When you game for hours, you need more than an average mouse to deliver solid performance. You need a comfortable mouse to hold for long periods of time without putting a strain on your fingers, palms, and wrist. While most of the gaming mice are comfortable and lightweight, not all are. Hence you must pick an ergonomic gaming mouse that has a comfortable hold.
Because at the end of the day, even if a mouse has all the right gaming chops, you are in for a tough run if it doesn't have a comfortable design or if it doesn't suit your grip.
Hence, we have compiled some of the best ergonomic gaming mice that you should buy in 2020.
If you want a fast and lightweight mouse and you do not mind spending a few extra bucks, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is worth a look. This one bundles solid performance and accuracy, thanks to the Focus+ Sensor. It also packs optical switches instead of mechanical ones. The primary advantage is that optical switches do not wear over time and don't have the double-click issue, unlike their mechanical counterparts. In fact, the company claims that it can live through 70 million clicks.
There's no dearth of buttons and there are around 11 keys placed. All these keys are easily accessible and if you play games like Fortnite that demands a lot of quick actions, these keys come in handy.
As noted earlier, it's a powerful mouse, It's also powered by HyperSpeed tech and Motion Sync tech. The former adds to its performance and speed, while the latter syncs the signal from your mouse with your PC.
Since it's a premium wireless mouse, you'll find plenty of quirks. For example, there are 14 customizable zones, and you can tweak them as per your choice. The mouse has a slightly slanting design and comes with a curved right key. This design, together with the lightweight design and the size, makes it comfortable to hold the mouse in the long run.
Last but not least, it can track up to 20,000 DPI.
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is perhaps one of the most popular gaming mice out there primarily because it combines a boatload of features in a good ergonomic shape mouse. Firstly, it's designed for multiple grip styles. So, whether you have a claw-grip or a finger-grip, this mouse accommodates them with ease. Secondly, it wireless and thus removes the hassles of managing wires and power cables. Of course, there is an older wired version of this same mouse. More importantly, there are ample of programmable on it to amp up your gaming experience.
It's a wireless mouse with very low click latency. The performance is solid and is quite similar to its wired counterparts.
When it comes to the buttons, the G502 Lightspeed doesn't disappoint. It bundles a total of 11 buttons and should be helpful if you like games that need plenty of key binds. The buttons have been the majority of them placed around the mouse for easy accessibility.
The middle is raised just a little and curves around your palm. At the same time, the thumbpad is lightly textured to help you grip the mouse better. The lightweight design implies you can glide across maps.
It uses the Hero 16K sensor and can track up to 16,000 DPI, and has around 400 IPS. It's worth noting that the G502 Lightspeed bundles Omron mechanical switches and faces issues with wear and tear over time.
If you are into MMO games like World of Warcraft, you might want to check out the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. This mouse is both known for its great ergonomics and the fact that it bundles 12 buttons on its side panel. Yes, you read that right. All these buttons are customizable and you can program them as per your choice. At the same time, it renders an excellent performance and can track up to 16,000 DPI.
Though the Scimitar Pro RGB has an excellent design and a comfortable grip, it's not wireless. That means you will have to manage the cable while you game. On the upside, the cable is braided, so you can rest assured that there won't be any tangles and such.
The buttons on the side panel are textured, which makes it easy to tell them apart. And that's not all. The mouse also comes with a Hex key, making it easy to slide the thumb panel about two inches. And it's this design that makes the Scimitar Pro RGB customizable to most types of hand.
Apart from that, it bundles a solid build, and the raised surface towards the left means that the mouse will sit comfortably on your hands, adding to the comfort quotient.
However, as per the folks at the Toms Guide, this gaming mouse might not be suited for people with big hands with palm grip or smaller than average hands with a fingertip grip. At the same time, Corsair's iCUE software can be quite a challenge to operate, especially if it's your first time.
In fact, professional reviewers as well as users have raised this concerned several times. The iCUE software needs quite a bit of time to get used to and well, it can be a bit of a challenge to change the color or remap the switches.
If you want a simple mouse that sticks to the traditional mouse design, the Razer Basilisk v2 makes for a good investment. This gaming mouse is the newest addition in Razer's Basilisk lineup, and like its predecessor, it packs a punch. It's powered by the same sensor seen in the likes of the DeathAdder and the Viper Ultimate. And well, the Razer Focus+ optical sensor can track up to 20,000 DPI and has an IPS of 650.
It has a right-slanted design, and the best part is that the Basilisk v2 still renders a cool design despite the conventional design. It has cool grips on the side, and it helps in a comfortable grip. And the textured scroll wheel is the cherry on top.
Like its counterpart above, it's also a wired mouse and brings its share of customization to the table. For example, you can program the mouse landing and lift-off distance as per your preference, apart from remapping the programmable buttons.
It bundles a total of 11 buttons and comes with a mix of mechanical and optical switches. And guess what, it also comes with a dedicated sniper switch.
However, if the bigger shape of the Basilisk v2 bothers you, you can check out the Razer Deathadder v2. It much smaller than its counterpart. However, it bundles the same optical sensor.
If you want good ergonomics without spending too much, BenQ's Zowie EC2-B makes for a good buy. This mouse packs a look that is similar to the Razer DeathAdder v2. It has an ergonomic design and is comfortable to hold, thanks to the subtle thumb grip on the side. It's a wired mouse, and you can leave aside worries about lags and delays associated with some wireless mice of yesteryear.
The best part is that BenQ has not limited itself to a fixed size for the Zowie EC2-B. You can pick from a total of four sizes depending on your hand's size, and that's what makes this mouse so interesting.
Unlike the mice above, there aren't as many buttons as you'd find in its peers. For starters, there are four buttons and a DPI switch. The latter can be found in the belly of the mouse.
Interestingly, this mouse packs a sequence of buttons presses to customize the buttons' functions. Cool, right? You do not need to get any software installed on your PC. All you need to do is learn the sequences' quirks and program the buttons in no time.
It's not free of issues. The side buttons have a higher travel time compared to their peers. Plus, there's no LED lighting, as is common with some mice in the same price bracket.
If you have a palm grip, the Corsair Ironclaw might be the best one for you. Though it's on the expensive side, it bundles an amazing performance and packs quite a robust (if not bulky) look, all thanks to the rugged exterior. And guess what, it's touted to be one of the mice with minimum latency. The grip is comfortable, and the textured thumb rest adds to the experience. And the right-slanted design helps if you have a palm grip.
The Corsair Ironclaw has 10 buttons, and all of the included buttons can be programmed. They are easy to click with good feedback. These are mechanical switches.
However, it's not free from limitations. For one, the button layout is a bit unusual and might need you some time to get used to the layout. And there are reports of the scroll wheel breaking over time.
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Good Bye, Pain!
Be it your sitting position or how you hold your mouse, implementing ergonomic solutions is more than important. After all, you wouldn't want the awkward position to give you pain in the long run.
At the same time, do remember to take breaks while you work and play. If you have trouble keeping track of time, ask your phone's voice assistant to do the needful.
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