We use the phrase “quiet as a mouse” to describe something that’s not just quiet but unobtrusive. A mouse needs to be quiet to sneak around the underbrush of the fields and woods or through your home lest it be caught.
Your computer’s mouse doesn’t need to sneak anywhere, but you still don’t want to be caught with a noisy one. If you’re in public, a noisy mouse can attract unwanted stares from annoyed fellow patrons at a café or colleagues at the office. If you’re working at home, a noisy mouse can ruin your working, gaming, and browsing experience.
That’s why you’ll want a quiet mouse that can handle all that and more.
What to Look For
Not all mouses (yes, you might be surprised that plural of a computer mouse is actually “mouses” and not “mice”) are created equal. On the contrary, there is a huge difference between the average mouse you’ll find plugged into an old PC at work or a public school and some of the higher-tier silent gaming mouse options on the market today.
Of course, that’s the first thing you want to look for in these computer mouses – the sound of silence. You want to hear the sounds of the game you’re playing or show you’re watching, not any built-in fans designed to cool the mouse or whirring internal mechanisms.
Then there’s the question of customization. If you think that there’s only one kind of mouse and expect them to only have a left and right button and maybe a scroll wheel in the middle, think again. There’s a wide world of gaming and high performance mouses out there, and you’ll want to find one that can be customized to suit your needs. Some mouses have a ton of features – but, of course, these tend to cost more, so you’ll want to weigh your desire for more features against your budget.
In addition, different mouses have different weights. Some users prefer their mouse to have a bit of heft so they don’t skid across the mousepad too fast. Others like that lightweight feeling and don’t want the mouse to be weighed down too much. Finding the weight that is right for you is essential when looking for a silent mouse, whether it’s for gaming or work or anything else.
Speaking of which, a few important factors for keeping silent mouses silent include:
- Scrolling Ability: A quiet mouse will tend to use a mechanical encoder rather than an optical model, as this can reduce the mouse’s noise level.
- Quiet the Keys: If you’ve grown tired of the clackety-clack of keyboard keys, you may have already looked into rubber initiators to ease the vibrations and lessen the amount of sound generated by plastic clicking against itself.
- Quiet Underside: If you have ever looked at the bottom of an old computer mouse’s underside, you know that it uses a ball to track movement, which itself can make a lot of noise. Some modern mouses use that as well, but higher end low noise mouse options instead use plastic material that allows them to glide along the mousepad with ease.
- Lessening the Echo: Much of the inside of a mouse is hollow, which can lead to echoing and thus extra noise. To lessen that, sound dampening material is included in low noise mouse
Then there’s the question of whether you want a mouse that is connected via a chord or work without it. Both wired and wireless mouses have their upsides, with the former allowing you more freedom of movement but requiring batteries, while the latter eliminates the need for battery power and is thus less high maintenance. What’s more, wireless mouses vary in terms of how responsive they are, so you’ll need to pay attention to that, lest lag costs you precious half seconds while gaming.
Mouses are also different sizes, so you’ll need to make sure whatever model you buy is a good ergonomic fit for your hand size.
Finally, there is the question of polling and mouse sensitivity, measured in Hz and DPI. The latter, which stands for “dots per inch,” measures how far you need to move your mouse to move your cursor a corresponding amount on the screen. The higher the DPI, the more sensitive the mouse is to movement, and thus the less you’ll have to move it to move the cursor. That said, if the DPI is too high for you, the cursor can feel like it’s flying all over the screen and unwieldy. You thus want to strike a balance and find the DPI that’s right for you.
The Top Six Quiet Mouses
With those factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best silent mouse options.
1) Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse
This is a wired model which has between 200 and 12,000 DPI. It has a few RGB lights and an asymmetric design that is made with a right-handed grip in mind, so if you’re a lefty, you may need to see if there are lefty variants or check other mouse options on this list.
This mouse is also on the more expensive side, so if you are looking for a budget option, look elsewhere.
That said, with that premium price comes premium performance. It features an impressive 11 buttons that can be programmed, allowing for a wide range of customization. This is also the rare model that gives you control over the weight itself with removable weights. Adding to that commitment to customization, you are able to program and switch between three different presets. This can be great for serious gamers who want to switch between different settings, which may be beneficial for different games, or to switch between gaming and general use settings.
This model also has a nice solid grip, though the scrolling wheel can be a bit loud.
This model may be pricy, but if you care about the advanced features it offers, it’s worth every penny.
- Lots of customization options
- Removable weights
- Up to 16,000 DPI
- Programmable memory for three preset options
- Good grip
- Standard model friendlier to righties than lefties
- On the more expensive side
- Slightly loud scrolling wheel
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
2) Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
The original Razer Lancehead is already a favorite among gamers looking for a noiseless mouse, so it should be no surprise this is one of our top silent gaming mouse options. What’s more, it costs considerably less than its older counterpart, so if you’ve wanted a Razer but haven’t wanted to deal with the cost, here’s your chance.
Another nice thing about this mouse is the fact that it includes switches inside it to lessen the amount of noise it makes when clicking buttons. The scroll wheel is made from ridged rubber to give you a better grip when scrolling, and the mouse has an overall good feeling. This is due in no part to the fact that, as the title would indicate, this mouse is designed to be ambidextrous and easily used by lefties and righties alike. What’s more, the overall design is quite nice, with a nice black finish and small lights on the sides and near the scroll wheel. This is a wired mouse, and can connect easily to any USB port.
While this model has 16,000 DPI, which is good, it does not have an indicator to inform you as to the count while gaming, which can be difficult. That said, this model is still extremely durable, with its buttons able to withstand at least 50 million clicks.
- Up to 16,000 DPI
- More affordable than previous Razers
- Very durable
- Good scroll wheel
- Fewer programmable key options
- No DPI indicator while gaming
- On the smaller side
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
3) Logitech M330 Silent Plus Wireless Mouse
The M330 Silent Plus is considered one of the quietest mouse options on the market. It’s also one of the very few options that come with Quiet Mark Certification, issued by the UK Noise Abatement Society.
This is a wireless mouse that has a reliable 2.4 GHz USB receiver and the range is about 30 ft. The battery life is up to 2 years. It’s equipped with two standard buttons and a wheel, thus making it great option for work, but at the same time it’s less ideal for gaming, since you don’t have additional programmable buttons.
The dimensions are 2.67 x 1.51 x 4.15 inches, so while it isn’t the smallest mouse out there, it’s ergonomic design fits nearly every hand perfectly.
- Very quiet operation
- Good ergonomic design
- Good wireless range
- Not optimized for gaming
- Only 3 buttons
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
4) UHURU Wireless Mouse
This is by far one of the most streamlined silent mouse options on this list. If you’re a big fan of the “Less is More” aesthetic and think some of the other mouse options listed here look a bit too gaudy, this may be one to consider, given that it’s essentially an ultra-slim elegance-in-simplicity model.
It features a four-button setup and three DPI levels (800, 1200, and 1600), and you can easily switch between these settings on the fly. The wheel as well as the buttons are muted and are thus especially quiet. This mouse can be charged with or without a USB cable.
However, while this mouse is on the quiet side, that doesn’t necessarily make it a good silent gaming mouse. It’s comfortable enough, but not a mouse that can compete with top tier gaming mouses, in part because it can suffer some lag when set to wireless mode.
Still, it’s a good budget option for regular use.
- Quiet operation
- Four-button setup
- Sleek design
- Not optimized for gaming
- Can experience lag
Our rating: 4.4 / 5
5) FOME I720 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
This is by far one of the least expensive options on this list, so if your budget’s small but you want to make a big slash with a new gaming mouse, this is one to consider. It has wireless capabilities and can be used as much as 30 ft away from your computer. What’s more, it has fantastic battery life, lasting for as long as 20 months on three AAA batteries.
It is less flashy than other models, with no LED lights. That said, it does give users a good grip with an anti-slip surface.
There aren’t any customization options with this model, so what you see is what you get – but in fairness “what you get” is a pretty solid silent gaming mouse.
- Very quiet clicking
- Wireless up to 30 ft
- Extremely long battery life
- Good grip
- More basic model
- No customization
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
6) Povee Silent Clickless Wireless Gaming Mouse
This is another model that boasts a simple yet effective mouse design with a good grip. The overall four-button design is thus durable and gives your thumb a nice place to rest for long sessions of gaming and computer usage. It is a wireless model which, like many of the models on this list, features a 2.4 GHz frequency, which it enhances with an advanced optical sensor, and is capable of 1000, 1200, or 1600 DPI. Better still, these DPI settings can be changed on the fly.
The mouse itself is powered by a AA battery, and it features a nice sleep mode that can help you save battery life when it is not in use. One thing that makes this a quieter mouse for gaming is the fact that it has echo reduction fins inside.
If there is any downside to this model, it’s the fact that it’s another one that is biased toward righties (sorry, southpaws.) A minority of users have also experienced problems with the mouse wheel, though this should be easily fixed.
- Different DPI settings
- Good grip if you’re a righty
- Sleep mode for battery conservation
- Easy to use four-button design
- Not good for lefties
- Possible mouse wheel issues
- Made of cheaper materials
Our rating: 4.1 / 5
Which quiet mouse is right for you will depend on your needs.
The UHURU is a good silent mouse, but other options, such as the VicTsing or Logitech, have far more buttons and features. The Razer is by far the most sensitive noiseless mouse, though whether you need 16,000 DPI is up to you.
These noiseless mouse are indeed “quiet as a mouse” and great for gaming, browsing, or anything in between.