Top 3 best ergonomic gaming mice for small hands

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re one of the more than 3 billion gamers worldwide [1]. 

But if you are a gamer with small hands, you probably have some challenges using the computer mice that other gamers swear by.

If your gaming prowess is being compromised by hand cramps and poor positioning, you know it’s time to find a replacement mouse.

Thankfully, there are solutions out there. In this article, we’ll look at three of the best ergonomic gaming mice for when size does matter.

Logitech G300S Optical Gaming Mouse

Weight2.89 oz (82 g) mouse only
DimensionsLength: 4.53 in (115 mm)Width: 2.83 in (72 mm)Depth: 1.46 in (37 mm)
Sensor typeOptical
DPI range250-2,500
Polling rateNumber of buttons1 ms 9
ShapeSymmetrical

This tried and proven gaming mouse is perfect for you if you have small hands and use claw gripping. The sides of the G300s are shaped to ensure a perfect thumb fit, regardless of which hand you use.

The corded feature and compact design provide the symmetry and comfort that will make this mouse feel at home in either hand. 

That’s good news for the even rarer group of gamers who are left-handed and have small hands!

With nine programmable buttons, you can set up one-button trigger for actions that typically require menu digs. Simply use the Logitech G HUB software to drag and drop commands to the relevant buttons, and you’ll be on your way to customising this mouse just the way you like.

You’ll find these programmable buttons located in the front, spread out evenly, and easy to reach.

Of course, you can also forget the button-programming and use the default configuration. Your gaming results will still be great!

Bask in on-the-fly DPI shifting with just a click, and enjoy the 5 DPI settings between 250 and 2,500 DPI. This might not seem impressive when stacked up against other gaming mice offering up to 20000 DPI, but most pro-gamers don’t even use such high DPI! (I’m just saying…)

Onboard memory for up to three profiles goes right along with unique colours you can assign to each user profile. That way you can visually recognize which settings you are using, and switch PCs without needing to reinstall software or reconfigure your settings.

The Logitech G300s gaming mouse also boasts an optical sensor that will perform well on all kinds of surfaces. Add to that the low-friction PTFE feet, and you will soon be  more accurate, making smoother motions, and have more precise cursor movements.

PROS:

  • Ambidextrous design
  • Good for claw grip

CONS:

  • Partial macOS compatibility
  • Long cord might be a nuisance if used with a laptop

Glorious Model D Gaming Mouse 

Weight2.36 oz (67g)
DimensionsLength: 4.7 in (129 mm)Width: 2.4-2.6 in (61-66 mm)Depth: 1.3-1.6 in (33-40 mm)
Sensor typeOptical
DPI range100-19,000
Polling rate1 ms
Number of buttons6
ShapeRight-handed

Weighing in at only 67 grams, the Glorious Model D- is a remarkably lightweight and ergonomic gaming mouse. 

This small but mighty gaming mouse is ideal for gamers with small hands who use palm or claw grip styles. 

Made for the right-handed, its ergonomic design will be to the “glorious” (couldn’t resist) comfort of your palm. 

But how can the Glorious Model D- afford such unmatched low weights?

The answer lies partly in their honeycomb shell design. It utilises less material but helps maintain strength. 

It’s easy to clean and the holes improve airflow when your hand is stuck in game-mode. The sides of the mouse have plenty of room for ergonomic grip, and contours for your thumb and little finger. 

The durable matte coating also enhances the ergonomic grip for your intense gaming moments.

The high-quality PTFE feet offer a very smooth gliding experience on desks and mousepads due to their rounded, snag-proof design. They are 0.81mm thick for much-needed durability.

The package also comes with additional larger G-Skates if you want more of the bottom of the mouse covered. 

Another cool feature is that you can use this mouse in both wired and wireless modes. If you choose to connect wirelessly with the USB receiver, you don’t have to worry about a cable causing any drag. 

In wireless modes, you get to spend more time gaming with 71* hours of play time on a single charge. (*Measured with RGB Off)

And when your Model D- Wireless gets low on power, your LEDs will shut off and your scroll wheel will warn you with a flashing red light.

When plugged in, the scroll wheel uses colours to reflect the battery level, but that information can also be found in the Glorious CORE software.

This software is not required to use the mouse since the D- wireless works out of the box with a default DPI setting and a preset 1000 Hz polling rate. 

You will, however, need the Glorious CORE software installed to get the full customizable experience. 

That means you can reprogram all of the buttons and even assign a button to cycle between your custom profiles.

Using the customization software, you can configure up to four custom DPI settings and cycle between them using the DPI button.

PROS:

  • Lag-free wireless
  • Lightweight
  • Superb sensor
  • Great ergonomics
  • Excellent battery life

CONS:

  • No storage for the USB dongle
  • Right-handed only

Razer DeathAdder V2 mini

Weight2.19 oz (62g)
DimensionsLength: 4.5 in (114.2 mm)Width: 2.6 in (65.4 mm) Depth: 1.5 in (38.5 mm)
Sensor typeOptical
DPI range200-8,500
Polling rate1 ms
Number of buttons6
ShapeRight-handed

The smallest in this top three, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is a wired gaming mouse with unrivalled handling and comfort for gamers with smaller hands.

With a mere 2.19 ounces (about the weight of two AA batteries) you can play comfortably for long hours.

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini comes with a flexible cable that has minimal drag. That means you get to be quicker and smoother. The cable maintains very few kinks, so there’s less likelihood it will snag other items in your game space.

As if that were not enough, Razer supplies you with sweat absorbing anti-slip grip tapes. You get them in each box of the Razer Deathadder V2 mini and you can apply them to the top and sides of the mouse.

These grip tapes make for superb handling and improved ergonomics.

As one of the lightest mice available, the Razer Deathadder V2 mini is great for FPS, MMO and ultra-light gaming. The click latency is low, the DPI range is wide, and all of its six buttons are reprogrammable. 

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini has a slight right-handed slant and you can expect a good gliding experience with the 100% virgin grade PTFE feet.

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 software. This software enables you to customize DPI, polling rate, and RGB lighting, without needing an account. 

The software isn’t compatible with macOS.  But considering that the on-board memory preserves your settings when you switch computers, that’s not such a bad deal!

PROS:

  • Very lightweight.
  • Highly customizable
  • Low click latency.
  • Great build quality.
  • Suitable for all grip styles

CONS:

  • Software incompatible with macOS
  • Right-handed only

What makes a gaming mouse ergonomic?

When you’re searching for an ergonomic gaming mouse, let’s go through some important points to keep in mind.

Contoured

A true ergonomic gaming mouse has contours that allow your fingers to rest instead of reach.

One way to achieve ergonomics is to minimise the work your fingers have to do. A gaming mouse should reduce the need for your fingers to stretch, so you won’t be subjecting your fingers to overwork and strain. The result will be an overall more ergonomic experience.

Angled

Many good ergonomic gaming mice have a vertical design or an optimized angle to avoid wrist pronation [2].

Traditional computer mice keep your forearm in pronation because of their flat surfaces. 

From an ergonomic viewpoint, that means placing a static load and strain on your wrist and forearm. The result may be discomfort and ultimately, repetitive strain injury (RSI). 

You want a mouse that gives anywhere between 10 degrees to 90 degrees angle [3].

Multi-button

Genuinely ergonomic gaming mice come with multiple buttons that allow easy clicking. 

The side buttons on gaming mice [4] (also called programmable buttons) help gamers with speed and efficiency. With just the touch of a button (literally) a slew of in-game commands can be given. 

That means many keyboard functions can be replaced by the gaming mouse’s functionality. The result will be less work for your hands, and of course, better gaming performance!

Factors to consider 

When finding your best ergonomic gaming mouse, there are a number of questions you may want to ask yourself.

What is your grip style?

Most gamers use one of three grip styles: claw, palm and fingertip.

The claw grip lets you control your mouse mostly by using your fingers. 

In the fingertip grip, only your fingertips are on the mouse – your palm is always up and off the mouse. 

With the palm grip, your palm rests on the mouse’s heel and motion is controlled by your arm and hand.

There is no one grip style for every gamer. What matters is that you know your style and select an appropriate gaming mouse that will accommodate that style. 

What is your budget?

There is no price on your health. 

But with so many options on the market for ergonomic gaming mice, considering your budget isn’t a bad idea. 

On the budget end of the spectrum, you can find top-rated ergonomic gaming mice on Amazon as low as $20 USD.

You also have the option to go all the way up to 5-star choices as high as $400, but who would notice?

If you can afford it and it helps you play in comfort, shop around and get what works best for you.

What is your hand size?

According to Razer, hands up to 6.7″ long and 3.3″ wide put you in the small category.

So should you go out right now and find a gaming mouse with those exact dimensions?

Easy tiger!

For maximum comfort, some suggest your mouse should be about 60% of the length and width of your hand (credit to Rocket Jump Ninja for this suggestion)!

So just to be sure of what you’re working with, take a measuring tape and follow these instructions: 

  • Lay your hand flat with your palm facing up on a flat surface.
  • To determine the length of your hand, measure the distance between the first crease of your wrist and the tip of your longest finger.
  • To find the width, measure the distance from the tip of your thumb to the end of your palm.

See this guide for more information.

Conclusion

If you’re a gamer with small hands, you can improve your gaming comfort by switching to one of these three best ergonomic gaming mice for small hands!

References

[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/293304/number-video-gamers/#:~:text=Number%20of%20video%20gamers%20worldwide%202021%2C%20by%20region&text=In%20total%2C%20there%20were%20an,billion%20gamers%20across%20the%20globe.

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282659809_Evaluation_of_flat_angled_and_vertical_computer_mice_and_their_effects_on_wrist_posture_pointing_performance_and_preference

[3] http://www.ergopedia.ca/risk_factors/Pronation_or_Working_with_the_Hands_Flat_on_the_Worksurface.html

[4] https://techusersguide.com/what-gaming-mouse-side-buttons-used-for/