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The Best Wired Mouse - Fall 2022 Mice Reviews

Best Wired Mouse

In the last few years, wireless connection technology has improved by leaps and bounds. Today, most office mice have gone wireless, and more gaming mice are cutting the cable every day. This article includes a mix of both straightforward office mice and more gaming-focused models. Many gaming mice are increasingly designed to be versatile enough for everyday browsing and work tasks, and we've kept this in mind when choosing our picks.  When shopping for a wired model, you'll want to make sure you find one that's comfortable for your hand size and how you prefer to hold your mouse. It's also a good idea to pay close attention to the quality of the cable as it will have a big impact on the overall experience of using your wired mouse.

We've tested over 260 mice, of which over 150 are wired. Below are our top picks. If you're looking for more comfort-oriented recommendations, check out our picks for the best ergonomic mice, or if you're looking for a wireless design, take a look at our choices for the best wireless mice and the best wireless mice for gaming.

  1. Best Wired Mouse

    For a versatile pick that combines comfort, high-end gaming performance, and productivity features, we recommend the Razer Basilisk V3. It has an ergonomic right-handed shape, comfortable enough for long gaming sessions or full work days. It also has plenty of programmable buttons that you can change along with other settings using the customization software. The scroll wheel has a precise notched scrolling mode and a faster free-scrolling mode you can activate by flicking the wheel quickly. This free-scrolling mode is a helpful feature for quickly scanning websites or long documents and is a feature more commonly found on premium work mice.

    It has exceptionally low click latency, and its sensor performs as well or better than most mice in this price range, making it well-suited to gaming in any genre. Its cable is also very lightweight and flexible and won't get in your way while gaming. With all these features, this mouse is fairly heavy compared to most gaming options, so it isn't ideal if you only play fast-paced titles like FPS games which require quick movements. That said, it's a terrific choice if you're looking for a mouse for playing different types of games, everyday browsing, and even work tasks.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Wired Mouse

    If you're looking for a no-nonsense mouse that feels well-built and is more than capable of handling workloads and even casual gaming, we recommend the Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse. This mouse is a modern update inspired by Microsoft's classic IntelliMouse 3.0 that launched back in 1996. It has an ergonomic right-handed shape and textured rubber sides for added grip. It's fairly large, which makes it a very comfortable option for medium, large, and even extra-large-sized hands, though it isn't well-suited for small hands using any grip type.

    The braided cable is decently flexible, and its feet glide well on mousepads and desks. There are two well-placed side buttons on the left, and while the scroll wheel lacks features like tilt inputs or free scrolling, it feels precise and has well-defined steps. Unfortunately, both the scroll wheel and click buttons are loud, especially compared to higher-end work mice, which increasingly feature muted clicks.

    The sensor on this mouse has also had a serious upgrade over the original, and it provides respectable performance for casual gaming in most genres. That said, while its click latency is good, it's still higher than most of its click latency most dedicated gaming options, so we don't recommend this mouse for playing FPS or other competitive, fast-paced games.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Wired Mouse

    There are many budget gaming options, but many have poor performance or bad build quality, so it can be hard to find one that works for you. Within a budget price range, we recommend you check out the Razer Viper Mini. While it's a gaming mouse in name, it has a very straightforward design that makes it suitable for everyday browsing and office work. It has a scaled-down shape based on the popular Razer Viper, and its build quality feels just as good as the larger version. Its shape makes it well-suited for small hands, but it's still a comfortable pick for any hand size using a fingertip grip. Another advantage to its size is that it's very lightweight, making it a natural choice if you're a fan of fast-paced reaction-based games where lightning-fast reactions can make all the difference.

    In terms of raw gaming performance, It has remarkably low click latency. And while it doesn't have one of Razer's most recent, top-of-the-line sensors, it performs significantly better than most other options at this price point. Altogether, it's more than capable of delivering consistent, accurate performance in any gaming genre. Its mouse feet are also much better than other budget options, and its cable is lightweight and flexible, though not quite as flexible as the cable on the higher-end Razer Basilisk V3. Overall, it's a superb budget choice, and few mice can match it in a price-to-performance comparison.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Wired Mouse

    If you're looking for something for more general use that's cheaper than the Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse, check out the Logitech M100. If you close your eyes and try to imagine a mouse, there's a good chance you will imagine something that looks a lot like this. It's very inexpensive but doesn't feel flimsy; however, the plastic doesn't feel as high-quality as that used in higher-end Logitech mice. As for controls, there are two primary click buttons and a simple scroll wheel.

    Unfortunately, it has a stiff rubber cable and tiny mouse feet that don't glide nearly as smoothly as those on gaming mice like the Razer Viper Mini. Speaking of gaming, this mouse isn't really up to the task. However, its sensor performance is more than adequate for the everyday browsing and productivity tasks it's designed for.

    Besides that, it's fairly small. Its shape is well-suited for using a palm grip if you have small or medium-sized hands. A fingertip grip works great for larger hands, but it may not be very comfortable if you're planning on using this mouse for a full 8-hour work shift. When shopping for this mouse, you might also see the very similar-looking Logitech B100. The secret is that these are actually the same mouse! The only difference is that the B100 is aimed at businesses and comes in different packaging.

    See our review

  5. Best Wired Mouse For MMO Gaming

    If you're an MMO gamer looking for a wired model, the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is the best wired gaming mouse for this type of game. It's an excellent choice for MOBA or MMO gaming thanks to its 12-button side panel that you can slide forwards or backward to better suit your hand size and grip type. You can also remap and set macros to any of its buttons and change a host of other settings using the customization software.

    Overall, it feels very well-built. It also has a consistent sensor and excellent click latency. Unfortunately, its braided cable feels fairly stiff and retains kinks from its packaging, so it may sometimes catch on mousepads or desks. Also, its scroll wheel lacks left and right tilt inputs, which are common on other MMO gaming models. That said, it's still a fantastic option if you aren't interested in wireless capability, and it has plenty of customization options and buttons for all your spells and abilities.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC: The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC is another budget gaming option. It's a great alternative to the Razer Viper Mini if you prefer more of an egg-shaped design and want something with RGB lighting. It's also available in a range of colors to match your setup. However, it doesn't perform nearly as well as the Razer mouse. See our review
  • SteelSeries Rival 3: The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great all-around budget option with software compatible with Windows and macOS. Its size and shape are more suitable for a wider range of hand sizes than the Razer Viper Mini, and it has RGB lighting. However, it's typically a bit more expensive and doesn't perform quite as well. See our review
  • Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 HERO is a great alternative to the Razer Basilisk V3. It has a similar right-slanted ergonomic shape and thumb rest and can often be found for cheaper. Unfortunately, it's noticeably heavier, has a worse cable, and lower quality mouse feet, so most people will be happier with the Basilisk V3. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 02, 2022: We've overhauled the category names and our picks for this article to better represent the current market and to provide more insight for readers.

  2. Mar 25, 2022: We've replaced the GLORIOUS Model O with the ROCCAT Kone Pro as the 'Best Ultra-Light Wired Mouse' as it's a bit lighter, feels sturdier, and is better suited for a wider range of hand sizes. We've also confirmed the availability of all other picks and made some minor adjustments for accuracy.

  3. Jan 25, 2022: Confirmed all picks for relevance and availability and added the Mountain Makalu 67 to our list of Notable Mentions.

  4. Nov 26, 2021: We've gotten rid of the 'Ergonomic-Shaped Alternative' category to create a new 'Best Ergonomic Wired Gaming Mouse' category and updated updating our recommendation from the Razer Basilisk V2 to the new Razer Basilisk V3. We've also created a brand new category, 'Best Ergonomic Ultra-Light Wired Mouse'. We've upgraded the Cooler Master MM720 out of the Notable Mentions section as our pick for this new section.

  5. Sep 28, 2021: Updated the text for accuracy and verified all picks for relevance and availability; no changes to picks.

All Reviews

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.