For many people, wireless mice have become the standard for computer interaction, especially in more mobile situations. There are thousands of choices vying for your wireless dollar, ranging from under $20 to well over $100. Many are specifically tailored to certain niches — like the best gaming mice. But which are the best?
Out of the hundreds of mice we’ve tested, the Logitech MX Master 2S meets and beats most users’ needs. But, if you need something a bit more niche you can’t go wrong with any of the picks below. Take a look to find more details!
The best wireless mice at a glance
Building on the sterling legacy of its predecessor, the MX Master 2S is a sublime wireless mouse that offers great accuracy, comfort, and features. With a sensitivity that can be adjusted in 50 dots-per-inch (DPI) increments, from 200 all the way up to 4,000, it has support for fans of all sensitivities and use styles.
Its 500 mAh rechargeable battery can last up to 70 days, so you won’t need to worry about running out of juice anytime soon, and it features fast recharging too. For those facing long days of mouse use ahead of them, Logitech has paid particular attention to the ergonomics of this device. There’s a reason it’s one of the top mice on our list of the best ergonomic mice too. It features great thumb and finger rests, with a shape that caters to different grip types and helps prevent repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel.
One of the best features though is multi-device support. If you want to jump from laptop to desktop and back again, you can do it swiftly and easily with the MX Master 2S, as it can pair with up to three devices at once and switch between them at the touch of a button. With support for both Logitech’s unifying receiver and Bluetooth technology, you don’t even need to switch the wireless receiver over either.
Although targeted toward Surface device owners who want a little more functionality than the standard touchpad offers, the Microsoft Surface Mouse is an equally capable wireless mouse on any other system you choose. It’s elegant, streamlined, ergonomic, and most importantly, lasts for as long as a year on a pair of AAA batteries.
Even though it’s a Microsoft product, the Surface Mouse is also compatible with MacOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows operating systems 10 and 8.1. It uses Microsoft’s own “BlueTrack” technology for the low-energy Bluetooth connection.
The mouse switches and scroll wheel are rated for thousands of hours of use and an enormous number of actions. It also ships out with a one-year warranty, so you’re covered if you face any short-term problems. There aren’t a lot of extra features on this slim model, but that’s the point of a minimalistic mouse!
Logitech has a lot more competition in the gaming peripheral space than some of its other markets, but that doesn’t mean it’s not at the top of its game in this space. Its G Pro Hero is one of our favorite gaming rodents with good reason. It has a 1ms latency for its wireless connection, a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, and can track at up to 400-inches per second for high-speed gaming.
But even with all of that technology under the hood, it weighs in at less than three ounces, making it comfortable to use for all hand sizes, but not so lightweight that it’s easy to lose control of. Its ergonomic shape makes it supremely comfortable in our long gaming tests, and thanks to tweaks to its overall shape, there’s an accumulation of dirt and grime over time.
If you don’t like anything about the button mapping the mouse ships with, it has full support for Logitech’s programmable software, so you can remap any of the G Pro’s eight buttons to execute the exact commands you want. You can also tweak the polling rate and the RGB lighting of the G-Pro logo, then save it all to the mouse’s onboard memory for use on different systems.
Logitech manages to cram great functionality into this compact wireless mouse, making it a comfortable fit for your hand as well as speedy mouse. Although it’s a little hard to see from images, there are two well-positioned left buttons for your thumb as well as a clickable button behind the scroll wheel, bringing total usable buttons up to 7.
That scroll wheel is both durable and designed to be particularly fast, although you can also click the wheel and switch to a click-to-click mode for more precise work–a great feature that allows you to use one mode for especially long PDFs and move to another mode for precise click-and-drag maneuvers. The 4,000 dpi sensor means that you can run the mouse on nearly every surface. The mouse runs on a rechargeable battery, so you do occasionally need to charge it up with the included microUSB cable. The battery can run for up to 70 days on a single charge… not bad at all, although the main bonus is that you don’t have to keep replacing batteries for it.
You can connect to your PC in several ways — via the provided USB cable, Bluetooth, or by using the included Logitech Unifying Receiver (2.4GHz wireless). It supports the Logitech Easy Switch platform, meaning you can pair up to three compatible computers, and switch between them with a simple press of a button located on the bottom of the peripheral. The mouse works with Windows (Windows 10 required for all features), MacOS and Linux.
If you spend a lot of time computing and are looking to minimize long-lasting effects like carpal tunnel syndrome, an ergonomic mouse is the way to go.
The MX Vertical’s design is a level above any of its competitors with a look like that of a sculpted piece of cloud, perfectly molded to fit your hand. This design relieves physiological stress, potentially minimizing fatigue and the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
This on-the-side design takes a minute to get used to but once you adapt, the MX Vertical is one of the most comfortable and intuitive mice we’ve ever used. Its natural wrist positioning forces you to rest your hand in a position that is more conducive to long-term wrist health. All in an attractive package you enjoy seeing on top of your desk.
The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is an economical, no-frills wireless mouse. It may not blow you away with adjustable click force or customizable accents, but if you’re in need of a wireless mouse and want to spend less than $20, this is your best bet.
The symmetrical, ambidextrous design makes the Mobile Mouse 1850 perfect for users of left- or right-handed persuasion, and its compact design makes it great for those on the go who need a portable wireless mouse. Its nano-transceiver is similarly diminutive making it easy to stow away inside the mouse itself or even leave on your laptop — just make sure you don’t lose it!
This Microsoft mouse uses AA batteries can last up to six months on a single charge too, which is a welcome feature, to say the least. It also comes with a three-year warranty, so if you run into any problems in the near- or medium-term, you’re well covered.