Best gaming mouse in 2024

The best gaming mouse provides you with the most satisfying sweeps, clicks, and hand-feelTM possible. Whether it's lining up a clutch headshot in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 or allowing for pixel-perfect unit placement in League of Legends, the last thing you need is an unreliable rodent costing you the game. And if you're looking into a wireless gaming mouse, it should have all that and good long battery life.

The best wired gaming mouse, on the other hand, is the Razer DeathAdder V2. It's a classic design that has stood the test of time, and now that the V3 has launched you can find the older model for a bargain price. The Deathadder V3 Pro has now taken point as the best wireless gaming mouse, though we could see a bigger shift in the Razer lineup and pricing through 2024.

A lightweight mouse will let you perform feats of digital greatness with minimal physical effort. MOBA and MMO players need a mouse with a wealth of buttons for all their bindings. Even best wireless mice are faster and more accurate than their tethered brothers. Whatever the size, style, or amount of buttons, there's a mouse for you. 

Some excellent budget gaming mice can give you a competitive edge without maxing out your credit cards if you're tight on cash. As a team, we've tested dozens of gaming mice throughout the year, and this list highlights some of our favorites. Of course, you should pair your new mouse with one of the best gaming keyboards. You know, to make sure all your gear compliments each other. And matches.

Curated by...
Dave James
Curated by...
Dave James

Dave's been wielding mice in anger since the hoary ol' days of the Amiga 500, Deluxe Paint, and Dune 2. He even plugged one into his Commodore 64 once, but he got over that. He's had his paws on gaming mice from every big manufacturer over the past couple decades, from ultra-lights and wireless, to many-buttoned horrors made for MOBAs. So, he know a thing or two about PC rodents.

The quick list

Recent updates

This page was updated on February 20, 2024 to make sure all our recommendations still stand. They do, but there's sure to be plenty of new mice out later this year.

The best wireless gaming mouse

The best wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 30,000
Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical
Battery: 90 hours rechargeable
Interface: USB Type-C
Buttons: 5
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Weight: 2.22 oz (63g)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent ergonomics
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Impeccable wireless performance
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Great sensor and tracking
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Very good battery

Reasons to avoid

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Seriously pricey
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Not great outside of gaming
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Kinda generic looking

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. 

Razer has put only its finest tech inside the V3 Pro.

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

2. Logitech G305 Lightspeed

The best budget wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 12,000
Sensor: Optical Hero
Battery: 250 hours, AA
Interface: USB
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous (left-side thumb buttons)
Weight: 3.5oz (99g)

Reasons to buy

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Amazingly light, with solid build quality
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Logitech's best sensor in an affordable body

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks premium Logitech feel

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 Lightspeed might not be the latest model on the market, but don't let that bother you. A good mouse is a good mouse. It's still a great value option for day-to-day use, while its light weight makes it well suited to fast paced shooters where reaction time is paramount.

The G305 uses Logitech's Hero sensor, an iteration of the fantastic sensor Logitech's best mice, from the classic G502 down to the G Pro X Superlight. This sensor is capable of sensitivity range of up to 12,000 CPI (counts per inch). It can be adjusted via a button underneath the scroll wheel.

In addition to the CPI button, there are five programmable buttons. Of course there are the left and right click buttons, which are joined by scroll wheel and two side buttons. These are well placed for the righties out there.

The quality and performance of the G305 are killer features for its price.

It can last more than 200 hours on a single AA battery (which helps keep the cost down vs. being rechargeable).

Logitech has won praise for its 2.4GHz wireless technology and cross-device compatibility. Even though lag shouldn't be an issue, the G305 comes with a USB extension cable, allowing you to place the receiver close to the mouse. Dropouts or reception issues begone!

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. They're rated for 10 million clicks too, so if you're playing games that require button mashing, the G305 will serve you well.

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 wired gaming mouse

The best wired gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Sensor: Optical
Interface: USB
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Weight: 82g (2.9oz)
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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One of the best sensors available
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A bargain price since V3 launched
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Ideal shape for palm or claw grips 
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Supports a variety of hand sizes 

Reasons to avoid

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Buttons on the flimsy side

The Razer DeathAdder V2 improves on everything we love about the DeathAdder Elite, itself one of the best gaming mice, and one that has been around since 2016 in various forms.

You can pick up the improved DeathAdder V3 nowadays, but we're still fans of the older kit as it's just so darned cheap right now. Some day that'll change, yet for now we're betting on the better value buy.

The most obvious improvement with the V2 over the original DeathAdder is the Focus+ Optical Sensor, the same one used in the excellent Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless. I’ll go into it in a second, but I was more impressed by the more subtle changes Razer has made for the V2. The first is the scroll wheel. Razer has a ridiculous name for the new design, "Instinctive Scroll Wheel Tactility," but the results are perfect. It’s exactly the right tightness. It spins smoothly, but you can still feel every notch of the turn, so you won’t accidentally scroll too many times.

The fact Razer is using a special wire, with an equally ridiculous name, "Speedflex Cable," also sounds insignificant, but turns out to be a big deal. I’ve used a version of the DeathAdder (the Expert) for years, and my one complaint is that the stiffer wire can sometimes pull the mouse to one side, depending on how it sits on my desk. The V2’s wire is the most flexible I’ve tried on a gaming mouse, and ultimately that means it’s less likely to impact your mouse movement, even if you get lazy about wire management, like me. 

Razer reckons they’ll last 70 million clicks.

The left and right mouse buttons are more durable than the Elite, too. They’re optical, rather than mechanical (they use an infrared light beam to register clicks), which means they should deliver fewer misclicks, lower latency, and have a longer life. Razer reckons they’ll last 70 million clicks, rather than the 50 million for the old DeathAdder Elite. While I can’t possibly tell how accurate that number is, they certainly felt as responsive as I could ever need, and I never misclicked. In games of Fortnite and Escape from Tarkov, my shots felt instant, and I never had to worry about firing accidentally.

And then we come to the sensor, Razer’s 'party trick' (the DeathAdder Elite’s stats are in parentheses for comparison). It goes up to 20,000 DPI/CPI (16,000), tracks up to 650 inches per second (450), and has a resolution accuracy of 99.6 percent (99.4 percent). Those increased numbers may or may not mean much to you, because they’ll make very little difference in day-to-day performance. How often do you need to go above 16,000 DPI/CPI? Not often.

However, carrying on a trend in recent Razer mice, the left and right mouse buttons are a bit flimsy. They feel fine, even sturdy, when you’re clicking them straight on, but the slightest amount of sideways pressure makes them waggle off-center. It makes me think they couldn’t take much of a beating, such as if you threw the V2 into a bag before running out the door. It’s a relatively minor gripe, but I noticed the same thing with the Viper Ultimate Wireless, and I hope Razer can sort it soon. It detracts from the overall solid build.

Read our full Razer DeathAdder V2 review.

The best budget wired gaming mouse

The best budget wired gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 8,000
Sensor: Optical
Interface: USB
Buttons: 5
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Weight: 85g (3.0oz)
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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An affordable bargain
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Great shape for those who like smaller mice
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Three-zone RGB lighting

Reasons to avoid

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Feature-light
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Less DPI granularity

If you find the Logitech G203 Lightsync familiar, you're not the only one. This mouse may be tipped as a fairly recent arrival, but it is almost functionally identical to the G203 Prodigy that preceded it.

The G203 Lightsync sits within a hotly-contended category of budget-conscious gaming mice. Most of all it faces stern competition from Razer, whose lineup at this price, or thereabouts, now includes the Deathadder Essential, Basilisk Essential, and Viper Mini. However, the G203 Lightsync has enough about it to stand its own. Its no-nonsense design packs the bare essentials, and it builds upon that slight flair for the aesthetic that you won't find quite so pronounced anywhere else.

The G203 Lightsync is a wired mouse—it's Lightspeed that you're looking for if you're after a wireless rodent. Instead, Lightsync denotes this mouse's compatibility with the Logitech G app and RGB lighting system, which is able to unify RGB lighting effects across compatible Logitech products. What's somewhat confusing is that non-Lightsync products are also able to integrate with said app to varying degrees.

The three titular lighting zones all lie within the thin strip that spans the rear palm rest, with the logo above taking the same color as the middle RGB lighting zone. While it might've been nice to have independent control of the logo itself, the option does allow for gorgeous tri-color gradient effects sweeping from one side of the mouse to the other.

Pair this with the G203 Lightsync's slightly tweaked white and grey option (as opposed to the white and black option previously available with the Prodigy) and you're onto something quite stunning for $40. That's right, the only other difference to note with the G203 Lightsync over its predecessor is the introduction of a grey scroll wheel reservation, as opposed to the bog-standard black adopted previously.

The G203 offers a DPI range of 200-8,000.

I've gone for the white colorway for the test unit for this review, and while I can't tell you what it will look like in five years' time, I can tell you that it looks quite stunning out of the box.

Expect the same near-ambidextrous design with the G203 Lightsync as Logitech's Lightspeed then, complete with two buttons under whereabouts the pad of your right-hand thumb would sit. These aren't removable or swappable to the opposite side, which certainly comes as a surprising flaw in the Logitech G203's otherwise one-size-fits-all design. Nevertheless, it's a simple design, and one which Logitech aptly calls "tried and true".

The unnamed "gaming-grade" sensor within the G203 offers a DPI range of 200-8,000, which should prove more than enough for all but the most colossal of 4K monitors—at which point you might want to turn to something with a little more grandeur than the G203. The sensor is more than suitable for decent and consistent gaming and turns up a clean sheet in mouse sensor tests.

Perhaps Logitech's unwillingness to reinvent the budget-conscious gaming mouse with every iteration of the G203 begets a quiet confidence in what it's bringing to the more affordable segment of its sprawling mouse lineup. The changes introduced with the G203 Lightsync, however few, may make for a materially slim review, but we're also not jumping at the chance to shift it out from our best gaming mouse roundup just yet.

Read our full Logitech G203 Lightsync review.

The best ergonomic gaming mouse

The best ergonomic gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 25,600
Sensor: Opto-mechanical
Interface: USB
Buttons: 11
Ergonomic: Right handed
Weight: 89g (3.1oz)
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Impeccable ergonomics
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Sturdy and well built
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Light with unobstructive wire
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Interchangeable thumb buttons

Reasons to avoid

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No improvements to the sensor
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Lightforce switches sound a little clunky

At first glance Logitech's G502 X gaming mouse may not appear much different to its predecessors, but look a little closer and you'll notice some useful revisions, in particular for FPS players. While there's no change to the already improved G502 Hero 25k sensor, there are some impressive ergonomic enhancements to note, along with customisability, and weight improvements to boot.

In fact, Logitech has doubled down on making the Logitech G502 X lighter. It comes in at 89g, which is a significant difference over the Hero's 121g. Sadly, it doesn't come with the option to configure the weight like the Hero, which would have been a nice addition considering it's going for the same price as its predecessor.

There's no LED system behind the Logitech G symbol, or any RGB at all. And while that's a little disappointing that you can't program damage flashes on your mouse, for example, it makes sense to appeal to the FPS audience more. While the scroll wheel is now plastic instead of metal to improve the weight, it still comes with an infinite scroll—our Dave's most loved feature.

Comparing the G502 X to my absolute favourite gaming mouse, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed, I've spotted some subtle differences that might not seem like much, but do affect the overall experience.

It's slightly skewed, similarly to those vertical mice that are all the rage

Interestingly (and most evidently) there's now an interchangeable thumb button with a little lip that can be rotated. I assume for use with larger or smaller hands, though hand positioning could also be a factor, or perhaps aimed more at fingertip grippers.

Speaking of hand placement, one of the major differences from the previous model comes in the form hand angle. While my initial qualm was that the lower profile shell meant my wrist was leaning on the desk a lot, my hand has now shifted around to the intended position. I get it now. It's slightly skewed, similarly to those vertical mice that are all the rage at the moment in offices, which gives it superior ergonomics to the simple flat, front facing hand placement of the original design.

Pair that with the fantastic thumb rest, longer buttons and you have yourself a superbly ergonomic mouse that boasts improvements we didn't know we needed from the Logitech G502 line. 

The G502 X may not come with an updated sensor, but the switches are now lightforce hybrid switches. They're opto-mechanical, so they combine optical speed with a mechanical actuation. They sound a little clunky but that's likely due to the lack of internal components tucked in the mouse.

As far as pricing goes, it's being shipped at roughly the same price as the earlier models: $80 for the wired version, $140 for the wireless version, and $160 for the G502 X Plus. The latter is the only one with RGB, which pushes the weight up 106g, over the wired version. It's certainly one way to separate the company's more utilitarian users from the rest, but $20 for some RGB LEDs does seem a little steep.

I personally regarded the previous model as the perfect mouse, and it's almost a shame to remove the weight it had behind it, though I do admit the ergonomic changes are likely better for my hand. The new ergonomics do have the potential to alienate those with larger hands or who don't enjoy the sideways slant, and the weight reduction has meant RGB likers like me would need to spend substantially more.

Either way, this wired version here is the evident choice for the sensible and frugal among us. For $80 I have no issues recommending the wired G502 X, especially if you can get a Logitech G promo code, it's just a little sad that RGB now costs extra.

Read our full Logitech G502 X review.

The best competitive gaming mouse

The best competitive gaming mouse

Specifications

DPI: 25,600
Sensor: Hero 25K
Interface: USB
Buttons: 11
Ergonomic: Right handed
Weight: 89g (3.1oz)
Battery life: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Great build quality
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Classic look
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Some slippage
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Feature-lite

It's been a long time since we last looked at the wired Logitech Pro gaming mouse (nearly eight years), and I was surprised to see that design has more or less stayed the same after all that time with upgrades beneath the surface—both the Pro Wireless and Pro X Superlight wireless use a similar form factor. After using the Pro for a bit, it's safe to say if it ain't broke, well, you know. 

Upgrades like the Hero 25K optical sensor give it a max DPI of 25,600. It sits at 85 grams; while not the lightest mouse, it feels light enough without having the thing perforated like the Glorious Model O . If you're playing a twitch shooter like CS: GO or Valorant, you should be able to do some damage. I don't particularly like super light gaming mice since they feel as though they would crumble when you apply the slightest pressure. 

The G Pro is a great feeling mouse, especially in Diablo IV, where detonating dozens of corpses with a Necromancer feels satisfying with every click. The ultimate test for me, however, is always a shooter. I'm happy to report that I held my own in Fortnite, especially with precision weapons like the stupidly powerful Thermal DMR in the latest season.

The G Pro feels snappy, and the right and left mouse buttons are responsive thanks to its low click latency. It's not as loud as other competitive rodents, which I always find welcome. The two side buttons sat in the most ideal position for my thumb, so I didn't have to overstretch.

I tend to bind melee attacks to one of those buttons, so the last thing you want is to have your thumb hunting around for it when you're looking to give someone smack down in Call of Duty Warzone.

I'll repeat it, it's a classic design, and I'm not surprised it hasn't changed much. 

The G Pro feels snappy, and the right and left mouse buttons are responsive thanks to its low click latency.

Again the 6-button mouse isn't overly flashy, but I like the RGB light strip that runs along the top on the palm half of the G Pro. The customization of said RGB is all handled through the Logitech G Hub app and mouse-sensitive and button assignments. Thankfully, G HUB is one of the better pieces of hardware management software, and it's pretty easy to use.

I wouldn't have minded if Logitech went for an ambidextrous design to give the lefties some love like it did the G Pro Wireless with buttons on each side. As a lefty gamer myself, forced to play PC games right-handed all the time, it's just a cross we bear. 

The Logitech G Pro isn't going to wow you with its looks, but what will impress you is how it plays. It's a tried and true design, so long as you're not expecting a boatload of features.

However, if you don't care about thumb rests or extra buttons, and need quality gaming performance that will last for less than $100, the Logitech G Pro is your rodent. 

Read our full Logitech G Pro review.

The best MMO gaming mouse

The best MMO mouse

Specifications

DPI: 20,000
Sensor: Razer Focus+ optical sensor
Interface: Wireless, USB, Bluetooth
Buttons: 3 swappable side plates with up to 19+1 programmable buttons
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Weight: 117g (4.1oz)
Battery life: 150hrs

Reasons to buy

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Customizable thumb grip with three different button arrays
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Razer mouse charging Dock Chroma Compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky and heavy
Cut the cord...

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Best wireless gaming mouse: ideal cable-free rodents
Best wireless gaming keyboard: no wires, no worries
Best wireless gaming headset: top untethered audio

Even the Naga Pro Wireless has been somewhat replaced by the Naga V2 Pro Wireless, it's so much cheaper by comparison. That's why we're still keen on the older version, so long as it stays as budget-friendly as it is today.

What you get here is an MMO mouse and a wireless mouse. A 2-for-1 deal we can't turn down. 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 Naga Trinity it replaced 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.

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 Razer Naga Pro.

Read our full Razer Naga Pro review.

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