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. 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. We consider this a great selection to choose your personal best mouse for CS:GO.
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 sidebuttons or extra functionality. A simple, well built 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.
Zowie seems to have understood that. Their products are mainly focused on performance; there are not complicated designs which could force people to hold the mouse in a certain way, nor are there any attempts to introduce gimmicks which could be detrimental to gameplay. They currently have four main lines of mice: the EC, FK, ZA, and S lines. All of them offer size variants within the line as well, and since all Zowie mice feature the same cable and clicks and high performance gaming sensors you, in essence, only need to choose a model and size and get to fragging. There’s no need to worry that you’ve picked up a ‘budget model’ with subpar specs or something like that.
A High Zowie Count
Zowie absolutely dominates the pro CSGO scene with their mice. Their products take up four of the top five most used mice, with the EC2-A boasting the most impressive stats: almost a quarter of CSGO professionals use the EC2-A, despite it being a slightly older mouse at this point. Logitech does take the second spot, barely etching out the revamped version of the EC series, the EC2-B, which is then followed by yet another EC model in the form of the EC1-A. Around 41% of CS:GO professionals use this series of mice, which has been designed specifically for this game in cooperation with CS legend Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, so perhaps it’s no surprise that so many Counter-Strike professionals absolutely seem to adore this product. You can read our review on both the EC2-A and its newer brother, the EC2-B to find out why these products are so beloved.
In the list below we will give you a bit more info on why these mice are so loved by the pros, as well as give you our own take on the mice. Some of the mice in our top list are just size variants of the same mouse, so there we just point out the differences in size and weight.
Most used manufacturer
Number One: Zowie EC2-A
Designed for Counter Strike Players
A staggering 25% of CSGO professionals use the Zowie EC2-A. 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 EC2-A is a phenomenally good mouse, with the most talked about aspect being its extremely comfortable shape.
Plug and Play
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.
Best shape on the market?
While the EC series are top tier in just about every aspect, the most often talked about feature of the EC2-A is the shape. Zowie seems to have shapes down to a tee, and the EC series are the shiniest jewel on that crown.
Aside from the fact that the shape feels really good for almost all grip types (if your hand size fits the mouse, of course) it’s also just so damn comfortable. That’s due to a combination of the relatively light weight (coming in at about 92 grams) and very good weight distribution and shape. As such it’s a very good options for people who are going to be gaming for hours on end, like professional CSGO players.
Why This One?
You can read the full rundown in our review, but in short: it’s a mouse designed specifically for CS, with a supremely comfortable shape, really good sensor and a very solid build quality. Thanks to the design of the shape the mouse can also be comfortably held by a variety of grip types without ever feeling discomfort, so it’s no surprise at all that so many of our professional players are opting to go for the EC2-A.
Number Two: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Cutting edge technology
It used to be the case that a wireless mouse would get you laughed out of the LAN center, because wireless gaming brought with it tons of latency and other unforeseeable, performance-limiting shenanigans, but that hasn’t been the case for a while now, at least not with Logitech.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless comes with configurable side buttons (meaning that it’s a truly ambidextrous mouse), a rechargeable battery which with over 40 hours of gaming time, Logitech’s flawless HERO sensor, and all of that is coming it at just around 80 grams.
Freedom of movement
No matter how good your cable is: it will never be as good as having no cable at all. Going wireless means that you completely enable any cable drag or interference. Combine that with the fact that the G Pro Wireless weighs in at a super light 80 grams and you’ve got pretty much unparalleled freedom on your mousepad.
Every bit a gaming mouse
The G Pro Wireless was designed with one thing in mind: gamers. They changed the shape from the slightly controversial shape of the original G Pro wired design (which is a completely different mouse in almost every aspect, which does make Logitech’s naming scheme a bit odd) to a much safer ambidextrous shape with configurable side buttons. The G Pro Wireless’ HERO sensor (which is a proprietary Logitech sensor) is their version of the 3366, consuming less power whilst delivering the same performance, which means that you can game for longer on a single charge. Combine that with Omron switches, a nice scroll wheel, and so forth and you’ve got a gaming mouse that’s worth the name.
Why this one?
Well, obviously this is the one to go for if you want a wireless mouse since it’s the only mouse of that kind in this top five, but it’s got plenty of other features to offer as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight, ambidextrous mouse with clicks that are lighter than what Zowie is offering with their Huanos you could be all set with the G Pro Wireless.
Number Three: Zowie EC2-B
The newest EC version
Ever since the release of the ‘new’ 3360 line of sensors (and its various manufacturer-exclusive variants) Zowie fans have been clamoring for an updated EC version with the newest sensor in it. Zowie eventually listened and released the ‘B’ line for their EC mice, which might sound like it’s an inferior version, but it isn’t.
It still has mostly the same features (with the notably amazing shape obviously remaining unchanged) but makes some changes on the mouse feet (four small feet on the B vs. two larger feet on the A), coating, and obviously the sensor.
Why this one?
If you like what you’re hearing from the EC2-A line and you want a 3360 sensor, or you want to experience a bit of a faster and more aggressive glide due to the smaller mouse feet then this is the one for you.
Number Four: Zowie EC1-A
The EC2-A’s larger brother
The EC1-A is basically the same as its smaller brother, so if you like what you’re seeing with the EC2-A but you like your mice a bit larger then this is the one for you. The 1-A is 3mm (0.11 inches) higher, and 3mm broader at the front and middle, though the bottom part of the mouse is 5mm (0.19 inches) broader.
So if you’re more of a fan of slightly larger and heavier mice (the 1-A comes weighing in at about 97 grams) you can opt for the EC1-A. All of the stuff which makes the 2-A so great is also present in this one, so there’s no need to worry about anything.
Number Five: Zowie FK1
Ambidextrous and no-nonsense
The FK1 is one of Zowie’s ambidextrous mice, with the FK series having a rather low profile towards the back. It’s not really a partygoer, as there are no LEDs or fancy tramp stamp logos on the mouse. Instead it’s finished in a stylish matte black, with two sidebuttons on either side of the mouse, making it ideal for lefties and righties. The set of buttons you don’t want to use can be deactived though, so there is no need to worry about accidentally pressing them.
Plug and Play
Once again the Zowie philosophy shines through with the FK1. There is absolutely no need to be installing any annoying software programs or drivers when you buy the FK1 (or really any Zowie mouse for that matter): just plug it in and get to fragging. That’s also one of the reasons many pro players love these mice. If you’re traveling to lans often where you cannot/do not have to bring your own computer it’s just much easier to be able to plug your gear in and get to playing as opposed to installing half a dozen drivers.
Lightweight and trustworthy
The FK1 is another mouse that’s seemingly built for CS:GO, and that’s because it is: the ‘FK’ in this mouse’s name stands for Filip “NEO” Kubski, who’s an absolute legend to the CS world and co-designed this mouse to his needs. As pointed out in our review, it’s a very comfortable ambidextrous mouse with a fantastic set of nicely responsive buttons. It’s pretty lightweight as well, coming in at about 88 grams.
If you buy the right size for your hands (there’s three size variants with the FK series, with the FK1 being the medium sized one) and you like ambi mice with almost no humps then the FK1 will feel like it’s disappearing in your hands when playing.
Why this one?
Zowie rules the CSGO world for a reason. Their mice have been built for this game and the FK1 feels right at home to help guide you through Mirage, Cobblestone, and what have you. The FK1 is a solidly built mouse, with a super pleasing (though not the lightest) set of buttons and an excellent sensor. It’s a lightweight, ambidextrous mouse with no real hump towards the back, so if you’re looking for a very discrete, ambidextrous mouse or you’re a leftie (or both) the FK1 deserves a stern look.
Conclusion: The best Mouse for CS:GO
Zowie rules supreme in the world of CS:GO, and that has its reasons. Most (if not all) of their stuff was made with competitive CS in the back of their minds, and it shows. The pros aren’t the definitive factor in deciding whether or not a product is great, but when you’ve got well over half of professional players using equipment from the same brand they’ve got to be doing something right, though Logitech has managed to creep its way into the CS:GO world in the past couple of months with their latest effort.
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. So consider this list as a guideline, but we do hope that it’s been of help and you found your own best mouse for CS:GO.
Thanks for reading.