Best gaming mouse 2022

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro and Mouse Dock Pro
(Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

The mouse is one of the most essential accessories for any gaming PC. It's what you'll use the most to interact with software and games (ones that don't require a gamepad at least), and having a pointer you enjoy using will make for a more compelling in-game experience. We've rounded up our picks for the best gaming mouse.

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro in white (2022).

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro on some wood. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro

Best overall

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic right-handed
Buttons: 6 (5 programmable)
Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical
Acceleration: ~750 inches per second (IPS), 70G
Profiles: 5
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless, USB-C
Battery Life: ~90 hours (1,000Hz), ~24 hours (4,000Hz)
Lighting: N/A
Weight: 63g

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight design
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Accurate and responsive optical sensor
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Comfortable ergonomics
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Long-lasting battery life
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Performance matches regular DeathAdder

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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HyperPolling Wireless Dongle costs extra
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Right-handed only

There's so much to appreciate with the refreshed Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. It's the third generation with plenty of improvements on the already excellent V2 Pro. First, let's talk about the design. This mouse is one of the more comfortable gaming mice you can wield, thanks to the exceptionally well-designed ergonomics. Even if you're planning a solid eight-hour gaming session, your hand won't feel any discomfort.

The latest Focus Pro 30K Optical sensor from Razer is present. This monster is capable of reading movement up to 750 inches per second (IPS), allowing one to glide the DeathAdder V3 Pro across the smoothest of surfaces. There isn't any ARGB lighting present on this mouse, resulting in a very understated look. This does allow Razer to get as much battery life as possible out of the integrated pack, lasting up to 90 hours.

An optional 4,000Hz receiver is available, should you want a faster polling rate. The included 1,000Hz dongle is good enough for most gamers, but those with high refresh rate monitors may want to consider this upgrade. Weighing just 63g, the DeathAdder V3 Pro was a joy to use for hours at end, whether it was for work or play. It's going to be a challenge for Razer to improve upon anything here for V4.


Razer Basilisk V3 Pro and Mouse Dock Pro

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro sat atop its throne. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

Best wireless

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic right-handed
Buttons: 11 programmable
Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical
Acceleration: ~750 inches per second (IPS), 70G
Profiles: 5
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth LE, USB-C
Battery Life: ~90 hours 2.4GHz, ~100 hours Bluetooth
Lighting: Razer Chroma RGB
Weight: 112g

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding, comfortable design
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Even more RGB Chroma lighting
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Qi wireless charging is much better
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Pro-level 30K sensor and 4,000Hz polling
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Clean and minimalist

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Heavy
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Right-handed only

The Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is something truly special if you're in the market for a wireless gaming mouse. It's rocking similar internals to our top pick, the DeathAdder V3 Pro, including the same Razer Focus Pro 30K Optical sensor. This allows the mouse to track up to 750 inches per second (IPS) and can be configured to a seriously high DPS.

There are 11 programmable buttons present on the Basilisk V3 Pro, as well as ARGB lighting through Razer Chroma. 2.4Ghz wireless is supported and Bluetooth can be used if the dongle cannot be connected to a free USB port (a USB-C cable is included for charging and use). One stellar party trick is an optional Qi wireless charging dock, which works seamlessly.

The Basilisk V3 Pro is a little on the heavier side with all this tech included, weighing in at 112g. If you're comfortable with a weighty pointer for gaming, this is about as good as you can get for a wireless mouse.


Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED is almost faster than light. (Image credit: Logitech)

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

Best budget

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic right-handed
Buttons: 6 programmable
Sensor: HERO 12K Sensor
Acceleration: ~400 inches per second (IPS), 40G
Profiles: 1
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless
Battery Life: ~250 hours
Lighting: N/A
Weight: 99g

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable ergonomics
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Exceptionally good battery life
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Variety of colors
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12K sensor and 1,000Hz polling
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Clean and minimalist

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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A little small

One would imagine the best budget gaming mouse would be from some unknown brand that has a reputation for poor quality hardware. But that's not the case here as we're highlighting the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED as the best budget mouse to buy for gaming. It's not the best gaming mouse around, but it will save you some money.

There's a choice of colors available, including mint, and the mouse itself is built well. It won't feel like a $50 mouse. Logitech includes its LIGHTSPEED receiver (hence the mouse's name), which unlocks the ability to register actions at 1,000Hz for better performance. There's a response time of just 1ms and the 12K sensor can register movement up to 400 inches per second (IPS).

Six programmable buttons can be configured using Logitech's handy software and the 250-hour battery life will keep you gaming for longer between swaps (it takes a single AA battery). This could be viewed as a positive for those who don't like to be tethered to a PC at all between charges.


Razer Viper 8K

Razer Viper 8K in all its 8,000Hz glory. (Image credit: Future)

Razer Viper 8K

Best performance

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic ambidextrous
Buttons: 7+1 programmable
Sensor: 8K 5G Optical
Acceleration: ~650 inches per second (IPS), 50G
Profiles: 5
Connectivity: Wired
Battery Life: N/A
Lighting: Razer Chroma RGB
Weight: 71g

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Accurate and responsive optical sensor
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Ambidextrous
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DPI switch on the base, no accidental clicks
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New drag-free cable

Reasons to avoid

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No detachable USB cable

Razer's latest Viper 8K mouse was incredible when it originally launched. Not only do you have mechanical switches for your main clickers, but Razer also threw in a 5G optical sensor and a polling rate of 8,000 for good measure. This combination results in incredibly accurate movement detection and button actuation.

The mouse itself weighs in at around 69g and attaches to your PC using Razer's Speedflex Cable, which may sound like some marketing gimmick, but is significantly better than other cables out there in terms of quality. The only real drawback we found with this wired mouse is the inability to detach the cable. This would make it easier to transport to LAN events and allow for replacing the cable should it be damaged.

Still, the onboard DPI storage and eight programmable buttons more than make up for this shortfall, making it our favorite gaming mouse so far in 2022 and one of the best mice you can buy. You should consider buying this mouse if you're serious about PC gaming.


Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro has a hidden array of buttons on the other side. (Image credit: Future)

Razer Naga Pro

Best MMO

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic right-handed
Buttons: 19+1 programmable
Sensor: Focus+ 20K Optical
Acceleration: ~650 inches per second (IPS), 50G
Profiles: 5
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C
Battery Life: ~100 hours 2.4Hz, ~150 hours Bluetooth
Lighting: Razer Chroma RGB
Weight: 117g

Reasons to buy

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Very responsive wireless
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Modular side plates
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Satisfying switches
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Solid build quality
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Fantastic battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly expensive
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Not the lightest mouse out there

For MMO players (and I'm talking everything from League of Legends to OSRS and World of Warcraft), you're likely going to need a mouse with a few more programmable buttons. There's nothing as good as the Razer Naga Pro for the job. It's a versatile mouse that has interchangeable side covers. Three are included, each for MMO/RTS, MOBA/Battle Royale, and FPS games.

This allows you to change between games without swapping a mouse. Five profiles are available for storing various settings as well, making the Naga Pro one mouse to rule them all. The Focus+ 20K Optical sensor is excellent, allowing the pointer to track up to 650 inches per second (IPS). It's also wireless, taking advantage of Razer's compact receivers.

With a battery life of up to 150 hours, depending on the connection type used, you will be able to enjoy long raids before needing to plug in the Naga Pro. As a Razer mouse, it will offer the best build quality and software support.


Razer Orochi V2

The Orochi V2 is Razer's most portable mouse you can buy. (Image credit: Future)

Razer Orochi V2

Best portable

Specifications

Design: Ergonomic right-handed
Buttons: 6 programmable
Sensor: 18K Optical
Acceleration: ~450 inches per second (IPS), 40G
Profiles: 1
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth LE
Battery Life: ~425 hours 2.4Hz, ~950 hours Bluetooth
Lighting: N/A
Weight: 60g

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable to use
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Nice custom design options and colorways
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Fast, light, and agile
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18,000 DPI

Reasons to avoid

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No Chroma RGB
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Side keys are made for righties
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No wired option

If you're frequently out and about but still enjoy playing games, the Razer Orochi V2 is what you'll require. It's small and light enough to carry around, but it's also comfortable to use despite its compact size. There's no Chroma lighting, no option for a wired version, and it's right-handed only. But if you're happy with all that, this is one of the best portable gaming mice around.

There are six programmable buttons and an 18K optical sensor that's capable of tracking up to 450 inches per second (IPS). A single profile can be stored on the mouse, which is more than enough for most people on the move, especially if you plan on using the same mouse. What's incredible with the Razer Orochi V2 is the battery life. 

On a single charge, you can look to expect up to 950 hours on Bluetooth or 425 on 2.4Ghz wireless. And it takes a single battery, which means you can quickly swap it out to get back to work (or gaming).

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The best overall gaming mouse would be the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro because of the solid ergonomics, brilliant performance in-game, excellent features like internal storage for DPI settings, and more. It's about as good as you can get, and I won't overstate just how comfortable this thing is to use for longer periods of time.

Other recommendations here consider different games you may prefer (MMOs, MOBAs, etc.) and pricing, but it all comes down to what you prefer to use. Mouse and keyboards are mostly subjective since not everyone will enjoy the same features, appreciate the same performance, or have $100 to blow on a shiny new accessory.

If you do want the absolute best in terms of performance, look no further than the Razer Viper 8K. But really, any mouse in this collection is an excellent pointer to game with.