FPS gaming mice are a bit like race cars; they generally don't have loads of extra features or buttons, but they're all about performance. Above all else, the best FPS gaming mice should be lightweight and have low click latency. The shape of your FPS mouse is also key. When choosing a mouse for your needs, it should feel comfortable for your hand size and preferred grip type. Whether you want a reliable wired connection or the freedom of a wireless design, mice for FPS games are designed for speed and accuracy.
We've tested over 260 mice, and below are our top picks for the best FPS gaming mouse in multiple categories. If you're not specifically looking for a dedicated FPS mouse, see our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best cheap gaming mice, the best lightweight mice, and the best wireless gaming mice.
On the hunt for the best FPS mouse out there? We recommend the Razer Viper V2 Pro. It has the same low-profile, symmetrical shape as previous models in the Viper series, but it's much lighter and features Razer's new Focus Pro 30K sensor, arguably the best gaming sensor currently available. It also has a slightly longer advertised battery life, and like other Razer mice, it uses optical switches, which eliminate debounce delay and the possibility of the switches developing double-clicking issues.
That said, Razer has largely managed to lighten this version by removing some of the features found on previous models. It lacks rubber side grips, RGB lighting, and most notably, this version now only has side buttons on the left, while earlier models have an additional pair of side buttons on the right. If you're more interested in weight savings, you may welcome these changes. If you're a fan of some of these legacy features, now is a great time to check out the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate, which is currently available for cheaper than ever.
We'd also be doing a disservice if we didn't mention the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT, this mouse's closest competitor. It weighs virtually the same, and its shape is a bit more accommodating to a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. It may not quite deliver the same level of sensor performance as the Razer, but it's an outstanding wireless gaming mouse in its own right.
For something less expensive, at an upper mid-range price point, we recommend the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless. It has excellent click latency, a responsive, high-end sensor, and its shape is heavily influenced by one of the most successful right-handed mouse shapes ever produced. The construction of this mouse also includes some pretty radical weight-saving techniques, and it's only a few grams heavier than the considerably more expensive Razer Viper V2 Pro.
These weight savings techniques include narrow pill-shaped cutouts in the body and a much more open, skeleton-style baseplate, rather than the solid baseplate found on most other mice. While this gives the mouse a more fragile appearance, during our tests we found that it feels very sturdy and well-built. Although, it does leave the interior more open to dust and debris. Additionally, because of these weight-saving design choices, the look of this mouse may not be for everyone. While we found it didn't greatly affect the overall comfort of the mouse, the feel of the cutouts on the palm rest is noticeable, and if you're sensitive to the slightly irregular texture, you may prefer the solid plastic palm rest on a more conventional gaming mouse.
The best mid-range FPS mouse we've tested is the Razer Viper 8KHz. It shares that same iconic shape as the original Razer Viper and has a pair of side buttons on either side, making it an equally viable option for either right or left-handed gamers. Although, what sets this mouse apart is what's under the hood. Where most gaming mice have a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, this mouse has a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. Pushing the polling rate to its maximum will make your cursor movements feel smoother and more fluid.
Unfortunately, some games don't support these higher polling rate settings just yet, including a few popular competitive titles. It also takes a fairly high-end machine with a powerful processor to take full advantage of this cutting-edge feature, though most gaming rigs will at least be able to take advantage of either a 2000Hz or 40000Hz setting. That said, it's important to note this mouse isn't nearly as lightweight as the other options on this list, and it doesn't connect wirelessly. However, it offers the best raw performance currently available at a solidly mid-range price point.
For a budget pick, we recommend checking out the Cooler Master MM720. While it looks a bit odd compared to most gaming mice on the market, its small and fairly wide shape has an added ring finger rest and is very comfortable for most hand sizes. It's also especially well-suited for claw grippers. Much like the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless, this mouse also has small cutouts in its body that help reduce its overall weight. Impressively, this mouse weighs only 52g, making it the lightest recommendation on this list. It also has very low click latency and high-end mouse feet that glide very smoothly on desks and mousepads.
On the other hand, it has fairly mushy-feeling side buttons, and its build quality doesn't compare to other models here. The plastic body creaks when applying a fair amount of pressure, and it feels possible to crack the plastic if you press hard enough. However, this isn't an issue under normal circumstances and is only likely to be a concern if you're particularly rough with your mice.
As an even cheaper option, we recommend you check out the Razer Viper Mini. Its shape is very similar to the other versions of the Viper lineup on this list. However, it's scaled down to size, making it naturally lightweight and only a few grams heavier than the much more expensive Razer Viper V2 Pro. While its shape makes it well-suited for small hands, it's still a comfortable pick for any hand size using a fingertip grip.
It feels just as sturdy and well-constructed as larger versions in the lineup, and its cable and mouse feet glide smoothly on mouse pads and desks. Performance-wise, it also has outstanding click latency, and despite using an older model sensor, it performs significantly better than most other options at this price point. Overall, it's a superb budget choice, and few mice can match it in a price-to-performance comparison.
Sep 08, 2022: We've adjusted the category names and our picks for this article to better represent the current market and to provide more insight for readers. We've also overhauled our Notable Mentions section to include fewer, more relevant recommendations.
May 25, 2022: We've overhauled this article with a set of new categories and recommendations to better align with user needs and expectations. We've replaced the Razer Viper Mini with the Logitech G305 as our pick for the 'Best Budget FPS Mouse', and we've removed several mice from the Notable Mentions section due to changes in relevance and availability.
Mar 25, 2022: We've replaced the Glorious Model O with the Pulsar Xlite for the 'Best Wired Ultra-Light FPS Mouse' category as it's a bit lighter, feels sturdier, and is better suited for a wider range of hand sizes. We've also replaced the ROCCAT Burst Pro with the Razer Viper Mini as the 'Best Budget Ultra-Light Mouse' as it's slightly lighter and currently less expensive. Lastly, we've moved the Glorious Model O to our list of Notable Mentions.
Jan 25, 2022: Confirmed that all picks are available and remain the best current choices in their respective categories; made small changes to the text for accuracy.
Nov 26, 2021: Moved the ROCCAT Burst Pro from Ultra-Light Alternative to 'Best Ultra-Light FPS Mouse' and moved the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT to 'Best Ultra-Light Wireless Mouse'.
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.