The Best Gaming Mouse Under $50
Since our last update to this post, a slew of amazing, affordable gaming mouse have been released and really took over the best value space.
A lot of these mice are right at $50, but they’re such great mice that they have to be on this list. They’re not the overall best gaming mouse, but they’re a hell of a lot better of a value.
The absolute best mouse you can get is actually $40, the Razer Viper Mini delivers an amazing budget mouse that is very close, if not better than the top tier mice because of its smaller size and shape. It’s hard to even find a fault with the Viper Mini, the lift off distance is a little high but that might be it. If you’re looking for a good claw or finger tip grip mouse, if you don’t care about wireless that much, and if you’re looking to save some cash, this is it.
As always, no one single mouse is for everyone, here’s a list of the best budget mice you can get.
1. Razer Viper Mini
Razer continues its dominance in mice. The Viper Mini in the budget class has better build quality, materials and buttons than every other mice. The shape is great for smaller hands, it feels great for claw and finger tippers. The cable feels soft and the feet are smooth.
The only drawback of this mouse is the slightly higher LOD from the cheaper sensor Razer has included, but it’s not a big enough deal to be noticed in normal game play. Viper Mini Ultimate when.
2. Glorious Model O & O
The Model O and O- is a rock solid mouse, great shape, light weight and great buttons all for less than $50 USD. In 2019, Glorious came out with the Model O and shifted what gamers should expect from a sub $50 mouse. The Model O- quickly followed the Model O and added even more value for smaller grips.
The Model O just gets a lot of things right, it has a great low profile shape for claw and finger tip grips, it has good to great buttons and it’s still one of the lighter mice around. I’m not exactly sure what Glorious cut to get this mouse to a low price point, but I don’t really feel like I’m missing anything when I game with the Model O or O-.
3. Cooler Master MM710
Cooler Master joined the ultra light mouse war with a killer, super affordable gaming mouse. The MM710 has a unique shape, it has a higher bump in the back which fills in the palm and subsequently fills a much needed niche in the ultra light space for palm grip users. The shape is still quite good for claw grips and finger tip grips but I think it falls short to the Model O in terms of fit for those two grips.
Outside of shape, the MM710 offers a sturdy shell with good buttons. Quality control seems to be a bit of a concern, my copy of the MM710 has slight button wobbling and my scroll wheel can be moved off-center, but this doesn’t really impact gsaming performance, these two shortcomings place it firmly behind the Model O’s pole position, but it’s still a damn good deal.
Features & Software
You’ll notice most the mice on this list don’t have extravagant RGB, they don’t have wireless and most of them don’t even have pairing software. The Rival 110 and the G502 both have software to customize macros and RGB if that’s what you’re interested in, but don’t expect much at this price point. These kinds of features are not essential for a good performing gaming mouse anyway.