10 Best Wired Pro Gaming Mice for 2018
True PC gamer swears by his mouse. Do you have one you trust?
To begin with, let me adress the elephant in the room. Wireless mice are not good for pro gaming. Why, you ask? Let me explain with a list:
- Wireless mice are significantly heavier, which impedes rapid manipulation, which is absolutely necessary in competitive gaming;
- Wireless mice have lag. In pro gaming, every single millisecond counts. Wired mice on the other hand, have zero lag, bound only by speed of light;
- Batteries and charging. Don’t even get me started here. Batteries die on you, performance gets bad when they weaken, you have to keep them charged at all times, and finally. You want a thing to just work without dancing circles around it every day or two;
- Wireless mice cost way more. Because of batteriesl;
- Wireless mice are prone to signal interference and random stutters. Ever missed a shot because mouse suddenly froze for a quarter of a second? Me too, and that never happened with a wired mouse.
Now, after we established that wireless mice are supperior, let’s see the best of them.
1. Razer DeathAdder Chroma - Multi-Color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse - 10,000 DPI Sensor - Comfortable Grip - World's Most Popular Gaming Mouse
This one is my own weapon of choice. I bought it a year ago, and absolutely love, love, love it. It’s extremely precise, very light and never ever let me down in a battle, be it targeting headshots or browser tabs. Highly recommended. Though see next entries too, for more fancy gaming experience.
4.3 out of 5 stars, 2,859 customer reviews
- Perfectly designed to fit snugly under your palm, the ergonomic shape of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma gives gamers the most comfortable gaming experience ever, especially during the most testing of battles
- The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is equipped with a 10, 000dpi optical sensor, It is capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration
- Whether your playing at fast or low speeds, the Deathadder Chroma will always respond onscreen with exacting accuracy and the organic fluidity only possible with an optical sensor
- The Razer DeathAdder Chroma's sensor is also capable of tracking Z-axis to as low as 1mm on most surfaces including glass table tops, This is perfect for low-sense gamers who want to set tracking to cut-off as soon as they lift their mice
- Chroma lighting with 16, 8 million customizable color options Whether you're in the mood for electric blue, pastel pink, or signature Razer green, you can now illuminate your Razer DeathAdder Chroma's scroll wheel and Razer logo just the way you want
You may think based on the ridiculous (or totally rad, depending on your point of view) oscillating colors that this thing is a show pony. However, it's a real durable workhorse. I use it for work and gaming, and while I am not particularly adept at noticing accuracy/sensitivity, it really feels like a premium product. Very comfortable for my medium-sized man hands and the shape almost fills my palm completely when I use it. The colored lighting is actually fairly subtle and nice.
Also for what it's worth, I have had some issues with Razer products in the past but their customer support is pretty top notch, at least in this reviewers experience. I will probably always buy mice from them.
2. SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse, OLED Display, Tactile Alerts, 16000 CPI, Multicolor - Black
4.0 out of 5 stars, 177 customer reviews
- Vivid onboard OLED display
- Tactile alerts let you feel the game
- Ergonomics built for every grip style
- Prism RGB illumination, CPI 100 to 16, 000
- Modular cables, top covers, and sensors
SteelSeries makes amazing and customizable computer gaming accessories
SteelSeries makes amazing and customizable computer gaming accessories. I purchased this along with the SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard for my kid about two years ago. The led colors are awesome and allow you to game in the dark since you can see the keys and mouse. You can change the colors on the devices with the SteelSeries customizing application through your computer. All and all, good product.
Super good mouse!
Fantastic ergonomics, infinite configurability and beautiful esthetics. Rival 700 is a truly great mouse, it quickly became my favorite, displacing my SteelSeries Fnatic mouse. Great product!
It's a cool mouse.
It's a cool mouse... The led screen and rumble features are truly unique, but gimmicky I feel. I use this mouse, but I don't love it.
3. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, 12,000 DPI On-The-Fly DPI Shifting
4.5 out of 5 stars, 2,134 customer reviews
- Advanced optical gaming sensor (PMW3366): Logitech's most accurate and responsive optical sensor precisely translates hand movements onscreen
- Tunable weight and balance: Repositionable 3, 6G weights for superior fit and feel
- RGB customizable lighting: Match your style and environment with up to 16, 8 million colors
- Easy-to-program Logitech Gaming Software: Customize lighting, surface tuning, button macros and more
- Customizable controls: 11 programmable buttons and adjustable hyper-fast scroll wheel for fast, accurate maneuvers
- Responsiveness USB data format 16 bits/axis, USB report rate 1000 Hz (1ms), Microprocessor 32-bit ARM
Excellent gaming mouse.
I've been a Logitech fan for some time, but I have certainly had some disappointing purchases from them as well. This mouse is not one of those purchases.
The mouse is designed very well and fits my hand very comfortably. The Logitech Gaming software is easy to use and offers great ways to configure the mouse. I've had a few occasions where the software failed to notice what application (typically a game) I was in and didn't apply my customizations immediately. Switching out of the application and back in using ALT-TAB clears that up right away.
I didn't expect the weighting system to make much of a difference (honestly, I figured it was just a gimmick), but I've found that fine-tuning the weights actually did make a noticeable (if subtle) difference in gameplay. Is it worth a price premium? Not for me. But as a finishing touch on an already impressive, mouse, I can definitely appreciate it.
All in all, an excellent gaming mouse.
I've been wanting to replace my old Logitech MX518 mouse for a very long time. As all gamers know, finding the right mouse takes time, and sometimes a lot of bad purchases to get the right one. I had given up for a while until I went out to test keyboards and then saw the Logitech G502 on display next to the G910 keyboard (which I also purchased, 5/5) and it wasn't until I put my hand on this mouse that I new my search was over. It has great responsiveness, and a really nice ergonomic design that fits my hand nicely. I also highly enjoy the customization that goes along with this mouse from the RGB lighting, to the very important weight distribution. I did not realize how much I would enjoy being able to shift the weight around in my mouse until I got this mouse. Some days I like a heavy centered mouse, some days I like a very light mouse, and with this one, I can do that easily.
4. CORSAIR M65 Pro RGB - FPS Gaming Mouse - 12,000 DPI Optical Sensor - Adjustable DPI Sniper Button - Tunable Weights - Black
4.2 out of 5 stars, 866 customer reviews
- 12000 DPI high-accuracy sensor: custom tuned, gaming grade sensor for pixel-precise tracking
- Aircraft-grade aluminum structure: light weight, durability, and optimal mass distribution
- Advanced weight tuning system: set the center of gravity to match your play style
- Surface calibration tuning utility: Optimizes sensor precision and responsiveness for your playing surface
- Optimized sniper button positioning: take advantage of on-the-fly DPI switching to instantly match mouse speed to gameplay demands
- Harness the Power of CUE: don't just configure your mouse - program it with double macros, custom RGB lighting, and more
- Eight strategically placed buttons: gain an advantage by customizing your button configuration and play your way
- High-capacity Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks: ensure reliable performance that holds up through even the longest campaigns
5. Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB MMO 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor 12 Programmable Side Buttons Gaming Mouse - Black
4.1 out of 5 stars, 112 customer reviews
- Exclusive key Slider macro button control system: the patent pending design provides 8mm of key travel with secure lock to ensure every button is within reach, Compatibility - A PC with a USB port, Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7, An internet connection is required to download the Corsair Utility Engine software
- 12 optimized mechanical side buttons: designed to Pro player specifications for consistent tactile feedback and precise actuation, Textured side button keycaps provide enhanced grip and feel, Onboard storage with hardware macro playback: three predefined profiles include actions common for MMO gaming as well as General purpose keyboard shortcuts, Custom, gaming Grade 16000 DPI Optical sensor: ultra-accurate and high-speed tracking Engine, Surface calibration tuning Utility: optimizes sensor precision and responsiveness for your playing surface
Good MMO Mouse
Over all I really like this mouse, this was not my first MMO Mouse with 12 side buttons I’ve also used the Logitech. I already knew the style of mouse matched my style of play.
Lots of Buttons
Easy to Customize/Macro (CUE is great software)
Movable 12 Button Pad (This feature makes this Mouse)
Ring finger rest
Big scroll wheel
A little light for my taste
The 12 Button pad is a little low making it hard to press th 1 Button but I got used to it
No side to side click on scroll wheel
The fact that the 12 Button pad is movable (slides forward and back) gives it the leg up on the Logitech. It allows me to place it in the most comfortable position for me. I always thought the Logitech 12 Button pad was too far back. I would have given it 5 stars if it were just a little heavier!
it feels and fits in your hand very comfortably. I was hesitant about all the macro buttons ...
it feels and fits in your hand very comfortably. I was hesitant about all the macro buttons on the side because I don't see myself using them, but they have enough pressure for your thumb to rest and accidently press while using. when you do want to press the macro buttons they have a nice tactile response feel. The lighting effects are great with the four zones.
Great sensor. Heavier than most mice, but the side buttons make up for it.
6. Razer Naga Epic Chroma MMO Gaming Mouse - 19 Buttons - 8,200 - Wireless
3.8 out of 5 stars, 1,469 customer reviews
- 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons for unlimited combos
- Wireless gaming-grade technology for unbridled maneuverability
- In-game MMO Configurator
- Mechanical thumb grid buttons
- Ergonomic form Factor
- With refined ergonomics, Chroma customizable lighting and intuitive in-game overlay support, this epic MMO gaming mouse fits your hand perfectly and can be personalized to your exact preferences
- Its tilt-click scroll wheel, improved mechanical thumb grid buttons and greater number of programmable buttons, increase the arsenal of spells at your fingertips as well as the precision you enjoy
- In any MMO, the more spells you have instant access to, the greater your advantage becomes, The Razer Naga Epic Chroma features a total of 19 buttons, including the iconic Razer Naga's 12-button thumb grid to maximize the actions at your disposal
- The Razer Naga Epic Chroma's gaming-grade wireless technology gives you completely unrestricted movement without compromising on mouse control or accuracy
- With a response rate of 1ms whether wired or wireless, your Razer Naga Epic Chroma delivers peak performance all the time, Furthermore, by plugging in the USB when the battery is running low, your Razer Naga Epic Chroma charges while you use it, so you get zero downtime all the time
- Introducing the most intuitive mouse configurator you'll ever need for MMO gaming, Customize each and every button on the Razer Naga Epic Chroma to your personal skillset and set up macros and hotkeys right from in the game via a non-intrusive overlay, The thumb grid can be visually displayed with icons right from your favorite MMO so you'll know exactly what button to hit at all times
7. G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Cutting Edge Ambidextrous RGB 8200 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse with Adjustable Grips, Height, and Weights
4.3 out of 5 stars, 157 customer reviews
- ESPORTS APPROVED - Designed for pin point accuracy and pro-longed gaming across all game types
- ADJUSTABLE ERGONOMICS - Ambidextrous and interchangeable side grips along with customization height and weights ensure perfect ergonomics no matter your hand shape, grip type, and orientation
- SAVED CUSTOMIZATIONS – On-Board profile storage for 8 fully programmable buttons and RGB lighting effects
- HIGH GRADE COMPONENTS - Gaming Grade AVAGO 8200 DPI Laser and Omron micro switch provide the best performance and durability
- UNIQUE AESTHETICS - Uplift your gaming station with purposefully designed angles and unconventional shapes
The replacement for the Rat.
Did you ever own or try any of the Saitek/Madcatz Rat mice? Did you love the feel of it but hate the terrible quality control? Well boy howdy, do I have the mouse for you! The mx780 is basically the Rat profile, but made of what feel like higher quality materials with a sensor that just works better. A nice braided cable, and some lighting options. The software to modify these settings is, frankly, terrible. But, generally you don't use the software often, so you really will only have to deal with that negative aspect a few times.
I love my G502, and generally I would suggest that mouse over this one to most people. But, to those of you who have been looking for a replacement specifically for your preference of the shape of the Rat, this is the one.
this modular mouse is pretty much worth it
The mouse feels a little weird at first because it's an ambidextrous mouse, so it won't feel the same as a right handed mouse. For roughly 32 bucks (I bought this on sale), this modular mouse is pretty much worth it.
The G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 is a modular ambidextrous RGB mouse. You're able to switch out the sides of the mouse for thumb rests if you choose to. The palm rest is easily height adjustable with the tool provided in the box. There are four side buttons on the mouse which come in handy for macros and you're also to change between 5 DPIs with the button above the scroll wheel. I almost forgot to mention that the mouse also comes with two 4.5g weights if you prefer heavier mice.
In order to change the lighting effects and what each button on my mouse does, you'll need to download G.Skill's software from their website.
Overall it's a pretty good mouse for the price but it takes some getting used to since it doesn't contour naturally to the hand.
I have a group of ambidextrous mice (configured for left hand) that I use for gaming on a rotating basis, but I find the MX780 to be my favorite. Although the side buttons are a little thin and the shape is not ideal for lifting off the mouse pad, the activation pressure and the tactile feedback I get are just the way I like them to be. Also, the size (I have small-medium hands) and relatively low profile are just right for me. I haven't had any trouble with the software and the lighting system is very good.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that to make it easier to lift off the pad, I don't use the plastic side plates.
8. Razer Basilisk - Chroma Enabled RGB FPS Gaming Mouse - World's Most Precise Sensor - Comfortable Grip w/ DPI Clutch & Customizable Scroll Wheel Resistance
4.1 out of 5 stars, 31 customer reviews
- The Basilisk is designed with FPS gamers in mind with an ergonomic design, removable DPI clutch, and customizable scroll wheel
- The Razer Basilisk is equipped with a 16, 000dpi optical sensor, It is capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 450 inches per second with 99, 4% resolution accuracy
- Gaming-optimized Razer mechanical mouse switches - durable up to 50 million clicks, DPI buttons at your fingertips and Razer Chroma customizable lighting
- Whether you are playing at fast or low speeds, the Basilisk will always respond onscreen with exacting accuracy and the organic fluidity only possible with an optical sensor
- Chroma lighting with 16, 8 million customizable color options Whether you're in the mood for electric blue, pastel pink, or signature Razer green, you can now illuminate your Razer Basilisk's scroll wheel and Razer logo just the way you want
Manual is always faster than automatic
What a beast, I don’t have experience with other high end mice but I’ve had a few around $30 that were “fine and pretty” but this clearly is for people who are serious about quality. The FPS CLUTCH is its best feature. Once mastered, It should give anyone an edge on any player without it.
Nice quality mouse. I purchase as a Christmas gift for my son. He loves it.
I can say this is by far my favorite gaming mouse to use for gaming and causal use. I will admit, I wish there were more areas for the rgb lighting around the mouse but functionality is still top notch!
9. Razer Taipan Ambidextrous PC Gaming Mouse - 8200 DPI 4G Laser Sensor
If you are left handed, check this one out.
4.2 out of 5 stars, 512 customer reviews
- 8200dpi 4G laser sensor|Improved Ambidextrous Ergonomics|Razer Synapse 2, 0
Good mouse for gaming
I'm not a hardcore player, but I do enjoy a nice mouse with additional buttons and features to play RS. This mouse has helped me improve my gameplay, in comparison to using a traditional mouse.
The additional buttons are great and easy to use with keybinds. The design is sleek and the logo looks cool. This is a very good gaming mouse if you are looking for something "simple" in terms of gaming mouses that gets that job done, looks nice, and works well. I have had it for over a year and it looks and works like it did day one.
All around awesome mouse, good handling and excellent "response"
I have to point out the fact that I am quite biased, I've been a huge fan of Razer since my first Razer mouse (almost exactly) 10 years ago. Granted they've made some products that were better than others, but relative to the products I've tried, I would give them 6 stars out of 5. The first mouse I got from them, a Copperhead, lasted until a couple months ago (almost 10 years of active gaming), and its only the left click button which isn't responding (so still fixable).
This one in particular, the Taipan, is no different than Copperhead, as in its an awesome piece of hardware! Very comfortable to use, light, ergonomic, a smooth texture/feel, high pointer precision, I have nothing bad to say about it. You probably think I'm working for Razer and giving them good feedback because of it, but sadly for me, it isn't the case, I'm just a very difficult and demanding customer, and this mouse is awesome :)
10. Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition - Professional Grade Chroma Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse, 16,000 DPI
As with one above, this is a great gaming mouse for left handed people.
4.2 out of 5 stars, 67 customer reviews
- Equipped with an esports-grade optical sensor that has true 16, 000 DPI and true tracking at 450 Inches Per Second (IPS), the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition gives you the absolute advantage of having the fastest sensor in the world, Up to 210 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
- Co-designed and produced with the leading global mouse switch supplier, Omron, the new switches are optimized and tweaked for the fastest response times for gaming and for extended durability up to 50 million clicks
- Hybrid on-board and cloud memory to give you absolute flexibility, the Razer Lancehead is powered by Razer Synapse Pro (Beta) so you can save your settings directly onto the mouse as well as to the cloud
- Ambidextrous form factor for both left- and right-handed gameplay, Whether you’re left- or right-handed, you can trust the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition to feel perfect in your hand every time
- NOTE: Refer the Instructional Video from the Image Section and the User Manual on Technical Specifications before use
I am very happy with it
After a few months of using this, I am very happy with it. Tracks well, great click feel, and is comfortable for my large hands. It did take about a week to adapt to it, as I previously had a Razer Imperator which had a slightly better grip for me. But it has been discontinued. This mouse is a better mouse though, hands down.
Gunmetal Grey of awesomeness
Upgraded from the Taipan, feels different but the whole wireless thing makes it feel so sophisticated. Will write a more detailed review in a year's time after I've actually used it.
P.S. I asked a question about the color of the mouse and no one had an answer, so I'm just letting you guys know that the wireless Lancehead here is Gunmetal Grey. If you want the black/white version of them you'd have to get them from the official razer store.
This is a nice mouse. No observed issues.