Top-tier computer mice for avid gamers

Make hours of game play more comfortable and competitive.

kid playing games on a computer
Wired and wireless options that give you an edge.Alex Haney via Unsplash

If you want to battle zombies on a console like Xbox or PlayStation, you need a gaming controller to get started. When you play on your computer, nothing’s stopping you from using the mouse that came with it or (shudder) your laptop’s trackpad. Mice designed just for gaming help you scroll quickly through your environment, zero in on targets, and even program favorite actions for speed and efficiency. With these four choices, you’ll never go back to an ordinary mouse.

Redragon M602 RGB Wired Gaming Mouse
Build your arsenal of skills.Amazon

Newer gamers may want to get a feel for whether they prefer fast-moving massively multiplayer online games (MMOS), massive online battle arenas (MOBAS) or sandbox games focused on role-playing and building your own world. This low-priced wired gaming mouse for PC allows you to experiment with seven programming buttons for the commands you use the most and test the advantages of switching between DPI settings for wider or more intricate movements from your cursor. It features five settings from 800-7200 DPI, as well as RGB color backlighting.

Logitech G502 SE Hero High Performance RGB Gaming Mouse
Good for approximately 50 million clicks.Amazon

If you want a mouse that feels just right in your hand, this unique PC and Mac compatible wired gaming mouse allows you to customize the placement of up to five tiny and removable weights to get a perfect balance and feel. This mouse tracks movements precisely from 200 DPI up to 16,000 DPI, and features onboard memory and 11 programmable buttons. Use the RGB lighting to remind you what settings you are using as you vanquish your enemies and execute maneuvers with lightning speed.

Razer Mamba Elite Wired Gaming Mouse
The wand of today’s wizards.Amazon

The Mamba Elite packs nine programmable buttons into a sleek form designed for maximum comfort. This wired mouse for PC has a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, rubberized side grips, and a scroll wheel with ridges, perfect for people who spend a significant part of their free time commanding an alternate universe. With Razer Synapse, the company’s free cloud-based software, you can select your lighting from millions of colors.

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless
This mouse has lost its tail.Amazon

Wireless mice come with a tradeoff. You get to be free from cords and have a mouse that’s easy to travel with, but there’s going to be some latency in your connection from click to screen. Fortunately, Corsair’s Slipstream Wireless technology has less than 1 millisecond lag, and the Corsair Harpoon wireless mouse (best for PC) also connects with Bluetooth. It’s light at just 99 grams (or .22 pounds), and you can get up to 60 hours of battery life when using it with Bluetooth. A 10,000 DPI optical sensor, RGB lighting, and six programmable buttons make it a good value for the price.