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Best gaming mouse 2021: Top 10 wired and wireless mice

Looking for the best gaming mouse to level up your performance? Then you’re in the right place. 

We’ve assembled a list of the top ten gaming mice that we’ve reviewed, including both wired and wireless options while also catering to as many different budgets as possible. High-profile brands such as Corsair, Logitech and Razer all feature, so you’ll be able to find your weapon of choice no matter how loyal you are to your favourite mouse maker.

And if you can’t find a gaming mouse that suits your needs exactly, keep this page bookmarked for future updates. Without further ado, here are our top recommended gaming mice:

How We Test

Learn more about how we test mice

We use every mouse we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by playing a variety of different genres, including FPS, strategy and and MOBAs.

We also check each mouse’s software to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

Razer Viper 8K

The best wired gaming mouse
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Pros

  • Nimble and agile with 20,000 DPI sensor
  • 8000Hz polling makes a difference
  • Truly ambidextrous

Cons

  • No physical customisation options
  • Only one lighting zone

The Razer Viper 8K is hands down the best gaming mouse we’ve tested. It offers the best sensor on the market, along with a zanily high polling rate that just puts it head and shoulders above the competition.

That combo of a 20,000 DPI sensor and 8000 Hz polling rate is only really designed for the most competitive gamers out there, but the price for the Viper 8K isn’t as high as you may have initially expected. In addition, it’s comfortable to hold and the fact it’s ambidextrous only gives it bonus points as righties and lefties can enjoy its power.

The only small issue for some is that there’s no physical customisation in terms of weights or side pods to make this mouse suit absolutely everyone. Moreover, the price may be a smidgen high, but for what you’re getting, it’s hard to argue with the Viper 8K.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Razer Viper 8K review

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

An updated legend regains its crown
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Pros

  • 20,000 DPI Focus+ sensor is great for gaming
  • Seamless wireless connection
  • Sharp Chroma lighting

Cons

  • Expensive compared to wired model
  • No additional weights or side pods
  • 1 RGB lighting zone may be limiting for some

It should probably come as no surprise to anyone that a form of Razer’s famed DeathAdder makes it onto our best list for gaming mice. For as long as PC gaming has existed in the modern age, the DeathAdder has been sat on someone’s desk, and the V2 Pro just takes things to another level.

By cutting the cord on what was previously our best wired offering, Razer have given the DeathAdder V2 Pro a new feature that works a treat. Its dual connectivity action is seamless and there’s no latency to speak of at all. Combine with this the incredible 20,000 DPI Focus+ sensor that was transplanted from its wired brother and a classic and comfortable shape, and you’re onto a winner.

The only real caveat with this wireless DeathAdder is its price, which is steep for a simple cord cut. But if you can afford the freedom, you certainly won’t regret it.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro review

Logitech G203 Lightsync

Best budget wired gaming mouse
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Pros

  • Jaw-droppingly affordable price
  • Decent performance for casual gamers
  • Comfortable design
  • Flashy RGB lighting is crisp

Cons

  • 8000 DPI too low for more advanced players
  • 2 RGB zones may be limiting for some
  • Design might be too narrow for large hands

Even if you haven’t got a fortune to spend on a gaming mouse, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fundamental bonus of having a high DPI mouse with flashy lights and great design for a bargain price. That’s where Logitech’s G203 Lightsync comes in.

It is, in essence, a revamp of the older G203 Prodigy, bringing with it a couple more RGB lighting zones that look extra crisp. And the tie-in with G Hub, Logitech’s on-board software, couldn’t be more seamless. What’s more, it packs an 8000 DPI sensor that’s sensitivity aplenty for casuals in a rather small overall package, which also means it could be a good mouse for on-the-go work.

The good times don’t stop rolling either, as this little guy clocks in with an affordable price that’s sure to keep your wallet bulge down, making it an accessible option for basically everyone. Although, if you are looking to go pro and keep things wired, then mice with double or even triple the sensitivity will serve you better.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Logitech G203 Lightsync review

Roccat Kain 200 AIMO

The best affordable wireless gaming mouse
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Pros

  • Fantastically comfortable to use with rubber coating
  • PixArt PMW3335 sensor works an absolute treat
  • 35 hour battery life with full backlighting isn’t to be sniffed at

Cons

  • Roccat Swarm is a pain to install
  • No compartment to store the wireless dongle

With the standards of wireless gaming mice increasing rapidly, the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO doesn’t quite offer the same high-end end specs offered by the likes of Logitech and Razer. However, this is still a fantastic wireless peripheral and arguably represents better value than most thanks to its very attractive price point.

Awkward software installs and a lack of compartment for the bundled wireless dongle are niggling flaws in an otherwise ace package. If you want to be liberated from the wire but don’t fancy spending more than £100, then look no further.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Roccat Kain 200 AIMO review

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless

Best lightweight gaming mouse
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Pros

  • Ridiculously light with a super-smooth PTFE glide
  • Sophisticated and comfortable design
  • Superb 25K sensor delivers incredible precision

Cons

  • It’s pricey, but you get what you pay for
  • The charging solution could be more intuitive

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless has superseded the legendary G502 Lightspeed as being our pick for the Swiss’ manufacturer’s best gaming mouse. Its headline feature comes in the blend of its low 63g weight and a 25,600 DPI sensor that provides ample pedigree for even the most seasoned of gamers.

What’s more, its design is smart and suave, as is typical for Logitech. It skimps out on even an onboard DPI button to achieve this rather minimalistic look. The focus is on the internals for the Superlight though, and it performs admirably in all titles across the board. Software functionality and lighting remains particularly good, but given that this is Logitech we’re talking about, that should be unsurprising.

Much like the DeathAdder V2 Pro though, the G Pro X Superlight isn’t a cheap beast. While you do pay a premium for wireless though, it isn’t half worth it on a mouse like this.

Reviewer: Jordan Oloman
Full review: Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless review

Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE

Premium wireless mouse with wireless charging
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Pros

  • Speedy sensor works a dream
  • 50-hour battery life is great
  • Dual-connectivity switching is seamless

Cons

  • Not ambidextrous
  • No additional weights

The Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE features a super-responsive 18,000 DPI sensor, up to 50-hour battery life and Qi wireless charging, making it one of the most fully featured options on this list.

We’re also impressed to see it features dual connectivity, supporting both Bluetooth and a Slipstream-enabled USB dongle so you can seamlessly switch between two devices in a cinch.

Unfortunately, the Corsair mouse lacks bundled add-on weights, but Corsair arguably makes up for that with the more affordable price point than some of its rivals, making the Dark Core RGB Pro SE a superb option for wireless fans.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE review

Razer Viper Mini

 A small and affordable wired gaming mouse
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Pros

  • 8500 DPI works a charm
  • 61g weight makes it nimble
  • Razer Chroma always delivers

Cons

  • May be too small for some people’s hands
  • Two lighting zones may not be enough

Careful not to neglect those of us with tiny hands, Razer has launched the Viper Mini which is a small gaming mouse that weighs a dainty 61g.

Competitive gamers may want something with a bit more heft for pinpoint accuracy, but the Viper Mini is a fantastic option for those who don’t want to stretch a thumb in order to hit those side buttons. It’s also a great pick for those on a tight budget, with a low price despite flaunting many of Razer’s snazziest features.

The biggest drawback here is that there are only two RGB lighting zones, ensuring it’s not quite as glam as slightly more expensive options. But those are very minor issues considering the incredible value you’re getting with this dinky mouse.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Razer Viper Mini review

Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite

The perfect gaming mouse for MMO and MOBA players
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Pros

  • Infinite programming ability with the 12 side buttons
  • Super-accurate tracking
  • Classy design

Cons

  • Pretty expensive
  • Hefty weight
  • Might be too wide for some

Only planning on playing MOBA titles such as League of Legends? Then the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite could well be your best option, featuring an astonishing 12 buttons on the side dedicated to activating power ups and special attacks.

This is still a good gaming mouse in its own right of course, with an 18,000 DPI optical sensor ensuring a solid performance. With that said, the high price means you’re best off looking elsewhere if you’re not going to make the most out of the MOBA/MMO features.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Mouse review

Roccat Kone Pro Air

A lightweight mouse for large hands
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Pros

  • Deep, responsive mechanic buttons
  • Rock-solid wireless tracking
  • Week-long battery
  • Great feel, looks and comfort

Cons

  • No dedicated DPI or wireless connection button
  • Limited lighting
  • Requires software install to really use
  • No included receiver dock for the desk

If you’re not in the mood to support the real gaming big boys, Roccat’s Kone Pro Air provides an incredible option to go properly toe-to-toe with Razer and Logitech. Its classy looks and good lighting isn’t to be sniffed at, and nor is its performance.

It offers a 19,000 DPI sensor which, while may seem a little behind, still provides a great gaming experience. It also sports dual connectivity through Bluetooth and Roccat’s bundled receiver, making the Kone Pro Air a true contender for the best wireless mouse available on the market.

Even if Roccat’s offering is a giant killer, it’s still priced in line with Razer and Logitech. For a wireless gaming grade mouse, it is expensive, but if you’re wanting something left-field and away from the norm, this is an ideal choice.

Reviewer: Josh Brown
Full review: Roccat Kone Pro Air review

Asus ROG Gladius III

An affordable gaming mouse with hot-swappable switches
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Pros

  • 19,000 DPI sensor is perfect for competitive gaming
  • Sharp lighting with three zones
  • Hot-swappable switches is more than just a novelty

Cons

  • Lack of physical customisation
  • Uncompromising design




Much like other iterations, the Gladius III remains a king in the competitive arena thanks to a 19,000 DPI sensor, but brings with it an intriguing feature: hot swappable switches.

That’s right, if you want to swap out the incumbent buttons on your mouse, then Asus have given you the choice of their own silent ones, or some clicky Omrons. This is really for the sake of longevity, and in other areas too, the Gladius III remains well-built thanks to a hard plastic shell.

This all comes at a reasonable price, but with a similar cost as the fantastic Viper 8K, which is our pick for the best mouse available today. But if you don’t need that polling rate and want some more physical customisation instead, this is still an ideal choice.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Asus ROG Gladius III Review

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FAQs

What is DPI?

DPI (Dots Per Inch) is used to measure the sensitivity of a mouse. A higher screen resolution will increase the time it take to move your mouse cursor to move edge to edge. Most gaming mice have an adjustable DPI, but can be incredibly sensitive at the highest setting.

What is an RGB gaming mouse?

A gaming mouse with ‘RGB’ just references on-board lighting, which can usually be customised with different colours or effects.

What is a polling rate?

The polling rate, measured in Hz, references how often the mouse reports its position to the PC. A high polling rate ensures low input lag, so on-screen actions take place as soon as you move your gaming mouse.

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