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 choosing a lightweight 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.
The best lightweight mouse is the Razer Viper V2 Pro. Much of the focus for this newest update of the Viper lineup has been to significantly reduce its weight while retaining a solid plastic shell without the body perforations many lower-priced mice rely on for weight savings. At only 58g, it's a little over 16g lighter than the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate. The other most notable change is to the sensor, as this model features the newly updated Focus Pro 30K, the most accurate sensor we've tested.
It also has remarkably low click latency and improved advertised battery life. Like other Razer gaming mice, it also uses optical switches, which aren't prone to developing double-clicking issues after prolonged use like more traditional mechanical switches. However, in making this version so much lighter, Razer has removed some of the features found on previous models. This version lacks rubber side grips and RGB lighting. Additionally, it only has side buttons on the left, while most earlier models have an additional pair of side buttons on the right.
If you're interested in an alternative option, the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT weighs virtually the same. While the Razer is generally well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types, the Logitech's shape is a bit more accommodating to a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. It also offers outstanding click latency and sensor performance, though it falls shy in sensor accuracy.
For the best lightweight gaming mouse at an upper mid-range price, 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. Although, it's important to note that this shape is best suited for larger-sized hands. This mouse also features some pretty radical weight-saving construction techniques, and it's only a few grams heavier than the considerably more expensive Razer Viper V2 Pro.
The outer body has narrow pill-shaped cutouts on the palm rest and in small areas on the sides. It also has a much more open-style baseplate than the solid plastic plates found on most mice. It gives the mouse an appearance that may not be for everyone, but while it may make it look more fragile, our testing found that it feels very sturdy and well-built. That said, the design does leave the interior more open to dust and debris.
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 well suited for playing a variety of games are starting to appear. This mouse has an ergonomic, 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.
This mouse 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.
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 recommendation 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 shouldn't present any problems during everyday use, it can pose long-term problems if you know you're rougher with your mice.
For a cheaper option, we recommend the Razer Viper Mini. At 58g, it's lighter than the original Razer Viper and 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 Viper lineup have, so it's not as well-suited if you're a left-handed user who relies heavily on their side buttons.
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.
Jan 07, 2022: Moved the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT from Wireless Alternative to 'Best Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse'.
Nov 09, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy and availability; no changes to picks.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the lightest mice that are the best picks for the 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's the list of our lightest 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.