Best Claw Grip Gaming Mouse For Competitive Gamers 2018

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. 

Before we get into the list, the primary criteria you need to care about is your hand size and mouse size preference.  

Keep these in mind to ensure you are selecting the right mouse from the list.

Once you have those ready you can start to narrow down your choice of mice that will suit your claw grip and hand size the best.

Best Claw Grip Mouse FK1
Zowie FK1 - GEM Rating Award

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.  Once you have finished understanding each of the pros and cons to each I suggest you come back to the table to help you in your decision.

Preview
GEM Rating Award
BenQ ZOWIE FK1 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse
Perfect All-Rounder
Logitech G403 Prodigy RGB Gaming Mouse – 16.8 Million Color Backlighting, 6 Programmable Buttons, Onboard Memory, Up to 12,000 DPI
Best Value
Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse with Advanced Gaming Sensor for Competitive Play
BenQ ZOWIE EC2-B Ergonomic Gaming Mouse for eSports (Medium)
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse - 12,000 CPI TrueMove3 Optical Sensor - Ambidextrous Design - Split-Trigger Buttons - RGB Lighting
BenQ Zowie ZA12 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse
Mouse
BenQ Zowie FK1
Logitech G403 Prodigy
Logitech G Pro
BenQ Zowie EC2-B
Steelseries Sensei 310
BenQ Zowie ZA12
Sensor
Avago ADNS-3310
PMW3366
PMW3366
PMW3360
TrueMove 3 (PMW3360)
PMW3310
Weight
90g
90g
83g
90g
92g
85g
Length
128mm / 12.8cm
124mm / 12.4cm
100mm / 10cm
120mm / 12cm
125mm / 12.5cm
124mm / 12.4cm
Width
60mm / 6cm
68mm / 6.8cm
55mm / 5.5cm
61mm / 6.1cm
59mm / 5.9cm
58mm / 5.8cm
Height
37mm / 3.7cm
43mm / 4.3cm
35mm / 3.5cm
40mm / 4cm
39mm / 3.9cm
39mm / 3.9cm
Buttons
8
6
6
6
8
8
Ambidextrous
GEM Rating Award
Preview
BenQ ZOWIE FK1 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse
Mouse
BenQ Zowie FK1
Sensor
Avago ADNS-3310
Weight
90g
Length
128mm / 12.8cm
Width
60mm / 6cm
Height
37mm / 3.7cm
Buttons
8
Ambidextrous
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Perfect All-Rounder
Preview
Logitech G403 Prodigy RGB Gaming Mouse – 16.8 Million Color Backlighting, 6 Programmable Buttons, Onboard Memory, Up to 12,000 DPI
Mouse
Logitech G403 Prodigy
Sensor
PMW3366
Weight
90g
Length
124mm / 12.4cm
Width
68mm / 6.8cm
Height
43mm / 4.3cm
Buttons
6
Ambidextrous
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Best Value
Preview
Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse with Advanced Gaming Sensor for Competitive Play
Mouse
Logitech G Pro
Sensor
PMW3366
Weight
83g
Length
100mm / 10cm
Width
55mm / 5.5cm
Height
35mm / 3.5cm
Buttons
6
Ambidextrous
Check Price
Preview
BenQ ZOWIE EC2-B Ergonomic Gaming Mouse for eSports (Medium)
Mouse
BenQ Zowie EC2-B
Sensor
PMW3360
Weight
90g
Length
120mm / 12cm
Width
61mm / 6.1cm
Height
40mm / 4cm
Buttons
6
Ambidextrous
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Preview
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse - 12,000 CPI TrueMove3 Optical Sensor - Ambidextrous Design - Split-Trigger Buttons - RGB Lighting
Mouse
Steelseries Sensei 310
Sensor
TrueMove 3 (PMW3360)
Weight
92g
Length
125mm / 12.5cm
Width
59mm / 5.9cm
Height
39mm / 3.9cm
Buttons
8
Ambidextrous
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Preview
BenQ Zowie ZA12 E-Sports Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse
Mouse
BenQ Zowie ZA12
Sensor
PMW3310
Weight
85g
Length
124mm / 12.4cm
Width
58mm / 5.8cm
Height
39mm / 3.9cm
Buttons
8
Ambidextrous
Check Price

If you are a claw-palm hybrid then you should also check out my article on the best palm grip gaming mouse here.  Some mice are applicable to palm and claw grip styles so it is worth checking out each of the lists!

If you want the quick answer the Zowie FK1 achieved the GEM rating award.  It is the perfect mouse for a claw grip player.  My hand size is 17.5cm x 9cm and this mouse fits like a glove.  If you are interested in picking one up check the price on Amazon here.

Read on for more information about why I chose the FK1 and whether some of the other mice might suit you better!  Remember, a lot comes down to personal preference when picking a mouse.

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. Zowie FK1

  • Very Comfortable
  • Anti-sweat texture
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Ambidextrous
  • Great cable
  • Poor scroll wheel
  • Awkward to change polling rate

Editor's Choice

GEM Rating Award
One of the most popular mice on the market for the past few years.  Used by numerous CSGO and eSports professionals is enough to prove why this mouse should be on the list. 
 
The Zowie FK series all range in size from the FK2 being the smallest, FK1 the middle child and FK1+ the largest. 

For a full overview of each of these mice you can check out our comparison review here.

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.

DPI Colours:

  • 400 – Red
  • 800 – Purple
  • 1600 – Blue
  • 3600 – Green

Dimensions:

  • Length: 128mm
  • Width: 60mm
  • Height: 37mm
  • Weight: 90g

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 90g 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 is my number one mouse for claw grip users.  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.  It might be personal preference but the comfort and control of the Zowie FK1 is the reason it gets our GEM award for the best claw grip gaming mouse.

#2. Logitech G403 Prodigy

ON SALE
  • 3366 Sensor
  • Very Comfortable
  • High quality grips
  • Adjustable weight
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Easy to use software
  • Side buttons sometimes squeak when pressed with sweaty hands
  • Thick braided cable
Top Pick

The Logitech G403 features the PMW3366 optical sensor, widely considered as an extremely good optic and is not exclusive to the claw grip but is a great fit for any grip. 

There is also a wireless variant of the G403 or you might be interested in the G703.  These two often get confused so I have written a detailed guide on how to choose between them.

The DPI can range from 200-12,000.  It is of similar size to the Zowie EC1-A and feels 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.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 124mm
  • Width: 68mm
  • Height: 43mm
  • Weight: 90g

The wired version is of average weight at 90g.  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 G703 ReviewG403 vs G903 Review

 

#3. Logitech G Pro

ON SALE
  • 3366 Sensor
  • Lightweight and Small
  • Easy to use software
  • Affordable
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Thick braided cable
Best Value

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.

Dimensions: 

  • 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.

#4. Zowie EC2-B

  • 3360 sensor
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Great cable like the FK1
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Easy to change polling rate unlike the FK1
  • Scroll wheel needs improvement
  • Possible durability issues
Top Pick

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.

Dimensions: 

  • Length: 120mm
  • Width: 61mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 90g

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.

#5. Steelseries Sensei 310

ON SALE
  • TrueMove3 Modified 3360 Sensor
  • Ergonomic
  • Durable grippy side grips
  • Separate primary buttons from shell
  • Anti-sweat matte coating
  • Easy to use software
  • Quite a thick hump
  • A little on the heavier side
Top Pick

Steelseries produce great mice so it is only fitting we recommend one on the list.  I could have fit 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.  

Dimensions: 

  • 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.

#6. Zowie ZA12

  • High hump for good support
  • Ambidextrous
  • Great cable like the FK1
  • Very lightweight
  • Anti-sweat coating
  • Scroll wheel needs improvement
  • Awkward to change polling rate
Top Pick

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.

Dimensions:

  • 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.

#7. Ninox Venator

  • 3360 Sensor
  • Brilliant value for money
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Shell not as durable
  • Rattling noises from scroll wheel when shaken
Budget Option

 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.

Dimensions:

  • 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.  Check the image at the top of the page for a look at how I position my hand for an example.

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. 

The palm grip is easier to distinguish as the user tends to rest their whole palm across the mouse and their fingers lie flatter. 

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.

Size

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.  

Buttons

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.

Weight

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.

Cable

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.

Conclusion

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 compare them.  

Overall the FK1 is my favourite but this mostly comes down to personal preference.  It is worth noting you might want to check out the FK2 or the FK1+ depending on your hand size.  These are all the same mice except the size, for more information you can check out my comparison review here

As for the FK1, despite having the 3310 sensor instead of the 3360 or the TrueMove 3, the weight and shape of the mice is perfect for my claw grip.  I love the arch of the mouse and the support it provides as I feel completely in control.  You can check the price for the FK1 here.

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