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Few have escaped from the post-apocalyptic Russian settlement of Tarkov. Those ghost-eyed, rugged few have learned there are only two things you need to survive: Keen battle reflexes and superior gear.
Fans of casual shooters looking for a quick skirmish should expect a quick funeral in the open world survival game Escape from Tarkov, because getting güd takes time. Mathematically, your chances for future survivability in Tarkov increase by a fraction of a fraction of a percent each time you get plugged, so expect to die a lot on the road to greatness.
Matches typically run an hour long in length, and the loss of life in Tarkov also means the loss of all your hard-won weapons and tech… all except for the technology you invest in to play the game. Perhaps the most valuable real-life tech available to those playing EFT is a high quality mouse. Check out the list below for our tip top picks.
The Sensei Ten believes in having only what you need, but making sure those needs are masterfully executed.
This mouse feels lightweight, but is still durably crafted with high-grade polymer to weather years of calculated combat in Tarkov. So durable in fact, that SteelSeries guarantees this mouse’s performance to remain sharp even after 60 million clicks.
Small silicone fingergips on the sides are symmetrically placed, complementing the mouse’s ambidextrous ergonomic design.
This Steelseries mouse boasts its finest sensor yet, the TrueMove Pro, ensuring a true 1 to 1 tracking experience so that you can no longer blame a missed shot on malfunctioning equipment. Surprise! You just suck. But the Sensei Ten could very well change that.
We wouldn’t have recommended this mouse to purchase for Father’s Day if we thought it was anything less than a kingmaker.
I was initially nervous seeing how affordable this wireless mouse was, because I expected the cost of the lower price point would mean erratic tracking errors, an issue prevalent among many wireless mice on the market.
No sir, not here. The Corsair is a sniper tool with a 10,000 DPI sensor. For the unacquainted, DPI means dots per inch, and is a quantitative indicator on tracking sensitivity a.k.a how accurately you can introduce some sizzling hot lead alloy into an enemy’s brainbasket. At around 60 hours of battery life, the unrelenting Corsair Harpoon can withstand many midnight marathon sessions in Tarkov without need of a top up.
Before seeing the actual product, I heard the name HyperX Pulsefire Surge and imagined I would be reviewing the glowing blaster fire from some sort of extraterrestrial plasma rifle. Happy to report I wasn’t far off the mark.
My favorite part of this mouse is easily the alluring, fully-customizable RGB color ring running 360° around the perimeter. The mouse’s look is enough to stimulate conversation, conversation that can transition into what’s under the surface: A solid 50 million click lifespan and the FPS-suited 16,000 DPI rating provided by PixArt 3389 optical sensor.
A prime choice of mouse.
The only mouse on this list bold enough to be offered in polished pearl white, the slightly smaller-than-your-average palm rodent Logitech G203 is a strong contender in the category of budget tech.
The Lightsync is sure to put a smile on your face, likely matching the shape of the pulsing RGB grin splayed on the palm side of the device. This happy look matches the lightness of the weight, this mouse being one of the least weighty offerings on this list.
While the DPI here is a bit lower than the competition, this fact should not be considered too critically as the precision is still more than enough than even the professionals need..
The Lightsync is a glorious partner for braving the dangers of Tarkov, functional and sparkling in its beauty.
The Basilisk Ultimate strikes mercilessly, easily as dangerous as the mythic, highly venomous serpent of its namesake.
Razer is a well-known brand among purveyors of PC tech equipment, with a reputation for providing high quality, customizable hardware at a higher price. The Basilisk upholds this expectation, providing on-the-fly adjustment capabilities to both the scroll wheel and DPI stages, in addition to 11 customizable buttons including a saucy little thumb paddle suited for quick-draw activity.
The wireless recognition here is immaculate, which is to be expected at this price range. Worth mentioning, this is certainly the most expensive mouse on the list. I’m also fond of the RGB configuration that can be synchronized with the charging dock, a platform that makes the Basilisk look absolutely menacing as it recharges power. Even with 70 hours of battery life, you still will need to charge this feisty deathmonger.
Worth mentioning, this mouse pairs particularly well with the Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, discussed more in-depth here.
This mouse doesn’t have as robust a battery capacity as the Basilisk, nor does it have the enchanting RGB color cycle. What the G Pro lacks in flair, however, it triumphs enormously in performance, trouncing the previous choice by offering a more ergonomic, ambidextrous design with a lighter weight that doesn’t sacrifice durability. Plus, the side buttons are cleverly interchangeable to suit your darkest, most fatal desires.
A 16,000 CPI HERO optic sensor provides a latency-free gaming experience comparable to that of a wired mouse. At the G Pro price point this should be expected, although it should be stated it is slightly less expensive than the Basilisk with arguably better offerings.
For a mouse with the name Ironclaw, I was really caught off-guard from how pleasant the sensory experience was while using this mouse. The pleasurable rubber studded side grip, the glass smooth top surface and tire-track pattern scroll wheel makes my palm feel completely at ease during an intense firefight in Tarkov.
Despite the cozy grip of the Corsair Ironclaw, this is no softcore mouse. In fact, it is one of the heaviest wired mice on this list. To further punctuate its ruthless demeanor, this mouse ditches flashy, in-your-face RGB lightshows in favor of low key luminesce burning from some vents on the sides.
At a staggering 18k DPI and highly responsive Omron switches good for 50 million clicks, it’s understandable that the Ironclaw needs exhaust ventilation from all that magic within.
There are certain benchmarks of quality present in the top tier echelons of SteelSeries mice: Durable switches good for 60 Million clicks, 16k DPI, surgically accurate 1 to 1 tracking and a minimalist approach to RGB display. The issue is, many other companies can provide this standard, perhaps with a less ergonomic approach than SteelSeries. What the industry needs is some creative innovation to shake the game up.
The Rival takes all of the qualities that make the Sensei such a solid mouse, and adds a cyborg’s wet dream level of immersion.
The two features that separate the Rival from any other rodent in the race is the inclusion of rumble synchronization with your game, as well as a cheeky little OLED screen that displays gaming stats and choice GIFs.
The OLED screen is a fun, albeit frivolous accessory. By contrast, the vibration function on the mouse can provide a practical, terrific edge over your opponents. Rumble patterns can be synced to your mouse’s button mapping or in-game notifications, depending on your customization preferences. This can mean an even greater degree of integration, an immersion that could be deadly to those who oppose you on the battlefield.
It may surprise you that the catalog of vibration patterns in no way affect the accuracy of your mouse. I predict we will soon be seeing other companies trying to rip this feature off; Never forget who did it first.
Razer has a tendency to name their products after highly venomous snakes, but there is only one mouse on this list whose looks and performance strike the fear within me: The Logitech G502 Lightspeed.
Oh jagged edges, the top-side buttons that extend out like the fangs of some cybernetically enhanced werewolf! The rubber studded armor on the sides, gripping your hand with equal tenacity as you grip the mouse. An ultra-accurate HERO sensor that might actually know your next three movements before you even think of them!
The Lightspeed has the look of a calculating predator, with a patently organized layout of 11 buttons engineered to be easily accessible without crowding up your palm. Further adjustments can be made to the scroll wheel and weight of the mouse for greater comfort.
The cost may be a bit steep for some, but the Lightspeed isn’t really a mouse so much as it is a frothing-mouthed rat king armed with a silo of atom bombs.
This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about the Razer Deathadder V2. We’ve talked about how it perfectly pairs with Razer keyboards or how many streamers swear by the Deathadder V2 as the ultimate nexus between man and machine.
Topping this list is the Razer Deathadder V2, a choice that could come as somewhat of a surprise considering this mouse’s simplicity, compared to the futuristic whimsy of the SteelSeries Rival and the intricate design of the Logitech G502 Lightspeed.
American architect Richard Buckminister Fuller once said “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
For most gamers, the best mouse doesn’t need fireworks or a cache of trappings that could rival the Batmobile. It needs to deliver the best results with the least effort. Nothing more, nothing less.
The Deathadder is ultra precise at 20k DPI, a limit that will meet the demands of even the most fast-twitch sharpshooter in Tarkov. The sweeping curves and bevels comprising this mouse form an ergonomic masterpiece that you have to feel to believe. The drag free cord and understated RGB lighting are only a couple examples of those little touches that make a huge difference when added together.
The truth remains that even the most hardcore gamers may bristle at the idea of paying triple digits for their gaming mouse. No other mouse comes close to offering the same astronomic, gamebreaking value at the incredibly affordable price of the Deathadder.
For that breed of gamer looking for a modern survival shooter to dive into for months of fun, there is no sense in doing so with subpar equipment. Any one of the above picks would make a worthy companion on your journey through Tarkov.
Of course, once you invest in a proper mouse, the only logical next step is to start questioning if your gaming monitor is also due for an upgrade…