Wireless Gaming Mice — Worth It or Not?
Wireless gaming mice often had a bad rap, and there’s a good reason why. Simply put: technology wasn’t up to snuff. Or, rather, it wasn’t up to the standards of many gamers across the globe. These peripherals looked nice and the idea of wireless gaming enticed us all, but the performance just wasn’t there. And, of course, not all of us have to make a living off of gaming; some just love to compete and want to have the best gear for the job.
But at a certain point, peripheral manufacturers reached that oh-so-important breakthrough moment. And the rest, as they say, is history. Right now, in 2020, wireless gaming is the way to go. It can get pricey, mind you, but it’s well worth it if you can stomatch the MSRP. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. These wireless mice and keyboards have such incredible sensors that any potential difference to their wired counterparts is literally impercetible. They’re so good, in fact, that they’ve taken the world of esports by storm. Right now, a meager number of pro players opt to play with wired mice (regardless of esport), and that’s primarily out of habit. Nearly everyone else has already jumped on the wireless gaming hype train, and there’s a good reason why.
Wireless Keyboards — Still a Niche
Wireless keyboards still haven’t become the norm, primarily because they’re always stationary, regardless of genre. So, frankly, most people couldn’t care less if they’re wired or not. And sure, having a clutter-free set-up is what most gamers dream of in their less productive moments, but it’s definitely a luxury that isn’t all that justifiable.
Wireless mice, on the other hand, are being marketed as the next best thing since sliced bread. More often than not, when hardware manufacturers market their products in such a pompous way, you know someone’s lying — reality is rarely as good as the concept they’re selling. In this case, however, there’s no smoke and mirrors. None whatsoever.
And you don’t even realize how big of a hindrance wired mice are until you go wireless. At that point, your horizons broaden and things change (irreversibly, one might add). But, for one reason or another, the concept of wireless gaming is still somewhat “stigmatized,” mostly by people who’ve never tried it. Or they did, but years ago when it was still a “proof-of-concept” rather than a fleshed out way to game.
But things have changed, the only for the better. So, without any further ado, let’s go over some of the most popular options on the market!
Wireless Gaming Mice | A List of Options
Logitech G305 — This is, without a doubt, one of the more popular options on the market if you’re after a well-rounded gaming mouse that won’t break the bank. It has a fantastic sensor, fully programmable buttons, and a 1 ms report rate. Plus, it comes in a wide range of vibrant colors, in case you want to spice up your set-up! Finally, you’ll be able to save up to five separate DPI profiles on its onboard memory! Nothing to scoff at!
As for battery life, it’ll run for 250 hours straight on just a single AA battery. You can prolong this period to up to nine moths if you use it in Endurance mode (which can be selected via the Logitech G Hub). And, as is standard on wireless mice, there’s an indicator light that’ll notify you when it depletes to 15%. At around $50, you won’t find a better deal!
Logitech G Pro — If you’re after the absolute best wireless mouse on the market, many have the Logitech G Pro pegged as the number one option. It’s truly sublime when it comes to build quality and performance. For $129, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s by no means an obscene amount for the bleeding edge in wireless gaming tech.
At just 80g, it’s insanely light, with one of the most accurate sensors on the market. Over a two-year period, Logitech collaborated with some of the most revered esports players to find the perfect shape, weight, and fee. And, based on its already legendary status, it’s fair to say that they’ve delivered across the board. “Unrivaled performance and precision” is the tagline Logitech is going with, and it’s pretty darn accurate in this case.
Also, on the off chance you want an even lighter mouse, there’s the Logitech G Pro X Superlight. It’s a brand-new gaming mouse that’s lighter than 63g, has no RGB whatsoever, and comes with some of the best skates on the market. It’s also white, if that’s your thing! Of course, it’s even more expensive than its weightier sibling, but it’s a relatively fair price to pay for the absolute best gaming mouse on the market.
GLORIOUS Model O RGB Wireless — If you’re into competitive gaming and first-person shooters, then you’re probably well acquainted with GLORIOUS. They’re a small company when compared to some others on this list, but you’d never be able to tell based on their products. The Model O Wireless is a true game-changer if you’re into super light and yet affordable mice. It retails for a measly $79, has a spectacular sensor, up to 70 hours of battery life, and weighs in at just 69g. It’s not as light as the G Pro X Superlight, but hey — we’ll take those extra six grams for half the price!
Razer Viper Ultimate — This is pretty much Razer’s equivalent of the Logitech G Pro, and it’s every bit as good. It’s so good, in fact, that they’re basically “interchangeable,” in a way. They’re the best of the best, and if you’re looking for top notch performance-per-dollar, you can’t go wrong with either.
Exceptional click latency (industry-leading response time of 0.2 milliseconds), insanely fast Hyperspeed wireless technology, and state-of-the-art optical mouse switches. It really has it all. Plus, it has all the standard bells and whistles, which was to be expected at its premium price point. Up to 70 hours of battery life, on-board memory profiles, programmable buttons — you name it.
Alternatively, you can go for the Razer Deathadder V2 PRO. It’s exceptional in its own right (with nearly identical features); it also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. That last bit isn’t at the top of your list of priorities if you’re a hardcore gamer, but if you have an ultrabook or a laptop that’s light on ports, Bluetooth can definitely be a lifesaver.
Logitech G502 Lighspeed — A legendary design, paired with cutting-edge wireless technology. A match made in heaven, some would argue. The G502 is iconic for a reason, although design-wise it is a bit outdated by this point. Still, if you can find it for a good price, it’s definitely a stellar option. Plus, some folks really dig this whole aesthetic, so to each their own!
Logitech G604 — The G604 is a relatively new product, and it’s purpose-built for those who want as many programmable buttons on their mice as possible. Of course, six buttons on the side is by no means a record, but it’s certainly within the bounds of reason. Plus, its blacked out aesthetic is timeless, although that heavily depends on personal preference and taste. This is a great option if you’re into MMOs, MOBAs, or even Battle Royale titles, although it is by no means the best built or most well-rounded mouse on this list.