Today we'll be listing several gaming mice that in my opinion are the best of the best. They'll have certain categories that they particularly excel in to help you make your choice better. Enjoy!
By the way, all of these mice are the best of the best. Although we take price into consideration somewhat, you should probably take a look at our Best Value Gaming Mice article for cheaper options.
By far the best shaped-mouse has got to be the Razer Deathadder. While lacking in cool features, the Deathadder has shown you don't need to be flashy to be popular; it's the best-selling gaming mouse of all time, and players all around the world use it including multiple YouTubers. When testing it, the matte black coating prevented my hand from being sticky, and the shape was just right for supporting a palm or claw grip. Additionally, the side buttons are exquisitely placed where you can easily reach them but they're not in the way. Tasteful RGB lighting in the scroll wheel and Razer logo propels this mouse even further in terms of looks. The Deathadder Elite is an affordable $39, but if you love the shape and want a higher end mouse, the Deathadder V2 is priced around $70 and comes with an upgraded Focus+ 20k optical sensor, uses optical mouse switches for greater durability (and possibly speed), and includes Razer's speedflex cable, which reportedly eliminates the need for mouse bungees through its flexibility.
We gotta hand it to Razer again for their endlessly versatile Razer Naga Trinity. There are, in general, two types of gaming mice: MMO (array of thumb buttons, squat, supportive shape) and FPS (aggressive, light build, fewer thumb buttons). The Razer Naga Trinity can be either or something in between. As you can see in the picture, there are three side plates (hence the name trinity), the first an FPS side plate, and the second and third MMO side plates, although the second one is leaning more towards performance than the third. Most people end up playing multiple games over the course of a mouse' lifetime, and you definitely don't want your mouse to end up collecting dust just because you switched games. So, unless you are very committed to one particular game type, I would consider buying the Razer Naga Trinity as your next mouse.
For the best ultralight we have to pick the Cooler Master MM710. This awesome mouse is just 53 grams, lighter than the FinalMouse Air58xNinja (and also $330 less). It features a honeycomb shell, a Pixart 3389 Sensor, and Omron mouse switches graded to 20 million clicks. The scroll wheel is rigid enough, the side buttons are well placed, and the sensor is top-quality. Combine that with its weight and it's hard to dispute that this a superior ultralight mouse. Even though they are mostly known for their PC parts, Cooler Master has done an impressive job with this peripheral.
Designed in conjunction with professional eSports players, the Logitech G Pro Wireless packs in everything you need at the highest level and nothing more. Weighing a bouyant 80 grams, it's easily maneuvered while still having no noticeable latency times, no cables, no unecessary buttons, and generally no BS. Unlike other tech companies (cough, cough, Apple, cough), Logitech's "Pro" product truly lives up to its Pro name. This is the most commonly used mouse in eSports, which goes to show that you don't need those adjustable scroll wheels or all the fancy stuff. The elegant ergonomics allow for long hours of play, and the HERO 16K sensor makes sure that your mouse won't fail you in pressurized gaming situations. All side buttons attach by magnets and can be easily removed and replaced, meaning lefties can use eSports-level hardware too! Lastly, this mouse is PowerPlay-compatible, so you never have to worry about battery life. If you think wireless mice aren't viable at the highest level of play, think again.
Corsair usually produces high-quality mice, but with the Scimitar Pro RGB, they've come up with a product that also has a solution to a big problem with MMO mice. The problem is that MMO mice have so many buttons, if the mouse is not perfectly designed, it will be hard for your thumb to reach all of the buttons. Additionally, this varies wildly depending on the shape and size of your hand. However, Corsair's sliding array of side buttons can be configured to fit multiple hand sizes. Although I criticized the short range of motion in a review of Corsair's brand in general, this feature is actually useful in an MMO mouse where button placement matters so much. Every other row of side buttons is faced a different direction and textured, a nice touch allowing greater control. Lastly, the Scimitar Pro RGB has a beautiful design and an extremely accurate 16,000 DPI sensor.
An Infinitude of Features
The Steelseries Rival 710 is one of the most feature-filled gaming mice ever made. It includes haptic alerts (the mouse vibrates), an OLED screen, and a replaceable sensor, case, and cable. Although this is not a very practical mouse, as the features make it expensive and the weight distribution back-heavy, the Rival 710 is still an extremely intriguing mouse. An extremely unnecessary feature, however, is the OLED screen. It's on the side of your mouse, a place where you never look, and that might even be covered with your thumb if you have big hands. If you really needed an OLED screen, you could get it on Steelseries' Apex Pro keyboard. The haptic alerts are an interesting feature. You can program them to vibrate your mouse when something happens, for example, in Overwatch the mouse can vibrate when your ultimate attack is fully charged. Something I appreciate about the Rival 710 is the modularity. The swappable sensor, case, and cable not only allow you to tailor the mouse to your needs (at an expensive price), they also future-proof the mouse somewhat. Right now, the Rival 710 uses a top-notch TrueMove 3+ sensor, but if newer sensors come out later, a replaceable sensor will be of much value.