Since launching Gaming Verdict we have tested more than 50 gaming mice to bring you the best recommendations based on real gaming experience. We spent more than 300 hours playing a variety of games including CS GO, PUBG, and BF5 to help us find the best wireless gaming mouse of 2019. Our team preferred the Logitech G Pro for its lightweight design, incredibly accurate sensor and comfort.
Our Top Pick
Why you should trust us
Gaming Verdict is quite literally by gamers, for gamers – our entire team are first and foremost, gamers. As a business we purchase each and every product we discuss and put them through our vigorous tests which includes a whole lot of gaming. We take our testing seriously and always look at a product from a consumer perspective, analysing the performance vs it’s competitors and keeping in mind the industry tech and where it is moving. For wireless mice, the biggest flaw throughout the past few years has been accuracy, connectivity and weight – however, the Logitech G Pro really proved how wireless gaming mice can be just as good, if not better than their wired counterpart and many other brands are following suit, including Razer with their Mamba and Lancehead wireless alternatives and SteelSeries with their Rival 650.
Who this is for
If you’ve landed on this page, you are probably aware of the importance of a good gaming mouse, they can significantly improve your performance in game and help you go from zero to hero. You can’t really compare a gaming mouse to an ordinary computer mouse, with their precise sensors, thoroughly researched ergonomic designs built for the three main mouse grips and the ability to customise the mouse to your specific needs via the software. Gaming mice are not just useful for gaming though, I am sat here doing research, writing this guide on wireless mice whilst using my gaming mouse to do a range of activities, investing in a gaming mouse isn’t just a good investment for your gaming but in everyday life too.
Simply put, if you are serious about gaming, then you need a gaming mouse.
How we picked
To choose which wireless gaming mice we would test, we needed to identify what consumers are looking for in a wireless gaming mouse, being gamers ourselves this was made much easier by using our own network of gaming friends. However, we also used communities such as Reddit’s MouseReviews and several publications to help ensure we were only reviewing the best of the best wireless gaming mice. We found that the following characteristics are important when looking for a wireless gaming mouse:
- Comfort – a tricky place to start, as hand sizes, mouse grips and general posture differs significantly from gamer to gamer, this is one of the most important aspects of choosing a gaming mouse and one which if wrong will impede your performance. We had to the size of the mouse (small, medium or large) as well as whether or not the mouse is ambidextrous.
- Weight – a huge concern when shopping for a wireless gaming mouse is the weight, unfortunately the majority of wireless gaming mice are quite heavy due to the additional hardware the mouse includes for wireless connectivity and battery power. Fortunately, wireless technology in gaming mice have moved leaps and bounds in the last 12-24 months with the launch of mice such as Logitech’s G Pro which weighs just 80 grams.
- Battery Life & Charging Time – another factor is the lifespan of a wireless mouse, how long it takes to charge and how it charges. The majority of recommended wireless gaming mice now come with a rechargeable lithium battery compared to affordable wireless mice such as the Logitech G305 which uses a single AA battery which means having to replace the battery and also means the mouse is quite heavy.
- Sensors – the majority of gaming mice include good sensors such as the Pixart 3366, there are very few gaming mice with poor sensors on the market these days.
- Performance – historically wireless gaming mice performed very poorly with many gamers suffering from latency issues. However, wireless technology is now at a point where wireless gaming mice can begin to compete with wired gaming mice.
- Software – the majority of gaming mice come with software suites to help assign macros, tweak sensitivity (DPI/CPI) as well as customise the RGB lighting. It is now expected that the software has the ability to save multiple profiles, customisable DPI/CPI settings, polling rates and compatibility with both windows and mac operating systems.
- Price – this is where we begin to see the biggest difference in performance, especially with wireless gaming mice which are still significantly more expensive than the majority of wired gaming mice that offer similar performance. We will be recommending wireless gaming mice at several budgets including under $50, under $100 and up to $150.
How we test
Our Pick: Logitech G Pro
- Sensor: Hero Optical
- Weight: 80g
- Size: Medium
- Game Types: All
- Option: Bottom plate (- 3g)
Hand Size Guide
- Palm – Under 17.5cm/6.89″
- Claw – 17-22cm/6.7-8.66″
- Fingertip 18-22cm/7.1-8.66″
- Lightweight – the Logitech G Pro comes in at just 80 grams.
- Expensive – at more than £100/$100 it won’t fit everyone’s budget.
If you were new to the gaming market, in search of a gaming mouse, you’d be hard pressed to not be extremely excited by all the talk regarding the Logitech G Pro. To say it’s well liked is an understatement, the issue with a product being hyped so much is that it is difficult to live up to those expectations that you create whilst waiting for delivery.
The Logitech G Pro lives up to and surpasses those expectations, but it is not without its drawbacks.
For me, the Logitech G Pro weight/feel was great, however, I couldn’t help but notice the mouse was extremely off balance, with most of the weight being focused on the rear of the mouse. This meant when lifting off, moving around during fast-paced FPS such as CS GO it would sometimes misplace my aim. No doubt this is down to the way I hold the mouse, but it’s definitely something I couldn’t ignore.
Best Wireless Gaming Mice: Runners-Up
The Logitech G305 is our best wireless gaming mouse for those on a budget.
Razer Mamba Wireless
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
SteelSeries Rival 650
What to look for in the best wireless gaming mouse
Charging Time & Battery Life
Although there was a time when professional gamers would only consider a wired mouse, new technology has birthed a whole new creation of wireless models that are nothing short of spectacular. While even our most favourite battle arenas can lead to infuriating moments, it’s best if those tantrums aren’t caused by the equipment we use. Three quarters through a multi-hour tournament isn’t the right time for your mouse to run out of juice.
Most of the high-end models use built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries. These are typically expensive, but allow manufacturers to fit them into the dense and shapely profiles of their products. You’ll see very few high-end gaming mice that use old fashioned AA or AAA batteries which are typically reserved for less expensive work mice.
Battery life will vary depending on the model you choose, as well as what features are available. However, you’ll want to choose a model with at least 20+ hours of continuous use – the more the better. It may be possible to adjust the mouse to extend the battery life such as by turning off lighting.
Charging time is negligible for the most part as this will be done overnight or during periods when you’re not at your station. Most wireless mice will use a standard USB cable for charging while still in operation. Others may contain a dock. If charging simply isn’t an option, Logitech has released their Logitech G PowerPlay charging system which is essentially a wireless charging pad that can also have the surface tuned to your liking. This is just an inkling into where the wireless gaming market is heading.
Weight & Size
The weight and size of a gaming mouse you choose is purely preferential and will also be based on the size of your hand. In an ideal world we would try all of the top contenders to see which ones feel and perform the best, but most of the time we have to make an educated decision and take a leap of faith. We’ve done our best to take the guesswork out of this by providing information based on our own in-house experiences, alongside the usual specifications for you to compare.
Having said this, the best gaming mice tend to fall between 80-120grams with the odd exception. What will be a large factor is the shape of the mouse. You may tend to favour a claw grip, palm grip or fingertip grip. Although it’s possible to adapt your style to suit that of the mouse, the more natural it feels, the better you’ll do while competing – and let’s not lie – it’s all a competition otherwise we wouldn’t want the very best we could afford.
There will always be those who swear by wired over wireless mice in terms of superior responsive time. The thinking is that with a cable, there is likely to be minimal latency issues. This can a problem with less expensive wireless models typically reserved for the office which can have report rates as low as 250Hz, compared to the high-end 1000Hz offered by gaming mice.
Now that it’s 2019, the opposite is actually true in that wireless is either the same or faster due to the fewer processes it takes from clicking a button to it being registered by the operating system. For FPS games, in particular, precision and reaction times are crucial for success so it’s in your best interest to choose a model with the fastest response time.
DPI / CPI – What is it? Why is it important? Dots per inch/Counts per inch
The terms DPI and CPI are often seen as interchangeable when discussing mice. As you can see above, DPI stands for dots per inch and should really only be referred to in the printing/graphic design world, as it indicates the number of dots per inch that can fit in a straight line. For some reason it’s coined as a marketing term by gaming mice manufacturers instead of CPI which is more appropriate and refers to counts per inch – i.e. a CPI setting of 1600 moves your cursor 1600 pixels per one inch movement. So when you see DPI listed in the specifications, rather think of it as CPI.
Now, you may think that the more CPI the better as that means you can aim quicker. The truth is that the majority of gamers prefer a setting of around 3,000 even though many gaming mice offer a ‘DPI’ of 12,000-16,000. While you can spin around quicker with a higher setting, it’s far more difficult to be accurate so more isn’t always better. The applications and preferences will play a part here as with so many other features. When choosing a mouse, you may want to choose one with a DPI control that can be toggled during gameplay.
IPS & Acceleration
Following on from CPI, you’ll often find IPS and acceleration specified. IPS refers to inches per second and refers to the maximum speed the mouse’s sensor can track the movement accurately. If you have fast reflexes, but choose a gaming mouse with a low IPS then you’ll never be able to play at your highest potential. Try to choose a fast IPS rating of 400 or more.
The next part of this important gaming equation is acceleration – in relation to ‘DPI’ and IPS. It’s measured in G’s and refers to how quick the ‘cursor’ moves based on how quickly you move your hand (not simply the distance). A gaming mouse with an acceleration rating of 30-40G’s is what you want. All of these factors can be adjusted in your new gaming mouse’s software so you can find out what works best for you so that it either closely resembles your muscle memory, or allows you to get used to a new set of parameters in your gaming endeavors.
The computer industry is always evolving, and this is especially true in the gaming world. As a result, it’s not atypical that you’ll replace a piece of hardware long before your current hardware stops working. The durability of a gaming mouse is really something to consider as users are likely to spend hours at a time during a session, clicking several thousand times in that same period.
When looking for a gaming mouse that will last, make sure to compare the click lifespan. This will usually be in the millions (i.e. 50 million clicks for instance) and should mean the right mouse can last several years.
Polling Rates measured in MHz
There was a time not too long ago when folks played Solitaire on Windows 95 with mice that contained rubber balls. These rubber balls interacted with mechanical rollers to let the OS know where the cursor was heading. Those days are long over and now we have optical and laser mice. When they hit the gaming scene laser mice were considered superior to optical mice, but that’s not really a factor anymore as optical technology has advanced rapidly.
Typically, when a mouse has moved the light emitted (whether LED or infrared) is measured by a camera or sensor and relays this data to the computer so it knows what position the cursor is in. Modern mice use the latest sensors (the current leading sensor being the PWM3366 based on popular opinion). Regardless of whether you choose optical or laser, it’s smart to be able to adjust the polling rate (just like the CPI/DPI) to your own taste – or simply what you’re used to.
The polling rate refers to how often the sensor on the mouse reports the position to the computer. Most gaming mice are around 500-1000Hz (i.e. 500 times and 1000 times per second respectively). Most people won’t notice much of a difference with either and the majority of mouse manufacturers don’t really specify this as a result – though believe us when we say they’ve taken it into account. You can still usually adjust it in the included software. It’s worth mentioning that a higher polling rate can slightly drain your CPU but this is usually negligible.
Not to be confused with angle snapping, a mouse jitter refers to the cursor suddenly making unexpected movements without your input. It is rare but can happen. If you’ve just bought a new gaming mouse and experience this, then send it back for a replacement or refund as it really shouldn’t happen with the most modern of products. However, if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in this situation and it’s not caused by dust or dirt on your mouse’s sensor, then the issue could be one of the following (or others not mentioned).
- Your game is using too much of your CPU load.
- An outdated mouse driver.
- Frequency interference in your home (i.e. a smartphone’s hotspot nearby could be the issue for instance).
- Interference with a wireless mouse and keyboard combination.
- Surface type.
Angle snapping is the ability of a mouse to automatically track in a straight line. While this may be useful for certain graphic design applications (try to draw a perfectly straight line with your mouse), it’s not desired for those moments when you want to go for that perfect headshot and your mouse automatically shifts the cursor above their head. The good news is that most if not all professional grade gaming mice will not have this feature, or at the least allow you the option to toggle it on or off.
Perfect control speed/Malfunction rate
The lift-off distance or LOD refers to the distance you can lift your mouse off your desk or pad before it stops tracking. It’s not an exciting specification to list on marketing material, but the good news is you can often adjust it with the included software of the mouse your end up purchasing. Ideally, you want it as low as you can get it so if you need to reset your mouse position on your pad during a battle, you can lift it and place it back down without moving the cursor. Some people do like a little higher LOD as it can allow them to continue tracking if they go off the pad, or use it as a technique for quick 360 degree spins. What works for you will come down to experience and preference, but again, usually the lower the better.
While not all professional gaming mice offer this option, some provide additional weights that allow you to reduce or increase the weight. The weights are usually only a few grams each and can be placed either within or around the mouse so you can find the perfect balance for your comfort and playing style.
As with joysticks for flight simulators, the ability to configure the buttons on your gaming mouse of choice is likely one of the most important factors that will lead to consistently good results. This is especially true if you are choosing an ambidextrous model. Whether you need to sprint, crouch, go prone, melee, fire, reload, heal, or quickly select one of the myriads of other commands, you’ll want a gaming mouse that allows you to do this without conscious thought. Consider the number and types of buttons, wheels, and toggles, as well as the locations of these when choosing a model.
Side by Side Comparisons
- Mouse Review Subreddit
Software: MouseTester – https://www.overclock.net/forum/375-mice/1535687-mousetester-software.html
- FPS Gaming Mouse
- MOBA Gaming Mouse
- MMO Gaming Mouse
- Sensor (Optical vs
- Interface (USB vs Wireless)
- DPI / CPI – What is it? Why is it important? Dots per inch/Counts per inch
- Click lifespan?
- Polling Rates measured in MHz
- Angle Snapping
- Perfect control speed/Malfunction rate
- Lift-off distance
Single Mouse Reviews
- Design & Comparison
- Performance / Benchmarking
- Type of games (FPS, RTS, MMO)
- Budget ($50/£50 – $150/£150)
- Hand Size (length in cm)
- Grip (Palm Claw, Fingertip or Hybrid)
- Weight (no preference, light, medium or heavy)
- Sensitivity (low, medium, high)