Different mice can be recommended depending on your hand size or the type of grip you use: palm, claw, or fingertip. The claw grip is almost like an in-between of the palm and fingertip grips. The claw grip is often used for faster gliding movement and can be great for flick shots as well. It offers an overall better precision than the palm grip, but might be a bit worse for smooth and slow tracking. The curled up fingers might also be a bit less comfortable than the fully-resting palm grip.
We've tested over 80 mice and listed below are our recommendations for the best mice for claw grip. Also, if you're uncertain about your grip type, simply check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best cheap gaming mice.
The best claw grip mouse with a wired connection is the Razer DeathAdder V2. It's well-built and fairly lightweight, and it feels remarkably comfortable thanks to its rubber grips and slight curve for right hands. It has two side buttons on its left side that can be reprogrammed through the iCUE software, along with its RGB zones in its scroll wheel and the logo on the back.
It has an exceptionally high CPI range that can be adjusted in increments of 50, although the sensor tends to overshoot the set CPI by a bit. It has a low lift-off distance which is great if you want to reposition without your cursor moving. It has excellently low click latency, and even competitive gamers should find it very responsive. All of its buttons are programmable, and you can even get a second layer of inputs if you assign a HyperShift button.
Unfortunately, people with small hands might struggle to reach all the buttons since it has a long body. Also, the Razer Synapse 3 software isn't compatible with macOS, so you can't customize directly from your computer. On the plus side, it has onboard memory so you can use a Windows PC to save your settings to the mouse and maintain them if you switch PCs. All in all, it's great for claw grip and is among the best wired mice we've tested.
If you have small hands, the SteelSeries Sensei Ten is a great alternative. Although it doesn't feel as well built as the Razer DeathAdder V2 and its wire is more rigid, it's fully compatible with Windows and macOS, and it's better suited for people with small hands who prefer a claw grip. It has an ambidextrous design with two buttons on each side, unlike the Razer that's built for right-handed people and only has buttons on the left side. It has a higher click latency and a significantly higher CPI error percentage, but both should still be low enough that most people won't notice much lag or inaccuracy.
If you have medium or large hands and want a more durable-feeling option with a better wire, look at the Razer, but if you have small hands and want to reach the buttons comfortably with a claw grip, consider the SteelSeries.
The best claw grip mouse with a wireless connection that we've tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's lightweight and wireless, extremely comfortable for both left and right-handed people, and its long body and low back make it very well-suited for both claw and fingertip grip. It's often compared to the excellent Logitech G Pro Wireless, which performs similarly, but the Razer has more programmable buttons and has a better cable when not being used wirelessly.
The sensor performance is outstanding, and it has a very wide adjustable CPI range. The click latency is excellent, and even wirelessly, it measures under 10ms, creating a responsive and lag-free gaming experience. It comes with a sleek-looking charging cradle with RGB lighting, so the mouse should always be charged up when you reach for it. Should you need to use it wired, it comes with Razer's excellent new braided cable that's a lot less stiff and rigid than their previous one.
Unfortunately, people with very large hands may find it a bit too small to use with a claw grip, and will likely be more inclined to use it with a fingertip grip. We also measured a high CPI error when used at slow speeds, though it seems to be much more accurate when used in faster motion. Overall, it's among the best mice we've tested and is a great choice if you want a wireless option with a claw grip.
If you're looking for a more versatile wireless mouse that's great for a claw grip, consider the Razer Pro Click. Although its minimum CPI can't be set as low as the Razer Viper Ultimate, it's better suited for office use, and its larger size makes it a better option for those with extra-large hands as well. It feels very comfortable to use thanks to its slight slant, rubber side grips, and thumb rest. Its wheel allows for tilting, which is perfect for scrolling horizontally through long documents. It has many connectivity options for different preferences, whether you prefer wired, using a USB receiver, or Bluetooth. However, its click latency is significantly lower with Bluetooth, which isn't ideal for gaming, but it's likely unnoticeable for other uses. Otherwise, click latency when wired and with the receiver is very good, and its CPI range is very wide and adjustable in increments of 100.
If you want a wireless mouse for claw grip that's better suited for gaming, get the Ultimate, but if you're looking for a more versatile option for your office as well as occasional gaming, get the Pro Click.
The Glorious Model O is the best mouse for claw grip we've tested for fans of ultra-light mice. This wired-only model has two buttons on its left side, and its ambidextrous shape should be comfortable with a claw grip for all hand sizes except small. It's one of the lightest mice we've tested thanks to its honeycomb design, and it feels well-built with no squeaking or loose parts. It has an RGB strip on its scroll wheel, along each side, and inside the mouse, which shines through the honeycomb holes.
It has a wide and adjustable CPI range, and the sensor doesn't tend to overshoot or undershoot the set CPI by much. It has a low click latency that should feel very responsive while gaming, and the latency along with the RGB lighting and CPI settings can be customized within the Glorious Model O Software. The software is only compatible with Windows, but luckily, the mouse has onboard memory, so you can save your settings on a Windows computer and keep them when you move to a Mac.
Unfortunately, it's quite large, so people with small hands may struggle to reach all the buttons comfortably. There's a smaller version called the Glorious Model O- that we expect to perform the same, although we haven't tested it. You can also check out the Glorious Model D, which is a similarly performing model with a more ergonomic slant. Overall, this is an excellent option if you want an ultra-light mouse for claw grip.
If you just want the lightest mouse possible, get the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. While it's noticeably smaller than the Glorious Model O and might not be the best option for a claw grip if you have larger hands, it's one of the lightest mice we've tested. It comes with latex grips that you can stick on its body to modify its shape and size, and it feels surprisingly well-built overall. Unfortunately, since Finalmouse sells via unique drops, it isn't widely available anymore, and you'll have to purchase it from third-party resellers. If you want something light and don't want to pay the high resale price, check out the Cooler Master MM710.
If you want the best overall ultra-light gaming mouse for claw grip, check out the widely available Glorious, but if you don't mind having something smaller, the lightest option we've tested is the Finalmouse.
The best mouse for claw grip in the budget category that we've tested is the SteelSeries Rival 3. It has an impressive build quality for its price and feels stable with very minimal rattle. All hand sizes should have no problem using it with a claw grip. It has an ambidextrous design with a high bumped back, and it has two programmable buttons on its left side.
Its performance is outstanding, and it has one of the lowest CPI errors we've ever measured. Although its max CPI isn't as high as some other options, it's likely high enough for most people, and the click latency is low enough even for competitive gamers. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, and its onboard memory lets you save your settings if you switch computers.
Unfortunately, because the buttons are pretty flush with its body, they might feel a bit difficult to press. The wheel is also very low-profile, so scrolling might be a bit of a challenge, but this design does make it easier to use the middle click. Otherwise, this is a great option for its price, and it's one of the best mice that we've tested.
11/20/2020: Minor text updates for clarification and accuracy. No changes in recommendations.
09/24/2020: Added Razer Pro Click as 'More Versatile Alternative'.
07/20/2020: Removed Anker Gaming Mouse due to current availability and replaced the BenQ Zowie Z2 with the SteelSeries Sensei Ten.
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.