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 a mouse with low latency and great performance so 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 65 mice so far, 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 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, though most people should be able to grip it comfortably with a claw grip as well. It comes with a sleek charging station that also has RGB lighting, and you can control the dock and the mouse's lighting in the Razer Synapse software, on top of setting your preferred performance settings.
Its performance is outstanding, and it features a very wide adjustable CPI range that's very accurate when used at fast speeds. This mouse can also be used wired, and both connections have amazingly low click latency. It also features Razer's latest cable, which is noticeably lighter and maintains fewer kinks than the previous models. If you don't need a wireless connection, you may also want to check out the Razer DeathAdder V2, which performs similarly but is quite a bit cheaper.
Unfortunately, this mouse might not be the best option for people that have rather large hands due to the mouse's very small form factor. If you like this mouse's specs but would like something that's better suited for a palm grip, check out the ergo-shaped Razer Basilisk Ultimate instead. This is an excellent wireless mouse, especially for FPS games, and is one of the best FPS mice we've tested.
If you prefer super lightweight mice while gaming, check out the Glorious Model O. It isn't wireless like the Razer Viper Ultimate, and its CPI range isn't as wide, but it's lighter and better suited for people with large hands. It has a honeycomb design that helps keep the weight down, but still looks and feels very well-built. It's very comfortable to use with any grip type for people with medium and large hands. If you have small hands, you can also check out the Glorious Model O-, which is a smaller version of the same mouse, though we haven't tested it yet. As far as performance goes, it has a very low click latency, a low CPI error, and minimal lift-off distance. The compatible Glorious Model O Software also allows for a good amount of customization, though unfortunately, the mouse doesn't have as many reprogrammable buttons as the Razer.
Overall, if you want a wireless mouse with excellent overall performance, go with the Razer, but if you prefer a super lightweight gaming mouse, get the Glorious.
The best mouse for office use that we've tested so far is the Logitech MX Master 3. This ergonomic mouse feels extremely comfortable and well-built and allows you to quickly switch between three connected devices, whether it be PCs, MacBooks, or tablets. The built-in rechargeable battery means you don't need to worry about swapping out AAs, and it charges through USB-C as opposed to an older Micro-USB cable.
This mouse has six inputs that can be programmed within the great Logitech Options software. It also features a unique gesture-based button, that allows you to program various commands for when you press that button and swipe the mouse in different directions. The mouse features a unique mouse wheel that can automatically switch to infinite scrolling, and it also features a horizontal scroll as well. You may also want to consider the older Logitech MX Master 2S which is often available for cheaper, though it doesn't perform quite as well overall.
Unfortunately, the performance of this mouse doesn't match up to the other gaming-centric options on this list, though it's unlikely you'll notice this with everyday use. It's also a fairly bulky mouse, and while people with larger hands should have no issues with a palm or claw grip, those with small hands may want to look elsewhere. Overall, the Logitech MX Master 3 is an impressive mouse for people who take their work seriously and is among the best wireless mice we've tested.
If you're looking for a vertical mouse that can help reduce pressure on your wrist, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. It doesn't feel as premium and well-built as the Logitech MX Master 3, and it doesn't have the same unique scroll wheel and gesture controls, but its vertical design is meant to reduce wrist strain by keeping your wrist in a more natural position. It's suitable for all hand sizes, depending on what grip type you use, and it has two side buttons that can be programmed using Logitech Options. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel doesn't support infinite scrolling, and there's no horizontal wheel at all.
Overall, if you want an incredibly solid and sturdy office mouse that offers a plethora of nifty features, go with the MX Master 3, however, if you prefer the shape of vertical mice, the MX Vertical may be a good choice for you.
The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is the best mouse for MMOs that 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, and it has a very wide CPI range, which can be easily fine-tuned inside the software by increments of one, 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 for MMO gaming.
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 mouse in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Razer Viper Mini. This mouse is like a mini, 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 almost as lightweight as most ultra-light gaming mice, but without the honeycomb pattern in the body.
Its performance might not be as good as the Ultimate, but it's still quite amazing, especially considering its budget price point. It feels very responsive thanks to its very low click latency, and it uses Razer's newer cable which is very flexible and lightweight. It has an adjustable CPI up to 8500, and you can customize its RGB strip and buttons within Razer's great Synapse 3 software.
Unfortunately, due to its small size, people with larger hands will likely only be able to grip it comfortably with a fingertip grip, while palm grip is only comfortable for people with small hands. That being said, overall this mouse performs extremely well and offers a fantastic price-to-performance ratio.
07/17/2020: Replaced the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town with the Glorious Model O due to current availability and pricing. Updated text for clarity and accuracy.
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.