Top 20 gaming mice: SA price comparison

Logitech G700 Mouse comparison

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

Rank Gaming Mouse Score Price
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
4 Roccat Kone[+] 85% R830
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
16 Razer Taipan 81% R816
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?

*Review scores were taken from Engadget on 26 May 2014, and were accurate at the time of publication.

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