The Best Gaming Mice Of 2020

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You’re trying to click heads in Valorant, Call of Duty: Warzone or Escape from Tarkov, and you can just feel it. Your mouse isn’t right. It’s a bit gummy and the sensor’s a bit crap. Nothing feels right. So it’s time for an upgrade. But what do you get? Here’s the best mice on the market today.

This post has been updated since its original publication, with prices refreshed and new mice added. 

The Best Entry Level Gaming Mouse

HK Gaming Mira M

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If you want to get on the ultralight mice trend, but want something with a form factor that’s not going to give you hand cramps, there’s a lot of new brands on the market. One of the better ones is HK Gaming, a company from — you guessed it — Hong Kong.

The HK Gaming Mira series comes in three general sizes — S, M and L — with the M series being the best for those who want a slightly larger mouse. The sensor is the industry stalwart Pixart 3360, and the mouse even comes with side grips to cover up the sides. The standard black Mira M will set you back $69, which is a great price for a mice that can go toe to toe with many of the bigger brands on the market.

Cooler Master’s MM710

Want the lightest mouse possible without breaking the bank, but still want something that’s good in the hand with top-tier sensor? Cooler Master’s MM710 is retailing for $69 in Australia and, given how handy the perforated holes are in Australia’s baking summer, it’s one of the best entry level gaming mice on the market today.

There’s just one problem: the holes in the chassis. And if that’s an issue for you, then you might want to consider…

SteelSeries Rival 3

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Take note with this one: you can get the Rival 100 or 110, and they’re both priced between $50 and $60. The Rival 110 is definitely the one to grab: it’s got a better sensor, better texturing for Australian conditions, and a fairly ambidextrous design that supports a range of grips.

The Rival 110 is a better option than the MM710 if you want a larger mouse, or if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to risk the problems with a perforated chassis like the MM710.

Razer Viper Mini

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The best qualities of the wireless Razer Viper Ultimate, but in a smaller, lighter form factor. The difference between the sensors are imperceptible for anyone who isn’t a robot, and the improvements to Razer’s software suite — primarily that it’s optional — have been much needed. At $62 from Amazon, the Viper Mini is a great starter mouse — unless you have above-average sized hands, in which case you might want to look at the Xtrfy M4 or a similarly-shaped chassis.

The Best Gaming Mice For MMOs

Logitech G402

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The G402 is also an option for the most affordable mice – you can actually get it for $49 from most Australian retailers. But I’ve slotted it in here because there’s enough programmable buttons on the G402 that you can use it as a rudimentary, affordable mouse for MMO buttons. Hardcore World of Warcraft players might want something with a lot more macros and buttons, but the price will go up accordingly.

Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

Good MMO mice will all cost more than $100, but you don’t have to go much further than that if you’re prepared to shop around. Corsair’s an underdog when it comes to the mice game: their wireless sensors are actually on par with Razer and Logitech when it comes to latency, and their affordable wired options are solid, provided you prefer their chunkier, larger chassis designs.

The Scimitar Pro is a great pick because it’s about $30 cheaper than Razer’s Naga Trinity, and it’s got some neat customisations of its own. There’s an 8mm range where you can move the MMO buttons on the side, allowing you to position more precisely to your hand. It’s all managed through Corsair’s CUE software, which is lightweight and one of the least annoying software suites for peripherals right now.

As an added bonus: Corsair’s wireless sensors are really, really damn good. A quick analysis from Linus Tech Tips put the Corsair on par with much more favoured gaming mice brands like Logitech and the wired FinalMouse, showing that wireless mice are perfect for serious gamers these days.

The Best Big Gaming Mouse

Xtrfy M4

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Want a big mouse but something that’s not too heavy? Large mice are starting to punch holes into their chassis as well. The Xtrfy M4 line, which comes in four colours including the eye-catching bright pink and neon blue, is a larger right-handed ergonomic design that weighs only 71 grams (about the same as the Viper or Logitech G Pro Wireless).

It’s available from $89 in the standard black, or $99 if you want the flashier colours.

Logitech G502 HERO

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Another wireless offering from Logitech, the G502 HERO is the wired version of Logitech’s popular chunker. The HERO sensor has been a reliable stalwart of Logitech’s gaming mice for years, and while it’s not wireless, most people will be happy to pay $83 instead of closer to $200. Otherwise, you’re getting the same shape, software support and chassis design as the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, which is still an excellent mouse if you’re happy with the premium.

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Razer Deathadder Essential

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Extremely hard to go past at $59. Not only does that make the Deathadder Essential one of the most affordable mice on the market and one of the best entry-level mouse for people who want something larger than the miniature MM710/Viper Mini, the Deathadder has also just been a reliable performer for almost two decades. I still remember playing Counter-Strike national tournaments with the original editions of the Deathadder, and Razer hasn’t messed around with the original shape to this day.

If you want to shell out for a nicer version, however, the Deathadder V2 has enough new additions to warrant a look. The V2 weighs about the same as the G Pro Wireless, which is a huge surprise for a mice of that size and shape. The V2 also has on-board memory support, so you can setup your profile and macros and then uninstall Razer Synapse, which is an excellent move by Razer.

The Best Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer Viper Ultimate

Remember how everyone was giving Razer shit for years over their over-aggressive Synapse software? Well, the company finally listened. Not only did they make a wired lightweight gaming mice with none of the chassis problems facing other ultralight gaming mice, but they also let users save settings to their mice without having to keep any Razer software installed.

That’s already a good start, but Razer went one further by making the Viper Ultimate excellent in just about every facet. It’s one of the best gaming mice you can buy today, period. It’s expensive — as wireless mice often are — but holy hell is it good.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless

The second top-tier wireless mouse, unsurprisingly, comes from Logitech. The G Pro Wireless (GPW) has been the benchmark for wireless mice since its release, not just because of how good the wireless sensor was, but for how light the whole chassis is.

I’m putting the GPW alongside the Viper Ultimate because the two have very different shapes. If you want a wireless gaming mouse that sits more in the palm of your hand, the GPW is the way to go, whereas the Viper Ultimate has a flatter shape. The GPW has some slight advantages in battery life and responsiveness when waking up from hibernation, but that’s only when you move the mouse after its been idle. Both are absolute crackers when it comes to gaming.

The GPW is also a little more affordable these days, having been on the market for longer. While the Viper Ultimate is pushing close to $250, you can get the G Pro Wireless for $195 from Umart today. That’s excellent bang for your buck, especially when you consider the super-long battery life and just how reliable the GPW is.

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Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

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It’s not the most recent version of the Basilisk, but if you want a wireless mouse for $88 that’s excellent for productivity that runs off an AA battery — instead of an internal rechargeable battery that’ll die over time — then the Basilisk is supremely well priced.

The Basilisk is an excellent wireless mouse for the office too — or your home office — and those with average-to-larger hands will appreciate the comfort grooves and grips. I personally prefer more ambidextrous, slimmer mice for gaming, but if that’s not you, then the Basilisk is a great wireless option to consider.


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    • I have the Pro with the PowerPlay mat. Totally love it.

      Bought it for my wife too- she loves it as well.

      Best mouse I’ve ever owned, the wireless charging just makes it a no brainer.

      • I’m using a similar setup but with the G703. Love the versatility of wireless without ever having to worry about batteries or plugging it in to charge. I personally chose the 703 due to the added weight

  • And for those who are interested in having some extra buttons on their mouse (without slapping a numpad on the side), I can recommend the Swiftpoint Z. I just upgraded to one from my Roccat Tyon.

    • I was just thinking I need less buttons! The amount of times I’ve tossed a grenade or melee’d a team mate in the face because I’ve grazed those buttons make them more annoying than helpful!

      That being said … I admit the problem is between the keyboard and the chair, not the mouse 😛

  • I have a G402. It’s an excellent mouse for the price but it feels a bit flimsy compared to the 8+ year old Death Adder it replaced.

    I also had the middle button stop working less than a year after purchase. Dousing it in alcohol fixed the problem, so I might be inclined to blame my own grubby hands, but it’s apparently a very common problem with this mouse.

  • I have so many Mice.

    Logitech: G PRO, G403, G703, MX Vetical, MX Ergo
    Steelseries: Rival 310, 500
    Corsair: Ironclaw RGB

    And a bunch of others (ie Amazon Chinese specials and ones which came bundled with gaming laptops, etc)

    In the end, my favourite mouse – and only mouse which doesn’t give me any RSI problems – is the Logitech M331.

    Freaking love this mouse. Bought one for home and one for work.

  • Just bought a Logitech GPW, after years with a Razer deathadder and I’m finding the change monumental. Deathadder was way too big for my hand (I’m a dude with small hands) and the cord would always add tension when I was playing. Thanks to wireless, none of those things bother me anymore! I haven’t stopped playing Cod since I got it!

    • Yeah, I bought a 502 Proteus Core to replace my old G5 and I’m very happy with it.

      If I was to buy a new mouse today I’d get the Wired 502. I don’t feel the need to go wireless. But I will say a mouse is a very personal choice try and put your hands on a lot before you decide.

  • I have the original Proteus Core G502 (Thanks @stormo), very happy with it. I replaced the previous version the G5 when it started to have buttons die. Never the LMB which was good, but the side buttons and wheel function meant it was time for a replacement.

    I think the major difference between Proteus and Hero is the Proteus lights are blue, the Hero is RGB. And I have the lights off unless I change DPI Resolution.

    • That list is pretty useless for MMO gamers though, or people with preferences towards larger mice, although my personal preferences are very similar to Zy.

      He does a lot of good stuff!

      • Considering there’s like what, 4 options for MMO gamers, I don’t think its exactly missing :P. lol.

        And its helped dramatically cut down which mice I try to see what works best with my arthritic mess of hands.

  • What are your guys thoughts on the Corsair M65?

    I like it but would welcome a comparison for other mice that do the job of clicking heads better

    • It’s fine, but for $89 you can get a ton of mice that are a) cheaper b) better designed and c) lighter.

      What is it about the M65 that you like so much?

      • Personally, I like the weight and feel of it – it feels great under the hand – more than my Steel Series Rival 310 which while good – just feels too light The sniper button (which I’ve remapped away from DPI change) is big enough to fumble to in emergencies that an MMO mouse would be more prone to a mistake.

        The software is ok but as aside my k70 rgb keyboard by Corsair has had no end of problems.

        So overall I make it work because after 1000’s of hours I’m used to it but I reckon there might be better options out there

  • Just bought the Cooler Master MM-711. Had it for about a week….and I LOVE IT. I reckon it wouldn’t be for everyone. My 17yo doesn’t dig it at all.

  • Been using Steelseries for a while now and haven’t looked back. Had an early Sensei, Rival 300 and now using a Rival 710. Love em.

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