One of the current trends in peripherals is the movement towards lighter and lighter gaming mice. For a long time, gamers were content with mid-weight mice, and were more focused on the quality of the sensor, cabling, and switches within the mouse than the overall weight. But now, as sensor technology has reached a point of diminishing returns and nearly all mice use the very accurate modern optical sensors (such as the HERO or PMW 3360/3361/3389), mice manufacturers are looking for new ways to set themselves apart. Some have gone for adding serious RGB or upgraded cables, but even then, they need something different, and the consensus for the next frontier seems to be weight.
We are in the middle of a ‘race to the lightest’, with manufacturers putting out lighter and lighter mice that still incorporate high-quality sensors and switches. These mice promise less fatigue over long gaming sessions and quicker movement speeds to help precision and speed. One of the first to make a big splash was the Finalmouse Air58, a 58 gram competitive gaming mouse that combined a lot of great features into a very light package. But, you won’t see that mouse on this list for two reasons: it is difficult to find sometimes, and it is no longer the lightest mouse that was its biggest advantage when it was released.
One more important point: gaming mouse satisfaction is very personal and dependent on how you grip the mouse, and the size of your hands. These are our general recommendations, but we recommend you test several mice in person if possible to see what shape/size mouse you prefer before making your final purchase.
So, with all of that in mind, let’s look at our recommendations for best light gaming mice on the market today:
Best Light Gaming Mice – My Recommendations
Best Overall Light Gaming Mouse
To start it off, we are going to look at the best all-around general light gaming mice. As you can imagine, the most important part of this recommendation is the weight. For a best overall light gaming mouse, we want one of the lightest mice available on the market. The only reason I don’t say THE lightest is that we want to make sure the mouse still has high precision, good build quality, and a decent cable, even while being extremely light. And while mice like the Air58 or Glorious Model O come close, our current choice for best overall light gaming mouse is a newer mouse, the CoolerMaster MM710.
CoolerMaster is well-known (we mention a product from them almost every article it feels like), but they are not necessarily a big player in the mouse market. Traditionally, CoolerMaster has been associated with keyboards, cooling solutions, and maybe cases/PSUs. But whether or not they have a big pedigree of high quality gaming mice, they certainly put together a beautiful piece of hardware with the MM710. To begin, it definitely fits the bill as ultralight, coming in at a miniscule 53g. And on top of that, the MM710 features the newest generation sensor, the PMW3389, great mouse feet for smooth gliding, and a high-quality ultralight cable. The clicks might not be as satisfying as a larger mouse and some users say the scroll wheel is a bit loose, but those are somewhat personal decisions and the base hardware/firmware is top-notch. The aesthetics are similarly polarizing, with a very simple black mesh cover that has no RGB and does not provide anything exciting, but is similarly subtle. You might not love it, but you probably won’t hate it either.
And the cherry on top for this mouse is its extremely reasonable price. Given the ultra-lightweight design and high-end sensor, you could imagine that this mouse wouldn’t be cheap. But, by avoiding some of the frills and choosing a more utilitarian no-frills design, CoolerMaster has offered this mouse to the world at the $50 price point. So if you want the lightest on the market with the best sensor around, the MM710 is tough to beat.
Best Budget Light Gaming Mouse
While we still think $50 is more than reasonable for the amount of mouse you get with the MM710, it might just not be in the budget for some people. And there’s no problem with that, we’ve wrote about it in other articles: one of the joys of gaming today is the accessibility at almost any price point. Mice are no different, and while you can buy some really cheap mice for $5, they usually will use poor sensors and bad switches, leading to problems later down the road, but by spending just a bit more, you enter into the realm of budget light gaming mice, that still offer very light designs but with a lot more quality behind them. Our recommendation for this category of gaming mice is from one of the big players, the Logitech G203 Prodigy.
Logitech is the king of gaming peripherals. Their mice and keyboards are amongst the best in the business and they are constantly innovating. Even better, they have products at almost any price point (as you’ll see later on) and always provide a reliable product with great customer service. The G203 embodies the Logitech budget-tier ethos. No frills, high performance, and very inexpensive. They know which corners to cut to help save some money while still focusing on the important parts. For this mouse, that means providing an elegant design that tips the scales at a respectable 86 grams. The sensor is an in-house Logitech sensor that isn’t quite as good as the HERO sensor or PMW3389, but should still offer more than enough precision for casual gamer. And with the typical build quality of Logitech, the cable and switches are plenty satisfying.
To be clear, this mouse is neither as light nor as modern a sensor as the MM710. However, it is significantly cheaper. At $20, you are saving a nice sum of money and still getting a mouse that will perform well and is light enough to avoid fatigue for longer sessions. If you are looking for a light gaming mouse on a budget, the G203 is a great choice.
Best Wireless (High-end) Light Gaming Mouse
Even as building the lightest mouse possible has been a push for many manufacturers, some have decided that combining the lightest possible mouse with as many features as possible is a more interesting journey. Luckily, for consumers this means plenty of choices at different budgets and emphasizing different features. One of those sought after features is wireless, which was not possible for a long time for ultra-light mice because of the added weight of the wireless module. But, thanks to our always-innovative friends at Logitech, we are able to recommend an absolutely fantastic mouse for best wireless (high-end) light gaming mouse: the Logitech G Pro Wireless.
Logitech continues to evolve and adapt, and the G Pro Wireless is the current flagship for what a gaming mouse can be. It offers lossless wireless connectivity so you have no lag even while gaming, includes great battery life to avoid annoying breaks, features just enough RGB to allow for customization, and in the spirit of this article, weighs in at a very very light 80g. The heart of this mouse, the HERO sensor, is a special in-house design from Logitech that promises maximum precision with a low power draw to ensure long, accurate gaming sessions. Everything about this mouse just shows that Logitech really know their products and their market, offering an awesome mouse for any gamer.
And having said all that, the price is not-ridiculous. Wireless gaming mice are already expensive, and Logitech didn’t add a premium given the ultra-light nature of the mouse or the R&D behind the next-gen HERO sensor. At right around $120, the G Pro Wireless isn’t cheap, but it is definitely a whole lotta bang for your buck.
Best Ergonomic Light Gaming Mouse
One of the interesting aspects of the ultra-light gaming mouse phenomenon is the similarity in design between many of the mice. They all seem to feature the same moderately small, ambidextrous design that is built to avoid offending anyone and allows lefties and righties to enjoy the same mouse. And while we are all for ensuring both lefties and righties have high-quality mice, some gamers want an ergonomic design that is built to be comfortable for them (usually right-handed gamers, but not always). So for someone with bigger hands or that wants a more traditional ergonomic design but still wants to dive into the world of light gaming mice, we recommend the Roccat Kone Pure Ultra.
Roccat is a well-known producer of peripherals like keyboards, headsets, and mice. They have been around for years, always seeming to be in that ‘second tier’ of manufacturers behind Razer, Logitech and Steelseries. But this placement was more due to marketing than quality as the Roccat products are every bit as good, or better in many cases, than peripherals from other major manufacturers. And while many producers tend to group together in design, Roccat often stands apart and tries to be different. This is exactly what we can see here, with the Kone Pure Ultra. The KPU uses the very high quality Owl-Eye sensor, which is essentially a modified modern sensor from PixArt, the biggest producer of high-end gaming mouse sensors. Combine that with some RGB, a still very light weight of 66 grams, and the very ergonomic design, and you have a winner of a mouse that offers something different to the gaming community.
At $68, you pay to have one of the only ultra-light ergonomic designs on the market, but you also get a very reliable mouse with high quality parts that is not the same cookie cutter model as a lot of other ultra-light mice. So if you want a lighter mouse but have bigger hands or are just not quite ready to leave behind the ergonomic design that your hand has come to know, the Roccat Kone Pure Ultra is a strong option.
The recent push for ultra-light mice seems to be here to stay for a while, and while manufacturers continue to push the limit at the absolute lightest end of the spectrum, there are already plenty of great mice that will be barely noticeable in your hand, even after long gaming sessions. As always, this guide should help you choose the mouse that is best for you, but if you have access to a place to test your preferred grip type (palm, claw, or hybrid) and the mouse shape that you prefer, we recommend you do so before buying. Then, choose the category that best applies to you and follow our recommendations to help you choose your next light gaming mouse in 2020.