If you’re an Overwatch junkie looking for a good gaming mouse to fuel your addiction, we’ll go over what you’re looking for. Whether you’ve got a low budget or just want the best, we’ll go over several good options.
Overwatch is a twitch-sensitive FPS game that requires you to not only think quickly but be accurate as well. I’ve been playing first-person shooters for 15 years and while a mouse can’t make up for your lack of game or map knowledge, it can help. This is especially true once you’ve got the experience and team you need. After that, relentless practicing and muscle memory can help you get to the highest level.
Choosing a Mouse for Overwatch
Looking for where to start? Begin with your hand size, weight, what’s comfortable, and your grip (palm, fingertip, claw, or hybrid). After that, you’ll want to choose one with a good optical sensor that doesn’t spin out or have built-in acceleration. Other considerations like button placement, DPI, wireless or corded, and the scroll wheel may also be important to you. Individual mouse settings or profiles may change based upon whether you’re offense, defense, a tank, or playing support. Altering them based on your map type (Assault, Escort, Hybrid, or Control) may also be advantageous.
After that, you’ll want to choose one with a good optical sensor that doesn’t spin out or have built-in acceleration. Other considerations like button placement, DPI, wireless or corded, and the scroll wheel may also be important to you. Individual mouse settings or profiles may change based upon whether you’re offense, defense, a tank, or playing support. Altering them based on your map type (Assault, Escort, Hybrid, or Control) may also be advantageous.
While there is no single best mouse for FPS giant Overwatch, there are a few we recommend.
11 Good Gaming Mice for Playing Overwatch in 2018
Ready to be a pro and show your team how it’s done? It’s going to take a lot of practice. Want to be on equal or better footing with the tool that matters most? Here are a few good gaming mice to help you do it. While this list is mostly in order of my personal preference, there is no real ranking here. If you want to rank, we’ve added a poll on this list where you can see what other Overwatch players think.
|Mouse||Size / Weight||Sensor|
|Logitech G403 Wired, Wireless||M L 90g, 106g|
|Razer DeathAdder Elite||L 96g||3389 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Zowie FK 2, 1, 1+||3310 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Logitech G303||S M 88g||3366 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Mionix Castor||M 99g||3310 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Logitech G502||M 125g||3366 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Razer DeathAdder Chroma||L 99g||3989 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|SteelSeries Rival 300||M L 103g||3310 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Zowie EC A 1 or 2||M L 95g, 98g||3310 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Nixeus Revel||M 84g||3360 Optical||See Amazon Price|
|Logitech Pro||S M 88g||3366 Optical||See Amazon Price|
Interactive Overwatch Mouse Voting Poll
Want to voice your opinion and get some more good ideas? Here’s a look at 20 of our favorite FPS gaming mice.
Wired G403 vs Wireless
Both the wired and wireless mouse use an excellent 3366 optical sensor. One of the big differences between the two is in the weight. The G403 wired version comes in at 90g while the wireless comes in at 106g. Both options have additional weights that can be used for tuning and as the weight is mostly distributed in the front, it works pretty well. In terms of delay, both have extremely low latency and not enough to worry about.
The G403 has a gradual button slope on the left side with the buttons. The back is rounded. On the right side, there’s a slight ledge and the buttons include your standard comfort grooves. You can use a palm, claw, or fingertip grip on this mouse; however, depending on your hand size it may be good or bad. We’d recommend palm grip for this mouse for hand sizes of 6.5 to 7.9″. For Claw, 6.7 to 8.1″ and for Fingertip, 7.1-8.7″.
Of course, the G403 has a braided cable as well. It’s one of the better-made braided cables I’ve used, although a bit heavy for my tastes.
In terms of materials, the mouse is plastic with a fairly good amount of durability. The two feet are large and good for keeping your mouse gliding accurately.
Logitech makes great software which allows you a variety of options. The G403 has onboard memory with 3 profiles along with options for DPI, media functions, lighting effects, and colors, as well as surface tuning.
If you’ve got large hands, (around 7.5″), this is the mouse I’d recommend. It’s got a great shape to it and is one of my favorite mice to use overall. If you’re trying to become a pro gamer, the wired version probably has a slight advantage. However, if you’re using this mouse as your daily driver and playing casually, there’s a lot to like about the wireless version. It’s also one of our top options for CSGO.
Razer DeathAdder Elite
We’ve all seen the Razer DeathAdder before, so this review will be more about what’s new with the Razer DeathAdder Elite rather than what’s the same. Like all DeathAdder mice, this one is for large hands although this one is slightly bigger. It’s another safe shape, like the G403, that fits to a lot of grip styles. So, depending on your hand size, it’s another option that can be used with palm, claw, and fingertip grips.
Razer DeathAdder Elite vs Chroma
First, the Elite uses a more flexible cable, This is good as it doesn’t affect aim as much. Razer also changed to a green USB cable which reminds you of who made the mouse but does little else. In addition, the Elite has deep thumb grooves on the side along with rubber thumb grips. The finger grooves are quite pronounced as well and the design from front to back has a gradual slope with a thumb in the middle. In addition, the Elite has new DPI buttons. The sensor is slightly better with the PM3389-T3QU and doesn’t face the same tilt issues that the DeathAdder faces.
Latency testing is fantastic and the sensor doesn’t lose track even when you’re turning around quickly.
Overall, you get a mouse with better materials, sensor, buttons, and is very similar to previous generations. If yours is getting old, I’d recommend it. If you’ve still got an old DeathAdder that’s functioning properly, it might be worth waiting.
Zowie FK 1, 2, 1+
If you’re looking for a mouse with a good overall shape that can fit your hand size, look no further than Zowie’s FK series which comes in 3 sizes; 2 (small), 1 (medium), and 1+ for large sized hands. All of these mice use the 3310 optical sensor which is excellent for use with twitch-sensitive or FPS games like Overwatch.
Design and Weight:
For weight, it varies a bit by size and is 84g, 87g, and 94g from small to large. The weight placement is well balanced.
For shape, it’s ambidextrous and good for all types of grips, but is ideal for fingertip type grips. This is because the profile is quite low when compared to other gaming mice. That being said, not everyone likes the style and feel of ambidextrous shapes. So, if you’d prefer a right or left-handed ergonomic mouse, you may want to look elsewhere.
For the buttons, you can activate either the right or left side but not both. So, keep that in mind if you’re looking for additional programmable options.
The scroll wheel has a lot of tactile feedback which is good for games but not that great for browsing. I’d definitely consider it a game-only mouse.
For accuracy, there’s no spinning out and it has fantastic tracking overall. In addition, button delay is unnoticeable. In terms of acceleration, it doesn’t exist on the Zowie FK.
The G303 has a diamond ambidextrous shape that, combined with its low weight of 88 grams, makes it a great claw grip candidate. The profile is low, so it’s also a good fingertip candidate. It’s accurate and uses the extremely sound 3366 optical sensor.
The mouse is on the small side, so it’s probably best with medium to small hands. Those who prefer small mice may like this even if they have large hands. Again, it’s personal preference.
Overall it’s a good budget mouse with an under $50 price tag and great for gamers with small hands.
The Mionix Castor is one of my favorites to use while playing competitively. It’s small, has a great ergonomic shape to it and an accurate sensor. This mouse isn’t one that I use for my daily browsing, but it is the mouse I pull out when I’m playing Overwatch or Battlefield 1. It’s one of 3 Mionix mice I’ve reviewed, but the only one that I truly recommend.
There’s a steep incline on the left side of the Castor. It’s a bit difficult to get used to and something that many may find odd to start. However, after using it for a while, this became a good thing for my overall grip. For the sensor, it uses the 3310 Optical which is accurate and when implemented with the Castor doesn’t spin out.
There is a small rattle for some when they move this mouse around. It’s not something I notice. In fact, for my personal needs, the hand size and shape of this are more important than something like a rattle. There is some tactile feedback with the scroll wheel, but it is a bit difficult to scroll with. Again, it’s not a browser mouse. For hand size, I’d recommend it for those with medium to large sized hands.amaz
If you’re looking for a mouse that you can use as your daily driver and play Overwatch occasionally, I’d highly recommend the G503 and especially if you have medium to large sized hands. The thumb rest along with the infinite scroll wheel make it ideal for daily computer use and browsing. In fact, as someone who browses quite frequently, I can’t seem to do my daily work without the infinite scroll wheel which I’ve had since my G9X. It’s one of the reasons I keep returning to Logitech for my daily option.
For gaming, the G502 is no slouch either, albeit a bit heavy for competitive gaming. The weight is 125g with the base or up to over 140g along with the included weights. Latency is virtually non-existant and there is no built-in acceleration or spin out issues. Onboard memory means you can program it how you want and take it with you.
It’s accurate with the 3366 sensor which is probably my favorite sensor at this point in time. Pixel tracking is accurate even at low DPIs.
Overall, the G502 is the perfect mouse for those of you looking for a daily mouse that you can use with Overwatch and other FPS games. G-shift also makes it ideal for games where you need programmable buttons. So, if you also play MOBAS or MMORPGs, then this is a fantastic mouse for that.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma
As we’ve already reviewed the Razer DeathAdder Chroma, I’m not going to go through the ins and outs of this mouse.
However, I want to point out that if you want a good budget mouse, the Chroma is available at under $50 and the “Essential” version of this can often be found for less. If you can get a good deal, I’d say go for it as the difference between these mice, in my opinion, is minimal.
So if you’re looking for an Overwatch mouse that’s good and cheap, this is a good place to start assuming you like the shape. Speaking of hand and shape size, this one is recommended for large hands.
SteelSeries Rival 300
Even though the Rival 300 is a large mouse, I’d recommend it for medium to large-sized hands as it feels smaller than your typical large mouse. It uses a 310 optical sensor which is accurate, has no built-in acceleration, and doesn’t spin out.
For cable, it uses a rubber cable which is smooth. This is nice as some braided cables tend to get stuck and affect your accuracy.
The hump of the Rival 300 is more towards the back, so we’d recommend it for claw and palm grips rather than fingertip grips.
Overall, I’d prefer the DeathAdder to this shape because the Rival 300 is a bit thin in the front. However, that’s my personal preference and yours may be different.
Logitech G Pro
We reviewed the Logitech G Pro a few months back and were definitely impressed. It uses a fantastic sensor in the 3366 and has no issue with acceleration, spin outs, or latency. It’s a replacement for the widely used G100s. The shape is subtle and very safe which some may really like. It has a low profile and subtle, so it’d be fine for any grip. So, if you are comfortable with that shape, it’s certainly another good option.
The G Pro is lightweight at around 85 grams and it uses quality Omron switches.
Overall, if you like the shape, this is a great recommendation for those of you with small to medium-sized hands. For more information, be sure to take a look at our full review.
Overwatch Mouse Grip and Hand Sizing Guide
Want to know how big your hand is compared to the mice we rank? Here’s a quick measurement guide from Zy, who’s written about his favorite CSGO mice here.
- Small: Under 16.9cm / 6.6″
- Medium: 17-19.5cm / 6.7-7.6″
- Large: Over 19.6cm / 7.7″
After you’ve measured your own hand, use our list in the table above to help you find the right gaming mouse based on your hand size.
How Heavy Should Your Mouse Be for FPS Games?
Personally, I prefer a mouse under 100g. This is a bit of personal preference, but I think it goes for most professionals who play long gaming sessions as well. Hand fatigue is a real thing and a heavier mouse can get heavy after a few hours. That being said, your own preference may be based on your hand size and strength. It’s different for everyone, so don’t stress if what you like doesn’t fall in line with what everyone else does.
Wireless mice are typically heavier but don’t have the cable drag feel to them. So, that number may feel different to you as well.
Are Braided Cables Important?
In a word, no. In fact, braided cables tend to add to the drag I get while I’m playing. I’ve even had friends remove them. So, I definitely wouldn’t judge quality based on whether or not a mouse has a braided cable or a gold-plated USB.
Wired vs Wireless
Whether you want to use a wired or wireless mouse may come down to mostly personal preference. In my opinion, the greatest deterrent to using a wireless mouse is the fact that mostly they’re heavier than their wired counterparts. This can lead to fatigue in-game and slower movements.
The other factor that most are concerned with is the lag that can occur from when you push a button and it shows up on the screen. For the most part, if you’re using a gaming mouse, this is a thing of the past and something I wouldn’t take an issue with.
DPI and Overwatch
First of all, it’s important to distinguish the word DPI from accuracy. DPI is NOT accuracy. Rather, it’s a measurement of mouse sensitivity. So, the higher the DPI the farther the cursor on your mouse will move while you’re playing the game. For this reason, I definitely wouldn’t choose your mouse based on it. In fact, the lower the DPI you’re using, the more likely you are to be accurate.
Most gaming mice today have profile options so that you can change your DPS on the fly. So, depending on whether you’re playing assault, escort, hybrid, or control you may want your mouse to move faster or slower. This will also vary based on the class you’re playing. Sniper-type classes should typically use a lower DPI whereas assault-based classes may prefer a higher DPS option.