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    Best Gaming Mouse of 2021: Razer, SteelSeries and more

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    No tool is more important in a PC gamer's arsenal than the gaming mouse. It performs most major tasks in any game, and every action requires exact precision. That's why it's not only important to have a mouse that you can adjust the sensitivity on, but also one that you can hold for hours on end. Not to mention there are a number of other important factors you need to consider: programmable buttons, RGB lighting, and more. And of course, you have to decide between wired or wireless options, and luckily, wireless gaming mice are pretty good these days.



    Razer, SteelSeries and Corsair are just a few of the big gaming mouse brands, and they each have their popular models. The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a great mouse that is as reliable as it is comfortable, the SteelSeries Sensei Ten is an amazing ambidextrous option, and the Corsair Ironclaw RGB is one of the best RGB-lit gaming mouse options on the market. Of course, even these don't come with all the features of other mice. The Corsair Scimitar Pro, for example, comes with a lot more buttons, making it a great choice for MMOs, strategy games, and other tactical genres.

    With so many different things to consider and options to choose from, we've tested a huge number of gaming mice to find the best out there. This list covers all the bases: programmable buttons, RGB lighting, wireless, scroll wheels, optical sensors, and more. If you are looking for the best gaming mouse, you will likely find it among these.



    Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

    The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a fantastic gaming mouse, especially for fans of big-handed shooters. Its larger size fits larger hands perfectly, and the left and right mouse buttons are great for games like Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant. It also has two large programmable buttons near where the thumb naturally sits on a mouse. They work perfectly for commands like throwing a grenade or performing a melee attack, as well as special abilities in games like Overwatch. That said, the limited number of programmable buttons might make it a less appealing choice for fans of MMOs and other genres that require easy access to macros and certain commands.

    The DeathAdder V2 Pro launched last year as the first version of Razer's DeathAdder to offer wireless connectivity, and it has an impressive battery life to boot. Like the regular V2, it comes with buttons that let you adjust the DPI sensitivity, allowing you to go from slower cursor movements to extremely fast movements instantly. Razer's software allows you to adjust each of the five sensitivity modes to your preference.

    You can find the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro for purchase by clicking here.

    Corsair Katar Pro Wireless

    The Corsair Katar Pro Wireless gaming mouse is as simple as you can imagine. Its compact form factor is comfortable for long sessions and its limited number of buttons simplifies mapping controls and adjusting DPI sensitivity. The 10.000 DPI optical sensor might not match high-end mice, but it still provides plenty of sensitivity for most people.



    One thing to note about the Katar Pro Wireless is that it operates on a single AA battery. While it may seem inconvenient, it is possible to provide a total charge time of 135 hours, and if you have a pair of rechargeable batteries, you can use the Katar Pro for as long as you like. Mice with non-replaceable internal batteries will lose charge with prolonged use.

    You can find the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless for purchase by clicking here.

    Roccat Kain 200 Aimo

    The Roccat Kain 200 Aimo is a sturdy mouse made primarily from a plastic shell with a metal touch to give it a crisp look. Its buttons are satisfying to press. Its two thumb buttons are comfortable and perfect for remapping, while the DPI button just below the scroll wheel lets you adjust the sensitivity of the 16K DPI optical sensor on the fly. Using the Kain 200 is an excellent experience, gliding well on mouse pads and feeling precise in the midst of the action.

    It has a battery life of up to 50 hours, more than enough for several days of gaming before needing to be charged. One downside, however, is that if you use RGB lighting, there is a noticeable drop in battery performance. Roccat's website says it drops to 35 hours with the lights on, which is still a good amount of time.

    You can find the Roccat Kain 200 Aimo for purchase by clicking here.

    Razer Basilisk Ultimate

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    With a crisp shape and comfortable ergonomics, the Razer Basilisk is another one of the best gaming mice we've tested. It's a little smaller than the DeathAdder, but it's still good in big hands. Basilisk comes in three different variations, which share the exact same shape but offer different options. The first is Basilisk X HyperSpeed, which enables Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. It comes with six programmable buttons and is powered by an AA battery. It is the most basic of the three variations, containing only an on-board memory profile and no RGB lighting. The wired Basilisk V2, on the other hand, has five built-in profiles, 11 programmable buttons, and 2 RGB lighting zones, as well as customizable scroll wheel resistance. The latter allows you to move the scroll wheel without clicking or with all the clicks in the world. However, Basilisk V2 cannot be used wirelessly.

    The third variation is the Basilisk Ultimate, a mouse that you can use both wired and wireless. It uses the 2,4GHz standard for its wireless connectivity and has no latency when using it. Connecting it with the included flex cable turns it into a wired mouse. This also charges the mouse to get it ready for your next wireless session. There's also a dock included where you can place your mouse between sessions.

    You can find the Razer Basilisk Ultimate for purchase by clicking here.

    SteelSeries Sensei Ten

    The SteelSeries Sensei Ten's matte polymer coating looks much nicer and tougher than the original shiny metallic Sensei, and much better than its rubberized RAW editions. There's also noticeably stronger and nicer action for button clicks, the Ten uses double-spring mechanisms rather than single ones, and they're good for 60 million clicks.

    The Sensei Ten sadly ditches the original's onboard customization in favor of a software-only solution for its programmable buttons, and lacks the more extensive RGB customization of some of the other SteelSeries mice. But it does feature SteelSeries' current TrueMove Pro sensor, a high-resolution 50–18.000 DPI optical sensor that is supposed to maintain 1:1 tracking, even at high speeds or if you lift the mouse. It's probably overkill if you're not a high-level competitive player who needs to increase your sensitivity to ridiculous heights, but it helps make Sensei Ten smooth, accurate, and good for playing on a variety of different surfaces.

    You can find the SteelSeries Sensei Ten for purchase by clicking here.

    Razer Viper

    Razer is well known for its robust list of all types of PC gaming, from fancy accessories and headsets to flashy mice and keyboards. The brand has also become synonymous with extravagant RGB lighting. But it often gets the basics right with many of its peripherals, and the Razer Viper is emblematic of that. Within the line of brilliant mice, there is a modest, super light and comfortable to use in any style of grip.

    The Razer Viper comes in at just 69 grams, which makes it one of the lightest gaming mice available (even lighter than Razer's Deathadder Elite). Its simplistic design (and ambidextrous, another thing it has on the Deathadder Elite and Razer Naga) is comfortable to use in the grip, palm or fingertip grip, despite its slightly longer body and the subtle rubberized textures on the side aid. .

    Left and right clicks are light to the touch, which makes them a little less noisy and easy for quick clicks. If there is a shortcoming, it is that the side buttons next to the thumb (of which there are two on each side) are a little soft when pressed. Many of us also expect dynamic DPI toggle buttons typically found near the scroll wheel, and unfortunately the Viper doesn't have one.

    You can find the Razer Viper for purchase by clicking here.

    Corsair Ironclaw RGB

    As far as RGB lighting goes, mice tend not to be as flashy as keyboards. Among the configurable RGB-lit mice from leading manufacturers, the Ironclaw's two-zone RGB lighting, those zones being the Corsair logo and the inner scroll wheel section, makes it one of the most colorful options. The accent lights on the side provide some additional lighting, indicating your current profile and DPI settings.

    Speaking of which, the range maxes out at 18.000 DPI and can be set in increments of 1, giving you extreme control over the sensor, which complements the tight latency of a wired gaming mouse. Seven buttons round out Ironclaw's configurability, providing a little bit of everything for the gamer who likes to customize the look and functionality of their RGB mouse.

    You can find the Corsair Ironclaw RGB for purchase by clicking here.

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