The 9 Best Gaming Mice to Buy in 2017

Up your gaming skills with these top mice

When it comes to selecting a gaming mouse, there are plenty of options. For gamers, that’s a really good thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re into real-time strategy, massively multiplayer online gaming or the fan-favorite first-person shooter, there’s something for everyone. Ultimately, the type of gaming mouse you should get is up to you and your needs, ergonomic requirements and playing habits. Fortunately, we’ve chosen some of the best options on the market (you'll notice that Razer has very strong presence) in various categories, so you can bring your A-game every time.

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.

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 a 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.

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.

Available in white, the Razer Taipan ambidextrous PC gaming mouse features 8200 DPI with a 4G laser sensor and side buttons for more personalized patterns. As a bonus, white LED lighting really helps take the Taipan to another level. Designed for both right-handed and left-handed gamers, the Taipan is ergonomically set to suit a wide variety of grip types and hand sizes. It also stays firm in the hand for extended gameplay sessions without bothering the user. The tournament-grade 4G laser sensor has such precise performance that it allows calibration to your desktop or table, so it can perform at its peak level.  

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