Best Palm Grip Gaming Mouse In 2019

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There are so many gaming mice nowadays that is it becoming impossible to know which is the best.  There are so many questions being asked without many accurate answers to them.  What are the differences between each mouse?  Does it have a good sensor?  And a whole host of other questions.  

To help you answer these, I have tested over 20 mice and continue to test the latest mice that are released month by month.  I constantly update this article so you can be sure it is up to date with the latest gaming mice available. 

In this best palm grip mouse buyers guide I will take you through all of the mice I have selected to be worthy of a spot on this list.  

The guide is broken down into primary sub categories to try and cover a scenario that will apply to you.  If you think I have missed one or need more help, please comment below or tweet at me, I am always happy to help people find a mouse.

For those of you wanting a quick answer, here is a list of each of the best palm grip mice per category.

Best Mouse Overall:  Logitech G Pro Wireless
Best Mouse For Large Hands (19.5cm+): G-Wolves Skoll
Best Mouse For Medium Hands(17-19.5cm): XTRFY M4 or Logitech G Pro Wireless
Best Mouse For Small Hands(<17cm): Logitech G Pro Wireless
Best Ergonomic Palm Grip Mouse: XTRFY M4 
Best Budget Mouse: Logitech G403

What Is The Palm Grip?

Palm Grip Example
Example Palm Grip on Logitech G Pro Wireless 17.5cm x 9cm hands for reference

The palm grip is best described by the player holding the mouse with the entirety of their hand.  Their palm usually contacts all of the mouse arch and their fingers rest against mouse 1 and mouse 2.  The fingers lie flat across each button without any arching.

A palm-claw hybrid grip involves a similar setup except the player tends to arch their palm more compared to a standard palm grip.  This means there is less contact between the palm and the arch of the mouse.  The fingers also arch very slightly instead of lying flat like a full palm grip.

The fingertip grip is easier to distinguish since there is a very prominent arch in the hand with only the tips of the fingers having contact across mouse 1 and 2 and the other fingers across the sides of the mouse.

To find out more about these mouse grips in detail check out our article on the different mouse grips here.

Features to Consider 

Choosing a mouse involves a lot of decisions.  If you are serious about your mouse then you should consider the following criteria to ensure you are considering all of the important features of a gaming mouse.

Size & Shape

The size and shape of the mouse you choose are vitally important.  This will affect how comfortable you find the mouse which in my opinion is the most important factor in any mouse.  This is especially true for palm grip players.  They tend to go for larger mice since their whole hand rests against the mouse.  Narrow and small mice are often not suited towards palm grip players unless they have smaller hands of around 16-18cm x 7-8cm.

Optic & DPI (Dots Per Inch)

The optic is almost as important as the size of the mouse you choose.  If you play primarily FPS games this is even more important to ensure you have a consistent and accurate aim.  Each mouse’s optic will be outlined and the range of DPI the mouse offers.

Buttons

Buttons can range in quality from mouse to mouse.  Their travel time and feedback are important factors that can affect how much you enjoy using the mouse.  If you are MOBA or MMORPG player you may also be interested in side buttons too which may influence your decision.  

I will be sure to point out each of the mice’s buttons in detail below to answer all your questions.

Lift-off Distance (LOD)

Lift-off distance can affect the responsiveness and predictability of your mouse pointer.  It is the amount of distance between the mouse and the surface before the optic stops registering movement.  

A high LOD can create unpredictable movements when swiping and performing 180 turns in games.  Therefore mice with a low LOD are considered better, however, this setting is usually configurable on most mice and can often come down to preference.

Weight

For palm grip players they often go for slightly heavier mice compared to that of a claw grip or fingertip player.  This isn’t a rule though, just a generalisation.  

Since they use their whole hand to move the mouse this provides them with a more strength.  In addition, they also tend to use more of their forearm and arm to position the mouse instead of their wrist.  The weight of the mouse should be considered alongside the size since both metrics go hand in hand.

Cable

An often forgotten part of mice selection is the cable.  I have returned mice in the past purely due to the cable quality and texture.  This is usually personal preference but depending on the type of cable it may cause friction or vibrations which can be a distraction.

Durability & Texture

Durability and texture are hard to test since they often require time.  Where necessary I will try to comment on the durability and texture of each mouse and report any issues that have been raised by other members of the gaming mouse community.

The texture is also important because it can have an effect on the grip and whether or not the mouse makes your hand sweat.

The four most important features for choosing a mouse are shape, weight, sensor and buttons.

What Is The Best Palm Grip Mouse?

Now to the mice themselves.  This is my list of the top mice for palm grip players which features a selection of mice from the best in the business.  I will aim to answer all the questions related to the features discussed above. 

#1. Best Overall - Logitech G Pro Wireless

  • HERO Sensor
  • Extremely lightweight (80g)
  • Best side buttons I have used
  • Modular side buttons
  • Best scroll wheel I have used
  • Battery life is great
  • Easy to use software
  • Very small so might not fit larger hands
  • The price may make you cry

The king of Logitech mice, the G Pro Wireless.  Logitech brought in over 50 professional esports players to have their say on whats important to them when it comes to choosing a mouse.

All this feedback was put forward for the design of the G Pro Wireless and Logitech have come up with something special.

The G Pro Wireless features Logitech’s new HERO sensor which offers up to 16,000 DPI in 50 increments.

Having used the mouse for a while now I can comfortably say its fantastic.  Logitech state:

“HERO uses a continuous capture rate at a higher FPS than any other sensor which means the tracking data is collected and processed faster”. 

Whether that is just marketing talk or not its hard to say.  But from my play tests the sensor is faultless and I have had no spin-outs or any weird tracking or pixel skipping.

Logitech G Pro Wireless Weight

Dimensions:

  • Length: 12.5 cm / 125 mm
  • Width: 5.9 from sensor / 59mm
  • Height: 4 cm / 40 mm
  • Weight: 80g (77g~ without bottom plate)

Due to its 1mm thin walls the G Pro Wireless is incredibly lightweight for a wireless mouse coming in at only 80g.    

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 top quality as you can expect from Logitech.  The G Pro Wireless has the best mouse clicks of any mouse on this.  They feel snappy and crisp.  The side buttons are the best side buttons I have used on a mouse. They have a short travel time and have a matte finish to them. 

They are also perfectly positioned 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.

Logitech G Pro Wireless Modular Side Buttons
Logitech

The side buttons are also completely modular allowing you to switch out the side you don’t use as seen above.

The scroll wheel is again, the best scroll wheel I have used.  It is an improvement over the G403 which has an excellent scroll wheel as well.  The notches are defined but not overly rigid.  The scroll up and down feel balanced and in parallel.

The DPI button has been moved to the bottom of the mouse by Logitech.  This was due to feedback from the professional esports players Logitech utilised to improve the design of the G Pro Wireless.

When asked whether they used the DPI button an overwhelming majority said no and that they actually disable it in the software.  This was the reason the DPI button was moved from the top to the bottom by Logitech.

The battery life lasts for up to 48 hours with RGB or up to 60+ hours without RGB.  This is the best battery life of any Logitech mouse yet.

However, due to its small body the G Pro Wireless won’t suit everyone.  If you have hands larger than around 18/18.5 cm you might struggle to palm grip this mouse.   

If you wan’t to hear more on what I have to say on the G Pro Wireless check out my in depth review here.  Or if you are interested in picking one up you can check availability here.  

#2. Best For Large Hands – G-Wolves Skoll

  • 3360 Sensor
  • Very Comfortable Ergonomic Design
  • Amazing box design & added extras inside
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Large crisp side buttons
  • Fantastic stock paracord cable
  • Simplistic yet bright RGB customisation
  • Easy to use software
  • Mouse Feet could be better

Say hello to G-Wolves’ first gaming mouse, the Skoll.  You might notice it looks similar to one of the other mice on this list the Zowie EC2-B which we will get to later.  G Wolves have copied th EC2-B shape but added a small twist to it.  The mouse is quite large so it is recommended for players with larger hands of around 18cm+.

The Skoll uses the PM3360 sensor much like many of the mice on this list.  It is a top optical sensor that will provide pixel by pixel tracking with DPI values up to 12,000.

G Wolves Skoll Side View

Dimensions:

  • Length: 125mm
  • Width: 68mm
  • Height: 42mm
  • Weight: 66g

The Skoll has a high hump providing perfect support for any palm grip player.  At 66g it is one of the lightest mice on this list so if you are looking for a lightweight mouse definitely consider the Skoll.  Palm gripping the Skoll feels extremely comfortable due to the ergonomic shape.  The curved hump and sloped sides fill out the hand nicely making it the most comfortable mouse I have tested this year.

There are a total of 7 buttons on the Skoll featuring your typical mouse 1 and mouse 2, scroll wheel, two side buttons, 1 dpi button and 1 rgb button.  The primary clicks feel brilliant with zero pre-travel allowing for fast responsive actuation.  The side buttons are one of my favourites as they feel highly responsive and crisp.  

The scroll wheel feels light and each step is noticeable but not overbearing.  The click takes a moderate amount of force to press in but less than the G Pro Wireless.

G Wolves Skoll Hump
G Wolves Skoll Mouse Feet and Sensor

On the bottom of the mouse you have an RGB button which configures the different RGB cycles. The second button on the right toggles through the different DPI values.

G Wolves have one of the best stock paracord cables you can get right now. I was really surprised by how flexible the cable is which is exactly what you want to avoid drag on your mouse pad. If you put the Skoll in a bungee it practically feels wireless. If you have not used a mouse with a paracord cable yet you are in for a treat!

The mouse feet do their job but they are not as smooth as the G Pro Wireless or any of the other PTFE feet that you will find on this list.

G Wolves have entered this list with a bang. This isn’t the only mouse of theirs that is featured here and it is because they create top-end mice that do not completely break the bank.

#3. Best Ergonomic Mouse – XTRFY M4

  • 3389 Sensor
  • Unique Ergonomic Design
  • Lots of colourways to choose from (pink, blue, white, red)
  • Insanely tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Crisp side buttons
  • Paracord cable
  • Bright RGB
  • Onboard memory
  • Shape not for everyone
  • Side grips a little slippery with sweaty hands

XTRFY nailed it with their first lightweight gaming mouse.  The M4 is a medium size mouse with a honeycomb shell that offers some of the best clicks at its price range.

It uses the PMW3389 which offers DPI values up to 16,000.  This sensor along with 3360 has been tested numerous times already so you can sure that it provides accurate tracking and no jitter skipping.

XTRFY M4 Side View

Dimensions:

  • Length: 120mm
  • Width: 58.5mm
  • Height: 39.5mm
  • Weight: 69g

At 120mm this is one of the smaller mice on this list.  Although it is 5mm shorter than the G Pro Wireless it has a defined hump that provides excellent support for palm grip players.  With a weight of 69g it is marginally heavier than the G Wolves Skoll but still remains one of the lighter options here.

The shape of the XTRF M4 is very unique which really sets it apart from the rest of the mice.  XTRFY have innovated here when it comes to ergonomic mice.  The left hand side grip has a very aggressive curve on it that at first felt strange.  After a few play sessions I grew to like it and it provides extra support for your thumb.  

The right hand side is similar to the EC2-B & Skoll with it slopping downwards creating space for your ring finger and pinky.  I have always found ergonomic mice much more comfortable than ambidextrous mice because of this.

Moving onto the buttons, the XTRFY M4 has 7 of them featuring a mouse 1, mouse 2, two side buttons, scroll wheel, RGB button and DPI button.

XTRFY M4 Hump
XTRFY M4 Mouse feet and sensor

The clicks of this mouse are incredible.  The primary buttons feel really crisp and responsive and make a pleasant sound when actuating.  There is zero pre-travel or post-travel which is why these clicks are so satisfying.  The scroll wheel steps are less defined compared to most mice and the click is medium to heavy weighted.  

The RGB button on the top cycles through the different modes available from rainbow to solid colours and more.  You can even turn it off for those of you anti-RGB folk.  

The DPI button is placed on the bottom of the mouse out of way and is accompanied by a small led light to highlight what DPI value you are on.  Everything on the mouse is configured on the mouse.  There is no software so there is no macro functionality.

XTRFY have designed their own ‘EZCORD’ as they call it which is their own interpretation of the paracord.  The cable itself is nice and flexbile but it is not nearly as flexible as the G Wolves Skoll’s is.

The mouse feet however are better than the Skoll’s and in fact one of the best on this list.  They feel smooth & glide like butter over my thor mousepad.

Overall the XTRFY M4 is a welcome addition to the list and it is exciting to see some manufacturers adapting to the market and nailing it with their first lightweight mouse.  If you want an ergonomic small to medium sized mouse with amazing clicks, you have found it.

#4. BenQ Zowie EC2-B

  • 3360 sensor
  • Comfortable ergonomic shape
  • Great side buttons
  • Easy polling rate and DPI switching
  • Light
  • Scroll wheel is poor

I am a huge fan of Zowie mice and have used many of them as my main mouse over the years.  The EC2-B with its upgraded PMW3360 is Zowie’s best offering for palm grip players.

The PMW-3360 sensor is very similar to the PMW-3366 sensor the G403 above uses.  You can’t go wrong with this sensor as it is an improvement over the 3310 used by the Zowie FK series.

Zowie EC2-B Weight

Dimensions:

Length: 120mm
Width: 61mm
Height: 40mm
Weight: 95g

The EC2-B is widely regarded as one of the most comfortable mice on the market.  It is the newer version of the ECA series which is used a great deal across the eSports and competitive gaming community.  Especially among CSGO pros.

Zowie EC2-B Front View
Unique popular shape of the EC Series

The EC2-B is an ergonomic mouse and is shaped perfectly for the palm grip.  This is a mouse known specifically for its ideal shape.  

The mouse itself is fairly heavy at 95g so should suit most players unless they are accustomed to very light mice.  

I would recommend it for hand sizes of around 17.5cm – 20cm hands.  If you have larger hands then you should look at the EC1-B or Skoll.

There are 7 main buttons on the EC2-B which includes a mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll wheel and two side buttons.  It also has a DPI and polling rate button on the bottom for cycling through your DPI increments and polling rate options.

The buttons on the unit I received feel great although not as tactile as the G403 or G Pro Wireless. 

The mouse 1 and 2 buttons have a nice tactile click and an average travel time.  The side buttons are decent but not as good as the as the G Pro Wireless.

The EC2-B has also been updated with a new polling rate button to help make it easier to adjust.  Before, most Zowie mice required you to hold a series of buttons when plugging the mouse in to adjust this.  So this is a nice new added feature.

The DPI button on the bottom of the mouse allows you to select between 4 default DPI modes.  This is unlike some of the other mice on the list that provide more customisation.  However, the options provided by Zowie are really all you need.

I don’t think it is necessary to allow for individual 100 increments on a mouse.  The increments can be set as follows:

DPI Colours:

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

Each DPI setting corresponds to a colour which is shown by an LED next to the button.  These are the only options you will need when gaming.  I would suggest 400 or 800 personally, and that goes for any mouse, not just the EC2-B.

The lift-off distance is around 1.5mm to 1.8mm and the polling rate can be adjusted from 125/500/1000Hz.

The cable is similar to the Rival 600, it is smooth durable rubber.  I believe Zowie cables are actually some of the best.

The EC2-B has a plastic coating which I have always loved across the Zowie mice.  It greatly reduces the amount my hand sweats much like the Rival 300 I have.

Overall a fantastic mouse and definitely worth considering.  Especially if you like ergonomic mice as the EC series are widely regarded as some of the most comfortable on the market.  It is also relatively light and a good standard size so suits a wide range of players.

#5. G-Wolves Hati

  • 3360 sensor
  • Same great shape as G Pro Wireless
  • Great box design & additional extras (grip tape and extra cord & switches)
  • Very lightweight at 61g
  • Amazing paracord
  • Side buttons are brilliant
  • Mouse feet could be better

G Wolves have made the list again with their G Pro Wireless copy (G Wolves like to copy other mice).  It is a wired version of the G Pro Wireless and more lightweight.  

It uses the PMW3360 so as you probably know by now it offers DPI values up to 12,000 and is configured on the mouse using the DPI Button.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 125mm
  • Width: 58.5mm
  • Height: 39.5mm
  • Weight: 61g

The main difference between the G Wolves Hati & G Pro Wireless is the grip width which is narrower on the Hati.  The side grips curve in more and the back of the mouse flares out slightly more which provides a little more room for your pinky.

The Hati is also much lighter at only 61g making it the lightest mouse on this list.  The G Pro Wireless is nearly 80g heavier and it is a noticeable difference swapping between the two.

I am not going to go into the shape in too much detail as I covered it in the G Pro Wireless section above.  However, the Hati does have better grip on the sides and I prefer the overall texture of the shell compared to the G Pro Wireless.

Moving onto the buttons, the Hati has 6 buttons, a mouse 1 and mouse 2, scroll wheel, dpi button and two side buttons.  

The Hati uses TTC Golden Micro switches in the primary clicks which are very tactile but do sound loud compared to the Huano and Omron switches you will find in most mice on this list.

The side buttons are amazing and feel great.  They definitely tried to copy the G Pro Wireless shape but they do not feel the same.  Overall though they have no pre or post travel and feel snappy.

The DPI button is on the top of the mouse and allows you to cycle through the different options.  It would be nice to have an LED or something to know which DPI level you are on similar to the other mice on the list.  Since there is no software for the Hati it can be hard knowing which one you are on unless you keep testing each one.

The scroll wheel is one of the lightest on this list in terms of the individual steps and clicks so if you use your scroll wheel a lot as a keybind you might like the Hati for that.

G Wolves Hati Sensor

Similar to the Skoll, the Hati has a top end paracord that is extremely flexbile.  I love G Wolves’ paracords they make all their mice feel almost wireless.

The mouse feet are the same as the Skoll’s so they could be better.  They feel smooth but do not glide as well as the XTRFY M4’s or G Pro Wireless’.

G Wolves have created another top-end mice here that offers a more affordable alternative to those of you looking for the G Pro Wireless shape.

#6. Best Budget Mouse – Logitech G403/G703

  • NEW HERO Sensor
  • Very Comfortable
  • High quality grips
  • Adjustable weight
  • Tactile mouse 1 and mouse 2
  • Easy to use software
  • Side button noise with sweaty hands
  • Thick braided cable

Logitech has been making better and better mice as the years have passed.  The G403/G703 has really ticked all the boxes and is widely considered one of the best beginner mice by most mice fanatics. 

The G403 and G703 are basically the same mouse apart from the G703 is wireless and supports the powerplay mat whereas the G403 is wired. 

Both these mice have also been updated with the new HERO sensor which is considered the best sensor on the market right now.

The HERO offers a DPI range from 100-16,000 and the mouse itself is similar in size to the Razer DeathAdder or the Zowie EC1-A.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 124mm
  • Width: 68mm
  • Height: 43mm
  • Weight: 88g

The Logitech G403 comes in two versions, wired and wireless.  The wireless is a little more expensive and weighs more (106g) than the wired version (88g).

The wireless version only has the PM3366 sensor though and not the newer HERO sensor so keep this in mind.

Both versions ship with an optional 10g weight that slips on to the bottom of the mouse.  A great feature for those that like to try variations in weight with the mouse.

There are 6 buttons on the mouse, mouse 1, mouse 2, clickable scroll, DPI button and two side buttons.  The side buttons have a nice tactile click and feel sturdy and durable.  However they can squeak when you have sweaty hands.  This is because of the plastic texture of the buttons.  I was able to reduce this by putting tape across them.

The side buttons are large compared to some of the others on the list.  This may be a problem if you have particularly large hands but this is probably not an issue for most people.

The lift-off distance for the G403/G703 sits at around 1.5mm which is perfect and wont provide any problems.  The cable is braided and is quite thick, it is 2 metres in lengh or 6.6 ft.  There is little vibration and glides smoothly across my Qck+.

The G403/G703 has a plastic coating which provides a nice grip and has reduced the amount of sweating I experience.  The sides have a textured rubber finish which also feel durable and provide good grip.  It can scratch a little but its nothing noticeable.

The G703 (wireless version) has amazing battery life.  It can last up to 60 hours with the RGB lighting turned off or up to 48 hours with it turned on.

Logitech mice also have the opportunity to use Logitech’s mouse software.  This is one of the easiest software solutions I have used alongisde SteelSeries.  Profiles can be configured for each game if required or you can just use one of the standard profiles.

The Logitech G403/G703 really is the full package.  It provides comfort across different mouse grips, adjustable weighting, scaling DPI settings, a crisp up to date sensor, RGB lighting and a durable, high grip shell.  

Related: G403 vs G703 Review What’s The Difference?

#7. Steelseries Rival 600

  • TrueMove3+ Sensor
  • Lift-off sensor
  • Huge customisation in weight
  • Best side buttons
  • Quality cable
  • Easy to use software
  • Quite heavy
  • Large mouse so better for bigger hands

One of Steelseries’ most popular mice is the flashy Rival 600.  A little on the expensive side but deservedly so as this is great mouse.

It features the Steelseries Truemove 3+ sensor which is a variation of the 3360 optical sensor.  This provides DPI scaling with the usual increments available across most top-end mice.  It also has a second sensor which Steelseries say is the ‘depth sensor’.  It is meant to adjust to any surface and provides 1 to 1 tracking with its lift-off distance detection.  More on that later.

This is one of the most comfortable mice and is widely recognised across gaming mice fanatics to be a great fit for palm grip players.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 130mm
  • Width: 62mm~
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 98-128g (adjustable weights)

As you can see this is a large mouse, the largest on the list in fact.  It is also noticeably heavy weighing 98g or 128g if you add in the adjustable weights.  The sides are detachable which have slots where you can place individual 4g weights to adjust the weight of the mice exactly to your liking.  This is an awesome feature that provides the player with great customisability.

The Rival 600 has 7 buttons, mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll wheel, CPI button and three side buttons.  The mouse 1 and 2 have a groove on them that feels great.  It almost straightens out my fingers naturally which I like.  

The side buttons have a great feel to them and nice feedback.  They are arguably better than the G403’s.  The furthest button (the one at an angle) I feel is a little too far away for my hand size.  So I feel it is a little useless, but nice for people that have larger hands.

The lift-off distance can be configured and is also managed by Steelseries’ fancy new lift off distance sensor.  Honestly, I think this made zero difference and is primarily useful if you are changing pads often.  It may also benefit those of you that tilt-slam a lot or have aggressive swiping motions when changing direction in game.

The cable is rubberised and smooth, it is 2m in length or around 6.6 feet.  Not as flexibile as some of the otheres on the list because most mice manufacturers are now using paracords instead of rubber cables.

The mouse is solid and has excellent build quality with no audible rattling.  There is a slightly rubberised texture on the back and buttons.  The middle parts between these areas are plastic.  The sides have a rubber texture to them that provide good grip.

The Rival 600 has great build quality, fantastic weight customisation and is very comfortable.  It is slightly on the larger side so I would caution you buying it if you have hands smaller than 18.5cm.

#8. Steelseries Rival 310

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  • TrueMove3 Sensor
  • Durable and quality grips
  • Easy to use software
  • Anti-sweat texture
  • Light
  • Large hump so might take some adjusting
  • Scroll wheel sometimes rattles

Steelseries have perfected the Rival series over the last couple of years.  The Rival 310 is a testament to their progress.  Featuring their TrueMove3 sensor and more durable side grips it is a brilliant all-round palm grip solution.

The TrueMove3 optical sensor is Steelseries’ own optic and provides DPI values within 100-120000 increments to fit any needs.  It is a variation of the PMW3360.

The TrueMove3 is a brilliant optic and definitely rivals the PMW series.  However I haven’t noticed a big enough difference between the two to say which one is best.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 127.6mm
  • Width: 59mm~
  • Height: 42mm
  • Weight: 88.3g

The Rival 310 is quite light compared to most palm grip mice but it feels well balanced and will fit most hand sizes of 17.5-20cm in length.

The Rival 310 has 6 buttons, it uses Omron mechanical switches that are quoted to last for up to 50 million clicks and is ergonomically right-handed.  This is unlike the sensei 310 which is very similar to the rival except it is ambidextrous.  So if you prefer an ambidextrous layout then it would be worth checking out the sensei too.  The buttons include a mouse 1 and mouse 2, scroll wheel, dpi and two side buttons.

The lift-off distance is much and such the same as the G403, around 1.5-1.8mm so nothing else needed to be said there.

The cable is 2 metres in length or 6.6 feet and comprised of a smooth rubber coating.  It is a durable cable, Steelseries cables have always been good in the past.  My rival 300 cable is in great condition which I have had for years now.

Steelseries mice have had problems with their durability in the past, mainly the side grips.  My first Rival 300 (the model prior to the 310) had a lot of problems with the grips.  They started to crumble after around 6 months use.

I complained to Steelseries and they provided me with a completely brand new Rival 300.  This was the second version of the Rival 300 which had brand new more durable side grips.  I have been using that mouse for years now at work and the side grips show barely any signs of wear and tear.

Steelseries have definitely improved their mice in terms of durability so there is nothing to worry about with the new Rival 310.  

The other benefit I have found with Steelseries is that I love the coating they have on their mice.  It greatly reduces the amount I sweat so my hands are always dry which is something a lot of other mice haven’t been able to do for me.

Steelseries also have their own mouse software for setting the DPI easily and controlling all the RGB colours to your heart’s content.  Very easy to setup and doesn’t take up much system resources.

Overall the Rival series has just got better and better each time.  The Rival 310, for this reason, is my number 5, providing a great solution for palm grip players.  The mouse has a great optic, great durability, texture and very comfortable.

#9. Roccat Kone Pure Owl Eye

  • Owl Eye sensor
  • Very good side buttons
  • Solid scroll wheel
  • Perfect for small hands
  • Light
  • Unusual shape that some might have problems with
  • Cable is braided and not as good as others on list.

Roccat now contends with the likes of Steelseries and Logitech as their mice are improving year on year.  The Roccat Kone Pure Owl Eye is definitely an example of this.  

This is the updated version which has a couple of small changes which I will detail.

It features Roccat’s own Owl Eye Sensor which is basically just a modified PMW-3360 sensor.  There is really no difference between a standard 3360 it is a great sensor that provides consistent accuracy and pixel precision.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 118mm
  • Width: 60mm~
  • Height: 39mm
  • Weight: 88g

At 88g it is around the same weight as the Rival 310.  It is however significantly smaller in length so it is better fitted for those with smaller hands.

If you have hands under 17.5cm in length then this mouse is perfect for you.  Due to its weight, it is very nimble and with a smaller hand, it will fit like a glove.  It is also quite low so remember to take that into consideration.

This mouse is a little controversial as some people love it but others hate it.  This is because of the shape as it is a little different compared to most top-end mice.  There is a deep thumb groove on the left-hand side and the base of the mouse curves out creating a unique shape.

There is also a groove on the right-hand side to rest your ring and small finger.  It is one of those mice you just have to try out and see if it fits for you.

The Roccat Kone Pure Owl Eye has 7 buttons including a mouse 1, mouse 2, scroll wheel, plus and minus DPI buttons and two side buttons.  The newer version of the Owl Eye has said to have slightly softer buttons than the older version.  The buttons have a nice tactile feel and mouse 1 and 2 have a short travel time.

The lift-off distance is adjustable but can go as low is 1 dvd in width so it is around the same as the other mice on the list.

The cable is 1.8m in length and is braided.  Something to consider if you prefer rubber cables for less friction and vibrations.

Roccat mice have a nice durable feel to them, the Owl Eye is no different.  It is a sturdy mouse and the texture provides a nice grip.  The shell is now plastic but compared to the older versions it has a more rubberised feeling.  It still feels durable, however.

The Roccat Kone Pure Owl Eye is a fantastic solution for palm grip players.  It applies to players with slightly smaller hands especially and I think if you have hands under 17.5cm then this mouse will be perfect for you.

That said you may need to try it out first as the shape may not be for everyone.  If you have larger hands then you should check out the Roccat Kone EMP.  It is a similar mouse but for larger hands.

Conclusion

Shape and size is the most important factor you should be considering to ensure you buy the right fit for you.  This will affect your performance the most and how much you enjoy using your mouse.

The G Pro Wireless is one the best mice you can buy right now.  If you have small to medium hands and can afford the price tag then this could potentially be your end game mouse.

Don’t forget if you are a palm-claw hybrid you should check out my other list here for the best gaming mice for claw grip players.  If you would like some more information on the different mouse grips and how they might benefit you, check out our mouse grip guide here.

Changelog

09/11/2019 – Complete revamp of the list to accomodate new palm grip mice released across all of 2019
15/07/2019 – Updated G403/G703 sensor since Logitech updated them with the HERO sensor.
12/11/2018 – Added G Pro Wireless to number one spot.

Last Price Update on 2019-11-20 / Data taken from the Amazon Product API

Barry H

Barry H

Barry is the sole writer here at GamingGem. Having played games since the age of 7 he is a gamer at heart. His mission is to make GamingGem the primary resource for gamers to find accurate and unbiased reviews on the latest gaming and tech gear.

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