The differences between the best wireless gaming mouse and the best wired gaming mouse are pretty trivial at this point. Latency and accuracy are altogether unaffected by going cable-free now, and wireless models are up there with the best gaming mice around.
Advances in sensors and communication protocols by the likes of Logitech, Corsair, and Razer, mean the performance of the best wireless gaming mouse is practically indistinguishable from one plugged straight into your gaming PC.
Compared to the best gaming mice with tails, there are still a few features you need to consider with a wireless mouse. Connectivity is vital, as is battery life. At the tippy-top of the heap, you can find mice with wireless charging, which makes the mouse truly wire-free, 100 percent of the time, though that is a luxury and can cost more than it's worth right now.
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Ousting the versatile G903, the G502 Lightspeed Wireless is the latest iteration of a long-standing favorite for Logitech veterans, the G502 Proteus Spectrum. It has gone through a bit of an evolution over the years and ditched the awful name. Proteus what? Initially being upgraded with a 16K DPI sensor, Logitech took the next logical step by pairing this beast of a gaming mouse with its PowerPlay technology, allowing it to remain charged continuously and connected. Even without the PowerPlay mat, the G502 can remain functional for more than 40 hours on a single charge.
Not a single feature was removed to make room for this convenience. Everything that made the original G502 great is present here, from its adjustable 16g weights to its unlocked mouse wheel and 11 buttons. While its aggressive, Batmobile aesthetic may not appeal to everyone, the comfort and performance of this mouse is second to none.
While the G903 remains an excellent alternative, especially for southpaw shooters, the added customizability and macros let the G502 inch ahead of the competition. This wireless version is the spitting image of its ancestors and the pinnacle of uncompromising performance when it comes to wireless gaming rodents.
Read the full Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless review.
Razer has unleashed a trinity of wireless gaming peripherals this year, building upon the V2 editions of its most popular products. The BlackWidow V2 Pro wasn't a huge success, but the Razer BlackShark V2 in both wired and wireless Pro iterations is one of the best gaming headsets around. But it's the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro which stands out, as one of the best gaming mice ever made, the latest versions of the DeathAdder have only made it better.
The wireless V2 Pro has the exact same super-comfortable, stylish design, and the Focus+ sensor is as swift and as accurate as any wired rodent you could find. With the HyperSpeed wireless tech plumbing you into your gaming PC practically latency free, and with around 70 hours of gaming battery life too, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is now the ultimate version of this long-lived rodent.
It still sits just behind the Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless in the stack, largely because I adore the infinite scroll wheel which I still miss now that Katie has stolen my version. But thanks to just how good the DeathAdder V2 Pro is I don't miss it that much. Luckily for you, Wickens.
With the Logitech G305, Logitech has tried to create 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 here in terms of performance or design.
The G305 uses Logitech's Hero sensor, an iteration of the fantastic sensor in the G502. 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 quite as premium as the ones 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.
Corsair's refreshed Dark Core RGB Pro SE improves on what became one of our favorite wireless gaming mice when it debuted back in 2018. Thanks to a lot of small improvements, such as 18,000 DPI, Qi wireless charging compatibility, and 2,000Hz Hyper-Polling tech, the Dark Core RGB Pro SE is back with a vengeance.
The Dark Core RGB Pro SE also works well when paired with the Qi wireless charging mouse pad of your choice, that's the special bit in the 'special edition' naming. We found that you can use the mouse about 4-5 days before completely draining the battery. Since Qi wireless charging mousepads are becoming more popular, the Dark Core is a good future-proof mouse.
At under $100, the Dark Core RGB SE is a great price for a helluva fast and accurate wireless gaming mouse. It's worth noting that this weighty mouse's textured grip might feel a little strange if you're not used to a palm grip style mouse or if you have smaller hands, but it's worth persevering with.
Read the full Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE review.
The Basilisk Ultimate takes full advantage of Razer's HyperSpeed wireless tech, making it one of the fastest gaming mice out there. The comfortable right-handed mouse sports a total of eleven buttons, the 20K Focus+ sensor, and 14 zones of custom RGB lighting using Razer's Synapse software. Other than that, it's a fast wireless mouse that fits well into your hand with over 100 hours of battery life... with RGB lighting off.
Billed as mostly an FPS gaming mouse, playing games like Apex Legends and Halo: Reach worked well, especially when handing precisions weapons like the Wingman or Battle Rifle. The paddle on the mouse makes changing your DPI on the fly super easy. As someone who still plays Starcraft 2, I was able to micro-manage my Zerg brood with relative ease as my 'lings tore into some poor Space Marines.
One of our favorite things about the Basilisk is the conveniently sized charging dock that doesn't take up much space on your desk, though we do wish it did wirelessly charging like the Firefly V2.
The Logitech G604 Lightspeed has only recently become one of our favorite gaming mice. Its insanely long battery makes it the perfect mouse for gaming on the go. Logitech boasts that the G604 can last over 200 hours in a single AA battery through some serious Logi-sorcery.
While less flashy than your typical gaming mouse, it still has everything a PC gamer needs. For starters, the six reprogrammable buttons along the comfortable thumb-rest make the G604 a great pick for those who religiously remap their controls. If you play a lot of MOBAs or MMOs, the Logitech G604 might just be the mouse for you.
If you're a big gamer, you already know a lot of gaming accessories don't cater to your massive mitts. As wireless gaming mice trend smaller and lighter, it's easy to feel like you're on the verge of crushing the darn thing.
The Spatha is a large, hefty gaming mouse that's almost double the weight of the lightest rodent on the list. A lot of credit goes to the thoughtful design and button layout. Its six programmable buttons on the side are large enough and spaced out sufficiently so that they are easy to distinguish to prevent miss-clicks. That's a problem for other gaming mice that try to cram as many buttons as humanly possible into one spot. We do wish the sensor was a touch better than its modest 8,200 DPI considering other wireless gaming mice are easily hitting up to 20,000 DPI, but that's not a deal-breaker.
What the Spatha has going for it in it's niche market, is what's always worked against it in the bigger scope of things. If you have medium to small-sized hands, the bulky design will feel uncomfortable, and some of the buttons are hard to reach. If you're used to a lightweight, zippy mouse, you'll have to look elsewhere too, but if you crave something with a little mass behind it then Asus' big-boy is a worthy choice.
This wireless, ambidextrous esports gaming mouse is for the serious competitor who wants something fast and accurate. The Viper Ultimate is almost a complete opposite from its bigger brother, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, sacrificing buttons for a more lightweight design.
The Viper Ultimate comes equipped with Razer's HyperSpeed Wireless transmission, which gives the mouse a latency of less than 0.2ms, making it just as fast as its wired counterpart. Like the Basilisk, the Viper Ultimate comes with its wireless charging dock that'll fully charge the mouse in less than two hours. If you value accuracy and speed above all else, the Viper Ultimate's performance can compete with some of the best gaming mice out there.
In our in-depth Razer Viper Ultimate review, the only real shortcomings we found are that the right/left mouse buttons can feel a little flimsy due to the entire mouse being so light. It has fewer programmable buttons than its competitors too, such as the Logitech G502 Lightspeed or even the Basilisk Ultimate, but comes in at the same hefty price range. Thankfully, its speed, 70-hour battery life, and ambidextrous design makes it the best wireless mouse for competitive gaming around.
Taking cues from the Logitech G305, the Katar Pro Wireless takes a simpler, more elegant approach to their lightweight rodent. For a $40 mouse, the Katar Pro manages to never actually feels like a budget product. Not bad if you need a reliable wireless gaming mouse with decent battery life. Just be sure you keep some extra AAs around to be on the safe side.
On the downside, the Katar Pro Wireless is a lot less flashy than Corsair's usual offerings with no RGB to speak off. That being said, it's a comfy mouse that travels well.
Best wireless gaming mouse FAQ
Q: What's the main consideration in choosing wireless over wired?
A: 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 today perform almost indistinguishably from wired ones, without a hint of the traditional lag or stutter to be found.
Q: How do we test wireless gaming mice?
A: We use each wireless gaming mouse for several days, at minimum, getting a sense of how the mouse feels in our hands, the grip and material, and the feel of its buttons. We pay attention to battery life and how often the mouse needs to be recharged if applicable.
For gaming, we primarily test mice with Destiny 2 and Apex Legends, as well as 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 a keyboard giving it the best possible wireless situation to work with. We also test the wireless receivers plugged into our test system a few feet away with my legs in between, increasing the opportunity for lag and interference.