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Anker Gaming Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 13, 2019 at 10:42 am
Anker Gaming Mouse Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.8
Office/Multimedia
5.0
Travel
7.5
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
7.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
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

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Anker Gaming Mouse is decent for mixed usage. While its slanted shape should be comfortable enough for most people with medium sized hands, it won't work for everyone and depends on the grip type. It has two additional side buttons, which can be programmed to shortcuts; this is good for office use. Unfortunately, the mouse is rather bulky and has a wire so it may be difficult to fit in a laptop case or use in tight spaces like on a plane.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.8 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.

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.

7.5 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.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
7.8 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.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
7.6 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.

  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.0 Travel
  • 7.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
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.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

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
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
127 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
90 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
90 g

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.

5.7
Design
Portability
Length 4.7" (12.0 cm)
Height 1.6" (4.0 cm)
Width 2.6" (6.5 cm)
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.

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.

7.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
63 mm

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
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
No
Palm Grip: 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
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: 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
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: 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.

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

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

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.8 m)
Braided
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.

Design
In The Box

  • Anker Gaming Mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No

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

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.

8.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6400 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
200 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-8.4 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
3.6 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Anker Gaming Mouse's performance is excellent. While the CPI is adjustable, its increments aren't consistent, which is odd. From 200-1200 it goes up in increments of 200, from 1200-2400 it goes up by 400, from 2400-3200 it goes up by 800, and from 3200-6400, it goes up by 1600. On the upside, the polling rate is customizable to 125, 250, 500, or 1000, so you can fine-tune the fluidity of your cursor. Its lift-off distance is also among the highest we've tested to date, so you can continue to move your cursor while your mouse is fairly high off the desk. Unfortunately, the CPI error is one of the worst we've seen so far, and it's consistently undershooting by about 8.5%.

8.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

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.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal 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.

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

SteelSeries Rival 3
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Amazon.com

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.

Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse
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Amazon.com

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.

VicTsing Wireless Gaming Mouse
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Vegcoo C18
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

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