Best Mouse for VALORANT – The Ultimate Guide
When a company like Riot games puts out a competitive shooter people are obviously going to be excited to try it out. With the closed beta for VALORANT (formerly known as ‘Project A’) well underway a lot of people are trying out the game, and possibly even more are waiting to try it out. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have gotten beta access 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 and experience to come up with a list of five mice that should suit any budget and preference set so that you can get to fragging out as quickly as possible!
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!
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 S2
For the competitive players
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 S line is Zowie’s latest main entry, and it’s a good one. With a 3360 sensor, Huano switches, a decent cable (though we do need to say that there are way better stock cables out there) and very solid mouse feet it’s a mouse that ticks all boxes as far as competitive gaming mice go, but as you may or may not know the standout feature for Zowie mice is the shape. That’s the same here: the S line is a worthy entry in Zowie’s lineup of legendary and well-loved shapes, with this ambidextrous design being a perfect fit for many people.
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 ambidextrous pointer device with no frills. The shape is amazing (and particularly fitting for claw grippers if you ask us) and it nicely fills in Zowie’s lineup for people who find the FK line to be a bit too flat.
3. 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.
4. Razer DeathAdder V2
One of the veterans
If gaming mice could speak the DeathAdder would be one of those ‘back in my day’ people just because it’s been around for so long. The earliest version of this mouse came out well over a decade ago, and you just don’t get that longevity without offering something that people really, really like.
The DeathAdder V2 is the newest version of this legendary mouse and if you’re asking us it’s one of the most successful DeathAdder updates in recent times. It stays true to the adored shape that has been gracing gaming desks for years and years now but it introduces a host of new and useful technologies such as their optical mouse switches, the Focus+ Optical sensor, Razer’s Speedflex cable, 100% PTFE mouse feet, and onboard memory. It’s also remarkably lighter than its predecessor at just 82 grams. That’s not quite enough to put it in the ultralight category but it’s a welcome diet for a mouse that used to weigh over 100 grams.
Why this one?
If you’re looking for a larger mouse with an ergonomic design and all of the latest and greatest gaming mouse innovations you’re good to go with the DeathAdder V2. It packs pretty much everything you want out of a gaming mouse without falling into the trap of ‘over-engineering’ a classic mouse to the point where it loses what made it so popular in the first place.
5. Logitech G305
The smaller sibling
Most of the mice in this lineup are at least medium sized, so the G305 is a welcome option for people who love their mice to be as small as possible. This G305 is built upon the exact shell design of the first Logitech G Pro (which is now called the G Pro Gaming Mouse’; the G Pro Wireless is a different shape) and as such immediately takes the prize for ‘most confusingly named mouse’ in this article.
Aside from the disappointing naming scheme there’s plenty to love about this mouse though. This tiny ambidextrous mouse was one of Logitech’s first ventures into the land of wireless mice and the fact that so many gamers are still using it speaks volumes. It’s not the lightest wireless mouse out there (the G305 weighs 96 grams with the battery that’s used to power it included, but there are plenty of easy mods to reduce this weight) but it does have a flawless sensor (Logitech’s HERO), great clicks and build quality, and a flawless wireless connection. On top of that it survives for a whopping 250 ingame hours on just one battery. Sure, it doesn’t have a replaceable battery, but at least you won’t have to replace it often.
Why this one?
If you’re interested in wireless gaming but don’t want to or can’t shell out the top dollars required for some of the high end wireless options then this G305 is the ultimate solution for you. It’s also a great option for people who want a small mouse to game with.
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!