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 30 mice, of which 20 are wired-only. Below are our top picks for the best wired mouse. 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 we've tested so far is the Razer Naga Trinity. This mouse is very versatile, as it comes with swappable side panels that give you different button layouts for all your different games. You can easily switch between a typical 2-button FPS layout, a 12-button side panel for MMO games, or even a circular 7-button layout.
This mouse has an excellent performance with a wide CPI range, which can be customized to your preference inside the Razer Synapse software. It also has one of the lowest click latencies we've measured so far, meaning it feels very responsive and will please gamers. It's also a very well-built mouse that feels durable.
Unfortunately, Razer cables are usually very stiff, and this mouse isn't an exception. Its cable keeps a lot of kinks and drags and catches on desk supplies, which isn't ideal as you'll often need to straighten it out. This mouse is also on the heavier and larger side, which won't be ideal for smaller hands. An ultra-light option might be better for these people.
If you have bigger hands and want something a bit heavier than the Razer Naga Trinity that lets you customize the weight to your preference, then get the Logitech G502 Hero instead. It might not offer swappable side panels like the Razer, but this mouse has five 3.6g weights that can be added or removed for you to get the best feeling when using the mouse. It still features a lot of buttons and a scroll wheel unlock, which is great. Its performance is amazing thanks to the Hero sensor, and the mouse is very customizable inside the Logitech G Hub software. It also has a slightly better cable than the Razer, but might still be a bit stiff for some. On the upside, it has great ergonomics with a right-slanted design and a comfortable thumb rest.
If you play a lot of different genres of games and would like a versatile mouse, then get the Razer, but if you like to customize the weight of your mouse and are looking for something a bit heavier, grab the Logitech instead.
The best wired mouse for ultra-light gaming we've reviewed so far is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 Cape Town. This mouse is the lightest we've tested at this time, and it has great performance. This mouse is really small and great for a fingertip grip, but people with very large hands might have trouble using it. This ultra-light mouse has a honeycomb pattern design to make it the lightest possible, but doesn't feel flimsy.
Its cable is also excellent. It's very light, flexible, and it moves around easily without dragging on your desk. Its buttons are clicky and responsive, with a very low click latency. This mouse also has unique sticky latex grips that can be applied to the mouse to modify its shape and size, although this makes it slightly heavier.
Unfortunately, the mouse doesn't have dedicated software, although there's a third-party one to customize the CPI settings and polling rate. The mouse is also only available via third-party resellers, as Finalmouse's drop sale is over. This means you might have to pay a bit extra to get it. Nevertheless, it's a great wired mouse for gaming and is one of the best ultra-light options.
If you find that the resale price of the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town is a bit too high for your budget, then get then Glorious Model O instead. It isn't as light as the Finalmouse, but it offers a very lightweight design in a slightly bigger size, which is better suited for larger hands. There's also the Glorious Model O-, which we didn't review, but is the same mouse in a smaller format. It has an ambidextrous design and feels very well-made, although there's a bit more flex than the UL2. On the other hand, this mouse features RGB lighting and has dedicated software for performance customization.
If you want the lightest mouse possible, then get the Finalmouse, but if your budget is a bit more limited and you have bigger hands, then the Glorious is a great and affordable wired mouse for gaming.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is the best wired mouse for MMO games we've tested so far. It has a 12-button side panel that can be slightly moved around, which can make it easier for you to reach all the buttons depending on your grip style and hand size. It's one of the better-built mice we've seen thanks to its aluminum frame. Its high curved back is great for palm or claw grip, and it gives you great control over the mouse.
Performance-wise, it has a very low click latency and a wide CPI range, and is compatible with the Corsair iCUE software that allows a ton of customization options. It's a heavy mouse that has some heft to it and it also features RGB lighting on the mouse wheel, side panel buttons and on the brand name and brand logo, which can all be set individually inside the software.
However, this mouse's braided cable is quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks, on top of dragging when moving the mouse around, which might be annoying for some. Nevertheless, this is one of the best wired mice for gaming and is designed for MMO games.
The best budget wired mouse we've tested so far is the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. This mouse has great performance for its price point and even features a few more side buttons than typical FPS mice. It has a 5-button arch layout on the left side, which is nice, but might take some time to get used to.
It has a fairly wide CPI range and you can customize your favorite settings inside its dedicated software. It's a very well-built mouse, although the cable connection to the mouse feels a bit loose. This is a very wide body mouse that has both a thumb rest and a pinky rest, which feels very comfortable with a palm or claw grip.
However, this mouse might be a bit too large for people with small hands, and its cable is mediocre as it's very stiff and keeps a lot of kinks. The side panel is also always orange-lit, although the mouse wheel and back logo offer RGB lighting, which is odd. All in all, this mouse is a great option for people on a budget, though you can also take a look at the Anker Gaming Mouse for a smaller alternative with a more straightforward design.
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.