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 reviewed over 60 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 wire we've tested so far is the Razer DeathAdder V2. Its overall design didn't change much from the beloved DeathAdder shape; it's very comfortable for claw or palm grips thanks to its wide body with a high back, and it has a right-slanted, ergonomic design. The mouse feels very well-built thanks to its dense, good quality plastic, and all of its buttons feel solid without much rattle.
This mouse features Razer's latest sensor, which performs exceptionally well. It offers a wide CPI range, which can be customized inside the Razer Synapse software, and it feels very responsive. You can also set your preferred RGB lighting settings inside the software. Additionally, the mouse isn't too heavy and its cable is also very light and flexible, which allows for smooth movement.
However, it might be a bit big for people with smaller hands and the comfort of use might not be the best. Nevertheless, this new take on a known and adored design doesn't disappoint and is our top wired pick for the best mouse for claw grip. Also, thanks to its ergo-shaped body, it's very comfortable for long sessions and can also be one of the best mice for palm grip.
If you're not a fan of the Razer DeathAdder V2's body and shape, check out the BenQ Zowie S2. It doesn't have RGB lighting and customization software like the Razer, but this mouse is available in two sizes (small and medium), which should be suitable for more people. It also has an ambidextrous design and a narrower grip width. Unfortunately, while you can select your CPI between 400-800-1600-3200, you can't precisely adjust it in-between those values as it doesn't have compatible software. On the upside, it's very well-built and has very clicky and satisfying buttons. It also has one of the loudest scroll wheels we've tested and it offers great feedback.
If you've been a fan of the DeathAdder shape with previous models, the V2 is no exception and is still an amazing mouse for a claw grip, but if you have smaller hands and prefer an ambidextrous shape, go with the BenQ instead.
The best mouse for claw grip with a wireless connection that we've tested so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This lightweight wireless mouse is extremely comfortable to use for both left and right-handed people and has a pretty straight-forward black design with some basic RGB. 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.
This mouse has a long body with a low back, making it well-suited for very well-suited for both claw and fingertip grip. The sensor performance is outstanding, and it has a very wide adjustable CPI range. Unfortunately, we measured a high CPI error when used at slow speeds, though the mouse seems to be much more accurate when used in faster motion. The click latency is excellent, and even wirelessly it measures under 10ms, so you shouldn't notice any lag.
Unfortunately, people with very large hands may find the mouse a bit too small to use with a claw grip, and will likely be more inclined to use it with a fingertip grip. Its built-in rechargeable battery also means that you may need to take a break from gaming to charge it, though you can also use it wired with Razer's excellent new braided cable. Razer also included a sleek-looking charging cradle complete with RGB lighting, so you can easily keep your mouse charged up when you aren't using it. Overall, this mouse is among the best mice we've tested so far and is a great choice if you use a claw grip but want a wireless option.
The best mouse for claw grip with an ultra-light design that we've tested so far is the Glorious Model O. This ambidextrous mouse is one of the most comfortable mice we've tested so far and it's extremely lightweight. Despite being so light and having a honeycomb pattern on its back, it still feels very well-built and has no squeaking parts or button rattle. Its cable is lightweight and flexible and shouldn't create too much drag on your desk.
The performance of this mouse is outstanding and it has a wide adjustable CPI range with a very low error. The click latency is low enough for competitive gaming, and all of its six buttons can be reprogrammed through its software. Unfortunately, the software is only compatible with Windows, though the mouse has on-board memory, so you can save changes to the mouse on a Windows computer and move it over to a Mac.
Unfortunately, the mouse might be a bit too large for people with small hands. While there's a smaller variant called the Glorious Model O Minus which should perform the same, we haven't tested it yet. If you prefer a slanted, ergonomic design you may also want to check out the Glorious Model D, which performs very similarly. Overall, this is a great gaming mouse that's among the best wired mice we've tested to date.
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 to date. It comes with latex grips that you can stick on the mouse's body to modify its shape and size, and it feels surprisingly well-built overall. Unfortunately, since Finalmouse sells their mice via unique drops, this mouse isn't widely available anymore and you'll have to purchase it from third-party resellers. If you want a lighter mouse than the Glorious and don't want to pay the high resale price of the Finalmouse, 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 a smaller mouse, the lightest option we've tested so far is the Finalmouse.
The best mouse for claw grip in the budget category that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This wired mouse features an ambidextrous design and is well-suited to a claw grip with any hand size. It feels quite well-built, and has a fairly low profile design but with a higher bumped back.
While its max CPI isn't high as some other option on this list, it's likely more than sensitive for most people and has one of the lowest CPI errors we've ever measured. Its click latency should be more than quick enough for most people, and all six of its buttons can be reprogrammed through its software, which is compatible with both Windows or macOS.
Unfortunately, its side buttons start flush with the body of the mouse, so that can be a bit difficult to press unless your fingers happen to fall on them just in the right spot. The scroll wheel also has a low profile, so it doesn't protrude much from the body of the mouse, which may bother some people. Overall, this is among the best gaming mice we've tested so far and is a great option if you want a mouse that performs well without breaking the bank.
If you're on a very tight budget and want the best cheap claw grip mouse, get the Anker Gaming Mouse instead. It might not perform as well as the SteelSeries Rival 3 overall, but it's more affordable and still offers good value. It's comfortable to use and it also features a sleek-looking RGB strip at the bottom of the mouse. However, its sensor doesn't offer the best performance and its click latency is a bit higher than most mice on this list, though it should still be responsive enough for most people. Unfortunately, its cable is quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks, but on the upside, it feels quite well-built considering its very low price point.
If you can spend a bit more to get better performance, the SteelSeries is the best claw grip mouse we've tested in the budget category, but if your budget is limited, the Anker is a decent option, though you shouldn't expect amazing performance.
05/19/2020: Minor text updates for clarification and accuracy. No changes in recommendations.
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.