Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (abbreviated as CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation.
It is the fourth game in the main Counter-Strike franchise. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in August 2012, with the Linux version being released in September 2014.
It features classic content, such as revamped versions of classic maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes. Cross-platform multiplayer was planned between Windows, OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 3 players,but was ultimately limited to Windows, OS X, and Linux because of the difference in update-frequency between systems.
Every PC gamer owns a mouse, but not every PC gamer owns the best gaming mouse for hipfiring in a shooter like Overwatch or clicking 100 times per minute in MOBAs like League of Legends.
The best gaming mouse for you, like the Razer Deathadder or the Logitech G502, won’t just fit your hand like the perfect tool. It’ll have lower latency than a standard office mouse, come with better software for custom tweaking, support higher DPI (aka CPI, or counts per inch) settings, and use sensors that keep up with faster movements.
If you play any games more intense than Solitaire, you should be doing it with a gaming mouse. But which gaming mouse?
. Razer Mamba Tournament Edition
The Razer Mamba Tournament Edition is a lighter, less expensive version of the wireless Mamba Chroma, and it’s definitely a great mouse. It borrows most of its design cues from the Deathadder, but costs more money and adds a couple buttons to the top of the mouse.
Unfortunately it’s missing the wireless Mamba’s coolest feature, adjustable click pressure on the left/right click.
Ultimately, I think the Deathadder is slightly better ergonomically and comes in at a lower price, which gives it an edge over the Mamba TE.
The Razer Naga, an MMO mouse, has a dozen buttons are arrayed in a grid on its left side. That’s all well and good if you’re looking exclusively for an MMO mouse, but for most other games, those buttons are bad news.
They’re small and identical, and they also take up a big chunk of the mouse side, making it harder to grip the mouse without pressing them.
MMO mice simply aren’t good for playing first-person shooters or other genres that prioritize speed and accuracy over lots of inputs.
The Logitech G600 is an MMO mouse that’s not pleasant to hold or game with at all.
The mouse body is squat, and the 12 buttons on its left side are mushy and unsatisfying to press. The groove on the right side of the mouse, where the ring is meant to rest, makes for a far-too-relaxed grip ill-suited to action games.
CM Storm Havoc
The CM Storm Havoc is slightly bulky, but its biggest issue is the smooth surface on the right side of the mouse.
It’s difficult to grip, which is bad for playing action-heavy games like shooters and MOBAs. The rubber texture on the scroll wheel is also a gross, smooth surface that feels bad under the finger and doesn’t offer a very satisfying scroll.
Roccat Kone XTD and Kone XTD Optical
The Kone XTD and Kone XTD Optical is a great mouse for gamers with larger hands.
It has an excellently designed right-handed ergonomic shape, extremely customizable drivers, and a scroll wheel that clicks left and right, a feature I love from older (non-gaming) Logitech mice. But it’s also an expensive mouse, and part of that expense goes into two LED stripes around the edge of the mouse that are smooth and slightly impact its grip.
I found the lift-off distance in the Kone Optical to be very high, even after calibrating it.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury
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That said, I still don’t think the G402 Hyperion Fury, the replacement for the G400s, is a great mouse. It has a newer sensor, but the shape of the mouse and its button feel and placement is inferior to the G502.
The spacing between the two thumb buttons and the two forward finger buttons creates an uncomfortable sharp edge. It’s a pretty light mouse, which is good.
But because of that, and the way your thumb fits into the side slot, you have to raise your thumb up to press the two side buttons, which adds a little lift to the mouse or requires you to reposition your thumb. Not ideal mid-gaming. I wouldn’t recommend the G402 to anyone over the Deathadder or the G502.
The Corsair M65 is one of the top contenders that didn’t make the cut, and I think it’s a good mouse for FPS players who like bulkier mice.
It has a great, heavy scroll wheel, very low lift-off distance, and a well-placed “sniper” button under the thumb.
Unfortunately, its other thumb buttons are small, and you can’t have your thumb in the cradle and press up to press them easily. You have to move your thumb up and press with flat of thumb.
The driver software is also fairly ugly and barebones and not as feature-packed or well-designed as some of the competitors. It’s on the heavy side, even with weights removed.
Mionix Naos 8200
The Mionix Naos 7000 and its successor, the 8200, is an extremely comfortable mouse. Its soft touch rubber coating feels great on the hand, and its right-handed ergonomic grip is slightly strange at first, but very comfortable once you adjust to it.
The left-side buttons feel good to click, but are slightly too small and slightly easy to accidentally press.
Mionix Avior 8200
A perfectly serviceable ambidextrous mouse that can’t quite beat the Steelseries Sensei on design or price.
It’s a bit larger ambidextrous mouse than the Sensei Raw, if that’s what you’re after, but the Sensei’s design has remained unchanged for years and years for a reason.
The Cougar 550M is a decent mouse, looks nice and has a great mouse sensor with no acceleration issues.
Cougar even recently lowered the price from $55 to $40, making it a much more attractive buy.
It’s not a bad mouse, but it’s also not one of the best I’ve used. The other mice listed here are made from better materials and have nicer driver software. Many of them are also still within $10 of the 550M, making it hard to recommend over any of the better mice included here.
Roccat Nyth is a great mouse. Surprisingly great. It’s definitely the best customizable mouse I’ve ever used. So why’s it down here?
Because I’m not sure that many people are interested in a customizable mouse, and I haven’t tested enough customizable mice to give this its own category.
The Nyth’s intuitive, powerful software is a huge plus in its favor. It’s not perfect, but even in an early state it’s some of the most flexible driver software I’ve used.
If “best customizable mouse” does become a category, the Nyth will likely be the winner. But for now, it’s hard to recommend to most gamers over the other mice on this list because it’s simply so expensive.
Unless you’re very eager to change out your mouse’s button layout, you can buy a better mouse for a third the price.
The Razer Ouroboros is a very expensive wireless gaming mouse at $130, but it can also convert to a wired mode if you plug it in.
Its side pieces can be swapped out so you can comfortably grip with either left or right hand.
Unfortunately, it ends up being a mouse that feels like it was engineered for form over function.
The Ouroboros can report at up to 1000 Hz, which is unusual for a wireless mouse. In practice, I couldn’t discern a difference between 500 Hz and 1000 Hz, but it’s an option some gamers will appreciate.
Unfortunately, gaming with the Ourboros just never felt right to me. It’s a heavy mouse at 140 grams, and while it slides very well, it also has a very flat profile that never quite felt comfortable for me.
Best as I could tell, there was no lag or latency affecting the Ourboros, but my gaming experience just never felt good.
Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime
The Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime is a small, lightweight MOBA-oriented mouse with great clicking action. But it’s saddled with a good-but-not-great mouse sensor and now costs the same amount as the G303 Daedalus Apex, which uses the exact same body but houses a superior sensor.
The G303 launched at a higher price and has since dropped to equal the price of the G302.
At equal prices, there’s no reason to buy the G302 over the G303, which is now my top choice for a mouse for a small hand, and for MOBA players.