Top 5: Best Gaming Mice under $100

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What’s the best gaming mouse under $100? That depends on what kind of mouse you actually need. Or,  more specifically, what kind of games you like play and how many dollars you’re willing to spend.

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A Gaming Mouse?

If you play a lot of MOBA or MMO type games, you’re probably going to want a mouse with a lot of thumb buttons. If you’re more of an FPS or RTS gamer, a more basic mouse with a higher DPI sensor and a better grip is what you want.

Don’t get washed up into the “flawless” mouse hype, because even if your mouse’s sensor is allegedly “flawless”, you aren’t. Considering what sensor a mouse uses (and which switches) is always a good idea, but never buy one just because someone told you it was “flawless”, everything has its flaws.

Every mouse has it’s pros, and cons, but there are so many choices within this price range, that you can guarantee these 5 mice are the best you can get for under $100, regardless if they’re rated #1-5 (or #5 – #1 lol) on this page.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section!

#5 – Razer Naga Chroma


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$61.65 USD
At Amazon

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I’m sure everyone knows about the Razer Naga, and it’s ultimately a great mouse for MMO type games, definitely one of the overall best, but nothings perfect, and it has 1 major drawback.

The 12 thumb-buttons are great for firing off hotkeys and macros almost instantly, well, 9 of them are. The last row, closest to your wrist, is somewhat hard to reach for most people, it requires you to move your hand in such a way that it’s not really any more efficient than hitting 9-0 on your keyboard.

It’s switches and sensor are Razer proprietary items, but they’re alright nonetheless. You’re hard-pressed to find a better MMO specific gaming mouse.

Other than that, the Naga is extremely comfortable for almost any size of hand, and the 8200DPI sensor couldn’t feel any smoother. The tilt-click scroll wheel comes in extra handy for flipping through hotkey configs, or for whatever else you might need. The Naga is easily the best MMO specific gaming mouse for under $100.

Pros

  • 12 Thumb-Buttons
  • Intuitive Overlay for Customizing Thumb-Buttons
  • Tilt-Click Scroll
  • Very Comfortable

Cons

  • Last Row of Thumb-Buttons are Hard to Reach

Specs

  • Razer’s Proprietary Switches
  • 4G laser sensor
  • 8200 DPI Max
  • 1ms USB Report Rate
  • 12 Thumb-Buttons
  • 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.7 inches
  • 4.8 ounces
  • Wired (7ft)

#4 – Razer DeathAdder Chroma


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$48.99 USD
At Amazon

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Razer has been making the DeathAdder line of mice for quite a while, and they’re definitely some of the better mice you can get. It’s the mouse that lasted me the longest, and it survived a hell of a lot of punishment over 2+ years of use. It still works pretty good to this day, and I only recently replaced it with a very similar Zowie EC1-A.

The DeathAdder Chroma has a design that will cater more to minimalists than it will to people who want sharp edges and lots of lights. It also allows for customization of the few LEDs that the mouse is equipped with.

The only complaint that I had over my time using the DeathAdder 2013 was that the middle mouse button started to not respond and the issue only got worse until the MMB just wouldn’t work. This only started to happen after about a year and a half of use, and honestly, I expected more to break down sooner.

There is no prediction, no jitter all the way up to 6400DPI and it is seriously one of the best mice I’ve ever used.

Pros

  • Accurate Sensor
  • High-Quality Switches
  • Comfortable
  • Braided Cable
  • No Jitter
  • No Prediction

Cons

  • No Sensitivity Toggling Buttons

Specs

  • Razer’s proprietary switches
  • Avago ADNS-S3988 4G sensor
  • 6400 DPI Max
  • 1ms USB Report Rate
  • 5 buttons
  • 2.8 x 5 x 1.7 inches
  • 3.7 ounces
  • Wired (7ft)

#3 – Zowie EC Series


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$59.99 USD
At Amazon

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The Zowie EC series is an amazingly accurate and comfortable mouse which is perfect for FPS gaming & general use.

Zowie is probably a brand you haven’t heard of before, and honestly, it wasn’t too long ago that I heard about them either. I recently upgraded my Razer Deathadder to a Zowie EC2A and couldn’t be happier.

It’s one of the few mice under $100 to use high-quality switches like the Huano, but, here they are. The EC1-A also boasts an Avago 3310 sensor which is absolutely phenomenal, and is probably one of the best out there.

As an alternative to the EC1-A and EC2-A (comparison chart) you could also check out the ZA series, which offers a slightly different size, 2 extra buttons, and 3 different sizes. As even 1 more alternative, you could also check out the FK series, which again, offers some different options.

Pros

  • High Quality switches
  • Highly Accurate Sensor
  • Adjustable USB report rate
  • 24-step scroll wheel
  • All-Around Best for FPS Games

Cons

Specs

  • Huano Switches
  • Avago 3310 Sensor
  • Preset DPI Scaling (400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200)
  • Adjustable USB Report Rate
  • 5 Buttons
  • 5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
  • 3.2 ounces
  • Wired (6.6ft)

#2 – EVGA Torq X10 Carbon


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$36.17 USD
At Amazon

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EVGA is known for making some of the best products you can get when it comes to PC gaming hardware, but, I bet you didn’t know they also made mice, let alone the second best mouse you can get for under $100. It’s ideal for general gaming of all types.

Featuring a total of 9 programmable buttons and an 8200 DPI sensor and a super-comfortable ambidextrous grip, the EVGA TORQ X10 is definitely one of the nicest gaming mice that you can get, in any price range.

The palm rest and buttons are completely height-adjustable, and the frame is made from carbon fiber, which not only makes it look awesome but makes it a lot lighter than plastic.

With that said, the TORQ X10 comes with a special tool to adjust the height, and if you lose it, you’re going to have a hard time with future adjustments.

All-in-all, the EVGA TORQ X10 is a super versatile mouse with a unique height adjustment feature, strong switches, and a great sensor.

Pros

  • Carbon Fiber!
  • Adjustable weight system
  • 9 Programmable Buttons
  • Comfortable
  • Ambidextrous

Cons

  • The Software can be Annoying

Specs

  • Omron Switches
  • Avago 9800 Sensor
  • 8200 DPI Max
  • 1ms USB Report Rate
  • 9 programmable buttons
  • 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches
  • 4 ounces
  • Wired (6ft)

#1 – Logitech G502


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$56.99 USD
At Amazon

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The hands-down #1 gaming mouse for under $100 is the Logitech G502 Proteus Core. It’s plethora of extra buttons, 12 000DPI sensor, and adjustable weight system can’t be matched, not for under $100.

The 11 programmable buttons ran by Omron switches combined with the Pixart(Avago) 3366 sensor and dual-mode scroll wheel make this mouse great for all types of games, but especially for RTS, complex FPS and MOBAs.

It’s easily customizable weight system is a great asset if you like to have a heavier mouse for certain games, and a lighter one for others.

All-in-all, the G502 Proteus Core is our #1 gaming mouse under $100 due to it’s versatility, comfort, weight adjustment system, great sensor and durable switches.

Pros

  • Pixart 3366 Sensor
  • Good Price
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Adjustable Weight System
  • 11 Programmable Buttons
  • Dual-Mode Scroll Wheel
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Almost “Too Much” Going on

Specs

  • Omron switches
  • Pixart 3366 Sensor
  • 12000 DPI Max
  • Max. acceleration: >40G
  • 11 Programmable Buttons
  • Adjustable Weight System (5x 3.5g weights)
  • 1.6 x 3 x 5.4 inches
  • 8.8 ounces (full)
  • Wired (6ft)

Conclusion

If you came here looking to find the best gaming mouse for under $100, I hope this list has left you with some good ideas. All of the mice on the list are great, it’s just a matter of picking the one with the features to suit your style of gaming. Whether that’s the 12 thumb buttons of the Razer Naga, the overall versatility of the Logitech G502 Proteus Core or the super-accurate Zowie EC1-A.

We will keep this list up to date as new mice are released, so make sure you bookmark this page for the next time you need a new gaming mouse! I hope you liked the list and don’t forget to leave a comment below.

Which mouse do you think should have made the list, or shouldn’t have? Let us know in the comment section! 

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Branton

The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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9 Comments on “Top 5: Best Gaming Mice under $100”

  1. I have the torq x10, and it’s great. except if you lose the little tool it comes with, you’re f***ed as far as tuning the height.

  2. .. told you about R.A.T. PRO S ..
    but my comment was not approved
    is here paid journalism ??
    – if so, just tell me and promise I will never open this page ..

    1. Hi Nemes,

      Unfortunately, any name with the word “loan” in it will be flagged as spam due to the astronomically high rate of spam comments revolving around things like “payday loans” etc. I do try to check comments which are automatically flagged as spam, but I must have missed yours.

      I’ve been personally buying everything that I review and I am not paid to review anything. I am sorry that you feel this way, but your assumption is wrong.

      I actually ordered a few more of the popular (and some newer / less popular) mice to test in the $50-$100 range at the end of December, one being the RAT Pro S – but I’m still not sure where it fits on this list, if at all.

      Also, I have already tested the RAT 5 but it started to freeze up and stop tracking after only a few days of using it, so it never made it on this list – maybe things will be different with the Pro S.

  3. Awesome review. Probably going to get the logitech G502 Proteus Core. The EVGA TORQ does seem very very close though…

  4. Thank you for the information. I am a computer illiterate and I do not know if I would find the G502 too
    complicated with having so many buttons?

    1. Hey Bill,

      No problem! It’s definitely possible that you might find it overwhelming, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you that for sure. Maybe check local stores for one you can look at? Otherwise, why not go with a mouse with fewer buttons?

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