There's a whole host of mice out there, all with different colours and sensors. There are a few key questions you should ask yourself before making any PC mouse purchase:

  • What’s the size of my hand: from the tip of my middle finger to the bottom of my palm?
  • Will I be using the mouse with my right or left hand?
  • What will I be using the mouse for? Do I need an accurate or flawless sensor?
  • How much money do I want to spend on a PC mouse?
  • Will the mouse work on my operating system?

These five questions will enable you to quickly figure out what you’re looking for. For example, depending on the size of your hands, certain mice won’t fit properly. 

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The Logitech G502 and G303 are prime examples; they share the same flawless sensor, but offer completely different ergonomics. Neither is better than the other, but which you choose depends on what is more comfortable for you. Are you a palm, claw or finger-tip gripper? Depending on your hand size, use and style only one of the two mice will be the best option for you – there’s no right or wrong answer, it all comes down to your personal preference. In this guide, we will indicate which grip style the mouse is aimed at, based on a man’s average hand size.

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SteelSeries Rival 100

SteelSeries Rival 100
  • RRP: £29.99. US$39.99

Sensor: Optical, PixArt SDNS-3059-SS with 4,000 DPI

Grip style: Finger-tip or claw – right and left-handed mouse

Operating system: Windows and Mac

The SteelSeries Rival 100 is a budget mouse that’s aimed at those looking for an accurate, zero-acceleration sensor. The mouse’s colour scheme can be fully customised through SteelSeries’ software, where through GameSense the mouse can visually display certain game attributes.

The mouse has three additional customisable buttons, two on the left hand-side and one on the top. One of the highlights of the mouse is its symmetric ergonomic design, which means it can be used by both left and right handers.

The Rival 100 boasts fantastic sensor tracking through its PixArt SDNS-3059-SS sensor, making it an affordable mouse for hardcore gamers who are looking to use the mouse for competitive games.

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
  • RRP: £79.99. US$79.99

Sensor: Laser, Darkfield with 1,600 DPI

Grip style: Palm or finger-tip – right-handed mouse

Operating system: Windows and Mac

The Logitech MX Master is a fantastic wireless mouse which is elegantly designed to work as a multimedia mouse. Through its Darkfield laser sensor it offers fantastic tracking capabilities, which will work on various different surfaces, including high-gloss and glass surfaces.

The MX Master can be used both through a wireless 2.4G (via USB dongle), Bluetooth or wired connection. The wide array of connectivity options make the mouse fantastic for use with various platforms and types of PCs, such as a MacBook connected to a projector to a desktop PC.

The mouse is primarily aimed at multimedia and business users, but it could also be used for casual, non-competitive gaming. The thumb wheel on the side allows a number of possibilities, and can be used to flick through recent apps or as a volume wheel.

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Sumvision Nemesis Kata

Sumvision Nemesis Kata
  • RRP: £18.99. US$18.99

Sensor: Optical, Avago A3050 with 3,200 DPI

Grip style: Claw – right-handed mouse (can somewhat be used by left-handers)

Operating system: Windows and Mac

This extremely affordable mouse is fantastic for those looking for a gaming or multimedia mouse. Equipped with the Avago A3050, the mouse provides gamers with good performance, despite having a little bit of positive acceleration.

Through the mouse’s software you’ll be able to customise its three additional buttons (two on the left hand-side and one on the top). The customisable buttons can be used to activate a reload in a game or to control your multimedia volume.

The mouse also has customisable weight cartridges which are used to change the overall feel. On the other hand the coloured LEDs are not customisable.

Given its low price, the Sumvision Nemesis Kata is an extremely capable and multi functional mouse.

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Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
  • RRP: £35.99. US$35.99

Sensor: Optical with 1,600 DPI

Grip style: Vertical palm – right-handed mouse

Operating system: Windows and limited functionalities with Mac

The Anker Ergonomic wireless mouse is aimed at those who want a different grip on their mice, whether due to a health condition or mere preference. The Anker is a vertical-shaped mouse, which is held completely differently to conventional mice.

The Anker connects wirelessly through a 2.4G connection which works alongside a USB dongle. It also has two buttons on the left hand-side, which can be used to quickly go backward and forward on web pages. There’s also a button at the top of the mouse allowing you to quickly adjust the DPI level.

This mouse isn’t recommended for those wanting to game, but is suggested for those wanting a different ergonomic grip.

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SpeedLink Kudos Z-9

SpeedLink Kudos Z-9
  • RRP: £49.99. US$49.99

Sensor: Laser, Avago ADNS-9800 with 8,200 DPI

Grip style: Palm – right-handed mouse

Operating system: Windows

The Speedlink Kudos Z-9 houses the Avago ADNS-9800, which is a great budget gaming sensor. The mouse is finished in a red glossy plastic, which gives it a distinctive look. There are six programmable buttons which can be set up to correspond with various game actions or be used to control multimedia functions.

The main feature that sets apart the mouse is its good ergonomics for palm users. It’s a comfortable right-handed mouse which, to the average-sized hand. will be fantastic to use.

There’s no Mac-compatible software; the mouse will work without any software on Mac, but you will not be able to customise the button layout.