How We Picked
So you have your comfortable cushioned gaming chair, your high-end computer with all the case fans, GPU and RAM you could ever need (probably still not enough for Minecraft on max settings). You got your gaming earbuds on, and you’re ready to start. You sit in that seat and play some CS:GO, but you just aren’t hitting those headshots. Of course, it’s definitely NOT your lack of skill. It must be something else. And since there is no other hardware left to blame, it’s probably your mouse. Time to upgrade!
It is funny how many people overlook this vital piece of gaming equipment. They believe that if they have a decent PC and good ping that their mouse is just used for pointing and clicking, but that’s not really true. The mouse turns into your tool. It is the one thing that can make or break your game. But finding that perfect mouse that fits your gaming style can be a little tricky.
If you go online, you will see that there are tons to choose from and a price range that will fit any budget. But lucky you, we have narrowed down the search so that you can pick the best gaming wireless mouse to suit your needs.
E-Blue Mazer II
The E-Blue Mazer II offers a sleek sci-fi design with a comfortable thumb rest. The mouse works for large and small hands and across all platforms whether you use a PC, Mac, or even a tablet. All you need is a USB port to fit the receiver into and you are set.
The Mazer comes with seven buttons. There are five usable buttons, plus the scroll wheel, and the DPI adjustment. Each button on the mouse can be programmed, but require additional programs like X-Mouse or the manufacturer software you can download here.
Don’t let the low price fool you. The Mazer II is durable and feels strong and sturdy, definitely not like cheap china plastic. With its 140gr they could’ve made it a little lighter, but this really comes down to personal preference. As for battery life, using average AA batteries will be able to power the mouse for months. This mouse does require two AA batteries to operate, and a set is included when you purchase the mouse. If you are wondering about the range of the mouse, you can get up to 7″ away from your computer and still have a solid connection which is cool if you want to use it in combination with a console and a TV or something.
You will find that the Mazer II comes with three settings, on, off, and on with lights. The mouse glides smoothly and you will find that the clicking is like a regular mouse with no extra sounds. As for the scroll wheel, it spins smoothly. But if you’re looking for one that offers continuous spin, the Mazer is not for you as you have to guide the wheel with your thumb instead of just pushing and letting it go.
The only real issue with the Mazer II is the receiver. It’s a little fragile, so we would definitely recommend to unplug it everything you are transporting your laptop in a case where there might be a chance that it could take a hit. If you do have issues with the receiver, you can get a replacement quickly or buy one online for a few bucks.
All in all though, the Mazer II is great value for the price. Great battery life, sleek design, comfortable fit, and is compatible with several devices. If you want a decent gaming mouse without a heavy price tag, then the Mazer II might be exactly what you have been looking for.
Logitech G305 Lightspeed
The Logitech G305 Lightspeed isn’t as flashy as the Mazer II, but don’t let the simplistic design make you think the mouse is cheap. Logitech G305 is sturdy, very well balanced as far as weight goes and the sides of the mouse are textured plastic adding extra gripping.
Battery life is outstanding with 250 hours of gameplay on a single AA battery in high mode. However, if you switch to low mode, you’ll find that the battery can last up to nine months. Plus the battery is rechargeable by using the USB cord that comes with the mouse.
If you are looking for a quiet mouse, you’ll find that the G305 clicks a bit louder than other gaming mouses. The thumb buttons don’t offer a lot of resistance and there is a slightly longer but very consistent travel distance for the left- and right click buttons. Overall the G305 feels great to use.
When it comes to the range of the receiver, you can get up to 10 feet before losing signal with the computer. It utilizes a Logitech Hero 12000 DPI sensor. The G305 offers you four DPI options which is controlled by the scroll wheel and comes with six buttons that you can customize. If you are concerned with latency, you won’t have any issues with this mouse. Logitech’s so called “Lightspeed” technology is supposed to be faster than wired connections, with a 1ms report time. If you switch into low mode (increased battery life) polling rate is locked at 125 HZ and the response time goes from 1 MS up to 8MS, which will work for Minecraft but might not be such a good idea when you play Fortnite.
Just like the Mazer, the G305 can be used on a variety of devices including PC and Mac. As long as there is a USB port for the receiver, you can use this mouse.
Overall, you’ll be pleased with the G305. It is lightweight, sleek, offers a compartment for the receiver and is super responsive. As for the price, you will find that the G305 is half the price of G703 but still has all the features of the G703.
The images are above are from SilencedTech’s review of this mouse:
Razer Mamba Wireless Rechargeable
The Razer Mamba is extremely comfortable to handle and tracks motion incredibly well. It’s sleek design is similar to the Deathadder, but the raised textured siding offers added support and grip.
The Mamba is relatively light. It comes with 9 buttons that are programmable and are rated for 50 million clicks. The buttons feel tactile, giving you a better response time than any other Razer mouse. The side buttons can make a “buzzing” sounds sometimes but offer great travel in return.
The 5G Advanced Optical Sensor offers true 16,000 DPI and unlike the Mamba Tournament the Mamba won’t have any issues with pixel to pixel movements and dust. It’s the same sensor used in the Deathadder Elite.
As for battery life, Razer Mamba offers you a charging dock, or you can use the USB port to charge your mouse. Granted it may take you a bit to get used to putting your mouse in the dock after game play, but at least the dock is included in the price instead of having to buy one separately.
The Mamba does allow you to adjust your comfort settings by using the hex wrench and adjust the click force on the main left and right buttons between 45 to 95g to suits your needs. You will find that the Mamba offers an incredibly smooth sensor.
As for the added features, the Mamba is completely customizable from the buttons to the lighting using the Razer software.
You can set this mouse up pretty much any way you want to fit your gaming setup.
The Logitech G703 uses the same wireless connection as their premium G900 and G903, and it also comes with the same PWM3366 sensor. It offers a DPI range from 200 to up to 12,000DPI, all with zero smoothing or acceleration across the entire range. You will find that the G703 will give you the same quality, speed, and accuracy that Logitech is known for so you really don’t have to worry about low response times slowing you down.
The difference between the G703 and the more expensive G903 is that you won’t have as many options with the G703. You are looking at 3 profiles instead of the five that come with G903, and the programmable buttons are limited to 6.
An issue you may come across is how lightweight this device is. For some, the top flips up too easily and the mouse is generally too small for bigger than average hands. However, if you are looking for a lightweight mouse, then the G703 might be what you want. Some people find the middle click slightly too hard to use, meaning you really need to press it a little harder than you’d expect.
The lights are customizable RGB colors so you can make them fit your setup.
Finally this mouse utilizes the Powerplay wireless charging system, so if you got some more cash to spend you can get this special Logitech mousepad which charges your mouse while you play.
CORSAIR Harpoon RGB Wireless
With 99g the Harpoon RGB Wireless comes with an average weight and offers up to 60 hours of battery life.
One of the biggest standout features of the Corsair Harpoon wireless is the 10,000 DPI optical (this is what you want) sensor. This is a gaming grade sensor designed to provide you with pixel precise tracking while being adjustable, meaning that you can essentially set the sensitivity level of the mouse to your desire. Unfortunately there is no up and down adjustment and the Sensor just cycles in one direction through the different modes. Each mode is bound to one RGB color. There is a sniper mode which goes all the way down to 250 DPI. This mouse can either be incredibly reactive to your hand movement or not very reactive at all, depending on how you personally want to set it and that’s definitely a feature you want in a gaming mouse.
As with all the mice on this list, the transmission claims to be around 1ms, which is basically instantly and you won’t notice any difference to a wired mouse. However, it also offers the option to just use the six feet long charging cord as a replacement for the wireless connection.
The Harpoon features six separate buttons located strategically around the mouse.
Each button can be set according to your configuration depending on how you want to use the mouse. This should give you a much easier time in adapting to using the mouse, and you can also change the configurations whenever you want to down the road. You can also configure the custom RGB lighting and program it with the very handy software Crosair offers.
The Corsair Harpoon is designed to handle up to fifty million clicks of continuous use, which on paper should prevent you from running into the infamous “double-click issue” that many gaming mice show after a couple of months.
Overall, the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless is a durable, lightweight, and customizable mouse. Six customizable buttons, the 10,000 DPI optical and adjustable sensor and the 60 hours of battery life means this mouse offers a very solid range of features that check all the boxes.
Logitech MX Vertical
The Logitech MX Vertical may not look like your standard mouse and hat’s because it was created to be ergonomic and comfortable, raised slightly at an angle. While this mouse isn’t really designed for the average gamer, you will find that it works quite well. The strengths of the MX reside in the comfort, and the molded design gives your wrists a break from the typical strain that is associated with using a mouse for hours on end.
With the MX Vertical there in no lag time or latency and the mouse comes with a 4,000 DPI sensor. It comes with four customizable buttons and can be used with the PC and Mac.
The Vertical offers you a release from the stress in your wrist, however, the scroll wheel is positioned in an awkward place on the mouse causing you to bend your finger in order to access it. But for those with small hands you’ll find that the Vertical fits well and is easy to use.
The mouse is sensitive enough to be used for any game and while the mouse does have great tracking, we don’t recommend this one if you play shooters mainly and care about your performance. Let’s be real, this mouse is not designed for Call of Duty or Apex Legends. The reason we included it is that there are definitely people out there mainly playing strategy games where precision and speed isn’t a top priority. In this case the great comfort this mouses offers can be a great trade off for high DPI sensor, especially after a couple of hours of gaming.
Here is Linus explaining why going for this honestly kind of weird looking mouse might be a good idea long term:
When it comes to buying a universal mouse, the Logitech G903 pulls it off well. The G903 can be used for gaming or everyday computer use. Plus you will find that the G903 is relatively sturdy and not as lightweight as others on this list.
The G903 comes with a metal scroll wheel which can also be used as a button and spins freely for about 15 seconds. You can also put the wheel in notched mode if you are into shooter games to give you better control when switching weapons. As for the buttons, the G903 makes it incredibly easy to switch the thumb button around. So if you are left handed or right, you can easily get this mouse to fit your gaming style.
Now, if you happen to find that the Logitech G903 feels familiar, then you would be right. For those that have the Logitech G900, you will find that the G903 is like picking up an old glove. Also those who have used the G502, the G903 isn’t all that different.
The G903 comes with a battery life of up to 32 hours and is easily recharged. If you turn on the RGB lights you’ll still be able to get 24 hours out of one charge. You can also get the Powerplay mat which this G903 is compatible with to recharge your mouse.
As for comfort, the G903 is ergonomic even for people with large hands. The mouse moves smoothly without any issues. The weight distribution for the G903 is nearly perfect decreasing the chances of the front of the mouse popping up.
However, like the G903, some users have complained about a double clicking issue which is actually very common with mice. This isn’t only a Logitech problem but used to happen with Razer mice, like the Naga. That shows us that it’s just pretty hard to come up with a left-click button, that feels great, offers good travel AND holds up to the abuse a gamer puts it through. If you run into this issue, just contact customer support and let them handle it.
Again this mouse comes with the PMW3366 sensor, offering 200-12,000 DPI without any acceleration. Logitech’s “Lightspeed” technology promises unmatched transmission times even without a wire, but if you want to have this mouse plugged in, you can. Customizable RGB is, as with the others, limited to the logo and the profile lights.
While the mouse does offer RGB, you may want to keep the lights off to save battery life and be cautious with the receiver when not in use (not very sturdy), but if you happen to lose this piece, you can order a new one from the manufacturer.
SteelSeries Rival 650
Whether you want a lightweight or a heavier gaming mouse, the Rival 650 will suit your needs. This mouse offers you the ability to add weight to it so that you get the best feel for your buck. The mouse comes standard at 101g and can be customized to reach 153g. There is NO best weight for a gaming mouse, it all comes down to personal preference, so having the option to adapt weight to your liking is very handy.
Now if you have large hands, you won’t feel like you are drowning the mouse. It fits nicely in the palm and even with the smooth silky finish, the mouse holds in place. The tracking is amazing and will move lightning fast with its snappy “Exclusive TrueMove3+” sensors. Want some buzzwords? 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical 1 to 1 tracking and they call this the esports sensor.
Response time is 1ms and a full charge will last you 24 hours and if you need more than that… well you are more hardcore than we are but, just 15 minutes of charging will give you an additional 10+ hours of gaming time.
The left and right buttons are separated slightly from the mouse, so you won’t feel like you are accidentally pressing them. They offer enough resistance so you can easily rest your fingers on them without feeling like they are being pressed down.
Overall, the Rival 650 gives you everything you want in a gaming mouse and works well on PC and Mac. It really checks all the boxes and gets praised by a lot of pro gamers. If you got the money to spend and want something that offers everything you might want in a gaming mouse, the Rival 650 is the way to go.
Logitech G Pro
Unlike most of the other mice on this list, the G Pro is very simplistic in design and style. It comes with a very good balance of battery life, durability, and quality. It is super lightweight coming in at just 80g (so you have to be a fan of that).
The Pro offers excellent tracking so you don’t lose your cursor in the game. You will also notice that the G Pro “clicks” quieter than other gaming mice. There are no annoying sounds that come from the mouse, even when you shake it.
You will find that the G pro offers magnetic changeable buttons which allow you to move them around. The buttons are air light, very responsive but tactile and their placement seems to be thought through (very comfortable to reach). There are 6 programmable buttons in total. The scroll wheel offers a rubber casing and doesn’t rattle the way others do making this mouse ultra-quiet.
As for battery life, the Logitech G Pro will go for days (48 hours) and this is with lights turned on, twice as long as the SteelSeries. If you turn out lights completely you might even get close to 60 hours out of it.
The new built in Next-Gen HERO 16K Sensor is fantastic and quite popular among esports pro gamers and offers speeds over 400 IPS (inches per second, everything above 200 is great) and up to 16,000 DPI.
The only negative thing is the price tag. If you are cool with the light weight, the G Pro is the go-to gaming mouse.
So, you have seen the types of gaming mouses that are available, but you still need a bit of help to decide which one will suit your needs best. There are several factors that you need to look over before you get your wallet out. You need to think about response times, how much you want to spend, and consider the sensor that is built in your gaming mouse. Other things to consider are battery life and lighting (in case there is a color theme in your setup) for your device.
Plus you need to understand the difference between the type of mouse you need vs the one you want. Your games also should be factored in when shopping for a gaming mouse. You may find that the one you want, that has all the bells and whistles won’t be the best one to suit your needs.
Do you want a mouse that will last for months without needing to be charged or do you want one that is colorful and rumbles to give you the ultimate gaming experience? Also you need to think about the weight of your mouse and the receiver quality. So, let’s dive right in and figure out which mouse will be best for you.
The last thing you want to worry about is battery life. Being in the middle of a ranked game and suddenly losing connection is a worst case scenario.
There are several gaming mice that will last for months, but those usually work with standard AA batteries. We actually prefer chargeable mice and there are a couple on the list above. If you really want to stop worrying about battery life, you can throw some cash down for the Logitech Powerplay system that charges your mouse through the mouse pad.
How heavy is the perfect gaming mouse. Kitguru ran a poll asking over a thousand gaming enthusiasts and these are the results:
As you can see, most people really don’t care about the weight of their mouse. Out of people that do care it’s spread out very evenly between heavy and lightweight, with most people going for the middle ground of “Light-Middle 91gr-110gr”. This really just personal preference, so we can’t really help you with that.
DPI, PPI, IPS, yada yada… That might not mean a lot to you.
DPI (Dots Per Inch): Originated from printers to describe how many little blobs of color (dots) the printer can fit in a linear inch.
PPI (Pixels Per Inch): Originated from displays this describes pixel density, again measured in inches.
CPI (Counts Per Inch): Actually the only right measurement when it comes to mouse sensors, again measured in inches.
Here is an example: If you have a mouse with 1 CPI, you have to move the mouse one whole inch until it recognizes any move and sends it to your PC.
Or the other way around and more common definition:
“the number of steps the sensor will report after moving one linear inch”
Generally more expensive mice often come with higher DPI sensors, but high DPI is not always better, everything above 6k is not really useful. Why? Take 4k screen resolution (3840 pixels) with a 60 degrees field of view and do the math: 3840 * (360/60) = 23040 pixels per 360 degree rotation. Now take a high sensitivity that requires you to move your mouse 4 inches for a full 360 turn and you end up with 23040 / 4 = 5760 CPI.
You’ll want to look for optical sensors without any artificial acceleration. This means no matter how quickly you move your mouse, the distance your cursor travels on the screen should always be the same.
Speaking of acceleration, your mouse should be able to withstand at least 13g. You want it to be able to function properly even when you have to make quick movements.
IPS (Inches Per Second): Determines how fast you can move your mouse with the sensor still working as intended. You won’t be able to move you mouse faster than 200 Inches per Second, so everything above that should be fine.
Most gaming mice today are on par with wired mice. Most of the options above reach around 1ms response time which is enough for esports and therefore should be enough for you as well.
When it comes to getting the grip you want and making the mouse more comfortable for long term game play, you will need a mouse that you can customize. There are mice that allow you to change buttons from left and right sides or even leave them off completely. What’s also pretty cool is the feature to adjust the weight like the SteelSeries Rival 650 offers it. Usually the more you want to customize your mouse, the more expensive they become.
It is not really a make or break for finding the perfect gaming mouse, but we know there are people who put a lot of effort into a perfect setup, with LED stripes and more. There is definitely a reason why most premium mice offer the RGB color feature.
Just remember though, a wireless gaming mouse runs on power, either limited through batteries or through a charging system. Having the lights on can often half your battery life. So, if you don’t want to worry about an additional force draining your mouse, look for one without this feature or at lest one that allows you to turn them off.
Now we come to the most important factor when choosing a gaming mouse; the cost. You will be surprised to find that there are several to choose from that are well below $50. And just because they are cheap, doesn’t mean that they are bad. You can get a decent gaming mouse for $25, there really is no need to drop $100+. However, think about what you’ll do with that mouse. Do you play competitive shooters? Do you need all those buttons?
Types of Mouses
Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all when it comes to a gaming mouse. You may think you want the top notch mouse that has customizable buttons for every finger and the weapon in your game, but is that really feasible? Now, you may have a computer that is used for everything in your life, including gaming. If that is the case, then you should get a mouse that will fit into your lifestyle. After all, you don’t want five different mice around your home that goes with all the different setups. You want an all-purpose mouse that can be used for gaming
The All-Purpose Mouse
These are the most common types of gaming mouse. They come in all shapes and sizes. Because they are labeled as “all-purpose” the mouse has to be able to handle everything from fast action games to strategy games.
If you are one who has tons of games for your computer and you don’t know which mouse to pick. Grab one that is an all-purpose like the Razer Mamba on this list.
Let’s say you like shooting games like Call of Duty, or Fortnite. The all-purpose mouse will work, but if you want laser precision shooting with a distinctive ‘sniper’ button that allows you to slow down the DPI in order to get that perfect shot, then you will need a fancier mouse than just the all-purpose.
You can get by with an all-purpose mouse, if you play World of Warcraft and there are dozens of different spells you want to key-bind, this just won’t cut it. That is where the MMO mouse comes in. This mouse offers buttons on top of buttons. This will allow you to keep your spells at your fingertips without binding too much to your keyboard or keypad. The Razer Naga was one of the first to work with that offering 12 buttons on the side alone.
Q: What’s the Difference Between a Gaming Mouse and a Standard One That Comes With Your Computer or Laptop?
A: There is a huge gap between a gaming mouse and a standard mouse. First the design and comfort levels are completely different. For the standard mouse, you normally have three buttons on the top of the mouse and the wheel is used as the third.
For a gaming mouse, you have anywhere from 6 to 12 buttons depending on the model you pick. Each of the buttons for the gaming mouse can be programmed to help you with inventory in your game, to combat moves. There is also a CPU in most gaming mice that helps to keep the connectivity to the computer, allowing for faster response times and accuracy for first-person shooter games.
Q: Why Is There A CPU In A Mouse?
A: Your mouse is like a small computer, doing calculations on DPI, PSI etc.
Q: What does DPI/CPI/PPI mean?
A: Dots Per Inch / Counts Per Inch / Pixels Per Inch
All are used to track “the number of steps the sensor will report after moving one linear inch”
Q: What Type of Battery Life Should You Expect To Get Out of A Wireless Gaming Mouse?
A: It’s perfectly reasonable for you to get twenty four hours out of a single charge on a wireless gaming mouse with a rechargeable battery. More expensive options might be able last up twice that time.
Q: What DPI Should You Expect For A Wireless Gaming Mouse?
A: The DPI, or Dots Per Inch, refers to the sensitivity of your gaming mouse. Generally everything above 6,000 DPI is not useful. For more information see our buying guide above.
More DPI is definitely not always better. Everything above 6k is usually an overkill.
Look for a wireless gaming mouse that has an adjustable DPI.
A good range is for your wireless mouse to have a low DPI setting of 100DPI and a high of 5,000 DPI or so. For reference, most people use a setting of around 1,000 DPI for everyday uses. Higher DPI settings are preferable for command screens and certain video games that require quick movement. Lower DPI settings are good for more precise work such as photo editing.
Q: Why Should I Get a Wireless Mouse?
A: One of the greatest benefits to going wireless is the freedom. You don’t have to worry about getting your hands or computer tangled in the mess of a cord. You don’t have to worry that the cord will break from bending or the way you store it once you are done. With a wireless, all you need is a USB port and a couple of batteries.
Wireless mice used to be bad for gaming because of response times, but that’s definitely a thing of the past. Today you’ll see and feel no difference between the two, even in shooters.
The bottom line is this when it comes to getting the best mouse for your dollar you need to do some reach and really narrow down the field. While this list is the top eight that highlight various budgets, it doesn’t make it all exclusive. There are several gaming mice out there that weren’t listed because they resembled a lot of what was on this list.
Don’t just look at the pricing if you are buying a new gaming mouse. Look at all that you are getting for the price. Many times you will buy one that doesn’t fit your hand right, and you got it because of the style or name brand. Maybe even go and test something in your local store if you are really serious about it.