Some may find the scroll too sensitive.
Even when that is not the case initially, the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED can transform into the mouse you want, nay, the mouse you need. The model's button layout is configurable and even the side buttons are removable, so you can turn this mouse into a precision and comfort machine based on your preferences alone.
Optical, 100 - 16000 dpi
Symmetrical plastic case with 4 optional side buttons, optional full-spectrum RGB lighting with animations and effects, 10 g optional weight, right-handed
11 programmable buttons, 50 million clicks lifespan
Wireless / USB-wired (1.8 m)
The sensor's resolution accuracy reaches 99.6% and its tracking speed measures 650 IPS so that the mouse can track even the finest, practically microscopic movements with consistency. The company's Speedflex cable will be minimising drag and allowing you to execute quick and fluid swipes.
The software is bloated and unintuitive.
Unlike most gaming mice in general and Razer peripherals in particular, the Razer DeathAdder V2 drops the gimmicks and presents the mouse that is all about performance, reducing the weight to 82 grammes, improving the model's already brilliant ergonomics, and elevating precision to new heights.
Optical, up to 20000 dpi
Ergonomic plastic case with two rubberised side grips, Chroma RGB lighting, right-handed
8 programmable buttons, 70 million clicks lifespan
USB-wired (2.1 m)
The pivot hinges and the spring-tensioning system that the switches are adopting allow the primary buttons to produce crisp and satisfying clicks when pressed and keep the feedback rapid. You can reposition the weights along the entire bottom, experimenting with balance and alignment.
The fibres around the cord start to untwist with time.
With 11 customisable buttons, adjustable weight, and top-notch tracking precision without smoothing, filtering, and acceleration, the Logitech G502 HERO is worth every penny. With this gaming mouse, you can remove and overcome every obstacle between you and online success.
Optical, 200 - 16000 dpi
Plastic casing with textured rubber grips, 3 DPI indicator LEDs, customisable RGB lighting, magnetic weight-cavity door (five 3.6 g weights included), right-handed
11 programmable buttons, 50 million clicks lifespan
USB-wired (2.1 m)
When you put the mouse on a different surface, the company's surface calibration tuning utility automatically adjusts the device's precision and responsiveness, adapting to the change. The shape has been contoured and sculpted to fit people with large using and palm grip users.
The mouse can double-click sometimes.
The Corsair Ironclaw keeps the latency below 1 millisecond to give you not only the precision but also the comfort necessary to win. Without the wire dragging and twisting, you can easily execute split-second decisions that will bring you the trophy that separates champions and contenders.
Optical, up to 18000 dpi
Contoured plastic case sculpted specifically for palm grips and larger hands, three-zone dynamic RGB lighting, right-handed
7 programmable buttons, 50 million clicks lifespan
Wireless / USB-wired (1.8 m)
The TrueMove3 technology offers accurate 1-to-1 tracking so that when you move the mouse across the mat, the in-game cursor is moving the exact same distance without interpolation and any latency. The 32-bit ARM CPU ensures low-latency movement and provides on-board memory.
The silicone side grips lose the texture eventually.
The SteelSeries Rival 600 is more customisable than most mid-range and high-end mice yet as attractive and stylish as the non-customisable devices. You can adjust everything here, from the model's DPI to weight to the centre of gravity to lift-off distance.
Optical, 100 - 12000 dpi
Ergonomic fibre-reinforced plastic case with durable silicone side grips, customisable weight up to 128 g (eight 4 g weights included), independently controlled 8 RGB zones, right-handed
7 programmable buttons, 60 million clicks lifespan
USB-wired (2 m)
Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED
The Optimus Prime of Gaming Mice
The Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED looks odd, we will not argue that. Some people might like the model's futuristic, science fiction-esque form factor but we prefer our peripherals clean, sleek, and streamlined, so we cannot say that we're the model's biggest fans appearance-wise. At the same time, we're not saying that its appearance is all about aesthetics. Quite the opposite, the mouse looks the way it looks because you cannot make the device as adjustable as it is otherwise.
Unlike most mice, though right-handed from the get-go, the model easily becomes ambidextrous when necessary. Its configurable button layout allows you to change and adjust the mouse's entire construction. When you take into account the dual-mode tilt wheel and its removable side buttons, the device offers you access to between 7 and 11 programmable functions. This is huge and something we've not seen before on the gaming peripherals market but, as always, leave it to Logitech to impress and not only produce unique tech but also make the tech accessible and even relatively affordable.
You'd expect removable and adjustable buttons to feel odd but this is not the case here. On the contrary, the metal-spring button tensioning keeps the primary buttons poised to trigger with reduced force, enabling not only brilliant button feel but also quick and consistent response time after time. Some might find the scroll too sensitive but Logitech scrolls have never been especially stiff to begin with.
Zero Smoothing, Filtering, or Acceleration
The mouse can be used wired and wireless. More often than not, a wireless gaming mouse is not as precise and responsive as a wired one but things are different here. The company's LIGHTSPEED tech reduces the response rate to 1 millisecond, which means that even the most demanding gamers will not be able to tell the difference between wired and wireless modes. Plus, with 1:1 tracking, above 400 IPS, and 16,000 DPI, the model's HERO sensor offers outstanding precision. Add to that zero smoothing, filtering, and acceleration and the product becomes an easy choice to make, even considering the somewhat steep price.
Besides, the battery lasts at least 140 hours and, turning the LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting off, as long as 180 hours, which's great since we're not talking about replacement batteries but about the model's integrated LiPo battery that you can keep recharging for years to come.
Long story short, the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED is innovative, performant, and more customisable than any gaming mouse we've seen before.
|Last updated price||£87.40|
Razer DeathAdder V2
Deadly Curves and Killer Lines
The company's critics have always said that Razer is all about gimmicks and flashy cosmetics that do not bring anything but gaudy aesthetics to the table but even the biggest haters cannot deny that the DeathAdder line does not fall under this category. The models that belong to this line were never equipped with dozens of buttons and were never adopting gimmicky features. This is the company's most minimalist line and the Razer DeathAdder V2 takes the line to the next level.
DeathAdders have always boasted an ergonomic shape but the model's deadly curves and killer lines have become even more ergonomic, retaining the signature outline while shedding even more weight to enable accelerated handling and streamlining the already ridiculously fast interactions between you and the mouse. From those who go with the palm grip to people who prefer claw and fingertip approaches, the device will be able to accommodate them all, providing unbeatable comfort so that even the longest raids and the steepest ladder climbs do not bring any unpleasant sensations.
Even the cable's ergonomics have been improved, featuring the Speedflex cable that not only reduces the model's weight but also minimises drag. With this cable, you'll be executing quick, clean, and fluid swipes, controlling every little movement unlike before. Contributing to the same cause, the mouse's feet are made from high-grade PTFE (what they coat non-stick pans with), making sure that the movements remain slick and smooth across all surfaces.
99.6% Resolution Accuracy
Where construction concludes begins the model's specs and tech, with the brilliant optical sensor that can reach 20,000 DPI. The sensor offers 99.6% resolution accuracy and 650 IPS tracking speed, making sure that the finest movements are tracked with consistency. Even when you switch between different sensors, the sensor's accuracy and lift-off distance remain consistent.
But what most DeathAdder fans enjoy is not the sensor but the switches, using light beams to make sure the clicks are registered and the response time is reduced to 0.2 milliseconds. Because physical contact is no longer necessary, this actuation form eliminates debounce delay and ensures that unintended clicks are never triggered. You'd expect these switches to be somewhat fragile yet these things are able to survive 70 million clicks, so you won't be replacing this mouse anytime soon.
And why would you? Provided you're all about control and execution and the accuracy and precision that's required to execute without failure, you'd be hard-pressed to find any mouse that can compete with the Razer DeathAdder V2.
|Last updated price||£42.70|
Logitech G502 HERO
Adjusting the Weight
Can the Logitech G502 HERO turn gamers into online heroes? Well, from where we're standing, the mouse can certainly help. These days, the people behind Logitech seem to be almost obsessed with customisable mice but we can see where they're coming from. With gaming becoming more and more demanding, the tiniest, most minute inconveniences can become the difference between victory and defeat.
Though this mouse is not as customisable as the Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED, you can adjust its heaviness using repositionable weights. These five, 3.6-gramme weights can be added and removed throughout the model's entire bottom, allowing you to experiment not only with the mouse's weight but also with balance and alignment, fine-tuning the swipes and removing wasted movements.
Different players have different tastes but most will find the device looking somewhat goofy, primarily due to the elongated thumb rest sticking out and ruining the model's outline. But the rest is so comfortable that we're willing to bet most users will be fine with the trade-off once they've used the mouse for some time. To add more, its plastic casing features textured rubberised grips, adding even more comfort points and making even the longest gaming sessions less strenuous on the right hand.
The Best Budget Gaming Mouse?
The repositionable weights are great and the model's odd outline leaves a certain bitter aftertaste but the switches are what makes this product worth the affordable investment. Fitted with this metal spring-tensioning system and pivot hinges, the primary buttons provide the crispest, cleanest click feel with the most rapid click feedback, not only making the buttons pleasant to push but also ensuring that the commands are being registered without delay.
While we were harsh on the model's appearance and justifiably so, the three LED DPI indicators next to the left button look brilliant, so you can adjust its DPI between 200 and 16,000 and have the mouse display where you're standing on the DPI spectrum without even minimising the game. You can customise the DPI without worrying about tracking accuracy too since the HERO sensor keeps the accuracy consistent across the entire DPI range. What you can also customise are the model's 11 programmable buttons, enough to accommodate even the MMO crowd who play characters brimming with different skills and spells.
Bottom line, the Logitech G502 HERO is more expensive than most budget gaming mice but also more affordable than anything with the same specs and convenience features, so we can recommend this product even to those customers who are usually against spending more than 20 quid on peripherals.
|Last updated price||£46.68|
Intelligent Frequency Shift
Corsair Ironclaw is not as adamant and rigid as the name would suggest. Truth be told, the model's more adaptable and adjustable than most gaming mice. Connection-wise, you can choose between sub-1 ms Slipstream Corsair wireless tech, low-latency Bluetooth, and the standard USB wired approach. The company's wireless tech adopts what they're calling Intelligent Frequency Shift, which's basically this system that ensures interference-free connection by shifting the frequency when there's something between the mouse and PC. Since gamers normally do not trust wireless mice, the tech makes sure that the latency does not even reach 1 millisecond so that you're not even able to tell the difference between wired and wireless modes.
From the form factor standpoint, the device's contoured shape has been sculpted to accommodate palm grips and large hands first and foremost but people who do not belong to that group will find the mouse comfortable enough too. We've seen the textured side grip before but the thumb rest is something we can easily get behind, distributing the model's weight and keeping the thumb comfy and, when necessary, rested too. Some might find the side buttons too large but, on the upside, you will not be misclicking them. The primary buttons can double-click sometimes though, the issue that's been plaguing Corsair mice for some time now.
Surface Calibration Tuning Utility
Gaming peripherals within the same price ranges can seem almost indistinguishable from time to time but only when you are not looking at the finest details. With Corsair, the company's finest yet arguably most defining detail is the surface calibration tuning utility, automatically tailoring the mouse's responsiveness and precision based on the surface. You can switch between various mouse mats, remove the mat and put the mouse on the table, switch the table, experiment with as many different surfaces as you want and the device will adapt to the surface within seconds.
Besides that, the model's not that different from its predecessors, including the three-zone dynamic RGB lighting that allows you to choose between at least 12 presets and the Pixart PMW3391 sensor that enables accurate tracking and that is adjustable in one DPI resolution steps.
To sum up, the Corsair Ironclaw will provide you with the necessary comfort and precision, removing the wire to make sure nothing is holding back the movements and the split-second reactions that separate champions from mere contestants.
|Last updated price||£49.99|
SteelSeries Rival 600
Sleek yet Fully Customisable
The SteelSeries Rival 600 is unrivalled within its class when you take the entire package into account, from aesthetics to customisation to accuracy and precision. Most mice that let you adjust the weight look terrible, a cross between Transformers rejects and something assembled at the nearby scrapyard. With this device, the opposite is the case. Even though the side panels are removable, the mouse looks sleek and elegant and almost as clean and streamlined as non-adjustable mice. With these removable panels, you can easily add and secure eight 4-gramme weights, not only experimenting with light-to-heavy customisation weight-wise but also playing with the device' centre of gravity. These movable weights give you 256 weight-tuning configurations, which means that you cannot complain that the mouse is uncomfortable because manipulating its comfort levels is available to you unlike before.
Meanwhile, the TrueMove3 tech will make sure that you cannot complain about tracking too. Offering precise 1-to-1 tracking, the tech ensures that moving the mouse any specific distance on the mat will mean the same exact distance on screen is covered, without introducing latency, interpolation, and without affecting jitter reduction. This is huge but one would argue not as huge as the secondary sensor that tracks depth perception, allowing you to customise when this sensor stops and starts tracking when the mouse is lifted. That means that unnecessary movements that happen when you pick and put the mouse down are eliminated.
32-Bit ARM CPU
As far as the model's construction is concerned, the jury is still out only on the silicone side grips. They're great but, even though advertised as durable, the grips lose the texture eventually, which's unfortunate since the mouse then becomes not as comfortable as before. What's not unfortunate is the model's eight-zone RGB lighting that the company's intuitive Engine Software allows you to customise with effortless ease.
What's also not fortunate is the 32-bit ARM processing unit inside the device that, aside from delivering low-latency swipes, lets you save the CPI, lift-off settings, key binds, macros, and custom lighting effects on-board, enabling software-free use at LANs.
In closing, the SteelSeries Rival 600 will put you before and above even those you've considered the closes rivals. With this gaming mouse, the only thing standing between you and in-game accomplishments will be your skills.
|Last updated price||£58.27|
What Is a Gaming Mouse?
A modern video game is a real piece of art, but if you want to maximise your gaming experience, you need to have a good gaming mouse which is totally different from a conventional mouse for everyday use. Any computer mouse is a peripheral device that turns movements of your hand into movements of a pointer on a screen. Mouse devices are really widespread today and it's difficult to find a computer owner who doesn't use one.
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What Features to Compare
The first thing you need to consider is the precision of a gaming mouse; this feature is also called resolution that the sensor supports. The sensor itself is usually either laser or optical - precision of the mouse device depends on the sensor and its quality. Precision, or resolution, is measured in DPI (dots per inch) and that’s the key factor all gamers pay attention to. In general, the precision of a sensor reaches 5,600 DPI and even more. However, a medium level for a gaming mouse is around 3,000 DPI - that’s enough for ‘slow’ and ‘fast’ games.
Next, you need to consider the ergonomics of every gaming mouse, by which we mean the design, materials it’s made of, and weight. The majority of gamers pay major attention to weight. A lightweight mouse will perform in 'dynamic games' better whereas a heavier device will ensure a higher precision of movements. The ideal choice is the gaming mouse with adjustable weight. When talking about design and shape, most gaming mouse devices are either created for left-handers, or for right-handers, but also there are plenty of mouse devices for both. For the utmost convenience, make sure to choose the mouse with accordance to your dominant hand - don’t hesitate to pick the mouse for right-handers instead of a model for both hands if your dominant hand is right. The optimal size of the mouse depends on how big your palm is. In general, you should be able to easily reach every button of a mouse. Also, consider how responsive the buttons are when you push them. Overly hard-to-push or, on the contrary, too soft buttons aren’t comfortable for game players. Finally, make sure to check the material that a mouse is made of - some models are made of pure plastic, whereas others have some rubber parts so as to provide tight fit in your palm.
Programmable buttons are the next thing on the list to check on. The more buttons a mouse has, the more gaming opportunities you will have. You can program the buttons to trigger certain actions right in the game without a need to spend precious time on finding the relevant buttons on the keyboard. Some gaming mouse devices can even create so-called macros (a sequence of actions), which is a major benefit for playing games. But if you don’t know how to do it and won’t use this option, you’d better chose a simpler gaming mouse and save some money up.
The final feature you need to consider is the connection type: there are wired devices and cordless devices (which have a wireless connection). As usual, most gaming mouse devices are wired because this type of connection is more reliable, lag- and interference-free. However, make sure to check the cord length - the longer the cord is, the more convenient in use a mouse will be.
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