Best FPS PC Gaming Mouse 2015

FPS Gaming Mouse

What’s the best fps gaming mouse of 2015? We take into account comfort, sensor, acceleration, prediction, weight, durability, and customization to bring you our shortlist. Vote in our interactive poll for your favorite.

When competition is already fierce on the Battlefield I try to get every advantage I can get. While having a good gaming mouse for your FPS games won’t teach you to have quick reflexes or make of for a lack of map knowledge, it certainly can bridge the gap for advanced players.

I’ve been watching the gaming mouse market for the last five years and updating this article annually; however, I waited a bit longer this time simply because there was very little change in the market until now.

Optical vs Laser Sensors

Different mice sensors behave differently on various types of surfaces. In addition, the weight of the mouse, how you hold it, and even where the buttons play a factor in your personal accuracy.

For the most part avoiding mice with built-in acceleration and prediction is advantageous. This is especially important for maps that are close quarters. Optical gaming mice, rather than laser, are generally considered more accurate because they don’t have built-in acceleration. Prediction or “angle snapping” can generally be removed through software.

The ideal FPS mouse would be one that is comfortable, moves well on your preferred surface, and has one of the more accurate optical sensors on the market. Finding a mouse that fits this description has been difficult for professional gamers in the past; however, as manufacturers understand the needs of the FPS genre we continue to get more options. While I’ll be including mice sensor information in our top ten list down below, you can also get a complete list from this extensive forum thread.

Palm vs Fingertip vs Claw Grip

The way you grip a mouse can also be compared to how some people shoot a basketball. Yes, there’s a proper way to do it, but there are still some pros that prefer to shoot the way that’s comfortable and that they’re accustomed to.

While it can be argued that the palm or fingertip grips provide more accuracy or allow for faster clicking, you should choose your mouse-based upon the grip you use most frequently and ultimately on what feels comfortable.

Is DPI Important in a Gaming Mouse?

This all depends upon your personal playstyle, what you use your mouse for, and screen’s resolution. Where DPI gets confusing for most people is when it’s related to accuracy. DPI or dots per inch is simply how sensitive your mouse is in terms of its movement. For example, Kim Ron CMO of SteelSeries has said that most professional gamers use a mouse with a DPI of 800 to 1600. This has been the case with pretty much every professional gamer I’ve come across as well. There are exceptions to this for those who use resolutions in excess of 1920 x 1080, but ultimately, a better sensor and surface will have more impact in terms of precision and accuracy.

The Best FPS Gaming Mice of 2015

Here are our picks for the best FPS gaming mice of 2015. Disagree? Be sure to voice your opinion by voting and leaving a comment below.

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ModelLogitech G502Razer DeathAdder ChromaLogitech G402Zowie (FK2)Corsair Raptor M45
SensorPMW3366DM-VWOUAvago S3988AM010PMW3310HPMW3310H
Weight121 grams (weight tuning)105 grams103 grams8595 (Weight tuning)
Dimensions1.6 x 3 x 5.4 inches5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches1.7 x 2.8 x 5.4 inches4.9 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches8 x 2.8 x 8 inches
Additional DetailsSurface tuning calibration, 11 programmable buttons,
On-the-fly DPI (200-12,000), Improved dual-mode hyperfast scroll wheel
right-handed design, rubber side grips,
10,000 dpi optical sensor,
Chroma lighting,
Five programmable buttons,
On-the-fly adjustment,
Fusion Engine 1MS report rate, 8 programmable buttons, 4 on-the-fly DPI settings (250 to 4000 DPI), 32-bit Arm Processor
Ambidextrous mouse, for claw grip usage, 400-3200 DPI, Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz, lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm5000 DPI optical sensor, 7 programmable buttons, On-the-fly DPI adjustment, Adjustable USB Report rate, Five selectable lift height levels
G502 Size vs MX518

The shape of the G502 isn’t all the different from the fan favorite MX518.

Logitech G502

I was a little skeptical when the G502 was released. Flagship models with lots of features, buttons, and personalization had failed me in the past. In addition, the new Pixart PMW3366DM was unknown to me. Why would the G502 be any different?

Not only was I wrong, but the G502 finally overtakes the Razer DeathAdder I’ve had in first place ever since I began making these guides five years ago. I’d consider the new Pixart sensor to be on part with the one the DeathAdder had a strangle hold on for so many years. Certainly Pixart’s purchase of Avago’s sensor technology has something to do with it.

In terms of size it’s similar to the MX518 I used for so many years and it has the hyper-fast scroll wheel that I’ve grown to love on my former daily user, the G500. More, the G500 achieves 200-12,000 DPI without interpolation so it’s perfect for any resolution. All of this with a faultless sensor catapults this mouse to number 1. That being said it’s not for everyone. The weight, at around 121 grams, will steer some in the direction of the other mice on this list.

Razer DeathAdder Side

The 2013 version and 2014 Chroma version of the DeathAdder come with improved rubber grips.

Razer DeathAdder

This mouse will continue to be the number one pick for many. Like the G502, the DeathAdder has what I’d consider to be a faultless sensor in the Avago ADNS 3988.

The 2013 version of the mouse upgraded the plastic side grips to rubber as well as the sensor.

The newer Chroma version allows you to change the lighting to 1 of up to 16.8 million customizable color options to fit the rest of your gear.

This new lighting will appeal to some, but the bigger reason some may choose this version over the G502 is the weight and shape. While the DeathAdder doesn’t have weight tuning (the G502 does) it does have something that the G502 can never achieve, a lighter base weight.

At 105 grams vs 121 grams, it will fatigue less and feel better to many. With continued updates, it looks like the DeathAdder will continue to be on this list for a long time.

 

G402

The G402 is a more lightweight and affordable option with basic features and a DPI range that are still good enough for most.

 

Logitech G402

As I mentioned before one of the main reasons I had to update this guide is that manufacturers are finally listening to gamers. Logitech clearly got the tip from someone that we were all tired of mice with acceleration.

Speaking of sensors I wouldn’t consider the AM010 to be on par with the 502; however, it does have the accuracy necessary for many. With a lower base weight of 103g its Logitech’s budget offering in the space and a mighty good one. As DPI only goes from 250 to 4000 it may be wise to avoid this one at ultra-high resolutions.

Zowie FK2

Lightweight, affordable, and great sensor, the Zowie FK2’s look, and specs appeal to many gamers.

Zowie FK 2 or 1

These mice are similar with the FK2 being a slightly smaller version of the FK1. Both use the Avago PMW-3310 which is nearly flawless in terms of its control, speed, and lift off distance. The DPI control is from 400-3200, more than adequate for most.

The Zowie FK2 is ideal for those with small to medium-sized hands and deserves its place on this list because of its low lift off distance, lack of acceleration, and low weight at 85 grams. Again, the FK1 is nearly identical but slightly bigger, and comes in at 90 grams.

Corsair M45

Using the same sensor as the Zowie FK2 and 1, the Corsair M45 is another solid option for FPS gamers. While it’s a bit longer than the G9X, it has some of the same shape to it. Weight customization along with weight tuning also means it appeals to many.

Honorable Mention: CM Storm Recon, MadCatz R.A.T. 3, Logitech MX 518, Puretrak Valor, Roccat Kone XTD, SteelSeries Kana, Logitech G300, Razer Taipan, Logitech G700s, SteelSeries Sensei, Logitech G9X, Zowie Evo, Roccat Savu, Razer Abyssus, G400, G400s, Zowie Evo, Roccat Savu, CM Storm Spawn

 

What's the Best FPS Mouse of 2015

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For those of you who are curious, here’s the 2013-2014 poll:

Classic 2013 FPS Mouse Poll

  • Razer DeathAdder (Any Version) (33%, 143 Votes)
  • Logitech G400S (Any Version) (18%, 77 Votes)
  • SteelSeries Sensei (15%, 66 Votes)
  • Other (Please leave a comment.) (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Roccat Kone XTD (4%, 17 Votes)
  • Logitech G9X (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Razer Abyssus (4%, 16 Votes)
  • MadCatz R.A.T. Series (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Razer Taipan (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Logitech G700s (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Zowie EC Evo (3%, 12 Votes)
  • CM Storm Spawn (2%, 10 Votes)
  • SteelSeries Kana (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Logitech G300 (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Roccat Savu (1%, 6 Votes)
  • CM Storm Recon (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Puretrak Valor (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 440

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Useful Sensor Lists and Guides:

Want to learn more? Find extensive technical help, support, and a full list of sensors on these pages:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=56240.0, http://www.overclock.net/t/854100/gaming-mouse-sensor-list

Picks for MMO, MOBA, ARPG, and More:

For more information on my favorite gaming mice see our latest review for budget gaming mouse options as well as MOBA and MMO gaming mice.

  • Alexander

    My personal feeling about some mice I have been using for the last couple of
    years. I can not say anything about the G502 YET!, but i have ordered it so
    will be getting it this weekend.

    Gaming mice listed from oldest to newest:
    Logitech G400
    Logitech MX518
    Logitech G500
    Steelseries Sensei
    Razer Deathadder 2013
    Steelseries Rival (still using)
    Razer Deathadder 2013 (at my work for now)
    Logitech G502 (coming soon)

    My most
    played games:
    Counter strike: Source -2500+hours
    counter strike: Global offensive -1400+ hours
    Battlefield 3+4-900+ hours
    World of Warcraft-700+ hours
    League of Legends-700+ Hours
    Diablo 2+3 -700+ Hours
    Total -6900 hours of my life + more on different games

    My hand
    size: 6,5-7 inches (17-18cm)
    not skinny hands and not fat hands

    Palm\Claw hybrid

    My verdict in my experience with the different gaming mice:

    My Logitech
    G400 as my first gaming mouse was amazing, I loved that one until 1 year of
    usage, my cat chewed the cable, I bought the MX518 cause I loved the feeling of
    the mouse.

    My MX518 bought in 2006 was amazing for 2+ years, with hard abuse when I lost a
    1v1 or 1v2, I would literally smash it down on my mousepad, even throw it in
    the wall, and it worked well, until one day I was going to a LAN, and
    accidently dropped it in the floor it stopped working, would seem that hard
    abuse would eventually break the poor thingy.. with that said, the MX518 can be
    described as a Nokia 3210 vs newer phones, it’s a brick. The MX518 must
    be my number 1 mouse at that point in time. When that broke on my way to lan, I
    had to buy a new one, and I went for the G500.. Man that mouse did not disappoint
    at all.. the sensor and feeling of the mouse was just amazing. The feeling in
    my hand was as the G400 and the Mx518, just perfect in my hand. But as a old “hardcore”
    gamer, skipping school for playing Source, and 2-3 hours sleep before school at
    that time, I was seeing the Steelseries, Razer and other Producers came out
    with their new better, lighter, PRO GAMER mouses that every pro gamer used.. so
    I couldn’t just sit and watch everybody have a “better” mouse than me, so I started
    the not so good hype to start trying out different mice to see if I can find a
    mouse just perfect for my playstyle, handgrip (palm/claw hybrid) so I bought
    the Steelseries Sensei.

    I must say
    that the G500 still lives and works as a charm as my friends “new mouse” he had
    the Old deathadder 3.5G that stopped working,

    Well back
    to the steelseries Sensei, I would think it’s the Placebo effect at some sort,
    but man did that mouse feel awesome in CS:Source, my aim, my crosshair placement
    and mindset got better, the only downfall for my steelseries sensei was that it
    was to small for my hands as a palm/claw user, correct me if im wrong, but I loved
    the 5-6 months I had with it, and would probably still have it if it didn’t break
    down on me, the thumb mouse click (mouse button 4) that I use as my Voice comm
    push to talk button started fucking with me, I pushed the button and released
    it and it started just being pushed in, and after a week it just stopped
    working, I know Its probably just a defect product I got, but instead of
    getting a new one with warranty, I bought the Deathadder 2013 instead.

    Deathadder
    2013 is on my top 3 list as of today. I loved the grip on it, I loved the
    reaction time, and the simplicity with this mouse. But after 1 + 2 years of
    usage, the left mouse button broke down, the pin underneath the mouse button down
    do the connector thingy just broke. I loved the mouse so much I went to the
    store and got a new one, even tough the deathadder (all of which I have owned has too light mouse button that makes me
    accidently push the left mouse button) and have used it for 6months, then I heard
    that Rival was out on sale so I bought one just to test it and see if it was
    better,

    The Rival,
    was indeed much much better than the Sensei in my personal reference.

    I still use it as my gaming mouse, but Im still not sure wich one the
    Deathadder or Rival is better, for me they are pretty good, and some days I feel
    like DA is better than Rival.
    My nephew bought a new computer and I told him to choose my DA or Rival as his new Gaming
    mouse since he hadn’t bought a gaming mouse yet, he picked the DA, and now I only
    had the Rival left

    After 5-8
    months of usage with the Rival, I bought a new Deathadder 2013.
    Just because I love the DA 2013, but I still use the Rival as my gaming mouse.
    and now uses my DA 2013 at work.

    But all in all, I miss the feeling and the “love bond” I had with the Logitech g400 and mx518,
    therefore I now have decided to go for The G502. I have used 1-2 weeks
    searching, googling, read reviews, and went down to these mice to eventually
    buy:

    Logi g303
    Logi g402
    Logi g502
    Zowie Fk1
    Zowie EC2 EVo

    I will put out a verdict on G502 after some weeks of trying it out. And if I had to range my series of mouses for top 3:
    #1 Mx518
    Back in the old days – the weight, size, and general feeling this must be my
    number one, the negative: the sensor, not up to date.

    #2 Deathadder 2013 – the shape, the weight, the design, the downfall from #1 is
    the accidental pushing of the left mouse button.

    #3 Rival – just good, simple, nice accuracy, but the side grips gets worn out
    after just months of usage.

    Hope this kinda helps out a bit,
    I know by experience that it’s difficult to find your one and only mouse, you buy a mouse and it feels better than the last, but maybe if you had bought a different mouse it would have been that mouse that felt like the best for you.
    Also to add:I use SS QCK+ pad.

    • admin

      Sounds like a lot of experience. I think we mostly agree.

  • Herman

    Personally i prefer the steelseries sensei v2 because it
    it is so comfy, but it does feel a little cheap. And if you
    Compare it to razer mice they don’t feel cheap even though the sensei is relatively pricy.

  • Tolga

    i think mouse feet is extremely important for fps gaming and razer deathadder 2013 has very small skates and it is not slippy enough. especially with cloth pad. i think kone xtd,savu and sensei have really great skates. but my favorite mouse is g400s because of its wonderful shape. i really created for my hand and skates’ size are big enough.

    • admin

      Thanks for your comment Tolga. I can’t say that I’ve had the same experience as you with the DeathAdder; however, I do agree that the G400s is an awesome mouse.

  • Carlo Ga

    Ive been playing FPS game for a 5 year now. Since i started playing my gaming mouse is already deathadder ver, 1 and then i buy this deathadder 2013 edition it has been good at aiming my target and got a good precision at the game.

    • admin

      Carlo,

      I like the DeathAdder 2013 as well.