10 of the best gaming mice you can buy in 2019
Whether you’re tackling unheard of horrors in Control or scything your way through the competition on your way to the top of the leaderboards in PUBG or CS:GO, your mouse is your weapon, your soul, and your direct connection to the many worlds we choose to explore in the gaming community.
So, it’s important to know that you have a top of the line mouse that helps you keep pace with the action no matter how white-knuckle it may become. The good news is that there are a lot of great mice on the market these days, and we’ve found 10 that are a cut above the rest that’ll give you an edge against anything life throws at you.
The Razer Naga Trinity is designed for gamers that want the freedom to customize their hardware to fit the game they’re playing. Players that want the smooth, reliable feel of a Deathadder while playing an FPS but want the versatility of a mouse with more buttons for playing MMOs like World of Warcraft or The Elder Scrolls Online.
What makes the Razer Naga Trinity unique is that it represents the full spectrum of button options to match your playstyle. The Razer Naga Trinity can swap its entire left panel to one of three alternate button configurations, giving you the freedom to customize your mouse based on whether you need two, seven, or twelve buttons to put you at the top of damage charts and leaderboards alike.
You can read more about how the Razer Naga Trinity combines three mice into one in our review.
There’s no way to talk about a list of gaming mice this year without stopping to talk about Logitech’s G502 HERO. The G502 has a heck of a reputation in almost every PC Gaming circle for its comfort, customizable weight system, and the host of lighting and macro options featured in Logitech’s Gaming Software suite.
The G502 HERO is a refresh on the original G502 design that includes Logitech’s HERO 16K sensor, which delivers smooth, tight tracking whether you have it set for 400 or 16,000DPI. Although DPI is usually the last thing gamers should be looking at when they buy a mouse, the G502 HERO feels just as accurate and snappy as its predecessor, with zero smoothing, filtering, or acceleration to speak of, which makes nailing flick shots and consistent spray downs a breeze.
Read our full review on Logitech’s updated G502 HERO here.
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless mouse is a sleek upgrade for cord cutters that love the impressive performance and sleek design of the G502 line. We would usually recommend a corded mouse for high performance gaming, but this variant of the G502 is designed to reduce the wireless input lag considerably by utilizing Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED technology. This gives the G502 an incredibly snappy response time compared to other wireless and even wired mice on the market that’s made it our go to mouse for gaming on the go.
Logitech managed to work some wizardry on the original G502 to pack in a battery rated for 60 hours, an upgraded HERO 16K sensor rated for 100-16,000DPI, and Logitech G Powerplay technology that lets you use your mouse mat to keep the G502 Lightspeed’s battery topped off during long gaming sessions.
Although the G502 Lightspeed is quite a bit more expensive than the G502 Hero listed above, it comes with enough advanced features to feel like a luxury version of one of the most popular mice in the gaming community.
You can read more about the G502 Lightspeed Wireless in our review.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite is the upgraded cousin of the Razer DeathAdder, which in this case means that you get all the shiny new tech in the gaming mouse world like an advanced optical sensor rated for up to 16,000 DPI, a stock 1000Hz polling rate, and fully customizable lighting via Razer Synapse - all for just over $50 right now on Newegg.
The DeathAdder Elite is only rocking four extra buttons, two nestled comfortably next to your thumb and two others adjacent to the mouse wheel, which makes the DeathAdder perfect for gamers that want a tight, close grip on their mouse to keep their aim razer sharp. Compared to other mice that sometimes come with a fleet of MMO buttons, the DeathAdder Elite might seem spartan, but for competitive shooters this makes it one of the most lethal, consistent mice on the market. Simplicity and consistency are old friends in the land of flick shots and clutch plays, and the DeathAdder has a reputation for delivering when the chips are down, and the pressure is turned up to 11.
The Steelseries Sensei 310 is an extremely lightweight gaming mouse that offers tight performance and hardware in a sleek ambidextrous design.
Built to be comfortable for palm or claw grips in either hand, the Steelseries Sensei 310 is packing a custom TrueMove3 12,000DPI sensor, two-zone Prism RBG lighting, and the ability to save everything from your sensitivity to your key binds directly to the mouse. So, whether you’re plugging in at a LAN tournament or just trying to find a comfortable way to game on your couch you can trust that the Steelseries Sensei 310 will deliver the same level of consistent performance in all your favorite titles.
Corsair Ironclaw RGB Gaming Mouse
The Corsair Ironclaw is Corsair’s solution for gamers that want a high-end gaming mouse that’s built for people with large hands. If you’ve ever struggled to get a good grip on a mouse because it’s too small or not tall enough to properly fit your palm grip, the Corsair Ironclaw is worth looking into.
Measuring in at 5.12 x 3.15 x 1.77 inches with a distinct bell-shaped curve to the chassis, the Ironclaw is noticeably larger than your average gaming mouse but still only weighs in at about 105 grams. If you have large hands and prefer a palm grip on your mouse, the bell-shaped curve tucks into your hand nicely, but doesn’t feel heavy and unwieldy sliding across your mouse mat.
No one likes using a mouse that doesn’t feel right, and if you want clean, sharp angle snapping it’s important that you feel confident with the shape and feel of your mouse and that you know it’s going to feel smooth and responsive, rather than clumsy and frustrating when the chips are down.
That said, the Ironclaw isn’t just packing a few attractive curves for people with large hands, you can also expect top of the line hardware including a suite of full-spectrums RGBs, an 18,000DPI PixArt optical sensor, and seven fully programmable buttons so that you can quickly set up your preferred control scheme for your favorite games.
The Corsair Glaive RGB Pro is an updated version of the Corsair Glaive with a new Pixar PMW3391 Sensor rated for 18,000DPI, three optional thumb grips, and a lightweight design that makes the Glaive feel even more smooth and agile in shooters and MOBA’s than ever before.
The Corsair Glaive RGB Pro is one of the most comfortable mice in the industry and the three included thumb grips give you the freedom to choose how you want your thumb to sit on the mouse. A feature that we’d love to see more hardware manufactures adopt to finally put control of thumb placement back in the hands of the customer.
Even better, the Corsair Glaive RGB Pro is rocking Omron switches rated for more than 50 million clicks, and a suite of RGB option for the lighting on the front, rear, and top of the mouse. So, you can trust that the Corsair Glaive RGB is built to outlast your battlestation but can be easily customized to fit the lighting on almost any build.
For more information about the Corsair Glaive, check out our review.
The Steelseries Rival 600 is a fantastic evolution of the Rival 310 that offers one of the best overall experiences on the market today. With full spectrum RGB, a sleek comfortable design, and a TrueMove 3+ sensor rated for up to 12,000DPI, the Steelseries Rival 600 manages to one-up its predecessor in nearly every way, without compromising the performance we’ve come to love from the Steelseries’ Rival line.
What really makes the Rival 600 stand out from the competition is its innovative weight system, which comes with eight, four-gram cubes that can be placed in a variety of configurations to tweak and balance the feel of the mouse. This allows the Steelseries Rival to crank its weight up to a beefy 128 grams or cut it down to as light as 96 grams depending on how you prefer your mouse to slide and snap when you aim. With over 256 weight combinations, you’re free to tweak to your heart’s content to find something that feels just right.
To learn more about the Steelseries Rival 600 and its TrueMove 3+ sensor, check out our review here.
The Logitech MX518 is possibly one of the most iconic gaming mice in the industry, which is why Logitech revived and revitalized it with the Logitech G MX518. The Logitech G MX518 has the exact same basic layout and design as the original but has been upgraded with a suite of features like a Hero Sensor, 400+ IPS tracking, and rocking a sensitivity of up to 16,000 DPI. So, you can trust that you’re getting a comfortable, iconic design, but with all the features you expect from any other high-performance mice on the market.
The Corsair Nightsword RGB Gaming Mouse is one of Corsair’s latest and greatest competitive FPS/MOBA mice built with extreme gaming performance in mind. The Nightsword’s PixArt PMW3391 sensor delivers some of the snappiest performance we’ve ever seen, making it a joy to use in competitive shooters like PUBG and Apex Legends.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the Nightsword doesn’t just feel good, it can also be fine-tuned to fit your specific sensitivity one DPI at a time, giving you complete control over your aim and the way you build your muscle memory in practice and in the heat of the moment. Although you’ll probably never use the Nightsword’s max 18K DPI, it’s incredibly satisfying being able to dial in your natural sensitivity to find the sweet spot between muscle memory and natural skill.
If you’ve ever felt like the sensitivity in your favorite shooter is just a fraction of an inch off every single time, the Corsair Nightsword could be just the weapon you need to bring DPI and muscle memory full circle on the leaderboards.
To learn more about the Corsair Nightsword RGB, check out our review.