Best Gaming Mouse for Palm, Claw, and Fingertip Grips 2018

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Some collect cards, I collect gaming mice. It's a bit of an obsession. They're like my weapons and many of them have a use.

I've had my hands on just about every gaming mouse on the market. Below I've narrowed my favorites down to three. One for fingertip, palm, and claw grips.
I've had my hands on just about every gaming mouse on the market. Below I've narrowed my favorites down to three. One for fingertip, palm, and claw grips.

There's a lot of good gaming mice on the market that now have what I'd consider flawless optical sensors. The case can be made that one of these sensors is slightly better than the other; however, this difference seems negligible to me when compared to the shape and weight.

As someone who plays competitively in FPS games, I just want something that can fit various grips that I use throughout a match or when practicing. I tend to switch grips based on the situation and whether I need quickness, accuracy, or a grip that I can hold for hours.

If you prefer to use a single grip or simply use one type more than another, look for a mouse that has a shape that works well with your type of grip. The size of your hands should also be a consideration.

Below, I'll take you through a few of my favorites. If you're not sure what type of grip you have, here's a brief explanation.

Top Rated Palm Grip Gaming Mouse

Without a doubt, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is the most popular mouse on the market right now. I've surveyed thousands of gamers and the results are overwhelming.

On the other side of the coin, anytime I bring up the Razer DeathAdder I have a hundred people tell me how poor Razer's quality is and how fast it will break. Having used the last 3 generations of Razer DeathAdder I can tell you that I haven't had one break on me yet. At the same time, I've broken several other mice in my lineup.

With that said, my favorite palm grip gaming mouse is the Razer DeathAdder. It sits beside my Castor on my desk and is a good option to have based on what I'm doing. In the DeathAdder, Razer has rubberized thumb grips on the right and left side of the mouse and a shape that works for just about any type of grip.

Unless you're a pure fingertip grip gamer with big hands, I'd go with either the Razer DeathAdder Chroma or the Castor above. Those who have a fingertip grip with medium to large sized hands that want weight tuning and a slightly larger mouse should consider the Logitech 502 below.

Summary:

The Razer DeathAdder is still the most popular gaming mouse on the market. It can be used for virtually any grip and is even good for most hand sizes. It's lightweight, has good grip, and ideal for twitch-sensitive games. The Razer DeathAdder essential is a good budget gaming mouse that's nearly identical for around $10 less.

Chroma vs DeathAdder Elite

Razer DeathAdder Elite - Chroma Enabled RGB Ergonomic Gaming Mouse - World's Most Precise Optical Sensor - Comfortable Grip - The Esports Gaming Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Elite - Chroma Enabled RGB Ergonomic Gaming Mouse - World's Most Precise Optical Sensor - Comfortable Grip - The Esports Gaming Mouse

The DeathAdder Elite is another good option that is very similar. Good changes include the slightly more flexible cable, deeper thumb grooves, DPI buttons, and a slightly better sensor in the PM3389T3QU.

 

Best Gaming Mouse for Claw Grips

This is a picture I recently took to show the difference in shape, starting right to left, of the Razer DeathAdder, Mionix Castor, Avior, and Naos 7000.
This is a picture I recently took to show the difference in shape, starting right to left, of the Razer DeathAdder, Mionix Castor, Avior, and Naos 7000.

Mionix Castor

I've had the opportunity to use nearly all of the Mionix lineup and the Castor is their best gaming mouse yet. Their popular Avior and Naos are nice but lack the rubberized grips Mionix gave to the Castor. More importantly, the Mionix Castor Optical is lightweight and has a shape that works for palm, claw, and fingertip grips. If you want to know more of my thoughts on the Mionix lineup, I'll leave a video I made below so you can check it out.

Beyond the size and shape of the Castor, it's the small details I like the best. Specifically, the way the thumb grip goes inward makes it easy for me to maintain my grip.

Aesthetically the Castor looks nice as well with a matte black silky finish, customized LED lighting, and a braided cable.

Summary:

When you're playing games there are several reasons you'll be drawn to this mouse. As I mentioned above, its light weight is paramount for me. Also, it's easy to grip. The sides curve inward and make it easier to aim. That being said, this is my own personal preference. I have mid to large-sized hands and what I prefer may be different than what you like.

Best Fingertip Grip Mouse for PC Gamers

Logitech G602

Because fingertip grips can vary slightly, it's important to have a mouse that allows you to grip it in various ways.

If you have a grip like this, then I highly recommend you go with the Logitech G602. If you have small hands, you may opt for the Castor or DeathAdder instead; however, medium to large-sized hands that use a fingertip grip will be hard pressed to find a better shape or sensor.

As a daily user, the Logitech G602 is currently my favorite. The thumb rest along with the free-flowing scroll wheel make browsing and working a breeze.

That being said that same thumb rest may get in the way for some who aren't used to having one in games.

Summary:

Overall, the G602 is one of my favorites for daily use. If you're looking for a good gaming mouse that also functions as your work mouse, this is a great option. In games, it's accurate and well-made.

If you're looking for additional options fingertip options, the Roccat Kova+ and CM Storm Spawn are good options as well.

Claw Grip

At the top we have the claw grip which is characterized by the rather large arch shape that the fingers make in order to press buttons.

This is a great grip if you're looking for additional stability and accuracy as you use the bottom of your hand to stabilize the mouse. This is especially true in games where you have long movements of the mouse while a fingertip grip is typically the most accurate over short movements.

Palm Grip

Above is the palm grip which is characterized by the gamer having a grip of the mouse with the heel of their palm. This particular grip works best with mice that have ergonomic contours which take the natural shape of the users hand.

Gamers who have large hands or especially a large palm may find that this is the most comfortable to use. Those with very large hands may ultimately decide that they need to use the fingertip grip. In the end you lose a little bit of accuracy with the palm grip while not fatiguing as quickly as with the fingertip and claw grips.

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Fingertip Grip

Above is the fingertip grip which is used when gamers use just their fingertips to grasp the mouse. This grip is very accurate when moving the mouse over short distances.

The best way to use this particular grip is to learn how to use it with 3 movements; fingers, wrist, and arm. Use your fingers for short distances, wrist for medium, and arm for longer distances.

Do Professional Gamers Ever Change or Re-Train Their Grip?

Absolutely, but you may need to retrain how you aim and move your mouse. I find that claw grippers can easily transition to the other two grips (and may from time to time.)

Also, some people like to use more than one grip. I typically use a palm grip while playing casually and switch to a claw grip when I'm in a heated match.

What Type of Grip do You Use?

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My Recent Video Comparing the Naos, Castor, DeathAdder, and Avior

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      Shane 5 weeks ago

      oh my, look at that statistic, and so, those companies still produce palm grip as their main products :(

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      Eugene 7 weeks ago

      Best ever finger tip mouse is Raizor Taipan cause it has such shape that you can lift it up using your thumb and little finger and it wont slide down like ice!!!!

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      Gary 8 weeks ago

      Confusing post on the Logitech. In the Death Adder section you mention the G502 will be covered later, under fingertip you first show a pic of the 502, then review the 602 with a pic of the 602 under

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      mike 2 months ago

      The source don't know what a fingertip grip is. He's still showing a palm grip.

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      Expert 3 months ago

      Excellent article. People with tiny princess hands need to get over themselves. For me, a G602 is a perfect fingertip grip mouse... the problem is I want a full size palm grip mouse.

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      Yatin 3 months ago

      Poor Article mate. Best fingertip grip mouse are small in size. Zowie FK2 and ZA13 are considerably good.

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      4 months ago

      Maybe this guide makes more sense for people with large (19cm+ long) hands, as the "correct" mouse for each grip varies by hand size in addition to grip, and of course shape preference. For instance, people with small-medium sized hands on fingertip would likely be much better served with a lighter, smaller mouse like the G203 / G Pro, than the huge G602. Also, the picture of the fingertip grip looks like a loose palm grip, from the angle given.

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      FTip 4 months ago

      You don't want use a brick like Logitech G602 for fingertip grip. It's certainly possible, as I used it's predecessor for quite a while, but it's simply too heavy for fast movements over the course of several hours.

      Also, the picture provided for fingertip grip does not actually show fingertip grip. When you're fingertipping, your palm would typically rest on the mat and there would be ample space between the base of your palm and the back of your mouse, which allows the mouse to be moved up/down/side to side, using only fingers, not involving the arm at all.

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      xx 6 months ago

      Dont think Deathadder is great fingertip mouse. As a fingertip user, I want something smaller. Simpler, smaller, three button mice work great.

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      Scott 8 months ago

      Just what I was looking for, thanks.

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