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
Contents at a Glance
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.
|Model||Logitech G502||Razer DeathAdder Chroma||Logitech G402||Zowie (FK2)||Corsair Raptor M45|
|Weight||121 grams (weight tuning)||105 grams||103 grams||85||95 (Weight tuning)|
|Dimensions||1.6 x 3 x 5.4 inches||5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches||1.7 x 2.8 x 5.4 inches||4.9 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches||8 x 2.8 x 8 inches|
|Additional Details||Surface 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,
Five programmable buttons,
|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 ~ 1.8mm||5000 DPI optical sensor, 7 programmable buttons, On-the-fly DPI adjustment, Adjustable USB Report rate, Five selectable lift height levels|
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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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