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The best gaming mouse in 2020

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Getting your hands on the best gaming mouse can mean the difference between (digital) life and death. No, really. Faster mice make for a faster response-time, and that's often what separates pulling off a headshot before your opponent does in shooters like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. What's more, many have extra programmable buttons so all your attacks are within easy reach - there's no need to memorise keyboard shortcuts. Basically, they're a great investment.

The only issue is the fact that there's no shortage of contenders for the title of 'best gaming mouse'. That's why we've painstakingly tested every pointer we could find. You'll see how we think they stack up in our list below, and it's always being updated with new products. Better still, each one has a high DPI to ensure your mouse will be as responsive as possible - the perfect companion for the best gaming keyboard, in other words.

There's a recommendation to suit every play-style, too. Spend a lot of time in first person shooters? We've got a suggestion just for you. Prefer to have instant access to your abilities in World of Warcraft? There's a mouse for that, too. We've even thrown in a wireless choice if you'd prefer not to be tethered to your PC.

Regardless of what you're looking for, our team of bargain hunters has been sure to include deals to get you maximum value for money. You'll find all of these below alongside each entry.

Best gaming mice at a glance

  1. Razer DeathAdder V2
  2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
  3. HyperX Pulsefire Surge
  4. Corsair Ironclaw RGB
  5. Razer Naga Trinity
  6. Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite
  7. Razer Viper
  8. Roccat Kone Pure Ultra
  9. Roccat Kain 120 AIMO
  10. Razer Mamba Wireless
  11. Corsair M55 RGB Pro
  12. Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB

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1. Razer DeathAdder V2

The best overall gaming mouse

DPI: 20,000 | Sensor: Optical | Shape: Right-handed | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 2.9oz (82g)

Accurate, reliable sensor
Perfectly shaped for various grips
Comfortable
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It seemed like an impossible task, but the Razer DeathAdder V2 improves on and surpasses the classic DeathAdder Elite in practically every way. To begin with, it's one of the most pleasantly-shaped mice available. It fits the hand and is suitable for any grip style, whether you're a palm, fingertip, or claw adherent. Even better, it packs an extremely precise 20,000 DPI sensor that leaves most competitors in the dust. That's paired with a very high 650 IPS ('inches per second') rating, so you can fling it across a surface at speed and still expect great results.

While it's not bristling with additional controls, the two generously sized thumb buttons are well placed and distinct, so you needn't worry about accidentally actuating the wrong one in the middle of a heated firefight or strategy battle. 

In short, the DeathAdder V2 is a simple, understated pointer that's focused more on quality and performance than overblown RGB lighting or gimmicks. A must-have.

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2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

The best premium gaming mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Shape: Right-handed | Interface: USB/2.4GHz wireless | Buttons: 11 | Weight: 4.1oz (114g)

Great 16K DPI sensor 
Customisable
Compatible with PowerPlay charging mat
Expensive

This wireless follow-up to the classic G502 gaming mouse is popular for a reason; it honors the original's legacy while improving on it in substantial, noticeable ways. For example, the Lightspeed now features the accurate and reliable 16,000 DPI HERO sensor along with its 11 programmable buttons. What's more, it can be customised with weights to change the way it feels in use. 

The G502 Lightspeed Wireless is also compatible with the PowerPlay charging mat, and that's a real bonus for those who want to cut the cord entirely. As well as charging your pointer on the fly, the mat will actually pair the G502 and your PC right away without the use of a USB cable. 

It's an expensive piece of kit, yes, but the newest G502 Lightspeed model is absolutely worth that price.

Read more: Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless review

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3. HyperX Pulsefire Surge

The best budget gaming mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 4.6oz (130g)

Gorgeous RGB lighting
Rubber finish
Satisfying click
Shape could be better

Looks aren't everything, but the HyperX Pulsefire Surge aces that department nonetheless. Thanks to a 360-degree RGB strip that goes all the way around the mouse, it pulses with rainbow colors in a hypnotic light-show. A smooth, rubberised finish only adds to the premium feel. 

Luckily, the Surge delivers in terms of performance as well. Omron switches make for a satisfying click, and a DPI of 16,000 puts it up there with the Razer DeathAdder Elite and Roccat Kain 120 AIMO in terms of sensitivity - but at a much lower cost.

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4. Corsair Ironclaw RGB

The best mouse for larger hands

DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 3.7oz (105g)

Comfortable, wider mouse
High-performance sensor
Thoughtful software features
Heavy for a wired mouse

Corsair's Ironclaw is a fantastic, wide mouse that's perfect for gamers with larger hands. However, it's not so big that it overwhelms the petite-handed. Built from a variety of sturdy materials ranging from grippy diamond-pattern rubber to smooth matte plastic, it comes up trumps in the ergonomics department.

It's also incredibly precise at up to 18,000 DPI and with a tolerance of 400 IPS; throwing it around even at high speeds won't cause it to lose tracking. Its buttons are tactile and satisfying, too. Finally, a reinforced, braided USB cable and some slick plastic feet increase the Ironclaw's durability no end. Specced to perform in a league with the very best, it's definitely our top choice for those wanting a slightly larger mouse. 

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5. Razer Naga Trinity

The best gaming mouse for MMOs

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 19 + 14 + 9 | Weight: 4.2oz (118g)

Buttons for days
Customisable
Good click action
Expensive

MMO players that play melee classes or participate in competitive modes often have to balance accuracy and agility while still maintaining quick access to a laundry list of abilities. Enter the Naga Trinity, the latest in Razer's storied line of MMO-focused mice. In addition to Razer’s highest resolution optical sensor and the myriad customization options, the Trinity is equipped with an absurd/impressive 19 thumb buttons. That’s an entire World of Warcraft action bar’s worth of abilities or macros that can be activated by your thumb alone, allowing the rest of your fingers to focus on movement. Razer has also developed in-game configuration utilities for many popular MMOs, meaning you can rearrange your button configurations during a raid break without having to back out to the desktop, or play in windowed mode.

In other words, the Razer Naga Trinity is an exceptional choice for anyone who needs performance, accuracy, and instant access to many different functions.

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6. Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite

The best gaming mouse for MOBAs

DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 17 | Weight: 4.3oz (122g)

Tonnes of programmable buttons
Exceptional build quality
Great sensitivity
Side buttons are small

Play a lot of MOBAs or strategy games? You need this mouse. It offers enviable control 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. Better still, those buttons have alternating textures to help you navigate the pad without looking. 

Naturally, having your skillset beneath your thumb like this is a real boon - it takes away any need to contort your hand to hit 8, W and Shift at the same time. And that's the Scimitar RGB Elite all over. It's effective, intuitive, and damn well-made. We highly recommend it.

Read more: Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite review 

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7. Razer Viper

The best gaming mouse for shooters

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 2.6oz (69g)

Very fast click
Exceptionally light
Design won't be for everyone
Awkward DPI button

The Razer Viper was built for and with the help of esports players. This is clear from the mouse's speed; it's quick, responsive, and comfortable. It's also exceptionally lightweight. At just 69g, you can maneuver it effortlessly across your mouse mat. 

The real star of the show would have to be the brand-new Optical Switches, though. They allow for an almost-instantaneous response upon clicking. The majority of gaming mice use metal contacts to register clicks, but the Viper utilises a much faster infrared light beam that shoots an electrical signal to your PC. This means you can react much faster with the Viper than normal, and that'll give you an edge in multiplayer shooters.

Read more: Razer Viper review

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8. Roccat Kone Pure Ultra

The best lightweight gaming mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 2.4oz (66g)

Incredibly lightweight design
Comfortable
Feels good to use
Cable feels flimsy

Being the lightest mouse on the block is an honor many brands chase, but Roccat has pipped them to the post with the Kone Pure Ultra. It comes in at just 66g and is the first featherweight gaming mouse to be ergonomic. What does that mean in a practical sense, though? Rather than being covered in holes like Swiss cheese, it features a grippy anti-wear coating that makes it comfortable to use and look very smart indeed.

Although the Kone lacks the wealth of programmable buttons other mice offer, it nails the basics and is excellent in use - it'll glide effortlessly across your mouse mat. In addition, its Titan Click technology helps every button press feel weighty and satisfying.

Read more: Roccat Kone Pure Ultra review 

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9. Roccat Kain 120 AIMO

The most comfortable gaming mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 3.1oz (89g)

Rubber finish
Amazing design
Lightweight
A bit slippery

If you're looking for a mouse that’s as comfortable as it is precise, Roccat’s new Kain 120 AIMO is calling your name. Although it still has room for improvement, this is very nearly the masterpiece Roccat says it is. 

To begin with, it features a nippy Owl Eye sensor with up to 16,000 DPI. In addition, the buttons are powered by Titan Click technology that hosts an algorithm to increase signal processing. To translate, this allows the Kain 120 AIMO to register clicks “up to 16ms faster.” However, the headline act would be a sleek, ergonomic rubber shell that feels as good as it looks. When you add in a strip of brushed aluminium, it's hard not to be impressed by this sophisticated pointer.

Read more: Roccat Kain 120 AIMO review

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10. Razer Mamba Wireless

The best multi-purpose wireless mouse

DPI: 16,000 | Interface: Wireless dongle/USB | Buttons: 9 | Weight: 3.4oz (96g)

Virtually no lag or latency
Lightweight for a wireless mouse
Precise
Odd-looking side-panel

Razer's Mamba Wireless is the pinnacle of their wireless offerings; it's a superb gaming mouse that's precise, comfortable to use, and well-designed both functionally and aesthetically. At 16,000 DPI and 450 IPS, the Mamba will keep up with even the most demanding tasks in gaming. It can be used wired too, but you'll hardly need to. It has nearly 50 hours of battery life and a brisk charging speed.

For a wireless mouse, the Mamba is remarkably light as well. Coming in at around 96g, it's easy to push around atop its slick plastic feet. Sliding it across a rigid mouse pad was like slipping silk across glass.

Read more: Razer Mamba Wireless review

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11. Corsair M55 RGB Pro

The best ambidextrous gaming mouse

DPI: 12,400 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 3.1oz (86g)

Comfy and precise
Smooth glide
Great for left or right-handed users
Spongy click

Ambidextrous mice have the unenviable task of pleasing two masters - both left and right-handed users. That usually results in a compromise that isn't very comfortable for anyone. Not so with the M55 RGB Pro. Corsair throws its hat into the ring with a well-considered pointer that's excellent for either camp. As an example, the thumb buttons on one flank are disabled to avoid accidentally hitting the wrong one (an issue with so many ambidextrous mice). This is easily reversed by holding down those same buttons. It's logical, straightforward, and user-friendly.

Even though it's not got the most satisfying click and only 12,400 DPI - which is on the low end of the scale when it comes to gaming mice - the M55's shape is comfortable and grippy underhand. It also has a superb glide that makes it ideal when twitch reactions are needed.

Read more: Corsair M55 RGB Pro review

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12. Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB

A cheap alternative gaming mouse

DPI: 8,000 | Sensor: Optical | Shape: Right-handed | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 3oz (85g)

Cheap
Smaller, comfortable shape
Sleek design
Low DPI sensor

Want to save a bit of cash? Look no further than the Logitech G203 Prodigy (or the 'G102', depending on where you are in the world). Although there are cheaper gaming mice out there, none of those have the same excellent build-quality, comfortable shape, and great software.

While the G203 Prodigy doesn't have the best sensor on this list with just 8,000 DPI, it's ideal for a starter mouse. And hey, most of us probably wouldn't notice much of a difference between that and higher settings anyway. When combined with a low cost and its sleek, modest design, Logitech's G203 becomes one of the best-value gaming mice there is.

How we test gaming mice

How do you know you can trust this guide? To begin with, we rigorously test every mouse we get in before putting them in any roundup. That includes putting them through their paces with day-to-day tasks and good old-fashioned gaming sessions, up to and including time spent playing the latest releases. In addition, we'll never recommend something we wouldn't want to actively use ourselves.

For more information, head over to our full write-up on how we test gaming mice at GamesRadar+.