1. Corsair M65 Elite RGB – Best Overall
The Corsair M65 Elite is the best overall choice for a gaming mouse under $50 bucks. This mouse features plenty of extra programmable buttons, adjustable weight-tuning, a highly accurate sensor, and a durable frame. You can closely match this mouse to the rest of your battle station for gamers with an RGB setup.
If weight-tuning is essential to your gaming experience, this is the best mouse on the list. Corsair’s CUE software is also easy to navigate and allows macro creation and automatic game recognition for switching profiles.
2. Logitech G600 – Best MMO Mouse
The Logitech G600 is an ‘oldy but goody’ in the realm of gaming mice. First released back in 2012 for playing MMOs, the G600 features a grid of 12 customizable buttons to handle macros galore. The button grid is laid out nicely, so it’s easy to feel which button your thumb is above.
The software for programming the mouse is serviceable but can be finicky. By default, two buttons below the scroll wheel control on-the-fly DPI settings for the G600 – useful for FPS gamers.
3. SteelSeries Rival 110 – Best Budget Mouse
Need a gaming mouse without a lot of extra side buttons or frills? The SteelSeries Rival 110 is the perfect choice for any gamer on a budget. The Rival 110 features two side buttons that function as back and forward in web browsers.
Those side buttons can be programmed using SteelSeries’ software to handle macros in most games. The small button below the scroll wheel controls on-the-fly DPI changes. The mouse itself only weighs 87.5g, making it one of the lightest gaming mice on this list.
4. Logitech G602 – Best Wireless Mouse
If you’re a laptop gamer and need a good wireless mouse, look no further than the Logitech G602. It’s another older mouse design, but it features plenty of programmable buttons. Two buttons near the left click handle DPI switches. The button below the scroll wheel alternates the mouse between battery-saving mode and performance mode.
The G602 features six programmable side buttons arranged in a row of two. The buttons are easily distinguishable by feel and take moderate force to press. You’ll need two AA batteries to power the mouse and Logitech says you can expect 250 hours of use.
5. Razer DeathAdder Essential – Best FPS Mouse
FPS gamers should look no further than the Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse. It features a 6,400 DPI sensor with five programmable buttons. It is also one of the only mice on the list that features mechanical switches for the left and right-click.
The only downside to the DeathAdder Essential is that it isn’t RGB. The mouse features green backlighting and cannot be changed. That’s reflected in the price, as the DeathAdder Essential only costs around $45.
6. SteelSeries Sensei 310 – Best Ambidextrous Mouse
Most gaming mice are designed for right-handed gamers. The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is the best ambidextrous gaming mouse available today. It features SteelSeries’ exclusive TrueMove 3 optical sensor. For that reason, the Sensei 310 is also one of the most accurate budget gaming mice on this list.
The Sensei 310 also features a jitter reduction component designed to help you in games like CS:GO. The sensor allows gamers to lift their mouse and readjust without losing their aim.
7. Corsair Harpoon RGB – Best High DPI Mouse
The Corsair Harpoon RGB features a 10,000 DPI sensor and high-performance Omron switches. It also features customizable RGB backlighting and an on-board memory chip to store custom DPI settings. The optical sensor is adjustable from 200 DPI up to 10,000 DPI depending on your needs.
The Harpoon RGB also features six programmable buttons using Corsair’s CUE software. The software also allows the mouse to synchronize to an RGB battle station featuring other Corsair accessories. Perhaps one of the best features of this mouse is it can be wired or wireless, depending on your needs.
8. Logitech G402 – Best Hybrid Mouse
Not sure you need a full-fledged gaming mouse? The Logitech G402 is a great compromise. It features five programmable buttons that are arranged nicely along the side of the mouse.
Because of the budget price, the G402 isn’t an RGB mouse – its lights only shine blue. The DPI sensor maxes out at 4,000 on the G402 as well, that’s something to consider if you need a more sensitive gaming mouse.
9. Razer Viper Mini(Wired)– Best Small Gaming Mouse
For gamers who have a small hand and want a mouse that fits comfortably, the Razer Viper Mini is your best choice. The wired Viper Mini variant is cheaper than the Viper wireless, making it an excellent choice for a gaming mouse under $50.
The Razer Viper Mini only weighs 61g and is 10% smaller than its larger Viper cousin. Razer didn’t compromise on accuracy either – the Viper Mini features an 8,500 DPI optical sensor. The Viper Mini also features RGB lighting that can be customized using Razer’s custom software, Synapse 3.
Finally, the mouse features six programmable buttons to reconfigure and assign macros to the Viper Mini. The Viper Mini also features ambidextrous design for lefty or righties.