Best Gaming Mouse For Palm, Claw, and Fingertip Grips 2017
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, any time 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 on my lineup.
With that said, my favorite palm grip gaming mouse is the Razer DeathAdder. It sits besides my Castor on my desk and is a good option to have based upon 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 purely 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.
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
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
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.
When you're playing games there are several reasons you'll be drawn to this mouse. As I mentioned above, the 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
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 G502. 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 G502 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.
Overall, the G502 is my favorite daily user. 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.
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.
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.
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.