Picking out the best gaming mouse can be overwhelming with the amount of choice on offer.
At this point, you probably have your beefy new gaming PC and are just excited to get gaming. You need to put the same amount of effort into choosing your peripherals, however, to make sure your gaming experience is flawless.
When looking for a gaming mouse, you want to find the right balance between price, performance, build quality and additional features. Every mouse on this list has been tested for each of these qualities and not a single one is below a certain level of quality.
I know it can be tempting to grab one of the cheap no brand mice but honestly, it just isn’t worth it in the long run. They’re usually very inaccurate, frustrating to use and often break within in a few months.
No matter what kind of gamer you are, you’ll find the best gaming mouse for you down below.
CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 138 g (customizable)
Nicely weighted and balanced
Great haptic feedback
Excellent build quality
Can be quite expensive
The SteelSeries Rival 710 is arguably the best gaming mouse available if you’re looking for balance, performance and customization packed into one neat package. Features include a customizable OLED display, haptic feedback (great for esports gamers) and the ability to customize everything in the mouse from the weight to the sensor.
The only real downside is that it can be quite expensive but when you consider everything that’s included and the excellent build quality, the SteelSeries Rival 710 is a worthwhile long-term investment.
The original Logitech G502 is a classic (available in a lower price range here) and is prized by those who prioritise reliability, accuracy and high performance. The new Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless both honours this legacy and adds upgrades in every area. It now contains Logitech’s fantastic 16K HERO sensor, compatibility with the PowerPlay charging mat, modular weights and more little quality of life features.
When looking for a decent cheap gaming mouse, it can be tempting to buy one of those cheap no brand mice that will probably break within a few months. With Logitech, you know you’re going to get reliability and decent quality whatever the price. Adding on to that, the G203 Prodigy has a comfortable shape and is a nice fit for those who prefer to use a small mouse.
There are trade-offs of course including the low-range sensor and the lack of customization. The Logitech G203 Prodigy works perfectly fine, however, and at a very reasonable price.
If you have a slightly higher budget and want the latest sensor, consider the Logitech G Pro.
CPI: 18,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 7 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Weight: 105 g
Comfortable fit for big hands
Reliable and weighty
Too heavy for some with no way to change the weight
If you have large hands or simply like to palm your mouse, you won’t find much better than the Corsair Ironclaw RGB.
It’s designed specifically to fit in the palm of your hand with handpicked materials for each panel. This results in an excellent feeling mouse that nicely glides over the surface of your mouse mat. Included is the iCue software with a host of customization options and the understated customizable RGB lighting.
It is quite heavy which is a positive for many but there’s no way to customise that for those who like a lighter mouse. Although the Corsair Ironclaw RGB can feel overly bulky, it does feel extra sturdy than other lightweight mice which is great for long-term use.
Containing the excellent HERO sensor, sitting at just 80 g and providing a perfect latency-free experience, the G Pro is a joy to use. You might expect that it would feel brittle or cheap being so light but it’s crafted using the highest quality materials. Logitech has designed each component to be as light-weight and durable as possible.
That’s not all, the G Pro Wireless also boasts a huge 40-hour battery life so should last at least a week without needing a recharge and is compatible with Logitech’s PowerPlay charging mat.
Not only does it have a 16,000 CPI optical sensor, but it’s also based on the cutting-edge PMW-3389 by Pixart in collaboration with Logitech. One of the best mouse sensors available, the PMW-3389 has a 99.4% resolution accuracy and a 450 IPS rating. This mouse, therefore, is guaranteed to deliver flawless accuracy and at a reasonable price.
Adding on to this is the tried and tested design. No matter how many upgrades and iterations Razer make, they always stick with the super comfortable and good-looking shape and design. It fits most types of grips and hand sizes wonderfully.
Everything in this version is new except for the trademark ambidextrous shape. The sensor’s been upgraded to the fantastic TrueMove 3 optical sensor (so you’ll definitely have no tracking problems) and the new plastic material allows for more grip.
The Sensei 310 fits nicely whatever grip you use and was designed with both left and right-handed gamers in mind. This means that thumb buttons are provided on both sides and are placed so that you will rarely hit the wrong button by mistake.
You get all this in a small, light but robust package and for a very reasonable price. For those looking for an ambidextrous mouse, look no further than the SteelSeries Sensei 310.
For right-handed people: the SteelSeries Rival 310 has exactly the same specs but is designed specifically for right-handed gamers instead.
9. Razer Naga Trinity
The best gaming mouse for MOBAs and MMOs
CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 19, 14, or 9 | Ergonomic: Right handed | Weight: 120 g
Excellent for having a lot of hotkeys at your fingertips
Incredibly customisable thumb grip
Buttons are easy to use and feel great to use
Slick Razer design
Quite short for big hands
Probably to most customisable gaming mouse out there, the new Razer Naga Trinity is excellent for gamers who love using tons of hotkeys.
It’s small and comfortable (with an included pink rest) with a high-quality sensor and three interchangeable thumb grips. Each thumb grip offers different button layouts that are ideal for different types of games: one for MOBA’s, one for MMO’s and one for the rest. The MOBA grip (the one with 7 buttons) offers the best balance with just the right amount of options around your thumb.
Changing the thumb grips is simple. They snap into place with magnets and that’s it, they won’t move again until you want to change them.
Overall, everything about the Razer Naga Trinity is high quality and is a reliably great choice for the long-term.
CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 130 g
Makes use of the fantastic Pixart sensor
Durable aluminium build materials
Flashy RGB lighting
Weighty and solid
Awkwardly placed thumb buttons
The Iogear Fokus 2 is a monster of a gaming mouse to go with your monster set-up.
Made of durable aluminium materials that give it a distinctive premium feel, this gaming mouse weighs in at a massive 130 grams. Not only that, it makes use of the fantastic Pixart sensor and produces a spectacular RGB display which is easily programmed in the intuitive Kaliber Gaming software.
Although the aesthetic design can be quite divisive, it performs impeccably. If you’re the type of gamer who wants a well-made, weighty gaming mouse, you can’t go wrong with the Iogear Fokus 2.
None come close to the comfort on offer with this gaming mouse. The unique design allows you to rest your hand in a natural position, therefore, you’ll experience no strain even over long periods of time. Adding on to this, it supports both wired and wireless connections with a great battery life with can recharge in just a few minutes.
Although the 4,000 CPI is lower than the rest on this list, it is still very accurate. I’d only recommend this gaming mouse, however, if you play slower paced games such as Total War: Three Kingdoms or Civilization VI.
If that’s you, the Logitech MX Vertical offers the most luxurious gaming experience with no noticeable tradeoffs.
The RGB light-ring that encircles the whole mouse, in particular, is both unique and tasteful. As you would expect, all RGB elements are easily customisable with any colour combination possible. Also featuring the high-quality responsive Omron switches and an extremely high CPI of 16,000, this gaming mouse offers a wonderful gaming experience.
If you’re the type of gamer who loves a weighty mouse and is attracted by the stunning RGB on show, the HyperX Pulsefire Surge is an awesome choice.