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. When shopping for an FPS mouse, you should look for something 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 reviewed over 50 mice so far, and below are our top picks for the best mice for FPS gaming. If you're not looking 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 wireless FPS mouse that we've tested to date is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This excellent wireless gaming mouse has a fairly non-descript and straight forward design and is fully black with RGB lighting on the logo and mouse wheel. It feels well-made and should be comfortable enough for most marathon gaming sessions. It's well suited for claw grip for everyone except those with extra-large hands, and it's quite lightweight for a non-honeycomb wireless mouse. If you want something even more lightweight, you may also want to consider the regular Razer Viper, which performs similarly but is a bit lighter and has a wire.
Its performance is outstanding, and it has extremely low click latency when used either wired or wirelessly. Its max CPI is one of the highest we've ever seen, though unfortunately the CPI error was quite high when using the mouse slowly, and it's much more accurate with fast movements. If you choose to use the mouse wired, it comes with one of Razer's newer cables which are much more flexible and maintain a lot less kinks from their packaging, so you shouldn't notice any drag on your desk, which is great.
Unfortunately, the mouse wheel doesn't have L/R tilt buttons, so you can't do horizontal scrolling or program them for things like going back and forth in a web browser. That being said, every button on the mouse is customizable within Razer's great Synapse 3 software, and you can set a HyperShift button to enable another layer of buttons. Overall, it's an excellent wireless gaming mouse that has great performance and should be comfortable and lightweight enough for even the longest of gaming marathons.
If you want a great wireless fps gaming mouse but don't want to spend as much, get the Logitech G305. It's a bit heavier than the Razer Viper Ultimate, and it isn't rechargeable, but it performs nearly as well and is a lot cheaper. It has a straightforward ambidextrous design with six programmable buttons, and its software is compatible with both Windows and macOS, unlike Razer's Synapse software. Unfortunately, it isn't quite as comfortable, though it should be suitable for the same grip types and hand sizes as the Razer.
If you don't want to have to deal with AA batteries or want something that weighs less, go with the Razer, but if you want to save quite a bit of money and still want once of the best mice for CSGO or any other FPS, get the Logitech.
The best wired FPS mouse that we've tested so far is the Razer DeathAdder V2. This is the latest model in the very popular DeathAdder line of mice, and it packs some welcome upgrades. It features Razer's newly designed cable which is much more flexible and maintains much fewer kinks from the packaging, as well as creating less drag on the desk. It feels very well-built and has a classic and straight forward black design with RGB lighting on the logo and mouse wheel.
Like previous versions, this mouse is very comfortable and has a slight slant that makes it better-suited for right-handed use. It's easy to hold with any grip type, though small hands will likely only be able to comfortably reach the side buttons while using a palm grip. The performance is outstanding, with a very low click latency and a wide adjustable CPI range so you can fine-tune the mouse to match your preferences.
There are two programmable side buttons, as well as two DPI buttons on the top of the mouse which can be reprogrammed as well. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel doesn't have L/R tilt buttons, but you can program the up and down scrolls, giving you a total of ten programmable inputs, which is great. Overall, it's is a good improvement over previous versions, and its comfortable design mixed with outstanding performance makes it one of the best mice we've tested so far, and the best choice for FPS gaming.
If you want a great wired FPS gaming mouse but don't want to spend nearly as much, go with the SteelSeries Rival 3. Its performance isn't quite as good as the Razer DeathAdder V2, and its cable is much more rigid and stiff, but it's quite a bit cheaper and is fully compatible with Windows as well as macOS. It has a straight-forward black design with a strip of RGB lighting around the bottom and is quite lightweight. Its click latency is quite low, especially for a budget mouse, and while its sensor performance isn't quite as good as the Razer, it's still excellent overall. The mouse is best used with a claw or fingertip grip, and only those with small or medium hands will be able to use it comfortably with a palm grip.
Overall, if you want the absolute best performance regardless of price, get the Razer, but if you want to save some cash and still have a fantastic FPS gaming experience, go with the SteelSeries.
The best ultra-light mouse for FPS gaming we've reviewed so far is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. It's the lightest mouse we've tested and it offers great performance too. Its design is very small and short, but it comes with latex grips, called infinityskins, that can be applied to the mouse's body to modify its shape and size, making it suitable for most people.
This mouse has a very low click latency, which is great for FPS games. The mouse feels responsive and accurate and although it has a honeycomb pattern design, the mouse feels very solid. The click of all buttons is satisfying and the cable is very light and flexible.
Unfortunately, Finalmouse doesn't offer dedicated software to customize the mouse's performance. On the other hand, there's a popular third-party software that allows it. Also, it's worth noting that Finalmouse releases mice via drops, meaning they're available for a small amount of time. This means that if you're looking to get this mouse, you'll have to buy from a third-party reseller, which may be a bit more expensive.
If you find the third-party resell price of the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town to be too expensive, then check out the Glorious Model O. It might not be as light as the Finalmouse, but this mouse is more affordable and can also be customized inside its dedicated software. It features a bigger body, which is better suited for people with larger hands. There's also a Glorious Model O- for people with smaller hands. This mouse also has RGB lighting, which some may prefer. It's a well-built mouse with amazing performance and a nice lightweight cable. While the Model O has a symmetric design, the very similar Glorious Model D has more of an ergo-shape, which might be better suited for you if you use a palm or a claw grip.
If you want the lightest option we've tested, get the Finalmouse, but if you want to save a few bucks and don't trust third-party resellers, then the Glorious is an excellent and affordable ultra-light gaming mouse.
The best cheap mouse for FPS games we've tested so far is the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. It performs fairly well for its low price point and is a great option for people with larger hands. It has a wider body than most gaming mice, with thumb and pinky rests. It also has five side buttons in an arched design, which is unusual for a gaming mouse, but works well once you get used to it.
This budget mouse feels very well-made and features RGB lighting, although the side panel lights are always orange, which is odd. The mouse has a wide CPI range, which can be adjusted inside its dedicated software. The mouse feels fairly responsive and offers excellent overall performance, especially for the price.
However, this wired mouse has a stiff cable that drags when moving the mouse, which can be annoying. Its always-orange side lighting is always a bit annoying as you can get an awkward-looking lighting combination, but this won't affect performance in any way. This gaming mouse is very good for people on a tight budget, but might not be the best option for people with smaller hands, who should look at the smaller and more straightforward Anker Gaming Mouse.
03/19/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
02/27/2020: Made the Razer DeathAdder V2 'Best Wired FPS Mouse', and added the SteelSeries Rival 3 as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
02/06/2020: Added the Razer DeathAdder V2 as a 'Wired Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless FPS Mouse'. Minor text updates.
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.