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Best Overall: Razer DeathAdder Elite at Amazon
"Made to last up to 50 million clicks before needing replacement."
Best Budget: Turtle Beach Grip 300 at Amazon
"Nearly instantaneous response and cursor tracking."
Best Battery Life: Logitech G602 at Amazon
"More than 250 hours of gameplay before requiring a charge."
Best Ambidextrous: Razer Viper at Amazon
"Weighs in at only 69 grams, making it extremely light, even compared to many standard mice."
Best Customization: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable at Amazon
"RGB Tunable gaming mouse...accurate and responsive."
Best First Person Shooter: Mionix Castor at Amazon
"Properly fit your palm and fingertips without feeling any fatigue."
Best Massively Multiplay Online Mouse: Razer Naga Epic Chroma at Amazon
"Full spread of 19 shortcut buttons."
Best Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA): Razer Naga Hex V2 MOBA at Amazon
"Seven-button thumb grid."
Best for Macs: Razer Orochi at Amazon
"Wired and wireless Bluetooth 4.0 gaming mouse...Windows and Mac compatibility."
The Razer DeathAdder Elite claims to have the world’s most advanced optical sensor with a 16,000 DPI (dots per inch), 450 IPS (inches per second) and 99.4 percent resolution accuracy. Razer knows that gaming mice are going to be put to the test with each game, so the DeathAdder is made to last up to 50 million clicks before needing replacement.
Additionally, a gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel offers greater overall control for an enhanced gaming experience every time. In addition to an ergonomic right-handed design, there's also a seven-foot cable and rubber side grips that provide a comfortable experience. As a final perk, Razer includes Chroma lighting with 16.8 million colors to personalize the mouse experience to your heart’s content.
The idea of a budget gaming mouse might make you think you'll get poor performance or a slow response, but that’s not the case with the Turtle Beach Grip 300. Available for both Mac and PCs, the mouse features the Avago 3050 optical sensor and Omron switches for nearly instantaneous response and cursor tracking.
With an adjustable DPI between 500 and 1750, response time is excellent. Additionally, the non-slip, soft-touch coating on the top of the mouse offers both an enhanced control, as well as a more comfortable hold that makes for longer gameplay sessions before fatigue sets in. What it lacks in customization and color section (like the Razer line), it more than makes up for in value and performance.
Featuring more than 250 hours of gameplay before requiring a charge, the Logitech G602 gaming wireless mouse stands above the pack when it comes to battery life. Along with its lengthy battery life, the Logitech is built to last with a rating of more than 20 million clicks before potentially failing (and that includes clicks on 11 programmable buttons).
Compatible with both Windows and Mac hardware, cutting the cord on a gaming mouse has never been easier, thanks to a 2.4GHz wireless connection that still offers nearly two milliseconds of report rate for instantaneous response to your mouse’s movement. A DPI level of 250 to 2500 offers pixel-precise targeting, as well as Delta Zero Sensor Technology for power-saving optimization and additional cursor control accuracy. In addition, it connects to the computer via tiny USB nano receiver.
Gaming mice are generally heavy, with even the "lightest" gaming mice weighing in at 80 grams or more, and premium mice normally in the 100 and up range. While many gamers prefer their mice with this kind of heft (in fact, some like Logitech’s popular but bulky G502 provide extra weights for those who want the mouse even heavier), there’s definitely a place for light mice in those genres where you’d rather have a low DPI setting and broad, sweeping gestures.
Razer gets this, and it’s done the seemingly impossible by producing the lightest premium wired gaming mouse we’ve ever seen. The new Razer Viper weighs in at only 69 grams, making it extremely light, even compared to many standard mice. Yet it doesn’t sacrifice ergonomics or features in the process. Its six buttons — two on each side plus two on the top — are joined by five DPI levels, ranging from 100 to 16,000, and Chrome LED lighting under the logo.
The Viper is also the first Razer mouse to use optical switches under its main buttons, which makes clicks considerably more responsive and less prone to misfires. Plus, the new design is rated for 70 million clicks, beating out Razer’s own top-of-the-line DeathAdder Elite, not to mention competitors. It also features a new lightweight "Speedflex" cable design with a smooth texture preventing extra friction as you brush it around.
Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable gaming mouse offers one of the company’s most accurate and responsive sensors by attempting to accurately translate all your hand movements on screen for maximum performance. Along with physical customization, there are more than 16.8 million colors available to match both your style and gaming environment. Plus, the G502 offers Logitech’s custom software download that allows you to change button macros, surface tuning, lighting and more. Add-in a textured grip and ergonomically friendly button layout and you’re ready to play. Additionally, the 5 DPI settings from 200 to 12,000 DPI allow you to make sure your settings are just right, so you’re always the last one standing during gameplay.
With an ergonomic design that fits right-handed gamers, including a ring-and-pinky-finger groove, the Mionix Castor multi-color gaming mouse is a first person shooters' dream. It features four layers of rubber coating for maximum grip and a 32bit ARM processor within the mouse itself. There’s even a zero-acceleration sensor up to 10,000 DPI for a nearly flawless response time.
The design itself works to properly fit your palm and fingertips without feeling any fatigue during lengthy gaming sessions. Beyond comfort, there are 16.8 million colors for personalization that includes blinking, pulsating, as well as solid colors for a unique style that’s all your own. On top of the ergonomically-friendly design, there are six fully programmable buttons that can be assigned to any key of your choosing.
In the massively multiplayer online space, gaming mice count for everything and the Razer Naga Epic Chroma multi-color wireless MMO gaming mouse is up to the challenge. Featuring an eye-popping 19 buttons and 8200 DPI, there’s more than enough customization here for even the most demanding MMO player. All totaled, the full spread of 19 shortcut buttons can yield an almost unlimited number of combinations, allowing for complete and total personalization.
In addition to the ergonomic form factor, Chroma’s customizable lighting and in-game overlay support, the tilt-click scroll wheel offers a mechanical thumb grid, as well as additional buttons for even more combinations at your disposal. As a dual-wired and wireless mouse, the Razer Naga has USB plug-in support when the battery is running low and a 1ms response rate whether corded or wireless. Additionally, Razer offers its full 16.8 million colors of personalization to truly create an MMO mouse you’ll always want to use when you play.
Razer’s Naga Hex V2 MOBA gaming mouse is made exclusively for MOBA gaming fans with a design that offers a seven-button thumb grid outfitted with mechanical ones that are positioned so well, there are limited chances for a mis-click. As each button is programmable, there are so many ways to personalize, so you can quickly access your favorite MOBA skills.
Additionally, the new ergonomic form factor of the Naga Hex means limited to no strain on your hand no matter how long of a gameplay session you find yourself in. Beyond comfort, the Naga Hex follows the typical Razer design with 16.8 million colors to help personalize your mouse. With a true 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the Naga Hex is designed for maximum performance, including a nearly perfect response time.
The Razer Orochi wired and wireless Bluetooth 4.0 gaming mouse offers both Windows and Mac compatibility. Connecting via Bluetooth 4.0 on the wireless side (with 100 hours of battery life for extended gaming sessions), Razer again offers 16.8 million customizable color options for personalized gaming experiences.
It also has an 8,200 DPI laser sensor to offer total pinpoint accuracy along with 210 inches per second. Additionally, the Orochi has an ambidextrous form factor, thanks to the rubber side grips on both ends of the mouse that provide equal comfort to both right-handed and left-handed gamers.