Whether you require 1,500 buttons on your mouse for control over all your character skills in an MMO, or you need absolute precision for the latest first-person shooter, having a decent mouse for your gaming PC is worth the investment.
There are different kinds of mice too. You have your wired, traditional mice or wireless options. There are ones with numerous buttons for programming, as well as others that only focus on comfort and accuracy. We take a look at some of the best mice you can buy without breaking your budget.
And a mouse is nothing without a good surface to move across. Luckily, we also have a collection of great mouse mats that you can pair up with your pointing purchase.
Logitech G600 MMO Mouse
The Logitech G600 is a laser mouse specifically designed, built (with an S9808 sensor) and sold for MMO fans. Playing many massive multiplayer online games these days require you to hit a wide variety of keys for corresponding spells and abilities. Mice like the G600 help players out by making it easier to manage their catalog of character abilities by moving them from the keyboard to the mouse.
There are 20 MMO function buttons on the mouse in total. 12 of them are situated on the left-hand side of the mouse, where your thumb usually rests for convenient access. There's also a third button alongside the left and right-click. Where your ring finger lays is the G-shift button that doubles the number of actions one can perform with each click.
It's also a beautiful looking mouse with an aesthetically pleasing design. Better still, you'll be able to customize the lighting for the thumb buttons, as well as adjust DPI settings (Dots Per Inch — up to 8200) and button assignments. Not bad for $42. The G600 is also available in black.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Mouse
Razer's DeathAdder is the entry mouse for the company's catalog of pointing peripherals. However, that should not mean you have to overlook the mouse for more expensive options. If you're looking around for a new gaming mouse, the DeathAdder Chroma is a super offering for the name alone — Razer makes some kick-ass mice and keyboards.
You'll not want to pick this up for MMOs, should you be one who requires a million buttons at your disposal, but with the 10,000 DPI optical S3989 sensor you'll be able to take out enemies more effectively on the battlefield. And since this is a Chroma product, you'll have access to 16.8 million customizable color options for the lighting.
The DeathAdder Chroma can also be purchased in a variety of styles, depending on which game you follow. As well as the base $49.99 Chroma version, there's also one for those who are left-handed, and a DeathAdder for Black Ops 3, Overwatch, and World of Tanks. Be sure to check the additional variations for pricing.
SteelSeries Rival 300 Mouse
The Rival 300 is SteelSeries' optical mouse for tournament play with its impressive sensor technology and customization options. There are six programmable buttons with a configurable DPI setting (and PAW3310 sensor) that tops out at 6,500 DPI. With the added 16.8 million color options and two zone illumination, you'll be able to get the Rival 300 to compliment your beastly setup.
SteelSeries rates the switches for 30 million clicks, perfect for those click games when you have some minutes to kill and don't mind recovering from a repetitive strain injury. The Rival 300 will set you back $59.99 and comes in white, gray, and black. Oh, did we mention you can also get your own 3D printed nameplate?
Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse
Logitech is on our list for the second time, but the G602 is different in one important way — it's wireless. Be prepared to ditch the cable and enjoy a more free experience on the mat with Logitech's wireless gaming mouse. Worried about battery life since this is wireless after all? Fear not as Logitech boasts up to 250 hours of use, which is more than enough for numerous long gaming sessions before needing to top-up.
Utilizing advanced power saving and Delta Zero technology, which is essentially Logitech's fancy sensors (based on the AM010 for this particular model) that enable owners to enjoy high levels of performance and low-speed accuracy. This is essential in mice to allow for accurate pointing in-game. (Go on, you try to score that last hit on a creep in League of Legends with a jittery, cheap sensor.)
As well as the advanced tech packing inside the mouse, the G602 also lets you program 11 buttons on the device itself, and everything is rated for 20 million clicks. For $54.99, you don't need to bust your budget if you wish to go wireless and don't want to sacrifice on performance.
Corsair Gaming M65 PRO Mouse
The Corsair Gaming M65 PRO optical laser mouse features a 12,000 DPI A9800 sensor with high accuracy and custom tuned for gaming. If you have an eye for design, the M65 sports an aircraft-grade aluminum build, which is both lightweight and durable. Corsair will even allow owners to calibrate the mouse with the available surface to ensure sensor responsiveness is finely tuned for sessions.
Should you find yourself requiring on-the-fly DPI level switching, you'll be able to do just that with the M65. Macros, programmable buttons, and the custom RGB lighting can all be configured to match your style too. Onboard switches are rated for 20 million clicks, so you'll be fragging for years to come without needing to replace your trusty companion. It's available in black or white for $59.99.