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The Best Wired Mouse - Summer 2022 Mice Reviews

Best Wired Mouse

Wireless connection technology has improved by leaps and bounds, but some people still prefer an old-school wired connection. Whether you're looking for a mouse for work or gaming, a wired connection means you don't have to manage battery life and can game or browse for hours without worrying about running out of juice. Some gamers prefer a wired mouse to ensure they're getting the lowest click latency possible, although some cables can be stiff and may drag on mousepads or desks. When shopping for a wired mouse, you'll want to consider comfort, performance, and ergonomics, but also the quality of the cable and whether it will suit your needs.

We've tested over 250 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 Gaming

    Out of all the mice we've tested, which is our best all-around for gaming? The Corsair SABRE RGB PRO. At first glance, it looks like most other FPS mice, with a right-handed shape, RGB lighting zones in the palm rest and mouse wheel, and two side buttons on the left. However, underneath the hood, this mouse is packing some beefy performance.

    It has excellent click latency and a very low lift-off distance, which helps if you frequently lift and reposition your mouse and don't want the sensor tracking your cursor movements. You can also finely tune your CPI sensitivity by increments of one using Corsair's customization software. Its stand-out feature has to be its maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which is higher than most other FPS gaming mice available and provides slightly smoother cursor movements. That said, not all gamers will find it makes a huge difference over a more standard 1000Hz polling rate, and it isn't a feature that's been widely implemented in most competitive games just yet.

    Unfortunately, smaller hands may struggle to reach all the buttons using certain grip types, and the mouse feet drag slightly on desks and cloth mousepads. Corsair also warns that you should only use the 8000Hz polling rate if you have a higher-end system. Altogether, this mouse is an excellent choice for any gamer looking for a high-performance wired option, and it isn't just the best wired gaming mouse we've tested, but one of the best gaming mice we've tested overall.

    See our review

  2. Best Ergonomic Wired Mouse For Gaming

    Getting a top-tier gaming mouse doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. If you prefer a more ergonomic choice, the Razer Basilisk V3 boasts high-end performance in a comfort-focused package. It has a fairly aggressive, angular shape and is bulkier than many other gaming mice. However, it has a right-handed design that includes a thumb rest to support your whole hand.

    It has superb click latency, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust your set CPI by steps of 50 using the customization software. It also has lots more buttons than many standard FPS-oriented mice, including a third side button that acts as a sniper button by default which shifts to a lower CPI setting while held so you can line up more precise shots. Its mouse feet are also very high quality, and it has a flexible paracord-like cable similar to other high-end mice. The scroll wheel also has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode, rare features that aren't found on some of the more stripped-down, lightweight mice on the market.

    Unfortunately, with the added bulk and extra features, it weighs in heavier than some gamers may be accustomed to, and smaller hands may have difficulty reaching all the buttons using a claw or fingertip grip. That said, this mouse is a fantastic, feature-rich choice that prioritizes comfort and is more like a best wired gaming mouse version of a luxury armchair than a streamlined race car.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultra-Light Wired Mouse

    More than ever, gamers who play fast-paced games like first-person shooters are looking for lighter mice. If you're interested in an ultra-light option, we'd recommend the ROCCAT Kone Pro. It weighs in at 65g, which is light, but there are certainly even more lightweight mice. However, what sets the Kone Pro apart is that it has some of the comfort and features you'd expect to see on a much heavier mouse.

    Considering its weight, it has a fairly large, right-handed shape with a small thumb rest and two side buttons on the left. Overall, its shape is well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. In terms of performance, it has excellent click latency, and you can set your CPI settings by increments of 50 within a very wide range. It also has a very low lift-off distance, which is great if you play with high sensitivity settings or a small mousepad and frequently lift your mouse to reposition. There's also easy-to-use companion software that allows you to remap buttons, make sensor adjustments, and control the RGB lighting.

    Unfortunately, if you have small hands, you can't reach all buttons using a fingertip grip. Also, the plastic body can get a bit slippery if you sweat a lot while gaming. Altogether, it's a well-balanced choice that offers impressive gaming performance and some surprising comfort and customizability.

    See our review

  4. Best Ergonomic Ultra-Light Wired Mouse

    Ultra-light mice aren't typically the most comfortable options available, but the Cooler Master MM720 is proof that you don't always have to sacrifice comfort for performance, making it our top pick for the best ergonomic ultra-light wired mouse. It has a white glossy plastic body with honeycomb cutouts and an unusual shape that's fairly wide, short, and flat, with a ring finger rest on the right side. While it may not look like many other mice currently on the market, this shape is a great fit for claw grip users.

    Did we mention it's also remarkably light? Weighing in at only 54g without the weight of its cable, it's one of the lightest mice made by a major manufacturer. It also has a flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide very smoothly. Performance-wise it has outstanding click latency and a very low minimum lift-off distance, so the sensor is less likely to track your movements while you reposition the mouse. You can also adjust the sensitivity by increments of 100 CPI within a very broad range and make other sensor and RGB lighting adjustments using the customization software.

    Unfortunately, the sensor is somewhat inconsistent. The glossy plastic finish can also be slippery if you choose not to install the included adhesive side grips. Despite these minor issues, this mouse is an easy recommendation if you're interested in an ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. Its shape is also one of the most comfortable around, especially if you're a claw gripper who prefers a shorter mouse.

    See our review

  5. Best Wired Mouse For MMO

    If you're an MMO gamer, we recommend the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. It's an outstanding choice for MOBA or MMO gaming thanks to its 12-button side panel that you can slide forwards or backward to suit your hand size and grip type. You can also remap and set macros to any of its buttons using the customization software.

    Overall it feels very well-built, and its short-but-bulky shape is suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type. It has a consistent sensor, very low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range for adjusting your sensitivity, and you can adjust the CPI very precisely in increments of one. It also has great click latency, and while it isn't as low as some other gaming options, it should feel very responsive, even for competitive gamers.

    Unfortunately, its braided cable feels fairly stiff and retains kinks from packaging, which may create drag on mousepads or desks. Also, its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode, which are more common on other feature-rich, MMO-oriented gaming mice. That said, it's still a fantastic option if you're looking for a versatile mouse with plenty of adjustable customization options and programmable buttons for all your spells and abilities.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Wired Mouse

    In the budget category, our top pick goes to the Razer Viper Mini. It has an exceptionally lightweight body that feels solid and well-built. While it's small, it's well-suited for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes. Also, its mouse feet are much higher quality than many other mice at this price point and glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. Likewise, its paracord-like cable is light and flexible and moves smoothly without causing much drag.

    You can program all of its buttons using Razer's Synapse 3 software, and you can also set a Hypershift button to enable a second layer of commands. In terms of performance, it has extremely low click latency, and although you can't adjust the CPI as precisely or within as wide of a range as some mice, most gamers will likely find it's more than adequate.

    Unfortunately, it only has two buttons on the left side, so it isn't a true-ambidextrous mouse like other mice in the Razer Viper lineup with two buttons on either side. Its small size also isn't suitable for larger hands using anything other than a fingertip grip. In terms of a wired budget pick, few mice can match its price to performance, and it's one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Razer Viper 8KHz: The Razer Viper 8KHz is an excellent alternative to the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO. It's marginally lighter and shares its maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, but it's typically more expensive, and its software isn't compatible with macOS. See our review
  • Razer Viper: The Razer Viper is an excellent wired FPS mouse. It's a great alternative to the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO with a pair of side buttons on either side, though it's not as well-suited for larger hands and is more expensive. See our review
  • SteelSeries Rival 3: The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great budget option with software compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform as well as the Razer Viper Mini. See our review
  • Razer DeathAdder Elite: The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a great gaming mouse, but it has a very rigid cable, and its performance and click latency aren't as good as the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO. See our review
  • Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 HERO is a great gaming mouse with a slanted design and a thumb rest, but overall it doesn't perform as well as the Razer Corsair SABRE RGB PRO. See our review
  • Logitech G600 MMO Gaming: The Logitech G600 MMO Gaming is an excellent MMO mouse that features a third main click-to-access button layer. It's cheaper than the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE, but its performance is slightly lower overall. See our review
  • SteelSeries Rival 600: The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a great gaming mouse for people with larger hands, but it has a very stiff cable. See our review
  • G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition: The G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition is a great ultra-light gaming mouse, but its click latency is noticeably higher than similar mice. See our review
  • Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town: The Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town is one of the best mice available for ultra-light gaming that we've tested. It can be expensive and difficult to find, as it's only available through resellers. See our review
  • ROCCAT Burst Pro: The ROCCAT Burst Pro is another great ultra-lightweight option. However, the ROCCAT Kone Pro feels sturdier and is marginally lighter. See our review
  • HyperX Pulsefire Haste: The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent alternative to the ROCCAT Kone Pro. However, the HyperX has a slightly less flexible cable and doesn't feel as well-built. See our review
  • Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB: The Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB is nearly identical to the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. The ELITE has an upgraded sensor with a higher CPI maximum and a more consistent sensor. While it's harder to find in stores, you may still find it at a cheaper price at some retailers. See our review
  • Razer DeathAdder V2: The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a great alternative to the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO, but the Corsair is lighter, has a better cable, and has a much higher maximum polling rate. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Keris: The ASUS ROG Keris is a solid ultra-light choice. It weighs virtually the same as the ROCCAT Kone Pro and has hot-swappable switches for its left and right-click buttons. However, it has a higher lift-off distance, and its cable is less flexible. See our review
  • Endgame Gear XM1: The Endgame Gear XM1 is marginally lighter and feels sturdier than the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO, but it doesn't support an 8000Hz maximum polling rate, it has a higher lift-off distance, and you can't set the CPI as precisely. See our review
  • Mountain Makalu 67: The Mountain Makalu 67 is another great ultra-lightweight choice ideal for larger hands. It also weighs virtually the same as the ROCCAT Kone Pro. Unfortunately, its cable isn't quite as flexible. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Jul 30, 2021: Confirmed all current picks are in stock and still represent the best options for each category. We've also added the ROCCAT Kone Pro, the ASUS ROG Keris, and the Endgame XM1 to Notable Mentions.

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.