The best gaming mouse round-up

The full tale of the best gaming mice with and without tails.

Best gaming mouse overall
Logitech G502 X Plus
Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
From
$199
Buttons
11
Weight
106 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz wireless, removable USB
Best cheap gaming mouse
SteelSeries Rival 5
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$77.80
Buttons
9
Weight
86 grams
Connectivity
Fixed USB
Best wireless gaming mouse
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
From
$276.94
Buttons
10
Weight
112 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removable USB
Best Bluetooth gaming mouse
SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$199
$199
9
Weight
74 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removable USB
Best wired USB gaming mouse
Razer Viper 8KHz
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
From
$114
Buttons
7
Weight
71 grams
Connectivity
Fixed USB
Nathan Lawrence
Feb 02, 2024
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In a pinch, you could use a Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse, Logitech GX Master 3 or any other kind of everyday mouse for a dash of gaming. But if you’re serious about your gaming, a great gaming mouse annihilates everyday computing tasks as much as it does enemy players online.

Your next gaming mouse could be as cheap as sub-$50 or, if you go all out, as pricey as $300+. Most of our best gaming mouse picks on this page are wireless because, these days, a wireless gaming mouse is just as responsive as a wired one (but we’ve got wired options covered, too).

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From
$199
11106 grams2.4GHz wireless, removable USB
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$77.80
986 gramsFixed USB
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From
$276.94
10112 grams2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removeable USB
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From
$199
974 grams2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removeable USB
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From
$114
771 gramsFixed USB

Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed

Best gaming mouse overall

Buttons
11
Weight
106 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz wireless, removable USB
Starts at
$199

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Lots of programmable buttons
pro Solid battery life
pro Never skips a beat
con
Cons
con No Bluetooth connectivity
con Battery-drain oddities
con Default configuration woes

Logitech helped pioneer wireless gaming mice that are just as accurate, responsive and reliable as wired ones. And the Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed is the top of the pack for us. Technically, there are 13 programmable buttons but, practically speaking, there are 11. That’s still a big number and versatile enough for a gaming mouse that’s a practical point between button-stuffed MMO mice and button-lean shooter mice. Online shooter fans shouldn’t have any issues avoiding misclicks of the extra buttons, either. The G502X boasts great battery life, too, and Logitech companion software is among the best out there for straightforward tweaks. I just wish it had Bluetooth for extra wireless versatility.

Consider the below-covered Razer Basilisk V3 Pro as a worthy contender alongside the Razer Viper V2 Pro and Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro.

SteelSeries Rival 5

Best cheap gaming mouse

Buttons
9
Weight
86 grams
Connectivity
Fixed USB
Starts at
$77.80

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Free gliding greatness
pro Faithful fragging companion
pro Great for everyday computing
con
Cons
con Toggle button reach for palm grip
con Paddle button versatility
con Firmware update essential

The cheapest gaming mice cost under $50. But if you want a competitive alternative you can hang onto for years, spend a bit more on the SteelSeries Rival 5. Yes, it’s a wired gaming mouse—common at this price point—but you should immediately appreciate the smooth gliding. I found the Rival 5 as easy to use in online shooters as I did for everyday use. There are nine programmable buttons for added use-case versatility, plus the lack of wireless means it’s lightweight. Add a mouse bungee to tame the tail if it’s snagging. Admittedly, some of those button options are trickier to reach depending on your mouse grip. Still, the Rival 5 has 80-million-click durability and compatibility for Windows, Linux, Mac and Xbox platforms.

For a slightly pricier wireless alternative, consider the Logitech G305 Lightspeed.

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

Best wireless gaming mouse

Buttons
10
Weight
112 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removable USB
Starts at
$276.94

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Incredible for shooters
pro Great all-round performance
pro Feels good in hand
con
Cons
con RGB is a big battery drain
con Extra costs for the dock
con Sometimes finnicky docked recharging

I’m such a big fan of the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro that it’s been my go-to gaming mouse for the last year. And it’s just as great for everyday use as it is across gaming genres. The Basilisk V3 Pro glides like a figure skater and has practically placed buttons. I also really appreciate that it foregoes the typical Razer trend of hiding the DPI-shift button beneath the mouse. There’s a profile button tucked underneath alongside a switch to power off the Basilisk or flick between ultra-responsive 2.4GHz wireless or modern-device-ubiquitous Bluetooth. Razer Synapse software makes basic tweaks a breeze, and it’s great to see a calibration option, too, for different mouse mats. Spend around $100 more if your budget allows to pair the Basilisk with a magnetic mouse recharging dock.

Alternatively, the Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed is a cheaper albeit Bluetooth-less competitor or you may want to consider the Corsair Sabre RGP Pro Wireless.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless

Best Bluetooth gaming mouse

Buttons
9
Weight
74 grams
Connectivity
2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless, removable USB
Starts at
$199

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Heaps of buttons
pro Smooth gliding
pro Responsive clicking
con
Cons
con Battery life ain’t great
con Tougher for fingertip grips
con Generational refinement over revolution

Most gaming mouse manufacturers like to push players towards wireless options with low-latency 2.4GHz. That’s understandable because they’re ultra-responsive. But not every wireless gaming mouse includes Bluetooth, which is a great addition for connecting to a wide range of Bluetooth-capable devices. That’s where the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless slides in. On the basics front, it has nine programmable buttons, eagle-like gliding and very responsive clicking. Aesthetically, it’s a hole-punched mouse, which does feel weird to touch at first but helps make it a lightweight gaming mouse. That lightweight design makes it even breezier to shift around between devices and surfaces. Just keep the detachable recharging cable nearby to stay juiced up.

Alternatively, scroll back up and have a look at the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro for a pricier high-end contender.

Razer Viper 8KHz

Best wired USB gaming mouse

Buttons
7
Weight
71 grams
Connectivity
Fixed USB
Starts at
$114

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Super responsive clicking
pro Top-of-the-line polling rate
pro Ambidextrous design
con
Cons
con Mouse wheel sensitivity
con Steep hardware requirements
con 8KHz game compatibility

If you want a wired gaming mouse, they’re typically a cheaper purchase than their pricier wireless brethren. But just because a gaming mouse uses a fixed USB cable, doesn’t mean it’s sporting old tech. Case in point, the Razer Viper 8KHz. That “8KHz” in the name is in reference to an epic max 8,000Hz polling rate, which is even more impressive when you consider most gaming mice tap out at 1,000Hz. Admittedly, 8KHz is very future-focused, so much so that certain games didn’t support the 8KHz polling rate at the time of review. Mercifully, Razer lets you drop it to 4KHz or 8KHz for more straightforward game support and less of a need for a modern CPU to tap into the beyond 1,000Hz responsiveness.

For a more expensive albeit deeply customisable gaming experience like no other, consider the Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3.

What to look for in a gaming mouse

We advise starting with your intended gaming mouse use case before looking at budget. Think of the genres you play most and the platforms you want to use the gaming mouse on, then go from there. MMO, MOBA and RTS fans should lean towards a gaming mouse with more buttons.

More buttons aren’t as useful for fans of fast-paced action games and online shooters but a mix between too many and too few makes for a great all-rounder gaming mouse that should also excel in everyday use. In terms of budget, paying under $100 will get you a decent wired gaming mouse, and the better wireless options are closer to $200 (or more).

Expect to pay more for a charging dock, otherwise you’ll be stuck with a USB cable to recharge. The gaming mouse should still work while recharging, though. For greater versatility, consider a wireless mouse with Bluetooth, though we don’t advise using Bluetooth connectivity for games that require fast reflexes as the wireless technology isn’t as responsive as 2.4GHz.

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How we choose the best gaming mouse winners

We start gaming mouse comparisons with overall versatility. In gaming mouse terms, that includes a good selection of programmable buttons as well as platform versatility. That latter point is made easier for wireless gaming mice, specifically those with Bluetooth connectivity.

Price is also an important consideration. A basic wired gaming mouse should be under $100 but we appreciate that a fully featured gaming mouse might cost upwards of $200. We also consider weight, supported grip types and whether a gaming mouse is compatible with more than just a PC.

We make allowances for gaming mouse extras, too, including dock support (albeit at an extra cost) and future-proofed features like a polling rate beyond 1,000Hz. Ambidextrous gaming mice are also something we favour, as well as the user-friendliness of downloadable companion software.

Gaming mouse frequently asked questions

A gaming mouse with at least a 1,000Hz polling rate is best for gaming. We love the Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed because it offers wired-like responsiveness for a wireless gaming mouse.
A decent wired gaming mouse costs around $100 but you should expect to pay at least double that for a high-performance wireless gaming mouse.
The SteelSeries Rival 5 is our pick for the best budget gaming mouse. It’s a lightweight USB wired gaming mouse with plenty of buttons and great performance.
Nathan Lawrence
Written by
Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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