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Best Overall: Logitech G MX518 Legendary at Amazon
"One of the most iconic gaming mice ever released."
Best Budget: Logitech G203 Prodigy at Amazon
"You can quickly (and temporarily) drop the DPI and line up a sniper shot at the press of a button."
Best Ergonomic: Logitech MX Vertical at Amazon
"Leaves you with virtually no wrist or arm strain, even over the longest marathon gaming sessions."
Best for Shooters: Logitech G502 Hero at Amazon
"Takes the mouse up to the next level, packing in Logitech’s newest HERO 16K optical sensor."
Best for MMOs: Logitech G600 at Amazon
"With 20 programmable buttons, including 12 on the side, it looks a bit more utilitarian than many of Logitech’s other gaming mice."
Best Wireless: Logitech G903 Lightspeed at Amazon
"Brings a remarkable battery life and improved sensors."
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Logitech’s venerable MX518 is one of the most iconic gaming mice ever released. But of course, while the original MX518 was definitely ahead of its time 13 years ago, its 1,800 DPI sensor makes it a relic of the past. After discontinuing it in 2011, Logitech returned with the G MX518 Legendary, revisiting the same manufacturing process used for the original in order to deliver an authentic reimagining of its most popular mouse.
The result is a classic design packed with cutting-edge tech. This includes the much-lauded HERO 16,000 DPI sensor and ARM32 microprocessor found in all its more contemporary selection of high-end mice, and ultra-smooth and accurate tracking from 100 DPI all the way up to the 16K. Likewise, it supports the same G Hub software as the rest of Logitech’s "G" (gaming) peripherals. You can fully customize the eight buttons, assign them macros, and save your settings right into the MX518’s onboard memory, with up to five profiles you can swap on the fly.
Of course, the MX518’s vintage shell also eschews much of the bling found on more modern gaming mice. You’re not going to find RGB LED lighting or a cluster of specialized buttons, but the subdued appearance of the MX518 is one of the most understated mice we have ever seen. Plus, by gaming mouse standards, it's pretty lightweight, at 101 grams.
Most of the time, looking for a gaming mouse on a budget means settling for something a bit older, not quite on the leading edge of technology. Fortunately, Logitech offers a modern, entry-level gaming mouse in the form of the G203 Prodigy. It packs a pretty respectable range of 100-8,000 DPI thanks to Logitech’s own Mercury sensor. Although it's a far cry from the new HERO 16K sensor found in Logitech’s higher-end mice, unless you have a huge monitor — or monitors — you’ll find it more than enough.
Its other secret sauce is Logitech’s excellent companion software, which not only allows you to reprogram any of the G203’s six buttons but lets you set up and save different profiles for different games, too. You can even customize the DPI levels. And because they're togglable, you can quickly (and temporarily) drop the DPI and line up a sniper shot at the press of a button. What's more, the GX203 has RGB lighting you can customize through the aforementioned software, and each profile can have its own custom lighting effect.
In terms of design, the G203 is a fairly unassuming mouse, a bonus if you’re looking for something that fits into a professional environment without standing out. On the outside, it's made entirely out of plastic, with no textured side grips or soft-touch rubber. So while it may not be comfortable for longer gaming sessions, like all Logitech mice, it’s solidly built.
High-performance gaming can leave you more susceptible to repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), and if this is something you’ve dealt with in the past, then choosing a comfortable ergonomic mouse is going to be much more important than worrying about the sleekest design or fanciest RGB lighting. While it’s not technically a “gaming” mouse, Logitech’s MX Vertical has decent enough specs to pass as one. And, as far as ergonomics go, it’s the best in its class.
Since it lets you rest your hand in a much more comfortable, neutral position, you’ll find that the Logitech MX Vertical leaves you with virtually no wrist or arm strain, even over the longest marathon gaming sessions. And though hardcore gamers might scoff at the 4,000 DPI resolution, it is backed by Logitech’s laser sensor, making it extremely precise, with no weird drift or acceleration issues; its tracking is as formidable as any other high-end Logitech mouse.
It boasts a handsome collection of buttons, too, with standard left and right buttons and a clickable scroll wheel on the main face of the mouse, joined by two buttons above the thumb rest, and a button on top for adjusting the DPI. It also has the ability to run in either wired or wireless modes, the latter of which offers virtually no input lag and will get you a day’s worth of use after only three minutes on the charger.
Logitech’s G502 mouse is as much of a modern classic as the original MX518 was back in its day, and the Proteus Core and Proteus Spectrum models quickly became a favorite among first-person shooter fans. Logitech has iterated on the G502 a few times, and its latest model — the G502 Hero — takes the mouse up to the next level, packing in Logitech’s newest HERO 16K optical sensor and providing a thinner cable that solves many of the complaints about the prior Proteus models.
Many gamers also herald the G502 as an extremely comfortable mouse, but your mileage may vary. Particularly unique, however, is a customizable weight system that will let you adjust it to your ideal heft, using up to five included 3.6-gram weights. That said, it’s already a beast at 121 grams unloaded, so all the weights do is make it even heavier by letting you take it up to 139 grams. In total, it also has a whopping eleven buttons. In addition to the standard fare, it dons three thumb buttons (two more beside the left mouse button, one in the center) and a dual-mode tilt wheel with a dedicated button for switching between smooth and click-notched scrolling.
Logitech’s companion software lets you make maximum use of all of the buttons, including making assignments for quick DPI switching. Furthermore, you can store up to five different configuration profiles for different games right in the G502’s onboard memory. It also boasts a premium build quality, a braided cable, and mechanical switches rated for up to 50 million clicks.
Like the gamers who play them, mice for MMOs are a specialized breed, usually requiring a button configuration that most other gamers would find ridiculous and excessive but are actually necessary for RTS, MMO, and MOBA gaming. You need to be able to quickly call up a wide variety of functions on-the-fly, and with the Logitech G600, you can.
With 20 programmable buttons, including 12 on the side, it looks a bit more utilitarian than many of Logitech’s other gaming mice. But we think this design is well-suited to the MMO genre. That’s not to say that Logitech has designed the G600 without its signature aesthetic and ergonomic appeal; the array of programmable side buttons sits comfortably under the thumb and are designed to be quickly and easily accessible.
To assign their functionality, Logitech’s companion software automatically scans through your PC to find compatible games for its tailor-made presets. On top of being able to customize the function of each button, you can also assign RGB lighting to give them a little bit of flair. The sensor is more than respectable as well, with a maximum DPI of 8,200, and it’s quick and precise and tracks smoothly no matter the setting.
Despite their bad reputation among hardcore gaming enthusiasts, wireless mice are starting to come into their own. And who better to lead the pack than Logitech, with its lineup of solid, reliable, and lag-free wireless gaming mice? The G903, specifically, was the mouse that started it all. While it doesn’t come cheap — in fact, it’s one of the most expensive wireless gaming mice you can buy — this refreshed version brings a remarkable battery life and improved sensors without straying far from the original design.
Logitech has taken the original G903 and souped it up, treating it first to the HERO 16K sensor and putting it on par, performance-wise, with the new G502. Logitech has also dramatically increased the battery life, promising up to 140 hours with the LightSync RGB lighting on and a staggering 180 hours without. This may be less of an issue if you’re willing to spring for the optional PowerPlay charging mat, which will keep the mouse powered all the time while you’re using it, but that’s an additional expense we’re just as happy not to recommend should your budget not permit.
It is impressive that Logitech has managed to do this while still keeping the weight down. In spite of its clunky wireless hardware and tremendous battery, the G903 still weighs just 108 grams. If for some reason you're looking to increase the heft, a 10-gram insertable weight is supplied in the box. One note of caution, however: Unlike most of Logitech’s mice, the updated G903 didn't score a new moniker to differentiate it from its predecessor, so be sure you’re getting the one with the 16K HERO sensor; while the 12K to 16K DPI increase isn’t a big deal, the increased battery life is.