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 latencies than some wired gaming mice. Some people might still prefer the reliability of a wired connection, 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 you're gripping it, and 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 65 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 so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This mouse 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 mouse 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 had size, check out the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, which is often referred to as a better-performing Logitech G502 Wireless.
If you're looking for a great wireless gaming mouse but would like something that's more budget-friendly, the Logitech G305 is a great option. It might not be as lightweight as the Razer Viper Ultimate and can't be used wired since it needs batteries to function, but its overall performance is amazing, especially for the price. It's a great mouse to use with a fingertip grip for snappy movements thanks to its very low-profile body. It has two easily accessible side buttons, which should be fine for most people, but the Razer has two side buttons on both sides of the mouse. While it's a bit heavier due to using physical AA batteries, the manufacturer rates the battery life at around 250 hours, which is remarkable and won't require you to always charge it.
If you want the best performing gaming mouse we've reviewed so far, grab the Razer, but if you're on a tight budget but would still like a great wireless mouse, then go for the Logitech instead.
The best gaming mouse for versatility that we've tested so far is the Razer Naga Trinity. This mouse is a great option if you're a gamer that plays more than a single type of game. It comes with three different magnetic side panels that have different button layouts. There's a 12-button one for MMO games, a seven-button circular layout for MOBA games, and a straightforward two-button FPS layout.
The mouse has an excellent sensor and one of the lowest click latencies we've measured so far, assuring a very responsive gaming experience. It's compatible with the Razer Synapse for performance and lighting settings. It supports full RGB lighting on both the logo and the scroll wheel. It's also very well-built and most comfortable for people that use a palm or claw grip.
Unfortunately, this mouse doesn't have the latest Razer cable, which means its quite stiff and creates some drag when moving the mouse. Additionally, its wide body is too big for people that have smaller hands. Nevertheless, if you play a lot of different games and only want a single mouse, this is one of the best options.
The best gaming mouse with an ultra-light design that we've tested so far is the Glorious Model O. This extremely comfortable wired mouse has a honeycomb design on its body to help it be as lightweight as possible, but it still feels extremely well-built and solid. It has a straight-forward design that's suitable for both left and right-handed people. If you prefer something with a slanted design, you may want to check out the Glorious Model D, which performs almost identically but has a more ergonomic shape.
This mouse has an excellent wire that's lightweight and flexible, so it won't create too much drag on your desk. It's worth noting that the newer versions of this mouse have a newer cable, that's supposed to be even better. This mouse performs outstandingly well, with a fairly wide, adjustable CPI range, and six buttons that can be programmed within its companion software. The software also allows you to customize its click latency, which is quite rare, and at its lowest setting, it should be fast enough for most competitive gamers.
Unfortunately, this mouse is a bit on the bulkier side and people with small hands will likely have a tough time reaching all the buttons, regardless of grip type. Luckily, Glorious makes a smaller version of this mouse called the Model O Minus, and while we haven't tested it yet, we expect it to perform identically. Overall, this is an excellent lightweight mouse 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. This wired mouse has a unique 12-button side panel that can be slid forward or back to a comfortable position depending on your hand size. Despite this extra moving part, the mouse still feels extremely well-built and has no wobbling or looseness.
It also has an excellent sensor performance and is easily programmable in the iCUE software, which is fully compatible with macOS and Windows. It has some different RGB lighting on the mouse wheel, side panel, left-click brand name, and on the logo that sits under your palm. It feels very responsive thanks to its low click latency, and it's comfortable for all hand sizes to use with a claw grip.
Unfortunately, its cable isn't light, which creates some drag when moving the mouse. Also, while it's comfortable for most people with a palm grip, those with extra-large hands may find it a bit too short for this grip type. That being said, its well-built and comfortable design, combined with excellent customizability and plethora of programmable buttons make it the best MMO mouse that we've tested to date.
The best gaming mouse in the budget category that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Rival 3. Considering its budget price point, there is 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 an exceptional piece of software that is available on either Windows or macOS. You can customize every aspect of the mouse, and it features on-board 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, the mouse's 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 mouse's 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.
07/21/2020: Replaced the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town for consistency and due to pricing changes. Removed 'More Ergonomic Alternative' to 'Best Ultra-light Gaming Mouse'. Updated text for clarity and accuracy.
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".
01/08/2020: Updated our picks based on our most recent scoring changes and test bench 0.8.1.
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.