Gaming Mice Roundup 2013: 12-Way Shootout

By Chris Ittensohn on October 23, 2013, 3:02 AM

Shifting from a standard office mouse to something more appropriate for gaming is worthwhile if you care about your performance, but investing $60 or more in handful of plastic might seem silly if you've never experienced the realm of difference a proper mouse can make. Taking that plunge isn't any easier these days considering how many major manufacturers have entered the ever-expanding arena.

With many hot PC game releases scheduled over the coming months, it seems like a fine opportunity to step up your game with a new mouse this holiday season if you were thinking about pitting your trusty, dusty retail rodent against Battlefield 4. Come along as a dozen mice compete for spots in our holiday and PC buying guides, and ultimately for your cash.

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2 people like this | Arris Arris said:

Nice round up. After considering a few of these options, including the new Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse and a few of the Corsair models I ended up with one not listed in the review. I've used Logitech MX Revolution and Logitech Performance MX models for years and fancied a change, something with a little higher DPI and more buttons. In the end I've ended up with a Madcatz/Cyborg/Saitek M.M.O 7 mouse. So far very happy with the choice as it is very customizable, which is of importance when making it comfortable to use as I want to try to reduce the chance of RSI/CT.

1 person liked this | hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

For future reviews, I'd like it very much if they included some information on how the sensors track, since that's the primary purpose of the mouse.

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Steve Steve said:

Nice roundup for sure, I think the G700s would be the mouse of choice for me. I use the Performance MX (also known as the MX Revolution) and the G700s looks like the gaming version. The battery life does sounds like a small issue though.

For future reviews, I'd like it very much if they included some information on how the sensors track, since that's the primary purpose of the mouse.

I think that is what he was referring to every time accuracy was mentioned. That said how would you really compare one mouse to the other, as in how the sensors track? Of course I am no expert on the subject, just interested.

Seems hard to do since the sensitivity, acceleration, polling rate and so on really impact this and can completely change a mouse. When I first plugged my MX in it was terrible (for me), took me about an hour of trial and error before I found the right settings that made it move the way I wanted. I have configured a few other mice to my system as well and while they all start off feeling quite different I can usual tune them to a point where they all move in much the same way.

Khanonate said:

I've been using Logitech since my HALO days and still using Logitech mice.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

I am not really sure either

But the usual subjects would be things like does the sensor have acceleration, and if so how much positive/negative? Lift off distance? Angle snapping/correction? Excessive smoothing algorithms? Maximum tracking speed?

An alarming (to me) number of mice don't track perfectly at all so I'm really curious about which mice actually track properly.

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Steve Steve said:

I am not really sure either

But the usual subjects would be things like does the sensor have acceleration, and if so how much positive/negative? Lift off distance? Angle snapping/correction? Excessive smoothing algorithms? Maximum tracking speed?

An alarming (to me) number of mice don't track perfectly at all so I'm really curious about which mice actually track properly.

If you don't know then how should Chris In all seriousness though all those things you spoke of all customizable on pretty much every mouse, every mouse worth being called a gaming mouse anyway. Given Chris didn't say any didn't track well or had the problems you speak of there is a good chance they all worked well, but I think he said that.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

To bad I was missing the MadCatz R.A.T. mice.

I have one and they are awesome,...

Rasta211 said:

I got the Logitech G700 and I find it's uncomfortable to use unless I have a gel wrist support mouse pad; maybe because I have small hands. Just a thought for those interested in getting it.

Other than that, I like how you can plug and unplug the charging cable seamlessly and continue to game.

The software that comes with it is highly customizable.

Been putting this mouse to the test for the past 2 years and so far it lives up to the punishment of hardcore gaming.

lesuelrs said:

In regards to the complaint about the Logitech G700's cord being too stiff, I had the same issue, until I replaced the cord with a thinner one. I just used one that came with my smartphone, and now when I do use it wired it's no more stiff than my other mouse.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Fancy new stuff is not always better. I use an old Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse and kill lots of people with it.

1 person liked this | Arris Arris said:

Nice roundup for sure, I think the G700s would be the mouse of choice for me. I use the Performance MX (also known as the MX Revolution) and the G700s looks like the gaming version. The battery life does sounds like a small issue though.

The Revolution actually has some different, and in many peoples opinions, better features. The button behind the mouse wheel isn't a freespin/click toggle but programmable. On the side was a jog wheel mechanism that I miss as I used it a lot for games. Also the body isn't as high at the back as the Performance MX, too a little getting used to it. I'll see how I get on with the MMO7, might sell it and end up going back to Logitech but so far so good, other than their software not supporitng auto profile switching by detecting games being launched.

G700s looked ugly so I avoided it, but then I ended up buying something that looks like a transformer! If I go back to Logitech it would be the G602 I'd be considering, just wish it had recharge socket instead of having to switch batteries out. Perhaps it's due to reduced circuitry and components to keep the power usage and weight of the mouse down.

1 person liked this | LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

Would have liked to have seen the CM Storm Sentinel Advance included, it's a damn solid mouse.

Fantastic overview though

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

I've had the CM Storm, which lasted 2 years before fully dying and the MadCatz RAT 5 & 7 Both of those bailed in less then 3 months each. The store I bought it from is a national computer chain, they are dropping MadCAtz because of all the issues.. ( thanks for telling me before I bough 2 of the f'in things..) Picked up the G500s and haven't looked back.

1 person liked this | hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

If you don't know then how should Chris In all seriousness though all those things you spoke of all customizable on pretty much every mouse, every mouse worth being called a gaming mouse anyway. Given Chris didn't say any didn't track well or had the problems you speak of there is a good chance they all worked well, but I think he said that.

There certainly are issues with some of these mice, I know right off the bat that several of those mice use the Avago 9500 and 9800, which have a tiny bit of native acceleration, and all mice have a minimum lift off distance.

In addition, I know as a fact that every DPI setting above 5700 on the Sensei is interpolated meaning at 11400 DPI it skips every other pixel.

Also there's still a fair amount of mice being sold these days that have angle snapping that cannot be turned off.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

All I want is a mouse that won't start double-clicking within a year and if it is going to cost three times the price of a cheap one, make that three years.

Serious question, what makes the buttons on these mice different than that of a cheaper mice? With my eyes giving me issues, I hope I didn't intentionally skim over the answer.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Naga is the best all rounder if you are playing MMOs or multi-keybind games. The 14' version has mechanical keys which is a huge plus as well.

The Corsair M95 seems good for FPS gaming as well as the Cyborg Rat with the aim button to reduce sensitivity.

1 person liked this | Arris Arris said:

All I want is a mouse that won't start double-clicking within a year and if it is going to cost three times the price of a cheap one, make that three years.

Serious question, what makes the buttons on these mice different than that of a cheaper mice? With my eyes giving me issues, I hope I didn't intentionally skim over the answer.

Cliff, I've got a couple of Logitech Revolution MX mice that are worn looking but still work. They must be a good 5+ years old. Never had any button issues with any of them. I had a charging issue with one Logitech product and they just sent me out a replacement in exchange for posting the wireless dongle/adapter from the malfunctioning one back to them. I'd recommend Logitech.

Arris Arris said:

As to the difference in price. Quality/more expensive/harder wearing components. Higher DPI more accurate laser/optical tracking, software/drivers for support of advanced features. Like many components microswitches can be rated for how many uses they should last for. As you go up in price they have longer life expectancies. Also contact methods and materials, lots of things differ between the cheapest and most expensive.

2 people like this | Heihachi1337 said:

Naga is the best all rounder if you are playing MMOs or multi-keybind games. The 14' version has mechanical keys which is a huge plus as well.

The Corsair M95 seems good for FPS gaming as well as the Cyborg Rat with the aim button to reduce sensitivity.

You clearly have never tried the Logitech G600 MMO Mouse. You can actually customize all of the buttons, it has an additional third trigger button, you can adjust the DPI on the fly and the buttons are angled in such a way that you would have a hard time figuring out what button your finger is on. If that isn't enough, you can even customize the color of the buttons.

Sorry, but the Razer Naga is for people with really tiny hands or for people that just don't like flexibility to customize. It's decent for entry level amateurs but for those that want the most out of their MMO gaming experience the Logitech G600 is the only way to go.

2 people like this | Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've been loving my Logitech G600 lately. That thumb keypad comes in handy for CAD and a few other utilities that I have it customized for, but it really shines in certain games. Since I got in on the pre-launch of Space Engineers (Minecraft on steroids in space!) I've got those keys programmed to do the X, Y, Z rotation of parts as I'm building. So much less cumbersome than having to take my hands off the mouse constantly to hit the keyboard shortcuts.

I didn't like the original Razer Naga products, because the thumb keys were flat and it made for a challenge to feel what keys your thumb was resting on. The redesign for the 14 model finally addresses that, and I suppose I would have been more likely to try one if I didn't already have my G600 (which has strategically angled key rows to help you feel your way around).

1 person liked this | hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

All I want is a mouse that won't start double-clicking within a year and if it is going to cost three times the price of a cheap one, make that three years.

Serious question, what makes the buttons on these mice different than that of a cheaper mice? With my eyes giving me issues, I hope I didn't intentionally skim over the answer.

Omron switches are generally considered the best, longevity or otherwise. Have you tried a mouse with those? If not maybe it's worth taking a look at. I've not tried them myself and I've had my current mouse for about 6 years without issues with clicking.

Guest said:

Having destroyed 2 Logitec G7's in 6 months I have since moved to cheapest MS mouses available and for some strange reason their buttons won't fail my furious fingers.

So maybe durability should be an issue in tests like these, especially so if the mouse costs ~100$.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

, post: 1353838, member: 169488"]Omron switches are generally considered the best, longevity or otherwise.
I honestly don't know which mice have which switches. In the past I have only bought cheap mice that were available at the time. However over the years, I am growing tired of changing them out because of frustration over button control.

The mouse I am currently using is Gigabyte M6880 Laser Gaming Mouse. It doesn't say anything about the type of switches used.

So an Omron switch is what I should be looking at for my next mouse purchase?

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Maybe I could buy the switch and upgrade my mouse. LOL

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howzz1854 said:

Just wondering why it doesn't include the most popular mice like G400s, the new Death Adder, Ouroboro, and RAT 7/9. it seems a mouse round up without the most popular gaming mice is a bit of a miss.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

I honestly don't know which mice have which switches. In the past I have only bought cheap mice that were available at the time. However over the years, I am growing tired of changing them out because of frustration over button control.

The mouse I am currently using is Gigabyte M6880 Laser Gaming Mouse. It doesn't say anything about the type of switches used.

So an Omron switch is what I should be looking at for my next mouse purchase?

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Maybe I could buy the switch and upgrade my mouse. LOL

I don't know either, you'll have to look up a thorough technical review (techspot review doesn't include this kind of information )!

They're Japanese made switches and generally considered the best in feeling and longevity, I can't say anymore personally.

Replacing the buttons has been done before... No idea how to though.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

, post: 1353879, member: 169488"]Replacing the buttons has been done before... No idea how to though.
That wouldn't be a problem if the switches are the same dimensions. I've actually swapped switches inside a mouse before, because the left switch was the most used and the right switch wasn't acting up.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

I'm in love with Corsair M65 :$ And I don't even play FPS games much. However, I still find many uses for its FPS button in SC2 and Lightroom.

Guest said:

Avoid SteelSeries at all costs. I'm on my fourth Sensei MLG Edition and second 6Gv2. All that in less then a year. Their drivers are crap, slow and laggy.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Ok, so good to know I'm not the only one who uses a gaming mouse for Photoshop!

Guest said:

I've got the Corsair M95 (Matte black) and it's so incredibly awesome. I use it at work and thus not for gaming but man, all those MMO keys at the side come in so handy.

Guest said:

Meh none of these are appealing at all. I will stick with my Razer Deathadder 3500 from 2009. Best mouse I have bought for $40

Guest said:

I have a G9X and for some reason I get extra clicks in the desktop but have not noticed it in games. For example if I single click on an item in explorer it should select but not open. However, since my mouse sends a couple of clicks the item opens. It is annoying. I dealt with this for months and finally had it so I requested an RMA but was past my warranty by a week and they would not replace the mouse. Stupid me. Since the mouse is fine in games I still use it for gaming. I have a MX Revolution for the desktop.

DKRON said:

I used to use gaming mice but I hate having a cord getting in the way, for the past 4 years I've been using a wireless HP mouse and keyboard which I may of got from a HP All in one at a previous job, mouse is light and responsive and I change the batteries every 3 months tops with 20 hours of gaming a week atleast. Has not got slower or worse one bit. Granted you get no Marco keys but if you need more buy of those marco add on devices.

JC713 JC713 said:

I thought all Logitech gaming mice were optical except for the G700. I guess the G500 is also. Great round up. Awesome work put into this. I think this will make my job of finding a good mouse in the future easier. I dont think the Razer and Steelseries are good options since a lot of people complain about their products, especially their keyboards. I wonder if their mice are any different. I think Logitech and Corsair are safer options.

Next, a gaming keyboard roundup would be awesome. A lot of awesome options out there currently.

Guest said:

I occasionally have that problem with my Performance MX, which sucks since imo it's the absolute perfect mouse design. Haven't had the issue with my G700, but the thing gets pretty crappy battery life.

Contemplating if I should pick up a new Performance MX or get the G700s.

Guest said:

I have never found a mouse better than my Deathadder.

mrtraver said:

I just recently got the G700s, but I have been having issues with the buttons not responding when I disconnect the overly stiff data/charging cable. To Logitech's credit, they are still working with me on it, and they even replaced my original, but I'm still having the issue so it may be something specific to my machine.

Mike89 said:

The mouse that should have been in there is the Roccat Kone Pure. Best mouse I've ever owned and I've owned lots.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The mouse that should have been in there is the Roccat Kone Pure. Best mouse I've ever owned and I've owned lots.
Thats a sleek looking mouse.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Indeed, there's also the optical version.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Been using Razer mice for 10 years now, started with the Diamondback, went through an Imperator and finally settled on the Taipan (Almost physically identical to the Dimaondback which I adored) and apart from the occasional bug where the mouse stops being detected (Mostly had this issue with the Imperator) they've been good solid mice. They've all taken a little configuration to get comfortable but after 30 minutes your going to adapt to it regardless, this goes for almost every mouse I've ever used, it's foreign at first but humans are marvels at adaptation. Hence comparing two mice side by side becomes very difficult to really be objective about it, and it's impossible to go on reviews alone. The best thing is to go to a store that has them in stock and ask to feel the mice, most come in packaging that encourages this making it easier allowing you to see if it fits your hand at least.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm actually looking for a new mouse. I'm taking Battlefield 4 seriously, and leaving my old Logitech M505 for an actual gaming mouse. Can anyone recommend me a good gaming mouse for someone with moderately small hands? I've been looking at the G400s or the Deathadder, but can't really find out which would fit me. Any help is appreciated.

j05hh j05hh said:

It's too bad no Roccat products were in this review. I've heard nothing but good things about them. I'm considering the Kone XTD, as I need a new mouse for BF4, nevertheless great review.

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2 people like this | Geesus said:

Hard to beat Logitech mice imo. Even though I'm running a mamba 2012 since the day they came out. I realised just how good my Logitech mice still feel after I dug the G500 out of the box to fit to my older pc, I'm now using as a dedicated server. The Razer just doesn't have the same feel of precision that the Logitech has. I also have a G5 and an mx510 lying around somewhere and contemplating digging them out again to replace the mamba.

1 person liked this | Arris Arris said:

Hard to beat Logitech mice imo. Even though I'm running a mamba 2012 since the day they came out. I realised just how good my Logitech mice still feel after I dug the G500 out of the box to fit to my older pc, I'm now using as a dedicated server. The Razer just doesn't have the same feel of precision that the Logitech has. I also have a G5 and an mx510 lying around somewhere and contemplating digging them out again to replace the mamba.

I'm with you on that. Other than some wear to the rubber grip areas I've got 2 Logitech MX Revolution mice that still work perfectly since I got them when they were launched in 2006, and two Performance MX models (replaced the feet on one but other than that all a-ok). Recently sold one of the newer Performance MX as I wanted a mouse with more buttons for gaming and am currently using a Madcatz/Cyborg/Saitek MMO 7. Hopefully it lasts as it's very comfortable and configurable.

Guest said:

Looking at all those models, I really miss old mice with 3 *actual* buttons on top and 1 (or even 2) rolls between those. Ages ago (15 years or so) there was a4tech's model like that ( http://imgur.com/5HOrJAU ). Ehh...

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I don't remember ever seeing a mouse like that. Interesting guest.

LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

Duuuuuuuude, you could liiike, scroll up AND down with that mouse :eek:

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