So you are in the market for a new mouse but with such a wide range to choose from how do you know which is best?
This is my list of the best claw grip mice which is updated to consider any new mice that are released.
As a claw grip player you want to look for a mouse that has a low profile hump. This provides the most flexibility in terms of movement. Each of these mice on the list have been hand selected and tested to ensure they meet all the necessary criteria.
If you want the quick answer the Razer Viper Ultimate achieved the GEM rating award. It is the perfect mouse for a claw grip player but at a steep price. If you are on a budget however, you should check out the Glorious Model O which has been my main mouse before the release of the Viper Ultimate.
Before we get into the details, here is a quick comparison chart to help outline the differences between the mice on the list at a glance.
For even more on selecting the best mouse for you, check out my ‘Choose My Mouse’ tool below!
What Is The Best Claw Grip Mouse?
Let’s get into the list of recommendations. Each mouse will be listed with their features and how they apply to the claw grip. I will try to outline each of their pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you.
#1. Razer Viper Ultimate (New Entry)
Razer have brought out some incredible peripherals lately. Having used their gear in the past I had low expectations for the Viper Ultimate release. But boy was I wrong. Razer have absolutely nailed this mouse which is why it is not only the best claw grip mouse but its the best gaming mouse overall and let me explain why.
Before I dive in its important to know that there are two versions of the Razer Viper. The ‘Razer Viper’ which is the wired version & doesn’t have PTFE feet & the ‘Razer Viper Ultimate’ which is wireless & does have PTFE feet. I will be referring to the Viper Ultimate but everything still applies to the standard ‘Razer Viper’ too.
The Viper Ultimate borrows much of its shape from the likes of the Zowie FK series & Glorious Model O. But it does so with better clicks, side buttons, mice feet & a even a better sensor. This is the king of mice right now.
Razer has created their own sensor called the Focus+ sensor which boasts DPI values up to 20,000. DPI is dots per inch so the higher your DPI the more your mouse pointer will move per inch. The sensor also has 650 IPS tracking which is the maximum distance a mouse can cover per second before its ability to continue tracking is surpassed.
This allows you to swipe like a mad man without the sensor spinning out. The sensor is faultless. I have experienced zero spin outs or skipping, it has performed excellently.
- Length: 12.5 cm / 125 mm
- Width: 6.0 cm / 60mm
- Height: 3.8 cm / 38 mm
- Weight: 74g
At 125mm it is an average size mouse but its very low profile (38mm) which makes it the perfect claw grip mouse. The arch is low allowing for more space for your hand to position it easier. A high arch can get in the way for claw grip players so its always important to look more towards low profile shapes.
The Viper Ultimate has 8 buttons consisting of a mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll wheel, two side buttons on each side of the mouse and a DPI button on the bottom. Thanks to Razer’s own optical switches (rated at 70 million clicks) the primary clicks are some of the best available. Only Logitech & the G Pro Wireless(#3 in the list) can rival these switches.
The side buttons are the best available right now. They are perfectly placed, not too high and not too far forward, they are right above your thumb for easy access. In terms of clicks they are extremely crispy and tactile. There is zero travel time allowing for immediate actuation.
The side buttons can be turned off using Razer Synapse for those of you wanting to disable the side you don’t use.
I can’t fault the primary clicks & side buttons here which is one of the primary reasons for it being the best mouse available at the moment.
As for the scroll wheel, it is lightly weighted and each step is balanced. It feels perfect for every day use & for gaming but the G Pro Wireless scroll wheel is better.
The battery life of the Viper Ultimate lasts up to 70 hours but I found that the RGB really drains it. However, the mouse only takes a couple of hours to charge & you can play with the cable plugged in. The mouse can also be charged using the charging dock which looks great on any desk.
The charging dock is also RGB and can be configured to match the rest of your set up. It also shows the battery level of the mouse through colours to notify you of low battery. The mouse is charged by placing it onto the two prongs. A stylish touch by Razer here.
Finally, the mouse feet are PTFE which are the best you can get and the Viper Ultimate glides silky smooth over all the mouse pads I tested. These feet are much better than the G Pro Wireless stock feet.
Overall Razer has created something special here considering they have been out of the top gaming mice list at GamingGem for a long time. The Razer Viper Ultimate is the best claw grip mouse you can get right now even though the price is a little steep. It has the best clicks, side buttons, shape, feet and sensor so it has earned the #1 spot.
If the Viper Ultimate is outside of your budget (around $150 check latest price here) then definitely consider the regular wired Viper. As an alternative check out the Glorious Model O coming up next in the list which is the best budget mouse available.
#2. Glorious Model O
GloriousPCGamingRace have entered the gaming mice market with a bang. This was previously the number 1 on this list until Razer released the Razer Viper Ultimate. This is the best budget claw grip mouse you can get right now. At around $50 it is unmatched in terms of value.
The mouse takes much of its design and shape from the infamous Zowie FK1. They both have a very low lying hump and are comparable in length and width.
It offers the PMW3360 sensor which is comparable to the HERO sensor of most Logitech mice today. Which offers DPI anywhere between 400-12,000 and can be configured within the Model O software.
- Length: 12.8 cm / 128 mm
- Width: 5.9 from sensor / 59mm
- Height: 3.75 cm / 37.5 mm
- Weight: 67/68g
The Model O has become so popular thanks to its lightweight honeycomb design. At 67g it is one of the lightest gaming mice on the market. Having a lighter mouse can improve your accuracy and reduce fatigue over long playing sessions.
The mouse is suited towards claw and fingertip players with medium to large hands. If you have smaller hands (less than 17.5cm) then I would recommend the Model O- which is the Model O’s little brother.
The hump on the mouse is very gradual and flat compared to the G Pro Wireless. This is perfect for any claw grip or fingertip player as having a large hump can make it difficult to claw a mouse effectively.
The mouse features 6 buttons which are the primary mouse 1 and 2, scroll wheel, dpi button and two side buttons. The mouse 1 and 2 are separate from the shell much like the G Pro Wireless. They feel very tactile and have a light actuation force but still slightly higher compared to the G Pro Wireless.
The side buttons are only on one side of the mouse so it is not suitable for left-handed players unless you don’t use the buttons. Each side of the mouse is symmetrical so you could technically use it if you are left-handed.
The buttons themselves have a very short travel time but feel less tactile compared to the G Pro Wireless.
The cable is one of the greatest aspects of this mouse. The Model O uses a paracord which is a very lightweight alternative to your typical Zowie or Logitech rubber or braided cable. It has also been improved and updated compared to the pictures you see above. It helps reduce drag and makes the mouse feel almost wireless particularly when using a bungee.
It is great to see mice manufacturers going the extra mile with their design and there are already other manufacturers that have started to incorporate paracords into their stock mice. Once you go paracord or wireless you can’t go back to a stock cable.
Glorious didn’t cheap out on the mouse feet either. These are not your average stock mice feet but in fact G-Skate feet. Glorious’ own skates provide higher quality, smoother PTFE mice feet that glide smoother over your pad. Usually you have to buy these separate and apply them yourself to your mouse. Now you can get them off the shelf with the Model O.
The mouse feet and cable add to the Model O’s quality and considering the price it is currently the only mouse that provides this level of quality in this price range.
Due to the honeycomb design and weight of the Model O I had concerns over its durability before testing. Having used the mouse for a couple of months now I have been pleasantly surprised. So far I have had no issues with the clicks, sensor or chassis of the mouse bending or warping.
It is hard to fault the mouse itself and even harder to fault the software. Glorious have managed to develop software that does what it’s supposed to do without any of the extra fluff. No bloatware features, no complicated over the top UI. The software allows you to configure everything you need from the DPI to the colour settings and latency.
It was a hard decision as to whether the Model O would beat the G Pro Wireless on the list. The G Pro Wireless has really innovated wireless gaming mice reaching new heights in terms of weight and shape.
However when you consider the price of the Model O, it is unmatched in terms of value.
The value and quality you get for the Model O’s price is the reason it sits at #2.
#3. Logitech G Pro Wireless
Logitech have nailed it yet again with their newest addition to the Logitech mice family. Having brought in over 50 professional esports players to help them in their design and feel of the mouse.
The feedback from the players has definitely helped Logitech create something special and that is why the G Pro Wireless has used to be my number one claw grip mouse. It replaced my FK1 for a number of months until I tried the Glorious Model O.
Lets talk about what the G Pro Wireless has to offer. Logitech have created a new sensor called the HERO. It offers up to 16,000 DPI in 50 increments.
The HERO is one of the best sensors available right now. The tracking is great and there is no jitter or pixel skipping.
A quote from Logitech states: “HERO uses a continuous capture rate at a higher FPS than any other sensor which means the tracking data is collected and processed faster”.
Now I don’t know if this is just marketing talk or not however the sensor has been faultless so far.
- Length: 12.5 cm / 125 mm
- Width: 5.9 from sensor / 59mm
- Height: 4 cm / 40 mm
- Weight: 80g (77g~ without bottom plate)
The G Pro Wireless is very lightweight at 80g, not quite as light as the Razer Viper Ultimate however (74g).
This is thanks to its super thin 1mm shell walls that Logitech said were the most difficult part about the design of the mouse. The weight balance is evenly spread across the entire mouse.
It is relatively small compared to some of the other mice on the list but I believe it has the ideal dimensions for a claw grip mouse.
The mouse features 8 buttons which includes a mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll wheel, two side buttons either side of the mouse and a DPI button on the bottom.
The mouse 1 and mouse 2 are responsive and tactile as you can expect from Logitech. The side buttons are equal to the Razer Viper Ultimate, meaning they are incredible. They feel tactile and have a short travel time.
They are also positioned similar to the Viper Ultimate which is something I find a lot of other mice get wrong where the first side button is too close to the front of the mouse.
The G Pro Wireless provides you with great customisation thanks to its modular buttons. If you prefer not to have buttons you can take them off and replace them as shown on the picture above. It also means that you can disable the side you don’t use as it is unlikely you will need all 4 side buttons.
The scroll wheel is perfect which is something I have always thought Logitech consistently gets right. The wheel click is fairly resistant and the notches are noticeable but not too overbearing. Note the scroll wheel doesn’t have a free wheel scroll like the G903.
One aspect Logitech has changed is that they brought the DPI button from the top of the mouse to the bottom. This was thanks to the input of the professional players who stated they never used the DPI button enough to warrant it being on the top of the mouse. Logitech listened and have placed it on the base which is a welcome change.
The battery life is said to last up to 48 hours with RGB turned on and 60+ hours without RGB which is the best battery life of any Logitech mouse yet. After months of use I don’t even need to charge the mouse once a week which is incredible for a wireless mouse. Not only that but the battery charges in under an hour or so.
As for grip styles, claw grip players should have hands no larger than around 22cm and fingertip players have much more legroom thanks to the style of the grip.
The G Pro Wireless is one of the best mice available right now with one problem, its price. It is very expensive so it might be outside your budget.
If you are eager to pick one up then you can check availability here.
#4. Zowie FK1
The Zowie FK series all range in size from the FK2 being the smallest, FK1 the middle child and FK1+ the largest. The series is powered by the Avago ADNS-3310 optical sensor, the FK1 is a great ambidextrous solution for any claw grip user.
Supporting DPI increments of 400, 800, 1600 and 3600, it does not provide the same flexibility as some of the other mice on the list. However, this is not a determining factor since these increments provided are usually the recommended ones. The DPI can be changed on the bottom of the mouse with a LED for indication.
- 400 – Red
- 800 – Purple
- 1600 – Blue
- 3600 – Green
- Length: 128mm
- Width: 60mm
- Height: 37mm
- Weight: 89g
Due to the low height, it is a great fit for the claw grip. The arch is very gentle meaning it provides great support if you like to rest the base of your hand across the mouse like I do. Weighing in at 89g it is around the same as the G403 but it is narrower.
The mouse has 8 buttons, a left and right click, scroll wheel, DPI button and two side buttons either side of the mouse. I was concerned about clicking these side buttons with my ring finger but it sits comfortably below and it has never been an issue. Clicks on the side and main buttons are quite loud and have an average travel time. The scroll wheel feels a little clunky but is still more than adequate.
As for lift-off distance, the FK1 is around 1.5 to 1.8 mm. The FK1 has an adjustable report rate of 125/500/1000Hz which can be changed through combinations of buttons on the mouse so no need for software. The cable sits at 6.6 feet or 2 metres long and is made of smooth flexible rubber.
The texture is the same across the mouse and has prevented my hands from sweating which is something I have struggled to find. It has a plastic finish but feels durable.
The Zowie FK1 has been a classic claw grip mouse for years now. The shape and feel of the mouse is perfect. It might not have the newest sensor on the block but that really doesn’t matter.
#5. Logitech G403 HERO / G703 HERO
The Logitech G403 & G703 have recently been updated to feature Logitech’s HERO sensor which is widely considered to be the best sensor on the market right now. There is also a wireless variant of the G403 but it still uses the older PMW3366 sensor.
The G703 and G403 are very similar in shape and size, the main difference is that the G703 is wireless. These two often get confused so I have written a detailed guide on how to choose between them.
Across both these mice, the DPI can range from 100 -16,000. They are of similar size to the Zowie EC1-A and feel similar to a Razer DeathAdder. It is perfect for all hand sizes but even more so for those of you with larger hands above 17.5cm x 9cm.
- Length: 124mm
- Width: 68mm
- Height: 43mm
- Weight: 88g
The wired version is of average weight at 88g. The wireless is a little on the heavier side at 106g. The wired version is slightly more applicable for the claw grip since it is lighter. The mouse also ships with an optional 10g weight which can be added to the bottom of the mouse. This is great if you find the mouse too light however it is not recommended if you are an FPS player.
There are 6 buttons including a right and left click clickable scroll, DPI button and two side buttons. The side buttons are quite large so can potentially be pressed accidentally if you have larger thumbs. The buttons are quoted to have a 20 million click lifespan. However, some have stated the buttons are not as good as the G Pro.
The lift-off distance for the G403 is under 1 DVD thick so no issues there. Cable length for the G403 sits at 6.6 feet or 2 metres and is smoothly braided. It is quite chunky however but glides nicely.
The sides are slightly textured with a rubber finish. This may be susceptible to scratches and grooves but generally seems durable. The wireless version has a battery life of around 20 hours per charge.
All of the DPI options and colours can be configured through the Logitech mouse software. Profiles can be created per game if required or you can stick with a single profile.
Overall a fantastic mouse and there is a reason it sits near the top of most lists. It is the perfect all rounder.
Related: G403 vs G903 Review
#6. Zowie EC2-B
Zowie’s ever-popular EC1 series has a new competitor, the EC2-B. The EC series are ergonomic mice unlike the ambidextrous FK and ZA series.
The biggest change though is that Zowie has put the 3360 optical sensor in the new EC2-B. There is nothing wrong with the 3310 sensor, I have used it for years but the 3360 does tend to work on more surfaces. The accuracy and precision, however, are the same so this shouldn’t be a deciding factor.
- Length: 120mm
- Width: 61mm
- Height: 40mm
- Weight: 95g
For right-handed players, the EC series is exceptionally comfortable and moulds nicely to the hand. If you are worried about the extra side buttons on the other ambidextrous Zowie mice then the EC series might be for you. The side buttons are only on the left hand side and are slightly softer than those on the EC1 series.
The EC2-B has the same polling rate options but instead of having to press combinations of buttons to change the setting there is now a polling rate button on the bottom of the mouse alongside the DPI button.
A solid upgrade from the EC1 series and the shape really comes down to personal preference against the FK and ZA series. It is worth trying out each of these to see which supports your hand and claw grip better.
#7. Logitech G Pro
You won’t find a list of gaming mice for claw grip players without the G Pro. A best seller thanks to its shape, weight and affordability. The Logitech G Pro is widely used not only among most mice fanatics but also amongst professional players.
Why is it so popular? It comes down to the three most important factors when choosing a mouse, all of which the G Pro excels at.
The first is the shape where the G Pro sports a simple, no gimmicks, elegant design. In fact, some people find the G Pro too rounded so the shape isn’t for everyone. In general though it is widely accepted to be a very well designed mouse. The shell is curved with a gradual arch and tapers off at the front. The arch is low, providing a resting point for claw grip players.
The dimensions (which we will get to shortly) are very minimal which means the mouse is smaller, more agile and lightweight. All important factors particularly for professional e-sports players.
The second is the sensor where the G Pro has no issues since it benefits from the 3366 sensor. You are going to hear a lot of praise for the 3366 in this list!
Finally, the G Pro’s is very lightweight at only 83g. This makes it the lightest mouse on the list and proves why it is so popular among claw grip players.
The lighter the mouse, the easier the movement and this is particularly important for the claw grip.
- Length: 100mm
- Width: 55mm
- Height: 35mm
- Weight: 83g
As discussed the G Pro is a very minimalistic mouse, it is suited for hand sizes around 16.5-17.5cm long 7-8.5cm wide. These are just guidelines though, it depends on your preference as a player.
There are 6 buttons, a mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll, DPI and two side buttons. The buttons are tactile and have a short travel time, particularly the side buttons.
The mouse 1 and 2 have subtle comfort grooves and the DPI can be changed from 200 up to 12000. The mouse has a USB polling rate of 1ms.
The G Pro has one of the best scroll wheels, it feels super smooth and can be used for browsing unlike the FK series where the scroll wheel lets them down.
The G Pro or ‘eSports mouse’ is a solid all round contender. It is used across all professional eSports due to its size and comfort. If you are claw grip player and you like small mice then definitely consider the G Pro.
#8. Steelseries Sensei 310
Steelseries produce great mice so it is only fitting one is recommend on the list. I could have put more than one on the list but decided to go with the Sensei 310.
Unlike the other mice on the list the Sensei 310 has its own optic called the TrueMove 3. Generally speaking, it is a fantastic optic and rivals the 3360 and 3310. There isn’t a great deal of difference between the sensors since the TrueMove3 is a variation of the 3360.
The mouse supports DPI levels from 100-2000 DPI increments similar to the other mice on the list.
- Length: 125mm
- Width: 59mm
- Height: 39mm
- Weight: 92g
Weighing in at 92g it is one of the heavier mice on the list so if you prefer a heavier mouse then the Sensei 310 is one to consider. The mouse provides great support to claw grip users thanks to its gentle arch. The Sensei 310 is also ambidextrous which may put right-handed players off but really it shouldn’t.
The mouse has 8 buttons with the two main buttons, dpi button, scroll wheel and two side buttons either side to support either left or right-handed players. The lift-off distance is comparable to the other mice we have on the list.
The cable is 2 meters or 6.6 feet in length and is made of a rubber material which provides a nice glide.
This is a sturdy mouse and exudes quality. There is a matte finish to the top which has proven to reduce sweating. This is something I loved about the Rival 300 so i am glad they added it here.
Steelseries mice also have their own software for configuring colours and DPI. I have found the Steelseries software really easy to use although it does have less features than the Logitech software.
Overall a great mouse and has really good build quality. My old Rival 300 had some issues with the rubber grip peeling. I contacted Steelseries and they provided me with a brand new one with better quality grips. So another thing to take into consideration is how good their customer service is.
#9. Zowie ZA12
Another member of the Zowie family has made it to the list. I am not going to go over everything again here as the ZA series features very similar specifications to the FK series.
There are three mice in the ZA series so choose which suits your hand size best. The ZA11 is the largest, ZA12 the medium-sized and ZA13 the smallest. Both ZA and FK series are ambidextrous but the important differences are in the shape which is probably the most important factor in a mouse.
- Length: 124mm
- Width: 58mm
- Height: 39mm
- Weight: 85g
I chose the ZA12 as it is applicable to most hand sizes. The primary difference between the ZA series and FK series is the height of the arch. The ZA series has a much steeper incline to the arch which makes it more of a claw-palm hybrid mouse.
The steeper arch means it provides more support to the user if they rest more of the base of their hand against their mouse. It also hugs the palm more tightly so if you contact your mouse with some of your palm this mouse would be perfect.
This is unlike the FK series where the arch is more gradual and users will tend to rest the base of their hand against the base of the mouse. They will have very little contact with the center of the mouse or their palm.
Very similar mouse to the FK overall, it really comes down to how you position your hand on the mouse. If you are more of a claw-palm hybrid then this may fit your hand and grip style better than the FK series
#10. Ninox Venator
To compete against the larger brands of Zowie and Logitech is the Ninox Venator. An ambidextrous mouse at a competitive price with the precision and accuracy of all the other mice on our list.
The Ninox Venator also boasts the 3360 optical sensor so no more discussion needed in that department. It is a great sensor that will provide everything you need.
The mouse can be changed from 400-12000 DPI and comes with a number of pre-built profiles.
- Length: 122mm
- Width: 62mm
- Height: 40mm
- Weight: 79g
If there is one thing to say about the Venator is that it looks fantastic. I really like the design of the mouse. It is has a nice hump towards the back so the arch of the mouse provides nice support for claw grip users. It is even applicable to claw-palm hybrids since the curvature is nice and will provide adequate support for users that contact more of the mouse.
As for the weight, the Ninox Venator is very light weighing in at 79g. This is the lightest of the mice on our list so something to consider if this is an important factor to you. Great solution for claw grip since it allows for easy snap aiming due to its lightness. Some may find it too light though if they are coming from a heavier mouse so it will likely take some time to adapt.
The Ninox Venator has 6 buttons in total, 2 main buttons, 2 side buttons a scroll wheel and DPI button. The main buttons have an above average travel time and can travel further after the click registers. This isn’t a huge issue but may be an issue for some players. Side buttons have an average travel time and are good quality.
The lift-off distance is around 2mm which is more than adequate and supports two polling rate options of 500Hz and 1000Hz.
The one downside to the Ninox Venator is its durability. The mouse seems to make some rattling noises and when held tightly there are some audible creeks from the plastic. However, for the price, this is a fantastic mouse and easily rivals some of the others on this list.
What Is The Claw Grip?
The claw grip is where the player arches their hand and contacts the mouse across the upper part of their fingers.
This is different from the fingertip grip which involves a more distinct arch and the use of the very tips of the fingers to position the mouse.
For more information on the different mouse grips check out our article on the different mouse grips here.
Features to Consider
When selecting a mouse there are wide array of features that you should be looking for. Here is a list of the ones I think are most important when selecting a mouse for your claw grip.
The size and shape of the mouse are important and you should consider it based off of your own hand size. The size will effect how the mouse fits into your hand and whether or not it is comfortable for your claw grip.
Optic & DPI (Dots Per Inch)
It is essential for a mouse to have a high-quality optic to ensure accurate and consistent aiming. If you are an FPS player this is clearly more important.
Whether you require buttons on your mouse or not may be a deciding factor as to which one you pick. Buttons are generally sought after for RPG or MMORPG games but can prove useful in FPS titles too for the likes of grenades and more.
Lift-off Distance (LOD)
Lift off distance is the amount of distance between the mouse and the surface before it stops registering movement. Generally speaking, a high LOD is considered bad since it can create unpredictable movements.
A lighter mouse is recommended for claw grip users since they contact the mouse less and often aim with the wrist. This provides easier more nimble movement.
The cable often goes unaddressed in mouse discussions but has been the reason I have returned mice in the past. This is usually personal preference but depending on the type of cable it may cause friction or vibrations.
Durability & Texture
Durability and texture go hand in hand since some mice might have a cheaper build quality which can affect both of these factors. This is mostly personal preference but can have an effect on comfort and whether or not your hand sweats on certain materials.
So there you have it, my list of the best claw grip gaming mice on the market. Gaming mice are getting better and better each year so it is getting increasingly difficult to pick.
Overall the Razer Viper Ultimate is hands down the best choice. If the price is outside your budget however I would recommend the Glorious Model O instead. I used the Glorious Model O for most of this year as my main mouse.
The Razer Viper Ultimate has since replaced it however so if you can justify the high price then you can’t go wrong with what Razer have created here.
Dec 2019 – Razer Viper Ultimate becomes the new number 1 claw grip mouse for 2019 and beyond.
July 2019 – Added Glorious Model O to number one spot, knocking G Pro Wireless down to number 2.
July 2019 – Updated G403 section to show it has been updated with the HERO sensor.
November 2018 – Added G Pro Wireless to the top of the list.
Last Price Update on 2020-03-31 / Data taken from the Amazon Product API