If you play a lot of games on the computer and you want the best possible performance and speed, a really good gaming mouse is a must. The mouse can make all the difference as to whether you win or lose a game.
There are many factors that come into play when looking at how well a mouse performs. Everything from build quality and functionality to ergonomics and fit. You can learn more about gaming mice in our outro below.
We tested mice over a longer period as they were intended to be used in real life. We mainly played games with them, but we also used them in more precision-based tasks such as image editing and so on where the mouse movement requires precision.
Some of the things we took into account when we allocated our score were:
Functionality: We tested DPI and responsiveness by running several different games. These were mostly reflex-based games such as League of Legends, CS:GO, Call of Duty etc.
Ergonomics: Comfort and ergonomics play a big role in how well you perform in longer gaming sessions. We played both short and long sessions to see how comfortable (or uncomfortable) the mice in our test were. We also took into account whether or they work for left-handers.
Connection: If the mouse was wireless, we also tested how long you can play before you need to recharge. We also tested the range for wireless mice and how they connect to your computer. If the mouse was wired, we tested the cable functionality, how long it is, whether it gets tangled easily and what material it’s made of.
Every mouse was tested on several different surfaces and in different environments. All factors were weighed against the price of the mouse and based upon all of this we then gave each mouse a score.
Extremely accurate and good value mouse with a long battery life
Number of buttons: 6 Sensor: Premium Pixart 3389, 16,000 DPI Battery life: 50/90 hrs with/without RGB Weight: 114 g Size (LxWxH): 6.8x12.5x4.4 cm Functions: Configurable via Ngenuity, RGB, range extender Charging: USB-C, Qi-certified for wireless charging Connection: Wireless, USB dongle, 2.4 GHz, RF support Response: 1 ms Miscellaneous: 450 IPS
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart has been on the market for a few years and many people really appreciate this solid mouse. Battery life is great both with and without the RGB lighting. If you play during the day and turn off the lighting, you get a full 90 hours before you need to recharge the mouse, which corresponds quite well with what the manufacturer claims.
The Pulsefire Dart looks like a classic gaming mouse, but with a pretty stylish design. The side buttons are covered in rubber, which makes the mouse comfortable to hold and gives you a good grip.
The mouse has a robust build quality. The definite clicking sounds and the response in the buttons give you real confidence and a feeling of high quality. This mouse weighs a fair bit, but not so much that it’s a problem, and it can even be an advantage in some cases.
The placement of buttons and so on is standard. Above the scroll wheel you’ll find a DPI button where you can choose between five different configurable modes. The mouse also comes with a USB receiver that allows you to get better range. However, this mouse has a really good range even without this.
If you’re looking for a mouse that’s reliable, easy to use and has great precision, the HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a really good choice – it works just as well for beginners as for advanced players. It does take some time to get used to the size, but once you get into it, it offers a very nice fit as well as phenomenal precision.
Decent lightweight mouse with great gaming feel
Number of buttons: 5 Sensor: Hero, 25,600 DPI Battery life: 70 hrs Weight: 61 g Size (LxWxH): 6.4x12.5x4 cm Functions: Configurable via Logitech G Hub Charging: Micro-USB Connection: Wireless, USB dongle, 2.4 GHz Response: 1 ms Miscellaneous: 400 IPS
The Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless is the sequel to the G Pro. Its predecessor was hugely popular, and the follow-up takes this mouse to the next level. It is lightweight, solid and really comfortable in the hand even during long gaming sessions.
The G Pro X is a compact optical gaming mouse. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t really look like a gaming mouse with its minimalist, stylish design. In other words, it doesn’t make a show of itself. Despite this, there’s space for storing the dongle under a hatch on the underside of the mouse, for those occasions when the mouse isn’t in use.
Once you play with it, however, this mouse quickly comes into its own. The fit in the hand is great, and worked well for our testers with both larger and smaller hands. You can also choose DPI up to a full 25,600, so there are modes for essentially everything.
The design of this mouse makes it almost float on the desktop. It feels really smooth and stable throughout gaming sessions. The low weight, together with the chassis of the mouse, contributes to this great feeling during games. Movements are easy to perform and precise.
You get a battery life of up to 70 hours, which is pretty good. Unfortunately, you charge it via micro-USB, which feels a bit old fashioned now that more and more products are switching to USB-C. We would have preferred the latter. Especially as this mouse costs a fair bit.
There is also software for the Logitech G Pro X which is both user-friendly and quick to navigate.
The Logitech G Pro X is a great choice for your gaming mouse. Yes, it costs a little more than the average, but is incredibly competent and gives a very nice game feel. You’re paying for powerful components, functional design and that super low weight.
Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT Wireless Gaming Mouse, HERO 25K Sensor, Ultra-light with 63g, 5 Programmable Buttons, 70 hours Battery Life, Zero Additive PTFE Feet, PC/Mac - White
Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT Wireless Gaming Mouse- Black
LOGITECH G PRO X Superlight Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse
A fairly simple but decent mouse for not a lot of money
Number of buttons: 5 Sensor: Pixart PMW3335, 16,000 DPI Battery life: 45 hrs Weight: 100 g Size (LxWxH): 6.3x12.3x4.3 cm Functions: Configurable via Deltaco Gaming software, RGB Charging: USB-C Connection: Wireless, USB dongle, 2.4 GHz Response: 1 ms
The Deltaco Gaming DM430 is one of the better gaming mice in the budget sector. Basically, you get a lot of mouse for your money. It has five buttons, of which a DPI button for quick access to your seven favourite settings for DPI, and the mouse also offers really good fine-tuning when it comes to precision.
The software for the DM430 is difficult to locate, however. But once you’ve found and installed it, it’s a user-friendly program that allows you to make adjustments to your settings. Everything from changing DPI and sensitivity to click speed, RGB and the like.
The mouse is quite comfortable to use. There’s no rubber on the sides, however, which would have given a better grip. So as things stand it’s quite slippery. We’d also say that it’s mainly suitable for medium-sized to larger hands, and also only for right-handed people. If that describes you, you’re getting a nicely designed mouse that fits nicely into your hand.
The battery life is claimed to be 45 hours, which is about what we got in practice. And that’s fine in terms of the price class. People who play often will need to charge it around once a week to feel safe in terms of battery life.
One big advantage of the Deltaco Gaming DM430 is how the automatic shutdown is designed. You must actively click on one of the buttons for the DM430 to start up again. Normally, a movement is required, which means you sometimes waste battery, but that problem has been solved here in a clever way. Especially as the battery life is somewhat limited compared to many other gaming mice.
Long battery life and storage space for a dongle
Number of buttons: 7 Sensor: Pixart PMW3335, 16,000 DPI Battery life: 90 hrs Weight: 93 g Size (LxWxH): 6.5x12.1x3.5 cm Functions: Configurable via Asus Rog Armoury Charging: USB-C Connection: Wireless, USB dongle, 2.4 GHz Response: 1 ms
The Asus Rog Strix Impact II Wireless is a compact mouse with 6 configurable buttons and an extra button allowing you to choose from your DPI settings. You can change these settings in the Asus Armoury program that comes with the mouse. For example, you can create profiles for DPI and for RGB lighting.
The program is quite sluggish to use. It’s slow to navigate and takes too long to save settings. We also find it problematic that every time the program needs to be updated, we have to restart the computer to be able to change things.
But the most important things about a mouse are of course precision, fit and build quality. For this mouse the build quality is solid. The buttons are responsive and it doesn’t make any odd noises. The mouse also has storage space for a USB dongle – which you conceal behind a little hatch when you travel to and from the LAN. Charging uses USB-C, which feels modern and means that you probably already have cables for this lying around at home.
The design of the Impact II Wireless mouse makes it ideal for medium-sized and slightly smaller hands. If you have big hands, it’s tricky to accurately set your sights and the like in FPS games. And that’s clearly a shortcoming with this mouse.
The battery life of 90 hours, on the other hand, is really good. But you do need to turn off the lighting to achieve it. If you run it with lighting you need to charge it about every two weeks, which is still really good.
We found that the Asus Rog Strix Impact II Wireless mouse works well for both long and short gaming sessions. But, as we’ve already said, it isn’t really suitable for larger hands, especially if you want a precise result.
Slightly heavier mouse with good grip
Number of buttons: 6 Sensor: Optical, 16,000 DPI Battery life: 24/36/25/57 hrs RF+RGB/RF-RGB/Bluetooth+RGB/Bluetooth-RGB Weight: 130 g Size (LxWxH): 6.7x12.6x4.5 cm Functions: Configurable via Armoury Crate, RGB Charging: USB-C Connection: Wireless, USB-dongle, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth support Response: 1 ms
The Asus Rog Gladius II is a wireless mouse with good build quality and a relatively high weight, though not on a par with the heaviest mice. The weight is noticeable, especially compared to a lighter mouse. You notice it, for example, during flicks or when you’re playing longer sessions. You also get slightly higher friction.
You get six buttons, of which two are on the sides, a button for DPI and a scroll wheel – all quite standard for the price class, in other words. The DPI button only supports two different modes. However, that should be enough for most people.
The side buttons are rubberised for the best possible grip. This adds a lot of stability and means you get a good grip even if your palms get sweaty.
You adjust settings via the included Asus Armoury Crate software. This is a rather sluggish program, which takes a while to save changes for buttons, for example. Nor can you use it if you don’t restart your machine when it does updates.
The biggest drawback of this mouse is the battery life. If you’re using it with lighting on and using Wi-Fi for the connection, the battery lasts about a day, which is really short in terms of competition and price tag. This means you need to charge it several times a week if you play often and for long spells. If you skip all the nonsense and run it on a Bluetooth connection, you can get away with charging it maybe once a week to make sure the battery lasts the entire gaming session. Apart from the battery life, we like the fact that you have so many connection options with this mouse.
Another good thing is that you can play and charge the mouse at the same time. So if you have the charging cable handy, you don’t need to worry about having to leave the game.
This mouse is ideal for anyone who likes heavier gaming mice and who doesn’t mind having to play with the charging cable connected sometimes. In terms of price, it stands up quite well considering that it has a good range of buttons, good ergonomics and a rubberised grip.
The computer mouse was invented in the 1960s and has become an indispensable accessory. Of course you could use the touch pad on your latop. But in terms of ergonomics and precision, a mouse is far superior.
When Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse, it had a built-in “ball” that rolled across the surface as you moved the mouse in different directions – this is what’s known as a “mechanical” mouse. It also contained two wheels, one on the vertical and one on the horizontal axis, which read how the ball rolled, and sent this data to the computer so it understood where on the screen the mouse pointer should be. And this is what a mouse looked like for many years, but nowadays these early mechanical mice have largely been replaced by two other technologies. The ball is gone and nowadays, there’s instead a unit on the underside that reads the surface through lasers or optical sensors. In a way, it sort of photographs the surface below.
This makes it important that you have as smooth a surface as possible underneath, with just the right amount of friction. A mouse mat often provides a much better experience than moving the mouse directly over the surface of your desk. Mats also increase precision. There are both soft and hard mouse mats. Soft ones are comfortable to rest your wrist against and easy to carry with you between different places because you can fold or roll them up. However, they get dirty very easily and are more difficult to clean. Hard mouse pads are a little trickier to store in a bag and not as kind on your wrist. But they are very easy to clean.
When buying a mouse, you are pretty quickly faced with a choice of wireless or wired. Wireless mice have plummeted in price in recent years, and are now much faster and better than a few years ago. But it’s still the case that you get more mouse for your money if you choose a wired one. For example, there may be more buttons for you to program.
A wired mouse is connected via a USB cable, whereas wireless can either be connected via Bluetooth or USB and often on the 2.4-gigahertz band. Some wireless mice can now be charged wirelessly.
The advantage of a wireless mouse is that you don’t have a cable that can get tangled up. But in the past, many people preferred wired mice because wireless models couldn’t send as many signals and their battery life was quite short. That’s no longer the case. Battery life now is often at least a week or more even for those who play games a lot, and they can also be recharged quickly. You can also use many wireless mice even while they are charging.
When it comes to gaming, precision is crucial. A mouse should be able to read the surface quickly and be very precise, as it can be a matter of life or death in a game.
But there are several other factors that determine whether a mouse is built for gaming or more general use. Often you want many buttons, including shortcut buttons (macros) when playing games. In MMO, for example, there’s a lot to keep track of and be able to scroll through quickly, so it’s useful to have lots of buttons. It’s also important to be able to program or customise these.
DPI is a term widely used in gaming. It stands for dots per inch – in other words, it tells you how much the mouse cursor moves on the screen in relation to how far you move the mouse on your desk.
Gamers prefer slightly different settings for DPI. Partly this is about personal taste, and partly it’s about which genre of games you play. In some cases, you may want to be able to move the mouse very quickly over a large area. In others, you may want to be able to follow an object slowly across the screen, in which case a low DPI may be better. But of course it’s also about how good you are at precision in relation to how fast the mouse moves.
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