Gaming mice: we test the best

Price when rated: $89

Pros

  • Best-feeling mouse of the bunch
  • Customization options are nigh on overwhelming

Cons

  • So much customization, in fact, that for novice users it is overwhelming
  • Requires Roccat keyboard for its fullest functionality
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At a Glance

This company is known for making some fabulous gaming mouse, but we wouldn't count the Sensei among them.

Price when rated: $90

Pros

  • Among the most intelligent mice around
  • Very powerful customization options

Cons

  • Not comfortable enough for long, or even short, play sessions
  • Coolest feature—a customizable LCD banner—is on the bottom of the mouse
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At a Glance

There's plenty to like about this mouse, but heavy-handed gamers will find its buttons to be oversensitive.

Price when rated: $70

Pros

  • Sniper button is a battlefield leveler
  • Great button placement
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Buttons can seem oversensitive, especially right mouse button
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At a Glance

This mouse brought out our bipolar tendencies. But in the end, we decided in the end that its lows were more pronounced than its highs.

Price when rated: $100
Lowest price: $66.00 via Sears.com

Pros

  • Dedicated sniper functionality
  • Lots of programmable buttons

Cons

  • No dedicated sniper button: feature requires software mapping
  • Odd, smallish feel to the mouse
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At a Glance

This is now one of our favorite gaming mice. It's comfortable to hold, deadly accurate, and supremely programmable.

Price when rated: $70

Pros

  • Fantastic comfort and responsiveness
  • Side-tilting scroll wheel is intuitive for programming
  • Five-stage dpi switching for any situation

Cons

  • Buttons too small and clumped together
  • Interface isn't as powerful or option-filled as those of other mice
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At a Glance

The DeathAdder 2013 isn't Razer's worst effort, but the company has made much better gaming mice than this in the past.

Price when rated: $70

Pros

  • Form-fitting comfort
  • Competitive responsiveness

Cons

  • Cloud-centric control interface
  • Resolution and other features are falling behind the competition
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