Best gaming mouse 2017: win video games with one of these really good rodents

Top gaming mice to take your game from pwned n00b to 1337 master

The best gaming mouse you can buy right now is the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The price is attractive, the specs top tier and the design and comfort first rate. As such, if you just want an instant recommendation as to which gaming mouse you should go and spend your money on, then the Razer DeathAdder Elite is the mouse for you.

Want more options or advice on how to buy a great gaming mouse? Then read on...

What you should be looking for in a gaming mouse

There are many factors to consider when buying a gaming mouse. In terms of specs the big one is DPI (dots per inch) and you should be looking for something in the 8,000-16,000 range. Acceleration and tracking are also important factors, as too whether the mouse has mechanically switched buttons. 

Obviously, button quantity is also important, as too design and grip type (remember, there are different ways to grip a mouse - claw, palm, fingertip etc - and you should determine what your grip is before coughing up as specific mice are designed, primarily, for specific grips).

Also, you need to factor in whether the mouse is ambidextrous in design or not, as some are designed for right or left hand users only, as well as if the mouse allows weight alteration. Penultimately, you should also take a look at if the mouse has any programmable buttons and which genres it is best for, as certain gaming mice are geared toward first person shooter use and others real-time strategy titles.

Lastly, price should be a major factor in which mouse you buy. Here at T3 Towers we feel you should be able to get a top tier gaming mouse for less than £80, so don't pay more unless you are stretching to added wireless capabilities.

5 best gaming mice 2017

1. Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer's most responsive DeathAdder ever

DPI: Up to 16,000 | Features: True tracking at 450 Inches Per Second, Resolution Accuracy of 99.4%, Mechanical mouse switches (up to 50 million clicks), Razer Chroma lighting, Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration, Razer Synapse software

Super-responsive
Comfortable grip
Colorful RGB lighting
No free-spinning scroll wheel
Overly familiar design

Packing an eSports-grade 16,000 DPI sensor with a resolution accuracy of 99.4 per cent, right-handed ergonomic design and mechanical switches, the DeathAdder Elite is, well, an elite gaming mouse. The fact that it also comes with Razer's Chroma lighting system (that's customisable lighting with 16.8 million colour options), super slick Razer Synapse software, grip-tastic scroll wheel and perfectly placed side buttons, makes it a no-brainer purchase at less that 70 notes.

Rival 700

2. SteelSeries Rival 700

A mouse with a side-mounted display

DPI: Up to 16,000 | Features: Gamesense support, OLED display, Tactile alerts, SteelSeries Engine 3 support, Programmable buttons, Onboard profile storage

Innovative OLED display
Modular components
Limited display support
Right-handed only

SteelSeries has been pushing hard recently in the gaming mouse field and that is once more evident in its SteelSeries Rival 700, which comes with an innovative, side-mounted OLED display. The display, which is black-and-white, is currently supported by three games, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Minecraft, providing key in-game information, but can also be used to loop animated gifs too. In terms of specs the 700 is also on point, with a 16,000 DPI sensor, a modular design and programmable buttons.

G502

3. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Heavyweight champion of profound customization

DPI: 200 - 12,000 | Features: 11 programmable buttons and controls, including DPI shift, Customizable lighting from a palette of 16.8 million colors, Up to five 3.6g weights for personalised mass and balance, Surface-turnable gaming sensor with Delta Zero tech, 5 on-the-fly adjustable DPI settings, 3 on-board profiles

RGB lighting
Satisfying scroll wheel
Weights can be tricky to remove

If you are rather picky about the weight of your mouse then you should definitely check out the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum as it can be customised with up to six 3.6-gram weights. As such, if you want a heavier mouse to wield on the virtual battlefield then here you are well served. Other nifty features include a free-spinning scroll wheel option (initiated by clicking in a middle mouse button), which makes scrolling a dream, as well as a whopping 11 customisable buttons. And, talking of customisation, Logitech has its own RGB backlighting tech with the traditional 16.8 million colours available to choose from.

Corsair Sabre

4. Corsair Sabre

A swift, accurate and lightweight weapon

DPI: 10,000 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 8

Comfortable grip
Accurate sensor
Awkward DPI switch button

Sitting well below our recommended price for a great gaming mouse, the Corsair Sabre delivers super budget friendly performance. The Sabre's optical sensor is only 10,000 DPI, however, it has a super comfortable and light weight design (only 100 grams), and features a 1,000 Hz refresh rate and 8 programmable buttons too. Corsair don't skimp on the lighting options either, with its Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) allowing you define the hue and brightness level of multiple lighting zones around the mouse. Overall, a quality gaming mouse for a very attractive price.

Ripjaw

5. G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

A comfortable customizable gaming rodent

DPI: Up to 16,000 | Features: 8,200dpi Avago laser sensor with on-the-fly dpi switching; Ambidextrous and Height-Adjustable weights; 8 programmable buttons and four-zone RGB lighting; Onboard profile storage (5 configurations); G.SKILL Unified Driver system

Comfortable
Customizable
Thumb buttons could be more solid

Finally, we have the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780, which is one of the most feature-packed and customisable gaming mice in this 2017 rodent roundup. That customisability comes in the form of a height-adjustable palm rest, ambidextrous and interchangeable side grips and, naturally, adjustable weights. In terms of internal tech, the MX780 comes packing an 8,200 DPI laser sensor that supports on-the-fly DPI switching, 8 programmable buttons, on-board memory storage for profiles, and a 1,000 Hz polling rate. And the best thing is that you get all that for just 50 quid.

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