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What is the best gaming mouse for your PC setup? The right rodent can make a big difference to your games, whether you go for wired or for the best wireless mouse. With modern advanced in wireless technology there’s now practically no difference between the best gaming mouse, whether it’s got a tail or not.

And we’ve tested the best to give you the definitive answer as to whether you should be spending your hard earned cash on the best Razer mouse, Logitech mouse, or Corsair mouse. But don’t forget, there are also some pretty darned tasty SteelSeries mice out there too.

The best gaming mouse is only one part of the perfect PC combo, so take a look at the best gaming keyboards to go with it.

The choices are manifold, but nailing down exactly what you want can be tricky. As ever it’s a delicate balancing act of finding the right mix of features and design. You have to juggle comfort, ergonomics, performance, reliability, specs, and always aesthetics. 

You could have a mouse which looks like Vader’s own codpiece (we’re looking at you, Mr. Sidewinder) though if it can’t deliver the goods in-game then as a gaming mouse it’s about as effective as jabbing a USB cable into a dead hamster. We’ve tested a wide variety of rodents and have finally narrowed down our favourite gaming mice in a selection of categories, as well as the overall best gaming mouse to buy right now.

The best gaming mice are:

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Best gaming mouse - Logitech G903

Logitech G903

Winner: Best gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11  | Weight: 107g

Approx: $130 / £109

The G903 is our pick for the outright best gaming mouse to buy today. It’s a magnificently versatile gaming rodent that manages to be pretty much all things to all people. For all intents and purposes it is the slightest of updates to the brilliant G900 Chaos Spectrum, but with compatibility for our favourite new bit of wireless tech, the Logitech G PowerPlay.

That PowerPlay feature allows for wireless charging of the mouse, via a connected mousemat, which uses electromagnetic resonance to create an energy field above the gaming surface. The real magic is that it will continue to trickle charge your wireless rodent through this field even while you’re flinging it around your mousemat mid-game. Essentially it means you’ll never have to think about charging your wireless mouse ever again.

Granted the PowerPlay kit is another $99 (£110) on top of the price of this already super-expensive gaming rodent, but it makes it hands-down the perfect wireless gaming mouse you can buy.

For a start it’s rocking an ambidextrous design, with only a slight compromise in comfort for either left or right-handed camp, and its ergonomic layout is equally adept at catering for either claw or palm grip gamers. Logitech has, though, released a much cheaper ambidextrous mouse, the Logitech G Pro Gaming mouse, which uses the same sensor but with a super-clean, stripped back design.

The G903, however, can also be used either as a wired or wireless gaming mouse, and we’ve detected no compromise in performance should you decide to game sans cable. We challenge anyone to be able to tell the difference in a blind test as to whether they’re gaming using the wired or wireless connections – it really is that slick.

And then there’s that marvellous freewheeling infinite scroll wheel which makes zipping through long documents or lengthy tech trees a delight. Battery life is great and the Pixart optical sensor remains accurate and responsive at any stage between its 200 to 12,000 DPI scale.

The only real issue is that at it’s a hell of a lot of cash to be spending on a gaming mouse, but don’t fret, there are other options… the G900 Chaos Spectrum is practically identical, only really losing the wireless charging tech, and you might be able to find it for less.

Read our full Logitech G903 review.

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Roccat Kone Aimo

Roccat Kone Aimo

Runner-up: Best gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 10 | Weight: 130g

Approx. $73 / £49

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 because… why not?

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.

Despite having only a few physical buttons, at least compared to mice we’ve looked at in the past, the Kone actually offers far more macros than you’d think thanks to a shift switch conveniently placed below your thumb. This switch adds a new programmable dimension to every key press and is easy to reach without any hassle. Of course, this will be awkwardly placed for left-handers, and despite the design of the mouse lending to what seems like an easily swappable rest implementation, it is not ambidextrous.

Read our full Roccat Kone AIMO review.

 

 Best gaming mouse runner-up - Corsair Glaive

Corsair Glaive RGB

Runner-up: Best gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 122g

Approx. $50 / £62

In the Glaive, Corsair has somehow succeeded in combining the finesse and precision of a ballet dancer with the build quality of a tank. The Glaive feels meticulously crafted, sits in the hand oh-so-comfortably, and the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the Pixart PMW 3367 sensor at one DPI increments means you can have it set just how you like it.

The fact that it’s resolutely wired and right-handed means that it just loses out on the top spot, but if you’re a righty who likes your braided cables this may well be the perfect mouse for you. What’s more, you’ll get to use Corsair’s CUE software to play about with the Glaive’s settings, which is so intuitive your dog could use it. It’s massively cheaper than the G903 too… and that means, if you’re not bothered about the wires or wireless charging, the Glaive is starting to look even more tempting.

Read our full Corsair Glaive RGB review.

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Razer Mamba TE

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Runner-up: Best gaming mouse

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 9 | Weight: 133g

Approx: $85 / £72

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.

Best gaming mouse runner-up - Speedlink Omnivi Core

Speedlink Omnivi Core 

Runner-up: Best gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 10 | Weight: 145g

Approx: $70 / £57

Sure, this mouse has some ergonomic problems. Its slanted, palm grip-focused design seems built to punish the sausage-fingered claw grip gamers among us, leaving your ring and pinky fingers stacked on top of each other. The flappy extra buttons running alongside the left mouse button could do with feeling sturdier, too. They don’t really inspire confidence.

The Omnivi Core does, however, make up for these failings with four sturdy thumb-operated buttons, a rubberised body that’s pleasant to the touch (so long as it fits your grip) and a body that’s exceptionally easy to slide along the desktop. Just make sure you try this one in person first.

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Best MMO mouse - Razer Naga Trinity

Razer Naga Trinity

Winner: Best MMO gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 19 | Weight: 120g

Approx: $79 / £90

Razer’s Naga has long been synonymous with many-buttoned MMO mice, but, if we’re being honest, they were incredibly annoying to use for any other game type. All those extra buttons, arrayed in a grid of 12 around your thumb, were constantly responsible for errant thumb strikes, either adding extra digits and modifiers into your essays, emails, or instant messages, or activating some weird feature you didn’t know existed in other games.

But the Naga Trinity has removed that problem, while still retaining the ability to use the classic 12-button grid for your favourite MMO or MOBA. The special sauce is a magnetic attachment mechanism that allows you to remove the whole side panel of the mouse without doing anything more than levering it off.

It’s completely hot-swappable so you can add or remove any of the three interchangeable panels at will without having to dig into the settings or unplug it. There’s the 12-button panel, a seven-button version arranged in a wheel, and a simple two-button design for basic use.

And the mouse itself is a comfortable, unfussy rodent, with an accurate sensor and, of course, RGB Chroma illumination. Because gaming.

Read our full Razer Naga Trinity review.

Best MMO mouse runner-up - SteelSeries Rival 500

SteelSeries Rival 500

Runner-up: Best MMO gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 15 | Weight: 129g

Approx: $75 / £80

The SteelSeries Rival 500 is a mighty little mouse and once topped our list for the best MMO gaming rodent. It doesn’t have the vast number of thumb buttons as either the Nyth or the latest Razer Naga, but that doesn’t necessarily put it at a disadvantage. My thumb gets confused when there are too many button-y options waiting to be clicked on, which is why the versatility of the Naga Trinity works so well.

That also doesn’t mean the Rival 500 is lacking in those stakes – there are still 15 configurable buttons arrayed around the Rival 500, but they’re more evenly spaced out. As well as buttons around your thumb SteelSeries has also placed three extra buttons on the top for your index and second fingers to manage. 

I’m also a fan of the chunky design aesthetic and the fact that, while not super heavy, it doesn’t feel as lightweight as a lot of the recent gaming mice I’ve tested. It’s a great MMO mouse then, and more than capable of gaming outside the genre too, and it’s also not going to break the bank either.

 

Best MMO mouse runner-up - Roccat Nyth

Roccat Nyth

Runner-up: Best MMO gaming mouse

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 18 | Weight: 126g

Approx: $71 / £68

The many-buttoned Roccat Nyth was our previous pick as the best MMO mouse around, and it still makes for a great configurable option. The Philips laser sensor is impressively accurate and the different optional grips make it a versatile gaming mouse, if a little too chunky. But the biggest tick in the pro column for the Nyth is the way it arranges its extra thumb buttons. You can have as few as three extra buttons or as many as 12 and any combination in between.

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Best cheap gaming mouse - Corsair Harpoon RGB

Corsair Harpoon RGB

Winner: Best cheap gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 6,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 85g

Approx. $28 / £26

The Corsair Harpoon RGB (gotta have RGB) is not necessarily a great gaming mouse. What it is, however, is a great-value one. The 6,000 DPI optical sensor at its heart is a Pixart 3320, offering the 1:1 tracking we’ve come to love their latest sensors for, but without the extreme sensitivity that makes them perfect for high-res displays. It’s also incredibly lightweight and will fly across your desktop.

Where it falls down slightly, for me, is in the ergonomics. I’m not a fan of the design purely from a comfort stance. As a dyed-in-the-wool claw grip gamer it doesn’t have the longterm comfort that I need, though for the palm grip it is feels a lot more well-designed. But for the money you can’t argue with the tech on offer.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up - Logitech G502

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Runner-up: Best cheap gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11 | Weight: 121 – 139g

Approx: $40£50

The Logitech G502 is a fantastic gaming mouse, albeit a slightly eccentric-looking one. It’s essentially the wired basis for the more streamlined, cable-free G900, which means it’s got the more expensive mouse’s brilliant combination of free-wheeling infinite scroll wheel, and the brilliant Pixart PMW 3366 optical sensor.

The resolutely right-handed design might put off the sinister left-handers, and you might think it a touch long if you’re more of a claw-grip gamer than a palmer, but it’s still as accurate as they come and packed with a broad feature set. Classic Logitech stuff. It’s got a full set of interchangeable weights, allowing you to pick just how heavy or how light you want your rodent to be and it will also tune itself to whatever gaming surface it’s skating across. That’s especially useful given how optical sensors can be more picky over the surface you use. The G502 has a host of programmable buttons too, with 11 to switch around however you feel.

And at just under sixty bucks it’s a bargain for such a feature-rich little gaming mouse. If you can’t afford the ludicrous price tag of the brilliant G900 then you won’t feel short-changed dropping half the cost on the Proteus Spectrum instead.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up - Corsair M65 PRO RGB

Corsair M65 PRO RGB

Runner-up: Best cheap gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 8 | Weight: 115 – 136g

Approx: $50 / £48

The M65 Pro RGB’s UK price might be steep, but in the US it’s a bit of a bargain for such a serious gaming mouse.

At 136g it’s on the heavier side of the mice on our list, but 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 115g if it’s bothering you. The sturdy construction and braided cable give the M65 PRO a feeling of quality, even if it’s not the prettiest mouse on the market.

Its max DPI of 12,000 matches Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum, and with a similar price and optical sensor, they’re in direct competition. For our money, the Spectrum has better looks, and it also sports three more programmable buttons, so unless the M65 PRO’s sniper button is a feature you’ve been craving, it just loses out on the top spot.

Best cheap gaming mouse runner-up - Dream Machine Pro S

Dream Machines DM1 Pro S

Runner-up: Best cheap gaming mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 85g

Approx: $49 / £50

With the fantastic Pixart 3360 sensor, and a lightweight and simple design, this mouse offers simplicity and performance on a decent budget.

The Pixart 3360 is a rock-solid sensor with spot-on accuracy, so you won’t find much to complain about in that department. This sensor offers options up to a ludicrous 12,000 DPI, but even at lower speeds, it retains a consistent and accurate movement.

The DM1’s design is low and close to the pad, which at first felt like the mouse didn’t quite support my hand as much as I usually prefer. However, for an fps gamer, it may be a perfect fit. The braided cable holds too much retention, that sometimes causes the mouse to move in unwanted directions – it’s not as bad as some, but it’s something to bear in mind.

The bundled driver software is surprisingly robust, with multiple profiles, macros, and on-the-fly DPI settings. RGB lighting is kept to a minimum, but can be controlled through the app, also. If you are in the market for a simplistic and minimal design that encompasses a top-notch sensor, the DM1 Pro S may be a good place to start.

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Best wireless mouse - Logitech G903

Logitech G903

Winner: Best wireless mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 11  | Weight: 107g

Approx: $130£109

The G903 not only ranks as the best gaming mouse overall, but it also absolutely nails the win in the best wireless mouse category too. I’ve not used a wireless gaming mouse that felt this reliable and accurate before, and definitely not one with the sort of lengthy battery life the G903 is sporting – even with those flashy RGB LEDs glowing along its spine.

The tiny wireless receiver makes it a perfect fit for laptop gamers – the little nubbin barely sticks out at all – but can also attach via a bundled micro-USB adapter if you need a longer lead to snake up onto your desk. I’ve had the nubbin plugged in behind my monitor though and haven’t experienced any connection issues which would necessitate that.

The reason we’ve replaced the almost-identical G900 with this is that the upgraded gaming rodent comes with Logitech PowerPlay support. That means it can keep its battery charged wireless simply by using it on the PowerPlay gaming surface. That makes it the perfect wireless gaming mouse to my mind, and almost worth the exorbitant sticker price for the package. Obviously you have to pay a premium for the wireless connectivity, and the price of the G903 with PowerPlay is somewhat restrictive, but if you’re after the absolute best wireless mouse around then I’m afraid you’ve got to pay for it.

Best wireless gaming mouse runner-up - Logitech G403 Prodigy

Logitech G403 Prodigy

Runner-up: Best wireless mouse

Sensor: Optical | Max DPI: 12,000 | Buttons: 6 | Weight: 107g

Approx. $46£60

Using the same excellent Pixart PMW3366 sensor as the G900 and G903, as well as the same low-latency wireless connection, the far cheaper G403 Prodigy makes for a quality little fuss-free wireless rodent. It doesn’t have the aggressive styling you might expect from normal ‘gaming’ mice and just comes with a very clean, lightweight aesthetic. It’s also got a seriously impressive battery life too, running to around 24hrs or so during my testing.

It has recently been superseded by the $84 (£65) Logitech G703, but that is simply the updated PowerPlay compatible version of this exact mouse. If you want to pay the extra to get the awesome wireless charging you need to pick up the occasionally pricier version, but the G403 still has worth if you don’t want to spend the same again on the charging system.

It’s a no-frills wireless mouse that just focuses on what’s important, namely a quality sensor, great wireless connection and good battery life. What more could you want?

Best wireless mouse runner-up - Razer Mamba

Razer Mamba

Runner-up: Best wireless mouse

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 16,000 | Buttons: 9  | Weight: 125g

Approx: $123 / £130

I’ve had a bit of a rocky relationship with Razer mice. Historically I’ve found their designs rather uncomfortable for my claw grip, but their recent range has certainly changed my mind. In fact the Mamba (and its wired Tournament Edition companion) sport probably my all-time favourite Razer design, sitting perfectly under my hand. The Mamba is also a very good wireless gaming mouse, with a solid Philips laser sensor and a decent, 20 hour, battery life. It’s also a little cheaper than the G900, but beware, it does suffer from the occasional stutter in the wireless connection, though I’ve only ever really noticed it on the Windows desktop, not in-game. 

Best wireless mouse runner-up - Asus ROG Spatha

Asus ROG Spatha 

Runner-up: Best wireless mouse

Sensor: Laser | Max DPI: 8,200 | Buttons: 12  | Weight: 179g

Approx.  $152 / £120

If you like ’em big then the hefty Asus ROG Spatha might be the gamng rodent for you. Like the latest Razer Naga this is an MMO-oriented mouse, sporting six buttons on the thumb side for macro-ing like a champ. It’s also as happy running wireless on its 2.4GHz connection as it is wired in. If you likes your LEDs it’ll work for you too, with three areas of RGB lighting you can configure, though that can help it chew through the battery. It’s not as long-lasting as the excellent G900, or as accurate with its laser sensor, but if you want to sync your Asus motherboard, keyboard and mouse those LEDs matter. Probably.

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