Last Updated: 12th May 2021
Here at WePC, we’ve had the privilege of testing some of the best gaming mice on the market in the quest to find the ultimate, all-round gaming mouse. Every mouse we recommend has been purchased, unpacked, and used extensively with various grip styles and within a selection of gaming genres. We are continually testing new mice to see whether they have what it takes to break into our very competitive best gaming mouse roundup for 2021.
Modern times are great for the gaming mouse, we now see the vast majority of options include top optical sensors, switches, and cables. Due to the incredible features and performance, we concluded that the Logitech G Pro Wireless is still the best gaming mouse money can currently buy. Under the shell sits the HERO sensor, which is essentially a more efficient PWM336x and it’s housed inside one of the comfiest, fully ambidextrous shapes we have ever used.
If all this talk of grips, sensors, and ergonomics is a little confusing, don’t worry, the following article is going to explain everything you need to know when buying a new gaming mouse.
Without further ado, let’s have a little look at some of the contenders and see what makes a mouse “the best”.
Our Top Picks
Best Gaming Mouse: First Look
The Logitech G Pro can go head to head with any wired mouse on the market. The Logitech G Pro’s high powered sensor, unrivaled Lightspeed technology, and low weight make this our best wireless gaming mouse.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless is equipped with an advanced HERO sensor which, in laymen’s terms, is a slightly tweaked PWM 336x. This sensor is widely considered to be one of the best available thanks to its pinpoint accuracy and energy-efficient makeup
Other than the advanced sensor, the mouse boasts Logitech’s Lightspeed technology which essentially gives the user unlimited power when paired with the Logitech G Powerplay mousepad.
Looking for ultimate accuracy and precision? Then look for no further, the BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina has you covered. Not only does this mouse have one of the best, most accurate sensors money can buy, but it also has one of the comfiest, most ergonomic designs as well. So comfy you hardly notice it’s there.
The BenQ Zowie EC2-B Divina is basically the EC1/2-B with an upgraded sensor. Alongside its fancy new sensor, the EC2-B Divina comes in two new color options, baby blue or baby pink.
It may sound lazy for a mouse manufacturer to just release a mouse with an updated sensor. However, the ergonomic design Zowie has developed is one of the best available and doesn’t need changing.
The old PWM 3310 has been replaced with an extremely accurate PWM 3360 optical sensor. This now gives you a feeling of complete control with those wild flick shots all the way down to the tiny micro-adjustments.
You get the added benefit of the mouse being ready right-out-the-box, just plug it in and play without the need of drivers or logging into any software.
Never miss a button and cast like a pro with Corsair’s Scimitar Pro RGB 17 MMO-tuned buttons. Its 12-button mechanical thumb panel is designed to give you an easy no-look execution of multiple commands.
One thing we noticed when testing MMO mice was the build quality of the Scimitar. This gaming mouse features some of the best build quality in MMO mice and comes equipped with a top optical sensor.
It’s accurate, responsive, and has 12 mechanical thumb-buttons with a distinct design for a smooth no-look combo.
The Razer Deathadder V2 brings Razer’s new Focus+ sensor and ultra weave cable to this classic shape. This refreshed Deathadder is now fully equipped for being one of the best FPS mice on the market.
The Deathadder V2 comes equipped with Razer’s award-winning design, but also now features the Focus+ optical sensor. The sensor is still as accurate as the older PWM3389, only now it is more efficient.
This refresh of the Deathadder Elite is now even lighter, weighing just 80 grams. The new cable is very flexible and is a vast improvement than the previous braided cables we have seen.
This budget pick offers a premium top tier mouse at a fraction of what you would expect to pay. The MM710 gives price-conscious gamers a lightweight, responsive alternative.
The versatile Cooler Master MM710 is one of the best ambidextrous mice on the market. It has top components, a reliable sensor, and is one of the lightest on our list. The design is very simple but if you like the design and want a little more you can always go for the MM711, which includes RGB illumination.
Regardless of the product, choosing the right piece of kit can be a painstakingly slow process.
We have selected each of these gaming mice for a reason, every selection offers top tier specs for the price. Choosing can be tricky so we scoured the web to ensure only quality mice make our selection process.
Once we have made our selections we narrow our lists down and get hands-on with the products we recommend.
Testing the mice is a huge part of the overall process in our best of guides. Testing ensures we can conclude that our recommendations are the best out there for the job.
So how do we test gaming mice? Well to ensure a product is the best and displays better qualities than the competition we simply game! That’s right, we test these gaming mice in a number of different gaming titles, with a variety of hand sizes and grip styles.
We are looking for flawless accuracy, ergonomic shapes, and clever design, to ultimately find the best gaming mouse on the market.
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the key aspects of what makes a good gaming mouse a great one. These key features will not only affect the price of the mouse but, more importantly, your in-game performance. Whether you’re interested in buying a gaming mouse under $30 or wireless gaming mouse, you want the best of the best and knowing what to look for will always go a long way.
We found that the following are the most important factors when looking to purchase a gaming mouse:
When choosing a gaming mouse, choose one that fits your hand size. Depending on your grip, you can get away with a slightly bigger/smaller mouse, but it is worth measuring your hand and looking at comparisons to see if a mouse will fit your hand nicely.
We’ve split our gaming mouse recommendations into three groups – small, medium and large hand sizes. Gaming mice are categorized based on the size of the mouse and general consensus regarding which size mouse will be most comfortable/effective for particular hand sizes.
I personally have a hand size of 19.5cm x 10cm which does seem quite common, so I personally find a medium to large mice the most comfortable.
Best Gaming Mice For Small Hands
- Razer Viper
- Finalmouse Ultralight 2
- Cooler Master MM710/ MM711
- SteelSeries Rival 110
- Logitech G203
- Logitech G Pro Wired
- Endgame XM1
- Logitech G305
- Logitech G Pro
- Roccat Kone Pure
- Razer Abyssus V2
- Zowie FK2
- Zowie S2
Best Gaming Mice For Medium Hands
- Logitech G Pro
- Zowie S1
- Zowie EC2-B
- Roccat Kain 122 AIMO
- Roccat Kone Pure
- Razer Deathadder Elite
- Razer Deathadder V2
- Razer Mamba Elite
- Razer Basilisk
- Razer Basilisk V2
Best Gaming Mice For Large Hands
- Razer Mamba Elite
- Zowie FK1
- Logitech MX518 Legendary
- Razer Deathadder Elite
- Razer Deathadder V2
- Logitech G403, G603, G703
- SteelSeries Rival 650
- Logitech G502 HERO
Note: this is a work in progress, we have reviewed approximately 50 gaming mice so far, but we still have a long way to go to get any conclusive answer to the best gaming mouse and of course, it is completely based on personal preference. Fortunately for us though, we work as a team and create our recommendations as a team, based on our own personal feedback for each individual gaming mouse.
The weight might be a highly subjective part of a mouse, but it can greatly affect accuracy.
Weight is largely down to preference, and any gamer will eventually get used to the weight of a new mouse after a bit of usage. It’s still a huge concern when shopping for a wireless gaming mouse though, the majority of wireless gaming mice are quite heavy due to the additional hardware the mouse includes for wireless connectivity and battery power. The wireless technology in gaming mice is being optimized with every passing day, meaning it will only be a matter of time before most wireless mice are as light as wired ones. For example, take the Logitech G Pro, which only weighs in at 80 grams (that is lighter than a lot of wired mice).
Gaming mice have two types of sensors: Optical or Laser.
The main difference boils down to the illumination source. It’s also the reason why some mice work fine on smooth surfaces while others don’t. The optical sensor uses LED light as the source of illumination while the laser sensor uses, well, a laser.
Although they differ in terms of the illumination source, they both use a CMOS image sensor, a type of low-resolution video camera that you can find in smartphones. This image sensor captures images of the surface it’s on and uses it to determine how movement reflects in real-time use.
The majority of modern gaming mice include good sensors such as the Pixart 3366; there are very few gaming mice with poor sensors on the market these days.
The polling rate is the rate of data transfer and response from the mouse to the computer. It is measured in hertz and ranges from 250Hz to 1000Hz.
A mouse with a 500Hz rate means that the computer receives updates about its position every two milliseconds. While 1000Hz is technically twice as fast at only 1ms, it’s still very hard to determine the difference, especially to most average gamers. Despite not being able to see this difference, most gamers will prefer the more responsive 1ms unless they are saving battery while working.
CPI or DPI
Technically speaking, CPI (Counts Per Inch) is the same as DPI (Dots Per Inch).
DPI is used to measure the distance traveled by the mouse by counting the “dots” within the span of a one-inch space. DPI is better used in reference to the printing world and CPI is actually the correct term to use.
Despite this, manufacturers use DPI for marketing purposes as DPI is more widely known.
Software And Profiles
Most gaming mice have some programmable buttons, but you are going to need Software that lets you re-map them.
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The vast majority of mice will come with software to help you assign macros, change your DPI, lift-off distance, and in some cases customize your RGB lighting. Gamers now expect mouse software to save custom profiles for easy on the fly changes, custom polling rates and compatibility with both Windows and Mac OS.
Usually an afterthought, the software which a particular mouse uses can be the difference between loving a mouse and simply liking a mouse. For example, SteelSeries mice on a whole are pretty good, but their software lacks the intuitiveness that competitors such as Logitech offers. In the case of the smaller brands such as Fnatic and HyperX, their software leaves a lot to be desired.
You can read our individual software guides right here:
- Logitech Gaming Software
- Razer Synapse Gaming Software
- Roccat Swarm Gaming Software
- SteelSeries Engine Gaming Software
It is worth noting that there are gaming mice that do not require any software what-so-ever and remain highly functional. These sorts of mice will simply allow you to change between pre-determined DPI and polling rate stages.
Material And Durability
Generally speaking, gaming mice are made out of plastic thanks to its light-weight, sturdy properties. Some mice could feature a matte-like coating and others a silky smooth plastic coating, so it’s important to know your preferences on the material before you buy.
Gaming mice are rated for the number of clicks they’re projected to perform before breaking. This can normally be found in the specifications but you can expect 20 million-plus clicks before one of these is going to break down.
Regardless, if you want a durable gaming mouse, then you usually can’t go wrong with most reputable manufacturers in the game.
When it comes to comfort, there are a few key areas to look at as hand sizes and grip styles differ significantly from gamer to gamer. A mouse being comfortable is highly important whether you are using it for a short or long period of time. If you don’t get a comfortable mouse this could negatively impact your gaming performance and even cause hand discomfort in rare cases.
Battery Life (Wireless Gaming Mice)
The technology behind wireless gaming mice has gotten to the point where some sports pros have begun to use them at LAN tournaments. Gone are the days where lag plagues your gameplay, or your gaming comes to an end as you have to re-charge the extremely heavy battery.
Mice now come with a rechargeable lithium battery compared to affordable wireless mice such as the Logitech G305 which uses a single AA battery.
A player’s grip style comes down to a number of different factors; hand size, comfort, mouse, and accuracy. There are three dominant grip styles, which include palm, claw, and fingertip. Everyone has their own individual grip, with some gamers even having a cross of two styles.
The three main types of mouse gripping:
- Palm Grip – A palm grip style is one where your entire hand is in contact and resting on the mouse. This kind of grip offers maximum stability and solid accuracy too.
- Claw Grip – The claw grip is somewhat of a strange grip where your palm is in contact with the bottom of the mouse and the fingers and arched up over the buttons. This is a great grip for people playing FPS as it promotes reaction speed and accuracy.
- Fingertip Grip -This is an almost hybrid grip consisting of both the palm and claw grips. The hand hovers in the air with your fingertips being the only thing in contact with the mouse. Since your palm doesn’t rest on the mouse, this gives you the most precise control.
Now we have gone over the jargon, let’s jump in and see the ins and outs of our five best gaming mice.
Our 5 Best Gaming Mice In 2021
The worlds best sensor
Lightspeed technology for wireless charging
Responsive primary buttons
Super light weight (80g)
The Logitech G Pro is one of the best all-round wireless gaming mice available. Logitech spent two years working with esports pros when designing the mouse to make sure it was good enough for enthusiasts and pros alike.
Although the G Pro looks fairly modest and generic, it’s ergonomic design has been so well designed that it is by far one the comfiest shapes we’ve tested. More importantly, however, is the sensor that Logitech has armed this mouse with. It’s the HERO (High-Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor and is widely considered the best gaming sensor currently available.
One of the stand-out features of this mouse has to be its weight or lack of should I say. Historically, wireless mice have always been heavier than wired ones thanks to the wireless technology it’s built around. This being said, Logitech, thanks to the ever-advancing technological universe we live in, has managed to design a wireless mouse – equipped with the best sensor in the world – which weighs just 80 grams. It’s one of the lightest mice on the market and our top pick respectively.
The materials are nothing short of superb and the craftsmanship is equally as impressive. It has the look of a classy mouse and has the performance to boot. Nothing about this mouse has disappointed me so far making it the first, and only, mouse to achieve this feat.
Pair the Logitech G Pro with the Powerplay Mousepad and you will never run out of battery. It makes use of Logitech’s Lightspeed technology and can charge on the go without the use of a wire. I know, impressive. If you aren’t looking to splash out on all the fancy extras then fear not, the G Pro has a cool 40 hour lifetime when fully charged.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for the best mouse for gaming and everyday use, which has a pin-point accurate sensor, superb aesthetics, cool features, and is lightweight, then look no further. The G Pro is the one for you.
Responsive primary buttons
Coating best suited to dry handed gamers
Poor scroll wheel
The EC2-B Divina is popular amongst quite a few different FPS professionals and after using one for a small amount of time it is easy to see why.
The build quality, as we expect from BenQ Zowie, is flawless. The mouse has been built using the finest materials and promotes a completely rattle-free design. The ergonomic shape is often compared to the brilliant Razer Deathadder with the weight distribution also being fantastic.
The mouse features Huano switches underneath the two primary buttons and although they are part of the top shell the force required to actuate them is consistent throughout the button.
Zowie is a favorite amongst the gaming enthusiast community and this is down to the variety of shapes and sizes they keep bringing us!
generally speaking, as far as mice go, you can’t go wrong with Zowie. The design is minimal, yes, but their mice are always developed with the most important qualities in mind. Being a Zowie mouse, you don’t need any software to get it up and running, just plug it in, and off you go. You can change the polling rate and DPI of the mouse by toggling through the preset options on the built-in memory.
It doesn’t matter what game you play, this mouse is going to serve you well long into the future.
17 buttons (12 mechanical thumb buttons)
Top optical sensor
Great build quality
Too small to palm for some hands
Mice feet aren’t the biggest
The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is a great mouse for MMO gaming. Corsair are reliable with their products and this mouse brings 12 mechanical thumb buttons alongside a top optical sensor for excellent in-game performance.
There are 17 buttons in total which is less than Lotiechs G600 but it’s still a sufficient amount for any MMO gamer. These can all be customized in the software but the thumb buttons can actually be repositioned with an adjustment of up to 8mm. These thumb buttons are secured into place with a patent-pending macro control system and have been designed to pro player specifications for consistent tactile feedback.
The shape and weight of the Scimitar means it isn’t the best for FPS titles but the PWM 3369 sensor is a top optical and has the accuracy to make FPS games viable. Regardless you re getting a very reliable sensor here that will not falter. This is certainly aimed at small to medium-sized hands, with palm grip being the least natural grip style with this gaming mouse.
The design of this mouse is fairly simple, yet it holds some level of elegance thanks to the gentle slopes and contours. The ergonomics of this mouse feel pretty good. The matte finish provides decent levels of grip, no matter how moist your palm gets on balmy summer nights.
Overall, I really enjoyed using the Corsair Scimitar. Regardless of the few flaws this mouse has, I still think it showcases some good value and is, ultimately, a top MMO mouse respectively.
Fantastic ergonomic shape
Improved top optical sensor
New and improved cable
Right hand only
The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a no-frills peripheral that features high-quality materials and solid construction. This is essentially a refresh on the Deathadder’s long line of mice, with the previous being the Deathadder Elite.
The first thing that sticks out is the classic, understated, Razer aesthetic. The clean curves of the mouse look sleek and would add style to almost any gamer’s arsenal.
The sensor (PWM3389) was already considered a top optical but it’s now been made to be even more efficient too, with Razers latest sensor, the Focus+(PWM3399). It’s a flawless sensor, that remains accurate at all times. The sensor never appears to deviate and tracking is a doddle. The new optical switches in the primary buttons don’t feel as good to actuate as the previous model but they are now unbelievable responsive. You might not be able to see the difference with these primary buttons but these are quicker and the way to go for competitive players.
The mouse doesn’t require you to download the software or drivers, however, to be able to fully customize this mouse to its maximum potential we would highly recommend using the intuitive Synapse software at least once. You can customize the RGB, re-map buttons and set macros using the software too, so it’s well worth downloading.
This gaming mouse is geared towards FPS players and this largely comes down to the comfortable shape, paired with then top optical sensor. Now when you consider the high-quality buttons and super lightweight cable, you’ve got a great gaming mouse all-around here.
Top optical sensor
One of the best cables out there
Ambidextrous but thumb buttons on the left side only
The Cooler Master MM710 comes equipped with a top optical sensor in the PWM 3389. This is the same sensor we saw with the Deathadder Elite and Endgame XM1. The MM710 gaming mouse has been designed to be ultra-lightweight, with a perforated shell and incredibly flexible cable.
Design-wise, Cooler Master has nailed it. now this is barebones so it doesn’t feature any illumination like the newer MM711 but it still manages to look superb on the desk. The sensor is a top optical so it remained accurate throughout testing and made the whole mouse feel like one of the best. The DPI goes as far as 16,000 and can go as low as 200 through the software. The 400 IPS on the MM710 made this flawless even when tracking targets at pace. Overall, a great gaming mouse.
This is quite a small ambidextrous mouse but if your hands are small you’ll be able to palm this if not, it seems to favor claw and fingertip mostly.
The cable that features on the MM710 reminds us of high-quality paracord style cables, this is lightweight and there is almost zero drag.
So fancy a top tier gaming mouse that is highly affordable and well built? Look no further than the Cooler Master MM710 ambidextrous gaming mouse.
If you are still struggling to find the perfect gaming mouse, why not check out some of our more thorough guides to buying a gaming mouse.
- Wireless Gaming Mice
- Best White Gaming Mouse
- Under $50
- Under $30
- Gaming Mouse & Keyboard Combo
- FPS Mice
- MMO Mice
Also, once you’ve figured out which mouse you want, eliminate cable drag (unless you go wireless) with an effective mouse bungee.
Our featured selections are some of the very best gaming mice in their respective categories. We hope this in-depth guide has now simplified your selection process, getting you back into the server quick time.
All of these gaming mice have top-tier specs and well-designed shapes, offering comfort and unrelenting accuracy.
So, there you have it, our list of the best gaming mice money can buy. Hopefully, one of our selections meets your specific needs. However, if none do, always remember the following tips when looking to buy a gaming mouse:
- Measure your hand so you can get a mouse that is sufficient in size
- Figure out your grip style
- Think about what games you will most likely play
- Ask yourself whether or not you will be using this mouse on a day to day basis
- Figure out what materials you would like the mouse to be built from
Those are the sort of things you should be doing before going out to buy a new mouse. Once you have figured that out, you can narrow down your search and use our trusty guide to pick a mouse that has some of our key criteria areas ticked off.
Let us know which mouse you currently use and why by dropping a comment in the section below or head over to the WePC community!