Best Gaming Mouse 2018

Product Use case Rating
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Best Overall Gaming Mouse 5
Logitech G300s Best Budget Gaming Mouse 4.5
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Best Gaming Mouse for Lefties 4
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum 5
Razer Naga Trinity 4.5
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro 4.5
SteelSeries Rival 600 4.5
Razer Lancehead N/A



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Tom's Guide tests about 30 mice per year, which means we know a thing or two about selecting the best gaming mouse for every kind of gamer. 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 (Nov. 2018)

  • You can now use your gaming mouse on Xbox One. Mouse and keyboard support has officially rolled out for Microsoft's console, with Fortnite and Warframe among the first titles to let you use the peripherals on your Xbox.
  • We have updated our list of Best Cheap Gaming Mice. If $25 is your absolute ceiling for picking up a gaming mouse, this list should help you find something suitable.

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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