Posted by James Smythe | Oct 19, 2020 | Gift Guides & Shopping, News, PC Gaming
You can pick up a half-decent wired mouse for under a tenner on Amazon, but if you are a serious gamer or spend all day sat at the computer working, spending a little extra on a high-quality mouse is well worth the investment.
Wireless mice have come a long way in recent years, gone are the days of laggy responsiveness and short battery lives. Many options on the market can offer almost the same level of performance as a wired option and batteries can last months in some cases.
The Razer Mamba Mouse and Firefly Gaming Surface is a bit ridiculously priced at almost £200, but if you want the best of the best you have to pay for it. The main selling point here is the QI wireless charging, so the mouse will charge itself from the matt while you game. The mouse mat comes with both a hard surface and cloth so it is guaranteed to work with your playstyle.
With this being a gaming mouse, it inevitably has programable RGB, both on the mouse and mouse mat itself.
It is not just about looking good though, this mouse weighs just 96g, ideal for competitive FPS gaming. You then get a 16,000 DPI 5G Optical Sensor and Razer’s Adaptive Frequency Technology for superior wireless signal stability.
In total there are 9 programmable buttons, all of which are programmable, so ideal for most games.
You also get a two-year warranty, so don’t have to stress too much about your £200 mouse dying in a year.
This dropped as low as £26.83 on Amazon Prime day and is often under £35, making this an amazing buy. It is a bit of a no-frills mouse, but it does the important stuff well. The lightspeed technology allows this to offer the same level of responsiveness you get from a wired mouse; it also helps the mouse achieve a phenomenal 250h battery life on a single AA battery. While a rechargeable battery would be nice, you would need to move up to the £90+ G903 for that.
The Logitech Hero sensor used in the mouse offers 400 IPS precision and up to 12000 DPI sensitivity for exceptional accuracy and responsiveness.
It is an ambidextrous design with 6 buttons and a weight of just 99g, so this will work well for most gamers.
The Logitech MX Master series has been a long time favourite for anyone wanting a productivity orientated mouse. The ergonomic design is comfortable to use for long periods of time and then where the thumb rests, you not only have the two thumb buttons but a thumb scroll wheel and a gesture button.
The thumbwheel can be mapped for different functions in different apps, for video editing, you can use it for your timeline scroll, or in-office applications you can use it for zoom.
The gesture button, which sits where your thumb rests can be pressed and then moving your mouse, performs a gesture-based action, so sliding left may switch between desktops.
There is a 4000 DPI sensor for extreme accuracy, and even the scroll wheel is specially designed to be able to scroll 1,000 lines in a second
Then the mouse is charged via a front-facing USB port allowing it to be used while charging, which only takes 3-hours. When fully charged, you should get up to 70-days worth of use.
At around £100 it is a premium-priced mouse, but well worth it for long days in the office.
There are quite a lot of Mac-specific mice; you can even get the excellent Logitech MX Master 3 in a Mac version. However you can’t deny that the Magic Mouse 2 is a superb mouse, the multi-touch design is quite a departure from the traditional mouse, but it is fantastic once you get used to it. Being a App product designed for Macs, everything just works too. Sadly you can’t charge and use the mouse at the same time, which is a major design flaw in my opinion.
Best of lists are always very subjective things based on the writer’s preferences, and this makes choosing the best ergonomic mouse hard due to the wide range of designs available. All my previous suggestions should be excellent even if you don’t necessarily agree if they are the best, but there is a chance a specific ergonomic design just won’t work for you at all. You have vertical mice, trackballs or just ergonomically shaped standard mice.
For the sake of diversity, I have opted for the Anker AK-UBA. At around £18 it is a bargain, and I feel like the vertical design is quite an easy shape to transition to while offering superior ergonomics vs a standard ergonomic mouse. If you already know you like the vertical design, there is also the Logitech MX Vertical at around £83
I was torn between this and the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 for £48.90. I opted for the Razer because I am cheap and it costs a tenner less. However, the decision should maybe be based on your usage, if you like to do a bit of gaming while travelling then definitely go for the Razer. For people that travel a lot of work the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 with its superior performance for working on different surfaces. Both mice work on 2.4Ghz or Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing the dongle.
I was trying to avoid picking Razer or Logitech again to avoid coming across as a corporate shill, but they just seem to dominate the wires options.
Either the Razer Viper Ultimate or Logitech G PRO Lightspeed is a superb choice for left-handed use, they not only have an ambidextrous shape, but there are buttons on both the left and right-hand side, so you don’t lose out on thumb buttons if you are a lefty.
The Razer edges out ahead in spec and price with 20,000 DPI, 650 IPS tracking speed, 74G of weight and of course some RGB. It can be charged in wired mode or via the dock. Currently, Amazon is cheaper when you buy the mouse, including a dock. When charged, you get around 70-hours of battery life.
The Logitech G PRO is about £120 uses a 16K Hero sensor with 400 IPS and weighs 80g. The logo is programable RGB, but the overall aesthetic is more neutral so some users may prefer this option if they are not into the gamer look.
An honourable mention should go to the Razer Naga Left-Handed Edition, which is literally a left-handed mouse, so they basically make no money from it due to the small number of users.
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