Online gaming has become a serious business over the past few years, with titles like Fortnite and Minecraft boasting millions of fans. And while the computer itself is the main component, the star of the show is undoubtedly the mouse – whilst almost any model could be considered a gaming mouse, those designed specifically don’t just look different, they perform differently.
We’ve compiled a buying guide to answer all your questions about DPI, wired and wireless, optical and laser, and palm or hand grip. After that, we’ll share our picks from Amazon and Argos, from affordable budget options under £50 to all singing and dancing ergonomic mice from Logitech, Razer and SteelSeries. Moreover, we have partnered with video game blogger Benjamin Titmus for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver you the best information.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of gaming mice available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Pulsefire FPS Pro
Basilisk X Hyperspeed
Kain 120 Aimo
MX Vertical Ergonomic
A Super-Lightweight Mouse for the Sharpshooters
Possibly the Best Budget Gaming Mouse on the Market
A Wallet-Friendly Model That Doesn't Skimp on Specs
An Excellent Mid-Tier Wireless Option
For Those Who Want a Heavy Click
Our Left-Handed Pick With a Premium Sensor
Possibly the Comfiest Mouse Around
A Simple Plug-In and Play Gaming Mouse
Customisable Design Lets You Keep up With the Latest Technology
An Excellent Ergonomic Option That'll Preserve the Wrists
|Dimensions||12.6 x 6.6 x 3.7 cm||11.6 x 6.2 x 3.8 cm||12.7 x 4.2 x 7.1 cm||13 x 6 x 4.2 cm||12.4 x 6.5 x 4.3 cm||12.5 x 7 x 3.9 cm||12.7 x 7 x 4.4 cm||11.6 x 6.8 x 4 cm||13.11 x 6.9 x 4.3 cm||11.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm|
|Weight||68 g||86.2 g||95 g||86 g||90.7 g||90 g||104 g||99.8 g||164 g||132 g|
|Wired/Wireless||Wired (wireless available)||Wired||Wired||Wireless||Wired||Wired||Wireless||Wired (wireless available)||Wireless||Operates as either|
This may seem obvious, but it's certainly worth mentioning. If you're one of our left-handed friends, your options are going to be more limited as the vast majority are built with right-handers in mind.
However, the good news is that there are plenty of ambidextrous designs out there, so we'd suggest picking up one of these instead of forcing yourself to play right-handed. As for right-handers, you can choose whichever mouse best fits your requirements.
When buying a mouse, you need to consider if you'd prefer one that has an optical or laser sensor. They both work in the same way, that is, by shining light on a surface and then measuring the reflection to provide tracking.
Laser sensors are rarer, but their big advantage is that they can work on almost any surface. While historically it would be fair to say that laser mice tend to lag, that's not so common anymore due to better technology. However, there is still a stigma attached to lasers, and this has often seen gamers steer towards optical sensors instead.
Optical mice will require you to have a dedicated mouse mat as this is the surface they excel on. When used on mats, they are considered to have a faster and more reactive sensor, so you'll have more accuracy in games that require quick reflexes. Also, they're less likely to have latency issues.
What exactly is DPI? Well, it stands for dots per inch and is essentially a measurement used to understand the sensitivity of a mouse. In short, the higher the DPI rating of your mouse, the less you have to move the cursor on the screen to travel any distance.
Gaming mice come with crazy-high DPI ratings nowadays, well above the 20,000 mark, in fact. While this sounds good, it can lead to you to the mouse being too sensitive when gaming, but each model should always offer the option of customisation. Most gamers favour those between 4000 – 16000 DPI, although this will depend on whether you have fast or slow hand movements.
So, we'd suggest taking all of the above into consideration and sticking to somewhere between these figures. It’s worth noting that the average user won’t notice much beyond 1,000 DPI (a figure that all mouses surpass). Also, a lot of mouses come with an adjustable DPI function, meaning you can select the resolution that suits your style of gaming best.
No matter how fast your reactions are, you need teamwork when gaming, so consider picking up a budget gaming headset!
Palm grip is the 'usual' way of holding a mouse. This method tends to be more comfortable for most people and is often considered more accurate as you can use the mouse with a thrust of the wrist.
If this sounds like your usual style, then we would recommend picking up a mouse that is on the larger and heavier side, for example, one that weighs over 100 grams. This will result in a satisfying, weighty feel when using a wider arm movement.
A claw grip is when the mouse is held by the fingertips, and supported by the side of the hand. When playing like this, gamers seem to almost lift the mouse around the mouse mat. There are some ergonomic benefits to holding a mouse in this way, especially when gaming.
This technique is favoured by those who like precise and quick movements. If you identify with this style, you’ll want to look for a mouse that is smaller and lighter so that it can be moved about with ease. We recommend somewhere between 60 and 100 grams would be best suited to this grip type.
Last, but certainly not least, a rather debatable topic – wired vs wireless. It goes without saying that wireless styles are good for reducing the clutter on your gaming desk, as well as giving you the option of more manoeuvrability.
The big issue with wireless, however, is lag, and while admittedly it isn’t nearly as common in newer mice, it does still happen. They’re also reliant on charging or batteries which could leave you stranded at just the wrong moment.
If you can keep things tidy, wired mice are best if you’re on a budget as they’re often cheaper, mainly because they require less technology. They also don’t require batteries or charging – simply plug in and play, and you’ll be good until you’ve either worn it down, or you’ve bought a new computer.
Keep your desk neat and tidy by avoiding clutter with a wireless keyboard!
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||12.6 x 6.6 x 3.7 cm|
|Wired/Wireless||Wired (wireless available)|
|Dimensions||11.6 x 6.2 x 3.8 cm|
|Dimensions||12.7 x 4.2 x 7.1 cm|
|Dimensions||13 x 6 x 4.2 cm|
|Dimensions||12.4 x 6.5 x 4.3 cm|
|Dimensions||12.5 x 7 x 3.9 cm|
|Dimensions||12.7 x 7 x 4.4 cm|
|Dimensions||11.6 x 6.8 x 4 cm|
|Wired/Wireless||Wired (wireless available)|
|Dimensions||13.11 x 6.9 x 4.3 cm|
|Dimensions||11.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm|
|Wired/Wireless||Operates as either|
Written and researched by Lewis Clark
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