The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) 

What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone’s hands are different.

That said, we can guide you on your search. Below are our recommendations for gaming mice, built on years of experience first and foremost as gamers, and second as writers here at PCWorld. 

Best general-purpose gaming mouse

Some iteration of Logitech’s G502 mouse has been on this list ever since it first released back in 2014, and for good reason. It’s still, four years on, one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever used. It also packs a ton of buttons in smart places, with three thumb buttons, two more arrayed along the side of the standard left mouse button, and a tilt wheel. That wheel also switches between notched and smooth navigation modes, while the bottom pops off to accommodate five 3.6 gram weights—although you might not need them, given that the G502 already weighs 121 grams to start with. The hefty weight is the sole complaint I’ve seen leveled against the G502, breaching the magic 100 gram standard prefered by some FPS players. Personally I like a heavier mouse, so to each their own.

The latest overhaul is 2018’s G502 Hero ($80 on Amazon), so named for the sensor inside. Logitech’s replaced the beloved PWM3366 with its new flagship Hero sensor, designed to mimic the top-tier performance of its predecessor while being slightly more power efficient. That latter point doesn’t matter much here because…well, it’s a wired mouse. Hero is excellent though, seemingly just as precise as its forbear, so there’s really no downside in buying the latest version—especially since the G502 Hero also adds Omron switches, rated for 50 million clicks (as opposed to 20 million on the former model). The slimmer cable is a welcome improvement as well, less prone to kinks or gathering dust.

That’s it, really! Not much changed for 2018, but not much had to. Here’s to four more years of G502 dominance. (Read our full review of the Logitech G502 Hero.)

Best wireless gaming mouse

Listen, Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed is absolutely the best mouse on the market. Not the best wireless mouse, but the best mouse. Logitech managed to keep everything people loved about the original wired G502, but cut the cord—and reduce the weight. It’s a minor miracle of engineering. But let’s take the broad view here, lest this entire article end up recommending different versions of the same mouse. I can only really recommend the G502 Lightspeed alongside Logitech’s Powerplay technology anyway.

It’s the perfect companion, a mouse pad  ($100 on Amazon) that charges your mouse while you’re using it—without wires. It uses inductive charging (similar to the tech used in phones) to trickle-charge compatible mice even as you move them around.



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