As an FPS player I go through a lot of gaming mice. These aren't just cheap mice I'm talking about, but mice that cost $75 to $100. So, a couple years ago I went on the hunt for the best budget gaming mouse I could find under $50. What I found out is that there are many gaming mice in the under $50 and under $30 range that are just as good as the high-end gaming mice out there.
Whether you're competing in the FPS, RTS, MOBA, or any twitch-sensitive genre, it's a good idea to have a gaming mouse that's accurate and has the right shape and features for your style. So, here are a variety of mice, priced high to low, that you can use as a quality or cheap alternative to the high-end options on the market.
The 2 Top FPS or RTS Gaming Mice Under $50
Razer DeathAdder Chroma / Essential / Elite
In a recent poll of over 10,000 gamers, the Razer Deathadder retained its dominance as the most popular gaming mouse ever.
That being said depending on what type of grip you have, (claw vs. fingertip vs. palm) or how many programmable buttons you need, you may prefer another shape or type of mouse.
The shape of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is good for a wide variety of users and the sensor is as accurate as you'll come by. If you're trying to save some money, the Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse is typically around $10 cheaper at $40 while the Chroma Version hovers around $50.
What's the difference?
Other than lighting, not a lot. While the Chroma boasts a 10,000 dpi optical sensor vs the Essential's 6200 DPI, I haven't noticed a difference between the two when I use them. Both the Essential's 4G optical sensor as well as the Chroma's 10,000 dpi sensor (both use the Avago s3988) avoid acceleration and are considered flawless options. Unless you need the additional DPI (unlikely), you won't notice the difference, either. I've heard that the Chroma mouse can be a bit jittery; however, I personally haven't been able to notice on the model I tested.
What's new with the elite?
The Razer DeathAdder Elite has a more flexible cable, a slightly better sensor in the PM3389-T3QU, green USB cable, deeper thumb grooves, and DPI buttons. It's around $15 more than the Chroma or Elite, so you'll have to decide whether it's worth the price.
Logitech G403 Wired Version Review
While the Razer DeathAdder may have won our poll, this is my personal favorite. The Wired Logitech G403 is available at just under $50 and is one of the best experiences I've had for FPS.
First of all, it's lightweight with weight tuning. I find this to be ideal for long FPS sessions.
For design, the button slope is gradual while the buttons stay in the center. This is a design that fits a lot of people's grips styles. Some of that will depend upon your hand size.
For accuracy, it's hard to be the 3366 sensor in this mouse. While gaming, it didn't spin out, have any angle snapping, rattle, or accelerate at all.
If you're hand fits well with this mouse and you think it's right for you this is a good option. It has great buttons, a flawless 3366 optical sensor, and lightweight at 90 grams. With the G-shift option, it also has a fairly good amount of programmable buttons. So, you can use this mouse for MOBA games as well as RTS and FPS genre games.
The wireless version of this mouse is a bit heavier and more expensive but is also a decent option if you've got a bit more to spend.
A Good and Cheap MMO / Moba Gaming Mouse Under $50
When it comes to MMO gaming mice, I typically look for something with a fairly good ergonomic shape and a lot of buttons. For ergonomics, clearly you won't be able to get what you did with the mice above; however, you can get something close.
If you don't want to spend a fortune on an MMO mouse, I highly recommend chinese manufacturer Redragon. Their M90 perdition is one of the better grid mice I've ever used. That includes all the models from Razer and Logitech.
The Perdition has 18 programmable buttons, a semi-gloss black and red finish, and has an Avago sensor with support for up to 16,400 DPI. Don't assume that this means that this mouse is as accurate as the optical sensor mice above simply because of the high DPI number. It's not. Still, it's good enough for MMOs and certainly not something you'll notice unless you plan on doing sniping professionally.
Additional features for this mouse include a 20 gram tuning weight, 5 color modes, 30g acceleration, and a 6 foot braided cable.
Overall, for just under $40, this is the budget mouse I'd recommend.
Top FPS and MMO Mouse Under $30
Only have $30 to spend? I highly recommend the G300 S. If you like the shape, it's as accurate as mice several times its size for as low as $25. In addition, it has a nine programmable buttons so you can use it for your RTS, MOBA, or even MMO game.
In terms of accuracy, the G300S uses the Optical Avago A3055 sensor. This is a fairly good optical sensor although the placement of it makes the accuracy on this mouse just above average. Yet for the money you're spending, it's still very good.
The nice thing about using a mouse designed with buttons integrated into the shape rather than a grid layout is that it's typically more ergonomic. The thinner design means additional comfort. If you like the ambidextrous-type shape, this could be the best option for you.
For weight, it comes in at around 80 grams without the cable. As I prefer lightweight gaming mice for gaming sessions, this is ideal for me. However, it might not be for those who prefer a heavier mouse.
Redragon Centrophorus M601 Review
Have just under $20 to spend? Here's another product from Redragon that I'd recommend. The Centrophorus M601 not only looks smooth with just about any gaming setup, it also has a solid feel and grip to it.
This certainly isn't a mouse I'd use for professional FPS gaming. However, if you don't play twitch-sensitive games or do so casually you'll be impressed by just how good it is.
In terms of specifications it comes with 6 buttons, is adjustable up to 2,000 DPI, and comes with a 20 gram adjustable weight tuning set.
For the money, this is a good gaming mouse for anyone playing games that aren't twitch-sensitive. It looks great, has prommable LED buttons, and is fairly accurate.
Guide to Choosing the Right Gaming Mouse for Your Style
I've been playing FPS competitively for over a decade now. That being said, I play a wide variety of games from Hearthstone, to Diablo 3, and even League of Legends. So, if you're like me and play several different types of genres what should you choose?
Buttons: If you play a wide variety of games I'd go with a gaming mouse that's ergonomic rather than one that has a ton of buttons. This makes the mouse more practical to use in every day work and across the board. When I need to have programmable buttons I typically use my keyboard for that. Getting keys on your keyboard or using another alternative seems to be a much more efficient way than using a mouse that's simply uncomfortable.
DPI: For the most part DPI is overrated. Instead, look for an accurate optical sensor if you're playing a twitch-sensitive game. If you're not, than a Laser sensor should do more than just fine. In fact, there are many mice that aren't built for gaming that are just fine for WoW and other online role-playing games.
Cables: In general, a braided cable doesn't mean that a mouse is necessarily a good one. Even the cheapest mice on the market have one. In fact, I have a friend that removes his braided cables as they add too much weight.
Weight Tuning: I find weight tuning to be mostly unnecessary. Mice tend to be more comfortable in your hand when they are lighter. So, adding weight simply makes it more difficult to move. While I have heard that some people say that adding weight increases accuracy, I have simply found this to not be true. I typically look for a mouse that's below 100 grams. For FPS, the 80 to 90 grams range is ideal for most.
Hand Size: Hand size and shape will greatly impact your comfort level with a variety of mice. Because of this, there is no perfect mouse for everyone. Some gaming mice can be used as a palm, claw, or hybrid option for some while being simply a claw option for others.
So, the best idea is for you to understand what shapes and dimensions work with your hand and go with something similar. Shopping for shape first means that comfort takes priority, which should always be the case.
If you're not sure how a certain mouse will feel in your hands, write down the dimensions and head to a local store to try out similar mice. This should give you a good idea of how the mouse feels in your hands.
Overall, there are a lot of good gaming mice in the under $50, $30, and $20 categories, but I feel like the ones listed above give you the best value for the money you spend. Have a mouse you'd like for us to include in this list? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below. Disagree with a certain option? We'd like to hear about that too.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Risk on December 29, 2018:
Anonymous on September 09, 2018:
I have a Redragon impact, and I think it should be on the list for atleast under $50, I'm not sure how much it costs on amazon, but
I'm pretty sure it's under $30 too.
matt on July 25, 2018:
the mmo mouse picture has a mouse thats on a naked anime lady
Neon on July 06, 2018:
Please take the Redragon Centrophorus M601 off this recommend list. I got one for my kids and it constantly "loses connection" and stops working. It has to be unplugged and re-plugged, which is terrible for any kind of game. I'm reading lists like this for a replacement but seeing that as a recommend, makes me not trust the other reviews.
Derp on February 20, 2018:
Bought the G300s as it sounds like a solid all-rounder for a good price. Also can't justify breaking the bank for a mouse since I don't game as often as I used to but want something decent when I do. Thanks!