Getting a great gaming mouse that’s both accurate and functional doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Having just finished up our FPS mouse review I wanted to take a look at some cheap gaming mice options for those that don’t have $100 to set aside.
Before I get into my favorite budget options it’s important to understand what you’re losing if you go with the wrong mouse here. I’ve tested a lot of prefab Chinese manufactured mice and while some of them are good others simply fall short in key areas. It’s clear that these companies can compete with the likes of Logitech and Razer, but for the most part, their mice need some basic changes. Most of these are not so much aesthetic as ergonomic and weight oriented.
In the post below I’ll go through 4 budget mice that I like as well as a few popular budget options that I think it’s best to avoid.
|Genre||FPS / RTS||MMORPG||Under $20|
|Logitech G402||Redragon Perdition||Redragon M601 Centrophorus|
|Advantages||This mouse has a Flawless Sensor without acceleration or prediction. It's also lightweight so you don't fatigue quickly.||Half the price of the Razer Naga and Logitech G600. Similar layout and feel to the G600.||A Cheap option that still gives you a smooth feel with DPI tuning. Uses an Avago sensor with Omron micro switches.|
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A Budget MMORPG Gaming Mouse for 2017
Contents at a Glance
If you don’t want to spend your hard earned money for the Logitech G600 or the Razer Naga a good budget alternative is the Redragon Perdition. With 18 programmable buttons and 5 programmable user profiles, you’ll have enough for all of your most important toons.
Redragon is one of several companies that have entered the gaming mice market with high-quality budget alternatives with premium standards. With Omron micro switches and a laser Avago sensor, you get a mouse that is accurate enough for your favorite MMORPGs while maintaining a good level of quality.
The design of the mouse itself is quite impressive. Shaped like a G600 with a matte black or white finish it’s easy to grip and looks good too. Extra features like the completely programmable LED lighting and weight tuning are a plus as well.
Overall, you’ll feel like you got more than what you paid for in the Redragon although some features, specifically weight tuning, feel cheaply constructed when compared to pricier brands. The body of the Redragon is fairly heavy as well. For half the price of models with similar features, it’s a great deal.
Budget FPS Gaming Mouse
Logitech G402 Hyperion
There are a lot of knock-off gaming mice in the FPS realm. If you play these types of games I’d caution against buying anything that’s inaccurate or has acceleration issues.
A good option here would be Logitech’s G402 Hyperion which falls in the budget category by maintaining it’s price under $40. Its optical sensor avoids both prediction and acceleration and with a DPI from 250 to 4,000 you get as much as you’ll ever really need.
Another thing I like about this mouse is how lightweight it is. At 103 grams weighs just under what the Razer DeathAdder does so it won’t fatigue you over long gaming sessions.
Final Thoughts: Overall you’re paying for everything you need with this mouse and nothing that you don’t. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but with a high level of accuracy, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and an engine that’s as fast as USB speeds can handle, it won’t disappoint. It’s a good mouse for a game like CS:GO.
For about $10 less, there’s another gaming mouse that some may like even more, the Logitech G300s. With nine programmable controls, a symmetrical shape, and a gaming-grade optical sensor, it’s definitely a worthy option for palm or claw grippers.
Overall, the G300s is one of the only gaming mice I know that’s good enough for competitive twitch-sensitive games while still holding its cost around $30.
A Good and Cheap Mouse Under $20
While I personally prefer to spend about double this price to get a mouse more in line with my expectations, if you’re going to go cheap or if you’re just really hard on your mice, go with the Redragon M601. The build quality is good for what you pay for. The DPI is up to 2,000 which is above the 1800 DPI that even the fastest pros use. The design of it is fairly nice as well. The matte black finish along with coarse texture gives it a solid grip and it even comes with LED lighting.
Final Thoughts: While the tracking on this mouse isn’t perfect, it works out ok for those who don’t need supreme accuracy. In other words, it seems good enough for League of Legends and Hearthstone but falls short for FPS or even RTS games like Starcraft II.
Other Value Mice that I’d Avoid:
I’ve tried several other off-brand gaming mice that just didn’t seem to fit the bill. One of the cheapest was the E-Blue Cobra which was good for around $12 but fell short of something I could see myself using for the long-term. The Anker 8200 laser mouse was also solid, but in my opinion, falls short of the models listed above. Another popular budget mouse is the UtechSmart Uranus. While it’s shown a lot of popularity I can’t recommend it because of its overall weight and button positioning.
Budget Mice Under or Around $50
In the $50 category, there are quite a few more gaming mice to compare. As I mentioned in our FPS mouse article the Zowie FK2 and Razer DeathAdder make excellent choices for the money here and especially for those looking to play first-person shooter genre games.