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Best Gaming Mouse For 2021: Razer, SteelSeries, and More

Give your hands those good mouse feels with the best gaming mice from Steelseries, Razer, Logitech, Corsair, and HyperX.

No tool is more important in a PC gamer's arsenal than the gaming mouse. It performs most of the major tasks in any game, and each action requires pinpoint accuracy. That's why it's not only important to have a mouse you can adjust the sensitivity on, but also one you're okay holding for hours on end. Not to mention, there are a number of other key factors you need to consider: programmable buttons, RGB lighting, and more. And of course, you have to decide between wired or wireless options--thankfully, wireless gaming mice are quite good these days.

Razer, SteelSeries, and Corsair are just a few of the great gaming mouse brands, and each of them have their popular models. The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a big mouse that is as reliable as it is comfortable, the SteelSeries Sensei Ten is an incredible ambidextrous option, and the Corsair Ironclaw RGB is the one of the best gaming mouse options with RGB lighting on the market. Of course, even these don't come with all of the features other mice do. The Corsair Scimitar Pro, for example, comes with far more buttons, making it a great choice for MMOs, strategy games, and other tactical genres.

With so many different things to consider--and options to choose from--we at GameSpot have tested a large number of gaming mice to find the best ones out there. Below, we've listed the best of the best in each category of gaming mouse you can think of. This lists covers all the bases: programmable buttons, RGB lighting, wireless, scroll wheels, optical sensors, and more. If you've been looking for the best gaming mouse, you'll likely find it among these.

Please note that the following prices indicate the product's regular price and don't reflect any current discounts or fluctuations. Retailers like Amazon tend to discount products regularly, so you may be able to snag one of these mice at an even cheaper price than normal.

If you're looking for more recommendations on other products, check out our picks for the best gaming headset, best gaming keyboard, and the best VR headset. We also have guides to the best Nintendo Switch accessories and more. And if you're looking for some great games to play, check out some of best PC games from last year and what's coming to PC this year, along with the best capture card and other streaming accessories. Also check out the best VPNs for streaming TV and movies.

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I guess Zowie doesn't grease enough palms to be included on these lists.

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why do almost none of the mouse manufacturers include a 3rd click ring finger button? the Logitech G600 and maybe 2 others i've ever seen have this or something similar to it. it is one of the biggest improvements to a mouse since the adaption of the 3 clicks 40+ years ago.

originally used for gaming it was an awesome addition for melee attacks, blocking/parrying, any type of 2nd/3rd attack or even as a fluid DPI adjustment control. but as time went on i have become adapted to using it as a R Ctrl key when regularly using the PC and it has just become a natural part of keyboard shortcuts, etc. it also functions as a nice rest for the right side of the hand.

the G600 definitely beats the Corsair Scimitar Pro for any type of RPG or other gaming with it's scroll wheel left/right tilt, thumb buttons shape, ring finger button and with overall 17 additional programmable buttons besides the regular left-click, right-click and middle-click. of course the amount of buttons doesn't matter much for a lot of games but the placement and programming options for this particular mouse make it better than the majority out there when used for any purpose.

my larger-than-average hand lies almost flat across the top of the mouse with my thumb resting naturally against the left side due to the wide shape and added right-side button. this has turned out to be much more comfortable than a claw or other type of grips.

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Not sure on the other categories but the best MMORPG mouse is the Steel-series 500. https://steelseries.com/gaming-mice/rival-500

So much to love here. : thumb layout and paddles switches are a game changer. Thumb down, up, forward or back and inner thumb makes this an intuitive button layout without ever lifting the mouse or moving your hand out of position. The dorsal fin button is awesome and most high end mouses are going to it. I find I use the upper right mouse button so much, i cannot live without it now.

And I thought the force feedback was a gimmick, but now i love it. You can set any button to give 3 different vibrations and 3 strengths of vibrations. For instance I set my finish critical to strong long rumble, and my dots to short quick pulses. This never interferes with tracking due to some witch craft I guess, as the vibration goes up and down never side to side. Just having an extra non visual cue is very satisfying. You can map all of your action buttons to the mouse and forego uses Ctrl or Alt with clicks ever again.

Very easy to use software, and so far each mouse is lasting me around 2yrs- pretty impressive as I destroy mouses and keyboards pretty fast. Also the amazon basics gaming keyboard is awesome as the price is very low and easy to replace frequently. I have now switched to the logitech mechanical wireless. Good value, and durable.

By the way is the plural mouses or mice when it comes to input device mice or gaming mouse?? not the small rodent mammal.

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Razer, hilarious...

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I made an account just to say how much I disagree with these recommendations ^_^ how does the G604 beat out either the G Pro wireless or Viper wireless? And how come there's no zowie or glorious or anything like that on the list? I feel like you guys need to spend some time with the snobs on r/mousereview

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Hi bro excellent review. 3 questions, about Steelseries Sensei Ten:

-My hand is 17 cm long, I measured it from the tip of the middle finger to the end of the palm, I measured it with a ruler to measure, do you think the Sensei Ten will be comfortable for me?

-I never had a mouse with side buttons on both sides. I have always played with a mouse exclusively for right-handed people with side buttons only on the left. Do you think the side buttons on the left of the Sensei Ten will be annoying for a right handed?

-I am right-handed and use the side buttons on the left side of the mouse. I mean, if the side buttons on the right side of the mouse can be uncomfortable when you grab the mouse with your right hand. Right-handed mice only bring side buttons on the left side of the mouse

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I like the look of the Corsair Ironclaw RGB, might have to try that one out. I naturally have a claw grip and I have wide hands and this mouse looks to fit my prerequisites.

I'm currently using a Roccat Kone Aimo. Fantastic mouse and highly recommend :)

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I had almost all Razer’s and Logitech’s gaming mouses. Razer mices is usually not very reliable for the long run and have many malfunctions with the sensor after about a year. I’m Using SteelSeries’s Rival 600 for almost a year now And i absolutely love it for FPS games.

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@WarFox89: Yeah Razer and Logitech are very cheaply made in my experience. SteelSeries and Roccat are far superior choices.

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I found Zowie make a good gaming mouse if you want high quality, no RGB nonsense. I prefer it over a Razer, Logitech and Roccat that I've used in the past.

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Plus Zowie mice work out of the box with no need to install special drivers or bloated configuration software.

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No suggestion for the Cooler Master MM710? It had some QC issues out of the gate, I heard, but they must have remedied the problems because I think mine is a cracking good mouse

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@realguitarhero5: We (or at least I) didn't get the chance to try any Cooler Master mice before this article went up! Something we'll try and look into for future updates.

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Surprised there is no Roccat stuff on here. Nice German-engineered mice.

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@mrbojangles25: I used to have an old Kone years and years ago but haven't been able to get my hands on any of the modern lines. Will investigate!

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@doorselfin: Yeah and if you get the software you get this German guy yelling in your ear "six-THOUSAND dee-pee-eye!" when you adjust your sensitivity :D

Nice article btw lots of good suggestions.

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At the moment the sensor for the Razer Viper Ultimate is unrivaled. It's generally an amazing mouse and the best I've owned. Though, for that price it should be.

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The best Steelseries mouses were discontinued many years ago. :(

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@neurogia: Which ones were your favs?

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I am generally not a big Razer guy, but I have been using a Deathadder for years and absolutely love it. It is simple, runs smoothly, and feels good, and its fairly cheap.

Corsair mice are great, but its hard to find one that doesn't hurt my hand after a few hours of gaming. All those "ergonomic" mice usually make my thumb cramp up.

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@RELeon: I agree, and the Deathadder is not ambidextrous but left or right handed makes it extra comfortable. I have a Deathadder left-handed version and I also absolutely love it.

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I play wow, FPS, and many other games. I personally prefer the Rival 500

https://steelseries.com/gaming-mice/rival-500

There are things that make this mouse so special. The tactile feed back and the paddles on the thumb and near mouse wheel. First off though: lighting on a mouse is a joke, aesthetics at best, night lights for noobs at worse. Also DPI has gotten so high it rarely matters now as even the most basic of budget mice are capable. Also mice quality is much better then its ever been. Less then 15yrs ago you would having to buy new ones every few months, now most last more then a year.

So the Rival 500, which is an older mice is still the best for mmo to fps. A large array of buttons is nice, but the best thing is the paddles. Such a great feedback, and allows smooth motion while also left/right clicking. The tactile feedback can be assigned to any button and in many different forms. Like say I put a infrequent, but important debuff spell to button 6 and assign a long slow rumble to denote it activating. A more critical attack -gets a sharp strong short vibration. And none of the vibration ever bothers tracking. You become so addicted to the force feedback it will be hard to ever return.

A must for WoW.

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@jenovaschilld: Wow, the paddles and feedback look super interesting. Gonna try and check this one out for the next update.

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@doorselfin: yeah, it is great. Vibration or force feedback i thought for sure was going to be a gimmick and i hate everything gimmicky about input devices. So easy to set buttons to 1 through = , with option to apply any force feedback. It gives such a satisfying feeling when it goes off, as you know you got it off without having to look around. And your mouse rumbles just as you kill an enemy, is nice. Again somehow none of the vibrations ever bother tracking, - i have no idea how they are doing that.

The best thing about the mouse is your thumb sits on the rough center with the orange nub. Down paddle is my most freq casts or strikes, up button is dots. Just behind your thumb rest is another most used spell, strong debuff. This is a ton of control without your thumb moving all over the place- or off the center button. The surprising most used button i like is the button beside Right click, i set as any major critical, with forcefeedback. And the paddle behind the mouse is click by the index finger back pad nearest your hand, it is so natural it is crazy, and why most high mice are going to it.

I like the mice shown in the articles but they are built for crazy fps, or moba where million single clicks are more important , then say a mmorpg that require more options. But on that my rival 500 has last me since Legion with no problem at all. Not bad as i expect to burn through a mouse once a year.

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those are some good deals.

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