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List Of Best Mouse For Gaming In 2022:
- Glorious Model O (Best Mouse For Gaming overall)
- Roccat Kone Pro Air (Second-Best Mouse For Gaming overall)
- SteelSeries Rival 3 (Best budget gaming mouse)
- Corsair Katar Pro Wireless (Best budget wireless mouse)
- Asus ROG Keris Wireless (Best wireless gaming mouse)
- Logitech G Pro X Superlight (Best premium gaming mouse)
- Razer Basilisk V3 (Most comfortable mouse)
- Razer Viper Mini (Best Mouse For Gaming for small hands)
- Corsair Sabre RGB Pro (Best Mouse For Gaming for large hands)
- Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite (Best MMO mouse)
1. Glorious Model O
Best Mouse For Gaming overall
Glorious is a newcomer to the PC gaming space, but the team has captured the zeitgeist for ultra-light gaming mice on their first attempt. The Model O weighs in at just 68 grams thanks to its honeycomb design, yet this modern gaming mouse still feels solidly built and comfortable in the hand.
In our testing, the light heft of the Model O makes it noticeably easier to flick onto a target in shooters like Counter-Strike – even when compared to a svelte mouse like the 80g Logitech G Pro Wireless or the 91g SteelSeries Rival 110.
The Model O’s cable is also novel, with a super flexible paracord-like material used instead of a more usual rubber or braided cable. This makes the mouse almost feel wireless. There are surprisingly few sacrifices elsewhere too, with an industry standard PixArt 3360 optical sensor, a soft notched scroll wheel, clicky Omron buttons and RGB lighting. The software is also decent, with full access to the settings you need and little else to distract you. The Model O measures 128mm/5″ long and 63mm/2.5″ wide and uses a symmetric design (apart from the side buttons) so it should be suitable for almost all right and left-handed users.
Best of all, the Model O is affordably priced compared to other ultralight designs, at £50/$50 for the matte version and £5/$5 extra for a glossy design. That makes it easy to call the Model O the Best Mouse For Gaming we’ve ever tested.
2. Roccat Kone Pro / Kone Pro Air
Second-Best Mouse For Gaming overall
The Roccat Kone Pro Air manages to pack an impressive feature list and impressive components into a curb weight of only 75 grams – not bad for a solid body wireless mouse that measures 126mm long and 72mm wide. This is an ergonomic right-handed design, with a defined shelf for your thumb to rest on the left side of the mouse and horizontal lines adding texture on the opposite side.
I normally prefer ambidextrous mice, but I found the Pro Air very comfortable to use in a relaxed claw grip, with the wireless freeing me up for some outrageous quick-scopes in Black Ops Cold War. I appreciate the unique aesthetic too, which uses lighting beneath translucent left and right mouse buttons to emphasize the internal honeycomb weight-saving design. It’s refreshing to find RGB on a mouse that’s actually visible while you’re using it!
In terms of specs and features, the Kone Pro Air ticks all the boxes. The ‘OwlEye 19K’ optical sensor (based on PixArt’s PAW3370) and buttons with ‘Titan Optical’ switches performed well in our testing, with accurate tracking and flicking accompanied by crispy clicks. I particularly like the mouse wheel as well, which is made out of aluminium and offers soft yet tactile steps.
The 2.4GHz ‘Stellar’ wireless connection proved faultless, and there’s Bluetooth and a fall-back wired mode with a super-flexible ‘PhantomFlex’ USB cable if you run low on battery. The Kone Pro Air only needed to be charged once in around two weeks of testing, and uses USB-C fast charging to get five hours of battery life in 10 minutes of charging – very convenient. There’s also a slot in the underside of the mouse for the USB dongle, a step overlooked by a surprising number of wireless designs.
3. SteelSeries Rival 3
Best budget gaming mouse
The Rival 3 is a top-tier budget mouse for small to medium-sized hands. It has a surprisingly low weight of 77 grams, making it technically an ultra-light, and a good shape with matte plastic that’s easy to manoeuvre in claw or fingertip grip styles. The sensor is a top optical, branded as the TrueMove Core, and seems very similar to the well-respected PixArt 3330. The Rival 3 also includes RGB lighting and six buttons, which is a great haul for a budget mouse.
Now for a few negatives: while this mouse is an ambidextrous shape, there are only side buttons on the left side, and these are quite slim. The mouse’s cable is also subpar, being made of rubber and staying quite inflexible, making a mouse bungee a wise move. The mouse feet are also a bit worse than those found on more premium mice. However, both of these elements can be upgraded by the user, so they’re wise cost savings that don’t hurt this mouse’s potential in any meaningful way.
All in all, the Rival 3 is a fantastic value gaming mouse and a great successor to the Rival 110.
Another strong budget mouse is the Logitech G203 Lightsync. The Lightsync model is very similar to its Prodigy predecessor, but includes better RGB lighting that allows for smooth gradients instead of solid colours. Otherwise, you get the same specs and features as before, including a reliable optical sensor, pleasant clicks and that comfortable flat shape, which is much beloved by legions of G102, G203, G305 and G Pro owners. This budget mouse is well worth considering for anyone that prefers a claw or fingertip grip with small to medium hands.
4. Corsair Katar Pro Wireless
Best budget wireless mouse
The Katar Pro Wireless belongs to a rare group of wireless gaming mice that are both relatively affordable and actually perform just as well as their wired counterparts. The KPW’s strong points include its long battery life (135 hours on a single AA battery), low-latency 2.4GHz and backup Bluetooth connection and an acceleration-free optical sensor that performed well in our testing. The only criticism I can make is the shape, which due to its relatively short length is best suited for smaller hands in fingertip grips. Thankfully, the grippy matte finish on the sides of the mouse make it pretty easy to move, even for fast flicks in games like CS:GO.
Like the Logitech G305, another excellent mouse we also recommend in this category, you can swap in a Lithium Ion AAA battery with an adapter to lower the weight significantly – from 98 grams to around 80 grams. This reduces battery life slightly and changes the balance, but the mod makes it feel more responsive in the hand so I personally prefer it.
Although it isn’t wireless, the Katar Pro XT is worth considering too. This wired variant has a lighter weight (73g vs 96g), a higher spec sensor (PixArt 3391 vs 3325) and a lower price point (£35/$30). Thanks to a soft and flexible cable, it almost feels wireless when used with a mouse bungee, making it a canny budget choice.
5. Asus ROG Keris Wireless
Best wireless gaming mouse
While wireless gaming mice have historically lagged behind their wired counterparts – at times, literally – the gaming industry of 2021 appears to have cracked the secret of reliable, low-latency wireless mousing. Asus seems to have quietly become one of the best makers of wireless mice, with the ROG Pugio 2 catching our eye late last year and now it’s the turn of the ROG Keris Wireless, an even better option that offers both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless support.
This £90/$90 mouse offers a streamlined ergonomic design and a comfortable 79g weight that should appeal to all but the most serious ultra-light mouse fanatics.
The switches beneath the left and right mouse buttons are interesting too – they’re clicky ones of ROG’s own invention, although quieter Japanese Omrons are included in the box. Swapping them is a simple case of removing two screws from the bottom of the mouse and then the top shell, pulling the old switches out with your fingers and inserting your favoured replacements.
You can also choose to change the side buttons to silver or pink, if you prefer them to the standard black. As well as the delights of making a mouse feel truly your own, the easy-open design also makes replacing old or worn components easier, making this mouse a safer long-term investment.
Combined with the recent PixArt 3335 optical sensor and a shoelace-style cable for optional wired mousing, the Keris performed well in our testing too, even in demanding shooters like Call of Duty Warzone and CS:GO where heavy or awkwardly shaped mice quickly become apparent. With no real weaknesses, the Keris Wireless quietly became my go-to mouse on my work PC, beating out even more expensive options like Razer’s excellent Viper Ultimate and Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight.
While the specs aren’t ground-breaking, the ability to open up your mouse and customise its components is both practical and jolly good fun. If you’re looking for a mouse that’s a little different but still nails the essentials, the ROG Keris Wireless delivers.
6. Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Best premium gaming mouse
The G Pro X Superlight is arguably the Best Mouse For Gaming on the market – save for its sky-high cost. Wireless gaming mice may put some people off, but from years of using the Superlight (and its predecessor) and empirical tests, the G Pro X Superlight is just as responsive and reliable as a wired mouse. It’s also extremely light, tipping the scales at just 63 grams, yet it lasts weeks between charges (Logitech quote 70 hours on their site).
Its long battery life is thanks to a highly power-efficient Hero 25K optical sensor, which also performs extremely well in games. This accuracy – combined with the mouse’s streamlined shape, low weight and lack of cable drag – make the G Pro X Superlight an absolute pleasure to use, even in the most demanding titles like Rainbow Six: Siege, CSGO or Valorant. We’re happy to recommend it to most gamers, given its medium size (125mm/4.9″ long, 63.5mm/2.5″ wide). Even if you have never considered wireless mice before, the Superlight is good enough to make an exception.
As we said, the Superlight is extremely expensive for a mouse, so the earlier and cheaper G Pro Wireless remains a great choice. It offers the same shape and an extremely similar sensor, but weighs around 25 per cent more, includes RGB lighting and side buttons that can be moved to the left or right. If you’re not a super competitive gamer, the original GPW is probably a better pick.
7. Razer Basilisk V3
Most comfortable gaming mouse
The Razer Basilisk V3 is Razer’s answer to the crowd-favourite Logitech G502 Hero, offering a similarly wide shape suitable for medium to large hands, with 11 buttons and a unique dual-mode four-way scroll wheel. Like the G502, the scroll wheel can be swapped between modes with the touch of a button, with one mode having noticeable notched steps between each scroll, and the other scrolling for ages with the slightest touch.
What’s different with the V3 is that you can have both modes active at once if you like, which is called ‘Smart Reel’. Smaller scroll wheel movements result in the tactile, stepped behaviour, while more enthusiast flicks of the wheel will result in smooth scrolling. This is a really nice feature for both gaming and browsing the web, but it does need to be enabled in Razer’s Synapse software – either manually or by being bound to a button.
Aside from the scroll wheel, the Basilisk V3 hits all the right notes. The cable is more flexible than the G502’s, it weighs 20 grams less (at 101 grams), the optical sensor works just as reliably and it features optical switches for a marginally faster click response.
I found the V3 a good performer in multiplayer shooters, although lighter and smaller mice allow for greater precision and quicker reactions. Where the V3 really shines is in less fast-paced and competitive games, where you benefit from its more comfortable shape, healthy assortment of side buttons and that killer scroll wheel. It also has a nice RGB underglow, if you’re into that. Given the Basilisk V3’s competitive price, we have no qualms recommending this mouse above (or at least alongside) the G502 Hero.
8. Razer Viper Mini
Best Mouse For Gaming for small hands
The Razer Viper Mini is an ideal mouse to choose if you have small to medium-sized hands, thanks to its low profile design, diminutive dimensions of 118mm by 62mm and low weight of 60 grams. The PixArt 3359 optical sensor is a strong recent release and features accurate 1:1 tracking, while optical switches under each button should offer a small latency advantages against traditional alternatives.
The Viper Mini also includes a great cable, which is quite flexible and feels almost wireless in a bungee. In games like Call of Duty Warzone and Valorant, we found the Viper Mini responsive and comfortable regardless of the circumstances. The mouse also comes with RGB lighting in the form of an illuminated logo and tail light, which can be controlled in Razer’s Synapse software. Overall, this is a great gaming mouse, especially given its relatively low price.
9. Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless / Sabre RGB Pro / Sabre Pro
Best Mouse For Gaming for large hands
The £90/$100 Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, its wired counterpart the £50/$60 Sabre RGB Pro and the £45/$55 also-wired, non-RGB Sabre Pro are our new favourite mice for people with larger hands.
Learning lessons from the trend towards ultra-light mice, the wired Sabre Pro mice use trendy super-flexible shoelace cables to make them feel almost wireless and are lighter than you’d expect; the wired RGB model weighs just 74 grams and the non-RGB 69 grams. Meanwhile, the wireless RGB model is just 79 grams – a good result for a wireless, full-bodied mouse of this size.
The relatively large dimensions (129x70x43) make this mouse ideal for a palm grip, but a claw is workable too depending on your hand size. Comfort curves in the buttons and a rougher texture on the sides make these ergonomic mice easier to wield too – important for low-DPI, high-speed styles.
The wired mice also support a bleeding-edge 8000Hz polling rate, which independent tests have shown does increase responsiveness slightly over the more standard 1000Hz – at the expense of a small percentage of system performance, only likely to be noticeable on low-end machines. (The RGB Pro Wireless is limited to 2000Hz in its 2.4GHz mode, while Bluetooth is a savagely low 250Hz – definitely not the best for gaming!)
10. Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite
Best MMO mouse
If you like to play games that require lots of different keys for your spells and abilities, choosing a mouse with plenty of side buttons can a nice way to keep up. The Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite is our pick for the best MMO mouse, thanks to the twelve buttons arranged in a grid on its side panel. Varying textures make it easy to identify each button in tense situations, and the entire grid can be moved forward or back to suit your hand size.
The mouse is about the same length (120mm) but wider (78mm/2.9″) and heavier (122g) than the other mice on this list, which aids comfort but doesn’t allow for as precise mouse movements. Still, a top-notch PixArt 3391 optical sensor and nice clicky buttons make this well-suited for most game genres. Corsair’s software is also extremely powerful, giving you the tools you need to set up each button with the right macros.
Overall, we think the Scimitar RGB Elite is the best option for MMO gamers, just squeezing out our previous pick, the Razer Naga Trinity. This mouse’s replaceable side panels make it better for FPS gaming, but we prefer Corsair’s software and button layout.