As great as consoles are, they don’t have much in the way of variation when it comes to controller sizes. You just kind of have to become acclimated to what the console gives you. We all may have dealt with the Dreamcast controller, but we sure didn’t like it.
Luckily for PC gamers, we have a ton of options available when it comes to gaming mice, and it’s possible for anyone to have an ideal gaming mouse, no matter your hand size.
Whether you’ve got small hands or Wreck-It Ralph paws, there’s a gaming mouse out there for you, that’ll suit your gaming needs. But before we get into the meat of the guide, we need to go over four things: Hand size, hand weight, grip style, and mouse shape.
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In order to find your ideal mouse, you will first need to determine the length and width of your hands so get out the measuring tape.
When it comes to gaming mice, hand sizes are categorized as either small, medium, or large.
Small hands are any hands that are lower than 16.9CM or 6.6 inches. Medium hands are any hands that are in the range of 17-19.5CM or 6.7-7.6 inches. Finally, large hands are any hands that are above 19.6CM or 7.7 inches.
Although more emphasis is placed on length when it comes to hand size measurements for gaming mice, the width of your hand is just as important. Just like you can dwarf a mouse become your hand is too long, you can dwarf a mouse because your hand is too wide.
If you’re heavy-handed, you may get a big boost to your melee damage, but along with a -30% modifier to your critical hits in melee combat (Two big thumbs up if you get the reference. Pun intended.), you also may be prone to misclicks and double clicks. For the PC gamers out there with hands more on the heavy side, you may want to keep this name in mind: Huano.
I am, of course, referring to Huano switches. Most gaming mice use either Huano or Omron switches for their buttons, and for heavy-handed gamers, Huano switches are your friend. Huano switches are stiff whereas Omron switches are light. I have to preface everything by saying that everyone is different, and it’s entirely possible for someone with heavy hands to use a mouse with Omron switches. Just throwing this out there to be thorough.
There are three grip styles when it comes to PC gaming: Palm, claw, and fingertip. Some people will switch between two or even all three grip styles depending on the game and whether they are playing casually or competitively, but generally speaking, you’re going to be using one grip style 99% of the time.
It’s important to know what your preferred grip style is when choosing a gaming mouse because it will eliminate some options for you. Even if you fit the size specifications for a gaming mouse, said mouse might not be suited to certain grip styles. Let’s talk about the specifics of the three grip styles now.
Palm grip is the most common grip style used in gaming. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as it is the most casual. Palm grip users have a relaxed grip, with the majority of their hand resting on the mouse. Given that this is the case, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mice on the bigger side tend to be more ideal for palm grip users than small mice.
Because palm grip is the most relaxed style, gamers of this style tend to be not as fast or responsive as claw and fingertip users, but when slow and steady wins the race, palm grip users have an advantage.
The second grip style is claw grip and as you may have guessed, involves arching your hand in the shape of a claw. Claw grip users don’t have as much of their hands resting on their mice compared to palm grip users and tend to be more agile and responsive because of this. Generally speaking, claw grip is the most balanced of the three grips styles.
The final grip style and the most uncommon is fingertip grip. Fingertip grip users control their mice with near exclusively just their fingertips. Because of this, lightweight mice and Omron switches are probably the most ideal. Users of this grip style will be the fastest but may sacrifice precision in exchange for speed.
Last but not least, we have mouse shape. The shape of your mouse is extremely important and will play a big role in how much you enjoy the PC gaming experience. Even casual gamers need to keep mouse shape in mind, but competitive gamers most definitely need to be on top of this.
If you are left-handed and using a mouse that caters more to right-handed users, then your experience will probably be sub-optimal. If your mouse has a bit too much of a slant, then you might end up losing your grip more than you would like.
For gaming mice, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it, are words to live by. Some gaming mice look less like gaming peripherals, and more like rejected Star Wars Starfighter designs. Give these mice a wide berth. Most companies nowadays stick to safe, ergonomic designs with gradual slopes that pretty much anyone can use. Also, be aware that some mice may have been designed with a specific grip style in mind.
Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s move on to the main event. The gaming mice industry is in a very healthy place at the moment, and there are tons of top tier mice that everyone can enjoy; including those who are on a bit of a budget. Let’s get the show started by giving you our picks for best gaming mice for small hands.
Best Gaming Mice for small hands
Logitech G Pro Wireless
- Logitech’s Hero Sensor is the best sensor currently on the market
- Very lightweight; also comes with a 10-gram weight in case you like your mouse a bit heavier
- Onboard memory for gaming on the go
- Ambidextrous mouse
- Arguably the best gaming mouse currently on the market
- The G Pro Wireless is very expensive
- If you are a palm grip user, this isn’t the optimal choice
Our number one pick for gaming mouse for gamers with small hands is the G Pro Wireless.
Logitech is a household name when it comes to gaming mice, with the company providing some of the very best options. The G Pro Wireless is not only Logitech’s best gaming mouse yet, but it’s also arguably the best gaming mouse period.
Logitech plays it extremely safe when it comes to shape and design, and the G Pro Wireless is no exception. The plastic shell feels good, as do the modular side buttons. It sports a pretty big gradual curve, and there shouldn’t be any issues with losing your grip. Clicks are nice and responsive, and the DPI button is located on the bottom of the mouse which eliminates the possibility of misclicks. This means you won’t be able to shift your DPI on the fly, but for most gamers, this is a non-issue. It’s also am an ambidextrous mouse, which is great for lefties who may have trouble finding a top tier mouse that they like.
The G Pro Wireless is very lightweight, coming in at 80 grams. You can knock this down by 3 grams by removing the bottom plate. If you prefer your mice to be a bit heavier, Logitech has included a 10-gram weight that you can add in.
This mouse sports Logitech’s latest and greatest Hero Optical Sensor, which performs as well as the PMW3360 and PMW3366, but with 10 times the power efficiency. This makes the Hero Optical Sensor the best sensor on the market.
One of the biggest concerns with wireless mice has been latency issues, which caused wireless mice to be significantly inferior to their wired brethren; especially for competitive play. This is no longer the case, and the G Pro Wireless does not have any problems with latency.
The second biggest concern when it comes to wireless mice is battery life, but with the G Pro Wireless, this isn’t an issue. Gamers should expect to get around 48 hours from a full charge with RGB lighting enabled. If you choose to skip out on the RGB lighting, you can get around 60 hours of battery life from continuous use. This is by far the best battery life out of any wireless mouse currently on the market.
As always, Logitech’s software is pretty easy to navigate and gives gamers plenty of options to customize their settings. You can dabble with the RGB lighting and DPI settings via the software. DPI scales in increments of 50 and can scale all the way up to 16,000. The G Pro Wireless also sports onboard memory, so you won’t have to set up a profile again if you are gaming on the go.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a near-perfect mouse, so there isn’t much to complain about. The more glaring gripe it has is the price tag. At $150, the G Pro Wireless costs a pretty penny. Keep in mind, however, that a gaming mouse is a long-term investment and that most gamers use the same mouse for years. $150 for the best gaming mouse money can buy doesn’t sound so bad when you look at it that way.
Something else prospective buyers should be aware of is that the G Pro Wireless is not the absolute best choice for palm grip users. Palm grip users can still use this mouse, but if complete optimization of your setup is what you are looking for, then the G Pro Wireless is not the best mouse for you.
Zowie S2 Divina
- Upgraded version of the FK Series
- Good for all grip styles
- Zowie finally added the 3360 Optical Sensor
- Zowie mice are the best for FPS gamers
- Right side buttons removed
- Only comes in pink and blue at the moment
- Very hard to get at the moment
Coming in at second place is the Zowie S2 Divina. The S1 and S2 Divina can be categorized as being medium-large mice and small-medium mice respectively. So big hand gamers can expect to see the S1 later in the guide.
Just like our number one pick, the Logitech G Pro Wireless, the S1 & S2 Divina are Zowie’s latest mice and also their greatest. The S1 and S2 are essentially slight upgrades to Zowie’s widely popular FK Series, and perform as Zowie users would expect.
The S2 Divina weighs in at just 82 grams, which is very lightweight. The S2 is shorter and wider than its’ FK brother. The FK Series is not the best option for palm grip users, but palm grip is far more viable with the S1/S2 making this the Zowie mouse of choice if palm grip is your thing.
Both the S1/S2 currently come in glossy variant only, and glossy is considered by many to be better than standard plastic when it comes to keeping your grip. Zowie mice arguably have the best shape on the market, and the S1 definitely hasn’t adversely changed the consensus. The clicks on the S1 are lighter and snappier than they were on the FK series, which has been a longstanding request by the fans, so that’s excellent news. As with all Zowie mice, there’s no software here. The S1 has standard DPI options of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 which can be toggled via the DPI button located on the bottom of the mouse.
The S1 and S2 are both ambidextrous mice, which is always great, but Zowie chose to remove the right-side buttons that the FK Series has. According to Zowie, this was done to remove interference with the grip of right-hand users. Because of this, lefties may prefer the FK Series.
Another request made by fans to Zowie is that they upgrade their sensor from the 3310, to the 3360. And they finally have. The 3310 is no slouch but not on the same level as the 3360, 3366, or Logitech’s Hero Optical. This means Zowie is now officially at the absolute highest tier when it comes to sensors.
As with the G Pro Wireless, the S1 Divina is an outstanding mouse with very little to complain about. One thing you can complain about is not being able to get your hands on one of these. Zowie mice are very popular and sell out quickly so you’ll need to eye Zowie’s website like a hawk to get one for yourself when they’re available.
At the moment, the S1 and S2 only come in glossy pink and blue, which might not be your thing. Fans are still waiting on Zowie to release more neutral black and white variants for these mice, but there’s been no news on when/if that will happen any time soon or at all.
- Ambidextrous mouse
- Side buttons on both sides
- Great optical sensor
- Not the best for palm grip
- Mediocre scroll wheel
- May be tough to purchase
Our third place pick is the Zowie FK2. Zowie’s FK series is a fan favorite amongst PC gamers (Especially avid FPS players). The FK series comes in small, medium, and large variants, with the FK2 being the smallest in the series.
The FK2 sports one of the best shapes on the market, playing it very shape. It’s am ambidextrous mice and comes with two sets of side buttons. Many gaming mice are ambidextrous, but very few offer right side buttons. This makes the FK series especially good for left-handers. Only one set of side buttons can be active at any one time, so you will never have to worry about accidentally clicking one set of side buttons that you aren’t using.
The FK2 weighs in at a very light 84 grams, and the clicks are good. The buttons are Huano Switches (The preferred buttons for FPS gaming mice) and they do the job well. Standard DPI settings are located on the bottom of the mouse, as per usual with Zowie mice.
The FK series uses the 3310 Optical Sensor which isn’t as good as the 3360 or 3366, but still a top sensor. Even on a competitive level, just having the 3310 instead of the 3366 found in the S2 Divina, isn’t a big deal.
Every mouse in the FK series hangs pretty low, and because of this, aren’t the most ideal for palm grip users. Claw grip and fingertip users will be better off with this mouse. The scroll wheels on the older Zowie mice aren’t the greatest, but get the job done.
The FK2 is an extremely popular mouse, and purchasing one may be easier said than done. All of the offers currently on Amazon are all overpriced, so you will have to look at reputable secondary vendors in order to get your hands on one.
– Uses Hero Optical Sensor; best sensor on the market
– Lightweight; Especially for a wireless mouse
– Outstanding battery life
– Cheap for a wireless mouse
– Onboard memory
– Side buttons aren’t the greatest
– Scroll wheel is pretty average
Before we had the G Pro Wireless, Logitech graced the PC gaming community with the G305. The G305 may have been surpassed by the G Pro Wireless, but it’s still arguably the number 2 best wireless gaming mouse currently on the market. It’s also a lot cheaper than the G Pro Wireless which definitely ups its’ appeal.
The G305 is modeled after Logitech’s signature G Pro and is essentially a wireless version of the ole reliable G Pro. It has an ergonomic shape and suits every grip style. The weight of the mouse depends on which battery you are using for it. If you choose to use a standard alkaline battery, it’ll weigh 99 grams, but if you use a lithium battery, it’ll weigh 89 grams. These are great numbers even for a wired mouse, so for Logitech to have pulled this off for a wireless mouse is amazing.
Speaking of batteries, I suppose we should talk about the battery life of the G305; it’s fantastic. According to Logitech, gamers can expect around 250 hours of continuous play from the G305, and that’s in performance mode. If you switch to endurance mode, it can last for months.
A lot of people were surprised that Logitech chose to forgo implementing Powerplay functionality into the G305 since this feature was already available in the previously released Logitech G703 and 903 models, but the battery life on offer here is great enough. Not to mention the fact that the Powerplay charging pad is very expensive.
The G305 stood out as being Logitech’s first mouse to use the new Hero Optical Sensor, which is the best on the market. With performance equal to that of the 3366 but with 10 times the power efficiency, the Hero Optical can’t be beaten.
Settings for the G305, are handled in Logitech’s software. Some may prefer Zowie’s “No software, no problem” approach, but when it comes to gaming mice software, Logitech’s is arguably the best. It’s very easy to navigate and even neophytes of PC gaming should have no issues with it. You can adjust DPI and key bind button commands here, as well as adjust the response rate. The G305 sports onboard memory, so it’s good for gaming on the go.
The G305 is an excellent mouse but does have a few imperfections. The shape of this mouse is not Logitech’s best, that honor probably goes to the G403. The side buttons and mouse wheel could also use a bit of improvement. They aren’t bad, but again, like the shape, not Logitech’s best.
If you’re looking for a wireless mouse and you’re on a bit of a budget, the G305 is the gaming mouse for you.
– Great sensor, especially given the price
– One of Logitech’s best designs.
– Improved cable over the G Pro
– The scroll wheel is average.
If you are working on a very strict budget, then you shouldn’t be looking at any gaming mouse other than the Logitech G102/203. This is far and away the best gaming mouse that not a lot of money can buy. You can get your hands on one of these for less than $30.
The Logitech G102/G203 (Which are the same mice, they are called given a different designation depending on region) are essentially the Logitech G Pro except cheaper. These mice come in black and white, and have the same shell as the G Pro, and as such have a great design. The cable of the G102/G203 is also better than the one found on the G Pro, which is a plus. They weigh in at about 85 grams which is very lightweight, and always nice to see.
The G102/G203 are great for gamers of all grip styles and uses Omron Switches for buttons. These feel great and they’ve got good tension, but for FPS aficionados, keep in mind that Huano is preferred for FPS play. Honestly, though, this varies for everyone and is more a big deal for really competitive players, not casual ones.
Both mice use Logitech’s Mercury Optical Sensor, which isn’t the 3366 or 3360 but performs so well, most won’t ever notice the difference. I don’t know how Logitech managed to pull this off since the sensor is usually the first thing to suffer when you delve into cheap mouse territory, but it’s a huge win for gamers on a budget.
Both mice use Logitech’s software which is used to set key binds, customize RGB lighting, as well as adjust DPI settings. DPI can scale up to 6000 and shift on the fly via the DPI button in the middle of the shell.
There’s very little to complain about with the G102/G203. The scroll wheel definitely isn’t the greatest, but not bad either. When you start hunting for cheap gaming mice, the saying “You get what you pay for” comes to mind, but with the G102/G203, you’re to be getting more than what you pay for. These mice far surpass other mice in the same price range and even gaming mice that are more expensive. Definitely the best cheap/entry gaming mouse option out there.
Side Note: Because of how similar these mice are to the G Pro, we are choosing not to include the G Pro on the list as its own pick. The main difference between the G102/G203 and the G Pro is the G Pro uses the 3366 instead of the Mercury Optical. The G Pro is an excellent choice, but we’ve pretty much already covered it here.
- Ambidextrous mouse
- Side buttons on both sides
- Top optical sensor
- Not for fingertip grip
- Mediocre scroll wheel
- Outclassed by the FK2
The Zowie ZA series is often overshadowed a bit by the FK and EC Series of mice, but are still excellent gaming mice. The ZA series comes in two sizes, with the ZA-12 being a medium-sized mouse, and the ZA-13 being a small mouse.
The ZA-13 has a significantly bigger button slope than that of the FK Series, and because of this, is a better option for palm grip users. Like the FK Series, this is an ambidextrous mouse, with side buttons on both sides making this mouse one of the best options for a leftie.
The ZA-13 only weighs 84-grams making it very lightweight, and it uses Huano Switches for the buttons. The clicks feel great here are great and have no issues worth noting. As with all Zowie mice, this is a plug and play mice with standard DPI settings of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 located on the bottom of the mouse. The ZA-13 uses the 3310 sensor which isn’t as good as the Hero Optical, 3360, or 3366 but is still an excellent sensor.
The older Zowie mice all have mediocre scroll wheels, and the ZA-13 is no exception. The ZA-13 also isn’t the best mouse if you’re a fingertip grip main.
The biggest issue with the ZA-13 isn’t even the mouse itself, but rather the fact that it’s outclassed by the FK2 by a significant margin. Unless you are a hardline palm grip user, there isn’t much reason to pick the ZA-13 over the FK2. It is a lot more accessible than the FK2 however, so if you’re tired of waiting for the FK2 or S2 Divina, it’s still a great gaming mouse to own.
Ninox Venator Black
- Top optical sensor
- Great mouse for the price
- Very lightweight
- Cheap Ambidextrous option
- The textured plastic on the side is not for everyone
- Will have to find it via secondary vendors
- Not great for palm grip users
Our last pick is the Ninox Venator Black. If you’d like to purchase a Venator, make sure you buy the black version. Do not buy the white version. The white version is the original version of the Venator and is plagued with some build quality issues. The scroll wheel rattles, the mouse itself creaks when pressure is put on the sides, and the cable is very stiff. Luckily, Ninox has fixed all of these issues with their upgraded black version of the Venator, and now the Venator is a very solid gaming mouse.
The Venator is an ambidextrous mouse with a safe, ergonomic shape. It weighs in at 77 grams, which is the lightest mouse you will find that doesn’t have the name Finalmouse on it. The Venator users Omron Switches, and the clicks feel nice. The cable on the black version is also a lot more flexible than it is on the white version.
The Venator uses the 3360 Sensor, so no issues there. It is plug and play, but Ninox did add in some software to dabble with the settings if you so desire. As far as DPI goes, the Venator has 3 default profiles of 400, 800, and 1600 DPI. You can adjust this in the software to 1000, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2000, 4000, 6000, 8000, and 12000 DPI.
Considering Ninox is a very small company, the quality of the black Venator is very impressive. Despite the improvements made over the white version, there are still a few things to keep in mind. For starters, this mouse is very small, so palm users will probably not feel at home with it. The Venator has this textured plastic on the sides and this may feel a bit weird for some people.
If you want to buy the Venator Black, you’re going to need to do some browsing on secondary vendor websites. Ninox is extremely small, and the Venator is currently sold out on their official website as well as their Amazon page. There’s no telling when it’ll be back in stock. From the looks of it, these secondary vendors are selling it for a bit higher than the price on the official site and Amazon, but it’s still cheap. Expect to pay around $50.
Best Gaming Mice for Large hands
Finalmouse Air58 Ninja
- Only weighs 58 grams. Insanely light.
- Top Optical Sensor
- Great cable
- 58 grams may be too light for some
- Only comes in cherry blossom red and blue at the moment
- Extremely hard to get your hands on
The widely popular Finalmouse has some truly outstanding gaming mice on the market, with their best one being the Air58 Ninja which is an upgraded version of Finalmouse’s Ultralight Phantom.
As you may have gathered from the name, the Air58 weighs in at the incredibly low 58 grams. This is the lightest a gaming mouse has ever been and it feels amazing. Finalmouse has always pushed the limits of how light a gaming mouse can be, and they haven’t hit the ceiling yet.
Like all of their mice, the Air58 uses Finalmouse’s signature honeycomb design which may take Finalmouse neophytes a little bit of time getting used to. The shape is great, and the mouse feels very comfortable in your hand. The already great cable of the Ultralight Phantom is even better on the Air58.
The Air58 features some aesthetical differences when compared to the Ultralight Phantom. The scroll wheel of the Air58 features a hand painted and engraved haiku that is unique to every mouse. On the right click button, is the signature of Ninja, streamer, and face of the widely popular Battle Royale Fortnite. The Air58 comes in cherry blossom red and cherry blossom blue, both signature hair colors of Ninja.
Just like the Ultralight Phantom, the Air58 uses the 3360 Optical Sensor. Plug and play like all Finalmouse mice, the Air58 has standard DPI options of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200, which are toggled via the DPI button.
As far as cons go, there aren’t many. Being only 58 grams, the Air58 may be too light for some gamers in the initial times you take it for a spin, but you should be able to get used to it soon enough. At the moment, there are no other color options other than cherry blossom red and blue which may be a disappointment to gamers who like traditional black and white.
The main issue with the Air58 is actually getting your hands on one. Finalmouse gaming mice have a notorious reputation for selling out very quickly, and this was before they decided to team up with Ninja. Ninja is extremely popular, with millions of fans around the world who will buy up anything with his name slapped on to it.
There are some Air58 located on Amazon, however, they are grossly overpriced. On Finalmouse’s website, the price of this mouse is $90. On Amazon, the cheapest is $194. Keep on top of updates from Finalmouse so you can try to purchase an Air58 when more are in stock.
Finalmouse Ultralight Phantom
- Weighs 67 grams
- Excellent cable
- Top sensor
- Weight can take some time getting used to
- Like all Finalmouse products, it’s regularly sold out
Coming in second place for PC gamers with big hands is the Ultralight Phantom. Similarly, to how the Air58 is an improved version of the Ultralight Phantom, the Ultralight Phantom is an improved version of the Ultralight Pro.
The Ultralight Phantom, sports a unique paint splatter design, with every design being one of a kind. It weighs in at 67 grams, which is 4 grams lighter than the Ultralight Pro. Honeycomb shell, ergonomic design, and ambidextrous, the Ultralight Phantom feels very comfortable in your hand.
One of the biggest complaints about the Ultralight Pro is the cable. Finalmouse has worked on that, and the cable for the Ultralight Phantom is outstanding. Easily one of the best in the industry.
The Ultralight Phantom uses the PMW 3360 sensor comes with basic DPI options of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 which can be switched via the DPI button.
Like pretty much every Finalmouse gaming mouse, the Ultralight Phantom is very popular and hard to obtain. If you thought the Amazon prices for the Air58 were bad, the offers for the Phantom are even worse. Try $350.
The Ultralight Phantom costs the same as the Air58, and despite being slightly inferior, it is still more than worth the asking price. If the Ultralight Phantom is made available and the Air58 is not, don’t hesitate on buying the Phantom. Finalmouse gaming mice are gaming gold and not getting the very best one, isn’t a big deal.
Zowie S1 Divina
- Better version of the FK Series
- Good for all grip styles
- 3360 sensor
- Good cable
- Ride side buttons have been removed
- Only comes in glossy pink and blue
- Consistently sold out
We’ve already covered the Zowie S2 Divina in our small hands’ section of the guide, and since the only differences between the S1 and S2 are size and weight, we will keep this short.
The S1 Divina, in an upgrade to the FK1+, and alongside the S2, Zowie’s best mouse. Compared to the FK series, Zowie has decreased length but added height and width, which gives the S series a better shape. The new and improved shape makes this mouse much more viable for palm grip users. The S1 weighs 92 grams, which is 2 grams lighter than the FK1+.
Zowie has finally added the 3360 sensor to their mice, over the 3310 sensor found in their older models. The 3360 fills out the top 3 optical sensors on the market, and performance is stellar as you would expect.
Plug and play functionality, with standard DPI settings of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200, which can be adjusted with the DPI button on the bottom of the mouse.
Like the S2, the S1 only comes in glossy pink and blue at the moment which may be a turn off to some. The right-side buttons have been removed which may be a letdown for lefties.
Zowie mice are extremely popular among both casual and pro gamers alike and regularly sold out. The S1 Divina is no exception, so keep your eye out for when it’s back in stock.
Logitech 403 Wired
- Works for all grip types
- Top sensor
- Onboard memory
- Scroll wheel feels a bit loose
The Logitech G403 remains as one of the most popular gaming mice used by pro gamers, and for good reason; it’s a fantastic mouse.
Something to keep in mind with the G403 is that there is a wireless G403 variant, and the G703, which is an upgraded version of the wireless G703. After the release of the G Pro Wireless, however, I find that these two are somewhat irrelevant. The wireless G403 costs just as much as the G Pro Wireless despite being the inferior mouse. The G703 isn’t as expensive on its own but works best with Logitech’s Powerplay charging pad, and the combined cost is more than the G Pro Wireless. Both the wireless G403 and G703 are heavy as well. I see no reason to get either of them if looking at a wireless mouse option. The wired G403 however, is great.
The G403 is arguably in the top 5 when it comes to best overall gaming mice. And if that wasn’t good enough, it’s also cheap. It usually goes for just $60 but is currently on sale at Amazon for only $42. You won’t find a better deal on a gaming mouse.
The G403 has one of, if not the best shape and design from a Logitech mouse. Very ergonomic and comfortable to use. It weighs 90 grams, clicks are light and responsive, and the DPI button in the middle of the mouse never gets in the way during gameplay.
The G403 has on the fly DPI shifting, and your DPI settings along with RGB lighting customization options can be dabbled with via Logitech’s software. DPI goes from 200, all the way up to 12,000.
The only real issue with the G403 is there may be some scroll wheel problems. A lot of people have experienced a loose scroll wheel, but this may not happen to you, and if it does, you can easily get a replacement.
If you are looking for a top gaming mouse that won’t break the bank, the G403 is the one for you.
- Right side buttons
- Top optical sensor
- Not great for palm grip
- Mediocre scroll wheel
- May be a bit hard to find
Our next pick, is the large mouse in the Zowie FK Series, the FK1+.
The FK1+ is the heaviest of the FK series, weighing in at 94 grams. Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, with side buttons on both sides of the mouse. Right side buttons are a rare feature and one that the Zowie S Series does not have. For this reason, lefties may find the FK1+ a better option than the S1 Divina.
The FK1+ uses the 3310 Optical, which is a top sensor despite not being as good as the 3360, 3366, or Hero Optical. Standard plug and play design with the basic DPI settings available to choose from on the bottom of the mouse.
Because of how low FK mice sit, they aren’t the best for palm grip users, so palm grippers will most likely be better off with the S1 Divina. The FK1+ is extremely popular, and because of this, pretty hard to get your hands on. Keep up to date with the stock on Zowie’s official website and maybe look into some secondary vendor options. All the ones on sale on Amazon, are unfortunately overpriced.
SteelSeries Rival 600
- Excellent shape and design
- The coolest RGB lighting on the market
- Comes with 8 4-gram weights that you can add in
- An addition left side button than usual
- Cable could be better
- Buttons need improving
SteelSeries has had some great gaming mice over the years, and the Rival 600 is their best one yet.
If RGB lighting is something you really like in your gaming mouse, look no further than the Rival 600. No top gaming mouse does RGB lighting quite like the Rival 600. It has two RGB lighting strips which you can customize into having their own separate gradient color options, and it looks really cool.
As far as the shape, it’s pretty great as well, and the lighting strips don’t get in the way The CPI button is located in the middle and isn’t prone to misclicks at all. The Rival 600 sports a third side button as opposed to the standard two, and it can be pretty convenient, although some may not use it at all.
The Rival 600 weighs in at 98 grams, which is a bit on the heavier side considering the options picks on this list, but it’s still a fine weight. SteelSeries has also included 8 4-gram weights that you can add in if you like your mouse even heavier.
This mouse uses two sensors; one for standard use, and one which is dedicated to lift off detection. The TrueMove3 Optical Sensor is for standard use, and the Optical Depth Sensor is used for lift off distance. The TrueMove3 isn’t as good as the triumvirate of the Hero Optical, 3366, and 3360, but still a great sensor. Things such as RGB lighting options, CPI, and key binds, can all be tinkered with via SteelSeries’ software. CPI scales in increments of 100, and can go all the way up to 12,000.
The rubber cable on the Rival 600 isn’t the best, and braided is typically preferred over rubber. Speaking of rubber, the rubber side pads might give you some issues. They might cause you to lose your grip from time to time, and there also appears to be some quality control issues as buyers are reporting that they glue for these side pads are coming off. This is more than likely an individual issue though, and not a universal one.
If you are thinking of buying the Rival 600, be sure to do so via SteelSeries’ official website, and get yourself a free mouse bungee with your purchase.
- Uses the 3360 sensor instead of 3310
- Improved side buttons over the EC-A series
- Great shape
- Mediocre scroll wheel
- Not ambidextrous
- A bit hard to get your hands on
Yet another Zowie mouse deserving of a spot on this list, is the EC1-B. The EC1-B and EC2-B are upgraded versions of Zowie’s ECA series. The shape of the EC1-B is great, and this mouse feels very comfortable in your hand. It weighs about 98 grams, which is pretty standard for a large mouse.
Zowie has upgraded the sensor from the 3310 to the 3360 which is always great to hear. As such, top performance can be expected. The clicks are good all around, and it’s plug and play as per Zowie usual, so standard DPI settings are toggled via the DPI button on the bottom of the mouse.
Players of every grip style can use the EC1-B, however only right-handers. This mouse was designed exclusively for right-handed gamers in mind, so lefties will have to look elsewhere.
The scroll wheels of Zowie gaming mice have always been one of Zowie’s biggest product flaws and this is still the case for the EC1-B. It’s not horrible, but definitely leaves a lot to be desired. And as with almost every Zowie gaming mouse, buying an EC1-B is easier said than done, so keep an eye out for when Zowie has stock of these.
Razer Death Adder Elite
- Works with all grip styles
- Top optical sensor
- Great shape and design
- Quality control issues; Reported issues of short lifespans
- Razer software is clunky and a hassle to use
- Subpar scroll wheel
- For right-handers
Rounding out our list is the ole reliable Razer DeathAdder Elite. Even years later, the DeathAdder Elite is still going strong.
The DeathAdder Elite makes some improvements over Razer’s Chroma model. The DAE weighs in at 97 grams and has a great ergonomic shape. It works with every grip style, which is always a plus. Clicks feel great, and Razer’s Mechanical Mouse Switches are rated for up to 50 million clicks. The DeathAdder Elite uses Razer’s 5G Optical Sensor which seems to be roughly the same as the 3360. DPI scales all the way up to 16,000.
DPI, as well as other settings like macros and RGB lighting, are set up via Razer’s notoriously clunky software. To put it bluntly, this software is not at all fun to navigate. On top of that, Razer implemented a Cloud-based function to their software which made it even worse. It requires you to register an account and login just to setup your mouse. This was a terrible idea and hopefully, Razer drops it in the future. Because of the bad software, new PC gamers may be turned off by it due to being overwhelmed.
Another big issue with the DeathAdder Elite is it may randomly die on you after a few months. No one knows for sure why DeathAdder Elites just flatline, but it has happened enough among consumers to be something to keep in mind.
Gaming mice have improved a lot in the years since the release of the DeathAdder Elite, but it’s still a very good gaming mouse option, that’s cheap to boot.