Wired peripherals are a hassle that should have never even been invented. Okay, that’s a wee bit dramatic– I’ll admit– but the mess of cables all over your desk is just ugh. And when it comes time to get out from behind the desk you can’t even take your wired keyboard or mouse with you!
Had Tesla had his way years ago we would have never gone through the era of cluttered cable ridden desks we are currently in, but luckily, we live in an age where we now have options. In fact, there are tons of wireless options on the market, but today we’re going to focus our efforts on finding the best wireless gaming mouse.
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How to Pick the Best Wireless Gaming Mouse for Your Needs
Ultimately, there is no single best mouse. With all the options on the market today, there are enough options to find the perfect one for you (although it is still unreasonably hard to find a good left-handed mouse).
To help you find the ideal mouse for your needs amongst all the choices, we’ve put together a short guide that should help you be able to identify the most crucial things to keep an eye on when shopping for a new wireless mouse.
Dots per inch, or DPI, is a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. In literal terms, DPI is a measurement of how many pixels your mouse will move across the screen when the sensor of the mouse is moved 1 inch. This is why higher DPI mice are almost always preferred on very high-resolution monitors, such as 4K monitors, since the mouse has many more pixels to cover when being moved and will appear to move slower across the screen.
In gaming, higher DPI makes for faster and more responsive turning. Very high DPI mice are generally more accurate, which is the reason some companies like Razer and Logitech produce mice with sensors well over 10000 DPI. While practically nobody would actually use a mouse with this high of a DPI, these sensors are more precise when turned down than inferior sensors.
When it comes to DPI the Razer Mamba is the top dog on our list with its incredible range of 200 to 16000 DPI.
Battery Life and Type
Another thing to keep your eye on when shopping for a wireless mouse is the battery life and what kind of battery the mouse uses. Two of the wireless mice on our list actually use standard disposable AA batteries: the Redragon M265 and the Logitech G305 Lightspeed. Granted, both of these mice have an impressive battery life (especially the Redragon), so it’s up to you to determine whether replacing the batteries once a year or recharging more often is better to you.
When it comes to rechargeable batteries, performance is all over the place. The MX Master has a 40-day battery life and can charge up for a whole day of use in mere minutes. Even more impressively, the MX Vertical boasts months of use on a single charge.
Meanwhile, Razer seemingly gave no damns about you being able to use your mouse for prolonged periods as their Mamba and Naga come in at an anemic 50 and 20 hours respectively.
Finally, it can be important to look at what kind of connections the mouse can use. All of the mice on our list come with a USB dongle to communicate with computers. However, some laptops and other devices these days are beginning to abandon traditional USB, so it might be worth keeping an eye out for Bluetooth compatible mice.
The two Logitech mice we featured– the MX Master and MX Vertical— are the only Bluetooth compatible mice on this list and can easily switch between devices. That being said, Bluetooth is typically slower and has greater latency than other connections, meaning it isn’t usually preferred for gaming purposes.