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 85 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 wireless FPS mouse that we've tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's simple and very light and is an excellent option for gamers as it offers great performance and has amazing versatility. It has a straightforward design with RGB lighting on the logo and the wheel. It's best-suited for claw or fingertip grip, depending on your hand size, and those with small or medium hands will find it easy to use it with a palm grip as well.
It has outstanding performance and insanely low click latency, whether using it wired or wirelessly. It uses Razer's newer cable, which is much less stiff and rigid than the one included with older Razer mice. The companion software allows for a ton of customization options, and there's even a HyperShift button that allows you to switch profiles on-the-fly. While it's surprisingly lightweight, if you want something even lighter and don't mind a wired-only design, you may want to check out the original Razer Viper.
While its max CPI is one of the highest we've tested, unfortunately, the CPI error is somewhat high when it's moved slowly. On the bright side, it's much more accurate during quick movements and we noticed less CPI error once we upgraded to the newest software version. Also, the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons for horizontal scrolling, which is a bit of a shame. That said, it performs remarkably well and is among the best gaming mice we've tested.
If you're interested in a more affordable alternative, check out the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. Although this wireless-only mouse is heavier than the Razer Viper Ultimate and doesn't use a rechargeable battery, it's much cheaper and fully compatible with macOS. Its click latency is low enough that even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any lag, and it has a great CPI range that is adjustable in increments of 50. However, its CPI error margin is much higher than that of the Razer, but it's still fairly accurate.
The Razer is a great mouse if you don't mind the bigger price tag, but if you want something cheaper and compatible with macOS, the Logitech is a great alternative.
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 on-board memory, so you can save your favorite settings on it while using the software on Windows.
Unfortunately, due to the 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 Razer 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. This wired-only option feels very well-built, and it's among the lightest mice we've tested thanks to its honeycomb design. It feels very comfortable for any grip and has an ambidextrous design, but since the side buttons are only on the left side, it's better suited for right-handed people.
It has a wide CPI range that can be adjusted by increments of 100, and it feels responsive thanks to its low click latency. It has six programmable buttons that you can set up differently for multiple profiles, but they can only be switched through the Glorious Model O software. The software also allows you to customize the RGB lighting, along with the CPI and polling rate.
Unfortunately, the software isn't compatible with macOS. Also, due to its somewhat bulky size, people with small hands may struggle to reach all buttons regardless of grip type. If you find it too large, Glorious also makes the same mouse in a smaller size called the Glorious Model O-, which performs similarly to this one. All in all, if you're looking for a great ultra-light FPS gaming mouse, the Glorious is a great option and is also 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 is a very lightweight wired option that's suitable for all hand sizes when using a claw grip. The design is ambidextrous with buttons on the left-hand side, and there's RGB lighting on the bottom and the front logo. It's comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and it looks and feels very well-built.
Its sensor has one of the lowest CPI error margins that we've tested, and the max CPI, while lower than other gaming mice, will likely still be high enough to keep gamers happy. The software that comes with it is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, and it allows all of the buttons to be preprogrammed, including the L/R clicks and the up/down on the wheel. Also, the high maximum polling rate should give you a smoother experience while playing FPS games.
Unfortunately, while it's suitable with a fingertip grip for most hand sizes, those with smaller hands may have a hard time reaching the scroll wheel. Likewise, the side buttons are partly recessed and sit flush with the body, making them more difficult to press. That said, this budget mouse performs surprisingly well, considering its low price point, and offers fantastic value overall.
If you're looking for an ultra-light gaming mouse that is still within the budget category, check out the Razer Viper Mini. While its CPI variation is much higher than the SteelSeries Rival 3, and it may not be suitable for all hand sizes, the Razer is lighter and has a lower click latency. Unfortunately, the companion software isn’t compatible with macOS, and due to its smaller design, it isn’t recommended for larger hands with a palm or claw grip. Nevertheless, the Razer is a remarkable ultra-light gaming mouse that is extremely lightweight and offers excellent performance, thanks to a wide CPI range and a high maximum polling rate.
If you want a budget mouse with a more accurate CPI and a larger design, go with the SteelSeries, but if you're looking for a budget option that's also ultra-light, check out the Razer.
12/04/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
08/07/2020: 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.
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'.
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.