Even though wireless technologies have been improving tremendously in the past few years, some people still prefer a good and reliable wired connection. This also means you don't have to manage battery life and can play or browse for countless hours without thinking about charging your mouse. Most gamers will prefer a wired mouse for minimal latency, although some cables can be stiff and drag when moving the mouse. Therefore, when shopping for a wired mouse, you shouldn't only consider comfort, performance, and ergonomics, but also how good the cable is.
We've tested over 80 mice, of which more than 50 are wired-only. Below are our top picks for the best wired mouse. See also our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice, and if you're looking for a wireless design, take a look at our recommendations for the best wireless mice and the best wireless mice for gaming.
The best wired mouse for gaming that we've tested is the Razer DeathAdder V2. This is the latest in the beloved DeathAdder series, a popular choice with gamers. It has a very straightforward design and features a wide CPI range, two side buttons, and RGB lighting. Despite not being designed as an ultra-light gaming mouse, it's surprisingly light.
Its performance is outstanding thanks to its reliable sensor, very low click latency, and incredibly accurate CPI. Its cord is much more flexible than previous Razer mice, and the feet glide very well, giving the mouse a fluid feeling. The companion software also offers plenty of customization options, including the option to reprogram any of the buttons and adjust your CPI and polling rate.
Unfortunately, those with smaller hands may find it difficult to comfortably reach all the mouse buttons with a claw or fingertip grip. Also, the software that accompanies the mouse, the Razer Synapse 3, isn't compatible with macOS. Thankfully, the mouse has onboard memory to customize your Windows settings and carry them over to Mac. Overall, if you prefer gaming with a wired mouse, this is an excellent choice and is among the best FPS mice we've tested.
If you're looking for a mouse with a more ergonomic design, check out the Razer Basilisk V2. Although its CPI error is slightly higher than the Razer DeathAdder V2, it performs nearly identically and should feel more comfortable for long gaming sessions, thanks to its thumb rest and slanted shape. It feels amazingly well-built and has 13 programmable inputs that can be customized through the Razer Synapse 3 software. Also, this mouse can be used with any grip type for almost all hand sizes, though smaller hands might have a harder time reaching all the buttons. You can also check out the Logitech G502 HERO, which has a similar design and shape.
If you want a mouse with a simpler design, go for the DeathAdder V2, but if you want something a little more ergonomically shaped, get the Basilisk V2.
The best wired mouse for ultra-light gaming that we've tested is the Glorious Model O. The mouse's design is ambidextrous and allows for multiple grip types. It's one of the lightest mice we've tested thanks to its honeycomb design, though it still feels very well-built and durable. While designed with gamers in mind, it also makes for a good office mouse due to its comfortable, ambidextrous shape.
Thanks to a wide customizable CPI range and low click latency, it has excellent performance. If you're looking to customize it, its companion software offers a lot of customization options, including CPI and polling rate adjustments. This mouse comes equipped with six buttons, all of which can be programmed in the companion software to tailor it to your liking.
Unfortunately, it's a fairly large mouse, and those with smaller hands may struggle to comfortably reach all the buttons, regardless of grip type. If this is your case, check out the Glorious Model O Minus, a smaller version of this mouse that offers many of the same features and performs similarly. Overall, while this may not be the best mouse for traveling due to its size and wired-only design, it's an amazing option for ultra-light gaming from the comfort of your home.
The best wired mouse for MMO gaming that we’ve tested is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. This outstanding dedicated MMO mouse feels remarkably solid and well-built, with an aluminum frame that doesn’t produce any wobbling. It comes with a 12-button side panel that you can easily move forward and backward to get better access to all the buttons. The mouse is short and bulky, with a rounded high bump, which makes it suitable and comfortable for any hand-size using claw grip.
The performance of this mouse is excellent thanks to a very low click latency and a wide and precise CPI range that you can adjust by increments of one. It’s also easily customizable within the iCUE software, which offers plenty of customization options and lets you reprogram the 17 total buttons for different actions.
Unfortunately, because of its design, this mouse isn’t recommended for smaller hands using fingertip grip and for extra-large hands using a palm grip. It’s also on the heavier side, and the stiff braided cable may create drag when moving the mouse around. That said, the excellent customization options, adjustable button panel, and amazing build quality make the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB the best MMO mouse we've tested.
The best wired mouse that we’ve tested in the budget category is the Razer Viper Mini. It’s an amazing wired gaming mouse that feels very well-built and solid while also being extremely lightweight. Its smaller size makes it best suited for a fingertip grip with any hand-size.
The Razer has superb performance. It has an extremely low click latency that should ensure a responsive and lag-free gaming experience, even for competitive gamers, and all its buttons are programmable within the Razer Synapse 3 software. It also comes with an excellent paracord-like cable that’s flexible and shouldn’t create too much drag.
Unfortunately, unlike other Razer mice that have two buttons on each side of the mouse, the Mini only has two on the left side. Its smaller design may also be uncomfortable for larger hand-size, and its CPI range isn’t that wide, but it’s still a great wired mouse that’s among the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
12/03/2020: Updated text for accuracy and structure, no changes in product picks.
08/06/2020: Removed Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town, and made Glorious Model O the 'Best Ultra-Light Wired Mouse'. Moved Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse to notable mentions due to current availability.
04/09/2020: Added Razer Viper Mini as Best Budget recommendation.
02/24/2020: Replaced "Best Budget" with the SteelSeries Rival 3 and made the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse the "Cheaper Alternative". Moved Logitech G502 Hero to Notable Mentions, and added Razer Basilisk V2 as "Ergonomic-Shaped Alternative" to the main pick.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wired mice for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper mouse wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no mice that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of mice. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no mouse is perfect for every use, most mice are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.