Updated 17 July 2022
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.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
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.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart - Wireless Gaming Mouse (Black)
HyperX HX-MC006B Pulsefire Dart - Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse - Software-Controlled Customization - 6 Programmable Buttons - Qi-Charging Battery up to 50 hours - PC, PS4, Xbox One Compatible
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse
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 - Black
Logitech Gaming Mouse PRO X SUPERLIGHT 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.
Affordable wireless gaming mouse
Type: Gaming/Optical Connectivity: Wireless DPI: 16,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz Max. Acceleration: 50G Interface: USB-C, USB dongle, 2.5 GHz Buttons: 6 Weight: 59 grams Width: 6.6 cm Depth: 12.4 cm Height: 3.8 cm Other: RGB, Nguenity software ←
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless is one of the best wireless gaming mice we’ve had the honour of testing. We were very impressed by its wired version, and we really appreciate the fact that it is now available in a wireless version.
Just like its corded namesake, this gaming mouse is light, has great ergonomics as it works for both left- and right-handed users (but with side buttons on one side only), and is very responsive. This mouse gives you a great gaming experience at a reasonable price.
It can possibly feel a little bit small in your hand. If you have very long fingers, this is something you may experience. But otherwise we like the design very much.
As already mentioned, this is the wireless version. You get up to 100 hours of battery life, and it weighs only 5 grams more than its wired sibling – which is impressive.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless delivers precision in both FPS games and other contexts. Even though it has no rubberised grip, it provides very good grip and does not slip in the hand during longer gaming sessions. You have a total of six different buttons available for configuration. You’ll find the customary DPI button on the top behind the scroll wheel.
As with its previous version, the scroll can feel uncomfortable if you have longer fingers, as it sits relatively far back.
This gaming mouse will suit most people. It has a reasonable price, good ergonomics that provides good precision, and the luxury of a cordless mouse.
Excellent if you’re looking for an extreme range of macro buttons
Type: Gaming/Optical Connectivity: Wireless DPI: 18,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz Max. acceleration: 40G Interface: USB-A Buttons: 16 Weight: 66 grams Width: 5.8 cm Depth: 12 cm **Height: 4.2 cm Other: USB-C
The Steelseries Aerox 9 Wireless is a lightweight gaming mouse with a generous set of buttons. This makes it suitable for MMORP and other games where you want to programme a lot of macros and have easily accessible shortcuts. It offers an impressive 14 individual buttons.
But the problem with these buttons is that they’re identical. It would have been easy for Steelseries to let every other row stand out, place them at different heights or similar, so that you instinctively know where you are. But instead, you get 12 buttons next to each other, all the same size and with the same texture.
Like its Aerox 5 and Aerox 5 Wireless siblings, the Aerox 9 Wireless features a honeycomb shell to keep it lightweight. In spite of all the buttons, this mouse weighs a perfectly acceptable 89 grams.
The ergonomics exceed our expectations: the smooth way your index finger runs over the mouse body makes it easy to scroll and navigate. The recess for the primary mouse buttons ensures good control for your fingers.
As the side buttons can be slightly confusing, the gaming feel varies depending on what you value. While the mouse as a whole offers good ergonomics, we find all the macro buttons overdone and rather confusing.
The Steelseries Engine app is a well-designed app that’s easy to understand, which makes the process of adding macros easy.
The Steelseries Aerox 9 Wireless is a great gaming mouse for fans of World of Warcraft or other games where you benefit greatly from all the buttons. But if you want a fast mouse with a good overview of the buttons, this won’t be the right choice for you. A really good mouse, but for a somewhat more limited target group.
SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse – Ultra Lightweight MMO/MOBA – 89g – 18 Programmable Buttons – Bluetooth/2.4 GHz – IP54 Water Resistant – 180 Hr Battery
STEELSERIES Aerox 9 RGB Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse, Black
STEELSERIES Aerox 9 RGB Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse
Suitable for FPS games and other precision tasks
Number of buttons: 7 Sensor: Optical Corsair Marksman with 26,000 DPI Battery life: 90 hrs Connection: Wireless (2.4 GHz & Bluetooth 4.2) Weight: 79 g Size (Length): 13.5 cm Size (Width): 6.8 cm Size (Height): 4.2 cm Functions: Configurable via lcue software, RGB Charging: USB-C Response: 1 ms (polling rate of 2,000 Hz)
As the name implies, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is a wireless gaming mouse, with support for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
From the outside, this mouse doesn’t look all that special. The design is stylish and simple. It’s a lightweight mouse, not the lightest we’ve tested, but the weight is just about right to give a good game feeling and fast movements.
Unfortunately, there’s no rubber for better grip in case your hand gets sweaty. However, it does have RGB scroll just like its wired counterpart.
In terms of size, the mouse fits both medium and large hands. For those who have slightly smaller hands, however, the height may cause problems.
You have seven buttons available, including a DPI button with a total of four different modes.
The exterior may be unpretentious, but the interior definitely is not. You get a polling rate of up to 2,000 Hz, which is impressively high. You also get 26,000 DPI, which is likely to attract many gamers. This mouse is fast and gives extremely good precision. If you play a lot of FPSs, this is definitely a mouse worth considering.
The Icue software also has plenty of functions and is really easy to use.
The Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is a good choice for FPS players who don’t tend to get sweaty hands and can do without too many buttons. However, you should consider whether wireless is worth the extra money when the wired one is almost identical in other respects.
Corsair SABRE RGB PRO WIRELESS CHAMPION SERIES, Ultra-lightweight FPS/MOBA Wireless Gaming Mouse (SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS Technology, CORSAIR MARKSMAN 26,000 DPI Optical Sensor) Black
Corsair SABRE PRO WIRELESS CHAMPION SERIES Ultra-Lightweight RGB Optic
CORSAIR SABRE RGB PRO CHAMPION SERIES Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse
Comfortable gaming mouse for those who like a wire
Type: Gaming/optical Connection: Wired DPI: 16,000 dpi Responsiveness: 1000 Hz Max Acceleration: 50 G Interface: USB-A Buttons: 6 Weight: 68 grams Width: 5.8 cm Depth: 12 cm Height: 3.9 cm Miscellaneous: Roccat Swarm
The Roccat Burst Pro is a lightweight, wired gaming mouse. At 68 grams it’s one of the lightest we’ve tested.
The mouse looks quite elongated, but it actually fits very well in your hand. The design makes it suitable for both small and large hands, and both right- and left-handed players. However, the two side buttons are a bit tricky to use for those who are left-handed. But the design in general has no limitations for left-handers.
We felt that this mouse worked really well for FPS games. It felt stable and really responsive.
In terms of design you get the usual RGB, but in moderation, which makes the design feel quite tasteful. Wires and other details are all well built. You have a full range of buttons, of which two are side buttons. You also have a scroll wheel. Overall, the mouse looks just like many other gaming mice.
The Burst Pro’s clicking sound is rather loud, so if you’re a bit sensitive to this, it may be something you should test before buying.
When it comes to software, you get Roccat’s Swarm which does OK and is very functional, but can be a bit slow sometimes. Via the software you can customise DPI, macro, polling rate, RGB and more. The software feels very functional and well thought out.
This is a solid mouse ideal for most gamers. The only shame is that it isn't wireless.
ROCCAT Burst Pro Lightweight Optical Gaming Mouse - Black
Roccat Burst Pro - Extreme Lightweight Optical Pro Gaming Mouse (high precision, optical Owl-Eye sensor (100 to 16,000 dpi), RGB AIMO LED lighting, only 68g, designed in Germany), white ROC-11-746
Roccat Burst Pro Mouse White, EU Packaging
Ultra-lightweight mouse with good gripability
Type: Gaming/Optical Connection: Cable, Wireless DPI: 16,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz Max. Acceleration: 50G Interface: USB-C, USB dongle, 2.5 GHz Buttons: 6 Weight: 59 grams Width: 6.6 cm Depth: 12.4 cm Height: 3.8 cm Other: RGB, Nguenity software ←-
HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an ultra-lightweight wired mouse weighing just 59 grams. We have great expectations when we get our hands on this gaming mouse. You don’t notice the holes in its honeycomb shell, even if you squeeze hard. And the lack of rubberised sides on this mouse has no affect on comfort or control at all.
Pulsefire Haste has six programmable buttons. You’ll find the customary DPI button on the top behind the scroll wheel.
The scroll wheel itself is well-made and functional, but if you have slightly larger hands – or longer fingers – you might feel it’s too high up and on the small side. You need to move your hand to reach it.
Haste can be used by right and left-handed people. But left-handed people should be aware that the side buttons are only on the left side of the mouse.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a gaming mouse that suits most people. Its light weight and excellent ergonomics make it really good value for money. But watch out if you have slightly larger hands, as the scroll wheel may be difficult to reach in the heat of the moment.
Affordable mouse for either hand
Type: Optical Connections: Wire, wireless, Bluetooth DPI: 16,000 dpi Responsiveness: 1000 Hz Max acceleration: 50 G Interface: USB-C, USB dongle, 2.5 GHz Buttons: 7 Weight: 102 grams Width: 6.8 cm Depth: 12.5 cm Height: 4.4 cm Miscellaneous: RGB, receiver, replaceable switches
The Asus Pugio II is a reasonable weight mouse with high build quality. It is a mouse built for gamers, and a part of the Asus ‘Republic of Gamers’ series.
One fun detail with the Pugio II is that you get two extra switches. So if one switch breaks, you don’t need to buy a new one straight away and can immediately fix it yourself. In other words, you get a better product lifetime. Another small but important detail is the hatch on the back where you can store the USB dongle. This reduces the risk of losing it. It's nice to find these extra functions in a fairly cheap wireless mouse.
The battery life of 100 hours is also pretty impressive. Exactly how long it’ll last in practice depends on how you use it. There are also plenty of connection options here. Everything from Wi-Fi dongle to Bluetooth, and even wired if you prefer. In other words, you can connect this mouse to most things.
Overall the mouse has a nice game feel but the edges are both hard and slippery, which is noticeable when you play for a while or if your palm starts to get sweaty. And this reduces our score a little bit.
On the plus side, the Pugio II works just as well for left-handers as it does for right-handers. You can easily configure the buttons via the included Asus Armory Crate software. That’s also where you also manage updates, DPI settings and so on.
Overall, the Asus ROG Pugio II Wireless is a pretty good value mouse. Had the ergonomics been better, we would have given it a maximum score. There are a lot of positives here, such as three different connection options, the high build quality and a broad target group.
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.
Asus ROG Strix Impact II RGB Optical Gaming Mouse
Asus ROG Strix Impact II ambidextrous, ergonomic gaming mouse with 6,200 dpi optical sensor, lightweight design and Aura Sync RGB lighting, Black
Asus ROG Strix Impact II RGB Optical Gaming Mouse 6200dpi
An ultralight and inexpensive gaming mouse
Type: Gaming/optical Connection: Cable DPI: 6400 dpi Responsiveness: 1000 Hz Interface: USB-A Buttons: 7 Weight: 90 g (109 g with cord) Width: 6.6 cm Depth: 12.6 cm Height: 4.5 cm Miscellaneous: RGB
The Deltaco DM210 is a real budget class gaming mouse. If you want as cheap as possible and don’t mind a maximum of 6400 DPI, this is the mouse for you. There are plenty of buttons, as well as an app for adding your own macro settings.
You can easily scroll between different modes by pressing the RGB button on the top. You also have a hotkey for DPI. Overall, it feels like a fair bit of thought has been put into the functionality of this mouse.
One disadvantage of the Deltaco DM210 is that it’s quite bulky. For those who have medium to large hands, this won’t be a problem, but this isn’t a mouse for anyone with small hands. In addition to the size issue, this mouse also feels quite slippery, despite the fact that it has rubberised surfaces on the side.
Apart from that, the Deltaco DM210 is pretty well built. It feels nice enough – if a bit slippery – in the hand, even during longer game sessions.
This mouse is for anyone wanting a cheap and light mouse with plenty of functions, and who doesn’t play at DPIs higher than 6400.
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.
Functional mouse suitable for MMORPG
Number of buttons: 6 + joystick Sensor: X, 16,000 DPI Battery life: 80 h Weight: 122 g Size (Length): 13.3 cm Size (Width): 7.7 cm Size (Height): 4.3 cm Charging: USB-C, wireless charging possible Connection: Wireless, USB dongle, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth Response: 1 ms Other: 400 IPS, RGB, Armoury Crate, extra Omron switch and joystick, fast charging
Asus Rog Chakram is a relatively new mouse from Asus Republic of Gamers. While it qualifies in the more expensive price segment, it also offers plenty of features. Here you’ll find multiple connectivity options plus fast charging that gives you up to 12 hours of gaming in just 15 minutes. When we test fast charging, we have no problem gaming for a whole day without needing to recharge again.
This mouse feels both robust and well made. The build quality corresponds to the price tag. However, the mouse is only built for right-handed users, which limits the target group. It’s also not very suitable if your hands are on the small side.
Two extra switches are supplied. This means that you can swap the switches to suit your tastes, but you also have spare switches if one should break. So extra marks for Rog Chakram.
Asus Rog Chakram comes with six buttons and support for an included joystick that is detachable. The joystick extends the number of buttons on the mouse to ten, as it can be used to control the mouse or as four individual buttons. However, this joystick is placed very far forward on the mouse. You have to move your whole hand forward to reach it – even if you have long fingers.
When it comes to battery life, Chakram achieves almost 80 hours, depending on settings and mode. Chakram is also set up to make wireless charging possible, which is something many people want and an additional feature that we’ve almost come to expect in the premium class.
Due to its weight and ergonomics, this mouse is less suitable for hardcore FPS gamers or for people with small hands. But it’s been designed to work well with games such as WOW and League of Legends, as well as for people with big hands. Chakram is also suitable if you want to use the mouse for photo editing and similar, thanks to its many features.
ROG Chakram Core gaming mouse featuring programmable joystick, advanced 16000 dpi sensor, push-fit switch sockets design, adjustable weight, stealth, instant screenshot and Aura Sync lighting
ROG Chakram Core gaming mouse featuring programmable joystick, advanced 16000 dpi sensor, push-fit switch sockets design, adjustable weight, stealth, Aura Sync lighting + Xbox Game Pass for PC
ASUS Chakram RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse
Ultra lightweight with ergonomic buttons
Type: Gaming/Optical Connectivity: Wired DPI: 18,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz Max. acceleration: 40G Interface: USB-A Buttons: 8 Weight: 66 grams Width: 5.8 cm Depth: 12 cm Height: 4.2 cm Other: USB-C
The Steelseries Aerox 5 is a well-designed gaming mouse in the ultra lightweight segment. One clear advantage is that it has an impressive EIGHT programmable buttons, which is ideal if you play a lot of MMORPG.
The buttons are placed so that you can’t accidentally access them. The regular buttons (1 and 2) are ergonomically shaped for your fingers. This really enhances your gaming experience, e.g. by giving you good precision when aiming.
The Steelseries Engine app is well-designed and user-friendly, which makes the process of adding macros etc. much easier.
We found that its light weight makes a big difference to gaming quality. This is a mouse that you can use for longer gaming sessions without getting tired by resistance or weight.
But the Aerox 5 loses points due to its very high price. We feel this is too high for an ultra-lightweight wired mouse and in comparison to its wireless namesake, which is an excellent mouse. The wireless version weighs just 8 grams more, making it an attractive option for many people when the price difference is so small.
We’re not saying that the Aerox 5 is bad, it just feels a tad expensive for a wired gaming mouse.
Plenty of buttons for MMO players who like to be seen
Type: Gaming/Optical Connection: Wired DPI: 19,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz Max acceleration: 50G Interface: USB-A Buttons: 8 Weight: 89 grams Width: 5.5-7.2 cm Depth: 13 cm Height: 1.8-4 cm
Roccat Kone XP is a gaming mouse with 3D lighting. If you like a mouse that stands out and looks cool, this one clearly does the job.
This mouse also has good ergonomics. The thumb rests comfortably on the side, and the mouse has a good grip.
However, Roccat has placed a button very close to the thumb, and it is easy to press it by mistake. We ended up reprogramming the button to remove its functionality. The clicking sound and the fact that it gets in the way still interfered with our experience, but at least we didn't make any mistakes while gaming.
The scroll works well and the mouse has a fast reaction time.
With as many as eight buttons available, the Kone XP is an interesting option for those of you who play a lot of MMO games, as well as other games where you want to program and have as many of your own macros as possible.
Considering it's a corded mouse, however, it is quite expensive – even though it has cool details and a lot of buttons.
Roccat Kone XP is suitable for those who like to be seen and who are a bit of an RGB enthusiast.
Ultra light wired gaming mouse
Type: Gaming/Optical Connection: Wired DPI: 16,000 dpi Response: 1000 Hz acceleration: 50G Interface: USB-A Buttons: 6 Weight: 89 grams Width: 5.8 cm Depth: 12 cm Height: 4.2 cm Other: Aoc G-tools, RGB
The AOC GM510 is an inexpensive mouse for gamers looking for an entry level mouse to use for shorter sessions. For those who prefer wired over wireless.
The shape of the mouse doesn't feel 100% dedicated to gaming unfortunately – it feels like a budget product and very rounded, a bit like a beetle, which means that it lies somewhat clumsily in your hand. It’s definitely not a bad gaming mouse, but it lacks that sporty look that means you don't have to grip it so hard when you play.
Precision, friction and low weight mean that you still get an acceptable gaming feel.
Otherwise, the design is quite inviting visually. There is RGB lighting, and it lights up in a static red. In addition, six buttons are available.
The large buttons are a bit fluttery and unfortunately the mouse only works for right-handed people. But, despite these disadvantages, it maintains good construction quality, at least based on what you would expect from the price class.
But even though the price is quite low for this wired mouse, the AOC GM510 is not the obvious choice among its competition. It’s good, but the shape and construction quality could have been better.
Flat mouse suitable for both left and right handed users
Number of buttons: 8 Sensor: Pixart PMW3325, 5 000 DPI Connection: Wired USB 2.0 Weight: 145 g Size (Length): 12.7 cm Size (Width): 7.4 cm Size (Height): 4 cm Functions: Configurable via AOC G-Tools, RGB, ambidextrous Response: 1 ms
The AOC GM500 is a minimalist, wired mouse adapted for gamers – regardless of whether they play with their right or left hand. It has buttons on both sides, and you can programme them for shortcuts.
At the same time, it's not easy to get this type of design to work for everyone. The risk with such a design is that you access the wrong buttons by mistake during intense play sessions.
The mouse’s shiny exterior is generally very minimalist. The construction is flat, and the mouse lacks the usual curvature for a palm, which might feel a little unusual. And during longer playing sessions, it can become uncomfortable. However, it moves well during a game.
You can programme the RGB lighting, DPI and so forth in the included software. AOC G-Tools contains most of what you might want to do in terms of configuration for your mouse.
In terms of game play, the AOC GM500 is OK. It has a nice feeling in terms of weight and stability, but also feels very angular and flat, which impairs your grip. Certainly, it works for both right- and left-handers, but it’s too easy to accidentally press the wrong side buttons.
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.