Computer 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 105 mice, and below are our recommendations for the best mouse to buy for different uses. If you're a gamer, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best MMO mouse, or the best FPS mouse, and if you're an Apple user, you may want to check out our picks for the best mice for MacBook Pro.
The best mouse for gaming that we’ve tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's lightweight, made entirely out of plastic, and feels durable and very well-built. It has a true ambidextrous design, thanks to the 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 that’s 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 a great number of 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 allows you to easily customize the mouse.
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 ultra-light gaming that we've tested is the Glorious Model O. This wired mouse features a honeycomb design with customizable RGB lighting. It's very comfortable, and despite its honeycomb design, it still feels very well-built. Its larger shape is particularly well-suited for medium or large hands using a palm or a claw grip, and if you have small hands, there's a smaller variant, the Glorious Model O-.
It has a wide CPI range that's adjustable in steps of 100. Its CPI variation is quite low, so the set CPI should be fairly consistent whether you're moving the mouse slowly or quickly. It also has great click latency and a high maximum polling rate, giving you a smooth and responsive gaming experience. Its cable is also remarkably light and flexible, and the mouse's feet give you a very good gliding experience.
Unfortunately, it only has six buttons, including the scroll wheel and the CPI switching button, and even less programmable inputs, so the customization options are somewhat limited. Also, the companion software is only compatible with Windows, meaning you can't program it to your liking when using the mouse on macOS. That said, this is an excellent mouse for gamers and is the best ultra-light gaming mouse we've tested.
The Logitech MX Master 3 is the best mouse for office use that we’ve tested. It’s a wireless model with an ergonomic body made of solid plastic and grippy latex coverings, making it comfortable to use for long periods. Its design is also very professional, without any RGB lighting or aggressive shapes, so it should fit right in at most workplaces.
It connects with a dedicated USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can pair it wirelessly with up to three devices. Its wheel automatically switches to infinite scrolling to help you navigate through long documents, and it has a second wheel on the side for horizontal scrolling. There are two side buttons on the left, as well as a button on the thumb rest for gesture commands. It also has great companion software that's compatible with both Windows and macOS and allows you to program buttons and adjust sensitivity settings.
Unfortunately, it isn't very portable, and it isn't suitable if you have small hands, regardless of grip type. It's also quite expensive, so if you want something cheaper, you may want to check out its predecessor, the Logitech MX Master 2S, though it lacks some features like the automatic infinite scroll. That said, the MX Master 3 is an outstanding office mouse, and it’s among 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 side horizontal wheel or customizable gesture-based controls like the Logitech MX Master 3, but its shape is more ergonomic and is designed to reduce strain on the wrist, though we don’t test for this. It feels well-built and is remarkably comfortable. It also has great wireless connectivity options and a decent number of buttons for work. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel can’t be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which can be annoying 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 vertical design, get the MX Vertical.
The best mouse for MMOs that we’ve tested is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. This wired mouse feels incredibly well-built and solid, and it features a 12-button side panel that's great for MMO gaming. It's somewhat heavy but has a large grip width and a high rounded back that makes it feel very comfortable. It's particularly well-suited for a palm or a claw grip, and most hand sizes should be able to easily reach all buttons.
Its sensor has a wide CPI range that you can adjust very precisely, though the set CPI isn't very consistent between fast and slow movements. Its high maximum polling rate should result in smooth cursor movements, and the lift-off distance is low enough that the sensor shouldn’t register any movements while repositioning your mouse. The Scimitar has a total of 17 programmable inputs, and you can customize everything to your liking within the Corsair iCUE software, which is available on both Windows and macOS.
Unfortunately, it's not recommended for people with very large hands using a palm grip or smaller hands using a fingertip grip. Also, the mouse has a braided cable that's quite stiff and keeps kinks from packaging, so it may end up creating drag on your desk. Nevertheless, this is a remarkable mouse that should satisfy most fans of MMOs, and it's among the best gaming mice we've tested.
If you prefer the freedom of a wireless connection, go with the Razer Naga Pro. It doesn't feel as well-built as the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB, and it doesn't have the same movable side panel, but it's wireless and more versatile. It comes with three side panels that let you switch between having two, six, or 12 programmable buttons on the left side, which is great if you often play multiple types of games. It's also very comfortable, has outstanding virgin grade PTFE feet that glide smoothly around the desk, and its click latency is very low whether you use it wired or wirelessly. Unfortunately, the Razer's Synapse 3 software is only compatible with Windows, so you can't customize the mouse if you game on a Mac.
Overall, if you prefer a wired mouse with an adjustable side panel for a better fit, go with the Corsair. However, if you want a wireless option that's more versatile and better suited for a wider range of games, go with the Razer.
The best mouse we’ve tested in the budget category is the Razer Viper Mini. This amazing gaming model is extremely lightweight while also feeling very well-built and quite comfortable. It's the smaller version of the regular Razer Viper, and its compact size makes it best-suited for a fingertip grip with any hand size. It's wired-only and comes with a paracord-like cable that’s quite flexible and shouldn’t create any drag on your desk.
It has an incredibly low click latency that should give you a responsive gaming experience and a high maximum polling rate for smooth cursor movements. It also has a total of 14 programmable inputs that you can customize in the Razer Synapse 3 software. Although the software isn’t compatible with macOS, the mouse has onboard memory, so you can set your favorite settings on a Windows PC and keep them when you switch to a Mac.
Unfortunately, you can’t adjust the CPI very precisely, and its variation is higher than most other Razer mice. The small design may also not be suitable for larger hands using a palm or claw grip, and the wire can make it difficult to use it in smaller spaces. Nonetheless, this is an excellent gaming mouse that offers incredible value, making it a great budget option and one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
Apr 01, 2021: Added the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT to Notable Mentions.
Mar 02, 2021: Moved Glorious Model O from Ultra-Light Gaming Alternative to a new category, Best Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse. Added the Viper 8KHz to Notable Mentions. Also confirmed the availability and validity of our current picks and adjusted the intro to reflect our total number of mice tested.
Feb 05, 2021: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
Dec 09, 2020: Added the Razer Naga Pro as 'Wireless Alternative' to the 'Best MMO Mouse'. Added the Cooler Master MM720 as a Notable Mention. Updated text for clarity and accuracy.
Jul 17, 2020: Replaced the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town with the Glorious Model O due to current availability and pricing.
Jun 12, 2020: Removed Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse due to current availability.
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.