The best gaming mouse models combine comfort with customization, speed, and accuracy - and do it all while still offering solid value for money on top. Whether you're after an fps-first speedster or something a little chunkier under the fingertips, there are plenty of brands vying for a shot at the top spot these days. We've had our hands on a massive range of rodents over the years, and we're bringing you all our favorites right here.
Finding the right gaming mouse for your playstyle depends on a number of factors; the shape that feels most comfortable, your grip type, and the games that you play. That's why we're always putting new designs and sensors through their paces in all realms of PC gaming, from twitchy first person shooters to slower strategy and simulation titles. Not only that, but we've stretched each device (including the battery and connectivity available on the best wireless gaming mice) through long play sessions to make sure that comfort and performance lasts as well.
The good news is that we're seeing the tech powering these devices getting cheaper and cheaper, which means you can find plenty of gaming mice sitting at affordable prices these days. That's why we're bringing you not only the best gaming mouse models overall, but also the best value pointers punching well above their price tags.
The best gaming mouse models in 2023
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Taking over from the Razer Viper Ultimate, the V2 Pro throws everything out the window. Literally - there's no RGB, only two additional macro buttons, and no wireless charging cradle here, just a laser-focused dedication to speed and precision. That, of course, makes it a prime candidate for anyone after a super lightweight wireless pointer designed purely for FPS play. But it also works beautifully across a range of genres as well.
While the overall design language of the Ultimate remains here, there are a few smaller details that have changed to dramatically reduce the weight from 74g to just 58g. We noted lack of side grips in our testing (though stickers are provided, just in the wrong color if you happen to grab the white model), as well as the slightly shorter dome along the top. Still, this pointer slotted straight back into our hands, and we were flying across the Apex Legends battlefield in no time.
Super smooth PFTE feet combined with that featherweight form factor make this a particularly easy glide. Flicks and twitch reflexes were expertly picked up by the 30K Focus+ sensor, and the attention to tracking across various lift-off heights was also particularly welcomed during more frantic moments. With so much dedicated to keeping you nimble on the battlefield, though, the Razer Viper V2 Pro may struggle to prove its lofty price tag across other genres. All that tech felt a little redundant when we tested on slow games like Planet Coaster, and even in single player action titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider.
That means we'd heartily recommend anyone looking for an FPS-first pointer start their search here, but our fellow multi-genre enthusiasts will still find excellent value here.
Read more: Razer Viper V2 Pro review
Want to avoid breaking the bank? We'd recommend the Logitech G203 Lightsync. As well as being aggressively affordable, it's the best gaming mouse for those on a budget - balancing a decent feature-set with that low cost. In fact, its competition generally only comes from the Razer Viper Mini and the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini. The Logitech G203 Lightsync, however, is cheaper than the DeathAdder V2 Mini and offers a larger body than the Viper Mini, which will satisfy a wider range of grip types.
We did still find that chassis to be a little too small for larger hands in our own testing, though thanks to the 85g weight we were able to get along with both a claw and fingertip grip through multiple rounds of Apex Legends.
Beneath the shell, you're treated to a satisfying but quick click thanks to responsive switches to go with six programmable buttons. These are supported by an optical sensor that provides a DPI ranging from 200 to 8,000. Although this isn't as high-performance as other entries on the list, it's more than enough for most people. Plus, it'll still be a huge step up compared to 'normal' non-gaming mice.
It looks a lot better, too; its design gives off a sense of quality you don't always get with mice at this price range. Appearances aren't everything, but the G203 Lightsync aces that department nonetheless, thanks to gorgeous three-zone RGB lighting.
Read more: Logitech G203 Lightsync review
Unless you're playing competitively, it's difficult to beat the Razer Basilisk V3 in terms of sheer power and value. That 26K DPI sensor is definitely a nice to have (though in our testing we rarely needed to dial up to that kind of level), but the main draws here are the wide range of programmable buttons, unique RGB underglow, and tactile ergonomic design. It also helps that the V3 comes in $10 cheaper than the previous iteration.
At its core, though, the latest Razer Basilisk is the same versatile pointer that we've always come to love from one of the best Razer mouse lines. With upgraded second generation switches in each main button, an additional trigger button on the left hand side, and a brand new smart scroll wheel, though, there are plenty of new features to celebrate here. We found those new switches to be a little lighter to the touch than previous iterations, but were impressed that they still managed to keep a satisfying response and snapped back quickly.
While a little heavier than the slimline FPS mice that feature elsewhere on this list (and much heavier than the Razer Viper a little further down), the V3 still feels incredible in the hand and glides through larger sweeps thanks to the improved PFTE feet underneath. However, the beauty of the Basilisk V3 comes from its versatility.
This is an easy recommendation for anyone looking to stretch their pointer across multiple genres and, in our opinion, the best gaming mouse for most people right now.
Read more: Razer Basilisk V3 review
It seemed like an impossible task, but the Razer DeathAdder V2 improves on - and even surpasses - the classic DeathAdder in practically every way. To begin with, it's among the most comfortable mice we've had our hands on (it's perfect for any grip-style, from claw to palm), but it's also phenomenally precise.
The latest releases keeps the same form factor as the original Razer DeathAdder, but brings that design into the modern age with a few crucial tweaks. We particularly enjoyed the design change in the textured grips. While the original model offers a larger hexagonal set set of ridges, the smaller bumps and tighter feel of the new grip is far more satisfying and tactile. There's also additional programmable buttons on here, with two new DPI shifters located underneath the scroll wheel.
The V2 packs a 20,000 DPI sensor that's leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It's accompanied by a 650 inches per second rating as well, so it'll still perform brilliantly even if you're flinging it across your mouse mat.
Although it's lacking additional controls like some of its competition on this list (namely the Roccat Kone XP and Razer Naga Pro), the two extra thumb buttons on the side are well placed enough that you won't need to worry about hitting them accidentally in the middle of a battle.
Read more: DeathAdder V2 review
The Razer Naga V2 Pro picks up where the original Pro model left off. Three swappable side plates offering button configurations suited to a massive range of genres, making for an incredibly versatile device. At $179.99 / £179.99, though, this isn't going to be one for those to dip in and out of everyday play. The Naga V2 Pro is a pricey one, but if you're as invested in MMOs as you are other genres, it's a worthwhile pickup. Packing a 30K sensor, which offered super responsive tracking and particularly nippy response times in our testing, and a customizable scroll wheel, there are plenty of enhancements here over the original model.
Razer has added a Hyperscroll Pro wheel to its pointer. Not only does that grant you access to an additional three programmable buttons (for a total of up to 20), but the wheel can switch between six different scrolling modes. Tension and scroll speed can be customized to change the feel and control level of the wheel altogether, stepping between tighter notches and free spinning movement. While that's not a make or break feature, it's a nice to have that kicks in during productivity uses as well.
Yes, the squat form factor takes some getting used to, but it proves comfortable after some muscle memory reworking. However, the heavier weight means faster paced first person shooter titles are a little difficult to work with. We found that the 134g footprint, and larger domed hump, kept the Naga V2 Pro from being truly nimble on the battlefield, but still provides a solid experience for everyday play.
Wireless performance is excellent and battery life will see you through plenty of sessions without RGB switched on. Essentially, the Razer Naga V2 Pro offers everything you could ask for from a gaming mouse - and does it for a massive range of players.
Read more: Razer Naga V2 Pro review
The RGB available on the Roccat Kone XP certainly won't be for everyone, but if you're looking to maximise your LED to price ratio, you'll need to check out this 90s-inspired pointer. We were initially sceptical of this blinding design, but once our eyes adjusted we found that the unique aesthetic (combined with the smoky effect of the translucent plastic) was surprisingly pleasing.
Of course, those LEDs don't distract from the excellent performance under the hood. We were particularly impressed by the placement and usability of the additional side buttons here. Each of the four main macro buttons (and the additional thumb button) running along the left hand side were easy to hit and, crucially, easy to hit accurately. Unlike the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite below and the Razer Naga Pro above, you're not getting a full keypad of additional functions. However, with an extra layer of functionality accessible via Roccat's EasyShift button, there's a whole world of customization open to you.
We're recommending the Kone XP as the best gaming mouse for RGB lovers, but it's important to note that this is from a brute force angle, rather than in terms of customization. It still feels like the Swarm software is catching up, which means we were a little disappointed to realise that you can't actually change the colors of these RGB strips. However, there are plenty of cycles to choose from, and the overall effect may be too good to turn down.
Read more: Roccat Kone XP review
All kinds of people game, but not all gaming mice will suit them. If you have larger hands and find some mice to be on the small side, the Corsair Ironclaw RGB should be your first port of call. This is one of the wider mice in Corsair's lineup, and an excellent bit of hardware that'll serve you well for both work and play.
As you'd expect from Corsair, the Ironclaw is of the highest quality in terms of its build. Put together from a variety of sturdy materials ranging from grippy rubber to smooth matte plastic, it's a winner in terms of ergonomics. A sturdy, braided cable also helps reinforce that feeling of quality.
It's no slouch when it comes to features, either. It offers an enviable 18,000 DPI sensor with a tolerance of 400 IPS, meaning it'll still be able to track your movements when the mouse is hurtling across your mat. Additionally, the click action of each button is tactile and satisfying. That makes the Ironclaw RGB a real contender for the prize of best gaming mouse.
We did run into a few problems with the button placement in our testing. There's a pair of thumb buttons running along the left side of the device, which are placed well enough to encourage accurate pressing, but one was placed just a little too far back for comfort. We found ourselves having to curl our thumb back in order to hit it, which isn't recommended if you're going to be mapping macros for FPS or faster action titles.
Read more: Corsair Ironclaw RGB review
While it's an older device, the Logitech G Pro Wireless still impresses thanks to its impressive tracking and comfortable ambidextrous shape. You'll find removable buttons on both sides of the pointer here, but the best part is you can also run the G Pro Wireless with a full suite. That means plenty of space for macro customization. Not only that, but we found using the mouse with two buttons on either side to still be comfortable and precise - never once accidentally clicking.
While some parts of the Logitech G Pro Wireless do show their age - the plastic cable does drag considerably when plugged in, for example. This is a gaming mouse that has certainly withstood the test of time in general. You're getting a solid 25K sensor with incredibly precise tracking and some smooth movement across the desk top as well. Not only that, but we found battery life to be particularly strong here as well. While the 45-60 hours recommended by Logitech is a little on the smaller side these days it still held up under our testing and we didn't experience any stuttering when in the final 5%. That's not something we can say for the vast majority of pointers we've tested.
Add a soft click, comfortable form factor (for both left and right handed use), and a relatively lightweight profile and you've got yourself a solid ambidextrous gaming mouse for whichever hand you use.
Read more: Logitech G Pro Wireless review
Play a lot of MMOs or MOBA games? You need the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite. It offers an enviable level of additional controls for those genres; alongside a cutting-edge 18,000 DPI sensor and superb workmanship. The new Scimitar packs 12 programmable side buttons on a sliding thumbpad that allows you to adjust their position at will. This makes it easier and faster than ever to manage a broad suite of commands.
Taking over from the original Scimitar model, the Elite streamlines the design and tops up the tech for a new era. However, we were a little disappointed to find that the chunky form factor remains, with a coarse rubber texture underneath the hand which became irritating over longer play sessions. The Razer Naga Pro, by contrast, provides a much more ergonomic design which may be better suited to those who plan on playing for longer stretches.
However, we can easily look over a slight texture annoyance considering the wealth of features packed on the left hand side. In our testing, we found that the ability to shift the placement of this panel was particularly welcome, allowing us to sit comfortably with each textured button within easy reach. It should be noted, however, that we found these buttons to be a little too small for larger hands to feel fully comfortable with.
That's the Scimitar RGB Elite all over. It's effective, intuitive, and damn well-made. While too heavy for first-person shooters and faster action titles, we highly recommend it for MMOs and MOBAs.
Read more: Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite review
How we test gaming mice
Gaming mice are subjective creatures, which is why we run a series of tests across a massive range of genres and use-cases to ensure we're recommending the best products on the market. We bring these mice into our setups and use them daily for both work and play, extending our coverage far beyond our initial review to check for any wear and tear or durability concerns.
During that initial testing period we make sure the performance is up to the task of the latest and greatest titles by checking everything from sensor accuracy to click debounce, grip materials to scroll wheel resistance. Within this testing, however, we're always keeping our assessments inline with value. That means we're making sure that a $150 gaming mouse offers just as much value for money as a $30 model, and measuring our results in accordance.
You can read more about our commitment to providing honest recommendations through extensive testing in our Hardware Policy, and we're also showing you exactly how we test gaming mice in more detail as well.
Best gaming mouse: FAQs
How to find the best gaming mouse for you
It's easy to forget that the best gaming mouse for you might not be the latest or greatest release. In fact, it's worth getting to know what you need from a gaming mouse to make the right choice when it comes to checkout.
There are a few specs and features that you should always be looking for when browsing the shelves - just to make sure you're keeping up with the times. However, knowing your preferred grip, the types of games you'll play, and the level of software control you're after will also help you narrow down your options significantly.
For all the jargon involved in buying a gaming mouse, it's easy to forget the biggest factor of all - comfort. You will naturally hold your mouse in a certain grip, usually either a palm, claw, or tip grip. The size and shape of your mouse will determine whether it is comfortable to hold in this way, so it's worth noting how you naturally place your hand on the pointer and double checking your chosen mouse will fit you.
Palm: you hold the mouse with most of your hand and fingers resting on the mouse itself - aim for a wider mouse with a taller back arch.
Claw: only the bottom of your palm and the tips of your fingers are in contact with the mouse - aim for a shorter mouse with a small but still pronounced back arch.
Tip: there is very little contact between your hand and the mouse, with only your fingertips touching the buttons and sides - aim for a smaller body with as flat a back as you can find.
Wired vs wireless
Wireless gaming mice are gathering steam these days, as models hit the market that can overcome the traditional latency that used to come with untethering. However, it's still worth noting that you'll be paying a lot more for a wireless mouse that functions like a wired one.
These superfast connections still come at a premium, especially when placed on devices with high CPI rates and other fancier features.
A 2.4GHz connection is a must if you're looking to spend a little more on a wireless device, though, as this is the only way you'll pick up competitive response times without a cable.
Getting the right weight for your mouse will largely come down to the kinds of games you play. Lighter, more agile, mice are required for tournament level FPS play, but should also be considered for everyday action style titles as well. A heavier mouse is more likely to offer more configurable buttons, however, which means MOBA and MMO players may choose to forego that sub-100g profile for easy access to all their gear in-game.
CPI / DPI
In everyday play, some tend to place too much emphasis on the CPI / DPI of the best gaming mice on the market. CPI (or sometimes referred to as DPI) tracks how often the mouse's sensor tracks the surface it's on. The higher this rate, the less you'll need to move your mouse to register movement on the screen.
CPI has been exploding recently, with mice now starting to push past the 20K sensors that were so impressive just last year. It's worth noting, though, that these incredibly sensitive settings won't be used from day to day, so an 8K or 10K sensor on the right mouse can still give you the edge.
Which gaming mouse brand is the best?
It's difficult to lock down the best gaming mouse brand, largely because each brand offers a wide range of budget, mid-range, and premium options. There are, however, a few contenders for the prize; Razer, Corsair, Logitech, SteelSeries and Roccat. These brands are all responsible for some of the best gaming mice on the market right now, and each offers a slightly different experience based on what you need from your pointer. If we were to be locked down for a top spot, though, our top picks for the best gaming mouse suggest that Razer is leading the competition right now.
Is a gaming mouse really better?
If you're new to PC gaming you may be wondering whether the often higher prices of gaming mice will actually enhance your game. While even the most expensive gaming mouse won't turn you into a pro player overnight, there are features included as standard on these devices that you won't find in regular pointers.
A precise sensor, better acceleration, extra programmable buttons, and a form factor designed for longer sessions all make gaming mice far more suited to play than regular productivity mice. You'll likely find these specs on more premium non-gaming products, but you'll be spending a lot more to get them.
Is a wireless mouse worth it?
Back when wireless connections were in their infancy, the best gaming mice were solely corded. That was because wireless latencies hadn't yet evolved to match the speed and reliability of a good old wire. However, these days we see far more wireless models on the market, at lower prices, and with far faster responses. The difference between the two form factors is nearly imperceptible now, which means those looking to keep their desk tops tidy have nothing to fear. While we do still see a slight price increase with the additional cost of 2.4GHz technology and the batteries included in these devices, the benefit may well outweigh such prices if you're after a clean setup with no cable drag.
Gaming mouse glossary
Who knew a simple gaming mouse could spawn so many strange words. You'll find all the commonly used terms batted around in marketing and spec sheets just below, so that you know exactly that you're getting.
Acceleration refers to the process of a mouse cursor moving along the screen at a different speed, depending on how fast the mouse itself is moved. A mouse that offers extra acceleration will be more difficult to master in the heat of battle, it's harder to reliably predict your movements.
CPI / DPI
CPI and DPI are used interchangeably when speaking about a gaming mouse's sensor. The term refers to both counts per inch and dots per inch and relates to the number of times your mouse reads the surface underneath it for every inch of movement. That translates to the distance of movement of your cursor on the screen - a higher CPI, the less you have to move your mouse for it to register.
IPS stands for inches per second, measuring the tracking speed of your mouse's sensor. That's how quickly you can move the mouse while the sensor still provides an accurate response to your PC. The higher the IPS the better.
The lift-off distance is the maximum height at which the mouse can maintain tracking while being lifted off the surface. The higher the lift-off distance, the more chance you've got of maintaining accuracy while repositioning the mouse.
The speed at which your mouse sends information on its movements and location to your computer.
PTFE is a material used in the small rubber feet on a mouse, to provide low friction movement and a smooth glide.
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