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If you're a gamer, you need to ditch that boring 2-button mouse. 

A standard 2-button mouse just doesn't have the features needed to succeed in today's gaming world. 

By adding a programmable gaming mouse to your peripheral setup, you'll find your performance increases dramatically, whether that be precisely aiming a gun in an FPS, a cursor in a MOBA, or even loading up on macros in an MMO. 

There are a lot of programmable gaming mouse options on the market these days. Before you spend a dime, you need to do the research to determine which designs are appropriate for you. The one that works best for you will depend on a lot of factors, including which hand you prefer to play with and what kinds of games you plan on playing.

You can start your research with the reviews below. We've tested some of the best-selling gaming mice available today to make it easier to find one that's perfect for you.

Zowie FK1: Best All-Around Mouse

  • Manufacturer: Zowie Gear
  • Buttons: 7
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Sensor: Optical
  • DPI: 3200
  • Weight: 90g
  • LED Lighting: none

The Zowie FK1 is a seven-button, wired gaming mouse with a built-in optical sensor. These are important features to understand if you're looking for a programmable gaming mouse. 

The Zowie FK1's seven buttons make it possible for you to execute numerous commands without ever touching your keyboard. While the standard mouse only has two buttons (or three if it's a particularly good one), the Zowie FK1 gives you much more flexibility. You can assign up to seven actions to your mouse so you don't have to stretch across your keyboard for more complex commands. 

Additionally, the laser sensor built into the Zowie FK1 gives you incredible precision. Whether you're trying to aim a gun or focus on a map, a laser sensor will definitively increase your performance. 

PROS:

  • One of the best sensors on the market
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Competitive price
  • No acceleration

CONS:

  • Some might desire more buttons or a more accessible DPI toggle.

Overall Rating:


Razer Naga Epic Chroma: Perfect for MMO Games

  • Manufacturer: Razer
  • Buttons: 19
  • Connectivity: Wired & Wireless (20Hrs, rechargable)
  • Sensor: Optical
  • DPI: 8200
  • Weight: 130g
  • LED Lighting: 16.8M colours

The Razer Naga Epic Chroma is hands down your best option for playing MMO games. It's a little larger than the Zowie FK1, but that's excusable since it comes with an impressive 13 buttons, which will keep even the most hardcore raider satisfied. 

If you've used a previous version of the Razer Naga Epic Chroma, and didn't like it, you should definitely give this update a try. The model that Razer released in 2014 had buttons that many people described as "mushy" that didn't click with much authority and had a tendency to get stuck. Obviously that's not what you want in the middle of an intense boss fight. 

Razer overcame this problem with a new design that makes the buttons much more effective. Unless you spill a Red Bull or something on it, we guarantee the buttons won't stick.

You can purchase the current Naga Epic Chroma in either wired or wireless versions. We think gamers should always opt for the wired versions since you won't have to worry about running out of power. Still, if you like having a wireless mouse, you'll be happy with the Naga Chroma design since the battery is rechargeable. 

You will, however, have to take a few hours off every now and then to make sure the mouse has enough juice. If you're the kind of gamer who can sit in front of a computer for days, you'll definitely want the wired version. 

As far as aesthetics go, the Razer Naga Epic Chroma will appeal to people who appreciate changing LED colors. The mouse can create nearly 17 million colors, which is seriously impressive. But If you're just interested in a programmable gaming mouse, and don't need any bells and whistles, the Naga Chroma still fits the bill and is one of our top picks. 

PROS:

  • Great wireless range and functionality
  • Comfortable, MMO-optimized design
  • Colorful lighting, ideal for multiple profiles
  • Easy-to-use software

CONS:

  • Middling performance for non-MMOs

Overall Rating:


EVGA TORQ: Best Mouse on a Budget

  • Manufacturer: EVGA
  • Buttons: 8
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Sensor: Optical
  • DPI: 6400
  • Weight: 90g
  • LED Lighting: 7 colours

You probably know EVGA as a leading designer of graphics cards, but did you know they also make other pieces of hardware, including the TORQ mouse? While it certainly isn't the best gaming mouse compared to the Razer and Zowie designs, it's a great option for people who don't want to spend much money.

You'll be happy to know that despite the low cost, the EVGA Torq is actually a pretty good programmable gaming mouse, and will definitely meet the needs of casual gamers. If you're a serious gamer, you might want to drop a few more dollars on an advanced model, but for the average person, this mouse will be a significant improvement over typical two-button designs.

The EVGA TORQ comes with eight buttons that you can assign different actions to, which is extremely convenient if you're looking to work macros into your gameplay. 

The TORQ even gives you seven LED colors. While this isn't necessarily going to improve your performance, we do think its nice to have an aesthetically pleasing mouse. 

The only thing that drops the EVGA TORQ below the Razer Naga Epic Chroma and the Zowie FK1 is that it uses an optical sensor instead of a laser sensor. For diehard mouse enthusiasts, this can be a deal breaker since optical sensors aren't nearly as precise as the laser designs.

This is exactly why we recommend gamers in need of high quality precision to look at the more expensive models. On the other hand, If you just want a functional programmable gaming mouse, it's hard to imagine a casual player complaining about the EVGA Torq. 

PROS:

  • Slick design
  • Customizable LED lighting
  • Ambidextrous design for a gaming
  • Easy-to-use software

CONS:

  • Ambidextrous design compromises some button usability
  • Macro definition software non-intuitive

Overall Rating:


Razer DeathAdder Chroma: Simple and Affordable

  • Manufacturer: Razer
  • Buttons: 5
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Sensor: Optical
  • DPI: 10,000
  • Weight: 102g
  • LED Lighting: 16.8M colours

The DeathAdder Chroma from Razer has a simpler design than most gaming mice. With just five buttons, the DeathAdder might not be a good fit for MMO players. But for those who don't need a ton of buttons, the ergonomic design and sturdy build of the DeathAdder really give it a leg up over other programmable gaming mice. 

The Death Adder also happens to be a really aesthetically appealing gaming mouse. With 16.8 million LED colors, it lights up better than a nightclub. 

One thing to think about if you're considering buying the Death Adder is that It only comes with a wired connection, although that shouldn't matter much to people who are looking for a programmable gaming mouse. 

The mouse doesn't have an optical sensor, so don't expect the accuracy that you can get from a laser. The price, however, reflects that. If you're more interested in saving a few dollars and don't need super accurate precision, the DeathAdder is the mouse for you. 

PROS:

  • Great ergonomic design
  • Adjustable lift-off distance
  • Additional fine-tuning software

CONS:

  • Weight not adjustable

Overall Rating:


Corsair Vengeance M65 RGB: A Sturdy Mouse

  • Manufacturer: Corsair
  • Buttons: 8
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Sensor: Laser
  • DPI: 8200
  • Weight: 164g (adjustable)
  • LED Lighting: 16.8M colours

If you're looking for an eight-button, laser sensor programmable gaming mouse with an extremely sturdy build, you can't do much better than the Corsair Vengeance M65 RGB. 

The M65 is made out of a really high quality metal, and is covered in two different types of high quality, 'rubbery' plastic, one for the top and one for the sides. The wheel doesn't just scroll, it 'clicks', which is really great if you're using the wheel as another macro button.

The only thing to dislike about this model from Corsair is that it's hard for left-handed players to use, and its heavy (which might be a good thing). As long as you're right-handed and you don't care about having more than eight buttons, this is an extremely good option.

PROS:

  • Good look and feel
  • Adjustable lift-off distance
  • Adjustable weight
  • Programmable buttons

CONS:

  • Right-handed only

Overall Rating:


Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum: Top Rated Mouse

  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Buttons: 11
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Sensor: Laser
  • DPI: 200 – 12,000
  • Weight: 164g (adjustable)
  • LED Lighting: 16.8M colours

The Logitech G502 is a very popular mouse and for good reason. The G502 is one of the best designed programmable mouses available. It makes clever design choices at every possible opportunity, offering a comfortable experience for players who use a variety of grips.

The G502 is pretty small and low profile, so you'll likely be holding it with your fingertips. How did Logitech design around this? They put in textured thumb and finger rests, perfect for stability and providing a tactile feedback.

The G502 features 11 programmable buttons. While Logitech's design might be minimalist, it also packs a punch full of functionality. In terms of mouse button layout, the G502 has a left mouse button, a right mouse button, a scroll wheel that clicks in three directions, DPI sensitivity buttons near the top, one button below the scroll wheel and three thumb buttons. There is also a non-programmable button beneath the scroll wheel that adjusts the wheel's friction.

The programmable buttons can be controlled by Logitech's Gaming Software where you can set a number of macros as well as control the mouse's illumination and adjust the DPI range.

From the picture on the left you'll notice that the G502 comes with adjustable weights, which allows you to really fine tune the feel of the mouse to perfectly fit your hand. You can select not only how much weight to add, but where to add it.

If you're planning to do a lot of gaming, which I'm assuming you are, you need to make sure your mouse sits comfortably in your hand, and being able to add or drop weight easily is a welcome addition to the G502. 

This is a perfect mouse for people looking for a really high quality programmable mouse, a lot of buttons, customizable fit, and extra money to spend. 

PROS:

  • Smart and comfortable design
  • Gaming software with lots of options
  • Ultra-fine weight adjustment
  • Programmable buttons

CONS:

  • None

Overall Rating:

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Eric Matius

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