Figuring out the best mice for VALORANT is a hot topic right now. Anything involving VALORANT is a hot topic right now. Selecting the best mice for VALORANT is a topic I am frequently asked about due to the hype around the game and my love for hardware. It’s an excellent question to ask, considering how aim-heavy VALORANT is. So while selecting mice for any game is very personal, I will attempt to give you a strong starting list of mice to consider for playing VALORANT.
What to look for
Before I get started, I wanted to outline some critical characteristics of a good mouse for competitive FPS games. After all, choosing the best mice for VALORANT is an exercise in selecting the best FPS mice on the market. With that out of the way, here are some important things, in no particular order, to consider:
- Cable Type
As previously mentioned, a lot of what makes a good mouse is personal preference. However, some key elements make a mouse objectively better. Things like top of the line sensors, customizable software, shoelace/paracord cables, and ambidextrous shape are considered ideal. All of the mice I consider the best for VALORANT have some combination of these ideal features.
The Razer Viper line of mice is considered the cream of the crop. Sporting the industry-leading Razer Optical Mouse Switch, providing a response time of 0.2 milliseconds, this thing is lightning fast. Couple the speed-of-light response time of the buttons with an ambidextrous design and you have a mouse that is starting to look quite desirable.
But what about the sensor? Well, Razer has their bases covered there, too. The Razer 5G Optical Sensor is surgically precise. Engineered to support up to 16000 DPI (that’s a lot) and 99.4% tracking accuracy and this mouse is becoming an FPS assassin’s weapon of choice.
The current trend in gaming mice, especially for FPS games like VALORANT, is lightweight. The base Viper weighs in at 69 grams (without cable) and comes with the buttery smooth Speedflex Cable. Shoelace/Paracord cables like the Speedflex give you a wireless feeling while using a wired mouse, a must-have.
The last piece of note is the software. As expected, the Viper has onboard storage, eight programmable buttons, and top-notch software to build as many gaming profiles as you need.
What is even better is that the Viper comes in three different flavors. The base Viper and the Viper Ultimate are the same size. They come in at 4.99 inches long, 2.27 inches wide, and 1.49 inches tall. These dimensions are ideal for a claw or fingertip grip. The primary difference between the base Viper and the Ultimate is that the Ultimate is wireless and a touch heavier at 74 grams.
The Viper Mini has all of the same components as its bigger brothers but comes in smaller and lighter. At 4.66 inches long, 2.11 inches wide, 1.51 inches tall, and only 69 grams, the Mini is perfect for those who love light mice.
The Logitech G Pro Wireless, henceforth referred to as the GPW, is right up there on the list of top mice for VALORANT. Despite the Razer Viper being at the top of the list and having a wireless option, the GPW might be the best wireless FPS mouse on the market. That is up for debate, but let’s dig into what makes it unique.
To start, the HERO 16K sensor is an absolute beast. This sensor can track up to 400 IPS and supports from settings as low as 100 DPI up to 16000 DPI. All of this is done with no smoothing, acceleration, or filtering. The HERO 16K does this in a smaller package, which makes the mouse lighter and supply a longer battery life.
The wireless on the GPW is a feat of engineering, for sure. Most wireless connections introduce latency. This latency is not ideal for the split-second reactions required by a game like VALORANT. Nothing is worse than out-skilling an opponent just to lose to latency. The GPW fixes this supplying one-millisecond latency, which is on par with the latency in modern gaming monitors anyway.
The GPW has mechanically tensioned buttons for a tight and balanced feel along with a total of 8 programmable buttons. There is onboard memory and great software to program different profiles. Additionally, the GPW is quite light for a wireless mouse due to the cutting-edge work done on the shell to cut weight and maintain stability and durability.
As far as dimensions go, the GPW is 125 millimeters tall, 63.5 millimeters wide, and 40 millimeters in depth. All in, the GPW weighs 80 grams and does have a cord for charging or playing wired (while charging). The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a top-tier wireless mouse
I will forgive you if you have not heard of the Glorious Model O. Unlike the previous two suggestions on the list of excellent mice for VALORANT, Glorious is not a juggernaut of branding in the PC world. However, they make some excellent mice. Chief among them is the Model O line.
The Glorious Model O came to prominence with gamers in the know due to their uncompromising mission to develop an ultra-lightweight mouse with full premium features. Their website even boasts that they are the “world’s lightest RGB mouse”. Pretty nice accolade.
While it’s great that it is light and has RGB (woohoo!), what is essential are the specs. The first thing that may strike you when looking at the Model O is the honeycomb design. While this may be a trend in mice these days, it is for a good reason. The honeycomb design in the shell removes material, allowing for a lighter mouse with structural integrity and durability.
The Model O uses the industry-standard Pixart 3360 sensor. The 3360 is the same optical sensor used in tons of other FPS-centric mice. I will discuss the mouse I use later, and it uses this same sensor. However, I digress. The Pixart 3360 offers 1000 Hz polling rate, 0.7-millimeter lift-off distance, and all of the DPI settings you would expect.
In an interesting move, the Model O is a driverless mouse by design. The lack of necessary drivers makes the mouse plug-and-play. You can adjust DPI directly on the mouse itself or download optional software to set up your profiles.
As far as buttons go, the Model O does not advertise anything about its switches. This fact makes me believe they are using something similar to a HUANO Blue microswitch. The cable is marketed as a silky-smooth shoelace/paracord cable that is “as good as wireless”.
The Model O is 128 millimeters long, 66 millimeters wide at its widest, and 37.5 millimeters tall at its tallest. It is an ambidextrous design, so it tapers down in the middle and towards the front. It also has a decently high hump in the back, which is something I personally like in a mouse shape. The Model O comes in matte or gloss finish, and the weight varies from 67-68 g based on which finish you go with.
The Model O also has a little brother called the Model O-. This mouse has all of the features of its big brother but in a smaller and lighter package. The Model O- is 120 millimeters long, 63 millimeters wide at its widest, and 36 millimeters tall at its tallest. Much like the Model O, the Model O- comes in gloss and matte finish, and therefore the weight varies between 58-59 grams.
The mice for VALORANT listed above are not the only options on the market. If you can get your hands on it, the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 is a killer mouse. The Dream Machines DM1 FPS is another purpose-built mouse that got high scores from me in my review. The Zowie S and FK lines are mainstays in the esports scene. There are tons of other options, too; it just comes down to preference.
The best FPS player I know has used the Zowie lines and the Glorious Model O. I have personally used several other Logitech Hero series mice. I am currently using a Dream Machines mouse and just ordered a Glorious Model O-. A good friend of mine (who will always out-frag me) uses an MMO mouse. Gear does not trump skill.
If you want the best chance in VALORANT this summer, try one of the mice on this list. Remember to mind the important factors such as sensor, weight, and form factor. Having a mouse that fits your hand and has top-of-the-line components may just give you that extra fraction of a percent that sees you topping the leaderboards in VALORANT.
Keep an eye on this article as I continue to add mice to the list leading up to VALORANT‘s launch.
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