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After considering 58 gaming mice, the Slant community recommends Zowie EC2-A for best overall comfort, Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum for versatility and Mionix Naos 7000 for palm grips. These recommendations are the result of hundreds of contributions from the Slant community.
94
Slant Score

Best no-nonsense mouse

Zowie EC2-A

EC2-A is the most comfortable mouse, has fantastic build quality, perfect performance and doesn’t make you pay for features most people will likely never use.

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
94g
Dimensions
Shape
Right-handed
Sensor
Avago 3310
Comfort
Performance
Build quality
Customizability and Functionality

The most comfortable mouse

EC2-A gets all the little nuances that make a mouse comfortable to use just right.

The left and right mouse buttons have small grooves to help fingers rest in place. The left side lets the thumb grip the mouse comfortably. The side buttons are in an easily accessible yet unobtrusive position. The coating is slightly textured to help you control the mouse confidently. And it weighs just 94 grams, light enough for quick mouse movements and won't cause fatigue after extended use, yet feels solidly built.

Its elegant, ergonomic design is suitable for most hand sizes regardless of the way you hold it. If you have larger hands, however, you could consider the EC1-A which is a slightly bigger version of the same mouse.

Accurate and well built

EC2-A has a highly accurate 3200 CPI optical sensor with no angle snapping, hardware acceleration or jitter. And it's made of high quality plastic that's lightly coated to help with grip. The buttons click easily and the rubber cable is thin and flexible. All of this combined gives a feeling of quality, while also being functional as a high-end mouse.

Just the essentials

There's no advanced functionality or accompanying software. There are just 5 buttons and the only settings you can adjust are CPI, polling rate and lift-off distance. And only in preset intervals via specific mouse button combinations. It's a mouse that focuses on the essential factors only - comfort, performance and build quality - all of which it excels at. It doesn't get distracted with anything else. If you think all the bells and whistles that come with gaming mice are unnecessary, this just might be what you're looking for.

Other things to note

Side buttons have a bit of pre-travel. You have to press in about 1mm more than usual for the mouse to register the side button clicks. Some may find this annoying, but it helps avoid accidentally clicking side buttons in-game.

Krush
November 30, 2016

If you look at FPS tournaments you'll see a lot of pros using this mouse. In one high profile CS:GO final 5 out of 10 players were using an EC2-A. I think it says quite a bit about the quality of the mouse. It just has that edge over other similar mice that can make all the difference.

It's not flashy, but damn if it doesn't feel great to use. I mean I'm pretty sure I've been consistently nailing more shots than I did before switching to the EC2-A (from a DeathAdder after it started misbehaving). And that's really the highest praise I can give a mouse.

93
Slant Score

Most versatile

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

The G502 is the best gaming mouse if you want a highly customizable and versatile option. Unlike the EC2-A or Naos 7000, the G502 has customizable weights and 11 programmable buttons, allowing it to perform exactly how you want it to.

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
121 - 139g
Dimensions
132mm x 75mm x 40mm
Shape
Right-handed
Sensor
Pixart PMW 3366DM
Comfort
Performance
Build quality
Customizability and Functionality

Most versatile

The G502 is a very feature-packed mouse. It has 11 buttons that you can rebind or program to perform a series of actions. You can customize its weight and center of balance. You can switch the scroll wheel between notched and free-scroll modes with a click. The software allows you to change a plethora of settings including lift-off-distance, polling rate and LED lights. A switch allows you to change CPI states and macro profiles on the fly. Plus, because everything is saved on-board, no software is required to set the gaming mouse up on another system.

Not only is it capable of adapting to a variety of situations, it's also a mouse that can be customized to look and feel just the way you want to.

Too heavy for competitive FPS

Most competitive FPS gaming mice aim to weigh under 100 grams. The G502 weighs 121 grams which can be further increased to 139 grams with extra weights. The increased weight makes it more difficult to move quickly. It also means your hand will get tired quicker.

Software is Windows-only

LGS (Logitech Gaming Software) does not have Linux or macOS support, so the mouse cannot be tuned or configured under those operating systems. However, if the mouse is configured on a different OS, the configuration will work on Linux and macOS, since the profiles are stored on the mouse itself.

Other things to note

While overall the mouse is comfortable for most hand sizes regardless of how you hold it, it is slightly bigger than a typical mouse making it a bit more comfortable for people with hands larger than the average.

Additionally, it's a mouse that's highly accurate and solidly built.

JMKade
October 28, 2016

Logitech has battle tested the shape of this mouse. If you look back at MX500 that was released in 2002 you can see that the shape hasn't changed that much through all the iteration of the mouse over the years. And there have been many iteratations with the vast majority of them having been well received for a good reason. And the G502 is no exception - good build quality, excellent comfort for different hand sizes and different grips (the fact that you can click just as well in the middle of the left and right mouse buttons as the end helps with this immensely.). Plus the buttons are laid out in a way where they're easily accessible while not getting in the way. It's a really well thought out, versatile mouse.

87
Slant Score

Best palm grip mouse

Mionix Naos 7000

Naos 7000 is a great mouse with a wide shape and concaves for all five fingers. The uncommon shape makes the mouse more comfortable if you tend to rest your whole hand, including your ring and pinky fingers, on it.

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Wired/Wireless
Wired
Weight
103g
Dimensions
130.84mm x 84.72mm x 38.67mm
Shape
Right-handed
Sensor
Avago ADNS-3310
Comfort
Performance
Build quality
Customizability and Functionality

Exceptionally comfortable for palm grips

The Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse was designed for a full five-fingered palm grip. It has concaved left and right buttons to help fingers stay in place, textured sides to help with grip, and supports for the thumb, ring and pinky fingers. Larger than a typical gaming mouse, its ergonomic shape is very comfortable for long gaming sessions.

Slightly less comfortable for claw and fingertip grips

Unfortunately as a result of focusing on making it comfortable for palm grips, users with claw and fingertip grips will find the mouse awkward to use.

Software is Windows-only

The software however does not support Linux or macOS operating systems so the mouse can't be configured under those operating systems. However, if you have access to a Windows PC, you can configure the mouse on that device and because the configuration and profiles will be saved on the device itself, you can use them on Linux and macOS.

Other things to note

It's a well built, accurate mouse. It also has LEDs which can be customized through the software.

Gl0op
October 28, 2016

Naos 7000 is THE most comfortable thing if you're a palm grip guy. You can rest all of your fingers nicely on the mouse. And it's build to last. It's a top notch piece of equipment.

What others are saying

Here are some of the best reviews from around the web on gaming mice.

How they compare

When picking the best gaming mouse for you, the Slant community thinks you should consider the following criteria: Comfort, Performance, and Build quality.
A good mouse should be easy to grip, keep control of in most situations and can keep the hand and fingers comfortable after extended use.
Zowie EC2-A
    • The EC2-A design's focuses on the small details that make the mouse comfortable to use. The left and right mouse buttons have small grooves to help fingers rest in place. The left side lets the thumb grip the mouse comfortably. The side buttons are in an easily accessible yet unobtrusive position. The coating is slightly textured to help you control the mouse confidently. And it weighs just 94 grams, light enough for quick mouse movements and won't cause fatigue after extended use, yet feels solidly built. Its elegant, ergonomic design is suitable for most hand sizes regardless of the way it is held.

    • Worth noting that if you prefer larger mice, Zowie sells EC1-A which is just a bigger version of the same mouse.

    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
      • While overall the mouse is comfortable for most hand sizes regardless of how you hold it, it is slightly bigger than a typical mouse making it a bit more comfortable for people with hands larger than the average. It has a thumb rest, textured side grips and comfortable side button placement. The mouse also has adjustable weight, center of balance and lift-off distance to help match everyone's preferences
      • Might be too heavy for competitive FPS. Most competitive FPS gaming mice aim to weigh under 100 g. G502's weight of 121 g is already a touch on the heavy side, and for better upward and downward weight distribution it asks you to insert at least 2 weights in, which brings the weight up to 128 g. This can then be further increased to 139 g with additional weights. The increased weight makes agile movement difficult and your hands will tire easily.
    Mionix Naos 7000
      • The Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse was designed for a full five-fingered palm grip. It has concaved left and right buttons to help fingers stay in place, textured sides to help with grip, and supports for the thumb, ring and pinky fingers. Larger than a typical gaming mouse, its ergonomic shape is very comfortable for long gaming sessions.
      • The design's focus on palm grips means claw and fingertip grips won't be as comfortable in this mouse.
    Comfort Specs
    Zowie EC2-A
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
    Mionix Naos 7000
    Weight
    94g
    121 - 139g
    103g
    Zowie EC2-A
    94g
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
    121 - 139g
    Mionix Naos 7000
    103g
    Dimensions
    132mm x 75mm x 40mm
    130.84mm x 84.72mm x 38.67mm
    Zowie EC2-A
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
    132mm x 75mm x 40mm
    Mionix Naos 7000
    130.84mm x 84.72mm x 38.67mm
    Shape
    Whether the shape of the mouse is designed for right-handed, left-handed or either use.
    Right-handed
    Right-handed
    Right-handed
    Zowie EC2-A
    Right-handed
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
    Right-handed
    Mionix Naos 7000
    Right-handed
    Performance is judged by the ability of the mouse to translate its actions and movements as quickly and as precisely as possible. You should also keep an eye out for angle snapping, hardware acceleration, and jitter. Angle-snapping (also known as prediction) is a feature that tries to make movements that are almost in a straight line into movements that are exactly in a straight line. Acceleration changes the sensitivity depending on speed and distance traveled. Both of these features work at the expense of accurately representing your movements. Most gamers prefer these features to be turned off to preserve the accuracy.
    Zowie EC2-A
      • EC2-A has a highly accurate 3200 CPI optical sensor with no angle snapping, hardware acceleration or jitter.
      Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
        • The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse has an impressively accurate 12000 CPI optical sensor that's capable of tracking speeds up to 300 inches per second. There is no acceleration, angle snapping or jitter.
        Mionix Naos 7000
          • Naos has an accurate 7000 CPI optical sensor with no angle-snapping, hardware acceleration or jitter.
          Performance Specs
          Zowie EC2-A
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Sensor
          Name of the sensor used in the device.
          Avago 3310
          Pixart PMW 3366DM
          Avago ADNS-3310
          Zowie EC2-A
          Avago 3310
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Pixart PMW 3366DM
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Avago ADNS-3310
          Sensor type
          The best gaming mice use optical sensors because their tracking on cloth mousepads is more reliable than that of laser sensors.
          Optical
          Optical
          Optical
          Zowie EC2-A
          Optical
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Optical
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Optical
          Angle-snapping (prediction)
          Angle-snapping (also known as prediction) is a feature that tries to even out straight movements. Movements that are almost in a straight line will be made to be exactly in a straight line at the expense of accurately representing your movements. Most gamers prefer this feature to be turned off to preserve the accuracy of their movement.
          No
          No
          No
          Zowie EC2-A
          No
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          No
          Mionix Naos 7000
          No
          Hardware acceleration
          Acceleration changes the sensitivity depending on speed and distance traveled at the expense of accurately representing your movements. Most gamers prefer this feature to be turned off to preserve the accuracy of their movement.
          No
          No
          Customizable. Off by default.
          Zowie EC2-A
          No
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          No
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Customizable. Off by default.
          Poll rate
          The rate at which the sensor information is sent to the operating system. Generally speaking the higher, the better. Currently the best gaming mice have a 1000Hz polling rate witch equates to an update every 1ms.
          1000Hz
          1000Hz
          1000Hz
          Zowie EC2-A
          1000Hz
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          1000Hz
          Mionix Naos 7000
          1000Hz
          Maximum perfect tracking speed
          The maximum movement speed (described in inches per second) at which the mouse can track accurately. While the higher, the better, realistically no gamer will reach speeds above 200 IPS in any gaming situation.
          215 IPS
          300 IPS
          215 IPS
          Zowie EC2-A
          215 IPS
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          300 IPS
          Mionix Naos 7000
          215 IPS
          Lift-off Distance
          Lift-off distance describes how high the mouse needs to be lifted from the surface for the sensor to stop tracking. In most cases, the less you need to lift the mouse for it to stop tracking, the better.
          Customizable
          Customizable
          Customizable
          Zowie EC2-A
          Customizable
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Customizable
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Customizable
          CPI
          CPI or counts per inch describes how much the cursor moves per inch of mouse movement.
          400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
          200 - 12000
          50 - 7000
          Zowie EC2-A
          400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          200 - 12000
          Mionix Naos 7000
          50 - 7000
          A good mouse should last for years. Clicks should be easy and provide a lot of tactile feedback. Materials and components used should be both functional and resiliant. No components should rattle or move unncessarily.
          Zowie EC2-A
            • EC2-A is made of high quality plastic that's lightly coated to help with grip. The buttons click easily and the rubber cable is thin and flexible. All of this combined gives a feeling of quality, while also being functional as a high-end mouse.
            • Side buttons have a lot of travel. You have to press in quite a bit for the mouse to register the side button click.
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
            • This mouse is built to last with its mechanical button switches, smooth teflon feet and lengthy braided cable. The built in rubber thumb rest and rubber side panel makes the mouse ergonomic as well as reducing wear-and-tear. Combined, these features make for a device that can potentially last for a good while.
            • The heavy scroll wheel can wobble in free-scroll mode.
          Mionix Naos 7000
            • The mouse is well built. The nestled thumb rest on the left and finger cut outs on the right cuts down on wear and tear due to unnecessary hand movement. The matte rubberized finish to the mouse also aids in hiding cosmetic wear even after years of use. Additional features include smooth teflon feet which allows for little wear on the bottom of the mouse, and a braided cable that protects the wire from rips and tears.
            • The mouse has a mushy scroll wheel that tends to rotate when trying to depress for a click.
          Build quality Specs
          Zowie EC2-A
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Mionix Naos 7000
          LMB/RMB Switches
          Name of the switches used for left and right mouse buttons.
          Huano
          Omron D2FC-F-7N
          Omron D2FC-F-7N
          Zowie EC2-A
          Huano
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Omron D2FC-F-7N
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Omron D2FC-F-7N
          LMB/RMB Switch Life
          How many clicks the left and right mouse buttons are rated for.
          8 million clicks
          20 million clicks
          20 million clicks
          Zowie EC2-A
          8 million clicks
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          20 million clicks
          Mionix Naos 7000
          20 million clicks
          Cable type
          Rubber
          Braided
          Braided
          Zowie EC2-A
          Rubber
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Braided
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Braided
          Modern gaming mice can include all kinds of functionality and customizability. You can set up lights, weights, adjust every setting imaginable and program buttons to perform a series of actions. How much of that functionality you actually want in a gaming mouse is up to you. There are mice with excellent comfort, build quality and performance that have just the essential functionality and mice just as comfortable, well built and performant that have lot of additional functionality.
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
            • The G502 gaming mouse has 11 programmable buttons - the standard left, right and middle click plus three thumb buttons, two near the left mouse button and one button below the mouse wheel. The mouse wheel can also tilt left or right for extra functions. All of these buttons can be programed to do pretty much whatever you want.

            • You can also customize the weight of the gaming mouse between 121-139 grams and its center of balance with up to five 3.6 gram weights to adjust how it feels as it moves across your mousepad.

            • The scroll wheel can act as a smooth unhindered scroll or a notched scroll depending on how you want to use it.

            • It has an on-the-fly CPI switch with 5 states and the mouse mouse can store 3 different macro profiles and can switch between them with a button press.

            • Since settings are stored on the mouse itself, no software is required to set the gaming mouse up on another system.

            • Functional lift-off-distance lower than 1.2mm can be achieved by calibrating the sensor with the users mousepad.

            • The software is straightforward to use. It allows you to reassign button functionality, set up macros, profiles and lights, and adjust sensitivity for each axis separately.

            • LGS (Logitech Gaming Software) does not have Linux or macOS support, so the mouse cannot be tuned or configured under those operating systems. However, if the mouse is configured on a different OS, the configuration will work on Linux and macOS, since the profiles are stored on the mouse itself.
          Mionix Naos 7000
            • The accompanying software allows you to rebind keys, change the polling rate, double click speed, scrolling speed, acceleration, lift-off distance, set up profiles, macros and lights or separately adjust X and Y axis sensitivity.
            • The software however does not support Linux or macOS operating systems so the mouse can't be configured under those operating systems. However, if you have access to a Windows PC, you can configure the mouse on that device and because the configuration and profiles will be saved on the device itself, you can use them on Linux and macOS.
          Zowie EC2-A
            • EC2-A allows you to customize the most important performance settings: CPI, lift-off distance and USB polling rate. However, customization is limited to preset intervals.
            • None of the buttons can be rebound, there are no macros, profiles, or customizable weights.

            • EC2-A has no accompanying software. Settings have to be changed through various button combinations. As a result the initial setup can be a bit of a hassle.

          Customizability and Functionality Specs
          Zowie EC2-A
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Button count
          5 non-programmable
          11 programmable
          7 programmable
          Zowie EC2-A
          5 non-programmable
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          11 programmable
          Mionix Naos 7000
          7 programmable
          Scroll wheel type
          Notched
          Dual
          Notched
          Zowie EC2-A
          Notched
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Dual
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Notched
          CPI on-the-fly switch
          Yes
          Yes
          Yes
          Zowie EC2-A
          Yes
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Yes
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Yes
          Other Specs
          Specs
          Zowie EC2-A
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Wired/Wireless
          Wired
          Wired
          Wired
          Zowie EC2-A
          Wired
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Wired
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Wired
          Software compatibility
          Indicates what operating systems the software is available on.
          None
          Win
          Win
          Zowie EC2-A
          None
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Win
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Win
          94
          Slant Score
          94
          Slant Score
          Best no-nonsense mouse
          Zowie EC2-A
          Available on Amazon
          93
          Slant Score
          93
          Slant Score
          Most versatile
          Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
          Available on Amazon
          87
          Slant Score
          87
          Slant Score
          Best palm grip mouse
          Mionix Naos 7000
          Available on Amazon
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          What are the differences between optical and laser sensors?

          Optical sensors use LEDs to illuminate the surface while laser sensors us IR diodes. The difference means that different sensor types work better on different surfaces. Laser sensors work better on, for example, glass surfaces while optical sensors work better on, for example, cloth surfaces.

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          Why is 6/11 the preferred Windows sensitivity setting?

          A 6/11 setting enables 1 to 1 representation of mouse movement on screen without it being altered by the operating system. Lower sensitivity will discard some counts while higher sensitivity can result in skipping over pixels.

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