The Best Wireless Gaming Mouses – May 2019
Everyone loves a great video game. Whether you play professionally in front of thousands of screaming fans inside a packed arena (yes, that’s actually a real thing) or you simply like to unwind after a rough day with some Mario Kart in the comfort of your own living room, video games inevitably make life far more enjoyable—allowing us escape the monotony of real life in exchange for far more exciting virtual worlds.
Over the course of the past several decades, countless video game consoles released by companies ranging from Sony to Nintendo have dominated the markets and caused more than a few turf wars between loyal gaming fanatics. These standalone consoles are doubtlessly awesome, and for a while they were the only resource when it came to playing the world’s best and most advanced games.
But those days are coming to a close, thanks to a growing number of supremely powerful and accurate graphics cards and powerful processors that allow gaming fans to play their favorite titles right on their desktop computer—eliminating the need for most gamers both past and present to invest in an expensive and cumbersome third-party gaming console.
Of course in order to truly enjoy all of your favorite games on your desktop (or even on your laptop), you need to have the right gear, and one of the most important pieces of gear in which a gamer can invest is a mouse.
Acting as the equivalent of a gaming console’s controller, these intrepid gaming mice can spell the difference between draggy performance and top-notch character speeds, and most of them come with a host of additional buttons and features that can be programmed to carry out a seemingly endless number of commands during a variety of go-to gaming experiences.
So before you start gaming on your desktop using that old-school and function-lacking mouse, check out this list of the best and most adaptable gaming mouses around.
We didn’t initially set out to find the best wireless gaming mouses around, but it soon became clear that there simply isn’t much competition in the wired realm. Gamers tend to be, shall we say, “expressive” when it comes to their movements during especially tension-fraught engagements, and even wired mice with unusually long cable lengths probably wouldn’t do the trick.
With that in mind, it could be argued that the most important variables that one should take into consideration when looking for a truly great gaming mouse are comfort, functionality, and speed. And this Logitech G305 mouse has earned the number-one spot on our list by excelling in all three of these essential categories.
Featuring a 12,000 DPI HERO optical sensor that delivers unrivaled gaming performance, accuracy and power efficiency, this mouse is ideal for virtually any type of game—although it shines brightest with games that require a great deal of fast action switching and movement.
It comes loaded with a super-fast 1 millisecond response time (much faster than anything you’d find in a wireless mouse of the same caliber), and an ultra-long battery life means that you’ll be able to game nonstop for up to 250 hours on a single charge—making this mouse an ideal choice for those of us who can become so consumed by our games that even the very thought of getting up to replace our mouse batteries fills us with terror and loathing.
It’s fully integratabtle with all the mainstream operating systems—including Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS—and it’s unusually lightweight and compact, which helps with maneuverability and comfort.
It also features built-in storage for an included USB wireless receiver (so you won’t have to worry about any major data losses even if your connection unexpectedly drops), and there are six programmable buttons that can be used to carry out an endless number of essential gaming functions on a variety of platforms.
We promise we didn’t award this gaming mouse our runner-up spot only because it looks super cool. Although crafted by a company with less name recognition than Logitech, this feature-laden mouse is a gamer’s dream, thanks to super fast reaction times and a variety of programmable buttons—all of which are packed around a supremely comfortable frame.
There are no less than five adjustable DPI values (2400, 2000, 1600, 1200, and 800), and resolution optical tracking technology provides sensitivity and precise tracking on a wide range of surfaces—meaning you won’t have to worry about losing speed or accuracy if you need to migrate from your usual mouse pad.
You’ll enjoy advanced 2.4GHz wireless technology that provides a uniquely stable connection that’s free from unexpected drops, and a wireless range of up to 30 feet means that you won’t have to endure dropped connections unless you venture absurdly far away from your computer.
One of the most exciting and unique features of this mouse is arguably its “quiet button” technology, which means that the left and right buttons produce amazingly little noise whenever you click them. Often overlooked as a nonessential feature, this can make a major difference for gamers who live with roommates or other sound-averse people who may not want to constantly hear the clicking and clacking that comes from gaming fanatics. It’s also very helpful if you love to play in public areas that are traditionally quiet—such as offices or libraries.
This mouse also comes loaded with an advanced energy-saving chip that packs a multi-stage power-saving mode alongside an auto sleeping function, which puts the mouse to sleep if it hasn’t been used for eight minutes.
You’ll also enjoy an ergonomically-sound design along with seven buttons (including the scroll wheel) that can be customized to fit your gaming needs.
Next up, we have an award-winning mouse from the intrepid minds over at Redragon. This seemingly minimalist mouse is actually packed with a series of impressive features that make it a stand-out in this absurdly low price range—proving once again that you don’t need to dish out the big bucks in order to enjoy the best in a gaming mouse.
It features five adjustable DPI rates that can quickly and easily be changed in order to meet your needs in a variety of games, and two level polling rates (125Hz and 250Hz) can be switched at a moment’s notice depending on your activity.
There’s a USB Nano receiver that can be stored in the back of the mouse for easy and reliable storage, and since there are no drivers required for installation you’ll be able to plug in and play right out of the box, regardless of your computer’s OS.
You’ll also enjoy an incredibly accurate and lag-free experience thanks to top-notch tracking and mode switching, and you’ll be able to stray from your computer by up to ten meters without having to endure a dropped connection.
This mouse has also passed a 5,000,000 times keystroke test to ensure that it won’t break down even under the most enthusiastic and demanding gaming sessions, and an ergonomic design means that you won’t have to suffer through those all-too-common wrist pains after extended sessions.
This eye-popping gaming mouse has gained excellent reviews from avid gamers across the Internet, thanks to its supremely cool design and super-fast functionality while in play. Featuring a whopping 50-foot range, this mouse boasts a nearly-instantaneous response rate that makes it ideal for gamers who can’t afford to lose even a millisecond of time behind the screen.
You’ll be able to control your own speed thanks to five individual levels of DPI that can be adjusted with the quick push of a button, and there’s a 7-color adjustable backlight that brings a new level of entertainment to your gaming experience.
This mouse also comes loaded with six different programmable buttons that can be used for everything from shooting games to sports games, and there’s an additional driver that can be installed and used in order to drastically simplify the customization process.
As with all the other gaming mouses on our list, this mouse features a truly ergonomic design that comes in handy for any player who likes to spend hours behind the screen.
Where would a truly great gear list be without a piece of gear that’s way more expensive than the others on the list? In order to satisfy this unspoken requirement, we’ve added this exceptionally cool and versatile Logitech G900 mouse that features lighting-fast speeds and a series of functions that make it ideal for demanding gamers who want a fully-customizable experience.
This professional-grade gaming mouse features an ultra-fast, lag-free wireless connection trusted by professional eSports gamers, and boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours on a single charge (thanks to a series of automatic power-saving features that won’t interrupt your gaming experience).
It offers exceptional tracking accuracy and speed (which is why so many pro-level gamers trust it during tournaments), and there’s an adjustable 200-12,000 DPI range with zero smoothing or filtering for consistent responsiveness and control at any speed.
This mouse also features a fully-customizable physical button layout and comfortable ambidextrous design for left or right hand and any mouse grip style, and you’ll even be able to match RGP lighting to your preferred style by adjusting up to 16.8 million colors.
We were especially impressed with the Pivot Button design, which ensures consistently fast, accurate, reliable click performance with a crisp, clean click feel.
Rounding out our list is this sleek and stylish gaming mouse that delivers perhaps the most lag-free performance of any mouse on our list. The only reason why this mouse didn’t rank much higher, in fact, is because of its relatively elevated price, which we didn’t believe was justified despite this gadget’s undeniably amazing performance across the board.
It rocks a 24+ hour battery life on a full charge, along with exclusive TrueMove3+ 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical 1-1 tracking that delivers virtually seamless response times in any environment.
This mouse also boasts the world’s lowest and most accurate lift-off distance, customizable from .5mm to 2mm, and you’ll even be able to personalize it down to the very last detail with no less than 256 center of gravity weight tuning and distribution configurations.