Table of Contents
- 1 What are the Best Mice for CSGO?
- 1.1 What is Grip Style and why does this matter when choosing the best mouse for CSGO?
- 1.2 Hand Size:
- 1.3 Hand Shape:
- 1.4 Mouse Weight
- 1.5 Honorable Mention: Sensors do matter
- 1.6 In the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Zowie reigns supreme for the best CS Go Mouse
- 1.7 What about Finalmouse, Razer, and SteelSeries?
What are the Best Mice for CSGO?
The FPS genre, has evolved quite a bit over the years, especially in the arena of multiplayer FPS games. Modern titles such as Overwatch, and Battle Royale craze Fortnite, are all the rage nowadays.
Old classics like Unreal Tournament and Quake remain fan-favorites, but the biggest old-school multiplayer FPS today, is undoubtedly Counter-Strike. Starting out as a mod for the classic Valve FPS Half-Life, Counter-Strike grew in popularity and has become one of the most endearing FPS games of all-time.
In 2012, Valve released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which brought Counter-Strike up to modern standards whilst still maintaining sticking true to the source material. Six years later, Global Offensive is one of the biggest esports games in the world, with $22.6 million dollars in prize money awarded in 2018 alone, and $68.8 million dollars during its lifespan. Global Offensive also has the biggest pool of competitive players, with the figure currently sitting at just above 11,000; nearly double that of second place League of Legends.
In late December 2018, Valve made Global Offensive free-to-play. So, if you’re looking to get in to the competitive scene, or if you’re just looking to play casually, now is the perfect time. Global Offensive, like pretty much every FPS game, is best played on the PC. Mouse and keyboard allow for far better accuracy, precision, and responsiveness than a controller can. Global Offensive isn’t a demanding game, but you still want a top-quality mouse so you can keep up with and beat the competition. Following from this it begs the question of what the best mouse for CSGO is?
If you’re new to PC gaming, there are four things that you will want to keep in mind when deciding on the best gaming mouse for CSGO to purchase: Grip style, mouse weight, shape, and hand size.
What is Grip Style and why does this matter when choosing the best mouse for CSGO?
Your grip style, is how you grip your gaming mouse. There are three grip styles to choose from:
Palm style is the first grip style, and also the most common of the three. It is also considered the least agile grip style.
As you may have guessed from the name, gamers that utilize palm style typically cover most of the mouse with their (Surprise) palm. This is the most relaxed of the three grip styles with your fingers relatively straight whilst using your mouse. I myself, have somewhat long fingers, so palm style has always felt a tad bit too uncomfortable for me to use. It’s almost like sports such as basketball, where you are told to stay on your toes, and to avoid being flat-footed. For me, palm style, feels like the flat-footed grip style.
The second grip style, (And the one I personally use) is claw style. Also uncommonly know as crab style. It is similar to palm style, but instead of the fingers being relaxed, they are arched and make your hand seem like a claw. This is a very common grip style amongst RTS gamers, and allows for a heightened degree of control and speed. This feels like the gaming mouse equivalent of staying on your toes without going overboard. You could consider claw style to be the median grip style between palm and the final grip style, which is……
The third grip style, and the least common of the three, is fingertip style. Or as I like to call it, the Michael Jackson Toe Stand grip style. Not only because you place a ton of emphasis on a particular part of your hand, but also because most players can’t use this style (Just like most people can’t do the Toe Stand without breaking their ankles). This one is too uncomfortable for a lot of gamers to use, as the fingertips do all the heavy lifting, with your hand barely touching the mouse. Fingertip grip tends to allow for the fastest actions, but it also sacrifices a bit of precision as a tradeoff.
Given the difficulty of use, unless you are a hardcore pro gamer, you likely won’t even be considering using fingertip style.
It is important to know which grip style is your style of choice because it can limit your selection of gaming mice. Most gaming mice on the market, can accommodate players of all grip styles, however, there are some gaming mice that won’t work for you depending on your grip style. Some gaming mice might not be ideal for palm grip users but still viable if you want them to be, whereas other gaming mice might be a complete no-go for you.
When it comes to gaming mice, one size does not fit all. It’s important knowing how big or small your hand is in order for you to have the gaming mouse that works best for you. If your hand is too big and heavy for your gaming mouse of choice, then you can expect frequent misclicks and double clicks. You will also likely end up engulfing your gaming mouse in a pseudo palm style grip.
And if your hand is too small for your gaming mouse of choice? You know how embarrassing it is to get killed because you couldn’t easily reach you side button for a quick scope? Really embarrassing. Comfort is important when pc gaming, and you don’t want to be fighting with your mouse when you have an enemy team to fight on your screen. It might not seem like a big deal, but in matches split-second decisions can be the difference between winning and losing. The extra time you spend reaching for your side button could be enough time for an enemy to kill you.
Just like with grip style, your hand size will limit your gaming mice selection pool. Most companies in the market have gaming mice for all sizes, but some companies do tend to lean of diverting most of their attention to either small mice or big mice. Keep this in mind.
The shape of your gaming mouse, is extremely important, especially if you want to be competitive. If the shape of a mouse makes you uncomfortable, then it is going to have an adverse effect on your gameplay and this will also have an effect on what you consider to be the best gaming mouse for CSGO.
Are you left-handed and using a mouse that caters more to right-handers? Then you’re probably not going to be in your comfort zone for long. Is there a slant on your mouse that causes you to lose grip easily? That’s a problem.
Most mice nowadays, play it safe and go with an ergonomic design and gradual button slope that feels good for most gamers to use. The shape also ties in to your grip style, as some mice are designed for some grip styles more in mind than others.
To put it bluntly, a simple shape is the best option for a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player.
The final factor to keep in mind when selecting an FPS gaming mouse, is the weight of that mouse. When it comes to FPS gaming, the general consensus is that lighter is better. By a pretty wide margin too. Realistically, mouse weight is something that a lot of people don’t pay too much attention to. So, if you’re a casual gamer, this isn’t something you need to stress about. However, every bit of optimization does help, and since gaming mice ae a long-term investment and not something that needs to be replaced every year or two, you might as well get the best one for you right?
So far, there hasn’t been such a thing as a gaming mouse being too light (Yet), but we are getting there with some of the most recent releases. Companies have managed to get gaming mice so light, that it may take a bit of time getting acclimated to the lightest models.
Although uncommon, there are FPS gamers out there, who prefer for their mice to be a bit on the heavier side. If you don’t think a super lightweight mouse is your cup of tea, then my recommendation is to look at gaming mice options that come with addable weights. This is a very convenience quality of life addition that is slowly but surely becoming the norm in the current market. If you’re unsure what weight is best for you, don’t purchase a mouse that’s too light or too heavy; go for one that comes with weights for you to add in, so you can decide for yourself.
Honorable Mention: Sensors do matter
One last thing before we move on to the main event: Yes, the sensor in your gaming mouse is important, but in 2019 it’s not something to worry about. Pretty much every top gaming mouse on the market uses top of the line sensors. Logitech is using their new Hero Optical Sensor, which is the best on the market. Most other companies use either the PMW 3360, or PMW 3366 which are the cream of the crop. If they aren’t using those, they are using their own company specific equivalent which is as good or nearly so. So, don’t stress about sensors.
In the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Zowie reigns supreme for the best CS Go Mouse
Before we get started, I’d like to preface this guide by stating the Zowie mouse vastly dominate CS: GO. Out of the 11,000 competitive CS: GO players, roughly 65% of them use a Zowie mouse. Most of the very elite CS: GO players in the world use a Zowie. There’s a reason for this.
CS: GO, is not Overwatch. No multitude of characters, each with their own abilities to master. This isn’t Fortnite, where you need a fair amount of side buttons to map all your building options. CS: GO may have been “modernized”, but it is still an old-school FPS at heart; meaning it is simple. And no company does simple but effective gaming mice quite as good as Zowie does. Zowie mice sport great shape and design, are simple plug and play with no clunky software to navigate, and use top of the line sensors.
Plus, the stats don’t lie. If more than half of the scene is using Zowie mice, who are we to contradict them? So, while the placement of some Zowie mice are different if we are talking about best FPS gaming mice in general, when it comes to CS: GO, Zowie is king. Just needed to get that out there, lest this guide be accused of having Zowie bias, but as it stands Zowie offers the best mice for CSGO.
Now that we’ve got the preamble out of the way, let’s get started, shall we? Here are our top picks for the best CSGO mouse in 2019.
Zowie S1 Divina/S2 Divina
- Basically, the FK Series but better
- Good for all grip styles
- Upgraded sensor from the FK series
- Right side buttons removed
- Only comes in pink and blue at the moment
- Currently sold out; very hard to get
Zowie has been a fan favorite amongst PC gamers, but especially among CS: GO players. Zowie’s older mice are still quite popular, but the number one spot has to go to Zowie’s recently released S1/S2 Divina.
The S1 and S2 are very similar to the FK series, but with a few notable changes. The S1 and S2 aren’t as long as the FK series, but the overall shape is definitely better. The FK series is not particularly ideal for palm grip users, but the S1/S2 both are, so that’s a plus. Weight wise, they come in at 86 grams and 92 grams respectively which is good. As long as you are under 100 grams, you should be fine.
Zowie has upgraded their sensor from the 3310 Optical to the 3360. The 3310 is still a great sensor, but not as good as the 3360, so now Zowie’s is at the top of the sensor food chain along with rivals like Logitech and Finalmouse.
The cable is good, and the clicks are light and snappy. There’s no software here, and both the S1 and the S2 have standard DPI options of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 which can be adjusted via the DPI button on the bottom.
The S1 and S2 are both ambidextrous mice, however Zowie for some reason removed the right-side buttons that were available on the FK series, so for some users, the FK users may still be preferable. The S1 and S2 are small and medium size mice as opposed to the FK2/1/1+ which were small, medium, and large respectively. At the moment, the S1 and S2 only come in glossy pink and blue, and Zowie users are still waiting for the more neutral white and black variants to come out.
The S1/S2 are very popular, and are currently sold out online, with the exception of rip off lots on eBay, so unless you’re a pro player (And if you are, you wouldn’t be reading this guide) it may be awhile before you can actually get your hands on one of these mice. The S1/S2 are Zowie’s best mice yet, so definitely keep an eye out for them, and don’t hesitate to pick one up.
Zowie EC1-B/ Zowie EC2-B – Possibly the best CSGO mouse?
- Sensor upgraded from the 3310 to 3360
- Side buttons are a bit better than the EC1-A/EC2-A
- Retains the excellent shape of the EC Series
- Comes in a CS: GO Special edition
- Not worth getting if you already have an EC1-A/EC2-A
- Scroll wheel still mediocre
The Zowie EC1-B and EC2-B are upgraded versions of the EC1-A and EC2-A mice. As such, the specs are near identical. The shape is outstanding and feels very comfortable to use. The EC1-B is about 98 grams, and the EC2-B about 90 grams. The EC1-B is a large mouse, and the EC2-B a medium-sized mouse. As with the EC-A mice, these are good to user for all grip styles.
Clicks are good, and the side buttons have been slightly improved, although not by much. These come equipped with the standard DPI options of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200, with the DPI button on the bottom, as well as a polling rate button. And of course, they are plug and play.
The biggest change from the EC-A series, is the fact that the EC1-B and EC2-B use the 3360 Optical Sensor over the 3310. This is something that Zowie fans have been wanting for a long time, and this alone makes the EC-B the better of the two.
If you really want to represent your love for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Zowie has some special edition CS: GO variant EC1-B and EC2-B mice that you can purchase. These look really cool, and are a welcome change to Zowie’s standard black and white affair. They’re certainly fair better to look at than the pink and blue S1/S2 Divina.
Zowie does not make fantastic scroll wheels, so expect a mediocre one here. The EC-B Series are used far less than the EC-A series simply because the EC-A series has been out longer. While it’s true having the 3360 makes it better than the EC-A series, it’s not enough to warrant a purchase if you already have an EC-A. The 3360 is not that much better than the 3310 to make it worth upgrading for the sensor alone. But if you’ve yet to buy a Zowie yet and are deciding between the EC-A and EC-B, pick up an EC-B.
Zowie EC2-A/ Zowie EC1-A
• One of the best shaped mice there is
• Extremely comfortable
• Made for CS: GO
• Plug and play: No software
• Great sensor
• Scroll wheel isn’t great
• Side buttons could use improvements
• Can be a bit hard to buy
Remember when I said 65% of pro CS: GO players use a Zowie mouse? Well, 40% of those players, user a Zowie EC Series mouse, with about 21% of those players using the EC2-A. There’s a reason for that: The EC series, was designed specifically for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
No really, the EC in the EC series, stands for Emil Christensen, who is one of the greatest Counter-Strike players of all-time. Zowie partnered with old “HeatoN” to design a gaming mouse for CS players, and thus the EC series was born.
The shape of the EC2-A is arguably one of the best on the market, and probably the best for CS: GO players. It can’t be overstated how comfortable the EC2-A feels in your hands. It’s a medium size mouse with an ergonomic design that allows for users of all grip styles to use it. The EC1-A, is the same mouse, except bigger.
The EC2-A weighs in at 93 grams, which is pretty lightweight, which is always a plus for FPS gaming mice. The EC1-A is about 97 grams which may bet a tad bit too heavy for some, but still a good weight. The clicks are good, as are the side buttons. The DPI button is located on the button of the mouse, with standard 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI options, and as is appreciated by CS: GO players, is plug and play. No clunky software to navigate through here. Both the EC2-A, and EC1-A, use the 3310 Optical Sensor. Not as great as the 3366 or 3360, but still a very good sensor.
Players have a few options here when deciding what EC2-A and or EC1-A to buy. There are the standard versions, but there are also the glossy white special editions, that Zowie released back in 2017. If you already have the standard EC2-A or EC1-A, then it’s not worth the upgrade. But if you’ve yet to pick one up, go for the special edition (As long as you don’t mind a glossy shell). The special edition has slightly better clicks and side buttons and combats against sweat and fingerprint marks more effectively than the standard EC2-A and EC1-A. For some odd reason, Zowie chose not to replace the 3310 Optical Sensor with the 3360, despite them doing so for the ECB Series which was also released in 2017.
A few things to keep in mind with the EC2-A and EC1-A mice, is that the scrolling wheel kind of sucks. Even on the updated special edition variants. Speaking of special edition variants, they are a bit harder to get a hold of as opposed to the standard editions, so you may need to browse some third-party retail sites in order to get your hands on one.
Zowie FK1/ Zowie FK1+/ Zowie FK2
- Ambidextrous mice
- Side buttons on both sides
- Top optical sensor
- Several sizes to choose from
- Not the best for palm grip
- Mediocre scroll wheel
Coming in at second place, is Zowie’s FK series, also a huge favorite among CS: GO pros. About 12% of CS: GO players on the pro circuit use an FK mouse. The only differences between the FK1, FK1+, and the FK2, are the size and weight. As far as sizes go, the FK1+ is the largest, the FK1 is the medium-sized one, and the FK2 is the smallest. Each of them has a good weight, with the FK1+ being 94 grams, the FK1 87 grams, and the FK2 84 grams.
Each mouse in the FK series uses the 3310 Optical Sensor. Again, not as good as the 3360 or the 3366, but still very good. DPI button with standard DPI options is on the bottom of each mouse.
A highlight of the FK series is the inclusion of side buttons on the right side of the mice. Many gaming mice are ambidextrous, but few offer right side buttons let alone both left and side buttons. This makes the FK series easily one of the best mice for left-handers. Only one set of side buttons can be activated at any one time so you don’t need to worry about misclicking the wrong buttons either.
Because of how low the FK series sits, these aren’t the best mice out there for palm grip users. It’s possible, but not ideal. The FK series is best for fingertip and claw grip users. And just like with the EC series, the scroll wheel is not the best out there. But other than that, these are fantastic mice.
Logitech G Pro Wireless
- Logitech’s Hero Sensor is hands down the best sensor currently on the market
- Outstanding battery life
- 80 grams; lightweight. Also comes with a 10-gram weight if you prefer your gaming mouse a little heavier
- Onboard memory for on the go gaming
- The G Pro Wireless is very expensive
- If you are a palm grip user, there are better options
When it comes to PC gaming peripherals, Logitech is a household name, and for good reason: they make darn good products. This is especially the case when it comes to gaming mice. Logitech is arguably the number one gaming mouse maker at the moment, especially when it comes to wireless mice. No company has made greater strides towards improving the viability of wireless gaming mice on the gaming scene. Case in point, the G Pro Wireless.
The G Pro Wireless, is the greatest Logitech best gaming mouse thus far, the best wireless gaming mouse, and arguably the best gaming mouse both for FPS play, and in general. Yes, it’s that good.
Logitech’s Hero Optical Sensor, is the best sensor on the market, with performance pretty much the same as the PMW 3366 or PMW 3360. Where the Hero Optical Sensor comes out on top, is the fact that it outputs the same performance but with 10 times the power efficiency of the PMW 3366, OR PMW 3360.
One of the biggest issues with gaming mice in yesteryears, was latency issues. Problems with latency, made wireless mice vastly inferior to wired mice in general, but especially when it came to competitive play. No pro gamer would go near a wireless mouse. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. There are no latency issues with the G Pro Wireless, and you can’t even tell the difference between it, and a wired version. So, if you’re caught up in the stigma around wireless mice, don’t be. Wireless mice are officially great.
The G Pro Wireless is a medium size mouse with an ambidextrous shape that makes it very comfortable to use. Clicks are nice and responsive, and the side buttons are modular and can be easily removed and or replaced. The DPI button is located on the button of the mouse which eliminates the possibility of accidental clicks, but also means you won’t be able to shift your DPI on the fly. But for most gamers, this is a non-issue anyway.
As far as weight goes, it comes it at around 80 grams, and you can drop this down to 77 grams if you remove the bottom panel. If you prefer a heavier mouse, it comes with a 10-gram weight that you can add in.
The second biggest issue that wireless gaming mice previously had, was battery life. Or lack thereof. With the G Pro Wireless, this is definitely not a problem. Gamers can expect around 48 hours of battery life from continuous use, if you have RGB lighting enabled. If you forgo the RGB lighting, that number jumps 60 hours of continuous use. This is an amazing achievement, and you won’t find better battery life in a wireless mouse.
Logitech’s software gives gamers plenty of options to mess with the RGB lighting and DPI via their software. DPI scales in increments of 50, and can scale all the way up to 16,000. It also sports onboard memory, so you won’t have to keep going into the software to make adjustments if you’re gaming on the go.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless is the closest we have to a perfect mouse, and it was hard finding things to criticize about it. One drawback of the G Pro Wireless that I am sure you will notice right away, is the price tag. At $150, the G Pro Wireless is an expensive gaming mouse for sure. However, keep in mind that it’s arguably the best gaming mouse at the moment, and you won’t be needing to replace it anytime soon.
Something else to keep in mind with the G Pro Wireless, is that this mouse isn’t the best choice for a palm grip user. Is it impossible to use with palm grip? Of course not. But it’s definitely a middle of the road choice for palm grip users, so if you are looking for complete optimization, you may want to think twice before purchasing a G Pro Wireless.
Zowie ZA-12/ Zowie ZA-13
- Ambidextrous mice
- Side buttons on both sides
- Top optical sensor
- Small and Medium sizes
- Not for fingertip grip
- Mediocre scroll wheel
Coming in at fourth place, is Zowie’s ZA series. These mice get overshadowed quite a bit by the EC and FK series, but are still very good mice.
Something you will notice right away, is the hump of these mice is much higher than that of the FK series. Thanks to the heightened button slope, the ZA series is a good option for palm grip users.
Keeping in tune with Zowie’s “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, the ZA series is very similar to its brethren. It uses the 3310 Optical Sensor, and is plug and play with standard DPI options on the base. Like the FK Series, these are ambidextrous mice with side buttons on both the left and right sides of the mice. As with the FK Series, one set of side buttons are deactivated during use, preventing misclicks. The ZA-13 is a medium-sized mouse and the ZA-12, is a small mouse. Both are very lightweight, with the ZA-13 weighing in at 86 grams, and the ZA-12 weighing in at 84 grams.
As stated earlier, the ZA-12 and ZA-13 are great mice, but they are simply outclassed by the EC and FK Series mice. There’s not much reason to buy a ZA over an EC or FK, but if you’re a staunch palm grip user, I suppose an argument can be made.
As is expected of a Zowie mouse, the scroll wheel isn’t great. The ZA-12 and ZA-13 are great for palm and claw grip, but the button slope makes these mice less than optimal for fingertip users.
Logitech 403 Wired/ Wireless/703
- Useable by every grip type
- Top tier sensor
- Onboard memory
- 403 wired is cheap
- Wireless are a bit heavy
- 703 + Powerplay is too expensive
- 403 wireless is also expensive
- Scroll wheel can feel a bit loose
Before the G Pro Wireless became a thing, the best wireless mice on the market, were the Logitech 403 and Logitech 703.
Both the 403 and 703 have excellent design, and are comfortable in the hand. These are suitable for every grip style which is always a plus when looking for a gaming mouse.
As far as the weight goes, the wired 403 is only 90 grams which is excellent. The wireless 403 and the 703, but weigh in at 106 grams, which is a little heavy. You can get the 703 down to 103 grams by playing without the cover, but this is still too heavy for most. For a more modern shooter, this isn’t as big a deal, but for a pure FPS like CS: GO, this could be a deal-breaker.
Both the 403 and the 703 use the 3366 Optical Sensor which is one of the best on the market. There are no latency issues here, and these wireless mice can keep up with the wired competition without issues.
Each mouse has on the fly DPI shifting from 200 to 12,000 DPI. Logitech’s software is easy to setup and use, and each mouse also has onboard memory for gamers who want to hit the road. Not as convenient as Zowie’s plug and play, but Logitech definitely has some of the better software out there.
As far as battery life goes, the battery life of the wireless 403 is very respectable. You can expect around 30 hours of continuous gaming if you’ve got the lighting options turned off, and around 21-22 hours if you have the lighting options on.
The 703, benefits from Logitech’s latest Powerplay charging pad technology, which allows gamers to play continuously while charging their mouse. The pad comes with both a soft and hard variant, giving gamers a choice.
As stated earlier, the wireless 403 and 703 are both a bit heavy, and for CS: GO, this is not something you want to have in your gaming mouse. The only way to find out if this will have a serious adverse effect on your gameplay is to test it out yourself, but generally speaking, you should keep below 100 grams.
In terms of cost, both the 403 wireless and the 703 are hard sells now that the G Pro Wireless is out. More CS: GO pros use the 403 wireless at the moment over the G Pro Wireless, but that’s just because the G Pro Wireless is pretty new. The 403 wireless costs $30 less than the G Pro Wireless, and so it’s not really worth buying when the G Pro Wireless is significantly better.
It’s even worse for the 703. To get the most out of it, you will want to get Logitech’s Powerplay charging pad. The problem with this, being that purchasing the 703 and the Powerplay charging pad, will set you back more than just buying the G Pro Wireless.
Another thing to keep in mind with the 403/703, is that Logitech has had some quality control issues with the scroll wheel feeling a bit too loose. They have both been out for a while, and I would say that it is safe to assume that Logitech has gotten a hold on the issue, but better safe than sorry.
If you already have the 403 or 703 wireless, keep them. The G Pro Wireless is significantly better than both of them, but the 403 and 703 wireless are still excellent mice. The wired 403 is definitely a very solid option for a CS: GO gaming mouse however. It performs very well, and is cheap.
What about Finalmouse, Razer, and SteelSeries?
That concludes our list of recommended gaming mouse for CS: GO players, and as you will have noticed, it’s all Zowie and Logitech. Does that mean that Finalmouse, Razer, and SteelSeries mice aren’t good? Of course not!
Keep in mind that this list is for CS: GO specifically. And for just CS: GO, Zowie reigns supreme with Logitech in a distant second.
If you’ve already got a Finalmouse, Razer, and or SteelSeries mouse, keep using them. Unless you are extremely serious about becoming a CS: GO pro, there’s no reason for you to even consider an upgrade to a Zowie or Logitech. There are plenty of pros still using old reliable gaming mice such as the Rival 310 or DeathAdder Elite. Gaming mice are in a very good place right now, and even several year-old mice still perform very well. This guide is strictly for those who either don’t have a mouse or need a replacement, and will be spending most of the FPS time on CS: GO.