Holiday 2017: Gaming Mouse Buyers Guide

I am not proud to admit this, but my first experience with Counter Strike: Global Offensive was on a PS3. Today, the thought of playing Valve’s signature competitive shooter with a controller makes me nauseous, but, for whatever reason, that’s the way I chose to play back in 2012.

For those who haven’t had the experience of planting bombs and shooting terrorists on Sony’s seventh generation machine, I’ll fill you in; it was a relatively solid translation to consoles which boasted a fairly active community—on launch, at least. Though the PS3 version of the game didn’t have constant attention from Valve or the ability to play user-created content, it was still enjoyable.

The most important thing about PS3 CS:GO, however, was the fact that it was one of a very small number of Playstation 3 games to include keyboard and mouse support (as well as PS Move support, hilariously enough). Initially, I wasn’t aware of this, and I would occasionally come across a player seemingly much more accurate and dexterous than the rest. Of course, I was envious of these apparently superhuman skills, but it only took me a quick internet search to discover the secret: use a mouse, dummy.

bunch of mice

I recognize that this isn’t exactly breaking news—keyboards and mice have been more accurate control input methods than controllers since the inception of the computer. Yet, back in 2012, finding the right gaming mouse to meet my CS:GO needs was a bit of a daunting task. I didn’t know my mouse grip type, wasn’t sure what my weight preferences were, and certainly didn’t have a grasp on all of the bells and whistles that came with most gaming mice.

Today, though nobody is playing Counter Strike on the Playstation 3, there are still plenty of consumers grappling with the complications of purchasing a gaming mouse. It isn’t hard to feel bogged-down in such an expansive, diverse PC peripheral field, and ending up with the wrong mouse may cause a game to become more difficult or cumbersome to play.

To combat this confusion, I’ve created a guide which compares and offers insight into some of the hottest products currently on the market. I’ve taken care to consider as many important design and performance aspects as possible—things like weight, DPI, sensor quality, build quality, durability, and overall cost—to ensure that nobody is forced to play with a controller this holiday season… or wade through all of the obnoxious advertising.


Mouse Price Weight DPI Sensor Buttons and Profiles
Razer Deathadder Elite $49.99 98 grams 16,000 3389 Optical Seven

Razer Mechanical Swtiches

Logitech G403 $69.99 Wireless: 90 grams

Wired: 106 grams

Both come with removable 10g weight

12,000 3366 Optical Six

Omron Switches

Logitech G703 $99.99 106g

Removable 10g weight

12,000 3366 Optical Six

Omron Switches

Corsair Glaive RGB $69.99 120 grams 16,000 3367 Optical Six

Omron Switches

Corsair M65 Pro RGB $59.99 115 grams – 135.5 grams

Three removable weights

12,000 3360 Optical Eight



Razer Naga Hex V2 $49.99 135 grams 16,000 5G Laser Fourteen

Razer Mechanical Switches

Razer Deathadder Elite

Deathadder Elite

I’ll be honest—something about Razer irks me, and I think it’s due mostly to their advertising strategies. If you go on their site, you’ll be assaulted by a black and neon color scheme, pro gamer endorsements, and semi-cringey marketing materials that reek of advertising executives pandering to a young demographic.

Be that as it may, they do make some good mice. In particular, the Razer Deathadder Elite is one of the most widely-praised gaming peripherals on the market. Though I don’t necessarily like the Razer brand, I certainly see the appeal of this product, and those searching for a Black Friday deal would do well to keep their eyes on this mouse.

Coming in at just under 100 grams, the Razer Deathadder Elite seems like it would fit well in all but the tiniest of hands. Plus, in my experience, Razer’s mice tend to be of a relatively high quality, though some say they are lacking in durability.

When it comes to gaming mice, however, one of the most crucial aspects is accuracy, and if your mouse doesn’t match your movements perfectly, it can add a whole new level of difficulty to any game. With the Razer Deathadder Elite, though, I doubt you’ll ever suffer from a lack of precision. With 16,000 maximum DPI and 450 IPS tracking, this mouse should perform perfectly—even in the hands of the twitchiness users. Plus, you’ll get all the customizability available with Razer’s Synapse software.

Plus, at $49.99, Razer has made the Deathadder Elite a relatively fiscally accessible product. At the end of the day, I think Razer will meet the needs of most consumers with this mouse, though serious MOBA players will likely want to forgo this in favor of something with a few more buttons.

Logitech G403


Another well-regarded mouse, Logitech’s G403 stands out due to the fact that buyers can choose either a wired or wireless option. While most would likely write off that second option due to the notorious inaccuracy of wireless mice, Logitech really seems to provide a valid option here, and those who particularly dislike cable drag, or cables altogether, should consider this product. The G403 also comes with a removable 10 gram weight, which is a tremendous asset to those interested in changing the weight of their mice when playing different games. However, I don’t find this method quite as useful as the three-weight system utilized by some gaming mice.

Like most high-performance mice, the Logitech G403 offers adjustable DPI up to 12,000, which should suit the needs of most gamers. One neat gimmick included with this product is that users can store their settings in the mouse itself. That means that mouse presets can be easily accessed anywhere and won’t require the use of software to activate, though this is far from the only mouse to include a feature like this.

Though it does come equipped with customizable RGB lighting, the mouse’s design is probably a bit drab when compared to other gaming mice of the same price tier. However, despite this moderate shortcoming, I don’t think you can really go wrong with this product.

Logitech G703


Initially, I was planning to include Logitech’s G903 on this list instead of the G703. However, I find the design of that particular mouse to be a bit too jagged. It almost feels like a homage to the Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Plus, Logitech is currently asking for $150 for the G903, which is fifty dollars more than the G703, and, in my opinion, much more than the average consumer should be spending on a mouse.

This mouse is remarkably similar to the G403 wireless variant, as it has a relatively similar build, the same sensor, similar weight configuration, and the same maximum DPI. The real selling point for this mouse is its ability to wirelessly charge while on the pad. Again, most serious gamers likely aren’t interested in wireless gaming mice, but Logitech’s product seems to do away with much of the lag plaguing similar mice. On their site, Logitech claims this mouse to be capable of a one millisecond report rate, which seems like an incredible feat for a wireless mouse.

Ultimately, the $99.99 price point might seem like a bit much to ask. Yet, for those particularly interested in non-wired mice, this seems to be a great option.

Corsair Glaive

Corsair Glaive

The Corsair Glaive is something of a preferential model—at 120 grams, only those with large hands or a real fondness for heavy mice will be interested in this offering. It’ll be an even tougher sell when you consider the fact that the Glaive doesn’t offer any customization in terms of weight. That said, Corsair seems to deliver a high quality product with the Corsair Glaive, particularly with the slightly heavier aluminum variant.

However, with a very high 16,000 adjustable DPI, pmw 3366 optical sensor, this thing will be every bit as accurate as you are. It also comes with three interchangeable thumb grips, and is, as you’d expect, tricked out with customizable RGB lighting.

I do find the mouse wheel and two side buttons to be a bit large and cumbersome, though I suppose these large features well accompany a larger mouse. An interesting feature included on this mouse is the ability to toggle between different report rates, which might be nice for someone constantly switching from games to web browsers.

Corsair M65 Pro

m65 pro

On-the-fly DPI adjustability isn’t exactly anything new, but Corsair apparently wants to really bring the point of it home with a designated “sniper” button. Literally designated as such on their website, the DPI toggle, which is even adorned with a crosshair, takes up a majority of the valuable thumb-area real estate. Though it might make the mouse seem a bit gimmicky, I enjoy the accessibility of this feature.

Another major factor in this product’s appeal is the ability to thoroughly customize the weight of the mouse. Unlike Logitech’s single ten gram weight, the Corsair M65 Pro includes three small weights which can make the mouse as light as 115 grams, or as heavy as 135 grams. Although, misconfiguration of these weights may result in an oddly balanced peripheral.

Corsair’s M65 Pro also comes with eight customizable buttons. For some users, eight buttons might seem like overkill, though those who dabble in MOBAs or RTS games might enjoy the extra leverage.

Razer Naga Hex V2

razer naga hex v2

This mouse doesn’t seem to be nearly as well-respected as some of the other mice on this list, perhaps because it only feels like a very slight upgrade from the original Naga Hex. The main draw to this mouse, in my opinion, is the inclusion of a thumb ring in lieu of the more traditional keypad design. As someone who isn’t exactly accustomed to MOBA-oriented mice, I feel that this product is much easier to wrap my head around than a batch of nine or ten buttons clumped together on the side of my mouse.

This is likely somewhat of a controversial inclusion, but, for those searching for a MOBA or RTS ready mouse that avoids the intrinsic clunkiness of a numeric pad, Razer’s Naga Hex V2 seems like a good choice. Plus, like most Razer products, it is an RGB mouse that comes with all of the customization options afforded to users of Razer Synapse.


It has often been said that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” gaming mouse, and, after combing through the web to find the best mice on the market, I would agree that this is certainly the case. So many separate factors go into these mice that it is nearly impossible to point to one product and claim that it will offer the ideal experience. For those sincerely interested in getting their hands on the best product for them, I would recommend heading out and trying these peripherals for yourself—you’ll never truly know what you’re getting until you’ve used it for yourself.

So, be it a button heavy League of Legends accessory, or perhaps a lighter, more accurate FPS conduit, I think these mice will be a good starting point for your holiday hunt.

Drevo Ares SSD Review

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In years past, solid state drives were something of a novelty. Perhaps a bit reminiscent of the 3D TV craze of the early 2010’s, SSDs were flashy, fascinating novelties that, despite their potential, were much too expensive for the average consumer. The difference between 3D TVs and SSDs, however, was that the latter drastically reduced in price over the years. You also didn’t have to wear ridiculous 3D glasses to use a solid state drive, which was another major plus.

Thanks to that price reduction, SSDs have become something of a default storage solution for most PC gamers. They are much, much faster than their hard disk counterparts. Though there is certainly something to be said for the massive storage size of most spinning disk drives, loading a game from an HDD can be downright painful. Every PC player booting an OS or a game from a hard disk drive knows how tedious this can be; you start the game, wait for it to load, lose patience, get up to go to the bathroom, make a sandwich, maybe take a walk around the neighborhood, and come back later to find the thing still loading.
Maybe that is a bit of an overstatement, but it is true that SSDs are so fast that their becoming borderline mandatory for PC gamers. So, to cater to growing consumer demand, Drevo, an up-and-coming tech company officially founded in 2015, have recently released their Ares 256GB PCIE NVMe SSD. Now, in a market relatively saturated with PC storage options, it can certainly be difficult to craft a product that stands out. Drevo certainly makes a valid attempt to catch the eyes of consumers with a few unique choices, though, ultimately, the success of this product will be contentious.


First and foremost, Drevo claims this drive to be capable of a 1400mb/s sequential read speed, and a 600mb/s sequential write speed. While certainly not competitive when compared to some of the ultra fast top-of-the-line solid state drives, this product seems to operate well enough given the price range.
The main feature, however, seems to be the inclusion of PCI Express bus and NVMe protocol support. This is the first of Drevo’s SSDs to host these inclusion, making the Ares the most advanced of Drevo’s solid state drive offerings. PCI Express, which surpasses the speed bottleneck imposed by traditional Serial ATA connections, seems to be the way of the future, and those eager to take advantage of the quickest read and write speeds would do well to look for drives that forgo SATA bus interfaces.
At the end of the day, the read and write speeds toted on the Ares’s packaging will certainly be fast enough for most users, but those looking to really get the most out of their SSDs will likely look for products in higher price tiers.
The Drevo Ares makes some unique, sometimes questionable design decisions, though none of these decisions impact the product negatively. Perhaps the most useful inclusion the the physical design of the drive would be the addition of a heatsink. Of course, keeping PC components cool is vital, especially to those who don’t have much space either in or around their computers. However, since an SSD heatsink typically costs somewhere in the neighborhood of ten dollars, it is a bit of an odd, possibly unnecessary inclusion.
The most interesting aspect of this product by far, however, would be the inclusion of what can only really be described as an SSD turbo button. Most of us likely remember that oddly named switch that appeared on most computers from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s—it essentially slowed the computer’s CPU to allow for the use of programs originally intended for much slower processors. Though a useful method of extending the life of certain pieces of software, particularly games, back in the day, it is a curious inclusion on an SSD. Why would anyone one this feature on their solid state drive? I have absolutely no idea, but Drevo seems to find it important.
This switch allows the user to toggle between three modes, labeled “S,” “D,” and “P.” Essentially, these options may be thought of as standard mode, reduced speed, and power saving mode respectively. Again, it doesn’t make any obvious sense to include an option to reduce the speed of a component that is literally optimized for increased speed. Yet, the option is there for those interested in this apparent SSD paradox.
The Ares seems to have been built to compete with something like Samsung’s EVO 960 250GB SSD. Since Samsung’s is the older product, it retails for around thirty dollars less than Drevo’s new SSD depending on where you look. Drevo wants you to stump up $150 for this drive, and that seems like somewhat of a reasonable price, though it leans slightly on the pricier side considering some of the product’s shortcomings.

The main downside here is the drive’s extremely limited storage space. The drive only allows for 256GB of storage, which, as we all know, could be filled up rather quickly. With some games topping out at 80GB or more of required space, it is difficult to recommend springing for a drive with such a low storage ceiling. The Drevo Ares is bootable, too, which means that, despite the small storage size, the drive will still be useful if made to boot an OS and possibly store a few other programs on top of that.
The Drevo Ares seems to be a competent low to mid tier solid state drive. It isn’t going to shock the world, but it does represent an advancement in personal computer storage, as it is the only Drevo product which currently takes advantage of PCIE and NVMe technology. Those prioritizing speed over storage space will likely find this product to suit their needs, but those looking to pack entire steam libraries onto their PCs might want to look elsewhere

Razor Cynosa Chroma Keyboard Review


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In the world of PC gaming, peripherals are a huge deal. Whether they are lining up the perfect shot, meticulously manipulating objects in a complex puzzle, or quickly configuring a loadout before the beginning of a match, players want to be sure that their gear won’t fail them. It stands to reason, then, that, in most cases, cut-rate equipment just won’t do.

Of course, few things are quite as important as the keyboard when it comes to gaming on PC, and it should come as no surprise that, in a scene where precision and swiftness are key, players want the optimal gaming setup. However, that setup often comes with quite the pricetag, and gaming keyboards can become quite expensive. Fortunately, with the release of the Cynosa Chroma Pro, Razer is looking to deliver a quality, stylish keyboard within a reasonable price range. Does Razer’s new product represent a credible threat to its entry level keyboard competitors? Well, though the Cynosa Chroma Pro excels in some areas, it underperforms in others, and the longevity of this product on the market is certainly worthy of debate.

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Price Point



As with most products equipped with Razer Chroma, presentation is key, and, tricked out with individually programmable backlit keys and a customizable underglow feature on the left, right, and front of the keyboard, the Cynosa Chroma Pro is quite the looker. Keeping very much in trend with modern keyboard design, Razer’s new release is loaded with customisable LED lighting; so much so that Razer claims the keyboard to be capable of 16.8 million color options. What’s more, the programmable twenty-four zone underglow accessory, which seems to be an additional set of twenty-four LED lights on the sides of the keyboard, means that users can tweak and change the color of this product to their hearts content. It is worth noting, however, that the underglow feature is exclusive to the Pro model.

Though that is certainly impressive, the more practically-minded consumer might question the applications of such a flashy peripheral. Of course, Razer hasn’t let an opportunity to enhance the gaming experience slip, and they’ve included the ability to integrate the Cynosa Chroma Pro with certain games. Perhaps comparable to Alienware’s Alien FX, the Cynosa Chroma Pro can shift through and alter its color palette in-game, which could enhance the intensity or ambiance of a player’s favorite title. On top of that, this keyboard offers the ability to manipulate the backlighting of each specific key, meaning that a game’s tutorial could indicate necessary keystrokes via the keyboard instead of through on-screen prompts.

As previously mentioned, the Cynosa Chroma Pro is insanely customizable when it comes to the color pallet, and, with the addition of Razor Synapse 3 integration, users will be able to define their aesthetic preferences to a very fine degree. According to Razer, players can “rebind buttons, assign macros, personalize device lighting and more to transform your gameplay just the way you want it.” Bottom line: this thing is colorful, and those looking to give their rig a facelift would do well to give this keyboard a try.


Though certainly a visually unique product, Razer’s most recent release appears to lack the precision most consumers would be looking for in a gaming keyboard. To begin, its a membrane keyboard, which must immediately turn some gamers off. Of course, this is something a consumer would likely come to expect from a product in this price-range. Razer counters this downside by stating that the “…soft cushioned gaming keys provide comfort with better housing support compared to rubber dome keyboards, so every keypress is solid.” Though it might sound like a nice selling point, a lot of gamers in the market for a quality keyboard will likely interpret “soft cushioned gaming keys” to mean “imprecise, difficult to maneuver gaming keys.”  They also make mention of the fact that the Razer Cynosa Chroma Pro is very quiet. Though that is a well-known aspect of most non-mechanical keyboards, it may be valuable to gamers looking to enjoy their hobby without annoying their co-workers or roommates.

Once again, Razer is attempting to compensate the product’s lack of responsiveness for a suite of user-friendly options, chief of which is the keyboard’s extensive macro ability. Through Synapse 3, users can generate their own apparently limitless keyboard macros, which can certainly help players quickly input button combinations that may otherwise be difficult to perform on a membrane keyboard. Plus, Razer’s product also enables the user to rebind buttons, which could definitely help with games that don’t feature rebindable control schemes, or perhaps enable gamers with certain disabilities to better access all of a game’s features.

Additionally, the Cynosa Chroma Pro features ten key rollover, a 1,000Hz polling rate, and is spill-resistant. The latter feature should be of particular importance to clumsy gamers, or perhaps users with overly-cluttered or compact workstations.

Price Point:

While certainly a product that aims to catch the eye of friends and fellow gamers, this price point certainly won’t seem reasonable for everyone. Someone with a sincere interest in LED-laden keyboards might want to look into this product, but, at $79.99 for the pro variant, it is hard to imagine Razer making much of a splash in the entry-level gaming keyboard market with this release. For those seeking an entry point for gaming-oriented keyboards, there are certainly cheaper options of comparable quality available.

Razer likely intended for the Cynosa line of keyboards to contend with Corsair’s K55, as well as similar inexpensive gaming keyboards. However, the K55 is much more affordable at $49.99, and, though it doesn’t share the extensive LED customizability of the Cynosa Chroma Pro, it boasts a much more accessible price tag. Razer would do well to make an attempt to match this price-point if they are interested in selling more units.


As most PC gamers know, gaming on run-of-the-mill accessories can be difficult, and could potentially put the player at a disadvantage. Although what is lacks in precision is made up for in style, the Razer Cynosa Chroma Pro keyboard will likely be a tough sell for most consumers. Ultimately, the product appears to be a bit too expensive, and, though aesthetically-conscious or spill-prone gamers might be interested, the Pro model of Razer’s new Cynosa Chroma keyboards should probably be ignored until the price is reduced. Alternatively, those who are interested in the product may want to purchase the less-expensive $59.99 variant.