Best FPS Mouse for 2021
Finding your next gaming mouse can be a struggle, mainly because more often than not you’ll end up searching through reviews, videos, and specifications of products for hours on end. The whole process is time consuming. Although it is important for you to find the right mouse, you usually end up spending way too much time doing so.
That struggle gets even more exacerbated with all of these new and upcoming brands in the gaming peripheral scene. We’ve seen brands like Glorious, Endgame Gear, and even Cooler Master all attempt to enter and successfully captivate the gaming mice market.
What having all these new brands and competition leaves us with is too many mice, to the point it can actually be difficult to choose which one to get.
So one question naturally arises when thinking about this topic: how do I choose between all of these different mice? And that’s exactly where we come in.
We at GamingSmart have done extensive research into the topic of what the best gaming mice are. We have studied what the pros use, researched reviews, seen player feedback, and have tested countless products ourselves. By doing all of this, we have gotten a general idea as to which are the best mice for First-Person Shooter (FPS) games.
In this guide, we are going to cover our top FPS mice picks, then after that we’re going to give you some tips on how to choose the best mouse for your needs. Let’s get into it.
Here are the best mice for playing FPS games:
1. Razer Viper Ultimate
With the arrival of the Viper Ultimate, Razer has truly shown off their dominance within the gaming peripheral scene. It seems like everybody absolutely adores this mouse, and there’s a good reason as to why. It’s because this mouse is truly exceptional in so many ways by having everything you need such as a top tier sensor, a nice shape, and even the feature of being fully wireless.
Let’s start off by talking about the sensor. The sensor that this mouse uses, the Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor, is a top of the line sensor which was developed by working aside Pixart, one of the best sensor creators around. It has a 99.6% resolution accuracy, ability to scale up to 20,000 DPI (although highly uneccessary), Smart Tracking, and far more. All in all, this sensor is very high quality and reliable so it should be able to help you with every task you need it to do, such as aiming in games.
Weight wise, the mouse comes in at an astonishing 74g, which is very light weight for a wireless mouse. This is great for those who dislike the clunky feel of heavier mice and want something that glides across their mousepad with ease.
The mouse is also fully ambidextrous in shape as well as design with it having two additional side buttons located on the right side of the mouse (in case left-handed people want to use them). For the lighting it has a single RGB sector within the logo in the classic Razer logo location. And with the lighting you do of course get Razer’s classic Chroma effects with up to 16.8 million colors to choose from. Other than that, the overall structure of the mouse feels fairly good. It’s nice and sturdy, feels very premium, and shouldn’t cause you any problems.
Now let’s get onto the main feature of this mouse: the wireless aspect. In the past, wireless mice have faced difficulties with latency and stuttering issues. But it’s safe to say that with this mouse, and Razer’s recent HyperSpeed technology, that the past problems have now been overcome. This means that you’ll be able to use and enjoy wireless mice in competitive scenarios, without the worries of having any issues. This mouse also has the option of utilizing a cable, so in case you don’t want to use it wirelessly or in the case that you have to charge it while playing, you can always just plug it in. The optional cable is also quite nice and flexible too, considering the fact that the mouse was only primarily intended for wireless use.
The sizing of this mouse is small-medium sized, so it should be decent for most people regardless of hand size. The specific dimensions of the mouse are the following:
- Length: 117 mm / 4.6 in
- Width: 71 mm / 2.79 in
- Height: 38 mm / 1.49 in
Because of the mouse’s size, it should work well for most if not all grip styles. The only thing to keep in mind is that if you have large hands and play full faced palm grip, then you’ll probably want to use a larger mouse, such as the Glorious Model O (default variant) which is sits at our number 3 spot in this guide, or alternatively the Deathadder V2 which is at our 4th spot.
All in all, the Razer Viper Ultimate is a fantastic mouse which features all of the latest technology that you’ll need to game properly. So if you’re in need of a mouse that will perform well in any situation, then this one is definitely a grab.
2. Logitech G Pro Wireless
Coming in at the number two spot we have another wireless mouse, the Logitech G Pro Wireless. This mouse has been highly acclaimed within the Esports scene and community. From it’s renowned sensor, to it’s shape, and to it’s general performance, everything about this mouse seems to be flawless.
The sensor that this mouse uses used to be the HERO 16K, which was and still is an incredible sensor, but has been recently been switched out to the more technologically advanced HERO 25K sensor, which is claimed to be Logitech’s best in-house sensor yet. The main differences between the two sensors is that the HERO 25K can now support up to 25,600 DPI, compared to the old 16,000. The HERO 25K is also the first sensor that can accurately track movement at the sub-micron level, which is an absolutely insane feature.
For the weight it comes in at a reasonable 80g, which is only slightly heavier than the Viper Ultimate. It’s also ambidextrous, yet again similar to the Viper Ultimate, and features the same two additional side buttons on the right. The good thing about these specific side buttons is that they are fully modular, meaning that you can remove them if you want to. The modular feature was most likely added so that people who are right-handed can stop the accidental pressing of the buttons, which is one nice upside over the previously mentioned mouse.
The feel, design, and shape of this mouse are altogether quite good. And for the lighting you will be getting one RGB sector on the logo, as well as on the three dot indicators which are for your DPI levels. All of the lighting can be controlled via Logitech’s G software, which is quite very forward to use.
Similar to Razer’s HyperSpeed which they use to boost performance on their wireless mice, Logitech also has their own technology called LIGHTSPEED. This technology allows their mice (including this one) to function properly and have basically zero latency issues.
The G Pro Wireless is also a medium sized mouse that is closely bordering the small sized category. Here are the mouse’s dimensions:
- Length: 125 mm / 4.92 in
- Width: 63.5 mm / 2.5 in
- Height: 40 mm / 1.57 in
If you have small-medium hands you should be able to palm grip this mouse easily. In the case that you don’t then, it would probably be best to sticking to either claw or fingertip grip with this mouse.
Overall, the Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse is a great performer and should be able to handle any task you throw at it.
3. Glorious Model O
Here we have our first wired mouse on this list, the Glorious Model O. This mouse literally rattled the entire gaming peripheral scene upon it’s arrival. No one expected Glorious to become as big as they did, yet they managed to do it. Glorious listened to the Esports community, and gave everyone what they were asking for: a light-weight, affordable, and nice performing mouse. Thus, Glorious has become a household name among gamers.
First of all, there are two variants of this mouse, the default Model O, and the smaller Model O negative. Both versions of this mouse are fundamentally the same, so the only real differences between them are the size and weight of them. The default Model O comes in with a bit of a hefty weight of 67g, while the smaller Model O- comes in with a much nicer weight of 58g. The reason for the big weight difference is quite self-explanatory, it’s because one is bigger, so it weighs more, while one is smaller and weighs less. If you have larger hands and need to get the larger variant of this mouse, then the weight is what your sacrificing for better comfort of having a larger mouse.
Both variants of this mouse use the Pixart 3360 Sensor. This sensor is phenomenal and is basically the Esports industry standard. It doesn’t spin out, and it has incredible pixel tracking. Overall, this sensor is top-notch and you shouldn’t see any issues while using it.
Unlike the two previously mentioned mice, the Model O features an ergonomic design. This basically means that it’s designed for a right-handed grip. Although it being ergonomic means that it’s designed for a right-hand grip, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad if lefties use this mouse, in fact many left-handed people prefer ergonomic mice. The majority of the time it’s just a preference whether you want an ergonomic or ambidextrous mouse, so don’t get caught up too much in the specifics. The only scenario that you should care about is if you’re left-handed and want side buttons on the right of the mouse, and in this case you won’t be getting them with this mouse, you’ll only be getting buttons on the left side which is mainly positioned for right hand use.
The mouse also features a honeycomb design, which allows you to see through the mouse. This honeycomb design isn’t just for aesthetics though, it ultimately helps to make the mouse lighter by removing unneeded weight. As for the lighting you will be getting two RGB strips which go along both sides of the mouse, as well as RGB alongside the scroll wheel sides, and because of the mouse’s honeycomb design, that light will actually flash up through the holes, making for a clean aesthetic. If you also want to change the colors and or patterns of the lights, you can do so via Glorious’ software.
The default Model O is medium-large sized, whereas the Model O- is small-medium sized. Here are the dimensions for both:
- Length (Model O): 128 mm / 5.03 in
- Width (Model O): 66 mm / 2.59 in
- Height (Model O): 37.5 mm / 1.47 in
- Length (Model O-): 120 mm / 4.72 in
- Width (Model O-): 63 mm / 2.48 in
- Height (Model O-): 36 mm / 1.41 in
All of your grip style needs are going to be covered with this mouse because of the fact that there are two different sizes. So just keep in mind what grip you use, as well as what hand size you have, then choose the appropriate sized mouse.
All things considered, the Glorious Model O is an exceptional mouse. It has a great sensor, good shape, performs well, and has pretty much everything you need for a good FPS mouse.
4. Razer Deathadder V2
The Deathadder series mice have been going for more than a decade now, and this specific one, the V2, is one of the more recent versions to have come out. The reason why Razer is still producing new Deathadders is because people love them. The main reason why people love them is because of their unique and classical shape which is unmatched by any other mouse.
The sensor that this mouse utilizes is the same one that the Viper Ultimate uses, the Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor, which is of course a fantastic sensor. Another unique thing that this mouse uses is Razer’s Speedflex Cable. This Speedflex Cable allows for a smooth glide across surfaces so that your cable doesn’t get stuck and snag on your mouse while playing.
The mouse weighs in at 82g, which is far lighter than the previous Deathadder version which weighed 105g. The weight isn’t the only thing that has changed since the previous version (The Elite), Razer has also upgraded switches, design features such as the side grip, and of course the sensor and cable which we’ve already briefly talked about. Razer has basically taken a classic, renowned mouse and improved almost everything about it, making this mouse an incredible pick.
It also features similar RGB lighting to the Viper Ultimate, with a lighting sector on the logo, as well as on the scroll wheel. Other than that the mouse still feels like the good old Deathadder that everyone loves, but newer and improved.
Sizing of this mouse is within the medium-large range. The measurements can be found here:
- Length: 127 mm / 5 in
- Width: 61.7 mm / 2.43 in
- Height: 42.7 mm / 1.68 in
If you have larger hands, then this mouse will be a great choice for you, especially if you palm grip.
Overall, the Razer Deathadder V2 is a great ergonomic mouse and is perfect for those who are looking to use a larger mouse.
5. Finalmouse Ultralight 2
Finalmouse is the most popular “hype beast” type brand within the gaming peripheral scene, and because of that fact, they receive a lot of criticism. Yet despite the mistakes and ridiculous things that the Finalmouse brand has done, there’s still no denying that they make good products.
This mouse, the Ultralight 2, is a testament to Finalmouse’s ability of creating good mice. This mouse is the lighest mouse on the market today, coming in at around miniscule 47 grams. The reason why having such a light-weight mouse is better is because it reduces friction between your mouse and mousepad, meaning the lighter the mouse, the better control the player has.
For the sensor, it is rocking the Pixart 3360, same as the Model O, which is of course an extraordinary sensor that is perfect for aiming intense games.
Moving onto the design aspect of the mouse, it features an ambidextrous design, so it will be great for both lefties and righties. The overall design and structure is quite nice and solid too. Unfortunately though, you won’t be getting any RGB lighting or even any software with this mouse, it’s purely meant for plug and play purposes. You will be able to adjust your DPI with the DPI switch that sits on top of the mouse, but other than that there is no customization in regards to software.
One neat thing about the mouse is that it comes with Finalmouse’s INFINITYSKINS. These INFINITYSKINS are basically attachments which you can apply to the mouse to make it larger. This is great because the mouse by default is tiny, so by applying these attachments you will be able to ramp it up to a medium sized mouse. The only thing to keep in mind is that after applying the devices to the mouse, the weight will be increased, so that is a trade off that you have to be willing to accept.
The default Ultralight 2 size is quite small as already mentioned. Here are the dimensions of it:
- Length: 116 mm / 4.56 in
- Width: 53 mm / 2.08 in
- Height: 35.7 mm / 1.4 in
The Finalmouse Ultralight 2 is altogether a great mouse especially if you have the budget for it. It should perform well for almost everything you need it to, and especially for gaming.
6. Cooler Master MM710
If you were to go back a few years and try to think of the top gaming mice brands, Cooler Master wouldn’t have ever come to mind. Yet here they are today, with their prominent MM710. This mouse is an absolutely fantastic one and is a far cheaper alternative to mice such as the Ultralight 2.
The sensor that this mouse uses is the Pixart PMW3389 Sensor, which is a top-notch sensor, as most Pixart sensors are anyway. You’ll get great pixel tracking, no spinouts, and overall fantastic accuracy while using it.
For the weight it comes in at a sweet 53g, beating every other mouse on this list aside from the FU2. It also features a honeycomb design, which is apart of how they managed to get it to weigh so light. Other than that, the mouse is pretty simplistic. It has a good sensor, decent ambidextrous shape, nice cable, and will be very reliable when using it.
The only downside to this mouse is that it doesn’t include RGB lighting or any lighting whatsoever (this really isn’t a major deal though). If you do happen to want lighting, there is still a way you can get it, and that’s by upgrading to the newer MM711 model from Cooler Master. There’s a specific reason why we chose the MM710 over the MM711 though, an that’s because the newer version costs more, plus it weighs ~7g heavier. Considering all that, if you like this mouse and want to get it, we would recommend that you to get this specific model that we have listed, otherwise you’re losing value.
Size wise, the MM710 is definitely suited towards smaller hands. Dimensions are here:
- Length: 116.6 mm / 4.59 in
- Width: 62.6 mm / 2.46 in
- Height: 38.3 mm / 1.5 in
To sum it up, the Cooler Master (CM for short) MM710 is a great and cheaper alternative to other more expensive mice, yet it still performs close to, if not as well as them.
How to choose the best FPS mouse for you
Our list above features some of the best overall gaming mice today, so feel free to choose any one of them, they should all work great regardless. But in the case that you want to spend some more time to find the absolute perfect mouse for your needs, such as hand size, grip style, etc, we’re gonna help you out with that.
#1 - Determine your hand size
Knowing what your hand size is is crucial to know which mouse you should get. Luckily enough, it’s pretty easy and straight forward to find your hand size. The first thing you’re going to need to do is get a pencil / pen and a piece of paper, like so:
Once you have have a pencil or pen (or anything that can draw) and your piece of paper, you’re going to want to trace around your hand, like this:
After that, you’re going to need to grab a ruler or some type of measurement tool. You’re then going to want to measure both the vertical and horizontal lengths of the sketch. For the horizontal, start at your thumb, then go straight across to the opposite side. For the vertical, you’ll want to start from the tip of your middle finger, and then go straight down to the bottom of your hand. This picture below should give you a good idea and reference of how to measure it properly:
Once you have those two measurements, write them down or save them to somewhere so that you can check them later. Let’s now move onto the next step.
#2 - Find which grip style you use
Now that you have your hand measurements, we’re going to also need to know what grip style you play with. First of all, there are three main mouse grip styles that people use: palm, claw and fingertip.
Palm is when you have your entire palm which includes your fingers resting against the mouse. Claw is when only your fingers and the back of your hand are touching the mouse (this grip often looks like your hand is making a claw shape, hence the name). Finally, fingertip is where you hold the mouse with just your fingers.
To find which grip you use, put your hand on your current mouse and observe how it sits, then take a look at this graphic and see which one is the most similar to your hand when its on the mouse:
After referring to that graphic, you should now know which grip style you use. Now let’s get onto our final step.
#3 - Finding which mouse is best for you
After following those two previous steps, you should now know your hand size measurements as well as your grip style that you use. We’re going to need these now to find which mouse will be the best fit for you.
Let’s start off by finding your hand size. Take those two measurements, both horizontal and vertical, a.k.a. length and width, and compare them to this chart:
|Small||Less than 17 cm / 6.7 inches||7.5-8.5 cm / 2.9-3.3 inches|
|Medium||17-20 cm / 6.7-7.9 inches||8.5-10 cm / 3.3-3.9 inches|
|Large||More than 20 cm / 7.9 inches||10-11cm / 3.9-4.3 inches|
You will see that you now fall under one of the three categories in the chart, either small, medium, or large. That’s your hand size (or atleast our sizing in regards to mice).
Now that you know your hand size, you can then take it and compare it to each mouse that we have in this guide. Here’s a screenshot for reference:
Now that you can match your hand size to all the mice that we have in this guide, we still need to see how your grip style is gonna affect which mouse you should get.
Generally speaking, people who play with palm grip need larger mice, while people who play with either fingertip or claw need smaller mice. Just because you know your hand size and can match it to the sizes we have provided, you still need to work your grip style into the equation. Let me provide an example:
Say for an example that I’m a palm gripper and have medium sized hands. I look at what the Viper Ultimate says and it says small-medium hands. But because I’m a palm gripper I’ll generally need larger mice, and because of the fact that the Viper Ultimate is bordering the small-medium size, it probably won’t be the best choice for me. Whereas if I chose the Deathadder V2, you’d see that it’s medium-large, and so I know that I have medium sized hands and that palm grippers need larger mice, so that seems like a better choice of a mouse.
Keep in mind also that everyone has their own preferences, so although we’d like to believe that our sizes and grip style guide will help you to find the best mouse, we may not always be correct. This guide will definitely help you out to some regard though!
About the writer
Hi there, I’m Manning, and I’m the owner and founder of GamingSmart. I’m also an ex-competitive player in both CS:GO and Overwatch, and have countless hours of overall gaming play-time. So I guess you can say that I have a fair bit of experience when it comes to gaming.
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