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The Best Lightweight Mouse - Fall 2023 Mice Reviews

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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, consider the overall weight and other factors, including comfort, build quality, click latency, and connection type.

We've tested over 300 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 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 58g, making it 16g lighter than the previous generation Razer Viper Ultimate and much easier to make quick, precise movements. 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. It weighs virtually the same and is shaped to accommodate a wider variety of hand shapes and sizes. However, its sensor isn't quite as advanced, its button switches aren't as durable, and it uses an outdated micro-USB cable for charging instead of the Razer's newer USB-C port.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Lightweight Mouse

    We recommend the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition for the best lightweight gaming mouse at an upper mid-range price point. It has a symmetrical design with light blue-colored side buttons and an RGB zone in the scroll wheel housing. But beyond its design, it's hiding some impressive performance under the hood. For starters, It weighs just under 55g, and its medium size and shape put it right in the sweet spot for most hand sizes and grip types. It also uses PixArt's new flagship PAW 3395 sensor, delivering outstanding wireless performance that falls just short of matching the gaming performance offered by our top pick, the Razer Viper V2 Pro.

    Altogether, this is an outstanding lightweight model that's ideal for making fast and accurate movements in fast-paced and competitive titles, and it's a good fit for most medium and larger-sized hands. Compared to our top pick, its downsides are mostly build quality-related. While its overall build quality is impressive, it doesn't feel as premium as the Razer above. The mouse wheel has a bit of wobble, and the side buttons feel slightly mushy. Its feet also aren't quite as high quality, and it uses mechanical switches instead of the optical switches used by the Razer, which are typically more durable in the long run.

    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-size 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.

    Granted, this mouse isn't quite as lightweight as our upper mid-range pick, the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition. It also has slightly higher click latency. That said, its tracking accuracy is virtually on par, and its sensor latency is marginally better despite this mouse using a previous-generation sensor. Also, like the Razer Viper V2 Pro at the top of our list, this mouse uses optical switches for its left- and right-click buttons, which are typically more durable than their mechanical switch counterparts. Altogether, this mouse delivers comparable performance that comes close to matching our top picks at a more wallet-friendly price point.

    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 help keep 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 52g, 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 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 ~70g is about 30g 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 help reduce its weight. That said, it's a higher-priced option without a cheaper wired-only version available.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small: All the mice in the Finalmouse Starlight-12 lineup have solid performance and are exceptionally lightweight alternatives to the Razer Viper V2 Pro. These mice hover around 44-50g, depending on size. We're mentioning this one as it has higher build quality than earlier models and is generally less expensive. However, these mice are released in limited numbers. They're only available from third-party resellers and are significantly more costly than all other options on our list. 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 Viper V2 Pro. 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 20g 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. May 17, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs.

  4. Mar 23, 2023: We've replaced the LAMZU Atlantis as our pick for the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Lightweight Mouse' with the Pulsar X2 Wireless because these mice are very similar in shape, price, and performance, but the Pulsar has been much more reliably in stock since its launch. We've also moved the LAMZU Atlantis into and removed the Hati HT-S ACE Edition from the list of Notable Mentions.

  5. 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.

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.