The best wireless gaming mouse delivers the precision of the best gaming mouse without the hassle of wires. No drag, no tugging on the cable when it gets caught under the corner of your monitor, just cable-free action to suit your gaming style. The best wireless gaming mouse serves up buttery-smooth, snag-free, clean gaming.
Right now the best wireless gaming mouse is the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro, thanks to its impeccable sensor and fantastic battery life. It has stern competition, however, with advancements in sensors and communication protocols from Logitech, Corsair, and PixArt, a new generation of speedy, wireless rodents has scuttled out of the darkness. Plenty of them offer great battery life, while the intense competition makes for comfortable and clever designs, too.
Importantly though, your decision should be based on the same criteria as it would be when buying a wired gaming mouse: How many buttons do you need? Lefty, righty, or ambidextrous? Heavy or light? There are a few wireless-specific questions you'll need to ask though: like how does it connect? How good is the battery life? Some wireless gaming mice are rechargeable, while others use standard batteries. If you weigh the pros and cons I've listed on those I've tested below, you're sure to find one that fits your budget.
The PCG team has tested all the best wireless gaming mouse wannabes so you can make an informed decision. And if you're looking to go wireless across the board, check out our lists of the best wireless gaming keyboards and best wireless headsets.
Dave has been mousing since the grinty ball days of the Amiga and was converted to the claw grip the moment he played Shareware Doom for the first time. Having professionally flung them around his test desk for the best part of twenty years he knows what makes a good wireless mouse, what a responsive gaming mouse needs to be, and just how many buttons you really need on your PC's rodent.
The quick list
The best overall
Tetherless and tireless, the Deathadder V3 Pro is a fantastic evolution of a well loved mouse. With an impressive sensor and great wireless performance, there's not much to complain about aside from the price.
The best budget wireless
A superb back-to-basics gaming mouse, the G305 Lightspeed is a super affordable way to nab Logitech's best sensor yet. It is not a complex mouse, but it lasts ages on a single AA battery, and is light as anything.
The best feeling
Shaving off precious grams from the already impressive G Pro Wireless, this Superlight model is both comfortable to use and quick to aim.
The best competitive
A snappy sensor and great response make this mouse top of the pile for competitive gamers. Its surprisingly reasonable price tag doesn't go amiss, either.
This article was updated on November 16th to improve navigation, but all of our existing recommendations remain our picks for the best wireless gaming mice around.
The best wireless gaming mouse
With over 15 million sold since its inception, the Razer DeathAdder has certainly earned its place in the best gaming mouse hall of fame and at the top of our best gaming mouse guide. There have been so many iterations and variants of the legendary mouse and with the newest one, the Deathadder V3 Pro, Razer isn’t really messing with a winning formula. In fact, it has doubled down on everything that earned the Deathadder its name: excellent ergonomics and pro-level performance.
Razer has taken the Deathadder to the gym, cut down the fat, shed weight, and ripped the muscles to create a lean, mean, clicking machine. The design changes are reasonably subtle but enough to offend some Deathadder diehards. Gone are the massively flared-out mouse buttons and smooth shell in favour of a slimmer, less aggressive profile that has more in common with the Viper Ultimate than previous Deathadders.
It's still very much a right-hander's mouse thanks to the slanted curve of the mouse's hump that leans ever so comfortably into your palm. The shell has a new micro-texture coating instead of smooth plastic. It helps keep the now 63g mouse (a 25% drop from the previous Deathadder) from flying out of your hand in the heat of battle.
As a clicker aimed at the highest echelon of esports professionals, Razer has put only its finest tech inside the V3 Pro. First up, it features Razer’s fastest-ever sensor: the new Focus Pro 30K Optical sensor with a 70G acceleration and a maximum speed of 750 inches per second for 99.8% accuracy. No one will play at such a ludicrous DPI but combined with a few tricks like Asymmetric cut-off, Motion sync, and Smart tracking, you’ll never claim that the mouse is why you lost that match. For the main clickers, the Deathadder gets third-generation Razer optical mouse switches with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 0.2ms response time and long life of 90 million clicks.
to me, there’s no distinguishable difference between using the V3 Pro wireless or wired. But if you have doubts, Razer also has a special 4,000Hz Hyperpolling dongle that you can buy as an add-on, but I reckon most folks would simply use the bundled Speedflex USB cable to assuage their latency fears.
The new DeathAdder, like its predecessors, is light on buttons, having only five which is laughable compared to the 11 you'll find on the Basilisk V3. I like how chunky and accessible the side buttons are since I don’t have to awkwardly contort my thumb just to use them. I’m not too enamoured with the scroll wheel though. Sure it’s tactile with steps that are great for weapon switching in-game, but it gets very tedious to do lots of scrolling with this mouse.
Razer’s new Hyperscroll Tilt wheel would have been welcome here. It’s little things like this and the simplicity in button configuration that works great for FPS gamers but not so much for other game genres or work. I wager more gamers are like me; we need a mouse that’s as great for Doom slaying as it is for navigating dense Excel sheets. However, if your job is playing twitch shooters, then this is just perfect.
Razer claims 90 hours and since unboxing it about three weeks ago, I’ve only charged it once. I’ve been exclusively using this as my primary mouse for at least 8 hours a day.
It's fast, comfortable, has excellent battery life, and is very deadly in the right hands. Very few gamers can lay claims to such hands though. For most of us, the $149 being asked for the Deathadder V3 Pro is simply too much, and it feels somewhat akin to owning an F1 car and using it for grocery shopping and school runs. Still, if you fancy yourself an esports pro who needs a no-nonsense, hyper-focused slaying machine, the V3 Pro lives up to the legends of old.
Read our full Razer Deathadder V3 Pro review.
The best budget wireless gaming mouse
With the Logitech G305 Lightspeed, Logitech has created a high-performance wireless gaming mouse that doesn't cost the earth. Its mid-range price has it competing against some great wired mice, but there's no compromise in performance or design.
The G305 uses Logitech's Hero sensor, an iteration of the fantastic sensor Logitech's best mouses, from the classic G502 down to the G Pro X Superlight. It can last more than 200 hours on a single AA battery (which helps keep the cost down vs. being rechargeable).
The small wireless dongle can be stored inside the body of the mouse, but critically, the left- and right-click buttons are separate pieces from the removable palm rest, ensuring a reliable and satisfying click.
The shape of the G305 is based on a small, ambidextrous design Logitech has been using for years. While components like the scroll wheel and buttons don't feel as premium as those in the G502, they're still far better than anything you'll find in a cheap gaming mouse. The quality and performance of the G305 are killer features for its price.
The best feeling wireless gaming mouse
Lighter, brighter, and faster, that's what gamers want, and Logitech isn't one to disappoint with every turn of the product crank. In order to fulfil our unquenchable thirst for minute performance metrics, the Logitech G Pro X Superlight takes the popular Logitech G Pro Wireless and shaves off 17 grams.
You'd hardly tell it by looking at the Pro X Superlight, though. It looks near-identical to the G Pro Wireless with the exact same hallmarks of the popular and simplistic gaming mouse. The outer shell is fairly pronounced near the palm, which adds that little extra support compared to sleeker mouse models, and there's the slightest touch of contouring on the primary mouse buttons and beneath where your thumb and pinky sit. All in all, it's a fairly restrained design by modern mouse standards.
The two do feel differently under hand, however. The G Pro Wireless is no welterweight but it feels practically portly by comparison to the Superlight. Just 17 grams separates the two yet they feel night and day next to each other. You'll notice the reduction in game when you're practically throwing the 63 gram Superlight around your desktop.
The Logitech Superlight has seen some major changes in order to meet its stringent weight requirements, and compete with its lightweight wireless competitors. Even many of the best wired lightweight mice for that matter.
There are no removable thumb buttons, those which had become a bit of a signature feature of the G Pro Wireless. Instead in their place are two permanently affixed thumb buttons on the left-hand side. That's a shame for a couple of reasons. First, it's a little less customisation on offer, although I'll admit that most users will end up opting for the exact same loadout even with the option. Second, the Superlight's omission of removable switches means it's now only suitable for right-handed users.
It's hardly a dealbreaker for the majority of users, but it will mean a few of you reading this will hit the back button. Sorry bud, I feel for you, but it's all in the name of shaving grams.
For the lack of excessive features, however, the standard battery life is a solid 70 hours. That's actually 10 hours more than the G Pro Wireless even with RGB disabled, so battery life has actually improved between the two units. In practice, you'll probably have the Superlight connected by cable at least once a week to ensure it's juiced up. It'll charge pretty swiftly, too, so you won't have to worry about the cable tugging your mouse about for long, which I find is more of a pain with wired ultra-lightweight mice.
Inside you'll find the applauded Hero 25K sensor that's common across Logitech's latest. What's more to say about this one: It's great, responsive, offers an outrageous remit of CPI speeds, and in my testing across MouseTester sees nary a single inconsistent result or errant data point at even the highest CPI setting. Impressive as ever.
There's also the promise of carbon neutrality with Logitech's latest products, and while that might not materially stand for much in the performance of the product itself, it's a great sell if sustainability is high on your priority list—it should be, too.
Read our full Logitech G Pro X Superlight review.
The best competitive wireless gaming mouse
The Glorious Model O 2 is an ultra-lightweight gaming mouse that comes in both wireless and wired models. It's great for competitive gamers as it not only comes with the all-important specs for speedy flick shots, it's also not a bank-breaker.
It comes with the new *sigh* BAMF 2.0 optical sensor with a max DPI of 26K and a max speed of 650 IPS. It's a better upgrade from the Model O, which launched in 2020, in both looks and feel. It's less busy and looks less like a toy. It ditches the honeycomb-style air holes for roundish ones that just sit on the mouse's body.
I don't mind the perforated design, but I know plenty of folks where that's an automatic deal breaker.
At 68g (the wired Model O 2 is 59g), the wireless Model O 2 feels nice and light in your hand. I've tried it on multiple surfaces like a glass-topped desk and soft/hard mousepads, and it handles well, thanks to the little G-skates feet on the bottom of the mouse.
This is a great mouse if you play a lot of games that require pixel-perfect accuracy, like a twitch shooter or MOBA. I've been off and on playing a lot of Call of Duty: Warzone and felt comfortable with how the mouse was handled, especially in close quarters when you have to rely on hip firing.
The surprising thing about the O 2 wireless is that it only costs $100/£100 ($65 for the wired), which makes it super competitive compared to other wireless gaming rodents like the $150 Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro or the $130 SteelSeries Prime Wireless Pro Series mouse, which are pretty close in specs overall. It's safe to say you're getting high-end performance at more affordable pricing.
However, the biggest drawback of the Model O 2 is its inconsistent battery life. Glorious says you can get about 110 hours of life in 2.4GHz mode and over 200 hours in Bluetooth mode, though it was much less than that from my use. In fact, in a week or so, I've had this mouse, and the battery has completely drained twice.
The always-on RGB lighting and its brightness level affect battery life more than I thought. Since turning it off, I've noticed a significant difference in battery usage. With the lights off in two days of use, the O 2's battery is around 97%, a huge improvement. It's a bummer since I really like how the RGB looks on the O 2, and I now feel bad turning it on.
For $100, though, the Glorious Model O2 is an excellent performing wireless gaming mouse for competitive gamers. Weird battery quirks aside, you get a lot of bang for your buck on a mouse that easily competes with its more expensive rivals.
Read our full Glorious Model O 2 Wireless review.
The best MMO wireless gaming mouse
The Razer Naga Trinity has been on our best gaming mouse list as the top recommendation for MMO/ MOBA games for years now, but there's a new kid in town—the Razer Naga Pro. The Naga Pro drops the cable for Razer HyperSpeed Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. It also picks up optical mouse switches and the over-the-top 20,000 DPI sensor.
The overall design of Naga Pro stays close to the Trinity but has gained a bit of weight to accommodate the new tech. The Naga Pro is 7mm wider and heavier than the Trinity at 117g, but thanks to the 100% PTFE feet, it glides smoothly across most surfaces. The bigger mouse also takes some getting used to; requiring my long hands to adopt a full palm grip. But the contoured mouse buttons and a rest for my ring finger make it easier to hold onto. Textured rubber grips for the thumb and pinky also help.
I'm a fan of Razer's optical-mechanical switches, which use light to register clicks instead of mechanics, and that makes them really fast. The switches are durable too, with a lifespan of 70 million clicks, but of course, the Naga Pro has plenty of other buttons too. The three swappable plates have 2, 6, and 12 buttons which you can remap to your heart's content.
Remapping buttons in Razer Synapse is child's play—a simple point-and-click affair. You can do anything from simple keyboard shortcut bindings to complex game macros as well as adjust DPI stages, polling rates, lift-offs, power management, and of course, Razer Chroma lighting.
Obviously, none of this matters if you have a laggy experience. Thankfully, the HyperSpeed Wireless doesn't disappoint. I used vsynctester.com to quickly measure lag and I was very impressed. The test records how quickly the cursor responds to your mouse movements. In wired mode, I recorded 6ms while the the Naga Pro's wireless connection managed 6.1ms—a 0.1ms difference. The Bluetooth was slower by 4-6ms but only a keen eye would notice it in daily use.
The Naga Pro's optical sensor has also been updated to the Razer Focus+ 20,000 DPI sensor with 650 IPS tracking. This is far beyond anything most people will ever need—I max out at 8,000 DPI.
Now, with all this technical wizardry, battery life is a legitimate concern but Razer's claim of a 150-hour battery life proves true. I've been using this review unit for the past week—averaging 14 hours daily and I still have about 35% battery left. That involved a ton of gaming, work, and swapping back and forth between wireless and Bluetooth.
Quite frankly, lack of a dock aside, I find nothing to really complain about the Naga Pro. The discerning, cable-phobic multi-genre master will love the speed, accuracy, and versatility of this new Razer Naga Pro.
Read our full Razer Naga Pro review.
The Makalu Max is almost a great gaming mouse, but I find the wireless experience frustrating in a way its rivals aren't. The customisation options are great, it feels comfortable in the hand, and the sensor is reliable and accurate, but it's just a little short of being the full package.
PC Gamer score: 74%
- Easy and effective customisation options
- Design feels good in the hand
- Waking up the wireless connection is annoying
- Battery life doesn't feel great
- Mountain's software is still an issue
A humble, solid pointer that’s silky smooth on your mat. The XM2we is just a little expensive against the competition.
PC Gamer score: 70%
- Very smooth across surfaces
- Pleasingly clicky buttons
- Feels well-built and reliable
- Week-long battery
- A bit too slippery
- Unremarkable spec
- Undercut by other budget mice
- Loud clicks
- Not great for fingertip grip
- Software isn't the best
The HyperX Haste 2 brings you the performance and battery life you want in a lightweight wireless gaming mouse. The $90 price tag is also good enough to surpass some of its software woes.
PC Gamer score: 73%
- Good battery life
- Ugly stick-on grips
- Only one profile
- Ngenuity app is a pain to use
How to spot the best deal
Where are the best gaming mouse deals?
In the US:
- Amazon - Often some savings on PC gaming peripherals
- Walmart - Usually some good savings on mice
- Newegg - Big brand gaming mice for cheap
- Best Buy - Great place to look for a cheap gaming mouse
In the UK:
Wireless gaming mouse FAQ
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What's the main reason to choose wireless over wired?
Today, most of the conventional wisdom about wireless gaming mice is wrong. Some wireless mice are still more expensive, and poor ones could suck their batteries dry in the middle of a match or lag thanks to a weak wireless receiver. But the best wireless gaming mice perform almost indistinguishably from wired ones, without a hint of the traditional lag or stutter to be found.
Do pro gamers use wireless gaming mice?
Modern wireless connections, such as those created by Logitech and Razer, deliver no discernible difference between their wired and wireless mice brethren when it comes to gaming latency. Reportedly both Ninja and Shroud use the Logitech G Pro X Superlight mouse that we recommend in our list of the best wireless gaming mice.
How does a wireless mouse connect to my PC?
Most wireless mice offer both 2.4G wireless connections, which will most often require a dedicated USB device, or they'll use Bluetooth. Bluetooth is more widely compatible with a range of devices, however, it usually adds latency to the connection, whereas a wireless connection has next to none. This makes wireless the preferable connection method for gaming.
How we test gaming mice
We've used enough gaming mice to have a good feel for build quality, button placement, and shape. Our opinions on those aspects of mouse design are naturally subjective, but they're also well-informed. The tricky part of testing gaming mice is analyzing the other part of the equation: tracking performance, jitter, angle snapping, acceleration, and perfect control speed, and determining how each of those issues affects the experience of using a mouse.
For that, applications such as Mouse Tester come in handy. We used this software to see if we could spot any glaring issues with the mice we used. In every gaming mouse we tested, though, angle snapping and acceleration were disabled in the mouse drivers by default (though a mouse can still exhibit acceleration from issues with the sensor itself) and never encountered any glaring performance issues.
For gaming, we primarily test mice with Destiny 2 and Apex Legends and twitchier shooters like Quake Champions to see how our performance stacks up against other mice. We scrutinize the cursor movement and responsiveness for lag, jitter, and other issues.
We use each mouse with its wireless receiver plugged into close by USB port, giving it the best possible wireless situation to work with. We also tested the wireless receivers plugged into our test system a few feet away with my legs in between, increasing the opportunity for lag and interference.
Wireless gaming mouse jargon buster
Grip refers to how you hold the mouse. The most common grips are palm, claw, and fingertip. Here's a good example of how each grip works.
CPI stands for counts per inch, or how many times the mouse sensor will read its tracking surface, aka your mousepad, for every inch it’s moved. This is commonly referred to as DPI, but CPI is a more accurate term. The lower the CPI, the further you have to move the mouse to move the cursor on the screen.
Jitter refers to an inaccuracy in a mouse sensor reading the surface it’s tracking. Jitter often occurs at higher mouse movement speeds or higher CPIs. Jitter can make your cursor jump erratically, and even slight jitter could wreck a shot in an FPS or make you misclick on a unit in an RTS.
Angle snapping, also called prediction, takes data from a mouse sensor and modifies the output to create smoother movements. For example, if you try to draw a horizontal line with your mouse, it won’t be perfect—you’ll make some subtle curves in the line, especially at higher sensitivities. Angle snapping smooths out those curves and gives you a straight line instead. This is generally bad because it means your cursor movements won’t match your hand’s movements 1:1, and angle snapping will not be useful in most games. Thankfully, almost all gaming mice have angle snapping disabled by default.
Acceleration is probably the most reviled, most scrutinized issue with gaming mouse sensors. When a mouse sensor exhibits acceleration, your cursor will move faster the faster you move the mouse; this is often considered bad because moving the mouse slowly six inches across a mousepad will move the cursor differently than moving the mouse rapidly same distance. This introduces variability that can be hard to predict.
Perfect control speed, or malfunction rate, refers to the speed at which the mouse can be moved while still tracking accurately. Most gaming mice will track extremely accurately when moved at slow speeds, but low CPI players will often move their mice large distances across the mousepads at very high speeds. At high speeds, especially at high CPIs, not all mouse sensors can retain their tracking accuracy. The point at which the sensors stop tracking accurately will differ between CPI levels.
IPS measures inches per second and the effective maximum tracking speed of any given sensor is rated too. Not to be confused with the gaming monitor panel type by the same name, the higher the IPS of any given mouse, the better it can keep up with high-speed movement and maintain accuracy.
Lift-off distance is still a popular metric in mouse enthusiast circles, though it does not affect most gamers. LOD refers to the height a mouse has to be raised before the sensor stops tracking its surface. Some gamers prefer a mouse with a very low lift-off distance because they play at very low sensitivity and often have to lift their mouse off the pad to "reset" it in a position where they can continue swiping. With a low LOD, the cursor will not be moved erratically when the mouse is lifted.