Peripherals

Top 5 Mice for CS:GO In 2020: Esports’ Professionals Picks

Counter Strike: Global Offensive, abbreviated as CS:GO, is one of the most popular FPS games in the world. This ‘true’ first person shooter is also one of the most competitive video games with the highest skill ceilings in the world. When playing a game like CS:GO on a competitive level, you need a good setup to provide high frames in-game to get achieve your best performance. Likewise, you also need good peripherals to maximize your performance. Considering how your aim is the most important aspects of CS:GO, you would be wise in being particular about the kind of mouse you play with since it is the most likely to directly affect your aim and in turn your overall performance.

Most CS:GO professional players (like other FPS pros), use mice from the manufacturer Zowie. Around a whopping 50% of the professional players use one of the mice available from Zowie’s line of gaming mice. Speaking from a strictly competitive perspective, the less distractions, the better. Gaming mice for CS:GO need to have the most precise sensors, a comfortable design with an ergonomic grip, responsive switches and a durable build. This is where Zowie shines the most with its EC series leading the charge. Some mice from other manufacturers like Logitech, SteelSeries and Razer also come in to play since some pros do like to use certain mice such as the G Pro Wireless, Rival 310 and DeathAdder Elite. However, since there’s a plethora of mice available even from these companies themselves, we’ve curated a list of the top 5 mice used for CS:GO below for your benefit and ease.

1. Zowie EC2-B

Perfection

  • Precise sensor
  • Ergonomic design
  • Durable build
  • Plug & play
  • No software customization

DPI: 400-3200 | Buttons: 5 | Weight: 90g | Length: 12 cm | Width: 6.1 cm | Height: 4 cm | Used by: device, Magisk, Twistzz...

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Zowie’s EC2-B is the successor of one of the best, most widely used gaming mice ever, the EC2-A. The larger version of the mouse, the EC1-B and the EC2-B are the newer versions of the old Zowie EC-A series. The EC-B series has newer, more precise sensors and some changes which make the mice even better for professional gamers, especially for those which play CSGO. The dimensions of the EC2-B has remained the same, since the EC2-A struck a perfect design which suited players using various mouse grips, they chose to keep the ergonomic design. The design is simple and the build is durable. It has a strong plastic body which will easily last you a few years if you don’t hurl it off your desk too often, that is. As is the norm with Zowie’s mice, it’s Plug & Play, which means that you don’t have to download a separate software to configure the mouse. This is both a pro and a con since no software limits the customization options you can avail.

Created with the help of Counter Strike legend, Emil ‘HeatoN’ Christensen, the EC series (which is named after him) has dominated the CS:GO scene as the number one most used mouse by pro players, and for good reason as well. The new EC-B series has the 3360 sensor which is precise and near perfect in every way. It eliminated the tilt-slam issue its predecessor the 3310 had and now it doesn’t spin out in any case whatsoever. On the other hand, the design of the EC2-B series fits both medium and large hands, even though it’s the medium size version, the EC1-B being the larger brother. It’s suitable for a number of grips, including palm, fingertip and claw.

The EC2-B has a durable plastic build which goes hand in hand with its durable switches. The clicks are uniform and defined. Slightly harder than some mice. The scroll wheel of the mouse is more rigid than other gaming mice, and has fewer steps to eliminate accidental over-stepping, which may cause issues when using it to switch weapons. There’s no software that can help you customize the mouse buttons or re-assign them. So there’s less customizability on offer but it also means the mouse is plug & play, so if you’re headed to a LAN event you don’t need to worry about installing your mouse’s software to have it run properly. You can simply plug it in and you’re good to go. There is a small switch on the bottom of the mouse to control the DPI and polling rates which is a plus.

Overall, the EC2-B is a staple gaming mouse with flawless sensors and an ergonomic, tried and tested design which pros have preferred for years. It’s got a simple outlook with minimal distractions. It’s the perfect mouse in pretty much every way for any CS:GO player if you don’t mind having a wired mouse.

2. Logitech G Pro Wireless

Wireless Excellence

  • Lightspeed wireless
  • Flawless sensor
  • Customizable
  • Ambidextrous
  • Expensive

DPI: 100-16000 | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 81g | Length: 12.5 cm | Width: 6.3 cm | Height: 4 cm | Used by: s1mple, Stewie2K, nitr0...

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Speaking of wired mice, the second mouse on our list is the Logitech G Pro Wireless. This mouse gets rid of the wire and uses Logitech’s Lightspeed Wireless technology to offer lightning fast, delay-less wireless connection. The difference between using the wire for the G Pro Wireless and using it with the wire is almost none. It uses the HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor which is equivalent to the 3366 sensor. It’s flawless and highly precise, giving out 1:1 accuracy. Using the Logitech G Hub software, you can customize the buttons and adjust the settings of the mouse. Once that’s done, it’s saved on the mouse onboard and it’ll run on those settings on any computer it’s plugged into, until you change them through the software. Another advantage is that the mouse is ambidextrous. It’s perfect for both right and left handed users. All these features come at a price, which is drastically more than other mice on this list. However, it may all be worth it.

The G Pro Wireless is a fantastic mouse with a precise HERO sensor which belches out top tier performance. The lightspeed wireless technology makes this mouse as fast as other wired gaming mice. Even the battery life is spectacular giving up to 50 hours of backup time before you need to plug it in to charge. You’ll face absolutely no issues, lag or delay while using this mouse. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is your own aim. The ergonomic, ambidextrous design is simple and suitable for all grip types. It’s on the lighter end of the spectrum, weighing only 81g, and since it has no wire, there’s no extra force required to drag the cable around so it feels even lighter than other 81g wired mice.

Using the Logitech G Hub software, users can customize and re-assign buttons as they please. They can also change the DPI from a range of 100-16000 in intervals of 50. It has 8 buttons by default but if you’re right handed and the right side buttons impede your grip, you can simply remove them with ease. You can do the same with the left side buttons as well.

In conclusion, the future of gaming is headed towards wireless peripherals, and the G Pro Wireless from Logitech is ahead of the pack. It performs as well as top tier wired mice and gives great battery life for a smooth, wireless experience. The only factor you’ll have to bear in mind is the price, which may as well be justified by all the features it offers and the performance it gives out. Considering the top tier CS:GO pros that have switched to this mouse over the past couple of years, you’ll have no problem getting this mouse and fragging out.

3. Zowie FK1

Ambidextrous Classic

  • Great sensor
  • Ambidextrous
  • Plug & play
  • No software customization

DPI: 400-3200 | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 90g | Length: 12.8 cm | Width: 6 cm | Height: 3.7 cm | Used by: dupreeh, XANTARES, shox...

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The Zowie FK1 is a classic, ambidextrous gaming mouse using the pixart 3310 sensor which has been a top tier performer for a number of years. The simple design with no RGB lighting gives the matte black mouse a decent outlook. Its symmetrical shape makes it ambidextrous and pros have been using this mouse as their default for years. As is usual with Zowie mice, the FK1 is plug & play. There are no drivers required to run the mouse. You can simply plug it in and play with your last saved configuration. The DPI can be changed through a button on the bottom. However, due to no software being available for the mouse, there’s no customization for buttons available. You cannot re-assign buttons to other functions and have to use the default configuration.

The FK1 has been an industry classic for years since its introduction back in 2014. Some CS:GO professional players still use the mouse due to its ergonomic shape which is perfect for palm and claw grips for both hands. The 3310 sensor has next to flawless performance. The only issue faced is the tilt-slamming issue where the mouse sensor skips when slammed at an angle. This isn’t a big deal since you don’t run into this issue when playing a game like CS:GO, unless you’re doing something out of the ordinary. In which case you might prefer the newer mice with updated sensors.

Since there are no drivers required for the mouse to run, it features plug & play. By default, it comes as a right hand user mouse. You can enable the left hand option through windows and it’ll switch the buttons around. You can only use one set of side buttons at a time, and they alternate when you switch from right hand to left hand. However, you cannot reassign any buttons and change configurations because there’s no supported software available.

All in all, the Zowie FK1 is a fantastic ambidextrous mouse that many pros have stuck with for years. CS:GO pros prefer its ergonomic, simple shape despite the slightly outdated 3310 sensor. If you’re a claw or palm grip player, or simply a left handed gamer, this mouse may be the perfect fit for you.

4. Razer DeathAdder Elite

Gaming Mouse Royalty

  • Accurate sensor
  • Ergonomic design
  • Chroma RGB
  • Impressive software customization
  • Not for small hands

DPI: 100-16000 | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 96g | Length: 12.7 cm | Width: 7 cm | Height: 4.5 cm | Used by: Frozen, DeadFox, ngiN…

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An icon of the gaming mice world, the DeathAdder is known by pros all over the world. The DeathAdder Elite from Razer is one of the newer version of the DA line that has lasted over a decade and a half. It’s done so by retaining a perfectly ergonomic shape for right handers providing ultra-comfort and great grips for anyone with medium or large hands. Users with small hands may have a hard time gripping the mouse comfortably since it’s larger than most other mice in the FPS category, so they might want to consider another option.

However, the modified 3389 sensor if flawless with its performance, like any other top tier gaming mouse. It has a DPI range of up to 16000, which is insane. If you want to get the most out of the mouse, you’ll definitely want to download its software: Razer Synapse. You can then customize the DPI to your liking to any value you want, create macros, reassign buttons and control the RGB Chroma lighting on the back of the mouse and the scroll wheel.

The DeathAdder Elite from Razer is a successor to other DeathAdders from the past and it retains more or less the same, infamous shape. It’s one of the most comfortable mice for anyone with medium or large sized hands. Of course some of that is preference but when you’re discussing the DA Elite, with years of success and a number of pros still using it, they must be doing something very right. A number of grips can be used on the mouse but the two that are most commonly used are claw and palm. If you’re a fingertip grip user or have small hands, it may be slightly difficult to adjust to this mouse. Otherwise, it’s a perfect fit.

The sensor is flawless and performs highly accurately. It has insane precision, going up to 16000 DPI. Although I’ve never met anyone who uses anything above 6000 DPI, it’s still an impressive feature. The software customization brings a lot to the table as well. Since the DA Elite has Chroma RGB lighting on the back of the mouse in the form of a Razer logo, and on the scroll wheel, the software can control it and make it switch between 16.8 million colors. Also, you can adjust the DPI through the software, reassign buttons and create macros.

Overall, there’s a reason why the DeathAdder series has been so popular among gamers for years. The trend continues with the DeathAdder Elite as we see a number of CS:GO pros still using it. It’s got a great sensor, ergonomic design, beautiful RGB lighting controlled through a very intuitive software. The DeathAdder Elite is gaming mice royalty and you’d be wise to buy it if you like its infamous shape. It perfectly suits those with medium and large hands, utilizing the claw and palm grips.

5. SteelSeries Rival 310

Flashy Performance

  • Great sensor
  • Durable buttons
  • Good value for money
  • Extensive software functionality
  • Not suited for small hands

DPI: 100-12000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 88.3g | Length: 12.8 cm | Width: 7 cm | Height: 4.2 cm | Used by: blameF, RIKO…

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The SteelSeries Rival 310 comes from a company which is regarded as a giant in the gaming industry. That’s why there were no surprises when they came out with the Rival 310, a mouse with a flawless, TrueMove3 sensor which features 1:1 movement and extremely low latency input. It also has a great, ergonomic design for right handed gamers. It’s perfect for large and medium sized hands with any kind of grip. However, gamers with smaller hands may find it problematic to use a palm grip since the mouse is slightly on the larger end of the spectrum. The mouse features durable buttons with a 50 million click durability rating which is practically a lifetime worth for most gamers which is fantastic.

The Rival 310 features SteelSeries’ TrueMove3 Sensor which promises 1:1 performance up till 3500 DPI and improved accuracy with reduced jittering up till 12000 DPI. It’s shape is larger than a few of the mouse on this list and it has steep vertical arches which, added with the slight hourglass shape the mouse has, makes it slightly difficult for players with smaller hands to go grip it fully. Its ergonomic shape fits large and medium sized hands perfectly though. SteelSeries guarantees 50 million click durability which is absolutely fantastic for the lifetime of a mouse. Since it’s been a couple years from the release date of the mouse, it’s now available at an even cheaper price and gives out great value for money spent.

There are two RGB lighting zones on the mouse, one on the logo on the back of the mouse and the other on the scroll wheel. Both are fully customizable through the SteelSeries Engine software. All 6 buttons are reassign-able as well. Users can change DPI and configure the mouse buttons to their liking. The software support is extensive as the lighting can even change with in-game events in particular supported games. For example, in CS:GO, the lighting will change as the bomb explodes at the end of a round if you enable the option through the software.

In conclusion, the Rival 310 is another top-tier mouse with a fantastic, flawless sensor, and an ergonomic right handed design which features comfort and durability. It’s perfect for gamers with large and medium sized hands who want a flashy mouse with great performance and high durability.

Eric Jones

A tech enthusiast and avid gamer, Eric Jones has been into the gaming world for over a decade. With a wide array of experience including putting together a number of gaming PCs for himself and his friends, he imparts the knowledge he's curated because of his curious nature to you in an informative and entertaining way as a tech writer.

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