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Presenting the 6 absolute best gaming mice of 2014

Hayden Dingman | Sept. 15, 2014
So you read my mechanical keyboard round-up last spring, and I finally got you to throw out that rubber-domed piece of garbage you were using, right? Great! But then you plugged in that cheap three-button rodent that came with your computer, didn't you? You can admit it, I won't judge.

Other features to look for

Button count:Three buttons? Pshaw. Most high-end devices come with anywhere from five to ten programmable buttons, while an MMO-style mouse might cram 20 or more onto its chassis. These can give you a leg up on competition, when used correctly. Make sure you buy for your needs.

CPI switching:CPI (Counts Per Inch) measures the distance your cursor will move on the screen in relation to a one-inch movement on the surface of your desk. A CPI of 50 means one inch of mouse travel will move the cursor over 50 pixels on your display. These days, the typical gaming mouse delivers upwards of 6000 CPI to allow for lightning-fast response time and frenetic movement.

Buttons that allow on-the-fly CPI changes are supremely useful, allowing you to do things like switch from a high-sensitivity mode that lets you quickly scan the landscape to a low-sensitivity mode to line up a sniper shot (or to precisely manipulate a Photoshop filter). Some even have a toggle button that alters the CPI only for the duration that it's held down.

Weights: Occasionally a mouse comes with removable weights, allowing you to make the mouse heavier or lighter until you've found your "perfect" weight.

The contenders

Now that you understand some of the features to look for in a gaming mice, take a look at these six hands-on reviews, presented in alphabetical order.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core

Mionix NAOS 7000

Razer Naga 2014 Edition 

Razer Taipan White 

Steel Series Rival 

Zowie Gear EC Evo CL

 

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