Best Claw Grip Mouse

2021 Ultimate Buyers Guide


2021 Winner: Glorious Model O

4.8 out of 5

Glorious Model O is the most hyped up mouse of 2021. This right-handed mouse is the lightest on the market. Weighing only 67g for the matte design and 68g for the glossy model. It has just about everything a gamer needs.

No mouse can satisfy all. When it comes to comparing size, shape, and weight, we all look for particular features. That’s why it becomes special to you when you find the right one.

Claw grip players are known for precision and stability. You are looking for a mouse that is lightweight, yet accurate and the right size. After all, a mouse has to fit in with your hand size. When you have identified what you need in your mouse, it’s time to compare the various offerings on the market.

Today’s post delves into five of the best claw grip mice.

You can expect mice from top brands like Logitech and new entries like Glorious Model O. The latter happens to be our top pick. It’s not surprising that the top choice is a mouse developed by gamers.

It’s not just about the flash anymore, we want functionality and affordability. That’s what Glorious Model O has delivered. It is a wired mouse. And we understand you may want to ditch the cable altogether. That’s why we have also included the best wireless gaming mouse for claw grip players.

Logitech G Pro is our first choice in the wireless spectrum. We must say it does not come cheap. But its wireless performance, accuracy, and ergonomics are to die for.

Best Claw Grip Mouse Reviews for 2021


Editors Pick 2021

1. Glorious Model O - Best Overall

Glorious Model O is the most hyped up mouse of 2021. This right-handed mouse is the lightest on the market. Weighing only 67g for the matte design and 68g for the glossy model. It has just about everything a gamer needs.

Brief Description

  • 6-button design
  • PMW 3360 sensor
  • Highly accurate Omron Switches
  • Super light honeycomb shell
  • Smooth G-skate feet
  • Flexible Paracord cable

Size and Shape

Pro gamers can relate to this mouse. It is similar to Zowie FK series. And, it’s half the weight of the Zowie EC1-A. It is optimized for performance thanks to the honeycomb shell. Glorious has managed to shed some grams by curving out holes on the shell. You won’t feel the holes when using it though.

Glorious Model O does not have a hump at the base. It has a gradual slope towards the back with a base that is thinner at the center than the back. This shape is what makes it ideal for claw grippers. You won’t feel like your fingers are reaching too far or too close.

When it comes to the size, it is ideally a mouse for medium to large-sized hands. If your hand size is smaller than 17.5cm you are better off with a different mouse.

The honeycomb shell means that some material is missing. Not to say it won’t last long. But we noticed that if you use both hands to squeeze it, you’ll activate the first side button. It should not keep you from buying this mouse. Activating the first side button won’t happen in gaming. Well, because you won’t be squeezing it as you grip it or use two hands.

Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Glorious Model O uses Omron switches. They are snappy and consistent with a nice level of responsiveness. We don’t see you dealing with mushiness. The six button-design is typical of the average FPS mouse.

You won’t wish for more. It has left and right buttons, two side buttons, the DPI button, and the scroll wheel. The DPI indicator is on the bottom of the mouse. Since this is a right-handed mouse, you won’t be able to use the side buttons if you use it with the left hand.

We find that the side buttons are small and thin. If you are in a hectic game, you can’t tell the difference because there’s no real gap between them.

Mouse one and two are tactile buttons. They have a low actuation force. This comes in handy when looking for accuracy and precision in the likes of Rage 2.

Glorious Model O features a subtle scroll wheel. It is robust, reliable, and most of all quiet. It registers every click without issues.

Sensor

Glorious Model O is just what we expected in terms of the PMW 3360 sensor. It’s much like the Hero 16K sensor which is the top selling feature by Logitech. Nothing much has changed with the Hero 16K except for being more power-efficient. It’s a nice feature when using a wireless mouse. But with the Glorious Model O, you will be more than happy with the PMW3360 sensor.

It performs flawlessly. There are no issues with jittering, smoothing, or acceleration.

Cable and Feet

This mouse has implemented nearly all recent innovations. The paracord cable is one that makes it tick. It is very flexible in that all you need is a bungee and it will feel wireless. It allows you to maintain high levels of accuracy. More so in games where twitch reflexes are a must.

This review is not complete without appreciating the G-skate feet on this mouse. We have seen many mice, but none comes with the feet already worn in. This means Glorious Model O will glide smoothly straight from its package.

Software

Glorious Model O is a plug and play mouse. Glorious software is completely optional. It is a simple one-page platform. You can optimize settings for lighting, polling rate, DPI, and many others.

What’s not to like

From the price to the shell design, it’s hard to pinpoint one objective flaw. The only thing we can complain about is the oily feeling on the glossy model. If you have sweaty hands, we recommend the matte model of this mouse.


Best Wireless

2. Logitech G Pro Wireless- Best Wireless

Logitech uses a distinct approach on the Logitech G Pro wireless. It boasts the latest, high-efficiency HERO 16K sensor and flawless wireless technology. But these features are in a stripped-down design with no frills or extra features. Logitech has named it the best esports grade gaming mouse.

It’s all a professional gamer wants which begs the question- how well will regular players like it?

Brief Description

  • Lightspeed Wireless Technology
  • Swappable side buttons
  • Ambidextrous design for right and left-handed users
  • 48-60 hours of battery life

Shape and Size

Another lightweight mouse at only 80g. When compared to the likes of Logitech G603 at 112.3g and Razer Mamba wireless which is 106g, 80g is as light as it gets with a complete shell.

In gaming, you should experience faster mouse movements. Especially when you want to perform flick movements. Improving your gaming performance is not something we can talk of the weight. Although Logitech would want us to believe so.

The low-profile design of the Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse will not turn heads. It has a smooth, black plastic with no textured sides. It lacks any protrusions which mean it does not have anywhere to rest your fingers. On the bright side, this allows it to implement the ambidextrous design.

Both left-handed users and right-handed users will find it super comfortable. It has no weird bumps and you can add and remove buttons as you like.

It’s nice to see a professional mouse that’s opposite of the G900. And, it only needs a little pressure to move around.

Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Another area that Logitech has toned down is the buttons on the Logitech G Pro. You can have anywhere from 4-8 buttons. If you like more thumb buttons you can have up to four. The buttons are heavier than those of the wired Logitech G Pro. They are quite tactile but still responsive for stellar gaming.

The buttons use magnets to hold down the buttons. They snap in an out when you want to add or remove buttons. You get two extra buttons in the package. It also comes with two extra placeholders for when you want to store the buttons you remove.

A surprising feature on Logitech G Pro is the position of the DPI button. Instead of the usual locations below the scroll wheel or above the right button, it is at the bottom. So much for changing DPI in-game. But professionals rarely do so. We know what DPI to play at depending on the game and the character you will be playing.

Most players change the DPI between games. The usual location is not something that professionals will miss.

The rubber scroll wheel is a nice touch. But you won’t be all smiles if you tend to scroll through costumes and weapons using the scroll wheel. This is because the steps do not have excellent tension between them.

Sensor

The Hero 16K sensor is a key feature of the Logitech G Pro Wireless. It has a min DPI of 100 and max DPI of 16,000. What Logitech is selling is the power efficiency of this mouse. Wireless mice that use the PMW 3366 sensor tend to have up to 30 hours of battery life with RGB turned off.

On Logitech G Pro Wireless, you can get anywhere from 48 hours with RGB and 60 hours with RGB turned off. Not to mention, it supports Powerplay wireless charging. It means you don’t need to insert a cable at any point when using this mouse.

The HERO 16K sensor has 50G acceleration and 400IPS tracking speeds. And, you can change DPI on Logitech software with increments of 50 DPI.

Wireless Performance

Lightspeed Wireless Technology is a feature that stacks this mouse against the competition. Most people can’t tell the difference between this mouse and a wired mouse. It has no input lag whatsoever. It boasts 1ms report rate to deliver solid gaming every time.

What’s not to like?

One thing is for sure with a high-end brand like Logitech. That the price tag is not all merry if you are on a budget. It is quite pricey compared to Glorious Model O which sells at less than half the price.


Budget Friendly Option

3. SteelSeries Sensei 310- Ambidextrous and Budget-Friendly

SteelSeries Sensei 310 is one of the cheapest ambidextrous mice you will find today. Many qualify as ambidextrous. But few are as comfortable for lefties as this mouse. It is aimed at professional gamers and is ideal for most types of games.

Brief Description

  • An ultralight frame at 92g
  • Solid build quality
  • Sandy finish for extra grip
  • High-quality silicone sides
  • Advanced TrueMove3 optical sensor

Shape and Size

SteelSeries Sensei 310 comes in a light frame. It weighs 92g which is great for fast shots. You will get the confidence to engage the enemy since it is easy to grip. Unfortunately, if you prefer a heavier or lighter mouse, you can’t adjust the weight of this mouse.

Sensei 310 has a flat design in a low profile. It is narrow with curves that welcome both palm and claw grip styles. We like that the textured sides are not of rubber but silicone. It is an excellent addition since it helps to maintain a firm grip.

Buttons and Scroll Wheel

SteelSeries Sensei 310 has an 8-button layout. It has two sets of thumb buttons on either side. The DPI button is on top of the mouse. It can toggle between two DPI settings only in-game. Most players stick to one DPI setting in-game.

The thumb buttons come activated. You can deactivate the ones you won’t be using. This way, you won’t accidentally press them. All eight buttons are programmable. But you’ll only use six of them because of the side buttons.

The scroll wheel is contoured. It is quite comfortable to click. The steps are defined meaning you won’t find it hard to scroll when choosing weapons.

Sensor

Sensei 310 is a unique mouse. it uses an accurate sensor; TrueMove3 optical sensor. SteelSeries developed this sensor in partnership with Pixart. Pixart is well known as the developer of nearly all sensors used in mice. TrueMove3 optical sensor has up to 12,000 DPI. It tracks at 400IPS with a 1ms report rate.

The sensor responds quickly with precision. It deals with jittering and spinning out much like the PMW3366. It is an exceptional sensor. You will land headshots even with shaky hands.

Software

Sensei 310 runs on SteelSeries Engine 3 software. It has an intuitive user interface. Nothing is hard to grasp. You can create profiles, change DPI, reprogram buttons, etc. The software is compatible with Windows and Mac. It is unified such that it supports all SteelSeries gear. You can use settings from the mouse on a different PC without going back to the platform.

What’s not to like?

The only thing that’s not top-notch on Sensei 310 is the non-braided cable. Although it is comfortable, the durability is not as great as you would find on braided cables.


Best Bang for the Buck

4. BenQ Zowie FK-1- Best Cheap Option

Zowie FK1 has been a favorite among FPS and esports players. Designed to be functional and affordable, we can see why it is still relevant in today’s gaming world.

Brief Description

  • Avago ADNS 3310 sensor
  • Flexible rubber cable
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Huano switches
  • Low actuation buttons
  • Two large feet for smooth gliding

Shape and Size

Zowie FK1 follows a similar trend in a low-profile design. It lacks a hump towards the back which is expected in a mouse for claw grip style. Because it does not have a high arc. Fingertip gamers will also find it comfortable without breaking it in.

This mouse is similar in size to Glorious Model O. It is a medium-sized mouse that will suit hand sizes up to 18.5 cm. With a height of 6cm, small-sized hands will not find it comfortable.

We do like that it has a matte black finish which makes it easy to grip. Even with sweaty hands, we don’t see it being uncomfortable after long hours of gaming.

At 89g, this mouse is within its right as a lightweight mouse. It gives you control so that you can make faster accurate aims. More so for FPS players, you won’t be missing shots in Overwatch. It is easy to master your skill and discover cool Easter Eggs as you go.

Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Zowie FK1 uses Huano switches. It has an 8-button layout. All the buttons have a low actuation force. The right button is somehow defined and you can tell it from the left just by feel. We like that every button is placed at a nice distance from the other. This way, it won’t be easy to click.

Since this is an ambidextrous mouse, the buttons on the right side are not activated by default. You have to combine a set of buttons to activate them when the mouse is unplugged. The instructions for activating the side buttons are on the side of the box.

Like Logitech G Pro Wireless, this mouse has the DPI button on the bottom. It allows setting of the DPI between 400-3200. Different colors indicate the set DPI from red to green. It eliminates guesswork when changing DPI between games.

This mouse features a nicely designed scroll wheel with defined steps. The noise is not annoying and we find it responsive to every click.

Sensor

Zowie FK1 uses an old sensor- Avago ADNS-3310. It is still an effective sensor since it is not prone to jittering and spinning out. It maintains a high level of accuracy thanks to its 5.4 m/s tracking speed. This speed is more than ideal for gaming.

You don’t need to download anything before using this mouse. It is plug-and-play and every setting you need to change can be done by combining the buttons. The report rate is also changeable between 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

Cable and Feet

You get a 6.6ft rubber cable. It is flexible but not as good as the Paracord on the Glorious O model. You will need a bungee. Fortunately, BenQ makes one of the best- the Zowie Camade bungee.

On the bottom of the mouse, there are two large feet. They provide smooth gliding so you won’t have trouble executing your moves.

What’s not to like

So much has happened in the gaming mouse industry since the release of the Zowie FK1. If you are buying your first mouse on a budget, it may be a mouse to consider. But innovative features like a Hero 16K sensor are now dominating the market.


Best Ergonomic Option

5. Logitech G403/ G703- Best Ergonomic Claw Grip Mouse

Logitech is keen to stay atop of its game. With the entry of the HERO 16K sensor, just about every Logitech mouse is getting an update. We are talking the G403 and G703. When looking for an affordable Logitech mouse, there are not many for claw grip users.

The G703 is wireless while the G403 is wired. They are similar in all other specs except for the weight.

Brief Description

  • 87g- G403
  • 95g – G703
  • Onboard memory for profiles
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • Tactile Omron switches

Shape and Size

The G403 and G703 are identical in shape and size. But the G703 is a few grams heavier. G703 Hero is lighter since the original version with the PMW3366 sensor is 107g. You still get 10g to customize the weight for those who like a heavy mouse.

The size of this mouse is on the large side. The width of 6.9cm means not most people with a hand size under 17cm will use it. There is a hump towards the back. You would think it benefits palm grip style, but it tends to make your hand cramp if you use the palm grip style.

The shell features a matte black coating. It is complemented by rubberized sides. It has a large groove to rest the fingers on the left side. As such, left-handers will not be able to use it. This is a first with Logitech as they rarely use the Ergonomic word to describe a mouse.

Even so, you will find that G403 and G703 needs a little time getting used to. On the bottom of the G703, you will find the on/off switch as well as the base to input the extra weight.

Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Logitech G403/G703 have a six-button design. They showcase a high level of consistency. All thanks to the use of the metal-spring tensioning system. Combined with the Omron switches, you will like how crisp each click feels. The good thing is that even the side buttons maintain the same tactile feel that’s felt on the right and left side buttons.

The mouse follows with a rubberized scroll wheel. We must say it feels much better to click on this scroll wheel than on the Logitech G Pro wireless. There’s no hint of delay when registering clicks at any points.

The DPI switch is on top of the mouse. It allows toggling with the DPI from 200 to 16,000 DPI. If you tend to click on the DPI buttons accidentally, you can disable it. It means you won’t be clicking on guns when you need to be striking just because you accidentally changed the DPI.

Sensor

Experience zero filtering, smoothing, and acceleration with the Hero 16K sensor. Logitech introduced this sensor in its high-end offerings. And to say the least, it is a high-performance sensor. It boasts 400+ IPS and 1ms report rate. Whether you choose the wired or wireless version, there’s nothing like annoying lags.

Another thing we like about the sensor is that it performs well on every surface. Whether it’s glass, ceramic, or an old mouse pad, it delivers the same accurate performance.

What’s not to like

No worries about battery life on G403. But on the G703 a means to tell you the battery level could a welcome addition. No one likes waking up to find their mouse is only a few minutes from a low battery. And using the thick braided cable to charge while playing is not fun either.

Conclusion

There are few innovations on every new generation of mice. Manufacturers continue to add more configurable buttons and higher DPI. But these features rarely improve the performance of a mouse. For claw grip players, the shape and size of the mouse are more important than more buttons and the latest features.

Our top pick for today is the ultralight Glorious O model. It is a pocket-friendly mouse which offers the best of today’s advanced features. As good as it is, there’s still a cable hanging from it. If you are not feeling the Paracord, Logitech G Pro Wireless is the next choice for you. But you can still opt for a cheaper wireless model like the G703 Hero.

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