If there is one thing that you absolutely need to play a First Person Shooter (FPS), apart from the usual apparatus, is a mouse with which you can feel an emotional connection. Well, perhaps not an emotional connection but at least comfort, control and reliability are a must.
Of course, you can go ahead and say ‘Bruh, I have a mouse. Do I really need a gaming mouse.’ And to that, I would say, or rather scream ‘ABSOLUTELY YES!’ It is the single most important thing, apart from mad skills (of course) to conquer an FPS title. FPS gaming mice are a wee bit different than your usual mouse with which you toil on all day long on excel in your office. Here are a few qualities of a good FPS gaming mouse that you should look for when you’re in the market.
First of all, decide if you’re serious about your FPS games. If you just want to play casual games, it would be much more beneficial to buy a simple gaming mouse or rather just a comfortable all-purpose mouse. FPS gaming mouse often tends to pack features which are crucial to pro players but seem nothing more than a gimmick to an average gamer. So it’s not wise to spend a ton of money for an FPS mouse that you won’t even use.
2. Your Dominant Hand
Most of the mice out there in the market, especially FPS mice with there engineered ergonomics, tend to be aimed at Right-Handed gamers. There is an acute shortage of left-hand mice. So if you’re not comfortable with playing with your right hand, you better consider a left-handed mouse.
Customizability is a vast term. Here, however, it means physical customizability which gives you the ability to swap in or out rests, buttons, weights and so on to get your perfect fit. Customizability also extends to software and if it permits you to interchange the functions of the buttons. The purpose of customizability is simple, to give you the best fit possible.
DPI or Dots Per Inch, as the geeks call it, is a measure of the speed of the mouse. The dots, here mean pixels, and the DPI is the number of dots across which the cursor will move in 1 inch. So with a higher DPI, the cursor will move with even the slightest of movements. What’s the best DPI for an FPS mouse really boils down to the player and their comfort level. What’s important is that your mouse’s DPI should be adjustable.
Now that’s sorted, let us jump straight into the world of mice.
Best Gaming Mouse 2020
Logitech G Pro Wireless
BenQ Zowie Fk2
Have you ever heard of a sleeper? A sleeper is an ultra-high-performance car that looks plain and simple on the outside. The BenQ Zowie EC2- A might as well be described as the sleeper of FPS mice. It’s sleek, simple and accurate and does not segregate right-handed gamers from the left-handed ones. It’s ergonomic, comfortable and clean to hold. It’s got a total of 6 buttons, a pair of extra one on either side, unfortunately, the feel of the supplementary buttons is simply not as good as the main ones so it takes time to get used to them. It maxes out at 3200 DPI, which is a bit low when compared to other mice in its range but it is still way above what most gamers use anyhow. Its sensor works on all types of surfaces, including glass.
Razer Deathadder Elite might as well be the best gaming mouse for someone who eats, sleeps and dreams FPS. It is, after all, one of the best-sold mice in the whole world. It’s got all the features that you would expect out of a Razer product- amazing built quality, ergonomic grip and RGB lights. RGB lights are the most important of all. Ergonomic grip is accompanied by a matte black finish which helps it not to become greasy even when your palms are sweating when it comes down to 1V5. Its DPI goes all the way up to 16000, not something you’ll use but it’s something you can flex about. The only downside is the Chroma software which offers way more functions than it needs to and that makes stuff messy and complicated.
A wireless mouse is not the first choice of a pro gamer when in the market for an FPS mouse unless that wireless mouse is Logitech G-Pro. Logitech designed this mouse in collaboration with the top e-sports gamers around the globe. This mouse leaves the usual problems that are clubbed with a wireless gaming mouse behind. So there are absolutely no drops, stutters or other normal wireless issues. You can pick it up with the normal sensor which maxes out at 2000 DPI or you can opt for the hero sensor which goes all the way up to 16,000 DPI. The best part about it is the software, which is easy to use and makes connections with other Logitech easier than ever.
If you liked the Logitech G-pro wireless mouse but reserve your judgements against wireless or simply don’t want to shell out that hefty price, then Logitech G502 Pro is exactly what you need. It is not marketed as an FPS mouse, but rather gaming or, in rare circumstances, even as an all-purpose mouse. Nonetheless, excellent tracking, extreme comfort and intuitive thumb buttons prove that it is can beat even the best of the FPS mice. It even features a dedicated sniper button on the side. It features the amazing Logitech gaming software and a DPI that ranges from 200 all the way to 12000. It features RGB LEDs which can be paired with other Logitech devices via the software.
The BenQ Zowie Fk2 is more similar to its sibling, the BenQ Zowie EC2- A, than different. So I’ll rather talk about the differences between the two rather than similarities. The Fk2 is more ambidextrous while EC2 is more ergonomic. The clicks on EC2 are lighter while clicks of EC series are deeper, something that just boils down to personal preference. EC2 is a mouse which you should opt for if your palm is in complete contact while playing, otherwise, if you prefer claw or fingerprint grip, opt for Fk2.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the older version of Logitech G502, but it is in no way any lesser than its elder brother. It lacks a few features in comparisons such as RGB lights and Hero sensor. The scroll wheel is also not as good as its competitor. But apart from the above-mentioned drawbacks, it is as good as the Logitech G502 but due to its age, you can grab a Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury at a much more pocket-friendly rate. That makes it the best budget mouse on this list.
Steel series Rival 600 can be defined as the epitome of accuracy and precision in the world of gaming mice, and that’s the reason this particular mouse is used by so many professional FPS players. It’s DPI is not as high as a few others on this list, but that’s by design because this mouse focuses on accuracy over speed. Then there is 8 zone RGB LED lighting that lends it an unbeatable look. You should give this mouse serious consideration if you’re serious about your game, but if you’re not, then it may be wiser to sit out on this one as true movement sensors are not for everyone.