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 40 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 gaming mouse we've reviewed is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This mouse has outstanding performance and has a great shape that's almost suitable for 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 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 are 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 Razer Naga Trinity is the best mouse for gaming with a wire that we've tested thanks to its amazing performance, and it has one of the most versatile designs there is. This gaming mouse has swappable side panels for all your different games. It comes with a typical FPS panel, a 12-button MMO panel, and even a 7-button circular option. This mouse is great for someone that plays multiple game genres and only wants one gaming mouse.
Performance-wise, this mouse has a wide CPI range, which can easily be customized inside its software. It also has RGB lighting for you to set your preferred colors to match your gaming setup. It's also a very well-built mouse that feels solid in your hand. Its wired latency is one of the lowest we've measured so far, offering a very responsive experience.
Unfortunately, its design is quite big with a large back, which might not be suitable for people with smaller hands. Its cable is also quite stiff and keeps kinks from when it's folded in the box. Nevertheless, this is an amazing gaming mouse that offers reliability and versatility to gamers.
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 than 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 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's a very popular third-party one. The mouse is also only available through third-party resellers, as Finalmouse sells their mice via one-time drops, which means it's on the more expensive side. If you like the design of this mouse but would prefer something on the cheaper side, 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. The Model D 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 doesn't have the extremely low latency of the Razer Naga Trinity, but it feels better-built and you can slightly move the 12-side-button panel for a better ergonomic feel depending on your hand size and grip.
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. This makes it very easy to find the perfect sensitivity for you. It also has a very low click latency and you won'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. It creates drag and catches on desk supplies. Also, it might be a bit short for extra large hands if you use a palm grip, which this mouse is designed for thanks to its rather short but high back body.
The best budget gaming mouse we've reviewed so far is the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. This mouse offers very good performance for its price point. It has a wide CPI range that can be easily customized inside its software and it features RGB lighting as well.
The click latency is surprisingly low for such an affordable mouse and its body also feels very solid. It's rather big, which will be better suited for people with large hands, and is quite comfortable thanks to the thumb rest and pinky rest. It has a unique side button design with five thumb buttons in an arch design, which might take some time to use well, but once you get used to it, the extra inputs are quite useful.
Unfortunately, the cable of this wired mouse is stiff and creates some drag when moving the mouse around and this won't please more hardcore gamers. The CPI setting and the side buttons are also always orange-lit, which can result in an awkward lighting combination with the RGB lights on the mouse's logo and scroll wheel. Nevertheless, this mouse is a great option for gamers on a budget, and if you have smaller hands, you can also check out the Anker Gaming Mouse that has a more straightforward design.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 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.
02/03/2020: Updated our picks after testing more products.
01/08/2020: Updated our picks based on our most recent scoring changes and test bench 0.8.1.