Best Gaming Mice of the Year

This was really a year for mousing companies to step up. Across the board we saw some of the best gaming mice EVER released during 2015. Some came from big names like Logitech and Razer, others came from lesser-known companies like Steelseries and Cyborg Gaming. All of them were impressive in their own right and we can only hope that the rest of this year as well as 2017 pushes gaming technology forward at the same pace we saw last year.


Logitech had a busy fiscal year. Let’s review a few of their releases:

  • G9X – The G9 is one of the best-selling gaming mice of all time, so there was a mix of excitement and anticipation as Logitech announced that they would be “refreshing” the mouse in 2011. Thankfully, that refresh consisted only of boosting the sensor’s DPI from 3,200 DPI to 5,700 DPI.
  • G500 – Another refresh to another popular product.  The G5 was another one of the best selling mice of all time and Logitech rewarded its loyal fans with a significant update. They upped the DPI from 2000 to 5700, added internal memory for macros, added three new buttons, added another button to switch between “infinite” and “click scrolling on the mouse wheel, and finally updated the vision appearance.  Whew!

Cyborg Gaming

  • RAT 7 – Cyborg Gaming gave us the RAT 7, one of the craziest looking mouse I have ever seen.  Sporting up to 5,700 DPI, an exclusive “Sniper” button, and the most (and weirdest) set of customizations we’ve ever seen, this offering from Mad Katz was definitely the most interesting of the year.


  • XaiAs one of the most affordable mice brought to market this year, we were impressed with the strong set of features offered, the understated design, and the number of customize-able items.


Razer was the busiest manufacturer, churning out 3 new designs and 1 refreshes last year.

  • Naga – Razer’s mouse designed exclusively for MMOs, it has a dial pad of buttons (literally) on the side which can be bound to macros.  It has Razer’s trademark sharp looks, rubberized design, and sturdy construction.
  • MambaRazer’s premium offering, the Mamba sports a blistering 5,700 DPI sensor, wireless performance better than most wired mice, and the same sharp looks of its brethren.
  • DeathAdder Refresh – Razer refreshed their ever-popular DeathAdder, giving it a new sensor to boost its DPI to 3,500.
  • Imperator – Another mid-level offering from Razer, the Imperator is a classically designed mouse with a 5,700 DPI sensor.

So out of all these worthy entrants, which can we declare the “best”?  That’s hard to do because these mice cover a wide range of prices.  At the high end we have the Naga, the Mamba, and the RAT 7 with each one topping $120.  The Steelseries Xai is the least expensive of the bunch at $35.  Picking one is impossible, so we’ll run down our top 3 picks of the year:

Steelseries has been just as solid with their mouse releases as Logitech

Steelseries has been just as solid with their mouse releases as Logitech


3: SteelSeries Xai

Though it might not boast the futuristic design of the RAT 7 nor does it have the alien appearance of Razer’s mice, the Xai is one of the best bargains to ever come to the gaming mouse market. At a mere $37, this mouse delivers the features of a premium mouse at a budget that just about anyone can afford. Adjustable DPI, great software to back it up, a comfortable grip, and a nice, if not flashy design really sealed the deal for us. We’d recommend this mouse to anyone who is looking for a truly inexpensive way to enjoy game.


2: Cyborg RAT 7

The customizability that comes with the RAT 7 leads us to poll it as one of the top mice of the year

The customizability that comes with the RAT 7 leads us to poll it as one of the top mice of the year

Not givingthis mouse its due would be a crime considering how popular and stable it has been in the industry. It boasts an insane number of customization options including the ability to switch the grip pads, adjust the weight, and physically manipulate the size of the mouse to fit your hand. Though we might stand alone, we really dig its futuristic look and its 5,700 DPI sensor. The sniper button is also really neat, it allows you to lower the DPI as long as its held down, making swapping DPI for sniping duties much easier.


1: Razer Mamba

Though other mice like the RAT 7 might have more customizations, the Razer Mamba was truly a game-changer, as it heralded the arrival of mainstream wireless gaming. It rocks a blistering 5,700 DPI sensor, has Razer’s distinctive stylings, and is one of the more comfortable mice we’ve tested. Though it clocks in at the higher end of the price range, we really believe that it is worth it. Amazon has it available with free shipping today, if you’d like to buy it.


  1. Mysteryblock Reviews’ choice for best cheap gaming mouse
  2. CNET – Cyborg RAT 7 Review
  3. Wikipedia – List of Released Razer Mice

Logitech G9X Gaming Mouse Review

With its unique shape, variable-DPI, interchangeable weights, and a changeable form-factor, the Logitech G9X mouse certainly looks like it means business and with some high-tech hardware under the hood, the G9X is a formidable foe in the gaming mice arena. Even with stiff competition from competitors Microsoft and Logitech, the G9X is still among the best gaming mice on the market.

If there was a mantra for the G9X, it would be “customization! Customization! Customization!” and nothing makes that more apparent than the interchangeable hand grips and, while this might sound crazy, the grips do help improve mouse comfort and, combined with the ability to modify the weight, really make the G9x the most customizable mouse on the market. Aesthetically, users can also change the LED colors on the mouse itself.

g9x reviewIn terms of software customizations, the mouse features Logitech’s now-famous ability to switch the mouse from “click” scrolling to frictionless scroll which, while not the most useful for gaming, can be an incredibly handy feature for day-to-day mousing. Users also have the ability to adjust the DPI, which can cover any setting from 200 to 3200. While not the highest DPI out there (some Razer models can hit nearly 5,000 DPI), we’ve found that the sweet spot for gaming is generally between 2,500 – 3,200 DPI, a range the Logitech handles nicely.

The Logitech software supports five customized button profiles which allow gamers to quickly switch between layouts for different games or to switch between gaming and non-gaming modes. The G9 supports on-the-fly DPI adjustments and uses an LED screen to notify the user of the current setting.

We were really fans of this mouse and everything it had to offer.  Beyond its premium feature set, this mouse is still one of the most comfortable we’ve ever used and we appreciate the interchangable grips — they really make a difference during long gaming sessions.   So, without further ado, here are our final reviews:

Logitech G9X


  • Aesthetics
  • Mechanics
  • Price

Choosing the Best Gaming Mouse

With so many features and hoards of manufacturers to choose from, finding the best mouse for your computer isn’t easy. Companies like Logitech, Razer, and Microsoft continually turn out newer and better products with fancy-sounding features like “On-The-Fly-DPI”, “laser sensor”, or “fully customizable macros.” It’s no wonder most consumers feel overwhelmed when they start off.

Never fear, though! Not only are these terms easy to understand, but we can walk you through the basics of a gaming mouse, teach you the terminology, and give you the knowledge you need to find the best gaming mouse for your needs. You can easily spend more than $100 on a mouse and, considering how much money is at stake, you want to wind up happy with your purchase.

First, let’s come to understand what a “gaming mouse” really is and how it differs from a ‘normal’ or ‘consumer’ mouse. There is no set definition as to what makes a mouse a gamer’s mouse or not, but there are some common features you should look for when making your purchase.

  1. Sensitivity:
    First and foremost, you want a mouse with a high dots per inch (DPI). Though it is really a misnomer, DPI measures the sensitivity of the mouse — the higher the number the less you have to move the mouse to move the cursor on the screen. Today’s gaming mice top out at nearly 5,700 DPI, compared to only 500 or 600 DPI for other mice.
  2. Sensor:
    This goes hand-in-hand with the sensitivity point, but you want a mouse with a laser sensor. Lasers are newer technology and are more precise and work on more surfaces. Want to use your mouse on a glass table? You can’t do that with an optical mouse, but laser mice have no problems whatsoever. Most high-DPI mice are laser mice.
  3. Sensitivity Customization:
    Yes, high sensitivity is good, but a serious gamer doesn’t want the same sensitivity at all times. As the gaming dynamic changes, so too does the gamer’s sensitivity needs. Gaming mice often cater to this problem by offering physical buttons on the mouse that allow the user to switch between different sensitivities on the fly. Even if they don’t support it on-the-fly, most gaming mice will support changing the sensitivity to make every day desktop browsing easier.
  4. Extra Buttons / Customizable Buttons:
    A good gaming mouse will let you change what the various buttons do, allowing you to assign a single action or multiple actions (a macro) to a single button press. Having extra buttons, such as thumb-buttons, means that gamers can assign actions they use frequently to buttons that are close by.
  5. Aesthetics:
    Though some people aren’t a fan, most gaming mice feature bold styling. They often emphasize comfort through contoured grips, have LED lights on the mouse itself, and generally exude an aura of cool. These lights can be set to glow, pulse, or do pretty much anything you want. Don’t worry, if you aren’t a fan of this kind of lighting there are plenty of gaming mice that don’t have them at all!
  6. Adjustable Weight Systems:
    Most people don’t think about how much their mouse weighs, so you’d probably be surprised to find out how much of a different feel you can get from changing the weight of your mouse. Though it is entirely personal preference, most gamers prefer some sort of ability to customize their weight. Usually, these systems have cartridges that can be loaded with a few different combinations of disks to change the overall weight of the mouse.

Now that we’ve become familiar with the basics, let’s look at some of the top offerings on the market today:


Logitech G9X

g9x claw grip
Logitech is the world’s premier peripheral company, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see their name at the top of our list. The G9X is really a superior mouse and has some really unique features including 5,600 DPI, fully customizable macros, two interchangeable shells (to change the mouse’s feel in your hand), a weight system, and on-the-fly DPI settings. It is a refreshed version of the Logitech G9, which is one of the best selling gaming mice of all time.  We have been very impressed with the G9X in all of our testing, you won’t be disappointed.


Razer Mamba

Released in 2011, the Mamba redefined wireless gaming mice, taking them from an afterthought to the hottest item on the market today. The Mamba features a blistering fast 5,700 DPI sensor, Razer’s timeless distinctive stylings, and wireless response time that rivals some corded mice. Gamers can use the mouse for nearly 20 consecutive hours of gaming (77 of “regular” operation) before needing a recharge and the mouse can be used while being recharged. Though a little pricey, the Razer is one of the best mice on the market today.  You can read our full review of the Mamba.


Razer Imperator

The Imperator is one of the most comfortable mouses we’ve ever used. The rubberized shell not only is incredibly comfortable, but sports some flashy graphics including a light-up scroll wheel and an illuminated Razer logo. It is very similar to Razer’s Deathadder mouse. Under the hood, the Imperator has a 5,700 DPI laser sensor, sensitive enough for any gaming task you throw its way.The Deathadder supports up to five button profiles for its seven programmable buttons, meaning you can have up to five different configurations or layouts that you can easily swap between. What makes this mouse stand out is its superior ergonomics. The two thumb buttons slide forward and backward, so regardless of how large or small your hands are, you can achieve perfect positioning for your hand size.

razer impersonator choosing a good gaming mouse

Honorable Mentions:

Microsoft Sidewinder X8

The Sidewinder series has long been an industry leader and, while the Sidewinder may show its age with its 2,000 DPI sensor, this mouse still packs a punch. The variable weight system is far and away the best we’ve ever used and the interchangeable rubberized feet help provide just the right amount of resistance for your gaming sessions. On-the-fly DPI buttons allow you to switch between 400,800, and 2,000 DPI and a handy LCD screen shows you the current setting. The Sidewinder supports macro recording and is one of the most customizable mice we’ve used.Highly recommended.

Read Our Full Review here.

Razer Lachesis

lachesis choosing a gaming mouseAnother slick rubberized offering from Razer, the Lachessi has a 4,000 DPI sensor which, until recently, was the highest in the business. It supports on the fly adjustments of 125 DPI, so you can quickly go from low-to-high sensitivity without removing yourself from the gaming action. It has 9 programmable buttons and supports 5 different user profiles which are stored in onboard memory (no reprogramming your mouse if you switch computers). We’re a big fan of this mouse and you can Read Our Full Review here.

Logitech G500

The G500 is the revamed version of the MX518, one of the greatest gaming mice of all time. It has similar contours but adds on-the-fly DPI adjustment, an LCD screen and a 5,600 DPI laser sensor for precise tracking. The mouse has 10 programmable buttons that support full customization, including macros. Onboard memory keeps track of your settings wherever you take your mouse. As a bonus, the G500 also supports adding up to 27 grams of extra weight.

Logitech MX518

You didn’t think Logitech would only show up on this list once, did you? The MX518 is a gamer-favorite. Like the Sidewinder, it is showing a little age when it comes to its sensor, which is rated at 1,800 DPI. Like the Sidewinder, this mouse offers so much that we can look past its relatively “low” sensitivity. Sporting eight programmable buttons and an optical sensor with software-controlled sensitivity, this mouse has an incredibly comfortable shell (best in the business) with a funky “dented metallic” look to it.Because it’s older, this mouse is considerably less expensive than your other options and, because it’s from Logitech, it’s built for the long-haul. You can find these mice incredibly cheap and you will NOT be disappointed. We know a few gamers, who despite having access to newer mice for free choose to keep using the MX518.


There are a lot of great mice out there for any budget. For some the Xai by SteelSeries will be sufficient, for others who want to control everything about their gaming mouse experience, nothing but the RAT 7 will do, after all it is the most customizable mouse on the market, period.

Logitech G19 Keyboard

Though it isn’t a mouse, I thought I’d do a little teaser about the Logitech G19 Keyboard.
Featuring Logitech’s first on-board color LCD screen, this is one keyboard we can’t wait to get our hands on.  The 320 x 240 LCD runs a whole bunch of widgets out of the box including Twitter, system stats, game stats, and even Youtube.  Best of all? It is 110% user-customizable.  The only con we can really see is that the keyboard requires its own power brick.  After all, there is a full-fledged Linux computer in this bad boy, how else do you think it’s going to get p0wer?  That addition wire really adds to the clutter, but the LCD is so awesome looking.  We’re thinking that this will pair nicely with a Logitech G9x or Razer Mamba

Can’t wait to get our hands on it and let you guys have a full review!

HP Gaming Mouse with VooDooDNA Review


Hewlett-Packard, best known for their computers, has finally entered the gaming mice fray with this mouse, appropriately named simply “Gaming Mouse.” The VooDooDNA simply means that, while HP designed the mouse, the good folks over at VooDoo PC added valuable input or creative ideas. What parts specifically came from where isn’t clear, but that doesn’t matter. You will not find a better mouse at the $35 price point than this offering from HP.


voodoo dna mouseThis mouse is pretty cool looking. It has blue LEDs running down the middle of it and captures the futuristic-but-not-overly-so look that the gaming mouse industry has been going after for years (put it this way, it doesn’t look like something out of Stars Wars ala the latest Sidewinder x8 from Microsoft. When the LEDs glow, it adds a very cool effect to the overall black shiny aesthetic of this mouse.

Like many of its competitors, this mouse is really designed for right-handed gamers. Because of the thumb buttons and the contours of the mouse itself, it cannot comfortably be used by lefties. Speaking of the contours, this mouse feels fantastic in your hands. Your palm rests comfortably on the back and the buttons are all within reasonable reach. Having medium-sized hands, we can’t say if the buttons are spaced too far apart for gamers with smaller hands or shorter fingers, but we had no trouble reaching them (with room to spare!).

Underneath the Hood

This mouse sports a 3,200 DPI laser sensor, essentially the standard DPI these days. Laser sensors are generally incredibly precise and fun to use and this one is no different. In fact, we didn’t notice any real-world difference between this mouse’s precision and its much more expensive counterparts.

The HP Gaming Mouse features five buttons (left, right, scroll wheel, and two thumb buttons), all of which respond crisply and cleanly when depressed. The scroll wheel feels solid, tight, and well-constructed. Important to note that it is the “clicky” scroll wheel type, which shouldn’t make much of a difference when you’re gaming, but makes a tremendous difference to some users in general computing.


Without the ability to customize the button layouts and personalize the mouse, all of these features hp mouse voodoowould be useless. Luckily, HP has included some great software that allows the user to adjust every aspect of their gaming experience.

Not only is each button programmable, but the mouse supports up to five profiles, which allows you to have different button configurations depending on your game or application. The mouse does not support in-game profile switching. It must be done through the software, but that is to be expected on a sub-$40 dollar gaming mouse.

Each profile can also support any DPI, sensitivity, poll rate, and double-click speed desired by the user. Very handy!

Final Thoughts

HP has really hit the nail on the head (probably with lots of help from Voodoo) with this mouse. Sharp looks, great precision, solid customization, and good construction all make the HP Gaming Mouse one of the best buys on the market.

How to set up your new wireless mouse

  1. Insert the Batteries – Find the door that covers the battery compartment and remove the batteries from their plastic casing.  Obviously, make sure that the batteries are properly aligned. Many mice these days feature Lithium-Ion batteries, which can only be inserted one way and are rechargeable.The wireless transmitter does NOT need batteries, as it draws its power from the computer itself.
  2. Plug the Receiver into the Computer – Most receivers are USB, so find an open USB port and insert the wireless receiver / transmitter into the port. Make sure the plug is properly aligned with the port, as USB only supports one direction.setting up a wireless mouse If you have no free USB ports, you can use a USB to PS/2 converter, which makes use of your computer’s older PS/2 port. Note: many newer computers don’t have PS2 ports.

  3. “Pair” the Devices – The mouse and / or receiver usually has a button on it that “pairs” (or connects) the two devices, letting them know that the other exists. Pressing it should turn on some sort of indicator light. If it does not, check your connections and try using the mouse in Windows.

  4. Position the Receiver – Most receivers these days are little nubs that just stick out of the back of your computer. If that’s the case, you can obviously skip this step. Otherwise, tuck your receiver away somewhere where you can get to it, but it isn’t visible. Wireless mice do not need line-of-sight to work.
  5. Test it! – If you plugged your mouse into the PS/2 port, you MUST restart your computer. If you plugged it into USB, you should see the computer recognize and configure your mouse for you. If everything is configured properly, your mouse will move on the screen. Congrats! You have set up your first wireless mouse.

Logitech Performance MX Mouse Review


The Performance MX mouse is Logitech’s top-end home office and business mouse on the market. Accessories include a charging cable, a USB wall charger, Logitech’s proprietary Unifying USB receiver, handbooks, a DVD with common software drivers, and a carry case, though the mouse doesn’t fit particularly well into the case. We tested this mouse because, despite being marketed at home and office users, it has some fairly impressive specs and is a great alternative for those who don’t like the insane number of LEDs used on Razer mice, for instance.


Logitech Performance MX aestheticsThe aesthetics of the Performance MX mouse are decent. It sports a sleek black paint job, highlighted by silver accents that run down the ridge right above the thumb rest. It feels solidly constructed and clearly Logitech thought a lot about the ergonomics in designing this mouse. We were especially fond of the rubberized surface underneath the thumb rest. While the rest of the mouse was smooth, this little additionally grippy area made hours of mousing incredibly comfortable.

Its form hasn’t changed that much compared to its predecessor, but Logitech did make the mouse wider and moved a few buttons around. It is extremely comfortable to hold, even for long periods of time. The top of the mouse is fairly straight forward. It has two buttons with a scroll wheel between them. Immediately behind the scroll wheel is a toggle switch that will take you from smooth infinite scrolling to click-based scrolling.

We were very impressed with the scrolling of the mouse in both modes. The weighted wheel spins very freely, allowing you to get through huge documents easily (maybe not strictly a gaming feature, but still useful) and the click-based mode was excellent for precision. During gaming, we found ourselves using the click mode most frequently.

The sides of the scroll wheel also are buttons as is the wheel itself, so nudging the wheel to the right or left activates them smoothly and easily. This is another useful feature, allowing you to bind DPI changes, weapon changes or loadout changes and have them available at the press of your finger.

The top of the mouse also features three LEDs which are used for two functions: showing the battery life and indicating which DPI mode you’re using. When you first use the mouse, the LEDs light up and show you how much battery is remaining, with the last one turning red when the battery is critical. In gaming mode, these LEDs are used to indicate changes in DPI — the top two light up for the “high” setting and the bottom two light up for the “low setting.”

The mouse charges via standard micro-USB cables and the port for charging it is on the front. Logitech clearly learned a few lessons here from other designs and ditched the complicated charging docks. When the MX runs low on battery you can simply connect the charging cable and keep working, instead of interrupting whatever you’re doing to stick it on a cradle.mouse mx DARK FIELD

The side of the mouse sports the classic backward and forward thumb buttons as well as a third button right below them labelled “zoom.” We never used this for the zoom functionality, but instead bound it to our DPI changes. The thumbrest itself is also a button, giving you tons of configuration options.

I did take some points off because the mouse does not look as aesthetically pleasing as the more modern gaming mice out there. It looks a bit old, but it functions just as well as the mice of today.


The MX boasts Logitech’s “Darkfield” technology which is really incredible. The mouse can be used on literally any surface, including glass. New feet underneath the mouse support it and give it a silky-smooth gliding feeling across any surface.

The mouse has a maximum of 2,500 DPI, which is low by today’s gaming standards, but more than enough for most gamers anyway. Let’s be honest, who uses 5,000 DPI on a regular basis? We found the DPI settings to be more than sufficient, though we might have liked it better if Logitech included three modes for DPI, not just two.

Logitech finally graced us with a non-removable rechargeable battery in the MX. Though it is smaller than some of their previous batteries (and therefore requires more recharging), it is sufficient for at least a week’s worth of serious use. When the mouse needs to be charged, you can attach the USB cable and continue to work.


The software bundled with the MX allows for extensive customization with various button profiles, DPI changes, sensitivity adjustments, mouse acceleration, etc.

One thing we didn’t like was the inability to switch between button profiles on the fly. Though the software supports multiple profiles, it doesn’t let you change them unless you do it through the software. A minor complaint.

We DID really like how the software notifies you of a low battery though. If the battery gets extremely low, an opaque window will pop up on the screen and tell you to connect the charging cable. Considering how we always forget to charge the mouse, this is a nice little touch. You plug in the USB cable and you’re off to the races again.


The Performance MX mouse is really fantastic, especially for people that mix work and gaming together. The mouse functions admirably in both capacities, giving you the ability to effortlessly scroll through long documents one day and snipe your enemy in the head the next.

It has sound design, construction, and is loaded with features, reminiscent of some of the top mice in the industry. The Darkfield sensor is absolutely amazing, especially when you first use the mouse on a glass surface.

Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Review


The Sidewinder X8 is the wireless, feature-packed, latest addition of Microsoft’s popular Sidewinder series.  It sports the same blocky, quasi-futuristic look of its predecessors, the strange vertical side button layout, and the general chrome-y feel of its ancestors.

The first thing we noticed was how comfortable the mouse was.  It fits in your hand well and all the buttons are logical laid out and easily accessible.  Though the thumb-button layout is strange, once you get used to it, it makes sense.  Why reach your thumb forward for a button when you can quickly and efficiently move it up?

The mouse itself is big, but thankfully smaller than the X5.  In order to feel at home, you really need to grip the mouse high up — higher than you’re used to.  Once you get used to it, though, the Sidewinder is incredibly comfortable.

Sidewinder vs razer mamba

Under The Hood

The Sidewinder sports Microsoft’s new Bluetrack technology, which lets it operate on a wide variety of surfaces.  With sensitivity settings anywhere from 400 to 4,000 DPI, the X8 is one of the most versatile mice on the market and can cater to any gamer’s preference. In wireless mode, the mouse operates at 2.4 ghz and can poll at 500 mhz.  Though this was adequate in testing, we found the mouse had issues keeping when we cranked the DPI all the way to 4,000.

In wired mode, there are no problems.  Compared to the Razer Mamba, though, this is an issue.  The Razer exhibited no problems polling at any DPI and could maintain 1,000 mhz polling rate even wirelessly. Important to note: the X8 will deliver around 30 hours of use between charge cycles when it is used wirelessly.


The puck-like device that serves as the wireless transmitter, charger, and cord wrapper is fantastic.  It even holds your extra mouse feet and is, by far, one of the best solutions out there for wireless mice.  The charging connector itself is magnetic and is easily picked up by the front of the mouse for smooth, effortless connections every time.  This is a seriously well-engineered sidewinder


The software is a typical Microsoft No-Frills solution.  Though most everything is laid out logically, the software lacks any flash and things like macros are incredibly confusing and poorly documented. To assign a macro you must set that specific button as the macro editor.  Then you establish your macro and, whatever button you’ve selected now becomes the assigned macro.  It’s not that hard once you figure it out, but we were damned to find it documented in the X8 software anywhere.


The DPI buttons, while well-placed should be more customizable.  Microsoft lets you choose 3 DPIs to assign to the buttons, but you cannot have buttons that increase and decrease the DPI.  Logitech’s solution, which allows you to establish user-defined gradations in DPI and Razer’s sensitivity on the fly are both slightly better solutions.

Final Thoughts

Microsoft has delivered another solid entry into the world of high-performance gaming.  The Sidewinder X8 offers users a comfortable, customizable mouse with high DPI The Sidewinder X8 is put on the market as a direct competitor to the high end Razer laser gaming mouse, and like the Razer Mamba it also has a dual wireless / wired functionality. This means that you get the best of both worlds.

The design of this mouse should be familiar to fans of Microsoft’s gaming peripheral products. With the Sidewinder X8 however they have toned down the hard angles and have put in some curves. The result is a sleek looking mouse with contours that help your hand fall into a natural grip.

I can't help but feel like the Sidewinder pioneered the way most traditional gaming mice look

I can’t help but feel like the Sidewinder pioneered the way most traditional gaming mice look

If you would like to buy the Sidewinder X8, I recommend you get it from Amazon because they are the cheapest online. The Sidewinder X8’s point of difference is in its proprietary BlueTrack sensor. This technology provides great sensitivity and performance than other gaming mouse. This improved sensitivity enables the user to use the mouse on a variety surfaces, from wood and marble to carpet and fabric.

The only thing it has problem with is glass or mirrored surfaces. The Sidewinder X8 offers a range of sensitivity selection, from 250 dpi to 4000 dpi, that are changeable by the user. Although not as high as the 5600 dpi of the Razer Mamba, it should easily satisfy the need of most serious gamers. Three buttons run down the middle of the mouse and that let you select the sensitivity that you want.  Don’t miss out on one of the best mice of the year!

Microsoft Sidewinder X8


  • Aesthetics
  • Mechanics
  • Price

New Logitech App: Phone as Wireless Remote

Ever wanted to turn your iPhone into a wireless keyboard and trackpad?  I can’t say that I have, but Logitech has still written a new app that allows you to do just that.  This app works for any Apple or PC computer and works over wifi, so you can use to control your PC from anywhere in your house.  As the Logitech site points out, this app is really useful if your computer is hooked up to a TV, though, if it is hooked up to a TV, wouldn’t you already have a remote?

The screen when you use your iPhone as a wireless PC remote

The screen when you use your iPhone as a wireless PC remote


The Touch Mouse’s feature:

  • Two or three button configuration which takes advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of the iPhone.
  • The on-screen keyboard features the Windows button, control, alt, and delete.
  • See what you’re typing on-screen.
  • Keyboard can be hidden at any time.
  • Works in both landscape and portrait mode.

Though, obviously, this isn’t exactly a Logitech mouse, this kind of touch-screen technology is going to be wrapped in the next generation of gaming mice.

Razer DeathAdder Review

Razer DeathadderRazer’s DeathAdder is the standard against which other gaming mice are measured. It is priced to be Razer’s “all around, catch-all” option, though it performs like a champ. Released a few years ago, this mouse can still bring it. It has fantastic hardware underneath its rubbery-coated top side. Underneath the hood, the DeathAdder now sports a 3,500 DPI infrared sensor (read more on sensor types). Also important to note, this mouse (like so many) is designed for right-handed use.

Ergonomics and Layout

The DeathAdder is laid out in classic mouse style. It has a scroll wheel, two main buttons, and two side-mounted thumb buttons. Though it doesn’t sport any really fancy flashing LEDs or anything, this mouse has it where it counts — comfort. It is extremely comfortable and fits great in many different hand types. The hard rubberized top of the mouse gives gamers a great grip. This material is so great, in fact, that we wished the entire mouse had been made out of it rather than the cheaper plastic that adorns the sides of the DeathAdder.

The mouse wheel is solid. There is no side-to-side wiggle or cheap construction used here and, truthfully, that’s a Deathadder unboxingwelcome change from many other “gaming” mice on the market. Scroll wheels, after all, are the most complicated moving part on a mouse and, as such, should feel solid when you take it out of the box (the DeathAdder does).

Though this mouse lacks the bells-and-whistles extra buttons of many other gaming mice, that is a welcome change. There are no other buttons to accidentally hit (such as the DPI adjustment buttons on certain other mice) and, truthfully, having two programmable buttons on top of your normal buttons covers about 99% of normal or gaming usage.

In Action

This mouse performs like a champion. Much like the other Razer products that have this sensor, the DeathAdder does not disappoint or lag. It is incredibly precise at 3,500 DPI, maybe even too precise for some gamers. We found that the contours of the mouse and its precise movement both in terms of optical sensor and in terms of button depression, made our gaming experience much, much more enjoyable.Razer Deathadder box

The software paired with the DeathAdder is also fantastic. Sliders help the user easily adjust the overall sensitivity, the X or Y axis sensitivity, assign button actions, turn on and off the lights, and create custom profiles. There is even a test area to make sure your double-click speed is where you want it. Razer has really thought of everything.

Final Thoughts

The DeathAdder is a great gaming mouse and will deliver top-notch performance at a pretty darn good price these days. It is solidly constructed, ergonomically sound, and has some great hardware inside of it. It’s really a great buy these days.

Razer DeathAdder


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