If you're wondering which gaming mouse is best, check out this guide of the best gaming mouse options for PC and Mac.
One day the humble mouse will probably lose out to the touchscreen once and for all as our means for interacting with desktops and laptops, but for many PC and Mac owners thesuped-up scrolling companion is still the weapon of choice for gaming.
Whether you're a FPS shooter lover who demands pin point accuracy or anMMO fiend who yearns for customization and the ability to save multiple gaming profiles, we've picked the gaming mice that should cater for all your mouse button-bashing needs.
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It may look like it got dressed in the dark, but Cougar's 550M is a well-built and lightweight gaming mouse. Its black (or blue) matte design is broken up by flourishes of metallic orange around the DPI switch and the rear, and its Crysis suit-esque, hexagonal-patterned side grips are a nice touch. It features six programmable buttons, a well-protected 1.8 metre braided cable and a 1000Hz polling rate. Best of all, its 1ms response time makes every small movement feel smooth and super responsive. But be warned: if you've got small hands, the Cougar 550M is a big cat and probably isn't for you.
£41.99 | Overclockers
Corsair Vengeance M95
Specially designed for MMO and realtime strategy games, the M95 boasts a 8,200 DPI sensor, 15 integrated buttons for macros and onboard storage to keep a track of all your settings. The base is a slick piece of unibody aluminium, while the top is finished in a matte plastic that aids grip and it should work on the majority of surfaces.
£71 | Corsair
Razer Deathadder Chroma
We really love the way Razer's latest mouse fits in the hand, thanks to the new ergonomic shape that is much comfier than the competition. The 10,000 DPI sensor packs speeds of up to 200-inches per second and you can view all your movements on the companion PC app. Chroma lighting boasts 16.8 million customisable colour options, so you can tweak the design to your liking.
£74.99 | Razer
MadCatz Office RAT
Slightly bonkers looking, the R.A.T ditches the wires but keeps the response times impressive, something which used to put people off picking up a wireless gaming mouse. There are ten programmable shortcut buttons, a nifty precision control for those times you need to be as accurate as possible and an adapting grip that'll extend to match your hand.
$79.99 | MadCatz
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.
£49.99 | Logitech
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.
£70 | Thermaltake
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!
£59 | Zowie Gear
Steel Series Sensei Pro Grade Laser
While it's nothing fancy on the outside, this iconic mouse still holds up well even when battling with the more fancier newcomers. An ARM processor pushes the DPI up to 11,400 giving you real precision during long gaming sessions. There are some colour customisation options, adjustable lift distance and a classy finish.
£65 | SteelSeries
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.
£130 | Steel Series
Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Pad
More of an accessory than a dedicated mouse, but this gaming pad still deserves a mention. The low surface friction lets mice with a high DPI shine, minimising mistakes and helping your accuracy. A rubber base keeps things sturdy, while the multi-layer construction is rigid and firm.
£24.99 | Logitech