Finding the right mouse is pretty difficult to do for most gamers. We pick one and then decide we don’t like it, or maybe it’s not responsive enough. I’ve been highly rated in many competitive titles such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Counter-Strike 1.6, and Global Offensive, so I know what mice have been good and those that were not worth the money. Additionally I maintain contact with various current professional gamers that I remain friends with and asked for their second opinions on this list of top gaming mice.
1. Zowie FK1
This mouse was the closest I could find that resembled the legendary Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 that nearly every pro-gamer has used. The FK1 has no issues tracking and feels very responsive. It doesn’t get sweaty and remains dry even after longer periods of gaming. The scroll wheel is superb and it never scrolls by itself, a common problem in mice. I personally have used this mouse for two years, and I can’t see myself using anything else anymore.
I’ve always had great faith in steel series after they bought out Icemat. They’ve produced nothing but quality, and in my time of using the Rival at various DreamHack events, I’ve grown quite fond of it. Once again, I don’t have any real complaints about the SteelSeries Rival 100. My only nitpick would be the bumpy side of the mouse and the scroll wheel being pretty smooth. Nonetheless, the rival remains popular amongst the competitive scene and should remain popular for years to come. The price is very fair and considered cheap as well.
Now to preface, I’ve always disliked Razer products after returning numerous defective headsets. However, I can’t lie, the Razer Mamba is very good. There’s a great divide between SteelSeries/Zowie and Razer, with most pro players using one or the other. The Razer Mamba comes in various styles and comes with customizable LED lighting. The acceleration and responsiveness is on point. The side buttons are easy to press, and the mouse wheel works perfect. Razer products are generally a bit more expensive than the rest though.
The other main Razer option for serious gamers. The DeathAdder looks less appealing than the Mamba, but make no mistake it still packs a serious punch. The optical sensor felt better, even with lower DPI, than the Mamba to most of us and the grip felt better too us as well. However, the Mamba is considered the improved version of the DeathAdder. The DeathAdder however, is nearly half the price which makes it an excellent purchase.
5. Razer Naga
The Razer Naga is vastly different from the rest of these on this list. It’s considered a MMO mouse and it performs very well in most games we’ve played. The side programmable buttons are very nice for scripts and MMO binds. Being able to handle an entire rotation just from the side 12 buttons is a god-send for the lazy raider. The newer versions are extremely good.
The Logitech G600 is a fantastic MMO mouse, but the Naga outclasses it in every way. If price a major concern, look towards the G600.