Best gaming mouse 2022: top budget and premium mice rated

Find the best gaming mouse for you in 2022 no matter your budget

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The best gaming mouse for 2022 will make a substantial difference to your gaming experience, there's no doubt about that. It will make you more responsive, refine your technique and make you an all-round better gamer, not to mention keep your wrist and fingers from enduring any repetitive strain problems.

We’ve rounded up our pick of the best gaming mouse 2022 has to offer, with a variety of brands and prices thrown in for good measure. Many of the choices in this list have enhanced features for a whole new level of gameplay, and we’ve featured mice from the likes of Razer, Roccat, HyperX and Logitech, to give you a wide variety of options to suit your gaming needs.

Our top three picks in this guide are summarised below:

The best budget gaming mouse is the Roccat Burst Pro. It features Titan Optical button switches, RGB lights and 16,000 DPI at such a great price, totally worth it if you want something that won’t break the bank.

The best premium gaming mouse is the LogitechG502 Lightspeed. This wireless mouse is super responsive and it looks pretty cool with its coloured lighting, plus it supports charging mouse mats, allowing for endless gaming.

The best gaming mouse for most people is the Razer DeathAdder V2. This mouse has a 20,000 DPI sensor, RGB lighting and is wireless, making it a solid choice for most gamers.

What you won't find here is a focus on mice that no ordinary person can afford. In our best gaming mice guide – just like our best gaming keyboards guide – we want to cover the whole market and ensure that there are options here for everyone. While some of the premium mice here are undoubtedly impressive, there are some really great mice that don't cost quite so much too.

Our gaming mouse guide also covers a wide range of technologies, including the best wireless gaming mouse, the best wired gaming mouse, the best gaming mouse and keyboard combo and the best surround sound gaming mouse.

If you're thinking about upgrading the rest of your PC gaming setup, T3 has a collection of great buying guides to help you find the best gaming laptops, best gaming monitors and best gaming headsets, too.

And if you want to ensure that you game comfy then you should absolutely check out T3's best gaming chairs guide.

Here are the best gaming mice available in 2022.

The best gaming mice available today in 2022

Razer DeathAdder V2 on a wooden deskT3 Awards 2022 Highly Commended logo

The Razer Deathadder V2 is the best gaming mouse for most people.

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The best gaming mouse for most people

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Switches: Razer Optical
Polling rate: 1,000Hz
Sensor: Optical
Acceleration: 50 g
Number of buttons: 8
Weight: 82g
Cable: Razer SpeedFlex

Reasons to buy

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Incredible 20,000 DPI
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Super fast response time
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Deep config software

Reasons to avoid

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Not wireless

The Razer DeathAdder V2 ticks just about every box you might have lined up in your search for the best gaming mouse – and it ticks them with style. We think it is the best gaming mouse for most people as a result. The DeathAdder V2 delivers an astonishing 20,000 DPI resolution sensor, as well as Razer's optical switches, 8 programmable buttons, 5 onboard memory profiles, a deep configuration software suite and a braided Speedflex cable.

Besides the spec, the style is very impressive as well, all textured rubber and tactile buttons that are a pleasure to use. Razer Synapse is supported, too, so you've got 16.8 million colours to choose from for a bit of extra illumination. We found it to be very comfortable ergonomically as well. And, over 10 million gamers can't be wrong, right? That's right, more than 10 million DeathAdder's have been bought by gamers to date. 

Can you see this mouse taking your gaming prowess up a level? Take a look at the Razer DeathAdder V2 review to find out more.

Logitech G502 Lightspeed on blue backgroundT3 Award

The legendary G502 has returned in Lightspeed form and, simply put, it delivers killer gaming mouse performance.

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2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed

The best premium gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: Up to 16,000
Polling rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
Features: Powerplay compatible, onboard memory, Lightsync RGB (2 zone), Mechanical Button Tensioning System
Sensor: Hero optical
Number of buttons: 11

Reasons to buy

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Very accurate and responsive
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Supremely comfortable
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Powerplay compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Looks remain divisive

Logitech's G502 gaming mouse has serious pedigree in the gaming mouse market. On top of typical G502 high comfort levels and responsiveness, the G502 Lightspeed is now not just a wireless gaming mouse, but a wireless gaming mouse that also supports Logitech's Powerplay continuous charging tech. This means the mouse can be used in wired mode, charge-use-recharge wireless mode, or in a continuous charging mode on a compatible mouse mat.

The Lightspeed is also remarkably light (only 114 grams), although you can add in up to four two gram weights if you want to plant it a little more, and also comes packing Logitech's next-gen HERO 16K gaming sensor, which ensures excellent accuracy. An all-around top-tier gaming mouse that, if you can afford it and like the idea of wireless or continuous charging wireless functionality, is undoubtedly one of the top choices in 2022.

Make sure you check our Logitech discount codes to save on your order.

To see how this gaming mouse compares to another premium rodent, be sure to check out T3's Logitech G502 Lightspeed vs Razer Naga Pro comparison feature.

Roccat Burst Pro lit up in blueT3 Award

The Roccat Burst Pro is a top-rate ultra-light gaming mouse.

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The best budget gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 16,000 dpi
Weight: 68g
Click lifespan: 100 million clicks
Acceleration: 50g
Switch type: Titan Optical
Lighting: AIMO RGB / LED
Cable length: 1.8m

Reasons to buy

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Translucent honeycomb shell
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Quality sensor & skates
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Comfortable with prolonged use

Reasons to avoid

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Not very customisable

The Roccat Burst Pro is an ultra-light gaming mouse that will appeal to pros and newbies alike. It shares the now increasingly common honeycomb construction made famous by Glorious, however, the Burst Pro encases that honeycomb within a transparent shell. This in combination with its AIMO interior lighting system means that the innards of the mouse are illuminated, which gives it a rather unique aesthetic.

Away from visuals, though, the mouse delivers. It has a super accurate 16,000 dpi sensor and Roccat's Titan Optical button switches, too, the latter good for 100 million clicks each. At just 68 grams(2.4oz) it is also incredibly light, so Esports players are going to feel right at home with the Burst Pro, as well as anyone else who prefers a light rodent. 

If it has caught your eye, the Roccat Burst Pro review will tell you everything else you need to know.

Best gaming mouse 2022: best of the rest

Razer Viper V2 Pro white gaming mouse on a tableT3 Award

Lightweight and wireless, the Razer Viper V2 Pro is one of the best gaming mice on the market today.

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The best wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 30,000
Sensor: Focus Pro optical
Number of buttons: 5
Weight: 58g

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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80-hour battery life
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Accurate and responsive

Reasons to avoid

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Simple customisation
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No RGB lights

Razer plays to its strengths with the Razer Viper V2 Pro, delivering a gaming mouse that drips style and comes loaded with some top-rate internal hardware. It is also super super light at only 58g, meaning that it sits perfectly in the esports field.

During our tests, the Razer Viper V2 Pro glided effortlessly across the mousemat thanks to its 100% PFTE skates, while the Focus Pro 30K optical sensor provided extremely accurate tracking with 70G of acceleration. Can you get a mouse with that sort of hardware and feature set for less money? Yes, yes you can, but Razer's pedigree in terms of design and build quality gives the Viper the edge. 

A great gaming mouse option for those who prize speed in their rodent, the Razer Viper V2 Pro review goes into more detail. 

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The Roccat Kone XP looks the part and performs very well.

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A well-priced, well-specced gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 19,000
Acceleration: 50G
Polling rate: Not specified
Switches: Titan Optical
Sensor: Owl-Eye 19K

Reasons to buy

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Lots of customisation options
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Competitively priced

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap

Roccat pulls together all of its years of expertise with the Roccat Kone XP, a high-quality wired gaming mouse that has plenty of features to tempt gamers and non-gamers alike – this is a mouse you can use for just about anything. 

It's the lighting system that sets the Kone XP apart from other mice though: you get tons of colours to pick from and tons of different effects, or you can switch them all off entirely if you don't want to draw attention. We know that the Owl-Eye 19K sensor is one that you can rely on, and you'll have absolutely no complaints when it comes to performance. Even the lengthy fabric cable has a touch of style and class about it.

The Roccat Kone XP review takes a deeper dive into this excellent gaming mouse.

Glorious Model O on yellow backgroundT3 Award

Light and boasting a stand-out design, the Glorious Model O is a great gaming mouse choice.

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6. Glorious Model O

The best gaming mouse for lightweight accuracy

Specifications

DPI: Up to 12,000
Weight: 68 grams
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Acceleration: 67G
Sensor: Pixart optical
Number of buttons: 6
Switches: Omron
Polling rate: 1000hz (1ms)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight construction
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Cool honeycomb design
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Excellent customisation

Reasons to avoid

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Got to like honeycombs

We're impressed by just about everything the Glorious Model O has to offer, from the snug, ergonomic fit of the mouse in the hand, to the lightweight construction, to the excellent sensitivity. The honeycomb outer shell that helps the mouse get to that low weight won't be to everyone's tastes, but it is at least very customisable – you get a wealth of colourful lighting options for the top, bottom, and sides of the mouse, and even the scroll wheel gets its own illumination. 

There's a colour-coded DPI indicator here as well so you always know what settings you're running with. Glorious might not be the biggest name in gaming peripherals, but with devices like the Model O, it might not stay that way for long. If you don't like the white look, a black version is also available.

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series on wooden deskT3 Award

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series is lightweight and very accurate, while also ringing in at a mid-range price point.

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A mid-range gaming mouse that puts core performance first

Specifications

DPI: 18,000
Number of buttons: 6
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Omron
Polling rate: 8,000Hz

Reasons to buy

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Flexible cable
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18K DPI
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Synchronizes to other Corsair RGB peripherals

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless option
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Right-handed only

For a mid-range price, we think the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series delivers serious performance. The Sabre's optical 18K dpi sensor will be lapped up by gaming professionals and FPS gamers. Its chassis has a super comfortable and lightweight design (only 74 grams) and features 6 programmable buttons, too. 

The drag-reducing cable is ultra-flexible, and the Quickstrike Omron switches are tactile as well as reliable. RGB lights are placed under the logo, on the scroll wheel and on the side of the mouse to show which DPI profile you are using. If you already own Corsair RGB gaming gear, you'll be pleased to know they can all synchronize together to create a personalised light show. 

Overall, a quality gaming mouse for an attractive price, you can find out more in the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series review

Roccat Kone Pro Air reviewT3 Award

The Roccat Kone Pro Air looks stunning, especially in white

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The best wireless gaming mouse for battery

Specifications

DPI: 19,000
Acceleration: 50G
Polling rate: 1,000Hz
Switches: Titan Optical
Sensor: Owl-Eye 19K (based on PAW3370)

Reasons to buy

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Looks a million dollars
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Super-light and comfortable
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Exceptionally fast
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Extensive customisation

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap

The Roccat Kone Pro Air is an extraordinarily well-designed gaming mouse, with 2.4GHz wireless for gaming and Bluetooth for more boring stuff, enabling a whopping 100-plus hours between charges. Rapid charge gives you 5 hours of gaming from 10 minutes of charging and the Titan Switch Optical is faster and more durable than any mechanical switch. 

In our tests, it was very, very fast, with acceleration up to 50G and 1,000Hz polling. DPI is up to 19,000 and everything is completely customisable via the Kone software. The Kone is a firm favourite here at T3, and the Kone Pro Air is an evolution of its winning formula: it’s very comfortable for every kind of grip style, incredibly accurate and extremely responsive. 

There are cheaper gaming mice, but they’re not as much fun as this, read more in the Roccat Kone Pro Air review.

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The Steelseries Rival 5 is a lightweight and ergonomic mouse for right-handed people. 

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Another colourful RGB gaming mouse for FPS

Specifications

DPI: 18,000
Sensor: SteelSeries TrueMove Air optical sensor
Number of buttons: 9
Weight: 85g

Reasons to buy

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Impressive RGB lighting
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Comfortable and ergonomic
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Fast and accurate

Reasons to avoid

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Not wireless
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Only enough storage for one profile 

If you want a slightly bulkier, industrial style mouse for fast-paced gaming then the Steelseries Rival 5 is affordable and has a SteelSeries TrueMove Air optical sensor with 18K DPI, 40G of acceleration and 1,000kHz polling. With 10 different RGB lighting zones, this mouse is pretty extravagant. You’ll also be able to customise your light show through the GG desktop app which is very easy to use. 

You get 9 programmable buttons here too. Granted the placement of a couple of them is a bit of a stretch but it’s still great to have so many controls that you can use on the fly. The design of the buttons is different to the majority of other mice so it’ll come down to personal preference as to whether you will get on with them or not. 

If you’re on a budget and you play a lot of FPS-style games then the Steelseries Rival 5 is great value for money - red more in the Steelseries Rival 5 review.

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A solid budget gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: Up to 10,000
Weight: 86 grams
Polling rate: Up to 1,000Hz
Acceleration: 20G
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Kailh switches
Number of buttons: 6

Reasons to buy

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Lots of customisation options
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Integrated RGB lighting

Reasons to avoid

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You might need a USB-C adapter

A glance at the specifications for the Trust Redex will tell you that this isn't the most advanced gaming mouse that you're ever going to come across, but then again perhaps it doesn't have to be – it still offers great responsiveness and lots of customisation options (including RGB lighting) for a price that's a lot less than many of the other devices on this list.

With the Trust brand name attached, you know that you're going to get value for money. This is actually one of the cheapest gaming mice around, and yet you wouldn't know it when you're playing. Of course, it also works as a general-purpose mouse too (you can turn the lighting off with a switch). Another switch controls the polling rate, while the DPI can be adjusted via the bundled software that's clean, elegant and intuitive to use. 

Want a decent mouse on a budget? Read the Trust Redex review.

Razer Naga Pro Gaming Mouse shown with moddable casingT3 Award

If you want a highly versatile gaming mouse for multiple genres then consider the Razer Naga Pro.

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11. Razer Naga Pro

The best mouse for multiple gaming genres

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Weight: 116.5g
Polling rate: 1,000Hz
Acceleration: 650 IPS / 50G
Sensor: Razer Optical
Switches: Razer Optical switches
Number of buttons: Up to 20

Reasons to buy

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Swappable side plates 
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High specification
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Lag-free wireless

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky design

Many gaming mice are designed for a very specific kind of game. And that’s brilliant if you only play that kind of game. But if you play lots of genres, it can mean having a mouse that’s better at some kinds of games than others. Razer’s had a think about that, and the Razer Naga Pro is the result. It has three swappable side plates that effectively turn it into three different kinds of mouse. 

It’s absolutely inspired, and built to Razer's usual high-quality standards. There’s a 12-button side plate for MMOs, a 6-button one for Battle Royale/MOBA, and a 2-button side plate for FPSes. And there’s a left-handed version too. While it’s wireless, which may give some gamers pause, Razer’s tech delivers a lag-free connection with a very long battery life – and you can connect it by USB if you prefer.

To find out more about this versatile gaming mouse check out T3's Razer Naga Pro guide.

HyperX Pulsefire HasteT3 Award

If you're shopping with a mid-range budget and prefer light rodents, then the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a strong choice.

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A strong ultra-light gaming mouse that retails in the mid-range

Specifications

Sensor: Pixart PAW3335
DPI: 16,000 DPI
Acceleration: 40G
Buttons: 6
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Wireless: No
Weight: 59g

Reasons to buy

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Very light
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Great accuracy
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Customisable

Reasons to avoid

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Not for RGB fanatics

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse is a great choice for gamers who care about weight and aren't too fussed about loads of fancy RGB lighting. It's super accurate thanks to a Pixart PAW3335 16,000 DPI sensor and boasts the sort of open honeycomb chassis design that the Glorious Model O made famous.

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste retails very firmly in the mid-range in terms of price point, too, making it very affordable for most gamers, and does still deliver six programmable buttons to use along with a good scroll wheel. We don't think the companion Ngenuity software is the best in class, but it does the job just fine, allowing you to tweak DPI settings and select your lighting profile among other things.

Take a look at the HyperX Pulsefire Haste review if you want to find out more. 

How to choose the best gaming mouse for you

A wired Corsair gaming mouse shown on mouse mat

Make sure you evaluate what sort of games you tend to play before picking up a new gaming mouse, as certain mechanical rodents specialise in certain genres.

There are many factors to consider when picking the best gaming mouse for you. In terms of specs, the big one is the resolution in DPI (dots per inch), and you should be looking for something in the 8,000-30,000 DPI range. Acceleration and tracking are also important, as is whether the mouse has mechanically switched buttons. 

Obviously, button quantity is very much worth considering too, plus the 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 any cash, because specific mice are primarily designed for specific grips.

Also 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. Check if the mouse has any programmable buttons, and which genres it's 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 picking the best gaming mouse for 2022. Here at T3 we feel you should be able to get a top tier gaming mouse for less than £80, so don't pay more unless you're stretching to added wireless capabilities.

What is really important to remember here is that there are plenty of brilliant budget gaming mice that, truth be told, deliver great all-round performance. You simply don't have to spend big bucks to get a robust, feature-packed rodent, so be sure to browse round and really way up if you need advanced features before you invest in them. Sure, they are nice to have on tap, but it is the core mouse functionality that any gamer should prize most highly.

Why do pros use 400 DPI?

The simple answer is because of consistency, both in terms of input delay, which at 400DPI is the lowest available on almost all gaming mice, and also in terms of control. It is far easier to aim a cursor at 400DPI on both the X and Y axis.

Now, of course, there are plenty of other factors in play, too, including mouse weight and sensitivity, but the main reason why pros use 400 DPI is because the mouse then delivers accurate and consistent performance with the lowest input delay possible.

The answer to the question "what DPI do most pro gamers use?" is therefore this. 400 DPI and 800 DPI are the two most common settings that pro gamers use with their gaming mice.

What mouse do pro gamers use?

According to prosettings.net (opens in new tab), which has analysed the setups of 1,519 pro gamers, the 5 most popular gaming mice are:

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Zowie EC Series

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Zowi FK Series

Logitech G703

Of course, pro gamers around the world use a plethora of different gaming mice, though, with specific rodents more suited to certain game types (MOBA, FPS, RTS). Not every gamer will have the same feeling for a mouse, too, with some preferring a heavy rodent and others a light one.

Gaming mice for big hands

The best gaming mice for big hands are:

SteelSeries Rival 310

Logitech G502 Hero

Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

Corsair M65 Pro RGB

Zowie EC1-A

When you've got big hands the last thing you want in a competitive online environment is to lose grip on a small rodent, or get hand cramp. Using a mouse that is too small for you is also a great way to give yourself RSI, so make sure you size up a gaming mouse before pulling the trigger on a purchase.

Do gaming mice make a difference?

The short answer to this question is yes. Gaming mice do make a difference to how PC gamers play. A top-rated gaming mouse won't turn you suddenly into an eSports champion but it will deliver a host of things that will be beneficial in video games.

Firstly, a lot of gaming mice just do the basics better, such as delivering a chassis that is comfortable to hold over a prolonged period of time. They also tend to deliver more buttons and better scroll wheels than regular mice, and also tend to be designed with multiple grip types in mind.

Then, on top of the better core functionality, gaming mice also deliver gamer-focused features, such as higher DPI sensors, better acceleration, adjustable weights,   advanced lighting options, programmable buttons and higher-quality, faster switches.

Combine all these things with powerful customisable software and its easy to see how one of the best gaming mice can deliver the marginal gains that will take a player from pwned to pwnage.

A wired HyperX gaming mouse shown on mouse mat


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How we test gaming mice

Here at T3 we understand just how crucial a weapon a gaming mouse is in a PC gamer's armoury, which is why we thoroughly test is rodent that arrives with us.

The first thing we do is ascertain what the gaming mouse package delivers overall (such as if there are modular parts, a wireless dock, weights and tools) as well as the rodent's build quality and design. If the gaming mouse radiates quality to the hand and to the eye, we'll find out here.

Next up we actually use the mouse, and that involves judging its buttons, scroll wheel and tracking. We're looking to see how precise and tactile the mouse is to use, as well as how it performs at a variety of DPI settings and in various applications. Gaming is obviously a major usage, but we also see what the mouse is like to use in non-gaming applications, too.

This naturally leads us onto testing the gaming mouse's software package, which often is the conduit for tweaking its settings, including DPI. Here we want to see just how intuitive and powerful the software is, as well how it handles things like custom profiles and any RGB lighting control.

With all this complete, we then compare the gaming mouse to the market and consider if it offers value for money. When this is done, we then give the mouse a star score, with five stars the best score a product can receive and one star the worst. If the gaming mouse in question has scored highly it is then considered for T3's best gaming mouse buying guide.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse

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Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.