Tracking accuracy is predicated upon the mouse’s sensor. A high-quality sensor makes aiming easier and improves enjoyment during everyday use. In addition, if you’re using a wireless mouse, an efficient sensor can also prolong battery life.
Some notable examples include the Logitech 903’s PMW3366 optical sensor, Logitech Pro’s Hero sensor, the Razer Deathadder Elite’s 5G optical sensor, and the Corsair Scimitar Pro’s PMW3367 optical sensor.
Companies love to tout their mice’s DPI settings, but higher isn’t always better. While the hardware may support 10,000 plus DPI, chances are you won’t need to go past 5,000. Just take it from the Pros: most professional FPS gamers prefer DPI settings under 1,000.
Equally paramount is the ergonomics and shape of the mouse. There are three popular grip styles. Palm grip, fingertip grip, and claw grip. It’s easy to tell which one you fall under. If your palm and fingers are flat on the mouse, palm grip; if your palm is touching the mouse but your fingers are curled, claw grip; if only your fingers are gripping the mouse, fingertip grip.
The grip style directly determines the size and shape of the mouse. Palm grip mice tend to have a larger arch and are longer, while fingertip and claw grip mice are shorter and flatter.
If you’re a southpaw user, plenty of ambidextrous mice, like the SteelSeries Sensei 310, are available as well.
Then there are more specialized features. Do you need extra side buttons? How about wireless connectivity? What about adjustable weights? We cover mice with all these features.
We can’t stress enough about the importance of staying within budget. When sales drop, it will be difficult to resist adding all the sparkling deals to your shopping cart. Make sure to follow our deals guide and our gaming mouse buying guide to get the most value for your hard-earned dollars.
Early Black Friday mouse deals
Corsair M65 Pro RGB | 12,000 DPI | $29.99
Armed with a 12,000 dpi sensor, this lightweight mouse is suitable for all types of play styles. It has a weight tuning system, extra large glide pads for smooth movements, and an "aircraft-grade" aluminum structure. $29.99, Amazon
Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday gaming mouse deals from last year
Razer Deathadder Elite | $50 (save $20)
The Razer Deathadder Elite is our champion for performance and value. It was already attractive at $70, when you drop $20 more, it becomes a steal.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB | $50 (save $30)
Designed for MOBA fans, the Scimitar Pro has a 12-side-button module that can slide forwards and backwards to cater to your weird thumb.
Steelseries Rival 700 – $70 (save $30)
Its PMW3360 optical sensor is fantastic, but have you seen its embedded OLED display? Is it practical? No. Is it cool? Hell yes.
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