Here we have selected the best 5 gaming mice of this year. This have either been released during this year or earlier, but together they make the top offerings of the market as of this date. If you need information on what to look for in a gaming mouse look at our article here. If you’re already informed and have a good idea of what you want (we don’t want you dropping $50 or more on something that isn’t right for you), read on.
It’s probably inevitable that we will get some feedback about having missed this or that mouse. We’re sorry if we didn’t include your personal favorite brand or model. We’ve tried to stay as objective as possible when creating this list. We only looked at the most respected brands.
How did we come up with this list? That’s a great question, because trust is an important thing. Aside from being gamers for a long time, we’ve used these mice and have talked to others who have used them. We also searched the web and read through all the reviews and forum discussions we could find. In all, there’s dozens of hours of research that went into this piece. If you think you’re better of reading reviews on Amazon or going directly to the manufacturer’s websites where they hype the products hard, that’s fine.. be our guest. But if you want an unbiased independent review keep on reading.
Top 5 Gaming Mice of 2015
#1 The Razer DeathAdder Chroma
If you haven’t heard of the DeathAdder series from Razer, you can’t call yourself a gamer. This is probably the most popular mouse of all time. Razer has been in the game since the old days when “gaming” mice and keyboards were just becoming a thing. This mouse has a 10,000 DPI optical sensor, on the fly sensitivity adjustment, rubber grips, and an ergonomic design. Really, this thing has been honed to perfection. So what makes the Chroma different from previous versions? It has multiple color options. And by multiple we mean 16.8 million. We aren’t huge on all the fancy lighting features, but for $52.00 you’re getting Razer’s latest and greatest. When you combine this mouse with Razer Synapse, you’ll get a ton of stats and things like heatmaps so you can examine your gameplay. Look at this beauty:
#2 The SteelSeries Rival
We imagine SteelSeries made this one to be a direct rival to Razer’s DeathAdder, and they did a pretty damn good job. It can get up to 6,500 DPI which isn’t quite as high as 10,000… but you’re going to need to be a freak of nature to go above 6500 anyway. Steelseries promises a 30 million click lifecycle and no lag response time and zero hardware acceleration. So basically they covered everything we gamers care about. The design is very similar to the DeathAdder, it has textured rubber side grips and the same back and forward side buttons and color customization. It’s matched with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software where you can customize everything and keep your settings in the cloud.
#3 Corsair Gaming M65
This is our first laser sensor mouse on the list. It has a 8,200 DPI sensor, so it puts this mouse right between our first two as far as max dpi goes. This mouse has more buttons, 8 programmable ones to be precise. The Omron switches for the clickers are promised to last 20 million clicks by Corsair, not quite the lifecycle of the Rival. This kit also includes configurable weights to fit your playstyle. Corsair markets this as an FPS mouse and that’s where it really shines. But you can use in for other genres too. It features a dedicated “sniper” button which let’s you adjust the DPI setting on the fly. If you go into sniper mode click the button to snap to a lower DPI setting, so you can more precisely track your enemies with long range weapons.
#4 Logitech G502 Proteus Core
The Proteus Core is Logitech’s most popular gaming mouse. Frankly, the thing looks badass, like some futuristic weapon. It has 11 programmable buttons, DPI settings from 200 to 12000, DPI quick switch button, surface tuning calibration, and weight tuning calibration. It’s the most customizable mouse on our list and some gamers love to have ultimate control over their primary weapon. Logitech has been around for awhile, and a lot of their past gaming mice were just too bulky or not up to par. They got it right this time.
#5 Mad Catz R.A.T. Tournament Edition
A lot of people are going to hate me for including Mad Catz instead of Roccat or another brand, but this mouse just rocks. It’s really comfortable and lightweight, a fast twitch gaming mouse for serious competitors. The tech inside the mouse is interesting too. It has the new 1000-8200 DPI laser Doppler sensor which automatically optimizes the mouses sensor to the surface you are using it on. Also, the software allows you to customize the lift off distance so you can really get into the nitty gritty with this mouse. We can see some FPS gamers really getting the most out of their game and hand movements by using Mad Catz software.