The best Razer mouse 2023: all the top models compared

The best Razer mouse 2021
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Whether you're after a comfortable all-in-one powerhouse or a flyweight pointer for fps, a Razer mouse can set you on a solid path to victory. These rodents come from a pedigree line of gaming tech, offering everything from the latest sensor and feature developments to unique customization options and more. With several different lines and models within those lines, finding the best Razer mouse for you can be tricky. 

Razer produces mice under a few series', the Viper, Basilisk and Naga models tend to carry the higher price tags, while Deathadder, Orochi, and Mamba lines come in cheaper. Thankfully, we've had our hands on a massive range of these devices, putting each one through its paces over the course of weeks to determine its value for money and overall performance. That's why we're rounding up all the best Razer mouse models across all lines right here. 

Before we get into the details of our top picks, though, it's worth noting that Razer produces some of the best gaming mouse options on the market. That means the latest and greatest releases can sometimes carry some particularly heavy MSRPs. Luckily there are often cheaper versions of these mice up for grabs shortly after release - you'll be able to tell these devices by the X marker in their names. You'll be dropping a few premium features, but still picking up a solid pointer.  

The best Razer mouse models available now

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The best Razer mouse overall


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

Incredibly lightweight
Long battery life
Comfortable shape
Super responsive sensor

Reasons to avoid

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

The Razer Viper V2 Pro is not only the best Razer mouse, but it's also our favorite wireless gaming mouse as well. The featherlight 58g form factor makes those wild sweeps and frantic spins incredibly easy on the wrist, while the laser-focused sensor keeps up with all the action at the same time. This is a mainstay on our desks, offering those who prefer a fingertip grip a particularly comfortable and responsive experience. 

Not only is the V2 Pro a powerhouse, but it's an efficient powerhouse. The battery life on this pointer means you won't have to keep its juice level in the back of your mind, all thanks to the removal of RGB lighting. That's a sacrifice we're willing to make - the crisp white contours of this device are beautiful enough as they are. 

If you have a hard time maintaining control, though, it might be best to prioritise the black colorway. Neither models come with a grippy texture on the side like the previous Razer Viper Ultimate, but do ship with extra tape to tack on. Unfortunately, the white model uses the same black stickers which does detract from the overall aesthetic. 

The best thing going for the Razer Viper V2 Pro, though, is the way everything works in tandem. A light weight and high speed sensor are always going to win together, but add a super comfortable shape, snappy switches under each clicker, and super smooth PFTE feet and this is a serious piece of kit. If you don't prioritise speed in your play, that $150 / £150 MSRP isn't going to be worth it, but if there's a solid mix of fast-paced games in your Steam library this is your best bet. 

Read more: Razer Viper V2 Pro review

The best budget Razer mouse


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

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

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 most


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

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

Reasons to avoid

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


Connection: 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, wired
Shape: Right-handed
Buttons: 10, 14 or 20 programmable buttons
DPI: 30,000
IPS: 750
Switches: Razer Optical
Weight: 4.72oz / 134g

Reasons to buy

Comfortable form factor
Excellent customization options
Smart scroll wheel adds extra personalization
Wireless charging support

Reasons to avoid

Heavier weight can make fps feel cumbersome
High price point for niche use-case

The Razer Naga V2 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. 

You've got a choice between a two-button, six-button, and 12-button side setup, opening you up to a maximum of 20 programmable buttons. Not only that, but there's two layers of programming here, allowing for a second round of commands to be assigned to each button on top. That's some fantastic customization that even stretches into the scroll wheel as well. This is the Razer HyperScroll Pro under the hood, which means six different presets of scrolling speed and style to choose from. Swapping between a tighter, heavier scroll and a free-wheeling spin, or creating your own style in Synapse 3, there's something for every action available. In our testing, we did find this a more useful feature in productivity uses than everyday play, but it's still a nice to have feature. 

The Naga V2 Pro is, on paper, a better Razer mouse than the Basilisk V3 with its slick sensor and endless customization options. 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 V2 Pro

5. Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The best all-in-one Razer mouse


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

Reasons to buy

20,000 DPI
Multi-function paddle
Charging dock

Reasons to avoid

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.

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

What is the best Razer mouse in 2023?

The best Razer mouse in 2023 is the Razer Viper V2 Pro, a wireless pointer which launched in May 2022 for $149.99 / £149.99.

What is the latest Razer gaming mouse?

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

2022 - Naga V2 Pro
2022 - Basilisk V3 Pro
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

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Tabitha Baker
Managing Editor - Hardware

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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