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 reviewed over 65 mice, of which over 40 are wired-only. Below are our top picks for the best wired mouse. See our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice. 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 so far 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 an incredibly accurate CPI. Its cord is much less rigid 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, Razer Synapse 3, isn't compatible with macOS, though thankfully the mouse has onboard memory so you can customize your settings on Windows 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 prefer a mouse with a slightly slanted design and thumb rest, go for the Razer Basilisk V2. It's a little bit more expensive than the Razer DeathAdder V2, but its performance is almost identical and it features a removable sniper button on the left side as well as an L/R tilt button on the mouse wheel. The thumb rest on the left-hand side and its slightly slanted design should be more comfortable during long gaming sessions, though it's a bit heavier. It uses the same great cable as the other Razer mouse and features the same excellent sensor and low click latency. It's often compared to the Logitech G502 Hero as they have a very similar shape and overall design.
If you prefer a more straightforward mouse, go with the DeathAdder V2, but if you'd rather a slightly slanted shape with a thumb rest and more buttons, 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 so far 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 the performance, its companion software grants a lot of customization options, including CPI and polling rate adjustments. This mouse comes equipped with six buttons, all of which can be customized 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. A solution to this would be to check out the Glorious Model O Minus, a smaller version of this mouse that we haven't tested, but expect to perform very similarly. Overall, while this may not be the best mouse for traveling due to its size and wired-only design, it's a great one for gaming from the comfort of your home.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is the best wired mouse for MMO games we've tested so far. This fairly large mouse has a 12-button panel on the left side which can be moved forward or backward to allow for a more comfortable and ergonomic fit. It looks and feels extremely well-built with no wobbling or looseness, thanks to its aluminum frame and solid plastic. It's suitable for all hand sizes with a claw grip, and only people with extra-large hands will find it too small for a palm grip.
The mouse is fairly heavy, which helps it feel much more solid overall. Thanks to its design, it has a very low click latency, and its sensor performance is outstanding. Within Corsair's companion software, you can set the CPI anywhere from 100 to 16,000 by increments of 1, which is superb. Through the software, you can also set its lift-off distance, and reprogram all 17 of the mouse's buttons to a wide variety of options, from macros to application launching.
Unfortunately, the stiff wire isn't the greatest and it retains a fair amount of kinks from packaging, which could get annoying dragging around your desk. The incremented mouse wheel also lacks some features like L/R tilt buttons or any type of horizontal scrolling. That being said, if you play a lot of MMO games, the customization features, adjustable button panel, and excellent build quality make this the best MMO mouse we've tested.
The best wired mouse in the budget category we've tested so far is the Razer Viper Mini. It's very similar in design to the regular Razer Viper, but it's much smaller and lighter. This gaming mouse has a nice-looking RGB strip at the bottom of its body, which can be customized inside its compatible software.
Its small body is ideal for a fingertip grip or a claw grip if you have smaller hands. Its sensor performance isn't the same as the rest of the Viper lineup, but it's still very good and should satisfy most people. It's also one of the lightest mice we've reviewed and it isn't designed to be an ultra-light gaming mouse like the ones with a honeycomb pattern on this list. It's still very well-built and comfortable to use if you like ambidextrous shapes.
Unfortunately, due to its different sensor, you can't set its CPI very high, although we expect it to be more than enough for most people. Also, this might not be the best option if you have large hands as you might feel cramped when grabbing this mouse. On the upside, the Razer Synapse offers lighting and performance customization and this mouse's cable is very light and flexible.
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. Updated text for clarity and accuracy.
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.