What is a mouse bungee?
As weird as their name suggests, a mouse bungee is simply a weight that supports the cable that comes out of the mouse you use. For anyone who plays PC games with a wired gaming mouse (especially competitive FPS or MOBA) will understand the issues with cable drag, well with a mouse bungee it removes these issues by taking the weight of the cable and providing a weightless movement for the mouse. Basically, when you use a decent mouse bungee, a wired mouse becomes a wireless mouse or at least as close as can be (trust me, I know, I’ve tested enough mice).
In this article, I will discuss the benefits of a mouse bungee and also provide a few recommendations from mouse bungees I’ve actually bought and tested. If you are serious about gaming and don’t have a wireless gaming mouse, then a mouse bungee is the next best thing.
Our top pick: Razer Mouse Bungee
Advantages of a mouse bungee
As we just discussed, there are plenty of issues with the cables from a wired gaming mouse, most importantly the cable drag/pull that is experienced when the weight of the cable or simply the texture/material of the cable drags or pulls across or off the edge of the computer desk. Well, there is a solution, a mouse bungee, here are a few advantages:
- Wireless-like feeling when using the wired mouse: honestly, I was sceptical before using a bungee, I never thought they’d work as good as they do – once I’d attached the cable to the bungee I quickly realised they really do provide a wireless-like feeling when using the mouse, which was especially useful for gaming (I play a lot of CS GO and PUBG).
- Increased accuracy/improved movement in-game: OK, so you won’t suddenly get a chicken dinner, however once you use a bungee, because the mouse feels wireless (no drag, no tension) you do find that movement becomes easier and therefore aiming for heads, quickly dodging bullets or simply reacting fast is improved.
- Tidy desk, tidy mind: this might be a bit of a long stretch, however, a mouse bungee does make a desk look a little more organised, a little less hectic and we all know an organised and tidy desk creates an improved mindset, which in turn makes for a better gamer (right?).
Our top picks: Mouse Bungees
Razer Mouse Bungee V2
Less drag, more frag
The Razer mouse bungee is one of the priciest bungees we have tested and whilst there are cheaper alternatives, some of which are Chinese replicas, we still recommend the Razer mouse bungee simply because of the quality control, I am confident that Razer can continue to sell a high-quality product. Whereas, I am not very confident that these Chinese companies who are manufacturing very similar products can consistently achieve the same. Having said that, if you are strapped for cash, it would probably be worth the risk, going for a Chinese knock-off.
- Aesthetically pleasing – a fantastic design that sits nicely on a gaming desk.
- Well built and sturdy – more importantly, the bungee feels well-built and solid when planted on the desk.
- Expensive – as is Razer, things don’t typically come cheap and the bungee is no exception.
The Razer mouse bungee has a minimalist design, surprisingly Razer hasn’t thrown on a load of RGB lighting, ultimately I think that decision comes down to necessity and pricing. The bungee feels solid, when placed on the desk it’s sturdy and the design looks well thought out, the top cable clip is made of hard rubber and is attached to a large metal spring which directs the cable to the ground clip. Initially, I found the top clip to be quite rigid, but once I prised the rubber clip open I found swapping from one mouse to another quite easy and having various cable diameters and materials not an issue. To be honest, the biggest issue came down to how the actual gaming mouse had been packaged, some which had the cable simply wrapped up had rigid bends which meant I needed to try and iron out the kinks so I could easily clip it in to the bungee, not an issue with the Razer bungee but food for thought.
I’ve tested the Razer bungee with more than 20 gaming mice of various shapes and sizes and found no issues so far, so I am confident that it works well. Ultimately, for just over £20/$20 I feel the Razer bungee to be a good purchase for those who want to eliminate cable drag and have a ‘wireless feeling wired mouse’ for gaming.
Zowie Camade Mouse Bungee
The BenQ-Zowie Camade is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing bungee we tested. It sits on the desk nicely and for people considering spending the extra pennies, this has to considered. For those gamers who are partial to a good flick shot but limited by the cable getting caught on everything, It’s sturdy design can give you confidence when making large swipes/flicks. You get what you pay for of course and this bungee is at the higher end of the price scale for a reason, its build quality. It may seem risky parting with that extra cash but its one of the best bungees I have used and is ideal for arm aimers who are after the ‘wireless’ experience!
- Aesthetically pleasing – Sleek and stylish design that sits nicely on any desk.
- High quality and sturdy – The bungee feels well-built and solid when planted on the desk.
- Extendable Arm – Gives the Zowie Camade unique functionality.
- Weight – A heavy-weight stops the bungee from moving.
- Expensive – The BenQ-Zowie Camade is a high-end bungee priced over £30/$30
The Zowie Camades design is simple like most bungees but it is visually unique. BenQ-Zowie has nailed how this bungee looks and you can see before using it that it would be in the higher price bracket. Its high-quality build and heavyweight gives gamers a more consistent and reliable product which is shown by the amount of FPS gamers using this bungee at the moment. Our verdict is to buy this mouse bungee as it not only looks the part on any desk but it fits all your needs whilst playing.
Generic Chinese Mouse Bungee
The generic mouse bungee was the cheapest one we tested. Priced under £10/$10 its value for money was excellent as it provided the same functionality as the higher end bungees but at a fraction of the price. Cheapest doesn’t always cut it with gaming peripherals but when it comes to bungees the budget option is a viable one. We still recommend this as a budget gaming bungee as it ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality.
- Simple – Fit for purpose, uncomplicated and works.
- Cost Effective – Does the same as most bungees at a fraction of the price, coming in at under £10/$10
- Cable Grip – Thinner cables slip through the grip easily compared to braided cables.
- Weight – Its low weight could be an issue for low sensitivity gamers as large swipes can move the bungee.
- No USB ports – Other Lower end mice bungees have USB features.
- Bungee Feet/Skates – Doesn’t Grip the desk like the more expensive models.
The generic bungee is simple in design and looks similar in a few ways to the Razer bungee but that is where the similarities end. Even though its probably the right choice for gamers looking to save money it does come with a few teething problems. Firstly it has a stable base but it weighs quite a bit less than the more expensive Razer model, making it more likely to move. that being said its more of an issue for low sensitivity gamers as the big swipes will wobble the base of the bungee. Another issue is the rubber grip designed to hold the mouse wire. On the Generic bungee model, they use a cheap slippery plastic to hold the wire, so the user will have to readjust the wire every so often while playing. The grip also appears to be slightly too large which means smooth mice wires slip through the plastic. If your mouse is braided however then the slipping issue is much less noticeable.
Whether you are a casual PC user or a hardcore gamer this mouse bungee is perfect for anyone looking to just remove cable drag on the cheap. However it’s only really effective with thicker wired mice or braided mice.
SteelSeries Mouse Bungee
Thermaltake Galeru Mouse Bungee
PC Gaming Race Mouse Bungee
The awesome people over at PC Gaming Race have announced that they will be launching a mouse bungee alongside their new Glorious Model O gaming mouse. We are very excited to get our hands on both these products, and once we’ve tested the mouse bungee we will update this page.
Casethrone Mouse Bungees
I thought it was worth mentioning this brand as it appears that they are selling very similar bungees to what BenQ’s Zowie and Razer both offer. The prices aren’t massively discounted though unfortunately, so it appears they are not simply trying to undercut the competitors but potentially offer a better version of those brands mouse bungees.
They have the following two products:
This section is usually full of tidbits for how best to utilise or experience said product, but in this case, a mouse bungee is quite simple. There really isn’t much to it, you simply unpack it, plonk it on the desk, attach your mouse wire and boom, winner, winner, chicken dinner! Before you go, let me just highlight a few obvious, but crucial factors to keep in mind.
Weight & Stability
As I’ve mentioned, a mouse bungee is essentially a cantilever to take the weight of the cable and allow the mouse to move freely. You want to ensure the mouse bungee has a decent weight (180 grams should do the trick), the best mouse bungees also come with a non-slip/non-scratch base plate, usually a rubberised texture to help it stick to the computer desk, as you really don’t want it to move whilst in-game.
One thing to note is how mouse cable is clipped on to the mouse bungee, Razer and Zowie both use a durable, rubber clip at the top of a stiff spring, this allows various diameter cables to be clipped into place whilst ensuring the bungee won’t damage the cable.
Mouse Bungee Alternatives
Don’t fancy parting with your cash? We have a few DIY alternatives for those who don’t mind a less aesthetically pleasing desk.