In 2018, PC gamers have the cream of the crop when it comes to using a mouse that delivers the ultimate in precision and comfortability. Never before have we seen such advancements in technology — and not just in the mouse you’re using to stay competitive.
PC computers have moved forward more in 2016 than they have in any previous year, with more manufacturers coming out with the most powerful video cards, fastest processors, best RAM, and the most resource-intensive, best-looking games.
As of right now, PC computers are finally on par with gaming consoles, so whether you’re playing League of Legends, enjoying a few rounds of Overwatch, or want to test out some of the latest 4K HD games, you’re going to need to make sure all of your hardware can handle the requirements.
If you’re using an old mouse, or that $20 unit you bought from Walmart or another big-box store, you’re going to get left behind. Spending so much money to build your gaming rig, only to bottleneck it with a cheap mouse is unacceptable. There’s no way around it, and no legitimate excuse to cheap out on your peripherals.
Today, we’re going to help you learn the differences between a high quality, gaming-specific mouse versus that old piece you picked up from your local big box store. There is a lot of technology that goes into a high-quality mouse, and the differences in price aren’t high enough to justify “just getting by.”
When you use one of the mice on this list, you’re going to wish you had converted sooner. The level of precision that’s delivered, the comfortability, and the customization that’s available with the manufacturer’s software is unmatched by most “standard” mice.
As we go through this list, there may be other terms that you read that are specific to the mouse itself, so we’ll cover those when the time comes.
For now, let’s get into the top 10 best gaming mice in 2018.
- 1 Razer DeathAdder Elite
- 2 SteelSeries Rival 700
- 3 Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
- 4 Corsair M65 Pro RGB
- 5 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
- 6 Razer Naga Hex V2
- 7 Speedlink Omnivi
- 8 Corsair Sabre
- 9 G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
- 10 Steelseries Sensei
- 11 How to choose the perfect gaming mouse
- 12 Conclusion
Razer DeathAdder Elite
Razer’s Most Responsive DeathAdder Mouse, Ever. Razer is leading the pack in terms of peripheral hardware, and their newest DeathAdder mouse is no exception. This year’s Elite model is one of the most responsive mice in the industry, with the addition of the new eSports-grade sensor that makes it easier than ever to keep your enemies directly in your crosshairs.
The Elite comes in the company’s most prominent right-handed design, using the same form that molds directly into your hand and remains comfortable, even after turning over the hours and gaming into the late night.
It’s been updated to feature two more buttons beneath the scroll wheel so you can change the level of input and DPI on the fly, instead of having to go back into the software, adjust settings, and restart your game.
True tracking at 450 inches per second
99.4% resolution accuracy
Mechanical mouse buttons
Razer Synapse mouse software
No free-spinning scroll wheel
Familiar (outdated?) looks
The Elite may not have some of the more advanced functions that other manufacturers are able to claim, like the free-spinning scroll wheel, but it doesn’t take away from the mouse’s design. This is, easily, the best mouse on the market today.
Big and accessible left mounted buttons along with a grip-worthy scroll wheel helped the Razer DeathAdder Elite claim the #1 spot on our list.
SteelSeries Rival 700
Excellent mouse with a side-mounted display. The SteelSeries Rival 700 is one of the newest models from SteelSeries, and their first attempt at adding in black and white OLED displays to the side of the mouse. For currently supported games, the OLED screen provides great feedback and keeps you on top of your game with real-time updates.
The Rival 700 offers a high level of customization, allowing users to switch between face plates as well as cord lengths. You can choose between a 3ft or a 6ft cord length, depending on how you’re playing, and how close you are to the workstation.
Tactile alerts are built into each mouse, providing vibrations when you are near low health, mana, or happen to have an enemy come across your screen and your eyes aren’t necessarily quick enough to spot them.
The classic design of the SteelSeries Rival 700 doesn’t scream “high level gamer”, which lets you compete at LAN events and eSports parties without broadcasting that you’re about to ROFL stomp your opponents.
DPI: Up to 16,000
High DPI range
Smooth gliding on all surfaces
Tactile alerts and feedback
Comfortable for all grip types
Big for smaller thumbs
Somewhat fiddly software
The software that ships with the SteelSeries Rival 700 is highly customizable, too. You can change up your vibration patterns, the duration, your triggers, and tactile alerts to enhance your gaming experience.
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Top notch wireless gaming, at a premium price. The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is looking to change the game, no pun intended. When you get this mouse into your hand and start playing your favorite games, your mind is going to be changed and you’ll never go back to a mass-appeal, low cost mouse again.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum scales from 200 DPI when you’re bouncing around on the internet, to 12,000 DPI when you’re in an intensive game, with zero lag. This makes the mouse perfect for everything from slow-paced games like Hearthstone, to the more input-intensive games like Starcraft 2, League of Legends, and CS:GO.
The ambidextrous design of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is also trying to change the way gamers feel about the ambidextrous design, by molding it perfectly to the hand — whichever hand you use.
Interface: Wired / 2.4GHz Wireless
Modular side buttons
Customizable RGB lighting
30 hour battery life
No optional weights
The buttons can be swapped out for a black spacer, depending on which hand you’re using the mouse in. This makes it one of the few mice that understands not all ambidextrous mice should be created equal, and included options to help you fit it better to your right or left hand.
While it’s one of the most expensive mouse on our list, the level of research and development that has gone into the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum shows once you get your hands on it. It easily beats out the remaining nine competitors.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB
Smooth, and more sensitive than most other mice. The Corsair M65 Pro RGB is one of the most feature-packed mice that are currently available. Very few manufacturers are able to compete on the level of Corsair, when it comes to listening to what their customers want and packing all of those features into a single platform.
The M65 Pro RGB features Corsair’s huge 12,000 DPI sensors that provide silky smooth gameplay in every game, and on any surface you are going to be playing on. The button layout is natural for right handed players.
It features a fully-customizable weighting system, making it easy for you to find the perfect weight setup that allows you to move with ease. You can set the center of gravity, depending on how you hold the mouse and how you’re most comfortable moving it around.
High DPI range
Smooth gliding on all surfaces
Aircraft grade aluminum housing
Advanced weight tuning system
DPI switching button
Big for smaller thumbs
Somewhat fiddly software
The Corsair sensors automatically adjust to suit the surface that you’re playing on, so you don’t have to worry about switching from pad to table to glass and back again. This is one of the only mice on our list that has this feature.
Eight strategically placed buttons are in the perfect position and customizable using the included software, so you can record your own macros and assign different hotkeys to right where you need them. The high-capacity Omron buttons are good for 20 million clicks.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Heavyweight champion with amazing customization. If you’re heavy handed, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the perfect mouse for you. With adjustable tuning weights, you can find the perfect center of gravity and the desired weight by simply moving around the metal plugs.
The G502 also features Logitech’s advanced optical gaming sensor that can accurately track the mouse whether you’re on a pad, on a tabletop, a notebook, or even a glass desk surface. The Delta Zero technology makes this one of the most accurate mice available, at this price range.
The G502 also features a free-scrolling mouse wheel that, with the click of a button, allows you more precise click-by-click control. Coupled with 11 different customizable buttons and a three speed DPI switch gives you the highest level of control in any game you’re playing.
DPI: 200 to 12,000
Advanced optical gaming sensor
Tunable balancing weights
Easy to use software
Weights can be tricky to remove.
Big for small hands.
It also ships with controller software that is easy to use, compared to some of the software shipped with other mice on this list. The software allows you to easily manipulate the buttons for the perfect placement and combines macro usage so you can create runs of multiple keystrokes without getting fatigued or distracted from what you’re doing.
With DPI switching, you can move from 200 DPI when you’re doing more focus intensive projects, like graphic design, all the way up to 12,000 DPI when you need to move quickly and deliver precise headshots.
The design of the G502 Proteus Spectrum makes it easy to game for long hours without feeling cramps in your palm or wrist.
Razer Naga Hex V2
MOBA born and bred. The Naga Hex gaming mouse from Razer received a fresh face and technological revamp for 2016, with enough advances to easily carry it into 2018, and beyond. This time, the MOBA and MMO players were brought to the forefront, with the mouse being designed specifically for them.
Casting the perfect spell at the right time is easy with 7 programmable buttons that are perfectly arranged to allow you easy access without contorting your fingers or developing fatigue. When you put in the time required to get the most use out of this uniquely configured mouse, you will be hugely rewarded.
It features a 16,000 DPI sensor that allows you ultimate precision with minimal lag. For times when you can benefit from less precision, there are two buttons on the top that allow you to perfectly dial in the DPI on the fly.
DPI: Up to 16,000
Rubberized thumb grip
Razer Chroma lighting
1ms response time
7ft braided cable
Requires practice to master
No local memory
The body is built using lightweight plastic, making moving the mouse around almost effortless, and features two different rubber plates on the sides to help improve your grip while decreasing the effects of sweating palms during intense battles.
Razer’s Synapse software makes programming the 7 different buttons simple, allowing you up to 14 different configurations so you can find the ultimate setup, no matter what game you’re playing and how long you’re playing it.
By visiting the Razer website after purchasing the mouse, you can download two pre-configured profiles that allow you to jump straight into the action in both League of Legends, as well as DOTA2 and have perfect settings.
Featured packed with removable weights. The Speedlink company is a bit of a misnomer, in terms of gaming mice. It comes from a company that is almost unheard of in the eSports realm, and among high level gamers, but they are looking to make a name for themselves with the Omnivi mouse.
Being lesser known doesn’t mean this is a cheap mouse. Don’t let the price tag fool you, either. It’s packed with a ton of features that allow you to fully customize it to fit your exact gaming style and comes with software that’s easy-to-program so you can tailor the 10 different buttons perfectly to how you use the mouse most often.
The soft rubberized finish is comfortable in the hand, even if the mouse my feel on the cheaper side of the build quality line associated with so many other high-end gaming mice on this list. That doesn’t mean it’s going to have a short lifespan, though.
DPI: 800 to 12,000
Powerful macro editor.
Adjustable polling rate.
Loads of size mounted buttons.
Customizable weighting system.
Build quality feels cheaper than other mice.
Can be hard to find.
The Speedlink Omnivi software isn’t necessarily the most easy to use, but with enough time you can program all of the buttons, use macros, and save five different profiles, so you can quickly load up the settings you want to use based on the game that you’re playing.
With the click of a button you can adjust the DPI and polling rate to provide a higher or lower level of accuracy. All of these features together helped it land on our list of the top 10 best gaming mice, but its build quality kept it from ranking as high as some of its competitors.
Swift, accurate, and lightweight. The second Corsair mouse to land on our list, the Sabre is a fairly well stripped down version of the M65 we featured earlier. Just because it’s stripped down, though, doesn’t mean that it’s down for the count. The Sabre remains competitive enough to land on our list, out of many other mice that could have made their way up here.
The first thing that you’re going to notice when you put the Corsair Sabre in your hand is exactly how light it is. The plastic body and internals make this one of the lightest mice out of all 10 that we’ve featured. Corsair maintained their build quality, though, so even with the body being produced solely from plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap or like it’s going to fall apart on you.
The lightweight build combined with the accurate sensor actually work together very well. You’re able to use the mouse for extended periods of time without feeling fatigue, and having to move back and forth because the sensor isn’t accurately tracking what you’re doing.
Lightweight, weighing only 100 grams
Fits multiple grip styles
Awkward DPI switches
Has issues on clear glass surfaces
Fiddly Corsair CUE software
The CUE software that Corsair ships with the Sabre does require a bit of time to finally get the hang of but, once you are able to move around and understand what everything means, programming the buttons becomes effortless.
We would like to see customizable weights included with the Sabre, so that the center of gravity can be dialed in. As it stands right now, this mouse might be too lightweight, especially if you’re a heavy handed player and like to have something with a bit of heft to it between your fingers.
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
Comfortable and fully customizable. The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 may be one of the most attractive gaming mice on our list, but it’s design doesn’t necessarily match up with the hardware that G.Skill used to build them.
In fact, with a higher grade premium sensor, the MX780 may have ranked higher.As it stands, though, the lower quality thumb buttons and DPI sensor caused it to fall down the ranks. In our opinion, the Omron microswitches are great, but the actual thumb buttons themselves feel like they may present issues down the road. You could find out that they do not stand up to the usual use and abuse that happens with nearly every gamer’s mouse.
The height adjustable palm rest makes it easy for you to dial in your exact hand position, so you don’t develop fatigue or pain in your wrist. The lightweight shell, though, could use a bit of bolstering or we believe the palm rest could become another issue at some point in time.
As it stands, though, the lower quality thumb buttons and DPI sensor caused it to fall down the ranks. In our opinion, the Omron microswitches are great, but the actual thumb buttons themselves feel like they may present issues down the road. You could find out that they do not stand up to the usual use and abuse that happens with nearly every gamer’s mouse.
DPI: Up to 8,200
Height adjustable palm rest
Gaming grade Avago laser
Thumb buttons feel weak
Lower DPI sensor
With all of that being said, though, this could be one of the most comfortable mice we’ve tested. G.Skill spent a long time getting the ergonomics just right, especially when you consider it’s ambidextrous design. Getting comfort in an ambidextrous design isn’t easy, which is why so many manufacturers simply avoid trying to do it.
On the fly, DPI switching does allow you slightly more customization, and the software that G.Skill ships with the mouse is relatively straightforward to use. At its current price, the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 isn’t necessarily a bad deal, but there are better gaming mice available. Especially if you’re willing to spend a bit more money.
SteelSeries is one of the most widely recognized names when it comes to the gaming community and providing peripherals that stand the test of time — even in the most punishing environments. The Sensei showcases the SteelSeries name and will help put you on par with professional gamers if you use it.
In our opinion, the Sensei is the basic entry-level PC gaming mouse, even though the hardware underneath the shell may be some of the most up-to-date in the industry. Its classic design is perfect if you don’t like to stand out.
When you get into the hardware, SteelSeries has shipped the Sensei with a 32-bit ARM CPU to provide fast processing power, customizable buttons, a 6,400 DPI sensor, and 10.8MP HD image correlation to provide incredible sensitivity and accuracy.
SteelSeries is known for listening to their community, and you can tell with the design of the Sensei. Gamers were asking for a classic mouse that had hardware sufficient enough to allow them to compete on the main stage of big tournaments, without breaking the budget at the same time.
Classic, ambidextrous design
Excellent SteelSeries software
Mouse contained menu system
Customizable lift distance
Huge community & support
Not comfortable for small hands
The Sensei falls perfectly into that category. It’s one of the cheapest mice that we’ve featured on our list but has the same features, hardware, and software that allows it to compete with some of the most high-end devices that cost nearly twice as much.
With seven programmable buttons and software that is easy to use, the Sensei is a great buy if you’re on a budget and want to step your game up a level or two.
How to choose the perfect gaming mouse
If you’ve never purchased a high-end mouse, before, or performed proper research into what makes them so great, there are going to be a few terms that you come across that you might not be familiar with.
To help clear the fog, here’s a basic index of the different terms you’re going to encounter while you’re shopping for a high-end mouse, and what they mean to you as a gamer.
Dots-Per-Inch, or DPI, is a measurement of how sensitive the mouse is. As you move the mouse across your mousepad, the laser is going to take a picture to determine which direction you’re moving, and how fast you’re moving the mouse. Then, the movement is translated to the computer, and into your game.
Mice with a higher DPI are going to be substantially more sensitive than lower DPI mice, especially the old-school mice that have a roller ball inside of them. High DPI mice are also a lot more accurate than lower DPI mice are – especially on high-resolution monitors.
This refers to the mouse being compatible with both right handed and left handed gamers. Ambidextrous mice are great if you switch hands, or you happen to be a left-handed player that can’t find a suitable left-hand specific mouse.
If you’re strictly right-handed, a right-handed design is going to be a better fit for your hand than an ambidextrous mouse will. However, some of the designs on this list make perfect use of the ambidextrous design, so this isn’t always a firm rule.
A mouse with a modular design means you’re able to move parts of the hardware around to better fit your gaming style. Sometimes you can move the buttons around for better placement in your hand, while others only allow you to switch out the covers for more eye candy.
Some mice and the software that’s shipped with them require you to use the buttons as they’re laid out. While this may be sufficient for most people, more advanced gamers prefer to be able to program the buttons using macros or other key commands to take their gaming to the next level.
Choosing the right mouse can mean the difference between a well-placed headshot, and a shot to the leg that lets your enemy scope in and lands the shot that leads to your quick death.
While gaming mice used to be a luxury most gamers couldn’t afford, technology has changed enough and prices have dropped over the last few years, allowing players that once dreamed of a high-end mouse purchase one and make it just another tool in their arsenal.
After reviewing multiple high-end gaming mice, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Razer DeathAdder Elite is the #1 gaming mouse in 2018.
At a competitive price tag, high-end hardware, one of the most accurate and sensitive sensors out of all the mice in our list, easy to use software, and mechanical switches, it’s going to be hard to find a better bang-for-your-buck device.