June 19

Best Mouse for CS: GO

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You and your team are down to the final seconds of the match. It’s been incredibly close and one slip up by either side could mean victory for the other. All of a sudden, you see on the kill feed that you are officially the last one alive on your team. You clutch your mouse a little tighter as you stealthily make your way through the map while looking for the lurking enemy. Just a couple of clutch kills and your team could still pull out the win.

You round a corner, AK at the ready, when you suddenly see an enemy rounding the corner opposite you. You quickly raise up your gun to get the killing blow and fire. *BANG*. To your horror, though, you realize that you were a split second too late. The enemy team has won.


Best Mouse for CS: GO

Every second count in a game like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Mere milliseconds of delay could mean the difference between life or death. That’s why, alongside having good skills, it’s very important for those that are serious about Counter-Strike to have a good mouse.

Your mouse is your weapon in battle, so having things like a comfortable grip, correct weight, and a smooth trigger pull (or button press, in this case) can often improve your performance immensely.

Just like choosing a weapon in Counter-Strike, not every mouse will be to everyone’s liking. Some gamers might like to have a crazy designed mouse that is covered in different buttons, while others might prefer a more simply designed mouse that has just the necessities. Some might like more weight to their mouse, some might like it light as a feather. Once you find the right fit for your hand, though, you can really take your game to another level.

To help you make a decision on what mouse will work best for you, we at GameGavel have created this list of the best mice for CS: GO. If you haven’t shopped for a gaming mouse before, make sure to scroll to the bottom of this article to check out the gaming mouse buying guide to see which factors you should be paying attention to when shopping. Also if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our list of the best gaming mice for any genre.

Without further ado, here is our list of best mice for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 🖱️ 🔫

Best Choice: CORSAIR M65 ELITE RGB

Pros & Cons

  • Beautiful design
  • Eight customizable buttons
  • Great performance
  • Comfortable grip
  • Weights don’t actually get that heavy

Key Features

  • 18000 DPI high-accuracy sensor
  • Premium Durable Anodized Aluminum Frame
  • Optimized sniper button positioning
  • Custom RGB Lighting
  • Eight fully customizable buttons
  • Weight: 3.36oz
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 3 x 1.5 inches

CORSAIR M65 ELITE RGB Review

When it comes to gaming mice, it seems like they either look like they were brought home from an accounting office or like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. The Corsair M65 Pro RGB is absolutely the latter since it looks like it could possibly be an Autobot in disguise. Alongside its somewhat crazy design, though, it offers great performance for a price that won’t break the bank.

All of the RGB lights on the Corsair M65 ELITE RGB are customizable, so you can create the color combination that fits your style. In terms of its design, the Corsair M65 is laid out specifically for FPS. If you’re looking for other FPS options, check out our guide on the best FPS mice.

There’s also a dedicated sniper thumb button on the side of the mouse, which slows down the DPI for you when you need to concentrate on a far-away target. Overall, the buttons have a good click to them and the fact that you can customize them to your liking is a plus.

For those looking high performance with some flair, then the Corsair M65 Pro RGB is the right choice for you. For you snipers out there who are looking for a little extra precision when aiming down the scope, the sniper button would be a great feature for you.

Premium Pick: Logitech G502 HERO

Pros & Cons

  • 11 customizable buttons
  • Customizable weight
  • Great design
  • Huge range of adjustable sensitivity
  • Right-handed people only

Key Features

  • Eleven programmable buttons
  • In-game DPI shifting from 200 DPI to 16,000 DPI
  • Custom RGB Lighting
  • Weight: 4.3oz
  • Dimensions: 1.6 x 3 x 5.2 in

Logitech G502 HERO Review

Our premium gaming mouse for CS: GO is the Logitech G502 HERO. The HERO is a newer model of Logitech’s Proteus Spectrum which has been among the top 3 gaming mice for a few years.

This mouse is not only good for FPS games, like CS: GO, but it can also easily be used for real-time strategy games like StarCraft II. The HERO has 11 programmable buttons, extra weights you can add on, dual mouse wheel modes, and in-game DPI shifting.

The design of the mouse feels comfortable and leads to some precise gaming. However, the HERO might be a little small for people with bigger hands. Additionally, it is not an ambidextrous design, so you lefties out there are out of luck. Sorry peeps.

But for those who find that this mouse fits their hand will find a great number of customization options. As I stated before, you can change the DPI in-game, customize the function of each of the 11 buttons, and even change the RGB light settings with an immense amount of options.

Overall, it is hard to go wrong with any mouse in the Logitech G502 series, especially if you play a wide variety of games. If you only find yourself playing games like CS: GO, then there are mice that are slightly better built for FPS games. But those who play all types of genres will have a great option in the Logitech G502 HERO.

Best Value: Razer DeathAdder Elite

Pros & Cons

  • Great ergonomics
  • Large and well-placed buttons
  • Customizable lights that look great
  • No indicator light for DPI

Key Features

  • Customizable Chroma RGB Color Profiles
  • Ridged, Rubberized Scroll Wheel for maximum accuracy
  • 16,000 DPI Optical Sensor
  • 7 programmable buttons
  • Weight: 4.6oz
  • Dimensions: 2.9 x 1.7 x 5 in

Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

The Razer DeathAdder Elite provides yet another option for a mouse great performance and high-quality design. With customizable RGB lights and an ergonomic design, this mouse has a nice look and feel to it too. But does it have enough to separate itself from the rest of the mice on the list? Let’s explore.

The design of the DeathAdder Elite is sleek and ergonomic, so it fits very comfortably in your hand. It’s essentially the same design as the DeathAdder Chroma, but with the addition of two extra buttons under the scroll wheel.

All of the buttons are placed well enough where they don’t end up getting in the way of your play. The scroll wheel also has a nice grippy texture to it, which was a feature that was lacking a little in the Chroma.

The performance of the DeathAdder Elite is great for a wide variety of game types. You can easily use this mouse for either FPS games, like Overwatch, or even real-time strategy games, like StarCraft II. For CS: GO, this mouse is precise and snappy, so it’s certainly a good option.

Its performance is just a touch below options like the Zowie FKs or the Logitech G Pro FPS, but it’s slightly lower price point will make it an enticing choice for many gamers.

Best Design: BenQ Zowie Gear EC2-A

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight design
  • Easy setup
  • Different options for different sized hands
  • No configuration setup (could be good for some players)
  • Limited customization

Key Features

  • 3360 optical gaming sensor with 400/800/1600/3200 DPI
  • Multiple size and shape options for different styles
  • Plug and play, no drivers required
  • Adjustable report rate 125/500/1000Hz for different responsiveness levels
  • Weight: 3.2oz
  • Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.6 in

BenQ Zowie Gear EC2-A Review

As I said in the Zowie FK review, Zowie is a legendary name in the CS: GO player base. The majority of the CS: GO pros have a Zowie mouse of some sort: either an FK or an ECA. Just like the FK mice, the EC2-A mice have a very understated design: a matte black finish with two thumb buttons on the side.

But, hold onto your hats folks, because this Zowie mouse features a white scroll wheel. Round of applause for BenQ for letting their design team really let their hair down on that design.

All joking aside, the Zowie EC2-A mice seem to be designed for one thing: functionality. Just like the FK series, it performs very well. The 3360 optical sensor is very accurate and responsive as drag it across the mouse pad. All of its buttons have a nice click to them and the scroll wheel has a nice scrolling feel. Overall, it’s a Zowie: it just functions really well.

The Zowie EC2-A features a high bump towards the front of the mouse, so it is optimal for the palm and claw grips. Those who do the fingertip grip should take a look at Zowie’s FK series. Overall, the mouse’s ergonomic design feels very comfortable during long gaming sessions.

With that functionality, though, comes the boring design and a higher price tag. But if you are looking for pure performance and have a palm or claw grip, then the Zowie EC2-A is definitely a great choice.

Best For Lefties: SteelSeries Sensei RAW

Pros & Cons

  • Ambidextrous design
  • Great optical sensor
  • Low lift-off distance
  • Can be plug-and-play
  • Glossy finish isn’t comfortable

Key Features

  • Programmable buttons
  • CPI toggle for on-the-fly high/low sensitivity adjustments
  • Scalable pointer speed from 90 up to 5670 in increments of 90
  • Double braided nylon cord
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.7 x 4.9 in

SteelSeries Sensei RAW Review

In a similar vein of CS: GO, which features older graphics and exceptional gameplay, many of the mice on our list fall in the “less is more” theme. Included in that theme is the SteelSeries Sensei RAW, which is a stripped-down version of SteelSeries’ high-end models. What’s in the RAW left is the basics: a couple of thumb buttons on the side, a simple design, and good functionality.

As SteelSeries states, “[This mouse] delivers only what you need to help you eliminate the competition.” Both the buttons and the scroll wheel feel great on this mouse. The ambidextrous design is a huge plus for lefties, as not many mice work with both hands. The buttons on both the left and the right of the mouse are fully customizable, so you can tailor this mouse how you like it.

The feel of Sensei RAW is a bit of a letdown. Unfortunately, the glossy finish that they put on this mouse just isn’t very comfortable after a long period of gaming. It tends to build up sweat after an hour or two of intense gaming. For those that like long gaming sessions, this the feel of the mouse is a bit of a letdown.

For gamers, especially lefties, looking for a great option for a stripped-down, no-nonsense mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei RAW offers a good option for you. Although it has a somewhat uncomfortable material, the performance of this mouse is very good and would be a great option for some high-performance CS: GO gaming.

Best For FPS: Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse

Pros & Cons

  • RGB lighting makes for great design
  • Software easy to use
  • Buttons very responsive
  • No options for lefties

Key Features

  • Advanced PMW3366 optical gaming sensor
  • Metal Spring Button Tensioning System
  • Customizable with up to 16.8 million RGB lighting colors
  • Six programmable buttons
  • Weight: 3oz
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 4.6 inches

Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse Review

Sometimes, simple is better when it comes to performance. This is definitely true when it comes to the Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse. Designed with games like CS: GO in mind, Logitech have created this mouse with minimal crazy design elements, but maximum functionality. At just $50, you can have a mouse that will have you gaming like a pro in no time.

Besides a customizable RGB light that rings the bottom of the mouse, the mouse looks like it could be in an office. However, its highly accurate optical gaming sensor, its very responsive buttons, and its comfortable feel makes it a fantastic mouse for gaming.

Rather than having a bajillion unnecessary buttons, the Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse has just two thumb buttons on the side that you can customize to your liking.

Just like all other Logitech gaming mice, the G Pro runs on the Logitech Gaming Software. You can customize everything from the color of the mouse’s RGB lighting, alter the DPI, and assign functionalities to different buttons. The software is easy to use and makes for an easy setup

With a comfortable feel, responsive buttons, easy-to-use software, and a great price, you are sure to take your Counter Strike game to the next level with the Logitech G Pro gaming FPS mouse.

Best Plug-And-Play: BenQ Zowie FK1/FK2

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight
  • Shape allows for improved aiming
  • Works well with fingertip and claw grip gaming
  • Not great for palm-style gaming

Key Features

  • Simple, minimalistic design
  • Ambidextrous design
  • 3310 optical gaming sensor with 400/800/1600/3200 DPI
  • Adjustable report rate 125/500/1000Hz for varying responsiveness levels
  • Weight: 3.2oz
  • Dimensions: 5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in

BenQ Zowie FK1/FK2 Review

When it comes to professional CS: GO gaming, there isn’t a bigger name out there than Zowie. In fact, the Zowie FK series has long been the go-to for many pro CS: GO gamers out there.

The FK series comes in a few different sizes: the FK1 (for medium hands), FK1+ (for large hands), and the FK2 (for small hands). Whatever size best fits you, the result is a no-nonsense, no-frills mouse that is strictly built for performance.

The Zowie FK series doesn’t mess around with any fancy designs like RGB lighting or dedicated sniper buttons. It has a very simple matte black design with four thumb buttons – two on either side. The FK series has a very flat design, so palm-style gamers might have a tough time operating this mouse, but those who have either the fingertip or claw grips should find them comfortable.

The Zowie FK mice have an ambidextrous design, so it features thumb buttons on both sides of the mouse. The buttons don’t get in the way while you are playing and they have a nice feel to them when pressed.

The scroll wheel is a bit clicky-er than other mice when you scroll, but it still functions really well and isn’t too loud. For its sensor, the Zowie FKs uses an Avago 3310. While the sensor may be getting a little old, it is still highly accurate.

One very nice feature of the Zowie is the fact it is plug-and-play. There is no driver downloads necessary, no need to sign up for a new account, nothing. All necessary changes, like adjustments to DPI, can be made on the mouse. The plug-and-play feature is really nice for taking your mouse with you to LAN parties.

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That is certainly true for using a Zowie FK mouse when playing CS: GO. While it isn’t the most exciting mouse out there, there is a reason why so many pro CS: GO gamers use it. It just simply works well.

 

CS: GO Mice: Buying Guide

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that’s all about speed and precision. The difference between hitting a quick scope and missing wide can be slim margins. That’s why it’s very important for you to have a mouse that can perform as you need it to in battle.

Not every mouse is the same though, they come in many shapes and sizes and with many different features. To help you in the shopping process, we’ve put together this list of the top factors you should be paying attention to when scanning through different mice.

ROCCAT Leadr mouse

Of course, no good gaming mouse is complete without a good gaming keyboard. Make sure to check out our article on the best gaming keyboards to complete the set.

Size of the Mouse/Grip Style

You can buy the best mouse in the world, but if it doesn’t fit your hand, then you’re going to probably play like crap. You need to find a mouse that both performs well and that fits. The comfort of a mouse is determined by two factors: the size of your hand and your play style.

Some manufacturers, like Zowie, make different variations of the same mouse for different sized hands (like the FK1 and FK2), but that’s not the case for all mice. Make sure to measure your hand and compare that to the dimensions listed on the mouse. Getting a mouse that’s too small can result in your hand cramping after a while; on the other hand, getting a mouse too big leads to less accuracy from having less control of the mouse.

UtechSmart Venus MMO Gaming Mouse with 19 Optimized Buttons

Next, you need to factor in how you hold the mouse. There are three grip styles for holding a mouse: fingertip, claw, and palm. Since not every mouse is shaped the same way, there might be some mice that work better for one play style and horribly uncomfortable for another. Make sure to figure out your grip style and see if it’s compatible with how the mouse is built.

Button/Scroll Wheel Features

When it comes to CS: GO, you don’t need a bajillion buttons on your mouse to have success. In fact, sometimes less is more. You actually see many CS: GO pros with pretty simple mice. There may be a couple of thumb buttons on the side, but the mice the pros often choose are all about functionality.

If you are a player who prefers to wield the almighty sniper rifle in CS: GO, then it might be worth it to consider getting a mouse with a dedicated “sniper button”. A sniper button is a dedicated thumb button that slows down the DPI to help you in situations where you need extra precision, like aiming down the scope.

Wired vs. Wireless

In the past, it’s been known in the PC gamer community that wired mice are more accurate than wireless mice. However, with advancements in wireless technology, the gap between wired and wireless has closed fast. You can actually find many high-end wireless mice today that have no noticeable difference compared to wired mice, which is pretty amazing.

wireless gaming mouse

You might save some money going with a high-end wired mouse, but it might be worth it to spend a little extra to get rid of that pesky wire. Anyway, if you’re more into wireless mice check out our guide the best wireless gaming mice.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions that people have when buying a mouse for CS: GO.

What Mice Do Pros Use for CS: Go?

While there are a wide variety of mice present in the pro-CS: GO community, the majority of pro-CS: GO players use a Zowie mouse. The most common mouse is the Zowie FK.

Is a Wireless Mouse Good for Counter-Strike?

Yes, a wireless mouse can be great for gaming. It used to be true that wireless mice had more lag than a wired mouse, but many high-end wireless mice today have almost no perceptible lag. It’s really nice to be able to move your mouse around the pad without dragging the cord with you.

What Is a Good Budget Mouse for CS: GO?

Cheap mice can be fine for gaming, but they might lack some of the precision, speed, and features of high-end mice. If you are a casual gamer, then getting a cheaper mouse should be just fine. But if you are serious about gaming, then a high-end mouse is worth the investment.

A great mouse might be cheaper than you think, though. For example, the Corsair M65 Pro RGB is currently only $32. That’s a great value.

Steelseries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse

Make sure to check out GameGavel’s list of the best budget mice to help you find a great mouse on the cheap.


Final Words

CS: GO is a skill-based game in which every second is valuable. If your peripherals aren’t top-notch, you might lag behind your opponents. That’s why it’s important to get the best mouse for CS: GO if you’re planning to play the game competitively.

I mean, you wouldn’t want your teammates replacing you just because you didn’t want to replace your $5 mouse. Right?


Sources:

  1. Optimal Mouse for CS: GO, Toby’s CS

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