Mice are designed for different uses, and finding the right mouse to suit your needs can be a challenge without some guidance. If you're looking for a gaming mouse, you'll need an option with low click latency and great performance so that it feels responsive and accurate. If you're looking for an office mouse, ergonomics will likely be more important since you're going to use it for hours each day. You may also prefer something wireless to get rid of cable clutter, or you may even prefer a vertical design. Not all mice are made with the same use or user in mind, so it's important to know what you're looking for.
We've tested over 250 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 gaming landscape is huge and always growing. It isn't easy to pick a single mouse to handle all or even most of it. However, the Razer Viper Ultimate comes closest. There may be better picks for specific genres, price points, or uses, but this is the current best gaming mouse for most people overall. 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 either side, making it suitable for either right or left-handed users.
Performance-wise, it has extremely low click latency and a very wide CPI range, within which you can adjust your CPI in steps of 50 to precisely dial in the sensitivity setting that feels right for you. Its virgin-grade PTFE feet also glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. You can customize the RGB lighting on the mouse (and its charging dock) using the companion software, which also allows you to remap buttons and assign a Hypershift button to enable a secondary layer of inputs should you need them.
Unfortunately, it isn't a great fit for gamers with larger hands who prefer using a palm or claw grip, though it lends itself very well to a fingertip grip for all hand sizes. Altogether, it's a great option with plenty of power under the hood for competitive gamers. It also happens to be one of the best wireless gaming mice we've tested, and it's an outstanding choice for left-handed gamers who might otherwise struggle to find a mouse with side buttons on the right.
More than ever, ultra-light gaming mice are a popular choice, especially among FPS gamers. And the best among them? Our pick is the ROCCAT Kone Pro. At 65g, it isn't the absolute lightest option available, but it has the comfort and feature-set of what are typically much heavier mice. It has a full-bodied, right-handed shape, with two side buttons on the left, a sturdy aluminum scroll wheel, and a small thumb rest indent. It's also got a pair of RGB lighting zones visible under its translucent L and R-click buttons.
It's also a somewhat larger mouse than many ultra-lightweight options, but it's almost universally suited for all grip types and hand sizes. Performance-wise, this mouse has a very low lift-off distance, excellent click latency, and you can set your CPI settings precisely by increments of 50 within a very wide range. Also, the companion software offers plenty of customization features.
Unfortunately, because of its size, you may find it feels a little bulky and less maneuverable than some smaller options. Also, If you have small hands, you won't comfortably reach all buttons using a fingertip grip, and the plastic body can get a little slippery if you tend to sweat a lot while gaming. This mouse is a well-balanced option with excellent gaming performance and lightweight construction that doesn't sacrifice comfort or customizability.
For the ultimate lightweight experience without any cables to tie you down, the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is the best wireless ultra-lightweight gaming mouse we've tested. While many of the lightest gaming mice have honeycomb cutouts in their shells to reduce their overall weight, this mouse has a solid plastic body. Impressively, it's still exceptionally lightweight and has a sturdier-feeling build quality than many other similar offerings.
Its symmetrical shape is almost universally suited to all hand sizes and grip types, so it's a safe choice if you're looking for a high-performance mouse but are unsure of how it will fit in your hand. Also, its sensor is extremely consistent, and its click latency is excellent, meaning the mouse can easily handle any genre of game, from fast-paced first-person shooters to casual simulation games. Thanks to its very low lift-off distance, you won't have to worry about the sensor registering accidental mouse movements if you tend to reposition your mouse by lifting it off the mousepad.
Unfortunately, it lacks RGB lighting. While this might not bother most gamers, its charging cable has an older micro-USB connector rather than the newer USB-C standard found on many other similarly priced options. That said, this is an exceptional choice for serious gamers. It stands alone as one of the most accommodating and high-performance lightweight options we've tested.
For those long workdays, comfort is a priority, and for a comfortable office option, there's no rival to the Logitech MX Master 3. This mouse has an ergonomic shape with a high back and a thumb rest that includes a button for gesture controls. It supports a Bluetooth connection and multi-device pairing with up to three devices at once. You can also connect it with its USB receiver.
There are two scroll wheels, one on the top that unlocks for free scrolling, and one on the side for horizontal scrolling. Unlocking the top scroll wheel for free scrolling is as simple as pressing a button, but it automatically unlocks when you scroll quickly enough, so going through long documents, spreadsheets, or web pages is a breeze. Since the companion software is available on both Windows and macOS, you can use this mouse to its fullest potential with either operating system.
Unfortunately, it's a bulky and heavy mouse, so it's not the easiest to carry around. Also, it has a high back, so if you have small hands, you'll have a hard time reaching the side buttons and scroll wheel comfortably. Overall, this is a tried-and-true office mouse that makes a comfortable companion for those long workdays, and it's one of the best ergonomic mice we've tested.
If you're using a mouse all day long, you might be interested in a more ergonomic design to keep you comfortable. In that case, you might want to check out the Logitech MX Vertical, the best vertical office mouse we've tested. It doesn't have all of the extra features of a premium office mouse like the Logitech MX Master 3, but its shape is designed to reduce strain on the wrist by keeping it in a more natural position.
It's a great choice if you work in a multi-device setup as it can pair with up to three devices simultaneously using a Bluetooth connection and its USB receiver. There are side buttons, which you can reprogram to perform several productivity tasks, and you can create profiles in the companion software, so you can have different button configurations for each program you use. However, since the mouse doesn't have onboard memory, you'll have to create a Logitech account to save your settings.
Unfortunately, it's a right-handed shape only. It's also not very well-suited for small or extra-large hands, and its bulk makes it less than ideal for travel. Apart from these minor drawbacks, this is an impressive all-around office mouse and a great option for anyone looking for a professional-looking option with a focus on ergonomics and comfort.
If you're looking for a mouse with a lot of side buttons to handle MMOs, MOBAs, and battle royales, the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is the best mouse for MMOs that we've tested. This well-built model has a 12-button side panel that slides forwards and backward so you can adjust it to fit your hand size and grip type. Its body has a soft-touch covering, and there are textured rubbered grips on the pinky rest to give you better control and comfort.
You can use the companion software to reprogram any of its buttons, customize the four RGB zones, and make very precise sensor adjustments, like setting the CPI in increments of one. While its click latency isn't as low as other gaming options on this list, it's still responsive enough for slower MMOs or more casual games.
Unfortunately, although it feels very well-built, some parts, like the cable and feet, don't feel as high-quality. The included braided cable is quite stiff and retains kinks from the packaging, and since this mouse is wired-only, you can't easily replace it. With that said, it's a great option for anyone looking for an MMO mouse with a ton of side buttons and a comfortable design.
Whether you're on a budget or looking for a low-cost mouse to try out, the best mouse we've tested is the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC. It has a symmetrical, egg-like shape that feels comfortable in hand for most hand sizes, though it's particularly well-suited for gamers who like a fingertip grip. There are two buttons on its left side that are reprogrammable in the companion software.
Using the companion software, you can customize the RGB light strip, precisely set the CPI in increments of 50, and adjust the sensor settings. Despite the budget price point, this mouse offers high performance. Its click latency is excellent, and its sensor is very consistent, meaning games feel responsive and fluid.
Unfortunately, not all of its components feel high-quality, which is normal for a budget mouse. For example, its rubber cable isn't very flexible, and its feet only offer an okay gliding experience. Also, it doesn't have an onboard memory feature, so you can't save or maintain custom settings without the software installed. That said, it's a high-performing option for a budget gaming mouse, and it's one of the best cheap gaming mice we've tested.
Many of the best lightweight mice are sitting at premium prices, but that doesn't mean you can't find a high-powered ultra-lightweight mouse on a budget. Meet the Razer Viper Mini, the best budget ultra-lightweight mouse we've tested. Based on the original Razer Viper, this mouse is smaller and slightly lighter, but it feels just as sturdy as its larger counterpart.
Its click latency is outstanding, meaning gaming will feel responsive no matter the genre. Though the sensor isn't quite as good as the full-sized model, it still offers a low lift-off distance and a fairly wide CPI range, within which you can find a sensitivity setting that suits your play style. Also, its cable and feet are both high-quality, and they don't cause additional drag on desks and mousepads to slow you down.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a pair of side buttons on either side like its larger namesake, and, due to its smaller size, it likely isn't the best choice for larger hand sizes. This mouse is an exceptional budget option for serious gamers looking to get the most performance packed into the lightest possible package.
May 10, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.
Mar 11, 2022: Replaced the GLORIOUS Model O as our pick for the 'Best Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse' as it feels sturdier, has somewhat better click latency, and is well-suited to a wider range of hand sizes. We've also added the Razer Basilisk V3, Razer Pro Click Mini, and the Pulsar Xlite to our list of Notable Mentions.
Feb 11, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.
Jan 13, 2022: Updated text for clarity, and checked that picks were still relevant and available.
Dec 14, 2021: We've converted the 'Wireless Alternative' into a new category, 'Best Wireless Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse', keeping the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT as our pick. We've also transformed the Razer Viper Mini into the 'Best Budget Wireless Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse' category. Lastly, we've changed the 'Vertical Alternative' category into the new 'Best Vertical Mouse' category with the Logitech MX Vertical as our pick.
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.