Best PC Gaming Mouse for $50 - $100?
October 12, 2017 2:35 PM   Subscribe

Hello. Can someone recommend a solid PC gaming mouse in the price range of: $50 - $100? I hear Razer is good, but I want to seek other options too. Thanks!
posted by RearWindow to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My roommate is a heavy gamer and has a Razer mouse that he likes. The Wirecutter seems to like them too. Logitech is my favored brand and I use a Logitech Performance Mouse MX which works fine for the relatively undemanding games I use it for, but I haven't really tried any of their gaming options so I can't give much insight there.
posted by Aleyn at 2:41 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

@Aleyn Thanks for the Wirecutter recommendation. I will checkout Logitech!
posted by RearWindow at 2:46 PM on October 12

Logitech MX 510 is tried and true and one of the best in the business (but appears to no longer be manufactured). Anyway I would vouch for Logitech mice (technically mouses) in general. Any half-decent PC shop or electronics store ought to let you try their demo mice, so go try a few out and see how they feel!
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:07 PM on October 12

It really depends on hand size and grip style as well as the kind of games you play. I believe Rocket Jump Ninja is the gold standard of mouse reviews.
posted by lozierj at 3:26 PM on October 12

The internet consensus on Razer is that they make great designed products but often the build quality is not quite there. So if you want something bulletproof I would look elsewhere.

I use a Corsair M65 Pro.
It's relatively heavy and wide (can be even heavier if you add the optional weights.) It has a really nice scroll wheel, which is a pet peeve of mine. Build quality is fantastic.

I would decide how heavy and what shape of mouse you will find comfortable and go from there. I will say that while I sometimes use Logitech products that *feel* cheap, I've never had a reliability issue with any of their products. So I'd consider theirs as well.
posted by selfnoise at 3:56 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

I really like my Razer Deathadder Chroma. I have no idea how good it is compared to others.
posted by humboldt32 at 4:09 PM on October 12

I assume you're a right hander, in which case definitely go with the wire cutter. I'm a leftie though and haven't found much out side of razor that works well.
posted by Carillon at 5:23 PM on October 12

I've had two Razer Deathadders and both broke within a year with wonky scroll wheels. I bought a Logitech G502 after that and so far so good.
posted by youknowwhatpart at 5:40 PM on October 12

I like to use gaming mice just for everyday use... Every Razer I've had has been fantastic and broken in less than a year. I'm currently using a Sensei that I love.
posted by Jacob G at 6:44 PM on October 12

Another vote for the Logitech G502. I've had mine for a couple of years now with no issues.
posted by good in a vacuum at 8:55 PM on October 12

No recs, just something to consider:
My Razer mouse broke (clicking issues), but then so did my Corsair (scrolling issues). I'm not sure if I'm rough on them or they weren't very good quality.
posted by meemzi at 9:41 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

I've been using a Sensei SteelSeries mouse for 3 years for gaming and home use, and I'm pleased. It's very solid -- noticeably more so than most mice.
posted by cotterpin at 12:28 AM on October 13

If you want a gaming mouse, I like the Razer Deathadder Elite. I think Razer makes good products and I've had no trouble with build quality. They make a confusing array of products but it basically boils down to how many fancy buttons you want and the shape of the device. I like this one. Note that they're heavily biased towards mice with cords; gamers are convinced wireless mice are bad.

If you want just an ordinary mouse, Logitech is the way to go. Pick the one whose shape you like.
posted by Nelson at 5:52 AM on October 13

Suppose it depends on what kind of games you play and what you want the mouse to do. As somebody who tends to play a lot of MMOs and shooters, I've been using a Razer Naga for the past six or so years. I love it.
posted by daisy55 at 6:32 AM on October 13

Whatever you do DO NOT install the Razer Synapse software.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:25 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]

I am still using a first gen Logitech Performance MX at home (7 years old) and a 2nd gen (6 years) at work.
posted by porpoise at 3:18 PM on October 13

Wait a month for the Black Friday sales.

I'm a big fan of the Logitech MX Master which I've found to be a pleasant replacement for the Laser MX1000's we bought mid-2000's. Those had some minor issues but did survive over a decade. The Master is a wireless mouse so it might not be suitable for gamers who demand the low latency of a wired mouse, and it doesn't have as many buttons as some of the gaming mice, something I count as a benefit. I don't do gaming anymore but I still like a decent mouse.

They retail for $100 but don't pay more than $70. I've been able to get them for $60, and at that price they're definitely a great thing.
posted by jgreco at 6:15 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]

@jgreco Thanks kindly, mate! Will look into Logitech MX Master.
posted by RearWindow at 6:32 AM on October 14

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