Best Gaming Mouse 2008
If you’re looking for the best gaming mouse then you may be surprised by just how much choice you have. Good gaming mice don’t come cheap so you want to be sure you’re not making the wrong choice and wasting your money. To help you out here’s my top 10 candidates for the title of best gaming mouse.
2000dpi laser engine with adjustable sensitivity | 6 buttons | Ambidextrous
Starting to show its age a little, the G3 is still a good mouse with the same optical engine as its bigger brother, the G5. If you’re on a budget this is definitely worth considering.
2000dpi laser with adjustable sensitivity | 7 buttons | Right-handed
Produced in collaboration with Razer, this is Microsoft’s best gaming mouse. Basically a Copperhead with a different suit, this is a good attempt by Microsoft to break back into the gaming peripherals market.
2000dpi laser engine | 7 buttons | Ambidextrous
Available in 3 colours (red, green or blue) the Copperhead is a long-standing favourite. Compact and light with a 1ms response time to movements, it also features glowing siderails and mouse wheel. It can store up to 5 button profiles in its onboard memory allowing you to customise the mouse for different games and switch at the press of a button.
1800dpi laser engine with adjustable sensitivity | 8 buttons | Right-handed
With a small and light design, this is a popular mouse for gamers with smaller hands. It also boasts 8 buttons so allows more control to be moved from the keyboard.
2000dpi laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity | 7 buttons | Adjustable weight cartridge | Right-handed
Recently updated to include a second thumb button and a fetching black/blue lightning pattern on the shell, the G5 was considered, until recently, the best gaming mouse by many gamers, despite its high price. It is comfortable and well built, and the weight cartridge allows up to 36grams to be added to give the mouse a heavier feel according to your taste.
4000dpi laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity | 9 buttons | 5 button profiles | Ambidextrous
The Razer Lachesis boasts the highest dpi rating available today, with a high-tech 4000dpi laser sensor. It also has nine programmable buttons and five different profiles that can be stored in the onboard memory and swapped on-the-fly. Add to that a very comfortable ambidextrous shape and Razer’s trademark lighting and you have the makings of a great gaming mouse. But is 4000dpi taking things a bit too far?
3200dpi laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity | Adjustable shape | 4 buttons plus 4-way hat switch | Right-handed
The Saitek Cyborg has a unique party trick – it can adjust it’s size, increasing in length to suit the size of your hand. It also boasts a 3200dpi laser sensor, 2 programmable buttons and a programmable 4-way hat switch. In addition, the strength of the wheel’s click can be adjusted.
2000dpi sensor adjustable sensitivity | 5 buttons | Variable weights | LCD display | Right-handed
Just pipping the Cyborg to third place, the Sidewinder offers a good list of features. You get a decent laser sensor and programmable buttons, but on top of that you get variable weights and interchangeable feet to alter the gliding characteristics of the mouse. There’s also an LCD display to indicate the current dpi setting, and the Sidewinder allow macros to be recorded and assigned to buttons on-the-fly.
1800dpi infrared sensor with adjustable sensitivity | 5 buttons | Right-handed
I’ve placed the Deathadder so high up the list because it makes a great all-round gaming mouse. Released to rave reviews, the Deathadder provides you with an excellent 1800dpi infrared sensor, five programmable buttons and an extremely comfortable shape. At 1800dpi it may fall some way behind the likes of the G9 and Lachesis, but it’s enough for most people. This is the mouse that would satisfy most gamers most of the time.
3200dpi laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity | Variable weights | Interchangeable grips | 5 button profiles | Right-handed
The Logitech G9 may fall behind the Lachesis in the dpi stakes, but it has other features that make it a better gaming mouse. Similar to the Saitek Cyborg, the shape of mouse can be changed by swapping the grips, with further customisation available through the addition of extra weights. The wheel can be switched between smooth and clicky movement and the colour of the LED display can be adjusted. The G9 may be expensive, but you do get a lot of quality for your money, making it my recommendation if you want the best gaming mouse.
Logitech fans will have spotted that the G7 is missing, the cordless version of the G5. I generally prefer corded mice as they tend to be lighter (no batteries tucked away inside the shell) and don’t suffer from the lag that you can experience with cordless mice. Having said that, the G7 is no slouch. If you really want a cordless mouse, the G7 is the one to go for.
Another notable omission is the Razer Diamondback, which was recently re-released with the 3G infrared engine from the Deathadder. The Diamondback is an old but popular design, and this update should help it to sell a few more units.
Left Handed Gaming Mice
Sorry, but if you’re a left-handed gamer then your choices of an ergonomically designed mouse are limited. Probably the only left-handed mouse worth considering is the Logitech MX610, other than that you can choose from the various ambidextrous mice on offer, such as the Razer Copperhead.
The Roccat Kone will be hitting the shops soon and should give the top three something to worry about. Expect a review soon followed by an update to this list to see if the Roccat Kone can claim the title of best gaming mouse.
Think I’ve got it wrong? Do you want to recommend your favourite mouse? Then leave a comment!