The Best Gaming Mice in Review (2023)

Alana Grace

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There’s no PC input device as important as the mouse. Especially for gamers, a fast and reliable model plays an essential role. And these are the outstanding gaming mice in our comparative test:

Test Winner: Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

Overall, our test shows that the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is a very powerful and versatile gaming mouse, although it comes with a proud price. It sets standards in the world of gaming mice with its many features and high comfort: Optical, durable switches with great switching behavior, a highly precise and advanced sensor, various wireless technologies, and a long-lasting battery are worth mentioning. The “smart” scroll wheel with the ability for automatic scrolling also leaves a lasting impression.

We recommend the optional or bundled mouse dock, which enables wireless Qi charging, for the complete tech extravaganza. However, the gaming mouse already costs around 180 euros, the dock 100 euros, both together around 243 euros – no matter how you look at it, it remains a sinful expensive pleasure that requires careful consideration. But those willing to dig deeper into their pockets will be very happy with this model.

Price-Performance Winner: Logitech G502 Hero

After testing the Logitech G502 Hero, we can definitely say that this gaming mouse still holds its own in 2022. Compared to its predecessor, Logitech has brought the G502 Hero up to date with the latest technology and further improved its performance with a new sensor and mechanical main mouse buttons while retaining its old virtues. These include the ergonomic shape, suitable for all grip styles, as well as the switchable scroll wheel and weight adjustment.

However, there are still a few minor criticisms: We often clicked the wrong buttons while gaming because Logitech has integrated so many extra buttons. We also noticed that the material is somewhat susceptible to dirt. And for players with large hands, the Logitech G502 Hero is not ideal. But for 44 euros, these are still tolerable downsides, as this gaming mouse classic is still worth recommending!

Top Design: Roccat Kone XP

The test of the Roccat Kone XP shows that this gaming mouse fulfills pretty much everything that gamers desire: comfortable and precise handling, a simple design, striking RGB lighting, and plenty of options to customize the mouse to suit their preferences. For around 90 euros, the Roccat Kone XP is definitely recommendable, as long as you are right-handed, don’t have overly small hands, and don’t mind the distinctive RGB illumination.

Attractive Price: Logitech G203 Lightsync

In the test of the Logitech G203 Lightsync, it quickly became apparent that this gaming mouse was designed for the broad masses. Nevertheless, it has a lot to offer, such as a precise optical sensor, six programmable buttons including an extra DPI switch, and adjustable RGB lighting. It is also quite lightweight at 85 grams and, due to its compact size, can be operated with almost all grip styles. Admittedly, it is not the most premium gaming mouse we have ever come across, as it is entirely made of plastic and the mouse clicks leave a slightly mushy impression. It might also be a bit too small for gamers with particularly large hands. However, for only 30 euros, the Logitech G203 is a great all-rounder and highly recommended, especially for beginners.

Innovative Technology: Asus ROG Chakram

The Asus ROG Chakram gaming mouse combines numerous innovative features that you won’t find in such variety with the competition: flexible connection options, interchangeable mouse switches, wireless charging via Qi, and the interchangeable joystick that can be operated in two modes. Although the interchangeable parts may seem a bit flimsy in places and the weight is quite high, this gaming mouse is something very special and suitable for anyone who wants to make the most of innovative technology. However, the investment should be well-considered, considering the price of 152 euros (current online price)!

Editorial Recommendation: Logitech G502 X Plus

In practical testing, the Logitech G502 X Plus gaming mouse impresses across the board. Thanks to its ergonomic shape, the mouse feels comfortable in the hand, although it is only suitable for right-handers. The Lightforce Hybrid Switches and the scroll wheel with two modes respond quickly and precisely. Even during fast movements, the Hero-25K sensor stays in control and delivers reliable performance. The Lightsync RGB lighting allows for individual and dynamic visuals that can be fully customized. The only criticism is the omission of Bluetooth, weight adjustment, and the high price of currently 129 euros. But if you’re looking for a gaming mouse with innovative technology and high performance, you will definitely be happy with the Logitech G502 X Plus gaming mouse.

Buying Guide: What to consider when buying a gaming mouse.

A good gaming mouse should first and foremost have good workmanship and robust switches, as gaming mice are subjected to higher and longer strains than their office counterparts: frequent and fast click sequences, sudden changes in movement, and the occasional outburst of frustration when things don’t go well in the game.

High Polling Rate = Good Gaming Mouse?

Don’t let the manufacturers’ marketing fool you: a good gaming mouse doesn’t need to have thousands of DPI (or CPI). It depends on your personal preference. Good models offer the ability to change the resolution on the fly using a dedicated button. These steps can often be programmed in the driver as well.

Another important value is the so-called polling rate, which manufacturers indicate in hertz. This specification informs you about how often the mouse informs the system of its current position per second. A 1000Hz polling rate means that the device reports where it is 1000 times per second. This corresponds to a fast response time of just one millisecond. Ideally, the polling rate can also be lowered to use the mouse on older systems.

Individual Hand Position Matters

If you play with a “palm grip,” meaning you rest your entire hand on the mouse, then you should go for a wide, high mouse. Gamers with a “claw grip,” who play with angled fingers and the lower palm, should opt for narrower and medium-high models. “Finger tip grip” players are best suited for slim and flatter mice since they mostly play with their fingertips. Rubberized grip surfaces are also recommended to prevent slipping during intense gaming sessions.

Optimizing Keyboard and Mouse Drivers

The icing on the cake is a “weight tuning system”: Here, you can adjust the weight of the mouse using small weights. Another small but nice detail is the USB cable. If you value the longevity of your gaming mouse, make sure that the cable is sleeved, i.e., braided or covered with fabric – this provides very good protection against cable breakage!

Extra Buttons, Memory, and Lighting

Depending on the game genre and personal preference, more or fewer extra buttons may be suitable. Especially for MMO or MOBA gamers, complete number pads on the left side are practical as they can be easily controlled with the thumb. In addition, entire button sequences can be programmed in the driver. Ideally, the commands can also be saved in different profiles to cover multiple games or applications.

Optical Mouse versus Laser Mouse – Which Is Better?

An onboard memory allows you to use your settings on different or new PCs. When it comes to lighting, personal taste is key again: more expensive models offer RGB LEDs to match the mouse to the rest of your gaming equipment, while cheaper mice often only have one or no lighting color.

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