With a lighter mouse, you can make movements more quickly, 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, be sure not only to consider the overall weight but also other factors, including comfort, build quality, click latency, and connection type.
We've tested over 280 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.
The best lightweight mouse 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. This mouse weighs only 58g, which makes it 16g lighter than the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate and much easier to make quick, precise movements with in-game. The other notable change is to the sensor package, as this model features the newly-released Focus Pro 30K, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors we've tested, making this 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, which are designed to prevent double-clicking issues that traditional mechanical switches can develop after prolonged use.
If you're not a fan of the Viper's low-profile shape, you may prefer the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT. It weighs virtually the same and has what is considered a 'safer' shape for a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. However, its sensor isn't quite as advanced, its button switches aren't as durable, and it uses an outdated micro-USB cable for charging.
For the best lightweight gaming mouse at an upper mid-range price point, we recommend the LAMZU Atlantis. This mouse has made a big splash since its release in December of last year, so if it's out of stock when you're reading this, check again soon as LAMZU has been quick about restocking. It's available in a range of expressive colorways, and its symmetrical shape widens at the back, making it a standout choice for claw grip users. Under the hood, it delivers excellent click latency and uses PixArt's new flagship PAW 3395 sensor, which is closely related to the sensor in our top pick, the Razer Viper V2 Pro. The bottom plate of this mouse is made of transparent plastic struts. This design helps keep the overall weight as low as possible and adds a nice visual touch. Although, it also leaves the inside more open to dust and debris, and the bottom plate isn't quite as sturdy as more conventional solid plates on most other gaming mice.
Alternatively, if you're more interested in a mouse with a pronounced right-handed shape, the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless offers similar gaming performance, and it's generally a bit less expensive. However, it's also somewhat heavier, and in addition to a similar weight-saving baseplate, it has weight-saving cutouts in the palm section instead of a solid plastic shell.
The best lightweight mouse in the mid-range we've tested is the Glorious Model I. Most lightweight mice are designed for fast-paced FPS gaming, but more ergonomic models that are well-suited for playing a variety of games are starting to appear. 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. The big difference is this one is significantly lighter, weighing just shy of 70g, which is about 30g or so lighter than these other models. It has four side buttons, two of which are magnetic, allowing you to swap them out for differently shaped buttons or remove them entirely if you want. 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.
That said, it's a great option if you prefer an ultra-light version of a more ergonomic mouse with plenty of programmable inputs. If you're interested in 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 help reduce its weight. That said, it's a higher-priced option without a cheaper wired-only version available.
At a lower mid-range price point, we recommend checking out the ROCCAT Kone Pro. The price of this wired model bounces around regularly, but when it gets as low as between $40 and $50, it's a very competitive lightweight choice. Similar to our mid-range pick, the GLORIOUS Model I, this mouse has a curvy, ergonomic design for right-handed users. This shape provides extra comfort that can help keep your hands from getting tired or sore, even during longer play sessions, and 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, and it sets this mouse apart from the pack if you're looking for the lightest mouse you can get that doesn't sacrifice visual flair.
If you're on a budget, we recommend checking out the Cooler Master MM720. It's a wired model that weighs only 52g, making it the lightest gaming mouse on this list. Not everyone will be a fan of the design, which looks pretty unusual compared to most mice currently available. Still, its right-handed shape is surprisingly comfortable and has 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 overall sensor performance that rivals 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 may 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.
We recommend the Razer Viper Mini for a cheaper lightweight option. Its price has been a little unstable lately, so it may not be the cheapest option on this list when you're reading this, but it's at its best value when it's closer to the $20 mark. Tipping the scales at only 58g, it's lighter than the original Razer Viper but the same weight as the newer and significantly more expensive Razer Viper V2 Pro. Its scaled-down size and shape make it comfortable for any hand size to use with a fingertip grip, though it's too small for larger hands to comfortably use a palm or claw grip. Its click latency is exceptionally low, and it has high-quality feet and a flexible cable, so you won't have to worry about unwanted drag on desks or mousepads.
Unfortunately, its minimum lift-off distance is higher than some premium gaming options, which can be an issue if you play with a low sensitivity or have a smaller mousepad and frequently lift and reposition your mouse. It also lacks the two additional side buttons on the right side that some versions in the lineup have, so it's not as well-suited if you're a left-handed user who relies heavily on their side buttons.
Jan 20, 2023: We've changed our 'Upper Mid-Range' recommendation from the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless to the LAMZU Atlantis, and we've added a note about the current price instability of our best cheap pick, the Razer Viper Mini.
Nov 22, 2022: We've added a new 'Lower Mid-Range category' with the ROCCAT Kone Pro as our recommendation.
Sep 23, 2022: We've revamped 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 05, 2022: We've updated our list for accuracy and clarity but haven't made any changes to our current recommendations.
Mar 08, 2022: We've replaced the GLORIOUS Model O with the ROCCAT Kone Pro as our pick for the 'Best Wired Lightweight Gaming Mouse' as it feels sturdier, has somewhat better click latency, and is well-suited to a wider range of hand sizes.
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.