Even though wireless technologies have been improving tremendously over the past few years, some people still prefer a 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 105 mice, of which more than 60 are wired-only. Below are our top picks for the best wired mouse. 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.
The best wired mouse for gaming that we've tested is the Razer DeathAdder V2. This mouse is quite a bit lighter than the previous version of it, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, while still feeling very well-built and solid. It’s also remarkably comfortable, making it a great choice for long gaming sessions, and it’s suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type.
It has a wide CPI range, a high maximum polling rate, and a very low click latency that should satisfy most competitive gamers. Its cable is very flexible, especially when compared to previous Razer mice, and it has remarkable feet that glide well across mousepads and desks. It also has a total of 18 programmable inputs that you can easily customize within the companion software.
Unfortunately, those with smaller hands may find it difficult to reach all the buttons with a claw or a fingertip grip. Also, the Razer Synapse 3 software isn't compatible with macOS. However, the mouse has onboard memory so you can save your settings on a Windows PC 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 interested in a mouse with a more ergonomic shape, check out the Razer Basilisk V2. It's heavier, and its feet have sharp edges, but it has a removable sniper button that allows you to temporarily switch CPI settings and a very comfortable right-slanted design with a thumb rest. It has a solid plastic body that feels very sturdy and an angular gamer look with RGB zones in both the mouse wheel and logo just behind the crest. It has three side buttons, you can set a HyperShift button with the companion software to enable a second layer of controls, and the mouse wheel has L/R tilt buttons and can be unlocked for free-scrolling. This mouse is well-suited for most grip types and almost all hand sizes, though if you have smaller hands may have difficulty reaching all the buttons, and while all the buttons work in Windows and macOS, you can't install the companion software on macOS. If you're interested in a mouse with a very similar shape and software that's compatible with macOS, check out the Logitech G502 HERO.
If you'd like a mouse with a more straightforward shape that's lighter and has feet with rounded edges, go with the DeathAdder V2, but if you want a mouse with a sniper button and an ergonomic body with a thumb rest, get the Basilisk V2.
The Glorious Model O is the best wired mouse for ultra-light gaming that we've tested. It has a honeycomb body that feels solidly built, an ambidextrous shape with a pair of side buttons on the left, and RGB zones along each side, within the body, and on the scroll wheel.
While it isn't the lightest mouse we've tested, it only weighs 67 g without its cable. It has a low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and impressively low click latency that you can adjust along with other sensor and RGB lighting settings with the companion software. It also has a remarkable cable that's very lightweight and flexible and virgin grade PTFE mouse feet that glide very smoothly, despite having sharp edges.
Unfortunately, the CPI is only adjustable by steps of 100, and while this mouse is compatible with Windows and macOS, you can't install the companion software on macOS. It's also a bit too large for people with small hands, regardless of grip type. However, there's a smaller version that has nearly identical performance that's ideal for those with small and medium-sized hands, the Glorious Model O-. All in all, this is an amazing wired gaming mouse, and it's among the lightest mice we've tested to date.
The best wired mouse for MMO gaming that we’ve tested is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. This outstanding MMO mouse feels remarkably solid and well-built, thanks to an aluminum frame that doesn’t produce any wobbling. It has a short and bulky design, with a rounded high bump that makes it suitable and comfortable for any hand-size using claw grip.
It has a very low click latency and a wide CPI range that you can adjust by increments of one. 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 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 a 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 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 gaming mouse that feels very well-built and solid while also being extremely lightweight. It feels very comfortable, and its smaller size makes it best suited for a fingertip grip with any hand size.
It has an extremely low click latency that should result in a very responsive-feeling gaming experience, even for competitive gamers. It has a total of 14 programmable inputs that you can customize within the Razer Synapse 3 software, and it has outstanding feet and 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 hands, and its CPI range isn’t very wide, but it’s still a great wired mouse that’s among the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
Apr 02, 2021: We've updated the text for accuracy and verified all picks for relevance and availability. We've also added the Razer Viper 8KHz, ROCCAT Burst Pro, and HyperX Pulsefire Haste to Notable Mentions and removed the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse from Notable Mentions due to current availability.
Feb 01, 2021: Updated text for accuracy and structure, no changes in product picks.
Aug 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.
Apr 09, 2020: Added Razer Viper Mini as Best Budget recommendation.
Feb 27, 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.