The reality when it comes to gaming mice for under $30 is that there are currently very few quality selections to choose from in today’s market. The market is awash with clones and cheap mouse variations, finding the best for gaming can be a tricky and strenuous task.
After spending months working closely with well over 50 mice in various price categories, we managed to narrow down our search for the best budget gaming mice for under $30. In today’s article, we’ll be taking a closer look at five of the stand-out budget mice that offer great gaming performance, alongside an affordable price tag too. You can also check out our guide to the best gaming mice under $50 here.
For us, the SteelSeries Rival 110 came out on top of its competition in this price category thanks to its high-quality sensor, materials, and solid construction. You won’t see any wireless mice in this category simply because the connection quality is very poor for under $30 and they would not be suitable for gaming.
Mice in this bracket are perfect for new casual gamers looking to get into gaming with their brand new PC and are yet to know exactly what mouse to get. You may also be a bargain hunter unwilling to part with over $100 dollars on the best gaming mouse you can find.
So, without further ado, lets jump straight into the best gaming mice for under $30.
Our Top Picks
Best Gaming Mouse Under $30: First Look
The Steelseries rival is a fantastic gaming mouse considering the price point. It offers stellar build quality, an ergonomic design, and great gaming performance too.
The Rival 110 is crowned the best gaming mouse under $30 and for good reason. With six buttons at your disposal and Steelseries True 1 optical sensor at its center, the Rival 110 offers excellent gaming performance, to say the least.
Corsair’s budget offering comes in the shape of their M55 RGB gaming mouse. This well-built mouse offers sturdy materials on top of a high-performance sensor and some cool features to boot.
Corsair mice are always a joy to use, mainly because they have excellent ergonomics and build quality that is set to stand the test of time. This particular mouse is their budget offering, but don’t let that fool you. The sensor in this thing is more than powerful enough to take your gameplay to the next level.
our best of guides, this time in the shape of the Pulsefire Core gaming mouse. This no thrills design offers a decent sensor and a great shape that feels great for everything from FPS gaming to website browsing too.
Being one of the biggest names in the peripheral game, its no surprise to see another HyperX peripheral land a spot in one of our best-of guides. The Pulsefire Core is a great addition to anyone gaming setup thanks to the high-performance sensor, comfortable design, and array of buttons it has at its disposal.
This affordable gaming mouse from Logitech offers up enough precision to handle mainstream esports titles, along with more casually gaming styles too.
Our value pick falls in the shape of Logitech’s G203, a simple, stripped-back gaming mouse that comes to shelves at a very affordable price tag. With a nice feel, lightweight design, and cool aesthetics, this thing will be sure to please not only your gaming but your pocket too.
Redragon is more famously known for its budget mechanical keyboards offerings. Having said that, this gaming mouse offers up all the same Redragon ingenuity and feels great over long gaming sessions.
The budget peripheral manufacturer lands another place in one of our best-of guides, this time with their M719 Invader. This mouse offers a bunch of buttons to allow in-game binding, alongside a decent sensor, and a great shape too.
We spent a lot of time researching the mice we eventually test to make a more informed choice. Using a mixture of brand knowledge, online reviews, and our own general opinion, we formulate a shortlist to be tested.
Aside from the price, which had to be under $30, we specifically went for gaming mice that performed outstandingly in the following areas:
Each mouse recommended on WePC is tested and used for at least 15 hours to give a good general impression.
Over the course of a week, we like to see how the sensors perform in terms of accuracy and tracking. Whilst testing the sensors, we check for any noticeable jitter too as no one wants unwanted mouse movement.
When testing a mouse, it is important to see how it handles aggressive, fast movements — so, moving our hand from point A to B at speed checks to see how reliable the sensor can be. We do the occasional tilt slam also to see how effective the lift of distance is too.
Despite all the programs and websites that can be used to test mice; the ultimate test is to simply use it in-game. So while using the mice as our day to day peripheral, we also wanted to load up various titles and put the mice to the test.
Among the games we played to test all the mice were the following:
Our tester’s abilities and techniques vary greatly – they also differ in terms of gripping styles too. This makes it easy for us to pinpoint which gaming mouse is best-suited for specific gamers.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any fingertip grip styles here in the WePC office, so I can’t honestly say which of our selections is best suited for that style.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to how comfortable you are with the mouse regardless of your gripping style.
Whether you’re buying the best mouse money can buy or on a strict budget, there are certain criteria that need to be considered to make sure you don’t waste your hard-earned cash.
While in this price category, not every mouse may score highly in each of these criteria, they still need to meet a good standard for general gaming.
The quality of buttons can sometimes suffer in budget gaming mice, and to be honest in premium mice too, so it is important to find the best quality you can. Some poor quality buttons may have an extra wobble to them, poor actuation, and in extreme cases make a horrible noise.
The budget mice options in this list have a good amount of programmable buttons that won’t induce rage.
Seeing as we have a budget of $30 we were never going to get the premium variants of the PixArt 3360 sensor or better. We’ve had to settle for older generations of sensors with these mice to keep the price down.
All gaming mice come with more than enough DPI in this list, so this is never an issue, and you don’t need more than 4000 DPI. Just in case you are new to the world of gaming mice, DPI refers to dots per inch. DPI is the distance the mouse covers when moved – ie, sensitivity.
The top three selections in this category feature very reliable sensors, and for that reason, they are at the top end in terms of price.
A gaming mouse gets as much usage as anything in the gamer’s arsenal, so construction is important. A gaming mouse needs to be rigid and durable, with an adequate switch lifespan.
While aesthetics aren’t particularly important, it is nice to know the manufacturer is making something a little more than functional. While RGB lighting won’t improve your gameplay, it does add a bit of flair to your desk and adds a much-needed feature to some of these cheaper mice.
The Best Gaming Mouse Under $30
Thumb buttons could be better
The SteelSeries Rival 110 at first glance appears to be similar to the Rival but this is largely only design. Sticking with the favored Rival 100 shape, SteelSeries brought the internals up top date back when this was released.
Inside we see the SteelSeries Truemove 1 optical sensor that comes with a more than adequate 7200 DPI. The sensor features true one-to-one tracking and an IPS of 240, giving you enough to make those speedy flick shots. The mouse features a 1000MHz polling rate and it feels as though it’s been streamlined for gaming performance.
Finding a good mouse in this price category is one hell of a challenge, however, SteelSeries appear to have made it possible now with these older models getting their prices slashed. The mouse is ambidextrous and features a DPI switch on the top for on-the-fly sensitivity changing.
Overall the 110 is a solid budget mouse with great design and performance features. For those out there that prefer a right-handed ergonomic mouse, the newer Rival 310 has an improved sensor and is designed for a comfier grip.
Attractive ambidextrous shape
Unused side buttons are easily pressed
Corsair has a few mice in their range that are highly popular with some gamers, and this is fair as they seem to do a decent job of things. This mouse from Corsair may not be as good as the M65 Elite or the Corsair Glaive, but it is of high build quality and constructed well.
The Corsair M55 is a very comfortable mouse and its ambidextrous design doesnt sacrifice functionality. The design is fairly simple yet elegant with a large hump at the back to accommodate your palm and lovely tapered in edges. Despite preferring right-handed mice I enjoyed the M55 over the M65 due to the simplistic aesthetics.
The M55 weighs in at just 85 grams, which is pretty light and reminded me of the Logitech G203. The only issue I had with the mouse was the unused side buttons, which are far to easy to accidentally hit. The mouse is 4.9″ in length by 2.2 ” making it fit a variety of medium-sized hands and grip styles.
Inside we see a PWM 3327 optical sensor, which may be old but is still very accurate and reliable to this day. The primary Omron switches are good for 50 million clicks (years), the mouse features RGB and eight programmable buttons.
So the mouse may be over budget (by 10%) but it is of premium quality in this price bracket like the SteelSeries Rival 110. At the M55’s core, we have a small, functional gaming mouse that won’t let you down. A great budget pick for any left-handed or ambidextrous mouse-loving gamer.
Good build quality
Nice RGB lighting
Great sensor performance
Software is one of the worst
The Pulsefire Core from HyperX is one of the cheapest mice in their range. Although HyperX mice lack the potency of most other brands, this one comes in at tremendous value and couldn’t be ignored.
Inside the Core see a PixArt PAW 3327 optical sensor. Now, this may be an old sensor but PixArt knows what they are doing in the gaming sensor department and this is very reliable for the price. At 87 grams this is a light mouse and the construction felt solid with no audible wobble. It’s an ambidextrous mouse that can play a major factor in whether you buy it seeing as the shape is one of the most important factors.
Design-wise the mouse is pretty bland but it does offer RGB and at such a low price too. The DPI switch on top of the mouse is two buttons which we love as you can quickly go up and down rather than cycle through your preset sensitivities.
The competition in this price category is so low that even this HyperX mouse stands out. This is a solid choice and a good budget mouse to get you started, with some excellent accuracy coming into play.
With the Logitech G203 currently at its lowest price ever, it’s easy to see why this veteran is one of the best budget mice still available today.
You find a lot of cheap and unreliable mice on the market at this price but Logitech breaks that mould. The G203 Prodigy features an excellent sensor with a solid long-lasting chassis surrounding it. The quality of materials is high and the mouse is seriously reliable making us question why the price is so low.
The ambidextrous shape is really comfortable, with the slope towards the front giving your primary button fingers a natural place to sit.
It doesn’t matter if your an avid FPS player or into your MOBAs, this mouse won’t let you down with its dated sensor being absolutely flawless in every way scenarios. The mouse supports up to 8000 DPI without any noticeable jitter or acceleration occurring.
It is difficult to find anything wrong with this mouse. It is extremely solid and lightweight and displays superb value for money respectively. It comes with the Logitech software and quality assurance, which are both superb features in a low budget mouse. It also ticks most if not all boxes for most game types.
Attractive ambidextrous shape
Buttons feel cheap
Redragon is known for producing decent budget gear that not only has good enough performance but in many cases looks the part too! The Redragon M719 Invader gaming mouse fits that description and offers gamers a safe, comfortable ambidextrous shape.
The M719 Invader feels similar to the Logitech G203 with some interesting design changes such as RGB. The mouse is fairly light and weighs similar to the Razer Deathadder at just 93 grams. The shape is really nice to look at and hold, and while it is safe it feels quite effective for gaming. The clicks feel better than a lot of other mice that feature at this price and are highly responsive.
The coating is a slick plastic so your preferences on coatings will determine if you pick this mouse or not, but it is of high quality for the price. The lack of texture can have sweaty-handed gamers losing control so make sure you are ok with the coating before buying. As mentioned the mouse looks a bit like a fancy G203 and to be honest the dimensions aren’t far off either, with maybe a slightly wider base.
Don’t get me wrong the mouse feels cheap, but what do you expect for this price range? That being said the top two picks are of much higher quality and aren’t really much more in the price department. Again I can see this mouse being ok for a new casual gamer who doesn’t know what premium mouse they want or for the price-conscious gamer. If you play games often or prefer the competitive sphere then I would go towards the Rival 110 or HyperX core, as this may have you at a disadvantage.
We have done our best to narrow down the rubbish that appears to be everywhere in this price category. Indeed, you don’t get many top brands down in the under $30 region, but there are still some good quality mice to be had here.
So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide to the best mice for under $30. We’ve tried to only recommend mice that meet a certain level of performance and affordability in this guide, so that you can be confident the mouse you choose is going to be right for your needs.
If you aren’t satisfied with the selections in this list, it could be worth checking out what is available for under $50
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