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Having a good gaming mouse for your FPS games won’t teach you to have quick reflexes or make up for a lack of map knowledge. However, it certainly can bridge the gap for competitive gamers.
I’ve been watching the gaming mouse market since I started playing competitive FPS games over 10 years ago. Gamers have better options now than ever before. This comes from pushing manufacturers to use better sensors and shapes.
While it’s difficult to come up with a list of our favorites for 2018 from the hundreds that are available, we feel this list represents some of the best available. This list also takes thousands of gamer's votes into account.
Top Gaming Mice for First-Person Shooters as Voted by Our Readers
Want to own the competition? Here are our reader’s picks for the best FPS gaming mouse of 2018. Depending on your hand size and preferred grip you may prefer one over the other.
Disagree? This list changes regularly because of you. Voice your opinion by voting and leaving a comment below. For the budget-minded, be sure to check out our list of cheap and good gaming mice.
Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse Review
I was a little skeptical when the G502 was released. Flagship models, such as this one with their features, buttons, and personalization had failed me in the past. In addition, the new Pixart PMW3366DM was unknown to me. Why would the G502 be any different?
Not only was I wrong, but the Logitech G502 finally overtook the Razer DeathAdder in our user poll. The Razer DeathAdder, or some version of it, has been in first place since I started making these guides five years ago. I’d consider the new Pixart sensor to be on par with the one the DeathAdder had a stranglehold on for so many years. Certainly, Pixart’s purchase of Avago’s sensor technology has something to do with it.
- Practicality: It’s also a stellar mouse for daily work. The thumb rest and easy-to-use scroll wheel make it my choice for the everyday type of use. Perhaps it’s this that sets it apart from other options on here. A mouse that’s not only accurate but great to work with.
- Size: In terms of size it’s similar to the MX518 I used for so many years. Plus it has the hyper-fast scroll wheel that I’ve grown to love on my former daily user, the G500. More, the G500 achieves 200-12,000 DPI without interpolation so it’s perfect for any resolution you want to use. All of this with a faultless sensor catapults this mouse to number 1. That being said it’s not for everyone. The weight, at around 121 grams, will steer some in the direction of the other mice on this list.
- Summary: Overall, it’s not only a great mouse for Overwatch, Battlefield, CSGO, and it’s the one I use for work every day. The ergonomics and scroll wheel make it ideal for long hours. That being said, I personally shift to the Mionix Castor or Razer DeathAdder when playing competitively.
Will it continue on in 2018 at the number one? That remains to be seen. There are a lot of new mice on our 2018 gaming mouse poll, so be sure to voice your opinion there.
SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse
If I had a vote for best new gaming mouse in 2018, this would be it. The SteelSeries Rival 600 has a lot going for it.
There are a couple of issues with it, but no more than I find in most gaming mice out there.
First of all, it's a bit unbalanced but clearly not bad at all. Second of all, the cord in front is a bit big. Finally, the shape and scroll wheel take some time to get used to.
Don't let my con list make you think this is a bad mouse. It's not. In fact, it might be my new favorite. But I wanted full transparency up front.
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This mouse has one of the best sensors on the market, amazing buttons, and good balance overall. Your brain also quickly adapts to the slight imbalance and shape.
The comfort grooves help with support and slipping, although there's not as much grip as I'd want overall on the top.
In addition, if you want a lighter version of this mouse, you can use it without the sides for a slim group.
Overall, this is a great mouse. The back has a great curve, the sensor is nearly flawless, the shape and balance are decent, and there's a gradual curve to the sides. You may consider my criticisms above to mean you shouldn't get it. On the contrary, I've got fewer criticisms of it than pretty much every other mouse on the market. I'd recommend it for medium to large-sized hands.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Review
This mouse will continue to be the number one pick for many. It’s popular because of its practical shape, light weight, and sensor.
In our poll it’s nearly there; however, it’s still the best-selling mouse out there. Like the G502, the DeathAdder has a nearly flawless sensor. For the Chroma and Essential, you get the Avago ADNS-3988 and for the newer Elite option, the Pixart PMW3389. As someone who plays at around 2,000 DPI I can’t tell much of a difference between the two.
Which Version Should You Get?
The 2013 version (now called Essential) of the mouse upgraded the plastic side grips to rubber as well as the sensor. The Razer DeathAdder Chroma version allows you to change the lighting to 1 of up to 16.8 million customizable color options to fit the rest of your gear. However, it’ll set you back an additional $10 to $30. As the Elite falls within this same price range, it’s the one I’d go with and especially if you can find it at a similar price to the Essential.
The lighter base weight and simpler shape of the DeathAdder vs the G502 above will be appealing to many. Don’t let the Razer naysayers confuse you. This is a good mouse and one you should try.
A while back I reviewed the Mionix Castor for our YouTube channel and was more than pleased with the results. Because our overall poll came out before it was released, I thought it was fair to include here.
If really using the mouse is a sign of whether I like it or not, then I will let you in on a secret. This is the one and only mouse on my desk right now.
The grip is smooth, the sensor flawless, the rubberized side grips bigger than other brands, and the Teflon feet are wider and more pronounced than other options I’ve used.
All of this combined with Mionix’s lighting options, lightweight frame and design at around 96 grams, and quality simply won me over.
If you like the DeathAdder, then you’ll you should take a look at the Mionix Castor as well. If you prefer a wider mouse like the G502, then you might want to stick with that. Also, Some may find the shape from top to bottom to be a little awkward. After using it the last few months, the shape, to me, makes total sense.
Logitech G403 Review
- Weight: The weight of the wired Logitech G403 is around 90 grams. In our opinion, this is ideal for long gaming sessions.
- Shape: The G403 is a basic shape with a hump close to the middle. There’s a slight slope on the left side where the buttons are. This safe shape allows you to use it with multiple shapes but may not be perfect depending on your hand size. It’s a large mouse overall. So, overall if you have small hands, don’t expect to be able to use a fingertip grip.
- Sensor: The G403 uses a 3366 optical sensor considered extremely good by most. It’s very smooth at any level of DPI and we had no issues with jitter, angle snapping, or rattle.
- Final Thoughts: Overall, the G403 is ideal for FPS, MOBA, and RTS style games and receives our recommendation for large hands with all grips, medium for palm and claw, and small for palm.
Ben Q Zowie FK 2 or 1 Review
FK2 Vs FK1
The FK2 and FK1 are some of the better competitive FPS mice available. The FK2 being a slightly smaller version of the FK1.
For weight, the FK2 comes in at around 84 grams while the FK2 comes in at 94 grams. Both use the Avago PMW-3310 which is nearly flawless in terms of its control, speed, and lift off distance.
The DPI control is from 400-3200, more than adequate for most.
The Zowie FK2 is ideal for those with small to medium-sized hands and deserves its place on this list because of its low lift-off distance, lack of acceleration, and low weight at 85 grams. Again, the FK1 is nearly identical but slightly bigger and comes in at 90 grams.
Overall, it’s another solid mouse choice for FPS gamers and, unlike other mice on this list, is ambidextrous as well. It’s a favorite of many pro gamer friends of mine, but personally, I prefer something right-handed.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB
Another top mouse in 2018 is the Corsair M65. It uses a flawless 12,000 DPI sensor in the Pixart PMW 3360 and comes in a bit heavier at around 115 grams. I included it on this list not only because our readers seem to like it, but because it fills a popular niche within the industry. A heavier mouse that can be used for a claw grip.
- Shape: It’s shorter than most mice which is both a good and a bad thing. Bad for those who like the longer feel of the G403 and the DeathAdder. Good for those looking for this exact shape.
- Weight: As I mentioned above this mouse is a bit heavier at around 115 grams. It also includes weights that can take it up to 135.5 grams. While I’d consider this to be too heavy for me personally, I don’t mind the customization.
- Summary: If you’re looking for a claw or fingertip mouse with a good sensor and solid weight to it, it’s hard to ignore the Corsair M65. If you’re a palm gripper or even want to use this for work most of the time, I’d avoid this mouse.
Logitech G303 Daedalus
Another gaming mouse I just added to my collection is the Logitech G303 Daedalus. With a decent price of just under $50 and an Avago PMW3366 sensor, you get exceptional tracking and accuracy.
What really differentiates the G303 from other mice on this list is the shape. For me, it’s the perfect mouse for using with a fingertip grip. You can tell they’ve taken feedback from real gamers to heart in its design. The contact points and shape make it easy to grip while limiting fatigue.
Overall, this is a great mouse to use for the fingertip user looking for something that’s lightweight and somewhat ambidextrous. In terms of weight, it weighs 87 grams without the cable and 127 grams with so it may be too lightweight for some. In my opinion, it’s ideal for those long FPS matches. If you need an indication of its length and size, see the picture to the right with it next to the G502, mentioned above.
|Logitech G502||DeathAdder Chroma||Logitech G403||Zowie Gear FK2||Mionix Castor||Corsair M65|
121 grams (weight tuning)
90 Grams (+10)
115 - 135 grams (Weight tuning)
1.6 x 3 x 5.4 inches
5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
4.88 x 2.68 x 1.69 inches
4.9 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches
4.8 ×2.8 ×1.6 inches
4.64 x 2.83 x 1.54 inches
Rubber side grips
4 on-the-fly DPI settings
5 stored profiles
12,000 DPI optical sensor
On-the-fly DPI (200-12,000)
10,000 dpi optical sensor
1MS report rate
10,000 DPI optical sensor
8 program buttons
6 program buttons
Adjustable USB report
Color LED options
On-the-fly DPI adjust
Fast scroll wheel
5 program buttons
Lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
Lift Height Adjustment
11 program buttons
32-bit Arm Processor
6 program buttons
Of course, there are many other great options than what we’ve listed here. I’ve included most of the ones I’d consider in our 2018 poll. So, if you’re looking for alternatives that have good sensors and shapes, that’s where I’d start. You can also ask me any questions in the comment section below this post.
Optical vs Laser Sensors
Different mice sensors behave differently on various types of surfaces. In addition, the weight of the mouse, how you hold it, and even where the buttons play a factor in your personal accuracy.
For the most part, avoiding mice with built-in acceleration and prediction is advantageous. This is especially important for maps that are close quarters. Optical gaming mice, rather than laser ones, are generally considered more accurate because they don’t have built-in acceleration. Prediction or “angle snapping” can generally be removed through software.
The ideal FPS mouse would be one that is comfortable, moves well on your preferred surface, and has one of the more accurate optical sensors on the market. Finding a mouse that fits this description has been difficult for professional gamers in the past; however, as manufacturers understand the needs of the FPS genre we continue to get more options. While I’ll be including mice sensor information in our top ten list down below, you can also get a complete list from this extensive forum thread.
Palm vs Fingertip vs Claw Grip
The way you grip a mouse can also be compared to how some people shoot a basketball. Yes, there’s a proper way to do it, but there are still some pros that prefer to shoot the way that’s comfortable and that they’re accustomed to.
While it can be argued that the palm or fingertip grips provide more accuracy or allow for faster clicking, you should choose your mouse-based upon the grip you use most frequently and ultimately on what feels comfortable.
Is DPI Important in a Gaming Mouse?
This all depends on your personal playstyle, what you use your mouse for, and screen’s resolution. Where DPI gets confusing for most people is when it’s related to accuracy. DPI or dots per inch is simply how sensitive your mouse is in terms of its movement. For example, Kim Ron CMO of SteelSeries has said that most professional gamers use a mouse with a DPI of 800 to 1600. This has been the case with pretty much every professional gamer I’ve come across as well. There are exceptions to this for those who use resolutions in excess of 1920 x 1080, but ultimately, a better sensor and surface will have more impact in terms of precision and accuracy.
There are many more gaming mice today that fit the mold for accuracy than in years past. For this reason, I highly recommend you value comfort above everything else. With the wide range of optical mice now available, you should be able to get the best of both worlds.