What is the best FPS gaming mouse
The best gaming mouse for shooters
The most competitive FPS game is probably Counter-Strike, but now closely followed by battle royale games such as Apex, Fortnite and PUBG. Even for Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege you need the best gaming mouse in order to be able to keep up on a top level.
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What should you watch out for with mice for FPS games?
Sensor: optical vs. laser
In the past, the distinction between an optical sensor and a laser sensor was still very relevant. This is because the laser sensors support a more precise scanning process and were therefore able to cope better with shiny and smooth surfaces. In the meantime, however, all manufacturers have upgraded and both technologies have been trimmed to near perfection, so a distinction hardly makes sense these days. You can find more about this in my article "Optical sensor vs. laser sensor".
Wireless or Cable?
In the past, wireless products were unimaginable in the professional sector, but Logitech has managed to turn the market upside down with its LIGHTSPEED technology.
I didn't think wireless gaming products were possible either, but an interview with Logitech brought me to wireless products and they subsequently convinced me in their tests.
However, so far I can only recommend Logitech wireless products. The ROCCAT Leadr is well on its way, but the Razer Mamba Wireless can't keep up yet. The FACEIT Major from Counter-Strike also reflects this. Seven players played with the G703, five with the G403 and one with the G903 from Logitech.
In contrast, the LOD has become very important, especially for fast and precise movements with the gaming mouse. The lift-off distance describes the maximum height that a mouse must be lifted off the mouse pad before it no longer registers movements.
This point is somewhat subjective, however, because the lift-off distance is slightly different for everyone. However, you can try to make sure that the LOD is adjustable. Then the gaming mouse adapts to every style of play.
The polling rate determines the sampling rate of the sensor, at 125 Hz that would be 125 signals per second between the mouse and the PC. In order not to create a bottleneck, you should pay attention to at least 500 Hz, but 1000 Hz would be best. Because at 1000 Hz you get one value per millisecond. If the rest of your equipment is designed for FPS games, then 1 value per millisecond would be exactly the maximum.
The DPI are no longer relevant. Most gamers play up to a maximum of 2,000 DPI, so a gaming mouse with 16,000 DPI is pure marketing. These products are therefore not bad, but you should not use the highest DPI rate as a purchase criterion when buying.
Anti-aliasing and mouse acceleration
Anti-aliasing is absurd for precise aiming because the software of the gaming mouse adapts your movement and you no longer have perfect control. For creative work such as drawing lines in Photoshop, it is a nice additional function, but it must be able to be turned off.
Hardly anyone plays with mouse acceleration these days, so the function must be disabled. If you insist, however, then you won't like my selection of good gaming mice for FPS games that much.
The best gaming mice for shooters
The order is inspired by my article "the best gaming mouse". The top models there are all suitable for FPS games, but I would still like to mention them individually here.
The Logitech G502 is the best gaming mouse over 100 grams. It weighs a total of 127g and can be expanded by five 3.6g discs. In order to achieve the high precision, a PMW3366 sensor from Pixart was installed, currently one of the three best sensors on the market.
At first it had too many buttons for me, but all of them can be deactivated via the software. So if you're looking for a gaming mouse with many buttons, it would be one of the leaders with 10 buttons. Overall, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice for any use.
ROCCAT Kone AIMO
However, it is closely followed by the ROCCAT Kone AIMO. I keep switching between the two mice because both are really world class. The AIMO also weighs over 100 grams at 132 grams and has an owl-eye sensor developed by ROCCAT with Pixart.
The sensor does not lag behind the PMW3366 in any way, but also guarantees perfect precision. It is a bit wider than the G502 and has no rubberized side surfaces, but still offers a good grip thanks to its shape and the indentations on the sides.
The ZOWIE EC2-A was my companion for over 1,000 hours CS: GO and could still be if I don't love the variety that my little hobby brings me here. The built-in sensor is one of the best on the market, if not the best - the precision is hard to beat.
I just don't like the feel and ergonomics that much after the many tests. It is definitely still at the top, but it is only enough for 4 stars, which puts the EC2-A in third place.
The Logitech G703 is by far the best wireless gaming mouse I've tested so far - but I'm still missing a few from my list. The battery life is sufficient for up to 32 hours and the G703 weighs a total of 106 grams.
Thanks to the LIGHTSPEED technology from Logitech, the excellent precision of the sensor comes into its own and does not lag behind the others. I just don't like the shape that much. If that were different, then the G703 could also be number 1 without any problems.
ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye
The ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye is a great gaming mouse for shooters and is wonderfully suitable for small hands. It weighs a total of 87 grams and cannot be expanded with additional weight.
The owl-eye sensor, which ROCCAT and Pixart developed in cooperation, was installed. This achieves good results and can be used for precise movements.
More articles: But not all shooters are the same
While I am generalizing the best gaming mice for all shooters here, it can of course be the case that you need different mice for different games. So if you only play a certain game, the following articles might be of interest to you:
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