Whether you play on a desktop gamer or on a laptop gamer, buying a mouse gaming is a must for any self-respecting gamer. So read our guide to the best gaming mice 2018 to find the one that fits your hand! (read besides our guides to find the best laptop gaming and the cheapest)
- 1 Best Gaming Mouse 2018
- 1.1 SteelSeries Sensei 310
- 1.2 Logitech G903 Chaos
- 1.3 Steel Series Rival 700
- 1.4 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
- 1.5 Razer DeathAdder Elite
- 1.6 Razer Mamba Chroma
- 1.7 Razer Naga Hex V2
- 1.8 Razer Naga Epic Chroma
Best Gaming Mouse 2018
|Name||Buttons||Max DPI||User Rating|
|SteelSeries Sensei 310||8 Buttons||12,000 DPI|
|Logitech G903 Chaos||11 buttons||12,000 DPI|
|Steel Series Rival 700||7 buttons||16,000 DPI|
|Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum||11 buttons||12,000 DPI|
|Razer DeathAdder Elite||7 buttons||16,000 DPI|
|Razer Mamba Chroma||9 buttons||16,000 DPI|
|Razer Naga Hex V2||7 buttons||16,000 DPI|
|Razer Naga Epic Chroma||12 buttons||8,200 DPI|
SteelSeries Sensei 310
SteelSeries renews its famous ambidextrous mouse, the Sensei. It is not a coincidence that some manufacturers have resumed its design for their own mouse (Dream Machines DM1 Pro S, Nixeus Revel …). If the Danish manufacturer retains the DNA of the original Sensei, he has nevertheless completely reviewed his copy.
The Sensei 310 is based on the same basis as the Rival 310. Apart from the two additional buttons of the first, only the form distinguishes these two mice from each other.
The Sensei has long been a reference for many players, but we must recognize that its design began to date somewhat. If its simple appearance could still seduce, progress has been made in terms of materials used and ergonomics in general. We are therefore not surprised to find that SteelSeries has completely redesigned the Sensei 310 design.
The Sensei 310 is nevertheless more suitable for clawing or fingertips, although it is possible to fully place the palm if you do not have too long fingers. Despite a perfectly symmetrical shape that is good for lefties, the mouse is just as enjoyable for right-handed users. Admittedly, neither of them will benefit from an inclination and a shape matching the outlines of their hands, but insofar as the Sensei 310 encourages a grip with the fingertips, it does not seem too much embarrassing.
The Sensei 310 has also been reduced by a dozen grams (92.1 g against 102 g for the first Sensei), which makes it more manageable. It is thus raised more easily, especially since its slices are coated with a non-slip elastomeric material. SteelSeries specifies that the latter is in fact “pure silicone”, designed to ensure “an extremely durable grip”. If we can verify this statement in just a few weeks of use, it is clear that this coating seems effectively resistant and yet flexible enough to provide a pleasant touch.
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Pros & Cons
SteelSeries puts forward this criterion of durability to target this time the eSport. The main plastic of the hull, matte and semi-rough, follows the same logic and favors efficiency and strength. It is especially designed to avoid fingerprints that can easily occur, especially because of sweat.
Logitech G903 Chaos
Last year, we were introduced to the excellent Logitech G900. Besides being comfortable, functional and powerful, it had then taken the lead of our selection of the best wireless gaming mice. It is today on its evolution that brings it to our attention, in the presence of the Logitech G903.
While this new model does not present changes visible to the eye, it nevertheless incorporates a particularly innovative option via the addition of a wireless charging system. In combination with the POWERPLAY mousepad, the G903 is indeed able to get rid of the box recharging, a first on the sector.
The Logitech G903 is offered at a price of $179, identical to that of the G900 when it was released. To take advantage of its wireless charging option, it will still cost an additional 129$ to afford the carpet Logitech POWERPLAY. An addition that is starting to get very disliked!
As explained above, the G903 has little difference compared to the previous G900, and it starts with its packaging. The cover reveals a large photo of the model, and displays its main features. The manufacturer places particular emphasis on the 2.4GHz LightSpeed wireless connection and the adjustable ergonomics of its mouse (making it accessible to left-handed players).
Under the cover, a box encloses the G903 and its accessories. It contains the following elements:
- USB dongle (for wireless transmission)
- A USB adapter
- USB extension (to position the dongle at best)
- A weight of 10 g
- Interchangeable buttons and fronts
- A user manual and a warranty booklet
- A small box to carry some accessories
For design and ergonomics, at first glance, it’s difficult to differentiate the new Logitech G903 from its little sister the G900 Chaos Spectrum. Both models are almost identical in construction, and all the good that could be said of the previous model is still relevant today.
Logitech G903 Chaos Pros & Cons
The mouse takes on a look that is still workable, with the famous futuristic and angular aspect that had charmed us last year. Only offered in a dark color (unlike the new Logitech G703 which is now adorned with a white dress), the G903 is in the atypical while showing a certain sobriety. The construction is mainly made of plastic, and the dimensions remain unchanged at a length of about 130 mm and a width of 67 mm.
Steel Series Rival 700
After the introduction of Rival 500, more for fans of MMO and MOBA, it is the turn of the SteelSeries Rival 700 to pass in our hands. The flagship of the manufacturer’s range, it takes a more traditional format and is closer to its little sister, the Rival 300.
The mouse is presented in a compact box, presenting on its front a large picture of the product. It reveals a Windows / Mac compatibility and its main innovations: a customizable screen, tactile alerts and RGB lighting. These features are taken a little further in the back of the box, confirming also that the mouse is compatible with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software.
Under the cover, we discover a box containing the Rival 700 and its various accessories. There are two removable cables (including a braided) and a quick start guide.
Unlike previous models in the range, the Rival 700 opts for a relatively standard size (124 x 68 x 41 mm), which should be able to adapt to the vast majority of players. It will be placed halfway between the small SteelSeries Rival 100 and the imposing SteelSeries Rival 300.
To go a little further in the customization of this mouse, it will also be possible to replace the elastomer insert positioned at the back of the Rival 700. A small bonus that was already found on previous models of the brand. As the mouse is clearly designed for right-handed players, it does not have additional buttons on its right side. Nevertheless, there is a large grip area that is supposed to improve grip and hold of the mouse during the fastest movements.
Steel Series Rival 700 Pros & Cons
This new model quickly shows its many differences, however, with many atypical features. From its customizable OLED screen to its vibration module and interchangeable shells, the Rival 700 clearly seeks to stand out from the competition without sacrificing the basics of a good gaming mouse.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
Logitech recently launched its new G502, named Proteus Spectrum, a version that joins the RGB range of the Swiss manufacturer, which already includes the G933 Artemis Spectrum helmet, among others. Its eldest, the Proteus Core, had already convinced us, to the point of holding the lead of the mouse buying guide. More than that, the release of the Proteus Spectrum is an opportunity to take stock of Logitech’s flagship model.
When unpacking, there is nothing to differentiate the Proteus Spectrum from the Core, apart from the color. Indeed, we cannot find the blue plastic keys characteristic of the brand on the side of the new model, which displays a hull almost entirely black. Only the dial and the DPI level indicator are dark gray.
The dimensions are standard (13.2 x 7.5 x 4 cm). Finer than some of its competitors (Corsair Scimitar RGB), the G502 offers an exemplary grip, thanks to a very pronounced thumb recess and two side sockets stylized elastomer. The very big hands will however have to avoid taking in palm grip, at the risk of seeing the fingers protruding at the front of the apparatus.
Turning the mouse, we see a very wide skate with three other smaller, all Teflon black. They have a very pronounced rim compared to the rest of the device and so clog up very quickly; it will take care and clean regularly to ensure a smooth glide.
Pulling lightly on the edge of the thumb slot, you can open the mouse and add up to five weights of 3.6 g each to the original weight 121 g. An opportunity already present on the Proteus Core, but still relatively rare on the market.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Pros & Cons
Like its predecessor, the Proteus Spectrum retains a shape all angles, less conventional than most of its competitors like the Razer or Steelseries, but without going to the extravagance of Mad Catz. It is a good compromise, therefore, for players looking for an original mouse. Its angular hull gives the G502 a look reminiscent of racing cars; an impression reinforced by the shape of the buttons and the edges of shiny plastic.
Razer DeathAdder Elite
This is a bit of the niche of Razer, which continues year after year to evolve its different product lines. So today we look at the case of the brand new Razer DeathAdder Elite, replacing the famous DeathAdder Chroma.
In fact, no great revolution, but little welcome developments that will add some improvements to a model already highly acclaimed by players. As a reminder, the DeathAdder is a mouse appreciated for its versatility, adapting to a large majority of games and players in terms of ergonomics.
One of the strengths of the DeathAdder is to be able to easily adapt to most genres available. MOBA, FPS, RTS or adventure games, everything goes! To confirm all this, a little tour on the side of many video game library to spend a few hours on titles such as Dota 2, Battlefield 1 or The Witcher 3. On the MOBA, the mouse is reactive and clicks well sensitive allow to quickly chaine actions to gain the upper hand over opponents.
Razer DeathAdder Elite Pros & Cons
So, this new Razer DeathAdder Elite, we go for it? Well, it depends! If you already have a DeathAdder Chroma it suits you, it’s useless to switch to this superior model. The improvements, although concrete and effective, are finally quite small to hand over again.
Razer Mamba Chroma
The Razer Mamba 2018 is offered in a packaging clearly more successful than the rest of the range. We find at first a cardboard packaging, using the color codes of Razer: dark tones accompanied by the now classic neon green touch.
The front shows a large picture of the mouse itself, and a listing of its main features: 16000 DPI sensor, Click Force technology and wired / wireless compatibility. These last features are also taken a little more in detail on the side of the box. On the back, there is a second picture of the mouse, this time with its charging dock.
The front of the packaging can unfold and then gives access to a very nice black metal box, cutting radically with the usual plastic packaging. Inside, we find the mouse and its various accessories, well protected in a quality foam. The Razer Mamba is therefore accompanied by a charging station, a USB / Micro-USB cable, a screwdriver to adjust the activation force of its clicks and of course the various user manuals.
The Razer Mamba and the Mamba Tournament Edition look like two drops of water. Nothing really differentiates them, except obviously the absence of cable and a backlight logo at the palm rest only present on the TE version.
We therefore find a mouse with a medium size, with a length of about 12.8 cm for 7 cm wide and 4.2 cm high. It can therefore suit the vast majority of players, adapting to both large hands and smaller ones. On the scale, the Mamba Chroma weigh 125 g, a clearly important weight that may not be suitable for all players, especially those with a habit of raising their mouse regularly. However, once the hand on the machine, the feeling of strength and appearance “Premium” is clearly at the rendezvous.
Razer Naga Hex V2
While the Naga has already had several updates, including one last in 2015 with the Naga Chroma, the Naga Hex had not changed since 2012. It is now done with a Hex V2 which is stalled on the Naga Chroma 2015 and benefits from a revised ergonomics, a laser sensor last generation (5G) and is distinguished by its seven thumb buttons arranged in a circular manner.
Handling the mouse is therefore rather based on palm grip or claw grip, although it is possible to adopt the finger tip if you have long enough fingers. The mouse is nevertheless designed to accommodate the palm of the hand, with the fingers resting comfortably on the sites dug.
This is also why the Naga is so wide, since it supports the annular and leaves a zone to the little finger on its right edge; area coated with a rubber improving adhesion. It is found opposite for the thumb, on the left edge. The mouse holds firmly between the fingers, without slipping, which is convenient for quick movements and replace it by lifting slightly.
The finish is, like the other mice in the range, it is very neat. The adjustments are precise and the matte and rough plastics leave a good impression of quality and have the advantage of limiting perspiration. On the other hand, they capture the dust very well. Despite the presence of three backlit areas (logo, thumb wheel, thumb buttons), the whole remains sober.
Let’s come now to the particularity of this Naga Hex V2: the seven buttons that occupy the left edge, accessible with the thumb. Always arranged in a circular fashion, they surround the small non-slip area that receives the thumb when it comes to moving the mouse sharply. This therefore avoids the unintended activations that can occur with the classic Naga, since the thumb is not necessarily positioned over a button. Of course, this is also at the expense of the number of buttons, since we go from 12 on the Naga to 7 on the Naga Hex V2, is still one more than the first Naga Hex. Their shape also evolves with respect to the latter, from hexagonal to trapezoid with rounded edges. Numbered from 1 to 7, they are all identical, but their position makes it possible to quickly identify them in principle to avoid confusing them while using them. These buttons are by default assigned to the keys 1 to 7 of the keyboard, but their functions can of course be changed in the mouse software.
Razer Naga Hex V2 Pros & Cons
Razer Naga Epic Chroma
The Naga Epic Chroma is rather massive. Its 12 cm long and 7.5 cm wide will be better for large hands. The hull is however flatter than on Logitech models like the G303 Daedalus Apex (only 4.3 cm in height).
The mouse is adorned with a matte black plastic dress that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the touch and does not retain sweat or finger marks. For dust, it’s another story. You will regularly remember to clean it to prevent it from adorning dirt. The wheel and buttons on the side are backlit and customizable, since it is possible to choose from 16.8 million colors. Both can display the same color or not, depending on the player’s tastes.
Unlike Logitech, Razer makes the choice to leave a location on the right side of the mouse to place the ring finger. The grip is then very pleasant and effective, regardless of the preferred position of the hand of the user.
The Naga Epic Chroma is the perfect companion for MMORPG players by offering an impressive 12 shortcut buttons located under the thumb. This multitude of macros/shortcuts that looks like a vintage phone keyboard is very useful … once we have memorized the location of all keys; which is not necessarily easy at first. Indeed, buttons 10 to 12 are not very accessible and require good thumb flexibility or dexterity of the first phalanx after the palm to be used. And it is not always easy to differentiate buttons to touch, especially when in a hurry.