Anyone into PC gaming understands the importance of a high quality gaming mouse. Every significant action originates with your mouse and is reliant on the mouse being able to deliver smooth tracking, miniscule response times and crisp clicks. In addition, the programmability, comfort, and supporting software can all make the difference between victory and defeat. With the performance gap finally closing between the wired and wireless mouse the time has come to take a close look at the best wireless gaming mouse candidates for 2019.
The Best Wireless Gaming Mouse
“We’re at the forefront of wireless gaming mouse technology.” While just about everyone makes that claim it’s actually true with the Logitech G903 Lightspeed gaming mouse. The Lightspeed features a 1 ms response rate that will more than suffice for competition level gaming. In addition, there’s a leading edge PMW3366 sensor, true ambidextrous design and optional Powerplay in-game charging. The DPI of 12,000 is among the best in class as is battery life, which can provide 32 hours of play on a full charge.
The ergonomics of the Lightspeed are impressive. It’s extremely comfortable over long hours of play and a lefty isn’t going to have to endure a big thumb porch or some other right-handed bias feature in order to use the G903. The G903 is also lighter than many a wired-only mouse, which is noteworthy because you can plug it in any time you want and use it as just that.
Advanced PMW3366 sensor.
Optional Powerplay wireless charging.
1 ms report rate.
32 hours battery life w/out lighting.
Weight 107 grams.
- Weight15.2 ounces
You get a full 32 hours of gaming from a single charge.
Optional Powerplay wireless charging is a nifty feature that allows indefinite play.
At just 107 grams it’s actually lighter than many a wired mouse.
The ability to configure the mouse to either hand is a feature that’s long overdue.
Not everyone has a hundred bucks to drop on a mouse.
The Razer Mamba HyperFlux and its accompanying mat allows you to leave concerns about battery levels on your wireless mouse behind you. The Firefly HyperFlux mat creates a magnetic field that continually feeds power to the mouse enabling it to retain adequate power levels and stay in the game indefinitely. But that’s not the only thing the HyperFlux has going for it.
The Mamba weighs a scant 96 grams putting it in select company and making it that rare professional wireless gaming mouse that breaks the 100 gram barrier. It also features a leading edge 5G optical sensor with 16,000 DPI. Because the manufacturers understand that different gaming situations call for different types of control the Firefly mat has both a hard and a soft surface. The hard side promotes speedy swipes of the mouse while the softer cloth side enables more precise control.
16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor.
Dual-sided hard or soft pad.
Ultra-lightweight at 96 grams.
Effective power transfer via magnetic field.
RGB lighting in scroll wheel and logo.
- Weight1.29 pounds
The charging pad allows for virtually limitless play time.
The 16,000 DPI 5G optical sensor produces reliable pinpoint tracking.
Outstanding ergonomics from the profile to the layout of the buttons.
Portability is a potential issue.
The claim to fame of this top rated wireless gaming mouse from Logitech is the one-of-a-kind thumb-driven wheel, which is supposed to ramp up performance options and does a pretty good job, once you get used to it. The question of whether you want or need to get used to it is a matter for another day.
While the thumb wheel gets most of the press when it comes to the MX Master Wireless Mouse the device is anything but a one-trick-pony. It features that dual connectivity that we love so much, a Darkfield high-precision sensor that doesn’t abandon you when you set it on glass, and up to 40 days of power from a full charge of the lithium-ion battery. And speaking of charging, you’ll also be able to obtain a full days’ charge in just 4 minutes. Which is fairly insane.
One of a kind thumb scrolling.
Up to 40 days power on full charge.
4 minutes charging = full day of play.
Outstanding tracking on glass.
Speed adaptive scroll wheel.
USB charging cable included.
- Weight5.1 ounces
The USB cable here is a big upgrade from the one on the G700.
It does charge incredibly fast with the full days charge in 40 minutes as claimed.
Bluetooth connectivity is effective and allows you to free up a USB port.
The fact that it tracks effectively on glass surfaces is a big plus.
Lefties need not apply.
No built in dongle storage.
If you like value you’re going to love the Corsair Harpoon Wireless Gaming Mouse. It features Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, best-in-class sub 1 ms response times, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and 10,000 DPI resolution. This is a top wireless gaming mouse that’s not perfect but comes closer than you have a right to expect for the price.
The ability to connect either with Bluetooth 4.2 or the proprietary Corsair Wireless Technology or to reach for the cable and plug in means this is one of the most versatile examples of a professional wireless gaming mouse out there. But the versatility isn’t confined to power options. It’s also extremely light, provides a comfortable grip regardless of how hot and heavy the action gets, is rated for 50 million clicks and with 6 programmable buttons it provides potential in-game advantages in terms of macros.
USB charging cable included.
10,000 DPI resolution.
30 hours battery life with standard lighting.
Single zone RGB backlighting.
Powerful PMW3325 sensor.
6 customizable buttons.
- Brand Corsair
- Weight3.52 ounces
Not having to deal with button overload is a nice change.
Sensitivity and DPI settings are easily customized using the Corsair software.
At just 99 grams it’s one of the lighter gaming mice out there.
Maybe the best Bluetooth gaming mouse on our list.
Some resolution geeks may find the 10,000 DPI sensor wanting.
SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless Gaming Mouse may be the best wireless mouse for gaming the company has yet to produce. If features a lag-free, 1000Hz system that produces 1 ms response times, 12,000 DPI resolution, 24 hours and more from a single full charge of the lithium-ion battery and 256 weight tuning configs. It also boasts the option to go wired or wireless.
After just 15 minutes of charging that lithium-ion battery will provide 10 hours of continuous performance. Should you travel to events the 32-bit ARM processor will let you save lighting effects, button remappings and CPI settings for quick retrieval. So you never feel disoriented or like you’re starting from scratch during a tournament. The Quantum is also extremely comfortable and features sharp 8 zone RGB lighting effects for good measure.
TrueMove3+ 12,000 DPI sensor.
256 weight tuning configurations.
Quantum wireless technology.
Leading edge design.
10+ hours on a 15 minute charge.
1 ms latency.
32 bit ARM processor.
- Weight5.8 ounces
The design is a big step up from the earlier SteelSeries mouse offerings.
Charging speed is very good to excellent with a full day’s charge in about half an hour.
The customizable weight system lets you make the mouse your own.
DPI in wireless and wired modes is tracked separately. So be careful switching during games.
We love the clean look and supple feel of the Razer Lancehead gaming mouse. We love that it tracks (nearly) as well on glass as it does on more traditional surfaces. We love that it offers true ambidextrous capability and that you can adjust the DPI on the fly using the buttons on the top of the mouse. And we also appreciate the Adaptive Frequency Technology that enables the mouse to hop to the strongest band at the first sign of interference, instead of having to wait for the interference to clear.
The Lancehead has the dual powering capability we want to see so that we can effectively leave concerns about battery levels in the past where they belong. The 16,000 DPI resolution is best-in-class with the 5G optical sensor capable of running circles around the competition. While the gaming switches are conveniently located and easy to program.
Advanced Razer chroma effects.
Dependable high-end wireless performance.
Adaptive frequency technology.
Up to 50 million clicks.
Rubberized side panels.
- Weight4 ounces
The laser sensor does as good or better a job than any optical sensor on the market.
Adaptive Frequency Technology seeks out and hops to the strongest band in milliseconds.
The overall design, including lights, is tasteful and elegant.
Don’t quite understand the proprietary USB cable.
The ASUS ROG Spatha is a high performance wired/wireless gaming mouse that features a silky smooth magnesium alloy base, 8200 DPI resolution, a dozen programmable buttons to provide you a leg up on the competition and, when wired, a 2000Hz polling rate. That 2000Hz rate is the gaming equivalent of the difference between a standard 2D movie and IMAX 3D. The Spatha also features integrated flash memory to store your profile settings for instant retrieval.
At 178 grams this is a relatively heavy rechargeable wireless gaming mouse but most gamers will agree not a bit of performance is buried under that weight. At 8200 DPI it’s not going to set the world on fire but it is more than capable of standing tall in the face of most of today’s most demanding games. In addition, the RGB lighting is edgy and compelling and the programmable buttons are more help than ergonomic hindrance.
Magnetic charging station.
Multiple RGB lighting effects.
12 programmable buttons.
Magnesium alloy bottom plate.
8,200 DPI laser sensor.
Wired or wireless play.
- Brand Asus
- ModelL701-1A-ROG SPATHA
- Weight2.34 pounds
The slightly heavier switches allow for a higher degree of control.
The lighting scheme changes to alert you to low battery levels. A really nice touch.
At 178 grams it’s heavier than a lot of competitors but we appreciate the heft.
Wireless mode produces a drop in performance gaming vets will notice.
Lefties look elsewhere.
The Redragon Impact is a nice entry level wireless gaming mouse that will serve beginning and mid-level gamers well. It’s comfortable, features on the fly DPI adjustability, offers some first rate RGB lighting options and allows you to store up to 5 different profiles in the onboard memory; with each profile designated by its own color.
With a polling rate of 1000Hz the Impact is fast if not lighting fast, but talented gamers may be able to program in an advantage anyway via the 12 MMO buttons. Should you wish to plug the Impact in there’s a 6’ USB cable with gold-plated connector and should you want to tweak the feel of the mouse there’s an 8 piece set of tuning weights.
5 adjustable DPI levels.
16 million RGB color options.
12 MMO programmable side buttons.
Teflon pads for precise control.
Advanced PMW3327 sensor.
Outstanding all-day comfort.
Affordable price point.
- Weight10.4 ounces
Provides a substantial but comfortable feel. Doesn’t tire you out.
There are 12 programmable hotkey buttons to satisfy your tactical urges.
The build construction is surprisingly robust for such an affordable mouse.
They apparently sought cost savings in the materials.
The E-Blue Mazer II is another budget gaming mouse that does a good, if unspectacular job. It features top end DPI of 2500 and a modest polling rate of 250Hz. Despite its performance limitations it’s well-built, reasonably dependable and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. That said there are some definite virtues in play here that should make the budget-conscious gamer sit up and take notice.
For instance: the Mazer II is rated to 5 million clicks. It also features 2.4 GHz wireless transmission. And with 6 easily programmable buttons you have an opportunity to take back some of what you might cede with the low DPI and polling rate. The Mazer II also features a smooth, dependable rubberized scroll wheel and does not make you pay for a USB connector (because this is a true wireless-only mouse).
4 point adjustable DPI.
6 programmable buttons.
Illuminated rubberized scroll.
Avago 5090 gaming chipset.
Good for 5 million clicks.
30 ft wireless range.
- Weight5 ounces
The mouse features typical Razer comfort. Extremely easy to work with.
The placement of buttons is well-considered and useful.
Plenty of playing time available via the battery backup.
Relatively low DPI is not going to impress hardcore gamers.
Our best wireless gaming mouse list comes to an end with this entry from Razer. The Naga Epic Chroma MMO features a wide array of program options you can access through the 12 button thumb grid, 8200 DPI resolution, a high degree of platform compatibility and outstanding ergonomics. The Naga Epic is lightning fast, with a 1 ms response rate, and can be used in wireless or wired mode.
The Naga Epic is comfortable to hold with a light agreeable texture that’s not going to get under your skin. It also features a tilt-click scroll wheel, customizable lighting and the ability to charge while you game. So how did this wind up pulling up the rear on our list? Well, first of all that button array is not going to be to everyone’s liking. It’s obtrusive and takes some definite getting used to. And second, this is another wireless gaming mouse that pretends left handed gamers don’t exist. Still, if you’re a patient right-handed gamer with $100+ to drop on a mouse you might want to consider it.
19 MMO buttons.
Tilt-click scroll wheel.
1 ms response rate wired or wireless.
8,200 DPI 4G sensor.
In-game charging/no downtime.
Gaming grade wireless technology.
- Weight12.2 ounces
Approximately 20 hours continuous gaming per charge.
If you can get used to the button placements you’ll eventually come to love them.
Does an admirable job even on glass surfaces.
The number and placement of buttons are going to be an issue for some gamers.
Gaming Mouse Buying Guide
Features To Look For In A Wireless Gaming Mouse
Battery life - Few are the gamers these days who don’t have a wireless or combination wireless/wired gaming mouse. As such, battery life becomes an important issue that was not in play during the wired-only days of yesteryear. You’ll notice from reading the above reviews that battery life tends to vary widely from mouse to mouse. Some provide many days of play on a full charge while others offer a more modest amount of uptime. Those that come in at the low end however, tend to be those that you can plug in if you need to. Whether a mouse offers dual powering options or not we want to see at least 20 hours of continuous play on a full charge.
Charging speed - A top wireless gaming mouse like the SteelSeries Rival 650 will provide a full day of play after charging for only about half an hour. That’s the kind of speed you want to see. There are mice out there that will charge even a bit faster. Charging pads on the other hand tend to take their time. But keep in mind they’re really intended to allow you to maintain a charge as you game. Not to quickly recharge a completely spent battery.
Response Time - Most casual gamers will be quite content with a response time of 2-8 ms. While no hardcore gamer today is going to accept anything more than 1 ms. If you’re a casual gamer with good reflexes and you’re wondering why you always seem to end up in a virtual body bag it likely has at least something to do with the response time of your mouse.
Weight - The weight of your mouse is a subjective matter. Some people with finer frames are going to appreciate an ultra-light mouse like the CORSAIR Harpoon that tips the scales at a very trim 99 grams. Others, however, with larger hands and bigger frames are likely to find something that light to be distracting at best. For them the 178 grams of the ASUS ROG Spatha will likely be a more agreeable option.
USB dongle storage - If you’re one of those gamers that moves around a lot you’re going to need to keep track of the dongle for your wireless mouse. To that end, any wireless or wired/wireless mouse worth its salt is going to have dongle storage built into a compartment in the bottom of the mouse. Simply slide open the compartment cover, place your dongle in the assigned spot and you’re ready to head to your next location.
Wired Vs Wireless Gaming Mice
It wasn’t all that long ago that there was no argument regarding whether a wired or wireless mouse was a better option. Wireless technology simply hadn’t caught up to what could be attained through a USB cable. Today, however, all bets are off. Or at least most bets. Let’s look at both options.
Wired Gaming Mice
In spite of the fact that the wireless mouse has become the equal of the wired mouse in many ways there are still those who prefer the wired mouse (or at least a wired/wireless hybrid) for several reasons including:
- Response times - While this isn’t the issue it once was a high-quality wired mouse may still deliver a slightly better response time than its wireless counterpart. It might be a small as the difference between 2 ms and 1 ms. But a millisecond is a millisecond.
- No batteries to die - Battery life on the average wireless mouse has increased by leaps and bounds in recent years but there’s always the specter of perhaps running out of juice when you’re in the midst of a heated battle. That won’t happen with a wired mouse.
- Price - A good, basic wired mouse is probably going to cost significantly less than a good wireless mouse. With the price of your best wireless gaming mouse options topping $100 a wired mouse can look like a very attractive alternative.
It may seem after reading all that that the wired gaming mouse is the only way to go. But such is not the case. You can make an equally strong case for the wireless mouse, or its increasingly popular cousin, the hybrid wireless/wired mouse. Here are a few good reasons why a wireless mouse rocks.
- No cable - There is a lot to be said for freeing yourself from the gaming umbilical cord, i.e. the USB cable. The cable can be a major impediment to free movement that winds up torpedoing you just when you’re about to achieve total world domination. The cable had its run. It’s time to thank it and move on.
- Portability - There are plenty of gamers out there who don’t like the idea of having to use a strange mouse when they play on a different machine. The learning curve can really undermine effectiveness and you could wind up on the sidelines before you ever get off the ground. Being able to take your own mouse with you wherever you go can be a major advantage.
- Response times - While the wired mouse has ruled the response time roost since the inception of gaming the distance between wired and wireless is now virtually nonexistent. There are in fact quite a few wireless mice out there that feature 1 ms response times.
- Charge on the fly - Many a modern gaming mouse allows you to recharge the lithium-ion battery on the fly while you game. Some have mouse pads that keep the mouse charged while you play. So the argument about dying batteries doesn’t carry a lot of weight anymore.
Frankly, the advent of the wireless/wired hybrid mouse means there isn’t really any good argument for sticking with either the wired-only or wireless-only gaming mouse. The best wireless gaming mouse today embodies the best of both worlds and ensures you’re covered regardless of whatever may come down the digital pike.