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Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming Mouse Review: Deadlier Than Ever

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

Razer updated the DeathAdder V2 with a Focus+ optical sensor that makes it a joy to use, even if it seems larger-than-usual at first. It’s a worthy option for right-handed gamers who don’t need a bunch of whiz-bang features to appreciate a well-performing mouse.


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    Great performance

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    Easy customization

  • Textured design can be uncomfortable during long gaming sessions

  • Middling side buttons

  • Somewhat unwieldy size

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The new Razer DeathAdder V2 ($69.99) announced today updates the original with the new Razer Focus+ optical sensor, eight programmable buttons and a slightly modified design that’s supposed to bring this familiar silhouette into 2020 with even more comfort than before. Now the question for those seeking the best gaming mouse is whether the DeathAdder V2 is even more deadly in-game or if this snake’s lost its bite in the process. 

Razer DeathAdder V2 Specs 

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Sensor Type Optical
Sensor Model Razer Focus+
Sensitivity 100 to 20,000 CPI
Polling Rates Up to 1,000Hz (1ms)
Programmable Buttons 8
LED Zones and Colors 2 zones, 16.8 million colors
Cable 7 feet (2.1m), braided
Measurements (LxWxH) 5 x 2.43 x 1.68 inches (127 x 61.7 x 42.7mm)
Weight (without cable) 2. 89 ounces (82g)

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Razer has equipped the DeathAdder V2 with two primary buttons, two side buttons, a scroll wheel and two smaller buttons underneath it that cycle through DPI presets by default. The scroll wheel and logo both feature RGB backlighting that complements the mouse’s black-and-gray plastic casing.

  • Razer DeathAdder V2 (Black) at Amazon for $34.99

The Razer DeathAdder V2 reminds me of the original Xbox. That can be partly attributed to the shared black-and-green color scheme, but it’s mostly because the DeathAdder V2 and the original Xbox controller both feel like they were made for people with larger hands than me.

That isn’t to say the DeathAdder V2 is unwieldy—it weighs just 0.18 pounds (81.6g), and the mouse isn’t actually that much larger than the SteelSeries Sensei 310 I use daily either (5 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches versus 4.9 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches) despite looking a lot bigger. A combination of the mouse’s contoured shape, material, and slightly larger dimensions makes it seem bigger than it really is. Most people shouldn’t have a problem using the mouse with either a palm grip or claw grip.

Most of the DeathAdder V2’s surface is pretty smooth, although slight texturing makes it a dust magnet, that said, the mouse’s sides feature a sharper texture meant to keep it from slipping during use. The scroll wheel is also textured, which makes it easy to find in between the smooth primary buttons that surround it.

Those textured pieces can make the DeathAdder V2 feel uncomfortable to use for long periods, especially if you like to shift your grip during when you’re not gaming. I suspect that would become less noticeable over time, but it didn’t leave a good first impression during a long gaming session.

Gaming Performance

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The biggest upgrade Razer has made to the DeathAdder V2 is the addition of the Focus+ optical senso r developed in collaboration with Pixart. That sensor can support up to 20,000 CPI. That’s a massive increase over the relatively minuscule CPI ranges offered by previous DeathAdder models. For example, the DeathAdder Essential ($29 at the time of writing) offers 6,400 CPI. In addition, Razer claims that this sensor has 99.6% resolution accuracy.

That’s a high bar for the DeathAdder V2 to clear, and it does so with aplomb. I didn’t notice any issues with the mouse’s tracking across multiple titles (Overwatch, Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) no matter what CPI setting I used. Every motion was smooth, too, which is something I can’t say for the Sensei 310 I normally use.

The DeathAdder V2’s primary buttons were also responsive enough that I couldn’t blame any in-game shortcomings on the hardware, much to my delight as a reviewer and dismay as a gamer. 

However, I wasn’t as sure about the side buttons. It can be hard to press one without pressing the other, yet unless I heard the actuation clicks, I was never sure that I had pressed them hard enough.

Another point of praise for the DeathAdder V2 is its scroll wheel. The wheel doesn’t suffer from the activation issues, such as the SteelSeries Sensei Ten I reviewed in November. It scrolls just enough in-game to cycle through weapons, but unlike the Sensei Ten, the button underneath the scroll wheel wasn’t accidentally activated every time I skimmed through a long web page.

Perhaps surprisingly, my favorite thing about gaming with the DeathAdder V2 is its “Razer Speedflex” braided cable used for connecting to the PC. Unlike the cable of every other wired mouse I’ve used, the DeathAdder V2’s cable never distracted me during gameplay. There was no drag, and the combination of its braiding and weight meant it didn’t hang down from the back of my desk either. That little thing makes a big difference.

Features and Software

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If this is your first time using a Razer product, you best get prepared to be swamped with pop ups to install Razer’s Synapse suite as soon as you plug in the mouse. Razer’s not ashamed to push all of its software on its customers as soon as you start to use a piece of its hardware. Or to ask people who use its software to make a Razer ID.

The prompt to install a bunch of Razer software upon plugging in the DeathAdder V2 was off-putting, as was the subtle push to create a Razer ID, but Synapse is otherwise inoffensive. People who want to customize their experience can do so; people who just want to pick the appropriate DPI settingand  never have to use the software again, can do that too. That sounds fair to me. 

Razer Synapse makes it easy to customize the DeathAdder V2 to your heart’s content. Most of its buttons (with the notable exception of the left mouse button) can be assigned practically any function. Want the right mouse button to insert a “$” sign when it’s clicked? It can do that. Want the scroll click to launch your favorite game? Done. All it takes is a few clicks.

The usual customization options are present too, including the ability to set five sensitivity stages that you can cycle through via the buttons underneath the scroll wheel. You can assign each of those stages a value between 100 and 20,000 in 50-step increments, thanks to that Razer Focus+ optical sensor. The polling rate can also be set to 125, 500 or 1,000 Hz.

You can also customize the DeathAdder V2’s RGB lighting via Synapse as well. The software offers five default effects to use (Audio Meter, Breathing, Reactive, Spectrum Cycling and Static). Synapse can also set the lighting’s brightness, change when the lighting turns off and synchronize the mouse’s dancing lights with other Razer Chroma-enabled products.

Of course you also get on-board storage with the DeathAdder V2 as well, making it easy to store up to five local profiles using Synapse. Those profiles can be customized for use in specific games, and a Profile button on the mouse’s belly can cycle through the installed profiles too, which is ideal if you’re on the move, gaming at tournaments or use the mouse on multiple devices. You can also sync profiles over the cloud as long as you have a Razer ID, so you download them on the fly wherever you are and whatever PC it is you’re gaming on.

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The Razer DeathAdder V2 is not for people who demand a lot of customizable hardware, a bunch of side buttons or accommodations for their left-handedness. It’s for people who want a solid performer but don’t need additional features.

Although I was skeptical about the DeathAdder V2’s size and I don’t appreciate the textured sides during longer gaming sessions, Razer’s Focus+ optical sensor and the Speedflex braided cable make for a compelling combination. I’ll just have to get over the sinking suspicion that Razer doesn’t think my hands are big enough for me to be a real gamer.

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Razer Basilisk V3 Review: Above and Beyond

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The Razer Basilisk V3 stands out above other gaming mice with its premium textured finish and shape, plus an advanced scroll wheel with multiple modes and high programmability. There are similar alternatives that are priced less, but the Basilisk V3 is unquestionably excellent.


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PC gamers often go the extra mile with their peripherals, opting for a so-called gaming mouse that should be more comfortable, helpful and fun to play with than a non-gaming mouse. A lot of rodents carry the gaming mouse moniker, but not all go above and beyond to prove their prowess and justify their high price. Razer’s Basilisk line presents a range of mice meant to cater to a variety of gaming genres, thanks to a right-handed ergonomic shape fit for palm and claw grippers and a large number of programmable buttons. But the Razer Basilisk V3 ($70 as of writing) takes things to a new level.

Compared to the now discontinued Razer Basilisk V2, the new Basilisk V3 is $10 cheaper upon release and has greater programmability, a sniper button that instantly drops the mouse’s sensitivity and a more textured grip than the lightweight Razer DeathAdder V2. It proves its versatility from MMORPGs to FPS titles and, simply, getting work done. Razer added more tactile optical mechanical switches and a scroll wheel that can automatically switch from a  tactile scroll to a free spin, without opening software or pressing a button. This is just the start of what pushes the Basilisk V3 above and beyond and right onto our Best Gaming Mouse page. 

Razer Basilisk V3 Specs

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Sensor Model Razer Focus+
Max Sensitivity  20,000 native or 26,000 via software
Polling Rates 125, 500 or 1,000 Hz 
Programmable Buttons 13, including 5x scroll wheel 
LED Zones 11
Cable 6 feet (1. 8m) braided
Connectivity  USB Type-A cable 
Measurements (LxWxH) 5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches (129.79 x 59.94 x 41.91mm) 
Weight (excluding cable)  3.3 ounces (93.55g) 

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If you’re wondering how the Basilisk V3 differs from the pile of other gaming mice Razer peddles to extreme and even eSports-level gamers, a lot of the magic here is in the scroll wheel. 

  • Razer Basilisk V3 (Black) at Amazon for $49.99

Called the HyperScroll Tilt wheel, the wheel can scroll freely (Free-Spin mode) or with notched movements (Tactile mode), where it scrolls line by line. Tactile mode proved helpful for tasks like cycling through weapons in-game, while Free-Spin was handy for getting through a long spreadsheet, helping the Basilisk V3 potentially slither into your productivity setup as well.  

Out of the box, a button south of the wheel toggles between the two modes and, in a feature new with the V3, Smart-Reel Mode makes the wheel automatically scroll freely if scroll rapidly, before going back into its tactile scroll mode. With the Basilisk V2, you had to press a button on the mouse’s underside (or reprogram that function to a different button) to change the scroll feel. But with the V3, this can happen more intuitively. 

The Free-Spin scroll is so smooth that it’s like slipping through a water slide. RGB adds to the vibe, with color flowing around the wheel. But while the buttery scroll feels premium, controlling it is hard. For example, sometimes when I scrolled through a long document, instead of stopping on point, I’d stop a little higher up on the page. This was only occasional but not something I deal with when spinning freely with the MX Master 3

In Tactile mode, every scroll results in a soft clicking noise that’s exacerbated when scrolling a lot. When I flicked the wheel in this mode, I also felt minor rattling. And when the wheel switches from Tactile to Free-Scroll mode, there’s a loud click you can also feel as internal mechanics work within. Naturally, the wheel is even noisier if you activate Smart-Reel Mode.  

Overall, the wheel’s noisiness wasn’t enough to mess up my gameplay, despite being audible over game audio. If you’re a pro-level gamer, however, who focuses heavily on sounds, you’ll either want something quieter or need to tap into your best gaming headset to block out noise. It’s common for mice to make noise when switching scroll wheel modes (the HP Spectre Rechargeable Mouse 700 I’ve tested does this too). However, the Logitech MX Master 3 changes wheel modes with a much quieter thud.

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Via Razer’s Synapse software, you can also turn on Scroll Acceleration, which the app says will “increase the scroll speed the faster you scroll.” In Tactile mode I’d only scroll a couple lines per flick unless I turned Scroll Acceleration on, but then it became hard to stop on a dime, and the scroll was very fast.  Scroll Acceleration seemed to make less of a difference when in Free-Spin mode only. 

The Basilisk V3’s wheel also has more mobility than most gaming mice wheels that we’ve tested. Not only are its scroll up, down and click in programmable, but you can program actions for when you push the wheel to the left and right, too. Programming is somewhat limited, but with keyboard functions and macros available, it’s leagues beyond what most competitors offer. 

But all this functionality weighs heavy on the Basilisk V3’s scroll wheel — meaning the wheel is generally clunky, large and, occasionally, wobbly. The wheel can jiggle from side to side without activating an actuation, but this wasn’t really noticeable unless I was trying to move the scroll wheel like that purposely or moving the mouse rapidly from side to side.

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Some Razer mice don’t look or feel as expensive as they are when you first try them, but the Basilisk V3 is a more immediate taste. The chassis is the same as that of the V2 — mostly a textured, matte black that feels more built to last and easier to grip than some lighter, slightly smoother mice, like the DeathAdder V2. Smooth plastic dissects the texture for an armor-like look. And, of course, it’s hard not to look fancy when you have 9 RGB zones running along the bottom edge, plus one outlining the scroll wheel and another bringing the snake logo on the palm area to life. The RGB added a wonderful glow to my mouse pad, even when testing in a sunny room. With its positioning and luminosity, this is the kind of RGB you can see when gaming. 

Standing out from the left and right click buttons and palm area are the injection molded grips on the left and right sides. Tiny indentations add more resistance to the rubber-like textures and feel nice too. After about 30 minutes of intense gaming the grips got warmer but not slippery, and after 2 hours the rest of the mouse wasn’t slippery or overly clammy either.

The thumb paddle is also a cozy touch. Razer says it’s supposed to fight finger drag and help create smoother flicks. Of course, my thumb can’t drag on my mouse pad with the paddle in the way and my pinky rarely did either, but I contribute the latter more to the mouse’s large hump. In terms of smoother flicks, the thumb groove on the paddle and in the mouse’s left side provide a place for anchoring the thumb and applying force.  Mostly though, I found the thumb paddle to be a general comfort improvement, rather than a blatant gaming advantage.  

The thumb area has 3 programmable buttons. Out of the box they’re the web browser’s back and forward buttons, plus a sniper button that drops the mouse’s sensitivity to a low 400 counts per inch (CPI), or whatever you choose. The scroll wheel also has 5 programmable functions, and there are 5 more: the left and right click buttons, two buttons south of the scroll wheel and the profile switch button on the mouse’s underside. 

According to Razer, the Basilisk V3 is best for gamers who use a palm grip, where your palm touches the mouse and wrist touches the mouse pad, or claw grip, where your palm doesn’t touch the mouse and your wrist touches the mouse pad. I usually use a claw grip for gaming but love the opportunity to use a palm grip for other tasks. I often find mice don’t have a big enough hump for me to palm grip comfortably, but the Basilisk V3 is different. I could palm grip it while avoiding finger drag or repositioning my fingers to reach the forward and back buttons and only shifting a little to hit the sniper button. Getting a reliable hold in a claw grip was also easy, thanks to the textured sides and grooves in the left and right click buttons. A lighter mouse would be easier to fling about, but PTFE feet helped movements feel fluid.

With a thumb paddle, ergonomic shape targeting righties and button layout, the Basilisk V3 is very much the successor to the V3, and the mice have the same dimensions and weight (5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches and 3.30 ounces). For comparison to similar, right-handed ergonomic wired gaming mice, the Corsair Nightsword RGB is similar but notably wider and heavier (5.08 x 3.38 x 1.72 inches, 4. 2-4.97 ounces), while the Logitech G502 Hero is similar in dimensions but heavier (5.2 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches, 4.3-4.93 ounces).

As of now, there’s only a wired version of the Basilisk V3, and that wire is the fabric-braided cable that Razer calls Speedflex and includes with its premium peripherals. It’s malleable and won’t slow you down. As of writing, the closest thing to a cable-free Basilisk V3 is the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, which is more a wireless version of the V2, just like the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed, which has a lesser sensor and price than the V3.

Gaming Experience

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The Basilisk V3 comes with Razer’s most high-end sensor, the Focus+ , the same optical sensor used in the Basilisk V2 and Razer’s most elite gaming mice. It has a max sensitivity of 20,000 CPI via hardware or 26,000 CPI with software and a max velocity is 650 IPS (inches per second), and it can handle a max velocity of 50g. That’s as good as it gets in terms of gaming specs; however, many won’t need a super high CPI like that. Even Razer itself has told us that other factors, like polling rate and the button’s switches can have a greater effect on your success. One difference the Basilisk V3 has from Razer’s most eSports-oriented option is it’s polling rate can’t top 1,000 Hz, while Razer has started playing with 8,000 Hz mice (see: the Razer Viper 8K Hz).

That said, the Focus+ is a reliable sensor that gives you the range to play with and see what you like. Whether flinging the mouse rapidly or slowly at the highest or lower CPIs, the cursor moved in tune with my movements and proved a reliable tool. 

The sniper button reduces the CPI to 400 (you can make it higher or lower via Razer’s software) in a blink, allowing for quick headshots. This could become a helpful tactic but is an acquired skill. Currently, using the sensitivity clutch requires too many thoughts to be advantageous for me, but if you train to make the movement intuitive, it could change the way you play. 

Of course, the easier it is to access the sensitivity clutch, the easier it is to leverage. I have long hands for a female (about 7.25 inches from wrist to middle fingertip) and found the sniper button accessible with both a palm and claw grip. After a small amount of practice, I could use it without accidentally hitting any other buttons. That’s better than I fared than with the AOC Agon AGM700, where I’d accidentally hit other side buttons because the sensitivity clutch is directly south of the forward button. A man with slightly larger hands than me also found the Basilisk V3’s sniper button easy enough to reach mid-game by shifting his hand forward a small, non-distracting amount. 

We both found the back and forward side buttons opportunely placed. It’s easy to keep the thumb in the groove carved below them or resting across the middle of both and hti either one without activating another.

My focus was on smashing the left and right click buttons when I played Borderlands 3, putting the Basilisk V3’s optical mechanical switches to the test. The subtle, but long, grooves in the buttons guided my fingers to the perfect spots to fire or aim a shot without having to readjust or actuate at an imprecise angle that would make input slower.

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The Basilisk V3 uses an updated version of the optical mechanical mouse switches in the Basilisk V2. The second generation mouse switches were noticeably more tactile in side-by-side comparison with the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini, which uses the same switches as the Basilisk V2. However, the DeathAdder V2 Mini’s felt lighter to press and were less work to hit repeatedly. This points to another reason you may want to consider other mice if you’re after a very competitive FPS mouse. Of course, how fast you’re able to shoot a Calypso follower in Borderlands 3 isn’t only about specs but also how comfortable and easy the mouse makes it to fire a shot.

I tried the Basilisk V3 in the Human Benchmark reaction time test, where you have to click as soon as the screen turns from the color red to green. My best time was 154ms, and I averaged 171.7ms. I don’t have a Basilisk V2 on hand, but my best time with the DeathAdder V2 Mini was 152ms and my average 155. 8ms. But again, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison of the different generations of optical switches. 

Because these switches rely on something passing through an infrared light beam to represent actuation rather than moving parts, Razer says they’ll last for up to 70 millions clicks and avoid issues like unintended double-clicking, an issue we’ve seen with even expensive gaming mice. 

Easy movements and reliable, enjoyable clicks make the Basilisk V3 good for FPS titles, but its many programmable buttons makes it great for MMORPGs too. The buttons don’t get in the way either. I never hit the buttons south of the scroll wheel or shifted said wheel accidentally. Plus, if you program a button on the mouse — or even a different Razer peripheral as I did with a Razer keyboard — as the HyperShift key in Razer Synapse, every other key will have a second programmable function when you press HyperShift. There’s a lot of programmability here, and with custom profiles that can auto-launch with apps, you can get game-specific performance without much thinking.  

If you want an ultralight mouse, perhaps for flinging about an FPS title, that’s not the Basilisk V3’s style. It looks chunkier thanks to its comfy hump, and in today’s world of hole-filled mice, the Basilisk V3’s 3.50 ounces is on the heavier end (the Cooler Master MM720 is a mere 1.72 ounces, for example). But featherweight mice aren’t everyone’s jive, and the Basilisk V3’s PTFE feet and a solid, thumb-paddle-anchored grip ensured large, quick and aggressive swipes glide smoothly. I did notice, however, the occasional nuisance of the scroll wheel gently wobbling.

Features and Software

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One of the biggest benefits of the Basilisk V3 is its customization potential. You’ll really want to download Razer Synapse to get the most out of the mouse and its numerous buttons, onboard profiles and RGB zones. 

Synapse makes it easy to assign different functions to the 9 programmable buttons — 13 if you count the scroll wheel’s scroll up, down, left, right and in separately. You can assign a wide variety of tasks, like changing the CPI or RGB, keyboard functions and macros. As mentioned, HyperShift gives every button (except the HyperShift one) an extra function as well. 

The Basilisk V3 has 5 onboard profiles: the most recently used one, plus 4 you store. That means you can take key bindings and sensor settings to another PC without downloading software. However, some features, including RGB and macros, won’t work without Synapse.

Synapse stores all the preset RGB effects and lets you make your own RGB profiles that can sync with other peripherals that support Razer Synapse, (which includes offerings from other brands, like Thermaltake). RGB can even sync with the audio of supported games; 150 titles are currently supported, including Apex Legends and Fortnite. 

As Razer’s most advanced proprietary sensor, the Focus+ has extra features that sound nice but are nearly impossible to notice for most. Smart Tracking ensures the mouse is tracked when lifted your choice of 1, 2 or 3mm off your mouse pad, while asymmetric cutoff allows for different lift-off and landing distances, or the distance at which the mouse starts tracking again (the lower the better for avoiding cursor drift, according to Razer). A manual calibration lets you tweak settings for specific Razer mouse pads and offers a greater customization range of 2-10mm for lift-off distance. You’d have to be a very precise player to notice the differences here, but do play around with the feature to see what works best for you.

Gaming mice can be more expensive than expected, especially Razer rodents. When a wired mouse costs over $50, it better have a justification for its price.  The Razer Basilisk V3 makes its $70 MSRP more than understandable. For one, it’s a mouse with more heft and differing textures that all make it feel more premium than some lighter mice, like the Razer DeathAdder V2. You also get more programmable buttons than with the DeathAdder V2 and other gaming mice. That includes a scroll wheel that can switch how it feels with a flick and has 5 programmable inputs. 

But the scroll wheel is a bit clunky, and occasionally you can feel its wobble. Plus, its whizzing noise can be annoying. For eSports-level gamers who rely heavily on in-game audio cues and need silence otherwise, the wheel’s too loud and, in terms of playing competitively, the mouse is potentially too heavy. The scroll wheel isn’t equal to what’s on the Logitech MX Master 3, a productivity powerhouse, or even the smaller Logitech MX Anywhere 3. But it’s interesting to see similar technology become more attainable for gamers.

Additionally, if you’re a lefty or want something symmetrical, perhaps for a fingertip grip, the Basilisk V3 doesn’t fit. 

And the Basilisk V3 is mildly pricier than some great alternatives. The Corsair RGB Nightsword and Logitech G502 Hero have very similar designs, are cheaper (as of writing) and have adjustable weights. But those mice are heavier than the Basilisk V3. 

You’re edging out a small drop of extra oomph with the Basilisk V3. And for many, opting for the cheaper Logitech or Corsair will make more sense. But for those seeking more from their gaming mouse, with features that push it to being the best of the best, the Basilisk V3 delivers, from its extra onboard profiles and programmability compared to rivals, to its admirable texture and excessively vibrant RGB zones.

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The best gaming mice of 2022: TOP-12 best mice for gaming in price-quality ratio

A gaming mouse is an integral part of a set of gaming peripherals, on which the outcome of online battles largely depends. It is worth approaching the choice of device as carefully as possible, because its characteristics and whether it suits the player anatomically determine the efficiency in the game and comfort during long sessions. We tell you what to look for and how not to buy a stupid «rodent» on your desktop. nine0003


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First of all, stylish design. Most often, such a manipulator can be identified by its bright colors and unusual shape, in one way or another trying to adapt to the anatomy of the hand.

However, another difference is hidden in the appearance — additional buttons. In order to use space more efficiently and give the player more control in the game, several additional buttons can be located under the thumb — in some models there is even a whole small numeric keypad! nine0003

However, there are also enough differences inside the gaming computer mice. First, the accuracy of the sensor is strikingly different, which is useful for quick aiming. If in an office device a sensor can have an accuracy of 200-400 dpi (the number of dots per inch that the sensor can read), then in gaming peripherals the value can reach up to 24,000 dpi!

Pro gamers also enjoy rich customization options: many mice allow you to increase the weight with the included weights, which is necessary for a tighter grip on the mat. And some even allow you to completely change individual parts for other components with a different number of buttons or shape for a more comfortable grip. nine0003

It is impossible to choose the best gaming mouse for everyone, because a lot depends on the individual parameters and preferences of each individual user. But there are a number of points that you should pay attention to when choosing gaming peripherals.

First of all, you need to choose a mouse according to its shape. Modern devices have an ergonomic or symmetrical design: the first option focuses on grip comfort and is suitable only for right-handers (or, conversely, left-handers), while the second does not have a pronounced orientation, and both sides of the device are the same. To understand which format suits you best, you can only experience. nine0003

Mice are also divided into sizes: small, medium and large. It is worth choosing a specific option according to your grip. If you prefer to put your palm on the mouse completely, take a larger manipulator. But small mice are easier to carry around, which is especially true for laptop owners.

The number of additional buttons can also be attributed to subjective parameters, but the choice of sensor should be approached responsibly. In total, three options are put into gaming mice:

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    The most common mouse on the market. Devices with such a sensor will work with most rugs and give excellent performance in terms of sensitivity, but for some, their characteristics may not be enough.

  • Optical laser sensors

    Used in wireless gaming mice because they consume less power and allow the device to last longer. However, their accuracy is lower due to self-acceleration, which, however, will be noticeable only to the most sophisticated gamers. nine0003

  • Laser sensors

    The most accurate type of sensor is laser sensors, but manufacturers rarely include them in their models due to the complexity of production. Mice with such sensors have excellent accuracy, but at the same time they are very demanding on the surface on which the «rodent» will ride. Ideally, you should immediately purchase a branded fabric mat with a fine texture from the same manufacturer as a kit for such a mouse.

For those who like to meticulously select the parameters, it is important that the manufacturer attends to the development of a special program that allows you to configure the characteristics of the device. And for those who often reconnect their mouse to different computers, you should pay attention to the built-in memory for storing user modes in the model: this way you don’t have to constantly reconfigure the device.

Small and budget — A4Tech X-710 Black

Price: 1199 rubles*

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The most affordable yet stylish gaming mouse on the market. It is convenient to carry for laptop users who like to work or play outside the home in comfort.

At the same time, the characteristics of the mouse are quite serious: for example, the optical sensor has a resolution of 2000 dpi, which is 5-10 times higher than that of ordinary office «rodents». There are also three additional buttons on the case, on which inquisitive owners can hang functions that are useful both in work and in the game. For example, a reload in Counter-Strike or a macro in Excel. nine0003

Beginner gamer HP X220

Price: $14.99*

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One of the most inexpensive models that immediately offers excellent performance. The HP X220 wired mouse has an optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 3600 dpi, which is an average indicator and does not shock an inexperienced user with excessive sensitivity. At the same time, the model has as many as four additional buttons on which you can hang various useful functions, such as automated purchase of items at the start of a match in Dota 2 or adding a page to your browser bookmarks. nine0003

With a discreet design and symmetrical shape, it’s not too big, but it’s large enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, and the weight of 140 grams will feel confident in your hand. It is also worth highlighting a high-quality 1.3-meter cable with a USB connection, thanks to which the device can be connected to any computer and sit comfortably at the table.

Inexpensive and with a bunch of buttons — A4Tech Bloody V5

Price: 1599 rubles*

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At first glance, the mouse is clear: this is a device for gamers. The gaming orientation is given by the LED backlight of the wheel, which has a pleasant move with a noticeable response with every turn. At the same time, the mouse is not symmetrical, but has an ergonomic design designed for right-handers. nine0003

Among the additional features of the device, it is worth highlighting a row of four side buttons, for programming which and storing other settings, 160 KB of memory is allocated inside the mouse. Also, gamers should be pleased with a small delay of 1 ms, which allows you to instantly react in games, as well as a sensor resolution of 3200 dpi, which is enough for aimed shooting in any shooter.

Excellent budget option — Razer DeathAdder Essential

Price: 1699 r.*


One of the most popular budget options, chosen by novice esports players and enthusiastic gamers. In addition to the stylish design with moderately illuminated logo and wheel, this model also offers an ergonomic design for the right hand. It is made of high-quality plastic with rubberized inserts on the sides, but at the same time it weighs only 98 grams. The connection to the computer is via a 1.8 meter USB cable.

But for a professional game, it is much more important to have two additional buttons and a maximum resolution of the optical sensor of 6400 dpi, which allows not only to aim accurately, but also to transfer some of the functions of the left hand (for example, jumping, sprinting and reloading in shooters) to the right. Thus, a gamer can increase his efficiency and react with lightning speed to any game situation. nine0003

For big hands — A4Tech Bloody V9M Black

Price: 1899 r.*

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In general, this model resembles the younger version, but differs from it by minor improvements in a number of parameters. So, V9M is somewhat more accurate thanks to a more advanced optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 dpi. In practice, this translates into the ability to aim faster in dynamic games like Counter-Strike or Apex Legends, which can be a decisive factor on the battlefield. nine0003

The model also continues the design line for the right hand, thus offering excellent ergonomics. This will allow you to use the device for a long time without interruption, although the weight of as much as 152 grams can scare someone away. But thanks to the thoughtful design of the case, five additional programmable buttons are under the fingers, which increases the user’s ability to control with one hand.

Inexpensive and accurate — Corsair Gaming Katar Pro

Price: 19RUR 99*

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Despite the affordable price, this mouse is extremely comfortable and has excellent performance. The sensor resolution is 12,400 dpi, which will satisfy almost all players who do not have exorbitant requirements for a gaming device. Excellent control over the cursor on the desktop and behind the crosshair in games is guaranteed!

The Gaming Katar Pro also stands out for its design. This USB-connected symmetrical wired mouse with 1.8m thick wire has RGB lighting and the ability to sync with other Corsair devices, including keyboards, headphones, and even computer internals like RAM and motherboards. Thanks to this, the user can set up an incredibly stylish workplace. nine0003

The device also has three programmable buttons, to which various actions are assigned through a special utility — from macros in Excel to reloading in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and other games.

For traveling gamers — Razer Viper Mini

Price: 2399 r.*

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Viper Mini is one of the most compact and lightweight gaming mice, but at the same time the device has quite “adult” characteristics. The mouse weighs some incredible 60 grams, and its length does not exceed 12 cm, which will greatly please those who constantly carry a computer mouse with them for comfortable use of a laptop outside the home. nine0003

At the same time, Viper Mini can compete with serious mice. With an optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 8500 dpi, the device allows you to aim accurately and quickly respond in games. Buyers note that this is one of the best gaming mice in a mini form factor. However, someone has to get used to the features of the sensor, which performs best only with branded Razer mousepads.

Balance of price and quality — Logitech G102 LightSync Black

Price: 3199 R.*

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A popular model that users appreciate for the balance of price and quality. What distinguishes the G102 from inexpensive devices is a sensor with a resolution of 8000 dpi, which brings the mouse closer to a professional level, as well as high build quality, so that with careful handling, the mouse will last for many years. Adds reliability and a quality 2.1-meter cable with USB connection, and stylish RGB lighting will not leave indifferent even the most severe gamers. nine0003

And with all these features, Logitech engineers were able to make an incredibly light mouse (85 grams) of a medium size! The G102 is convenient for both left-handers and right-handers. However, the device also has disadvantages: due to the use of an LED sensor, the mouse is quite demanding on coverage (it is desirable to have a fabric mat with a fine texture), and it is also lost if it is raised above a couple of centimeters from the surface for a few seconds.

Stylish and comfortable — HyperX Pulsefire Haste

Price: 4499 R.*

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One of the top wired gaming mice that simply offers the ultimate performance. The most accurate sensitive sensor with a maximum resolution of 16,000 dpi will allow you to control the cursor or crosshair with filigree precision and supernatural speed, which is sure to help in harsh online battles. Also, two additional buttons located on the left side of the mouse will come to the aid of the gamer.

It is impossible not to mention the stylish symmetrical design that combines beauty and practicality. Thanks to the holes in the back of the case, engineers managed to make the device incredibly light with impressive characteristics — only 59gram. Also, during long gaming sessions, cybersportsmen will not sweat their hands, for which natural ventilation is to be thanked.

Discreet Designed Gaming Mouse — Logitech G305 Lightspeed

Price: $46.99*

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. The medium-sized and weight (99 grams) case with a discreet design contains a filling that will give a light to many gaming devices. nine0003

50 hours of continuous use is great for a wireless gaming mouse, allowing you to use the device for weeks without changing batteries. The G305 also has a very sensitive sensor with a resolution of 12000 dpi. In addition, users have three additional buttons at their disposal, on which you can hang any functions in games (like crouching in shooters) and working software (changing the font size in Word) through proprietary software from Logitech.

Ultimate Gaming Mouse — Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Price: 10 999 rubles*

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This model combines all the advantages of wireless technology with high sensor sensitivity (maximum resolution — 16,000 dpi). Thanks to this, the G502 is not only very comfortable to use, but also allows you to be on par with other players using top-end peripherals.

While 50 hours of continuous use on a single battery may not be enough, Logitech has prepared a wired version of the G502 Hero, which is noticeably cheaper but has other features of the model. For example, 8 additional keys, some of which are programmable, as well as a catchy asymmetric design for the right hand, which will fit even the largest hands. nine0003

Small and fancy — Logitech Pro X Superlight Wireless Gaming

Price: $129*

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This is one of the most serious gaming mice in the Logitech catalog. The model has a sensor with unprecedented accuracy, which is ensured by its resolution of the incredible 25,400 dpi. In addition, the mouse is equipped with two additional buttons on the left side, which fit perfectly under the thumb when gripping with the left hand.

At the same time, the mouse impresses with its compactness and light weight, which, coupled with the possibility of wireless connection, allows laptop owners to always carry it with them. The continuous work time is 70 hours, which is enough for the entire working week, including long gaming sessions. nine0003

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KP top 10 rating

At the dawn of the computer era, there were no mice at all, and the first models that appeared were bulky and equipped with a “ball” that transmitted information to a personal computer. By modern standards, they were very slow, gave failures and quickly clogged. Nowadays, devices are much more compact and functional, and their response time is high, even for budget models. At the same time, gaming and office mice at first glance are arranged in the same way and an inexperienced user is unlikely to understand and appreciate all their capabilities. nine0003

The main differences between mice for work and gaming are their shape, the response time provided by the mouse sensor and the presence of additional keys on the body.

Game devices have high speed and smoothness, which is especially important for shooters — because this is what affects the accuracy and speed of shooting, bringing the desired victory in the match closer. It is also important for MOBA games, for example, the beloved Dota, although not so much.

Thinking about buying and don’t know how to choose the best device? KP has prepared a material for this, which will consider the TOP 10 best gaming mice in 2021. nine0003

Top 10 rating according to KP

1. A4Tech X89 Stone Black USB

A4Tech X89 Stone. Photo: A4Tech

Budget gaming mouse, which, despite its low price, has gained popularity among users. It boasts a fairly high sensitivity of the laser sensor of 8 thousand dpi and the presence of 6 keys. It is a wired device with a symmetrical design and a unified interface.

Pros and cons

Inexpensive, high-quality assembly, sensitive sensor and 6 buttons

There are some complaints about the build quality, the smoothness of movement can be unstable

2. ASUS ROG Strix Impact Black USB

ASUS ROG Strix Impact. Photo: ASUS

A high-quality gaming mouse from the premium ASUS branded line. It has a catchy design, 4 programmable buttons and balanced performance. Execution at height, no backlash and creaking. The USB connector is gold-plated, which should have a positive effect on contact, and the legs are made of Teflon to ensure the most comfortable sliding. nine0003

Pros and cons

Value for money, quality build

Not enough extra keys, I would like to get a higher optical sensor resolution and polling rate

3. SteelSeries Rival 310 PUBG Edition Black USB

SteelSeries Rival 310. Photo: SteelSeries

Expensive gaming solution captivates with its unusual thematic design in the style of the popular PUBG game and insanely high optical sensor resolution of 12,000 dpi. It is thanks to the latter that it will be an excellent solution for fans of shooters. Such characteristics, with proper skill, will fully reveal the capabilities of the player. nine0003

Pros and cons

PUBG themed design (though not for everyone), very high resolution optical sensor

Relatively high cost

4. Genesis GX85 Black-Red USB

Genesis GX85. Photo: Genesis

This is one of the best gaming mice of 2021, best for MMORPG lovers. There are as many as 13 keys on the case, which will allow you to distribute many skills as comfortably and efficiently as possible and simplify the game process. A nice addition would be LED backlight and charge indicator. It should be noted that the model is asymmetrical and is intended for use by a right-handed user. This must be taken into account when buying. nine0003

Pros and cons

13 additional keys, anatomical shape, backlight and charge indicator

Suitable only for right-handed players, for playing shooters and strategy, the number of buttons can be redundant

5. Red Square Icy Brilliance Black USB

Red Square Icy Brilliance Black. Photo: Red Square

This gaming mouse impresses with its value for money. At a fairly affordable cost, you get a modern device in a minimalist style. It has a long cord, quality build and features that allow you to successfully perform a wide range of tasks. The shape is anatomical, under the right hand. nine0003

Pros and cons

“Delicious” price for such functionality, 6 additional buttons, long wire

Suitable only for the right hand, the design may seem too ascetic


Genesis KRYPTON 700 Black USB

Genesis KRYPTON 700. Photo: Genesis

This computer mouse stands out among other best models with its original backlight, made in the form of an LED semicircle on the body of the device. It is equipped with 8 buttons. The cable here is long, the characteristics are average. One of the additional buttons is unusually located on the edge of the left «main» — an unusual solution that many players may like. nine0003

Pros and cons

Original arrangement of additional keys, beautiful LED gradient backlighting, long cable

For right-handers, average characteristics — it may not be enough for gamers

7. A4Tech Bloody V2M game mouse Black USB

A4Tech Bloody V2M game mouse. Photo: A4Tech

An inexpensive solution with a very aggressive style. Users note that it fits comfortably in a large hand, which is not typical for all models. Some keys are selectively backlit, which allows you to comfortably play in the dark and quickly respond by pressing the game situation. nine0003

Pros and cons

Low cost, bright black and red design, suitable for players with large hands

There are some complaints about the build quality (backlash / squeak)

8. HARPER Gaming GM-P20 Black USB

HARPER Gaming GM-P20 . Photo: HARPER

This is one of the best gaming mice in the mid-price category, unlike many others — it is symmetrical. It can be used by left-handed people if the arrangement of additional keys suits them. The backlight is located around the perimeter and comfortably illuminates the work area around the device. nine0003

Pros and cons

Can be used by left-handed gamers, 7 buttons, minimalistic design

Not the best specifications for the money, as the mouse is symmetrically difficult to call its anatomical shape

9. COUGAR Revenger S (WoT) Black USB

COUGAR Revenger S (WoT). Photo: COUGAR

This mouse is made in the thematic style of the World of Tanks game (I think you have heard about it if you have not lived in isolation for the last 10 years). Aggressive design with sharp corners, illuminated wheel and very high resolution optical sensor. There are not so many additional buttons, but it is positioned for tanks, so they are hardly needed. nine0003

Pros and cons

WoT themed design, 12k dpi optical sensor resolution, eye-catching design, fancy backlit wheel

If you’re not only going to play shooters, it may not be the most obvious choice, symmetrical design may not suit everyone

10. ASUS TUF Gaming M5 Black USB

ASUS TUF Gaming M5. Photo: ASUS

Another representative of branded gaming models, now from ASUS. The design of the device is quite discreet — no decorations, except for the TUF logo on the back. Considering the cost, the performance is underwhelming. Nevertheless, this is a well-known brand, with high build quality and technological details. nine0003

Pros and cons

Well-known brand, quality build, minimalistic style (with such a mouse you will not become an outcast either in the office or in the company of gamers)

Very average performance, symmetrical design, without regard to anatomical features

How to choose gaming mouse

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Popular Questions and Answers

Should I choose a mouse with the most buttons?

Depends on what you are going to play with it. You probably won’t need them to play cooperative shooters like Counter-Strike, but in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft they won’t hurt at all. To successfully play them, you need to apply a large number of skills in a limited period of time, and by transferring at least some of them from the keyboard to “quick access” to the mouse, you can make it easier to use them. nine0003

What affects the sensitivity of the optical sensor?

The sensitivity of the optical sensor is expressed in units of dpi and affects the speed and accuracy of cursor or crosshair movement. It acquires particular importance in shooters and action games, allowing you to aim at the target as quickly and accurately as possible. With a low score, the gameplay will be very difficult and will not allow the player to reach their full potential. In single-player games or strategies, this is not so important and 2-3 thousand dpi should be enough, but in online shooters — the more the better, it’s better to start from 6-10 thousand.