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The best Razer mouse 2022: all the top wired and wireless models compared

The best Razer mouse 2021
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Finding the best Razer mouse can be a challenge given that there are so many on the market at the moment. Razer has a massive selection of pointers for you to choose from across its Viper, Naga, Basilisk, Orochi, Mamba, and DeathAdder lines. We've rounded up our top picks right here. 

You're picking a solid brand straight out the gate. The best Razer mouse models are some of the best gaming mouse options overall, with plenty of the brand's wired and wireless gaming mouse products headlining setups. That's largely down to the thoughtful designs, satisfying clicks, and overall performance factor that Razer packs into each model.

Each Razer mouse has its own advantages and characteristics, and thanks to the budget Essential range, you don't have to spend a fortune either. Wireless, wired, simple layouts, or mega programmable buttons: you name it, Razer has it in rodent form. We've rounding up all the best Razer mouse options below, after hands-on experience checking speed, comfort, durability, and additional features. 

The best Razer mouse overall

Specifications

Connection: Wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 10 +1
DPI: 26,000
IPS: Up to 650
Switches: Razer 2nd Gen Optical Mechanical
Weight: 3.67oz (104g)

Reasons to buy

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Thoughtful additional features
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Super fast 26K DPI sensor
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Comfortable ergonomic design
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Cheaper than the V2

Reasons to avoid

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Not light enough for competitive players

The Razer Basilisk V3 is one of the latest Razer mouse models to hit the shelves. Packed with personalization and RGB options, it's an easy recommendation for the vast majority of players looking for a solid all-in-one experience. You're getting a pretty powerful RGB underglow effect that offers up one of the more innovative LED uses we've seen in a long time, as well as new second generation switches in the main clicks.

Perhaps the most impressive feature to come out of our testing, though, is the smart scroll wheel. You've got two scroll modes here, a tactile and controlled clicky scroll and a free-wheeling spin. The magic happens when you enable the automatic switch function in Synapse. Once enabled (although annoyingly only accessible while running the Synapse software) the wheel will detect when you need to scroll faster and automatically switch its modes for a super smooth experience. This was just as helpful in our day to day work as it was when controlled in gameplay, making this an excellent all-rounder. 

This is the best Razer mouse for the majority of players, thanks to its comfortable design, genre-agnostic shape, and spoils of extra features. We were switching between profiles set for Borderlands 2, Life is Strange: True Colors, and Planet Coaster and each one felt as natural as the last. 

Read more: Razer Basilisk V3 review

The most versatile Razer mouse

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Buttons for days
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Wireless or wired
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Incredibly fast

Reasons to avoid

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Grip shape takes some getting used to

The Naga Pro features three detachable panels allowing you to have excellent versatility and flexibility no matter what you play. From battle royales to MOBAs, it'll have your back/hand. Not only that, but we were glad to find that swapping between the panels is quick and easy; we were flying through our Steam library with only a second between each genre. 

Its wireless connectivity might not be music to the ears of most pro players, but from our extensive tests, Razer's HyperSpeed tech offers no latency that we could see. And because you can always plug it in via a Speedflex USB cable anyway, you're getting the best of both worlds. Especially because the mouse's wireless battery life is so good.

The Naga Pro is, on paper, a better Razer mouse than the Basilisk V3. However, it comes in considerably more expensive, and offers a feature-set that just won't be valuable to everyday players. However, if you've got a healthy Steam library spanning multiple competitive genres, it's going to be a game-changer. 

Read more: Razer Naga Pro review

The best budget Razer mouse

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Accurate, reliable sensor
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Perfectly shaped and designed for various grips
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Supremely comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Feels less premium than other models

The Razer DeathAdder V2 improves on the classic DeathAdder in a whole host of ways - an incredible job considering how good, high-performing, and popular the first one was (it sold 10 million units). 

Starting at the top, it's among the best-shaped mice available; perfect for any grip-style, from claw to palm. It's also phenomenally precise. The V2 features a 20,000 DPI sensor that's far ahead of any competing rodents, and it's also accompanied by a 650 IPS ('inches per second') rating as well, which means it's blisteringly fast but also incredibly accurate and responsive. We put all these listed specs to the test and found that yes, the Razer DeathAdder V2 lives up to its feature-set. 

This is also a much lighter mouse than the Naga Pro or Basilisk V3, and the plastic feels a little cheaper than its more expensive counterparts. That will work in your favor if you're after a speedy competitive clicker, but considering the Viper Ultimate is far better kitted out for FPS gameplay, this is more of a budget-minded option. 

Razer has since released the budget-minded Razer DeathAdder V2 X, however, the newest model can't quite match the original for value at its own price point. That's especially true considering we regularly see the original DeathAdder V2 on sale for less than the new 'cheap' version. We'd recommend sticking with the original here. 

Read more: Razer DeathAdder V2 review

The best Razer mouse for FPS

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Sensor: Optical
Interface: Wireless
Buttons: 8
Shape: Ambidextrous
Weight: 74g
Battery: 70 hours

Reasons to buy

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Impressively lightweight
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Lightning fast click response and tracking
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Subtle design

Reasons to avoid

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Small number of customization options

The Razer Viper Ultimate is the perfect Razer mouse for those looking to grab a competitive edge. This is a supremely quick little pointer - we were flying around the map while also maintaining a surprising level of control when spinning the camera in Apex Legends. 

Meanwhile, the Razer Viper Ultimate also manages to be comfortable with an ergonomic, ambidextrous design that's a winner for everyone. Of course, this is an FPS mouse, which already means this is a lightweight affair. However, it's worth noting that the Razer Viper Ultimate actually comes in 5g heavier than the original Viper model. That slight additional heft never infringed on our speed, and was barely noticeable over the original model. 

It is worth noting that Razer's 70 hours of advertized battery life should be taken with a pinch of RGB salt. That's a baseline for a straight no-LED, simple useage runtime. In actuality, we were clocking in at around 30 hours with all guns blazing here. That's still nicely impressive, and we appreciated the option to switch off for some serious juice as well. 

Read more: Razer Viper Ultimate review

5. Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The best wireless Razer mouse

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Sensor: Focus+
Interface: Wireless/USB
Shape: Right Handed
Buttons: 11
Weight: 3.77oz (107g)
Battery: 100 hours

Reasons to buy

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20,000 DPI
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Multi-function paddle
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Charging dock

Reasons to avoid

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No smart scroll wheel like V3

The Basilisk Ultimate is a great mouse, even if it is one of the most expensive from Razer. However, its features and qualities do go a long way to justifying that price tag. 

First off, we have to bear in mind that this is a wireless gaming mouse and its features will become even more impressive as a result. For example, its speedy 20,000 DPI sensor is ridiculous and allows for absurdly fast responses. This is then supported by its Hyperspeed wireless tech for better stability, a nifty charging dock, and 100 hours of battery life. 

While the Basilisk Ultimate also enables you to alter the scroll wheel resistance, allowing for personalization and customization, you're not getting the new smart scroll wheel of our top pick; the Basilisk V3. However, combining this with 11 programmable buttons - including a multi-function paddle - there is great scope for flexibility and adaptability too. A great, premium wireless mouse.

Which Razer gaming mice are available?

There are several Razer gaming mouse lines available right now, ranging from the ultralight FPS models like the Razer Viper to the button-heavy MOBA killers like the Naga Pro. Razer often splits each range into budget, flagship, and premium models, with an X denoting the cheaper options and a 'Pro' added to the names of more expensive pointers. When finding the best Razer gaming mouse for you, it's worth digging into which models perform best under different gaming conditions and grip styles. You'll find all the current lines of Razer gaming mice, their ideal grip styles, and the latest models available just below.

LineGrip styleLatest model
ViperClaw, FingertipRazer Viper V2 Pro (2022)
DeathAdderPalm, ClawRazer DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed (2021)
MambaPalm, ClawRazer Mamba Elite (2018)
NagaPalmRazer Naga X (2021)
OrochiPalm, FingertipRazer Orochi V2 (2021)
BasiliskPalm, ClawRazer Basilisk V3 (2021)

What is the best Razer mouse in 2022?

The best Razer mouse for most people in 2022 is the Razer Basilisk V3, a wired pointer originally released in late 2021 at a $69.99 / £69.99 launch price.

What is the latest Razer gaming mouse?

The latest Razer gaming mouse is the Razer Viper V2 Pro, however you'll find recent release history just below. 

2022 - Viper V2 Pro
2021 - DeathAdder V2 X Hyperspeed
2021 - Basilisk V3
2021 - Orochi V2
2021 - Naga X
2021 - Razer Viper 8KHz
2020 - DeathAdder V2 Pro
2020 - Naga Pro
2020 - Naga Left-Handed Edition
2020 - DeathAdder V2 Mini
2020 - Viper Mini
2020 - Basilisk V2
2020 - DeathAdder V2
2019 - Basilisk Ultimate
2019 - Viper Ultimate
2019 - Viper
2019 - Basilisk Essential

Which Razer mouse has the best sensor?

The best Razer sensor is the Focus+ Optical sensor, featured on the Razer Basilisk V3, Razer Viper 8KHz, Razer Viper Ultimate, Razer Basilisk Ultimate, Razer DeathAdder V2, Razer Basilisk V2, Razer Naga Pro, Razer Naga Left-Handed, and Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro. 

How we test Razer mice

The process for hunting down the best Razer mouse is the same as it is for any brand. These pointers are brought into our daily work and play schedules, and lived with far beyond our initial testing sessions. That means we can see exactly how each device holds up in an everyday use scenario while also keeping tabs on the longevity of those features. 

We're always testing accuracy, speeds, debounce, and response times as standard, but we're also making sure that the shape and design lends itself to long sessions and provides easy access to any additional buttons as well. On top of that, we're constantly checking for signs of wear and tear from standard use, which could suggest a longer-term durability concern. 

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. 

Find out how we test gaming mice and more in our GamesRadar+ Hardware Policy

We're also rounding up all the latest cheap gaming mouse deals for more options. Or, for a full setup refresh, check out the best gaming keyboards and best gaming headsets - we're also rounding up the best Razer keyboards specifically as well. 

Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

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.

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