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 60 mice so far, and below are our recommendations for the best mice to buy. If you're a gamer, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, the best MMO mouse, and the best FPS mouse.
The best mouse for gaming we've reviewed so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This wireless mouse is very well-built and its low-profile shape is amazing for fingertip grip users. It also comes with a sleek charging station that also has RGB lighting. You can control the dock and the mouse's lighting in the Razer Synapse software, on top of setting your preferred performance settings.
This mouse can also be used wired, and both connections have amazingly low click latency. The mouse feels responsive and its weight should please fans of FPS games. It's also considered one of our top recommendations for the best FPS mouse, especially if you're looking for a wireless design. The mouse also features Razer's latest cable, which is noticeably lighter and better made than the previous models.
Unfortunately, it might not be the best option for people that have rather large hands due to the very small form factor of the mouse. If you like this mouse specs but would like something that is better suited for a palm grip, check out the ergo-shaped Razer Basilisk Ultimate instead.
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. It might not offer side buttons on both sides of the mouse and it's a bit heavier, but it features a similar design to the renowned original Razer DeathAdder. The mouse has Razer's latest sensor, which provides amazing performance, and it has the newest cable, 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. This mouse is truly a must for anyone who has to juggle their work on multiple devices. Its versatile wireless connectivity lets you pair up to three devices at the same time, via its wireless USB receiver or through Bluetooth, and you can switch between the paired devices with a button on the underside of the mouse. It has an outstanding build quality and it operates on a built-in rechargeable battery, so you won't have to worry about keeping extra batteries around.
Unfortunately, this mouse only comes in a right-handed version, so left-handed people are out of luck. It's also a bit on the bulky side, making it harder to carry around. It's an exceptionally comfortable mouse to use, as it has a soft latex coating and a large thumb rest. Naturally, those with large hands won't have any issues using this mouse, regardless of the grip that you use, but it should also be fine for medium-sized hands, especially for those using a palm or claw grip. The vertical scroll wheel is incremented, although there's a button to unlock it for infinite scrolling, and there's also a side scroll wheel for, well, side-scrolling.
This mouse has a total of eight buttons, six of which are programmable. It has a wide CPI range, so you can customize it to your taste, but the polling rate is rather low, which can make the mouse cursor movement feel a bit jerky. Lastly, the mouse can be customized through Logitech's Options software, which is available for Windows and macOS. Overall, if you need a comfortable mouse with great multitasking features, this one is worth a look.
If you're looking for a vertical mouse that can help reduce pressure on your wrist, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. Like the Logitech MX Master 3, this is a rather hefty mouse and not really suitable for travel. As an everyday mouse for the office, however, it performs impressively well. It's also made for right-handed users, and the mouse's button placement is more suitable for those with a palm or claw grip, as it would be difficult to reach some buttons using a fingertip grip. It comes with the same great multitasking features, such as its multi-device pairing and programmable buttons; however, the scroll wheel can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling and there's no side scroll wheel at all.
Overall, if you need more buttons and a side scroll wheel, go with the MX Master 3, but if you prefer a vertical mouse, the MX Vertical is a good choice, albeit with some minor compromises.
The Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB is the best MMO mouse we've tested so far. This dedicated MMO mouse has a 12-button side panel on its left side, which is great to have more inputs at the tip of your thumb. The panel is also movable, so you can easily position it in the most comfortable position for you. This is also one of the better-built mice we've reviewed thanks to its solid aluminum frame and no loose parts.
Its sensor performance is also amazing with a very wide CPI range. You can also easily fine-tune the sensitivity inside the software by increments of 1, making it even more precise to find your preferred settings. Its click latency is also very low and the mouse feels responsive. All of the buttons can be programmed inside the software, which is great.
Unfortunately, although this mouse is better suited for a palm grip, people with very large hands might have some trouble being comfortable, as the mouse is pretty short. Also, the cable isn't the best and can be quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks. Nevertheless, this is an amazingly built MMO mouse, and the ability to move the 12-button side panel is a nice touch.
The best budget mouse we've tested so far is the Razer Viper Mini. This mouse is like a mini and wired version of the Razer Viper Ultimate. It has the same shape, but in a noticeably smaller body, which makes it great for a fingertip grip. It's noticeably lighter, and is almost as light as some ultralight gaming mice, without having a honeycomb pattern to reduce its weight.
Its performance might not be as good as the Viper Ultimate, but it's still quite amazing, especially for the price point. Its click latency is very low and the mouse feels very responsive. It features a nice and sleek looking RGB strip on the bottom of the mouse, which can be customized inside the Synapse software.
Unfortunately, if you think the Ultimate is too big for your hands, the Mini is even smaller and won't be suitable for a lot of people. It's recommended to use a fingertip grip with this mouse. On the upside, it has a very nice and lightweight cable that doesn't create any drag and its feet glide very well, which offers great control.
If you're on a tighter budget and want the best mouse under $25, then get the Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse. It might not be as lightweight as the Razer Viper Mini, but it still performs well enough for gamers on a budget. This mouse also has five side buttons. They're positioned in an arch design, which can be odd at first, but the extra inputs are welcomed. This mouse's body is very large and features a comfortable thumb rest, which means it might be better for a palm grip but its size won't be great for people with small hands.
If you're willing to pay a tiny extra for much better performance, get the Razer, but if your budget is fairly limited, the Anker offers great overall performance.
05/13/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
03/24/2020: Changed multiple picks as we tested more products.
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.