The Best Gaming Mouse (Review) in 2020

If you’re looking for the best gaming mouse, we’re here to help you narrow down the field. We’ve compiled this list of the top 10 gaming mice so that no matter what kind of gamer you are, you can spend less time shopping and more time playing (and winning).

Whether it’s maneuvering characters, optimizing device specs, or even beating bandwidth limitations imposed by ISPs, the difference between pro and casual gamers ultimately comes down to one factor: control. Alongside your keyboard, no single gadget in your arsenal is more emblematic of this control than your mouse.

But, not all gaming mice are created equal, so today we’re going to present 10 options tailored to different play-styles and needs. Whether you’re an MMO gamer in need of extra buttons for hotkeys, an FPS prodigy in need of the ultimate in precision, or you’re simply looking for customizable catch-all, stay tuned–this article is for you.

Ten Best Mice for Gaming

As with any tech product, the market is absolutely saturated with gaming mouse options. Rather than succumb to analysis paralysis, check out our top 10 list to get a feel for which mouse best fits your needs and budget.

#1 – Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB / 2.4GHz wireless | Buttons: 11 | Weight: 114 g

  • Comes with fully programmable buttons and customizable RGB lighting
  • Used either wired or wirelessly via USB or Powerplay wireless pad
  • Optimized right-handed design stands out from Logitech’s ambidextrous catalogue
  • The busy left side can lead to accidental mis-clicks
  • Its price is on the high end

The Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse features the incredibly accurate Hero 16K sensor, tunable weights, light sync RGB, and is Powerplay compatible for easy wireless charging and enhanced precision.

As evidenced in the name, the Logitech G502 is equipped with the cutting-edge Lightspeed technology, which is used by pro gamers for its unparalleled stability, connectivity, and latency reduction. Combined with the highly responsive Hero 16K sensor, this mouse goes as fast as you do. For gamers in need of button customization, there’s a lot to love here with 11 fully programmable buttons.

For eco-focused consumers, Logitech has pledged to make its G502 mouse completely plastic-neutral, so for every kilogram of plastic used to produce mice, the company will release funding for recycling programs to manage an equivalent amount of plastic waste.

Though the G502 is pricey, it has premium build-quality, zero drag, and arguably the best optical sensor on the market. If you’re looking for the cream of the crop and budget is no concern, you’ll find your $149.99 well-spent.

Verdict: The best gaming mouse for high-budget gamers. CHECK PRICES

#2 – Razer Mamba HyperFlux Wireless Gaming Mouse & Mouse Pad

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wireless dongle/USB | Buttons: 9 | Weight: 96g

  • Extremely precise, fast, and lightweight
  • Great ergonomics common to the Mamba line
  • Mouse is essentially tethered to its mat, recalling old-school usb mice
  • Price is way up there, and will turn off all but the most hardcore gamers

The Razer Mamba HyperFlux wireless gaming mouse and pad is designed for accuracy, high speed, and twitch sensitivity. Dialing it in with a 16,000 DPI optical sensor along with Razer’s proprietary Adaptive Frequency Technology, the Mamba HyperFlux will never slow you down. This is even more true when you consider the mouse’s weight, just 96g thanks to its lack of an onboard battery, opting instead to draw power from its pad. Of course, this means that your Mamba HyperFlux doesn’t work at all without the pad, but this is rarely a concern given that this product is squarely aimed towards professional stationary gaming rigs. Equipped with a super capacitor in place of a battery, the Mamba HyperFlux will function for 5-10 on its own, so no need to worry about it dying the moment it leaves the pad.

Razer makes customization of the Mamba HyperFlux a breeze with their proprietary Synapse driver software. Far from being a simple compatibility plug-in, Synapse allows you to assign macros or rebind commands, then save them onto the cloud for easy backup and recall. Other functionality includes in-game stat tracking and click heat maps, so you can take your metagame to the next level. It’s here where you can also customize the RGB color profile, or choose from one of their myriad presets.

With a $249.99 MSRP, the Razer Mamba HyperFlux certainly doesn’t come cheap. However, superior ergonomics, comprehensive all-in-one customization software, and extreme precision add up to what might just be the world’s top ultra-lightweight gaming mouse.

Verdict: The lightest mouse on our list, but not for everybody due to its price. CHECK PRICES

#3 – Razer Lancehead – Wireless Gaming Mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Laser | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 113.4g

  • Ambidextrous with rubber side grips
  • Amazing 50-hour battery life
  • Extremely precise
  • Non-removable buttons can interfere with ambidextrous usage

Gaming mice tend to trade battery life for performance, but not the Razer Lancehead, with its incredible 50 hours on a single charge. You also get Razor’s premium 5G laser sensor at 16k DPI and 210 IPS tracking, which pulls no punches on precision and reduces acceleration to a bare minimum.

Not enough? The ergonomics of the Lancehead are great for both right- and left-handed users, though we wish it were possible to remove the buttons on the side you aren’t using. Minor gripes aside, the build feels solid and grippy with rubber side grips, and turns heads with customizable RGB lighting. Just like other top-tier Razer products, the Lancehead is configurable through the Synapse software, with all 8 buttons easily mappable. Patented Adaptive Frequency Technology ensures a stable, strong connection so your mouse never craps out during intense gaming sessions.

Razer’s MSRP on the Lancehead rings in at $139.99, which is expensive but not overly so. Whether you’re a pro looking for a strong mid-range offering or more casual looking to up your game significantly, the Lancehead is hard to beat.

Verdict: Amazing battery life without compromising on performance. CHECK PRICES

#4 – SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless Gaming Mouse

DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Dual Optical | Interface: Wireless/Wired USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 164.4g

  • Exceptional tracking and stability against lift-off
  • Great 15-minute fast charge
  • Questionably placed thumb button
  • Sub-optimal design for left-handers

The SteelSeries Rival 650‘s dual optical sensor system isn’t just a marketing gimmick, it noticeably improves crosshair stability in real-word usage. The secret is in the secondary sensor, which gauges depth up to 0.5mm and smartly responds to mouse “lift-off”, which is fairly common in high-intensity gaming. Of course, the primary TrueMotion3+ sensor is no slacker, with 12K DPI and 350 IPS tracking. Battery life is an acceptable 10 hours, but 15-minute fast-charging makes it easy to get back in the game quick.

The Rival 650 also features an eight zone RGB lighting, seven mappable buttons and an adjustable weight system. The body features a soft-touch finish on the palm rest and the side grips, while the right and left mouse buttons feature a matte finish with a gentle concave shape that cradles each of the mousing fingers. The rubberized scroll wheel offers a pleasing, notched movement, and behind it sits a button to adjust the DPI sensitivity. We liked the layout of the 7 available buttons, except for the lateral button beneath the thumb; we found you have to adjust your grip to make use of this, which detracts from the overall ergonomics of the mouse. Definitely not a dealbreaker, as your mileage may vary.

At $119.99 MSRP, the Rival 650 is a premium mouse that is a bit easier on the wallet compared to others in its range.

 

Verdict: Depth sensor is a nice addition helping excitable gamers remain stable on the fly. CHECK PRICES

#5 – Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse

CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 147.4g

  • Incredible aesthetics and ergonomics
  • Optimized for productivity and usability
  • Not the most sensitive mouse for gaming
  • No left-handed version

The MX Master is Logitech’s current flagship wireless mouse, perfectly specced to attract the attention of serious gamers while priced for anyone looking for a major mouse upgrade. The design is simply stunning, and looks like something that flew out of Lockheed-Martin’s Skunkworks rather than a piece of consumer tech. Ergonomics are top notch, with a dual variable-speed wheels that allow for both vertical and horizontal scrolling. Underneath that second wheel are two back and forward buttons, flanked by a gesture button that when used together, truly optimize navigation.

Want more? How about app-specific customizations, allowing you to switch configurations as easily as clicking onto another window; or the ability to simultaneously connect to and switch between three devices of any operating system? Okay, so we’ve just described the perfect catch-all productivity mouse–how does it perform when gaming? The 4000 DPI dark field laser sensor tracks with incredible precision, even on high-gloss surfaces including glass. It won’t give you quite the pinpoint precision as other mice on this list, but when you consider the features for the cost (MSRP of just $99.99), it’s an easy sell for gamers who need their gear to double as a productive workstation.

Verdict: An affordable catch-all mouse with specs good enough for serious gamers. CHECK PRICES

#6 – SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse

DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Dual Optical | Interface: Wired USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 142g

  • Great RGB display
  • Dual optical sensors offer great precision and protection vs. lift-off
  • Last-gen device at a great price
  • Thumb buttons are not ideally placed for palm grips

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is purpose-built for esports, both in form and function. A single glance at this elegant mouse reveals killer aesthetics, with bold RGB illumination running up the middle of the body along, beneath the track wheel, and from within the SteelSeries logo. There is a delicate curve to the left along with channeled main buttons that make the Rival 600 an ergonomic dream for right-handed users (less so for lefties). It’s all coated in a lovely soft-touch material, for maximum comfort no matter what game you’re playing.

Like it’s newer brother the Rival 650, the 600 features the useful dual optical sensors for highly precise tracking (@ 12k DPI) and for compensating against mouse lift-off. 7 programmable buttons adorn the shell of this mouse, though again the ones near the thumb seem awkwardly placed for anything other than claw grips. The main buttons sit upon mechanical switches rated up to 60 million clicks, and feature low travel while being robust enough to stop accidental presses when palm gripping.

With the release of the 650, the SteelSeries Rival 600 has dropped in price to $79.99 MSRP, making it an easy mouse to recommend for those who don’t mind (or prefer) USB cable connectivity.

Verdict: A great bang for your buck. CHECK PRICES

#7 – CORSAIR Sabre – RGB Gaming Mouse

DPI: 10,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wired USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 100g

  • Low price, good specs
  • Clean design and ergonomics
  • Light weight
  • Right-handers only

CORSAIR’s Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse offers great performance without breaking the bank at just $49.99 MSRP. Packing a 10k DPI optical sensor and a 1000MHz refresh rate, you’ll have plenty of sensitivity for twitch gaming like FPS or other esports. Ergonomically, the Sabre RGB lends itself well to any type of grip, though only if you’re right handed. We also loved how light the mouse is at just 100g.

For a product with “RGB” in its name, light displays are relatively spartan compared to some of the other offerings on this list, but we find the layout not only tasteful, but functional with the color-coded DPI indicator for when you make your own adjustments through Corsair’s intuitive CUE software. Here, you can also set custom mappings for up to 8 buttons, which is plenty for almost any gamer.

If 10k DPI isn’t enough, check out CORSAIR’s upgraded Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse, available at 16k and 18k DPI.

Verdict: The most affordable gaming mouse for casual gamers. CHECK PRICES

#8 – VersionTECH. RGB Gaming Mouse

DPI: 2,400 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wired USB | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 226g

  • Can be found dirt cheap online
  • Variable DPI and switchable RBG lighting good for gaming and the office
  • Low price necessitates some compromise to features and build quality

The VersionTECH. RGB Gaming Mouse offers some eye-catching features in an affordable package. The lightning bolt pattern may seem loud and ostentatious in still photos, but in the flesh it has an attractive 7-color pattern that “breathes” and slowly morphs. To be sure, it isn’t the right aesthetic for everyone, but the display is easily toggled off with a couple of easy button presses.

Indeed it seems VersionTech. wanted users to be able to easily dress their mouse up or down, with 4 preset DPI settings (800/1,200/1,600/2,400) optimized for everything between work and play. The highest settings may not quite cut it for high-level esports, but most gamers with a day job will appreciate that their mouse can do double duty. Speaking of dual natures, the symmetrical design offers some respite for left-handed users, although there are no buttons on the right side of the mouse.

VersionTECH.’s offering may not be the most fully featured or precise mouse out there, but its $35 MSRP allows any deals you may find to really scratch rock bottom in terms of functional budget gaming mice. It makes a great backup mouse.

Verdict: The cheapest multi-purpose gaming mouse. CHECK PRICES

#9 – Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse

DPI: 12,000 | Interface: Wired | Buttons: 11 | Weight: 122g

  • Incredible customization options, from DPI to RGB and weighting
  • Great ergonomics the G502 line is known for
  • Last-gen specs on a budget
  • Not be suitable for palm grip players with big hands

It doesn’t top out our list purely on specs, but true to its name, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse might just be the most customizable mouse in its price range. Probably the single most attractive feature for FPS players, the G502 Proteus Core is enabled with on-the-fly DPI adjustments, from 200-12,000. This is great for going from fast twitch maneuvering to precise sniping in the blink of an eye. Want to fiddle with weighting and balance? Logitech makes that easy too, with five optional 3.6g weights to play with. Of course, like any good RGB mouse, there are ample color schemes available for customization, plus 11 programmable buttons for whatever gaming need you may have. The metal scroll wheel is luxurious, with adjustable friction.

The G502 Proteus Core allows you to store up to three configuration profiles on its internal memory, or you can use Logitech’s software to manage them from your computer. Of course, this software goes a step beyond, scanning your PC to determine which games you have installed, then automatically creating profiles for each.

It’s not the most modern mouse on the market, but users with a penchant for customization will be over the moon for how little the G502 Proteus Core goes for these days.

Verdict: The most versatile gaming mouse you can buy on a budget. CHECK PRICES

#10 – UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse

DPI: 16,400 | Sensor: Laser | Interface: Wired USB | Buttons: 19 | Weight: 212.6g

  • Amazing array of customizable buttons
  • Adjustable DPI
  • Not ergonomic for left-handed players, or players with large hands

Last but not least is a great option for MMO players: the UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse. The standout feature is the array of numeric keys on the side of the mouse, each of which is angled and shaped slightly different and features clicky, responsive travel to optimize ergonomics. We like this layout for when you need crystal clarity on where each of your spells or abilities is hotkeyed.

Of course, the Venus is not limited just to MMOs; with its 16.4K laser sensor, it has plenty of precision for making quick but accurate moves against foes. There’s also the option to adjust DPI on the fly with DPI+ and DPI– buttons, as well as removable weights for dialing in the feel. Like virtually every other mouse on this list, the Venus has customizable RGB display with up to 16 million LED color configurations–or you can simply turn it all off if you need to bring your favorite mouse into the office.

You can typically snag the UtechSmart Venus for less than $35 online.

Verdict: An ideal choice for MMOs or gamers looking for a solid mouse on the cheap. CHECK PRICES

Conclusion

For every gamer, there’s a mouse that fits perfectly within their game plan. We’ve highlighted 10 top gaming mice, each picked for a different use case or budget.

Which gaming mouse will you choose? Do you have any experience with our recommended mice? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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11 Best Craigslist Alternatives To Sell Your Stuff

A lot of us have too much stuff, or stuff we don’t need or use anymore. So what do we do with that stuff? Sell it and make money online. Craigslist used to be the first stop to do that, but things change. 

Here are 11 best Craigslist alternatives to help you sell your things, in no particular order.

  1. Facebook Marketplace
  2. Letgo
  3. Swappa
  4. Geebo
  5. Decluttr or Music Magpie
  6. PoshMark
  7. Vinted
  8. Carousell
  9. VarageSale
  10. thredUp
  11. Instagram

Facebook Marketplace – WebsiteGoogle Play App Store

If you haven’t already bought or sold something through Facebook Marketplace, we’d be surprised. Consider how many people buy your local newspapers. Now consider how many people in your area are on Facebook. Chances are there will be far more of your neighbors on Facebook than buy the local papers. 

That alone makes Facebook an excellent Craigslist alternative to sell your stuff. Check out how to get great deals on Facebook Marketplace to get more ideas

If you’re a member of local marketplace groups on Facebook, you can simultaneously post to them. Facebook Marketplace is a completely free service as well. Payment, shipping, and pickup is your responsibility to arrange. You could use Facebook Pay though.

Letgo – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

Convenience is Letgo’s strong point. With their app on your phone, you can take a picture of the item and post it directly on the site in under a minute. Currently at over 100 million downloads, Letgo is extremely popular. User profiles can be verified and rated. This helps make sure you are dealing with a reputable person. 

Letgo can also help you make sure you get a good price. Letgo Reveal uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to determine what your item is and estimate price and selling time based on similar listings. 

Listings are free, but there are fee-based options to help you sell your item quicker. How you want to be paid and how the customer gets the item is up to you to arrange.

Swappa – WebsiteGoogle Play

Swappa is a Craigslist alternative that focuses on electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and more in the US. You can list your electronics for free, but a fee may get built into your pricing. Technically, that means the buyer pays the fee, but it’s about the same as consignment. 

Swappa has a strict no-junk policy. If the item doesn’t work, is in rough shape, has a cracked screen or is stolen, they won’t list it. This works in your favour as a seller because the buyer is already expecting something solid. 

Swappa even runs Electronic Serial Number (ESN) checks on all items listed that have an ESN. An ESN is a permanently embedded serial number unique to that specific device.

You list your item, Swappa processes the payment via PayPal, and then you ship your item to the customer. There is also the Swappa Local serving most major US cities. This provides the opportunity to arrange for the local customer and you to arrange pickup and be paid directly by the buyer.

Geebo – Website

Geebo is a classic classified ad type of site, much like Craigslist. Where it differs is that every post is checked by a human to help ensure it’s worth looking at. Geebo doesn’t list what the criteria is for passing the check, but the site is still around after 10 years. They must be doing something right. 

Currently, Geebo only serves the U.S. in over 160 communities. Geebo is another site where payment and item delivery or pickup is up to you to arrange.

Decluttr Or MusicMagpie

Website – Decluttr or MusicMagpie

Google Play – Decluttr or MusicMagpie

App Store – Decluttr or MusicMagpie

Decluttr is the US site and Music Magpie is the UK site for selling your cell phones, games, books and other devices. They function more like a consignment shop than a classified ad though. Use their app or enter the barcode from your item and they’ll give you an instant price estimate. They’ll send you a package that you put your items in and ship to them. 

If you’re sending 10 items or more, the shipping is free. Then, Decluttr checks over your device, ensures all personal data is wiped, and then sends you payment by direct deposit, cheque, or PayPal. The payouts may not be as great as what you might get selling your stuff on your own. But, it is a quick way to get it out of your place.

PoshMark – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

For selling brand name clothing, PoshMark is a possible option and a great Craigslist alternative, available to the US and Canada, especially if it’s valued over $500 USD. You list your items and when they sell, PoshMark sends you a pre-paid, pre-addressed label. If the item is under the $500 mark it goes directly to the buyer. 

If it’s over $500, it goes to PoshMark where they will authenticate the item. If it passes their authentication, then they send it to the buyer. They use an escrow-style payment method. The payment is made to PoshMark and when the customer receives the order, the payment is released to you. This protects both you and the customer.

Vinted – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

Another great spot to sell your clothing instead of Craigslist is Vinted. Based in Europe, Vinted is available in Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, the UK, and the USA. Right now, their market is about 25 million users. 

As the seller, you set the price. There are no selling fees, but you’ll want to build in the cost of shipping. Vinted can provide you with a USPS shipping label so the shipment can be tracked. 

Payment is made to Vinted and goes into their escrow system called Vinted Wallet. Once the buyer gets the item and agrees that it’s good, the money becomes available in the wallet.

If the buyer doesn’t hit the button, the money still gets released 2 days after delivery. You can use the funds in the wallet to buy other stuff on Vinted. Or, you can get it paid out to your bank account. It’ll show up in your account after 3-4 business days.

Carousell – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

Targeting more of the Pacific countries, Carousell operates in Hong Kong, Australia, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand, and Canada. Carousell is a market place Craigslist alternative for household items, vehicles, clothes, and even housing and rentals. Maybe you can rent out your car

You can list your items for free. If you want to use their Spotlight or Boosts to promote your item, you can pay additional fees. Those programs seem a bit complicated so make sure you understand them. Shipping and how the customer pays you is between you and the buyer.

VarageSale – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

As the name suggests, VarageSale is like your own online garage sale. Operating around the world, and open to selling all kinds of items to people in your community. You join your community on VarageSale, connect it to your Facebook account so you can be verified, then start selling. 

Each community has an administrator to help make sure things go smoothly and safely. Everyone on VarageSale has to use their real name and photos. Listings are free, too. It’s up to you and the buyer to determine how payment and delivery is done.

thredUp – WebsiteGoogle PlayApp Store

For those that have clothes to sell and can’t be bothered with waiting to get a premium price, there’s thredUp. It functions on a consignment model, and serves the US and Canada. 

You request a Clean Out Kit from thredUp, put your clothes in and send it back to them. From there, thredUp inspects it, takes pictures and lists it. If it’s something that one of their retail partners wants, thredUp will buy it from you. It won’t hit the site. If it does go to the site, you have 12 hours to edit the price. Then it goes up for a 12-hour bidding period. 

If it doesn’t sell during a 60 or a 90 day period, you can have it sent back at your own cost. Or forget about it and thredUp claims it. The 60 day period applies to most items, 90 days to premium items.

If you’re not interested in thredUp’s selling process, you can request a Donation Bag to send the items. thredUp will donate $5 on your behalf to whichever of their charity partners you choose. They’ll send you a tax receipt. Seems like a lot of work when there are so many local charities that will gladly take your donation too.

Instagram – WebsiteGoogle Play App Store

Maybe the least obvious option, Instagram might be the right way for you to sell some stuff. It’s not set up to make selling the easiest thing, but it can be, and is, done. Putting a picture on Instagram is about as easy as can be. Then write a description, hashtag it as #forsale, maybe post an asking price and have people DM you.

This could be the Craigslist alternative option for you if you have followers that would be highly interested. Maybe you have a lot of local followers, or maybe you’re a handbag person and have a lot of followers who are handbag people. It might be a custom-made market.

Get Selling, Get Paid!

Now that you know your Craigslist alternatives, what are you going to sell? Where do you think you’ll sell it? Have you had any experience selling in any of these methods? How about other options? We’d love to hear from you.

Google’s Earth View Gallery Adds 1,000 Stunning Images

GoogleEarthView

Google has added 1,000 more stunning and high resolution images to its Earth View Gallery.

Earth View is a collection of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes from space found on Google Earth. The newest group of images are optimized for high resolution screens (up to 4K) and make striking wallpapers. The latest addition brings the amount of eye-catching images to 2,500.

Browsing the gallery has the usual options. Use the forward and back arrows to change images and the download icon to download the current image.

New to the gallery is a color map to help you find Earth View images by color or location around the globe:

Earth View Map

A Chrome extension displays a new Earth View image every time a new tab is opened and can be download from the Chrome Web store:

Earth View from Google Earth

The Google blog post has more details about the process and people:

1,000 of the most stunning landscapes in Google Earth

See all the new image added to the Earth View Gallery here: Read More

The Best Versions of Tetris to Play Today

For a game that is nearly 40 years old, Tetris continues to surprise new and old gamers alike as an enjoyable way to pass the time in classrooms, bedrooms, and offices worldwide. With simple but gripping gameplay, Tetris has been ported to almost every platform imaginable—even a soldering iron of all things.

If you want to play Tetris on something more usable, modern versions of Tetris continue to be released on various platforms including on PC, mobile, and console devices, and with online and multiplayer versions available. To help you decide, here’s a shortlist of six of the best versions of Tetris you can play today.

Tetris.com (Online)

If you’re struggling to find alternative versions of Tetris to play, open up your web browser and head to Tetris.com. This is the official, online version of this popular puzzle game, run by The Tetris Company which operates the license for Tetris worldwide.

This HTML5 game is modern, fresh and easy to play, and should be familiar to anyone with even a passing familiarity with Tetris. Just hitting the Play button will start a new game, using your keyboard arrow keys to move each piece left or right, or down to speed up the descent.

To immediately place a Tetris piece, you can use your mouse click to place it in position. Controls can be modified from the Options menu while the game is paused.

It’s an otherwise fairly simple Tetris game for the web, with a personal scoreboard to see how well your gameplay progresses. If the definitive Tetris experience is what you’re looking for, then Tetris.com is the game for you.

Tetris (Android & iOS)

Until recently, Electronic Arts held the license for Tetris games on mobile. That license has since expired, with EA removing all EA-published Tetris games from the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. To fill the gap, Tetris by N3TWORK Inc is the new and official Tetris game available for mobile devices.

Like the Tetris.com HTML5 game, this official mobile Tetris game offers the traditional gameplay you’d expect. The game is crisp and appealing to play, with easy-to-use touch controls suited for mobile gameplay. Swiping left or right will move the pieces from side to side, swiping down will place it, and a single tap will rotate it.

You also have a leaderboard, where your gameplay scores will rank. You can also theme the game with different colors and backgrounds, including the default futuristic theme, as well as others like a Gameboy-style 8-bit theme.

Tetris on mobile is free, with ads shown to cover costs. You can pay a one-off fee to disable ads, costing $4.99 with an in-app purchase.

Tetris 99 (Nintendo Switch)

Nobody expected Tetris to suddenly start flying off the shelves yet again, but that’s exactly what happened with Tetris 99 for the Nintendo Switch. Mixing the popular Battle Royale gameplay style made famous by Fortnite, Tetris 99 pits you against 99 other Tetris players in a winner-takes-all battle to become the winner.

It follows the same principles of traditional Tetris, where you have to place falling Tetris pieces to fill the board. Unlike traditional Tetris, Tetris 99 allows you to send other pieces onto the boards of other players as a form of attack. You can see the grids of each player to the side as gameplay continues, with either you or the AI choosing your targets.

Each successful game gains the player experience points (XP) for bragging rights. An add-on DLC called Big Block takes the game even further, with a CPU Battle mode that allows you to play against 98 AI players, as well as a “marathon” mode to see who can play Tetris the longest.

Tetris 99 is one of the most innovative versions of the Tetris game for years. If you have a Nintendo Switch and you’re looking for easy and competitive Tetris gameplay, this should be on your shopping list.

Tetris Effect (Windows and PlayStation 4)

Another innovative Tetris game to hit the market is Tetris Effect, available on Windows PCs and the PlayStation 4 console. Created using Unreal Engine 4, this Tetris game comes with virtual reality support, allowing you to play Tetris on VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.

The basic gameplay is rooted in traditional Tetris, moving your pieces to fill the Tetris board. Tetris Effect builds on this, however, with new gameplay modes that allow you to play multiple pieces and clear up to 23 lines at once (although this is exceedingly rare).

The game also comes with various themes and high-quality sound effects, as well as different user levels that unlock new gameplay challenges. As single-player Tetris games go, Tetris Effect is definitely unmissable. 

Jstris (Online)

For multiplayer Tetris gameplay in your browser, you’ll need to look at Jstris. Consider this Tetris clone as a smaller version of Tetris 99, where you play against different users and can view their boards on your screen in real-time.

Like Tetris 99, survival is the aim of the game. The longer you hold out, the better your score, with the longest-surviving player (with the highest score) winning. There are various different gameplay options on offer, as well as a leaderboard that pits you against all other Jstris users.

You can also try your hand at different Tetris boards with different lengths, speeds, and obstacles, as well as design your own board for others to play.

Jstris has formed into one of the biggest online Tetris game communities, with a Discord server that allows you to chat with other Tetris fans.

Puyo Puyo Tetris (Windows and Console)

If you want to try something a little different, give Puyo Puyo Tetris a try. This Tetris game from SEGA combines Tetris with the Puyo Puyo franchise, mixing the two styles of gameplay together.

There are various gameplay modes that bring different elements of both Tetris and Puyo Puyo gameplay into the mix, with the option to play individually or with up to four local or online players. You can also play with AI players. 

There’s even a gameplay story mode, placing Puyo Puyo Tetris into the wider Puyo Puyo gameplay franchise. If you’re not a fan of the Puyo Puyo style of gameplay (with individual rounded Puyos as pieces, rather than Tetris blocks), then you can switch to a more traditional style.

Puyo Puyo Tetris is available on the Steam Store for Windows, as well as for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players.

Classic Gaming Reinvented

These modern versions of Tetris games prove that classic gaming is sometimes hard to beat. If you’re looking for other casual classics, you can play the best versions of Solitaire on Windows or ditch the classics completely by getting started on Steam or another PC gaming platform.

Is Tetris still your favorite, or do you prefer something a little more modern? Let us know your favorite casual games in the comments below.

How to hide Quick Access from File Explorer on Windows 10

Quick Access is a virtual location on your PC that builds up over time to show you folders you’ve been accessing a lot. You can pin your more frequently accessed folders to Quick Access. Much like you would bookmark a website in your web browser, pinning an item to Quick Access is like bookmarking a location in File Explorer. While the feature is useful, it may not be for everyone. If you’d like to hide Quick Access from File Explorer, you can do so with a simple registry edit.

Hide Quick Access from File Explorer

We’re going to edit the registry via Command Prompt which means you don’t have to use the registry editor. We have instructions for doing it from the registry editor as well.

Open Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following command.

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Once you run the command, you need to restart File Explorer. You can do this from the Task Manager. Select Windows Explorer and click the Restart button.

To get Quick Access back, run the following command in an elevated Command Prompt window. Once again, you will need to restart File Explorer to apply the change.

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

If you’d like to make this change via the registry editor, you have to first open it. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. Enter ‘regedit’ and tap the Enter key.

In the registry editor, go to the following key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Right-click the Explorer key and select New>DWORD (32-bit) value from the context menu. Name this value HubMode. Double-click it and in the value data box, enter 1. Restart File Explorer and Quick Access will be hidden. To unhide it, change the value of the HubMode value to 0.

Remember that you’re only hiding Quick Access, you aren’t disabling it. It still exists as a feature on Windows 10 and when you unhide it, any and all folders that you pinned to it will still be there. Quick Access is one of two locations that File Explorer can open to by default but it tends to show folders based on your use. This means that it’s always going to change. If that’s what bothers you, you can pin the folders you access often, and explicitly blacklist folders you don’t want Quick Access to show you. The blacklist feature isn’t very well documented but it’s a simple way to keep certain folders out of Quick Access.

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