There are a lot of gaming mice on the market today and many will cost you a pretty penny. There are cheap alternatives out there that are still considering ‘gaming’ mice. Is there really such a thing as the best cheap PC gaming mouse?
It’s a bit of an oxymoron, but there are some good gaming mice out there that are cheap. Gaming mice typically come with a few extra features over their standard non-gaming cousins, such as extra programmable buttons, or heightened sensitivity.
There are two problems with this post; one, the definition of the “best” mouse is always subjective, and two, the definition of “cheap” can vary from person-to-person.
So, when I say “cheap” I don’t mean assembled cheaply nor do I necessarily mean the lowest price. You tend to get what you pay for. This post is about some of the options out on the market today at, or below, $50.
The mice listed below are ones that I’ve tried and tested from what I consider to be the big-three of gaming peripheral brands; Razer, Logitech, and Corsair.
I love Razer mice. Razer’s focus is on peripherals and their slogan is “For gamers. By gamers.” so it’s really hard to go wrong with their products.
There are a few models with a 49.99 USD price-tag, but my favorite is the DeathAdder Essential. There’re enough features on this mouse to satisfy the needs of PC gamers that don’t want to spend too much of their hard-earned cash on a mouse.
The below list of features is copied right out of Razer’s store page.
- True 6,400 DPI optical sensor
- Up to 220 inches per second (IPS) / 30 G acceleration
- Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches with 10 million-click life cycle
- Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
- Ergonomic right-handed design
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
- Single-color green lighting
- Razer Synapse 3 (Beta) enabled
There’s plenty of meat on the bones of DeathAdder to sate the appetite of gamers that want a quick upgrade for right around 50 USD.
So Logitech is not at the top of my list when it comes to purchasing a new mouse, or keyboard…or anything aside from maybe a webcam, but they still do have decent products. They have a couple of cheap gaming mice available currently.
The GS300 and G203 both have a 39.99 USD price-tag, brand-new, which isn’t too shabby. The GS300 features an ambidextrous form-factor, making it ideal for left and right-handed users alike, while the G203 does not. The GS300 is also compatible with MAC.
The GS300 edges out the G203 in terms of features, featuring nine programmable buttons to the G203’s seven, but if I had to choose between one or the other, then my personal preference would be for the G203 due to its simplistic design. The GS300 is a bit too bulky for my tastes.
Remember, it is my opinion that the thing that makes a mouse the best comes down to personal preference and how it fits in your hand.
Corsair is newer to the gaming peripheral market. A few years ago I bought a Corsair mouse but it stopped working within a month or two. So, undaunted, I bought another model of Corsair thereafter. It lasted a bit longer, but it too suddenly died on me.
My experience with Corsair was not so good, however this was when they first started with peripherals like keyboards and mice (I had a keyboard go bad after a minor bump too, so I was less than thrilled with them).
However, it’s been some time now and Corsair has their act together a bit more now.
Currently, Corsair has a few models of mouse under 49.99 USD. The Harpoon has a 29.99 USD price-tag and has features comparable to Razer’s DeathAdder Essential mentioned above, with 6000 DPI and six programmable buttons.
If you’re looking for “cheap”, this isn’t a bad model to get you gaming.
Certified Refurbished. The Old Made Awesome Again.
Each of the above brands; Razer, Corsair, and Logitech have certified refurbished mice that cost a bit less than their brand new counterparts.
If you’re looking for a deal, and don’t mind using a mouse that was previously used, then this could be just the ticket.
Both Razer and Corsair have stringent refurbishing programs documented on their respective sites. Each come with a one-year warranty, certified to work as-if it were ne, albeit with a few cosmetic imperfections.
I absolutely recommend Razer if you’re going the route of refurbished.
Other Brands. They Whom Shall Not Be Named.
If you’re asking my opinion, then I won’t even touch other brands aside from the big three mentioned above. Yes, there are other random gaming mice brands out there…but who cares?
If you’re really in a pinch, and can’t spend 29.99 USD on the Harpoon mentioned above, or go for real quality and get a Razer mouse, then you really should just get a plain-jane, regular old mouse and save yourself the time.
Of course, this entire notion is subjective, based purely on my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth.
Stick with the Brand Names, you won’t Regret it.
You can find gaming mice for days if you look through Amazon or other retailers. I’ve seen some under 20 USD and even under 10 USD, but if you ask me then I’ll tell you you’re going to get what you pay for.
If you want a gaming-grade mouse, spend a little extra to get one of quality. Razer tops my list of “best”, but Corsair and Logitech aren’t bad either.
If you don’t mind a cosmetic imperfection or two, then definitely look into a certified refurbished Razer mouse. Razer’s quality extends into their certified refurbished program.