The Best Mice for Esports in 2021

What makes esports mice different from other mice? Broadly speaking, the typical esports mouse is actually just a simple five- or six-button gaming mouse. Professional players look for minimalist gaming mice for a couple of reasons: First, they don’t use scads of buttons. Depending on the game (and the prevailing rules), many leagues and events bar the use of custom macros that automate any combination of buttons and keys. Plus, serious players steer clear of any buttons that change configuration profiles or sensitivity presets on the mouse face, because a misclick at a key moment could change their settings and spell defeat. 

Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming MouseRazer Viper and the Glorious Model D fall to around 2.5 ounces. The difference between one or two tenths of an ounce may not be noticeable, but you will feel the difference between 2.5 and 3.5 ounces. It may not feel exactly like you’re “pushing” it, but a heavier mouse will create a little resistance as your arm moves around to guide your cursor.

SteelSeries Sensei Ten Side CloseupCooler Master’s MM710, may be worth considering. No matter what, for these grip types, you should go for a mouse with an ambidextrous shape, as the molded shell of a right-handed mouse can make it harder for you to reach the side buttons.

The Sensor: Looking Into the Eye

Since speed is king with an esports mouse, it makes sense to look closely at its optical sensor, the component that actually tracks your movement. An optical sensor uses a small beam of infrared light—often imperceptible to the naked eye—and a camera to track the mouse’s position relative to the surface it’s moving over. (Technically, there are other kinds of mouse sensors, but the vast majority of modern mice use optical sensors, and I wouldn’t recommend an esports mouse with anything else without trying it first.)

Razer Deathadder V2 Gaming Mouse Undersidewireless mouse for competitive play. Really, until a few years ago, most people would laugh at the idea of using a wireless gaming mouse at all

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s no longer a crazy idea. In fact, there are even a handful of good wireless esports mice.

Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse Docked best overall computer mice, the best mice for MMO games, and the best overall gaming mice, all with detailed discussions around the wider world of mouse design.

January 23, 2021
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