The 8 Best Programmable Gaming Mouses To Buy In 2019

Programmable Gaming Mouses

With so many cheap gaming mouse to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? That is where we come in to make your life easier. The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable, its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it.

Razer Naga Chroma – Ergonomic RGB

Razer Naga Chroma  Ergonomic RGB $198.99

From a physical perspective, not much has changed about the Razer Naga from its wired, monocolored 2014 incarnation. It’s still an enormous mouse, usable only with a palm grip, and it features a high profile and a plethora of thumb buttons. The mouse is textured for the outermost two fingers, and the texture makes for a nice touch, but it’s not entirely necessary.

The Naga Epic Chroma is comfortable enough,MORE but its design makes it ideal for high-level MMO play and relatively unsuited for any other genre. The Naga Epic Chroma possesses a staggering 19 buttons: a right button, a left button, a scroll wheel that clicks three ways, two central buttons and 12 thumb buttons. Entrusting one digit with 12 buttons may sound like a recipe for disaster, but the buttons are actually quite large and feel distinctive.

The buttons also employ mechanical switches, which give a satisfying click when you press them. The major change from the standard Naga mouse to the Naga Epic Chroma is the Chroma’s wireless capabilities. I didn’t notice a major difference between the feel of the wireless and wired modes, but this could definitely be a useful feature for those who prefer to game in the living room.

Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse

Logitech G602 Lag Free Wireless Gaming Mouse $35.98 1

Play with confidence. G602 sticks by you through game after game with up to 250 hours of power in Performance mode. That’s as much as eight times the battery life of other wireless gaming mice, all without compromising gaming grade sensor and connection performance. G602 is powered by two standard AA batteries; optionally remove one battery to adjust its weight and balance.

G602 delivers a lag-free experienceMORE through a 2.4 GHz wireless connection with a 2 millisecond report rate. Unlike Logitech Unifying receivers meant to connect multiple devices, G602 uses the entire bandwidth of a dedicated USB nano receiver for gaming-grade, low-latency performance. Position the nano receiver for optimal reception using the included extender cable. A convenient storage slot in the battery compartment keeps the nano receiver safe for transport.

Achieve great results with the default configuration straight out of the box. Or, make G602 your own. Set up one-button triggers for actions that typically require digging into menus. Put push-to-talk communications in easier reach. Temporarily down-shift DPI for sniping. Reassign any game command or multi-command macro to any one of 11 programmable buttons with optional Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). G602 is first wireless gaming mouse to feature exclusive Delta Zero™ sensor optimizations for high-accuracy cursor control, plus battery-extending power optimization routines.

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition $77.94 1

The black mamba is one of the world’s deadliest snakes, whose venomous bite can incapacitate an adult human in less than an hour. Razer’s Mamba Tournament Edition mouse is not likely to kill anyone, but it’s sure to give your digital foes a good scare. Like its namesake, the Mamba is sleek and adaptable, with a shape that complements its skill set perfectly. Not only is the mouse comfortable and colorful, but it also works across a wide variety of genres thanks to smart placement of buttons.

The Mamba also features a larger padded areaMORE by the thumb and for the two outermost fingers, which helped me keep a better grip on the device. A much coarser scroll wheel on the Mamba also aids in the grip. The button layout on the two devices is similar, too. The Mamba possesses a left button, a right button, a scroll wheel that clicks three ways, two thumb buttons and two DPI buttons.

Each one is programmable and easy to reach. It’s an extremely comfortable mouse that feels great for both gaming and everyday scrolling. Just keep in mind that the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is a strictly wired mouse; the Razer Mamba (with no extra descriptors) is the wireless version.

Redragon M601 Gaming Mouse wired

Redragon M601 Gaming Mouse wired $12.99 1

This mouse boasts a decent-quality optical sensor, which can be adjusted at up to 2,000 CPI. Now, this level of sensitivity is by no means top-of-the-line, but it’s still more than enough to assist you in most slower-paced games, such as MOBAs (Dota 2, League of Legends) and MMORPGs (World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV).

Unfortunately, the rather limited sensitivityMORE ceiling makes the Centrophorus ill-suited for faster-paced games that rely on twitch actions and quick reflexes. However, in all honesty, when it comes to gaming or office work, sensitivity limits are seldom a deal-breaker for most users. I would even go as far as to say that, those that purchase gaming mice with 16,000 max CPI settings rarely crank their sensitivity up all the way; the movements become way too imprecise at that speed.

The 2,000 CPI offered by the M601 will be more than enough for most games. What’s more important than CPI, in my opinion, is ergonomics. Any given mouse can offer you tons of features, perks and benefits, but if it doesn’t fit neatly and comfortably in your hand, then you might as well use a boulder as a peripheral.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse Check on Amazon

One of the areas where the Logitech G402 doesn’t really impress is design. The matte and glossy black plastic combination is certainly not offensive but neither is it all that inviting, plus the offset glowing blue G logo doesn’t really do much for us – it’s all a bit incoherent. Other mice like the Corsair M45 or Steel Series Sensei give off more of a sense of cohesion.

While the G402 may not look the partMORE in use it most definitely feels it. The matt finish feels great under your hand and fingers while the contouring is near perfect. Now clearly there’s always a degree of personal preference when it comes to mouse ergonomics but to this reviewer the G402 absolutely nails it.

The elongated gently-curved top section supports the hand nicely when in a more relaxed position while the scalloped, rubberised sides provide a really firm grip when moving the mouse with thumb and little finger. The flared section under the thumb-grip also really helps the thumb to not slide off. In contrast, the Steel Series Sensei’s fairly flat sides can almost cause the thumb to slip under the mouse.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse Check on Amazon

It’s great to see a company take a nearly perfect product and iron out its last remaining kinks. The Logitech G500s was a top-notch all-purpose gaming mouse, but its successor, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, surpasses it in every way. In fact, we can confidently say that the Proteus Core is the best all-purpose gaming mouse yet.

The Proteus Core makes smart designMORE choices at every possible opportunity, offering a comfortable experience for players who use a palm grip and an exceptional one for players who use a claw grip. The mouse itself is rather small and low in profile. Both the small thumb rest and the grip for the two outermost fingers are textured, providing both stability and a pleasant tactile sensation. With 11 programmable buttons, the Proteus Core is neither minimalist nor excessive.

The peripheral has a left mouse button, a right mouse button, a scroll wheel that clicks in three directions, two dots-per-inch (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. Otherwise, Logitech arranged the buttons on the Proteus Core in a very smart layout.

VersionTech 2400 DPI Gaming Mouse

VersionTech 2400 DPI Gaming Mouse $9.99 1

Different than plastic surface, super skin-friendly surface of this gaming mouse is made of rubber oil and more comfortable for sweaty hands after long time playing; The ergonomic shape design enables gamers to play long time without fatigue. Unique cracking design combining with 7 colors glaring LED light highlights the atmosphere of gaming; The cheerful and pleasant sound of clicking makes you feel exhilarated and never want to stop battling in the games.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Cutting Edge Ambidextrous

G SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Cutting Edge Ambidextrous $44.99 1

“Good artists copy. Great artists steal,” according to an expression that Steve Jobs attributed to Picasso. But of course, commerce isn’t art—though art can be very profitable commerce. Duplicating the features heralded in other products is a fine line to walk, especially in tech-product design.

So when the Taiwanese firm G.Skill,MORE mostly known in the United States for its desktop and laptop RAM, decided recently to enter the mouse market, the company naturally looked around to see what well-liked features defined a strong MOBA-style mouse. Clearly, it found Mad Catz. Now, this isn’t a case of “Well, maybe they accidentally by chance duplicated a generic feature in some mouse from another company.”

No: Look at the multiple, differently-shaped side grips (Mad Catz calls them pinkie grips), the height-adjustable palm rest (which is very close to Mad Catz’s length-adjustable palm rest), and the weight kit (which equates to Mad Catz’s weight kit). That’s without mentioning the look of G.Skill’s new mouse, which is a second cousin twice removed from the typical look of so many Mad Catz mice. You might call that the “demonspawn borne of a mating between H.R. Geiger and an anime mecha.” Perhaps that overstates it a bit, but we digress.

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