A gaming mouse is one of the most critical components of a PC gaming setup. Gaming keyboards have an important place, but their effect on your gaming is minor compared to a gaming mouse. The difference between using a mediocre keyboard and a great one isn’t going to be as significant as the difference between a mediocre mouse and a great mouse.
When you’re playing a PC game where quick and accurate aiming is essential (which is a lot of games!), having a great mouse that’s comfortable in your hand is the best way to ensure you’re playing at your peak. A lesser mouse can introduce latency, add acceleration, or even track poorly. That’ll be a distraction in non-competitive games, but when it comes to serious battles online, that extra time spent aiming can be the difference between winning and losing.
The best gaming mouse can ensure each of your hand movements are accurately and consistently tracked. In this way, you can build up muscle memory in each of your games so that you always know just how far to move your mouse to land on your target. There are many gaming mice that can deliver this solid tracking alongside a whole host of extra features, but these are the ones we think offer the very best experience.
The Razer Deathadder has an all-around fantastic shape for all sorts of grips and hand sizes, and I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing games, using Photoshop, and browsing the Internet with it. Despite years of iterations, Razer never messes with the Deathadder’s shape. There’s no reason to.
The Deathadder V2 uses a 20,000 DPI Razer Focus+ optical sensor, and while big numbers don’t necessarily equate to quality, here they do. Razer’s newest tech delivers flawless tracking, even if you move the mouse as fast as humanly possible.
For the majority of games and gamers, the Deathadder V2 is a fantastic mouse. Its design is simple, with two perfectly placed, generously sized thumb buttons. It also has an excellent optical mouse sensor that will work on both hard and cloth pads, and it has the ultimate body shape for a claw or hybrid claw/palm grip.
There are plenty of affordable gaming mice worth your money today, but few you can have complete confidence in quite like the Logitech G203 Lightsync. It’s an all-around performer, delivering stable and consistent performance in a sleek package, and is absolutely the best cheap gaming mouse around today. The Logitech sensor within is rated up to 8,000 DPI, if you’re interested, and it’s got responsive switches throughout to ensure smooth operation.
You might notice it’s similar to the G203 Prodigy that occupied this same space before it. It’s almost identical in every way. The only significant difference between the two is the inclusion of three-zone RGB lighting on the Lightsync, as opposed to the single-zone lighting on the Prodigy. It’s not a huge change, but one that looks a treat and doesn’t cost extra, in theory. If you can snag a bargain deal on the G203 Prodigy, we highly recommend that you move on it while stocks last.
The form and function of Razer’s Naga mouse have both come a long way over the years, but it has long been the best MMO mouse for our money. And this revision of the Razer Naga Pro is the best yet: a small, comfortable mouse with a high-quality sensor and three interchangeable thumb grips, with button arrays ideal for MOBAs, MMOs, or general use.
The MOBA array is the best, it has 6 buttons laid out in two rows so that there are enough buttons to map multiple abilities, but not so many that they become an overwhelming samey blob.
This year’s Naga offers an improved battery life and works with the Razer Mouse Dock (not included, sadly). The Razer Naga Pro is a bit on the small side for larger hands, with more of a squat shape than some gaming mice. It’s comfortable in the relaxed grip suited to MMOs but will still do the job if you play MOBAs, shooters, or any other active games.
The Ironclaw is the best mouse we’ve tested for gamers with larger hands. While its design encompasses a strange blend of materials, from smooth matte plastic on the buttons to the diamond print, grippy rubber sides, to the unique, wavy rubber on the scroll wheel, each performs its function brilliantly.
Instead of a single cohesive material, Corsair has designated one to suit each panel individually, which adds to the excellent overall fit of the mouse to make it feel really cozy gliding over your mouse pad. It’s domed and curved to fit perfectly in the palm of right-handed gamers and is one of the best feeling mice to grip I’ve ever tested.
It does feel a bit weighty, particularly for a wireless mouse, and unfortunately doesn’t offer customizable weights. While that means the Ironclaw feels just a hair more cumbersome than other, lighter wired mice, it also makes the mouse feel more significant and substantial.
The updated version of this Steelseries mainstay, the Sensei 310, subtly reinvented a classic mouse. It needed it. Almost everything is new except the Sensei’s ambidextrous shape, and that’s exactly how it should be. Thanks to a new plastic shell, the Sensei is grippier and can shrug off a sweaty palm. Steelseries is also using its own custom version of one of the best gaming sensors around, ensuring the Sensei 310 won’t suffer from any tracking issues.
The Sensei 310 fits in your hand just like the old Sensei and is a great shape for either left- or right-handed gamers looking for a midsized ambidextrous mouse. That means it has a pair of identical thumb buttons on the left and the right, a common issue for ambidextrous mice—it can be far too easy to accidentally click the wrong side’s buttons as you grip with your pinky. In my hours of testing the Sensei 310, that hasn’t happened once.
The size and shape of the thumb buttons have been tweaked, making it easy to rock your thumb upwards to press them but keeping them out of the way of accidental pinky clicks. Anyone looking for a small, light, or ambidextrous mouse: this should be your first stop.
The Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless uses Razer’s new Focus+ optical sensor that jacks the DPI all the way up to 20,000. That’s the same as the Deathadder V2, but much higher than every other mouse here.
The Viper is an incredibly accurate mouse with a 650 IPS rating (how fast you can move the mouse before it loses tracking accuracy), which is a very high bar for tracking fast movements, and again higher than anything else on this list other than the Deathadder V2. The battery runs about 70 hours before needing to recharge on its cute little charging dock, making it perfect for long gaming sessions.
Despite having a good weight and feel overall, the buttons themselves feel a bit flimsy when clicked, which keeps it from being higher on the list; it’s unfortunate considering the high price and all the other great tech built into the things that rival some of our top picks. That being said, the Viper Ultimate wireless is a great feeling ambidextrous gaming mouse that’s insanely accurate with a good battery life.
The G Pro Wireless is peerless when it comes to cord-free pointers, packing Logitech’s excellent 16,000 DPI HERO sensor and the kind of latency-free experience you’d expect from a wired mouse. Sitting just over the 80g weight mark, it’s incredibly light, but unlike some lighter mice, doesn’t feel cheap or disposable. Instead, it’s crafted of high-quality materials and exhibits performance to match.
Logitech designed every component in the G Pro Wireless to be as light and durable as possible, including shaving down the thickness of the chassis’ side walls without sacrificing composition or density. Judging from the multiple hard tumbles the G Pro has survived from my desk, it’s a very sturdy piece of kit.
It also boasts a healthy 40 hours of battery life and is customizable, with buttons on the side panels that can be removed and traded out for smooth inserts, if that’s your preference. You could also pair the G Pro with Logitech’s Powerplay charging mat and never worry about running out of juice again. The only real downside is the price tag: at around $120, the G Pro isn’t cheap, but it’s able to fully justify that cost with quality.