How many clicks the best gaming mice can handle

Mouse durability is important for gamers, especially if you play high-intensity competitive games such as Dota 2.

Strategy games like these favour players with high actions per minute (APM), and competitive gamers can issue an impressive amount of commands in a short space of time.

Playing these games over extended periods can affect your hardware, and I have worn out the right-click button on at least one expensive gaming mouse after playing Dota 2 for hundreds of hours.

For this reason, gaming mice feature advanced mechanical switches with an endurance rating – which refers to their rated lifetime of clicks.

This mouse switch rating is a guideline, and gaming mice regularly outlive or fall short of the expected lifetime.

To determine how much gameplay time you can expect to get out of a gaming mouse, we used data collected in 2014 which measured the average APM of StarCraft 2 players.

The data found that most players had between 81-100 APM – although this can refer to keystrokes and mouse clicks.

We have used the lowest figure in the bracket as an estimated clicks-per-minute figure to minimise the effect of keystroke commands.

Using the figure of 81, we estimated how long top-rated gaming mice will last under constant gameplay.


Logitech G502

Endurance rating: 20 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 4,115 hours

Logitech G502 proteus


Razer DeathAdder Elite

Endurance rating: 50 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 10,288 hours

Razer DeathAdder Elite


SteelSeries Rival 700

Endurance rating: 30 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 6,172 hours

SteelSeries Rival 700


Corsair Vengeance M65

Endurance rating: 20 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 4,115 hours

Corsair Vengeance M65


Mad Catz MMO TE

Endurance rating: 5 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 1,028 hours

Mad Catz MMO TE


G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

Endurance rating: 20 million clicks

Gameplay lifetime: 4,115 hours

G Skill Ripjaws MX780


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