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 material, and it has an interchangeable left side grip. The Glaive’s braided cord is a 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 trade-off is that they’re slightly louder than average.