Computer mice can be designed for different uses, so the most important thing is to find the perfect mouse for your specific needs. If you're looking for a gaming mouse, you need a mouse that has low latency so it feels responsive but also feels comfortable in your hand. If you're looking for a computer mouse for the office, ergonomics will 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 a cluttering cable. Not all mice are made for the same use, so be sure to know what you're looking for.
We've tested over 30 mice so far, and below are our recommendations for the best mice to buy in 2020. If you're a gamer, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best FPS mouse.
The best mouse for gaming we've reviewed so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It has an outstanding performance and its click latency is extremely low whether you use it wired or wirelessly. This mouse is very well-built and its design is almost universal for all hand sizes and grips. It also comes with a nice-looking charging dock that has RGB lighting.
This wireless mouse can be easily customized inside its app to suit your preferences. If you want to use this mouse wired because it's out of battery, you'll find the cable to be a nice improvement over other Razer cables. It's lightweight, doesn't keep kinks, and feels better-made.
Although it's a very impressive gaming mouse, it isn't recommended for people with very large hands, especially not if you use a palm grip. Nevertheless, this is a reliable mouse that offers amazing performance, and could also be considered our top recommendation for the best FPS mouse, especially if you're looking for a wireless option. If you prefer an ergo-friendly mouse that's better for a palm grip, check out the similarly performing Razer Basilisk Ultimate.
If you prefer having a wired mouse for a more reliable connection and don't like the low-profile shape of the Razer Viper Ultimate, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2 instead. It might not offer side buttons on both sides of the mouse and it's a bit heavier. However, it features a similar design to the renowned original Razer DeathAdder. Also, the mouse has Razer's latest sensor, which provides amazing performance, and it has the newest cable as well, which is very light and flexible. This is a comfortable mouse to use, especially if you use a palm or claw grip. It's also compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 software that allows for lighting and performance customization.
If you prefer a wireless design with a low-profile shape, go for the Viper Ultimate, but if you want a wired mouse with excellent performance, go for the V2 instead, and you can also take a look at the Razer Basilisk V2 if you prefer a more ergo-shaped mouse.
If you're looking for the lightest gaming mouse, then check out the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. It might not offer a wireless design like the Razer Viper Ultimate, but its honeycomb pattern design greatly reduces its weight. Also, although this is a very small mouse that's better suited for smaller hands, it comes with latex grips that allow you to slightly modify the shape and size of the mouse. It has a great, light, and flexible cable and low click latency. Unfortunately, this mouse doesn't have a dedicated software, but there's a popular third-party one that allows some customization. Additionally, Finalmouse's drop is over and you can only find it through third-party resellers. It isn't hard to find, but some people may find the resell price to be too high. You can check out the Glorious Model O for a more affordable and easily accessible option, and if you prefer slanted mice for a more ergonomic design, go for the Glorious Model D.
If you want the best performing option and like to customize your settings, get the wireless Razer, but if you want the lightest gaming mouse, get the Finalmouse.
The Logitech MX Master 3 is the best mouse for office use we've tested so far. It has a few noticeable and very useful improvements over the very well-known Logitech MX Master 2S, which makes it even better. It has an ergonomic shape with a thumb rest, which makes it great and very comfortable to grip with a palm grip. This mouse also works both via its receiver or with a Bluetooth connection to your source, which makes it quite versatile, especially since you can easily switch between three devices.
Its performance is great. Its latency and polling rate are worse than traditional mice, although you shouldn't notice this in average daily use. On the upside, it has two scroll wheels and it even features a button on the thumb rest, which enables mappable gesture commands. Its vertical scroll wheel can also be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which is great for navigating through very long documents.
Unfortunately, people with small hands might have trouble with this mouse due to its bulkier design, and it's not the most portable mouse. Nevertheless, it's great to use at the office, and you can also use it when it's plugged in via the charging cable. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, making it quite versatile.
If you're looking for something less traditional and would prefer a vertical mouse, get the Logitech MX Vertical. It doesn't have the gesture-enabled controls of the Logitech MX Master 3, but its vertical design allows your wrist to stay in a neutral position, reducing wrist strain over long periods. This mouse is very well-built, but might feel a bit awkward at first and will take some time to get used to. On the upside, it doesn't have to be connected wirelessly to your computer when using the cable. It's also fully compatible with both macOS and Windows, and most people will be more than satisfied with its performance.
Go for the MX Master 3 if you prefer more traditional-looking office mice, but if you usually have wrist pain after your work day, a vertical mouse like the MX Vertical is a great option.
The Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB is the best MMO mouse we've tested so far. It has a 12-button side panel that you can move around a bit to suit your preferred grip. Also, all of these buttons can easily be programmed to whatever command you want, making it quite easy to get quick access to your most important abilities in-game. Its high rounded back makes it ideal for palm and claw grips, which makes using all the buttons easy.
This mouse has a very wide CPI range, and it can be micromanaged by increments of 1, meaning you can precisely set your preferred sensitivity. Also, although its latency is a bit higher than most gaming mice like the Razer Naga Trinity, nobody should notice a big difference, especially when playing MMO games which don't require as responsive a performance as competitive FPS games.
Unfortunately, the Corsair iCUE software isn't available on macOS, so this mouse won't be ideal for Mac users. Its cable can also be a bit annoyingly stiff, which is quite similar to most Razer cables. Nevertheless, this is an amazing MMO mouse that offers plenty of buttons and amazing performance.
The best budget mouse we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Rival 3. This wired mouse is mainly aimed at video games, but it has a fairly straightforward design that can be used for a wide variety of uses. It's a very comfortable mouse to use, especially if you're a claw grip user.
Its sensor is very accurate and the mouse is fairly light as well. It's compatible with the SteelSeries Engine, which allows for performance and RGB lighting customization. The click latency is also very low and the mouse feels responsive. The mouse wheel is rather recessed, which might not be ideal for long scrolls, but makes the middle click very easy to use without scrolling.
Unfortunately, its two side buttons are almost flush to the body, making them a bit harder to press. It also has a disappointing rubberized cable that creates some drag when moving the mouse, and it keeps kinks from the packaging. Nevertheless, it's amazingly built for a budget mouse and its performance will satisfy most users, especially gamers on a budget.
If you're on a tighter budget and want the best mouse under $25, then get Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. It might not be as comfortable as the SteelSeries Rival 3, and it's noticeably heavier. On the upside, it has more side buttons, which can be useful if you need extra inputs. Its scroll wheel also features tilt inputs. This mouse is quite large and has both a thumb and pinky rest, which is very comfortable for palm grip users. However, it's not well-suited for people with small hands and its software is a bit harder to use.
If you're willing to pay a tiny extra for much better performance, get the SteelSeries, but if your budget is fairly limited, the Anker offers great overall performance.
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.
02/17/2020: Changed multiple picks as we tested more products. The text has been updated.
01/24/2020: Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse is now the 'Best Budget' recommendation. Updated the text.
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.