The Best Gaming Mice in 2020 | Our #1 Gaming Mouse Revealed
Here at WePC, we've had the privilege of testing over 50 mice in the quest to find the ultimate, all-round gaming mouse. Every mouse we recommend has been purchased, unpacked, and used extensively with various grip styles and within a selection of gaming genres. We are continually testing new mice to see whether they have what it takes to break into our very competitive best gaming mice list for 2020.
After spending more than 15-20 hours using each of the different mice, we concluded that the Logitech G Pro is the best gaming mouse money can buy. Under the shell sits the HERO sensor which is essentially a more efficient PWM336x and it's housed inside one of the comfiest, fully ambidextrous shapes we have ever used.
If all this talk of grips, sensors, and ergonomics is a little confusing, don't worry, the following article is going to explain everything you need to know when looking to purchase a new mouse. Don't forget how crucial a great mouse pad is to gaming performance, be sure to check out our guide to the best mouse pads here.
Without further ado, let's have a little look at some of the contenders.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless is equipped with an advanced HERO sensor which, in laymen's terms, is a slightly tweaked PWM 336x. This sensor is widely considered to be one of the best available thanks to its pinpoint accuracy and energy-efficient makeup
Other than the advanced sensor, the mouse boasts Logitech's Lightspeed technology which essentially gives the user unlimited power when paired with the Logitech G Powerplay mousepad.
BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina
Best wired mouse on the market
Looking for ultimate accuracy and precision? Then look for no further, the BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina has you covered. Not only does this mouse have one of the best, most accurate sensors money can buy, but it also has one of the comfiest, ergonomic designs as well. So comfy you hardly notice its there.
The BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina is basically the EC2-B with an upgraded sensor. Alongside its fancy new sensor, the EC2-B Divina comes in two new color options, baby blue or baby pink.
It may sound lazy for a mouse manufacturer to just release a mouse with an updated sensor. However, the ergonomic design Zowie has developed is one of the best available and doesn't need changing.
The old PWM 3310 has been replaced with the extremely accurate PWM 3360 optical sensor. This now gives you a feeling of complete control with those wild flick shots all the way down to the tiny micro-adjustments.
You get the added benefit of the mouse being ready right-out-the-box, just plug it in and play without the need of drivers or logging into any software.
One thing we noticed when testing MMO mice was the build quality of the G600. The mouse is reasonably old now yet still holds up as one the best MMO mice money can buy.
The Logitech G600 may feature a laser sensor, but it is highly reliable, and when you factor in the value of this mouse, it makes it a really sensible option.
It’s accurate, responsive, and has 12 thumb-buttons with a distinct design for a smooth no-look combo.
The Deathadder Elite comes equipped with not only it's award-winning design, but also comes to the table with a newly implemented PWM 3389, super accurate, sensor.
The sensor is highly accurate, and the Deathadder Elite is a lot lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 96 grams. The shape of the Deathadder is unchanged which isn't surprising seeing how comfortable this shape has been for over a decade.
How We Choose
The list above is a composition of 5 gaming mice that we consider as the best in their respective categories. Below we have outlined the most essential key points and features that will affect your decision when purchasing a new gaming mouse.
We choose our best gaming mice by testing each one - individually - under a series of pre-thought out scenarios which would ultimately give us the fairest, most accurate results in the end. The mice get tested in a number of different gaming genres and by gamers with their own specific gaming background.
Best Gaming Mice: Key Points
It's important to familiarise yourself with the key aspects of what makes a good gaming mouse a great one. These key features will not only affect the price of the mouse but, more importantly, your in-game performance. Whether you’re interested in buying a gaming mouse under $30 or a gaming mouse under $50 or you want the best of the best, knowing what to look for will always go a long way.
We found that the following are the most important factors when looking to purchase a gaming mouse:
CPI or DPI
Technically speaking, CPI (Counts Per Inch) is the same as DPI (Dots Per Inch). As explained by beebom (https://beebom.com/cpi-vs-dpi/).
DPI is used to measure the distance traveled by the mouse by counting the “dots” within the span of a one-inch space. DPI is better used in reference to the printing world and CPI is actually the correct term to use.
Despite this, manufacturers use DPI for marketing purposes as DPI is more widely known.
When choosing a gaming mouse, choose one that fits your hand size. Depending on your grip, you can get away with a slightly bigger/smaller mouse, but it is worth measuring your hand and looking at comparisons to see if a mouse will fit your hand nicely.
We've split our mouse recommendations into three groups – small, medium and large hand sizes. Gaming mice are categorised based on the size of the mouse and general consensus regarding which size mouse will be most comfortable/effective for particular hand sizes.
I personally have a hand size of 19.5cm x 10cm which does seem quite common, so I personally find a medium to large mouse the most comfortable.
Best gaming mice for small hands
Best gaming mice for medium hands
Best gaming mice for large hands
Note: this is a work in progress, we have reviewed approximately 50 gaming mice so far, but we still have a long way to go to get any conclusive answer to the best gaming mouse and of course, it is completely based on personal preference. Fortunately for us though, we work as a team and create our recommendations as a team, based on our own personal feedback for each individual gaming mouse.
Gaming mice have two types of mouse sensors: Optical or Laser.
The main difference boils down to the illumination source. It’s also the reason why some mice work fine on smooth surfaces while others don’t. The optical sensor uses LED light as the source of illumination while the laser sensor uses, well… a laser.
Although they differ in terms of the illumination source, they both use a CMOS image sensor, a type of low-resolution video camera that you can find in smartphones. This image sensor captures images of the surface it's on and uses it to determine how movement reflects in real-time use.
The majority of modern gaming mice include good sensors such as the Pixart 3366; there are very few gaming mice with poor sensors on the market these days.
Software and Profiles
Most gaming mice have some programmable buttons, but you are going to need Software that lets you re-map them.
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The vast majority of mice will come with software to help you assign macros, change your DPI, lift-off distance, and in some cases customize your RGB lighting. Gamers now expect mouse software to save custom profiles for easy on the fly changes, custom polling rates and compatibility with both Windows and Mac OS.
Usually, an afterthought, the software which a particular mouse uses can be the difference between loving a mouse and simply liking a mouse. For example, SteelSeries mice on a whole are pretty good, but their software lacks the intuitiveness that competitors such as Logitech offers. In the case of the smaller brands such as Fnatic and HyperX, their software leaves a lot to be desired.
You can read our individual software guides right here:
Polling rate is the rate of data transfer and response from the mouse to the computer. It is measured in hertz and ranges from 250Hz to 1000Hz.
A mouse with a 500Hz rate means that the computer receives updates about its position every two milliseconds. While 1000Hz is technically twice as fast at only 1ms, it's still very hard to determine the difference, especially to most average gamers. Despite not being able to see this difference, most gamers will prefer the more responsive 1MS unless they are saving battery while working.
The weight might be a highly subjective part of a mouse, but it can greatly affect accuracy.
Weight is largely down to preference, and any gamer will eventually get used to the weight of a new mouse after a bit of usage. It's still a huge concern when shopping for a wireless gaming mouse though, the majority of wireless gaming mice are quite heavy due to the additional hardware the mouse includes for wireless connectivity and battery power. The wireless technology in gaming mice is being optimized with every passing day meaning it will only be a matter of time before most wireless mice are as light as wired ones. For example, take the Logitech G Pro, which only weighs in at 80 grams (that is lighter than a lot of wired mice).
Material and Durability
A gaming mouse can be made out of plastic, metal, or even glass. Some mice could feature a matte-like coating and others a silky smooth plastic coating, so it's important to know your preferences on the material before you buy.
Durability and material usually go hand in hand but isn’t always the case, because it also depends on the manufacturer. You can see we have three Logitech mice in our roundup, and this is largely down to the brand's fantastic build quality.
It is also worth noting that mice are rated for the number of clicks they’re projected to perform before breaking.
Regardless, if you want a durable gaming mouse, then you usually can’t go wrong with most premium options!
When it comes to comfort, there are a few key areas to look at as hand sizes and grip styles differ significantly from gamer to gamer. A mouse being comfortable is highly important whether you are using it for a short or long period of time. If you don't get a comfortable mouse this could negatively impact your gaming performance and even cause hand discomfort in rare cases.
Battery Life (for wireless gaming mice)
The technology behind wireless gaming mice has gotten to the point where you can almost totally rely on a lot of different mice at e-sport level. Gone are the days where lag plagues your gameplay, or your gaming comes to an end as you have to re-charge the extremely heavy battery.
Mice now come with a rechargeable lithium battery compared to affordable wireless mice such as the Logitech G305 which uses a single AA battery.
A player's grip style comes down to a number of different factors; hand size, comfort, mouse, and accuracy. There are three dominant grip styles, which include palm, claw, and fingertip. Each one is used by many gamers worldwide, so don't feel awkward if you don't use the same grip as your favorite gamer.
The three main types of mouse gripping:
- Palm Grip - A palm grip style is one where your entire hand is in contact and resting on the mouse. This kind of grip offers maximum stability and solid accuracy as well.
- Claw Grip - The claw grip is somewhat of a strange grip where your palm is in contact with the bottom of the mouse and the fingers and arched up over the buttons. This is a great grip for people playing FPS as it promotes reactions and accuracy.
- Fingertip Grip -This is an almost hybrid grip consisting of both the palm and claw grips. The hand hovers in the air with your fingertips being the old thing in contact with the mouse. Since your palm doesn’t rest on the mouse, this gives you the most precise control.
The 5 Best Gaming Mice in 2020
Logitech G Pro
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BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina
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Razer DeathAdder Elite
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Logitech G203 Prodigy
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Logitech G Pro
- SensorHERO (optical)
- Weight80 Grams
- SizeMedium (125 x 63 x 40 mm)
- Battery Life60 Hours
- The worlds best sensor
- Lightspeed technology for wireless charging
- ambidextrous design
- Fantastic ergonomic hand design
- Super light weight (80g)
- Very expensive
The Logitech G Pro is one of the best all-round wireless gaming mice available in 2019. Logitech spent two years working with E-sports pros when designing the mouse to make sure it was good enough for enthusiasts and pros alike.
Although the G Pro looks fairly modest and generic, it's ergonomic design has been so well designed that it is by far on the comfiest shapes we've tested. More importantly, however, is the sensor that Logitech has armed this mouse with. It's the HERO (High-Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor and is widely considered the best gaming sensor currently available.
One of the stand-out features of this mouse has to be its weight, or lack of should I say. Historically, wireless mice have always been heavier than wired ones thanks to the wireless technology it's built around. This being said, Logitech, thanks to the ever-advancing technological universe we live in, has managed to design a wireless mouse - equipped with the best sensor in the world - which weighs 80grams. It's one of the lightest mice on the market and our top pick respectively.
The materials are nothing short of superb and the craftsmanship is equally as impressive. It has the look of a classy mouse and has the performance to boot. Nothing about this mouse has disappointed me so far making it the first, and only, mouse to achieve this feat.
Pair the Logitech G Pro with the Powerplay Mousepad and you will never run out of battery. It makes use of Logitech's Lightspeed technology and can charge on the go without the use of a wire. I know, impressive. If you aren't looking to splash out on all the fancy extras then fear not, the G Pro has an cool 40 hour life time when fully charged.
Ultimately, if you're looking for the best mouse for gaming and everyday use, which has a pin-point accurate sensor, superb aesthetics, cool features, and is lightweight, then look no further. The G Pro is the one for you.
BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina
- Ergonomic shape
- Flawless sensor
- Responsive primary buttons
- Coating best suited to dry handed gamers
The EC2-B Divina is popular amongst quite a few different FPS professionals and after using one for a small amount of time it is easy to see why.
The build quality, as we expect from BenQ Zowie, is flawless. The mouse has been built using the finest materials and promotes a completely rattle-free design. The ergonomic shape is often compared to the brilliant Razer Deathadder with the weight distribution also being fantastic.
The mouse features Huano switches underneath the two primary buttons and although they are part of the top shell the force required to actuate them is consistent throughout the button.
Zowie are a favourite amongst the gaming enthusiast community and this is down to the variety of shapes and sizes they keep bringing us!
generally speaking, as far as mice go, you can't go wrong with Zowie in 2019. The design is minimal, yes, but their mice are always developed with the most important qualities in mind. Being a Zowie mouse, you don't need any software to get it up and running, just plug it in and off you go. You can change the polling rate and DPI of the mouse be toggling through the preset options on the built-in memory.
It doesn't matter what game you play, this mouse is going to serve you well long into the future.
- 20 buttons
- G-shift doubles button functionality
- RGB LEDs under each button
- Plastic construction
MMORPGs are loaded with tons of skills, abilities, and spells that require a super reliable mouse to play as efficiently as possible. This is where the Logitech G600 comes into the picture.
Aside from the fact that you can scroll horizontally with the mouse wheel, this has 18 more MMO-tuned buttons for a grand total of 40 button combinations.
The G-shift button is one of the more exciting of the buttons as it acts as your keyboard shift button and doubles the function of each programmable button (20). It's located on the right of the mouse where your ring and pinky finger sit and it can be re-assigned if you prefer.
On the left side of the mouse where you would normally find two thumb buttons, we find 12 which can all be completely re-programmed to whatever command you desire. The buttons are curved in such a way that makes them more ergonomic than your standard side buttons. The side buttons also feature RGB lighting which can be customized in LGS (Logitech Gaming Software) to notify you of a profile change. For example, red RGB is profile one, blue RGB is profile two. You get the idea, it's cool.
The right side of the mouse has a nice texture which promotes a more stable and tighter grip giving you more control when moving at pace. The overall shape accommodates for most playing styles and grips with the G-shift buttons being great to rest your unused fingers on.
While the Logitech G600 may have an aged laser sensor it is actually highly accurate and reliable, plus when you factor in the insanely low price it makes for a perfect MMO mouse.
Razer DeathAdder Elite
- Fantastic ergonomic shape
- Very durable construction
- Customization is easy with Razer Synapse 2.0
- Great value
- Better sensors out there
The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a no-frills peripheral that features high-quality materials and solid construction.
The first thing that sticks out is the classic, understated, Razer aesthetic. The clean curves of the mouse look sleek and would add style to almost any gamer’s arsenal.
The sensor may not be the best in the world but don't take anything away from the PWM3389, it's still a top-quality sensor none the less.. The mouse tracks accurately at all times and performs well in the most testing of situations.
The mouse doesn't require you to download the software or drivers, however, to be able to fully customize this mouse to its maximum potential we would highly recommend using the intuitive Synapse software. You can customize the RGB, re-map buttons and set macros using the software too, so it's well worth downloading.
The mouse is geared more towards FPS players and this largely comes down to the comfortable shape that is regarded as one of the best across the gaming community worldwide.
If the low price doesn't sway you with the Razer Deathadder Elite then maybe the reliability, performance, and shape will!
Logitech G203 Prodigy
- Extremely Cheap
- Reliable sensor
- Old sensor
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.
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Which Gaming Mouse Best Suits You?
To be able to choose the right gaming mouse for you, try to evaluate and list down the types of games you play.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless is one of the best mice on the market and offers gamers unlimited power when paired with the G powerplay mousepad. The lightweight design and brilliant Hero Sensor make it our best gaming mouse available.
If you want the best-wired mouse money can buy we don't think you can go wrong with the BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina. This mouse is as precise as they come and works straight out of the box.
If you play a lot of First Person Shooter games like CS: GO, PUBG, and Fortnite but want to spend a bit less and prefer a matte coating then the Razer Deathadder Elite is the one for you.
On the other hand, if you’re a hardcore WoW player, or you mostly play MMO games, get the tried and tested Logitech G600.
If you’re in the market for a bargain, then the Logitech G203 Prodigy is a terrific option.
You can also check out our other buying guides which include:
So, there you have it, our list of the best gaming mice money can buy. We've given you recommendations from all backgrounds and price range. Hopefully, one of our selections meets your specific needs.
However, if none do, always remember the following tips when looking to buy a gaming mouse:
- Measure your hand so you can get a mouse that is sufficient in size
- Figure out your grip style
- Think about what games you will most likely play
- Ask yourself whether or not you will be using this mouse on a day to day basis
- Figure out what materials you would like the mouse to be built from
Those are the sort of things you should be doing before going out to buy a new mouse. Once you have figured that out, you can narrow down your search and use our trusty guide to pick a mouse that has some of our key criteria areas ticked off.
Let us know which mouse you currently use and why by dropping a comment in the section below!
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