Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular competitive games and there are thousands of competitions going around in this game all-over the world. This leads to an extreme level of competition which not only demands professional gameplay skills but also high-end hardware to be able to max-out your potential. One of these hardware components are the mice and a lot of professional gaming mice are available these days, with a focus on FPS gaming. In this article, we will be reviewing some of the best mice for CS:GO, which will provide you with a great advantage in competitive gaming.
1. Glorious Model O
Best Lightweight Mouse
- One of the world's lightest mice
- Comes with very cool lighting effects
- Available with both glossy and matte surfaces
- Entirely optional software
- Requires software for increasing CPI from 3200
CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Pixart PMW-3360 Sensor (Optical) | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Ergonomic: Right-Handed | Weight: 68 g
Glorious Model O is one of the latest mice in the market and no doubt one of the best we have ever seen. The company is not very old and they provide very few products but what they provide is just the best. The mouse provides you with the combination of a lot of pros of mice from other high-end companies like Razer, Logitech, Zowie, etc. First of all, the design of the mouse is really aesthetic and the honey-comb shape provides a huge difference in the weight of the mouse while keeping it strong enough to handle day-to-day wear and tear. In fact, this is one of the lightest mice in the world, which is why it is getting a lot of attention from professional FPS gamers.
The lighting system of this mouse is just unbelievable and the smooth RGB effects on both sides and the scroll wheel look really lit. As for the colour of the mouse is concerned, the mouse is available in both white and black colour while the surface can be selected as well, allowing you to buy the mouse either matte or glossy surface. The “ascended cord” of the mouse is one of the lightest and flexible cables in the market which does not cause issues like thick braided ones. The “G-Skates” are also very carefully designed, not to cause hindrance while ensuring a very smooth glide and are very close to the best-performing retail skates like Hyperglide.
Glorious Model O uses Pixart PMW-3360 sensor, which is a top of the line sensor, with a maximum CPI setting of 12,000. The shape of the mouse is quite close to the Zowie FK series, however, the hump is somewhat at the backside rather than in the straight middle, like in the Zowie FK series. The mouse uses Omron switches which are rated at 20M clicks while the scroll wheel provides very neat steps with inaudible noise levels. The side-buttons are somewhat smaller than most of the mice in the market, to avoid misclicks. There are a total of six programmable buttons, can be customized through the software. Speaking of software, it allows you to control macros, RGB lighting, CPI settings and many more functionalities.
Overall, the Glorious Model O is one of the best mice whether you talk about shape, aesthetics, functionality, or durability and will definitely provide you with a great edge over other mice in FPS gaming.
BenQ is one of the most popular companies when it comes to competitive gaming and their products are used by countless professional gamers. BenQ Zowie EC2-B is one of their top-notch and latest mice, which mainly focuses on the “perfect” shape while keeping the other features at their minimum. You will notice that there is no lighting in the mouse and there comes no software with it. However, this lets the manufacturers make this mouse a plug and play device.
The shape of the mouse is so good that the hand fits right on the mouse, specifically for the claw and palm-grip users. The surface of the mouse is also somewhat in between a matte and glossy surface. The Huano switches feel very tight and clicky while the side-buttons feel quite soft and provide a long travel distance. The scroll wheel of the mouse is somewhat of a nuisance due to loud noise levels, although it should not be much of a problem if you are playing FPS games with headphones on your head.
The mouse uses the Pixart PMW-3360 sensor as well and provides four CPI controls; 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. The mouse also allows changing the polling rate and three options are provided; 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. Both of these settings can be changed through the buttons on the bottom and there are LED indicators on the sides of these buttons as well.
Overall, Zowie EC2-B is a great contender for the FPS gaming mice and you should definitely check out this mouse if you like to go to LAN parties where plug and play feature would provide you with ease-of-use.
3. Logitech G403 Hero
Best Value Mouse
- Uses one of the best optical sensors
- The buttons and scroll wheel feel very satisfying
- Provide optional weights
- Almost no difference from the Prodigy version
- Lighting is barely there
CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: HERO 16K (Optical) | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Ergonomic: Right-Handed | Weight: 87+10 g
Logitech is a premium company designing tons of products when it comes to peripherals. The G403 Hero is a newer version of the previously known G403 Prodigy, improving the sensor. The shape of the mouse is the same as that of the older model although. The design of the mouse feels quite enlightening, with the RGB-lit Logitech logo and the scroll wheel, although the company could have provided a bit more RGB here and there.
The mouse uses Omron switches along with a decent scroll wheel having a textured surface. The side-buttons are quite large and can be used very easily. The buttons of the G403 feel really satisfying and is one of the biggest reasons for the fame of this mouse. The Logitech software provides tons of features including macros and RGB lighting control. There is an optional weight of 10 grams with the mouse as well, although we will recommend you to remove it if you want to use the mouse for FPS gaming only. The Hero sensor implemented in the mouse provides up to 16,000 CPI and is no doubt one of the most powerful optical sensors in the world.
Overall, Logitech G403 Hero is an attractive product, focusing majorly on the buttons while providing a decent shape and grip and allows you to go for very high CPI settings.
4. BenQ ZOWIE S2 DIVINA
Best Mouse For Small Hands
- Available in vivid colours
- Great for people with small hands
- Large side-buttons
- Loud scroll wheel
- No software just like the EC2-B
CPI: 3,200 | Sensor: Pixart PMW-3360 Sensor (Optical) | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous with buttons on the right side only | Weight: 82 g
BenQ Zowie S2 Divina is one of the latest mice from the BenQ and is available as the Divina version, which makes it limited to certain stores. The Divina versions of S2 come with either blue or pink colour and provide a glossy surface. The shape of the mouse is pretty much the same as that of the FK series with a bit of change here and there. Left-handed people can also use this mouse but there are no side-buttons on the right side
However, a big change from the FK series is the improvement of the sensor from Pixart PMW-3310 to Pixart PMW-3360 sensor. This allows the users to play without getting affected by the lower performance of the sensor in the FK series. The buttons of the mouse use Huano switches and are somewhat light-weight than the FK or EC series mice. The scroll wheel, however, is still very loud and Zowie has not done anything about it. The size of the mouse is pretty small which is why it is great for people with small hands. This is also a plug-and-play mouse and comes with no software to customize the settings.
Overall, Zowie S2 Divina is a very nice mouse, suiting female players a lot and you should definitely buy it if you are accustomed to the shape of Zowie FK1/2.
5. Razer DeathAdder Elite
Best Mouse For Large Hands
- Custom optical sensor with a true 16000 CPI
- Razer Chroma lighting is one of the best
- Switches are rated at 50M
- No onboard memory for storing profiles
- Synapse software requires you to register/login
CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Razer 5G Sensor (Optical) | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Ergonomic: Right-Handed | Weight: 105 g
Razer needs no introduction and Razer DeathAdder Elite is one of the most popular mice from Razer which improves the previously known DeathAdder Chroma. The design of the mouse is really aesthetic, as expected from Razer and provides a very nice grip, thanks to the rubberized pieces on both sides of the mouse.
Razer uses a custom sensor in the mouse known as Razer 5G sensor and this allows the mouse to be used very efficiently on hard surfaces. The sensor also provides a maximum CPI of 16,000, which is excellent. The RGB lighting is present on the scroll wheel and the Razer logo which can be customized through the Razer Synapse software. Speaking of the software, the user must log-in to the software if he wants to do customization, which is a bogus idea. There are no onboard profiles in the mouse, however, the current setting is saved on the mouse directly. The side buttons are smaller than the Chroma version while there are two additional buttons beneath the scroll wheel as well, leading to a total of seven programmable buttons. Moreover, the main clicks are rated at 50M clicks, ensuring long life.
Overall, if you are fond of aesthetics and premium-quality peripherals, DeathAdder Elite will not disappoint you and it is a solid performer for FPS gaming.