Gaming mice for FPS games aren't too flashy; they don't have the multiple side buttons you can find on dedicated MMO mice, and instead, they usually only have two side buttons. What's more important is how the mouse performs. The best FPS gaming mouse should be precise, reliable, and consistent. When it comes to choosing a mouse for your needs, you should also feel comfortable grabbing it and moving it around accurately. Whether you want a reliable wired connection or the freedom of a wireless design, mice for FPS games are usually light and easy to move around.
We've tested over 105 mice, and below are our top picks for the best FPS gaming mouse in multiple categories. If you're not looking specifically for a dedicated FPS mouse, see our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best cheap gaming mice, the best mice for MMOs, and the best wireless gaming mice.
The best FPS mouse with wireless connectivity that we’ve tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's entirely made out of plastic but feels very well-built and durable. It has a truly ambidextrous design, with two side buttons on each side, and it feels remarkably comfortable to use. It’s great for small and medium hands using a palm or a claw grip, while large and extra-large hands should have better control using it with a fingertip grip.
It's rechargeable and comes with a dedicated USB receiver to connect to your PC wirelessly. It has an amazingly low click latency, whether you use it wired or with the receiver, and even most competitive gamers shouldn’t notice any delay while playing. It also has a wide CPI range, a high maximum polling rate, and a total of 18 programmable inputs to customize it to your liking. The companion software is very user-friendly and offers plenty of customization options.
Unfortunately, the right-side buttons don't work properly when using the ‘right-handed mode’ on macOS, and the software isn’t compatible with this operating system. Also, while it feels very well built, the left and right buttons squeak when you press them all the way down. That said, the Razer performs remarkably well and is also among the best gaming mice we've tested.
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, check out the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. It doesn’t have as many programmable inputs, and it’s not as lightweight as the Razer Viper Ultimate, but it has less CPI variation, and it’s fully compatible with macOS while having a much lower price tag. It's a good choice for FPS gaming, thanks to its very low click latency, a CPI that’s customizable by steps of 50, and a high maximum polling rate. It also feels well-built and fairly comfortable, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery and can’t be used wired. It may also be too small for people with larger hands.
If you’re looking for a lighter gaming mouse with more programmable buttons, go with the Razer, but if you’d prefer a cheaper option that’s more consistent and fully compatible with macOS, the Logitech is a good choice for you.
The best FPS mouse with a wire that we’ve tested is the Razer DeathAdder V2. It feels very well-built and should be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. Compared to the previous version, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, it’s a lighter mouse that comes with a much-improved cable, better feet, and an added profile switch button. Its design makes it suitable for any hand-size using a palm grip.
Its performance is amazing, and even competitive gamers shouldn’t notice any lag or delay while using it, thanks to its extremely low click latency. The CPI range is also very wide and customizable by increments of 50, which is good. It has eight buttons in total, and all of them can be reprogrammed with the Synapse 3 software, which unfortunately isn’t compatible with macOS. However, it has onboard memory, so you can save your favorite settings on it while using the software on Windows.
Unfortunately, due to its slightly bulky design, smaller hands may have a hard time reaching all of the buttons while using a claw or a fingertip grip. That said, thanks to its minimal weight and outstandingly low click latency, the DeathAdder V2 is one of the best mice we've tested and an excellent choice for FPS gaming.
The best FPS mouse for ultra-light gaming that we've tested is the Glorious Model O. Thanks to its honeycomb design, it's very lightweight. It features RGB lighting strips along each side, on the scroll wheel, and inside the mouse itself, giving it a very gamer-centric look. It feels solid and durable, with no gaps or squeaking parts, and it's also very comfortable for people with medium or large hands using a palm or a claw grip.
It has a remarkable cable that's light and flexible and virgin grade PTFE feet that glide very smoothly. Performance-wise, its sensor has a wide CPI range with low variation, a high maximum polling rate for smooth movements, and low click latency. It has a total of six buttons, including two on the left side, which should be adequate for most FPS gamers. The companion software provides plenty of customization options, including full RGB adjustments.
Unfortunately, due to its large body, it isn't recommended for people with small hands, though there is a smaller variant, the Glorious Model O-, that performs identically and is even lighter. Overall, if you're looking for a great ultra-light FPS gaming mouse, it's an excellent option and is one of the best wired mice we've tested.
The best FPS mouse that we've tested in the budget category is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This wired gaming mouse is entirely made of good quality plastic and feels very well-built, especially considering its price point. It's also fairly lightweight and has a simple, ambidextrous design that feels very comfortable. It's particularly well-suited for a claw grip, as any hand size should be able to reach all the buttons easily.
It doesn't have the widest CPI range, but it should still be more than adequate for most gamers. It also has a high maximum polling rate for smooth movements and great click latency that should result in a responsive gaming experience. It works with the fantastic SteelSeries Engine 3 software, which is available for both Windows and macOS, and allows you to reprogram all six buttons, including the L/R clicks and the up/down scroll.
Unfortunately, its rubber cable is only decent and retains kinks from packaging. Also, the two side buttons are quite stiff and can be difficult to press, as they start flush with the body and then raise slightly in the middle. That said, this budget mouse offers fantastic value overall and is one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
If you're looking for an ultra-light gaming mouse that is still within the budget category, check out the ROCCAT Burst Pro. While its CPI variation is much higher than the SteelSeries Rival 3, the ROCCAT is lighter, has a wider CPI range, and better click latency. It features a honeycomb interior shell but still feels very well-built and solid. It has an excellent cable that’s light and flexible, and outstanding feet that glide very smoothly. It also has a good number of programmable buttons, and the companion software offers a lot of customization options, but unfortunately, it’s only compatible with Windows.
If you want a budget mouse that’s great for FPS gaming and has a more consistent CPI, go with the SteelSeries, but if you're looking for an ultra-light option with a wider CPI range and lower click latency, check out the ROCCAT.
Apr 02, 2021: Added the Razer Viper 8KHz and the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT to Notable Mentions.
Feb 02, 2021: Changed the pick for 'Ultra-Light Alternative' from the Razer Viper Mini to the ROCCAT Burst Pro, as the ROCCAT has a wider and more adjustable CPI range and is suitable for a wider range of hand sizes. Added the Razer Viper Mini and the Corsair HARPOON RGB to Notable Mentions.
Dec 04, 2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Aug 07, 2020: Moved Finalmouse Ultralight 2 and Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse to notable mentions. Updated Logitech G305, Razer Viper Mini, and Razer Viper Ultimate. Changed Glorious Model O and SteelSeries Rival 3 from alternatives to main picks.
Mar 19, 2020: Added the Razer DeathAdder V2 as a 'Wired Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless FPS Mouse'.
Feb 27, 2020: Made the Razer DeathAdder V2 'Best Wired FPS Mouse', and added the SteelSeries Rival 3 as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mice for FPS gaming 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.