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 70 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 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. 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 identical and should feel more comfortable for long gaming sessions, thanks to its thumb rest and slanted shape. It feels amazingly well-built, and it 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, although smaller hands might have a harder time reaching all the buttons. You can also check out the Logitech G502 HERO, which has a similar overall 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 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 that we've tested. 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 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 Razer Viper Mini is the best wired mouse in the budget category we've tested. It shares the same shape and sleek, all-black design as the Razer Viper, but it's slightly smaller in size. It feels well-built yet is extremely lightweight and is one of the lightest mice we've tested even though it doesn't have a honeycomb design like most ultra-light mice. Due to its compact design, it's ideal for a fingertip grip for any hand size, although smaller hands should also be able to use it with a claw or palm grip.
The Razer is compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 software to customize the eight programmable inputs and the mouse's RGB lighting. Its click latency is outstanding, and even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay. It also has a profile switching button so you can easily change your button configuration without needing to open the Razer Synapse 3 software every time.
Unfortunately, its max CPI isn't as high as other Viper mice, and it can't be adjusted as precisely. Also, due to its smaller size, this mouse might not be the best option if you have larger hands and want to use it with a claw or palm grip. Nevertheless, this is a great wired mouse option in the budget category and is among the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
10/05/2020: Updated text for clarity 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.