Finding the perfect mouse isn’t always easy, especially for the new gamers out there who may have just built their first computer. Luckily in the mouse minefield, at the $50 mark, things get a little bit easier, and we start to see premium mice with a variety of handy features.
Having a decent mouse again is as important as the system you run your games on, a gaming keyboard, and a gaming headset. As mentioned, the $50 budget is quite forgiving, and there is a multitude of good quality options in this category. You don’t always need the best gaming mouse money can buy to still be effective in games.
Here at WePC, we buy what we recommend, and the mice are no different. We have tested well over 50 different mice to not only bring you an informed recommendation but to educate ourselves as to what is the best gaming mouse out there.
So let’s get into it and find out exactly what cuts the mustard for under $50.
If you were to ask a wide variety of FPS gamers what they thought was a great mouse for the genre, you would struggle not to hear the word “Deathadder”. The Razer Deathadder is an iconic mouse that has been providing us with one of the best ergonomic shapes for over a decade.
The first thing to note on the Razer Deathadder Elite is the new and improved sensor. Razer has binned the laser sensors of old and chucked in a PWM 3389 optical sensor. The sensor is a 3360 variant and is a great move from the peripheral giants as this provides more accuracy and more consistency to their mice and our gameplay. Backing up the sensor is a couple of Omron switches underneath the primary buttons. These switches are good for 50 million clicks and feel very responsive.
The design of the Razer Deathadder is a bit more flashy than a Zowie mouse howbeit still pretty simplistic. I guess you can call the Razer Deathadder classy as it isn’t slapping you in the face with crazy angles or RGB lighting. The gentle curves feel fantastic in the palm and the overall shape screams comfort.
While Razer gets a bit of a bad reputation for overpriced products, the Razer Deathadder Elite certainly is not one of them!
Corsair is synonymous with quality products, and their excellent line of keyboards and mice show why the name holds so much weight in this industry. The M65 is well built, slick, and easily worth double the asking price.
The first thing that sticks out about this mouse is the exceptional build quality. Corsair cut no corners with an aircraft-grade aluminum body that’s lightweight and feels solid in your hands.
One of the main attractions for gamers is its sniper button. It’s conveniently located on the thumb area of the mouse to accommodate for on the fly sensitivity changes or whatever your heart desires as it is reprogrammable.
The performance backs up the build. The high accuracy, gaming-tuned sensor, is capable of fast-moving actions, tracking enemies with ease and remaining reliable at all times.
Aesthetically, the mouse is built in a way that screams “gamer” without being too tacky. Despite this unusual approach to mouse design, it looks brilliant from the front and side however lacks impact from the back.
To further tweak the look, the M65 houses LEDs that can be taken control of with Corsair’s iCUE software. This intuitive software ties the line of Corsair peripherals together, allowing you to create a color scheme across all products.
Overall, the Corsair M65 offers incredible value and can only assist you further in your competitive endeavors.
The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is a bit of a fan favourite and many that used this mouse have stuck with it through the years. The Sensei 310 is the ambidextrous brother to the Rival 310 but with the same specifications.
Inside we see the incredibly reliable TrueMove3 optical sensor, which is essentially an adapted PWM 3366. SteelSeries boast an esports performing sensor that offers one-to-one tracking and it delivers. Tracking enemies was a breeze and thanks to an IPS of 350 flick shots will regularly hit the mark without any deviation or spin-outs.
For the price, the quality and construction are impressive, you are really getting a premium mouse for little here. The mouse looks excellent and its shape is very inviting. The side grips are a little bit ugly but they do offer some excellent control and SteelSeries split trigger buttons look fantastic as ever.
With a well thought out design, jitter reduction and highly intuitive software, the Sensei 310 will never let you down.
The Logitech G Pro Wired has a lot to live up to thanks to its name. The wired version (if you can call it that) of the G Pro packs similar features under its hood to the wireless version but costs nearly half as much.
The Logitech G Pro’s design is very simple and reminds us of the G203 Prodigy more than a G Pro. The ambidextrous shape is very comfortable and accommodates the hand nicely. The body features gentle slopes to fit in most palms and tapers in towards the primary buttons. Unlike the G Pro wireless, I don’t think they spent a few years designing this with professional esports players.
Despite the generic-looking design and modest price this mouse still packs a punch. At the heart, we see the HERO sensor featuring on these newer models which is just an efficient iteration of the PWM 3360. The PWM 3360 features in older models and is well worth a look as it is a highly recommended sensor for gaming, the HERO, however, has been tweaked for maximum efficiency.
The build quality is great from Logitech and they always favour functionality over how a mouse looks. The buttons feel satisfying to click and despite weighing more than the wireless version it only comes in at 86 grams!
This mouse narrowly comes over budget but is one of the best ambidextrous mice you can buy for around this price. Accurate tracking and a comfy shape rolled into one mouse.
The Roccat Kone Pure Owl-Eye ha a bit of a love or hate factor about its design and it will largely be the main factor in whether or not you decide to get one.
The design overall is quite nice despite the large RGB logo on the hump of the mouse (which will grow on you over time). The curves add a real sense of style and ergonomics into the mix and from certain angles, there are not many mice that beat this in the design department.
Despite being rather small, the weight distribution is excellent and it feels perfectly centered. The buttons are of excellent quality and the scroll wheel is one of the most satisfying ones I have ever used.
The main attraction to this mouse is the PMW 3361 optical sensor which is a variant on the 3360 and is a highly regarded sensor amongst gamers. Along with the fantastic accuracy is an IPS of 240 allowing for fast mouse movements.
Overall Roccat has done a good job with the Kone Pure, its ergonomic design and highly accurate sensor should see you through.
How We Choose
Before we buy any product here at WePC, we first do our research. It doesn’t matter if it’s newly released mice or older models we need to find out the general online consensus and find out which are more popular than others and why.
Aside from the price, which had to be under $50, we specifically evaluated and went for gaming mice that performed highly in the following areas:
While being extremely cheap, the Roccat Kone doesn’t scrimp out on features. This highly powerful mouse has top quality materials and is constructed to last.
Things to Consider When Buying a Gaming Mouse
There is a rather mixed bunch of recommendations here on this list for the best gaming mouse under $50, but they all offer a certain standard of quality and performance.
Buttons need to be reliable so any mice we found had lackluster primary or side buttons were removed from our list. All the selections on this list have an excellent shelf life with some boasting up to 50 million click life span.
At this price category, it is easy to find a variety of mice with brilliant sensors, specifically, with variants around the Pixart 3360 sensor. On top of that, our list also boasts a variety of DPI rates ranging from 12,000 DPI to 18,000 DPI (not that you’d need it).
For those who don’t know, the DPI, or Dots Per Inch, is the distance the mouse will cover when moved. Simply put, a mouse with a high DPI setting will be very sensitive even to the smallest of movements.
Mice get beat up just as much, if not more, than keyboards. Because of that, they need to be built rigid and feel solid in the hand.
While only the M65 comes out with aluminum construction, the rest of the mice are constructed to last, using high-quality plastics that will stand up to the test of time.
Sure, looks aren’t everything, especially when we are talking about mice but the picks in this list offer some form of aesthetic quality. From unique designs to attractive coatings, there is something for everyone in this list.
Every mouse we recommend goes through rigorous testing and is used extensively. These extended sessions with particular mice help give us a good general impression as to how it stands up in the current market.
During our tests, we check how the sensors perform first and foremost. The accuracy and tracking of each mouse need to be impressive with little deviation or jitter.
Spinning out and tilt slamming can cause a headache when gaming so we check our mouse recommendations aggressively to reveal any flaws. Testing the IPS of a mouse to the limit, we move the mouse from point A to B as fast as possible and record the results.
You can test a mouse on all the programs and testers you can find, but we all really want to know how it performs in-game! So with our large Steam game lists the team jump into various titles and give the mice a real go.
Among the games we played to test all the mice were the following:
- CS: GO
- Dota 2
Our tester’s abilities and techniques vary greatly – they also differ in terms of gripping styles. This makes it easy for us to pinpoint which gaming mouse is best-suited for specific gamers.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any fingertip grip styles here in the WePC office, so I cant honestly say which of our selections is best suited for that style.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to how comfortable you are with the mouse regardless of your gripping style.
Which Gaming Mouse is Best For You?
Buying a mouse in this category covers gamers who only play casually to gamers striving to improve in their respective esport. The mice at this price offer much more quality than the mice that feature for under $30.
The Razer Deathadder Elite came out on top for us in this category, and it was for its overall performance. It may not feature a sensor as good as the G Pro or Sensei 310, but it’s still highly accurate and let’s be honest it easily has the best shape by a country mile.
For an ambidextrous beast, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 narrowly pushes out the Logitech G Pro wired. The 310 has a brilliant sensor just like the G Pro; however, the design and feel is much more premium than the Logitech mouse.
For a cheaper alternative, the Roccat Kone Pure Owl-Eye is a great little option. When we say little, we mean it as it is easily the smallest mouse on the list so make sure your hand fits it.
With all that considered, these have been our top 5 picks for best gaming mice under $50.