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Which Mouse is Best for You?

  • 25 February 2021
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Hello Insiders!

Choosing a mouse is often a difficult process. There are many mice aimed for certain game genres, hand sizes and grip types. It is important to choose a mouse which fits your preferences in those key areas, and which also has features which you may also find useful in everyday life; from gaming to productivity. This guide is intended to answer the common question, “Which mouse is best for me?”.

To start, I recommend using Razer’s mouse fit tool, which is located on their site here. This tool will help you find the best mouse for both your hand size and grip type, which will improve comfort and accuracy while using your mouse. The page itself also provides information about both grip types and hand sizes, which I will be mentioning often throughout this thread.

This guide will be split into 8 main sections:

1. Introduction
2. Productivity Lineup
3. Deathadder Family
4. Basilisk Family
5. Mamba Family
6. Orochi Family
7. Naga Family
8. Viper Family
9. Conclusion

You can view each section, or focus on which you are interested in most.

Section 1: Introduction to Razer’s Lineup:

At the time of writing this guide, Razer has 6 families of gaming mice. Each family shares the same shape and general characteristics, however differ with different colors, features, and even different sizes.

Along with Razer’s 6 families of gaming mice, there are also a couple of individual productivity-based models, which I will also mention in their own section below.

Below, I will run through all 5 families along with the productivity lineup, detailing some important features of all models throughout, with recommendations as to what game genres, hand sizes and grip types are best for each.

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Section 2: Productivity Lineup:


Starting at $49.99 USD ($59.99 for certain editions), the Atheris is a wireless mouse, and offers up to 350 hours of battery life using a pair of AA batteries. It features a 7,200 DPI optical sensor, along with mechanical mouse switches. Weighing just 66 grams excluding batteries and having a footprint of 3.9 inches long. lt is best suited for productivity work, for mobile and desktop, wherever your work takes you, however, don’t be fooled by its productivity nature, it is very capable of gaming. You can learn more about the Atheris here.

Pro Click:

The Pro Click is Razer’s fully dedicated productivity mouse, with a price of $99.99 USD. It has an ergonomic design which was designed in partnership with Humanscale, a leading designer in office furniture, and is wireless with a long-lasting 400 hour battery. It features both Razer’s 16,000 DPI optical sensor and mechanical mouse switches, along with 8 programmable buttons. You can read more about the Pro Click here.
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Section 3: Deathadder Family:

Consisting of 4 models with differing features and price points, the Deathadder family is considered by many to be Razer’s most iconic lineup of mice with over 10 million sold. Deathadders are known for their reliability and performance particularly in FPS gaming, as well as their comfortable fit for all grip types, solidifying it as a well-rounded mouse. You can read more about the whole Deathadder line here.

Deathadder Essential:

Intended to give the essential Deathadder experience, priced at $49.99 USD, this is the most competitively priced, full-sized and fully-featured Deathadder in Razer’s lineup. This mouse features Razer’s mechanical mouse switches, a 6,400 DPI optical sensor, and 5 programmable buttons, allowing endless customization for both gaming and common-use scenarios. You can learn more about the Deathadder Essential here

Deathadder V2 Mini:

The Deathadder V2 Mini offers many features of the fullsize Deathadder V2, in a smaller footprint of 4.5 inches priced at $49.99 USD. It features Razer’s optical mouse switches, an 8,500 DPI optical sensor and 6 individually programmable buttons. With its smaller footprint, it is best fit for smaller and medium sized hands. You can read more about the Deathadder V2 Mini here.

Deathadder V2 & V2 Special Edition:

The Deathadder V2 is a feature-rich, wired Deathadder which Razer currently offers, with a price of $69.99 USD. Much like the V2 Mini, it features Razer’s optical mouse switches, but also includes their 20,000 DPI “Focus+” optical sensor, along with 8 individually programmable buttons. With its full-size footprint, it is recommended for medium and larger hands. You may learn more about the Deathadder V2 here. There is also a Special Edition model viewable here, which offers a razer green speedflex cable, green-tinged outer shell along with all the amazing internals of the regular V2.

Deathadder V2 Pro:

The flagship in its family with a price of $129.99 USD, the Deathadder V2 Pro is wireless, with up to a 120 hour battery life, using a Bluetooth connection. It also allows for a 70 hour battery life when connected via Razer’s “Hyperspeed Wireless” technology. The V2 Pro features the same 20,000 DPI “Focus+” optical sensor, optical mouse switches and 8 programmable buttons which are found on the Deathadder V2. Learn more about the Deathadder V2 Pro here.
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Section 4: Basilisk Family:

Composed of 4 models with different price points with varying features, the Basilisk family has something for everyone. The Basilisk is known as an excellent FPS mouse, and best suits those with medium to large hands who prefer to use a palm and/or claw grip. You can learn more about the whole Basilisk family here.

Basilisk Essential:

Offering the basic Basilisk experience at a friendly price of $49.99 USD, it is the most budget-friendly of Basilisk mice. The Basilisk Essential features Razer’s 6,400 DPI optical sensor, mechanical mouse switches, along with 7 programmable buttons including a special paddle button on the left hand side of the mouse which could be used for easier push-to-talk control or on-command DPI soft switch. You can read more on the Basilisk Essential here.

Basilisk X Hyperspeed:

Next in the lineup is the Basilisk X Hyperspeed, priced at $59.99 USD. It is a wireless mouse which features Razer’s Hyperspeed Wireless technology. It has up to 450 hours of battery life via Bluetooth, and 285 hours via Hyperspeed Wireless. Some other features include Razer’s 16,000 DPI optical sensor, mechanical mouse switches, and finally 6 individually programmable buttons. You can learn more about the Basilisk X Hyperspeed here.

Basilisk V2:

The Basilisk V2 is the more advanced wired mouse in the family, with additional features the Essential does not have. It features Razer’s 20,000 DPI “Focus+” optical sensor along with their optical mouse switches. Furthermore, it has adjustable scroll wheel resistance, and 11 individually programmable buttons. You are able to read more about the Basilisk V2 here.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate:

As named, the Basilisk Ultimate is the flagship of the Basilisk family. Starting at $149.99 USD ($169.99 with a charging dock included), it features Razer’s Hyperspeed wireless technology with up to 100 hours of battery life. It features both the same optical mouse switches and 20,000 DPI “Focus+” optical sensor as the Basilisk V2, along with the adjustable scroll wheel resistance and 11 programmable buttons. Although you can purchase with a charging dock, you are also able to charge the mouse using the included USB cable. You may learn more about the Basilisk Ultimate here.
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Section 5: Mamba Family:

Featuring 2 models, the Mamba family is well-known for its performance in all game genres throughout its decade long history. It is best suited for those with medium to large sized hands, and is compatible with all grips types.

Mamba Elite:

The Mamba Elite is the introductory model in the Mamba lineup, with a price of $89.99 USD. It features 20 individual Razer Chroma lighting zones, a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, Razer mechanical mouse switches, and finally 9 programmable buttons. You can learn more on the Mamba Elite here.

Mamba Wireless:

The Mamba Wireless, as named, is the wireless model in the Mamba family, priced at $99.99 USD. It features up to 50 hours of battery life, and features the same 16,000 DPI optical sensor and mechanical mouse switches as the Elite, however differs by having 7 programmable buttons. More information on the Mamba Wireless can be found here.

Section 6: Orochi Family:

With just one model, this is the smallest of Razer's mice families, however it is also among the newest, and features advanced wireless technologies.

Orochi V2:

The Orochi V2 is a wireless gaming mouse, priced at $69.99 USD, and available in both white and black colors. It features up to an astonishing 950 hour battery life depending on the batteries used, and features Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz Razer Hyperspeed connectivity methods. It weighs just under 60 grams, with 2nd generation Razer mechanical mouse switches, 6 programmable buttons and an 18,000 DPI 5G optical sensor. You can learn more about the Orochi V2 here.
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Section 7: Naga Family:

Featuring 4 models, the Naga family is another one of Razer’s well known lineups of mice. In its over decade long history, the line has grown a reputation of outstanding performance in MMO and MOBA games, due to their large amount of programmable buttons which allow users to remap certain key functions to be easily activatable. It is best suited for medium to larger hands, with all grip types.

Naga X:

At the start of the line, the Naga X is the entry-level Naga, with a price of $79.99 USD. It features 16 programmable buttons, which includes a massive array of 12 on its left side. The Naga X also includes Razer’s optical mouse switches, and 18,000 DPI optical sensor. You can read more about the Naga X here.

Naga Trinity:

Next up, we have the Naga Trinity, with a price tag of $99.99 USD. Unlike other Naga models, the Trinity has three included side plates, which you are able to switch out, for different layouts and numbers of programmable buttons. Those side plates include both 2, 7 and 12 button configurations, and when combined with other buttons on the mouse, allow for a maximum of 19 programmable buttons. Along with this, the Trinity features a 16,000 DPI optical sensor and mechanical mouse switches. You can learn more about the Naga Trinity here.

Naga Left-Handed Edition:

The Naga Left-Handed edition is one of its kind, as it is the only truly designed for left-handed gamers mouse which Razer currently produces, priced at $99.99 USD. It features 19 programmable buttons, with an array of 12 on its right side, Razer’s 20,000 DPI “Focus+” optical sensor and mechanical mouse switches. You can learn more on the Naga Left-Handed Edition here.

Naga Pro:

As the flagship of the Naga family, the Naga Pro has a price of $149.99 USD. It is wireless, featuring up to 150 hours of battery life (100 hours with Razer’s Hyperspeed Wireless technology). It includes interchangeable side plates like the Naga Trinity, with 12, 6 and 2 button options, allowing for a maximum of 19 programmable buttons, including others on the mouse. Finally, it features both Razer’s “Focus+” optical sensor and optical mouse switches. You can learn more about the Naga Pro here.
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Section 8: Viper Family:

With 3 separate models, the Viper family is considered by most to be Razer’s most advanced mouse lineup to date. Built in partnership with esports and industry professionals, the Viper family is known for its durable and lightweight feel, with great performance in virtually all game genres. It best fits those with claw and fingertip grip, with hand size recommendations varying throughout the lineup. You can learn more about the Viper family here.

Viper Mini:

The Viper Mini is the smallest of the Viper lineup, coming in at $39.99 USD. It weighs just 61 grams, and features an 8,500 DPI optical sensor along with Razer optical mouse switches. Finally, it also includes 6 programmable buttons. You may learn more about the Viper Mini here.


The Viper is the O.G of the Viper lineup, and is still recognized as one of the best esports mice on the market. Priced at $79.99 USD, the Viper weighs just 69 grams, and features Razer’s 16,000 DPI optical sensor and optical mouse switches, an integrated dpi button underneath the mouse to prevent dpi changes while gaming along with 5 onboard DPI storage profiles, allowing for DPI shifts without Synapse. Last but not least, it also features 8 programmable buttons. You can learn more about the Viper here.

Viper 8KHz:

The Viper 8KHz is another version of the regular Viper, and has the same price of $79.99 USD. Weighing 71 grams, It features Razer’s 8000Hz HyperPolling Technology which allows for ultra-low latency, Razer’s 20,000 DPI optical mouse sensor and optical mouse switches, and shares the same 8 programmable buttons which are found on the Viper. You can read more about the Viper 8KHz here.

Viper Ultimate:

The flagship of the Viper lineup, the Viper Ultimate is a wireless mouse, which is priced starting at $129.99 USD. (It is available with an included charging dock for $149.99 USD, and has other special editions costing more). Although you can purchase with a charging dock, you can also charge it with the included USB cable. Weighing just 74 grams, it has up to 70 hours of battery life, and features Razer’s HyperSpeed Wireless technology. The Viper Ultimate also includes Razer’s “Focus+” optical sensor and optical mouse switches, and finally 8 programmable buttons. You can read more about the Viper Ultimate and it’s variations here.
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Section 9: Conclusion:

As shown through this thread, Razer has a vast lineup of mice, giving plenty of options for everyone to choose from. On top of mice, Razer sells many mouse accessories, from Mouse Bungees to Grip Tape. You can view all mouse related accessories on the store page here.

I will be sure to update this thread with the latest in Razer’s lineup of mice, however, stay tuned to Razer’s social media accounts for the latest product announcements.

I hope that this thread has helped your quest to find your next mouse, and if you have any further questions, fire away in the replies below!


Updated June 14th, 2021: Added new Deathadder V2 SE and Orochi mouse family.
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Hello friends,

Congratulations Jenjar, you wrote a excellent news reporting on the various Razer mice. ^ _ ^

But my Razer Lancehead tournament edition quartz mouse is sad.
She whispered in my ear.
Will there soon be a little sister Razer Lancehead V2 ? 😛
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Used a DeathAdder 2014, good ergonomic design and good grip
Now using, Basilisk ULT + mouse dock, good size for my hand, ergonomic design, no wires and good grip.
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i am perfect fit for viper mini!
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Thanks @Jenjar for the great write up. Really appreciated.

I'm using Viper ultimate for my Gaming PC, Naga Pro for my Work machine( with the 12 side buttons assigned with macros/shortkeys) and the Deathadder Elite as a backup when the mains are on charging.

The usability and customization of the Razer mice has always been top notch.
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Im happy with my razer naga trinity so far for obvious reason 😉
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Love my Deathadder V2 Pro! It's worth money spent even though it does not come with the docking system.

It's light, comfortable to use, fits to my hand and great for work even in gaming!

I am still sad that my Orochi already retired (my first ever razer product 😞 ) and even Razer Support replaced it with Atheris (major downgrade due to no cable capability and no chroma effect!) put it back in the box and stick to an Abyssus 1800 (got it on a sale price 🙂 ) until I decided to buy Deathadder V2 Pro.

Although I am still intrigued with the Viper and Basilisk Ultimate but getting some remarks on video reviews so I ended up with the Deathadder V2 Pro.

But nonetheless, thanks @Jenjar for this article! Nice to know the difference on each product. I wished I had this before to make my life easier in choosing the right mouse for me.

Kodus to the team!
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Simply Basilisk Ultimate because of its aggressive and ergonomic design 🙌
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I've waited so long to get a Razer's mouse that could match my taste.
It had to be a MMO one, so 10 buttons were a strict minimum, my previos one had 13.
And all those have to be spread across the mouse in order to avoid too many under the same finger.
This one made the Naga off contest.
And it had to be wired.

This long wait ended when the Basilisk V2 has been anounced.
As I was saving in order to get one, the ultimate version was released, the wireless feature was a bit unpleasant but when I saw it coupled with the charging dock that allow to put the dongle so close I knew that it was my match.

Since november last year I have one and I can't think about using another type of mouse (I'm forced to use a simple 3 buttons mouse at work, it's a real torture).
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That's a really good write-up with all the considerations for different mice. Sadly, I do not have a razer mouse but I will refer to this if I decide to get one.
Saving up for a DeathAdder V2. If I get lucky in the next Squad Rewards, that's where my Silver will be going.
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Gonna get the Basilisk soon.
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My face when Insider is turned into an encyclopedia for mice and those of the green kind in particular that I'm very partial to :wink_:
In other words, I'd change my Deathadder Elite for a better Deathadder Elite. Only!
I have the basilisk and I think it's great!
Normally, I watch the reviews from rocket jump ninja video~
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Already got the Basilisk ultimate
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Another great article.
I was expecting the Deathadder V2 Mini to be what is says it is - a mini version of the V2 - but it's not just smaller size. Same with the Viper.
The regular Viper seems redundant, since it seems the 8kHz is the same price and has a higher DPI sensor. I assume the regular version will be on sale now.
The reviews I've seen of the Basilisk say it's not the best for FPS games, which I think is odd. Not that I've tried it, but I'm going to get one soon.
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Been rocking with Naga family for now, but i want to switch to wireless so a Basilisk Ultimate is incoming.
Thank you so much for this thread! It was very helpful and informative.