Best gaming mouse 2020: top wireless and wired mice

Quiet as a mouse

We all have our own favourite gaming mouse, which is why it can be such a pain to replace when it finally bites the dust. Thankfully, there are loads of great gaming mice around today that will (hopefully) fill that mouse-shaped hole in your life, and I’ve rounded up all my best gaming mouse recommendations below. Tried and tested here at RPS, every gaming mouse on this list has been subjected to hours of use, so I know exactly what it’s like to use on a daily basis. I’ve got a recommendation for all types of mouse user, too, from the best ambidextrous gaming mice to the best gaming mouse for big and small hands. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee there’s a best gaming mouse pick waiting for you below.

Best gaming mouse 2020

You’ll find all my best gaming mouse picks below, but if you just want a quick and simple mouse recommendation, then my top best gaming mouse pick is the excellent Roccat Kain 120. It’s a little expensive compared to some of the other gaming mice on this list, but the Kain 120 gets everything right, from its smooth design to its responsive buttons.

You should buy…

Roccat Kain 120

The best gaming mouse

The Roccat Kain 120 is the best gaming mouse I’ve ever tested. Its Titan switches are fast and precise under your fingers, and its anti-wear coating makes it extra durable against sweat and greasy fingerprints. It’s also highly customisable, giving you plenty of options to program your favourite button combinations to really make it your own.

However, if you’re on a tight budget and just want a gaming mouse that’s cheap and cheerful and gets the job done, then you should buy the HyperX Pulsefire Core.

The cheaper alternative

HyperX Pulsefire Core

The best budget gaming mouse

Of all the budget gaming mice I’ve tested so far, the HyperX Pulsefire Core is the one that’s worth your money. Its build quality is a step up from other cheap mice, and it still gives you plenty of customisation options to help you get the most out of it.

These are my top two best gaming mouse recommendations, and you can find out more about them (and where you can go on to buy one) by clicking the links below. What’s more, if you’re in need of more PC gaming peripherals, then be sure to have a look at my best gaming keyboard and best gaming headset lists as well while you’re here.

If you’re after something a bit different…

However, as I mentioned above, gaming mice can be highly personal bits of your PC, which is why I’ve also included some more best gaming mouse recommendations for those of you after something a bit more bespoke. You’ll find my top wireless gaming mouse picks here, as well as the best gaming mice I recommend for those with big or small hands, plus the best gaming mouse to look for if you’re left-handed.

You can either click the links above to go straight to the mouse you’re interested in, or just carry on scrolling to read the whole thing. And if there’s a type of mouse that isn’t covered here that you’d like to see included, do let shout in the comments.

Roccat Kain 120 – the best gaming mouse

The Roccat Kain 120 is one of the loveliest and best gaming mice I’ve used in ages. Not only does it feel soft and smooth to the touch thanks to Roccat’s new anti-wear coating, but the Titan Switches sitting underneath its right and left click buttons are also fast, firm and super precise.

It’s a brilliant mouse to use for gaming and everyday tasks alike, and its central DPI button gives you five different speeds to choose from. You also get six programmable buttons with it, too – or eight if you include the up and down scroll functions – but thanks to Roccat’s Easy Shift+ feature, each button can also hold a second button assignment as well, which technically gives you a total of 16 different commands overall. Its 89g chassis is very lightweight as well, and its right-handed design is comfortable for all sorts of grip types, making this a very hard mouse to beat.

Sadly, the wireless Kain 200 doesn’t quite live up to the same high standards as the Kain 120, so stick with the wired version instead of opting for its cable-less counterpart.

HyperX Pulsefire Core – the best budget gaming mouse

Now that the Steelseries Rival 110 has no longer available, my new best cheap gaming mouse champion is the HyperX Pulsefire Core. It’s reasonably small, which is perfect for my spindly fingers, but it’s also exceedingly light, making it feel lovely and smooth to move round your mouse mat. I don’t have anything against larger mice, but they can be more of a chore to move quickly.

The Pulsefire Core also has two extra side-buttons on the left hand side of the mouse, which can be configured to all sorts of different functions. These include keyboard buttons, macros and media controls, and a dedicated DPI clutch / sniper button that lowers the mouse’s speed to whatever setting you like for as long as you hold it down – handy, if you’re into online competitive shooter games. The Pulsefire Core also lets you switch between five different customisable DPI speeds, giving you plenty of sensitivity options.

Logitech G Pro Wireless – the best wireless gaming mouse

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is hands down the best gaming mouse I’ve ever used, wireless or otherwise. It’s expensive, yes, but wireless gaming mice often are, and this really is the absolute cream of the crop. It’s wonderfully agile and super comfy to use, and weighs an almost impossibly light 80g. That’s practically unheard of in wireless gaming mouse circles, and when you combine that featherlight nothingness with Logitech’s super fast Lightspeed wireless tech and its brilliant Hero 16K sensor, the Pro Wireless definitely feels like £120 / $150 worth of gaming mouse.

It may not have a central DPI button like every other gaming mouse on the planet (it’s actually on the bottom of the mouse, for some incomprehensible reason), but Logitech’s intuitive Gaming Software tool gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to customising its various buttons to suit your gaming habits. Whether you’re right or left-handed, you’ve got loads of options here, including being able to change your DPI or sensitivity setting on the fly for as long as you hold down your chosen button.

The Pro Wireless is also one of the most tasteful gaming mice I’ve ever seen. Its smooth, simple curves are accented by a single zone of RGB lighting over its G logo on the rear of the mouse, and that’s it. Not jaunty angles, no glossy flourishes; just good old-fashioned design that doesn’t make you want to blush with embarrassment every time another human being claps eyes on it.

If you’re after the pinnacle of gaming mouse perfection, then look no further than the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless – the best budget wireless gaming mouse

If the price of the Logitech G Pro Wireless gave you a fright, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the excellent Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless is can be had for less than half that amount. This is an absolute steal for those after an affordable wireless gaming mouse, and thanks to Corsair’s new Slipstream wireless technology, the Harpoon RGB Wireless feels just as nippy as its Logitech rival, making it great for gaming and general desktop duties alike.

The Harpoon Wireless has built-in low latency Bluetooth support as well, just in case you’ve got one too many 2.4GHz wireless devices getting in the way of things, but even in my many wireless device-ridden home it worked like an absolute dream.

Why is the Logitech G Pro Wireless still our best wireless gaming mouse, then? Well, the Corsair’s battery life isn’t quite as good as the Logitech’s, it’s a fraction heavier, and it also doesn’t have as many programmable buttons. Still, there’s a lot to like here besides all that, and you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more responsive wireless gaming mouse for less.

Corsair Ironclaw RGB – best gaming mouse for big hands

For those after a great gaming mouse that doesn’t break the bank and offers loads of extra features, it simply doesn’t get much better than the Corsair Ironclaw RGB. Not only is its large, contoured shape super comfortable to use over periods of time, but its weight of 105g and responsive sensor make it lovely and fast in the hand, too.

Sure, the dash of RGB lighting won’t be for everyone (although you can always turn it off using Corsair’s iCUE software), but it’s a lot better-looking than the hard, ‘gamery’ edges and matt / gloss combo design of the similarly-priced Logitech G502 Hero (and regular G502, by extension – which I also quite liked, for the record).

The Ironclaw RGB also offers more functionality than the mildly cheaper and equally unassuming Steelseries Rival 310, which currently goes for £45 / $40. The Rival 310 is still a great choice for those looking to keep costs down (as is the identical Sensei 310 if you’re looking for a cheap ambidextrous mouse), but the Ironclaw does a lot more with that additional tenner, such as giving you an extra DPI or sensitivity profile to play with, a braided USB cable, seven programmable buttons instead of six, and the ability to turn one of those buttons into a ‘sniper’ button for on-the-fly DPI adjustments to give you better control when lining up shots in FPS games. All in all, it’s a great value gaming mouse.

Glorious Model O- or Glorious Model D – the best gaming mouse for small hands

The Glorious Model O- (that’s a ‘minus’, not a dash, by the way) and Model D are an absolutely phenomenal pair of gaming mice. Weighing a mere 58g and 68g apiece, these mice are true lightweight wonders.

The Model O- is Glorious’ ultra lightweight symmetrical gaming mouse, while the Model D is their right-handed ergonomic model. Both are absolutely brilliant. They’re just so effortless to move around my mouse mat, making them the perfect fit for anyone with small hands like myself. I’m also a little bit in love with the luscious locks of Glorious’ bearded logo man on the side, too. Ooof.

Don’t be put off by their many, many hexagon holes, either. Yes, they look like the perfect gunk traps for dust, hair, crisps and whatever else might be lurking on your desk, but honestly, I’ve yet to see any build-up on my Model O- or Model D, and that’s after several weeks on my desk with two cats poking around it.

Instead, I’m too busy enjoying their wonderfully light and comfortable chassis, and admiring their bright RGB lighting. I’m not normally that into having an RGB lightshow on my gaming mouse, but I’m actually quite impressed by how much the Model O- and Model D go to town with it. I don’t think I’ve ever been more in awe of a mouse’s commitment to becoming a full-blown radioactive Skittle, and it’s yet another reason why I like it so much.

If you really can’t stand the Model O- or Model D’s RGB lighting or their holey chassis, though, then your next best bets are the Roccat Kone Pure Owl-Eye or the Asus TUF Gaming M5.

Razer Naga Trinity – the best ‘do it all’ gaming mouse

Thanks to its interchangeable side panels, the Razer Naga Trinity is effectively three gaming mice in one, giving you up to 19 different buttons to play with depending on your play style. It’s the ultimate ‘do-it-all’ gaming mouse, letting you turn your hand from a top-notch FPS mouse to a many buttoned MMO mouse in a flash.

The basic side panel gives you a standard two extra buttons, while the second and third start piling them on like nobody’s business, giving up to 19 in total. These will no doubt come in handy if you’re a keen MMO or MOBA person who likes having dozens of macro commands at your disposal, but even if you’re not there are plenty of other things you could use them for as well, such as every media control under the sun, or a barrage of keyboard shortcuts.

You also get a choice of five DPI profiles on its central button beneath the scroll wheel, but this can easily be remapped to another one that’s easier to reach if you download Razer’s Synapse software. I particularly like that you have the option of being able to change your DPI on the fly, too, allowing you to get back to the action sooner without the faff of having to press another button. Instead, you can simply hold one down to slow things down, and then let go again when you want to return to normal speed. There are, admittedly, plenty of cheaper mice that have dedicated ‘sniper’ buttons for this sort of thing, such as the Asus ROG Gladius II and the Logitech G502, but at least here you have the option to assigning this function to any button you like.

Razer Viper – the best ambidextrous gaming mouse

It’s expensive, but the Razer Viper is my current best ambidextrous gaming mouse of choice. Previously, I recommended the Asus ROG Pugio as well as the Viper, but with Pugio stock levels getting lower and lower and prices going higher and higher as a result, it’s now nowhere near as good value as its Razer rival.

Besides, the Viper has a much more tasteful design than the Pugio, and its two main clicker buttons feel more responsive, too. Plus, the Viper is absurdly light, coming in at just 69g. This means it’s super easy to swish around your mouse mat, and never becomes a drag when you’re playing games for long periods of time. Razer’s Synapse 3 software gives you loads of customisation options, too. It comes at a price, but for the ultimate in luxurious ambidextrous gaming mice, the Razer Viper is a tough act to beat.

Steelseries Sensei 310 – the best budget ambidextrous gaming mouse

If you’d rather not shell out for the Razer Viper, then the Steelseries Sensei 310 is the next best thing. While not as flexible as its Razer rival, the Sensei 310 is still an excellent mid-range gaming mouse in its own right, and one of the cheaper ones currently available for left-handed PC gamers.

With two buttons and a comfy, rubbery grip on either side of the mouse, the Sensei 310 is great for righties and lefties alike. Using Steelseries’ Engine software, you can assign all sorts of different functions to them as well, from recordable macros to desktop shortcuts. You can only choose from two DPI or sensitivity speeds unfortunately, but that should still be enough for most people. At 92g, it’s also a good weight if you’re not a particular fan of the lightweight Viper.

Logitech G502 – the RPS Readers’ favourite gaming mouse

When we asked you what’s favourite gaming mouse at the end of last year, the result was practically unanimous. It faced some stiff competition from Razer’s Deathadder, but it was the Logitech G502 that eventually emerged triumphant.

The G502 Proteus Spectrum, to give it its full and proper name, is an excellent gaming mouse, and Logitech have since made an even newer, fancier version of it called the G502 Hero. The Proteus Spectrum is quite difficult to get hold of nowadays, but the Hero is effectively exactly the same mouse, just with a faster, more up to date sensor.

Indeed, the G502 Hero has exactly the same design as the Proteus Spectrum, including an identical 11 programmable buttons, and comes with the same number of removable 3.6g weights that you can add to the bottom of the mouse to make it lighter or heavier in the hand. It’s a brilliant mouse, and it’s come down a lot in price since I reviewed it too, making it a very worthy alternative to every other entry on our best gaming mouse list.

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