November 29, 2018
Having good gaming peripherals are as important as having a powerful gaming PC as the choice of an input device can make or break the chances of winning in a game. Gaming keyboards and gaming mouse have been traditionally reserved for high-end use cases but these days, we see that even regular users take a liking to such devices for the advanced features and comfort they offer. Since the mouse is one of the most used (and abused) input devices, it helps to have good hardware so that you get accurate tracking, as well as help, protect your wrist from injury.
Since a mouse is something that you will be using most of the day, it is important that you consider the comfort, customization options, and the overall performance more than anything else. The mouse sensor is the most critical component and it is important to get a high-resolution sensor. However, the highest numbers don't always make sense and you should actually try matching the DPI to the precision required for a given game. Many gaming mice also offer additional features such as weight customization, macro programming etc so these are good options to have if you find yourself not happy with the original ergonomics of the mouse. RGB lighting is good to have if you have other RGB components but make sure the mouse can sync with other components for a good effect.
With those factors in mind, we hereby present the 8 best gaming mouse to buy in 2019.
The Rival 710 is the latest in the Rival 700 series of gaming mouse from SteelSeries. The Rival 710 features a 16,000 CPI TrueMove3 optical sensor, which makes it an excellent choice for precise tracking and aiming. It also comes with an OLED display that is quite informative — it shows settings, Discord notifications, in-game statistics, and more. The mouse offers an immersive tactile experience thanks to a built-in vibration motor that can be customized. If you are a hardcore Discord user, you can integrate the Rival 700 with the app and get notifications and vibration alerts directly on the mouse itself.
The SteelSeries Rival 710 is a true professional mouse. The components are modular and can be swapped and upgraded for even more performance. The mechanical components are very durable and can withstand up to 60-million clicks. While the Rival 710 offers an excellent set of features, there are some manufacturing issues that can bring down the lofty quality claims of the device. If you happen to encounter them, make sure to get a replacement.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro offers the maximum number of programmable buttons that can be found in gaming mice. You get 17 mechanical slide buttons out of which 12 can be programmed as per need and also according to pre-defined gaming profiles. The Scimitar Pro is targeted towards MOBA/MMO gamers although, FPS gamers will find absolutely no issues with it. The 16,000 DPI sensor can calibrate itself according to the surface and offers excellent precision and responsiveness. You can also store up to three custom profiles on the mouse itself that can be recalled easily in the middle of an intense fight.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro is an excellent gaming mouse but not all users will take a liking to the Corsair CUE software. Compared to older versions, the latest Scimitar Pro has increased durability and mechanical strength. It still needs improvement in some areas but overall, we think Corsair has one of the best gaming mice for MMO gamers.
Asus is known for making excellent gaming peripherals under the ROG brand and the ROG Spatha is one such device. It has a customizable 3-zone RGB effect, an 8200 DPI sensor, and a 2000 Hz polling rate. Like the Corsair Scimitar above, it also offers 12 programmable buttons for various custom game programming. You can customize the ROG Spatha using the ROG Armoury software interface. One of the best features of the ROG Spatha is that it can be used in both wired and wireless modes. Of course, the wired mode is preferred for more precision. The ROG Spatha is not a cheap gaming mouse and the high price is reflected in the magnesium alloy construction. The Omron switches are rated for 20 million clicks and the tracking is excellent.
The Asus ROG Spatha is one of the high-end gaming mice in the market but it does come with some drawbacks. The price is definitely on the higher side and some users find the side buttons to be a bit mushy and stiff. Those with small hands will have a tough time getting used to this mouse.
The Razer Lancehead offers a 16,000 DPI sensor and offers laser tracking for excellent precision. Despite being a wireless mouse, the Lancehead allows for consistent lag-free transmission thanks to adaptive frequency technology. You can use the Razer Synapse software to customize the Chroma LED lights or assign macros to the nine programmable buttons. The best part is that these macros can be stored onboard the mouse and also in the cloud. The Chroma LED lighting can be synced with other RGB components as well. The Lancehead is ambidextrous so both left and right-handed users will be at equal ease.
The Razer Lancehead might boast of impressive specs but we must say the experience will differ greatly with each user. Laser sensors are still inferior to optical sensors in terms of acceleration or deceleration. These cannot be controlled via software unlike optical sensors and thus will start becoming problematic if you cannot get used to them. The Synapse software offers good enough customization but still needs to iron a lot of bugs.
The Logitech G903 is perhaps the best gaming mouse that caters to all types of gamers. The G903 offers a Lightspeed wireless technology that offers just a 1 ms latency for intense competitive gaming and can be used with several gaming laptops. The PMW3366 sensor can easily offer acceleration from 200 to 12,000 DPI and you can adjust the mechanical tensioning of the buttons to suit your style. You can switch between wired and wireless modes very easily and also add weights for the ideal tracking experience. Any extra buttons that you don't need can be covered with the provided button caps so that you don't accidentally press anything. The provided software is excellent and allows for customizing nearly every aspect of the mouse.
The Logitech G903 offers a great tracking experience for gamers and eSports professionals. However, it does come with a few limitations. Compared to many other mice in this list, the amount of RGB customization is limited and some might even find the low weight a bit cumbersome. There is also a limited number of programming buttons so MMO gamers might feel a pinch when they find there is no extra button available for mapping. Overall, the Logitech G903 offers a stellar gaming experience that will delight a lot of gamers.
The Corsair M65 Pro has been a gamer's favorite for quite some time now thanks to its precise PMW3360 optical sensor that has a resolution of 12,000 DPI that works great on any surface. The construction of the Corsair M65 Pro is very durable and at the same time, it is lightweight owing to its aluminum frame. This mouse offers a dedicated sniper button placed at a strategic spot and eight extra programmable buttons that give you an edge in FPS and MMO games. The scroll wheel is also well designed and does not impede continuous usage. The PMW3360 sensor can calibrate itself according to the surface texture while the large PTFE glide pads offer good grip. The Corsair M65 Pro also comes with an advanced weight tuning system that can be adjusted according to your convenience.
Needless to say, you get the Corsair iCUE software for all customization requirements. While the Corsair M65 Pro is a great budget gaming mouse, its design might not be up to everyone's liking depending on how they hold a mouse. The weights are adjustable but you some users might even find this to be heavy. Overall, go for the Corsair M65 Pro if you don't need too many programmable macro buttons and you prefer a good overall gaming experience.
The Razer Naga Hex v2 is a gaming mouse designed for MOBA gamers and comes with a seven button thumb grid with programmable macro buttons. Ergonomics is the main feature of the Naga Hex v2 and it is quite comfortable to use the mouse for prolonged periods without risking any wrist injury. Of course, the Razer Chrome lighting effects are available and can be customized using the Synapse software. The scroll wheel is tilt-clickable, which lends additional functionality and the Chroma effects can be synced across other RGB peripherals. Razer already includes a range of pre-defined MOBA profiles that you can use right away and you can also download many more online. The 16,000 DPI laser sensor might not be to everyone's taste especially if you are used to optical sensors but it can track well and movements are very precise.
The Naga Hex v2 is an excellent choice for MOBA gamers but those already rocking a Razer DeathAdder will not find much incentive to upgrade. The design is made to be ergonomic but it might not suit all hands and will definitely take some time to get used to. There are also some connectivity issues and bugs in the Synapse software, which need addressing via firmware updates.
If you are looking at a more affordable alternative to the Logitech G903, take a look at the Logitech G502 Hero. The G502 Hero offers a 16,000 DPI sensor that is very responsive across the entire DPI range. You also get 11 customizable buttons that can be directly programmed. Up to such programming can be stored directly on the device for instant access while playing. The G502 Hero also offers five adjustable 3.6g weights for tuning the overall weight distribution and balance. You can also program the RGB lighting on the mouse and sync it with the rest of your peripherals. Both the left and right switches are mechanical and support button tensioning to provide just the right feel while clicking and they also last quite long.
You will not find many faults with the Logitech G502 Hero and the negatives are mostly user preferences. For example, the weight of the mouse feels a bit on the higher side so not all users will be comfortable with that even if they adjust the weights in the body. Also, the shape of the mouse might not be comfortable to some depending on the size of their hands. It is also not ambidextrous so left-handed users are out of luck.
These were some of the best gaming mouse 2019 that we have come across so far. Remember that more expensive does not always equal better performance. It all depends on the types of games you play and your skill level.
Do you know any other great gaming mouse that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below and we will be happy to get back to you.