Gaming mice have greatly evolved in the past few years, and we're at a point where wireless mice have the same or even lower latency than some wired gaming mice. Some people might still prefer a wired connection's reliability, but the difference will be negligible for most. When looking for the best gaming mouse, you need to look at the shape and how comfortable the grip is. The best gaming mouse will also have a high polling rate for a smooth cursor movement for your quick flicks. It's important to remember that mice aren't one size fits all, and you'll want to choose the best gaming mouse for your needs, whether you want a simple design for FPS games or a mouse with many side buttons for playing MMOs.
We've reviewed over 70 mice, most of which are gaming mice, and below are our top picks for the best mouse for gaming. Check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming mice, or if you're looking for a mouse that's not entirely dedicated to gaming, see our picks for the best mice and the best wireless mice.
The best gaming mouse with a wireless connection that we've tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It looks and feels very premium and well-built, with a single RGB zone on its logo. It's very comfortable to use, and it has a true ambidextrous design thanks to its two side buttons on either side of the mouse. It can be used wirelessly or wired, and its cable is flexible and maintains much fewer kinks than previous Razer mice.
Its performance is outstanding. It has an extremely wide adjustable CPI range and its click latency is very low whether you use it wired or with its wireless USB receiver. All eight of its buttons are programmable, and you can even program the up and down scroll of the wheel, as well as a HyperShift button to add even more button options.
Unfortunately, while it can be used with any grip type depending on your hand size, people with extra-large hands will have a hard time with anything other than a fingertip grip, and only small and medium hands can palm grip it. For a more ergonomic design that can be palm-gripped by any hand size, check out the Razer Basilisk Ultimate.
A great cheaper alternative to the Razer Viper Ultimate is the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor. Even though it has fewer programmable buttons and is heavier, it's cheaper and fully compatible with macOS. Its performance is almost identical to the Razer, with a wide CPI range and an even lower CPI error percentage. Although its CPI max isn't as high, it's still likely more than high enough for most gamers. It has an excellent build quality, but it's designed for right-handed people due to its with a slight curve and left-sided buttons. On the other hand, the Razer's design is ambidextrous and has a set of buttons on each side of the mouse.
If you can afford a pricier mouse that has an ambidextrous design and has many programmable buttons, consider the Razer. If you want a less expensive option that's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, get the Logitech.
The best gaming mouse for versatility that we've tested is the Razer Naga Trinity. This wired-only option is ideally suited to those who bounce between multiple game genres, thanks to the three swappable side panels. Each panel is tailored for a specific gaming experience, with the 12-button option being great for MMOs, a seven-button circular configuration for MOBAs, and a classic two-button layout for FPS games.
It has excellent performance and has a wide adjustable CPI range, which can be customized by increments of 50, allowing you to fine-tune it to your preference. Also, gamers will be happy to learn that it has very low click latency and a very high polling rate, ideal for competitive tournaments. It has a right-handed design, and its larger frame makes it better suited for claw or palm grip.
Unfortunately, because of its larger size, those with small hands will struggle to use it comfortably with any grip type. Also, the braided cable is fairly rigid and stiff, and some folding marks are noticeable right out-of-the-box. While Razer Synapse 3 is only available on Windows, Mac users can save settings to the onboard memory from a Windows PC. Overall, if you play many different types of games and don't want to switch between different mice, this is one of the most versatile that we've tested.
The best gaming mouse with an ultra-light design that we've tested is the Glorious Model O. This wired-only option feels well-built and really comfortable to use. Thanks to its honeycomb design, it feels incredibly light while also feeling sturdy. It has an ambidextrous design that's ideally suited for medium to large-sized hands using palm or claw grip. Also, the lightweight and flexible cable shouldn't get in the way of gaming sessions.
Click latency is great and should be responsive enough for most gamers, while the overall performance is outstanding. It has a wide adjustable CPI range which you can customize in increments of 100, while the CPI error percentage is among the lowest we've tested. The maximum polling rate is very high and should result in smooth cursor movements. There are six buttons, all of which can be customized to your liking within the Glorious Model O Software.
Unfortunately, those with smaller hands may have trouble holding it and should consider the Glorious Model O Minus. While we haven't tested the Minus, we expect it to perform similarly to the regular model. Due to the honeycomb pattern of the Model O, there's a chance that dust can enter and degrade the exposed circuit board over time. Overall, this is an excellent lightweight option and is among the best FPS gaming mice we've tested.
The best gaming mouse for MMOs that we've tested is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. All 12 buttons on its side panel can be programmed to pretty much anything, such as media keys, macros, or even instant application launching. Its unique side panel can also be moved forward to fit your hand size. Thanks to its aluminum frame, it feels very sturdy and doesn't have any wobbling despite its sliding side panel, and its rounded back makes it very comfortable for long gaming sessions for right-handed people.
It has many buttons that can be easily programmed through the iCUE software, which is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. Thanks to its wide CPI range, it can be adjusted very precisely in increments of one, and it has an impressively responsive click latency. It has RBG lighting in four different zones, all of which are individually customizable from within the iCUE software.
Unfortunately, while it should be comfortable for people with medium or large hands in any grip, people with extra-large hands might have difficulties pressing the side buttons with a palm grip, and smaller hands might struggle with a fingertip grip. Nonetheless, the Corsair is comfortable and excellently well-built, and its many programmable buttons make it the best MMO mouse that we've tested.
The best gaming mouse in the budget category that we've tested is the SteelSeries Rival 3. Considering its budget price point, there's a minimal rattle of the scroll wheel and side buttons, and it includes a solid plastic body with a pretty good feel. It has a straightforward ambidextrous design that's comfortable to use and is well-suited for all hand sizes with a claw grip.
The SteelSeries includes exceptional software that is available on either Windows or macOS. You can customize every aspect of the mouse, and it features onboard memory so you can save your customization options and maintain them when switching computers. While its max CPI isn't as high as some other options, it's likely high enough for most people, and its very low CPI error is one of the best we've ever measured.
Unfortunately, its wheel has a very low profile, which may bother some people, and the side buttons can be difficult to press as they sit partially flush with the body. If you want something that's lighter and performs slightly better overall, check out the Razer Viper Mini, though it's a bit more expensive. Overall, for its value, the SteelSeries is the best budget gaming mouse we've tested.
If you're looking for a great wireless gaming mouse that is still in the budget category, the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED is a great choice. Although it's a little more expensive than the SteelSeries Rival 3, it has a lower click latency, and it's wireless. The battery isn't rechargeable, but it uses one AA battery that Logitech claims lasts over 250 hours, meaning you won't have to change it often. Its CPI adjustment steps are actually better, but unfortunately, its CPI error is significantly higher. It has two side buttons that are prominent and easy to press, unlike the SteelSeries' side buttons that are low profile and flush with the body. Despite its slight curve and its side buttons being on the left side, it still has a fairly ambidextrous design and should work well for both left- or right-handed people.
If you're looking for a wired and inexpensive gaming mouse, get the SteelSeries, but if you're looking for a budget-friendly gaming option that's wireless and has a very low click latency, check out the Logitech.
09/22/2020: Moved Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED to 'Cheap Wireless Alternative' and added Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor as 'More Affordable Alternative'.
08/20/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
07/21/2020: Replaced the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town for consistency and due to pricing changes. Changed 'More Ergonomic Alternative' to 'Best Ultra-light Gaming Mouse'.
04/24/2020: Moved Razer Basilisk Ultimate and Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse to Notable Mentions.
02/24/2020: Made SteelSeries Rival 3 'Best Budget' and moved Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse to 'Cheaper Alt'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wired gaming mice and the best wireless gaming 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.