Tom's Guide tests about 30 mice per year, which enables us to recommend with confidence which mouse is better. If you want a mouse that can play anything and everything, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum ($80 MSRP) is about as good as it gets. With well-spaced buttons, a comfortable design and top-of-the-line software, the Proteus Spectrum is, hands-down, the best all-around gaming mouse on the market. If you don't want to spend quite so much money, the HyperX Pulsefire costs less than $50, and delivers excellent performance with no frills.
Latest News and Updates (Jan. 2018)
- At CES 2018, Razer announced the Mamba HyperFlux, a wireless mouse that doesn't have a battery, but instead draws power from a magnetic field coming from its mouse pad.
- Also at the Las Vegas convention, Corsair launced the Dark Core RGB Gaming Mouse, which features a tunable 16,000 DPI optical sensor, side grip customization and three customizable RGB lighting zones.
- The Razer Naga Trinity became our best pick for MMO mouse.
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.
What Gaming Mice Cost
Wired gaming mice range from about $50 to $80, although it's possible to get them cheaper if you go for older models. Wireless gaming mice start around $100, but can go up to $150, depending on their extra features.
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