Why would anyone spend $100 or even $200 on a piece of hardware, when a $15 model will do the same thing? For design professionals, video editors, and serious gamers, slight differences in function and feel can add up to greater productivity and a competitive edge. I set out to find three high-performing mice that incorporate top-tier features at a mid-range price, all under $100. Here’s what I found.
Razer: Responsive, Precise, Finely-Tuned Buttons
The Razer Lancehead, $79, makes my top-3 list because it’s ambidextrous (I’m a “leftie”), and it sports a smooth, professional appearance. Its buttons strike a good balance between being sensitive but not too easily triggered. The Lancehead’s 16,000 DPI optical sensor rivals those of mice twice its price. Higher DPI’s translate to greater precision in targeting and combat mouse movements.
Corsair: Interchangeable Thumb Grip, Braided Cord
The Corsair brand name reminds me of an air conditioner–or a regional airline. But the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse, $59, is impressive for the price. It is made of durable polymer, rubber, and aluminum, and it has an interchangeable left side grip. The Glaive’s braided cord is nice finishing touch.
G403 – Logitech’s All-Purpose Gaming Workhorse
The simple, sleek, medium build of the Logitech G403, coming in at only $57 for the wired version, makes it a winning choice for both gaming and desktop productivity. Its buttons are tested at 20 million clicks. The tradeoff is that they’re slightly louder than average.