Best Gaming Mouse Under $30 – Top 5 Reviews 2019

Best Gaming mouse Budget Under $30

The reality when it comes to gaming mice for under $30 is that there are going to be very few quality selections to pick from. The market is awash with clones and cheap mouse variations, but which is best for gaming?

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 mouse for under $30. We will be taking a look at five different “budget” mice. Budget, in this case, is being defined as anything under $30, but still maintaining a high level of performance.

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 over $100 dollars on the best gaming mouse you can find, so without further ado lets jump in.

Top 5 Gaming Mice For Under $30

Product Details
SteelSeries Rival 110

SteelSeries Rival 110

  • dpi: 7,200
  • sensor: True 1 (Optical)
  • buttons: 6
  • color: Black
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Corsair M55 RGB

Corsair M55 RGB

  • dpi: 12,400
  • sensor: PMW 3327 (Optical)
  • buttons: 8
  • color: Black
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HyperX Pulsefire Core

HyperX Pulsefire Core

  • dpi: 6,200
  • sensor: PAW3327 (Optical)
  • buttons: 7
  • color: Black
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ERUN S500

ERUN S500

  • dpi: 4,800
  • sensor: (Optical)
  • buttons: 6
  • color: Black
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Redragon M719 Invader

Redragon M719 Invader

  • dpi: 10,000
  • sensor: PWM 3325 (Optical)
  • buttons: 6
  • color: Black
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How We Choose Which Mice to Test

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:

  • Sensor
  • Comfort
  • Buttons
  • Aesthetics
  • Construction

Disclaimer: All mice we recommend have been purchased and used extensively.

Things to Consider When Buying a Gaming Mouse

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 that cash.

While in this price category, not every mouse may score highly in each of these criteria, but they need to meet a good standard for general gaming.

Buttons

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.

Sensor

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 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 the world of gaming mice, DPI refers to dots per inch. DPI is the distance the mouse covers when moved.

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.

Construction

A gaming mouse gets as much usage as anything in the gamers arsenal, so construction is important. A gaming mouse needs to be rigid and durable, with an adequate switch lifespan.

Aesthetics

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.

How We Tested These Mice

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, you can use to test mice; the ultimate test is in-game. So while using the mice as day to day mice, 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:

  • Overwatch
  • PUBG
  • CS: GO
  • Dota 2

Our testers abilities and techniques vary greatly - they also differ in terms of gripping styles. 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 cant 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. 

#1

SteelSeries Rival 110

The SteelSeries Rival 110 on first glance appears to be similar to the Rival but this is largely only design. Sticking with the favoured 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.

#2

Corsair M55 RGB

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 which won't let you down. A great budget pick for any left-handed or ambidextrous mouse loving gamer.

#3

HyperX Pulsefire Core

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 know 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 which 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.

#4

ERUN S500

The Erun S500 gaming mouse is a bit of a wildcard on this list but for its price, it would have been crazy to miss it out. On the one hand, we have an unknown brand and on the other a budget mouse with some impressive features.

The optical sensor inside the S500 is surprisingly reliable, and this would make a great budget mouse or of course a nice little starter for a new casual PC gamer. The mouse's outer shell is one piece with the two main buttons being part of the top shell. Despite being one unit this doesn't affect your clicking and it is finished with a skin-friendly material. The mouse features 4 DPI levels which can be changed in the software and a dedicated button to control the RGB lighting.

The construction is again, surprisingly good, considering the price of this mouse. The shape is safe with a gentle slope going front to back and indentations for your thumb to sit comfortably. The mouse is ergonomically designed for the right-handed gamer and there is a nice grip implemented to where your thumb would sit.

At under $11 it is hard to knock this mouse but overall it should only be considered if you are not a hardcore gamer in my opinion as there is far better available for only $20 more.

#5

Redragon M719 Invader

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.

Which Gaming Mouse is Best For You?

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.

The best in the list is just about the SteelSeries Rival 110. The highly accurate sensor, rigid build quality, and solid construction make this a great pick.

The Corsair M55 offers another brand-friendly option. This mouse has come down in price recently, making it available for an unbelievable value. The sensor is up there with the Rival 110, and it comes with Corsairs high-quality iCUE software.

For those looking to go further with the pennies, the ERUN S500 could be the pick for you. While the sensor isn't as good as the Rival 110 or M55, it offers some decent features for the price.

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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