The palm grip is the most common type of mouse grip among gamers due to the comfort and control that it provides.
Some of you may also have a palm-claw hybrid grip where you adopt the characteristics of both styles.
Regardless of which one you are, this is a list of the best palm grip mice on the market. I have outlined my top 6 with detailed descriptions.
If you are a palm-claw hybrid player you should check out my other article on the best gaming mouse for claw grip players too.
For those of you wanting a quick answer, the Logitech G Pro wireless is my top pick for palm grip players. I would only recommend it for players that palm grip or claw grip with hands no larger than 19.0cm
If your hands are larger than that or the G Pro Wireless is out of your budget range then I would suggest the G403. It is still a top mouse at a very competitive price. It is often on sale too over at Amazon if you are interested in picking one up.
Read on to allow me to explain why you should be considering these two mice.
What is the Palm Grip?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 6 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. Logitech G Pro Wireless
The new king of Logitech mice has arrived, 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.
- 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 coming in at only 80g.
This is the lightest mouse I have tried and I am impressed with the balance of the weight.
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. 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.
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.
I had to update this list after I tried the G Pro Wireless. Previously, the G403 would be my number one recommended mouse for palm grip players but the G Pro Wireless improves upon everything the G403 does.
However, due to its small body the G Pro Wireless won’t suit everyone. If you have hands larger than around 18.5cm you might struggle to palm grip this mouse. In that case I would recommend the next mouse on the list, the G403.
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. The G Pro Wireless has been selling out fast so it might be difficult to get your hands on one.
#2. Logitech G403
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The Logitech G403 and G703 are two of the most used mice amongst professional Overwatch players.
Logitech has been making better and better mice as the years have passed. The G403 has really ticked all the boxes and is widely considered one of the best mice by most mice fanatics.
It features the PMW3366 optic, one of the top optics on the market and reduces the issue of spin-out when tilt-slaming. This is a known issue with the older PMW3310.
The Logitech G403 is not exclusive to the palm grip, in fact it is actually perfect for claw grip too which is why it is number one on the list. It is the perfect palm, claw or palm-claw hybrid mouse.
The PMW3366 offers a DPI range from 200-12,000 and the mouse itself is similar in size to the Razer DeathAdder or the Zowie EC1-A.
- 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).
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 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 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 wireless version of the G403 has a battery life of up to 20 hours which is great compared to some other wireless mice on the market.
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 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.
Before the G Pro Wireless this was my number one recommended mouse for palm grip players. It still holds its own and I would still recommend it if you are on a budget or have larger hands. It is an excellent all-rounder
I am a huge fan of Zowie mice and have owned an FK1 for a year or so now. It is my go-to mouse, especially for FPS gaming. But it is more for claw grip players so I believe the EC2-B with its upgraded sensor to the 3360 is a fantastic alternative 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 FK series.
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.
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.
It is of average/high weight at around 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 which is the exact same.
There are 5 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.
There have been some complaints about the mouse 1 and mouse 2 buttons of the early batches of EC2-B’s across the gaming mice community but they seem to have been mostly fixed by Zowie. 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:
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.
#4. Steelseries Rival 600
One of Steelseries’ newest mice is the flashy Rival 600. A little on the expensive side but deservedly so as this is a top mouse contender.
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.
- 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 weight and length of the mouse is the reason it is on my palm grip list and not my claw grip list. I would recommend around 18-21cm sized hands for palm grip for the Rival 600.
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. Nothing more to say here!
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 is an excellent mouse and should be at the top of any list when it comes to gaming mouse recommendations. I would definitely consider it alongside the G403. It 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 17.5cm.
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.
- 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.
#6. Roccat Kone Pure Owl Eye
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.
- Length: 118mm
- Width: 60mm~
- Height: 39mm
- Weight: 88g
Another light mouse fits onto the list, 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 honestly 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.
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.
Otherwise, I would recommend the G403. It ticks a lot of boxes across all the criteria with it being comfortable, durable, well shaped and having a solid optic.
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.
Last Price Update on 2019-02-20 / Data taken from the Amazon Product API