Best Budget Gaming Mouse
- Razer Viper
Best Budget Travel Mouse
- Logitech MX Anywhere 3
Best Budget Ergonomic Mouse
- Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse
Every computer needs a mouse, but not everyone is willing to fork out $200 or more for a top-of-the-line gaming mouse, and not everyone needs it. Thankfully, budget options are available that offer a choice of decent features and minimal compromises for a much more reasonable price. Here is our list of the best budget mice 2021.
- Ergonomic design
- Long battery life
- Understated styling
- 2400 DPI
The Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse has minimalist styling that may not appeal to everyone but should work well in almost any workspace. The two thumb buttons can be rebound, as can the middle mouse click, while the left- and right-click can only be swapped. To do so you need to use the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Centre app, where you can also configure the DPI settings too.
It comes in four colours: Matte Black, Pastel Blue, Glacier (white), and Peach. The mouse takes two AAA batteries which come included and installed and provide up to 15 months of battery life. Rather disappointingly, it only comes with a one-year warranty but for a budget mouse, this isn’t so much of an issue.
- Rubberised side grips
- Up to 18-month battery life
- 99g (including battery)
- USB nano-dongle
The Logitech M310 is a barebones ambidextrous mouse that comes at a fantastic price. The price is so good you could get two and that would still be cheaper than the next cheapest mouse on this list. Obviously, for this price, you can’t expect any premium features, and you would be right, the closest you get to a feature is the fact that it is wireless.
The mouse weighs in at just 99 grams, including the 27-gram AA battery powering it. That signal battery gives up to 18 months of battery life. The sides are made of a rubberised material for extra grip.
- Two side buttons on either side
- DPI switch on the underside
- USB Cable
The Razer Viper is a true ambidextrous gaming mouse that offers a pair of extra buttons on either side of the mouse. every button on the Viper can be rebound, including the DPI button on the underside. While not everyone will agree, the DPI button on the underside can be a benefit because you can’t then accidentally press it in-game.
Performance-wise the optical switches are supposed the be faster to activate and to deactivate than traditional electrical switches, they’re also rated for 70 million clicks. The $80 price tag is pretty high for a budget device but with the release of the upgraded Viper 8k which features an 8k polling rate, this may go down in the future.
- Sensor can work on glass and reflective surfaces
- 3 hours of battery life from a minute of charging
- Mouse wheel can unlock
- 200 – 4000DPI
- USB cable, USB dongle
The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is intended as a travel mouse and, as the name suggests, works on any surface. Most mice will not work on glass or reflective surfaces, whereas the MX Anywhere will work on both, as long as the glass is at least 4mm thick. The battery can last for 70 days, and if you happen to be low, it can work while charging and get three hours of battery life from a single minute of charge time.
One of the downsides, however, is the lack of a slot in the mouse to store the USB dongle. The scroll wheel can operate in either a standard ratcheted mode or in an unlocked free-scrolling mode. The scroll wheel is made of solid stainless steel, which makes it quite heavy which can feel unusual for some people.
- Honey comb aesthetic
- “Ultra-flexible” cable
- USB Cable
The Glorious PC Gaming Race Model D is a cheap ultra-light gaming mouse with a very distinct appearance. The honeycomb top-plate shaves a little off the weight without compromising structural integrity. While it looks great, it also means that the Model D is difficult to clean.
The 12000 DPI sensor can be configured through a DPI switch on the bottom of the mouse, or through the configuration software. Unfortunately for Mac and Linux gamers, this software only works on Windows and there are no onboard memory profiles, so you can’t even transfer a custom profile. The Mouse comes in two different sizes, and in a glossy or matte, black or white colour.
So that was our list of top budget mice. Have you got one of our picks, if so why not leave a comment down below to let us know how it is? Alternatively, feel free to add your own recommendations.