1. Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime
Made for MOBA games and designed in partnership with actual players, this mouse features a metal spring system that keeps the clicks tensioned, improving response. There are six programmable buttons and it boasts easy DPI shifting from one of four settings. Durability is a key selling point too, and Logitech claims this mouse can withstand 20-million clicks, which is a lot.
2. Steel Series Sensei Wireless
Allowing you to ditch the wires but keep the performance, the Sensei Wireless mouse is one of the best of its kind. With a 1 millisecond response time, you can wave goodbye to wireless lag, and the battery allows for 20 hours of gaming. Featuring a base station with battery indicator that doubles up as the wireless receiver, you can choose from 16.8 million colour options. The mouse also has a rubberised grip, ensuring you don’t miss that all important shot.
3. Zowie Gear EC2 eVo CL Series
The perfect choice for serious gamers, Zowie have teamed up with Quake expert Anton "Cooller" Singov to give their original gaming mouse an overhaul. Fans of fast scrolling will be pleased with the 24-step rotation wheel in comparison to the standard 16, and the ergonomic design means the house will whizz by pain-free. Game on!
4. Thermaltake Level 10 M Hybrid
Although it looks like it belongs in the 'Robot Wars' arena rather than in your hand, the Level 10 M comes fully equipped for a serious gamer's every need. It can be connected either via 1.8m USB cable or wirelessly with 5.8G technology and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for 15 hours of game play. The mouse also has a built-in air conditioner with a quiet but effective fan, pulse lighting and nine macro keys.
Its ergonomic design is also adjustable, so you can customise the angle and height of the body. For particularly energetic players, it'll be a relief to hear the mouse is reinforced with an aluminium base, so no accidents here.
5. Steel Series Rival
What do you get when you put colour, texture and ergonomic design together? The Steel Series Rival, of course. The two light zones can show one of 16.8m different colours (yes, really) and the sides are textured moulded rubber so you don't lose your grip. The whole mouse is covered with a no-sweat coating, so no wet hands here.
The six programmable buttons are ergonomically engineered and placed, so your fingers can relax rather than doing double flips to reach buttons. Steel Series also claim the mouse will last 30 million clicks - so that's about two gaming sessions, right?
6. Razer Imperator
If the pictures are anything to go by, this is one slick individual. It's equipped with an optical sensor and laser, so your enthusiastic playing is guaranteed to be precisely captured. Razer Synapse 2.0 softare is enabled, ensuring downloads and updates are automatically added to your model and saving your personal settings for next time you hit a tournament.
The seven buttons are individually programmable, and the Ultraslick mouse feet mean you'll never hear a squeak from this gaming menace. And did we mention it looks pretty damn good?
7. Razer Naga
Sticking with super slick gaming experts Razer, they've brought out what has to be the big bad wolf of gaming mouses. The 12-button thumb grid has individually contoured buttons, making blind-find super easy and reliable. The scroll wheel can move left to right as well as up and down, and the seven hyperresponsive individually programmable buttons make this mouse completely your own.
If you're running Windows, you can also take advantage of the in-game mouse customisation feature, so buttons can be reassigned without leaving the action. Speaking of never leaving, Razer's Synapse 2.0 programme ensures your details are all saved on their cloud, making it even easier to game anytime, anywhere.
8. PureTrak Valor 3500DPI
If you tend to take a walk while in gameplay, the Valor's 2m lead has you covered. The 3500DPI sensor ensures the best sensitivity and movement tracking, and you can even choose your optimum mouse weight with 7 roller balls. Like other mice, the Valor has a sweat-free coating and rubberised side grips to keep you on track. What's more, the Valor boasts a built-in DPI selector button, which can instantly switch between 800, 1600, 2400 and 3500 DPI.
9. Cyborg Mad Catz MMO 7
Another mouse from potentially another planet, Cyborg have taken all the best features from previous model and rolled it into one ugly - yet beautiful - mouse. It comes with three pinkie grips and palm rests, so however harsh or light you are on your mouse, it's a perfect fit. You can individually programme all 15 buttons, and the 5D button, conveniently placed under your thumb, gives you access to your most important gaming buttons instantly.
For WOW fans, there's a specific plug-in which drops spells, macros and inventory items to your mouse with a mere flick of your finger. If finger fatigue is your most common enemy, the Dual ActionLock buttons provide welcome relief, giving constant output to either the left or right mouse button when activated. Plus, there's five six-gram weights included in case wrist cramps strike.
10. Corsair Raptor M40
It may look simple, but don't be fooled - the Raptor's got plenty of gaming gizmos under its hood. A 4000 DPI sensor, extra-large glide pads and three weights to choose from make this a low-rent but top-quality choice. Seven programmable buttons and on-board profile storage individualise the mouse for playing from any Windows-operating system, and a soft-touch padding will keep you playing for hours - as if you need any encouragement.
11. Cooler Master Storm Inferno
Slick and smooth, this is a fuss-free great gaming mouse. Packed with a 4000 DPI twin laser sensor and 128KB of on-board memory to save up to three profiles, the Storm Inferno also includes Storm Tactics Multiplier Keys, which gives you up to 32 extra button outputs for maximum choice.
While extra buttons can be nothing more than unnecessary gizmos, the 'Tactical Fire' button is well-placed right next to the left mouse button, and makes dumping a load of ammo easier than ever. Super well-built, with a sleeved cord and ergonomic design to boot, this is a great buy for avid and casual gamers alike.
12. Steel Series Sensei RAW
This laser gaming mouse packs a swish, orange-fuelled and sleek design with a load of intricate features perfect for PC gamers. The performance is top-notch, you can easily toggle the sensitivity and the cord is durable and tangle-free. A companion piece of software allows you to precisely engineer layered macros for super in-game efficiency.
13. IFA 2013: Logitech G602
This wireless gaming mouse boasts an impressive-sounding 250-hour battery life when it’s set on game mode. Around the side there are 11 programmable buttons, which can be customised through Logitech’s Gaming Software. Other additions include an ultra-fast 4,000 DPI Delta Zero optical sensor, plus a rather dinky dongle to connect it to your computer.
14. Razer Ouroboros
When anything arrives in a custom-built suitcase, you know it means business. The Ouroboros can be extended or shortened to fit all but the most gnomish of hands, and thumb rests attach magnetically to either (or both) sides, so it's ambidextrous too. The fun doesn't stop there - with 8200 DPI dual sensors, 11 programmable buttons and 1ms response time, this is a serious mouse for serious gamers. And it's wireless too, natch.
15. Corsair Vengeance M65
Primed for FPS gamers, the M65 has its own dedicated ‘Sniper' button which lowers the sensor resolution and should increase your accuracy success rate from long range. An Avago LaserStream ADNS-9800 sensor provides the high performance tracking while the solid aluminium chassis should be able to withstand a furious bang on the table or two.
Profiles for multiple games can be stored on the device and quickly toggled between, while Corsair has claimed switches have been rated for 20 million clips, which means even the most hardcore gamers can get some serious game time in before even contemplating having to replace it.
16. Anker High Precision
With specs good enough to rival others at more than double this price, Anker’s offering is very impressive indeed. Gamers have nine buttons to which they can assign their own functions, as well as the option to fiddle with the weight tuning system for the best control. It’s packed with 8000DPI to keep up with rapid styles of play, and a design that ensures comfort over long sessions. It’s durable too, with a braided cord and over 16 million backlight colour options to play with.
17. CM Storm Sentinel Advance II
Designed like something from Battlestar Gallactica, the Storm certainly looks the part, but can it also deliver a solid gaming experience? Our answer is undoubtedly yes. Eight programmable buttons and an advanced driver panel create tailoring options that few others can, such as the ability to move the cursor to predefined coordinates on the display, with up to five profiles. The OLED logo and lighting system are awesome, as is the tracking resolution: 8200DPI to be precise.
18. Gigabyte M6800
The GM-M6800 sticks to the basics, which means that it’s ideal for beginners or games that are a bit less intensive. It features a dual lens so it’ll react well to most surfaces, as well as dedicated forward and backward buttons for navigating menus or browsing the web. Another cool feature is the ability to switch between 800/1600DPI simply by pressing the switch on the top. You can’t really argue with that for under a tenner.
19. Mionix Naos 8200
Mionix have been awarded numerous times for their hardware designs, and with the 8200 we can see why. Powered by a 32-bit ARM processor, 8200DPI ensures a fluid response and great accuracy; it’ll even assess and adapt to the surface it’s being used on using its S.Q.A.T. system to ensure optimum performance. All seven buttons are fully customisable with up to five different profiles, and with LEDs that you can program to pulsate and breathe, this mouse looks just as sharp as it feels.
20. Logitech G700s
The G700s gaming mouse is a feature packed pointing device, devised with gamers in mind. Even though it is wireless, a handy micro-USB cable means it’s easy to charge and a lack of battery won’t mean the end of your game. There are 13 user-configurable controls, so you can base it around your games and you can downshift the DPI to improve your accuracy and precision. Speed is of the essence in the scroll-wheel, allowing you to quickly move through menus and web pages.
21. Steelseries Sensei
Despite looking similar to many of its predecessors, the ambidextrous Sensei is certainly in a whole new league. It’s solidly built and very comfortable for a symmetrical mouse, offering 16.8 million colour customisation options for its beautiful LED zones. Our only gripe is that it doesn’t feature adjustable weight or grips, although there’s a small LCD screen on the underside, which is cool.
What really sets it apart however is the in-built Pentium-equivalent CPU which delivers a truly astonishing 11,400DPI for lightning fast response times (great for FPS players).
22. Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse
If Guild Wars is more your bag, this ergonomic scrolling sidekick comes with three main buttons and two sets of six buttons on the side to click your way through. There's 20 pre-programmed MMO buttons as soon as you whip it out of the box and the clickable wheel can tilt to aid comfort and manoeuvrability. If you want to take the customisation even further, the illuminating thumb panel has 16 million possible combinations to pulse or change colour as you immerse yourself in the world of fantasy.
23. Mad Catz R.A.T.M
Available in a range of glossy paint jobs, the mouse that looks like the hand of a Transformer has a 6400 DPI twin eye laser sensor and 10 programmable buttons giving you plenty of options to customize and get a great range of sensitivity. Bluetooth Smart 4.0 support and new GameSmart technology mean a longer battery life and compatibility with other Bluetooth enabled devices. It also has the potential to work with smartphone apps in the future.
24. Roccat Kone XTD
A gaming mouse with a brain, the revamped Kone boasts a 8200 DPI Pro Aim laser sensor for high precision tracking and a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz MCU processor to ensure minimal lag when switching between customisable functions and the eight programmable buttons. There’s 576KB of storage on board to save macro and game profiles and two illuminating light rails down the side of the mouse aims to adds a little immersive gaming to proceedings.
25. Razer DeathAdder 2013
Packing a 6400dpi 4G Optical sensor to deliver superior speed and response, the latest incarnation of the DeathAdder is primed for FPS gamers looking for increased levels of accuracy. The same slick and comfortable design is kept, this time adding rubber side grips to make it ideal for sessions that go long into the night. Razer Synapse 2.0 software support also means you can download game profiles and firmware updates with minimal fuss.