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The Best Mice for Learning and Laning

The best mice we offer for both casual and hardcore gaming as well as schoolwork and studies.


If, like many other students in the world right now, you're heading back to school or the dorms, you're probably thinking about how you're going to keep up with all the gaming you do at home. Aside from checking out our suggestions for the best gear for your dorm room, you might be wondering about certain pieces of your setup. One such integral part of your battlestation is undoubtedly your mouse. You've got to choose one that works well for the purpose you need it for: school and video games, balanced in your downtime, right? We've got just the thing, no matter what you're looking for. And if you're part of the "why not both?" camp, we've got that covered, too. Sit back, relax, and let us take care of your back to school needs. We've got you.


Rival 3

A top-down look at the Rival 3 gaming mouse, a great option for school work and gaming.

If you're ready to hunker down and start studying, have a seat and plug in the Rival 3, an affordable and excellent choice for anything you need to do on your PC, especially homework. It's lightweight, ergonomic, and extremely durable to get you through every sleepless night, cram session, and lengthy dissertation. It's guaranteed up to 60 million clicks thanks to its mechanical switches, and you can customize it to your liking thanks to its Prism lighting, with 3 zones of 16.8 million colors. It's a fantastic choice if you happen to install a game, too, incidentally.

Price: $29

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Rival 3 Sem-Fio

Rival 3 Sem-Fio

The Rival 3 Wireless is everything you love about the Rival 3 above, but better -- it's wireless! Bring home this mouse if you're going to be spending more of your time gaming than cracking open textbooks. It comes packing a whopping 400 hours of battery life, and dual connectivity via gaming-grade 2,4 GHz multipurpose Bluetooth. Never worry about whether it can handle your twitch movements in your favorite shooter or MOBA, thanks to its ultra-low latency wireless with wired-like performance. With a TrueMove Air optical gaming sensor, it's got even the most seasoned players covered, including you!

Price: $49

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Rival 710

A side profile of the Rival 710, where you can see both

Don't want to choose between a great mouse for getting school work done and a reliable gaming mouse? You want the Rival 710. It can pull double duty as a sturdy workhorse to get you through those PowerPoint presentations, then jump into a match of Valorant with you while you strafe and shoot your way to victory. The Rival 710 has your back no matter what you want to use it for, from its TrueMove3 optical sensor for 1 to 1 tracking and excellent accuracy to its miniature OLED screen on the side for in-game stats. You can also set tactile alerts to let you know when your ultimate is ready or your health is low. All this, plus it has swappable modular parts and mechanical switches rated for 60 million clicks. Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too? If you're gonna game your way through school, this is the mouse to get.

Price: $99

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