Best Wireless Gaming Mouse – The Ultimate Guide
Just a couple of years ago you’d be almost ridiculed for saying you were a competitive gamer using a wireless mouse. That’s because they often had a spotty connection and subpar sensors which means that they were the last thing you’d want to be using if you needed to rely on crispy clean aim. Even today some people still believe that a wireless mouse can never be as good as their wired counterparts.
Luckily things have changed over the past couple of years. Companies like Logitech and Razer have brought wireless mice to a whole new level, to the point where the most used gaming mouse in our analyzed games is a wireless one. If you’re ready to cut the cord there’s no better time to do it than now, but just like with any other type of gaming peripheral it’s important that you get one that matches your preferences. To help you with that we’ve created this list with five of the best wireless gaming mice that you can get right now.
Why choose a wireless gaming mouse?
If you came here wondering about whether or not a wireless mouse is better than a corded mouse then we’ll have to disappoint you because the answer is that ‘it depends.’ Much of what makes a gaming mouse good will depend on your personal preferences, so there’s really nothing to gain from using a wireless mouse that has a shape that you don’t like, for example.
The most obvious advantage that wireless mice have over their wired counterparts is that they are, well… wireless. These days flexible and super lightweight cables are pretty much the norm for any gaming mouse worth its salt, but even the very best cables are still (obviously) physically here. How much cable drag annoys you is a personal thing but it can’t be denied that eliminating the possibility of running over your own cable and what not is a net advantage.
In the past you had to make great sacrifices to achieve this free feeling of going cordless; wireless mice were historically unreliable so they were an obvious no-go for competitive gamers but these days manufacturers have managed to crack the code and deliver lossless and reliable connections that are as fast as their wired siblings.
So when looking at the whole thing in isolation there are pretty much no drawbacks to using a wireless mouse, and one huge positive (no cable to worry about). Of course they (usually) still cost a pretty penny, and the options out there (with a lossless connection and flawless sensors) are still pretty limited so there’s a high chance you won’t find what you’re looking for when it comes to the shape. Some people also really dislike having yet another product that needs recharging in their life so wireless mice aren’t the end all be all for everyone, but as gear lovers we can only applaud the fact that this technology is now a legitimate option.
1. Razer Viper Ultimate
Best overall wireless package
Our readers often ask us if they should get the Logitech G Pro Wireless or this Razer Viper Ultimate, and the answer is that it really depends. The Razer Viper Ultimate is without a doubt one of the best wireless gaming mice in town at this point in time: it houses Razer’s flawless Focus+ sensor, has on board memory, 70 hours of battery life, PTFE mouse feet, and a safe ambidextrous shape. All of that is found in a mouse that weighs around 74 grams which is mightily impressive for a wireless mouse.
Razer’s Hyperspeed wireless technology is flawless, too. There’s no lag or dropped connections when using the mouse so this really is a top performing gaming mouse on all fronts. The included charging dock makes topping up the battery a breeze, and the fact that you can place the receiver in said dock makes for a tidy and elegant solution to have your receiver as close to your mousepad as possible.
Since this, just like the G Pro Wireless that you see below, is an ambidextrous wireless mouse with a rechargeable battery and flawless ingame performance we decided to put the Viper in the first spot because of the included dock. We should say that the differences between the two mice are very minimal, though. Choosing between the Viper Ultimate and the G Pro Wireless will vastly depend on what your personal preferences are since the price differences generally (this of course depends on your location and so on) aren’t very large either.
A potential downside of the Viper Ultimate is the fact that it has an early version of Razer’s Optical Mouse Switch. Since the release of these switches Razer has vastly improved the click feeling but the Viper Ultimate’s clicks do feel mushier than what most mice with regular mechanical switches offer. These switches do have a longer lifetime though, so if you don’t really mind mushier clicks it’s a worthy tradeoff.
2. Logitech G Pro Wireless
The pro choice
When the Logitech G Pro Wireless was first announced it almost sounded too good to be true. A wireless mouse with a rechargeable battery, a flawless connection, and a weight well under 100 grams? Two years ago it was nearly unthinkable, and even today it’s still a mightily impressive piece of kit that other manufacturers will struggle to match let alone surpass.
The mouse quickly shot up the ranks and ended up on the desks of many pro and casual gamers alike, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. Logitech’s mice were already top quality under the hood but shell designs such as what the G403 and G Pro Wired (that’s an entirely different shape) offered were a little bit polarizing. That’s not an issue with this mouse though, as it offers a much safer shape and size than its predecessors in the G Pro line.
The G Pro Wireless has Logitech’s flawless HERO sensor, their lossless LIGHTSPEED wireless tech, and on board memory. All of that comes in a lightweight (80 grams) ambidextrous package that can be used by both left- and right handed gamers. Sounds familiar? Our two top mice indeed share many similarities, which is why we get so many questions about the Viper Ultimate versus the G Pro Wireless.
The GPW wins the click battle while the Viper Ultimate has the better feet, but aside from that shape will be the deciding factor between these two mice. The GPW is a fuller feeling mouse than the Viper Ultimate but it’s also slightly heavier, so perhaps that can aid you with deciding. Both really are top mice though, and you really can’t go wrong with either of them if the shape suits you.
3. Logitech G305
Best budget wireless mouse
The G305 is based on the shell design of the original G Pro mouse, which is now called the ‘G Pro Gaming Mouse.’ That shape was, as we already mentioned, quite polarizing but for the gamers who love their small mice this is pretty much a dream come true.
It’s not as cutting edge as its more ambitious brother (the G Pro Wireless) but if you want to go wireless on a budget and/or you prefer smaller mice then this is a top option. It doesn’t have a rechargeable battery but it does last a whopping 250 game hours on a single battery so you won’t have to worry about replacing that battery every week. Out of the box with the battery included the G305 weighs 96 grams but there are plenty of (easy) mods to reduce that weight, so while it’s not quite as light as some of the more advanced options out there it’s certainly very respectable.
The HERO sensor will deliver flawless tracking and gaming performance, and that combined with the good feet and great clicks make this one of the better wireless options on the market right now. Just be wary that you can’t configure this mouse to work for left handed gamers, as there are only side buttons on the left side.
4. Razer Basilisk Ultimate
Best wireless mouse with extra features
Some people are always chasing the lightest mouse out there, others don’t care about all that and are looking for a bunch of extra features on their pointer devices. For that second group of people the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a fantastic choice.
It has Razer’s top of the line Focus+ sensor, a newer (and thus crispier feeling) implementation of their optical switches, and of course a flawless and lossless wireless connection. What sets this mouse apart from others is the fact that it has a host of extra features to make your life as a gamer easier. The scroll wheel has a tilt function which means two extra input options at your fingertips straight out of the gate, and there are also two configurable buttons on top of the mouse. The cherry on top is the ‘DPI clutch button’ though. That’s a paddle located on the left side of the mouse near the front that you can use as a ‘sniper button’ (to lower your DPI) or as pretty much anything else through their software. It’s also removable, so if you don’t like it you can just take it off. All in all this is just about the best implementation of this idea that we’ve seen yet.
All of those extra features do weigh it down: the Basilisk Ultimate comes in at 107 grams, which is on the heavier side these days. If you don’t mind that or you’re looking for a heavier mouse and you love these kinds of very ergonomic mice with a bunch of extra buttons then this is a great option.
5. Logitech G604
Best wireless MMO gaming mouse
If you’re an MMO gamer or you just want all the extra buttons you can get then the G604 should be a pretty much perfect fit. It has Logitech’s flawless HERO sensor and uses their LIGHTSPEED technology so it’s definitely a thoroughbred gaming mouse in its own right.
What makes this so good for MMO/MOBA players are all the extra buttons. You get a tilting scroll wheel, two small buttons to the side of the M1 button and then an array of six extra buttons on the left side of the mouse, meaning that you’ve got a plethora of input options without the mouse looking or feeling too busy.
It is a pretty heavy mouse though, coming in at 135 grams with the included AA battery (that’ll give you about 240 hours of game time) so we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for shooter gamers unless you really want a heavier mouse, but for MOBA and MMO players this is an excellent choice.
Best Wireless Gaming Mouse – Conclusion
Wireless mice have come a long way in just two years, to the point where there’s a pretty wide range of products to choose from if you want to cut the cord, going from MOBA/MMO mice to small budget products.
As with every gaming product it’s important to make sure that the one you’re buying is up to standards, meaning that you want to make sure that you’re getting a mouse with a lossless connection and a flawless sensor. All the mice in this article fulfill those standards so you should be able to find one that you like regardless of what your preferences are. If you have any questions about these mice (or gaming gear in particular) then please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the comments of the reviews, on Discord, or on Twitter.
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