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Best Gaming Mouse Brands

So you’ve decided to shell out the extra money for a gaming mouse. Maybe you’re going into the store to buy it in person, maybe you’re more comfortable scrolling through an online retailer. In either case, you’ll have plenty of options. Which brand and which mouse should you choose? There are many different brands like Razer but which is the best Razer mouse? There are several features to consider and compare while shopping, namely, sensor type, connection type, grip, and sensitivity. Let’s jump into those now. 

Sensors, Optical or Laser? : Both offer a great experience. However, optical mice have slightly better accuracy while laser mice work on a wider variety of surfaces.

Connection, Wireless or Wired? : Wireless mice have improved drastically in the last few years, but they still have some disadvantages when compared to wired mice such as limited battery life (particularly when there are RGB lights) and latency. However, if you do decide to purchase a wireless mouse, 30 hours of battery life or more is ideal. You’ll also need to choose between a standard Bluetooth connection or a more robust 2.4 GHz dongle connection. A Bluetooth connection is handy for switching among multiple devices but also has latency issues. A 2.4 GHz dongle will require an extra USB port on your rig, and the dongle itself is easy to lose.

Grip, Palm, Claw, or Fingertip? :

Palm Grip – A “standard office mouse” type grip where the base of the palm rests on the base of the mouse.

Claw Grip – A “palm-free” grip where the wrist rests on the mouse mat and the fingertips grip the edges of the mouse.

Fingertip Grip – A “low-contact” grip where both the wrist and palm are elevated off the mouse, and it’s gripped with just the fingertips. 

Sensitivity, How much DPI?: Dots Per Inch or DPI measures the sensitivity of the mouse. More DPI, the more sensitive the mouse is. 

Now that you know what to look for in terms of features, here are some of the best mice on the market today:

Razer DeathAdder V2

DPI: 20,000

Sensor: Optical

Interface: USB

Buttons: 6

Ergonomic: Right-handed

Grip: Palm or hybrid Palm/claw

Weight: 82 g (2.9 oz)

Battery life: N/A

REASONS TO BUY:

+Its sensor is one of the best sensors available

+Versatile grip configurations (palm or claw)

+Fits a variety of hand sizes 

REASONS TO AVOID:

-Flimsy Buttons

Logitech G203 Lightsync

SPECIFICATIONS:

DPI: 8,000

Sensor: Optical

Interface: USB

Buttons: 5

Ergonomic: Right-handed

Grip: Palm

Weight: 85 g (3.0 oz)

Battery life: N/A

REASONS TO BUY:

+A quality product at an attractive price

+Great for smaller hands

+Three-zone RGB lighting

REASONS TO AVOID:

-Feature-light

-Less DPI granularity

Razer Naga Pro

SPECIFICATIONS:

DPI: 20,000

Sensor: Razer Focus+ optical sensor

Interface: Wireless, USB, Bluetooth

Buttons: 3 swappable side plates with up to 19+1 programmable buttons

Ergonomic: Right-handed

Grip: Palm

Weight: 117 g (4.1 oz)

Battery life: 150 Hrs.

REASONS TO BUY:

+Comes with a customizable thumb grip and 3 different button area options

+The charging Dock is Chroma Compatible

REASONS TO AVOID:

-Heavy and chunky

SteelSeries Prime Wireless

SPECIFICATIONS:

DPI: 18,000

Sensor: TrueMove 

ProInterface: Quantum Wireless 2.0 + USB Type-C

Buttons: 6

Ergonomic: Right-handed

Grip: Claw/Fingertip

Weight: 80 g (2.82 oz)

Battery life: 100Hrs + quick charge

REASONS TO BUY:

+Excellent feel

+Low latency wireless connection

+Great battery life and charges quickly

REASONS TO AVOID:

-Looks boring

-CPI switch is inconveniently on the bottom

-Funky USB Type-C charging cable

As you can tell from the list, Razer and Logitech are both very well-represented brands. Another brand, Steel Series, which also made the list above, is also a very solid option. Some other notable brands that appear on many ‘Top X’ lists are Corsair and Glorious. Ultimately, whichever brand and whichever mouse ends up on your desk depends on your budget and personal preferences. I hope this guide has been helpful and happy shopping. 

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant is a technology researcher who is always staying up to date on the latest tech news, trends and innovations.

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