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The Best Gaming Mouse - Spring 2023 Mice Reviews

Best Gaming Mouse

The best gaming mice have changed a lot in the past few years, and we're at the point where the best wireless gaming mice have the same or even lower latency than some wired models. You might still prefer the reliability of a wired connection, but the difference isn't noticeable in most cases. When looking for the right gaming mouse, you'll want to find one that fits your hand size and is suitable for your preferred grip types. It should also have a high polling rate and low click latency. Mice aren't one size fits all, and you'll want to choose a mouse that complements the kinds of games you like to play. For example, you may prefer a lightweight option if you're into FPS games or a more versatile mouse with lots of side buttons if you play MOBAs, MMOs, or Battle Royales.

We've tested over 285 mice, most of which are gaming mice, so if you're looking for the best wireless or best wired gaming mouse, we've listed our top picks below. If you're only interested in wireless options, see our picks for the best wireless gaming mice, or if you're looking for a mouse not entirely dedicated to gaming, see our recommendations for the best mice or the best wireless mice.

  1. Best Gaming Mouse

    The best gaming mouse available is the Razer Viper V2 Pro. It shares the same shape as previous models in this popular lineup, which makes it ideal for using a claw or fingertip grip. However, it's now significantly lighter and features Razer's updated Focus Pro 30K sensor, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors we've tested. Additionally, its click buttons use optical switches designed to prevent double-clicking and last longer than standard mechanical switches. While this version is significantly lighter and easier to move quickly, it lacks some features that characterized previous models in the lineup, including rubber side grips, RGB lighting, and side buttons on both sides. If you're more interested in weight savings, you may feel these changes are for the best.

    If you're more a fan of some of the legacy features and don't mind a heavier mouse, now is a great time to check out the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate, which is currently available for cheaper than ever. Lastly, we couldn't forgive ourselves if we didn't mention the updated Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro as a possible alternative. It has the same internal components as the Viper V2 Pro and is virtually the same weight. However, it's designed exclusively for right-handed users and is a better option for larger-sized hands, especially if you prefer using a palm grip.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Gaming Mouse

    At an upper mid-range price point, we recommend the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED. Lately, its price has been pretty volatile, but it frequently goes on sale and can sometimes dip closer to the price of our mid-range pick below. This mouse has an ergonomic, right-handed shape with a thumb rest, and it's bristling with a total of 12 programmable buttons. It delivers excellent click latency and outstanding sensor performance, and its scroll wheel has left and right tilt inputs and lets you switch between a regular notched scrolling mode and a much faster free-scrolling mode. All these features make this mouse significantly heavier than most gaming mice designed for fast-paced experiences like FPS games. However, it's a terrific choice if you play a wide range of games in different genres and prefer a heavier mouse. This mouse even has a set of optional weights you can add to customize the weight distribution.

    Logitech has just released new versions of this mouse called the Logitech G502 X LIGHTSPEED and the Logitech G502 X PLUS (the PLUS features RGB lighting). These new entries have a softer visual look and are lighter. The button placement has also been adjusted slightly, and they feature new quiet optical switches. However, they're substantially more expensive, so unless these minor additions are priorities, we still recommend previous-generation models.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Gaming Mouse

    The best gaming mouse at a mid-range price is the LAMZU Atlantis. Some online retailers have struggled to keep this mouse in stock due to its popularity, so we recommend checking smaller vendors or LAMZU itself if it's out of stock when you're reading this. LAMZU has just released an 'updated' version of this mouse called the LAMZU Atlantis OG V2. This new version is identical, except the feet on the bottom of the mouse are a bit larger.

    The Atlantis has a symmetrical shape with a wide back, making it especially well-suited for a claw grip for most hand sizes. Performance-wise, this mouse has excellent click latency, and it's loaded with PixArt's new flagship sensor, the PAW 3395. This sensor is closely related to the sensor in our top pick, the Razer Viper V2 Pro, and offers superior performance across the board. It has a bottom plate design with a unique look that helps keep the mouse's weight down, but it also leaves the interior more open to collecting dust and debris.

    Unlike many gaming options, you can get this mouse in a range of vibrant colorways to suit your setup, although it doesn't have RGB lighting. If the LAMZU is out of stock, an alternative would be the Pulsar X2 Wireless. It has an extremely similar shape but is a bit smaller. That said, it's also slightly more expensive and has a much more classic, straightforward aesthetic. Although, this design may be a plus for you if you want a more subdued look.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Gaming Mouse

    For a mouse at a lower mid-range price point, we recommend the Razer Basilisk V3, which is the best wired gaming mouse we've tested. There's a fairly large gap in the price of our budget pick to our mid-range pick, but this is representative of the price of gaming mice at the moment. There are options between these two picks, but spending a bit more or a bit less will get you a better mouse overall. This mouse is similar to the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED in many ways. The biggest difference is that this is a wired-only model. Otherwise, they share nearly identical ergonomic shapes, an impressive array of customizable controls, and outstanding sensor performance and click latency. The scroll wheel also has left and right tilt inputs and the ability to switch between regular notched mode and a much faster free-scrolling mode.

    This mouse offers a notable advantage if you don't mind or even prefer a wired mouse. Because it doesn't need to hold a rechargeable battery, it's significantly lighter, making it an excellent option for handling faster-paced titles like FPS games that require quick mouse movements. Altogether, this is a standout pick if you're interested in a high-performance, versatile gaming mouse but don't need the flexibility of a wireless connection.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Gaming Mouse

    At a budget price point, we recommend the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. Depending on what region of the world you live in, this mouse may be called the Logitech G304 LIGHTSPEED, but they're the same mouse. The G305's symmetrical, egg-shaped body is very comfortable and accommodating for nearly all hand sizes using a claw or fingertip grip. The build quality is also impressive. There's no creaking or flexibility in the body, and despite being significantly more affordable, it feels nearly as premium as the more expensive Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED. It connects wirelessly with Logitech's LIGHTSPEED USB receiver and gets an impressive advertised battery life of up to 250 hours from a single AA battery.

    Last but not least, this mouse has excellent click latency and consistent sensor performance. Its major downside is its weight, making it harder to make snappy, responsive mouse movements for faster-paced games. If you prefer a wired alternative, the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC shares the same shape and build quality and is typically less expensive. It's also considerably lighter and has customizable RGB lighting. However, its sensor doesn't perform quite as well.

    See our review

  6. Best Gaming Mouse For Enthusiasts

    All the mice on this list have superior performance to satisfy nearly everyone, but the Razer Viper 8KHz is pushing the limits of current technology and is geared toward a truly performance-obsessed gamer. This mouse shares much of the same DNA as our top pick in this article, the Razer Viper V2 Pro. It isn't as lightweight and doesn't connect wirelessly. However, it offers the best raw performance currently available at a solidly mid-range price point. While most gaming mice have a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, this mouse natively supports higher polling rates with a maximum of 8000Hz. Higher polling rates produce slightly smoother cursor movements and marginally improved latency, even compared to flagship mice. However, it's important to note that these higher polling rates consume considerable system resources. The performance gains are small but noticeable, and you'll need a fairly powerful rig to take full advantage of the feature.

    If you're impressed by the performance but aren't a fan of the low-profile symmetrical shape of this mouse, you may be interested in the Razer DeathAdder V3 as an alternative. The DeathAdder V3 offers the same high-end performance as the Viper 8Khz, including native support for an 8000Hz polling rate, but it has an ergonomic right-handed shape with a larger, more high-profile design, making it an outstanding pick for larger hands. Despite its size, it's even a little lighter. However, it's also a bit more expensive.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT: The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is an extremely close competitor to the Razer Viper V2 Pro in terms of raw performance and weight. However, its advertised battery life isn't quite as long, and it uses an outdated micro-USB cable for charging. It's also a bit more expensive but does sometimes go on sale. See our review
  • Cooler Master MM720: It may have an unusual shape, but the Cooler Master MM720 is a surprisingly high-performance and comfortable budget pick slightly lighter than significantly more premium options, including the Razer Viper V2 Pro. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel as sturdy and well-built, and due to its unconventional look and shape, it won't be a perfect fit for everyone. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 03, 2023: We've gone through and confirmed our picks continue to represent the best choices available for their categories. We've also added a small note concerning a newly-released version of the LAMZU Atlantis, which is our pick for the 'Best Mid-Range' gaming mouse.

  2. Apr 07, 2023: We've gone through this article and confirmed the relevance and stock availability of all our recommendations. We've also added a special mention of the newly-reviewed Razer DeathAdder V3 in our 'Best Gaming Mouse For Enthusiasts' category.

  3. Mar 10, 2023: We've gone through this article and haven't made any changes to our primary recommendations, but we've added a special mention of the Pulsar X2 Wireless in our 'Best Mid-Range Gaming Mouse' category.

  4. Feb 10, 2023: We've reviewed this article and confirmed that all our picks are in stock and remain the best options for their categories. We've also removed the Razer Viper Mini from our list of Notable Mentions as its price has gone up significantly.

  5. Jan 11, 2023: We've replaced the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless with the LAMZU Atlantis for our 'Best Mid-Range' pick, and we've added details about the newest entries in Logitech's G502 lineup to our 'Best Upper Mid-Range' recommendation. We've also streamlined this article by removing the 'Best MMO' and 'Best Portable' categories.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mice for gaming for most people, whether you prefer wired or wireless models. 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.