Best Mouse for VALORANT – The Ultimate Guide
After its insanely popular beta phase and launch it was of course hard to keep up the hype levels that the game had generated, but with more and more reputable esports teams getting into the game it seems like VALORANT is on a steady rise. The game’s mix between highly technical tactical shooters and ability-focused games seems to be a hit, with more and more players finding their way to the game each day. If you’re one of those people and you’ve never played a shooter like this before you’ve probably noticed that the game isn’t super easy to pick up.
VALORANT is a game that take a lot of notes from competitive shooters like Counter-Strike, and just like in that game your precision matters a lot so you’re gonna want a good (FPS) gaming mouse. If you’re looking to buy your first real gaming mouse (or you just want to upgrade your older one) you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been taking a look at what the current VALORANT stars are using and we’ve used our data to come up with this list of five of the most used mice. In this article we’ll go over each mouse and give you a brief rundown of their features so you can choose the one that fits you best.
What makes a mouse good for VALORANT?
VALORANT is a tactical shooter where the time to kill (commonly abbreviated as ‘TTK’) is very low. Just a few well-placed bullets result in a kill, so obviously you’re going to want to use a mouse that has a flawless sensor. These have been the norm in any gaming mouse worth its salt for the past year or two but since this is still a rather ‘recent’ (in the grand scheme of things) development you can still find many budget mice (or non-gaming mice) that house a sensor that can introduce angle snapping, jittering, smoothing and what not. These things can and will influence your performance in a shooter such as VALORANT so it’s of critical importance to invest in a good FPS-worthy mouse if you’re at all interested in playing the game competitively.
Aside from the sensor, though, a lot comes down to personal preference. Sure, you want a mouse with good build quality, nice and tactile clicks, smooth feet, and all of that jazz but some of the most important factors (such as shape, for example) are entirely subjective. In case you’re completely new to this subject we’ve got a guide that should help you choose your perfect gaming mouse right here. If you more or less know what you want you can read this guide in peace: every mouse in this article is a top tier gaming mouse in its own right, complete with a flawless sensor, so you just have to figure out what you want as far as features go!
The usual suspects
Those who are a bit familiar with the market will definitely recognize the most popular brands. Logitech has been one of the top dogs for years, and while Zowie might not be as much of a household name with more casual audiences they absolutely are gaming mouse royalty. With a sizeable amount of current VALORANT pros coming over from CS:GO it’s not strange at all to see Zowie mice being used by so many pro players since the company was basically made with CS:GO and tactical shooters in mind. Razer finishes third, but as you can see there’s quite a noticeable gap between the three top brands.
Below that we see a couple of surprises though: FinalMouse perhaps isn’t an outlier anymore but Xtrfy and Glorious beating out brands such as SteelSeries might come as a bit of a surprise to some. VALORANT is of course a new game, and with that we’ll see a bunch of completely new pro players storm the scene who might be more likely to try out some of the newer brands and trends. This could also explain the amount of pros that use an ‘ultra light’ (<70 grams) mouse: in VALORANT this sits around 17% while less than 10% of CS:GO pros opt for one of these featherweights. That doesn’t mean that lighter is without a doubt the way to go (we still believe weight is subjective, as long as the mouse is under a certain weight of course) but it’s an interesting little factoid regardless.
Most Used Manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro Wireless
One of the industry leaders
When the Logitech G Pro Wireless was first announced it really rocked the gaming mouse scene to its core. A rechargeable wireless mouse with a weight well below 100 grams (the G Pro Wireless weighs in at around 80 grams), a flawless sensor, crispy clicks, modular side buttons, a pretty safe ambidextrous shape and up to 50 hours of battery life sounded like a dream, definitely in a time where wireless gaming mice were pretty far from being the norm due to stability and connection issues.
Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED technology is flawless, though. It’s as fast as a wired connection and it never drops its connection or lags out on you, so with the G Pro Wireless you’re getting pretty much all of the benefits of a wired connection without actually having a wire connected to your device.
It’s hard to explain just how revolutionary this mouse is, but perhaps the fact that it’s the most used gaming mouse by our analyzed professionals will help illustrate how much of a hit it is. One of the main drawbacks with the G Pro Wireless is the fact that it will put a decent sized dent in your wallet, but you do get a lot in return here, and with the safe shape and ‘average size’ it’s bound to be a great fit for many people.
Why this one?
The specs that the G Pro Wireless brings to the table would make it a very, very decent gaming in and of itself but the fact that it’s wireless with a rechargeable battery and at a light weight to boot truly make it a remarkable feat. This could be the one for you if you want one of the best wireless gaming mice that you can buy right now and if you don’t mind spending a bit more for your gaming mouse. It is not the flattest mouse out there though, so if you prefer a small and/or flat feeling mouse you should perhaps look elsewhere.
2. Zowie EC2
Zowie has long been known in the competitive gaming scene for their ‘no BS’ approach to gaming mice. Here you won’t find any fancy LED strips, crazy features, or experimental gambles. What you get with Zowie is a ‘basic’ (we don’t mean this in a derogative way) gaming mouse with all the features that you need to get to fragging.
The EC line is perhaps the most famous product in Zowie’s lineup. It made its way into the collective hearts and minds of competitive gamers thanks to its fantastic ergonomic shape and it remains one of the most popular mice with tactical shooter professionals even though it’s not the most trendy mouse out there. The EC2 is the latest version of the mouse: it features a flawless 3360 sensor along with an improved matte coating and two large feet on the bottom, which turned out to be favored over four tiny feet.
As always everything is completely plug and play: there are no drivers to install, nor is there any software to download. That does mean that it’s not going to be the dream mouse for people who like to program all sorts of macros on their mouse, but this ‘back to basics’ approach by Zowie is well-loved by competitive and professional gamers because it’s so easy to use if you’re constantly traveling to tournaments or LAN environments.
Why this one?
This is a great mouse if you’re looking for an ergonomic pointer device with no frills. The shape is obviously the star (the EC remains one of the most copied shapes out there) and while some features such as the wheel can be a bit hit or miss for browsing and productivity this is still a great dedicated gaming mouse.
3. Xtrfy M4
An unlikely challenger
Xtrfy isn’t a name that immediately springs to mind when you think ‘gaming mouse manufacturers’ but that might change in the near future. This M4 was really well liked by our reviewer and has steadily found its way into the hands of various professional players over the past months. For good reason if you’re asking us.
A lot of companies tried (and are still trying) to jump on the ultralight mouse train but Xtrfy showed how it’s done by coming out with a mouse with an original shell design as well as a focus on reliability and build quality. This ergonomic mouse has a flawless sensor (of course) along with great feet, satisfying clicks, and a relatively lightweight and flexible cable. Complete with plug and play functionality (so no need to download drivers or software) this is an extremely reliable piece of kit for competitive players.
Whereas (most) other companies can be a bit hit or miss with their first attempts at lightweight mice because of compromises to structural integrity or the likes the M4 has none of that. It’s well built, has all the features you’d expect out of a lightweight mouse, and it’s available in a variety of colors and finishes so you’re very likely to find one that matches your setup if that’s important to you.
Why this one?
If you want to try out an ultralight mouse but you’re not interested in paying a premium for it or compromising on things like build quality then this is a fantastic option.
4. Logitech G703
More LIGHTSPEED wireless
Logitech was pretty much the first mainstream brand to bring lossless and flawless wireless technology to gaming mice, and that shows. Despite the fact that other brands are beginning to catch up the head start that the Swiss company had still has its effect. The Logitech G703 might be a bit older at this point in time but it’s still a perfectly capable mouse so under the ‘never change a winning team‘ motto a lot of pros are still perfectly content with theirs.
There’s also no reason to be malcontent with the G703: if you like the shape (which is a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’ factor due to the pronounced hump at the back) this is a lovely mouse with a flawless wireless connection, great clicks, satisfying scroll wheel, and nice coating. The only aspects that show that it’s a bit older at this point are the rather slow stock feet and the higher weight at 105 grams. That’s still very respectable for a wireless mouse though, and the aftermarket feet are readily available for a mouse that’s this popular, so if you like what you see this is still a good choice.
Why this one?
If you want to try a wireless mouse but you’re more of a fan of ergonomic palm-filling mice this a great one to try out. It has all of the features that you’d expect out of a top wireless mouse, if you can get past the weight.
5. Razer Viper (Ultimate)
One of Razer’s best
In the past, Razer were sometimes criticized for creating overly gimmicky mice that weren’t really focused on actual gaming performance. In recent months Razer has definitely managed to convince even the harshest of critics that they know how to make great gaming peripherals though. The Razer Viper is one of their newest releases and it hits the mark in all the right ways.
With Razer’s 5G optical sensor on the inside it easily fulfills the ‘flawless sensor requirement’ but of course the Viper doesn’t stop there. It has a top tier stock cable and it comes complete with onboard storage (which is something that previous Razer mice didn’t always have) and Razer’s Optical mouse switches. That’s all pretty impressive but the kicker comes in the form of the weight: it’s a mere 69 grams, and all of that is achieved without compromising the integrity of the shell. That’s some seriously impressive stuff from the people at Razer.
Sounds good to you, but you’d rather go wireless? No problem: the Viper Ultimate gives you everything that the regular Viper offers in a (lossless and lag-free) wireless package. The Ultimate version also upgrades the sensor to the Focus+ but in reality you won’t really notice the difference between both sensors.
Why this one?
If you’re interested in an ultra lightweight mouse your options are pretty limited, and one of the most popular ultralight mice with the pros (the Finalmouse Air58) isn’t on the market any longer. This Razer Viper is a great option to consider though: it has great build quality, great feet, a nice and neutral (though pretty flat) ambidextrous design, and apart from the clicks being a bit mushier than we’d perhaps like (due to the fact that they’re optical switches) the Viper is without a doubt one of the top gaming mice right now.
The Ultimate version is a top option if you want to go wireless, and the fact that they managed to limit the weight of the wireless version to a mere 74 grams further underlines the skills of the designers and engineers at Razer.
There’s also the Razer Viper Mini if you’re interested in smaller mice, you can check out our review of that one here.
Conclusion: The best Mouse for VALORANT
Getting the right mouse for VALORANT comes down to preference, as it does with pretty much every other shooter game out there. What works for your favorite pro or reviewer might not work for you, so it’s important that you get a mouse that suits your hands and preferences. Luckily the mice featured in this article are very diverse so this article should be an ideal starting point for you if you’re considering your first gaming mouse purchase or if you want to upgrade your existing setup.
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