With the Ploopy Mouse, we have something special for review. Running on an open-source QMK firmware, the Ploopy Mouse allows for a high degree of customization, and despite not being a gaming mouse in the strict sense, the Ploopy Mouse nonetheless has a PixArt PMW3360 and plenty of buttons.
The DeathAdder V2 Mini can be summed up in a single sentence: A DeathAdder, just (much) smaller. Equipped with PixArt's PAW3359, Razer optical switches for the main buttons, and pure PTFE feet, the 58 g Mini no doubt passes for a big boy in everything related to performance.
The Kone Pro Air is ROCCAT's first wireless Kone. Much like its wired sibling, it comes with PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, optical main button switches, and pure PTFE feet. At just 73 g, the Kone Pro Air is exceptionally light, and features both 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connectivity, with more than 100 hours of battery life.
With the Orochi V2, Razer presents a mouse focused on mobility without compromising on performance: It has PixArt's PAW3369 capable of 18,000 CPI, second-generation Razer mechanical switches, and up to 425 hours of battery life in 2.4 GHz and up to 950 hours in Bluetooth mode, along with the ability to use any AA or AAA-battery.
Essentially, the ambidextrous SPC Gear GEM+ is a refresh of last year's LIX+. The same shape, but this time without holes, a still low weight of 67 g, new Kailh GM 8.0 switches for the main buttons, and PixArt's latest PAW3370 sensor—all for a highly competitive $44.99.
After a long hiatus, Zowie updates their entire mouse line-up. The EC series makes the start, receiving not just a new, more flexible cable, improved 24-step scroll wheel, and reduced weight, but also a new form factor with the EC3, which is the smallest member of the EC series family thus far.
The Marsback Zephyr Pro is an improved version of the original Zephyr: Not only does it have an entirely different shape, it also comes with a quieter yet more powerful built-in fan, along with PixArt's PMW3389 sensor, a weight of 74 g, paracord-like cable, and full RGB lighting, configurable through software.
With the Storm Pro, Redragon releases another iteration of the M711 FPS and M808 Storm shape, but this time around, it's wireless. Equipped with PixArt's PAW3335 and weighing 96 g, the M808 Storm Pro is offered for just $36.99.
With the Kone Pro, ROCCAT expands their Kone line-up of right-handed ergonomic mice with an option between the big EMP and small Pure Ultra. Equipped with PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, optical switches for the main buttons, a flexible cable, and heat-treated pure PTFE feet, the Kone Pro is no slouch when it comes to specifications, either.
With the ambidextrous GM41 Wireless, MSI has a strong contender on the wireless mouse market: 75 g, but no holes, PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, Omron switches rated for 60 million clicks, and up to 80 hours of battery life already are a strong proposition, which is further complemented by the inclusion of a charging dock—all for a competitive $94.99.
SteelSeries markets the Rival 5 as a multi-genre mouse: the TrueMove Air 18,000 CPI sensor, flexible cable, and 86 g weight make it suitable for FPS games. MOBA and MMO games benefit from the main buttons rated for 80 million clicks and nine programmable buttons in total, along with extensive software configurability.
With the Clutch GM41 Lightweight, MSI enters the lightweight gaming mouse market: At just 67 g, but without holes, the GM41 is indeed lightweight. PixArt's PMW3389, Omron switches rated for 60 million clicks, and pure PTFE feet round things off.
Ducky is mostly known for their keyboards, but with the fully symmetrical Feather, they have a serious contender on the lightweight mouse market. Equipped with PixArt's PMW3389 and weighing just 67 g, this black and white variant comes with Huano Blue main button switches, full RGB, high-quality PTFE feet, a paracord-like, braided cable, and extensive on-device configurability.
With the right-handed ergonomic ROG Gladius III Wireless, ASUS is upping the ante: PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, triple connectivity (wired, 2.4 GHz, and Bluetooth), second-generation push-fit sockets allowing for optical switches, pure PTFE feet, and up to 55 hours of battery life, all in a 89 g package.
Compared to the ROG Keris Wireless, the wired ROG Keris not only loses wireless connectivity, but also a lot of weight, and ends up at just 63 g. Other than that, not much has changed: PixArt PMW3389 sensor, hot-swappable main button switches rated for 70 M clicks, and pure PTFE feet.
Powered by PixArt's PAW3335, the symmetrical ARGENT M5 Wireless RGB promises up to 100 hours of battery life in 2.4 GHz operation and up to 200 hours in Bluetooth. Much like its wired sibling, the ARGENT M5 Wireless RGB also comes with an aluminium scroll wheel and extensive RGB lighting.
The NP-01S is VAXEE's second collaboration with Japanese esports figurehead noppo and his brand ZYGEN. It retains the improvements first introduced on the Outset AX and is shaped differently than the NP-01: The hump is lower and more centered, the left side no longer flares out as much, and the back isn't as pronounced.
Equipped with PixArt's PMW3389 sensor, Omron switches for the main buttons, and extensive RGB lighting, the fully ambidextrous (symmetrical) ARGENT M5 also comes with an aluminium scroll wheel, providing better grip and durability.
Designed by YouTube mouse reviewer Zy "Rocket Jump Ninja" Rykoa, the MZ1 is a small 59 g light gaming mouse blending ambidextrous and ergonomic design elements. With a new and improved cable, Kailh GM 8.0 switches for the main buttons, and extensive on-device configurability, the MZ1 also marks the next step in Xtrfy's mouse evolution.
The newest iteration of the right-handed ergonomic ROG Gladius series comes with a whole host of new features: PixArt's PAW3370 sensor tuned for 26,000 CPI, second-generation hot-swappable main-button switches with super-low click latency, and a 76 g lightweight construction, along with a soft, flexible cable and pure PTFE feet.
Sharkoon expands their Light² line-up with the ambidextrous Light² 180. Weighing just 66 g, it is equipped with PixArt's PMW3360, high-quality PTFE feet, a flexible cable, and extensive RGB lighting.
Endgame Gear is on a mission to perfect the XM1, and the XM1r is the result of that quest. Equipped with the latest PixArt PAW3370 sensor, Kailh GM 8.0 main button switches, hybrid skates, an improved cable, and all-new translucent shell designs, the XM1r shapes up to be the definitive XM1 revision.
Founded by several former Zowie employees, VAXEE extends their line-up with another right-handed ergonomic mouse. Equipped with PixArt's PMW3389, Huano switches for the main buttons, and extensive on-device configurability, the AX focuses on performance over RGB or software.
Pulsar is a new name in the gaming peripheral scene, and the right-handed ergonomic Xlite is their first mouse. Weighing just 48 g, the Xlite is among the lightest mice available. PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, Omron switches for the main buttons, a particularly flexible cable, and pure PTFE mouse feet round things off.
Corsair joins Razer and EVGA with their first 8000 Hz polling mouse. Equipped with PixArt's PMW3392, the right-handed ergonomic Sabre RGB Pro comes with spring-loaded main buttons, a flexible cable, and 72 g lightweight construction while retailing at $59.99, the lowest of all 8000 Hz mice thus far.