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 90 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, noticeably better than the one included with older Razer products.
It has amazing performance, with a very wide CPI range that’s adjustable in steps of 50. It has 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. The companion software is very user friendly and allows you to easily customize the mouse and save your preferred settings to the onboard memory.
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 gaming mouse that should satisfy most gamers, and it’s also one of the best wireless gaming 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-, which performs quite similarly. 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 office mouse we’ve tested is the Logitech MX Master 3. It’s a sleek and professional-looking option versatile enough for everyday use. Its ergonomics are fantastic, with a thumb rest and a rounded shape that makes it remarkably comfortable, even if you have to use it for hours. Its design is better suited for a palm grip, though people with smaller hands may have a hard time reaching all the buttons due to its large size. The build quality also feels amazing as it’s made out of plastic that feels solid and durable.
It's a wireless-only model that’s rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries. You can connect it via Bluetooth or through its proprietary receiver, and you can easily switch between three different devices with a button on the underside. It has a total of six programmable inputs, including a scroll wheel that you can unlock for infinite scrolling, which can be very useful with office documents. Fortunately, the mouse and its companion software are fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
However, the large size makes it harder to carry with you, as it may not fit in many laptop cases. It also has a rather short CPI range and a very low maximum polling rate, though it should still be more than good enough for office work. On the whole, this it's incredible for the office, and it’s also among 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 in 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 problematic 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 best mouse for MMOs that we’ve tested yet is the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB. It's primarily designed for MMOs and offers outstanding customization options as well as amazing comfort for long gaming sessions. It feels remarkably solid, and the round back makes it optimal for a claw grip with any hand size. You can also slide the 12-button side panel forward or backward to make the fit even better for you.
This wired-only model has excellent performance with a wide CPI range that’s precisely adjustable in increments of one. The high maximum polling rate gives you smooth cursor movements, and the lift-off distance is low enough that the sensor shouldn’t register any movements while repositioning. The click latency is also great and most people won’t notice any delay when playing. There's a total of 17 buttons which can all be reprogrammed to pretty much anything you like through the fantastic iCUE software, which is compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Unfortunately, the braided cable is only decent as it’s quite stiff and may create drag on your desk while moving around. Also, this mouse isn’t well-suited for small hands using a fingertip grip, and extra-large hands may feel like it’s too short for a good palm grip. Nevertheless, this is fantastic for MMOs and also one of 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 comes with three different side panels. The three side panels 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 help it glide easily around the desk, and the click latency is very low whether you use it wired, with its proprietary USB receiver, or even over Bluetooth, which is great. Unfortunately, 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 and like having the ability to slide your side panels forward or backward, go with the Corsair. However, if you want a wireless mouse that's better suited for a wider range of games thanks to its swappable side panels, go with the Razer.
The best mouse we’ve tested in the budget category is the Razer Viper Mini. It's an amazing gaming model that’s extremely lightweight while also feeling very well-built and quite comfortable. This is the smaller version of the regular Razer Viper, and its smaller 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.
The sensor performance is superb, and the incredibly low click latency should give you a responsive and delay-free gaming experience. It has a total of 14 programmable inputs that you can customize in Razer Synapse 3. 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.
01/08/2021: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
12/09/2020: 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.
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.
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.