After playing with over a dozen gaming mice for hours we've ended with these as our top 5 picks for the best gaming mice you can get right now in the middle of 2018. Of course, every person is different and there's not one perfect mouse for everyone, so if you have any doubts in our picks take a look at our what to look for in a gaming mouse post or read our mouse reviews and judge for yourself.
The best overall
The best wireless mouse and for lefties
Best small mouse
Best wireless ergonomic mouse
Steelseries Rival 600
Logitech G Pro Wireless
Logitech G Pro/G305
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|Straight Up||It does everything well, and when put against the runner up, it has better clicks, a weight system and a second sensor for a lower price. The Rival 600 is the best overall mouse available right now.||The Logitech G Pro Wireless has a ton of standout features: crazy good battery life, super light for wireless, removable side buttons and a great shape make it a top tier mouse.||This mouse has probably the best clicks on any mouse, flawless sensor with amazing battery life on the wireless G305, this is the mouse to look at if you have small to medium hands.||The G703 is a larger mouse that's great at everything, the wireless version is what you should be looking at, the G703's wireless is essentially lag free.||The Razer DeathAdder that has a classic shaped loved by everyone with a great sensor. It's not our best pick because of the mushy mouse buttons and we're not huge fans of the software.|
|Pros||Light for its size, flawless sensor, really great mouse buttons, good software, weight system, premium materials, RGB system and flexible cord.||Flawless HERO 16K sensor, up to 60hr battery life, great ambidextrous shape and removable side buttons on both sides for lefties.||Super light, amazing flawless HERO sensor, the best buttons in the industry, great software, solid RGB, wireless is lag free with option for wireless charging.||Flawless sensor, good mouse buttons, great software, solid RGB, fantastic wireless with good battery life and option for wireless charging.||Really comfortable shape, good weight for size, flawless sensor, great side buttons.|
|Cons||Grip material on side might not be for everyone, only wired version.||Features cost money and the G Pro Wireless is very expensive. There are some reports of double clicking and buttons rubbing but it seems fairly small in scale.||Wired version has a thick unflexible cable, No lefty thumb buttons, no weight system.||A little heavier on the wireless version, wired version has a thick cable, big shape, not for all hands, no weight system.||No weighting system, synapse software, no onboard settings, not the most tactile mouse buttons.|
How we picked
We played hundreds of hours with over a dozen different gaming mice over a variety of popular online games where performance matters for competitive play:
- Dota 2
- Starcraft 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
When playing we kept several aspects of the mouse in mind and took notes, our criteria for evaluating mice can be found on our what to look for in a gaming mouse post:
Based on those criteria, considering price, and after playing with all the mice we have, we picked the top 5 mice above for our winter 2018 update.
As a disclaimer, there's no one mouse that's perfect for everyone, and this best pick list is meant to serve as a suggestion for where to start, you can take a look at individual mouse reviews we've done to really dig into what will fit best for you.
We've picked from mice that are widely available, it doesn't help anybody if we pick a mouse that no one can get. As new mice come out we'll review them and consider them against our top ranking mice.
Here are the mice that are great, but just didn't make the top 5 cut.
The finalmouse would probably be in the top 5 if this were widely available, there's no point in us recommending a mouse that no one can get. It's a shame because the Ultralight looks to have a great sensor, buttons, cable in a crazy light package.
One of our favourite shapes, good buttons, outdated internals, we can feel a little difference using this mouse, if this mouse got updated with a flawless sensor it could very well unseat one the top 5/
A classic mouse with a ton of great features, it has a great sensor, a lot of people love the shape, but it's really heavy and has a thick cord which hold it back from being a top tier mouse for us.
If you're looking for an MMO mouse we'd recommend the Hex, but it's too niche for us to recommend overall usage. Stay tuned for more genre specific reviews.
Previously on our top 5, it has a ton of features, this mouse has been replaced by the G Pro Wireless for wireless and ambidextrous shape, the G903 is very pricey and the shape is kind of awkward for a lot of gamers, great for a multipurpose mouse though!
The best 5 mice you can get right now in 2018
1. Steelseries Rival 600 (read review)
The best overall mouse
Why the Rival 600 is our best mouse pick
It was a close race between this mouse and the Logitech G703/G403. A couple of things separated the Rival 600:
- Rival 600 is cheaper than the wireless G703 by a significant amount and G903
- Better weight system for people that are into that customization
- As good or better sensor for a lower price
- Significantly better RGB
- The shape is as good as the G703, G Pro Wireless, this is of course dependent on preference
It's not drastically better than the G703 or G Pro Wireless but the Rival 600 comes in a lower price while being a great performer, it's our best overall pick (as long as you don't absolutely need wireless)
|Sensor||TrueMove 3 (flawless)|
|Weight||96grams, up to 126 grams adjustable|
2. Logitech G Pro Wireless (read review)
Super light, great battery life and a safe shape
Why we ranked the The G Pro Wireless #2
This mouse basically does everything well, has a light weight, good safe shape, and amazing battery life, it just costs to o much for us to make it the overall number 1 recommendation.
If you don't care about the price of your mouse, this is the mouse you should get. The fact that the G Pro Wireless costs twice as much as the Rival 600 prevents us from giving it top spot, though we are tempted. If you see the price of this mouse get down closer to the Rival 600 or other wired mice, consider getting it, you'll likely not regret it.
|Sensor||HERO 16k (flawless)|
|Buttons||up to 7 programmable|
|Cable||Wireless, braided charging cable in wired mode, wireless charging avaialable|
3. Logitech G305/G Pro (read review)
The best small ambidextrous mouse with amazing tactile clicks
Why we picked the Logitech G Pro / G305
The G305 stands out due to its great small form factor shape, lagless wireless with amazing battery life and the best tactile clicks available.
This is the mouse to consider if you prefer smaller gaming mice and are coming from mice like the Zowie FK2.
The G305 has a new HERO sensor, which performs as well as the top tier Pixart 3360 sensor with great battery life for wireless. Read our full review
|Weight||75grams, 99 grams (wireless)|
|Cable||Stiff braided, or wireless (AA, 9 months battery life)|
3. Logitech G703/G403 (read review)
Best wireless mouse with a great shape for larger hands
Why we ranked the G703 #4
The G703 is simply the best ergonomic wireless gaming mouse available right now. Combining a great shape with good battery life and great response time, this is a very capable mouse.
Great buttons and some cool features like wireless Powerplay charging put the Logitech G703 in the number three spot. Features on the G Pro Wireless like an ambidextrous design and massively better battery life set it apart from the G703. It would be a much closer contest if there were a G703 Hero variant with the same great battery life that the G Pro Wireless delivers...
|Sensor||Pixart PMW3366 (flawless)|
|Weight||107.2 grams, additional 10 gram weight|
|Cable/Battery||Wireless and wired option, wireless charging available, up 30 hours battery life|
5. Razer DeathAdder (read review)
Top performance mouse with a great shape
The DeathAdder has a must try shape with great performance and internals, there are two things that causes the Razer DeathAdder to fall short; clicks that are not as tactile as our best mice and software that requires a login. If you don't mind either of those or prefer the shape of the DeathAdder, which is a really great shape, buy with confidence. Read our full review
|Sensor||Pixart PMW 3389 (flawless)|