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The Best Lightweight Mouse - Spring 2024 Mice Reviews

Lightest Mouse

With a lighter mouse, you can make quicker movements, and if you play fast-paced, competitive games, even an extra millisecond can make the difference between winning and losing. When looking for the lightest mouse that's best for you, consider the overall weight and other factors, including comfort, build quality, click latency, and connection type.

We've tested over 320 mice. Below are our recommendations for the best lightweight options available. For other recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best ergonomic mouse.

  1. Best Lightweight Mouse

    The best lightweight mouse we've tested is the Razer Viper V2 Pro. This most recent update to Razer's Viper lineup shares the same comfortable, symmetrical shape as older models in the series, but it's much lighter. It weighs only 58 g, making it 16 g lighter than the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate and much easier to make quick, precise movements with. The other notable change compared to its predecessor is its new sensor package, as this model features the newly released Focus Pro 30K, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors we've tested. This makes it an ideal choice for playing competitive, fast-paced games. It also has remarkably low click latency, and like other Razer mice, it uses optical switches designed to prevent double-clicking issues that traditional mechanical switches can develop after prolonged use.

    If you don't like the Viper's low-profile shape, you may prefer the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2. It has a 4000Hz native polling rate, weighs virtually the same, and is shaped to accommodate a wider variety of hand shapes and sizes. It falls just shy of delivering the same level of sensor performance as the Razer, but it's an outstanding lightweight gaming mouse nonetheless.

    We've received feedback from users reporting that they received the Viper V2 Pro mouse with a defective wireless receiver. While this issue seems to affect a relatively small number of units, we're keeping a close eye on the situation, and we'll consider retracting our recommendation if it worsens. While we continue to recommend this mouse for now, we encourage you to make sure you're buying this mouse from an authorized retailer to ensure you have a valid warranty. Also, be sure to reach out to Razer's customer support directly if your mouse comes with a defective receiver. We've read reports from the community that they've been quick about replacing defective receivers in most cases.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Lightweight Mouse

    We recommend the Pulsar X2V2 as the best lightweight gaming mouse at an upper mid-range price point. It has a simple yet attractive design that won't look out of place on any desk setup. It feels good in your hand, too, with a comfortable medium-sized symmetrical shape and a fairly wide rear hump that makes it well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types. It's also very lightweight, coming in at just over 54 g, making it incredibly easy to make fast and accurate movements. Its performance is top-notch, too. It uses PixArt's flagship PAW 3395 sensor, delivering outstanding wireless performance that almost matches the gaming performance offered by our top pick, the Razer Viper V2 Pro. It also supports up to a 4000Hz polling rate if you buy the 4K Dongle, which is sold separately.

    Overall, this is a superb lightweight gaming mouse that's ideal for making quick and precise movements in fast-paced and competitive titles where every millisecond counts. It only has a few downsides compared to our top pick. For starters, it also uses optical switches, which help it achieve those low click latency results, but they don't feel quite as satisfying as the Razer's implementation. Also, the mouse has an unconventional baseplate design that leaves the inside open to dust and debris. If you're not a fan of the symmetrical shape of this pick, we suggest checking out the Pulsar Xlite V3, which is virtually the same weight and shares the same internals but has a slightly larger, classic 'ergo' shape.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Lightweight Mouse

    With a mid-range budget, your best bet is the Endgame Gear XM2we. It may look fairly inconspicuous, but this straightforward-looking wireless model has more impressive build quality and a more premium feel than many other options in this price range. Its medium-sized shape narrows in the middle and has a wide, supportive back end, making it a much-loved option for hybrid, relaxed, or aggressive claw grip users.

    This mouse is very close in price to our upper mid-range pick, the Pulsar X2V2. Unlike that mouse, the Endgame Gear is a bit heavier and only supports up to a 1000Hz polling rate. However, as long as you don't mind those minor drawbacks, you can save yourself a few bucks and still get an excellently performing mouse that punches above its price bracket.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Lightweight Mouse

    At a lower mid-range price point, we recommend checking out the ROCCAT Kone Pro. The price of this wired model used to bounce around quite a bit from a high point of about $70, but it often drops to around $40, making it a very competitive lightweight choice at that price. This mouse has a curvy, ergonomic design for right-handed users, and its shape provides extra comfort that can prevent your hands from getting tired or sore, even during longer play sessions. It's a natural fit for palm or relaxed claw grips for most hand sizes.

    Both the sensor performance and click latency are outstanding, and this mouse can deliver fast, responsive-feeling gameplay whether you play at a high competitive level or more casually. This mouse also has impressive RGB lighting that glows brightly through the semi-transparent plastic under the left- and right-click buttons. It's a rare feature on a lightweight mouse, especially in this price range, and it helps set it apart from the pack and provide a bit of visual flair.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Lightweight Mouse

    If you're on a budget, we recommend checking out the Cooler Master MM720. The price of this mouse can vary between different retailers, but it's at its best value when it falls under the $30 mark. It's a wired model that weighs only 52 g, making it the lightest gaming mouse on this list. Not everyone will be a fan of the design, which looks unusual compared to most mice currently available. Still, its right-handed shape is surprisingly comfortable and features a groove on the right side for resting your ring finger—a rare comfort-oriented feature on a lightweight mouse.

    This shape makes it extremely well-suited for using a claw grip for most hand sizes. It has remarkably low click latency and excellent overall sensor performance, rivaling much more premium options. Unfortunately, its weakness is mainly its build quality. Its side buttons have a mushy quality, and the honeycomb body squeaks and feels like it could crack if you press hard enough. While this won't present any problems during everyday use, it can pose long-term problems if you know you're rougher with your mice.

    See our review

  6. Best Multi-Genre Lightweight Mouse

    While most lightweight mice are designed for fast-paced FPS gaming, more ergonomic lightweight models that are well-suited for playing a variety of games are starting to appear. If you dabble with an assortment of gaming genres but prioritize lightweight construction, we recommend the GLORIOUS Model I. This mouse has a comfortable, right-handed shape similar to popular multi-genre gaming mice, like the Logitech G502 HERO or the Razer Basilisk V3. Its main advantage over those other models is that it's the lightest mouse for multi-genre gaming we've tested, as its low weight of just ~70 g is about 30 g or so less than the Logitech or Razer. It has four side buttons, two of which are magnetic, allowing you to swap them out for differently shaped buttons or remove them entirely. Performance-wise, it has extremely low click latency and excellent overall sensor performance. Unfortunately, unlike most other multi-genre options, its scroll wheel doesn't have left and right tilt inputs or a free-scrolling mode.

    It's a great option if you prefer an ultra-light version of a more ergonomic mouse with plenty of programmable inputs. For a mouse with even more programmable buttons, the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is designed for MMO/MOBA gaming. It has a full 12-button side panel and honeycomb-shaped cutouts in its shell to reduce its weight. That said, it's a higher-priced option without a cheaper wired-only version available.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Finalmouse UltralightX: The Finalmouse UltralightX is significantly lighter and performs better than the Razer Viper V2 Pro. It has a carbon fiber composite outer shell with a honeycomb pattern to achieve its low weight but at the cost of significant flex and other build quality issues. While Finalmouse has committed to keeping the UltralightX in continuous production, its availability has been spotty since its release. See our review
  • Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition: The Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition performs slightly better than our top pick, the Razer Viper V2 Pro, and it has a magnesium alloy exoskeleton that makes it even lighter but just as sturdy. As if that wasn't enough, it's also the first gaming mouse to support a wireless polling rate of 8000Hz. We aren't recommending it as our top pick because it's only being released in tiny batches and is much more expensive than just about everything else on the market. See our review
  • Pwnage StormBreaker: The Pwnage StormBreaker performs just as well as the Razer Viper V2 Pro but has a somewhat larger, right-handed shape. This mouse also natively supports a higher maximum polling rate of 2000Hz, and its magnesium alloy body design makes it slightly lighter. Its major downside is that its magnesium alloy body has cutouts that make it less comfortable without adding grip tape, and it's quite a bit more expensive than the Razer. See our review
  • HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2: The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is a remarkable wired alternative that's typically available for around the same price as the GLORIOUS Model I. It's almost 20 g lighter and has a more traditional FPS-focused design. Impressively, it also supports a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. However, by going with the HyperX, you're giving up wireless connectivity, and it doesn't have nearly as many programmable buttons. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 09, 2024: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs. Added mention of the Pulsar Xlite V3 in the text for the Pulsar X2V2, as it performs similarly but offers a different shape.

  2. Feb 08, 2024: We've audited this article and replaced the Notable Mention of the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small with the new Finalmouse UltralightX, as the Starlight-12 is no longer being made.

  3. Dec 12, 2023: Since it offers a better value, we've replaced the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition with the Pulsar X2V2 in our upper mid-range price category. We've replaced our special mention of the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT in our best mouse category with the new Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2.

  4. Sep 14, 2023: We've made some changes to the structure of this article, moving the GLORIOUS Model I from its position as our mid-range pick to a new position as the 'Best Multi-Genre Lightweight Mouse'. We've also added a new mid-range pick, the Endgame Gear XM2we. Lastly, we've added the Pwnage Stormbreaker to our list of Notable Mentions.

  5. Jul 14, 2023: Due to ongoing stock shortages, we've replaced the Pulsar X2 Wireless as our 'Best Upper Mid-Range' pick and replaced it with the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition. We've also removed several older, less relevant models from our Notable Mentions section and added the Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the lightest gaming mouse picks that are best 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, we've prepared a custom table of all the mice we've tested sorted by weight. 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.