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 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 the grip is. The best gaming mouse will also have a high polling rate for smooth cursor movements and to track 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 tested over 150 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's quite lightweight, durable, and feels remarkably comfortable to use, with a true ambidextrous design with two buttons on each side. It's well suited for a claw grip if your hands are on the smaller side or a fingertip grip with larger hands.
Thanks to its amazingly low click latency and superbly smooth glide, gameplay is fluid and responsive. It comes with an excellent lightweight paracord-like cable to charge the mouse or use it in wired mode if you prefer. You can use the Razer Synapse 3 software to adjust the CPI along a very wide range in increments of 50, change the polling rate, fully program each of its eight buttons, and change RGB lighting effects.
Unfortunately, its low back and short body make it unsuitable for larger hands using a palm grip. Also, the companion software isn't compatible with macOS. All in all, however, this is an amazing gaming mouse and is one of the best wireless mice we've tested.
If you prefer a more affordable mouse, check out the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor instead. It's heavier and doesn't feel quite as comfortable as the Razer Viper Ultimate, but it's available at a lower price and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. It feels very solid and durable, with satisfying clicky buttons and grippy sides. Unlike the Razer, it's right-handed with a fairly high back, so people with smaller hands may have a harder time reaching all the buttons. That said, the Logitech's click latency is amazingly low, and its sensor has a very wide CPI range and lower variation.
If you don't mind spending a bit more on a mouse that's lighter and more comfortable, go with the Razer. However, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative that’s fully compatible with macOS, get the Logitech.
The best wired gaming mouse we've tested is the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO. It has a right-handed form factor with two side buttons that feels very comfortable, and its body is made of solid plastic with a slight texture for added grip while remaining fairly light. It's good for almost all hand sizes and grip types, though only hands on the larger side should use it with a claw or fingertip grip.
It has two independent RGB-lit zones on the rear logo and mouse wheel, and three subtle LEDs on the left edge that indicate the current CPI. Its sensor has a very wide CPI range that's adjustable in intervals of 1 and low variation between fast and slow movements. Notably, it has a max polling rate of 8000Hz for very smooth tracking, though the average person might not see a difference.
Unfortunately, the feet tend to drag slightly on desks and cloth mousepads. Also, while its cable is excellent, it retains kinks from packaging and lacks the flexibility of a true paracord cable. All in all, this is an excellent gaming mouse and a great wired choice.
The best gaming mouse in the ultra-light category that we've tested is the Glorious Model O. It's an impressively well-built wired mouse with a honeycomb body and RGB lighting along each side, on the scroll wheel, and inside the mouse itself. It's ambidextrous, with two side buttons on the left, and is most comfortable to use in a palm or claw grip for most hand sizes.
It's very lightweight, and its virgin-grade PTFE feet give it an exceptionally smooth glide. It has a wide CPI range adjustable in increments of 100, a high maximum polling rate, and is very consistent between slow and fast movements. Its low click latency is great for responsive gameplay, and the companion software is great and offers a lot of customization options.
Unfortunately, the software isn't compatible with macOS, and the side buttons don't do anything on that operating system. It also isn't suitable for smaller hands for any grip type, though there's a smaller version that should be better, the Glorious Model O-. All in all, it's an excellent choice for ultra-light gaming and is one of the best lightweight mice we've tested.
If you're looking for a wireless ultra-light option, check out the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT. It isn't as comfortable as the Glorious Model O, and it's much more expensive, but it weighs even less, and it can be used by small hands using a palm or claw grip. It also feels excellently well built and sturdy while remaining very light and is portable and easy to bring around. Its feet offer an even better glide, its click latency is even lower, and the mouse and the Logitech G HUB companion software are both fully compatible with macOS. However, it doesn't have any RGB lighting, which might be a problem for some, and despite being wireless, it doesn't support Bluetooth. If you want an even lighter wireless mouse, you may want to check out the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small, though it's much harder to find available.
If you want a cheaper, more comfortable wired option, go with the Glorious. However, if you prefer something lighter that's also wireless, go with the Logitech.
The best gaming mouse for MMOs that we've tested is the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. Like its predecessor, the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB, it feels superbly well built, with a textured grip on its right side and a 12-button side panel on its left. It's suitable for nearly all hand sizes and grip types, and the panel also slides forwards and backward to suit your preferred style.
Corsair's iCUE companion software is fantastic and is compatible with both Windows and macOS. You can use it to customize all its 17 programmable inputs according to your needs, adjust its CPI in increments of one along a very wide range, and change the RGB lighting effects on the buttons, left recess, mouse wheel, and logo. Its great low latency shouldn't be noticeable even for hardcore MMO gamers, and the sensor has low variation between fast and slow movements.
Unfortunately, its braided cable retains kinks from packaging and is quite stiff, and the mouse itself isn't suitable for extra-large hands using a palm grip or small hands using a fingertip grip. However, its onboard memory keeps all your custom profiles saved, even when you switch computers. All in all, this is an outstanding choice if you're looking for a dedicated mouse for MMO games.
If you're looking for a wireless option, check out the Razer Naga Pro. Its sensor isn't nearly as consistent, and it doesn't feel as well built as the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE, but you can connect it either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and it has three modular side panels with 2, 6, or 12 programmable side buttons. It has a more flexible cable and superb virgin-grade PTFE feet that offer a superb glide. Its comfortable right-handed design is well suited for those with larger hands using any grip type. However, medium hands may have difficulty reaching all the buttons using a fingertip grip, and it isn't recommended at all for small hands.
All in all, if you'd like a wired mouse that feels better built and has a more consistent sensor, get the Corsair. If you'd prefer a wireless option that's better suited for a wider range of uses, get the Razer.
The best gaming mouse in the budget category that we've tested is the SteelSeries Rival 3. It's wired and fairly light, and feels excellently well-built and solid for its price. It feels very comfortable to use, with a low profile and higher-bumped back that's well-suited for claw and fingertip grips.
It has an RGB-lit logo and strip around the bottom of the mouse, with effects that can be customized using the SteelSeries Engine 3 companion software. You can also use the software to change the mouse's fairly wide CPI range in increments of 100, and fully customize a total of eight programmable inputs, among other things. Also, the mouse's feet glide impressively well, and latency is very low.
Unfortunately, it isn't suited for palm grips if you have larger hands, and the side buttons feel stiff and are difficult to press. Also, the cable is made of rubber which, while good quality, maintains kinks from packaging. That said, this is a great budget option that offers good value for the price and makes it the best budget gaming mouse we've tested.
Jun 30, 2021: Added the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small to Notable Mentions. Verified accuracy and availability of picks, and updated text for clarity.
Jun 04, 2021: Added the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO as 'Best Wired Gaming Mouse'. Replaced the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB with the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE as it's been discontinued and might be difficult to find in stock. Updated Notable Mentions for consistency and accuracy, verified availability of picks, and updated text for clarity.
May 06, 2021: Added the Corsair SABRE PRO to Notable Mentions and made minor changes for accuracy.
Apr 07, 2021: Added the Razer Naga Pro as 'Wireless, More Versatile Alternative' to the 'Best MMO Mouse'. Added the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT as 'Wireless Alternative' to the 'Best Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse'. Moved the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED to Notable Mentions. Removed the Razer Mamba Elite, the Logitech G203 Prodigy, and the G-Wolves Hati from Notable Mentions.
Mar 08, 2021: Added the HyperX Pulsefire Haste and the Razer Viper 8KHz to Notable Mentions.
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 our gaming mice reviews. 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.