Last Updated on May 7, 2019 by Jay
Finding the best budget gaming mouse is no easy task. There are hundreds of options to choose from. For this reason, our experience will definitely come in handy here. After hundreds of hours of playing, trying, and researching, we came to the conclusion that those are the best budget choices right now! Pick whatever fits you best.
The G203 is considered by many as the best budget gaming mouse that anyone can get. And up to a certain extent, that’s not far from the truth.
This mouse has everything that you may want to look out for on a gaming mouse without asking for a lot of money. In fact, it costs less than 30 bucks at the moment which is dirt cheap for something that’s so good.
The Logitech G203 is very well built, offers high-quality RGB lighting, two side buttons, and one DPI button. And while we’re at this subject, let us not forget to mention that the buttons feel very clicky. Overall, it most certainly doesn’t feel like a budget choice.
Furthermore, there is also the software which is insanely good. It allows you to customize the button actions, DPI range, the mouse acceleration and deceleration, and the RGB lighting.
Last, but not least, it only weighs 85 grams. That’s one of the most lightweight mice that you can get – ever. So, that makes it a great choice for FPS gamers. Its shape also makes it a good fit for most hand grips/playstyles, but not ideally the best for palm grip.
If there’s one thing that you may consider a downside, then that would be the fact that it comes with the Mercury sensor and not with anything from the PMW series. Still, as someone who has more than 800 hours on CS: GO, I can assure you that it’s flawless.
One more thing that you may want to keep in mind is that it clicks a bit too easily. So, if you’ve got big arms or something, you may want to keep on reading.
The Steel Series Rival 110 is another great budget choice. And if you primarily use claw or fingertip grip, then this is probably the best budget gaming mouse for you.
Like the G203, it feels well built, offers RGB, two side buttons, one DPI button, and software which allows you to customize pretty much anything. At 90 grams, it’s just a tiny bit heavier than our previous choice. But, to be honest with you, we had a rough time telling the difference in terms of weight.
As we mentioned before, due to its shape, the Rival 110 is naturally more fitted for people who use claw grip. You can still use it with a palm grip, but it feels kinda strange because of the curve when you do that. Or at least it did for us. So, do keep that in mind.
Two downsides that we immediately noticed is that the RGB isn’t as powerful as the G203’s and the buttons feel a lot mushier. However, they also feel a bit heavier which makes misclicks rarer.
Adding to the list of downsides the fact that the scroll wheel gave up on us after a few months of use. So, do keep that in mind as well. One positive aspect of the Rival 110 is that it uses a PMW sensor which is rumored to be the PMW 3360.
Though, let us not forget to mention that the G203 felt a bit more responsive and fluid – even though both mice claim to support a refresh rate of 1000Hz.
3: Corsair HarpoonCorsair Harpoon
The Corsair Harpoon is just as bit as good as our other choices. That’s why we’re counting it as one of the best budget gaming mice that you can grab.
It comes with the PMW 3320 sensor, RGB lighting, two side buttons, the DPI change button, software, etc. However, in case you haven’t noticed already, its shape is not meant to fit everyone.
Taking a quick look at the Amazon reviews, the negative opinions almost always refer to either its shape or size. So, before you buy it, make sure that it fits your preference. If you can’t try it at your local store, you can watch YouTube videos to get a better understanding of how big or small it is.
Though, with all of that being said, its overall shape and size aren’t all that different compared to the Rival 110. In fact, they’ve got pretty much the same weight.
One good reason for going with the Harpoon instead of with our other options is if you’ve got yourself a Corsair setup. Corsair’s software is made so that it will be able to sync the lighting across multiple Corsair products. So, if you already have a Corsair keyboard, then this would make a good addition.
There’s also a wireless version which asks for about 50 bucks. The problem is that this is not exactly placed on the budget range and that’s why we won’t be looking at it today.
Pro Tip: Stay Away From Extremely Cheap Mice
While checking out gaming mice of online stores, there is a good chance that you’ll come across some very cheap options with positive reviews. We’re talking about mice for less than 7 or 5 bucks here. In some cases, even less than 3.
That seems like a tempting offer. But, don’t do it. You’ll only end up throwing your money away. Or at least you can get one as a backup option just in case. Take it from someone who’s tried numerous options only to be disappointed in a different way every time.
First of all, it’s a huge gamble. You may get something that’s worth it or something that’s complete garbage and the odds are against you. The positive reviews are often either fake or filtered. It’s no mistake that numerous sellers delete and don’t accept the negative reviews. Especially some famous Chinese E-Shops.
After that, the build quality is terrible. If you get a couple of months of usage out of a dirt cheap mice without something breaking, consider yourself lucky.
But, most importantly, the sensor is almost always crappy. That’s not a big deal for casual gaming. But, if you’re thinking of entering the competitive scene, stay away from extremely cheap mice. Just be patient and save a bit of money so that you can at least get one of our above recommendations.
That’s all we’ve got for now. If you feel like there is another mouse that’s worthy of being on this list, then let us and everyone else know about it. Also, if you liked this article, then don’t forget to share it with your friends. Thanks for reading!
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