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 for most, the difference will be negligible. When looking for a mouse, you need to look at the shape and how comfortable you're gripping it. Most gaming mice have a high polling rate for a smooth cursor movement for your quick flicks. You need to choose the best mouse for your needs, whether you want a simple design for FPS games or many side buttons when playing MMOs.
We've reviewed over 50 mice, most of which are gaming mice, and below are our top picks for the best mice for gaming. If you're looking for a mouse that's not entirely dedicated to gaming, see our recommendations for the best mice, the best wireless mice, and the best wireless gaming mice.
The best wireless gaming mouse we've reviewed is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This mouse has outstanding performance and has a great shape that's suitable for almost everyone. It comes with a charging dock where you can store its dedicated receiver, which is a nice touch. It's a very well-built mouse that offers two side buttons on both sides of the mouse. Razer also greatly improved its cables; this one is lightweight and doesn't keep kinks.
This wireless mouse has some of the lowest latency we've seen, whether it's used wired or wirelessly. This mouse is quite impressive and most competitive gamers won't notice any delay when using it. It also has an excellent CPI range, which can be customized to your preference in the Synapse software. This mouse is also one of the best mice for FPS gaming.
However, the design of this mouse might not be ideal for people with very large hands, unless you plan on gripping it with your fingertips. On the other hand, all hand sizes should be able to grip it one way or another, but it might not be your preferred grip. This mouse is also often compared to the Logitech G Pro Wireless as its main competitor. This mouse offers amazing performance on top of getting rid of the clutter of a cable.
If you're not a fan of ambidextrous designs and prefer a slanted shape for additional comfort when using a palm or claw grip, then check out the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. This and the Razer Viper Ultimate are very similar gaming mice, as they feature the same sensor. What differentiates them is their shape. This one might not be as lightweight as the other Razer, but its design is better suited for certain types of grips thanks to its wide body and thumb rest. It also features a nice sniper button on its left side, which triggers a set sensitivity for as long as you hold it.
If you use a fingertip grip or prefer ambidextrous designs, grab the Viper, but if you like to fully rest your hand on your mouse and having the feeling of a thumb rest, go for the near-identical performing Basilisk.
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 versatile gaming mouse we've tested so far is the Razer Naga Trinity. This is one of the best gaming mice if you play a lot of different games. It features swappable side panels with different button layouts. It comes with a typical FPS two-side-button layout, a 12-button MMO layout, and a circular 7-button layout geared towards MOBA games. The panels snap in place magnetically and all buttons are easy to click and provide good feedback.
The sensor of this mouse offers amazing performance and a wide CPI range, which can easily be customized inside the Razer Synapse software. Its click latency is also extremely low and is one of the lowest and most responsive ones we've measured. The mouse wheel also features tilt commands for even more inputs.
Unfortunately, the mouse is rather bulky and wide, which might not be the best option for people with smaller hands. Also, just like with most older Razer mice, the cable is quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks from the packaging and needs to be stretched out often. Nevertheless, if you have a library filled with different games and like to play most of them, this is a great mouse to be able to play them all efficiently.
The best ultra-light gaming mouse we've tested so far is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. It's one of the lightest mice we've measured so far thanks to its small design and honeycomb pattern body. Although this mouse is smaller than other similarly designed ultra-light gaming mice, it comes with sticky latex grips that can modify the size and shape of the mouse, helping you to find the most comfortable grip.
It has a great overall performance and its buttons feel clicky and have very low click latency. The mouse feels very responsive and glides very well. The cable is very lightweight and doesn't keep any kinks, which is great. It's also very well-made and doesn't have any flex or loose parts. Thanks to its light design, this mouse is also considered to be one of the best FPS mice.
Unfortunately, this mouse doesn't have dedicated software to customize its performance, but there are very popular third-party options. The mouse is also only available through third-party resellers, as Finalmouse sells their mice via one-time drops, which means it's more on the expensive side and might be a bit harder to find. If you like the design of this mouse but would prefer something on the cheaper side and that is widely available, check out the Glorious Model O instead.
If you're a fan of ultra-lightweight mice but are looking for something with a more ergonomic design, check out the Glorious Model D instead. It's practically the same mouse as the ambidextrous Glorious Model O, but in a right-slanted shape. It might not be as lightweight as the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town, but its design is a bit more comfortable for palm and claw grips. Also, it has dedicated software that allows for some RGB lighting and performance customization, which the Finalmouse lacks. The Glorious' cable is also one of the best we've tested so far.
If you're looking for the lightest possible mouse, then the Finalmouse is the way to go, but if you don't use a fingertip grip, an ergo-shaped mouse like the Glorious might be a better option.
The best gaming mouse for MMO games we've tested so far is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. This wired mouse features a 12-button side panel that can be re-positioned along the side of the mouse to make it easier to reach depending on your hand size. It feels extremely well-built, and there's no wobbling or looseness. Its companion software is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, which is great, so you can fully customize all the buttons on either OS.
Like most gaming mice, it has amazing performance, but what sets it apart is the fact that you can personalize its CPI by adjustments of 1, making it very easy to find the perfect sensitivity for you. It also has a very low click latency and you shouldn't notice any delay when playing games.
Unfortunately, this mouse's cable is quite stiff and keeps kinks, which isn't enjoyable when moving the mouse around, though this is fairly common with wired gaming mice. Also, while this mouse is designed for use with a palm grip, people with extra-large hands might find it a bit short due to its high-backed, but short body. However, overall, this is an outstanding mouse for playing MMO games and is the overall best MMO mouse that we've tested to date.
If you're looking for a new mouse but don't want to spend a ton of money, the best gaming mouse in the budget category that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This small mouse is better suited for a claw grip thanks to its short design with a decent back hump. It also features underglow RGB lighting in a strip around the bottom of the mouse and on the company's logo situated on the back of the mouse.
Although it comes at an affordable price point, this mouse is still very well-built and has an amazing sensor performance, on top of being very responsive and having a low click latency. It's also very lightweight for a mouse that doesn't have a honeycomb-patterned design.
Unfortunately, the two side buttons start flush with the body of the mouse, and some people may find them difficult to press depending on their thumb position. The mouse wheel is also quite low profile, which may bother some people, though it makes it easier to middle-press the mouse wheel button. If the low-profile scroll wheel and side buttons bother you, you may want to check out the Logitech G203, which has a very similar design and performance but with more pronounced buttons. However, overall, the SteelSeries is an impressive wired gaming mouse that proves you don't need to spend a ton of money to get a great-performing mouse.
If you want something even cheaper, check out the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. It's quite a bit heavier than the SteelSeries Rival 3, and its software isn't compatible with macOS, but it has more programmable buttons, and an even higher max CPI. Overall, its performance is surprisingly superb considering its low price point, and its click latency is as low as the SteelSeries. The mouse features five side buttons, as well as L/R tilt buttons on the mouse wheel, giving you a total of 12 programmable buttons, which is excellent. Unfortunately, its cable is quite stiff and rigid, though this is common with many wired gaming mice.
If you prefer a lighter mouse or want something fully compatible with macOS, go for the SteelSeries, but if you want more programmable buttons at an even lower price, check out the Anker.
03/25/2020: Updated our picks after testing more products.
02/24/2020: Made SteelSeries Rival 3 "Best Budget" and moved Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse to "Cheaper Alt". Updated text for clarity.
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.