The Best Gaming Mice For Every Budget And Style Of Play

The Best Gaming Mice For Every Budget And Style Of Play
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Whether you prefer wireless or wired, RGB lights and mappable buttons, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to choosing your next (or first) gaming mouse. After all, no one wants to be stuck with a neon pink one that resembles a lump of Swiss cheese (unless that’s precisely your aesthetic).

You might be trying to play a game like Hades, Call of Duty: Warzone or The Ascent, and you’ve noticed some of the following: your buttons feel a little gummy, your sensor’s lagging a bit and the damn thing doesn’t glide across your desk or mouse pad like it used to. Or perhaps, you’re finding that your hand keeps cramping up while enjoying a marathon gaming sesh.

With so many gaming mice choices on the market, it can be hard to narrow down which ones are the best gaming mice you can buy right now, let alone for you. Below, you’ll find our picks so you can make your best educated bet.

The Best Entry Level Gaming Mouse

HK Gaming Mira M

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If you want to get on the ultralight mice trend, but want something with a form factor that’s not going to give you hand cramps, there’s a lot of new brands on the market. One of the better ones is HK Gaming, a company from — you guessed it — Hong Kong.

The HK Gaming Mira series comes in three general sizes (S, M and L) with the M series being the best for those who want a slightly larger mouse. The sensor is the industry stalwart Pixart 3360, and the mouse even comes with side grips to cover up the sides. The standard black Mira M will set you back $69.99, which is a great price for a mice that can go toe to toe with many of the bigger brands on the market.

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Cooler Master’s MM710

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Want the lightest mouse possible without breaking the bank, but still want something that’s good in the hand with top-tier sensor? Cooler Master’s MM710 is retailing for its lowest price at $54 over at Amazon Australia and, given how handy the perforated holes are in Australia’s baking summer, it’s one of the best entry level gaming mice on the market today.

There’s just one problem: the holes in the chassis. And if that’s an issue for you, then you might want to consider…

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SteelSeries Rival 3

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The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a better option than the MM710 if you want a larger mouse, or if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to risk the problems with a perforated chassis like the MM710. it has a solid sensor, good texturing for Australian conditions, and a fairly ambidextrous design that supports a range of grips.

Where to buy

  • Amazon Australia: $49
  • eBay Australia: $69

Razer Viper Mini

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The best qualities of the wireless Razer Viper Ultimate, but in a smaller, lighter form factor. The difference between the sensors are imperceptible for anyone who isn’t a robot, and the improvements to Razer’s software suite (primarily that it’s optional) have been much needed. At $39.05 from Amazon, the Viper Mini is a great starter mouse — unless you have above-average sized hands, in which case you might want to look at the Xtrfy M4 or a similarly-shaped chassis.

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The Best Gaming Mouse For MMOs

Logitech G402

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The G402 is also an option for the most affordable mice — you can actually get it for $50 to $70 from most Australian retailers. But I’ve slotted it in here because there’s enough programmable buttons on the G402 that you can use it as a rudimentary, affordable mouse for MMO buttons. Hardcore World of Warcraft players might want something with a lot more macros and buttons, but the price will go up accordingly.

Where to buy

  • Amazon Australia: $45
  • eBay Australia: $45
  • The Good Guys: $99.95

Corsair Scimitar Elite RGB

Corsair’s an underdog when it comes to the mice game: their wireless sensors are actually on par with Razer and Logitech when it comes to latency, and their affordable wired options are solid, provided you prefer their chunkier, larger chassis designs.

The Scimitar Elite is a great pick because it’s about $30 cheaper than Razer’s Naga Trinity (when the latter isn’t on sale), and it’s got some neat customisations of its own. There’s an 8mm range where you can move the MMO buttons on the side, allowing you to position more precisely to your hand. It’s all managed through Corsair’s CUE software, which is lightweight and one of the least annoying software suites for peripherals right now.

As an added bonus: Corsair’s wireless sensors are really, really damn good. A quick analysis from Linus Tech Tips put the Corsair on par with much more favoured gaming mice brands like Logitech and the wired FinalMouse, showing that wireless mice are perfect for serious gamers these days.

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The Best Big Gaming Mouse

Xtrfy M4 gaming mouse

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Want a big mouse but something that’s not too heavy? Large mice are starting to punch holes into their chassis as well. The Xtrfy M4 line, which comes in four colours including the eye-catching bright pink and neon blue, is a larger right-handed ergonomic design that weighs only 71 grams (about the same as the Viper or Logitech G Pro Wireless).

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Logitech G502 HERO mouse

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Another wireless offering from Logitech, the G502 HERO is the wired version of Logitech’s popular chunker. The HERO sensor has been a reliable stalwart of Logitech’s gaming mice for years, and while it’s not wireless, most people will be happy to pay $79 instead of closer to $200. Otherwise, you’re getting the same shape, software support and chassis design as the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, which is still an excellent mouse if you’re happy with the premium.

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The Big Daddy Of Wireless Mice Is Here

There's a couple of trends among gaming mice in the last couple of years: lighter and, if possible, wireless. But while gamers are generally clamouring for more both of those things, there's always been an outlier in the market: the gargantuan, almost monolithic G502.

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Razer DeathAdder Essential

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Extremely hard to go past at $35. Not only does that make the DeathAdder Essential one of the most affordable mice on the market and one of the best entry-level mice for people who want something larger than the miniature MM710/Viper Mini, the DeathAdder has also just been a reliable performer for almost two decades. I still remember playing Counter-Strike national tournaments with the original editions of the DeathAdder, and Razer hasn’t messed around with the original shape to this day.

If you want to shell out for a nicer version however, the DeathAdder V2 ($68.90) has enough new additions to warrant a look. The V2 weighs about the same as the G Pro Wireless, which is a huge surprise for a mouse of that size and shape. The V2 also has on-board memory support, so you can setup your profile and macros and then uninstall Razer Synapse, which is an excellent move by Razer.

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The Best Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer Viper Ultimate

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Remember how everyone was giving Razer shit for years over their over-aggressive Synapse software? Well, the company finally listened. Not only did they make a wired lightweight gaming mouse with none of the chassis problems facing other ultralight gaming mice, but they also let users save settings to their mice without having to keep any Razer software installed.

That’s already a good start, but Razer went one further by making the Viper Ultimate excellent in just about every facet. It’s one of the best gaming mice you can buy today, period. It’s expensive (as wireless mice often are) but holy hell is it good.

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The Razer Viper Wireless Is One Classy Mouse

Less than 24 hours after I'd finished reviewing the Razer Viper, Razer's first entry into the ultralight mouse market, an image started floating around online. It was a wireless version of the same mouse, meaning Razer was finally gearing up to make proper inroads into proper wireless gaming mice. Today, the Razer Viper Wireless is available for pre-order. It's expensive as all hell, but it's easily one of the classiest gaming mice on the market. And the dock. We have to talk about the dock.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse

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The second top-tier wireless mouse, unsurprisingly, comes from Logitech. The G Pro Wireless (GPW) has been the benchmark for wireless mice since its release, not just because of how good the wireless sensor was, but for how light the whole chassis is.

I’m putting the GPW alongside the Viper Ultimate because the two have very different shapes. If you want a wireless gaming mouse that sits more in the palm of your hand, the GPW is the way to go, whereas the Viper Ultimate has a flatter shape. The GPW has some slight advantages in battery life and responsiveness when waking up from hibernation, but that’s only when you move the mouse after its been idle. Both are absolute crackers when it comes to gaming.

The GPW is also a little more affordable these days, having been on the market for longer. While the Viper Ultimate is pushing close to $280, you can get the G Pro Wireless for $136.90 from Amazon today. That’s an excellent bang for your buck, especially when you consider the super-long battery life and just how reliable the GPW is.

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Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless mouse

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It’s not the most recent version of the Basilisk, but if you want a wireless mouse for $65 that’s excellent for productivity and runs off an AA battery (instead of an internal rechargeable battery that’ll die over time) then the Basilisk is supremely well-priced.

The Basilisk is an excellent wireless mouse for the office too (or your home office) and those with average-to-larger hands will appreciate the comfort grooves and grips. I personally prefer more ambidextrous, slimmer mice for gaming, but if that’s not you, then the Basilisk is a great wireless option to consider.

Where to buy

  • Amazon Australia: $65
  • Bing Lee: $99
  • eBay Australia: $99

This post has been updated since its original publication. 

Comments

    • I have the Pro with the PowerPlay mat. Totally love it.

      Bought it for my wife too- she loves it as well.

      Best mouse I’ve ever owned, the wireless charging just makes it a no brainer.

      • I’m using a similar setup but with the G703. Love the versatility of wireless without ever having to worry about batteries or plugging it in to charge. I personally chose the 703 due to the added weight

  • And for those who are interested in having some extra buttons on their mouse (without slapping a numpad on the side), I can recommend the Swiftpoint Z. I just upgraded to one from my Roccat Tyon.

    • I was just thinking I need less buttons! The amount of times I’ve tossed a grenade or melee’d a team mate in the face because I’ve grazed those buttons make them more annoying than helpful!

      That being said … I admit the problem is between the keyboard and the chair, not the mouse 😛

  • I have a G402. It’s an excellent mouse for the price but it feels a bit flimsy compared to the 8+ year old Death Adder it replaced.

    I also had the middle button stop working less than a year after purchase. Dousing it in alcohol fixed the problem, so I might be inclined to blame my own grubby hands, but it’s apparently a very common problem with this mouse.

  • I had a Razer Deathadder. Despite some rumblings about poor longevity, it felt solid and comfortable.

    Never again.

  • I have so many Mice.

    Logitech: G PRO, G403, G703, MX Vetical, MX Ergo
    Steelseries: Rival 310, 500
    Corsair: Ironclaw RGB

    And a bunch of others (ie Amazon Chinese specials and ones which came bundled with gaming laptops, etc)

    In the end, my favourite mouse – and only mouse which doesn’t give me any RSI problems – is the Logitech M331.

    Freaking love this mouse. Bought one for home and one for work.

  • Just bought a Logitech GPW, after years with a Razer deathadder and I’m finding the change monumental. Deathadder was way too big for my hand (I’m a dude with small hands) and the cord would always add tension when I was playing. Thanks to wireless, none of those things bother me anymore! I haven’t stopped playing Cod since I got it!

  • I’ve had a G502 for years now (ever since it was called the “Proteus Core”) and it’s been absolutely rock solid.

    • Yeah, I bought a 502 Proteus Core to replace my old G5 and I’m very happy with it.

      If I was to buy a new mouse today I’d get the Wired 502. I don’t feel the need to go wireless. But I will say a mouse is a very personal choice try and put your hands on a lot before you decide.

  • I have the original Proteus Core G502 (Thanks @stormo), very happy with it. I replaced the previous version the G5 when it started to have buttons die. Never the LMB which was good, but the side buttons and wheel function meant it was time for a replacement.

    I think the major difference between Proteus and Hero is the Proteus lights are blue, the Hero is RGB. And I have the lights off unless I change DPI Resolution.

    • Weirdly enough, I also replaced a G5 when the wheel started going wonky. I had that G5 maybe eight or nine years, too.

    • That list is pretty useless for MMO gamers though, or people with preferences towards larger mice, although my personal preferences are very similar to Zy.

      He does a lot of good stuff!

      • Considering there’s like what, 4 options for MMO gamers, I don’t think its exactly missing :P. lol.

        And its helped dramatically cut down which mice I try to see what works best with my arthritic mess of hands.

  • What are your guys thoughts on the Corsair M65?

    I like it but would welcome a comparison for other mice that do the job of clicking heads better

    • It’s fine, but for $89 you can get a ton of mice that are a) cheaper b) better designed and c) lighter.

      What is it about the M65 that you like so much?

      • Personally, I like the weight and feel of it – it feels great under the hand – more than my Steel Series Rival 310 which while good – just feels too light The sniper button (which I’ve remapped away from DPI change) is big enough to fumble to in emergencies that an MMO mouse would be more prone to a mistake.

        The software is ok but as aside my k70 rgb keyboard by Corsair has had no end of problems.

        So overall I make it work because after 1000’s of hours I’m used to it but I reckon there might be better options out there

  • Just bought the Cooler Master MM-711. Had it for about a week….and I LOVE IT. I reckon it wouldn’t be for everyone. My 17yo doesn’t dig it at all.

  • Been using Steelseries for a while now and haven’t looked back. Had an early Sensei, Rival 300 and now using a Rival 710. Love em.

  • Stay away from the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless at all costs.
    It has known issues with the wireless dongle that blue screens your pc.
    Happening to mine atm. Severely regret buying it.

  • Roccat Tyon for me, ever since I tried one at PAX 2014… Decided it was time to retire the MX518. Very reminiscent of the MX518 in terms of ergonomics, plus lots of extra buttons, a shift feature, throttle control and nifty DPI switcher that does not interfere with clicking..

    I have one very worn Tyon, 5 years plus used daily and a pristine backup ready to go when this one kicks the dirt.

    Wholeheartedly recommended, particularly if you had a relationship with a 518, but you would be hard pressed to find a new one these days. No longer in production, but still around new at 2-3x the original price.

  • Razer Viper Mini + Paracord mod (from AusModShop)

    I’m quite happy with it for a cheapish mouse.
    Had a few attempts installing the paracord to get it routed properly, so it didn’t rub on the scroll wheel. No issues 6+months now.

    Overall
    – Nice shape
    Fingertip grip with medium+ hands (I would still go a touch shorter front to back)
    – Weight is nice, but I want lighter still.
    Dropped 20 grams compared to my previous mouse, instantly couldn’t go back.
    – Can barely notice the cable.
    – Left, right, and thumb buttons feel nice and precise
    – Mousewheel feels nice and precise
    Light scroll with nice distinction. Middle click is also precise, if not a tad heavy for my taste. I liked the stock rubber wheel feel, but I got a smooth one with the Paracord, figured it’d be easier to clean the gunk off.
    – Lift-off sucks.
    I don’t conciously notice it very often, but I would still upgrade immediately for a version with low lift-off.

  • Time to consider adding the Xtrfy MZ1 – Zy’s Rail to the list. Designed by Australia’s very own RocketJumpNinja, its honestly one of most refreshing mice designs I’ve seen since the first honeycomb ultralights.

    It has made my previous, a Glorious Model O wireless feel clunky, and makes me wish for the Rail to come in a wireless version.

    https://xtrfy.com/mice/mz1

    • I actually bought that directly because I wanted to support Zy.

      I don’t know I’d add it to this list, though. It’s extremely enthusiast and the shape isn’t quite as natural for a lot of people; I think a more generalist audience would bounce off it immediately.

      But I need to do a big update to this article, although that’ll probably be a whole rewrite with entirely fresh recommendations.

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