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 and it's well-suited for a claw grip thanks to its wide body and high back. Its right-slanted and ergonomic design is very comfortable, and it feels very well-built thanks to its good quality plastic and solid-feeling buttons that don't 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.
Unfortunately, this mouse has a long body, making it difficult for people with small hands to reach all the buttons comfortably. That being said, if you have medium or larger hands, this mouse performs extremely well and is among the best wired mice we've tested.
If you have small hands and need a slightly smaller mouse, get the SteelSeries Sensei Ten. It doesn't feel quite as comfortable and well-built as the Razer DeathAdder V2, and its rubber cable is a lot more rigid, but it's more suitable for people with small hands and is fully compatible with both Windows as well as macOS. It doesn't perform quite as well as the Razer, and its lift-off distance and CPI error are both a bit high. That being said, it still performs excellently overall, and its click latency should be quick enough for most competitive gamers. There are a total of ten programmable inputs, and the companion software can be installed on both Windows and macOS, which is great if you use both operating systems.
Overall, if you have medium or larger hands, get the Razer, but if you have small hands and find it difficult to reach all the buttons on the Razer, go with the SteelSeries.
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 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 also 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 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. We also measured a high CPI error when used at slow speeds, though the mouse seems to be much more accurate when used in faster motion. 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 extremely lightweight and is one of the most comfortable mice we've ever tested. 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. While the software is only compatible with Windows, the mouse has on-board memory, so you can save your settings on a Windows computer and move them over to a Mac.
Unfortunately, this mouse is a bit on the larger side, and people with small hands will likely find it difficult to comfortably reach all the buttons. Glorious makes a smaller version called the Model O Minus, and while we haven't tested it yet, we expect it to perform the same. If you prefer a slanted, ergonomic design, you may also want to check out the Glorious Model D, which performs very similarly.
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 doesn't protrude much from the body of the mouse, which may bother some people. That being said, 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.
07/20/2020: Removed Anker Gaming Mouse due to current availability and replaced the BenQ Zowie Z2 with the SteelSeries Sensei Ten. Updated text for accuracy and clarity.
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.