The Best Gaming Mice Of 2018 (so far)

Is 2018 going to be the year of the ultralight gaming mouse? Should every company be taking a drill to their mice until it looks like a cheese grater? Here’s our thoughts on the best gaming mice of 2018 thus far.

1. SteelSeries Rival 600

This new mouse from SteelSeries has it all, amazing sensor, LEDs, interchangeable weights, and phenomenal clicks.

It’s a fairly safe shape, similar to the previous rival series with a more modular design. The software is good, allowing for button customization, dpi and LED changes. There’s also the weights, you remove or add them to fit your preference.

The 600 is one of, if not the best mice on the market today.

2. Logitech G403

For 2018 this Logitech G403 is still one of the best mice available, and it even comes in wired or wireless depending on your preference.

At 90g (for the wired) it’s not the lightest, but it’s lighter than the SteelSeries 600 at 98g. It’s got Logitech’s stellar 3366 Optical sensor, Omron Switches, and it just feels like a well built piece of technology.

While slightly heavier at 106g, the wireless counterpart is extremely quick, and it’s almost impossible to tell if there’s any lag onscreen when moving it around. I’ve seen CSGO pros use the wireless version, so if it’s good enough for them it should be good enough for anyone.

3. Zowie FK 2/1/1+ and Zowie EC-B 1/2

Zowie is a staple in the Esports world, seems like more than 50% of the players are using them at events. They’re a no nonsense, no software, no LED piece of hardware.

The EC series alone has been updated to the 3360 sensor, but you’d be hard-pressed hard to tell a difference between the 3310 (what the FK uses) and the 3360.

Zowie uses Huano switches, which give their mice a distinctly hard click, in comparison to Omrons. One of the reasons FPS players love them so much.

The good thing is there’s a Zowie for everyone, small through large, palm through fingertip.

4. Ninox Venator (Black)

The newly refreshed Venator is here, and it’s great. They’ve fixed the quality control issues that plagued the prior version (white), and I think the black version looks a lot cooler anyway.

It’s got a 3360 sensor, Omron switches, and weights a very light 79g.

It’s on the small/medium side so I wouldn’t advise it for people with hands over 7.5 inches in length that use a palm grip.

One of the coolest things is I believe it was created by just one guy, which is awesome from a manufacturing standpoint. He was able to get right a lot of aspects with this mouse that larger companies often fall short on.

5. Logitech G103/203

The budget mouse on the list, at number five the G203 does a lot right. Logitech managed to build a cheap mouse with a safe shape around one of the best sensors available. Which is what you should be doing when you’re creating a cheaper mouse, sensor and switches come first, before LEDs and other extras.

It’s on the smaller side but should fit any grip type as long as you’re hands aren’t over 7 inches and you use palm.

This mouse is pretty much the G-Pro but somehow better, and cheaper. It’s got quieter buttons and a much better cable, and our go-to recommendation for something on the less expensive side (under $25).

Links to the Mice:

1. SteelSeries Rival 600

2. Logitech G403

3. Zowie FK 2/1/1+ and Zowie EC-B 1/2

4. Ninox Venator (Black)

5. Logitech G103/203

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