Top 5: Best Gaming Mice under $100

Updated: July 9th, 2018BrantonReviews11 Comments

best gaming mice under 100

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.

best gaming mouse under 100

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 on this page.

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

#5


Razer Naga Chroma

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.

The Good
  • 12 thumb-buttons
  • Intuitive overlay for customizing thumb-buttons
  • Tilt-click scroll
  • Very comfortable
The Bad
  • Last row of thumb-buttons are hard to reach
Specs
  • Razer’s proprietary switches
  • 4G laser sensor
  • 8200 DPI Max
  • 1ms USB report rate
  • 17 buttons (19 including MMB tilt click)
  • 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.7 inches
  • 4.8 ounces
  • Wired (7ft)

#4


EVGA Torq X10 Carbon

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.

The Good
  • Carbon Fiber!
  • Adjustable weight system
  • 9 Programmable Buttons
  • Comfortable
  • Ambidextrous
The Bad
  • 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)

#3


Zowie EC Series

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

The level of build quality on Zowie’s EC-series mice is through the roof. If you’re looking for a minimalist RGB-less look with incredible quality, definitely check out the EC-series. 

They run Huano switches and a Avago 3310 sensor. 2 things you definitely want to see in a high-quality gaming mouse. The EC-series isn’t limited to gaming though, they also do great in graphic design and things of that nature do to the very accurate 3310 sensor. 

It connects via USB and the cabling, like most high-quality mice, is braided. That said, it’s a little rigid and will take some time before it softens up and becomes more pliable. 

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.

The Good
  • High Quality switches
  • Highly Accurate Sensor
  • Adjustable USB report rate
  • 24-step scroll wheel
The Bad
  • No dedicated sensitivity toggle
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


Razer DeathAdder Elite

The DeathAdder series of mice from Razer is one of the longest-lived series on the market. They’re also some of the highest rated. With that in mind, let’s check out the DeathAdder Elite. 

Razer’s DeathAdder Elite enhances the previous DeathAdder Chroma platform by adding 2 sensitivity toggling buttons right below the MMB. This was one of my biggest gripes with the DeathAdder Chroma so I was pretty stoked to see it added to the Elite. 

The PMW3389 sensor scales right up 16000 DPI if you want it to, but I can’t imagine most people will use the full range. At lower DPI settings the sensor feels pretty good, very similar to the DeathAdder Chroma but not quite the same. The switches used feel solid and are made by Omron so I can’t imagine they’ll be breaking anytime soon.

It connects via USB and the cabling used is braided for better durability. Braided cabling will often be very rigid and somewhat annoying, but the cabling on the Elite is probably some of the best I’ve seen. Not quite the best, but definitely up there.

Like most mice in 2017, the DeathAdder Elite also comes with easily configured RGB lighting. 

The Good
  • Accurate sensor 
  • High-quality switches
  • Dedicated sensitivity toggle
  • Comfortable to use
  • Very pliable braided cable
The Bad
  • Not many lighting zones
Specs
  • Omron switches
  • PMW3389 16000DPS sensor
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • 7 buttons
  • 5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
  • 3.4 ounces
  • Wired (7ft)

#1


Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

The hands-down #1 gaming mouse for under $100 is the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. It’s plethora of extra buttons, highly-responsive PMW3366 sensor, and adjustable weight system is hard to beat, especially for under $100.

The 11 programmable buttons run on high-quality Omron switches and the Pixart(Avago) 3366 sensor and dual-mode scroll wheel make this mouse great for all types of games and even work-based tasks or drawing. 

The weight tuning system is a great feature to have in my opinion. Some people will want a heavier mouse while others will want a lighter mouse, being able to adjust that how you see fit really allows for an extra degree of customization that most other mice simply don’t have. 

One gripe I have is the placement of some thumb buttons. For me, they simply get in the way and I find myself pressing buttons I didn’t mean to – chalk it up to having sausage fingers. Others might not have this issue, but it’s worth keeping in mind. 

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

The Good
  • Pixart 3366 Sensor
  • Omron switches
  • 1ms Report Rate
  • Adjustable Weight System
  • 11 Programmable Buttons
  • Dual-Mode Scroll Wheel
  • Very comfortable
The Bad
  • Thumb-button placement is kind of annoying
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  Spectrum or the super-accurate Zowie EC-series.

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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Hey there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by!

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trit

i have the g502 it is worth it. Very happy with it

Quasar
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To Be Honest I was expecting the #1 spot and that i probably will Buy

bill
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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?

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

Nemes Ioan Sorin
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.. 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 ..

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the zowie fk2 is probably the best mouse ive ever used

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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.