Need to pick the best mouse for gaming and don’t know which one to buy? That’s why we’re here! Our goal is to guide your hand into finding the mouse you’ll reliably use for years. The times where latency in wireless gaming mine was inferior to wired gaming mice have passed. Some people still choose wired because they don’t like changing batteries. Luckily, nowadays batteries last a while, and you get a charging stand or can buy a charging mouse pad. For that reason, you should strive for one that fits your hand perfectly, looks appealing, and has enough DPI, a high polling rate, and fits your gaming style. The following list almost guarantees you’ll find the best gaming mouse for you.
1. Razer Viper Ultimate
Razer Viper Ultimate is a great gaming mouse that looks simple but feels premium. It has a Razer Focus+ optical sensor and can be used wired or with a wireless USB receiver. The mouse can achieve up to 70 hours of activity and that’s not its only versatility. Thanks to the ambidextrous design, anyone can use it comfortably. It has very low latency, 20,000 DPI, 2 additional buttons on the side, and 8 buttons in total but the only RGB element is the iconic Razer logo. It’s perfect for palm-gripping if you have small or medium-sized hands, but people with large hands and MMORPG players will have to look elsewhere.
2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed
This gaming beauty is a tad larger and heavier than Razer Viper Ultimate but has 11 programmable buttons. It uses a Logitech Hero 16K optical sensor with 16,000 CPI and has an acceleration of over 40G. Like the Razer mouse above, it can be connected directly or wirelessly via a USB dongle. And, if you buy the Logitech G Powerplay wireless charging mouse pad, you never have to charge it. But unlike the Razer’s mouse above, it’s only meant for right-handed people. With that said, you can adjust weight between 114 and 130 grams for ultimate precision. The only downside is the high price.
3. Cooler Master MM720
This bulky (147 g) wired MMO/MOBA gaming mouse has 12 buttons on the side and 17 programmable buttons in total. It’s a perfect choice if you’re a streamer since they can be programmed using iCUE 2.0. The side panel can be moved back and forth until it fits you perfectly, and the rounded back makes it ideal for long gaming sessions. We must point out that Cooler Master MM720 is made for right-handed people only. It has 4 RGB independent color zones and its 16,000 DPI optical sensor can be fine-tuned in increments of 1 DPI! Did we mention the 1000 Hz report rate and braided cable?
4. Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is a love letter for those that love wires and honeycomb design. Those people also need to have small to medium hands, and like using a claw grip. Did we mention tiny dimensions, unnoticeable weight, only 54 g, and matte and glossy versions? The mouse also has 2 separate RGB zones and 6 programmable buttons. The CPI can be set between 200 and 32000, and the polling rate achieves a maximum of 1000 Hz. We also need to point out the lift-off distance configuration from High (up to 2.4 mm) to Low (1.2 mm), ideal for getting better at Apex Legends.
5. SteelSeries Rival 3
SteelSeries Rival 3 is an affordable gaming mouse, and an easy choice if you’re on a strict budget and need a cheap mouse to excel in killing games. Its sensor only goes up to 8,500 CPI, which is more than enough, while its acceleration only goes up to 35G but the wired connectivity makes it reliable. SteelSeries Rival 3 is also lightweight, only 77 g, making it a perfect fit for right-handed people that use a fingertip or claw grip. Finally, the mouse has 6 programmable buttons and uses RGB lighting on the SteelSeries logo and the bottom. If you hate its rubber cable, there’s a wireless version.
6. Glorious Model O
If you wanted an ultralight honeycomb gaming mouse that’s ambidextrous unlike our 4th choice, get this beauty. With a weight of 67 g and its G-Skates Feet, it promises to glide “like blades on ice”, even though it’s designed for medium to large-sized hands. Glorious Model O also has 6 buttons, and an Omron Mechanical switch has a polling rate of up to 1000 Hz and can reach a maximum DPI of 12,000. They didn’t skimp out on the cable either, you’re getting Ascended Cord, a proprietary braided cable that makes you feel as if you’re using a wireless mouse.
7. Roccat Kain 202 AIMO
Roccat Kain 202 AIMO is a no-brainer if you need a wireless mouse that supports up to 16,000 DPI and acceleration of 50G. Its robust design is well-suited for action or gun games since it supports lift-off distance adjustment. The mouse also has a great battery life although the USB dongle doesn’t fit on the body, so it’s not as portable. We also liked how RGB is very subtle, unlike flashy lights on many models above. Unfortunately, there are only 2 programmable buttons, which isn’t a great fit for playing online games with a lot of spells, including offline games such as RPG.
8. HK Gaming Mira-M
Do you like honeycomb gaming mice? We do, and HK Gaming Mira-M wired mouse is one of the reasons why. With paracord cable and solid build quality, you won’t regret picking this honeycomb gaming mouse. It’s ambidextrous, has a 12,000 CPI and a 50G acceleration. It’s up there in weight (130g) and doesn’t have as many programmable buttons, only 6, but we were impressed with the flicking speed, making it perfect for FPS games. The only flaw we found is the side button which was set too low for us, but your experience will differ, obviously.
9. Aukey GM-F2
Aukey GM-F2 is an extremely cheap (around $15!), lightweight (100 g), 7-button, 5000 DPI, gaming mouse. It’s well-suited for small and medium hands and palm or claw grip users. It has RGB lights all over its body, on the logo, and the scroll wheel, and you can control them using the G-Aim software. The cable is braided nylon and 1.8 m long, which we didn’t expect at such a low-end price. GM-F2 also supports a polling rate between 125 Hz and 1000 Hz. It’s a bargain for what you’re getting, for sure.
10. BenQ Zowie EC2
This one is closest to Razer’s DeathAdder V2 in terms of comfort through ergonomics. The added mouse feet improve traction and allow for precise gliding. BenQ Zowie EC2 is suited for right-handed people, but because it only weighs 90 g and has a polling rate of up to 1000 Hz, it’s perfect for third-person shooter games. Oh, and you can also comfortably use lift-off while you play since it won’t impact in-game crosshair. Its optical gaming sensor goes up to 3200 DPI, which is low nowadays, so we listed it last.