1. SteelSeries Rival 3
Whether you’re playing on your PC or just trying to get some work done, a reliable, accurate mouse can make a big difference. Highlighting text and clicking on the desired table cells is one thing, but as you play it becomes even more important to have a great mouse and there are many gaming mice to choose from. Unfortunately, there are a lot of useless things with all of these options, and a lot of them are simply worth more than anyone else needs to stomach (we’re talking about the price of a decent processor).
Don’t fool around with others if you can play your best. Not all budget mice are created equal, but the SteelSeries Rival 3 shows how good they can be. It has six buttons, which are enough to be useful in most games. It also has SteelSeries’ tried and true design with a minimalist bias that won’t make your mouse stand out if you also put it to work (if you dim the RGB lighting).
The mouse wouldn’t mean anything if it wasn’t accurate, but the Rival 3 uses a TrueMove Core optical sensor for precise, unambiguous tracking. It may not be as powerful as some of the higher-end mice, but its ability to handle movements up to 300 inches per second and 35G acceleration should be more than enough for everyone except, perhaps, professional gamers with serious shots.
2. Aukey Knight
Aukey surpasses its weight class with the Aukey Knight gaming mouse. For just $ 25, you get a gaming mouse that looks bold and does a great job with most of us. Aukey Knight is equipped with Pixart PMW3325 optical sensor, which can reach sensitivity up to 10,000 DPI and provide tracking at 100 ISP and 20G acceleration. And it has a 1000 Hz polling rate, which is practically in demand in games.
In appearance, this gaming mouse exactly matches the requirements. Despite its low price, the Aukey Knight has three RGB zones with stripes around the base of the mouse, an illuminated logo on the palm and an illuminated scroll wheel. In addition to your standard mouse buttons, Aukey has added two buttons for easily toggling sensitivity levels, as well as a third thumb button that defaults to a rapid-fire tool, clicking three times automatically to help you control your arrow recoil.
3. Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless
The Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless is the cheapest and best budget wireless gaming mouse available on the market. For just $ 50, it will connect to your gaming PC or gaming laptop and even other devices using both a 2.4GHz wireless dongle and Bluetooth.
It also features an impressive 10,000 DPI sensor and Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks. Overall, the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless is a versatile gaming mouse that will last 30-45 hours on a single charge.
4. Cougar Surpassion ST
Trying to save money on a cheap gaming mouse doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice ergonomics. The Cougar Surpassion ST is a gaming mouse ideal for right-handed gamers with 5 programmable buttons.
It also features a PixArt PMW3250 optical sensor with a maximum rating of 3200dpi, which users can adjust using a physical slider under the mouse. There is also a second physical slider for adjusting the polling rate.
5. SteelSeries Rival 110
The SteelSeries Rival 110 (read our review) is a mouse that seems to cost twice as much, so for $ 30 it’s a heck of a bargain. It doesn’t offer the sky-high DPI speed of a Corsair mouse, and its shape is slightly more convex, but it offers all the features you’d find in a mouse at twice the price, and has a premium design that’s rarely found in this class of peripherals.
Like the Harpoon, it has a six-button layout, RGB lighting, and textured side handles. In our testing, we felt the Corsair Harpoon was a little more comfortable due to its smaller size, but if you have larger hands you should check out the Rival 110.