Best Silent Gaming Mouse 2019
HELPS GAMERS STAY ON POINT AND KEEP THEIR AIM TRUE
As most gamers inevitably realize, gaming with a mouse that was specifically designed for that purpose is a far cry from using a regular mouse. However, sometimes you find yourself in need of silent gaming equipment as well. Since I’ve already made my recommendations for silent gaming keyboards in a previous article, I’ve decided to also spend some time searching for the best silent mouse for gaming.
Whether you’re gaming competitively or just for fun, you’ll be able to find the perfect gaming mouse for yourself right here. At this point, some of you may be wondering why you shouldn’t just continue using your regular computer mouse, instead of purchasing a new one just for gaming. So before I present the best silent gaming mice on the market, I’ll endeavor to explain the difference between a gaming mouse and a regular mouse.
And, as always, before I present my list, I’ll also point out some of the features you should be on the lookout for when shopping for a gaming mouse in general. Without further ado, let’s see what makes a gaming mouse different from a regular one.
IS A GAMING MOUSE DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR ONE?
Other than the price difference, there are a few things that distinguish a gaming mouse from its ordinary brethren. As far as the price goes, though, regular ones do tend to be cheaper, typically staying around or under $10. In contrast, gaming mice can even cost as much as a few hundred dollars. In my opinion, though, the higher price point of most gaming mice is justified by their features.
To begin with, the sensitivity of most gaming mice is much higher than it is in regular mice. While most regular mice, and even some cheaper gaming ones, use optical LED sensors, the more expensive gaming mice use laser sensors. The reason for this change is that a laser sensor is able to achieve a higher DPI, or dots per inch. However, that doesn’t mean that a laser sensor is conclusively and irrefutably better than an optical sensor.
Aside from the greatly increased DPI value, which is about 800 in regular mice, gaming mice also have higher polling rates. This measurement tells us how quickly the data is sent from the mouse to the operating system. So, a higher polling rate usually signifies a smaller chance of lagging.
Finally, you’ll also be able to tell a gaming mouse from a regular one by all of the extra features it comes with. Gaming mice usually have a stronger and more visually interesting build. Not to mention that they’re typically more comfortable to hold since you’re likely to spend hours on end gaming. There are some more specific differences as well, which I’ll discuss in the following segment of the article.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A GAMING MOUSE
As you know, I’m a bit of an obsessive when it comes to silence. Fortunately, finding a silent gaming mouse is fairly easy — you just include the word in your search. Typically, the more clicky a mouse is and the more aggressively you use it, the louder it will be. However, that’s inevitable, especially when you’re playing a really intense game.
Still, most of the mice on my list do have some sort of a button mechanism that makes clicking more silent, while still maintaining the mechanical feeling we like. After all, you still need to know when you’ve made contact with the buttons. So, let’s see what other features are important in gaming mice.
Most people will tell you to look for functionality in a gaming mouse — but what does that mean, exactly? Well, functionality is a kind of a blanket term for all of the basic features of a computer mouse.
Firstly, consider the difference between the optical and laser sensors I already mentioned. Optical LED sensors are a bit less sensitive than the laser ones, but they should still offer enough support for most gamers. Still, if you’re a more demanding and precise player, you should definitely look for a laser sensor.
Another basic feature I’ll repeatedly mention in my list is whether a mouse is wired or wireless. This debate is one that I’ve mentioned before, in my silent keyboards article. Essentially, wireless keyboards and mice allow you more freedom of movement. However, they also might lag — which is the last thing I’d want when I’m in the middle of a game.
Sensitivity and Responsiveness
When it comes to the sensitivity and the responsiveness of a mouse, the sensors are the factor you should be looking at. Most mice will also have two numbers written in the product description, though: the DPI and the polling rate.
The dots per inch measurement will tell you how sensitive the mouse is. As I have mentioned, most regular mice are just under a thousand DPI. Gaming mice benefit from being more sensitive, and the most expensive ones have DPIs above 10,000. But really, most games don’t require a sensitivity higher than 1,600 or so.
On the other hand, the responsiveness of the mouse is measured by its polling rate. As I have explained, the polling rate is the speed with which data travels from the mouse to the computer. Most mice have a polling rate of about 100-150 Hz. However, gaming mice typically have a higher polling rate, upwards of 300 Hz, with more expensive options reaching as high as 1,000 Hz.
Custom Software and Buttons
Most gaming mice also have extra buttons on the device, aside from the scroll, and left and right click. The buttons are often programmable, so you’ll be able to use them as shortcuts while you’re playing, lowering your dependency on your keyboard. For a lower price, you might get just a few extra buttons — while a higher-end mouse might have 10 or more extra keys.
More importantly, some mice also come with custom software to help with key mapping. The software would allow you to set shortcuts for each button, and even have different profiles for different programs. First, you could be playing a game, where your buttons control, say, changing your weapon and firing. Later, if you need to use Photoshop, your buttons might help you undo or rotate the canvas.
And, of course, the software might even allow you to customize the backlighting some gaming mice have. Speaking of which, let’s talk about the look and feel of mice.
Look and Feel
The design of a product is a big deal in the world of gaming mice. Unlike regular mice, which often compromise comfort for the sake of size or simplicity, gaming mice are meant to be handled for hours on end. Therefore, it makes sense that manufacturers would commit to creating the most comfortable outer shell. Most of the time, you’ll see these characteristics referred to as the ergonomics of the mouse design.
Some higher-end gaming mice go as far as to provide interchangeable sides for the product, in order to provide different grips. The sides often contribute to the functionality, as you’ll see in my reviews. Also, since gaming mice are supposed to fit into your hand perfectly, there’s more of a difference between left and right-handed mice.
Aside from the general shape of the mouse, its build is also what distinguishes a gaming mouse from a regular one. As you’ve probably noticed, cheap plastic mice tend to start creaking after a while. Most gaming mice have a higher quality build since they need to be able to take a beating, especially from the more zealous players.
In addition to the general sturdiness of the mouse, some gaming mice also have adjustable weights. So, players can choose the amount of resistance they’re most skilled at.
Also, while a regular mouse or a low-end gaming mouse might have a rubber cord connecting it to the computer, a gaming mouse might have a braided cord cable. This isn’t really a functional feature, though I suppose it might make the cable a bit more durable.
And finally, many gaming mice also have various designs and colors of backlighting. Just like the cable design, this is more of an aesthetic choice, but it does play a part in some people’s final decision.
TOP 10 BEST QUIET GAMING MICE IN 2019
Obviously, there’s one more thing we’re all looking for when it comes to gaming mice: cost-efficiency. Everyone will be shopping within their budget, but we all want to get good bang for our buck. So, with that in mind, I’ve arranged my list in a price ascending order.
The first 5 products are all under $20, followed by one $40 mouse before I close with the under $100 category. So, let’s start with our under $20 tier!
1. TENMOS K96 Wired Computer Gaming Mouse USB Optical LED
This TENMOS gaming mouse is certainly one of the most affordable products in its category. Still, its design is comparable to those you can find among the mid-range mice.
The mouse is made of durable ABS plastic, and it’s wired, connected to the computer via a nylon braided cable. It also has a metal piece to add weight and improve handling and should be absolutely silent.
As far as sensitivity and responsiveness go, the K96 doesn’t disappoint. You can adjust the sensitivity between 1,200 and 3,200 DPI by using the button at the top of the mouse. The responsiveness is also great, and since the mouse connects to the computer with a cable, it shouldn’t lag.
Aside from the DPI key, the mouse has 5 buttons. These include the scroll wheel, the usual left and right click buttons, and the page forward and backward buttons on the left side of the mouse. You’ll be able to use the mouse on various versions of Windows systems as well as the Mac OS. The mouse also has alternating LED backlighting, though you can’t set it to one color.
2. PICTEK 2.4G Wireless Silent Click Gaming Mouse
This PICTEK gaming mouse is the first wireless mouse on my list. Despite the fact that regular wireless mice have a bit of a tarnished reputation, the ones that are made for gaming don’t typically have a lot of lag, since they often have a stronger reach.
The mouse also has an auto-sleep mode which kicks in if you don’t use it for 8 minutes. In addition, there’s also an off switch on the bottom side of the mouse. One AA battery should last through about a year of use.
The build of the mouse is durable, and the soft finish coating on the surface is sweat, grease, and fingerprint-resistant. There are 7 buttons, including the scroll, and the left and right click buttons. There are forward and backward buttons on the left, and two DPI adjustment buttons under the scroll.
Like with the previous product, this one has a modest sensitivity adjustment range, from 800-2,400 DPI. And, you can even move the default polling rate of 125 Hz up to 250 Hz. This mouse is available in all-black with blue accents or black with red detailing.
3. VEGCOO C8 Silent Wireless Rechargeable Mouse
The design of the VEGCOO C8 silent gaming mouse, the partially exposed scroll wheel in particular, strongly resembles that of the first product on my list. However, there is one key difference. Unlike the TENMOS mouse, this one is wireless. And, unlike the previous mouse, which was also wireless, this one is rechargeable!
The charging port is under the left click button. So, you’ll be able to continue gaming as though you were using a wired mouse if you run out of charge. That shouldn’t happen too often, though, since the 400mAh Lithium battery can last for about a month between charges. While you’re not using (or charging) it, you can also turn the mouse off with the power button on the bottom side.
The same button can also turn on the lighting effects on the top of the mouse. Other than the power and light controls, there are also forward and backward buttons on the left side of the mouse, as well as the expected scroll wheel and the left and right buttons.
In addition, there’s a DPI button under the scroll wheel, at the top of the mouse. You can adjust the mouse’s sensitivity to 1,200, 1,600, and 2,400 DPI.
4. FOME I720 Ergonomic Wireless Gaming Mouse With Noiseless Buttons
Like the previous wireless mice on my list, this FOME gaming mouse has a great 2.4 GHz connection. However, the manufacturer claims that their product can last for up to 20 months before needing 2 AAA replacement batteries. Also, the brand included three power saving modes, which cause the mouse to conserve energy and eventually go into deep sleep mode after idling for 5 minutes.
The design of this mouse features a familiar open scroll wheel. However, the asymmetrical build also identifies it as a right-handed device.
Like the previous mice I have mentioned, the FOME I720 uses optical sensors. As such, it can’t achieve much more than a 2,400 DPI. Although, like the previous mice, this one also has a DPI adjustment button which will get you from 1,000 to 1,600 or 2,400 DPI. In addition, the mouse has a 250 Hz polling rate, making the transfer of data between the mouse and the computer decently quick.
Other than the DPI quick switch, there’s also the usual scroll wheel, as well as the left and right click buttons, and even forward and backward buttons on the left side of the mouse.
5. UtechSmart Venus High-Precision Laser MMO Gaming Mouse
This UtechSmart Venus gaming mouse is a bit of a $40 palate cleanser before I move on to the higher-end gaming mice. This mouse offers us our first taste of some of the more advanced features gaming mice are famous for.
The mouse features a 6-foot cable itself encased in braided fiber, and an incredibly ergonomic design overall, with both a thumb rest and a ring finger rest on both sides. Other than the laser sensor, the bottom side of the mouse also holds Teflon pads that allow for smoother handling. In addition, there’s also a removable weight cartridge with 8 separate weights you can remove individually.
As usual, there’s a scroll wheel on top of the mouse, between the left and the right click buttons. There are two sensitivity adjustment buttons that can get you from 1,000 DPI to an astonishing 16,400 DPI. Also, this mouse has a polling rate of 1,000 Hz, which is the highest one we’ve seen so far.
There’s a programmable button to the left of the left click button, as well as 12 more programmable buttons on the left side of the device. You can personalize the mouse further by choosing one of 5 LED colors to show through the logo on top of the mouse and on the sides of the scroll wheel. The LED color will even illuminate the colors of the numbers on the 12 programmable buttons, and the front of the mouse.
Now that we’ve seen what’s available in the $40 range, let’s see what we can get from more expensive mice.
6. Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse
With its symmetrical design, this Razer Lancehead gaming mouse is a great choice for left or right-handed gamers. Unlike many other Razer products, this one is almost subtle in its design. However, Razer products are famous in the gaming community, so much so that I decided to include two more of their mice on my list! Before we get to the other two, let’s see what this one has to offer.
First of all, the Lancehead comes in wireless and wired versions, with the wired one having a 5G optical sensor, as opposed to the 5G laser sensor on the wireless one. Still, both sensors are able to achieve a sensitivity of 16,000 DPI.
Both versions have 9 buttons including the scroll wheel and the left and right click buttons. There are two programmable buttons on each side of the mouse, and two on top
Razer products are known for their rainbow hues, and this one is no different. The two subtle strips of color on the sides can be adjusted to any of the 16.8 million color options, as can the LED lights on the sides of the scroll wheel and the company logo. Additionally, the mouse has on-board and cloud memory to store your button and lighting preferences.
Although this Razer mouse is a bit simple in comparison to some of the company’s other products, it’s made for competitions — and its simple yet efficient features prove it.
7. ROCCAT ROC-11-900-AM Nyth Silent Gaming Mouse
This Roccat Nyth mouse exists to allow gamers the most personalization. On the surface, it looks pretty standard, though it has 12 programmable buttons on the left side, like my $40 entry. But before we try to customize it, we should see the basic features of the product.
With its laser sensor, this gaming mouse is able to achieve 12,000 DPI, which you can change by 1 DPI, to get that perfect sensitivity. Since the mouse is wired, it should also be pretty responsive.
The appearance of the body is adjustable on both sides. The whole right side of the mouse can be replaced with another grip that comes with the mouse. And, 12 programmable buttons on the other side of the device are also removable.
In fact, the mouse comes with 12 individual buttons, 6 double buttons, and even three covers that fit over 4 individual buttons. So, gamers are encouraged to play with the design until they get the perfect mouse for them. In addition, there are two more programmable buttons, one above the scroll wheel, and one at the top of the mouse.
The mouse does come with the SWARM driver, which is how you’ll be able to program all of the extra buttons. And, you can also use the software to program the subtle strips of color on the mouse as well.
8. RAZER NAGA TRINITY Gaming Mouse
So, here’s our second Razer gaming mouse of the day: the Naga Trinity mouse. Believe it or not, it also gives us a host of customization options with 3 interchangeable side plates.
First of all, the mouse is a wired one with a 5G optical sensor on the bottom. Here’s where I should remind you that laser sensors aren’t always better than optical ones. After all, this mouse gets to 16,000 DPI without a problem.
Like other Razer mice, the Naga Trinity also has adjustable LED colors that run on Razer Chroma software. However, this mouse is also pretty understated as far as Razer products go, since the only lights are those along the scroll wheel, the one behind the company logo, and the ones that light up the numbers on the programmable buttons.
The Trinity part of the product name refers to the three left-side grips that come with the product. Aside from the scroll wheel, the left and right click buttons, and the two programmable buttons on top of the mouse, the three swappable grips give players the choice between 2, 7, or 12 extra buttons.
9. Logitech MX Ergo Advanced Wireless Mouse
Leave it to Logitech to keep it classy while making it weird. The Logitech MX Ergo wireless mouse has a subtle gray design which is made interesting thanks to a trackball on the left side of the mouse. Though the mouse is wireless, it’s actually rechargeable — and it can hold a charge for up to 4 months.
There are actually 8 buttons on the mouse, including the trackball (if I could call that a button). There are the left and right click buttons and the scroll wheel, as well as the forward and backward page buttons to the left of the left click button. A single button at the top of the mouse can help you quickly and easily switch between working on two different computers. In addition, there’s also a button on the left side of the mouse which enables advanced optical tracking, which increases the DPI count.
Unlike all of the previous mice, this one can only move from 380 to 440 DPI. Technically, it’s not even a gaming mouse, and if I had arranged the products on this list by DPI, this would have been at the beginning. However, this mouse is definitely high-quality, despite the lower sensitivity, so it still deserves a mention.
Namely, I thought it was worthy of a mention just because of how odd it looked. And, of course, because it has two of the main features a gaming mouse should have — an ergonomic design and programmable buttons. The whole mouse can actually tilt up to 20 degrees, which helps reduce muscle strain.
10. Razer Mamba Chroma Wired or Wireless Mouse
The final product on this list brings us back into the realm of gaming mice, and also into a more familiar territory design-wise. Like some other products on this list, the Razer Mamba Chroma mouse is symmetrical, making it easier for left-handed people to use it. Still, the two programmable buttons are on the left side, so the mouse isn’t completely leftie-friendly. You’d essentially have to get to the buttons with your ring finger or pinkie.
The Mamba Chroma has a laser sensor which can have 16,000 DPI sensitivity. There are 7 buttons on the mouse, including the left and right click buttons and the scroll wheel. The two buttons on the left and the two on top of the mouse are all programmable. In addition, the left and right click can be programmed to respond to a certain amount of force.
This mouse is available in wired or wireless versions — and the wireless version comes with a 7-foot braided charging cable. As is usual for Razer, the light detailing is all individually adjustable.
FINAL THOUGHTS on SILENT GAMING MICE
That concludes today’s adventure. Hopefully, one of these silent mice will be the perfect one for you or the gamer in your life. And, if you’re looking to make your gaming experience even quieter, I recommend checking out my article on how to soundproof a gaming room.
There are plenty of ways you can do it, no matter how big of a budget you have. In addition, you could also go back and check out my list of quiet keyboards!
Ultimately, you shouldn’t be too embarrassed if you’re causing a bit of a ruckus when you’re gaming. We’ve all been there! However, using silent products can help you focus on the game even more, as well as avoid annoying your family or friends.