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The Best Mouse for CS:GO In 2017

Let me give you a little heads up. This is one long ass article.

If you're short on time, refer to my top picks for each hand size below.

Zowie EC2-A Top Pick For Medium Sized Hands  Zowie EC2-A  Medium Hands All Grips 9/10 Read Review
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Top Pick For Large Hands  Razer DeathAdder Chroma  Large Hands Palm / Claw 8/10 Read Review
Zowie ZA13 Top Pick For Small or Medium Hands  Zowie ZA13  Small / Medium Hands All Grips 8/10 Read Review
Logitech G Pro Top Pick For Small Hands  Logitech G Pro  Small Hands Claw / Finger 8/10 Read Review

The reason I decided to go so in depth on this article was after reading some of the other CS:GO mouse guides out there. They have thrown up a list of 10 randomly chosen mice based on their max DPI or how many flashy lights they have.

Information that is completely useless to serious gamers. I want to give you the knowledge to make a real informed decision before buying your new right (or left) hand.

What The Professionals Are Using

Most Popular Mice Among CS:GO Pros In 2017

Most Popular Mice Among CS:GO Pros In 2017

It's clear to see that in 2016 going into 2017, Zowie by BenQ is currently dominating the CS market.

Most Popular Mice Brands Among CS:GO Professionals In 2017

Most Popular Mouse Brands Among CS:GO Pros

Their no frills, performance-centric approach to producing high-quality mice specifically for competitive gamers is working. It's safe to say that no matter what grip style you use, or what size your hand is, you will be able to find a suitable CS mouse from Zowie.

I know there are a lot of people out there that will buy the same mouse their favorite pro gamer is using without a second thought. On the other hand, some people will argue that the pros shouldn't be trusted. They only use the gear they do, because of sponsorships.

I think the best approach is somewhere in the middle.

All professionals are using sponsored mice. There is a contractual obligation for them to say their mouse is the best there is.
But, these are the greatest Counter-Strike Global Offensive players on our planet. If they can win major tournaments and get paid to play full time, I think it goes without saying that mouse is more than good enough for the rest of us.

The only question that should remain is: Will it fit my hand and grip style?

How To Find The Perfect CS:GO Mouse For You

​There's a few things you should consider before buying a new mouse.

Firstly, do you even need a new mouse? A lot of people are quick to buy the newest model thinking it will make them a better gamer. This is false. Your fundamentals are the most important factor determining your skill level. And your gear is an after thought.

If you want to be a pro, spend your time practicing instead of worrying if 16,357 DPI will be better than 3,600.

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If you do need a new mouse for CS:GO, then these are the factors you should consider:

  1. Shape
  2. Sensor
  3. Weight
  4. Buttons

​The shape of the mouse by far the most important factor for competitive CS players. You're going to be using this mouse every day. It's essentially going to become your new right hand.

Finding a comfortable shape that fits snuggly in your hand is a combination of two factors: Your hand size and preferred grip style.

Finding a good sensor is easy these days. Like I mentioned before, all the mice in this article have sensors that are exceptional for FPS games.​

The weight of the mouse ties into what kind of sensitivity you use in CS. If you're a very low sensitivity player, you probably favor a lighter mouse with a low lift off distance. ​The opposite is probably true for higher sensitivity players.

Buttons are mostly personal preference. Some prefer them tight, other like them loose. 

Before we get into the reviews, use the following comparison table to help you find what you're looking for based on these four criteria.

BEST CS:GO MOUSE FOR:

SMALL HANDS

Strengths

  • Very lightweight
  • Versatile shape - suitable for all grip types
  • Plug & Play

Weaknesses

  • Good at everything but not exceptional at any one thing
  • Average side buttons
  • Scroll wheel rattle
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CS:GO PROS USING THE ZOWIE ZA13

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Design & Build

Zowie Gaming Mice are known for having no gimmicks. Their gaming mice range is built specifically for competitive FPS players. There is no flashy lights and performance is always put first. A quality I greatly admire.

The ZA range comes in 3 sizes. But I think the ZA13 is the best option for small hands as medium and larger hands have better options such as the FK or the EC2.

The shape of this mouse closest resembles the Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1A which most old school Counter-strike pros adore. If you have a 1.1A sitting on your mantles piece, this may be the perfect CS mouse for you.

Zowie ZA13 Side View

The ZA13 from the side. Very similar to the Intellimouse 1.1A

The design is ambidextrous with buttons on either side of the mouse. Which is good news for lefties. But it also means if your hand is too big or small, it could become an annoyance as you accidentally click the buttons.

Overall the build quality is strong. Although, there does seem to be some rattle when tapping the mouse. It appears this is coming from the slightly loose mouse wheel.

Performance & Setup

Zowie ZA13 Bottom View

Armed with the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor like the Rival 300 and my favorite - the EC2-A. It’s safe to say you won’t experience any sensor related performance issues on this mouse. The tracking is smooth and flawless at both high and low sensitivities.

Like all Zowie Mice, the ZA13 is plug and play. That means you don’t need to install any software to customize the mouse. Settings such as the DPI, Lift Off Distance and Response Rate (Hz) can be adjusted by holding certain combinations of buttons. As an ex-professional gamer and someone who loves to travel to LAN events, I love what Zowie have done here. Having to install your mouse software is an energy waste and takes away from time you could spend warming up.

Hand size & Grip style

The safe shape is one that allows for multiple grip styles. The sides of the ZA13 are quite flat, but with just enough curve to allow for grip when lifting the mouse. I think the size and design enable us to use all three traditional grip styles.

Here are some rough estimates of hand sizes for each grip style:

  • Palm: <18 cm / 7.3 inches
  • Claw: 15.5-18 cm / 6.1-7.5 inches
  • Fingertip: 17.5-20 cm / 6.9-7.9 inches

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There’s a lot to love about the Zowie ZA13. The sensor is hot, the cable is perfect, the shape is versatile. If you have small hands and use the palm grip, this is a worthwhile investment.

Strengths

  • Great tactile feedback on buttons
  • High-performance sensor
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Very lightweight

Weaknesses

  • The shape isn’t for everyone
  • Heavyweight braided cable
  • Slight rattle
  • Loud clicks
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CS:GO PROS USING THE LOGITECH G PRO

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Design & Build

The Logitech G Pro has been introduced as the replacement to the widely popular G100s. While the sensor remains the same, there have been quite a few upgrades to the design and style.

Compared to the G100s, the left, and right mouse buttons feel a bit harder to press in and give more tactile feedback. The scroll wheel is smoother with less emphasis on the steps. Which is useful for CS players who use the wheel to jump. The side buttons are responsive with little travel distance.

Logitech G Pro Side View

Smooth scroll with responsive low-travel side buttons

The build quality is not perfect. When tapping and shaking the mouse there is a slight rattle. The buttons are also louder than most of the competitors. These are two factors are common and disappointing themes among Logitech mice.

Performance & Setup

Logitech G Pro Bottom View

The G Pro comes armed with Logitech’s best sensor, the PMW3366 Optical. It’s safe to say you won’t be experiencing any performance issues with this mouse. It tracks perfectly at all sensitivities and mouse speeds. And can be customized to any DPI between 200 and 12,000.

The Logitech software allows you to customize everything until you are blue in the face.It doesn’t make or break the mouse, but it’s nice to have.

Hand size & Grip style

The hump of this mouse is slightly towards the back. Making it more suitable for fingertip and claw grip players. Palm grip can work too if your hands aren’t too big.

Here is a general hand size guide for the G Pro:

  • Palm: <17 cm / 6.7 inches
  • Claw: 15-19 cm / 5.9-7.5 inches
  • Fingertip: 17-20 cm / 6.7-7.9 inches

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The upgrade to the popular G100s, the Logitech G Pro brings a lot of value to the mouse pad. A high precision sensor, with an ambidextrous and super lightweight design. The G Pro is not without its issues. But it makes a fantastic pickup for CS players with small hands that favor the claw or fingertip grip.

MEDIUM HANDS

Strengths

  • Build quality like a tank
  • Refined shape
  • Plug & Play (No software required)
  • Highly tactile primary mouse buttons and scroll wheel

Weaknesses

  • Right hand only
  • Side buttons have a significant travel distance
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CS:GO PROS USING THE ZOWIE EC2-A

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Design & Build

Referred to as the “one true successor to the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0” and the “upgrade to the DeathAdder.” The Zowie Gear EC2-A has clown-sized shoes to fill.

The Zowie EC2-A clearly prioritizes performance over appearance. The minimalist design leaves little to the imagination.

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The mouse consists of 5 buttons with an illuminated scroll wheel that changes color when the DPI does. The DPI can be adjusted using a switch on the bottom of the mouse.

Despite the basic appearance, it fits very comfortably in hand. It’s plain to see that a lot of thought has gone into every little curve. Lighter and slightly smaller than it’s competitors, the EC2-A is immaculate build quality. With no rattles, squeaks or otherwise.

The side buttons are the only area the design is lacking. They require significant travel distance to “click” which gives them a squishy and unresponsive feeling. Because of this, I don’t think the mouse will work as well in other genres of games, such as DotA 2.

Zowie EC2-A Side View

The build quality is immaculate. Unfortunately the side buttons are lacking.

Performance & Setup

Zowie EC2-A Bottom View

Performance wise this is by far one of the best I’ve ever seen in a gaming mouse. Equipped with the new Avago 3310 sensor, the mouse feels like it tracks flawlessly. It provides that dream 1:1 hand-to-cursor movement feeling that only serious FPS gamers will understand.

Lightweight combined with the impressively low lift off distance, the EC2-A works well for low sensitivity players. Even on the lowest of sensitivities, rapidly moving my arm, I couldn’t get the mouse to skip. You won’t have any problems in a game. The sensor catches everything.

Hand size & Grip style

The EC2-A has typically been favored as a Palm grip mouse. But its versatile shape makes it comfortable with any of the three modern styles.

These are rough guidelines for compatible hand sizes:

  • Palm: 16-19.5 cm / 6.3-7.7 inches
  • Claw: 16.5-19.5 cm / 6.5-7.7 inches
  • Fingertip: 17.5-20cm / 6.9-7.9 inches​

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The Zowie EC2-A takes on the iconic FPS mouse shape with high performance and no frills. This mouse was built specifically for serious gamers, and it delivers. If money isn’t, an issue and you have average sized hands. Get this mouse.

Strengths

  • Responsive and short travel distance side buttons
  • Ambidextrous design & safe shape
  • Very lightweight
  • Plug & Play (Customize without software)

Weaknesses

  • Some mouse rattle experienced
  • Simple shape is not for everyone
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CS:GO PROS USING THE ZOWIE FK2

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Design & Build

The FK series by Zowie comes in 3 different sizes. The FK2 is the smallest of the 3. I still recommend it for medium sized hands, with a length of 124mm and a width of 64mm.

Like the ZA series, the FK are also designed to be ambidextrous. The shape is nothing too daring, with side mouse buttons on both the left and right side of the mouse. The FK2 has no rubberized material and instead uses a granular finish much like the DeathAdder.

The primary mouse buttons feel good, although a little difficult to click. It takes some getting used to. The scroll wheel has a lot of tactile feedback, which isn’t too good for browsing but works well in game. The side buttons have very little travel distance and feel super responsive.

Zowie FK2 Side View

Very low travel distance and super responsive side buttons

Some users of the FK2 have reported a relatively bad rattle when shaking or tapping the mouse. This issue has also been noted in the Zowie ZA series and is one of their biggest flaws at the moment.

Performance & Setup

Zowie FK2 Bottom View

The implementation of the 3310 Optical sensors that all Zowie by BenQ mice share is flawless as always. You won’t find any spinning out, jittering or otherwise with the FK2. The mouse tracks smoothly on all sensitivities and most surfaces.

As with all Zowie mice, there’s no software. All settings can be changed by holding in a combination of the buttons. For example, the Lift off distance can be increased or decreased by holding in mouse four along with the left or right mouse button.

I prefer the Plug & Play that Zowie has adopted which makes setting up at LAN events and tournaments a tiny bit easier.

Hand size & Grip style

One of the most important factors when choosing a mouse is how it will fit in your hand.The FK2 is a smallish sized mouse with an average slope on the buttons. It also has a low hump in the middle which indicates that it is more suited towards fingertip and claw grip.

As always, it could also be used by palm for smaller hands. It just depends on your individual preference and hand size.

Here are some recommended hand sizes for each grip style:

  • Palm: 14-17 cm / 5.5-6.7 inches
  • Claw: 15-19 cm / 5.9-7.5 inches
  • Fingertip: 16-19 cm / 6.3-7.5 inches

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The Zowie FK2 is a very lightweight ambidextrous mouse that offers fantastic value for money. The performance is top notch, and the shape is safe. It’s best suited towards claw and fingertip players with small to medium sized hands.

BIG HANDS

Strengths

  • Works well with most grip styles
  • Left handed version available
  • Tested and improved design for over ten years
  • Compatible with most genres other than FPS

Weaknesses

  • Requires a high-quality mouse pad to track properly
  • Wheel feedback is not tactile enough 
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CS:GO PROS USING THE RAZER DEATHADDER

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Design & Build

Who doesn’t know about Razer’s DeathAdder? Since its inception ten years ago, the DA has continuously been riding the top of the best-seller lists for gaming mice.

The DeathAdder was my first choice when I replaced my own IME 3.0. I used it every day for around three years across multiple games over thousands of hours. Including my time spent training in the Razer Academy for StarCraft II. The mouse served me well, and I was reluctant to switch to a Cooler Master mouse after they became my primary sponsor.

The Chroma has been Razer's newest release which is the DeathAdder 2013 model, with flashy new lights. The novelty of having the latest version will cost extra. So if you’re on a tighter budget, I would recommend going with the DA 2013.

With its original design inspired by the legendary IME 3.0, it’s easy to understand why it was so quick to catch on among professional CS players. Overall the build quality is what you would expect from a reputable brand like Razer. The mouse clicks feel good, with the side buttons being highly responsive.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Side View

One of the most popular competitive gaming mice in the world

The design of the mouse is for users with medium to large hands. If you have small hands, you might want to give a look at other alternatives below.

The only thing I don’t like about the design of the DeathAdder is the cable. It feels heavy and doesn’t bend too easily. I think this Razer mouse would be better off with a more flexible rubber cable like Zowie mice.​

Performance & Setup

Razer DeathAdder Chroma In Box

The Chroma in box

The DeathAdder comes equipped with a 3989 Optical sensor and a max DPI 10,000. That’s over 9000! Seriously, though, the sensor is good. It performs well at low DPI’s which is what most serious CS players will be using. I tried, but I couldn’t get this version of the mouse to skip (unlike the DeathAdders pre-2010).

There is something to be said about the sensors inability to track on different surfaces. Without a high-quality mouse pad, the sensor starts to break down. I don’t think this is a concern for serious CS players, as they are most likely already using a good quality pad. But it’s something to be aware of.

Regarding the setup, my only real complaint is the Razer software. You become pretty reliant on Razer’s Synapse software. From what I’ve heard, it’s improved a lot and works pretty well these days. But ultimately, it’s still extra bloatware on your PC and one more thing you need to spend time setting up.

Hand size & Grip style

I palm grip the DeathAdder, and it feels comfortable. Others swear that it’s a mouse designed for the claw grip. I think the fingertip grip is possible, but you’re going to need large than average hands.

Here are some rough guidelines for compatible hand sizes using each grip using the DeathAdder:

  • Palm: 16-20cm / 6.3-7.9 inches
  • Claw: 17-20.5m / 6.7-8 inches
  • Fingertip: 18-21cm / 7-8.2 inches

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Razer’s DeathAdder has been used by hundreds of pro players across multiple eSports titles for the last ten years. The build quality and shape are perfect for gamers with medium to larger hands. If you like flashy lights and things that look snazzy, choose the DeathAdder Chroma. If you don’t care about lights and want to save money, choose the DeathAdder 2013.

Strengths

  • Highly tactile primary mouse buttons and scroll wheel
  • Flexible rubber cable
  • Comfortable and ergonomic shape
  • Plug & Play (No software required)

Weaknesses

  • Squishy and far travel distance side buttons
  • Right handed only
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CS:GO PROS USING THE ZOWIE EC1-A

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Design & Build

The Zowie EC1-A is the big brother of the amazingly reviewed EC2-A. 10 grams heavier with an extra centimeter in length, this version of the mouse is best suited for gamers with large hands.

The shape of the EC1-A is very similar to that of the popular Razer DeathAdder. Which is also very similar to the legendary Intelli Explorer 3.0, one of the greatest Counter-Strike mouses ever made. There are a lot of subtle curves and slight curves on the EC1-A which make it super comfortable and easy to control.

Zowie EC1A Side View

Subtle curves modeled after the legendary IntelliExplorer 3.0

I recommend the mouse buttons mainly for FPS games. They’re responsive and crisp with a good amount of tactile feedback. The scroll wheel has a lot of feedback too, which works well in game. But makes the mouse less comfortable in Windows or other games. Some users have experienced issues with their scroll wheel malfunctioning. But you should be able to return the mouse if this happens to you.

The biggest let down of this mouse is the side buttons. They feel squishy and unresponsive due to the significant travel distance required to make the click connection. The mouse would be almost perfect if Zowie were to replace the side buttons with the same ones used in their FK or ZA series.

Performance & Setup

Zowie EC1-A Bottom View

Like it’s less pudgy sibling, I can say nothing bad about the performance of the EC1-A.The 3310 sensor used in all Zowie gaming mice is one of the best on the market today.

With more than enough maximum DPI (3200) and a very low lift off distance, the mouse tracks beautifully. Zowie has also done an excellent job of keeping the mouse under 100 grams, considering its size.

Like all Zowie gaming mice, the EC1-A is plug and play. You don’t need any software to configure the mouse settings. This is a good thing, although it does mean you can’t customize or turn off the LED lights behind the wheel.

Hand size & Grip style

The EC1-A has a 2:1 ratio between base length and the grip width. 2:1 is usually the “golden ratio” for gaming mice and allows the EC1-A to be used with many different hand sizes and grip styles.

Overall I would still recommend the mouse for gamers with big hands that like larger mice.

These are rough estimates for hand sizes with the most common grip styles:

  • Palm: 17-20 cm / 6.7-7.9 inches
  • Claw: 17-20 cm / 6.7-7.9 inches
  • Fingertip: 18.5-21 cm / 7.3 -8.3 inches

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Comfortable, build to last and focused on performance instead of the tired gimmicks. The EC1-A delivers an impressive first person shooter gaming experience for players with large hands. It’s great value for money, and it’s easy to see why so many CS GO pros are using this mouse.

BEST MOUSE FOR CS:GO ON A BUDGET:

SMALL HANDS

Strengths

  • Excellent value for money
  • Fantastic performance from the sensor
  • Fulll customization DPI and settings

Weaknesses

  • Unique shape is not for everyone
  • Rattling sensor
  • Very noisy buttons and mouse wheel
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CS:GO PROS USING THE LOGITECH G303

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Design & Build

At first glance, the Logitech 303 doesn’t look like a serious gaming mouse. It has a lot of weird angles and sharp corners. It’s also tiny compared to traditional FPS mice like the DeathAdder. It feels quite comfortable in my hand. But it’s a shape that you will either like or hate.

Logitech G303 Side View

The buttons are tactile and feel decent to press. They’re not too loud either. The mouse wheel, on the other hand, is very noisy. Not a deal breaker, but worth pointing out.

The biggest let down of this mouse is the rattling sensor. I don’t necessarily think this means the mouse will break sooner than it’s supposed to. But I don’t like to have anything rattling straight out of the box.

Performance & Setup

Logitech G303 Back View

Considering how cheap this mouse is comparing it to its competitors, the performance is unbelievable. It comes equipped with the 3366 Optical - Logitech’s most advanced sensor to date. With a maximum DPI of 12,000 (not that it matters), the 303 performs flawlessly at all sensitivities and speeds.

The Logitech software allows for customization over every little detail. Such as macros and color options. Not important for CS GO, but nice if you’re playing other games on the side.

Hand size & Grip style

Considering how tiny the Logitech 303 is, it’s pretty safe to say it lends itself more towards the claw and fingertip grip. But the palm grip could still be viable for younger gamers or adults with small hands.

I recommend these general hand sizes for each style:

  • Palm: 14-18 cm / 5.5-7 inches
  • Claw: 16-19 cm / 6.3-7.5 inches
  • Fingertip: 17-19 cm / 6.7-7.5 inches

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The Logitech 302 with a powerful new sensor. The Logitech 303 shows promise for competitive CS players with small hands and a tight budget.

MEDIUM HANDS

Strengths

  • Good value for money
  • Impressive scroll wheel quality
  • Rubber coating feels great
  • Safe shape
  • Fantastic performance from the sensor

Weaknesses

  • No flexible DPI options
  • Hard middle mouse button
  • Side buttons are small
  • Right handed only
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CS:GO PROS USING THE STEELSERIES RIVAL 100

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Design & Build

The Rival 100 is great to look at, and the shape is straight forward. Not too many curves or angles which make it versatile. But because of the narrow middle base, your ring finger may rest on the outside. This hand position takes some getting used to.

My biggest issue with the design is that the side mouse buttons are a bit too small. It seems SteelSeries favored the smaller buttons for aesthetic purposes. But I think they’ve hurt the usability in doing so. The middle mouse button is also quite difficult to click.

SteelSeries Rival 100 Side View

The small side buttons are the biggest flaw with this mouse

Overall the quality is not bad for the price. On the top of the mouse, there is a lovely rubber material that helps with the grip. On the sides, there is a hard plastic which is quite unusual.

Performance & Setup

SteelSeries Rival 100 in box

One of the worst things about this mouse is the fact that the DPI is locked into increments of 250. (250, 500, 750, etc). For players who are accustomed to using 400 or 800 DPI, this is very annoying.

In this case, the 3059-SS (Optical) Sensor gives you what you pay for. It’s good, but not excellent. Unlike the Logitech 303 which is in a similar price range.That said, it’s more than enough for most players, and there’s plenty of CS pros doing well using the Rival 100.

The SteelSeries software is a tad bloated and takes some time to configure. It’s not a deal-breaker, though.​

Hand size & Grip style

With the broad back, the design of this mouse indicates a claw and fingertip grip. It feels alright for palm grip, but it isn’t optimal.

Here are some hand size guidelines:

  • Palm: 15-19 cm / 6.3-7.5 inches
  • Claw: 16.5-19.5 cm / 6.5-7.7 inches
  • Fingertip: 17.5-20 cm / 6.9-7.9 inches

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The SteelSeries Rival 100 is cheap and has good enough performance. It’s a solid pickup for CSGO players who use a fingertip or claw grip and have medium sized hands.

BIG HANDS

Strengths

  • Good value for money
  • High-performance sensor
  • Rubber coating feels great
  • Safe shape

Weaknesses

  • On the heavy side
  • Not much feedback on the scroll wheel
  • Right handed only
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CS:GO PROS USING THE STEELSERIES RIVAL 300

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Design & Build

Let’s be clear. This mouse is big. Weighing in at over 100g and with a length of 133cm, you better have large hands if you’re considering buying this mouse.

Compared to the Rival 100, the side mouse buttons feel much improved. They have good tactile feedback and are larger. The scroll wheel is sadly a bit spongy. It could be a positive for players who use their wheel to jump, though.

The side grips are plastic coated with a “hedgehog” finish. So they are quite spiky. It feels unusual at first but provides pretty good grip.

SteelSeries Rival 300 Side view

The "hedgehog" side grips feel weird, but work well.

The build quality is strong. There’s no rattling or loose components. The cable is made out of flexible rubber which allows for better gliding than Razer counterparts.​

Performance & Setup

SteelSeries Rival 300 bottom view

The Rival 300 comes equipped with the 3310 Optical Sensor, which is the same as excellently reviewed Zowie Gaming Mice.

Considering the cost of the Rival 300, that’s a pretty sweet deal. You aren’t going to have any issues with performance. The sensor is more than adequate to handle any sensitivity or speed you can throw at it.

The DPI can be increased in increments of 50, up to 6500. A vast improvement to the smaller and cheaper Rival 100. The software is standard as usual and allows you to configure everything you need.

Hand size & Grip style

The Rival 300 is very back heavy. So it's a more palm and claw grip dominant mouse. It could still work with the fingertip grip, but you’ll need big hands.

Here are some examples of recommended hand sizes for this SteelSeries mouse:

  • Palm: 17-19.5 cm / 6.7-7.7 inches
  • Claw: 17.5-20 cm / 6.9-7.9 inches
  • Fingertip: >19 cm / 7.5 inches

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Huge hands? On a budget? Using the palm or claw grip? The Rival 300 is a great pickup. You won’t find better value for money.