat coating. The coating not only ensures that there are no fingerprints on the surface, but also better grip. Furthermore, the DOTA2 Special Edition is much longer than other gaming mice, making it especially interesting for players with big hands.
The Rival DOTA2 Special Edition by Steelseries is a rather unspectacular mouse. It has two programmable thumb keys and allows you to print your own name plate using a 3D printer, replacing the DOTA2 logo on the back.
Scope of delivery
The Steelseries Rival DOTA2 Special Edition gaming mouse comes with no extras.
For a price of about 50,00€ we would have expected more. The quality of workmanship is high and the branding is certainly interesting for DOTA2 players, but all in all this mouse offers hardly anything that would justify the high price. However, for players with big hands and fans of DOTA2, it is still worth a look.
Razer DeathAdder Elite The most original gaming mouse
Razer’s DeathAdder Elite is the successor of the first gaming mouse. It has a timeless design, but is also an absolute precision monster that only a few mice can compete with.
With the DeathAdder Elite, Razer has avoided unnecessary gimmicks. It has only two additional thumb keys and looks rather simple on the outside. The two outstanding features of the DeathAdder Elite are the durability of 50 million clicks per key and its high resolution accuracy of 99.4%. With up to 16,000 DPI, it is the most accurate gaming mouse currently available.
Scope of delivery
The Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse comes with a detailed booklet that explains the functionality of the device and its buttons.
The DeathAdder Elite is timelessly elegant and optimized for perfect function. It may not have as many keys as similarly expensive devices, but it shines with its inner values. No wonder that it is still appreciated by many professional gamers.
Lioncast LM30 MMO mouse with 19 keys
Ideal for MMO players, the LM30 by Lioncast comes with 19 keys and ergonomics perfectly designed for MMORPGs. We have tested the key miracle for you and now we want to present it in more detail.
In addition to the high-quality workmanship (e. g. with a gold-plated USB port), the LM30’s many buttons stand out in particular. It also offers the possibility of weighting it according to your wishes using the included weights. With the included software, all buttons, lighting and DPI settings can be saved in up to 5 profiles directly on the mouse and can be changed at any time via a button on the bottom.
Scope of delivery
The Lioncast LM30 comes with mouse feet, a storage box for the weights, a very extensive instruction manual and a CD-ROM with the adjustment software.
If you are looking for a high-quality mouse with many buttons for MMO or RTS games, the Lioncast LM30 is the right choice for you. The high quality of the workmanship, the relatively low price and the many adjustment possibilities leave hardly any wishes unsatisfied.
Steelseries Heroes of the Storm Gaming Mouse A fancy gaming mouse for Blizzard fans
With 8 keys and a stylish branding in the style of Blizzard’s MOBA “Heroes of the Storm”, this special edition by Steelseries is especially interesting for fans of the game. Let’s see what else this gaming mouse has to offer.
This licensed product by Steelseries has a bit more to offer than the DOTA2 Edition described above. Nevertheless, it doesn’t really stand out with its 8 keys or the laser sensor with up to 5670 DPI. With a very fast response time of one millisecond it is still a pretty good gaming mouse, but only the design is really outstanding. Blizzard’s branding looks great and shines with many details, such as purple dots on the sturdy, braided cable.
Scope of delivery
The Steelseries Heroes of the Storm Special Edition Gaming Mouse only comes with a Steelseries sticker.
With a price of more than 100.00 € we expected more, but the Heroes of The Storm Edition (which is based on the popular “Sensei” gaming mouse from Steelseries) is still slightly better than the DOTA2 edition. If you’re looking for an average, but very well-manufactured gaming mouse and you’re a fan of Blizzard, it’s definitely an option for you. But for those who want a lot of adjustment possibilities, high DPI and great customization, there are much better alternatives in this price segment.
BenQ Zowie EC2-A High-quality standard mouse
BenQ’s Zowie EC2-A gaming mouse is one of the simplest mice on the market. It only has two additional thumb keys and a DPI switch, which is located at the bottom of the mouse. Therefore, fast switching of the DPI is hardly possible.
The EC2-A doesn’t have many special features. Only the high quality workmanship (e. g. with gold-plated USB plug) and the display of the DPI via the lighting colour are a little different from other devices on the market.
Scope of delivery
The Zowie EC2-A comes in a very simple box with a manual, replacement mouse feet and a Zowie sticker.
The Zowie EC2-A gaming mouse has a simple but high-quality design and satisfies the basic needs. If you are looking for a high-quality standard mouse, it is the right choice for you. For gamers with more diverse needs, however, there are already much more interesting devices in this price range.
Types of gaming mice 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.
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 cheap mouse recommended by gamers, here are three models which will increase your performance even if you’re on a budget.