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The best wireless gaming mouse 2022 - stay fast and loose with cable-free mice

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Finding the best wireless gaming mouse for you can free your desk from the burden of cables, and still offer a high quality, competition-worthy, gaming experience to boot. At the top of the range, you'll find zippy pointers that combine lag-free connection with a rich set of extra features, and battery lives to keep up with a full session as well. However, even cheaper wireless gaming mice are catching up to their corded companions, which means you'll find value at both ends of that price spectrum.

Thanks to performance gains in the last few years, the wireless gaming mice are regularly listed among the best gaming mouse options on the market. That's because, regardless of connection, these pointers can still offer snappy sensors, reliable connections, a wealth of macro options and - crucially - long-lasting comfort. 

We're rounding up all the best wireless gaming mouse options we've had our hands on right here, with a selection of recommendations spanning various genres, grip styles, and use cases. Combined with the best gaming keyboard, these pointers can give you a serious edge. 

Best wireless gaming mouse - top 5

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Razer Naga Pro

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The best wireless gaming mouse overall

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 10 / 14 / 20
Battery life: Up to 150 hours
DPI: 20,000
IPS: Up to 650
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Optical
Weight: 4.11oz / 117g

Reasons to buy

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Easily interchangeable panels
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Wireless or wired
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Incredibly fast

Reasons to avoid

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Shape and features take some getting used to 

For those who play a lot of different genres, compromises are all-too familiar. You're usually constricted by having too few programmable buttons, or your gameplay becomes sloppy with too many to accidentally hit. That's not so with the Razer Naga Pro. This is a wireless pointer packed out with features, performance, and reliability, making it the best wireless gaming mouse we've had our hands on so far. You're getting three detachable panels specifically designed for everything from first-person shooters to MMOs. 

No matter what you play, you won't find a mouse with more utility.

Razer Naga Pro review

That's a neat feature, but it was the ease with which we could swap these panels that shined through in our testing. Each button layout snaps in with magnets and the Razer Naga Pro itself instantly recognizes which one has been added. The whole process felt incredibly speedy overall, which meant we were hopping between full genre loadouts in just a few seconds.

When you throw Razer's HyperSpeed technology into the mix, you're looking at a winner. There's no latency that we could detect in our testing, and it's more than capable of keeping up with the wired competition as a result (plus, you can always fall back on the Speedflex USB cable if you prefer). Particularly because it also offers twitch responsiveness via a 20,000 DPI sensor.

The real star for us would have to be the 12-button add-on, though. It makes life much, much easier in MMOs that have a wealth of attacks or moves to choose from, and this one puts them within easy reach beneath your thumb. The Razer Naga Trinity offers similar functionality, but the Naga Pro changes the design from a circular layout to rows of buttons. That, with the slightly more texturized surface, makes for a far more precise experience.

Of course, that bulbous shape is different from the Razer Viper or DeathAdder's sleek design, and it does take a little getting used to. However, we found the right flank to offer plenty of support to create an extremely comfortable sensation overall.

Not only is this the best wireless gaming mouse, but it's also one of our favorite wireless Razer gaming mouse models overall as well.

Read more: Razer Naga Pro review

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2. Logitech G305 Lightspeed

The best wireless gaming mouse under $50 / £50

Specifications

Connection: Wireless (requires AA batteries)
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 6
Battery life: Up to 250 hours
DPI: 12,000
IPS: Up to 400
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Mechanical
Weight: 3.5oz (99g)

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Great form-factor
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Accurate

Reasons to avoid

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Needs AA batteries

There are times when cheap and cheerful will do, and that's OK - especially considering how expensive many gaming mice can be these days. Enter the G305, Logitech's affordable but still-excellent budget option. It's a solid pick for anyone looking to find the best wireless gaming mouse without breaking the bank.

Although the G305 has a lower 12,000 DPI sensor, that's still more than enough to give you an edge in whatever game you're playing. Plus, its elegant design lets you play for hours in comfort.

Sure, it's not made from the same premium materials as the G502 you can see below. However, it's a third of the price and is still a whole lot better than your bog-standard office mouse. With over 200 hours of charge on one AA battery, it's also not going to flake out on you at the most inopportune time. 

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Logitech G502 lightspeed wireless top down

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed grips

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed front

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The best premium wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 11
Battery life: 40+ hours (rechargeable)
DPI: 16,000
IPS: Up to 400
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Mechanical
Weight: 4.1oz (114g)

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable design
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Tunable weights
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Superb, precise performance
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Compatible with PowerPlay charge mat

Reasons to avoid

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Right-handed only
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Loud scroll wheel

Superb performance, comfort, and an excellent battery life combine for what is easily one of the best wireless gaming mice on the market right now. The Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless improves upon older models with a powerful 16,000 DPI HERO sensor, and in use it feels every bit as responsive as a wired alternative. In addition, it boasts 40+ hours of play on a full charge.

And that's just the start of it. The G502's grippy rubber sides make it easy to handle even during tense showdowns, and it also hosts 11 buttons (including a 'sniper' button on the side) with metal-spring tensioning for satisfying clicks. We did find that sniper button a little too reachable during our testing, often hitting it accidentally. However, it was easy enough to bring the button into muscle memory. Tunable weights also allow you to customise your experience to ensure everything feels balanced and precise. 

The G502 Lightspeed, especially when paired with the charging mat, feels like a first step towards a beautiful, untethered future.

Logitech G502 Lightspeed review

This is an older pointer now, but it still features Logitech's prime HERO sensor. We were particularly enamoured with this feature, and it still stands as one of the best on the market. We found lift off distance to be almost identical regardless of the surface material, and we were able to pull some particularly smooth tracking across testing in both faster and slower titles.

The scroll wheel also offered some new toys to play with. While the option to switch between a clicky and free-spinning wheel is now more commonplace (and implemented best on the Razer Basilisk V3, the Logitech G502's early use still holds up today.

As such, this mouse is well worth the high asking-price - especially because it's compatible with the Logitech PowerPlay charging mat to keep it topped up even when the mouse is in use. At launch, this was a particularly premium wireless gaming mouse, but we're seeing those prices dropping these days which means there's some serious value to be found here.

Read more: Logitech G502 Lightspeed Review

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The best mid-range wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 8
Battery life: Up to 50 hours
DPI: 18,000
IPS: Up to 450
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Omron
Weight: 4.69oz (133g)

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable for long sessions
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Smart button placement
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Responsive connections

Reasons to avoid

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Rubber accents can look worn down

The Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro revises an older model with clever upgrades and style to spare, not to mention a mesmerizing RGB light-show down the side of its shell and excellent value for money holding it all together.

At first look, we certainly weren't sold on the bumpy, seemingly worn-down rubber at the rear of the mouse and on its scrollwheel, but have since done a complete 180 degree turn of opinion after extensive testing. It's both grippy and cosy for long gaming sessions, while the 18,000 DPI sensor and 2,000Hz polling rate ensures a speedy response when you need it.

The Corsair Dark Core RGB may be one of the company's best pointers in years

Corsair Dark Core RGB review

We were also impressed by the ultra-fast Slipstream technology hiding away under the hood as well, allowing us to reach sub-1ms response times in a range of different games. That's stunning value for money considering this pointer can be had for well under around £70 / $80 - far less than the premium extra features of the Logitech G502 Lightspeed or Razer Naga Pro that some just won't need.

That mid-range price point has you covered for a range of different grip styles and genres, thanks to the interchangeable side-panels offering various ergonomic shapes (though no additional button layouts like the Naga Pro or Trinity). We were also impressed with the comfort afforded by that heavier dome shape as well. The Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro was still just as comfortable at the end of a long testing session as it was at the start, making it one of the best wireless gaming mouse options for longer use.

Sure, you're not getting the twitch reflexes of something like the Razer Viper Ultimate, or the extra customization options some of the more premium models offer. However, the Dark Core RGB Pro strikes just the right balance between performance, comfort, and price to appeal to the masses and we're confident it will take pride of place in a wide range of setups. 

Read more: Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro review

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Razer Viper V2 Pro

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Razer Viper V2 Pro box contents

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Razer Viper V2 Pro side

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The best wireless gaming mouse for FPS

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 6
DPI: 30,000
IPS: Up to 750
Switches: Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
Weight: 2.04oz (58g)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly lightweight
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Long battery life
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Comfortable shape
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Super-responsive sensor

Reasons to avoid

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DPI shifter still placed under the body
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Too expensive for wider genre players

The Razer Viper V2 Pro takes off where the Razer Viper Ultimate left us, kicking extraneous features to the curb to focus on pure precision and speed. That's all achieved by scrapping RGB, fancy charging features, and extra buttons to knock the weight all the way down to just 58g.

This is a streamlined pointer designed for those after pure speed rather than flashy RGB or layers of macro buttons.

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The result is a feeling to behold. It's rare enough to find a wireless gaming mouse clocking in at such a low weight, but one that still packs tracking chops like this with such a strong battery life to boot is particularly golden. Sure, you're certainly paying for it - and at $149.99 / £149.99, we'd only recommend serious FPS players seek out this particular model - but if you're after the best of the best for competitive shooters, this is it. 

Every movement in Apex Legends felt incredibly fast, but also measured, in our testing. Each shot was precisely placed, and every sweep of the camera felt both effortless and controlled. While we did miss the ambidextrous design of the Ultimate (largely for its additional macro buttons), the Viper V2 Pro more than makes up for its sacrifices with its unrelenting focus on performance. 

Not only that, but the slightly textured surface material and overall dimensions of the Viper V2 Pro make it a particularly comfortable hold. The dome running along the back is slightly less pronounced here, compared with the Ultimate, but it still slots straight into your hand - suiting a palm, fingertip, and claw grip well. 

As mentioned above, that FPS-first design means those who mix their genres will struggle to find the true value here. If you're not fussed about picking up such a twitchy device, then, we'd recommend checking out something a little cheaper - the 65g Razer Orochi V2 below comes in at around $69.99 / £59.99, for example. 

Read more: Razer Viper V2 Pro review

The best of the rest

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Roccat Burst Pro Air Mouse

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Roccat Burst Pro Air mouse

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Roccat Burst Pro Air

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Roccat Burst Pro Air mouse

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Roccat Burst Pro Air

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The best wireless gaming mouse for RGB fans

Specifications

Type: Wireless/Wired
Shape: Right-handed
DPI: 19,000
IPS: 450
Switches: TTC Optical
Weight: 81g

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design with vibrant honeycomb RGB
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Long battery life and super flexible cable
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PTFE feet, clicks, and wheel feel great

Reasons to avoid

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A little heavy considering the "air" nomenclature

The Roccat Burst Pro Air gaming mouse is a gorgeous little thing with an impressively long battery life that shone in our testing - literally. The honeycomb pattern on the body of the mouse shows off the vibrant RGB lighting, which visibly glows and shifts colors during use (yup, unlike other gaming mice, your hand won't obscure these lights). Its 100-hour-long battery life hasn't been proven yet, but we didn't need to juice it up once during our intensive week of testing. Plus, Roccat's super flexible paracord cable means it'll be easy to use even when it needs to be plugged in for charging. And since you can connect it to your PC with either Bluetooth or through the 2.4 Ghz dongle, there are plenty of options open to you.

You may struggle to not audibly react in awe when the vibrant RGB lights send a honeycomb pattern across the entire top of the mouse,

Roccat Burst Pro Air review

With Titan optical TTC switches making the clicks even faster, and heat-treated PTFE feet on the bottom feeling as smooth as an oil-slicked playground slide, we found the Roccat Burst Pro Air to be a great choice for competitive mouse and keyboard players. It's simple, too, with only five buttons on the pointer, ensuring you don't accidentally click anything. 

We found the scroll wheel to be perfectly placed and has the right amount of feedback, and it feels great in my small hand. Keep in mind, however, that I use a palm grip, so smaller-handed individuals who use a claw or fingertip grip may struggle. The only issues players may have are twofold: the more specific players may find the Roccat Burst Pro Air a tad too heavy given its name, and at its price point players might turn to the $40 cheaper Razer Viper 8KHZ if they're looking for a higher maximum DPI. Ultimately, however, this is a great-feeling mouse that looks slick as heck, too. 

Read more: Roccat Burst Pro Air review

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Razer Orochi V2

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Razer Orochi V2

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Razer Orochi V2

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The most portable wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

Connection: Wireless (AA / AAA)
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 6
Battery life: Up to 950 hours
DPI: 18,000
IPS: Up to 450
Sensor: Razer 5G
Switches: Mechanical (2nd-gen)
Weight: 2.29oz (65g)

Reasons to buy

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Sharp, satisfying clicks
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Superb battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Needs AA / AAA batteries
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Not perfect for all grip types

Small and easy to transport, the Razer Orochi V2 is perfect if you fancy some impromptu gaming during your commute or for those who travel a lot. If you want the best wireless gaming mouse on the go, the tiny footprint, long battery life, and satisfying feel make this a go-to. 

You might think that the Razer Orochi V2 would be somehow 'less' than a standard gaming mouse thanks to its petite nature, but that simply isn't the case.

Razer Orochi V2 review

Sure, some may prefer the idea of a built-in battery, but in our testing we found that we were able to draw some considerable action hours out of the TV remote batteries. We were also impressed to find second generation mechanical switches and Razer's luxurious 5G sensor tucked away under the hood as well, with an impressive 18K DPI. Sure, that's not going to go to the extremes of something like the Razer Naga Pro or Viper Ultimate, but very few of us actually need to reach those lofty heights anyway.

The whole shape reminded us of the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro, but the Orochi V2 comes in more of a squat form factor, widening the base and shortening the length for a truly pocket-sized experience. That meant it did feel a little too dainty during our first person shooter testing, unless we adopted a full palm grip. The side buttons are tricky to hit in a claw or fingertip style here, though things are less cramped when holding the mouse flat.

There's nothing quite like the Razer Orochi V2 on the market right now. While many of us are looking for wireless gaming mice to see us through longer journeys, or to simply act as a backup when we're on the road, not too many brands are designing pointers explicitly for this purpose. That's where the flexibility of the Orochi really shines.

Read more: Razer Orochi V2 review

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The best ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / Bluetooth / wired
Shape: Ambidextrous
Buttons: 7
Battery life: Up to 100 hours
DPI: 16,000
IPS: Up to 400
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Omron
Weight: 3.59oz (102g)

Reasons to buy

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Comfy and precise
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Swappable button switches
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Three connection modes

Reasons to avoid

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DPI button is inaccessible during use
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Smaller side buttons
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Setup is a little longer

Ambidextrous gaming mice have a tricky juggling act to pull off; they've got to please both left and right-handed users. Most of the time, that results in compromises. The ROG Pugio II is different.

A well-considered right- and left-handed gaming mouse that puts comfort ahead of anything else, it's every bit as nice to use if you're left-handed. All the lefties out there will appreciate that this is a big deal - they're usually left out in the cold when it comes to gaming mice, at least metaphorically speaking. As such, the Pugio II being such an accomplished device and great to use for left or right-handed gamers is a big achievement. 

Combines tri-mode wireless connectivity with a high-performance optical sensor to produce a mouse that feels great to use - for everyone

Asus ROG Pugio II review

This reviewer is a leftie, and a major fan of the original Pugio to boot. In testing, we were impressed by the comfort and overall feel of this design. While a thumb rest was missed a little, it wouldn't have been a viable feature with this shape and the ability to deactivate buttons on either side of the pointer made for a particularly thoughtful design note.

We were a little disappointed to find that the Asus ROG Pugio II can only be charged via its official cable, by virtue of the hidden port that doesn't fit many USB-C options. Still, keep your wires safe and you're sorted with a left-handed wireless gaming mouse packed with ambidextrous features and a solid performance to boot.

Read more: Asus ROG Pugio II review

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ASUS ROG Chakram Wireless

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ASUS ROG Chakram Wireless

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ASUS ROG Chakram Wireless

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The best wireless gaming mouse with a joystick

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / Bluetooth / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 6
Battery life: Up to 79 hours
DPI: 16,000
IPS: Up to 400
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Omron
Weight: 4.29oz (121g)

Reasons to buy

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Customisation
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Well-designed joystick
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Triple connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly Qi wireless charging

If you play a lot of flight sims, you'll know that even the best wireless gaming mouse is an inelegant solution. Although you could always buy a separate joystick instead, that's one hell of an expensive accessory. Enter the ASUS ROG Chakram.

Despite looking like your average mouse, this one has a secret weapon tucked away on its side - a joystick. Reminiscent of the PSP's thumbstick, we found that this addition makes piloting spaceships in games like Elite: Dangerous a delight. While initially sceptical, we actually found that this pad is comfortable to use in spite of its unusual design, and it doesn't feel awkward or unnatural.

An unusual but successful experiment from ASUS

Asus ROG Chakram review

Not only that, but we were also impressed to find a strong level of customization here as well. You can opt for a higher profile stick or keep the out the box flat disc, or completely remap the functions - a feature which allowed us to create four directional buttons, which came in particularly handy for MOBAs.

This isn't just a one trick pony, though. What makes the Asus ROG Chakram one of the best wireless gaming mouse options on the market is everything else piled into this shell. You're getting removable and swappable switches, a speedy response, super smooth glide, and three connectivity options - all in a comfortable ergonomic design.

This pointer also boasts Qi charging capabilities which is a nice to have, but in testing we found this feature to be a little hit or miss, relying on very precise positioning on a wireless charging pad. Still, we were able to draw days of power out of this thing, so there's plenty of power flowing once you do nail the charging.

We would, however, recommend those on the hunt for an fps-oriented mouse check out the Razer Viper Ultimate or Razer DeathAdder V2 X. There's no live DPI switcher here, and no dedicated sniper button either.

Adding a joystick to a mouse probably wasn't on anyone's wishlist, but we're glad ASUS had other plans. The Chakram is nothing if not original, and it fills a niche few others have.

Read more: Asus ROG Chakram review

Razer DeathAdder V2 X

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A budget wireless mouse with excellent comfort

Specifications

Connection: Wireless
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 7
Battery life: Up to 615 hours on Bluetooth
DPI: 14,000
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Mechanical
Weight: 86-103g

Reasons to buy

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Dual wireless connectivity 
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Super fast and satisfying clicks 
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Comfortable design

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than other options
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No onboard storage
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No RGB

The Razer DeathAdder V2 X walks a budget line, but still manages to pack that classic DeathAdder form factor into a $59.99 MSRP. Not only are you getting the best of a pedigree name here, but you're also picking up wireless connectivity without having to shell out $129.99 for the Pro model. We were initially sceptical of that price point, considering the standard DeathAdder V2 can pack a few more features for only slightly more cash. However, if you're all about that wireless connection you'll still find plenty of value here. 

The Razer DeathAdder V2 X offers a package that not many wireless gaming mice can compete with right now.

Razer DeathAdder V2 X review

There are a few sacrifices to make room for that budget cost; there's no RGB, and no space for onboard storage either. Replaceable batteries are also used to keep those prices low, so it's worth noting that weights will likely increase from the marketed 77g. In fact, when we added the AA batteries included with our test unit this mouse went all the way up to over 100g - landing at a similar weight to the chunkier Razer Basilisk V3. That means we wouldn't recommend this particular model for competitive gameplay.

That said, we've been asking for a budget-friendly wireless DeathAdder V2 for a while now. It's such a comfortable shape and one that has earned its place in the hall of fame. We were impressed to find dual connectivity in this price range, as we were with those Gen-2 mechanical switches. There's a solid snap to these clickers that make them feel far more premium and the tech under the hood worked hard to keep everything smooth and responsive.

Two DPI shifter buttons have been moved up to the top of the left click to accommodate the removable nature of the top. In our testing we found that our smaller hands found it a little difficult to reach these buttons, especially during the heat of battle - so we'd recommend this particular model to those with larger hands instead. 

Read more: Razer DeathAdder V2 X review

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A great wireless mouse with a fantastic battery

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 7
Battery life: 350 hours
DPI: 16,000
IPS: 400
Sensor: Optical
Switches: Omron
Weight: 4.13oz (117g)

Reasons to buy

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Incredible battery life
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Distinctive
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Adjustable scrollwheel

Reasons to avoid

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Odd shape

When shopping around for the best wireless gaming mouse, one of the key selling points to look out for would have to be good battery life. Most offer 40+ hours of use, but Alienware's 610M pips them all to the post - according to the company, it provides a stellar 350 hours on a full charge of the lithium-ion battery

That's a bold claim, and while we didn't quite manage to break true on that number in our testing, we were able to squeeze around five days of constant work and play use out of this model. That's certainly a lot more than other models vying to be the best wireless gaming mouse. 

You'll either love or hate the 610M's design. Either way, it's a bold departure from the norm.

Alienware 610M review

The 610M impresses in other areas, too. To begin with, it has a 1000hz polling rate in both wired and wireless mode for maximum performance. It's comfortable to use as well, even if it does look like a Ghost tank from Halo. In addition, you can choose between 12 and 24 steps per scroll wheel revolution and enjoy "pre-loaded tension on the main clicker mechanism for a controlled, crisp, tactile click feel".

We were initially put off by that unique aesthetic. The chunky design looked as if it would be too cumbersome underhand, but once we wrapped our hands around this thing we were flying. The Alienware 610M is a bizarrely comfortable gaming mouse, and one that will see you through a range of genres for hours on end.

Read more: Alienware 610M review


Are wireless gaming mice good for gaming?

In short, yes. Wireless gaming mice these days can achieve the same low latency speeds as wired options with very little difference between the performance of the two. While you’re getting the luxury untethered experience, though, there are some extra costs to consider.

Even the best wireless gaming mouse brands couldn’t match wired pointers in speed and latency even a few years ago. However, since then we’ve seen wireless devices leaping forwards in their connection tech. With the arrival of 2.4GHz connections and extremely high polling rates, wireless gaming mice can now hold up to their tethered counterparts. 

However, wired options still come in much cheaper. You’re still paying a slight premium to pick up a wireless gaming mouse. You can pick up the same features and specs on a mouse with a cable for a far lower price, which means it’s well worth considering if that untethered experience is worth the extra funds. A truly cheap gaming mouse will generally be a wired one.

There are features that justify that extra cost. A wireless gaming mouse is far easier to travel with, offers a cleaner experience with no cables cluttering up your desktop, and is more versatile in its use - you don’t need to sit right next to your PC. 

What should you look for in the best wireless gaming mouse?

The best wireless gaming mouse will first of all offer the option for a 2.4GHz connection. Rather than relying on a slower Bluetooth wireless connection to your PC, wireless gaming mice that use USB-A 2.4GHz dongles to link up are far more reliable and can transmit information at a much faster rate. That means you can be more precise and move across the screen much smoother. 

Next up, you'll want to make sure that you're getting a decent battery life. At the bare minimum, we would expect a solid wireless gaming mouse to offer a 50 hour battery, but you can find batteries offering up to 400 hours of juice these days. The bigger the battery, the less you'll need to tether up your pointer. 

Finally, the best wireless gaming mouse should also feel comfortable to use. Of course, the wireless connection inherent here is going to make wider sweeps a little more ergonomic (there's no drag of a cable to deal with), however making sure that the additional battery and connection tech under the hood doesn't weigh down your device is going to be important. We generally see wireless gaming mice coming in at around 100g, though you will find some outliers that go substantially above or below that goal.

Do wireless gaming mice have lag?

Even the best wireless gaming mouse, traditionally, lagged behind its tethered counterparts. Early wireless connections were substantially slower, leaving wireless pointers out of play when it came to faster game genres. However, that gap has narrowed considerably in the years since, to the point where everyday players won't notice a difference between a wired device and a cable running across their desks. If you're looking to hit every frame with super-speed in a more competitive setting, though, you may notice a slightly longer response time. 

How we test gaming mice

Every wireless gaming mouse that passes our desks follows the same set of testing procedures. We take each gaming mouse in and treat it as our own; living, working, and playing with them over a considerable period of time before making our recommendations. 

During that time, we're always checking sensor accuracy, acceleration, latency, debounce, and lift-off distances, and making sure that programmable macro buttons are available, and make sense in their placements and design. However we're also watching out for any indications that these pointers may not last, checking for any wear and tear that appears during early everyday use, any switches that feel softer, and smaller parts that could nudge off. 

Of course, we're keeping a much closer eye on connection stability, battery life and weight with a wireless gaming mouse on top of all that. You can find out more about how we test gaming mice, but we're also providing more detail on how we make all our recommendations in our dedicated GamesRadar+ Hardware Policy.

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Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

Currently Managing Editor of hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.