Best Mouse For CS:GO [2018 Updated]

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 2018 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 bingoThese 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 about setting up like a pro. 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.

 MouseButtonsSensorLength (in)Width (in)Height (in)Weight (oz)
BenQ ZOWIE EC1-BBenQ ZOWIE EC1-B
533605.042.721.703.32
BenQ ZOWIE EC2-BBenQ ZOWIE EC2-B
533604.722.521.573.17
SteelSeries Rival 310SteelSeries Rival 3106TrueMove3 (3360 variant)5.022.761.653.11
Razer DeathAdder EliteRazer DeathAdder Elite7PMW338952.761.733.68
Logitech G703Logitech G703 (Wireless)6PMW33664.882.681.693.77
Logitech G ProLogitech G Pro6PMW33664.62.51.53.0
ZOWIE FK1BenQ ZOWIE FK15Avago 33105.042.641.463.17
ZOWIE FK2BenQ ZOWIE FK25Avago 33104.882.521.423.00
SteelSeries Sensei 310SteelSeries Sensei 3108TrueMove3 (3360 variant)4.932.771.533.25
SteelSeries Rival 110SteelSeries Rival 1106TrueMove14.752.681.503.09
Nixeus RevelNixeus REVEL5PMW33604.922.681.543.0

What Mice Do CS:GO Pros Use?

Gaming Mice Used By Professional CS:GO Players

  1. BenQ ZOWIE 64%
  2. Logitech 13%
  3. SteelSeries 11%
  4. Rest 12%

The data is gathered from the world’s 30 best teams, meaning that it represents roughly speaking the 100+ best players in the world. If you are interested in more data have a look at our guides about CS:GO keyboards, monitors, headsets and mouse pads.

Disclaimer: buying any of these mice will not make you a better player. You won’t get Niko’s aim and you won’t turn into a spraygod overnight. However if you want to train your set of skills and get anywhere near being half decent in the game, you do need quality equipment.

Even if you are not aspiring to get to the very top let me tell you this universal rule that applies to a lot of hobbies – guitars, bicycling… even cigars. If you start out with bad gear the chances are you will lose your interest sooner rather than later. Learning to play a guitar that sounds bad and doesn’t stay in tune, riding a bike that drops the chains every once in a while, smoking cheap cigars that taste bad… it’s just not fun. The same rule applies to gaming as well: you play with crap, you play like crap and the chances are you won’t touch the game ever again. Having quality gear will make the experience much more fun.

Ok then, but why would I buy any of these mice when I can get a ”gaming mouse” from Walmart for 15 bucks? Once again: quality, quality and quality. If these mice are good enough for people who play CS at the highest level for 6 to 12 hours a day and make their living out of it, they sure are good enough for me and you. These mice are top notch, the créme de la créme, the best money can buy and yet they still remain affordable for every gamer. Buying the best gaming mouse is not like buying a Lamborghini moneywise.

…and buying quality gaming mouse you will use for years to come will eventually get cheaper than buying a poorly built 15 dollar mouse once every three months.

Best Mice For CS:GO – Our Picks

Top 4

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-B and BenQ ZOWIE EC2-B

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-B

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Recommendation:

EC-B series is the latest edition of the original Zowie masterpiece and a successor to the largely appreciated EC-A (read our Zowie EC2-A review). It's been the go-to CS:GO mouse you could recommend to anybody looking to get good.

The most notable difference is the upgraded sensor. Without going too much into the nitty-gritty the 3360 has twice the tracking power of the old 3310. Because the 3310 sensor already was excellent you probably won't notice too much of a difference, but 3360 certainly deals better with rapid spinning movements.

In other news the LED light on the scroll wheel is now gone, the side buttons are slightly more "clicky" and the bottom has four small feet instead of the previous two large ones at both ends. BenQ ZOWIE also added a button for changing the polling rate at the bottom - you no longer need to use button combinations to change it.

The BenQ ZOWIE flagship model comes in two sizes: EC1-B is bigger and heavier than the EC2-B. Generally speaking if you have a big hand go for the EC1-B and if you have a small hand go for the EC2-B. 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.

  • 3360 sensor
  • No drivers needed, plug and play
  • Ergonomic design exclusively for right-handed users
  • Optical mouse with optimal lift-off distance
  • 400/ 800/ 1600/ 3200 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125/ 500/ 1000 Hz
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8/10; Mac OS X v10.2

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SteelSeries Rival 310

SteelSeries Rival 310

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Recommendation:

If you game you must have heard of the SteelSeries Rival. Rival 310 is the upgraded version of Rival 300 which was the original Rival revamped. Rival 300 came with a better sensor and most importantly fixed the horrible side grips of the original Rival. What's new in the 310 then?

Sensor has been updated to SteelSeries' own 3360 variant called TrueMove3, which was made in collaboration with Pixart. SteelSeries also managed to trim 8 grams of the weight which is quite a lot as far as gaming mice are concerned. The previous version of Rival was one of the heaviest mice around, whereas 310 is now about average. We also felt that the shape has gotten even better but this is a matter of preference.

  • The world's first true 1 to 1 esports sensor
  • Exclusive split-trigger mouse button design
  • Omron 50-million click mechanical switches
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with pure silicone side grips

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Razer DeathAdder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite

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Recommendation:

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, DeathAdder Chroma and finally the latest edition, DeathAdder Elite are undeniably excellent mice. If you've used any of the previous versions the Elite will feel like coming to a freshly renovated home.

  • True 16,000 DPI optical sensor
  • Up to 450 IPS / 50 g acceleration
  • Razer Mechanical Mouse switches
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options

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Logitech G703

Logitech G703

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Recommendation:

Logitech G703 is our mandatory wireless option. Logitech's LIGHTSPEED technology actually delivers faster response time than regular wired mice and the PMW3366 sensor enables that smooth tracking of heads. Battery life of 24 hours with the LED lights enabled is plenty in itself but you can boost it up to 32 hours by disabling the lights. Even though G903 is the flagship wireless at the moment we felt G703 was overall a better fit.

  • LIGHTSPEED Wireless Technology: In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, esports professionals around the world depend on LIGHTSPEED wireless technology
  • PMW3366 Gaming Optical Sensor: Widely regarded by esports professionals and gaming enthusiasts as the best gaming mouse sensor on the market, PMW3366 has zero smoothing, filtering, or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI)
  • Ergonomically Designed Body: With a lightweight (107g), ergonomically designed body, G703 was made to mold to your hand for long-lasting comfort during gameplay. Rubber grips on the left and right sides give you added control
  • Works with POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System: Add POWERPLAY, the world’s first and only wireless gaming mouse charging system, to keep G703 (and G903) charged while at play and at rest
  • Advanced Button Tensioning: Advanced button tensioning uses metal springs to help keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force needed to click and delivering exceptional click feel, response, and consistency
  • Wired or Wireless: Plug in the data and charging cable to seamlessly switch between wireless and wired modes without interrupting your game. Use the included USB adapter to keep your LIGHTSPEED USB transceiver nearby to quickly switch between wired and wireless modes
  • Customizable Brilliant RGB: Choose from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors and brightness levels to match your favorite team, personal style, system or environment
  • 6 Programmable Buttons: Use Logitech Gaming Software to configure the 6 programmable buttons to sequences of clicks and keystrokes to simplify in-game actions and quickly execute complex tasks

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Logitech G Pro

Logitech G Pro

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Recommendation:

Logitech is actually the second most used mouse manufacturer within the CS:GO professional scene. When this article was originally written we complained about the gimmicky UFO designs that most of Logitech's gaming mice had back then. Luckily things have changed for the better since and most Logitech's new gaming mice are actually real palm pleasers with no extra gimmicks.

If you want a small and light gaming mouse G Pro is your choice.

  • Pro gaming mouse is created by Logitech G and top competitive eSports professionals for performance play
  • Advanced PMW3366 optical gaming sensor delivers exceptional tracking accuracy at any hand speed for pixel precise targeting and high speed maneuvers across the entire 200 to 12,000 DPI range
  • Metal Spring Button Tensioning System designed for ultra-consistent and reliable click performance at the highest level of competition. 6 Programmable Buttons
  • Customizable with up to 16.8 million RGB lighting colors to match your style, team colors and setup plus synchronize with other Logitech G gaming gear
  • Six programmable buttons and onboard memory make it easy to setup and store one-trigger custom commands for your favorite games Physical specifications-Height: 116.6 mm Width: 62.15 mm Depth: 38.2 mm

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The Rest of the Best

BenQ ZOWIE FK1, FK2 and FK1+

BenQ ZOWIE FK1

 

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Recommendation:

BenQ 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-B models a better fit, but this does not diminish the technical merits of the mouse. 

BenQ ZOWIE has added an even bigger (they've labeled it "XL") version to their catalog: FK1+.

  • 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

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SteelSeries Sensei 310

SteelSeries Sensei 310

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Recommendation:

The relationship between SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 is comparable to the one between Zowie EC-A and FK. They have pretty much the same design but Sensei 310 is flatter as it is ambidextrous as well. The older version, Sensei RAW, was the only gaming mouse on our original list that had a laser sensor but the revamped Sensei 310 comes with the same TrueMove3 optical sensor as Rival 310.

Sensei 310 also comes with the same silicone side grips as the Rival 310 while the Sensei RAW was completely naked from the sides.

  • The world's first true 1 to 1 esports sensor
  • Exclusive split-trigger mouse button design
  • Omron 50-million click mechanical switches
  • Ambidextrous design with pure silicone side grips

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SteelSeries Rival 110

SteelSeries Rival 110

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Recommendation:

SteelSeries Rival 110 is the budget version of the Rival 310. It has some compromises in terms of quality, the most important one being the sensor - 110 has the TrueMove1 which could be described as the little brother of the TrueMove3. Rival 110 is still a good mouse overall so if you like the Rival design but don't have the money, go for the 110.

  • Exclusive SteelSeries TrueMove1 optical sensor
  • True 1 to 1 tracking with 7,200 CPI and 240 IPS
  • Ergonomic 6-button universal design for all grip styles
  • 30-million click mechanical switches
  • Ultra-durable 87.5g lightweight construction

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Nixeus REVEL

Nixeus REVEL

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Recommendation:

Nixeus REVEL is the dark horse of our list. While the brand is certainly nowhere as famous as others on our list the REVEL is an excellent budget gaming mouse. It has the 3360 sensor, build quality is great and the shape is very similar to the original Sensei. This thing really gives Rival 110 a good run for it's money.

  • Optical Sensor: PixArt PMW3360
  • DPI Settings: 400/800/1200/1600/2000/3200/5000/12000
  • Programmable Buttons: 5
  • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 & Mac OS
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty by Nixeus. No mouse pad required

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