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Anker Gaming Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 13, 2019 at 10:42 am
Anker Gaming Mouse Picture
6.7
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.4
Video Games (MMO)
7.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Anker Gaming Mouse is a decent gaming mouse. While it doesn't feel as premium as some more expensive options, the plastic feels surprisingly solid for the price, and it should be durable enough for longer gaming sessions. It has a fairly wide, customizable CPI range, and several optional polling rates. Unfortunately, its click latency is a bit high for a wired gaming mouse, though it should still be responsive enough for most people.

Our Verdict

6.7 Office/Multimedia

The Anker Gaming Mouse is okay for office use. While it's designed for gaming use, it's decently comfortable for most hand sizes, depending on your grip type, and all of its buttons are programmable. Unfortunately, due to its smooth plastic finish, it may get a bit slippery during extended use, and its scroll wheel's increments feel very soft.

Pros
  • Decent build quality for a budget mouse.
  • Lots of customization options through the software.
  • Good ergonomics for right-handed users.
Cons
  • Odd CPI adjustment settings.
  • Fairly high click latency for a wired gaming mouse.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Anker Gaming Mouse is a good choice for FPS games. It has excellent performance with a customizable CPI and polling rate, and while its click latency is a little high for a wired mouse, this likely won't be noticeable to most people. The mouse is also designed more for medium and large hands, as they're the only sizes that can use every grip type somewhat comfortably.

Pros
  • Decent build quality for a budget mouse.
  • Lots of customization options through the software.
  • Good ergonomics for right-handed users.
Cons
  • Odd CPI adjustment settings.
  • Fairly high click latency for a wired gaming mouse.
7.4 Video Games (MMO)

The Anker Gaming Mouse is good for MMO games. While it doesn't have as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice, all six of its buttons are programmable, which is good. Its thin but long shape also means that different hand sizes will likely only be able to use it with certain grip types.

Pros
  • Decent build quality for a budget mouse.
  • Lots of customization options through the software.
  • Good ergonomics for right-handed users.
Cons
  • Odd CPI adjustment settings.
  • Fairly high click latency for a wired gaming mouse.
7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is good for ultra-light gaming. While it isn't as lightweight as honeycombed mice designed for this purpose, it's still quite light for a gaming mouse. Unfortunately, its long but narrow shape means comfortable grip types will be largely dependent on hand size.

Pros
  • Decent build quality for a budget mouse.
  • Lots of customization options through the software.
  • Good ergonomics for right-handed users.
Cons
  • Odd CPI adjustment settings.
  • Fairly high click latency for a wired gaming mouse.
5.0 Travel

This wired gaming mouse isn't designed for travel. Its wired design may not be ideal to work in small spaces like on a plane and it likely won't fit in most laptop bags.

Pros
  • Decent build quality for a budget mouse.
  • Lots of customization options through the software.
  • Good ergonomics for right-handed users.
Cons
  • Odd CPI adjustment settings.
  • Fairly high click latency for a wired gaming mouse.
  • 6.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.4 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Update 10/23/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Anker Gaming Mouse has a fairly sleek and straightforward style with a two-tone matte black finish. There's an RGB light strip along the bottom, which can be set to different patterns or to different colors to match your CPI setting. The logo on the back of the mouse is also an RGB zone that indicates which CPI setting you're on by using different colors that you set in the software.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
19.04 Cu. Inch (312 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired gaming mice, this mouse isn't the most portable option. It may not fit in most laptop cases, though this likely won't be an issue for people looking for a gaming mouse for their desk setup.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
127 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
90 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
90 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse has no weight optimization, but is decently lightweight. However, those looking for an ultra-light gaming mouse may be better off with something like the Glorious Model O.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this mouse is good. It feels rather solid overall, but the plastic does flex a bit where the RGB light strip connects the two pieces of the mouse. While this doesn't make it feel too cheap, it's definitely not as premium as some more high-end mice.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

This mouse has a slight slant to the right and its two additional buttons are on the left side, making this a right-handed mouse. There are no rubber grips and the entire mouse is covered in a smooth plastic which may get slippery during longer gaming sessions.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

This mouse works well in palm grip for people with small or medium sized hands. It may be alright for slightly larger hands as well, though those with very large hands will likely find their fingers go too far past the buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No

For claw grip, this mouse isn't recommended for this with small or very large hands. While you'll still likely be able to reach the buttons, it won't be the most comfortable and there are better options out there.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

The narrow center of this mouse makes it good for fingertip grip for most hand sizes. However, people with small hands may still have an issue as the mouse is rather long.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable on this mouse is mediocre. It's very stiff and maintains kinks from its packaging. If you have a cluttered desk, it'll likely get caught on things.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Anker Gaming Mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6400 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-5 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
3.6 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The sensor is slightly higher than center, but this shouldn't be noticeable.

7.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The Anker Gaming Mouse has two side buttons and a CPI-switching button. All buttons are programmable, including the mouse wheel's click. While you can set two profiles, it's not easy to do and is fairly buried within the settings in the software. For a budget option with slightly more buttons, check out the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

This mouse's scroll wheel is a fairly standard mouse wheel for a gaming mouse. While it's incremented, the clicks feel quite soft, unlike most mice.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
20 ms

While this mouse's click latency is high for a wired mouse, it likely won't be noticeable and should still feel responsive enough for most people. If you want a similar mouse with lower click latency, check out the Logitech G300s.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Anker A7814 Driver
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Anker Gaming Mouse companion software offers a fair amount of customization options but unfortunately only works on Windows. While you can set a 'Profile A' and 'Profile B' within the software, you need to set a separate 'switch to profile A' and 'switch to profile B' button or you'll get stuck in the profile you switched to and have to manually change it in the software. The RGB strip along the bottom can be set to different patterns, but not individual colors, unless you set it to change according to your CPI setting, and set the CPI settings to specific colors. The CPI indicator RGB zone on the logo can be set so each CPI is a different color of your choice.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

While this mouse is fully compatible with Windows, the software isn't compatible with macOS, and only the default button settings can be used.

Compared to other mice

The Anker Gaming Mouse is a simple, cheap mouse with good gaming features. Although it doesn't match up to more expensive options in terms of sensor performance and programmable inputs, most people should be happy with this mouse for its price. Also see our recommendations for the best cheap gaming mice, the best FPS mice, and the best mice.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a slightly better wired gaming mouse than the Anker Gaming Mouse. The Rival 3 is a bit lighter, better suited for people with small hands, has a lower click latency, and has a much more accurate and consistent CPI. On the other hand, the Anker is still a great gaming mouse that offers fantastic value overall.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is much better than the Anker Gaming Mouse. The Razer has a much wider CPI range, a lower lift-offf distance, lower click latency, and more programmable buttons. It also has a better build quality. However, the Anker is smaller if you need to carry it around. 

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is better than the Anker Gaming Mouse. The Logitech has better sensor performance because it has a wider CPI range and lower lift-off distance. Its click latency is lower and it has many more programmable buttons. However, the Anker is better-suited with people with small hands who use the palm grip.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED is better overall than the Anker Gaming Mouse. The Logitech is a wireless gaming mouse with more programmable inputs, lower click latency, and a better sensor. However, the Anker is much lighter.

Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse

The Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse is better than the Anker Gaming Mouse. It offers more side buttons, feels better-built and has a more comfortable grip thanks to the thumb and pinky rests. Both are good gaming mice at an affordable price.

Vegcoo C18

The Anker Gaming Mouse is better than the Vegcoo C18. Its performance is better, more consistent, and it's also lighter. It has access to dedicated software to customize its performance and reprogram its buttons. The C18 is an overall bad mouse and the Anker is a better budget option.

VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Anker Gaming Mouse is a much better mouse than the VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse. While the VicTsing is wireless and the Anker is wired, the Anker has a much lower click latency, and better sensor performance. The Anker also has companion software that allows you to reprogram the buttons, which the VicTsing doesn't have. The Anker can also be used by small hands in palm grip, while the VicTsing isn't good for small hands with any grip type.

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