Best Gaming Mouse
- Razer Deathadder V2
Best Office Mouse
- Logitech G502
Best Budget Mouse
- CoolerMaster MM720
Sure, wireless mice have come a long way in the last few years, but there is still considerable appeal to wired mice as well. Not only do users not have to worry about batteries being drained by fancy lighting or extended use, but they also offer just a tiny edge in reaction speed compared to their wireless counterparts… for the most part anyway.
There is no shortage of wired mice either – hundreds of models at all price levels are available, and picking the best option isn’t always easy. We’re here to help though – we’ve made a handy list of some of the best mice out there, and why you should consider getting them if you’re looking for a new mouse this year.
Logitech G502 Hero – the Office Star
- Adjustable and positionable weight attachments to increase weight
- Small RGB elements, special Black/White version available
- 7 side buttons + scroll wheel lock button
- 118g – 143g
Although technically also a gaming mouse (and a great one at that) the G502 Hero also makes for an outstanding office mouse. Especially if you spend a lot of time scrolling through pages and pages of data, the G502’s unusual scroll wheel can make things quite a bit easier. The mouse has a unique lock/unlock button under the mouse wheel that lets you choose between the wheel spinning freely, and it moving one ‘click’ at a time. The advantage of the former is that you can quickly find the underlying cause of a page with a single flick of the wheel, and without needing to manually scroll forever.
Of course, that’s not the only positive thing here – the G502 also features the top tier Hero sensor as well as several side buttons along the thumb side of the mouse that can be used to adjust CPI and perform additional (customisable) functions. Between all that and the thumb rest, the mouse is a top choice for anyone whether they need an office mouse or a gaming device. It is on the pricier side but does have the quality to back it up.
Razer Deathadder V2 – the Gaming Hero
- Low click-latency
- Wide CPI range
- 2 side buttons on the thumb side
Perhaps the best-known gamer mouse in all of the video game world, the Deathadder has a well-established reputation as being a fantastic gaming mouse… and for a reason. Not only is it a top-quality mouse, it’s (nearly) unparalleled sensor and fantastic customisation options make it the top choice.
In case of the V2, there is also the improved and lighter cable to consider – for the most part, Razer kept the mouse the same, only making slight tweaks here or there. Intended for a range of hand sizes and grips, it’s as versatile as gamers are – perhaps the only complaint is that it’s not all that much to look at, with a simple black design with few RGB elements.
CoolerMaster MM720 – The Budget Buddy
- 2 side buttons on the thumb-side
If you are looking for a light (or affordable) cabled mouse and you don’t mind it not being black, this one is a great choice. The white MM720 is extremely lightweight, in no small part thanks to its palm area having cut-outs. Without the cable, the MM720 weighs only 49g – that’s half the weight of a Syrian hamster!
Rodent jokes aside, the MM720 stands out with its affordable <$50 price tag as well as its white design. Given how light the mouse itself is, the woven cable can interfere with movement somewhat, however it too is very much on the light side.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB – The MMO Master
- Interesting yellow design elements
- High bump ideal for claw grip
- Aluminium frame
- 12-button side panel
The sturdily built Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is a real MMO beast – not only does it have a 12 button side panel and you can customise each of the keys there, they also come with different textures so that you can tell which key you are touching purely by feel. The mouse is overall quite heavy but makes up for that with its amazing quality.
The shape may seem particular, but is especially suited for claw grip users, and it can accommodate almost all hand sizes. The woven cable is a little stiffer than we would have liked but doesn’t notably interfere with mouse-movements, nor does it drag on the desk. A mouse bungee might still be an advantage though, especially if you are playing in smaller spaces where the cable might otherwise interfere. Overall, the Scimitar is comparable in performance to the Razer Naga Pro, but we definitely like the grey/yellow colour scheme of this mouse much better.
Razer Viper Mini – The Miniature Marvel
- Smaller than most
- Solid build
- Two extra buttons on left side
The Viper Mini is, as the name suggests, quite small. This doesn’t impede its function though – it’s comfortable for any sort of claw grip and will still fit most hands quite comfortably. Though technically a gaming mouse, its understated design makes it ideal for an office environment too. The mouse has a total of 14 customisable inputs that can be reassigned via the Razer software.
The mouse cable itself is also quite nice – it’s a paracord-type and is quite flexible, although not too light. It doesn’t create an artificial drag and looks simple and sleek. Given the mouse’s small size, it’s naturally extremely light, weighing only 61g not counting the cable. Between that and the usual Razer sensor quality, the Viper Mini is an ideal choice for lightweight or small mouse fans.