When picking the best wireless gaming mouse, ask yourself the same questions you would when shopping for a wired mouse. How many buttons do you need? Lefty, righty, or ambidextrous? Heavy or light? But also, remember to ask the wireless specific questions, in particular: how good is the battery life? Some wireless gaming mice are rechargeable, while others use standard batteries. Weigh the pros and cons and see which fits your budget.
Thanks to advancements in sensors and communication protocols by the big boys at Logitech, Corsair, and Razer, a new generation of speedy, wireless rodents has been birthed. These deliver great battery life and highly accurate sensors, while the intense competition makes for comfortable and clever designs as well. We’ve tested a whole bunch of the best wireless gaming mouse wannabes so you can make an informed decision. And if you’re looking to live your best wireless life all around, check out our lists of the best wireless gaming keyboards and best wireless headsets.
The best wireless mouse
The G502 Lightspeed Wireless is the latest iteration of a long-standing favorite among Logitech fans, the G502 Proteus Spectrum. Initially upgraded to use its Hero 16K DPI sensor, Logitech then took the next logical step by pairing this beast of a gaming mouse with its PowerPlay technology, allowing it to remain charged continuously when using the PowerPlay mat. Even without the mat though, it still packs plenty of stamina, offering more than 40 hours on a single charge.
Our previous wireless mouse of choice, the Logitech G903, remains an excellent option, especially for southpaw shooters, but the added customizability and macros set the G502 ahead of the competition. This wireless version is the spitting image of its ancestors and the pinnacle of uncompromising performance in wireless gaming rodents.
Read our full Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless review.
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Razer has unleashed a trinity of wireless gaming peripherals recently, building upon the V2 editions of its most popular products. The BlackWidow V2 Pro wasn’t a huge success, but the Razer BlackShark V2 in both wired and wireless Pro iterations is one of the best gaming headsets around.
When it comes to its updated mice, the wireless V2 Pro has the exact same super-comfortable, stylish design, and the Focus+ sensor is as swift and as accurate as any wired rodent you could find. With the HyperSpeed wireless tech connecting you to your gaming PC practically latency-free, and with around 70 hours of gaming battery life too, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is now the ultimate version of this long-lived rodent.
It still just about sits in the shade of the Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless, largely because the infinite scroll wheel of that mouse is so awesome. Even so, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is so good, that it’s a very close call.
Read our full Razer Deathadder V2 review
With the Logitech G305 Lightspeed, Logitech has created a high-performance wireless gaming mouse that doesn’t cost the earth. Its mid-range price has it competing against some great wired mice, but there’s no compromise here in terms of performance or design.
The G305 uses Logitech’s Hero sensor, an iteration of the fantastic sensor in the G502. It can last more than 200 hours on a single AA battery (which helps keep the cost down vs. being rechargeable). The small wireless dongle can be stored inside the body of the mouse, but critically, the left- and right-click buttons are separate pieces from the removable palm rest, ensuring a reliable and satisfying click.
The shape of the G305 is based on a small, ambidextrous design Logitech has been using for years. While components like the scroll wheel and buttons don’t feel quite as premium as the ones in the G502, they’re still far better than anything you’ll find in a cheap gaming mouse. The quality and performance of the G305 are killer features for its price.
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Corsair’s refreshed Dark Core RGB Pro SE improves on what became one of our favorite wireless gaming mice when it debuted back in 2018. Thanks to many small improvements, such as 18,000 DPI, Qi wireless charging compatibility, and 2,000Hz Hyper-Polling tech, the Dark Core RGB Pro SE is back with a vengeance.
The Dark Core RGB Pro SE also works well when paired with the Qi wireless charging mouse pad of your choice; that’s the special bit in the ‘special edition’ naming. We found that you can use the mouse about 4-5 days before completely draining the battery. Since Qi wireless charging mousepads are becoming more popular, the Dark Core is a good future-proof mouse.
At under $100, the Dark Core RGB SE is a great price for a helluva fast and accurate wireless gaming mouse. It’s worth noting that this weighty mouse’s textured grip might feel a little strange if you’re not used to a palm grip style mouse or if you have smaller hands, but it’s worth persevering with.
Read our full Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE review.
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The Logitech G604 Lightspeed has only recently become one of our favorite gaming mice. Its insanely long battery makes it the perfect mouse for gaming on the go. Logitech boasts that the G604 can last over 200 hours in a single AA battery through some serious Logi-sorcery.
While less flashy than your typical gaming mouse, it still has everything a PC gamer needs. For starters, the six reprogrammable buttons along the comfortable thumb-rest make the G604 a great pick for those who religiously remap their controls. If you play many MOBAs or MMOs, the Logitech G604 might be the mouse for you.
This wireless, ambidextrous esports gaming mouse is for the serious competitor who wants something fast and accurate.
The Viper Ultimate is almost a complete opposite from its bigger brother, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, sacrificing buttons for a more lightweight design. The Viper Ultimate comes equipped with Razer’s HyperSpeed Wireless transmission, which gives the mouse a latency of less than 0.2ms, making it just as fast as its wired counterpart. Like the Basilisk, the Viper Ultimate comes with a wireless charging dock that’ll fully charge the mouse in less than two hours. If you value accuracy and speed above all else, the Viper Ultimate’s performance can compete with some of the best gaming mice out there.
The only real shortcomings we found are that the right/left mouse buttons can feel a little flimsy due to the entire mouse being so light. It has fewer programmable buttons than its competitors, such as the Logitech G502 Lightspeed or even the Basilisk Ultimate, but comes in at the same hefty price range. Thankfully, its speed, 70-hour battery life, and ambidextrous design make it the best wireless mouse for competitive gaming around.
Read our full Razer Viper Ultimate review.
Taking cues from the Logitech G305, the Katar Pro Wireless takes a simpler, more elegant approach to the lightweight rodent. For a $30 mouse, the Katar Pro doesn’t actually feel like a budget offering. Not bad if you need a reliable wireless gaming mouse with decent battery life. Just be sure you keep some extra AAs around to be on the safe side.
On the downside, the Katar Pro Wireless is a lot less flashy than Corsair’s usual gaming peripherals, with no RGB to speak off or eye-catching features. That being said, it’s a comfy mouse that travels well. Oh, did we already mention that it’s $30?
Best wireless gaming mouse FAQ
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How do we test wireless gaming mice?
For gaming, we primarily test mice with Destiny 2 and Apex Legends and twitchier shooters like Quake Champions to see how our performance stacks up against other mice.
Wireless gaming mouse jargon buster
Grip refers to how you hold the mouse. The most common grips are palm, claw, and fingertip. Here’s a good example of how each grip works.
CPI stands for counts per inch, or how many times the mouse sensor will read its tracking surface, aka your mousepad, for every inch it’s moved. This is commonly referred to as DPI, but CPI is a more accurate term. The lower the CPI, the further you have to move the mouse to move the cursor on the screen.
Angle snapping, also called prediction, takes data from a mouse sensor and modifies the output to create smoother movements. For example, if you try to draw a horizontal line with your mouse, it won’t be perfect—you’ll make some subtle curves in the line, especially at higher sensitivities. Angle snapping smooths out those curves and gives you a straight line instead. This is generally bad because it means your cursor movements won’t match your hand’s movements 1:1, and angle snapping will not be useful in most games. Thankfully, almost all gaming mice have angle snapping disabled by default.
Acceleration is probably the most reviled, most scrutinized issue with gaming mouse sensors. When a mouse sensor exhibits acceleration, your cursor will move faster the faster you move the mouse; this is often considered bad because moving the mouse slowly six inches across a mousepad will move the cursor differently than moving the mouse rapidly same distance. This introduces variability that can be hard to predict.
Perfect control speed, or malfunction rate, refers to the speed at which the mouse can be moved while still tracking accurately. Most gaming mice will track extremely accurately when moved at slow speeds, but low CPI players will often move their mice large distances across the mousepads at very high speeds. At high speeds, especially at high CPIs, not all mouse sensors can retain their tracking accuracy. The point at which the sensors stop tracking accurately will differ between CPI levels.
IPS measures inches per second and the effective maximum tracking speed of any given sensor is rated too. Not to be confused with the gaming monitor panel type by the same name, the higher the IPS of any given mouse, the better it can keep up with high-speed movement and maintain accuracy.
Lift-off distance is still a popular metric in mouse enthusiast circles,
Though it does not affect most gamers. LOD refers to the height a mouse has to be raised before the sensor stops tracking its surface. Some gamers prefer a mouse with a very low lift-off distance because they play at very low sensitivity and often have to lift their mouse off the pad to “reset” it in a position where they can continue swiping. With a low LOD, the cursor will not be moved erratically when the mouse is lifted.