Logitech is known for their awesome peripherals, but their mice are probably what they are most famous for and for good reason. They have a great selection, a great variety, and they have the knowledge and experience to manufacture their own mouse sensors, almost all of which are targeted for gaming. In fact, Logitech mice are so awesome I’m using one right now; the G502 Hero.
So, what are the best Logitech gaming mice? 🖱️ 🎮
Best Choice: Logitech G502 Hero
Pros & Cons
- One of the best mice sensors
- Adjustable weight
- A bit narrow for larger hands
- Tracking Method: Optical
- Maximum DPI: 16,000
- Buttons: 11
Logitech G502 Hero Review
There are so many great Logitech mice out there, that you would think finding one that balanced value with performance would be hard. It’s not. The Logitech G502 Hero is one of the most recommended Logitech mice and one that often shows up in gaming mice lists. Actually, I use the Logitech G502 Hero as my main mouse, I’m even using it right now.
The main reason for its high praise is its excellent performance. The eponymous HERO sensor is one of the best optical sensors in the business with amazing tracking that doesn’t cause weird jitters, as well as a top DPI of 16,000.
It can also track at a speed of 400 inches-per-second and sustain 40Gs, so if the astronauts on the International Space Station ever want to game, they have a great choice.
Aside from the sensor, this mouse features a whopping 1,000 Mhz polling rate and a DPI range from 100 to 16,000. I very much doubt that anybody would go to those extremes, and I personally mostly stay within the 800-1,500 DPI range, but it’s there if you need it.
Switching DPI is also incredibly easy using the two buttons situated just off the right click, which allow you to go up and down the 5 quick-switch DPI settings you have in your profile.
Speaking of profiles, the Logitech utility software is great and a real HQ for your mouse. Inside of it you can set up three different and distinct profiles with their own DPI, polling rate and LED settings, all three of which you can switch on the fly by clicking the button behind the scroll wheel release.
If you don’t want to be pressing buttons (which is weird if you’re using a mouse), you can let the Logitech utility automatically detect games and adjust settings based on that.
The body of the Logitech G502 Hero is sleek and thin, although that might cause some issues for those with bigger hands. You can also adjust the weight of the mouse itself using the included weighted bars, one of my personal favorite features. Another one is the thumb rest, something which is sorely lacking in a lot of mice.
All in all, the G502 Hero is probably one of the best Logitech mice out there and a great middle-ground choice between their budget and premium models and one of the best gaming mice at this price range.
Premium Pick: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Pros & Cons
- Not the same sensor as the G Pro wired version
- Tracking Method: Optical
- Maximum DPI: 16,000
- Buttons: 8
Logitech G Pro Wireless Review
Well, this is a bit awkward because the G Pro wireless doesn’t use the same sensor as the wired G Pro. Even so, G Pro wireless is just as good and an excellent mouse if you don’t like dealing with cables.
Unlike the wired version, the G Pro wireless uses the HERO sensor, the same thing that’s in the G502. Performance is exactly the same, with a maximum DPI of 16,000 and a 1,000Mhz polling rate and that’s not at all affected by it being wireless.
So even though it was a bit of a strange decision to go with the HERO rather than the PMW3366 (probably to cut costs), it still works perfectly.
There’s also a difference in the body itself, with the FPS-first design philosophy showing itself. Unlike other Logitech mice on the list (except the MX Vertical), there isn’t any on-the-fly DPI switch, or sniper switch. In fact, the DPI switch is below the mouse itself, although you can always bind it to one of the four side keys, two on either side of the mouse.
Otherwise, the mouse is lightweight and ambidextrous. The wireless dongle is also stored inside the body of the mouse, which I personally really love to see on wireless mice. Charging is done through a USB-C port at the front, and you can absolutely play while you charge, so you never have to stop gaming.
With a 1ms latency and all it’s great features, especially targeted at FPS, you’re going to have a hard time finding a better wireless mouse. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive, comparable to the G902 but for the fewer features you get a really streamlined and small wireless mouse that you can travel around and play with competitively.
If you’re exploring more of FPS options, check out our guide on the best FPS mice.
Best Value: Logitech G203 Prodigy
Pros & Cons
- High-quality Logitech mouse for a cheap price
- A bit small
- Tracking Method: Optical
- Maximum DPI: 8,000
- Buttons: 6
Logitech G203 Prodigy Review
The previous two mice were nice, but if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit cheaper, the G203 offers you the Logitech build for a small price.
Of course, it doesn’t use the HERO or PMW3366 sensors but instead uses the Mercury sensor, which was also developed by Logitech. Granted, it’s not as fancy or high-end, but it’s still pretty powerful for a mouse this cheap. DPI can go up to 8,000 which you won’t see in other mice at this price point and that includes the 1,000 Mhz refresh rate.
One big aspect of this mouse that I really like is that it’s very much made and targeted for FPS players. In fact, the upgrade to this mouse, the Logitech G Pro* is used by a lot of professional streamers. So as you can see, even though the price is on the lower end, it definitely not grouped in with other cheap or budget mice.
The only issue that I might find with this is that it’s small and lightweight and for those of you who have big hands, or are used to a heavier mouse, this might be a problem. Nonetheless, the G203 is one of the best budget gaming mice out there, and it’s even made by a well known-brand.
*Side Note: The Logitech G Pro is essentially the same mouse as the G203, but with the PMW3366 sensor instead of the Mercury sensor. While it is around $20 more expensive, I would suggest you go with that option if you can afford it.
Best Ergonomic: Logitech MX Vertical
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable and easy to use
- Can help a lot with wrist strain
- Not really great for any fast-paced games
- Tracking Method: Laser
- Maximum DPI: 4,000
- Buttons: 4
Logitech MX Vertical Review
It’s not often that you see ergonomic mice, so for those of you who have wrist strain or other issues which stop you from using a mouse for long periods of time, this can be a great solution.
So the first thing that we need to get out of the way is it’s interesting look. While it may seem weird it actually makes a lot of sense in terms of ergonomics and its 57-degree slant is meant to recreate a handshake position.
The nice thing about this angle is that it doesn’t put any unnecessary forearm strain and while that’s hard to describe without experiencing it, just imagine that your arm is more relaxed and comfortable.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem with these types of angled, ergonomic mice, is pressing down buttons. Traditional mice have a desk below to support them when you click down, whereas something like the MX Vertical does not. This means that clicking can slightly offset your mouse pointer from where you were.
Similarly, the thumb buttons are also equally a bit hard to press and depends a lot on how big your hand is. That being said, it only takes a small adjustment of your hand to reach and if you’re the type of person who uses a firm grip on their mouse, then clicking any buttons shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Looking at the specs it’s nothing fancy, with a min/max of 400-4,000 it doesn’t compete with ‘proper’ gaming mice. As I mentioned though, I doubt most people would use incredibly high DPI settings, and I myself stick within the 800-1400 range. Either way, the polling rate is great and there’s very little movement issues or jitters, even for the weird design that it is.
That’s especially good since you can use the MX Vertical wirelessly if you feel like it. While it does connect through Bluetooth or the Unifying Receiver, you can connect it through a USB-C port at the front to both charge and use. Either way, performance is excellent.
Ergonomic mice aren’t common, so it’s always nice to see when a big brand decides to enter the market with a really good product. While this might not be the ‘best’ gaming mouse, I’m sure it will offer a ton of value for people who have issues with traditional mice, while still allowing you to game.
If you’re looking for some decent cheaper options, check out our guide on the best gaming mice under $50.
Best Wireless: Logitech G903
Pros & Cons
- Supports PowerPlay
- On the expensive side
- Tracking Method: Optical
- Maximum DPI: 12,000
- Buttons: 9
Logitech G903 Review
While the G502 is great, the G903 beats it out if you want the best option money can buy and I don’t say that lightly as it’s just shy of $100.
To start with, you get an upgrade from the HERO sensor to the PWM3366 Sensor. If the HERO sensor is one of the best, then the PWM3366 probably is the best, meaning that even if you have jittered or weird movement on the G502, it’s certainly not going to happen in the G903.
That being said, it does have a lot of similarities with HERO, so if you’re planning to move from a G502 to a G903, it will feel like you’re right at home.
You may have noticed that the G903 is wireless and while I know that some people might have issues with wireless mice, you really don’t need to worry here. Using the dongle is very simple and you don’t really have to stick it right next to the mouse to get it working properly.
You’ll certainly not notice any issues with jitter, polling rates, or really anything that wireless might tend to get heat over, which isn’t surprising since Logitech is the leader in wireless mouse tech.
Of course, there’s actually a second way to connect wirelessly and that’s using the PowerPlay mousepad. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a mousepad made by Logitech that allows you to charge your mouse wirelessly, even while you use it.
The change is pretty simple for your mouse too, just take out the circular piece of plastic where the weight would go and replace it with the PowerPlay adapter and that’s it. You can charge and wirelessly use the mouse at the same time, isn’t the future great?
One last thing I want to mention is that the mouse is ambidextrous and I’m very much in love with that fact. It’s not easy to find one that is and the fact that Logitech has made their best mouse ambidextrous speaks volumes.
Either way, The G903 is one of the best mice out there, let alone one of the best Logitech mice. This probably is the best money can buy. If you’re interested in seeing more wireless options, check out our guide on the best wireless gaming mice.
Logitech Gaming Mice: Buying Guide
Choosing a gaming mouse isn’t as easy as it might seem at first, especially since pretty much every mouse nowadays tries to market itself as some form of a gaming mouse. Regardless, that’s what we’re here for, and the three things below are what you should keep an eye on when you’re buying yourself a gaming mouse.
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated mouse, that is decent for both work and gaming, check out our Logitech G602 review.
Mice generally use one of two methods to actually work; Laser and Optical. Essentially they’re the same when it comes to how they receive and process information, which is ‘photographing’ reflections off a surface. Where they differ is how they illuminate said surfaces.
Optical illumination uses an LED that lights up the surface. The problem is that LEDs don’t penetrate that deep and so they don’t work on just any surface. On the flip side, since they don’t penetrate as much, you don’t get the jagged peaks and lows that can cause jitter and other issues when using the mouse.
Laser, on the other hand, uses a laser (who would have thought?). As I mentioned above, the laser can penetrate quite deep into any surface and so there’s more detail that can cause jitter. But the upshot is that it can pretty much work on any surface.
What does this mean for you? Well, nothing much really. Modern mice don’t really have a really big discernible difference, especially as you go up in price. The only thing I might suggest is that if you travel a lot, maybe going for a laser mouse is better.
DPI stands for Dots Per Inch and it reflects how many dots your mouse can sense at any particular time. As the DPI gets higher the more sensitive your mouse gets. If you make the same movement on 1,000 DPI and on 5,000 DPI, the 5,000 DPI will move your pointer on the screen a much greater distance.
This one is a lot about personal preference. A lot of MOBA and RPG gamers prefer having extra buttons on their mice that they can bind to additional actions, with some mice going as high as 12 macro-specific buttons.
On the other end of the scale, there are FPS gamers who prefer to have as few buttons as possible to keep the weight and complexity down, although those mice might have a ‘sniper’ button which decreases DPI for as long as you press it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Need a Gaming Mouse?
No, not really, especially if you mostly play simulation and strategy games. That being said, they can certainly offer a lot of value, even for non-gaming needs. They are generally much more precise, have a lot more settings, and have additional buttons that you can really bind to whatever you want, not just game-related stuff.
Are Wireless Gaming Mice Good?
That depends a lot on the manufacturer, but assuming you’re going for somebody like Logitech or Corsair, then yes, absolutely. It’s hard to describe the feeling of not having to haul around the cable that connects your mouse as you use it. Even though modern mouse cables are pretty light and barely noticeable, having no cable makes a difference.
What is special about a gaming mouse?
Gaming mice tend to have higher maximum DPI and polling rates which makes them much more accurate and precise. They also have a lot of additional functionality from on-the-fly dpi switching, extra buttons for macros to included weights that allow you to make it lighter or heavier.
Does a Mousepad Matter for Gaming?
It can, especially if you’re going for a high-end gaming mouse pad. The thing is, mice pads are made of different materials and offer different levels of friction. If you like a smoother glide to your mouse, getting a low friction mousepad is doable with a gaming mousepad.
They also tend to be higher quality and some of them are even machine washable (such as the SteelSeries one that I’m using, although I would certainly never do that, I’d wash it by hand).
As you can see, Logitech has some really awesome choices for gaming mice and easily compete with and maybe even outperform rivals. That being said, each mouse is unique and individual, regardless of the brand and each one is suited for different types of people. Either way, I hope I’ve at least helped you a little in picking the right mouse for you.