The best gaming mice 2021 in the test & comparison

In all fairness, finding the right gaming mouse among all the options available can be tricky. There are many factors to consider, such as the look and feel of the mouse in the hand, the selection and arrangement of the buttons, the quality of the sensor, and most importantly, whether the mouse is wireless or wired.

Content

    These details, as unimportant as they may sound at first, have a big impact on how happy you are with your mouse and whether it is worth buying a more expensive gaming mouse. On the other hand, gaming mice in particular sometimes have unnecessary functions that don't work as well as advertised.

    The best gaming mice in comparison

    Regardless of your tastes, you will almost certainly end up wanting the best gaming mouse that your budget will allow. I have therefore made it my mission for this article to make this decision easier for you. So I'll keep it short: the best gaming mouse is Logitech's G502 Lightspeed. It's the best choice when you want convenience, a long-lasting battery, and sensible button selection and layout. The design of the Logitech G502 Lightspeed allows multiple grip styles and the Logitech companion software is unobtrusive and easy to use. And especially important with a wireless gaming mouse: It also has solid wireless connectivity and won't let you down at important moments.

    If you don't want a wireless mouse, you can use the Razer DeathAdder V2 precisely. By the way, the DeathAdder V2 is also my mouse of choice for gaming. The Razer DeathAdder V2 is simply unbeatable in the ergonomics department, with a design that feels like a natural extension of your hand. The model of the DeathAdder V2 is quite simple, but it also works great.

    If you don't like the Logitech G502 Lightspeed or the Razer DeathAdder V2, you will find some other really good gaming mice in our list.

    1st place - Logitech G502 Lightspeed

    Play at Lightspeed - Logitech G502The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is simply a great gaming mouse for the demanding gamer who doesn't want to compromise. It's comfortable, packed with features, and while wireless, it's fast and accurate.

    Admittedly, at € 133, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed is definitely not the cheapest mouse. But if you're looking to invest in a high-end wireless mouse, there is no better choice.

    The G502 Lightspeed combines the best functions of a gaming mouse with those of an all-purpose mouse. The main buttons give a satisfactory response when you click them. Unlike some other popular models, they click lightly but not too easily, regardless of your grip style.

    This mouse also has a quick press button, a feature inherited from other consumer-facing Logitech and gaming mice. By default, the mouse wheel scrolls step by step, as you would expect from a mouse wheel. Pressing the button releases this mechanism that grips the mouse wheel so it can scroll freely to the end of a long page. This little feature can give the mouse a lot more versatility in certain situations, e.g. B. If you want to quickly scroll through your inventory in a game.

    The G502 Lightspeed offers many of these gaming oriented features. Logitech's newest sensor, the Hero 16K, can process up to 16.000 DPI and over 400 inches per second at a rate of 1.000 Hz. It supports a variety of different DPI settings, which you can change depending on your playing style and desk set-up with a push of one of the macro keys.

    The Logitech G502 Lightspeed may not have the most exciting design, but it is incredibly easy to use. Another nice feature that helps with this is 16 g of additional weights, with which you can adjust the mouse perfectly to you. The ideal weight of a mouse depends on your personal preferences, which can vary from game to game. Personally, for example, I like a heavy mouse for Escape by Tarkov and a lighter one for Valorant. With the G502 Lightspeed you can flexibly change the weight of your mouse. No matter what weight you decide in the end, the mouse glides easily with its soft feet over any type of mouse pad. The feet are made of PTFE (a great alternative to classic plastic), the same material found in many Razer mice that helps reduce friction.

    Logitech G502 buttons

    The layout of the Logitech buttons on the G502 Lightspeed seemed a bit crowded at first. There are a total of six extra buttons. (From a purely technical point of view, there are even a total of 11 buttons, if you count the main mouse buttons and the various options for programming the mouse wheel.) But after a short test phase, I quickly noticed that the buttons are easy thanks to Logitech's really intelligent placement feel good and are by no means too much. They are all very easy to get to and surprisingly easy to tell apart.

    The Logitech software is also particularly pleasant. With this you can configure the LED lighting pattern of the mouse, assign commands to macro keys and adjust details of the mouse sensor. And unlike the apps that accompany mice from most other manufacturers (Razer is particularly bad here), the G Hub software from Logitech is easy to use and runs quietly in the background of your computer.

    The fact that the G502 Lightspeed is wireless makes it a lot easier to take with you wherever you go. This is especially useful when you're at one Laptop playing. By the way, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the expensive G502 Lightspeed, the Logitech G502 Hero is ideal. It offers almost all of the functions and advantages of the G502 Lightspeed, except that it is wired. Otherwise the differences are absolutely minimal. The feet are not made of PTFE and it also has fewer integrated profiles (three versus five) and the scroll wheel looks a little different. But if you don't mind, the G502 Hero is still a very good wired alternative.

    Sale
    Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming mouse, HERO 16000 DPI sensor, wireless connection, USB connection, RGB lighting, weight tuning, POWERPLAY compatible, PC / Mac, black - EU packaging
    • High-performance design: The new design and the integrated outer shell allow a further reduction in weight to support the latest technologies
    • Wireless LIGHTSPEED technology: Esports professionals rely on the wireless LIGHTSPEED technology ecosystem for first-class, ultra-fast and reliable gaming performance
    • HERO 16K sensor: The professional sensor offers up to 16.000 DPI and pixel-precise performance without any smoothing, filtering or acceleration
    • 11 buttons and a super-fast scroll wheel: The metal spring suspension enables quick, smooth button actuation and the scroll wheel enables lightning-fast flicking through websites and documents
    • Weight adjustment system: Six adjustable weights for optimized scanning and pixel-perfect aiming in the game

    2nd place - Razer DeathAdder V2 Elite

    Razer DeathAdder V2 EliteRazer's DeathAdder V2 is a great wired mouse that doesn't need tons of features to stand out. What it does offer, however, are extremely good and solid foundations, including convenience. With it I can play for hours without getting a problem with my hand. Especially for shooters like Valorant who require quick reflexes and a simple selection of buttons, the Razer DeathAdder V2 is unbeatable. But the best is probably the price. You can find the DeathAdder Elite on Amazon for as little as 70 €.

    Of all the wired gaming mice I've ever tested, no other mouse felt as good as the DeathAdder. This is crucial when playing a game like Valorant that requires precision.

    The design of the DeathAdder V2 works regardless of how your mouse grip is. No matter whether your fingers are flat and relaxed over the mouse or are curved. If you have your index finger on the left mouse button and your middle finger on the right mouse button, the Deathadder V2, unlike most mice, offers enough space on the right side so that your ring finger and your little finger do not dangle from the side.

    Overall, all of the design features of the DeathAdder aim at the same two goals: convenience and simplification. There is nothing unnecessary and everything just feels good. The two thumb buttons in particular can be reached incredibly quickly and easily. Your thumb is not completely on the mouse, but adheres to the side of the mouse thanks to a grippy material. As a result, you are also able to react very quickly without this position being strenuous for your thumb in the long term. Thanks to this ergonomic design, your thumb stays as close as possible to the edges of the freely programmable macro keys without accidentally pressing them.

    Razer DeathAdder V2 gaming mouseThe sensor of the DeathAdder V2 is also impressive. It features Razer's Focus Plus optical sensor with 20.000 DPI and a travel of up to 650 inches per second. Two buttons next to the mouse wheel allow you to switch between user-defined DPI settings at any time. The DeathAdder supports several profiles, which you can switch quickly with the mouse. Up to five profiles can be created.

    In addition to the really great thumb rest, the DeathAdder V2 offers some other design details that support you in gaming. Among other things, there is the braided Speedflex cable from Razer, which reduces the chance of it getting caught on your mouse pad, on the other hand, the DeathAdder V2, just like the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, comes with PTFE feet, which allow the mouse to slide smoothly over your mouse pad .

    Sale
    Razer DeathAdder V2 - Wired USB gaming mouse with ergonomic comfort (optical switches, optical focus + 20K sensor, Speedflex cable, integrated memory) Black
    • BEST-IN-CLASS ERGONOMIC SHAPE: With the help of countless prototypes and tests, our ergonomics experts and designers have been able to develop the best-grip and lightest housing, with which top performance in the game is possible even longer
    • RAZER OPTICAL MOUSE SWITCHES: Every click is carried out at the speed of light, without any debounce delay, so that your own shot is always the first. The switches are characterized by a durability of up to 70 million clicks
    • OPTICAL RAZER FOCUS + 20K SENSOR: A sensor with 20.000 DPI guarantees that even the smallest movements of the mouse are detected, so that game-changing headshots and spectacular maneuvers are possible
    • RAZER SPEEDFLEX CABLE: Even more elastic and practically without tensile resistance for unhindered freedom of movement - unhindered development in every part
    • 5 PROFILES IN THE INTEGRATED MEMORY: Up to 5 profile configurations can be stored in your integrated memory and your own settings can be taken anywhere so that the preferred control can always be used

    3rd place - Zowie EC2

    Zowie EC2 CS: GO EditionZowie mice have been the favored mice by CS: GO professionals for a long time, and not without reason. While Razer's DeathAdder V2 is still my personal choice in terms of comfort, for many the Zowie EC2 is an equally good, if not better, option. The mouse has a similar shape to the DeathAdder V2 and is ergonomically just ingenious. In addition, there is a generous amount of thumb space under the side buttons, which I personally found very comfortable. All Zowie mice are wonderfully sleek in terms of design, in fact the EC2 is the curviest mouse the company offers.

    One reason why the Zowie mice are so popular with professional players is that they are not offered in one size. Unlike other manufacturers, each mouse model has its own size option. So if you think you need a slightly smaller mouse, that's no problem with the EC2.

    It is also very pleasant that you can adjust the DPI sensitivity and the query rate of the Zowie EC2 completely without a driver or software, which is hardly possible these days. The no-frills philosophy of Zowie also extends to the range of features. However, I do not mean that negatively! I think the EC2 is exactly what most gamers need and just as important; nothing they don't need. The EC2 gaming mouse has four buttons (two main buttons, two side buttons) and a DPI button that can be set on the underside of the mouse. Even the advanced settings, such as adjusting the lift-off distance, can be set without software by pressing a defined key combination.

    Zowie EC2 gaming mouse

    Another thing I really like about the EC2 is the deep, grippy grooves on the mouse wheel. As you scroll, you'll hear a hearty click and advance to the next notched step. In addition, the cable is 2 meters long, which is very generous. So if you're looking for a simple looking mouse that performs as well as the Razer but doesn't come with unnecessary software, the Zowie EC2 is worth considering. The DeathAdder V2 feels a bit more luxurious, but also has a lot of LEDs, which are known to be not for everyone.

     

    BenQ Zowie EC2-B mouse (CS: GO version, for e-Sports)
    • In addition to the new 3360 sensor, the new mice have a sensor for the USB report rate with a signal LED on the bottom of the housing.
    • This way you can make your personal presets much easier and you also get permanent feedback on your sampling rate without additional software.
    • Zowie Ec2-B Cs: Go Mouse

    4th place - Razer Naga Trinity

    Razer Naga TrinityIf you don't play shooters, but rather MMO games like World of Warcraft, you may have different requirements for a gaming mouse. A large number of easily accessible keys is particularly important here so that you can activate as many hotkeys as possible quickly with your thumb. Razer has developed something really great with the Naga Trinity: a mouse that is as versatile as the games you play.

    You can use them not only for FPS games but also for MOBAs and MMOs. Why? Because the Razer Naga Trinity has three different interchangeable side panels. One side panel has an FPS layout with two buttons, one a circular layout with seven buttons for e.g. MOBAs and the last one a MMO layout with 12 buttons.

    The mouse from Razer offers ergonomic qualities similar to the DeathAdder V2. However, if the selection of games is limited to only FPS games, we advise against the Razer Naga Trinity. Its versatility is really awesome, but it doesn't feel as stable as a specialized gaming mouse. Otherwise, the mouse has an optical 5G sensor with 16,000 DPI, which guarantees that all mouse movements are implemented quickly and precisely.

    Sale
    Razer Naga Trinity - modular gaming mouse for MMO, MOBA or FPS games with interchangeable side panels (optical 5G sensor, 19 + 1 programmable buttons)
    • REAL 5 DPI 16.000G OPTICAL SENSOR: The Razer Naga Trinity features the world's most advanced 5G true 16.000 DPI optical sensor. It is optimized in terms of precision and speed
    • THREE INTERCHANGEABLE SIDE PANELS: With the help of the interchangeable side panels for 2-, 7- and 12-button configurations, the mouse can be perfectly adapted to the playing style
    • UP TO 19 PROGRAMMABLE BUTTONS: With up to 19 programmable buttons, gamers are spoiled for choice: either assign only the most important functions or go straight to the point
    • EVEN BETTER ERGONOMICS FOR RIGHT-HANDED: The Razer Naga Trinity is based on a design with further improved ergonomics for right-handers, so that powerful magic can be carried out well into the night
    • POWERED BY RAZER CHROMA: Thanks to the complete spectrum of 16,8 million colors, the Razer Naga Trinity can be individually adapted in a really unique way, so that it always matches your personal style

     

    Frequently asked questions about gaming mice

    Which gaming mouse is the best?

    The absolute best gaming mouse money can buy right now is the Logitech G502 Lightspeed. This wireless mouse combines very good ergonomics with really great gaming features. If you have enough money to spare and you don't mind wireless mice, we definitely recommend the Logitech mouse!

    What is the best wired gaming mouse?

    The best wired gaming mouse is the Razer DeathAdder V2. Very good ergonomics, great gaming features and solid workmanship make the DeathAdder the best wired gaming mouse currently available.

    Which gaming mouse is good for MMO games?

    For MMO games or so-called MOBAs, you need a mouse with extra buttons. In our test, the Razer Naga Trinity could convince us best!

    How expensive is a good gaming mouse?

    A good gaming mouse usually costs upwards of 50 €, for top models you can get rid of around 150 €. Wireless gaming mice in particular are usually a bit more expensive. But the investment is worth it! A good gaming mouse is essential, especially for FPS games!

     

    About Kevin Benckendorf

    Kevin Benckendorf grew up in Germany, but at home all over the world. His passion is the latest technology. Whether hardware or software. He is always up to date and tests the best new releases for you.