Best gaming mouse 2018: win video games with one of these really good rodents

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

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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.

13 best gaming mice 2018

Best gaming mouse

1. Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer's most responsive DeathAdder ever

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Super-responsive+Comfortable grip+Colorful RGB lighting
Reasons to avoid
-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.

HyperX Pulsefire Surge

2. HyperX Pulsefire Surge

Omron switches and a lush RGB lighting design

Specifications
DPI: Up to 16,000
Features: RGB Light Ring, Omron switches (50 million click rated)
Reasons to buy
+RGB lighting looks class+Omron switches
Reasons to avoid
-No weight system

HyperX continues its impressive entry into the high-end gaming peripherals market with this well-specced, RGB lit gaming mouse. The Pulsefire Surge sports a 16,000 DPI sensor, buttons backed by 50 million click rated Omron switches, on-board memory to store user profiles, and a "Light Ring" lighting system that provides 360-degree RGB effects. All the mouse's settings can be easily tweaked and customised through HyperX's NGenuity software, too.

LOGITECH G502 PROTEUS SPECTRUM

3. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Heavyweight champion of profound customization

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+RGB lighting+Satisfying scroll wheel
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
DPI: 10,000
Interface: Wired
Buttons: 8
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable grip+Accurate sensor
Reasons to avoid
-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.

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

5. G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

A comfortable customizable gaming rodent

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable+Customizable
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Asus ROG Gladius II

6. Asus ROG Gladius II

A seriously good looking gaming mouse

Specifications
DPI: Up to 12,000
Features: RGB lighting, Omron switches, removable buttons
Polling rate: 1 ms
Acceleration: 50G
Reasons to buy
+Looks top dollar+Omron switches
Reasons to avoid
-No weight adjustment

A curvaceous beauty, the Asus ROG Gladius II gaming mouse is a hell of looker. It also doesn't skimp on features or hardware, with a very competitive 12,000 DPI sensor, 50g acceleration, and removable left and right buttons. There's no fancy swappable weight system in the Gladius II, however, a clickable scroll wheel, Omron switches, and a sensitivity toggle make this mouse well-suited to a host of genres.

7. SteelSeries Sensei 310

Looks cheap, performs premium

Specifications
DPI: Up to 12,000
Features: SteelSeries TrueMove3 optical sensor
Polling rate: 1 ms
Acceleration: 50G
Reasons to buy
+Precise 12,000 DPI sensor+Ambidextrous design
Reasons to avoid
- Plasticky finish

While the Sensei 310 has its shortcomings - including a flimsy, matte plastic body and a lack of weight adjustment - those sacrifices are there to raise the bar everywhere else. With its ambidextrous design (which suit both left and right-handed users), 12,000 DPI sensor and lightweight build (weight just 92g) it’s one of the best gaming mice of the year.

8. Roccat Kone AIMO

A gaming goliath with next level customisation

Reasons to buy
+Owl Eye sensor is wickedly precise+Easy Shift features doubles button functionality
Reasons to avoid
- Large size won’t suit smaller hands 

Roccat’s latest gaming mouse offering is a beast in every sense of the word. Not only is IT one of the chunkiest mice on the market, but it also boasts an impressive set of customisable features including Easy-Shift (which gives each of its 12 buttons a second function), five individual profiles, glorious RGB lighting and plenty more besides. A sturdy peripheral, but one that’s only available in right-hand form.

9. Logitech G903

A subtle makeover for the G900

Reasons to buy
+Accurate wireless signal+Wireless charging via Logitech PowerPlay mouse mat
Reasons to avoid
- No weight adjustment

Logitech has given its venerable G900 gaming mouse design a bit of a makeover, and while those changes are subtle, they simply serve to elevate an already impressive PC peripheral.  It features a '1 ms report rate for competition-level twitch targeting' which basically means next to no latency when playing competitively. It also boasts myriad DPI levels (from 200 all the way up to 12,000) and mechanical buttons for that all-important sense of feedback. Expensive, yes, but worth it.

Best gaming mice

10. SteelSeries Rival 600

The Rival model gets an upgrade

Reasons to buy
+TrueMove3 12,000 CPI+Split-trigger mechanical switches+All the RGBs

SteelSeries continues to show its one of the leading manufacturers in gaming mice with the latest addition to its Rival range - the updated and retooled SteelSeries Rival 600. This new model comes with two optical sensors, one for detecting normal movement, and another for clocking when you lift the mouse off the pad/desk. It features a rubberised grip for extra control and comfort, and a set of mechanical buttons of extra precision. Oh, and it features all the RGB colours in the world.

Best gaming mice

11. Corsair Dark Core RGB SE

The next step in wireless gaming mice

Reasons to buy
+Qi wireless charging+Plenty of customisation options
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t be used while charging

Corsair’s new gaming mouse model aims to break the stigma surrounding wireless gaming mouse, its use of Qi charing helping fix the long-running latency and response issues that have made non-wired rodents so unpopular in gaming circles. 

The Dark Core RGB SE has 1ms latency and a max DPI of 16,000 so you can be sure this wireless beauty won’t let you down in a competitive match. The only caveat is you can’t use it while it's charging on a normal Qi charger, so you’ll need to invest in a Corsair MM1000 Qi mouse pad in order to use it while its refilling on power.

Best gaming mice

12. Corsair Glaive RGB

A customisable gaming rodent

Reasons to buy
+Interchangeable parts+Silky smooth tracking
Reasons to avoid
-A little expensive

Corsair is really committing to the gaming mouse market, and one of its latest additions - the Glaive RGB - aims to set itself apart with both RBG lighting and a set of interchangeable thumb grips. That element alone makes it one of the most ergonomic designs you can get, but thankfully it makes for a really slick gaming mouse, too. 

Its tracking system offers 16,000 DPI so you’re never going to be left wanting when it comes to response times, while its Omron switches offer 50 million clicks per model. It’s a tad pricey, but you get a lot for your money.

Best gaming mice

13. Razer Naga Trinity

Customisation and smooth tracking

Reasons to buy
+16,000 DPI +19 programmable buttons
Reasons to avoid
-MOBA-focused

Interchangeable side-plates are fast becoming the latest ‘in-thing’ for gaming mice, and now industry veteran Razer is getting in on the action with the Naga Trinity. The Naga line has always been focused on MMO players, and the Naga Trinity doesn’t break this trend with a 16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor and 19 different programmable buttons (so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to tweaking it to your playstyle and loadout). The side-plates offer the chance to enhance your rodent in the name of ergonomics, so you’re bound to find one that fits your hand.