When it comes to the perfect gaming experience, the insides of your PC are incredibly important. Nevertheless, even with a powerful rig you will need an equally powerful mouse if you want to deliver your best during gaming session. If you’re looking for an upgrade, there are plenty of options for all types of budgets, but today we’re only looking at the best gaming mice.
Choosing the perfect gaming mouse can be tricky. There are so many options – tons of buttons, backlighting, ergonomic design and the list goes on. Also, when looking at the best gaming mice, the types of games you’re playing also matters. For example, if you’re playing MOBAs and MMOs you’re probably looking for a mouse with a higher number of buttons.
Best gaming mice money can buy in 2017
You might want an ambidextrous gaming mouse, or perhaps you’d prefer a wireless one. Regardless of what you’re looking for, we have it all! Even more, we carefully tested each of these state-of-the-art gaming peripherals to provide you an objective review that will help you make an informed decision. Without further ado, here are the best gaming mice you can buy in 2017.
1. Asus ROG Gladius II
You might be surprised to see an Asus gaming mouse at the top of our list but hear us out – you won’t be disappointed!
The Asus ROG Gladius II is a bit pricier compared to other gaming mice in its class but still affordable and definitely worth the money. It comes with a clickable scroll wheel, swappable buttons, and a sensitivity switch. It’s also eye candy thanks to the beautiful RGB lighting. Regarding specs, the Gladius II features 50g acceleration, up to 12,000 DPI and 1000Hz polling rate.
There are no swappable weights you will find in other similar priced mice but it has a very ergonomic design. From our testing, the Asus ROG Gladius II is a great all-around mouse but you will probably enjoy it most when using it to play FPS games than you would when playing MMOs with it.
2. Corsair Glaive RGB
Corsair’s popularity doesn’t come from their gaming mice, but the Glaive RGB is definitely attention-worthy. The mouse feels very comfortable and comes with interchangeable thumb grips and a high DPI Pixart sensor that provides smooth motion. Moreover, we’ll always appreciate a good looking mouse and the Corsair Claive RGB certainly fits into that category and the three-zone backlighting system makes it even more eye-catching.
3. Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04
The Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 has impressed us thanks to its 7 programmable buttons which use Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks (yes, you will need to bring your A game to wear them down). While Creative makes great sound cards and gaming mice is not their main area of interest, we can say the Siege M04 rivals Logitech and Razer.
The mouse comes with an excellent sensor and up to 12,000 DPI, as well as an RGB lighting system which you can customize using the Creative Sound Blaster Connect software.
4. SteelSeries Rival 700
If astronomic DPI, programmable buttons, and onboard profile storage is not enough for you, perhaps you’ll be sold on Rival 700’s side-mounted OLED display. SteelSeries took things one step further than the competition as the display can be used for 3 popular games at the moment: Minecraft, Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. However, if you’re just into eye-candy you can use it to loop animated GIFs, which is still pretty cool.
The modular design of the Rival 700 enables users to easily detach and reattach covers but also switch between a three and a six-foot cable. On top of that, the mouse comes with tactile alerts that will notify players when mana, health, and other resources are at 100% in the supported games.
5. Razer DeathAdder Elite
If you were worried there’s no Razer mouse on our list, it’s time to relax. The DeathAdder Elite has a super comfy grip, mechanical mouse switches and the latest eSports-grade sensor that makes it super responsive. This year’s DeathAdder retains much of the right-handed ergonomic design from earlier models, although two new buttons for adjusting the DPI have been added right below the scroll wheel.
And you have to love Razer’s beautiful RGB lighting and those two easily accessible side-buttons right?
6. Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
When it comes to wireless gaming mice, nothing can beat the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum. Before anything else, the mouse has 30-hour battery life and if you’re worried about the perceptible lag wireless mice usually have, it’s not the case with this one. Logitech surprisingly managed to lower the polling rate to 1 millisecond on a 2.4 GHz connection.
Furthermore, the Logitech gaming software, lets you create multiple profiles which will allow you to customize your buttons for specific apps.
To top it off, the high DPI range, zero smoothing and filtering, ambidextrous design and removable side buttons further prove the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is able to perform well in a wide range of games so you won’t give up on anything if you decide to go wireless, other than the wires, of course.
7. Corsair Harpoon
You might be wondering, what’s up with this one? Well, the Corsair Harpoon is a budget gaming mouse, but a good one nonetheless. You get up to 6,000 DPI, a textured grip, onboard memory for storing DPI settings, an optical gaming sensor with advanced tracking and six programmable buttons.
Don’t expect all sorts of fancy features or the premium look and feel. However, you can expect an average sized mouse that’s comfortable and a neat-looking lit logo that looks pretty. A decent and robust gaming mouse for those not looking to break the bank.
8. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
If you enjoy customizing your mouse, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum offers an impressive amount of options. First of all, you can adjust the lighting but also add and remove weights to customize its mass and balance. Furthermore, it can store up to three onboard profiles and you have 5 DPI settings that can be adjusted on the fly.
You can use up to six 3.6 gram weights to make the mouse as light or as heavy as you want. But wait, there’s more – it’s sensor uses Logitech’s Delta zero technology which enables you to use the mouse on various types of surfaces, not just mouse pads.
Using the Logitech gaming software you can customize the G502’s 11 buttons. Speaking of, four of them are on the left, plus you can use the dedicated shift under the scroll wheel to switch between three preset DPIs. As expected, the up to 16.8 million RGB backlighting system beautifully lights up the logo.
9. Razer Naga Hex V2
The Naga Hex V2 is a gaming mouse designed and optimized for MOBA and MMO games. It actually comes with preset MOBA profiles and the seven side buttons are arranged in the shape of a wheel so you’ll always be able to cast those spells quickly.
You can tweak the DPI sensitivity on-the-fly using the two buttons at the top. Razer Naga Hex V2 is equipped with a 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor and the mouse wheel, side buttons, and Razer logo look pretty thanks to the Chroma RGB lighting which you can customize using the Razer Synapse software.
10. Cougar Minos X3
The Cougar Minox X3 might be the last on our list of best gaming mice but it’s a highly capable device and at a decent price too. It’s one of the best budget choices, especially if you enjoy playing esports games.
Movement is smooth thanks to the high-quality optical sensor. The mouse also features OMRON switches, six buttons, a DPI switcher and a pretty RGB backlighting. The feel is not as premium as the looks but it’s an excellent budget mouse at an unbeatable price.
There are a lot of options to choose from in 2017, and hopefully our selection of best gaming mice will help you find the one that will let you perform your best while playing your favorite games!