Mice can be designed for different uses, so finding the best mouse for your specific needs is important. If you're looking for a gaming mouse, you need an option with low click latency and great performance so that it feels responsive and accurate. If you're looking for the best mouse for the office, ergonomics will likely be more important since you're going to use it for hours each day. Some also may prefer something wireless to get rid of cable clutter. Not all mice are made for the same use, so it can be important to know what you're looking for.
We've tested over 220 mice, and below are our recommendations for the best mice to buy for different uses. If you're a gamer, see our recommendations for the best lightweight mouse, the best gaming mouse, the best MMO mouse, or the best FPS mouse.
The best mouse for gaming we’ve tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's lightweight and has a solid plastic body that feels very well-built. It has a true ambidextrous design with two side buttons on both sides and feels remarkably comfortable. The cable is also very light and flexible, making it noticeably better than the one included with older Razer products.
It has a very wide CPI range adjustable in steps of 50 and a pretty consistent sensor, whether you’re moving the cursor slowly or quickly. The polling rate is easily adjustable, and the click latency is extremely low when using it wired or wirelessly with its receiver. It also has eight buttons, all of which are programmable, and you can even set a HyperShift button to enable another layer of programmable inputs. Its companion software is very user-friendly and offers plenty of customizable options.
Unfortunately, it isn’t well-suited for larger hands using a palm or a claw grip, though it lends itself very well to a fingertip grip. Also, the companion software isn’t compatible with macOS, and if you’re using it on Mac, all buttons are set to their default settings and can’t be changed. That said, this is an amazing option that should satisfy most gamers, and it’s also one of the best wireless gaming mice we’ve tested.
The best mouse for fans of ultra-light gaming mice is the Glorious Model O. It's an ambidextrous, wired mouse with a honeycomb cutout pattern on its L/R click buttons and its palm rest, which helps reduce its weight. Its shape is well-suited for a fingertip grip, though only for larger hand sizes. People with smaller hands may find the Glorious Model O- more comfortable.
It has a wide CPI range with a CPI you can adjust in increments of 100. Also, the lift-off distance is very low, so the sensor shouldn't track your movements when you're repositioning your mouse, and its click latency is great and should feel responsive to most gamers. It comes with customization software that lets you change the RGB lighting, remap keys, and save your settings to the onboard memory to keep your customizations when you switch to a different computer.
Unfortunately, while you can create multiple profiles, you can only switch between them from the software since there's no way to set a profile-switching button to the mouse. Also, our unit's rubber strip around the wheel moves when you try to scroll, which is annoying since it prevents the wheel from moving. That said, if you're looking for a wired, ultra-light mouse for gaming, this is an excellent choice.
If you prefer a wireless ultra-light mouse, consider the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT. While it doesn't have any RGB lighting and costs more than the Glorious Model O, you can use it wirelessly via its USB receiver, and it has even lower click latency. Also, despite being wireless, it's much lighter, and it's among one of the lightest wireless mice we've tested. It has smoother-gliding mouse feet, but its charging cable is rubber and isn't as flexible and the Glorious' paracord-like cable. However, since you're meant to use it without its cable, it shouldn't matter too much.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly ultra-light gaming mouse with RGB backlighting, go with the Glorious. If you want a lighter option with lower click latency and wireless connectivity, get the Logitech.
The best mouse for office use that we've tested is the Logitech MX Master 3. This well-built model has an ergonomic shape, a high back, and a finger rest with a thumb button for gesture controls. It can connect wirelessly using its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and it can pair with up to three devices at once. Its fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, and you can remap most of the buttons using the Logitech Options software.
Its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons, and you can unlock it for free scrolling by either pressing the button behind the mouse wheel or letting it auto-unlock by just scrolling quickly. There's also a second wheel above the two side buttons on the left for horizontal scrolling. Due to its ergonomic shape, it's best-suited for a palm or claw grip for most hand sizes, but people with small hands will struggle to reach some of the buttons comfortably.
Unfortunately, it's very heavy and bulky, so it may be cumbersome to travel with. Overall, this is an incredible option for office use if you want something comfortable and wireless, and it's one of the best ergonomic mice we've tested.
If you prefer a vertical mouse for office use, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. It doesn’t have a thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling or gesture-based controls like the Logitech MX Master 3, but its shape is more ergonomic and is designed to reduce strain on the wrist. It feels well-built and is remarkably comfortable. It also has great wireless connectivity options and a decent number of buttons, some of which you can program using the companion software. Unfortunately, you can't unlock the scroll wheel for free scrolling, which can be irritating when browsing through long office documents.
If you’re looking for an office mouse with more work-related features, go with the MX Master 3, but if you prefer a more ergonomic, vertical design, get the MX Vertical.
The best mouse for MMOs, MOBAs, and battle royales that we've tested is the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE. Like its predecessor, the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB, it has a 12-button side panel that you can slide forward or backward to get the most comfortable fit for your hand size. Using the iCUE software, you can remap and set macros to any button on the mouse.
Performance-wise, it has a very wide CPI range, a CPI that you can adjust very precisely in increments of one, and a fairly consistent sensor. It also has a very low lift-off distance, so the sensor shouldn't track your movements when repositioning your mouse. This heavy and sturdy-feeling model is best suited for a claw grip for any hand size, although some people may feel comfortable with other grip types as well.
Unfortunately, its braided cable is quite stiff and retains packaging kinks. Also, while it has low latency, it isn't as low as some other gaming options. However, it should still feel responsive enough for most uses. If you want a wireless mouse with swappable button layout panels, check out the Razer Naga Pro. All in all, the Corsair is a fantastic choice if you want plenty of side buttons, and it's among the best MMO mice we've tested.
If you're on a budget, the best mouse that we've tested is the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC. This wired gaming model has an ambidextrous egg shape with two buttons on its left side. Because of its size and shape, it's well-suited for a claw or fingertip grip for most hand sizes, though people with smaller hands may also be comfortable with a palm grip.
Performance-wise, it has an amazingly low click latency and very low lift-off distance. Its CPI range is wide enough to please most gamers, and you can adjust the CPI precisely in increments of 50. Using the Logitech G HUB software, you can set a G-Shift button that enables a second layer of commands for as long as you hold it. You can also remap keys, change some sensor settings, and customize the RGB lighting.
Unfortunately, its cable is coated in rubber and isn't very flexible, and you can't replace it with a better one since it isn't removable. Also, since there's no onboard memory to save your settings, you can't keep your customizations when using a computer without the software installed. That said, this is still a great option for gaming if you're on a budget, and it's one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
If you'd prefer something much lighter, consider the Razer Viper Mini. Although you can't adjust its CPI as precisely, and its lift-off distance isn't as low as the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC's, it has a much lighter weight and more programmable inputs since you can also remap the up/down scroll. Also, its paracord-like cable is much more flexible, and its mouse feet are better quality and glide significantly more smoothly. Its click latency is somewhat lower, although some people may not notice the difference. Unfortunately, its smaller size is even less suitable for certain grip types, which may be a problem for some people. However, all hand sizes should be able to use it comfortably with a fingertip grip.
If you're looking for a budget mouse with a precisely adjustable CPI and the lowest lift-off distance, get the Logitech. However, if you prefer ultra-light mice and want more programmable inputs, go with the Razer.
Oct 26, 2021: Updated text for clarity, and checked that picks were still relevant and available.
Aug 27, 2021: Removed the 'Wireless, More Versatile Alternative' and moved the Razer Naga Pro to Notable Mentions. Also, for consistency with other articles, added the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC as Best Budget Mouse and made the Razer Viper Mini the 'Ultra-Light Alternative'.
Jun 29, 2021: Replaced the Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB with the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE due to the PRO RGB's reduced availability. Added the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small to the Notable Mentions.
Apr 30, 2021: Updated text for accuracy and moved the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT from Notable Mentions to 'Wireless Alternative' for the Best Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse.
Apr 01, 2021: Added the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mice 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.