Every year we test a huge batch of gaming gear to find the winners to suit all budgets. Here are the mouses.
A quick reminder of how we review gaming gear:
- We test the main features, including advanced functions and ease of use.
- We check the build quality, use of durable materials and smart design.
- Finally we consider the price compared with its competitors.
- That’s FEATURES + BUILD + PRICE = VALUE.
- We also consider the suitability of each product for different kinds of users.
Logitech G502 Lightspeed
By far our top-specced mouse, the unique styling and the extraordinary Hero processor of the G502 delivers up to 16 000 DPI in both wired and wireless modes. That means this mouse comes off as more of a predator than the prey. The 11 programmable buttons include a Shift button, which you can hold for temporary DPI changes (sniping, for example). The soft rubber grips are perfectly placed for precision movement, and it’s weight-adjustable. 16 000 DPI, R2 700 (128 GB)
Trust GXT 165 Celox
Still branded one of best buys under R1 000, this is also one of our favourite gaming rodents overall. There’s decent palm support and the finger scoops are perfectly positioned with decent textured pads falling under the fingertips for grip. For precision you can step up to 10 000 DPI, and also adjust the weight. Of course, all the crazy RGB is laid on thick too. 10 000 DPI, R700
The T-Dagger brand still has some way to go to prove itself to the fussy gaming community, but it provides unbeatable cheap-and-cheerful options for the beginner on a budget. With eight programmable buttons, this mouse was certainly comfortable over hours of gameplay, although a little lightweight for our liking. Also, the RGB was very bold and in-your-face, if you’re into that sort of thing. 4 800 DPI, R225
The Emperor might lack the pedigree of some of the top mouses in the game, but it scores high on a number of counts that matter to gamers. Its top DPI rating of 12 400 far exceeds what you’d expect from a mouse costing less than R600. It was a little light for our liking, but the rubber side grips are wide enough to ensure precision movement whether you’re a palm- or claw grip user. We find seven programmable buttons the optimal number to avoid accidental presses. 12 000 DPI, R560