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 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.
What's also noticeable is that the so called 'ultralight' (<70 grams) mice haven't really taken off so much in the CS:GO scene as they did in some other games that we analyze. This potentially indicates a number of things: that it's important to stick with what works for you instead of constantly switching gear and that the chase for the lightest mouse on the planet isn't as important in a game such as CS:GO. Of course we're only theorizing here, and there are plenty of pros who switch mice a lot and experiment with light mice (Zywoo's often been spotted using mice from smaller manufacturers such as the Xtrfy M4, for example) 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.
A High Zowie Count
Zowie absolutely dominates the pro CSGO scene with their mice. Their products are being used by just under half of all professional players, with the EC2 boasting the most impressive stats. What's also interesting is that just under ten percent of pros still use the EC2-A, despite it being an older mouse at this point with a bunch of newer iterations having been released over the years. A little over a quarter of CS:GO pros use an EC series mouse, 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 seem to swear by this product. You can read our comparison on the differences between different EC version (as well as a link to our review on each different iteration) on our blog.
In the list below we've chosen to combine mice that are from the same series and have the exact same shape (e.g. all of the Zowie EC2 iterations) so that we can offer you a completer list as opposed to having a list which contains three different iterations of the same mouse. 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
1. Zowie EC2
Designed for Counter Strike Players
The Zowie EC is without a doubt the most popular Counter-Strike mouse with the professionals. 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.
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 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.
Best shape on the market?
The most often talked about feature of this mouse is the shape. Zowie seems to have shapes down to a tee, and the EC mice are the shiniest jewels on that crown.
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.
Why this one?
You can read the full rundown in our reviews, 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.
2. Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Taking back the crown?
When the Logitech G Pro Wireless (see below) came out it very much took the gaming world by storm, and while it took the competition some time to catch up to the technological advancements that Logitech had taken there were some competitors popping up in the months prior to the release of the Superlight. When leaks of a new version of the ubiquitous first started surfacing, heads were turned, even more so when the word 'SUPERLIGHT' was seen on the cam of a player. Just how light would it be?
A massive achievement
When the specs of the newest Logitech flagship mouse came out it was clear that the engineers and designers had yet again raised the bar. The Superlight has a rechargeable battery, PTFE feet, improved clicks (so as to eliminate the chances of the mouse accidentally double clicking, which was one of the most common issues of the G Pro Wireless) and that trademark shape that seems to hit just right with so many players. The kicker here is that it weighs only 62 grams. That's impressive for a wired mouse, it's an absolutely incredible feat if you consider the fact that this one is wireless.
A lot of people will be asking 'should I get the (now slightly cheaper) G Pro Wireless or the Superlight edition' and our answer would be: get the Superlight. It's a better mouse than its older sibling in every way, unless you're a leftie (there are no side buttons on the right any longer) so if you have to choose between the two we would recommend the Superlight. If you've got a regular G Pro Wireless and you're content with that you can always stay on that one though: it's still an amazing mouse.
Why this one?
If you like your lightweight mice and you don't want to go wired (anymore) you have got to consider the Logitech G Pro X Superlight. Its weight of 62 grams lands it firmly in that 'ultralight mouse' realm, and that combined with the flawless wireless tech, impressive battery life (around 72 hours), flawless sensor, great (and improved) clicks, nice stock feet, and safe shape makes this one of the most impressive gaming mice that you can buy today.
3. 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 them tons of latency issues and other unforeseeable, performance-limiting shenanigans but that hasn't been the case for a while now.
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. At release this was a massively impressive feat of engineering and even though other wireless mice (including Logitech's own Pro X Superlight) have since been rising up to the challenge, the G Pro Wireless is still an impressive mouse in today's market.
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 erase any cable drag or interference. Combine that with the fact that the G Pro Wireless weighs in at a comfy 80 grams and you've got pretty much unparalleled freedom on your mousepad.
Cables these days have come very far so there's absolutely nothing wrong with using a wired mouse but for some players the feeling of freedom that wireless mice offer can never quite be matched.
Every bit a gaming mouse
The G Pro Wireless was designed with one crowd in mind: gamers. They changed the shape from the slightly controversial design of the original G Pro wired (which is a completely different mouse in almost every aspect: Logitech's naming scheme is a bit odd) to a much safer ambidextrous shape with configurable side buttons.
The G Pro Wireless' HERO sensor is their version of the 3366, consuming less power whilst delivering the same performance meaning that you can game for longer on a single charge. Combine that with crispy clicks, a nice scroll wheel, a great coating, and very decent stock feet and you've got a mouse that would be considered a great mouse even without the wireless aspect.
Why this one?
If you are looking for a top 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 often 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.
4. VAXEE ZYGEN NP-01
The new kid on the block
VAXEE is a company that sprung up from seemingly out of nowhere, but the fact that their mice are gaining traction in the world of CS:GO perhaps isn't a large surprise. The people behind the company are the same people who founded the original Zowie team way back in the day, and they (unsurprisingly) still have the same values for their products: it's all focused on competitive gamers, with no unnecessary gimmicks or addons to their mice in order to appeal to a more casual audience.
The best of both worlds?
The NP-01 is a mouse that was created in cooperation with Japanese CS player Junya “noppo” Taniguchi's company ZYGEN (hence the name) and features a really interesting shape that's a mix between an ambidextrous design and an ergonomic design. A combination of ergonomic features (the indentation for your thumb on the left side, the slightly bigger curve at the right back) and ambidextrous features (a very neutral front and no tilt on the top shell) makes for a very unique and interesting shape that's still quite safe.
For competitive gamers
VAXEE is a company that has competitive gamers on their mind. They're not the only company to do that of course, but you really do see it in the way they design their products. There's no RGB and there are no drivers that you need to install before you get to play your game of choice: everything is done on the mouse itself. Everything from the scroll wheel to the clicks has been designed with first person shooters in mind (though the wheel can get annoying for browsing, for example) so it's no surprise that this mouse has been welcomed with so much love in the CS:GO scene.
Why this one?
If you're looking for an extremely reliable mouse that's focused on competitive gamers with a unique (and still very safe) shape then this is one you could consider. If you feel like you want some ergonomic features such as a spot where your thumb goes 'into the shell' without having to go for a super formed ergonomic mouse then this could be the dream for you. Recently, VAXEE also released the NP-01S. That's got a slightly different shape (so it's not just a 'shrunken down' version of this NP-01) however, so please take note of this if you're planning on purchasing an NP-01 mouse.
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.
So 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
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 almost half of all professional players using equipment from the same brand they've got to be doing something right.
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.