Best MMO Mouse for PC Gaming 2019
If you play WoW or another MMORPG you know just how many buttons there are to press. A good MMO mouse will certainly have a few extra buttons, but should those buttons come at the cost of comfort?
Having access to all of these mice has certainly changed my opinion on it. DPI and accuracy are important as well, but not as important as they would be on an FPS or RTS mouse.
So, what's truly important?
In my opinion, comfort is paramount. Find a mouse that has a good shape with buttons arranged in a way that makes sense to you and doesn't hurt your hand. There is no one option fits everyone's playstyle here. So, some trial and error may be required to find what's right for you.
Our Top MMORPG Gaming Mice for 2019
Logitech G600 Vs. Razer Naga Chroma and Trinity
As far grid mice are concerned right now it comes down to whether you'd rather have , the Razer Naga Chroma or Trinity model, or something inexpensive like the Redragon Impact or M901. the Logitech G600
If this were last year, then I'd clearly give the edge to the G600. The grid has a layout which has buttons staggered up and down in a way where you can feel them with your hand. In addition, not having the alternate grips that the previous Naga had simply made it feel more ergonomic.
With Razer's recent upgrades to the Naga model these two feel very similar. Razer added a mechanical pad with staggered buttons like Logitech's and eliminated grips to give it better ergonomics. Both use a somewhat accurate laser sensor. Razer claims it's using the world's most precise gaming mouse sensor here, but in my opinion, this is a bit of a marketing gimmick.
In using these mice extensively there is a bit of a learning curve when getting to know the grid layout positions. While you're getting used to it you'll probably misclick from time to time. In addition, they both keep your palm in a relatively high stance. I got used to this after a while and it became quite comfortable. That being said this may not be the case for everyone.
Software customization is available on both - although I prefer to use Logitech's.
Overall you may decide to go with whichever one is cheapest or looks better to you. The Logitech G600 is regularly available for around $40 while the Naga is currently around $60. Neither has the wireless freedom that you'll find in the G900 or the Naga Epic, but both do perform admirably.
Razer's Naga Trinity modelClick thumbnail to view full-size
Another newer option is which offers you 3 different side grip types which you can switch based on the type of game you play. Something like the 7 button configuration would be ideal for ARPGs while the 12 button grid is great for MMORPGs. Then you have the classic 2 button side plate. Razer's Trinity model
It's a good idea, in concept, although personally, I prefer something with a smaller body for the two button grip. While testing it, I found myself struggling to not want to grab another mouse rather than change it out.
Overall, it's a lot cheaper to go this route than to purchase 3 different gaming mice, so I definitely get the appeal. However, if you've got the extra cash you may prefer to buy a big grid model like the G600 or Naga and opt for a secondary mouse like the DeathAdder or G502 Lightspeed for everyday work and other games.
Best Budget Grid Layout MMO Mouse
Here's a less expensive option that doesn't slack on quality.
Redragon has done a great job the last couple of years bringing well-designed gaming mice into the market. Not only does this bring the price of the bigger retailer mice down, but it also gives a solid budget option for those who don't want to spend $60-$100 on a gaming mouse.
The has many of the same features you'll find in the Logitech G600 and Razer Naga but comes in at just above $30. With a 12 button grid layout, 5 adjustable DPI levels up to 12,400, a decent PMW3327 sensor, and comfortable shape and thumb rest, you definitely won't feel like you're buying something cheap with the Impact. The software is pretty good too with 12 hotkey button and RGB customization. Redragon Impact RGB LED MMO mouse
Overall, this is a great mouse for the money. The sides were a bit glossy for me but it certainly is a good option for the price. Other than weight, usage felt similar to the Naga and G600 with the grid layout.
Logitech G900 / G903 Lightspeed
There are a lot of reasons the is near the top of my list for MMO gamers in 2019. First of all, its ergonomics are on par with standard mice out there. It's comfortable and won't leave your hand in an awkward shape for hours on end. It's not perfect. And while I'd prefer a right-handed shape to the ambidextrous shape of the G903, it's still more comfortable than the grid models above. Logitech G903 Lightspeed
Wireless vs Corded Gaming
Second, it's wireless. Wireless is something I've avoided in the past; however, with newer technology, there is no noticeable difference between the responsiveness of something like this and a corded mouse. Unless recharging every 30 hours is something that annoys you, I'd consider wireless to now be a huge plus.
What's Different with the New Logitech G903 vs G900?
The G903 is very similar to the G900. The G903 comes with an additional weight and Logitech's new PowerPlay technology which allows for wireless charging.
Another small change is that while these both use Omron switches the G903's are listed at 50 million vs the 20 million clicks of the G900. Overall, I also found them a bit lighter to use.
Overall, the G903 costs around $15 more, so you'll have to decide whether the wireless charging and other small upgrades are worth it against the previous model.
G903 Lightspeed Optical Sensor vs Laser
Unlike many of the MMORPG gaming mice on the market, the Logitech G900 uses a top sensor in the PMW3366. It's accurate enough for FPS and RTS games, and is a worry-free option for MMO gamers. Overall, this is a good thing but not a deal breaker or maker for MMO and MOBA gamers. That being said, if you play more than one genre like I do, you'll be happy with the extra flexibility.
The last thing that's truly sold me on the Logitech G903 Lightspeed is the 11 programmable buttons. They use a mechanical pivot design which I find to be consistently fast. In terms of pure numbers it's not as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important moves.
In terms of pure button count, the G903 doesn't have as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important skills.
If that's not enough, the buttons are modular as well. This is a good option for those that you continually misclick or that simply get in the way.
The scroll is great for tactile feedback as well as free scrolling, a personal favorite of mine. It's a pleasure to use.
Overall, the Logitech G903 is the mouse I'd get if you have the money. It's a bit pricey, but in my opinion, it's worth saving up for additional comfort. I'd consider it suitable for all grip styles and good for medium to large-sized hands. At 107 grams it's also light enough for hours and hours of gameplay.
If you're looking for a wired mouse that has a lot of buttons like a grid mouse but in a more natural way, take a look at the Roccat Tyon.
16 Programmable Buttons Plus Easy Shift
The button assignment software allows you a plethora of options for the Tyon's 16 programmable buttons. The easy shift essentially doubles the amount of buttons on the mouse to around 30. Additional profiles also add flexibility.
Size and Shape
This is a big mouse. It weighs around 128 grams. The profile of it doesn't seem as cumbersome as the grid mice I've used, but you should know upfront that it's not small. Due to the size, I'd only recommend it for palm and claw gripstyles. If you use a fingertip grip, go with something else.
For the shape, I found the Tyon to be a lot like the DeathAdder, which I really like. The back of the mouse does hang a bit higher than the DeathAdder, but this is a big advantage vs. other button heavy mice on the market. The thumb grip is deep and adds to the overall comfort level.
Overall the Roccat Tyon is one of my favorite designs for gamers looking for a lot of buttons. It's well-made, accurate, and looks great too. The price is a bit more expensive than the typical grid mice out there, but the build-quality is great.
When I first reviewed this mouse a couple of years ago I never thought I'd ever be recommending it in this setting. UtechSmart was a company I'd never heard of.
Still, the UtechSmart Venus really is a thing of beauty. UtechSmart has kept the cost down compared to other similar mice on the market at around $40 while giving it similar to better quality than those options.
The Venus comes with 18 programmable buttons with the grid holding 12 of those. Speaking of the grid, the buttons are set at varying angles so you can easily learn to locate them with your thumb. This is definitely a plus.
The software is easy-to-use and makes setting it up a breeze.
The UtechSmart Venus comes with a weight tuning set (8x2.4g) that's easy to install at the bottom of the mouse. The mouse itself has a heavy starting weight of around 150 ounces. Because of this, I actually preferred gaming without the extra weight on the Venus.
At half the cost of the Tyon and a quarter of the cost of the G900, the UtechSmart Venus definitely holds appeal for budget-conscious MMO gamers. If you do end up getting it, you'll likely be as surprised as I am by its good performance. It's also a stellar MOBA and LOL option.
Ergonomic Vs. Grid Layouts for MMO Mice
Advantages and Disadvantages to Grid Gaming Mice:
As I mentioned above there's no one single right layout for every person out there. Some would prefer to have a grid with the 12 buttons they truly need right on the side. This is a simple way to memorize and just makes a lot more sense to certain gamers.
Placing a grid on the side like we've seen with Logitech and Razer means that a little something is sacrificed in terms of ergonomics as these mice hold a bit higher in your palm.
Ergonomic Alternatives to the Grid Layout:
To combat this, manufacturers have also put together mice that keep the ergonomics of a standard mouse with a lot of the buttons that an MMO mouse has.
A mouse like the MMO7 from Mad Catz or the G900 have buttons placed throughout the mouse. This can make for a more fluid option once you train for it, but some don't like it over the simplicity of a grid.
Which works better for you and how can you know?
Ultimately, you may have to test and see which option works the best for you. It is easy enough to hold one of these mice at the store, but the only way to truly know is to buy one or two and try them out for a couple weeks.
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More MMO Gaming Mice Options
Another really good mouse in this category is the Corsair Gaming Scimitar. It's a MOBA / MMO designed mouse with 12 optimized mechanical buttons on its grid.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about the Scimitar is the mobile thumb grid. As one gaming mouse certainly doesn't fit all, this will be appealing to those who have trouble with the way that typical gaming mice are arranged.
If the better customization doesn't convince you of how great this mouse is, the sensor probably will. Unlike its competitors, Corsair chose to put a more accurate optical sensor in this mouse. This is definitely a plus.
Overall, this is a mouse that probably deserves a place in our top 5 but I want to hear from you first. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let me know in the comment section your thoughts about it.
Logitech G700S - Budget Wireless Freedom
If you want a mouse with wireless freedom, conveniently placed G buttons, and one that just feels good, then the G700S is another good classic option.
At this time this particular mouse is on sale for less than you can purchase the Naga Chroma.
It's a great alternative to typical grid mice and a good budget option for those who don't want to pay up for the Logitech G900.
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Does More DPI Mean More Accurate?
DPI shouldn't be confused with accuracy. Accuracy comes more in the type of sensor you're getting, the surface you're using, and how well your hand works with the DPI you have set. I've not seen an MMO-centric mouse in the past few years that hasn't had enough DPI.
If you care about accuracy, you'd ideally go for an optical sensor. That being said, I'd still choose overall comfort above all else.
If none of these options seem to work with your style, then I highly recommend you try a gaming keypad like the Logitech G13 or Razer Nostromo along with a highly accurate mouse like the Mionix Castor, Razer DeathAdder, Zowie EC2-A, or Logitech G502.
Be sure to give me your opinion on all of this below.
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