Models from Razer, Logitech and Co. in comparison

There is now a huge range of models in the gaming mouse sector, all of which are equipped with different additional functions. GIGA compares several copies from well-known manufacturers and explains what you should definitely pay attention to when buying a gaming mouse.

Purchase advice

In addition to the keyboard, the mouse is one of the most important tools that can help you to win in the game. But what should a gaming mouse from Razer, Logitech and Co. be able to do? Would you like to enjoy the freedom of a wireless connection or would you prefer a wired model? Are additional keys, RGB lighting or the lowest possible weight crucial for you? We are introducing various gaming mouse models that are particularly suitable for shooters, MMOs or left-handers.

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Gaming mice tested in 2021: an overview of all GIGA recommendations

GIGA price tipMMO tipUltralightFor both handsQuick-change artistCordless lightweight
modelLogitech G203 LightsyncLogitech G604 LightspeedRoccat Burst ProLogitech G903 LightspeedRazer Naga ProLogitech G Pro X Superlight
Price (approx.)30 euro80 euro60 euro105 euros170 euros150 euros
advantageTop priceVarious additional buttonsOptical switchesSuitable for left and right handersModular designExtremely light
disadvantageLittle functionalityHigh weightWiredLimited battery lifeHigh priceHigh price
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GIGA price tip: Logitech G203 Lightsync

Logitech G203 Lightsync (Black)

Logitech G203 Lightsync (Black)

benefits

  • Top price
  • Mechanical switches
  • RGB lighting

disadvantage

  • Reduced functionality
  • Wired

We start with our price tip – the Logitech G203 Lightsync. For just over 30 euros, you get a rock-solid gaming mouse that is particularly suitable for beginners or occasional gamers. The built-in sensor with up to 8,000 DPI promises precise inputs. There are also two side buttons available that you can assign individually using software. Useful features such as a mouse wheel with freewheel or even more additional buttons have been omitted, which is bearable at the price.

RGB lighting can still be found in this model. And if that shouldn't be colorful enough: The Logitech G203 Lightsync is also available in a white, blue and even purple version.

The perfect mouse for MMOs: Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

benefits

  • Battery lasts several months
  • Can be used wirelessly via dongle or Bluetooth
  • Numerous additional buttons
  • Mouse wheel with free wheel

disadvantage

  • AA battery not rechargeable
  • High weight

If you are looking for an all-rounder, you can hardly go wrong with the Logitech G604 Lightspeed. In particular, the excellent battery life of up to 240 hours or even five and a half months in Bluetooth mode makes it a loyal companion. The Hero 16k sensor with up to 16,000 DPI is used for scanning.

The eight additional buttons make this model ideal for MMOs and the like. Together with the included AA battery, the mouse weighs a whopping 135 grams, which can quickly lead to wrist fatigue, especially with shooters. So that should be considered before buying.

Ultralight mouse for shooters: Roccat Burst Pro

Roccat Burst Pro (black)

Roccat Burst Pro (black)

Roccat Burst Pro (white)

Roccat Burst Pro (white)

benefits

  • Low weight (68 grams)
  • Optical switches
  • RGB lighting
  • Excellent sliding properties
  • Barely noticeable cable

disadvantage

  • Wired
  • Mouse wheel too sensitive in parts

The Roccat Burst Pro has one main goal: to save as much weight as possible. At just 68 grams, it is truly lightweight. Other special features are the optical switches and the barely noticeable “PhantomFlex cable”. Another highlight is the slightly different kind of RGB lighting – if you switch it on, the honeycomb pattern behind the translucent plastic is only revealed. Another advantage is that there are significantly fewer spaces in which dirt can collect.

The true face of the Roccat Burst Pro only becomes apparent when the lighting is switched on. (Image: GIGA)

Above all, the coherent lighting and the high-quality workmanship convinced me. The software, including the automatic profile change, also works flawlessly and leaves enough space for individual adjustments. Nevertheless, the Roccat Burst Pro does not get along without criticism.

The mouse wheel reacts too sensitively when scrolling, which sometimes leads to unwanted middle clicks. The in-house titanium switches are absolutely precise, but relatively loud. Unfortunately, the mouse cable is also not as flexible as with the slightly lighter one Mountain Makalu 67that we also tested. However, this is criticism on a high level. Overall, shooter fans in particular should get their money's worth, as such a light mouse can be operated much more precisely and is also easy on the wrists.

For left and right handers: Logitech G903 Lightspeed

Logitech G903 Lightspeed

Logitech G903 Lightspeed

benefits

  • Can be used with both hands
  • Long battery life (approx. 180 hours)
  • Mechanical switches
  • Mouse wheel with freewheel
  • Detachable side buttons
  • Wireless charging possible

disadvantage

  • Only two additional buttons can be used (left or right)
  • High price

The Logitech G903 Lightspeed directly solves two of the biggest problems of wireless gaming mice: It is suitable for both left and right-handers and it never runs out of power. The latter only applies if you have the Logitech G Powerplay wireless charging system. This mouse pad enables the mouse to be charged wirelessly and thus continuously supplies it with power.

But even without this special pad, the battery of this model lasts up to 180 hours – but only if the RGB lighting is switched off. The four additional buttons on the side are magnetically secured and can therefore be adjusted as required on both sides. I have been using the predecessor of this model for several years privately, and apart from the significantly shorter battery life of a maximum of 32 hours, I am still extremely satisfied with the Logitech mouse. At this point a clear buy recommendation on my part.

Equipped for every situation: Razer Naga Pro

Razer Naga Pro

Razer Naga Pro

benefits

  • Interchangeable side panels
  • Long battery life (approx. 150 hours)
  • Bluetooth connection possible
  • Optical switches
  • Charging via docking station possible

disadvantage

  • High price
  • Cannot be used with both hands

Are you looking for the Swiss Army Knife among gaming mice? The wireless Razer Naga Pro is exactly that – but at a proud price of around 170 euros. The principle is very simple: The mouse comes with a total of three side panels, each with a different number of additional buttons and different layouts. This means that you can always adapt the device to your needs.

You plunge into the next dungeon and need enough keys for all your skills? With the side panel, which is optimized for MMOs, you can assign up to 12 physical buttons individually. For MOBAs or shooters, you have side parts with fewer buttons (6 or 2 buttons) but more grip. What we would have liked at the price: Side parts that are suitable for both left and right-handers.

The best of both worlds: Logitech G Pro X Superlight

Logitech G Pro X Superlight (black)

Logitech G Pro X Superlight (black)

Logitech G Pro X Superlight (white)

Logitech G Pro X Superlight (white)

benefits

  • Extremely lightweight (63 grams)
  • Mechanical switches
  • Excellent sliding properties
  • Wireless charging possible

disadvantage

  • Rather low battery life (approx. 70 hours)
  • No DPI switch
  • High price

Ultralight gaming mice are becoming more and more popular, but they all had one major disadvantage so far: the annoying cable. With the Logitech G Pro X Superlight this is now an end. The latest model from the well-known peripheral manufacturer combines the best of both worlds, as the mouse works wirelessly and still only weighs 63 grams as a feather. This is even less than with some wired representatives in this weight class.

The name of the Logitech G Pro X Superlight says it all: the mouse weighs just 63 grams. (Image: GIGA)

So where did Logitech save (weight)? On the one hand, RGB lighting was deliberately avoided. In view of the extremely low weight, this is understandable. In addition, the battery life is around 70 hours. Fortunately, an inconspicuous LED indicator to show the charge status was installed. There is also no dedicated switch for toggling the DPI value. The corresponding software is required for this, in which you can also configure existing buttons accordingly. Thanks to the built-in HERO 25K sensor with up to 25,000 DPI, there are still more than enough setting options available.

The free-wheeling of the mouse wheel, which is otherwise common for Logitech, has also been omitted, which is to be tolerated here. The last point of criticism would be the haptic feedback from the two side buttons, which is a bit too little for my taste. The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is compatible with the Logitech G Powerplay mouse pad, which means that the mouse can be charged wirelessly and you never have to worry about an empty battery. If you are not bothered by the high price of around 150 euros at the moment, you will get a true miracle of technology here, which should shine in the FPS area and is unparalleled.

The best gaming mice: This is how it was chosen

If you are looking for a suitable gaming mouse, the huge selection can be overwhelming. Should the mouse be connected by cable or wirelessly? What other properties of a mouse are important if I primarily play shooters or MMOs? In our selection, specimens were deliberately chosen that are suitable for a wide range of games and also have an optimal price-performance ratio. In order to give you the best possible overview, in addition to our own experiences, we also included external user ratings in our decision.

Buying a gaming mouse: You should definitely consider this

Wireless vs. wired

For a long time, wireless gaming mice had to contend with the reputation that they are nowhere near as reliable as their wired representatives when it comes to signal transmission. Through always more advanced sensors Such problems have long been a thing of the past. The biggest advantage of wireless mice is that Freedom of movementthat you have compared to a mouse with a cable. This can make a huge difference, especially in games that require fast or jerky movements.

However, wireless mice have one major disadvantage: they need one battery pack. Depending on the model, the rodents can now get by for several weeks or even months without charging. Some gaming mice can also be wirelessly charged with special mouse pads to work around this problem. However, there are additional costs involved. If you are bothered by the cable, you can also help with a mouse bungee.

ergonomics

In terms of ergonomics, the shape of the mouse is particularly important – a large number of gaming mice are only suitable for right-handers. A symmetrically shaped mouse, on the other hand, can also be used by left-handers. There are also different ways you can grab your mouse: Palm grip, Claw grip and Fingertip grip.

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The Palm grip is most commonly used. Here the ball of the hand rests on the top of the mouse, the thumb and little finger are on the sides. The mouse is moved with the whole arm and therefore this grip is also gentle on the wrist and fingers. For maximum comfort, the shape of the mouse should be based on the size of the hand.

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At the Claw grip the hand lies on it similar to the Palm Grip, but the fingers are angled. The fingertips are therefore lightly on the mouse buttons. Here, too, the whole arm is used for movement. This type of grip is very versatile and works fine with most mice.

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At the Fingertip grip the mouse is only moved by pushing and pulling with the fingertips. A light and compact mouse is particularly suitable for this.

The most important terms explained

DPI

The abbreviation DPI stands for "Dots Per Inch" and in this case indicates how many points the mouse can scan within an inch (2.54 cm). Put more simply: The more DPI your mouse has, the faster the mouse pointer moves across the screen. Many manufacturers advertise their gaming mice with ever higher DPI values, but more does not always mean better. Much more important is the ability to adjust the DPI value as required at the push of a button or via software. For Logitech products, the Logitech Gaming Software or its successor Logitech G Hub is available here.

When it comes to shooters, most pros swear by a rather lower DPI to maximize accuracy when aiming. In addition, far more factors such as mouse acceleration or sensitivity play a role. Ideally, you should try out all the settings until you are satisfied with the end result.

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Lift-off distance

This is the necessary one Distance between the mouse and the surfaceso that the motion detection still works properly. The majority of modern gaming mice are now equipped with optical sensors, which usually have a greater tolerance. With the appropriate software, the lift-off distance can usually be configured as desired.

Line straightening

Depending on the model, so-called line straightening ("angle snapping") can be activated under certain circumstances. The software tries to compensate for minimal mouse movements along a predefined vector. Smallest by humans caused stuttering should thus balanced will. Since something like this can often be a hindrance while gaming, it is in most cases an optional function.

Signal rate

Last but not least, all mouse inputs must be transmitted to the computer accordingly. The signal rate indicates the intervals at which this happens. The higher the value, the lower the Delay between entering and executing the command. Here, too, most of the models from well-known manufacturers are on a similar level and have a signal rate of 1,000 Hz, which corresponds to an input lag of just 1 ms – this applies to both wireless and wired mice.

Which gaming mouse is best for me?

When choosing a suitable gaming mouse, you should first and foremost pay attention to ergonomics. Are you left or right handed and how do you grip your mouse? Depending on how your answers turn out, you should look around for a correspondingly shaped mouse. Afterwards you can then think about which additional features you need: exchangeable weights, RGB lighting, additional buttons or special software. To help you decide, we present some typical scenarios below:

  • Casual gamer: A simple gaming mouse with two additional buttons on the side and no unnecessary frills should be sufficient in this case. We recommend using a wired mouse, as these models are usually much cheaper.
  • Shooter: If you are primarily playing FPS games, one thing counts above all: Precision. Therefore, the mouse should have a capable sensor and a corresponding signal rate. In this regard, wireless mice are in no way inferior to their wired representatives, which is why your personal preferences are more important – more freedom of movement or do you prefer an ultra-light mouse with a cable?
  • MMOs: Fans of role-playing games or the like are often faced with the problem that there are too many skills but too few easily accessible buttons. A gaming mouse with additional programmable buttons can help here. This means that all skills are always within reach and macros or other functions are just a single click away.

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