We hate to break it to you, but not all wireless mice are created equal. Maybe that once was the case, when Logitech’s Cordless MouseMan burst on to the scene in 1991 and flipped the traditional wired mouse on its head, but the 20 years in between has bred an abounding assortment of mice from more hardware manufacturers than just Logitech. The mice are suited for all styles and aesthetics, from the die-hard gamer to the ergonomic enthusiast to the the comfort seeker, not to mention every type of individual in between.
If you’re anything like us, you spend hours upon hours each day pounding away at the computer, whether rummaging through digital documents or manically punching out copy on deadline. You peruse the Web, check the news, and gawk at Facebook photos while continuously relying on a a simple mouse to help navigate all the aforementioned functions. And like us, you probably pay far less attention than you should to the mouse you’re using – hell, we bet you haven’t opted for anything other than the default peripheral device that came bundled with your computer. Can you say carpal tunnel?
Here are our top picks for the best wireless mice to fit your style, sensitivity, and budget. Also, be sure to check out our selection of the best gaming mice, best PC gaming accessories, and our in-depth computer mice reviews for a closer look at all the offerings from Microsoft to Logitech.
Logitech’s patented Darkfield Laser Tracking may sound unwelcoming, but the feature is anything but. The company has rolled out the component on many of its flagship mice during the past several years, allowing the mouse to function on virtually any surface imaginable, from wood desktops to highly-reflective glass tabletops. The device also comes paired with a new, USB-powered unifying receiver that allows control of up to six wireless devices simultaneously by simply toggling them on and off. The equipped Li-Ion battery, though not the best on the market, provides ample life and can be charged during use via the bundled micro-USB charging system or through the provided AC adapter.
Like most mice, the Logitech Performance Mouse is specifically tailored for the right-hand user. The mouse proves a bit awkward during first-time use, with a moderately-deep groove on the left-hand side and a non-stick rubber grips for increased friction, but it feels great and particularly natural after a little getting use to. The versatile scroll wheel features options for both free-wheel scrolling and the standard click-to-click scrolling, and the four customizable thumb buttons add a greater level of resourcefulness that can be adjusted whether you want the button to serve as a zoom function or an application switcher. Other components, such as pointer speed and acceleration, can also be altered using the included SetPoint software.
The Logitech Performance Mouse MX does not come cheap. If you can afford it though, you’ll likely be blown away by the sheer level of control it offers on any service, the comfortably-sculpted design and the bundled USB receiver that acts as a hub for any additional peripherals you might want to utilize simultaneously. Check out our Logitech Performance Mouse MX review for absolutely everything you need to know.
Razer Mamba ($130)
It’s true, we have an entire article devoted to the best gaming mice available, but the Razer Mamba is just too intuitive and well-designed to leave off the wireless roundup. The overall design, feel, and even the packaging shouts attractiveness, cloaked in a svelte exterior and rubberized finish that feels surprisingly natural and smooth to the touch. Basic features include dual wired and wireless functionality, nine programmable buttons, and a 6400dpi dual-sensor system equipped with both a laser and optical sensor used to accurately calibrate and track the mouse on nearly any surface. The Mamba’s custom LED lights can transition between 16 million colors or an all-encompassing cycling mode, and the device’s sensitivity can be tweaked as high as 6,400dpi on either the X or Y axis. There are also three different options for polling rate (125Hz, 500Hz, and 1,000Hz).
The polished exterior leaves the device susceptible to the occasional grease stain and dirt smudge, but the problem can easily be remedied with a washcloth within a few moments. It’s equipped with the usual, left and right-click buttons, as well as four customizable buttons on the left-hand side and a somewhat-awkward scroll wheel that only tilts right. The battery, often the crux of wireless devices, can supposedly handle up to 14 hours of continuous gaming or 72 hours of normal usage (whatever that may be).
We can’t say we are a huge fan of the quasi-proprietary USB cable or the one-sided tilt wheel, but the comfort and sparse-yet-efficient set of features make it a standout when it comes to everyday gaming or general everyday use. Take a look at our Razer Mamba review for a closer look at all the specs.
Microsoft Touch Mouse ($80)
Call it Microsoft’s answer to the Apple Magic Mouse or simply a bargain-brand – and fantastic – introduction to the wonderful world of touch mice. The ambidextrous Microsoft Touch Mouse is one of the best touch mice to date, loaded with more than enough gestures for the the average user and an appealing design that revels in simplicity. The device has its drawbacks, though, which is seem most notably in its dearth of a few standard gesture controls, and limited compatibility with operating systems other than Windows 7. But you can’t argue with Microsoft’s impressive BlueTrack technology and the rock-bottom pricing. Now nearly two years old, the humble mouse can be purchased for less than $30 despite the suggested high retail price of $80.
Once the necessary drivers are installed and the mouse is properly set up, an effortless task given the the bundled micro-USB receiver, a brief tutorial will walk you through the basic gesture functions, and will allow you to switch between left and right-handed button orientations. The mouse’s design is minimal, with plenty of space for gesture controls. A thin slit runs down the center that separates various zones and doubles as an easy-to-use scroll track. The textured-plastic body and black matte finish is traditional and smooth to the touch, offering a lightweight design that is both comfortable and iconic, with an etched pattern that indicates the touch sensor’s start and end points. Users can easily swipe pages up and down, navigate slideshows left and right, and even activate Windows 7’s Aero Snap function to make the current window fill exactly half the screen.
The Microsoft Touch Mouse doesn’t try to reinvent the mousing experience we’ve grown accustomed to over the years, merely compliment it with trackpad-like gestures that make for a more convenient navigational experience while using Windows 7 or later. It’s not the Mighty Mouse, but then again, that was never one of our favorites anyway.
The Logitech Marathon Mouse is one of the few computer mice capable of living up to its brash title. It’s gone through many incarnations and slight tweaks over the years, refining the already-fantastic scroll wheel and ergonomic design, but it has always retained one of the smoothest glides and convenient sizes of anything we’ve seen on the market. It runs on the smaller side, perfect for a portable laptop and traveling, but it can seem a little fragile depending on the size of your hand.
The mouse can supposedly last up to three years on a single set of batteries, hence the title, and it’s equipped with three customizable thumb buttons in addition to the standard left and right-click buttons positioned near the top of the mouse. The scroll wheel that offers both click-to-click and hyper-fast scrolling, allowing users to quickly scan webpages and spreadsheets using the wheel’s free-spinning mechanism, and the sculpted build and rubber grip adds a level of comfort similar to the its bigger sibling, the Logitech Performance MX. The bundled Darkfield Laser Tracking technology provides a solid level of motion tracking, albeit within a more compact design than the Performance MX, creating micro-road maps of surfaces such as polished wood and highly-reflective glass. Speeds can be tracked up to 5,700 dpi and the device even comes paired with Logitech’s USB-powered unifying receiver for simultaneously controlling up to six wireless devices with minimal setup.
The Logitech Marathon Mouse may be small, but it packs an extensive battery and top-notch laser tracking that’s on par with even the biggest models on our roundup. It’s small, capable, and lives up to the hype more than two years after its initial debut.
Hippus HandShoe Mouse ($130)
Despite the Hippus HandShoe Mouse’s stingray-esque design and quirky charm, it offers simply one of the most satisfying and pleasant user experience one could have while operating a mouse for prolonged periods of time. Available in three differing sizes (small, medium, and large) and both left and right-hand models, the glossy-black mouse features unique curvature specifically tailored to cradle your entire hand at approximately a 25-degree angle. There’s no customizable buttons or free-spinning scroll wheel adorning the oddly-shaped mouse , but the left and right-click buttons are conveniently located in such a way that renders them incredibly convenient despite the lax positioning of the hand. Still, it’s equipped with a standard scroll wheel for click-to-click vertical navigation and BlueRay tracking at a strict 1,500-dpi resolution across a vast assortment of common surfaces.
The HandShoe Mouse is of plug-and-play nature regardless of OS, meaning all the necessary drivers install automatically when the user plugs the mouse in via the braided, six-foot USB cable for the first time. The LightClick buttons also require minimal pressure, a welcoming contrast to the stiff buttons found on previous models, and offer all the basic functionality that has always been associated with left and right-click buttons since the get-go. Although the inventive design relieves stress, it can also become rather warm given your hand is in constant contact with the plastic exterior of the mouth, likely producing more sweat than most mice are prone to doing.
Derived from the Dutch word for “glove,” the HandShoe Mouse makes up in industrious comfort what it lacks in robust features. It’s bulky, and built to withstand marathon periods of use, but it doesn’t reinvent the wheel – figuratively or literally – making it a solid mouse choice for users who want nothing more than a peaceful, easy feeling when using their computer.
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