When you’re in the middle of playing VALORANT, your gaming setup can mean the difference between a clutched victory or a crushing defeat. The most important part of this setup is arguably your mouse.
While the agents in VALORANT have a variety of abilities, your mouse controls where your aim, how quickly you aim, firing your weapon, how tired your hand becomes over time, and more. It’s no coincidence that the top pros in other FPS games like CS:GO and Overwatch spend hours finding the mouse that’s right for them. And while some might argue that there is no difference between a gaming mouse and a regular mouse, this is not the case.
Whether you’re playing casually or competitively, choosing a mouse that works for you is key to your enjoyment of the game. If you’re searching for a VALORANT gaming mouse, look no further. Whether you have large hands or small hands, palm grip to fingertip grip, there will be a mouse for you here.
Mice Mentioned In This Article
Logitech G Pro Wireless
Logitech G Pro
Razer Basilisk V2
Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed
Razer Basilisk Ultimate
SteelSeries Rival 3
SteelSeries Rival 310
Corsair M65 Elite
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1. Logitech G Pro Wireless
The first gaming mouse on our list is the Logitech G Pro Wireless. This mouse was designed in collaboration with more than 50 esports pros over two years to produce the most competitive wireless mouse on the market.
As the spiritual successor of the wired Logitech G Pro, this mouse has some big shoes to fill. However, with this mouse being the go-to for world-famous FPS legends such as Shroud and DrLupo, it’s clear that it more than lives up to expectations.
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Features: Isn't Wireless A Bad Thing?
One of the most critical parts of a mouse is its polling rate, which is how fast it reports movement back to your computer. Ever since wireless mice came onto the market, they have had the stigma of having high polling rates. No wireless mouse could ever compete with a wired one in terms of response time.
This is not the case anymore. Using Logitech’s proprietary LIGHTSPEED technology, this mouse features a blistering fast polling rate of 1000 Hz (1 millisecond). This makes it one of the fastest-polling mice on the market.
What About DPI?
The other important part of a mouse is its sensor, the part that tracks mouse movement. Once again, Logitech has specially-developed the HERO sensor that is arguably the best tracking technology to date.
This sensor delivers top-of-the-line performance with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering. This means there is no interference between how you move the mouse and what happens on-screen.
With a range of 100 to 16,000 DPI (which determines the distance your cursor moves based on the distance you move your mouse), you can configure this mouse to suit your style.
Of course, the biggest caveat of a wireless gaming mouse is that it eventually needs to be recharged. This can be particularly frustrating if your battery happens to run out in the middle of a match in VALORANT.
Luckily, the Logitech G Pro Wireless boasts a battery life of 48 to 60 hours, depending on if you keep the default lighting on. Furthermore, with Logitech’s Powerplay Wireless Charging mousepad, you can continuously charge the mouse while in-use, completely eliminating the worry of running out of juice mid-game.
While this mouse may appear simple, sometimes simplicity is all you need when it’s time to focus-up in-game.
2. Razer Basilisk V2
Second on our list comes from another heavy-hitter in the gaming mouse field, Razer. The Basilisk V2 Gaming Mouse is part of an entire family of mice centered around FPS performance. It’s no wonder that gaming personalities like Nadeshot and DrDisrespect have used these mice to reach worldwide fame.
If you’re looking for a top-tier mouse to dominate VALORANT with, look no further.
Features: Unparalleled Wired Performance
Razer pulled out all of the stops with the Basilisk V2, which is a marked improvement from the still-impressive Basilisk. At the heart of this mouse is the Focus+ Sensor; Razer’s answer to the stiff competition in the world of FPS-focused gaming mice.
This sensor can be programmed up to 20,000 DPI and can be changed on-the-fly to 5 different presets. Couple that with read speeds up to 650 IPS, and you have a mouse worthy of your lightning-fast flicks.
Having programmable buttons isn’t a rarity among gaming mice, but the Razer Basilisk V2 takes that feature and cranks it up to 11 thanks to something called Hypershift. Imagine having a unique mouse mapping of 11 buttons for a specific combat situation, and then at the touch of a button, you switch to an entirely different profile. That’s Hypershift.
Customization That Goes Even Further Beyond
Hypershift with 11 buttons not enough for you? This mouse boasts even more customizable features so you can create a truly personalized experience in the palm of your hand.
On the underside of the mouse is a dial that controls the resistance of the scroll wheel, making it as smooth or tactile as you’d like. Whether you’re trying to select a weapon or perform flawless bunny hops quickly, you’ll be able to dial in the perfect setting for you.
And of course, the cherries at the top of this customizable cake are the 2 Razer Chroma RGB lighting zones, with 16.8 million customizable color options.
Don't Forget The Rest Of The Family
As mentioned earlier, the Razer Basilisk V2 is only one mouse in an entire family of FPS-dedicated mice. While the whole lineup boasts medium-sized mice with fully-customizable features, there are certainly notable differences between the three options.
The little wireless brother of the V2 is the Basilisk X Hyperspeed. This mouse is cheaper than its older wired brother, primarily because it only has six programmable buttons and that its sensor only goes up to 16,000 DPI.
The heaviest hitter of the bunch is the Basilisk Ultimate. This mouse features all of the customizable features of the V2 with the added benefit of being able to be used either wired or wirelessly. For all those RGB nuts out there, it even comes with a total of 14 Razer Chroma lighting zones.
As you can see, if you want to dominate the battlefield in Valorant (and do so in custom-tailored RGB style), then the Razer Basilisk family of mice might be for you.
3. Zowie EC2-A
If bells and whistles aren’t your style, then the Zowie EC2-A is the gaming mouse. Though it debuted about a decade ago, after a year of collaboration with legendary Counter-Strike player Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, this mouse has proven its worth simply because pro players use it to this day. In fact, more than 30% of CS:GO pro players use an EC series mouse to this day.
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An Alluring Shape
As one reviewer stated, “The EC shape is the PERFECT shape for accommodating ANY style of grip whether it be palm, claw, fingertip or a hybrid.” This type of praise is not uncommon for this gaming mouse. When you’re inevitably playing for hours on end, comfort becomes an increasingly important factor.
The EC2 is also cited as being incredibly well-balanced and perfectly-weighted, furthermore contributing to its long-term usability.
Many gaming mice nowadays are known for having numerous programmable buttons or RGB lighting zones that you can spend endless amounts of time tweaking. The EC2 bucks this trend entirely.
Zowie likes to market their mice for serious gamers who want to waste zero time setting up or configuring their mice. As such, you don’t need to install any drivers or messy software if you’re going to use this mouse. It is the very essence of plug-and-play.
One clear benefit of this is that the mouse travels very well. While some gaming mice can store their configured profiles onboard, this isn’t the case for all of them. With the EC2, you can rely on its consistent performance regardless of what PC you use.
4. SteelSeries Rival 3
You don’t need to break the bank if you want a gaming mouse to dominate the competition in VALORANT. The SteelSeries Rival 3 provides an excellent value for gamers on a budget.
While it doesn’t share as many frills as some of its competitors, this mouse puts up a tough fight; enough to even consider it over higher-priced options. It’s no coincidence that the Rival series is widely-used by CS:GO pro players.
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Light As A Feather
As mentioned previously, the weight of a mouse plays heavily into its competitive usability. If you need to make incredibly fast flicks, you don’t want to be held back.
At 2.7 ounces without its cord, the Rival 3 is surprisingly light. However, don’t think that this means it’s poorly-constructed. As per usual with SteelSeries’ offerings, this mouse is solidly-built, using the same materials and switches as the company’s higher-end gaming mice.
Punching Above Its Class
For a mouse that is generally under $50, you might expect sub-par tracking capabilities, as most mouse manufacturers save the good stuff for higher-end models.
However, while the Rival 3 has a lower-end sensor known as the TrueMove Core, it can track up to 8,500 DPI, putting far above-average when compared to other mice in its price range.
Adding to the features, this mouse even has programmable RGB and can connect to SteelSeries’ Engine software.
For Those Who Want More
While the Rival 3 is arguably one of the best budget gaming mice you can buy, it’s definitely understandable if you want a model with more features. Luckily, SteelSeries takes it up a notch in the Rival 310.
Offering a textured thumb grip and larger thumb buttons, this gaming mouse utilizes the TrueMove 3 sensor, which has programmable DPI tracking from 100 all the way to 12,000. Even with these improvements, this mouse can still be considered budget-friendly when compared to other high-end options.
5. Corsair M65 RGB Elite
Now I have to admit, this one is a bit of a personal pick for me, as it’s the mouse I use. I like it so much that I purchased one for my gaming rig and one for my office computer.
I won’t make any sort of claims of it being the “all-time best,” I did want to highlight why the M65 RGB Elite will be my choice when I play VALORANT.
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Built Like A Rock
I travel fairly regularly, nationally and internationally, and often bring my laptop to work and play on. And with my laptop, I bring my mouse. I’ve lost count of the times that this mouse has gotten crushed in a backpack, knocked off a makeshift desk, had its cord yanked and chewed on, and all manner of other things that would make a mouse owner cringe.
Through years of abuse, this mouse has come out on top. I’ve never had any issues with sensors or switches breaking or malfunctioning.
Extreme Customizeable Performance
Like other power users, I like to fine-tune the settings of my mouse for different scenarios and games. With a sensor that can track up to 18,000 DPI and a resolution step of 1, you can set up the perfect profiles for any situation.
While these adjustments do need to be done through Corsair’s iCUE software, you can set it and forget it with the mouse’s onboard memory, as well as profile selection switches and a dedicated “sniper” button to quickly reduce sensitivity when you need to.
Lastly, this mouse comes with weights so you can adjust its center of gravity, should you choose to. Without these weights, it comes in at just 97g.
Needless to say, if you don’t need a large number of programmable buttons (the M65 comes with 8), then you can probably see why I love this mouse.
So What Is The Best VALORANT Gaming Mouse?
Although this list hardly covers all of the gaming mice on the market (there are a lot of them) that could be usable for VALORANT, I do believe that the options listed will be your best bet when it comes to this new FPS.
At the end of the day, choosing the gaming mouse right for you comes down to personal preference, let me know what mouse you’re planning to use. Happy gaming!