Best Mouse for CS:GO - The Ultimate Guide
When you’re playing a competitive game of CSGO one missed shot can mean the difference between winning the round or sending your team in a downward spiral of pistol B rushes so it’s pretty obvious that a good gaming mouse is a necessary piece of equipment for serious CS:GO players.
It can be hard to see the forest for the threes though with so many companies offering gaming mice at many different price points. To help you out in your search we’ve analyzed the most serious CS:GO players there are (the pros) and made a list of the mice they use most, using our CS:GO Pro Settings and Gear List. In this list we'll briefly go over the features of each mouse as well as give you some general thoughts on why pros might favor certain mice. Of course you should never just outright copy whatever your favorite pro is doing but it can definitely be a great idea to see the gear that they prefer.
What makes a mouse good for CSGO?
CS:GO is a game where every little advantage goes a long way. Players experiment with all sorts of stuff in order to squeeze every last drop of performance from their rig. CSGO is also one of the most 'pure FPS' games around, at least when looking at the most popular ones. With no classes, heroes, or any real starter loadouts to choose from, your aim is going to be super important.
The gameplay in CSGO is quite straightforward: there's you, your gun(s) and an assortment of utility grenades to choose from. No abilities, extra pieces of kit, ultimates, and so on means that you don't need a mouse with a ton of side buttons or extra functionality. A simple, reliable mouse with a comfortable design and a sensor which perfectly translates your movements to the game is all you really need for CSGO. In fact, distractions could even be detrimental to your performance.
CS:GO players are known for their restraint when it comes to switching to the latest and greatest gear, and these days there are a ton of mice manufacturers releasing great and reliable mice, so don't let these aggregate lists stop you from trying out things: use this list as a guideline and an interesting source of information, not as a definite 'best of' list since a lot depends on personal preferences. Nevertheless, every single mouse on this list is an amazing CS:GO gaming mouse in its own right, so you can't go wrong with any choice on this list, as long as the mouse fits your preferences and hand shape/size.
ZOWIE used to be the de facto 'standard mouse brand' for CS:GO professionals, but over the past year or so Logitech has taken over that crown. The mice that these two brands make are (partially) responsible for most of the frags that you see pro players make, as they are used by over 66% of active CS:GO professionals. Those are staggering numbers, and if you're to believe CS:GO players you have to go for either a ZOWIE or a Logitech mouse, with Razer (and especially Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro) being a very viable third option.
Of course we're only commenting on the trends that we see here: as we mentioned earlier on, there are tons of great mice out there, some made by niche brands that are basically only known in the enthusiast community. Speaking of niche brands: VAXEE, a relatively new company, hold the fourth spot quite comfortably, and even though their usage numbers have dropped off from what they were at the company's peak it's still impressive to see such a small brand make a splash in one of the largest esports scenes in the world.
Looking at these figures we do notice a trend, however. It seems like brands that don't offer wireless mice are on a downtrend, whereas brands that do offer top tier wireless mice are on the up. This could be a coincidence, or it could mean that a wireless connection really is becoming the norm for any competitive gaming mouse these days.
Most used manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro X Superlight
The number one esports mouse
The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is the successor to the widely used and lauded G Pro Wireless. That mouse had already taken the gaming world by storm, but even that one didn't manage to do what its successor did: claim the crown as the most used mouse in professional CS:GO.
Despite being a little on the older side for a gaming mouse, the G Pro X Superlight (commonly abbreviated as 'GPX') is still one of the finest competitive gaming mice out there. There are others out there with more cutting edge technology, but the GPX achieves such a perfect balance on pretty much all fronts that it's hard to look past it, even today.
The PTFE feet aren't icy fast, but they strike a nice balance between speed and control, and are smooth right out of the box. The clicks don't fall into any specific category (they're neither very light, nor are they heavy and substantial) so they work for pretty much all gamers. The scroll wheel also goes for an agreeable compromise between tactility and smoothness. All of this leads to a mouse that's, by design, ready to be used by almost any gamer without offending, and then we haven't even talked about the shape.
Often criticized as being a bit bland or boring, the shape of the GPX is without a doubt one of the reasons for its overwhelming success. It's not a specialized shape; there are better claw grip shapes out there, better palm grip shapes, and better fingertip designs, but it wasn't Logitech's intention to make a specialized design. Logitech wanted to make a mouse that would fit pretty much anyone, and looking at the sheer popularity and usage numbers of the G Pro X (and the G Pro Wireless before it) they've succeeded.
It is showing its age somewhat: the micro USB charging port might have been borderline okay when it released, but these days it really is an outdated format. The competition is also coming out with wireless mice that are capable of 4000Hz polling rates, while the GPX's highest polling rate is 1000Hz. Optical mouse switches are on the rise too, even though these aren't always a hit when companies release their own. The time for a refresh might be coming closer.
Why this one?
If you are looking for what's essentially the industry standard gaming mouse, you're looking for the Logitech G Pro X Superlight. And while it's not on the cutting edge of technology any longer, it's still one of the best gaming mice that you can buy today. If you know exactly what you want when it comes to shape and design there are certainly alternatives to consider these days, but if you just want a reliable competitive gaming mouse that's going to work for 99% of people, the GPX is extremely hard to look past.
2. Zowie EC2
Designed for Counter Strike Players
The ZOWIE EC has been on or near the top of the CS:GO mouse market basically since its inception. That’s not a big surprise, since the mouse was designed specifically for competitive Counter-Strike. Zowie teamed up with CS legend Emil ‘HeatoN’ Christensen (hence the ‘EC’ in the name) to make the perfect mouse for one of the world’s most popular FPS games and the EC turned out to be just the right combination of features and a great shape, as is evidenced by the vast amount of pros who prefer this mouse.
ZOWIE’s mission is to design mice for serious competitive gamers. There are no unnecessary frills to their mice, nor are there ridiculous gimmicks which add to the weight or mess with the shape or grip. In the spirit of keeping their products the best they can be for serious gamers they also make their mice plug and play. You don’t need to install any drivers or mess with yet another annoying software program in order to use ‘em. This is very useful for players who travel to LANs often like the CS:GO pros. Not having yet another peripheral that you need to download drivers for is definitely an advantage if you're on the road so much.
But all of that convenience and 'performance first' thinking would be for naught if the mouse didn't sit right, so ZOWIE really put a lot of effort into their shapes. With a shape based on the Microsoft Intellimouse models of yore, they seem to have found just about the perfect ergonomic shell. Not only is the EC often lauded as having one of the most comfy shapes on the market, it's also one of the most often copied shapes these days.
There is one obviously missing element, though, and that's a wireless version. ZOWIE is working on it, and their C versions are pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to wired mice, but it's an undeniable truth that wired mice are going to go the way of the dinosaur in the following years.
Why this one?
This is a mouse that's designed specifically for CS, with a supremely comfortable shape, flawless sensor and a very solid build quality.
The ZOWIE EC is what you need if you want a 'no BS' CS:GO mouse. Plug it in, configure it to your liking via the onboard controls, and never worry about it again. It's built like a tank so it'll last you for years and years, and it's hard to look past that amazing shape. It's often been imitated, but not many companies manage to match it exactly.
ZOWIE has a unique design philosophy (they didn't blindly follow the 'holes in mice' trend, for example) that attracts a lot of tac shooter fans, and it's so well-loved among CS:GO pros for a reason. We do hope that the wireless version comes out sooner rather than later though.
3. Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro
Razer is one of the most famous gaming brands in the world, but in recent years their mice had fallen off a bit in the professional scene. The brand came back swinging, though, and they're currently at the very top of the mouse game.
The DeathAdder line is one of the oldest gaming mouse lines out there, and with the V3, Razer has made some design changes to the shell. The DeathAdder is no longer that flat, long ergonomic mouse that the line has been known for: this new version is more in line with the ZOWIE EC's of this world: it's shorter, 'boxier', and overall just more approachable.
It would be easy to explain the success of the DA V3 Pro based on that shape change alone, but that wouldn't be entirely correct if you ask us, since there's a lot going on under the hood. Razer's Focus Pro 30K optical is one of the most (if not the most) advanced sensors on the market, and it's capable of a 4000Hz polling rate in wireless mode. You do have to purchase a separate dongle for that to happen, but that's extremely impressive technology nonetheless, and lots of pros are making use of this 4KHz dongle.
The Razer Optical Gen-3 switches are also fantastic: they are faster and more reliable than traditional mechanical switches, and with these switches on their third iteration, Razer has managed to almost completely eliminate the squishy feeling that was often associated with early days optical switches.
Bundle all of this technology into an extremely lightweight (just 63 grams) package and you've got what's essentially the most technologically advanced mouse on the market today. All of this, along with the shape change to make the DA a more maneuverable mouse with a more accessible shape, makes it come as no surprise that so many pros are making the switch.
Why this one?
If you're looking for a lightweight wireless ergonomic mouse that's basically the best that you can get for your money right now then look no further than the DeathAdder V3 Pro. This is a mouse that's aimed squarely at hardcore competitive gamers, and it hits the mark on pretty much all fronts. It is built like a tank, sports the latest tech, and has a much safer shape than its predecessors. This is one of Razer's best ever releases if you ask us.
4. Logitech G Pro Wireless
The old king
The gaming mouse market has moved at incredible speeds in the past years and the G Pro Wireless (commonly known as 'GPW') is, by gaming mouse standards, a really old mouse, but it was so cutting edge back then that it still holds up today.
This is the predecessor to the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, and this is the mouse that paved the way for the GPX to become the king of competitive gaming mice. It has the same shape as the Superlight, but there are a number of notable differences. The feet on the GPW aren't up to modern standards, for example, though replacement feet are still available so that doesn't have to be a big issue. The buttons on the GPW are also a step down from what you'll find on the GPX. The GPW does have (modular) buttons on the right side, while the GPX doesn't.
The most defining difference lies in the weight, though: the GPW comes in at 80 grams while its successor weighs only 63 grams. Whether that's something that bothers you personally will be up to you to decide, but if you decide that the weight does not bother you then the GPW can be a perfect mouse for you if you're on a bit of a budget and you want to see what all the fuss is about.
Why this one?
If you are looking for a high tier wireless mouse and you don't really need or want to have the lightest mouse on the market then the G Pro Wireless is definitely one to consider, given the fact that it can be bought for cheaper than the G Pro X Superlight these days. If budget is no issue we'd recommend the Superlight, but the G Pro Wireless still is a very worthy piece of kit so you can definitely consider it.
5. Zowie EC1
The EC2's larger brother
The EC1 is basically the same as its smaller brother, so if you like what you're seeing with the EC2 but you like your mice a bit larger then this is the one for you. The 1 is 3mm (0.11 inches) higher and 3mm broader at the front and middle, and the bottom part of the mouse is 5mm (0.19 inches) broader.
If you're more of a fan of slightly larger and heavier mice you can opt for the EC1. All of the stuff that makes the EC2 so great is also present in this one, so there's no need to worry about anything.
Conclusion: The best Mouse for CS:GO
CS:GO professionals generally prefer tried and true products. The CS:GO scene isn't very volatile when it comes to gear: once a product reaches a certain adoption rate, it tends to stay there for a while. In a way, this is a fitting way of thinking for a game such as CS:GO. The game itself isn't the newest, flashiest game on the market, but its foundations and underlying principles are so strong that it's hard to image that it'll ever not be one of the most popular esports games around.
We do have to nuance the previous point a bit, however. With the rapid adoption of a mouse such as the Razer DeathAdder V3 and the fact that the Logitech G Pro X Superlight has taken the crown after years of ZOWIE EC dominance, we are seeing a bit of a shakeup in the scene. Perhaps younger pros who are starting to burst onto the scene are more keen to try new products and technologies, or perhaps features like a wireless connection are considered 'standard' these days in a way that makes it tough to consider a wired mouse. With over 50% of professionals now using a wireless mouse, this claim could certainly be argued.
Whatever you make of this list; we strongly encourage you to do your own research and especially test the size of each mouse to fit. Consider this list to be a guideline, not gospel. It can be fun to see what the pros are using, and this is without a doubt an excellent foundation for you to find your own perfect mouse, but there are many great options out there to consider that haven't made the list too. Good luck in your search!