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Zero1 Awards 2018 – Peripherals – Gaming Mice

December 6, 2018 — by Digit0


You can play games with almost any office mouse or a gaming mouse. But, if you’re a professional player, you wouldn’t touch the lower or mid-segment mice. In terms of performance, the best sensors are on gaming mice. The factors that warrant good performance include tracking accuracy at different speeds, precision in tracking and smoothness of tracking. The last two can be implemented in entry-level sensors, but tracking accuracy is where the sensor performance shines.

The surface on which the sensor is tracking is also a factor. High tracking accuracy only makes a difference if you’re used to gaming mice and are able to notice the difference in accuracy. This year, we got to experience more wireless mice than last year. However, wired mice are still better off in tracking accuracy. For Zero1, we stick to the sensor performance.

2018 Zero1 Award Winner: ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin

The ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin adopted the upgraded PMW3360 sensor, so we expected some good scores from it and it didn’t disappoint. Before we begin testing mice, we give it a swipe on MouseTester just to check how well the tracking is so that we know what to expect in testing. We were delighted to see minor deviations from the rising and falling curve. The sensor was able to track the movement even while in motion where many sensors fail.

Even with high-end sensors, few manufacturers are able to calibrate it and maintain tracking at different CPI levels. ASUS has done a great job in both these aspects by using the potential of the 3360. The mouse comes with beautiful RGB lighting customisation using their ROG Armoury software. So, the Gladius II Origin accurate, and it also offers extra cosmetic features.

Runner-up: SteelSeries Rival 600

The Rival 600 is the latest mouse that was launched in India from SteelSeries with the upgraded TrueMove3 sensor, first used on the Rival 310 and Sensei 310. We observed a smooth tracking curve with this sensor and it was pretty close to the 3360. However, the Rival 600 failed to work on a white surface which was a bummer and something that we had also noticed on Zowie mice with the PMW3310 sensor.

Apart from this shortcoming, the mouse performed way above average but not as good as the Gladius II Origin. The SteelSeries Engine is a brilliant software utility tool with a simple and interactive UI. You can add additional weights to the mouse according to your preferences as well.

Best Buy: Logitech G304

Logitech has always been known to have had the best sensors in the mouse market. Now, they have switched to their own branded optical sensor called the HERO. We haven’t tested the HERO sensor in a wired Logitech mouse but only in the wireless mode that uses their Lightspeed technology. The G304 is more of a budget wireless mouse in their lineup. However, the performance was above average and you will be able to comfortably hit headshots.

With time, tracking accuracy in wireless mice will improve. A few other wireless gaming mice struggled when trying to track and send the inputs to the PC simultaneously. This leads to a distorted curve and affects tracking. However, we were still able to play without any issues with them. With the wireless connectivity running on a single AA battery along with good tracking accuracy and a really good software experience, the G304 becomes our Best Buy this year.

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Zero1 Awards 2017 – Peripherals – Gaming Mice

December 13, 2017 — by Digit0


For everyday usage, you wouldn’t bother whether your mouse is accurate or not. Competitive gameplay is where you start taking these things seriously. We wanted to find the gaming mouse that was not only accurate but also gave the best overall performance in tracking. And this year, we included a wireless gaming mouse as well. The winners here may not have the best features or build quality, but they offer the best sensor performance among the gaming mice that we tested and were launched this year.

2017 Zero1 award Winner: ASUS ROG Strix Impact


Last year, our tests found the PMW3310 sensor to have incredible sensor performance present on several mice that arrived in our labs. The SteelSeries Rival 300 and Zowie mice including EC2-A, FK2 and ZA11, were the ones with the 3310 that we tested last year and most of them are still superior to the Strix Impact. This year, only the ASUS ROG Strix Impact and the HyperX Pulsefire FPS sported the 3310. Despite having the same sensor, there was a considerable difference in performance between the two. The Strix Impact performed well in the Enotus Mouse Test and generated smooth graphs in the MouseTester test. Although it didn’t score the highest among all the mouse we’ve tested from the previous year, it has earned a place among them. There were no spin outs or acceleration observed in the mouse, and there was no visible jitter in cursor movement. All of these earned the Strix Impact the Zero1 Award.

Runner-up: Logitech G603

The debate on whether wireless peripherals, wireless mice in this case, match up to their wired counterparts for gaming has been going on for a few years. We can say that they haven’t yet surpassed wired mice, but the Logitech G603 performed even better than some wired gaming mice. With some surprisingly brilliant scores in the Enotus Mouse Test, and decent performance in MouseTester, the new HERO sensor from Logitech proves to be a good sensor for gaming. There’s still work to be done in the sensor when it comes to maintaining a stable polling rate. We observed random drops in tracking while running MouseTester. This can either be a power efficiency implementation to save battery or an error in the sensor itself. Nonetheless, the mouse never stopped tracking and these drops in tracking weren’t visible during regular usage even while gaming. For now, we can certainly say that for casual and even hardcore gaming, you can opt for the G603 but there’s still work to be done to earn the respect of competitive gamers.

Best Buy: Cooler Master MasterMouse Lite S

Buying a budget mouse for gaming means you have to compromise on performance, features, and build quality. There are mice being sold at dirt cheap prices but they are literally unplayable, even for casual games. They always tend to spin out at fast swipes or display acceleration as well. There are a few mice that don’t spin out and can be used to casually play FPS games. Cooler Master’s MasterMouse range of gaming mice has three variants in different price brackets where the entry-level mouse – Lite S – is a decent choice for gaming. However, it has a high lift-off distance and does display positive acceleration and angle snapping. But if you want to casually game and not be irritated with your crosshair spinning out or experience random pixel jumping, the MasterMouse Lite S is a good choice. It’s an entry-level gaming mouse with minimal features and good build quality.