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 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 the most 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 70 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. This wireless model is an excellent choice for gamers, regardless of if you play FPS games or MMOs. Despite being lightweight and made of plastic, it feels sturdy and well-built, while its low-profile design is good for a fingertip grip. It can be used wirelessly over its proprietary receiver, which doubles as a charging station. Its cable is a big improvement over previous iterations, as it feels light and doesn't create any drag.
Its performance is outstanding and features one of the widest CPI ranges we've tested, which can be customized fairly precisely to suit your needs. The maximum polling rate is also very high, which should allow for smooth cursor movements. Its click latency is amazing, whether you're using it wired or wirelessly. All buttons can be reprogrammed, and while there's no dedicated profile-switching button, you can assign one in the Razer Synapse 3 companion software and save it to the onboard memory.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any Bluetooth support. Those with large hands may struggle to use it with a palm or claw grip, while small hands won't be able to use it with a fingertip grip. Also, none of the right-sided buttons work while in 'right-handed' mode when operating on macOS. That said, it's fully compatible with Windows. Overall, this is an excellent choice for gamers and is one of the best FPS mice we've tested.
If you want an ultra-light gaming mouse, consider the Glorious Model O. It doesn't have any wireless capabilities, and its CPI range isn't as wide as the Razer Viper Ultimate's, but it's much lighter and better suited for those with larger hands. Its honeycomb design makes it incredibly light, but will also let dust into the exposed circuit board. It features an ambidextrous design, and those with medium and large-sized hands should have no problem using it with any grip. Alternatively, there's the smaller Glorious Model O Minus, and while we expect it to perform similarly, we haven't tested it. It has very low click latency, a high maximum polling rate, and a wide CPI range which can be adjusted in the companion software. That said, the software doesn't allow you to reprogram as many buttons as the Razer's software does.
Overall, if you want a wireless mouse with better performance, get the Razer, but if you want an ultra-light alternative that can accommodate larger hands, consider the Glorious.
The best mouse for office use that we've tested is the Logitech MX Master 3. It's wireless and is an exceptional choice for office and multimedia work due to its comfortable design and great performance. It has a durable build made of solid plastic and a comfortable thumb rest on the right-hand side. It's spectacularly comfortable, and those with medium and larger-sized hands should have no problem using it in a claw or palm grip.
The CPI range should be wide enough to please most people, while the click latency shouldn't cause any noticeable delays, but those looking for a competitive gaming mouse should look elsewhere. Also, the scroll wheel is outstanding, with the option to unlock infinite scrolling while a secondary wheel allows for horizontal scrolling, a great asset if you work with long Excel documents. It's fully compatible with the Logitech Options software, and any changes you make to your settings will save to the on-board memory.
Unfortunately, as it's rather large and bulky, those with small hands will struggle to use it regardless of hand size. Despite being wireless, the large design means it's not ideal for traveling with as it may not fit in most laptop cases. That said, this is an outstanding choice for office work and one of the best ergonomic mice we've tested.
If you prefer the design of a vertical mouse, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. It doesn't feel as well-built as the Logitech MX Master 3, and it doesn't have the same gesture controls or unique scroll, but its vertical design is meant to allow your hand to rest at a more natural position, relieving stress. Depending on your grip, it could be suitable for all hand types, and the two side buttons can be programmed using Logitech Options. Unfortunately, there's no horizontal scrolling, which could be critical if you're in an office environment.
Overall, if you want an incredibly sturdy-feeling option that's great for the office thanks to its many features, go with the MX Master 3. That said, if you prefer the feel of a vertical mouse, get the MX Vertical.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is the best mouse for MMOs that we've tested. It was designed with MMOs in mind and has a 12-button side adjustable panel on its left, giving you a wide range of options to suit your playstyle. It also feels very solid and sturdy, with no looseness detected inside.
It has a very wide CPI range that can be adjusted by increments of one in its companion software, where you can also tweak its lift-off distance. Not only that, but the high polling rate allows for smooth cursor movements. The click latency is also low enough that most gamers shouldn't notice any delays when playing.
Unfortunately, while all hand sizes will find claw grip comfortable, those with extra-large hands may find that a palm grip makes the mouse feel too short. You may also find that the cable feels quite stiff and creates a lot of drag. However, this is still an excellent option for MMO gaming thanks to its comfortable design, adjustable 12-button side panel, and is one of the best gaming mice we've tested.
The best mouse in the budget category that we've tested is the Razer Viper Mini. This wired model is a smaller version of the regular Razer Viper and is an outstanding choice for ultra-light gaming. Despite the lighter and smaller frame, it feels just as sturdy as the regular version and the Razer Viper Ultimate, with no rattling from the inside, and the gliding feet are an improvement over its predecessors. What's more, all hand sizes should be able to comfortably use it with a fingertip grip.
Even though its performance isn't as high as others in the Viper family, it's still fantastic. It still has a wide CPI range that should offer enough more than enough sensitivity for most people and has a very high maximum polling rate. Click latency is incredible and even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any lag. There's an RGB logo on the back, which can be customized in the impressive Razer Synapse 3 software, where you can also adjust the polling rate and CPI.
Unfortunately, due to its small size, those with anything larger than small hands won't be able to comfortably use it in a palm or claw grip. It's fully compatible with Windows and macOS out of the box, but since Synapse 3 isn't compatible with Mac, you can't remap any of the buttons on it. Still, there's onboard memory, which will save your settings to the mouse itself. Overall, this is a great budget option and one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
10/09/2020: Updated text for clarity and accuracy; no changes to product picks.
07/17/2020: Replaced the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town with the Glorious Model O due to current availability and pricing.
06/12/2020: Removed Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse due to current availability.
01/24/2020: Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse is now the 'Best Budget' recommendation.
01/03/2020: Moved the Razer Viper Ultimate to 'Best Gaming Mouse', moved the Razer Naga Trinity to 'Wired Alternative'. Finalmouse Ultralight 2 is now the best 'Ultra-light Gaming Alternative'. Added Glorious Model O to the 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.