Our current top pick for gaming mice is the Logitech G Pro wireless, albeit a hefty priced mouse it is a force to be reckoned with and a go to for many professional esport players.
FIND THE BEST GAMING MOUSE
There are hundreds of gaming mice on the market from dozens of brands, all of which are shouting that their mice are the best. Well, we put many of them to the test and our results are below!
What to look for in a gaming mouse
Don’t be confused by the marketing gimmicks mouse manufacturers bombard you with when shopping for a new gaming mouse. Let us tell you which statistics you need focus on.
DPI/CPI – Dots per inch and Counter per inch
This measurement shows how far the cursor will move relative to how far you move your mouse. For example, if I use 800 DPI and move my mouse an inch, my cursor will move 800 pixels on the screen. Contrary to popular belief, higher potential DPI does NOT increase accuracy, and is generally a marketing tool. Furthermore, most sensors, even top of the line sensors like the PixArt PMW3360, have smoothing at higher DPIs which can hinder precision.
Max Tracking Speed
This term is fairly self-explanatory. This is the maximum speed, usually measured in inches per second (IPS), that a mouse can move before it loses tracking. This loss of tracking is known as a spin-out, and usually sends your in-game crosshair either straight to the sky or laser-focused at the floor.
Mouse acceleration is the bane of FPS gamers. In layman’s terms, as the mouse moves faster, the DPI will increase on an exponential curve. This can be very useful for RTS players, who frequently need to zoom around the map quickly, but can mess up the muscle memory of people who primarily play shooters.
This is NOT to be confused with the above acceleration. Acceleration rating is the maximum real-life acceleration, measured in Gs, that a mouse can handle before losing tracking. As with max speed, loss of tracking can cause spin-outs and stutters.
Polling Rate / Refresh Rate-Measured in Hertz (Hz)
This is the speed at which the sensor will update its position. For example, a mouse set at 1000Hz will update its position 1000 times per second. Most top sensors can reach 1000Hz easily, and a few are even boasting 2000Hz.
This is the maximum distance above the mousepad that a sensor can reach before it loses tracking. While this is technically measured in millimeters, I find it much easier (and more intuitive) to measure LOD in terms of DVDs.
Tracking Speed / IPS (inches per second)
There is a lot of important weighing in on the sensor that a gaming mouse has and there are some clear winners and losers. We’ve written a short guide to weeding out the best and the worst in mouse sensors right here.
Size & Weight
The size and weight of a gaming mouse can have a significant direct impact on your performance as a gamer. However, it isn’t as simple as one size for him and one size for her. There are many factors at play when selecting a specific size range and weight selection depends on various factors such as your budget, wired or wireless and size.
Usually, an afterthought, the software which a particular mouse uses can be the difference between loving a mouse and simply liking a mouse. For example, SteelSeries mice on a whole are pretty good, but their software lacks the intuitiveness that competitors such as Logitech offer. In the case of the smaller brands such as Fnatic and HyperX, their software leaves a lot to be desired.
You can read our individual software guides right here:
- Logitech Gaming Software
- Razer Synapse Gaming Software
- Roccat Swarm Gaming Software
- SteelSeries Engine Gaming Software
Best Gaming mouse by size
This conveniently leads me on to the next section, what are the best gaming mice by size which is split into three groups – small, medium and large. Gaming mice are categorised based on the size of the mouse and general consensus regarding which size mouse will be most comfortable/effective for particular hand sizes.
I personally have a hand size of 19.5cm x 10cm which does seem quite common, so I personally find medium to large mice the most comfortable.
Best gaming mice for small hands
Best gaming mice for medium hands
Best gaming mice for large hands
Note: this is a work in progress, we have reviewed approximately 50 gaming mice so far, but we still have a long way to go to get any conclusive answer to the best gaming mouse and of course, it is completely based on personal preference. Fortunately for us though, we work as a team and create our recommendations as a team, based on our own personal feedback for each individual gaming mouse.
Will’s top 3 gaming mice
Hand Size: 19.5cm x 10cm
Go To Games: CS GO & PUBG
Mouse Grip: Claw Grip
I’ve limited myself to just 3 gaming mice, the reason is I began adding more to the list but once I started thinking about it, I realised I would never switch away from these three given the choice. Obviously, there are plenty of mice we are still yet to review, so as with everything, this is subject to change. However, if you are looking for a gaming mouse and have a similar hand size, you can’t go wrong with one of the above.
Shaun’s top 3 gaming mice
Hand Size: 18cm x 11cm
Go To Games: CS GO & PUBG
Mouse Grip: Palm Grip