Our Best Mechanical Keyboards of 2017 guide just went live, showing some of the steepest deals we’ve yet seen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Keyboards have been down as much as 50%, in some instances, with thanks to the high margins on peripheral products; at least, high compared to core components. We’re back to look at gaming mice now, recapping some of the bigger sales on gaming mice that we’ve seen for Cyber Monday.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum: The G502 Proteus Spectrum is significantly discounted even direct from the Logitech website, but Best Buy still has some in stock for just $45 (usually $80). Steve liked this mouse a lot when he reviewed it back in 2014, and it’s probably the best of the mice we regularly use with systems during testing.
Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse: We use the Logitech G602 for one of our HTPC systems, favoring its wireless configuration and feel (a hefty feel of quality) for non-gaming use. The mouse advertises itself as “lagless” for gaming, but we’d recommend something higher-end, like the G900, for a task like that. For HTPC use, the G602 has been good to us. It’s presently marked down to $30 on Newegg.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Mouse: The Corsair Harpoon is a cheap, basic RGB mouse. We never reviewed the Corsair Harpoon officially, but in our news writeup after its release last year, we noted MSRP was $30--Amazon has reduced that by $8 for Black Friday & Cyber Monday.
Razer Naga: The Razer Naga, from perhaps the most ubiquitous line of “MMO” mice (the first one came out in 2009), is the most dramatic sale on this list. It’s discounted more than 50% to $35, with a list price of $80. The mouse follows the style of the old, retired Logitech G600, with what amounts to a numpad of buttons on the left side. Razer’s Naga is a small-ish mouse, not distant from the G303 in size, and runs 2x DPI buttons, LMB+RMB and MMB, and 12 side buttons.
Razer Mamba: The Mamba is the premium version of what the Harpoon is going for: sleek and with minimal buttons. The Mamba’s sensor is 16000DPI as compared to the Harpoon’s 6000, but you can check our “Misconceptions With Gaming Mice” article and decide for yourself whether that really matters. The Mamba Tournament Edition has a list price of $90, presently knocked-down to $60 for the wired version. The wireless model remains $100. Aside from its two left-side buttons, two top-side extra buttons, and “aerodynamic” body shape, the mouse is also equipped with RGB LEDs, controllable through Razer software.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB Mouse: Finally, the Corsair M65. We usually have it hooked up to a test bench, and Steve doesn’t like it--we weren’t impressed enough positively or negatively to publish a review, although we had originally planned to; however, it currently costs $35, which is still a good deal for a gaming mouse. The “sniper button” under the thumb is a nice touch, if you like them, with normal DPI up/down buttons available for profile switching. The mouse has three removable weights underneath.
Check our Best Keyboards guide for the other side of the peripherals.
- Patrick Lathan