12 Best Gaming Mice For FPS Games

by | Aug 7, 2019 | Buyers Resources

Consider These Quick Tips Before You Buy!

Now I understand many of you probably don’t know what to look for when buying an FPS mouse, so here are all the important details you need to consider before you make a purchase. You can find more tips here: Should I Buy A Gaming Mouse?

YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T PICK UP A BULKY MOUSE!

FPS gaming mice are usually slim and they curve to fit snugly in the user’s hand. The bulkier mice are there for gamers that need tons and tons of hotkeys and macros, you certainly don’t need 9 hotkeys for FPS games.

DPI & POLLING RATE CONTROL

One thing many pro gamers do when they pick up a gaming mouse is an experiment. Fiddling with the DPI until you find the most comfortable setting is something most gamers have done. They do this so they know what gives them the best results in-game.

You may have also seen the term CPI thrown around a lot, well CPI & DPI essentially are the same thing. DPI is Dots per inch and CPI is Counts per inch.

Same with the polling rate aka responsiveness, usually gamers would set it to the highest possible polling rate, that may work amazing in games like CSGO, but unfortunately some games don’t support certain polling rates.

WHEN FPS GAMING, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY DISABLE MOUSE ACCELERATION

When FPS gaming, all your mouse movements should be as raw as possible. with mouse accel, you will experience overcalculations resulting in inaccurate cursor placement. FPS gaming is about consistency and having precise mouse movements. Mouse accel means your cursor would move a certain distance depending on how fast you move the mouse. Click here for more about mouse accel.

KNOW WHAT MICE GRIP GOES BEST WITH A CERTAIN MOUSE

The mouse grip you use when gaming is like a fighting stance. You ultimately end up gravitating to a mouse grip you find comfortable, but there are mice that are tailored to support a mouse grip style. Knowing this will help you make the best purchase as the mouse will be ergonomically perfect for your mouse grip.

Palm, Finger TIp, Claw Grips

You can find more about mice grips in an article I’ve written here. Different mouse grips.

WILL AN FPS GAMING MOUSE IMPROVE MY GAMEPLAY?

It most certainly will, for casual and professional gamers, a gaming mouse would make a big positive difference when gaming.

A much more precise sensor means you will be targeting your enemies better, A much more durable design means your mouse will last far longer than a regular one, and the attention to detail when making a design that is ergonomically pleasing makes buying an FPS gaming mouse worth it.

With that, all being said lets finally get onto the list for the best FPS gaming mice on the market today.

Razer Deathadder Elite

Razer Deathadder Elite | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
16000DPI1000Hz(1ms)7WiredOpticalRight-Handed104g

The Razer Deathadder is probably one of the most popular FPS gaming mice on the market today. Through each version of the DeathAdder, Razer has kept the shape and design consistent, Razer knows the design of the DeathAdder is what makes it unique.

The DeathAdder Elite is basically an enhanced version of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma. It features higher DPI(16000 from 10000), better RGB lighting, and 2 extra buttons to control the DPI.

Its optical sensor is one of the best you can find in a gaming mouse. It is insanely precise beating laser sensors. This is what FPS gamers need, a sensor that is consistent and doesn’t overcalculate too much.

The mouse is really comfortable and the best thing about it, the mouse fits perfectly with all hand sizes, big or small.

Razer Synapse is a software that is easy to use, you have all the necessities like changing the DPI, changing polling rates, and creating macros. But you have extra features like chroma studio to change RGB settings.

Razer Deathadder Elite | Pros & Cons

Razer Deathadder Elite
PROS
  • Precise 5G sensor.
  • Very comfortable mouse for big or small hands.
  • Decently priced.
  • Easy to use software, despite having to create an account for it.
CONS
  • No sniper button.
  • Build quality could be better.

The lack of a sniper button means that you cannot slow down your dpi when trying to make precise shots. To some, this may not seem like a con, however, there are some individuals that would like extra features like that.

SteelSeries Rival 600

SteelSeries Rival 600 | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of ButtonsConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
12000DPI1000Hz(1ms)7WiredOpticalRight-HandedCustomizable – 96g (w/o weights)

SteelSeries is another well-established gaming mouse company, they make a ton of gaming mice FPS & MMO, so they definitely know what the customer wants. The SteelSeries Rival 600 is currently one of the most precise gaming mice on the market, even more, precise than the DeathAdder, however, it comes at a lower DPI at 12000.

The mouse features a powerful dual-sensor with perfect 1:1 tracking, and state of the art lift-off detection. The lift-off detection removes all unwanted mouse movements, so if you ask me, I’d say this sensor sounds like the perfect sensor for someone that plays FPS games.

As you all know, precision is one of the most important factors when playing shooter games.

Just in case you want your mouse to be even more precise, you have the option of adding more weights to the mouse. This essentially makes you more precise due to less jitter.

On to the aesthetics, this mouse, in my opinion, is absolutely beautiful. It looks like something from the future with the RGB lighting, and the design resonates with all mouse grips, claw, palm, and fingertip grips.

A powerful mouse needs powerful software to drive it. With the software, you get the standard settings you can customize: DPI, and Polling rate, but you are also able to customize the lift-off distance of the mouse.

SteelSeries Rival 600 | Pros & Cons

SteelSeries Rival 600
PROS
  • 1:1 optical sensor, perfect for precision.
  • Beautiful design.
  • Customizable weight.
  • Powerful software.
CONS
  • May be expensive for some individuals.

Buying instantly gives you an advantage over a large number of your enemies you meet in-game, whether it’s CSGO or Fortnite. This mouse is perfectly accurate, the only thing limiting you in-game is your own skills & capabilities.

SteelSeries Rival 650

SteelSeries Rival 650 | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
12000DPI1000Hz(1ms)7WirelessOpticalRight-HandedCustomizable – 121g(w/o weights)

The Rival 650 is the cousin of the Rival 600. SteelSeries basically made a wireless version of the 600, whilst maintaining the same design, and sensor.

Cutting the wire and adding a battery is a double-edged sword, you get the freedom of uninterrupted wireless gameplay, but you suffer the consequences of the added weight from the battery and having to constantly recharge.

This is not a light mouse by any means, without any weights, the mouse comes in at 121 grams.

Putting the wireless features and the weight behind us, this is one solid FPS mouse featuring an almost-perfect precise optical sensor, beautiful aesthetics, and a well-thought-out ergonomic design.

The mouse same as the 600 has two buttons sitting right behind the scroll wheel which are used to control the DPI. This is useful in-game since you don’t need to exit the game and go into settings to change the sensitivity.

SteelSeries Rival 650 | Pros & Cons

SteelSeries Rival 650
PROS
  • 1:1 Dual optical sensor/same as 600, perfect for precision.
  • Beautiful design.
  • Customizable weight.
  • Powerful software.
CONS
  • May be expensive for some individuals.
  • Without weights, the mouse is still quite heavy.

SteelSeries Sensei 310

SteelSeries Sensei 310 | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
12000DPI1000Hz(1ms)8WiredOpticalAmbidextrous92grams

Just like the Deathadder, the Sensei has been in the FPS gaming community for just as long and also has one of the best reputations for being consistent, precise, and comfortable.

SteelSeries introduces the FPS market with its new ambidextrous gaming mouse called the Sensei 310. It has a respectable minimalistic vibe towards it, nothing extra with the aesthetics, and a consistent black matte finish.

If you ask any FPS gamer about gaming mice, they will tell you that having a precise mouse is important, well the Sensei offers that with their accurate 1:1 sensor.

It also has two subtle RGB LEDs located on the rear end, and one placed in the scroll wheel.

RGB knows they have left-handed gamers, but they also want to please the right-handers, so they’ve come with an ambidextrous gaming mouse that is both ergonomically compatible from both hands.

The Sensei 310 has a lightweight construction, they’ve managed to create a mouse that weighs in only at 92grams. Now don’t let this weight convince you that this mouse is flimsy and short-lived, the gaming mouse uses durable materials, and the switches are rated for 50million clicks.

SteelSeries Sensei 310 | Pros & Cons

SteelSeries Sensei 310
PROS
  • 1:1 optical sensor with perfect precision.
  • Clean minimalistic design, with black matte finish.
  • Decently priced & affordable.
  • Powerful software.
CONS
  • 2 DPI settings only.
  • No braided cable.

This mouse, in my opinion, is a top-tier well established FPS gaming mouse. It has a long-lasting reputation in the gaming community, and it isn’t going anywhere soon.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
16000DPI1000Hz(1ms)6WiredOpticalRight-Handed95grams

HyperX is relatively new in the gaming mouse industry, but that doesn’t stop someone from creating quality. The Pulsefire FPS Pro is an affordable gaming mouse with good tracking, decent design & ergonomics.

From first glance, this gaming mouse has an ergonomic design that is familiar to many gamers. It has a scooped shape to adhere to the intended hand which makes it indeed comfortable.

Now software, if you’re looking for a mouse with software, this mouse, unfortunately, cannot provide you with such demands. You’re probably wondering, “How do I change the DPI or even the RGB LEDs”? Well, that is all done by a press of a button. This gaming mouse uses a DPI To Color system where a certain color represents a certain DPI setting.

This may be a slight inconvenience to gamers that aren’t too fussed, but where this mouse outshines its competitions being used on operating systems that don’t support certain gaming mouse software like MAC OS.

The bottom line is, this mouse is an average all-rounder, nothing too special about the mouse, however, it does have its place, and it could be great for someone getting a taste of the gaming mouse experience. Due to it being fairly affordable, it can be acquired easily as a beginners mouse.

HyperX Pulsefire | Pros & Cons

HyperX Pulsefire FPS
PROS
  • Decent sensor.
  • Good ergonomic design.
  • Very affordable.
  • Good for beginner FPS Gamers.
  • Lightweight.
CONS
  • No software.
  • Changing DPI changes color.

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
16000DPI1000Hz(1ms)11WirelessOpticalRight-HandedCustomizable – 113g(w/o weights)

This gaming mouse is one of those products that are good at everything you can throw at it. I would be wrong if I said this was only an FPS gaming mouse, it has a genius design that is comfortable for FPS games, whilst including 11 programmable buttons. This mouse is also suitable for MMOs purely for the fact it has 11 programmable buttons.

Yes, this is indeed a gaming mouse which does have their ups and downs, but the G502 Lightspeed has one of the most advanced wireless connectivity in the gaming mouse industry. And to power the wireless gaming mouse, the battery lasts a long-lasting 60hours of uninterrupted gameplay.

If any chance you find this mouse too light for you which is crazy,(it weighs in at 113grams), you are able to add 6 weights to the gaming mouse.

Let’s not forget about the sensor it offers, the G502 Lightspeed Wireless comes with the HERO 16K sensor which is known for its precise accuracy and tracking well on many mousepads.

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless | Pros & Cons

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
PROS
  • Great tracking sensor.
  • Hybrid ergonomic design.
  • Customizable weights.
  • Wireless is as responsive as wired gaming mice.
  • Solid design, good materials.
  • Comfortable.
CONS
  • Premium price.
  • Already quite heavy without weights.

Logitech G502 Hero

Logitech G502 Hero | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
16000DPI1000Hz(1ms)11WiredOpticalRight-HandCustomizable – 121g(w/o weights)

The Logitech G502 Hero is basically the wired version of the G502 Lightspeed. So that means it comes with all the features the lightspeed has minus the wireless capabilities. It still includes the powerful HERO sensor that FPS gamers love.

The HERO 16K sensor is amazing at tracking, and it is compatible with many mousepads.

For some reason, this mouse is heavier than the G502 lightspeed variant, you would think the removal of a battery would make the mouse weigh less however, the mouse weighs in at 121 grams. And yes it does indeed come with weights you can add to make the mouse heavier.

This mouse also has a “DPI shift” button, nevermind the fancy name, this basically means the mouse has a sniper button to slow down the DPI when making precise shots.

Logitech G502 Hero | Pros & Cons

Logitech G502 Hero
PROS
  • HERO 16K super precise optical sensor, perfect for FPS&MMO/MMORPG games.
  • 11 programmable buttons.
  • Hybrid mouse.
  • Price to feature ratio is fair.
  • Extremely solid build quality.
  • Comfortable.
CONS
  • Heavy at 121 grams.
  • Hard to reach sniper button with small hands.

Corsair Ironclaw RGB

Corsair Ironclow RGB | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
18000DPI1000Hz(1ms)7WiredOpticalRight-Handed105grams

Here Corsair presents a mouse that is also a hybrid, good for FPS as well as MMO games. I really like these designs because it saves you money from buying another mouse to be suitable for different types of games.

This mouse is really comfortable for large hands as its literally been sculptured for large hands and to be utilized by the palm grip. Surprisingly enough, this big mouse comes lightweight coming in at 105grams, this mouse won’t be slipping out your hand easily.

The material used is smooth, and you can easily wipe away fingerprints from the mouse, it gives a premium feel to the mouse.

Corsair equipped this mouse with the Pixart PMW3391 sensor that is native 18000 DPI. This sensor is a decent tracker, and it is very suitable for FPS games

Corsair managed to create an ergonomic mouse for both FPS and MMO games, large gaming mice while also maintaining a lightweight, a powerful sensor, 7 programmable buttons, and bright customizable LED lights. Corsair just created a budget mouse with the features of a premium-priced gaming mouse.

Corsair Ironclaw RGB | Pros & Cons

Corsair Ironclaw RGB
PROS
  • Decent sensor for FPS games.
  • Hybrid ergonomic design.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Good for large hands & palm grip.
  • Lightweight.
CONS
  • Cannot sync RGB in the software.
  • scroll wheel may get stiff overtime.

Zowie EC2-A

Zowie EC2-A | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
3200DPI1000Hz(1ms)5WiredOpticalRight-Handed90.7grams

Here features another beginner orientated gaming mouse. I say this because of the limited features it offers. No software, and only 5 buttons. But here displays why less can sometimes mean more, the simplicity of this mouse works perfectly, just plug and play, no drivers needed.

You can change the DPI & Polling rate without software, that is amazing because that is literally all you need to game effectively. The system they use to change the DPI is the color to DPI system which means you cannot change the color and DPI independently.

This is hands down one of the best beginner/minimalistic gaming mice on the market, it is a perfect example of why you don’t need all the fancy RGB, Software and a ton of buttons to play FPS games.

Zowie EC2-A | Pros & Cons

Zowie EC2-A
PROS
  • Super easy to use.
  • Comes with all the important features, DPI & Polling rate control.
  • Good design.
CONS
  • Pricey for the simplistic nature of the mouse.
  • DPI to color system.
  • DPI is maxed at 3200

Logitech G402

Logitech G402 | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
4000DPI1000Hz(1ms)8WiredOpticalRight-Handed108grams

Here is another inexpensive FPS gaming mouse, it comes with 8 programmable buttons and four DPI settings. The DPI may not be insanely high, but this is one of the fastest gaming mice you can buy today. This mouse can track movement up to 500inches a second (IPS). Most gaming mice top out at 300 IPS.

The G402 is also really comfortable, there are certainly prettier mouses out there, but this mouse dominates when it’s time to be comfortable for the user. It has a curved section for the thumb to rest, this is good when you’re using rough mousemats.

The mouse even comes with a sniper button for when you need to temporarily slow down your DPI when performing precise shots.

This mouse basically sacrifices a ton of DPI for pixel-perfect precision and unbeatable mouse tracking at 500 IPS.

Logitech G402 | Pros & Cons

Logitech G402
PROS
  • Very comfortable.
  • Super precise, and good tracking.
  • Sniper button.
  • Very affordable.
CONS
  • No weight system.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech G Pro Wireless | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
16000DPI1000Hz(1ms)8WirelessOpticalAmbidextrous81.6grams

Just like the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, this gaming mouse comes with the Logitech HERO 16K sensor which is one of the best FPS sensors.

The G pro wireless is also one of the lightest mice on this list at 81.6 Grams. Now here is where being lightweight can seem like a problem. Just because of how light it is, it can come across as feeling cheap and empty inside. Furthermore, if you’re used to heavier mice, you may overcalculate your movements.

The batteries last super long up to 65hours of uninterrupted use, and then when it’s time to charge it, it charges in less than an hour.

If you want to pick up this mouse and you’re left-handed, that will be no issue, This mouse is ambidextrous meaning it is compatible for both hands.

Logitech G Pro Wireless | Pros & Cons

Logitech G Pro Wireless
PROS
  • Ambidextrous.
  • Super precise, and good tracking.
  • Lightweight.
  • Long lasting battery life.
CONS
  • Pricey.

Corsair M65 Elite

Corsair M65 Elite | Features

DPI(MAX)Polling Rates(MAX)No Of Buttons ConnectivitySensor TypeHand OrientationWeight
18000DPI1000Hz(1ms)8WiredOpticalRight-HandCustomizable – 97g(w/o weights)

The Corsair M65 Elite is an FPS orientated mouse, and you can usually tell a mouse is made for an FPS game when they have a sniper button. When Corsair made this mouse, it seems like they had three things in mind, Precision, performance, and adjustability.

This mouse clearly is aimed at the user that wants to be as precise as possible, you have the sniper button located on the side of the mouse ready to use when you need to make those tricky shots.

A high DPI sensor peaking at 18K which can be adjusted as little as only 1 DPI step, good when you want to get down to the fine details when tweaking your DPI.

And you can customize the mouses’ weight by adding weights, keep in mind they mouse weighs only 97grams

Corsair M65 Elite | Pros & Cons

Corsair M65 Elite
PROS
  • Good build quality.
  • Sniper button.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Perfect for the claw grip
  • Lightweight.
CONS
  • Poor software, may cause bugs.