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 50 mice, of which 20 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 we've tested so far is the Razer DeathAdder V2. The newest version of the legendary DeathAdder design is an excellent gaming mouse with a very straightforward design. It features two side buttons, a customizable CPI, and full RGB lighting. It's also pretty lightweight at only 83g, which is impressive for a mouse that isn't designed to be an ultra-light gaming mouse like other options on this list.
This mouse features the newest Razer sensor, which offers outstanding performance. Movement with this mouse feels fluid and accurate, and the feet glide very well. It also has the newest Razer cable, which is noticeably lighter and more flexible than previous models. The mouse feels very well-built and is great for pretty much any grip and hand size.
However, people with small hands might find it a bit big, unless they're using a palm grip, and the Razer Synapse 3 software can be finicky to use at times. Though on the bright side, the software gives you a ton of customization options, including the ability to reprogram every button. Overall, this is one of the best mice for gaming out there and should please most players.
If you prefer a mouse with a slightly slanted design and thumb rest, go for the Razer Basilisk V2. It's a little bit more expensive than the Razer DeathAdder V2, but its performance is almost identical and it features a removable sniper button on the left side as well as an L/R tilt button on the mouse wheel. The thumb rest on the left-hand side and its slightly slanted design should be more comfortable during long gaming sessions, though it is a bit heavier. It uses the same great cable as the DeathAdder V2 and features the same excellent sensor and low click latency.
If you prefer a more straight-forward mouse, go with the DeathAdder V2, but if you'd rather a slightly slanted shape with a thumb rest and more buttons, get the Basilisk V2.
If you play different types of games and require different mice with different button layouts, go with the Razer Naga Trinity. It might not have Razer's newest sensor like the Razer DeathAdder V2, but it has one of the most versatile designs for a gaming mouse. It comes with three different side panels. 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, which is useful for MOBAs. It has a very low click latency and its overall performance is amazing. It also features RGB lighting, but it has Razer's old cable, which is stiffer than the V2's and keeps a lot of kinks.
If you want the best wired gaming mouse with a straightforward design, get the V2 with Razer's best sensor, but if you play different types of games and want a mouse that does it all, check out the Naga Trinity instead.
The best wired mouse for ultra-light gaming we've reviewed so far is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. This mouse performs great, and at only 49 grams with the wire bungeed, it's the lightest mouse we've tested so far. Despite its honeycomb pattern that helps keep its weight to a minimum, the mouse still feels solid and robust. It has a sleek design and comes in a unique sand color with an orange scroll wheel and cord.
This mouse also has a very light and flexible cable, which easily moves around your desk without any drag or kinks. The mouse has a very low click latency, and the buttons are clicky and responsive. Unfortunately, there are only two side buttons, and there's no dedicated software available to reprogram them, so you'll have to rely on third-party options. The mouse has a straightforward ambidextrous design that's well-suited for people with small or medium hands and comes with unique sticky latex grips that can be applied to modify its shape and size, although this makes it slightly heavier.
Unfortunately, Finalmouse only releases its mice through one-time drop sales, so at this point you can only purchase it through third-party resellers, meaning you'll likely be paying a bit of a premium. The performance also isn't quite as excellent as some other options, and the max CPI of 6000 is quite low compared to other high-end gaming mice. Overall, it's a great ultra-light wired mouse and is one of the best gaming mice we've tested to date.
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 Finalmouse. On the other hand, this mouse features RGB lighting and has dedicated software for performance customization. For people who prefer ergo-shaped mice for gaming, check out the near-identical Glorious Model D. It performs the same as the Model O but has a right-slanted design that might be more comfortable when using a palm or claw grip.
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 moved forward or back on the side of the mouse, making its buttons easier to reach depending on your grip style and hand size. It's one of the better-built mice we've seen thanks to its aluminum frame, and its high curved back makes it very comfortable when using a palm grip.
Fans of a solid-feeling mouse will likely enjoy the fact that it's fairly heavy and has some heft to it. It 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. You can also reprogram all of its 17 buttons within the software, and fine-tune the mouse's CPI by increments of 1, which is rare. Competitive gamers should find its 11 ms click latency very responsive, and shouldn't notice any issues with lag or delay.
Unfortunately, the braided cable is quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks from packaging and it'll likely create a fair amount of drag on your desk. It also may not be the best choice for people with extra-large hands with a palm grip, though on the bright side, it can be used by any hand size with a claw grip. Overall, it's a great-feeling and performing mouse, and is the best MMO mouse that we've tested to date.
If you want a great wired mouse but don't want to spend a ton, get the SteelSeries Rival 3. This great wired gaming mouse has a straight-forward ambidextrous design that's well-suited for a claw grip, where anyone should be able to use it comfortably, regardless of hand size. It has a non-descript all-black design with two customizable RGB zones and feels very well-made and solid overall. While it's designed for gaming, its comfortable design and two additional side buttons make it a decent option for office use as well.
The performance of this mouse is excellent, and while its CPI can't go as high as some other options, it can still likely go high enough for most people and has one of the lowest CPI errors we've ever measured. Its click latency is quite low, and even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay or lag. The mouse wheel and side click buttons are both quite low-profile, and the two side buttons both start flush with the body of the mouse. Unfortunately, this means that they can be a bit difficult to press unless your thumb rests in just the right area. On the upside, the SteelSeries Engine 3 software is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, so you can program all of the buttons on either OS.
Unfortunately, its rubber cable is fairly stiff and maintains a lot of kinks from the packaging, and it's a little too large to easily take with you while traveling, though it's intended to stay at home with your gaming setup. Overall, this is a great gaming mouse that feels more premium than its budget price point may suggest and offers a good price-to-performance ratio.
If you want something even cheaper, consider the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. It's a bit heavier than the SteelSeries Rival 3 and its sensor isn't as accurate, but it has the same low click latency and an even wider adjustable CPI range. This mouse feels surprisingly premium and well-built for its price and has a slightly slanted ergonomic shape with thumb and pinky rests. It has a ton of additional programmable buttons, including L/R tilt buttons on the mouse wheel, though unfortunately, its companion software can only be installed on Windows. Luckily, it features on-board memory, so you can save your button mapping on a Windows PC and move it over to a Mac without losing your settings. It's not the best option for people with small hands, though everyone else should find it comfortable to use with either a palm or claw grip.
If you want a simpler and more ergonomic wired gaming mouse and don't mind spending a bit more, get the SteelSeries, but if you want to save even more and still get a very good gaming experience, go with the Anker.
03/19/2020: Added Razer Viper as notable mention. Updated text for accuracy and consistency; no changes to main picks.
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.
02/06/2020: Made changes to the recommendation picks due to having more products tested.
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.