For those of us on a tight budget (which is most of us), here‘s an awesome solution to getting your claw- or palm-gripping paws on a decent gaming mouse for under R400. This attractive, non-slip-coated, black-and-red number sports a braided, material-covered cord, gold-plated USB connector, and Teflon glides that’re guaranteed to impress your friends at dinner (er… LAN) parties.

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The DS100, which is the perfect fit for my palm, feels comfortable to use, even after those hours-long gaming sessions, and I have to say that at this price point it certainly surprised me. The ambidextrous design of the MSI DS100 means it’s perfect for left- and right-handed gamers. It comes with a rubber-covered scroll wheel, on-the-fly DPI adjustment with indicator lights, and all the standard buttons you’d expect, which are easily customised via the included software.

At the rear end sits the backlit MSI logo (with fully customisable RGB lighting), which matches my MSI keyboard nicely. A key feature is the easily noticeable difference between the two thumb buttons, with the front one having a different texture to the other, making it easier to distinguish between the two in an instant. Accidently pulling your knife during a rocket launcher fight may be a thing of the past with the DS100.

The included software enables you to customise all seven of the buttons as required with ease, letting you save up to 10 profiles, and even allows for adjustment of the X/Y axis sensitivity settings independently. The DS100 has four DPI levels: 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,500. It boasts up to 9G of acceleration and a frame rate of 6,600… May I remind you that this is a sub-R400 mouse?

The MSI DS100 gaming mouse doesn’t have weight adjustment, which is a potential drawback – but its quality matte finish, brilliant feature set and ergonomic design meant that I hardly missed the lack of a customisable weight system.

8I enjoyed this mouse more and more during my time with it, and the price makes this one a no-brainer.