Whether you need a wireless gaming mouse, an FPS mouse, an MMO mouse or an ambidextrous mouse, there’s a lot of excellent options to suit your needs on the market.
If you’ve spent hundreds — or more — on buying or building the perfect PC, you’re going to want something a little more sophisticated than the average office mouse to go with it. Selecting the best gaming mouse for your needs isn’t easy, since there are dozens of designs, features and prices to consider. We spend quality time testing gaming mice each year, spending days at a time with each peripheral to ensure that we know exactly how it will feel and perform during long play sessions.
In short: The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is the best gaming mouse for most players, combining an ergonomic design with programmable buttons, robust software and tunable weights.
If you’re on a budget, the Logitech G300s is the best gaming mouse value. This plucky little peripheral costs on Amazon less than 25 pounds, but still offers lots of programmable buttons and a comfortable, contoured grip.
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1. Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse overall
DPI: 100 – 12,000 | Buttons: 11 | Size: 130 x 76 x 38 mm | Weight: 164 g (adjustable)
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum comes about as close as possible to the perfect gaming mouse. This device has a distinctive design, comfortable textured grips and 11 easily accessible, programmable buttons. Thanks to its tunable weights, adjustable scroll wheel and powerful software, the G502 plays nicely with any genre you can throw at it. With Logitech’s powerful software and the G502’s built-in RGB lighting, you can also optimize and customize the gadget for all of your favorite games. The device’s angular aesthetics won’t be to everyone’s taste, but beyond that, it’s hard to think of any area in which the G502 doesn’t fully deliver.
- Intuitive and comfortable design
- Big buttons in a smart layoutStreamlined software with lots of options
- Ultrafine weight adjustment
- Improved scroll wheel
- May not suit palm-grip players with big hands
2. Logitech G Pro Wiereless Gaming Mouse
Best wireless gaming mouse out there.
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: Wireless | Buttons: 4-8 | Ergonomic: Right handed | Weight: 80 g
Bringing together featherweight ergonomics, a high-performance sensor, and flawless wireless connectivity, the Logitech G Wireless Pro has risen swiftly to the top of our best gaming mice charts. Plus, it’s ambidextrous too.
The Wireless Pro is equipped with interchangeable switches and a DPI switch hidden on the underside of the mouse to avoid accidental button presses getting in the way of the action. And when it comes to gaming prowess, the mouse offers the best performance we’ve experienced in-game. So long as you’re okay spending bit more money on a mouse, the Logitech Wireless Pro is the right choice.
- Great battery life
3. Razer Deathadder Elite Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse for shooters.
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Ergonomic: Right handed | Weight: 105 g
The Razer Deathadder has an all-around fantastic shape for all sorts of grips and hand sizes, and I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing games, using Photoshop, and browsing the Internet with it. Despite years of iterations, Razer never messes with the Deathadder’s shape. There’s no reason to.
The Deathadder Elite uses a 16,000 CPI optical sensor, but big numbers don’t necessarily mean quality. Razer’s implementation should deliver flawless tracking, even if you move the mouse as fast as you can.
For the majority of games and gamers, the Deathadder Elite is an amazing mouse. It’s simple where it should be, with two perfectly placed, generously sized thumb buttons, has a great optical mouse sensor that will work on both hard and cloth pads, and has the ultimate body shape for a claw or hybrid claw/palm grip.
- Rivals the best gaming mouse sensor available
- Ideal shape for palm or claw grips and a variety of hand sizes
- Driver software requires a sign-in
4. Corsair Ironclaw RGB Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse for larger hands.
DPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 105 g
The Ironclaw is the best mouse tested for gamers with larger hands. While it’s design encompasses a strange blend of materials, from smooth matte plastic on the buttons to the diamond print, grippy rubber sides, to the unique, wavy rubber on the scroll wheel, each conforms well to it’s function on the mouse. Instead of a single cohesive material, Corsair has designated one to suit each panel individually, which adds to the excellent overall fit of the mouse to make it feel really cozy gliding over your mouse pad. It’s domed and curved fit perfectly in the palm of right-handed gamers, and is one of the best feeling mice to grip on the market.
It does feel a bit weighty, particularly for a wireless mouse that doesn’t require a discrete battery, and unfortunately doesn’t offer customizable weights. While that means the Ironclaw feels just a hair more cumbersome than other, lighter wired mice, it also makes the mouse feel more significant and substantial.
The RGB lighting is slick and understated and can be fully customized through Corsair’s iCue software, including the option to calibrate your mouse to the surface on which you’re using it. While iCue isn’t the most intuitive software, it does offer a comprehensive set of customization options.
- Great, comfortable fit for larger hands
- Highly responsive with tactile buttons
- Feels a bit heavy for a wired mouse, with no adjustable weights
5. Roccat Kone Aimo Gaming Mouse
Perfect for FPS games.
DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 10 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 130 g
Roccat has created a particularly stylish, well-built, and comfortable mouse with their Kone Aimo. The Owl-Eye optical sensor is responsive and will reach up to 12,000 DPI. The mouse will almost definitely be larger than you initially guessed. It’s surprisingly chunky, yet feels exceptionally well-built and offers plenty of support for your palm to lift off the mat.
The Aimo lighting breaks out through multiple zones of the exposed underbelly of the mouse, which displays a vibrant and glowing spectrum of complementary colours – something a little different from the usual fare. The non-Aimo two-tone illumination is, in itself, one of the most visually stunning RGB LED implementations we’ve seen, and without going over the top. We only had a compatible mouse at the time of testing, but the Aimo lighting will sync across any of Roccat’s supported devices.
- Stunning lighting
- Good support
6. Corsair M65 RGB Elite Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse for those with capacious budgets.
DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 130 g
With a price tag equal to the great M65 Pro before it, there’s little reason not to pick up the new and improved Elite instead. The glide pads make sure it doesn’t feel sluggish, and removable weights on the underside mean you can bring the overall weight down to 97g if it’s bothering you. The sturdy construction and braided cable gives the M65 Elite a feeling of quality, even if it’s something of an acquired taste.
It’s not quite our pick for the top mouse of all time, but it’s cheaper than many of our other favourites. It’s functional, comfy, and has that quality stamp of approval we’ve come to expect from Corsair, and while it may not be revolutionary, there’s a lot to like about about the M65 Elite.
- Solid optical sensor
- Sturdy construction
- Removable weights
- Not ambidextrous
7. Razer Mamba Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse
One of the best, most-comfortable Razer mouse designs in history.
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 9 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 133 g
There are some people who prefer laser sensors in their mice and the Philips sensor in the Mamba is still an excellent option. With the hardware acceleration you might think they’re crazy, but laser sensors care not for the surface they skim across so can be a more versatile option if you’re travelling around sans mat.
The Mamba is also an incredibly comfortable gaming mouse, with a relatively light touch too. It doesn’t glide across your desktop quite as well as the Logitech options, but it’s still a great gaming mouse in its own right.
8. Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse for MOBAs and MMOs.
DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 19, 14, or 9 | Ergonomic: Right handed | Weight: 120 g
The form and function of Razer’s Naga mouse has come a long way over the years. Its latest version, the Naga Trinity, is the best yet: a small, comfortable mouse with a high quality sensor and three interchangeable thumb grips with button arrays ideal for MOBAs, MMOs, or general use. The MOBA array is the best, offering seven buttons in a circle around your thumb. There are enough buttons to map multiple abilities, but not so many that they become an overwhelming samey blob. The 12 button array, designed for MMOs, has that problem for me, but anyone who wants a whole number pad under their thumb will appreciate the option.
The Naga Trinity’s side panels snap into place with strong magnets and don’t wiggle a bit when gaming. Otherwise, the Naga Trinity is the same as the Naga Hex before it, with a comfortable palm grip shape that includes a small pinky rest. The Naga Hex is a bit on the small side for larger hands, with more of a squat shape than some gaming mice. It’s comfortable in the relaxed grip suited to MMOS, but will still do the job if you play MOBAs, shooters, or any other active games.
- Customizable thumb grip with three different button arrays
- Buttons feel nice and clicky despite being removable
- Design is a bit squat for larger hands
9. SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse
A colorful and versatile gaming mouse.
DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 7 | Size: 131 x 43 x 27 mm | Weight: 96 – 128 g
The SteelSeries Rival 600 is visually striking, with two rainbow LED strips running down the center of the device. That alone isn’t enough to recommend the Rival 600 as one of the best gaming mice, but its fantastic performance is. The Rival 600 offers adjustable weights, a comfortable grip, a subtly textured scroll wheel, and nuanced software that lets you program buttons and DPI options. Where the mouse stands out, of course, is that you can do some extremely eye-catching things with the lighting options, from rainbow waves to almost imperceptible color shifts. Better still, since the strips aren’t hidden under your palm, you can even admire your handiwork while you game.
- Beautiful design
- Accurate sensor
- Pretty illumination
- Tunable weights
- Weights are a little finicky
- A few software quirks
10. SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse for lefties.
DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 8 | Size: 125 x 61 x 39 mm | Weight: 92 g
There are plenty of contenders for the best gaming mouse on the market, but most of them cater exclusively to righties. If you’re a gamer of the sinistral persuasion, you have surprisingly few high-quality options at your disposal. Enter the ambidextrous SteelSeries Sensei 310, which works equally well in either hand. This mouse features a deceptively simple design, with textured grips and two programmable thumb buttons on either side. It’s small, sleek and comfortable, and plays well with every genre, from FPS to MOBA to RPG. Thanks to the SteelSeries Engine software, it’s also simple to customize DPI and button options. For right-handed gamers, the Sensei 310 is a fine choice; for left-handed gamers, it might be a lifesaver.
- Excellent designGreat performance
- Reasonable price
- Fully ambidextrous
- Only two DPI settings
- Some lighting oddities