Logitech's G502 Hero has a comfortable, contoured shape with textured grips for precise movement, plenty of customisation including the ability to switch DPI modes on the fly and durabilty that will see you through even the toughest battles. With 11 customisable buttons it's a good choice for just about any gaming scenario, whether you favour fast action FPS or strategy titles for your gaming fix.
If the Logitech isn't to your taste, consider Razer's Lancehead Tournament Edition, a showy mouse option decked out in more RGB than you might think possible, alongside 16,000 DPI sensors, nine programmable buttons and an option for a wireless model if that's more to your taste. It's an especially good match for FPS veterans looking for that last bit of accuracy gain in tense situations, with accurate tracking at an impressive 450 inches per second.
Logitech's G903 Wireless gives you cable freedom with the option to tether if you prefer that style, or simply if the onboard battery is running low. Mind you, with up to 32 hours of battery life, you'd probably want to take a break before it goes flat. When you do, the G903 Wireless recharges via the Qi standard, so you can drop it onto the same chargers used for Qi-compatible phones. Response is excellent and the shape makes it a good pick if you're chasing an ambidextrous mouse too.
Razer's take on a wireless mouse is predictably bedecked with plenty of showy RGB lighting, although you can dim that if you want to save a little battery power. Mind you, with up to 50 hours of battery life, you can probably afford to show off a little both on your desk and out on the battlefield. You don't get fancy Qi charging – it's strictly a cables-only affair – but it's an excellent alternate choice if wireless gaming is important to you.
The Pulsefire Core boils a gaming mouse down to the essentials, including the price point. The trade-off there is in DPI settings, with a maximum of 6,200 DPI on offer. However, it's good for either left- or right-handed use. With seven different programmable buttons and five different game profiles on tap, it's an affordable but durable mouse option for those looking to up their game without draining their wallet.
If first person shooters are your mousing obsession and you're on a budget, you could alternatively consider the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro. It's rocking fewer programmable buttons than the Pulsefire Core, but trades that for much higher DPI to make those headshots easier to hit every time. While the shape does suggest ambidextrous design, the thumb buttons do sit on one side, which could be annoying for southpaws.
Choosing the best gaming mice involves playing a lot of games. Yeah, we know, tough job and all that.
But it's not just a question of loading up generic-military-shooter-of-the-moment and calling it a day. Gaming is a wider church than just FPS and the considerations made when choosing the right gaming mouse are far more complex. Here's what we consider and what you should too when choosing the best gaming mice.
Button support and placement: Most gaming mice will jump from the regular two pretty quickly, but it's not just a numbers game. Are the additional buttons well-placed and responsive? Are they ambidextrous or suitable only for right-handed gamers? Depending on your primary games obsession, more buttons may not be better if you're going to click them when you don't want to.
Sensor accuracy: A standard laser mouse just won't cut it for fast-paced gaming action, which is why an optical sensor is a must. The best gaming mice will punch up towards 16,000 DPI with switchable levels to make it easy to zip around the battlefield or hone in on that perfect headshot with ease.
Customisable controls: You probably don't play just the one game and you may have to share your gaming mouse with others. This is where being able to set buttons to specific purposes, and possibly full gaming profiles too, can be an absolute boon.
Cabled or wireless? You'll pay more for a wireless mouse, but you're avoiding any issues with cable drag or tangling when you do so. Then again, a cabled mouse never runs out of power at any time, unless your PC does. The quality of the cable, especially for a mouse that you might be taking with you for competitive purposes, is also important.
Grip comfort: Some gaming mice borrow from the classic MS Intellimouse "flat" shape, which is fine if a little indistinct. Others look like what would happen if a Decepticon got busy with a bee. There's no one "right" approach here, but the shape of the mouse and grip material on the sides will seriously affect how you use it.
Bling it up with RGB: Let's get real here. Gaming is a competitive arena and there's nothing more intimidating than making it clear to your opponents with a mouse that can blaze in customisable RGB glory. That's just science in action.
Alex Kidman was the tech and telco editor at Finder and is now a freelance technology writer. He's been a technology writer with experience spanning more than 20 years, writing and editing at Gizmodo, CNET, PC Magazine, Kotaku and many more. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England and a serious passion for retro gaming.
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