Getting your hands on the best gaming mouse can mean the difference between (digital) life and death. No, really. Faster mice make for quicker response-times, and that can mean the difference between claiming victory or being on the losing side of a multiplayer match. What's more, most have extra programmable buttons so that your attacks are within easy reach - there's no need to memorize keyboard commands.
The only issue? There's no shortage of contenders for the title of 'best gaming mouse'. That's why we've tested every pointer we could get our hands on. You'll see how they stack up in our list below, and it's always being updated with new challengers - not to mention the best deals.
Before we get started, there are a couple of things to look out for when hunting down the best gaming mouse:
- DPI: This stands for 'dots per inch'. It dictates the number of pixels your cursor will move every inch. The higher the number, the better.
- IPS: That's short for 'inches per second'. It shows how fast the mouse can go while remaining accurate.
Because some mice are better suited to specific genres, we've also been sure to include recommendations for fans of first-person shooters, roleplaying games, and beyond. There are a few candidates for the best wireless gaming mouse here as well, just in case you'd prefer to cut the cord.
Want to make sure you've got the competitive edge? Be sure to pair your mouse with one of the best gaming keyboards.
Best gaming mouse
1. Razer DeathAdder V2
The best gaming mouse
DPI: 20,000 | Sensor: Optical | Shape: Right-handed | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 2.9oz (82g)
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 available. It's perfect for any grip-style, from claw to palm.
It's also phenomenally precise. The V2 packs a 20,000 DPI sensor that's leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. It's accompanied by a 650 IPS ('inches per second') rating as well, so it'll still perform brilliantly even if you're flinging it across your mouse mat.
Even though it's lacking additional controls like some other mice on this list, 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. They sit above understated but effective grips, too, underlining what makes this the best gaming mouse - the DeathAdder V2 is more interested in peak performance than overblown gimmicks. A must-have.
Read more: Razer DeathAdder V2 review
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)
There's a reason you'll often see the G502 Lightspeed topping 'best of' lists; it's legitimately excellent. A follow-up to the classic G502 gaming mouse, this sequel builds on the original's legacy with a 16,000 DPI HERO sensor, customizable weights to change how it feels in use, and 11 programmable buttons. These aren't obnoxiously positioned, either. They're subtly built into the side of the mouse's flank to stay out of your way.
The Lightspeed avoids any fuss when it comes to charging cables, too. That's because it's compatible with the Logitech PowerPlay charging mat, meaning you can play and recharge the battery at the same time. That's something of a revelation - having to pause mid-game and dig out a wire because your mouse has run out of charge is a nuisance.
Yes, features like that make it an expensive piece of kit. But honestly, it's more than worth the price of admission.
Read more: Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless review
3. HyperX Pulsefire Surge
The best gaming mouse for those on a budget
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 4.6oz (130g)
Want a good gaming mouse without breaking the bank? We'd recommend the HyperX Pulsefire Surge. It's affordable yet still commands respect in terms of its feature-set, not to mention a design that gives off an air of premium quality that (thankfully) isn't matched by a premium price tag.
To begin with, Omron switches make for a satisfying click - it feels better to use than many other mice in this price bracket. What's more, the two extra buttons on its left-hand side allow you to respond faster than normal (they can be programmed to replace specific keyboard commands, for example) and a DPI of 16,000 puts it up there with the competition in terms of sensitivity.
However, the Pulsefire Surge's most impressive feature might be its design. Looks aren't everything, but the 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.
4. Corsair Ironclaw RGB
The best gaming mouse for larger hands
DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 3.7oz (105g)
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, Corsair's Ironclaw RGB should be your first port of call. This is 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.
5. Razer Naga Trinity
The best gaming mouse for those who want it all
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 19 + 14 + 9 | Weight: 4.2oz (118g)
Players that dabble in a range genres normally have to compromise somewhere; it's hard to find a mouse that'll serve each game's needs (like the wealth of extra buttons that are so helpful in MMOs, for example) without becoming an over-stuffed monstrosity.
Enter the Naga Trinity, the latest multifaceted mouse from Razer. Besides a high-resolution optical sensor and comfortable shape, it lets you swap out the side panel for specialised alternatives. That means you can quickly switch to a more suitable set-up without having to change mice.
This alone makes the Razer Naga Trinity worth considering. However, the quality of each panel seals the deal - it's arguably the best gaming mouse for those who want it all.
6. Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite
The best gaming mouse for MMOs
DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 17 | Weight: 4.3oz (122g)
Play a lot of MMOs or MOBA 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
7. Razer Viper
The best gaming mouse for shooters
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 2.6oz (69g)
The Razer Viper was built for and with the help of esports players, and you can definitely tell. Its competitive edge is clear from the mouse's speed; it's quick, responsive, and comfortable over long periods of time. 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
8. Roccat Kone Pure Ultra
The best lightweight gaming mouse
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 2.4oz (66g)
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
9. ROG Pugio II Ambidextrous
The best ambidextrous gaming mouse
DPI: 16,000 | Interface: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, USB | Buttons: 7 | Weight: 3.59oz (102g)
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 ROG Pugio II.
ROG throws its hat into the ring with a well-considered pointer that's excellent for either camp - it's the best gaming mouse for ambidextrous users. That's because it puts comfort over speed, and this is great news for any lefties out there. In fact, it's challenged only by Corsair's M55 RGB Pro.
The advantage of this one over the competition is its tri-mode connectivity, though. It can be used with 2.4GHz wireless, a Bluetooth connection if you're prefer, or good old-fashioned USB wires. Perfect.
Read more: ROG Pugio II review
10. Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro
The best wireless gaming mouse for most people
DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wireless/USB/Bluetooth | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 4.69oz (133g)
A spruced-up re-imagining of Corsair's Dark Core, the RGB Pro has style and clever upgrades to spare. Its impressive Slipstream technology creates a responsive wireless connection that can match most wired mice, while the addition of two extra buttons on the left click allows you to increase or decrease DPI quickly. That's perfect in online shooters where it helps to use different sensitivities. Your index finger won't stray far from the left click either. That helps boost response time, letting you adjust to a situation faster than normal.
Meanwhile, it's surprisingly effective when it comes to ergonomics. This is a mouse that'll remain comfortable despite hours of use gaming or working - it's up there with the excellent Roccat Kain 120 AIMO in that regard. The addition of an optional 'wing' to rest your pinky finger on is a nice touch, too.
Basically, this is the best wireless mouse we've tried recently.
Read more: Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro review
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 adding them to any roundup. That includes putting them through their paces with day-to-day tasks and good old-fashioned gaming sessions in classics such as World of Warcraft or DOTA 2. We also spend time with them playing the latest releases like Call of Duty: Warzone, Gears Tactics, and Planet Zoo. In other words? We'll never recommend something we wouldn't actively use ourselves.
Head over to our full write-up on how we test gaming mice at GamesRadar+ for more information.