Best Gaming Mice 2018

Product Use case Rating
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Best All-Purpose Gaming Mouse 5
Logitech G300s Best Budget Mouse 4.5
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Best Wireless Mouse 5
Razer Naga Trinity Best MMO Mouse 4.5
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro Best FPS Mouse 4.5
SteelSeries Rival 600 Best RTS/MOBA Mouse 4.5
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Best Mouse for Lefties 4
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 Logitech G300s costs less than $25 and performs beautifully.

Latest News and Updates (Sept. 2018)

  • We reviewed the Logitech Wireless G Pro mouse, which is a sleek, lightweight choice for esports enthusiasts. It wasn't quite versatile enough to unseat our current Best Wireless Mouse pick, but it's definitely worth a look.

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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