Mouse Descriptions and Features
There are a whole lot of features that get listed on the spec sheet for each of these products, but for the sake of our sanity we're only going to focus on a few, and those are specs we've measured ourselves. They all use high-precision optical sensors, and while each boasts a higher-DPI than the next, we frankly think that's mostly a bunch of marketing speak, because anyone using a mouse at over 5000dpi isn't actually playing a game. It's impossible to do so at that sensitivity level.
So, on this page, we're providing some comparison photos along with the specs and features that we actually care about.
- Logitech G502: 4.7oz
- Logitech G602: 5.5oz
- Razer Deathadder Chroma: 3.5oz
- Corsair Raptor M45: 4.4oz
- EVGA Torq X5: 3.3oz
These weights were measured on our own scale, not pulled from a marketing spec sheet, making this a true apples-to-apples comparison. We weighed them with the cables off of the scale, however, as the weight in hand really isn't affected by the weight of the cable.
As our data show, there's a huge range here, and that means each mouse will likely appeal to a slight different user. In addition to being the largest mice overall, the Logitech duo is also the heaviest, particularly the G602, with its two AA batteries installed. The G502 is amazingly the second-heaviest mouse, despite our not even inserting any of its extra weight bars. The Corsair M45 is the next heaviest, but that's as it comes from the factory with all of its weights inserted! We didn't mess with weight customization, but to put it simply, the Logitech G502 can get much heavier, the Corsair can get much lighter, and all the others are fixed. We found the EVGA Torq to be distractingly light, and while the Razer Deathadder is ostensibly in the same weight class, its overall size and fine balance made it feel a bit more substantial and better planted overall.
The Razer Deathadder's scroll wheel lightpipes make it stand out from its full-RGB competition (the EVGA Torq and Logitech G502). Each can display millions of colors, selectable via their software suites. Our Corsair sample had a standard red LED, which we actually like a lot (too bad it doesn't show through effectively at the scroll wheel), and the wireless G602 has no LED lighting, other than a polling sensor that shows blue or green for a few seconds when switching between settings. If you want flashy lights, you definitely need to go with a wired mouse!
Logitech gets a demerit here for releasing a brand-new mouse, the G502 Proteus Spectrum, without adding any lighting areas beyond what the original G502 had. The only difference is a full RGB range. EVGA gets brownie points for a rear LED that actually lights up your mousing surface. Cool!
Mouse Glide Pads:
We feel this is an under-appreciated aspect of gaming mice, and all mice for that matter. So we took a shot of each of our mice on their backs. And no, this wasn't to "show off" the optical sensors, which you wouldn't be able to make heads or tails of from a photo anyway. It's strictly to show the placement of the glide pads, as well as the general shape of the mice from below.
The Logitech mice are the largest overall, and also have fairly large glide pads. But Logitech made a mistake in the designing the G502: it didn't place a large enough pad on the removable bottom panel that hides the weight chamber, and worse still, it gave that panel a textured surface, which you can feel if you're using an ultra-slick mousing surface. Razer gets a demerit here too for its insanely-small glide pads, although at least they are somewhat compensated for by the low weight of the mouse. The Corsair M45 shows off its three metal screws that contain the pre-installed weights, as well as very large and evenly-spaced glide pads. And finally we come to the EVGA Torq, which glides like nothing we've ever felt before... it's ultra-smooth, thanks to large pads (twice the surface area of the Razer Deathadder's) and a very low weight.
Mouse Shape and Texture:
This is the hardest element of mouse design to quantify, and perhaps the most important factor in the overall user experience. To give readers a bit more context for the discussion of grip, we've put together a compendium of photos below, illustrating each grip type:
The Palm Grip, The Claw Grip, and the Hybrid Palm/Claw Grip
We've included a photo here of each mouse lined up in order to demonstrate their range of shapes. From front to back, you'll see the Logitech G502, Logitech G602, Razer Deathadder, Corsair Raptor M45, and EVGA Torq X5.
We'd say the Logitech G602 is best for a palm grip due to its size and weight, the G502 and Deathadder work with either a palm grip or hybrid palm grip due their length and curvature, and the Corsair Raptor M45 and EVGA Torq work best with a claw grip due their shorter length and flatter bodies. Note that the M45 is quite wide, so it may be best for users with wide hands who don't want a big palm-grip style mouse.
One last thing we should mention is that in addition to the shape, the material used for the mouse body can affect how a user holds it. The two Logitech models feature a rubberized plastic on the sides, but it wasn't particularly tacky, whereas the Deathadder had very tacky rubber side grips. The Corsair Raptor M45 features a rubber-like coating on its buttons, but hard plastic sides, and EVGA's Torq was the most basic, with only the faintest hint of a grippy material on the sides and a hard plastic (but very glossy) shell.
The photo showing off each mouse's "curves" also serves to highlight their different button placement. In fact, there was a wide disparity in the number and size of mouse buttons in this roundup, and this more than anything other than shape may determine which is best for any individual gamer. That being said, we can draw out some general distinctions between the offerings:
- The Logitech G602 has the most buttons, befitting its "mouse-for-everyone" design approach. They're also the most crowded and hard to distinguish by feel.
- The Razer Deathadder was the only mouse in this roundup with no hardware sensitivity controls. For anyone who regularly needs to switch DPI on the fly, it will be out of the running right from the start.
- The EVGA Torq and Corsair M45 feature very small, rectangular thumb buttons, which seem like a throwback to an earlier age. The Deathadder takes the opposite approach with its huge thumb buttons.
- The Logitech G502 was the only mouse in this roundup featuring a "sniper" button on the thumb grip; in our opinion, it will either be a great asset or a significant distraction depending on your style of play.
All right, we've said all we're going to say about our mice at this point, so let's move onto the keyboard contenders!