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 60 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.
The performance of this mouse 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 7-button circular layout for MOBA games, and a straightforward 2-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 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 that's 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. It has a 12-button side panel that can be slightly moved around at your preferred position, which can help by having quick access to all buttons. The mouse is surprisingly well-built, with an aluminum frame that makes it feel very durable.
Its sensor performance is excellent and easily programmable in the iCUE software. It also has low click latency and feels responsive when playing games. you can also control the logo and scroll wheel RGB lighting inside the software. It's fully compatible with macOS and Windows.
Unfortunately, its cable isn't light, creates some drag when moving the mouse and it keeps a lot of kinks from the packaging, which isn't ideal. Also, although it's very comfortable for a palm grip, this mouse is a bit too short for people that have big hands. Overall, this is an outstanding mouse for playing MMO games and is the overall 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. This wired mouse feels impressively well-built considering its low price point and is made of solid and good quality plastic. It has a straight-forward ambidextrous design that's comfortable to use and is well-suited for all hand sizes with a claw grip.
Its performance is excellent and it has one of the lowest CPI errors we've ever measured. While its max CPI isn't quite as high as some other options, it's likely still more than sensitive enough for most people. It has a low click latency of 14 ms, so even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any lag or delay. Its software can be installed on both Windows and macOS, which is great, and it allows you to reprogram all six of its buttons.
Unfortunately, the mouse wheel has a very low profile, which may bother some people, and the side buttons can be a bit difficult to press as they sit partially flush with the body of the mouse. If you want something that's lighter weight and performs slightly better overall, check out the Razer Viper Mini, though it's a bit more expensive.
05/22/2020: Minor text updates for accuracy and clarity. No changes in recommendations.
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.