Best Gaming Mouse 2017

Introduction and a Word of Advice

If you found your way here by asking Google what mouse should you buy or what is the best gaming mouse of 2017 you most likely checked out some other listings as well. Having done that you probably ask to yourself: “why should I trust this guy instead of this other guy?” I hate to break an illusion but the truth is the creators of those lists most likely have never a) used those mice b) played video games enough to understand the merits of a good mouse. As a matter of fact, they probably don’t even understand that you can actually be good or bad at playing video games.

… and we have the unofficial Seal of Approval by James Bardolph AKA the Black DDK!

bullshit bingo

These are actual quotes from these “review” sites. Some of these claims are just so plain stupid that I will address these shortly. If you would say stuff like this (except the last one, it requires some knowledge about pro CS) to anyone who has ever played games anywhere beyond casual they would laugh you off.

  1. No. Aiming and shooting are skills you develop. This is like saying “this knife will improve your cooking skills”.
  2. Literally no one better than god-awful at any game has ever done this. The “on-the-fly” DPI switches are there purely because of changing mouse DPI with a button is easier than going through software.
  3. This sentence does not actually make that much of a sense.
  4. Sure it does. See number 1.
  5. Yeah, because someone else can tell what is ergonomic for your hand. Not.
  6. “Professional golfers using this chastity belt: Tiger Woods”. Emilio is banned for life from competing in CSGO.

Selection Criteria

These mice have been selected by thorough studying of technical details, actual reviews, gaming forums, tech forums and most importantly the professional Counter-Strike scene. If you don’t have a clue what’s Counter-Strike or how it is relevant to this guide see our article on quality gaming gear in general here. In short, these mice are being used by the very best (as in professional) players of the most technically challenging game there is at the moment.

Every mouse on this list matches the following standards:

  1. Great build quality
  2. Great sensor
  3. Quality acknowledged by both pro players and tech professionals

So no, this is not your average “which mouse has the highest DPI number and most LED colors” (both of which are totally irrelevant in terms of performance) type of guide.

Gaming Mouse Size Comparison Chart

Before you continue here’s all the mice on the list to give you an overall idea of the measurements.

 MouseButtonsSensorHeight (cm)Width (cm)Depth (cm)Weight (g)
Zowie EC1-A
5Avago 331012.86.44.397
Zowie EC2-A
5Avago 331012.06.43.393
Zowie FK15Avago 331012.86.73.790
Zowie FK25Avago 331012.46.43.685
SteelSeries Rival 3006Pixart PMW331013.37.04.5130
SteelSeries Rival 1006Pixart 3059-SS12.16.73.8120
SteelSeries Sensei RAW8Avago ADNS950012.56.83.9117
Razer DeathAdder Chroma5Avago S398912.77.04.4105
Logitech G4028Not told exactly13.67.24.1144
Logitech G3036Pixart PMW336611.56.53.7127
FinalMouse 20165?Pixart PMW331013.75.65.3122

Best Gaming Mouse 2017

Top 4

Zowie EC1-A:

Zowie EC2-A: 

Recommendation: 5 Stars

The Zowie Gear flagship model EC-A comes in two sizes: EC1-A is bigger and heavier than the EC2-A. Generally speaking if you have a big hand go for the EC1-A and if you have a small hand go for the EC2-A. but this, once again, is a matter of preference. I myself have found over the years that even though my hand is relatively small I get the best grip with bigger mice.

See our more detailed review of the Zowie EC2-A 

  • Ergonomic right-handed design
  • Plug and play – no driver needed
  • Perfect lift-off distance: Only 1.5 ~ 1.8 mm
  • 24-step scroll wheel
  • DPI ( Dots Per Inch ): 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • Buttons: 5
  • Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
Recommendation: 5 Stars

If you game you must have heard of the SteelSeries Rival. Rival 300 is the original Rival revamped. It has a newer, better sensor and most importantly it has fixed the original Rivals biggest problem: the poor side grips.

Rival 300 is one of the biggest top quality mice, so if you like your mouse to have some size look no further. For smaller hands I would suggest you to test it first. Rival is not enormous but if you are used to smaller mice it might take a while to find a comfortable grip of the Rival 300.

  • Zero Hardware Acceleration – precise tracking at all speeds
  • Six programmable buttons (including CPI)
  • Configurable resolution up to 6,500 CPI
  • 30 million click switches
  • 16.8 million color, 2 zone illumination
Recommendation: 5 Stars

The DeathAdder, a true classic in the history of gaming mice. Yes, Razer might be branded for the 13-year-old hyperactive energy drink addicts but the original DeathAdder, DeathAdder 2013 and now the latest edition, DeathAdder Chroma, are undeniably excellent mice.

  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • 10,000dpi optical sensor
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-on mode
  • Up to 300 inches per second*/50g acceleration
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
Recommendation: 5 Stars

Logitech is actually the second most used mouse manufacturer within the CSGO professional scene, but the problem with recommending Logitech mice lies within their design – they don’t have a single flagship model with the universal “bumpy” design that just feels natural in every hand. Instead they have multiple technically similar models with their unique gimmicky (or UFO as I tend to call them) designs.

The G303 is the least gimmicky. It is brilliant on the inside and rather neutral on the outside.

  • Advanced optical sensor: Exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology precisely translates hand movements on-screen for more accurate targeting
  • Designed with feedback from performance gaming enthusiasts: Gain enhanced accuracy and responsiveness in a lightweight design
  • RGB Customizable Lighting: Customize lighting colors to match your style, system or environment
  • Durable and lightweight: Maximum gaming comfort and durable buttons tested to a 20 million click lifespan
  • On-the-fly DPI Switching: Make the right moves in any game situation with up to 5 DPI settings (200 to 12,000 DPI)

The Rest of the Best

Zowie FK1:

Zowie F2: 

Recommendation: 4.5 Stars

Zowie FK1 and FK2 follow the same logic as the EC-A series: 1 is bigger. They are built with the same sensor as the EC-A models so the only difference is in the design: the FK models are flatter than the EC-A. This is because they are designed to be ambidextrous, meaning that they can be used with both left and right hand. So if you are a leftie, this is your mouse.

For the right handed people I find the “fatter” design of the EC-A models a better fit, but this does not diminish the technical merits of the mouse.

  • Ambidextrous mouse developed for claw grip usage
  • Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
  • Plug and Play (no drivers needed)
  • Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
  • 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • Perfect lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8; Mac OS X v10.2 after
Recommendation: 4.5 Stars

The relationship between SteelSeries Rival and Sensei [RAW] is comparable to the one between Zowie EC-A and FK. They have pretty much the same design but Sensei is flatter as it is ambidextrous as well. It also lacks the rubber side grips and has a laser sensor inside while the Rival comes with optical. Laser mice were loathed by gamers for a long time as they used to have acceleration problems but with the modern technology built in Sensei [RAW] this is not the case anymore.

  • Available in two different textures: Glossy smooth and Rubberized anti-sweat.
  • Light up your wheel, CPI indicator or SteelSeries logo. Or turn it all off.
  • CPI toggle for on-the-fly high/low sensitivity adjustments.
  • Scalable pointer speed from 90 up to 5670 in increments of 90 so you can be exact.
  • Improved durability and tangle-free via its double braided nylon cord.
  • Program your buttons, define your sensitivity, and create unlimited profiles.
Recommendation: 4.5 Stars

Logitech G402 is the futuristic looking UFO mouse representative on this list. Albeit having somewhat wildish design the G402 is not a gimmicky looking toy but an excellent device to track your opponents heads on your screen. The side buttons are really well placed and if you use a lot of in-game binds this mouse might very well be your pick.

  • World’s fastest gaming mouse: Fusion Engine technology and 1MS report rate enables tracking speeds of up to 10 meters/second (420 ips)
  • 8 programmable buttons: Customize your gaming experience and save button settings to the onboard memory
  • 4 on-the-fly DPI settings: Shift instantly from pixel precise targeting to lightning fast maneuvers (250 to 4000 DPI)
  • 32-bit Arm Processor: Powers incredible tracking speeds; allows you to save and playback your macros
  • Lightweight, streamlined design: Optimal weight, shape and feel for absolute gaming comfort and fast, furious swipes
Recommendation: 4 Stars

SteelSeries Rival 100 is the budget version of the Rival 300. It has some compromises in terms of quality, the most important one being the sensor. Rival 100 is still a good mouse overall so if you like the Rival design but don’t have the money, go for the 100.

  • Best in class sensor
  • Six programmable buttons
  • Customizable CPI up to 4000
  • 30 million click switches
  • 16.8 million color RGB illumination
Recommendation: 4 Stars

FinalMouse 2016 is the dark horse of the list. Due to it’s limited availability in Europe so far it is the only mouse of these that I have not actually had in my hand but all the data I have gathered so far suggests that it indeed is a quality device so I could not just leave it out.

FinalMouse is a newcomer to the competition and they have invested a lot in the advertising having contracted some big names in the CS community like ScreaM, Steel, summit and mOE. FinalMouse 2016 comes with a 3 year limited warranty, which is industry leading as they say.

  • Professional & Tournament Grade
  • Flawless Pixart 3310 IR Led Esports Sensor
  • Esports Inspired Ergonomic Form Factor
  • Designed by Pros for Pros
  • Industry Leading Super-Lightweight: At Only 74 Grams

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