Wired Vs Wireless Gaming Mice: What Should I Buy?

by | Jul 23, 2019 | Beginner Guides

When you’re going for a gaming mouse, you want to go for one that fits all your needs. It may need to be comfortable, have a decent design, or have RGB options.

One aspect of a gaming mouse that is often overlooked is its connectivity. Wired Vs Wireless gaming mice is a long-lasting debate, both having their pros and cons over each other.

Why Should You Consider A Wired Gaming Mouse

Wired/Cabled
PROS
  • Less Delay. Cables offer faster data transfer than their Bluetooth and WiFI counterparts.
  • Consistent & more stable. Not susceptible to inferference.
  • Cheaper.
  • No batteries. Just plug in and play.
CONS
  • Cable clutter. This can be bad when working on a minimalistic build, or generelly dislikes cables.

First, let’s discuss its connectivity. Wired gaming mice mostly use USB ports for connectivity. You either plug the cable into a USB 2.0 or a USB 3.0 port, even if your computer doesn’t have USB 3.0, you will find that USB 2.0 works perfectly fine, and is fast enough for gaming mice.

Now the speed of wired gaming mice by default is faster than wireless Bluetooth connection. There is no delay caused by the cable between the mouse and the computer, the only delay you will experience is the polling rate, I have written a guide about polling rate here!

Even though the delay between wired and wireless is minuscule, this delay can make a big difference in competitive situations. Gamers will try their best to minimalize all their disadvantages, so for gamers, wired mice are the better option.

Even though we’ve established that wireless mice are better for speed, they are also more stable. Most wireless gaming mice use Bluetooth or wifi which are subject to interference, so the potential of losing a competitive situation is higher.

Wireless mice are also cheaper. You can pick up the same corded gaming mouse cheaper than its wireless counterpart. An example of this is the Razer Mamba Wireless coming in at $99, and the wired counterpart coming in at $89.

Corded Mice don’t suffer from battery-related problems such as recharging. This issue isn’t as big as you think as most cordless gaming mice come with an extra battery you can swap from seamless gameplay.

Wireless mice of today tend to come with heavy batteries that will add significant weight to the mouse. If you’re FPS gaming, you want a light mouse that you can move swiftly for quick movements with low DPI. More on the weight of the mouse can be found here: Light vs heavy gaming mice.

Why Should You Consider A Wireless Gaming Mouse

Wireless
PROS
  • No cables means no drag when gaming. This is bad in competitive situations.
  • More aesthetically pleasing.
  • More portable.
CONS
  • Batteries. They require charging.
  • The wireless signal can be susceptible to interference

The latest gaming mice of today have ditched the Bluetooth option and have implemented their own dedicated WiFi technology. This technology is significantly faster, more stable, and more finetuned for gaming.

The removal of the cable does have its upsides. when gaming you will experience no drag caused by corded gaming mice. This drag could mess up your aim significantly when gaming and many pros dislike corded mice for this.

Aesthetics of wired mice is a topic of personal preference, but many will find that a cordless mouse looks better including me. This isn’t such a big deal, but for a minority, aesthetics is an important aspect they take personally.

When you complete a gaming setup and you see cables everywhere, it’s a massive turnoff for most. Now picture that same setup with no cords to be seen, Wireless wins on the aesthetic side for me.

Which One Should I Buy?

If you’re buying your first gaming mice, you should buy a corded/wired gaming mice. This is because they offer superior connectivity, consistency, and they’re overall cheaper.

However, that is just my recommendation, you should purchase whatever mice that fits your needs.

You should really try both to find out what you really enjoy using. That’s the only way to truly find out what is good for you.

It’s good to understand why someone would purchase a wireless mouse. They may enjoy the seamless uninterrupted mouse movement it offers due to no cable drag.

Or they may purchase a corded gaming mouse because they don’t want any wifi interruptions and hate having to change batteries.