I’ll let you into a dirty little secret. Sometimes I play PUBG with a mouse and keyboard. I know, I know, I shouldn’t. But I just can’t help myself.
Whether using a mouse and keyboard for PUBG is cheating has led to huge arguments over the past year. Some people say that it gives you an unfair advantage. It certainly gives you an advantage: whether this is unfair or not, I’ll leave to you to decide. So you’ve decided to use a mouse for PUBG. What’s the best one?
Well, what you’re looking for is the same kind of features as any of the best mice for FPS games. That’s a high resolution (measured in DPI, or Dots Per Inch), and an ergonomic design. You also want a mouse that has responsive and reliable buttons, because during the early part of PUBG games you are not going to have automatic weapons yet, and so you’re going to be clicking away like mad.
Oh, and if you’re going to be spending some money on a mouse, you also want it to look good. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite mice for playing PUBG.
What Is the Best Mouse for PUBG?
If you’ve come to this page because you are wondering which mice work with PUBG, the answer is simple: all of them. The difficult thing (well, not that difficult) is to set up your desktop or laptop to run PUBG natively. Once you’ve done that, the game runs as if it is a standard PC game, and you can use any extra hardware you like.
Be aware that the team behind PUBG are pretty hot when it comes to detecting and banning cheaters, but also that using a laptop has not (yet) been officially banned. That said, not all mice are created equal, and especially so when it comes to PUBG. So let’s look at the best.
Best Choice: Logitech G403
Pros & Cons
- Incredibly fast
- Button tensioning
- Programmable lighting
- Some profile settings require additional software
- Ergonomic shape,
- Logitech’s most advanced optical sensor.
- Resolution: 200 – 12000 dpi,
- Acceleration: >40G
- Weight: 90g
Logitech G403 Review
I’ve had Logitech mice for years, so it’s no surprise that the G403 model is at the top of my list for the best mice for PUBG. The reason for this is simple enough. Logitech doesn’t feel compelled to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they focus on producing classic mice that get the job done. The G403 is the latest iteration of this philosophy and is a great mouse.
First up, the basics. The 12,000 DPI specs on this mouse are not the absolute best of all the mice on this list, that’s true. But seriously, who do you think you are? For the vast, vast, majority of people, there is no point shelling out twice the money for a few extra dots per inch. 12K is still amazing.
Another reason why this mouse is my top choice is that it does the basics extremely well. With 6 programmable buttons, you can easily set it up for most games, including PUBG, and have all the commands you will ever need at your fingertips.
For a relatively simple game like PUBG, you really don’t need 10+ buttons, because for fast-paced games this just means you will make more mistakes.
Oh, and it’s fast. Very fast. I don’t know what Logitech has done with their onboard memory system in recent years, but I like it. This mouse is as responsive as those costing double this amount.
Otherwise, this mouse comes with all the features you’d expect from a killer mouse in 2020: 16.8 million color backlighting, an ergonomic design, and a removable weight system that lets you fine-tune your experience.
Premium Pick: Logitech G502 HERO
Pros & Cons
- Programmable buttons allow a high degree of customization
- Moveable weights allow fine tuning of the balance
- Mechanical switch button tensioning provides a crisp click
- Could be a little too complex for PUBG
- The most accurate sensor yet @ 16000 DPI
- 11 customizable buttons
- Adjustable weight system
- Resolution: 200 – 16000 dpi,
- Acceleration: >40G
- Weight: 98g
Logitech G502 HERO Review
If the G403 is a little too basic for your needs, take a look at Logitech G502 Hero. This is a step up, and if you’ve got an extra 20 bucks is definitely worth it. The basic specs of this mouse are fabulous, as they are on all Logitech mice. It feels great in the hand and is accurate enough to pull off those long-range sniper shots you love so much.
There are a couple of features that make the G502 Hero stand out, though, as a gaming mouse. One of them is the sensor. I know I’ve just said that 12K DPI should be enough for anyone, but 16K is better.
Another great feature of this mouse is the customizable weight system. The mouse contains a number of small weights, rather than one large one, that allows you to fine-tune the way it responds. This is great if you’ve managed to develop an unusual gaming style.
Systems like this are slowly becoming more common on high-end mice, but with the G502 Hero, you get the advantage of adaptable weighting at a fair price.
Then there is the click. I know it sounds silly to talk about how the click of a mouse feels, but honestly, this one feels great. That’s because Logitech has used ‘mechanical switch button tensioning’ in this mouse. Basically, the buttons are trying to click themselves all the time, and so feel amazing when you’re firing off 8 rounds a second.
The only issue here and the only reason why this mouse is not top of the list is that it might be a little too complicated for PUBG. It’s got 11 programmable buttons. When playing PUBG, that’s too many. On the other hand, this makes the G502 a very adaptable mouse, so if you like playing RPGs as well, get this one.
Best Value: PICTEK Gaming Mouse
Pros & Cons
- Ergonomic design not found in many mice at this price range
- Adaptable DPI level lets you swap between modes easily
- Four different polling rates ensures high-precision movement
- No wireless version available
- Problems with Mac compatibility
- Really high DPI for this price range
- All buttons are programmable
- Tested extensively, to 30 million clicks
- Resolution: 1200 – 7200 DPI
- Acceleration: 30G
- Weight: 80g
PICTEK Gaming Mouse Review
Next up, the PICTEK gaming mouse. This is not a mouse you are going to hear about elsewhere, because other sites are a bit elitist when it comes to finding the best gaming mouse under $50.
This is actually, though, a great mouse, and arguably one of the best budget gaming mice around. It’s 7200 DPI is really good for a mouse in this price range, and gets the job done without making a fuss about it. Because of the (relatively) lower DPI on this mouse, it also works great if you are working with older hardware or running PUBG on an airbook.
7 programmable buttons is also a good offer, and give you more than enough flexibility for a game like PUBG. And though I haven’t clicked each button 30 million times, I’m assured that the mouse will stand up to the roughest treatment.
The PICTEK gaming mouse also comes with a few features that even high-end mice do not include. The DPI level can be changed on-the-fly, meaning you can easily swap between precision shots and speedy movement in PUBG. The adaptable polling rates also help with this.
All of this is pretty good for a mouse in this price range. So what’s the catch?
Well, not much really. If you’ve got a Mac, you can’t use this mouse. But then if you’ve got a Mac you should take a long hard look at yourself anyway. The only other issue is that there is no wireless version of this mouse available. But, again, I don’t think any serious gamers are using wireless mice anyway, because the response rate is slower.
Overall, then, this is a great mouse for the price. And if it breaks before 30 million clicks, you can buy another one and still be quids in.
Best Ergonomics: Razer DeathAdder Elite
Pros & Cons
- Amazing ergonomics, both in pointing and the button clicks
- The fastest sensor in the world, at 450 inches per second
- Competition-grade accuracy of 99.4%
- A little less durable than expected
- You have to sign up on Razer just to use the mouse
- This mouse is used by pro gamers everywhere, and people are used to the Razer’s shape
- High accuracy with a 16k sensor, as good as the best Logitech offering
- 7 programmable buttons allow for re-mapping using Razer Synapse
- Resolution: 200 – 16000 dpi,
- Acceleration: >40G
- Weight: 76g
Razer DeathAdder Elite Review
Ah, the Razer DeathAdder Elite. This is a great mouse. In fact, you’ll find it at the top of most people’s lists of the best mice for PUBG, and the best FPS mice more generally. That’s because the Razer DeathAdder Elite has built up something of a cult following among pro-gamers. Seriously, if you go to pro-gaming events, this mouse is everywhere.
That happens partially because of the specs on this mouse. The sensor is amazing, it has the fastest tracking of any mouse out there, and claims a competition-grade accuracy of 99.4%. It’s also because … it looks sexy. Don’t you think? Or is that just me being weird?
I’d go further, actually. It feels sexy, and that’s the reason why I’ve put it in the best ergonomics category. Many people have got so used to the ergonomics of the Razer DeathAdder Elite, that any other mouse feels weird, whether you are playing PUBG or anything else.
So why is it not at the top of my list?
Well, two reasons. One is that (or so I’ve heard) people go through these mice pretty quick. Maybe pro gamers are doing something weird with their mice, because I’ve never had a Razer DeathAdder Elite break, but still: at this price point, you want a mouse that will last a few years of heavy gaming.
The second reason is simply Razer’s silly approach to software. Because all of their hardware goes through their ‘bespoke’ software, you have to sign up for a Razer account just to get this mouse to work. Call me picky, but I find that annoying.
Best Bonus Features: Roccat Nyth
Pros & Cons
- Allows for almost limitless adaptation
- Design your own buttons, and design exactly what you need for PUBG
- The SWARM driver keeps all your settings in one place
- Some people find the extra buttons a little gimmicky
- Some people have had problems with the laser sensor being a little unpredictable
- 18 customizable buttons
- Swappable side grips so you can adjust the ergonomics of the mouse
- The DPI sensor goes up to 12k but is also adjustable in 1 DPI increments
- Resolution: 400 – 12000 dpi,
- Acceleration: 28G
- Weight: 78g
Roccat Nyth Review
Next, just a quick shout out to the Roccat Nyth. Because while I don’t think this is necessarily the best mouse for playing PUBG, it’s still a great mouse that deserves a mention. The specs on the Roccat Nyth are amazing, of course, and rival all of the best mice on this list.
But the thing that makes the Roccat Nyth stand out is that it has 18 buttons, and – get this – you can swap them out. This gives you essentially unlimited possibilities when it comes to customizing exactly how your gaming experience feels.
Now, this system is great and makes the Nyth one of the best mice for RPGs out there. But for PUBG, it’s kind of overkill. For that reason, I’d only recommend this mouse to people who love RPGs and only occasionally play PUBG.
Pros & Cons
- The mouse is built solidly, and has a 6ft cable
- The ergonomics are pretty good
- Though 5 programmable buttons is not as many as some other mice, for PUBG this is fine
- No customizable color profiles. The mouse glows just in red.
- The scroll wheel is not the best: it sometimes slips at key moments
- This is a cheap mouse that still delivers (some of) the advanced features of the others on this list
- Pretty good stats at this price point: 3200 DPI, and quality ABS construction
- 5 programmable buttons
- Resolution: 200 – 3200 dpi,
- Acceleration: 20G
- Weight: 110g
Redragon M601 Review
Last but not least, let’s look at a budget mouse from China. I know that if you are a serious gamer, those words probably strike fear into your heart. But give the Redragon a chance.
In truth, this is not a bad mouse. It feels good, has a respectable 3200 DPI, and has 5 programmable buttons. It actually feels pretty good in the hand, as well, for a mouse at this price point.
If you are a casual gamer, and just want to take your PUBG game to the next level by playing on your PC, you could do worse than this mouse. It delivers some of the features of pro gaming mice at a fair price. Oh, and it also looks kind of cool, in a 1990s sort of way.
Mice For PUBG: Buying Guide
If you are looking for the best mouse for PUBG, there are a couple of major factors you should consider. Most of these are the same as the things you should think about when choosing a mouse for FPS games or even the best mouse for Fortnite.
However, PUBG also has some specific characteristics that mean that particular mice (those above) work well.
First up, the way that the mouse feels in your hand is incredibly important for a fast-paced game like PUBG.
This means that you should look for a mouse that fits in your hand well, whether you have large or small hands. The ability to change the weight and balance of the mouse is also important, as is the more indefinable quality of how the mouse feels to you. Everybody has their favorite feel when it comes to a mouse, so if you can you should try a few to see what you like.
DPI stands for ‘Dots Per Inch’, and is basically a measure of how accurate a mouse is. Like a high-resolution monitor, a high-resolution mouse is (generally) more accurate.
When it comes to choosing the best mouse for PUBG, which is important because everybody loves those long-range sniping shots. A mouse with a high DPI will ultimately make you more accurate.
And that allows you to clean up.
Almost all of the best gaming mice available in 2020 include buttons that you can program yourself. This is great because you can easily swap between weapons in PUBG with one click.
For some games, mainly RPGs, having 20+ buttons is important. For PUBG, less so. More buttons increase the chances of accidental clicks, and accidental clicks cost lives. For PUBG, about 8 buttons are the right number.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Gaming Mice Worth the Money?
Um, yes. A gaming mouse will give you more accuracy, better speed, and simply allow you to play your favorite games, including PUBG, better. More seriously, a high-quality ergonomic mouse will reduce wrist strain during extended gaming sessions, and so is good for your health.
What Is the Best Gaming Mouse in 2020?
Well, the mice above are a good shout for PUBG specifically and maybe a few other genres. If you are looking for a mouse that’s good across a wide variety of games, though, check out our guide on the best gaming mouse in 2020.
What’s the Best Mouse for FPS?
The best mice for PUBG are, in general, the best mice for FPS. A mouse that works well in PUBG will also give you an (unfair?) advantage in Fortnite and many other FPS games.
So, if your favorite games are all FPS, check out our guide on the best FPS mouse.
Is Using a Mouse for PUBG Cheating?
Um. Maybe. It depends on whether you think an unfair advantage is ‘cheating’. I’d prefer to call it ‘using your initiative’. Also, if you like this kind of competitive advantage, check out the best PUBG settings before your next round.
While we could start a long discussion on what is the absolute best mouse for PUBG, any of the options above should suffice. If you happen to be using a $5 office mouse, you'll notice a difference immediately.
However, if none of the options seem satisfying to you, I'd recommend you check our review of the Corsair Glaive as it might capture your sympathy.
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