The gaming mouse is an essential weapon in the arsenal of any discerning PC gamer – but which is the best, and how much will it cost you? These are questions we seek to answer.
This gaming mouse review roundup makes use of Engadget’s fantastic review aggregation website to discern which are currently the top 20 rated products. Much like the familiar Metacritic, Engadget aggregates reviews from a range of popular and reputable websites to generate a global score.
We have also scrounged around online to find out how much these mice are retailing for in South Africa. The prices indicated show the range of pricing available and is meant to give a guide for your own shopping considerations. Online retailers often have specials and promotions, while your local physical retailer may have old stock they are trying to clear, so it can be worth shopping around.
Top 20 gaming mice – Engadget meta-review scores
|1||Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7||88%||R1,150 – R1,300|
|2||Logitech G700s||88%||R1,250 – R1,475|
|3||SteelSeries Sensei||85%||R890 – R980|
|5||Logitech G600||85%||R800 – R1,100|
|6||Corsair Vengeance M65||85%||R650 – R800|
|7||Razer Naga (2014)||85%||R920 – R1,050|
|8||Razer DeathAdder||84%||R800 – R1,000|
|9||Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700||84%||R1,250 – R1,475|
|10||SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Diablo III Mouse||83%||R600 – R680|
|11||Corsair Vengeance M60||83%||R570|
|12||Logitech Gaming Mouse G500||82%||R720 – R820|
|13||Razer Naga||82%||N/A – old model|
|14||Razer Orochi||82%||R800 – R900|
|15||Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn||81%||R385|
|17||Razer Naga Epic||80%||R1,450 – R1,680|
|18||SteelSeries Kana||79%||R450 – R602|
|19||Cooler Master CM Storm Xornet||79%||R365 – R400|
|20||Razer Naga Hex||77%||R870 – R1,020|
There are a few things to note about some of these mice:
Logitech G700 versus G700s
Aside from the external paint decal on the G700s (which purportedly improves grip and reduces sweat), the only real difference is in the DPI sensor – 5200DPI on the G700 versus 8200DPI on the G700s. Both can be found for around the same price, depending where you shop.
SteelSeries Sensei versus Sensei [RAW]
SteelSeries Sensei mice come in a variety of forms, but the main thing to note is the difference between the “regular” and “[RAW]” versions.
The regular Sensei has a metal shell and comes packing: a 32bit ARM processor (for processing up to 11,400 DPI); on-board memory for storing 5 profiles; it can be configured using an LCD menu system on the back; and the LED lights run the gamut of 16.8 million colours.
The Sensei [RAW] offers a gloss or rubberised plastic shell, but has no ARM processor, no on-board memory (1 stored profile), no LCD menu system, and no configurable colours.
Roccat Kone[+], Corsair Vengeance M60, CM Storm Spawn, and Razer Taipan
It is difficult to find stock of these gaming mice in SA, so if you spot one for a good price, you might want to grab it.
What do you look for in a gaming mouse?
Review scores and pricing are just part of the story – gamers have strong opinions on what serves best as a gaming product. For example, I’m back to using my trusty Logitech MX518 (which is still going strong a decade on) after my R.A.T. 5 gave up the ghost after only 2 years.
Want to let us know what you look for in a gaming mouse so we can compile the info into an article? Head on over to the MyGaming forum where the discussion is happening: What do you look for in a gaming mouse?