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 50 mice and listed below are our recommendations for the best mice for claw grips. 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. It keeps a very similar shape to the renowned design of the DeathAdder lineup, which is very comfortable to use with a claw grip. It's very well-built and has a small right slant. The mouse is also pretty lightweight for one that doesn't use a honeycomb pattern like most ultra-light gaming mice to reduce its weight.
This mouse also features Razer's latest sensor, which performs exceptionally well. The mouse has a very low click latency, which makes it feel responsive. The newest version of the DeathAdder also has the new and improved Razer cable, which is noticeably lighter and more flexible than the previous models. The mouse can also be customized, for both performance and lighting, inside the Razer Synapse 3 software.
Unfortunately, this design is a bit on the bigger side and might be unsuitable for people with smaller hands, and they might have trouble reaching the front side button. Nevertheless, the newest edition of the wired DeathAdder is the best mouse for claw grip we've seen so far.
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. You can select your CPI between 400-800-1600-3200, but can't precisely adjust it in-between those values as it doesn't have compatible software. On the upside, the Zowie S2 is very well-built and has very clicky and satisfying buttons. It also has one of the loudest scroll wheels we've tested so far and it offers great feedback.
If you've been a fan of the DeathAdder shape with previous models, the V2 makes 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 design that we've reviewed so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This mouse is very lightweight and offers tremendous performance. It's often compared to the Logitech G Pro Wireless, which is also an excellent wireless mouse for claw grip. The Razer has a very low-profile body, which might be better suited for a fingertip grip, but its longer body helps to have great control with a claw grip, too.
Its sensor performance is excellent and it has a very low click latency when used wired or wirelessly, which is incredible. It has five feet that glide very well and features two side buttons on each side of the mouse. You can easily use the software to set your preferred sensitivity or lighting settings. If you do use it wired, it has the new lightweight and flexible Razer cable, which is great.
However, people with extra-large hands might find the body of the mouse to be too small for a claw grip. Also, since it's wireless, some people might not like having to manage battery life. On the upside, when you're not using it, you can place the mouse on a sleek-looking charging cradle that has RGB lighting. This is one of the best claw grip mice we've seen so far and its wireless connection makes it perfect for people looking to get rid of cable clutter.
If you want a lighter mouse than the rest of this list, the best ultra-light claw grip mouse we've tested so far is the Glorious Model O. Its ambidextrous design makes it great for claw grip users looking for an ultra-lightweight option. It has a honeycomb-pattern design to reduce its weight, but it's still very well-built. It's one of the most comfortable mice we've reviewed so far.
The side buttons are clicky and easy to reach, and the click latency of the mouse is very low, making it feel very responsive. You can customize its CPI settings inside the dedicated software and its cable is lightweight and very flexible as well. It also features two stripes of RGB lights on both sides.
Unfortunately, people with smaller hands might find it to be a bit big for a claw grip, but there's the Glorious Model O Minus, which is the same mouse, just in a smaller format. It should be better for people looking for a smaller mouse, but we haven't tested it. Nevertheless, the Model O is an affordable and lightweight option if you're looking for one of the best mice for claw grip. You can also check out the Glorious Model D for an ergonomic-shaped alternative.
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 reviewed so far. On the upside, it comes with latex grips that you can stick on the mouse's body to modify its shape and size. Unfortunately, since Finalmouse sell their mice via unique drops, this mouse isn't widely available anymore. 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 is the Finalmouse.
The best budget claw grip mouse we've reviewed so far is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This mouse has a rather straightforward design with two side buttons that are fairly flush to the mouse's body. Although it doesn't look as much like a gaming mouse as some other options on this list, it does feature RGB lighting. The mouse is very well-built and its shape is designed for claw or fingertip grip users.
It's lightweight and feels very responsive thanks to its low click latency. The sensor performance is also excellent and will satisfy most people. You can easily customize everything inside the SteelSeries Engine software, whether it's the CPI setting, polling rate, or the lighting.
On the downside, the two side buttons are a bit hard to press, and scrolling is a bit hard since the scroll wheel has a very low profile, although this helps for middle clicks. If you're gaming on a budget and are looking for the best claw grip mouse to get without spending too much, this is a great option.
If you're on a very tight budget and the SteelSeries Rival 3 is still too expensive, then go for the very cheap Anker Gaming Mouse. While it might not perform as well as the SteelSeries, its price point is very low and it still performs decently well. Its sensor might not be the highest-end but is still very good overall. It has two side buttons on the left side and features RGB lighting on both the logo and a strip at the bottom of the mouse. It's a well-built mouse for such a low price and it's also quite light.
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.
03/17/2020: Updated the recommendations as we reviewed more products. Minor text updates.
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.