When it comes to gaming, a simple mouse with just two buttons and a scroll wheel doesn't solve the purpose. You'd need a mouse that is not only comfortable to use in the long run, but you'd also want one that bundles the right number of programmable side-buttons.
So, if you are in the market looking for a good gaming mouse with side buttons, we have lined up the best ones for you. And not only that, we have arranged them in ascending order of price so that it's easier for you to pick the one that fits your budget.
The first thing that comes to the mind when you look at the Razer DeathAdder is its comfortable and ergonomic design. It comes with an accurate sensor, seven programmable buttons and two zones of lighting. And well, it has a maximum DPI of 16,000, making it perfect for gaming. It boasts of a custom 5G sensor which can easily handle accelerations up to 50 g without breaking a sweat.
Aforementioned, the DeathAdder Elite sports seven buttons, including the two side buttons and two buttons present below the scroll wheel. All the buttons, especially the side buttons, are unobtrusive and let you go about your job. You can assign the function as per your preference, thanks to the Razer Synapse 2.0 software.
Performance-wise, it gives a solid performance, something which has been echoed by several users on Amazon. Apart from that, it has a great design which is comfortable to use even for long periods.
More importantly, the build quality is solid is likely to last you a long time. And the high DPI and high IPS are the cherry on top for this affordable mouse.
Another modestly-priced gaming mouse is the Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse. One of its remarkable features is its larger DPI range (for its price) of up to 10,000 DPI. Plus, the 1000hz polling rate means you get a great responsive mouse in your palms. At the same time, it's light and comfortable and is likely to fit well in most people’s hands. And the customizable lighting is the added bonus.
When it comes to the looks of the mouse, it can be safely said that it sports a slightly wide look than most mice. On the upside, all the eight buttons are tactile and are well placed, and prove to be great for RTS games. Plus, you can always program them to the function of your liking. What's more, you won't be hassled with accidental clicking or misclicks.
Unlike most mice (which have the DPI button below the scroll wheel), here the DPI buttons are situated on the upper left corner of the mouse. And this unique placement makes it convenient to change the settings. After all, you just have to alter the index finger slightly.
Compared to the mouse above, this one has four-zone color back-lighting and you can tweak the colors with the aid of the iCue software. Plus, the solid build ensures that both the main switches and the whole mouse in general, last a long time.
However, the Sabre is not without issues. It has a soft-touch finish and if your palms sweat a lot during gaming, you may end up losing grip.
If you are looking for a fully ambidextrous mouse, the Steelseries Sensei 310 makes for a good buy. It's a fully packed mouse with a custom sensor, excellent design and a set of eight programmable buttons. And unlike the above mouse which has thumb buttons on the left side, this one has two each on either side, thanks to its ambidextrous design.
Furthermore, the textured grips on the thumb rest and the scroll wheel will help you tackle the mouse (and your gameplay) better. Needless to say, all the buttons can be programmed as per your preference, and so can the lighting.
The lighting is subtle and sits well with the mouse design. For now, the Sensei 310 comes with two zones, multi-color RGB lighting.
Aside from that, the custom TrueMove3 sensor has been praised by many for its accurate tracking, ergonomic design, and performance.
Though it has a maximum DPI of up to 12,000, the mouse comes with only two DPI settings. Plus, there's only one toggle that lets you switch between these settings. Though the mouse looks sturdy and should do well in the long run, do note that the connecting cable isn't braided.
With an ornamental rubberized grip, a thumb wing, and uniquely designed buttons, the Corsair Nightsword RGB is surely a looker. However, it's not only the looks that define this gaming mouse, for it also has an equal amount of features. For one, there are ten buttons, a dedicated sniper button, and is polished off with a powerful sensor. And all these combine to give you fine gaming experience.
Coming to the buttons, there are around five buttons positioned to the left. The first set is at the top and can be easily accessed via the index finger and can be safely used to adjust the DPI of the mouse. The actual thumb buttons are placed immediately below them, along with a sniper button. Needless to say, the thumb wing makes the mouse convenient to handle.
The performance is on par with its price. It's precise, and the response time is also excellent.
But at the end of the day, the Nightsword is quite big and is only meant for you if you have bigger hands. And if you have sweaty palms, you may see yourself losing the grip far too often than you'd like.
Love MMO and MOBA games? If yes, the Logitech G604 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse is designed just for you. The highlight of this gaming mouse is the Dual-Mode hyper-fast scroll wheel. This wheel can be pushed in two directions. And depending on your gameplay, you can lock down the scroll wheel, or keep it unlocked if you want to scroll through maps at an absurd speed. And the story doesn't end there. The G604 Lightspeed comes with not two, but six thumb buttons. Yep, you read that right.
You can define the function of these buttons. And though you may find it initially difficult to distinguish between all of them, the going gets easier as you spend more time with it.
Aside from that, the performance is solid, thanks to the 16K Hero sensor. If we talk numbers, the maximum DPI is up to 16,000, something which you can easily adjust with the top-left buttons.
It's a wireless mouse, and you can expect the battery to over 240 gaming hours. Yep, it's one of the long-lasting gaming mice out there.
Overall, it's a great mouse with great performance coupled with a good design and solid grip. However, it does have a few limitations. For one, there's no RGB lighting in this one. Secondly, it may take a bit of time to get used to the six thumb buttons.
But if you love MMO, MOBA, or Battle Royale gaming genres, this is the mouse for you.
The Razer Naga Trinity is the mouse for you if you love modular design. Yep, this one comes with three interchangeable plates that let you change the left side of the mouse, depending on your preference. And you can switch between the twelve-button, six-button, and a standard two-button layout.
So, why would you buy this? Well, for starters, the plates let you tweak the buttons depending on the games that you play. And the good news is that you don't need to change the mouse settings each time you change the plates. All of them are saved and loads each time you switch the plates.
And when it comes to performance, you get the charm associated with the 2014 variant of the Razer Naga mouse.
Do note that this mouse is a tad small. And if you have bigger hands, you might want to skip this one.
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is the one for you if you are looking for a comfortable mouse for using with your right hand. As you may have expected, it comes with plenty of buttons. There are 11 buttons in total, including two standard thumb buttons. The highlight of this gaming mouse is its sharp and modern look. And yeah, you also get a generous thumb rest.
The G502 Lightspeed boasts a maximum DPI of 16,000 and is a great performer. And its performance has been praised by both gamers and professional reviewers alike. The folks at Toms Guide put the performance in this way, "the G502 Lightspeed performed flawlessly in games."
Aside from that, the G502 Lightspeed comes with a customizable weight system. You can add up to 16 grams of additional weights (2x4 grams + 4x2 grams), as per your preference. And typical of most gaming mice, you can customize the colors of the DPI indicators and the Logitech G logo.