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Update, 01/30/2023: We’ve reviewed our recommendations and have updated many of our picks. Take a look!

What to Look For in a Gaming Mouse in 2023

A gaming mouse differs from your typical computer mouse by having specific features emphasizing response and control. When you search for gaming mice, you’ll see things like DPI and response rate touted. These numbers can be confusing on their own, especially when you don’t want to look at one spec without the context of the others.

DPI, or dots per inch, is important to determine the range of speeds you can set your mouse to or how fast your cursor moves relative to your wrist. Think of it like how fast a car can go, except there are certain speeds that are far too ludicrous to matter in real-world use. Mice claiming high DPI settings aren’t bad, but only a niche set of gamers will use DPI settings above 2,000.

Response rate is important because it measures how fast your clicks and button presses are sent to your PC and your game. For most people, it’s a superfluous number. Almost all modern mice—gaming-specific and not—operate at high response rates. It’s a good thing to check for, but an acceptable response rate is basically a given with any mouse you’ll find today, and it’s certainly a given for all our recommendations below.

The features you really should pay attention to are the shape of the mouse, the available buttons it has and the customization of them, build quality, and battery life for wireless mice. All of the picks below include a lot of the basic requirements, or else they wouldn’t be some of the best.

But to find the perfect gaming mouse for you, you have to drill down. You want to think about how you’ll use this mouse, what games you primarily play, and whether or not a cord will bug you to determine which gaming mouse best suits you.

With that in mind, check out what we think are the best gaming mice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are wireless mice good for gaming?
Most wireless gaming mice from reputable brands feature virtually indistinguishable input lag compared to wired mice. In fact, nowadays, wireless mice are generally a better choice for gamers since they don’t include cables that can restrict movement.
What is DPI, and how is it important for a gaming mouse?
Dots per inch (DPI), CPI (counts per inch), or PPI (Pixels per inch) are three interchangeable labels that represent the same standard computer mice use to measure physical distance.
Is a heavy mouse good for gaming, or a light mouse?
Always remember that when it comes to gaming mice, there’s no universal formula that works for everyone. If you game better with lighter mice and they feel great in your hands, keep using them. On the other hand, if you can’t even think about using a mouse you can’t feel while moving it across the table, then a heavier mouse is probably a better choice for you.
Can a gaming mouse be used for work?
Of course. Ultralight wireless gaming mice are an excellent choice for work due to their minuscule weight, allowing you to effortlessly sling them around your work table. They also come with a vast range of DPI customization. In other words, you can use lower DPI when gaming for better precision and higher DPI when working to move quicker around the desktop.
How do I clean my gaming mouse?
Gaming mice, especially ultralight models with honeycomb-style shells, are grime magnets.
To remove the accrued grime, a cotton swab soaked in alcohol is your best friend.
And for cleaning the mouse body, we recommend a microfiber cloth or disposable lens wipes.

Best Gaming Mouse Overall: Logitech G Pro X Superlight

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT mouse on pink background


  • Ultralight design
  • Well built
  • Superb wireless performance
  • Long battery life
  • Worldwide availability


  • Pricey
  • Micro USB charging port

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is one of the best gaming mice on the market. It’s also the best mainstream choice for anyone looking for a quality wireless gaming mouse that doesn’t want to spend days researching what would work best for their particular needs. Finally, the universal availability of the G Pro X Superlight is another factor we used when deciding the winner of this category.

Features-wise the G Pro X Superlight has excellent wireless performance, weighs only 63 grams, features giant skates that slide like they’re made of ice, has a killer optical sensor, and packs a long-lasting battery, at least when it comes to mice with rechargeable cells.

The G Pro X Superlight features Omron switches that aren’t the best choice for a high-end mouse. They have a lackluster feeling when clicked and aren’t optimal, but they’re more than good enough for most gamers sans hardcore enthusiasts.

Its body isn’t filled with honeycomb-like holes and is pretty sturdy, which is a huge plus for most gamers. The only major downside here is the now ancient Micro USB cable used to charge the device.

Aside from the relatively high price, you’re looking at the best mainstream gaming mouse on the market. As for alternatives, look at the other mice featured on this list, aside from the budget and MMO picks. They’re all great. Our previous pick, the Logitech G502 X Plus Lightspeed, is another great gaming mouse for everyone not liking the recent ultralight trend among gaming-focused rodents.

Best Gaming Mouse Overall

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is the best mainstream gaming mouse thanks to its snappy wireless performance, shape that works for the majority of gamers, excellent battery life, and overall very high build quality. Finally, its virtually universal availability makes for an easy recommendation no matter where you live.

Best Budget Gaming Mouse: Logitech G203 Lightsync

white logitech rgb mouse on black dekstop, with keyboard in background


  • Wide range of DPI settings
  • Very low price
  • Programmable buttons
  • Low latency inputs
  • RGB


  • Limited amount of buttons
  • Wired

The Logitech G203 Lightsync is unparalleled when it comes to a budget mouse. It’s the mouse to get if you want something under $50 that performs as if you spent more. The Logitech G203 is a streamlined mouse that offers a medium-weight body, a solid range of DPI settings, RGB, programmable buttons, and onboard memory.

The biggest selling point of the Logitech G203 is a sensor that offers up to 8,000 DPI. While that high of a DPI is usually reserved for a niche type of gaming with a premium price tag, it means that should you ever need to crank the sensitivity up, the option is there. It also means the mouse is versatile for a variety of games, from FPS to MMOs.

This mouse also has low click latency, which should satisfy competitive shooter players. It might not seem like much, but having your click reactions register in a game as fast as possible can mean the difference between a win and a loss. This isn’t the sole selling point of the G203 for normal games, but it’s good to keep in mind if you have varied tastes in games or want a mouse for competitive play.

To have all these features in a mouse under $50 is almost unheard of, especially with one that shares internal hardware with much more expensive mice. All of that makes the Logitech G203 the mouse to get if you have a specific budget in mind.

Best Budget Gaming Mouse

Logitech G203

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The Logitech G203 is an affordable gaming mouse that has fast response times, a range of DPI options, and programmable buttons.

Best Wireless Gaming Mouse: Razer Viper V2 Pro

Razer Viper V2 Pro on desk


  • Unmatched wireless performance
  • Excellent optical switches
  • Comes with adhesive grips
  • Supports 4000Hz polling rate
  • MotionSync technology


  • Very expensive
  • Its shape won't fit everyone

The Razer Viper V2 Pro is basically an upgraded version of the Razer Viper Ultimate. The V2 Pro features a new, top-end optical sensor Razer made in collaboration with Pixart; it weighs only 58 grams, it’s got Razer’s excellent optical switches, and its neutral shape’s quite comfy for most gamers. The body’s smooth, too smooth for some. Luckily, Razer includes adhesive grips in the selling package.

The Viper V2 Pro is, at the moment, the best wireless mouse you can get alongside the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. Not only because the mouse supports MotionSync technology that Optimum Tech covered in-depth, but also because the Viper V2 Pro can work in tandem with Razer’s 4000Hz polling rate wireless dongle that allows for insanely smooth and insanely fast performance.

The Viper V2 Pro is the latency, precision, and movement smoothness champion among wireless mice. If you want the best wireless performance in a gaming mouse, get the Viper V2 Pro or the DeathAdder V3 Pro. With that said, the Pixart PMW3395 that supports motion sync can be found on other gaming mice besides the Viper V2 Pro.

If Razer’s rodents are too pricey for you, great alternatives exist.

First of all, every other mouse featured on this list, aside from the budget and MMO picks, is an excellent substitute for the Viper V2 Pro. High-end wireless gaming mice are all pretty close regarding performance and input lag. How comfortable you find a specific mouse is more important than its objective performance and weight.

Next, if you want some quick recommendations that come equipped with the Pixart PMW3395 sensor, check out the Lamzu Atlantis or the Pulsar X2. The good news is that both are in smaller sizes, perfect for gamers with smaller hands.

Finally, our previous pick, the Viper Ultimate, is still an excellent wireless gaming mouse, especially since Razer gave it a considerable discount after the company released the Viper V2 Pro.

Best Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer Viper V2 Pro

While it is eye-wateringly expensive, the Viper V2 Pro from Razer justifies its price by having the best wireless performance on the market. Alongside the DeathAdder V3 Pro, this is the fastest wireless gaming mouse money can buy.

Best Ultralight Gaming Mouse: Cooler Master MM720

Cooler Master MM720 on blue background
Cooler Master


  • Best bang-for-the-buck ultralight gaming mouse on the market
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Solid build quality despite only weighing 49 grams
  • Long cable
  • Optical switches


  • Wired
  • Honeycob design is a grime magnet

There are better ultralight gaming mice than the Cooler Master MM720. The catch is that all those mice, including the ones featured on this list, such as the Logitech G Pro X Superlight or the Razer Viper V2 Pro, carry a premium price.

The Cooler Master MM720, on the other hand, weighs only 49 grams, is super comfortable, and costs less than $30.

While one of the lightest gaming mice on the market, the MM720’s chassis feels surprisingly well-built. The included Pixart PMW3389 sensor isn’t the latest tech available, but its 16000 DPI resolution combined with excellent precision makes for a lethal weapon in the hands of every skilled gamer.

You’ve also got durable optical switches along with a sturdy cable that’s quite long and huge PTFE feet that offer near-zero resistance. Now, the ultralight gaming mice market is quite saturated, and if you’re looking for a great mouse that’s also light as a feather, most of our picks fulfill those requirements.

If you want some alternatives not mentioned in this guide, the FinalMouse Starlight is the first to come to our mind. The catch here is that Finalmouse releases limited batches of the Starlight that get sold in seconds. Next is the G-Wolves Hati S, weighing only 49 grams and featuring a comfy ergo design.

If you’re thinking about getting the Zaunkoenig M2K, tough luck. Zaunkoenig isn’t selling it anymore, but you can follow their site since the company plans to release the M2S and M3K later this year.

Best Ultralight Gaming Mouse

Cooler Master MM720

If you're looking for an ultralight gaming mouse definitely take the Cooler Master MM720 into consideration, as the bang for your buck you're getting with the MM720 is astronomical.

Best MMO Mouse: Logitech G600

Logitech G600 on blue and purple background


  • Several programmable buttons
  • Wide range of DPI settings
  • Low latency inputs


  • Stiff cable
  • Bulky size

MMO players have limited options when it comes to specialized MMO gaming mice, but thankfully, one of them is perfect for the job. The Logitech G600 is a top-tier mouse for people who need to press several buttons for an MMO and do it quickly. Its set of 12 keys on the side and two buttons tucked behind the mouse wheel make it an excellent choice for this specific use.

The G600 is incredibly useful if you play multiple games that can utilize the numpad on the mouse’s side panel. Even if you don’t find a use for all the programmable buttons, you can stick to a few like you would on another mouse. Unlike other mice, The G600’s buttons won’t wear out or feel too recessed to hit mid-game. Logitech knows exactly what MMO players need.

Aside from the buttons, the Logitech G600 is simply a solid mouse. Its heavy, textured frame makes it feel sturdy to use—although FPS players might want to look elsewhere for a lighter mouse. It also has a good set of DPI options and is low-latency for inputs. Even though it’s called an MMO mouse, this device will handle almost anything you throw at it (even productivity tasks).

Those with small hands might find the Logitech G600’s large size a little cumbersome, but all of the extra buttons maximize the utility of the space. It also has a stiff cable that could interfere with precision movements, so toying with the sensitivity options will be key to dodging AOEs with ease. Thankfully, the mouse can go up to 8,200 DPI, so there’s plenty of room to find the right feel.

Best MMO Mouse

Logitech G600

The Logitech G600 was made for MMO players with its 20 programmable buttons, low latency inputs, and solid build quality.

Best FPS Mouse: Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro on purple background


  • Ultra comfortable ergonomic shape
  • Ultralight design
  • 4000Hz polling rate support
  • MotionSync support
  • Excellent optical switches
  • Comes with optional grip tapes


  • Very expensive

The Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro is another win for Razer, and our pick for the best FPS mouse. The DeathAdder V3 Pro is as lightweight as the Viper V2 Pro, and it also comes with the Focus Pro sensor Razer made in collaboration with Pixart. The rodent also supports the optional 4000Hz polling rate dongle.

Unlike the Viper V2 Pro, the DeathAdder V3 Pro features an ergonomic shape that has proven to be an absolute win among the FPS crowd. Tons of gamers swear this mouse is among the best picks for playing first-person shooters. And when any gaming community raves about one specific product with almost zero naysayers, who are we to cast doubts?

Thanks to its magical ergonomic design, the Focus Pro sensor, well-built yet ultralight body, and slick skates, the DeathAdder V3 Pro is the absolute best FPS gaming mouse you can get right now. The only smudge here is the insanely high price, especially when we include the separately sold 4000Hz dongle.

If you want something completely different, check the Xtrfy MZ1 Wireless and its wired cousin, the Xtrfy MZ1 Zy’s Rail. Made in collaboration with Rocket Jump Ninja, the MZ1 is one of the best gaming mice for gamers who use the fingertip grip. We also have to mention the uniquely-shaped yet exceptionally deadly Logitech G303 Shroud Edition. And if any other mouse on this list would fit your hands better than the DeathAdder V3 Pro, feel free to try it; they’re all great.

Best FPS Mouse

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro is, along with the Viper V2 Pro, the best wireless gaming mouse you can get. But unlike the Viper V2 Pro, the DeathAdder V3 Pro features a comfortable shape that's perfect for playing first person shooters.

The Best Mice of 2023

Best Mouse Overall
Razer Pro Click Humanscale Wireless Mouse
Logitech G203 Wired Lightsync Mouse
Best Budget Mouse
Logitech G203 Wired Lightsync Mouse
Logitech G502 X plus Lightspeed
Best Gaming Mouse
Logitech G502 X plus Lightspeed
Logitech MX Master 3S
Best Wireless Mouse
Logitech MX Master 3S
Razer Basilisk V3
Best Wired Mouse
Razer Basilisk V3
Logitech MX Vertical
Best Ergonomic Mouse
Logitech MX Vertical
Apple Magic Mouse 2
Best Mouse for Mac
Apple Magic Mouse 2
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