How Long Does a Gaming Mouse Last?

Having a good gaming mouse is very important for many gamers. It allows for faster response times, and can give a competitive advantage, but how long does a gaming mouse last?

A gaming mouse usually lasts between 2-5 years but can last much longer if taken care of properly. The lifespan of the mouse strongly depends on what brand it is and how much use you’re going to put it through. Razor mice have a shorter lifespan than a brand like Logitech, but can last years if not misused.

Razor gaming mouse

Although there are many factors that determine the gaming mouse’s life expectancy there are a few things you can do to extend the lifespan and a few things you need to consider before purchasing a gaming mouse.

We will go through all of those factors in this article.

What is The Lifespan of a Gaming Mouse?

Gaming mice are probably one of the most popular choices of mice when it comes down to choosing a mouse to use for your computer.

The reason for this is their longevity, performance, and response rate to the mouse clicks and moves.

There are many different brands and styles to choose from so which can make it a difficult decision to decide what gaming mouse you want, but that is also a good thing because there will be a mouse that is catered to any gamer’s preferences, style, and hand position.

With a good gaming mouse, you can see it lasting you more than 3 years if even when heavily gaming every.

These mice are extremely durable and made for those long gaming sessions that you do every day.

Gaming mice are usually made up of durable plastics and metals that are made to withstand wear and tear.

That means these mice can withstand drops, slams, and any other dangerous acts that would damage another material.

If you don’t use your gaming mouse daily for hours at a time then it is likely that it can last anywhere from 5-10 years without any problem.

The most important thing is to take care of your mouse and avoid doing any unnecessary damage to it.

Another thing about gaming mice is that the mouse buttons are more durable than your standard mouse because the manufacturers know how hard and fast gamers can click the mouse buttons.

For this reason, gaming mice can withstand thousands of more clicks than a normal mouse.

How To Know If Your Gaming Mouse Is Dying?

There are a few different signs that tell you that your gaming mouse is dying and we will go through these here.

The mouse is Double-Clicking or Missing a Click

One of the main reasons to tell if your gaming mouse is dying is if it double clicks or misses a click.

your mouse is double-clicking; that means if you click your mouse once it will sometimes click twice. The button might be broken or is very loose.

This is bad because it can cause you to miss a click or click on the wrong thing.

If your mouse is missing a click it means that sometimes when you click it doesn’t register, or you are forced to click really hard.

gaming mouse

Then this can also mean that the mouse button is broken, but it can also be that the button is clogged probably due to dust.

You can try cleaning the mouse, but if the issue persists or gets worse you are probably going to have to purchase a new mouse.

You can tell that this problem is getting worse when the mouse button starts to get stuck when you click it. When this problem occurs there really isn’t that much you can do to save the mouse and it will be stuck with a broken button.

The Mouse Sensor Stops Registering

The next most common issue with gaming mice is that the sensor stops working.

Now the censor might not stop working completely, but you might experience screen jumping or stuttering whenever you move your character around.

This is due to the sensor not being able to register the movement on your desk because the LED inside of the mouse that tracks the movements is becoming defective.

If you find that the mouse randomly stops working and then starts working again, then this is also a sign that the sensor is becoming defective.

You can either replace the sensor or buy a new mouse, but it is probably best to buy a new gaming mouse at this point.

Random Cursor Movements

If your cursor randomly starts moving on your screen even if you barely move your mouse, then the sensor inside is defective, and there really isn’t that much you can do in this situation.

If this is the problem you are facing then it’s time to buy a new mouse because yours no longer works.

Mouse Disconnecting and Reconnecting

Another way to know if your gaming mouse is dying is if it will randomly disconnect from your computer and then reconnect a few seconds or minutes later.

This means that the mouse has a connection problem to your computer.

If you have a wired mouse then this means that your wire is damaged, and if you have a wireless mouse that means that either the battery is dead or there is a problem with the Bluetooth connection inside the mouse due to damage in most cases.

How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Gaming Mouse

If you are looking for ways to extend the lifespan of your gaming mouse and keep in it good condition for much longer here are some tips you can follow in order to increase the lifespan of your gaming mouse.

1. Keep Your Mouse Clean

Cleaning your mouse is something that is overlooked by many, but it can increase the longevity of your mouse and stop it from dust and dirt build-up that can get inside of the sensor or the mouse buttons.

You should try to clean your mouse at least once a week. If that is too much for your try at least once a month.

You can clean your mouse by giving it a quick wipedown with a cloth or wet wipe make sure to get in between the cracks of the mouse and make sure you clean the mouse sensor at the bottom very well.

Dirty gaming mouse

every couple of months I would recommend using compressed air to spray through the mouse cracks so that you can get rid of any build-up that is clogging the mouse buttons.

This will prevent your mouse from having sticking keys or from missing a click.

Cleaning your mouse will prevent mouse stuttering, freezing, and inaccuracy.

2. Use a High-Quality Mousepad

The next thing you should do is buy a high-quality mousepad.

This will not only increase the lifespan of your mouse but also improve its performance.

If you are using your mouse on a smooth surface like a wooden or plastic desk it can cause problems with the sensor. This can cause your mouse movements to become delayed or not register at all.

Furthermore, it will cause damage to both your desk and your mouse.

For a couple of months, I didn’t use a mousepad and I just used my mouse on my wooden desk.

After a few weeks of use, I had scratches on both my desk and my mouse. I later bought a mousepad and stopped causing damage to my mouse and desk. I also had a performance increase with my mouse because it was working a lot smoother, and the friction from the mousepad gave me better accuracy in-game.

3. Avoid Slamming Your Mouse

Yes, this is a very obvious one, but many people do this. When they die in a game or something bad happens many people tend to slam their mouse on their desk.

You also might not realize it but you are probably doing it too, obviously not as extreme as someone like Ninja or W2S, but even doing a light slam can cause damage to the sensor and the buttons of the mouse.

Also, many people accidentally slam their mice when they are just moving around. having to do very fast movements in games.

Whether you need to flick on someone in Rainbow Six Siege or you are hardcore PVP in Minecraft, avoid slamming your mouse when you have to do fast movements.

You moving fast causes you to pick up your mouse high and slam it down on your desk harder and faster when you are constantly turning and moving.

4. Don’t Click as Hard

Next is another obvious one. Don’t click your mouse buttons as hard.

This might seem actually pretty difficult at first, but practice pressing on it lighter and you might actually see yourself clicking it faster.

When the gaming gets intense many people start to left-click very hard and very fast, but let me tell you this. The harder your click doesn’t mean you click faster. Try to click softer and faster. Once you get used to it you’ll find out that you are actually faster at clicking with your mouse.

5. Cable Manage Your Wire

This one is for the people who use a wired mouse. Many problems with wired mice are that the wire breaks before the mouse does.

The reason for this is that you are not taking care of the mouse wire. If your computer is against the wall that might mean the cable connecting to the mouse is also against the wall which can break the wire.

You should try to cable manage the wire and place it somewhere where it won’t be bent, worn out, or broken.

6. Buy a Reliable Mouse

Finally, if you want to use your gaming mouse for a long time you should spend the extra money and buy a more reliable mouse.

Many people opt for a cheap mouse they can find on Amazon, but in reality, that mouse is just made with cheap plastics that will break faster.

Try to look for a name brand like Corsair, Logitech, or Razor. Then, find a mouse of your preference in their catalog.

These companies have many different gaming mice to choose from so I am sure you will find one that you like, and if you are used to cheap $10 mice from Amazon I am sure it won’t be that hard to find one.

When To Replace Your Gaming Mouse

You should replace your gaming mouse once you start seeing signs that your mouse is broken because once you start seeing these signs that’s when you know that your mouse is going to stop working soon and you don’t want to be stuck with no mouse.


How Many Clicks Does a Mouse Have?

A good quality mouse can last around 20 million clicks, a cheap mouse last 5-10 million clicks and a very high-quality mouse can last around 30 million clicks, but these mice can be expensive.

How Many Clicks Does a Razor Mouse have?

Razor is on the lower end of clicks even for a high-quality mouse. A Razor mouse can last from 10 – 20 million clicks.

How Many Clicks Does a Logitech Mouse Have?

Logitech mice are advertised to have around 20 million clicks, but from personal use and reviews, they can last up to 25 to 30 million clicks. Logitech mice are some of the most reliable mice out there.

Lucas Coulson

I first got into building my own computer when I was around 12 or 13. The first computer I had ever built didn't work. So I kept researching to figure what I did wrong. I really enjoyed researching, learning, and building computers, so I decided to turn it into an online business, and here I am.

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