With all the buttons, LED lights, sensors, and technology that comes with your gaming mouse these days, it’s difficult to separate the winners from the losers. DPI or dots per inch is a measurement of not only how fast your mouse can move across the screen, but also sensitivity. Despite what many people would have you believe mouse DPI is not the end all for gaming Mice. Kim Ron, the CMO of Steelseries, says that professional gamers use a range of 800-1600 DPI and that control and precision of the mouse itself is a better measurement and if you think about it it makes a lot of sense. Those using a DPI above this may find that their precision and ability to make accurate in-game shots decreases. In this post I’ll review the top 10 gaming mice according to user reviews, popularity, and of course – our own personal opinion.
Top 5 Gaming Mice for 2013
1. SteelSeries Sensei
SteelSeries is known for making quality products that actually function better rather than simply look better. Ok, so I wouldn’t call the Sensei an ergonomic mouse necessarily, but as far as customization it’s hard to beat. Down to a single pixel it offers accuracy and its 32 bit ARM processor allows smooth on-mouse calculations that allow you to completely personalize how you move your mouse across the screen. The shape is comfortable, doesn’t slip easy, and allows gamers to play longer without as much fatigue. If looks do matter to you, then the Sensei looks great as well and allows you to pick between 16.8 million colors to go on the logo, wheel, and CPI indicator illumination zones.
2. Logitech G9X
The Logitech G9X looks great, but feels and works even better. The wide load and precision grips allow you to completely customize the feel of your mouse and the next-gen gaming laser gives you lightning fast precision with up to 5,000 DPI. Added weights give you the option to add up to 28 grams to the overall weight for additional precision, or you can leave them out based on which games you’re playing.
3. Razer DeathAdder
Razer has come into some scrutiny by the gaming community over the last few years for making things too flashy. While I do find this to be the case on some of their products, the Razer DeathAdder is still definitely one of the better budget gaming Mice (under $50). It’s incredibly comfortable to use with large mouse buttons and a anti-slip rubber coating. With 1000Hz Ultra polling and a 1 ms response time you are guaranteed instant execution of your commands and the 3500dpi Razer Precision with 3.5G infrared sensor make it more accurate than most gaming mice.
4. Logitech MX518
Some good things never die, but seeing that the availability of the MX518 at this point is very limited, you might have to go with its predecessor the G400, which is another inexpensive, but highly effective gaming mouse. The MX518 came out in May of 2006 and was an instant favorite by gamers. The polytetrafluoroethylene feet make it super easy to glide across just about any surface and with up to 1800 DPI engine delivers pinpoint accuracy.
5. Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7
This unique looking mouse features a twin eye’ laser sensor that reads each axis separately for ultimate accuracy.