Best Gaming Mice 2018

Product Use case Rating
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Best All-Purpose Gaming Mouse 10
Logitech G300s Best Budget Mouse 9
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Best Wireless Mouse 10
Razer Naga Trinity Best MMO Mouse 9
Razer Basilisk Best FPS Mouse 8
SteelSeries Rival 600 Best RTS/MOBA Mouse 9
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Best Mouse for Lefties 8
Razer Lancehead Best Mouse for Macs N/A

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 (Apr. 2018)

  • We reviewed the Razer Mamba Hyperflux: a novel combination of a Razer Mamba mouse and Firefly mouse pad. The wireless Mamba is extremely light and performs well, but being tied to the Firefly charging mat is a considerable downside.

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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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