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Best gaming mouse 2022: Top wired and wireless mice

If you think your PC gaming skills need a little work, then it may be worth upgrading your mouse. But what is the best gaming mouse right now?

We have lots and lots of experience with gaming mice, with our team of experts reviewing countless mice every year from various brands and with varying price points.

We make sure to spend at least a week with every single gaming mouse we review to ensure that we have enough real-world experience to give it a fair and accurate judgement, testing out the major features including sensor sensitivity, how the clickers and buttons feel as well as the battery life of any wireless models.

And if you can’t see anything on this list that catches your eye right now, make sure to bookmark this page and come back soon, as we endeavour to update this list as soon as we review and publish more high-scoring peripherals.

Moreover, if you know you’re after a wireless mouse that can be used for everyday workloads, make sure you take a look at our best wireless mouse roundup. But without further ado, here are the best options on the market right now when it comes to gaming mice.

Best gaming mouse at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test gaming 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 MOBAs.

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

Razer Viper 8K

Best wired 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 the best wired gaming mouse we’ve tested yet. It offers one of the best sensors available on the market, combined with a powerful polling rate that ensures it’s extremely responsive.

We found this to be a comfortable mouse to hold and is solidly built, with a sturdy black plastic shell and rubberised side grips for extra comfort. In addition, both lefties and righties alike can use this as it’s ambidextrous with buttons on both sides.

The main star of the show here though is Razer’s Focus+ sensor that gives you 20,000 DPI’s worth of sensitivity. In testing, this translated to some marvellously responsive results within FPS titles. In conjunction with this, an 8000Hz polling rate makes it incredibly speedy, and means this is an immense choice, especially for the most professional gamers.

For its lighting, the Viper 8K’s is bright and vibrant, coming courtesy of Razer’s usual Chroma lighting engine. It’s purposeful and smart, with just a couple of RGB zones to pick from. In addition, it works well with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, which we think gives you some of the best software-driven customisation out there.

All in all, the Viper 8K is a great choice if all-out power is your top priority, but Razer does a wide range of gaming mice that we rate pretty highly. For instance, if you’re looking for more of a contoured shape, the Basilisk V3 is an incredible option, whilst the DeathAdder V2 is a fantastic all-rounder.

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

Razer Viper V2 Pro

Best wireless mouse
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Pros

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Incredibly high DPI
  • Speedy optical switches
  • Reliable wireless connection

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • No RGB lighting

The Razer Viper V2 Pro has set a new benchmark for a wired gaming mouse, making it the absolute best option for gamers who crave the ultimate performance.

Sensitivity has hit new heights, with Razer flaunting an impressive 30,000 DPI, making the Viper V2 Pro the most responsive gaming mouse on the market. During testing, we found the 30,000 DPI to be too sensitive for the vast majority of games, but it’s easy enough to dial back for the sensitivity and it’s great to have the option.

Our tests also showed it to have a faultless wireless connection and a marvellously lightweight 58-gram design, ensuring this mouse is good enough for the eSports crowd. However, it does miss out on flashy features, such as RGB lighting, in order to ensure it offers the best possible performance.

It features a symmetrical ambidextrous design. And if you want a mouse designed specifically for right-handers, there’s always the option of the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro which essentially packs the same features.

The Viper V2 Pro is incredibly expensive, so is only worthwhile if you are very serious about improving your performance in online multiplayer games. Otherwise, you’re better off checking the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed which is available at a significantly more affordable price.

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

Logitech G203 Lightsync

Best value wired
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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

For more casual players, gaming mice don’t need to have ridiculously powerful sensors or myriads of RGB zones, and the Logitech G203 Lightsync represents a brilliant value wired gaming mouse for casual players that keeps things simple.

Inside, its 8000 DPI sensor is actually at the higher end for more casual-oriented mice (compared to the likes of the Razer DeathAdder Essential, for instance) and works well for FPS titles especially. In playing some CS:GO and Apex Legends, we found that the G203 Lightsync felt nicely responsive. As this is more of a mouse for less-hardcore gamers, it also works well in day-to-day tasks with more than enough sensitivity to get by.

Its construction is nice and hard-wearing for the price, with the G203 Lightsync’s black plastic outer shell feeling robust. It’s worth noting this is a good looking mouse too, with a minimalistic aesthetic as put forward by it only having the most essential of buttons. This can also be looked on as quite a cute mouse, given its smaller size that makes it great for travelling, as well as the fact it’s available in a multitude of colours, including black (pictured), white, lilac and blue.

To complement the outer shell, the G203 Lightsync features some configurable RGB lighting that looks bright and vibrant, with two zones, namely the large ‘G’ and an associated light bar that sweeps around the back of the mouse. All this, and more, is customisable within Logitech’s G-Hub software.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Logitech G203 Lightsync review

Roccat Kain 200 AIMO

Best value wireless
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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

The Roccat Kain 200 AIMO represents one of the best value wireless gaming mice out there today. It gives a lot more expensive mice a good run for its money with its sleek design, powerful sensor, and bright RGB lighting.

Its outer shell isn’t made of the usual plastics, and instead features this smooth rubberised coating that feels especially comfortable and soft. During a day’s working and gaming, we found that the Kain 200 AIMO was immensely comfortable and pleasing to hold. For our money, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable mouse for the price.

16,000 DPI’s worth of sensitivity also makes this quite the responsive mouse, as was apparent during a few rounds of CS:GO to test it out. In addition, Roccat’s Titan Click feature offers up some purposeful and precise inputs that translate well into those intense gaming sessions. Its 35 hours of battery life, with full RGB on, isn’t bad for the money, although it does fall short a little compared to other wireless gaming mice at similar prices, such as the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE

The Roccat Swarm software that the Kain 200 AIMO uses is pretty good overall, with a decent amount of functions available to customise, from RGB to DPI levels and button functions. The only real issue here is that it’s a real pain to install, involving you downloading and unzipping the file and then having to update firmware for both the mouse and bundled wireless dongle. It’s a bit of a faff, but once you get inside, the functionality available within Swarm is very good.

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

Asus TUF Gaming M4 Air

Best lightweight mouse
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Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • Snappy 16,000 DPI sensor
  • Good software integration

Cons

  • A little cheap feeling
  • Open housing may not please some

Lightweight gaming mice seem to be becoming more and more common, and the Asus TUF Gaming M4 Air is an immense option for those wanting a powerful sensor within an incredibly light package.

It clocks in at just 47g, which is even lighter than the excellent Razer Viper V2 Pro. We found that this helps to make the mouse incredibly nimble during games, as became apparent during a few rounds of CS:GO and Fortnite. It’s made of sturdy plastics, although that low weight can make it appear to feel a little cheap at times. Its open housing looks good, although it is likely to be a magnet for any dust or moisture. To combat this, Asus says the M4 Air is IPX6 resistant.

The 16,000 DPI sensor here offers up sharp and accurate gaming, but it can take some getting used to that lighter weight and high power combo. It’s versatile too, with the M4 Air being able to be used with pretty much all grips, whether you’re clawing with it, or using it with a palm grip.

The lightweight nature of the M4 Air is also reflected in its additional software, which comes as Asus Armoury Crate. It offers the most essential functions for customisation for the M4 Air, with you being able to change the DPI in four stages as well as reprogram functions and apply any firmware updates. During testing, we found it to be nice and convenient to use. For those wanting an easy software experience, you won’t find a better option than this. 

Do note, that there isn’t any RGB lighting here, which would certainly have increased the weight. So it’s worth noting whether you’d prefer a lighter wired mouse, or one with RGB. For a powerful wired mouse with RGB that offers you some transparency, you’ll want to check out the Roccat Kone XP.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Air review

Razer Viper Mini

Best mini 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

Not everyone can fit a large gaming mouse in their hands, and the Razer Viper Mini provides those with smaller hands a chance to get in on some gaming mouse action. 

It’s dainty with a weight of just 61g, making this nearly as light as the Asus TUF Gaming M4 Air, and is made of sturdy black plastics that also help it feel hard-wearing and well made. With this also comes the same design cues as the larger, and more powerful Viper 8K, complete with buttons on both sides of the mouse, meaning this is an ambidextrous option.

Inside the smaller chassis comes an 8500 DPI sensor that we found felt especially great during testing in a few FPS titles, especially when combined with the smaller size and weight of the Viper Mini. There are also Razer’s optical switches inside which offer some rather precise inputs and also feel good under finger, even if it’s not all too possible to feel the difference between optical and traditional mechanical switches. 

The lighting on offer with the Viper Mini is kept plain and simple with similar zones to the Logitech G203 Lightsync, with just the Razer logo and a small bar present. This means it’s a good option for minimalists, as well as those who just want purposeful lighting and looks. Synapse 3, Razer’s companion app, takes care of any customisation too, and feels convenient and easy to use during testing.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Razer Viper Mini review

SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless

Best MOBA and MMO gaming mouse
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Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Tactile buttons
  • Vivid lighting

Cons

  • Rather expensive

We gave the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless a 4.5 star rating out of 5, cementing it as one of the best gaming mice on the market right now. Our review claims that it is possibly the best wireless MOBA/MMO mouse out there, with 18 programmable buttons making it a superb option for games such as Dota, League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

Coming in at only 89g, this SteelSeries gaming mouse is incredibly lightweight. The lightweight design doesn’t have a negative impact on the build quality, either; we thought that the hard plastic design felt good to hold, and there was no rattling or disturbance of the materials during use.

It boasts an 18,000 DPI, making this a very nippy mouse. During use, we thought it worked fluidly and was more than responsive enough for fast-paced games. It can also be connected to a PC via Bluetooth and the bundled 2.4GHz USB receiver, with both options slowing little noticeable latency, even if we did prefer the receiver to Bluetooth. The battery life here is also incredible, offering 180 hours over Bluetooth and 80 over the USB receiver.

The one major issue? It’s very expensive with an RRP of £139.99. You can find more affordable options with similar specs if you’re willing to forgo a wireless connection, with the Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Mouse an excellent alternative. But if you’re keen to go wireless and are looking to improve your MMO skills, then the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is the way to go.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless Review

Roccat Kone XP

Best translucent mouse
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Pros

  • Super-fast actuation
  • Great customisation
  • Stunning design

Cons

  • Might be too pricey for some.
  • Not for mechanical switch purists

The Roccat Kone XP features a translucent shell. This means you’ll be able to enjoy the 22 individual LEDs’ backlighting for a snazzy effect. A hard plastic construction should also mean this is a sturdy choice, as is also reflected in its 104g weight. If you’re a fan of heavier mice, then this is a good choice, although if you don’t want RGB, then the MadCatz RAT D.W.S may serve you well.

Inside, you’ll find a 19,000 DPI sensor, giving you oodles of sensitivity to enjoy in a vast range of titles. The fact the Kone XP features a total of 15 programmable buttons means this can be used as a MOBA mouse, even if it doesn’t feature a dedicated keypad. With that being said, the high DPI figure means this mouse particularly shines in FPS titles. 

Much like the Kone Pro Air and the Kain 200 AIMO, the Kone XP works in conjunction with Roccat’s Swarm software that offers some marvellous customisation, allowing you to configure the 15 programmable buttons to a total of 29 different available functions. We found the software to be functional and easy to use, especially when considering how powerful this mouse is.

Reviewer: Rosario Blue
Full review: Roccat Kone XP 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 takes 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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