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Best Gaming Mouse: Top Pointers for 2021

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Pick the best gaming mouse for your gaming style and grip. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

The best gaming mouse is one that feels good for your grip and offers great performance with your favorite titles. Getting a mouse that feels like it belongs in your hand and has the right feature set, plus a strong sensor will inevitably improve the flow of your gameplay, the hits you land and the satisfaction you get from snagging those Ws. 

There are many players in the mouse game today, and why not? Models can range from very cheap and simple to premium ones boasting handy (pun not intended) features, like wireless charging or a pile of programmable buttons. There are also bold design choices, like flashy RGB and removable parts. 

Below we help make things easier by breaking down the best gaming mouse for different uses.

Quick Shopping Tips

  • Optical or Laser? : Both sensor types offer a great experience, but optical mice have slightly better accuracy. Laser mice work on more surface types. If you’re really picky, go for an optical sensor, preferably one designed or developed with PixArt.
  • Wireless or Wired? : Wireless mice have come a long way in the last few years, but they still have downsides, including limited battery life (particularly with RGB) and potential latency. If you opt for a wireless, aim for one with 30 hours or more battery life. You’ll also need to decide if you want Bluetooth a 2.4 GHz dongle connection or both. Bluetooth is handy for switching among multiple devices, but comes with a latency cost, but 2.4 GHz will requires a USB port and dongle that’s easy to lose.
  • Palm, Claw or Fingertip Grip? : It’s good practice to examine how exactly you hold your mouse. There are three common mouse grips: 
  1. Palm Grip - The base of your palm rests on the back of the mouse, with your fingers laying on top.
  2. Claw Grip - Where your wrist rests on the mouse mat, the palm doesn’t touch the mouse, and your fingertips grip the edges of it and the buttons.
  3. Fingertip Grip - Where your wrist and palm are both elevated off the mouse mat and the mouse, and it’s again gripped with just the finger tips at its edges and on the buttons.

Knowing your grip style will help you find a mouse that’s right for you, since each grip typically occurs due to the size of your hands. Therefore, a mouse designed for a fingertip grip will likely be larger than one designed for a palm grip.

  • DPI, CPI, IPS and Acceleration? : DPI and CPI are effectively the same marketing terms. Traditionally we used DPI in print to declare how many dots per inch something would be printed in, in regards to image clarity. CPI, however, stands for counts per inch, and that’s how many counts your mouse takes per inch it travels.

A higher CPI doesn’t necessarily mean a better mouse sensor either. Important is a combination of CPI and IPS. IPS, or inches per second, is the max velocity at which your sensor can still track those counts. The higher the IPS combined with the CPI, the better the sensor.

And then there’s acceleration. That’s how many Gs your mouse can handle and still track effectively, if you’re dashing the mouse back and forth and left and right in short, sharp movements, some mice may flake once they reach a certain G rating.

Best gaming mouse round-up at a glance

  1. Best Overall: Razer Basilisk V3
  2. Best Splurge: Logitech G502 Lightspeed
  3. Best Wireless: Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
  4. Best Budget: Corsair Katar Pro XT
  5. Best FPS: Glorious Model D-
  6. Best FPS Alternate: Cooler Master MM720 
  7. Best for Big Hands: Corsair Ironclaw RGB
  8. Best Wireless Versatility: Razer Basilisk Ultimate
  9. Best MMO: Razer Naga Trinity
  10. Best for Fingertip and Claw Grips: Glorious Model O-

The Best Gaming Mouse You Can Buy Today

Razer Basilisk V3: Best Gaming Mouse (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

1. Razer Basilisk V3

Best Gaming Mouse

Sensor: Razer Focus+
DPI: Up to 20,000 native (26,000 via software)
IPS: 650 IPS
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB Type-A cable
Ergonomics: Right-handed ergonomic
Programmable Buttons: 13, including 5x scroll wheel
Weight: 3.3 ounces (93.55g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches (129.79 x 59.94 x 41.91mm)
Reasons to buy
+Many well-placed, programmable buttons+Multiple scroll wheel inputs with adjustable modes
Reasons to avoid
-Scroll wheel can be clunky and loud 

The Razer Basilisk V3 is the best gaming mouse to hit our lab. Its 9 (13 if you include all the scroll wheel inputs) programmable buttons, well-crafted shape and premium, textured finish make it versatile across gaming genres and even productivity workloads. While it’s on the heavier side compared to honeycomb-style mice for FPS games, PTFE feet help it glide easily, and a dedicated sniper button is easy to reach and drops CPI instantly for headshots. 

Customization options aboud, from the 11 individual RGB zones to the aforementioned buttons. Each button can also have a secondary function when also pressing a designated as “HyperShift.” The Basilisk V3 is also unique in its scroll wheel’s ability to swap from a tactile to smooth, free scroll at the tap of a button or based on how you flick it. That does mean, however, that the wheel can sound rattly and is particularly noisy when switching modes. It can also wobble when shifting side-to-side aggressively. 

If you don’t need that much programmability, the Razer DeathAdder V2 is a worthy, simpler alternative, but the Basilisk V3 earned our Editor’s Choice Award with its advanced feature set, build and customization options. 

More: Razer Basilisk V3 review 

Logitech's G502 Lightspeed boasts customizable weight and wireless charging.. (Image credit: Logitech)

2. Logitech G502 Lightspeed

Best Gaming Mouse Splurge

Sensor: Logitech Hero 16K
CPI: 16,000
IPS: >400
Acceleration: > 40g
Interface: USB Type-A dongle or wired
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Programmable Buttons: 11
Weight: 4.02-4.59 ounces (114-130g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.20 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches (132 x 75 x 40mm)
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Wireless charging capability+Optional weight adjustment+Weighs less than the original
Reasons to avoid
-Powerplay gets in the way of weight adjustment-Expensive

A lighter and wireless version of the popular Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed is a fantastic weapon for your arsenal if you can stomach the price tag. With premium features, like six additional weights (two 4g ones and four 2g ones) for customizing the mouse’s feel, the G502 Lightspeed starts earning your investment.  

With Logitech’s high-CPI and power efficient Hero sensor and an ample number of programmable buttons, the G502 Lightspeed is fit for any gaming genre. Its shape is familiar and comfortable, crafted in first-person shooter style. For times when you can’t risk a wireless connection, the G502 Lightspeed also comes with a reliable cable. 

In addition to connecting to your PC with a wireless dongle, you can make it so you never have to connect the G502 Lightspeed to a cable at all -- not even for charging. With the Logitech G Powerplay wireless charging mouse pad, the mouse is always getting charged as long as the pad is plugged into a USB port. Sadly, the mouse pad takes away the ability to use either of the G502 Lightspeed’s 4g weights and is currently $120

If you’d like a mouse that can charge wirelessly with a wider variety of mouse pads (and more), consider Qi charging mice, like the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE. 

Read: Logitech G502 Lightspeed review 

Razer's DeathAdder V2 Pro is the best wireless gaming mouse for most players.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

3. Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

Best Wireless Gaming Mouse

Sensor: Razer Focus+
CPI: 20,000
IPS: 650
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB Type-A dongle, Bluetooth or wired
Ergonomics: Right-handed
Programmable Buttons: 8
Weight: 3.1 ounces (87.88g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5 x 2.42 x 1.68 inches (127 x 61.47 x 42.67mm)
Reasons to buy
+Rock-solid performance+Strong wired and wireless connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-The price-Other mice may be better for palm grips, smaller hands

The best wireless gaming mouse for most is the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro. It takes the popular and accessible shape of the wired Razer DeathAdder V2 and cuts the cord without cutting performance. With a 2.4 GHz USB-A dongle using Razer’s HyperSpeed technology, gaming performance proved on par with the mouse’s wired alternative.

The DeathAdder V2 Pro uses Razer’s most advanced optical sensor that excelled in gaming, even at high CPI settings. Dual sensitivity buttons help with on-the-fly adjustments. Meanwhile, the left and right click buttons’ mechanical-optical switches can be divisive, especially for those who like the feel of tactile mechanical switches, but we didn’t suffer any mis-clicks. 

The DeathAdder V2 Pro does face some stiff competition, especially considering its hefty $130 MSRP (although it's sometimes on sale for around $120). For example, you can currently find the Logitech G703 Lightspeed for $64. And if you’re willing to go over $100, there are other premium cable-free gaming mice to consider, like the Razer Basilisk Ultimate and Logitech G502 Lightspeed mice listed on this page. But for a wireless gaming mouse that gets down to business without the fuss and extra features, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is top of the line. 

For more wireless mice recommendations, including for gaming and productivity, check out our our Best Wireless Mouse round-up. 

Read: Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro review 

The Corsair Katar Pro XT is heavy on specs but light in weight and price.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

4. Corsair Katar Pro XT

Best Budget Gaming Mouse

Sensor: Pixart PMW3391
DPI: 18,000
IPS: 400
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB Type-A
Ergonomics: Right-handed, claw, fingertip
Programmable Buttons: 6
Weight: 2.68 ounces (73g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.56 x 2.53 x 1.49 inches (115.8 x 64.2 x 37.8mm)
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable, familiar design+Feels light, without honeycomb holes
Reasons to avoid
-Wireless model costs just a few dollars more-Not as light as some pricier alternatives

If you want a well-specced, comfortable gaming mouse at an affordable price, the Corsair Katar Pro XT is the best gaming mouse for you. At just 2.68 ounces, this is a lightweight mouse that’s great for long gaming sessions and that you can quickly adjust to. It’s a bit low profile but has a nice, ambidextrous-shaped shell that doesn’t feel cheap, despite this being a budget mouse. Targeting FPS and MOBA players, Corsair’s mouse glides easily and without cable drag, thanks to PTFE feet and a paracord USB-Type-A tether.

Speaking of the tether, the wireless version of this mouse, the Corsair Katar Pro Wireless can be found for only slightly more, if not on sale for the same price, as this wired version. So that’s worth considering. And if you’re after the lightest mouse, something with a honeycomb shell, like the Glorious mice on this page, save more weight. 

The Katar Pro XT isn’t the flashiest or most unique mouse out there but will make a reliable gaming companion. 

More: Corsair Katar Pro XT review 

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Its lightweight frame makes Glorious' Model D- the best gaming mouse for FPS.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

5. Glorious Model D-

Best Gaming Mouse for FPS

Sensor: Pixart PMW3360
DPI: 12,000
IPS: 250-plus
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB Type-A
Ergonomics: Right-handed palm, claw grip or smaller hands
Programmable Buttons: 6
Weight: 2.15 ounces (61g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.72 x 2.40-2.64 x 1.30-1.57 inches (120 x 61-67 x 33-40mm)
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Excellent sensor and switches
Reasons to avoid
-Some button wobble-Not for lefties

If you’re an FPS gamer, a lightweight mouse can really elevate your experience, making you never want to go back to a ‘normal’ mouse again. The Glorious Model D- (available here for $50 or at Microcenter) is the best gaming mouse for FPS titles because of its ultra light weight of just 2.15 ounces and comfortable shape that’ll be fitting for righties with a palm or claw grip, as well as smaller hands.

Glorious’ Model D- is an exceptional example of the honeycomb-style mouse we’ve been seeing more of lately. If you can deal with the questionable Glorious branding, you get a mouse that’s easy to push and glides nearly effortlessly on its high-quality PTFE feet.

If you want something that’s more ambidextrous, the HK Gaming MIra-M or Glorious Model O- (also on this page) may be better fits. But for a premium mouse that can help change the way your play, the Model D- is an A+ choice.

Oh, and if you're worried about keeping it clean or working with all those holes, see what Glorious CEO Shazim Mohammad told us about that. 

Read: Glorious Model D- review 

Cooler Master's MM720 is a superior FPS mouse for palm grippers.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

6. Cooler Master MM720

Best Gaming Mouse for FPS Alternate

Sensor: PixArt PMW3389
DPI: Up to 16,000 CPI native (32,000 via software)
IPS: 400 IPS
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB Type-A cable
Ergonomics: Right-handed, ergonomic
Programmable Buttons: 6
Weight: 1.72 ounces (49g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.15 x 3.01 x 1.47 inches (105.42 x 76.5 x 37.4mm)
Reasons to buy
+Unique design with ring finger support+Very lightweight, flexible cord
Reasons to avoid
-Side buttons can be hard to reach-Cable already suffers from light kinking

The Cooler Master MM720 has the makings of a fan favorite, thanks to heritage connecting it to Cooler Master’s Spawn mouse.  Moving to an ultra lightweight honeycomb shell and powerful specs and, of course, RGB, the MM720 proves to be one of the best gaming mouse options for FPS games.

Cooler Master’s MM720 is one of the lightest mice on this page, Pure PTFE feet help keep movements extra smooth, and a groove for the ring finger provides extra comfort for long gaming sessions. The MM720’s braided cable started kinking on us during the testing process, drawing a bit of concern about long-term durability. But the mouse starts making up for it with a well-placed, reliable sensor and responsive left and right-click buttons. 

On the other hand, the MM720’s side buttons, while seemingly well-made, make grips besides palm more inaccessible. But if you’re a palm gripper seeking an ergonomic mouse that’s easy to fling around, this is a good choice. 

Read: Cooler Master MM720 review 

Big hands and wide grips will appreciate Corsair's Ironclaw RGB.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

7. Corsair Ironclaw RGB

Best Gaming Mouse for Big Hands

Sensor: Pixart PMW3391
DPI: 18,000
IPS: 450
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: Wireless (2.4 GHz USB Type-A dongle or Bluetooth)
Ergonomics: Right-handed, palm grips
Programmable Buttons: 5
Weight: 4.59 ounces (130g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.5 x 3 x 1.6 inches (140 x 77 x 40mm)
Reasons to buy
+Insanely comfortable for palm grips+Strong sensor performance+Impressive price point+Intuitive button layout
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Not as proficient for claw/fingertip grips

The Corsair Ironclaw RGB wireless pointer (also available in wired form) is the best gaming mouse for those with wide big hands featuring wide grips. It’s the thickest mouse here, measuring 3 inches (77mm) at its widest point. It’s so incredibly comfortable for right-handed palm grips that we’ve nicknamed it Palmhugger. 

This mouse’s optical Pixart PMW3391 sensor boasts a high CPI of 18,000 and also has one of the highest IPS ratings around at 450. These are high-end specs, but unless you’re a competitive gamer you may not notice a great improvement over rivals, unless you have a multi-monitor gaming set-up. 

At 4.59 ounces, this isn’t a lightweight clicker, and FPS gamers may struggle with other design choices here, like the button layout. Still, when gaming with the Ironclaw RGB Wireless, action was smooth, and despite its wireless configuration, we didn’t notice any latency.

Read: Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless review 

The wireless Razer Basilisk Ultimate is packed to the gills with features.  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

8. Razer Basilisk Ultimate

Best Gaming Mouse for Wireless Versatility

Sensor: Razer Focus+ Optical
CPI: 20,000
IPS: 650
Acceleration: 50g
Interface: USB / 2.4 GHz wireless
Ergonomics: Right handed palm and claw grip
Programmable Buttons: 11
Weight: 3.78 ounces (107g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches (130 x 60 x 42mm)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible sensor+Intuitive software suite+Long battery life and fast charging
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Optical switches lack mechanical feel

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a fantastically adept wireless mouse featuring Razer’s latest sensor the Focus+ Optical. This semi-intelligent sensor packs in some incredible stats, with a max CPI rating of 20,000 and IPS rating of 650, and it’s also capable of withstanding upwards of 50G worth of acceleration before losing tracking.

Combine that with an impressive ergonomic design, and the Basilisk Ultimate is a killer wireless pointer. Although there are similarities to Logitech's very good G502 Lightspeed wireless mouse, the Basilisk Ultimate brings a myriad of improvements over the competition. You can control the scroll wheel resistance, for example, the sensor is arguably more accurate and the materials used are substantially better. Plus, the Basilisk Ultimate is lighter than rivals like the G502, and Razer’s Synapse software suite runs rings around Logitech’s G-Hub

The Basilisk Ultimate is not without flaws though. Its sensitivity clutch button is a little far forward for smaller hands, and the optical buttons feel less tactile than their mechanical brethren. If you really like what this mouse has to offer so far except the price, Razer has a similar, but cheaper, mouse in this family, the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed 

For more wireless gaming mice recommendations, check out our Best Wireless Mouse round-up. 

Read: Razer Basilisk Ultimate review

With up to 19 programmable buttons, this is the best MMO gaming mouse.  (Image credit: Razer)

9. Razer Naga Trinity

Best MMO Gaming Mouse

Sensor: PixArt PMW 3389
CPI: 16,000
IPS: 450
Acceleration: 50G
Interface: USB
Ergonomics: Right handed, palm grip
Programmable Buttons: 19
Weight: 4.23 ounces (120g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.69 x 2.91 x 1.69 inches (119 x 74 x 43mm)
Reasons to buy
+Strong sensor+Hot-swappable button compliments+Ergonomic styling
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Quite heavy

When seeking the best gaming mouse for MMO games, versatility is key; The more buttons you have, the more you can allocate to macros, to push-to-talk keys for Discord and for other key actions.

The problem with big MMO mice, is that they often feature one very specific way of gripping, with a grid of keys littered on the left hand side and that’s about it. Razer looks to change that with the Naga Trinity, which gives you three separate left-hand grips to choose from. You get a simple numpad, complete with 12 switches, a circular button pad, complete with 7 switches dotted around it and your standard two-button affair.

On top of that you also get the same PixArt sensor as found in the DeathAdder Elite, a nice helping of RGB, and an ergonomic pinky rest too. Sure it’s the heaviest of our mice on this list, but for MMOs and all those keybindings, it’s a great choice.

Prefer to get your MMO on wirelessly? See our Razer Naga Pro review, which covers this mouse's wireless version. 

Glorious' Model O- serves both fingertip and claw grips well.  (Image credit: Glorious)

10. Glorious Model O-

Best Gaming Mouse for Small Hands and Claw Grips

Sensor: Pixart PMW-3360
DPI: 12,000
IPS: ~250
Acceleration: 50G
Interface: USB
Ergonomics: Ambidextrous, claw grip or small hands
Programmable Buttons: 5
Weight: 2.08 ounces (58g)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.72 x 2.28 x 1.42 inches (120 x 58 x 36mm)
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight+Tried and tested sensor+Extra large PTFE feet
Reasons to avoid
-Looks and cable style may turn off some-Ambidextrous design could be problematic-No dedicated sniper button

The Glorious Model O- saves weight with its hole-filled chassis. Differing from the other Glorious mouse on this page with an ambidextrous design, the Model O-, (as opposed to the standard O) is tiny and lightweight. That makes it a great fit for claw or even fingertip grips, especially for twitch-heavy games. The Model O- (and Model D- on this page) will feel right too. 

 The price isn't bad either. You can find the Model O- on Glorious' website and, sometimes, at MicroCenter for $50. The Model O- doesn’t carry the most outrageous specs, but the honeycomb-style mouse feels great in the hands while gaming, providing reliable, responsive control. Although its specs are outshined by rivals, the Model O- felt eSports-ready in-game. That includes well-tracked flicks and smooth response, from the lowest to highest CPI settings. 

We wish it was easier to toggle through the Model O-’s  CPI settings, and the mouse’s ultra-flexible cable can look messy due to its loose covering. But the Model O- still has a lot to offer. For an alternate ambidextrous mouse with a honeycomb shell but a different look, see our HK Gaming Mira-M review

Read: Glorious Model O- review 

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  • ElDog
    I used a number of gaming mice, mostly Logitech and MadCatz. They are typically used for gaming and office both. And the end of them is always the same: back side button breaks.

    For modern gaming mice they advertise countless millions of clicks but in a small font they add: for main buttons. But side buttons are used in gaming extremely intensively. For usual offcie tasks they are used too. So I see some hypocrisy in these millions of clicks when you anyway have to throw away that mouse in a year.

    In would be nice to specify in reviews which exactly type of a switch is used for side buttons.
  • kracsnz
    Wish you hadn't recommended the Naga Trinity. This isn't like Naga's of the past, after moderate use the swappable side panels start having connection issues and buttons will stop working. Went through 3 of them in warranty period before switching to a different one. Build quality is very poor.
  • mitties
    Shout out for the Razer Viper Ultralight
  • mogster
    Bah. When is someone going to invent an "MMO" mouse that doesn't stick all the buttons on one side? My muscle memory isn't fast enough to reliably pick from a dozen buttons all lumped together.
  • yvdrhaeg
    I'm sorry, but lauding the deathadder Elite for it's switches is really misleading. They may feel great (and they really do), but they do not last. A cursory search will return many problems with the Omron switches in general, as I have personally experienced (there are some interesting articles about how these switches are actually used outside of their specs in many modern mice). I don't think it is acceptable for a 75 Euro mouse to have failing switches after 1-2 years of use, and for this to be far from a rare occurence. Especially as it is one of their selling points ...
  • docbones69
    But is there any USB Keyboard / Mouse Switch that supports them? My experience is the extra features dont work when using a switch.
  • D1v1n3D
    I'm sorry but anything that uses Omron switches is JUNK. I wasted money on my Logitech g502 lightspeed just to have that FAMOUS double click after 3 months. Do I want to go without a mouse for 2 to 6 months due to corona virus for an RMA F no. Also lets mention the bounce delay you get from these trash switches. Sorry but not sorry. I hated Razer forever but my next mouse is going to be your number two spot as a streamer content creator, gamer, and photo editor I can't have unwanted double clicks after few months of use at $100+ price tag makes me extremely MAD Logitech has gone downhill and will continue as they are to proud of their name and keep raising their prices on JUNK when even their proprietary switches on keyboards are the worst returned 5 keyboards because of the laggy squishy feel they give ended up going with Corsair and HyperX with Cherry MX Red switches, only thing I don't like on them are their spacebars again feels like cheap trash in that regard. Maybe triple switches, sides and middle for the spacebars somehow for a more fluid tactical click when pressing on the sides of the spacebar, you know like you do in a lot of video games specially FPS genre. RANT OVER.... LOL
  • PsyaNyde
    Roccat Kone Aimo, not even mentioned, over 20 button commands, gorgeous programmable RGB, Onboard memory + 4 profiles and it's reliable, had mine 3 years now. Would buy another in a heartbeat.
  • Denver5994
    Why every manufacturer create only small mice? Even when i use largest mouse on the market, it doesn't fit at all. Or when i hold Razer Deathadder, i can use only finger tips. My fingers are overreaching on the right side and mouse is so slim, i have problem holding it... It feels terrible. I was supreme master in cs go, but i go repetitive strain injury: since i am holding my mouse with 1 finger... And DYI mice are too expensive! Same every mouse, after 14 days has insane friction!
  • mitch074
    mogster said:
    Bah. When is someone going to invent an "MMO" mouse that doesn't stick all the buttons on one side? My muscle memory isn't fast enough to reliably pick from a dozen buttons all lumped together.
    Try a thumbstick, like the Lexip mice.