TechSpot: 12-way mouse round-up, every budget covered

Back in 2008 we took a look at five mice from the likes of Logitech, Razer and Microsoft. Each of them offered a unique blend of features, specifications and overall styling cues designed specifically with gamers in mind. Today we up the ante and bring you a whopping 12 mice in a single round-up. Logitech, Razer and Microsoft are well represented again in this piece, but we'll also showcase some new names that you may not be as familiar with.

The newcomers in this comparison include SteelSeries, Roccat, Mionix and Ozone. Since we have expanded our selection to embrace so many devices, we thought it would be worth adding into the mix some high-end models aimed at enthusiasts that are not necessarily targeting hardcore gamers. With price points ranging from the sub-$30 range all the way up to $130, users with varying budgets and needs should be able to find something that suits them well.

Without further ado, let's dive right into the review with our detailed impressions and comparisons between each mouse in our test table today.

Read: Mouse Round-up: 12 Options, Every Budget Covered

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Since when is "no lighting system" a con?

I think the best mouse I've ever bought to this day is a cheapy £5 Gigabyte one from Play.com. I bet if they just put "Gaming" somewhere in the description, they could put it up for £20 and people would buy it.

I'm an avid gamer and I wouldn't trade my Logitech Marble Mouse for anything else! Can any other mouse rotate you 360 degrees in any direction with just a slight roll of a ball? I think not!!

Nope, but I'd rather adjust the settings for a lazer mouse than clean every nook and cranny of a trackball mouse.

Leave the trackballs to the CAD kids.

Authentic X said,
why do people still use a mouse when there are trackballs? Trackballs surely save deskspace and arm movement.

Not if you are a gamer...

i was hoping they'd put in the sidewinder x5, which is my current mouse. the put in the other two current sidewinder mice which cover the budget and wireless ranges and a non gaming ms wireless mouse, but not the mouse that would likely appeal the most to serious gamers who prefer wired mouses.
overall the review could've been better, some of their criteria were a little weird, and my understanding of DPI seems to differ from theirs-my experience is setting the DPI higher means a slower cursor/look speed, not faster as they say. admittedly i haven't used DPi settings in about 3 years since around 2000 DPI is perfect for me, along with some tweaking of mouse sensitivity in both windows and any given game i'm playing.

Napalm Frog said,
Umm, I know the review is lacking in general, but did any of the lefties take a look at the X3?

Yes I did see the x3 and some of the other ones would work. I was just making a general point that most good mice are right hand by design.

chadlachlanross said,
And not a left handed mouse in the bunch.

not 100% true. The x3,SteelSeries Xai Pro Gaming Mouse(looks like a habu) and the mambo look from the pictures as if they could be used left handed.

TheReaperMan said,

not 100% true. The x3,SteelSeries Xai Pro Gaming Mouse(looks like a habu) and the mambo look from the pictures as if they could be used left handed.

An ambidextrous mouse is not a left handed mouse.

For me, the best mouse is the Genius XScroll, the size is perfect and the weight is optimal, and for $5 is a real bargain.

The problem of most "gamer" mouse is the weight, plus a extra height if it is wireless. A heavy mouse can tire you hand in no time.
The other problem is the amount of useless buttons and the size.

And there is none to satisfy my needs

Why is it so hard to combine the best features of the best mice in to one great gaming mouse?
Starting with the MX Revolution shape, keep it's buttons and amazing quick scroll ability.
Now add in some weights.
Adjustable DPI.
A removable cable for charging instead of the dock, kinda like the performance mx, just keep in mind i must be removable because we don't want any wired crap unless we need to.
Now maybe add in a few more programmable buttons, maybe do the scroll a little bit more click friendly and you will have the best mouse in the world

As per the norm they do not take into account people who are left handed. The only mouse I have found that work well is my MS habu mouse. most these 12 would be useless to me :<

TheReaperMan said,
As per the norm they do not take into account people who are left handed. The only mouse I have found that work well is my MS habu mouse. most these 12 would be useless to me :<

I see the problem being twofold: Only one in every ten people are lefties, and too many of those who are lefties use a computer mouse with their RIGHT hand. Traitors the lot of 'em

Doli said,
ehh. I dont know, when I saw a "no lighting" as a Con it makes me wonder about the review.

I was thinking the same thing, hehe...

they said "Every Budget covered" not every whiny, picky, apple user that frankly isn't techspots fault...they dont make the damn things. What the Apple "touch mouse" ain't good enough for you

CrossCheck said,
they said "Every Budget covered" not every whiny, picky, apple user that frankly isn't techspots fault...they dont make the damn things. What the Apple "touch mouse" ain't good enough for you

Ladies put the handbags down and back away

I'm not sure about paying $130 for a mouse. i guess you have to be living at the PC to warrant it

CrossCheck said,
they said "Every Budget covered" not every whiny, picky, apple user that frankly isn't techspots fault...they dont make the damn things. What the Apple "touch mouse" ain't good enough for you

So if he said he wanted a "full-size ambidextrous Bluetooth mouse for my HP QXWZT870R" you would have been nice and polite and offered a suggestion, right?