If you play WoW or another MMORPG you know just how many buttons there are to press. A good MMO mouse will certainly have a few extra buttons, but should those buttons come at the cost of comfort?
Having access to all of these mice has certainly changed my opinion on it. DPI and accuracy are important as well, but not as important as they would be on an FPS or RTS mouse.
So, what's truly important?
In my opinion, comfort is paramount. Find a mouse that has a good shape with buttons arranged in a way that makes sense to you and doesn't hurt your hand. There is no one option fits everyone's playstyle here. So, some trial and error may be required to find what's right for you.
Our Top MMORPG Gaming Mice for 2019
Logitech G600 Vs. Razer Naga Chroma and Trinity
As far grid mice are concerned right now it comes down to whether you'd rather have the Logitech G600, the Razer Naga Chroma or Trinity model, or something inexpensive like the Redragon Impact or M901.
If this were last year, then I'd clearly give the edge to the G600. The grid has a layout which has buttons staggered up and down in a way where you can feel them with your hand. In addition, not having the alternate grips that the previous Naga had simply made it feel more ergonomic.
With Razer's recent upgrades to the Naga model these two feel very similar. Razer added a mechanical pad with staggered buttons like Logitech's and eliminated grips to give it better ergonomics. Both use a somewhat accurate laser sensor. Razer claims it's using the world's most precise gaming mouse sensor here, but in my opinion, this is a bit of a marketing gimmick.
In using these mice extensively there is a bit of a learning curve when getting to know the grid layout positions. While you're getting used to it you'll probably misclick from time to time. In addition, they both keep your palm in a relatively high stance. I got used to this after a while and it became quite comfortable. That being said this may not be the case for everyone.
Software customization is available on both - although I prefer to use Logitech's.
Overall you may decide to go with whichever one is cheapest or looks better to you. The Logitech G600 is regularly available for around $40 while the Naga is currently around $60. Neither has the wireless freedom that you'll find in the G900 or the Naga Epic, but both do perform admirably.
Razer's Naga Trinity model
Another newer option is Razer's Trinity model which offers you 3 different side grip types which you can switch based on the type of game you play. Something like the 7 button configuration would be ideal for ARPGs while the 12 button grid is great for MMORPGs. Then you have the classic 2 button side plate.
It's a good idea, in concept, although personally, I prefer something with a smaller body for the two button grip. While testing it, I found myself struggling to not want to grab another mouse rather than change it out.
Overall, it's a lot cheaper to go this route than to purchase 3 different gaming mice, so I definitely get the appeal. However, if you've got the extra cash you may prefer to buy a big grid model like the G600 or Naga and opt for a secondary mouse like the DeathAdder or G502 Lightspeed for everyday work and other games.
Redragon has done a great job the last couple of years bringing well-designed gaming mice into the market. Not only does this bring the price of the bigger retailer mice down, but it also gives a solid budget option for those who don't want to spend $60-$100 on a gaming mouse.
The Redragon Impact RGB LED MMO mouse has many of the same features you'll find in the Logitech G600 and Razer Naga but comes in at just above $30. With a 12 button grid layout, 5 adjustable DPI levels up to 12,400, a decent PMW3327 sensor, and comfortable shape and thumb rest, you definitely won't feel like you're buying something cheap with the Impact. The software is pretty good too with 12 hotkey button and RGB customization.
Overall, this is a great mouse for the money. The sides were a bit glossy for me but it certainly is a good option for the price. Other than weight, usage felt similar to the Naga and G600 with the grid layout.
Logitech G900 / G903 Lightspeed
There are a lot of reasons the Logitech G903 Lightspeed is near the top of my list for MMO gamers in 2019. First of all, its ergonomics are on par with standard mice out there. It's comfortable and won't leave your hand in an awkward shape for hours on end. It's not perfect. And while I'd prefer a right-handed shape to the ambidextrous shape of the G903, it's still more comfortable than the grid models above.
Wireless vs Corded Gaming
Second, it's wireless. Wireless is something I've avoided in the past; however, with newer technology, there is no noticeable difference between the responsiveness of something like this and a corded mouse. Unless recharging every 30 hours is something that annoys you, I'd consider wireless to now be a huge plus.
What's Different with the New Logitech G903 vs G900?
The G903 is very similar to the G900. The G903 comes with an additional weight and Logitech's new PowerPlay technology which allows for wireless charging.
Another small change is that while these both use Omron switches the G903's are listed at 50 million vs the 20 million clicks of the G900. Overall, I also found them a bit lighter to use.
Overall, the G903 costs around $15 more, so you'll have to decide whether the wireless charging and other small upgrades are worth it against the previous model.
G903 Lightspeed Optical Sensor vs Laser
Unlike many of the MMORPG gaming mice on the market, the Logitech G900 uses a top sensor in the PMW3366. It's accurate enough for FPS and RTS games, and is a worry-free option for MMO gamers. Overall, this is a good thing but not a deal breaker or maker for MMO and MOBA gamers. That being said, if you play more than one genre like I do, you'll be happy with the extra flexibility.
The last thing that's truly sold me on the Logitech G903 Lightspeed is the 11 programmable buttons. They use a mechanical pivot design which I find to be consistently fast. In terms of pure numbers it's not as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important moves.
In terms of pure button count, the G903 doesn't have as many as the grid mice out there. But, it is enough for your most important skills.
If that's not enough, the buttons are modular as well. This is a good option for those that you continually misclick or that simply get in the way.
The scroll is great for tactile feedback as well as free scrolling, a personal favorite of mine. It's a pleasure to use.
Overall, the Logitech G903 is the mouse I'd get if you have the money. It's a bit pricey, but in my opinion, it's worth saving up for additional comfort. I'd consider it suitable for all grip styles and good for medium to large-sized hands. At 107 grams it's also light enough for hours and hours of gameplay.
If you're looking for a wired mouse that has a lot of buttons like a grid mouse but in a more natural way, take a look at the Roccat Tyon.
16 Programmable Buttons Plus Easy Shift
The button assignment software allows you a plethora of options for the Tyon's 16 programmable buttons. The easy shift essentially doubles the amount of buttons on the mouse to around 30. Additional profiles also add flexibility.
The Roccat Tyon does use an 8200 DPI PRO Aim (R3) laser sensor. While it's not as good as the sensor on the G900, it is very good.
Size and Shape
This is a big mouse. It weighs around 128 grams. The profile of it doesn't seem as cumbersome as the grid mice I've used, but you should know upfront that it's not small. Due to the size, I'd only recommend it for palm and claw gripstyles. If you use a fingertip grip, go with something else.
For the shape, I found the Tyon to be a lot like the DeathAdder, which I really like. The back of the mouse does hang a bit higher than the DeathAdder, but this is a big advantage vs. other button heavy mice on the market. The thumb grip is deep and adds to the overall comfort level.
Overall the Roccat Tyon is one of my favorite designs for gamers looking for a lot of buttons. It's well-made, accurate, and looks great too. The price is a bit more expensive than the typical grid mice out there, but the build-quality is great.
When I first reviewed this mouse a couple of years ago I never thought I'd ever be recommending it in this setting. UtechSmart was a company I'd never heard of.
Still, the UtechSmart Venus really is a thing of beauty. UtechSmart has kept the cost down compared to other similar mice on the market at around $40 while giving it similar to better quality than those options.
The Venus comes with 18 programmable buttons with the grid holding 12 of those. Speaking of the grid, the buttons are set at varying angles so you can easily learn to locate them with your thumb. This is definitely a plus.
The software is easy-to-use and makes setting it up a breeze.
The UtechSmart Venus comes with a weight tuning set (8x2.4g) that's easy to install at the bottom of the mouse. The mouse itself has a heavy starting weight of around 150 ounces. Because of this, I actually preferred gaming without the extra weight on the Venus.
At half the cost of the Tyon and a quarter of the cost of the G900, the UtechSmart Venus definitely holds appeal for budget-conscious MMO gamers. If you do end up getting it, you'll likely be as surprised as I am by its good performance. It's also a stellar MOBA and LOL option.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Grid Gaming Mice:
As I mentioned above there's no one single right layout for every person out there. Some would prefer to have a grid with the 12 buttons they truly need right on the side. This is a simple way to memorize and just makes a lot more sense to certain gamers.
Placing a grid on the side like we've seen with Logitech and Razer means that a little something is sacrificed in terms of ergonomics as these mice hold a bit higher in your palm.
Ergonomic Alternatives to the Grid Layout:
To combat this, manufacturers have also put together mice that keep the ergonomics of a standard mouse with a lot of the buttons that an MMO mouse has.
A mouse like the MMO7 from Mad Catz or the G900 have buttons placed throughout the mouse. This can make for a more fluid option once you train for it, but some don't like it over the simplicity of a grid.
Which works better for you and how can you know?
Ultimately, you may have to test and see which option works the best for you. It is easy enough to hold one of these mice at the store, but the only way to truly know is to buy one or two and try them out for a couple weeks.
MMO Gamer Poll
More MMO Gaming Mice Options
Another really good mouse in this category is the Corsair Gaming Scimitar. It's a MOBA / MMO designed mouse with 12 optimized mechanical buttons on its grid.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about the Scimitar is the mobile thumb grid. As one gaming mouse certainly doesn't fit all, this will be appealing to those who have trouble with the way that typical gaming mice are arranged.
If the better customization doesn't convince you of how great this mouse is, the sensor probably will. Unlike its competitors, Corsair chose to put a more accurate optical sensor in this mouse. This is definitely a plus.
Overall, this is a mouse that probably deserves a place in our top 5 but I want to hear from you first. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let me know in the comment section your thoughts about it.
Logitech G700S - Budget Wireless Freedom
If you want a mouse with wireless freedom, conveniently placed G buttons, and one that just feels good, then the G700S is another good classic option.
At this time this particular mouse is on sale for less than you can purchase the Naga Chroma.
It's a great alternative to typical grid mice and a good budget option for those who don't want to pay up for the Logitech G900.
Interactive Reader Poll
Does More DPI Mean More Accurate?
DPI shouldn't be confused with accuracy. Accuracy comes more in the type of sensor you're getting, the surface you're using, and how well your hand works with the DPI you have set. I've not seen an MMO-centric mouse in the past few years that hasn't had enough DPI.
If you care about accuracy, you'd ideally go for an optical sensor. That being said, I'd still choose overall comfort above all else.
If none of these options seem to work with your style, then I highly recommend you try a gaming keypad like the Logitech G13 or Razer Nostromo along with a highly accurate mouse like the Mionix Castor, Razer DeathAdder, Zowie EC2-A, or Logitech G502.
Be sure to give me your opinion on all of this below.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
Speak Your Mind
matt on October 14, 2019:
don't ever get scimitar. Build quality is really bad. My mouse had double click issues after 8 months, they replaced it. new mouse had quite mushy left click, they replaced that too. Third mouse has mushy left click as well... I'm too tired to send it again so I'm looking for new mouse. Overall I'm quite dissapointed with it.
Amu on May 26, 2019:
Corsair Scimitar is no good, avoid. In a few months, mouse will double click and scroll wheel click will stop working. Drivers will bug out every so often and your custom hotkeys will stop working until you reinstall the driver.
Lunatis on August 31, 2018:
@ Spider Blades... IF you play wow for years, you should know better now. That addon you mention is a coppy from an addon that existed for long time named Dominos. The corsair mouse is far superior to the razer in every aspect, and i had 2 razers before.. the original nagga and 2014, and their hardware is absolute garbadge. Corsair mouse is by far the best one and after 1 year and a half it still works like it was day 1. With dominos i can configure the corsair mouse exactly like the razer addon that razer just copied. razer is shit unfortunately.
Tanner on July 15, 2018:
The corsair mouse is great, if you can get it to work. however, the corsair team is absolute garbage. it is impossible to get support if the mouse is having troubles working. the CUE driver is the buggiest driver i have ever used. it has multiple conflicting issues with my audio drivers. Mid game your keybinds can go out. sometimes your whole mouse will go out and you need to restart the computer.. so if you are willing to spend 2 hours randomly trying to fix this mouse, this is the mouse for you!
Noxilex on June 05, 2018:
I like grid designs because I dedicate a spellbar for my mouse. I rearrange into a grid just so visually it fits with my mouse buttons placements.
bm on April 12, 2018:
I miss the original steel series mouse with more buttons available on top near the mouse wheel. the mouse with the pointy finger buttons far separated from the middle wheel is ridiculous - the logi 700. Thumb buttons are incredibly uncomfy to use and often lose control of my toon. pointy finger button mouses are way way better but no one is designing the mouse with more buttons on top the like the original steel series wow mouse which is better designed with 5 buttons on top near the wheel. Pairing that up with the ctrl button on the keyboard makes it for 10 quick key binds unlike the crap reviewed here
Qzcz on April 01, 2018:
I'd like to suggest an honorable mention for the obsolete Logitech MX610. I went through many, and it was my favorite mouse I've ever used, including the Naga.
I'm right-handed, and my son is left-handed. As far as I know, this is the only serious multibutton mouse that has an ergonomic left-handed design (not just an ambidextrous design, which is a compromise for everyone). They have ten buttons--left, right, tilt left, tilt right, middle, mouse5 and -6 on the side, five buttons along the top left edge which are easily reachable with your index finger (describing the RH version here, obviously), plus of course scroll up and scroll down.
You need to install UberOptions, uberoptions.net, to unlock programmability for all of the buttons and the scroll wheel (some of these cannot be overridden with the stock Logitech SetPoint driver).
They sell for quite a lot, especially($400+!) the left-handed version. See left version: www.amazon.com/Logitech-Left-Hand-Laser-Cordless-Mouse/dp/B000EXRSWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1522623003&sr=1-1&keywords=Logitech+MX+610+left&dpID=41TB7Y5J4ML&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Right version: www.amazon.com/Logitech-Cordless-Laser-Mouse-931350-0403/dp/B000BFO4OC.
I'm sure there are cheaper deals to be found on eBay.
SpyderBlades on January 30, 2018:
I've been playing WoW on and off since 2005 and here is the deal. It's hard to beat the functionality of the Razer Naga when used with the add-on. You get square boxes for your abilities that coincide with the shape and layout of the thumb grid. I use the number keys on one box and Alt-number keys on a box right beside it. The sheer amount of abilities you can use while moving and strafing is insanely useful, especially if you pvp. The generic way it can be set up makes it really easy to jump on any toon and get it set up and start teaching your hands the muscle memory for the new class. I play almost every class in pvp and I can effortlessly jump between them.
That being said, I like Corsair products too and if there was a similar add-on for WoW, I'd definitely try their grid button mouse.
MazingaZeta on November 27, 2017:
Have spent a lot of money on various mouses (for last 10 years playing only MMO), tested from few friends .... none ever come close to my G700. Period. Would have nothing against to have one or two more programmable buttons with current 13, but it is OK. Every button is on exact place where fits. Could never adapt to that grid of 12 buttons on one side, to much uncomfortable, at least most backward set of buttons. Built quality, feeling to play .... is incomparable to any other I have tested (and have a lot of them).
Will on November 22, 2017:
The G600, Naga, and Scimitar all basically offer the same thing (which is why they all got about the same number of votes). You get a grid of 12 buttons, which is extremely helpful in games like WoW where you have a spell bar with 12 spells on it. If you use more than 12 spells (I'd imagine most people do) then you can just assign those other spell bars to a modifier like Shift or Alt, then you just press your modifier + the number on the mouse and it'll work just like pressing a modifier + a number on the keyboard. You can also download the Naga addon, which works with any mouse. It just re-arranges your spell bars into a 3x4 grid so it's the same as the mouse, and I found that to be extremely helpful while learning.
It took me just a week or so to get used to mine when I got my first Naga several years ago, and now I can't play MMORPG's without it. I found the G600 to be a bit too hard to lift because the side grip isn't very grippy IMO and the side buttons are too easy to press. I thought about getting the Scimitar because of the optical sensor, but I like how the side buttons feel on the Naga more because they're clickier. These are all subjective points of course; they're just my opinion.
Razer is also releasing a new Naga very soon, with an optical sensor and interchangeable sides, so if you're playing an FPS or something and you don't want those side buttons getting in the way, you can just swap out the side to a plain one instead of having to use a different mouse.
Huckleberry Hound on November 06, 2017:
The MadKatz MMO7 is by far the most useful and ergonomic mouse I have ever used. The one feature it had that I wish every mouse could have, is a thumb space bar. Since I use the thumb pad on my Razer Nostromo for movement, being able to use my right thumb for jumping allowed me to divorce myself from the finger gymnastics of the keyboard entirely. (I use the other keys and wheel of my Nostromo so I don't need the keyboard for anything other than typing in chat, and I don't need a grid mouse either.)
Let's face it, keyboards were designed for typing, not controlling avatars in a 3D world.
MadKatz has since done away with the thumb space bar in their RAT line of products, and this makes me sad.
When my MMO7 mouse finally kicks the bucket some day, I will probably go over to the Roccat Tyron, since it is also of the ergonomic school of design and has a thumb space bar.
Kurayami20XX on September 01, 2017:
I've been favoring the G600 ever since it came out in 2012. I'm on my second one since then cause a dog literally ate that mouse (guess he favored it too XD). So that makes my current one running at 4 years and still going strong. I've been trying to look for a MMO mouse with even more buttons but none have yet to beat the 20 buttons + the G-Shift pinky key which double the amount of keys there are. My only qualms about the G600 is that its very back heavy and palm lifting it is kind of awkward. I have to have my fingers lift the front end which fatigues them (especially my pinky) when all the weight is in the back. It's like holding a lead weight with a teaspoon! All in all for me I need all those keys and then some (I even have the G510 Keyboard which has 18 macro keys! And yes I use them all). So until something with more keys comes out which is lighter or has better weight balancing then the G600 is it for me!
Rachel on June 19, 2017:
I feel you @Kittykatmax
G700s has been my go-to for years now, just wish it had a couple more buttons. I've gone through several of the MMO mice with the 12 button grid (Razer, Logitech G600, Corsair Scimitar) but they are all pretty big and awkward. Corsair is the least awkward for me. It's smaller than the G600 and you can slide the button panel to better fit your finger length. Also has a rubbery grip on the right instead of the GShift button which was a problem for me because I could never really get a good grip on that mouse.
Don't even necessarily need a mouse made for women but for anyone with smaller hands. I have pretty big hands for a female but I still find most of these mice too big.
I currently use the the Scimitar for MMOs and G700s for everything else.
Kittykatmax on May 29, 2017:
The problem with a lot of these mice is that they're built for large man hands. No one makes a gaming mouse for female players - not with enough buttons for an MMO player. The Logitech G700s has been the best I could manage, but it is now retired (just bought a spare). It's a little too big for me, but I have yet to find a mouse with as many buttons in actual reach of my fingers - never mind with a "tilt wheel," which for me is a must have for binding defensive spells. The G900 is too big for my hands, I bought a Roccat Nyth, and again, too big - and the too-hard-to-reach, too small fin does NOT compensate for lack of tilt wheel - I have to move my whole hand to activate it, which is a no-go. The G600 has buttons that are just too hard to press - even my husband, whose hands make mine look like a child's, thought so. Razer mice are garbage. Hubby spent $150 on one, and it felt like a $5 mouse in build quality and was buggy as hell.
I try to keep an eye out, but for several years now (and after spending hundreds on unused mice), I'm discouraged.
Tons of women game now - why doesn't anyone build mice for us? And by that, I do NOT mean "take an existing mouse and paint it pink".
jakobridge on May 17, 2017:
my naga didnt last that much the grid was ok but left click and even right click died fast. i think i will try another like the corsair or logitech with the grid
PsyaNyde on April 11, 2017:
Had two Naga's both ok for gaming, left click also broke on both. My weapon of choice now is my 'Asus ROG Spatha', plenty of buttons, replaceable left and right click switches, wired or wireless, RGB zones and looks awesome, but I still miss my all time favourite, the totally brilliant 'madcatz m.m.o. 7', I loved that mini joystick on the side, I was truly sad when it died and could never work out why madcatz never replaced it with a VERY similar one :(
Emelda on April 07, 2017:
I have the madcatz m.m.o. 7 with this little 5 functions "joystick" on the side and and extra thump scroll wheel. I have a list of points that could be better but I LOVE the joystick and thump scroll. Wish there were more mouses for mmo like this. Sad truth, madcatz didn't make a new one for this.
Willibold on March 17, 2017:
My old Microsoft sidewinder is my favourite,but I have it teamed with a Razer tartarus that I absolutely swear by.
gomerpile on March 07, 2017:
I have 4 naga within 2 years, all had tracking issues, I just today got the corsair scimitar. I am very happy with its performance. First day in bf to last game in bf4. My last game INF, 40 kills with svd-12 and lmg. First time ever. This mouse buttons are bigger then the Logitech. In my opinion it is the best mouse for gaming mmo first person shooters.
Alan on February 02, 2017:
Deffo not a naga - crap quality and does not last !! BE WARNED
Craig on January 19, 2017:
Razer Naga..the best.
CuteBeaver on December 07, 2016:
For those with double clicking issues. Its typically caused by dirt/dust/food/whatever on the contacts. Give the mouse some canned air, or blow into the cracks carefully. Sucking/Vacuuming the crud out of it usually solves the problem. (Source: Still using a Razer Naga Molten. Problem occurred with me twice on two different mice. The first one I wrecked by taking it apart needlessly. The tape covering the screws never adhered correctly afterwards. Causing drag on the mousepad.) Do yourself a favor and just give your mouse a blowjob when its double clicking. This works like a charm and saves you all the fuss taking it apart. If the contacts broken inside you can also glue it back in place. I had to do this for my fathers mouse since he manhandled the left click to the point it broke off and didn't register.
Lio on November 26, 2016:
G600 here, been happy with it for about 3 years, unfortunately at the very moment it's going bust, as I'm getting unwanted double clicks. A bit of googling reveals it's probably due to "cheap components", some suggest opening it, but I'm not that tech minded. My previous gaming mouse, also logitech, gave up when the cable attachment was worn down. On the G600 that issue was fixed but looks like they substituted one weakness for another one. Also the logitech software has given my pc head aches on more than one occasion. The usual solution is to uninstall and do a clean install. Bit of a hassle really.
Terry on November 11, 2016:
I currently use the Scimitar. I love it when it works. But occasionally the software won't read it and I have to restart my computer twice to recognize my mouse or to recognize my keybinds.
cosair scimitar on November 10, 2016:
scimitar's software dont have adjustable lift off distance, using lighter colored suface decreases the lift off distance tho. the software have high med low option but they dont work (as of nov 2016).
Favor toward palm than claw grip,
More for medium/small size hand.
Adjustable thumb grid is good for most different length type of thumb.
the textured and smooth thumb buttons does not help to differentate between buttons during heat of battle.
Grid pattern thumb buttons like other mouses have same issues that your thumb cant precisely press specific button without consciously focusing on it unless u press the buttons using the tip of your thumb which sacrifice mouse cursor control that defeat the purpose of a precise gaming mouse.
Convex contour thumb button like naga and g600 logitech helps but not much.
overall, i would choose scimitar for its slid-able thumb grid button that can sit in the middle of my thumb perfectly.
Peezie on October 04, 2016:
The Razer Naga is a piece of crap, this is the 2nd razer MMO mouse I've owned where the buttons stopped functioning after less than a year and a half of use.
Marc Atherton on July 31, 2016:
Just wondering where the razer naga epic chroma would place on the list and how it matches up to the g600?
In the UK I can pick up a g600 for £50 but the naga epic chroma is £115. The only major difference I can see is that the naga is wireless. The mouse is primarily for wow and I currently use the razer naga 1St gen