Are you a gamer? If so, then it’s best to have a great mouse. There are many gamers who think that they can get by with any old mouse as long as it has enough buttons and is comfortable for their hand. However, this isn’t the best idea because different mice work best on different surfaces and in various lighting conditions. In this blog post, we will discuss 9 of the best RGB mice currently available on the market!
Here’s the shortlist to save your time
9 Best RGB Mice Available In The Market
Tips And Tricks For Using Your RGB Mouse
I will start with this statement: I’m not a hardcore gamer. A hardcore gamer is probably using some custom macros, hotkeys, and other stuff to get the most out of his gear. My aim is just to find nice things that work for me – indeed I believe, if you are an enthusiast PC user, that RGB on keyboards and mice can be very useful in certain circumstances.
I also don’t use many keys at once when playing games (at least faster-paced ones), but I like having my weapons fully mapped (fire modes on mouse buttons), and depending on game/level switching between primary or secondary weapon groups sometimes makes it necessary to press two keys at the same time. This doesn’t sound too, but depending on different locations of keys on the keyboard it might be difficult to press both of them at once. And let’s not forget about “holding” key for some action (like jumping in games like Quake or Overwatch). Of course, if that is what you are into, then just go ahead and get whatever you want to use. For example, Razer introduced a new lineup last year with the Naga Trinity mouse – which can switch between different layouts of buttons on its sides. I personally think that there should be other ways than changing your hardware all the time to suit different game types or even game levels/modes within the game itself. Anyway, this is not where I’m coming from when trying out different keyboards and mice.
Let get back to basics: What is RGB? It stands for Red-Green-Blue which are 3 basic colors that can be displayed by any electronic device. On computer screens, you have pixels that are basically very small colored lights – so if they combine different colors of lights, you get all the colors there are. Different companies use different names for their products, but in essence, it’s just RGB.
I started out with Cougar 700M eSport mouse – it is a well-made piece of equipment and was having some nice features like adjustable weight (yes I like heavy mice), separate profiles on hard drives (so no need to carry a USB flash drive always), and even two scroll wheels (for changing DPI). Although the software wasn’t too complicated, it was sometimes difficult to make it work properly – I would have to try many times to get the profiles switching correctly. Sometimes it wouldn’t switch at all or its behavior was reversed (back button used for profile change).
I then switched to the Logitech G502 mouse – known as “The ultimate gaming mouse”, which is also a top seller on Amazon. It’s a nice piece of equipment but ergonomics isn’t so great, so I wasn’t really happy with my purchase. Also, this one doesn’t have separate profiles on hard drives either, so if you need fast switching between different setups, this might not be your best choice either.
Then I’ve acquired the Roccat Kone EMP mouse, which is advertised as being pretty much the same as the Kone mouse but with RGB lightning in Roccat Swarm software. I can say that they are definitely brothers in arms because they work in a similar fashion and both have nice tactile buttons and adjustable weight designs. The software has more options though when it comes to adjusting lighting effects on the mouse.
So, let’s see what we’ve got here:
2 thumb buttons – mostly useless for me since my hands are kinda big (I’ve seen people using these buttons pretty well though), but I keep one of them always pressed while playing since it disables the DPI button which is next to the scroll wheel which also acts as 3rd button for some games (shooter ones usually). So if you use this button all the time then there is a chance you might hit the DPI button on your way and change some settings.
Scroll wheel with 4 separate tactile lines – easy to feel and there is no chance of mistake when trying to scroll from one line to another – every time it will “click” as it should. Also, the middle click acts as a regular button press which kinda makes sense since I don’t use it that often anyway (2nd most used button is two thumb buttons above). There are a few more things that make this mouse great: a very precise sensor that doesn’t even need a mouse pad for movement if playing FPS games on console or laptop, a long USB cable, overall quality feeling, and a reasonable price tag.
5 DPI levels but not adjustable during gameplay– You can change them from Roccat Swarm software if you need to, which is useful in some cases when there is a need for different DPI on click and movement.
RGB lightning which has a separate zone only under the scroll wheel – it’s good because there are no holes or surfaces that would be affected around the main buttons that you use most of the time. Also, this zone cannot be seen from an angle which is very much appreciated by me since I keep my mouse almost parallel with the surface (I know, sounds weird). It looks great when lights are off and even when they are on, especially when changing lighting effects. This wouldn’t be possible without its own LED spot though.
Swarm software offers many options for tweaking mouse lighting. I’ve settled on the most simple ones for now – colors rotating from my favorite blue to red, subtle transition between colors, and no effects since it’s more of a personal preference. There is also an option to adjust lift-off height which I have set very low just to have that extra sensitivity in case I need it.
All in all, my choice would be Roccat Kone EMP simply because you can get similar performance for a lower price tag or wait a bit more and get better build quality for the same money (Tecware Phantom). Or if the price tag is pretty much the same, go with Cougar 700M eSport – having two separate profiles on hard drives mounted as “removable” disks makes your life easier for sure!
In the end, I would like to give some tips on using your existing (wired) RGB mouse. It might be an even better idea to buy one if you enjoy the wide variety of LED effects and options for tweaking them.
8 Things To Consider Before Buying The Best RGB Mouse
In this article, I will tell you eight important things to consider before buying the best RGB gaming mouse. I hope these 8 points will help you make your decision.
1. Is it Wired or wireless?
When buying an RGB Gaming Mouse there are two options available; wired and wireless mice. If your priority is superior performance then go with wired mice but they are usually more expensive than wireless ones. Wireless gaming mice use 2.4Ghz bandwidth which provides lower input latency compared to Bluetooth technology because it doesn’t need any USB dongle but there are problems too like their batteries drain out in a few hours and latency can be a problem while playing games that need super fast reflexes.
2. Do the colors suit your taste?
Now it’s up to you, what color do you like? Choose a mouse with 3 or more colors from the millions of options available. Razer gives you 16.8 million choices, SteelSeries offers 12 different colors whereas Logitech only has 1 color option but wireless models come with programmable RGB lighting which is an added advantage.
3. Sensor type: Optical VS Laser
When buying the best gaming mouse, consider choosing between two types of sensors i.e optical and laser ones. These have significant differences in performance even though both are engineered to deliver high-quality tracking. Laser sensors are more precise than Optical ones but they do not work on shiny or transparent surfaces. On the other hand, optical sensors don’t enjoy flawless tracking in a high-DPI environment and they need a proper surface to track properly.
4. Does it support Weight adjustment?
Do you like heavy mice with lots of weight? Or prefer lighter ones that feel comfortable when playing for hours with them? Whatever your answer is; choose weight adjustable RGB gaming mice. Some come with 5 – 10 grams of weights which can be swapped easily while some models allow you to add or remove up to 27 grams using standalone clips. You can even adjust the center of gravity by putting certain weights at different places inside the mouse body.
5. How many Buttons do you need?
RGB gaming mice are available with 5 buttons while some have 6 programmable macro keys. If you’re mostly into FPS games then go for a mouse that lets you switch between 2 or more DPI levels using a button on the side, it will save you time while switching between high and low DPI settings. Also, every button counts in RTS games so choose one with at least 8 but not more than 10 buttons.
6. Do they support the latest technology?
Since RGB Gaming Mice are made to play video games, they must be compatible with all of your PC’s components including your motherboard, CPU, SSD/HDD, RAM, Graphics card, etc. So make sure each product is fully compatible with your PC before buying it. Also, an RGB Gaming Mouse must have a strong wire that doesn’t break easily and mouse switches should not be made out of brittle materials which wear off quickly.
7. How good is its Software?
As I mentioned earlier, many manufacturers like Razer, Logitech, etc give you control over all the features using their own software/app so make sure to check this point too while making your investment. You may need to download drivers or configure settings for buttons, DPI levels, macros, etc via these applications but if they’re poorly designed then this can cause problems like crashes and other game compatibility errors.
8. Is their after-sales support good enough?
While buying the best cheap gaming mice, never forget to check their manufacturer’s customer support. Read their warranty policies and ask as many questions as possible to see if they can provide you with proper guidance. Also look for mouse pads, carrying cases, or any other accessories that the company offers along with the product because it is a good plus point.
Benefits Of The Best RGB Mouse
A lot of people are familiar with RGB keyboards, but not so much with the mice. The mouse is something that every person uses on a daily basis to work or game, so why not use one with customizable lights? Many companies have begun making their own RGB mouse which means you can choose whatever design and color to match your style. Here are five benefits to using an RGB mouse.
- Style/Look – Like I mentioned before this is the first great benefit of an RGB mouse. Going off of looks alone there are dozens of different colors and designs that can suit any gamer or worker’s style. Just take a look at some pictures online; you will be able to find everything from ones shaped like skulls (shown below) to ones that are fancy anime characters.
- Convenience – By adding RGB lights into the mouse it allows you to see what type of DPI setting you to have your mouse set on without having to press any buttons. It can also let people know if they need to heal or use an ultimate when playing games like Overwatch where you don’t want to push a certain button too much.
- Customization/Improvement- Not only do some mice come with software so you can customize your light settings but even through normal use, over time, your mouse’s sensor will get dirty and not perform as well (not saying yours is dirty). However, since these sensors are exposed by taking the top off, users can easily take a q-tip and clean the sensor just like they would with their keyboards.
- Battery Life- If you’re not into changing your settings every time you turn off your computer and have LEDs on all the time, then this option might be for you. Some mice come with an auto-brightness setting which will adjust based on how much light is in the room; it will also save battery life if you need to leave your computer but don’t want to turn off your mouse (not available on wired devices). This feature is great because it has been found that LEDs can actually use slightly more energy than standard lights.
- Alerting/Tracking – Maybe one of the most important benefits of using an RGB mouse is that it can be used to help track your movement. In some games, you have weapon recoil which means the number of bullets you shoot each second changes based on how fast you move your mouse from left to right. Since every person moves a mouse at a different speed this allows for a level playing field regardless of skill. Additionally, if someone were to complain about you cheating in a game, all one would have to do is go back over their footage and see what color your cursor was at any given moment so proof could not be ignored.
That’s everything that an RGB mouse has to offer its owner! As mentioned before there are multiple companies that make these devices but some popular brands include Razer, Corsair, Logitech, and more. If you play games or do work that requires a mouse, then you should definitely consider one of these to spruce things up.
The best RGB mouse is the one that you like and use. You can tell if a color scheme works by looking at your eyes, as they will adjust to whatever colors are in front of them. It’s not an exact science but it does take some time and experimentation before you find something that fits your needs and preferences for what feels right when using a computer or gaming setup. If need help getting started on this journey, we have plenty of articles about how to choose the perfect mouse here!