Different mice will suit you better or worse, depending on your hand size and the type of grip you use. A claw grip is a mixture of palm and fingertip grips. It's used for faster gliding movement and is great for flick shots. It generally offers better speed than a palm grip but is worse for smooth and slow tracking. A claw grip can also be better if you prefer higher CPI settings since it encourages snappier movements in smaller arcs using the wrist and fingers rather than the forearm and shoulder. However, because it often relies on a tense hand posture, it's more tiring than your run-of-the-mill palm grip.
We've tested over 275 mice, and listed below are our recommendations for the best mice for claw grip. If you're uncertain about what grip type might work best for you, check out our article on ergonomics and grip types. For other recommendations, check out our picks for the best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best cheap gaming mice.
Our recommendation for the best claw grip mouse is the Logitech G303 Shroud Edition. This mouse came about as a collaboration between Logitech and the esports pro-turned-streamer, Shroud. It has a diamond-shaped design that favors a more aggressive, pincer claw grip. Like Logitech's other high-end offerings, it has exceptionally accurate and consistent sensor performance and remarkably low click latency. It also feels extremely sturdy and is made with high-quality materials.
This mouse weighs a little over 70g, which is impressively light for a wireless gaming model but not as lightweight as some of the best FPS mice on the market. That said, the shape of this mouse is designed explicitly with a claw grip in mind, and it's an outstanding all-around choice for high-end, competitive gaming.
If you're considering options at a mid-range price point, we recommend the Endgame Gear XM1r. This mouse is widely celebrated among claw grip users and is suited for a more relaxed claw grip. This mouse is also available in a range of coatings that aren't just cosmetic but offer a slightly more chalky, glossy, or rubberized feeling, depending on which you choose.
Overall, this mouse has outstanding build quality, and its gaming performance is just as impressive, matching the incredible performance of the higher-priced Logitech G303 Shroud Edition. Besides their shape differences, the major choice for many gamers between these two mice is how much you value wireless connectivity. That said, the cable on this mouse is extremely lightweight and flexible, so if you don't mind a cable or even prefer using a wired mouse, this is a better option.
On a budget, the best mouse for claw grip we've tested is the Cooler Master MM720. This wired model has an unusual right-handed shape that's relatively short and wide, and it features a small ledge on the right that provides support for your ring and pinky finger. This shape is ideal for a claw grip, especially for those who prefer a knuckle claw grip with minimal or no palm contact. It also delivers surprisingly high-end sensor performance and click latency, especially given its price point. The honeycomb perforations in the body make it the lightest model on this list by far, weighing in at just over 50g. It makes it a great option if you prefer the movement speed advantage of an ultra-lightweight mouse. It's also a great choice for small, medium, or large-sized hands compared to the other two options on this list which are better suited to medium or larger-sized hands.
Its biggest weakness is the build quality. It feels significantly cheaper and more fragile than most gaming mice, especially compared to more expensive options like our top pick in this article, the Logitech G303 Shroud Edition, or our mid-range pick, the Endgame Gear XM1r. Its side buttons feel mushy, and the body squeaks while feeling like it may crack with enough force. It'll be fine for most people during regular use, but it can be an issue if you're rougher with your devices. Its price, unique claw grip shape, and impressive performance make it a standout option if you're shopping on a budget.
Jan 03, 2023: We've confirmed all the picks for this article are in stock and remain the best choices for their respective categories.
Oct 05, 2022: We've revamped the category names and our picks for this article to better represent the current market and to provide more insight for readers. We've also overhauled our Notable Mentions section to include fewer, more relevant recommendations.
Apr 13, 2022: We've transformed the 'Smaller Alternative' and 'More Versatile Alternative' categories into their own new categories called 'Best Symmetrical Mouse For Claw Grip' and 'Best Versatile Mouse For Claw Grip', respectively. We've kept the picks for both instances. We've also removed the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town, and the Razer Viper 8Khz from the list of Notable Mentions for relevance.
Jan 13, 2022: We've replaced the Razer Viper with the Endgame Gear XM1r. We've also converted our 'Wireless Alternative' pick into a new 'Best Wireless Ultra-Light Mouse For Claw Grip' category, keeping the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT as our pick. Lastly, we've removed the Razer Basilisk Ultimate and Razer Basilisk V2 from the Notable Mentions and added the Razer Basilisk V3.
Nov 16, 2021: Verified picks and updated text for clarity; no changes to picks.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best claw grip 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.