Best Mouse for VALORANT - The Ultimate Guide
When VALORANT was first announced, some people doubted Riot's ability to launch their game into the highest levels of the esports scene. After all, it's not easy to just waltz into the competitive gaming scene. You need a game that's interesting enough to keep the competitive players coming back, but you also need an accommodating infrastructure for viewers. The game's mix between highly technical tactical shooters and ability-focused games is a hit though, 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 and is extremely close to taking over ZOWIE's spot thanks to their DeathAdder V3 Pro.
Below that we see a couple of surprises though: FinalMouse perhaps isn't an outlier anymore but VAXEE 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.
Most Used Manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro X Superlight
A super mouse
The Logitech G Pro Wireless (which is the mouse that this one is based on) was a fantastic mouse that shook the gaming world to its core when it first released, but eventually the competition started catching up, which led a lot of people to wonder what Logitech's next move would be. It took them a while to finally release that next move, but when they did they really showed that they're still very much on top of their game.
The G Pro X Superlight has the same safe shape as the famous G Pro Wireless (it would be silly to change that as it seems to suit so many different people) but it offers a number of impressive improvements in order to take it to the next level. The weight has been reduced, for example. Weighing in at around 62 grams, the Superlight definitely did not steal its name. Furthermore it also has improved stock feet and different mouse switches which should eliminate the risk of the mouse double clicking.
Why this one?
If you want to use a lightweight mouse and you want to play wireless then this is one hell of an option to consider. On a technical level it's one of the most impressive mice around at this point in time, and thanks to its safe shape (some argue that it's a bit too safe because it doesn't really 'specialize' in any specific grip style) it will suit a very large variety of grip types.
Even if you leave the wireless and weight aspect out of it this is an impressive product: the clicks feel great, the feet are nice, and the coating performs as it should, so this is a great buy for any gamer, provided the shape suits you.
2. 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 was, but the fact that it's still in use today (and has the specs to still compete with the mid tier mouse market) should tell you enough.
Why this one?
By this point the G Pro Wireless has a couple of years under its belt, and its 'successor' (the G Pro Wireless is still being sold, even though the Superlight has been out for a while now) is a more up to date mouse on a lot of fronts. Still, if you prefer a heavier mouse and you like what you've read about the Superlight or the G Pro Wireless you could manage to snag this one at a very enticing price.
3. 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.
4. Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro
Razer's DeathAdder is one of the most famous lines of mice to ever exist. Razer's updates to this mouse haven't always been as successful, leading the DeathAdder's usage numbers to drop a bit over the past years, but the brand really has returned to form with the DeathAdder V3 Pro.
This new shape (the V3 is a lot shorter and 'boxier' than its flat and long predecessor) combines all of the best that Razer has to offer: Optical switches (which last longer and are faster than traditional mechanical switches), the most advanced sensor on the market, great stock feet, and a very light weight at 63 grams. This mouse is built like a tank and looks and feels fantastic to use, and to top it all of it's capable of a polling rate of up to 4000Hz (though you need to purchase a separate dongle for that).
While some DeathAdder aficionados might not agree with the shape change it's hard to argue with the results: the V3 has a safer shape than its predecessors, and we're seeing a meteoric rise in its usage numbers across pretty much all of our analyzed games. Razer really has a hit on their hands with this one.
Why this one?
If you're looking for a wireless ergonomic mouse with top tier components that's pretty much the best that you can get right now as far as specs go then you should look towards the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. This really is a standard-setting mouse if you ask us, and it'll be exciting to see what the competition comes up with in order to match this.
5. Xtrfy M4 / M4 Wireless
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.
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.
If you have any questions or remarks about the mice then feel free to post a comment on their review pages or reach out to us on Twitter or Discord.
Thanks for reading!