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Best Gaming Mice 2015

Best Gaming Mice 2015
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When it comes to gaming mice, gamers are spoiled for choice. Whether you play first-person shooters (FPS), real-time-strategy (RTS) games, massively multiplayer online (MMO) games or anything you can get your hands on, there's a mouse that suits your needs.

If you want a mouse that can play anything and everything, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core ($80 MSRP) is about as good as it gets. With well-spaced buttons, a comfortable design and top-of-the-line software, the Proteus Core is, hands-down, the best all-around gaming mouse on the market.

Other mice focus on particular genres, such as FPS or MMO, or cater to gamers who have wireless living-room setups. Those who don't want to wrangle with complicated software, for example, may want to check out the Turtle Beach Grip 300, while those who can't get enough of multiplayer online battle arena games, such as League of Legends, should look into the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime.

How We Test Gaming Mice

When we receive a new gaming mouse, we plug it into a gaming rig to evaluate how difficult it is to set up the mouse and install its software (if there is any). From there, we investigate how to create multiple profiles, assign button commands, tweak lighting options and set dots-per-inch (DPI) sensitivity settings.

Most important, we run the mouse through at least four games across a variety of genres to evaluate where it excels and falls short. Generally, we use a mouse for at least two days to get a good idea of how comfortable it feels.

MORE: Roccat Nyth Lets You Build Unique MMO Mouse

Related Buying Guides:
Best Gaming PCs
Best Gaming Keyboards
How to Select a Gaming Mouse

Marshall Honorof is a senior writer for Tom's Guide. Contact him at mhonorof@tomsguide.com. Follow him @marshallhonorof. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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    Joped , November 17, 2014 3:35 PM
    I strongly disagree with the Naga because it has too many buttons in the wrong way. They are all flat and hard to select the correct one in the heat of the battle. I have one and have been very dissatisfied with it since purpose.

    I like the approach that logitech took with the g600. Each of the rows of buttons has a valley for tactile feedback.

    I found this article because I started searching for an alternative.
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    TayburrFripper , November 25, 2014 9:13 PM
    I think the Logitech G600 should be there instead of the Naga. The Naga is alright i suppose, until the mouse stops clicking properly and the scroll wheel fails. the thing is made like crap. the G600 from logitech is much better build quality and has the same number of buttons which are actually easier to use. also, the LED can change to any color, which EVERY single device with an LED should be able to do. What are we, savage cavemen?
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    Mechlior , November 27, 2014 7:39 AM
    I, on the other hand, think the Naga is where it should be. I would argue that their review of the Naga is wrong in that I can claw grip it just fine and I find that I still use my 1-12 buttons on most the games I play. I've had my Naga since 2010, where it survived 9 months in Afghanistan, and it's still going strong.

    Once you get used to the placement, the buttons on the side are not hard to find at all and become second nature. I can't remember the last time I pressed 6 instead of 9.

    The only genre i would say this mouse is overkill for is FPS, because they don't use very many buttons. Even so, there isn't another mouse that can compare to the Naga for use in MMO's and "skill" based games (abilities, magic, so on and so forth)
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    terminalopacity , December 14, 2014 1:04 PM
    I own G700 and it is starting to show symptoms of double-clicking and de-clicking without a reason. Just like my friend's G700 and just like my previous Logitech. No more Logitech for me.
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    DonQuixoteMC , December 18, 2014 7:38 PM
    I have a hard time taking the FPS mouse recommendation seriously considering the games they tested it with. Good all-purpose article otherwise.
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    Jackson Cantin , January 5, 2015 6:56 PM
    Calling a laser mouse the best FPS mouse over both the G502 and Deathadder absolutely takes all credibility from this article
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    LGamingandTech , January 6, 2015 10:46 PM
    Asus ROG SPATHA is coming soon(laser technology-up to 2000hz)...will be the king!
    -->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtT2rlArcrg&list=UUXqZ6XdI7Tf5_zL2mpan47Q
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    Mark Albiar , January 9, 2015 12:20 AM
    Again, overlooked is the Ttesports Theron!
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    tk7x , January 11, 2015 2:29 AM
    The fact that you have to sign-in to use a mouse like DeathAdder to its full potential ( source: http://www.slant.co/topics/809 ) seems like an instant no-go. Mice should be plug and play.
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    Dell_Calderon , January 11, 2015 10:41 PM
    Agreed, mice should definitely be plug and play. But that notwithstanding, the Razer Deathadder 2013 is the best gaming mouse I've used till date.
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    Merilyian , January 28, 2015 7:16 AM
    Also check out the DeathAdder Chroma. It goes perfectly with the best rated (and I absolutely agree) gaming keyboard, the Black Widow Ultimate (or Chroma as they are statistically identical) through Razer Synapse which allows you to configure your stuffs. This is convenient as you don't have to download loads of drivers and installers. The mouse is amazing due to it's 10,000 dpi which can blow most of these mice out of the water, and I personally believe that two side buttons are optimal, unlike the Razer Naga, which is just a tad ridiculous with twelve. The DAC also looks and feels amazing both physically and digitally.
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    Shivi11 , February 1, 2015 10:39 AM
    Can anybody please recommend a good wired mouse for Lefties? I do not want it's orientation for Right handers. The Roccat Kova and other got few buttons on left hand side which make it inconvenient for Lefties.
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    Heretic Wild , February 11, 2015 1:07 PM
    I'm on my 3rd Razer Imperator 2012 and this one, like the previous ones, suffers from the dreaded double click issue...unfortunately, my warranty has run out. My Razer Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard is fantastic. But I won't waste money on their mice anymore...looking for a suitable replacement.
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    OSOCMOD , February 17, 2015 2:45 PM
    I also have a Deathadder 2013. I bought this on 8/24/14 and it is already symptomatic of the famous failed copper spring in the left click actuator (double clicking issue). I just managed to get Razer to finally send me a shipping label to replace it today, its still well under warranty. The mouse is very comfortable and is a good fit for most peoples hands, but its manufacturing quality however is questionable at best. It is significantly lighter than its previous models and comes with a pronounced made in china sticker that hints at the durability of the internal components. The only way I even got a productive response from Razers customer service after a month of attempting to get them to reasonably work with me was to obtain the customer service number that they try very hard to keep off of their website, and call them with a recorded log of the emails and warranty terms from their department. Once it was clear to them that ignoring me was not a viable option, things fell into place. My overall consensus is a very well designed, but poorly constructed mouse. It also happens to be made by a company that clearly knows what its doing, but does not hold its customers satisfaction in high regard. So buyer beware.
    PS- Razer customer service- 1-888-697-2037. In case anyone is ignored as much as I was.
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    Ninjawithagun , March 6, 2015 7:00 AM
    Bottom line --> anything made by Razer is either grossly overpriced, very cheap (and crappy) build quality, or both. I will NEVER buy another Razer product ever again.
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