Wireless mice have become the standard for computer interaction. They just make sense: if you’re going to have an input device that constantly moves around by its very design, why would you want anything getting in the way? At this point there are literally thousands of choices vying for your wireless dollar, from under $20 to well over $100.
Which one is the best? While that’s certainly a subjective question, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks below.
Best overall mouse: Logitech MX Master
The MX series has been the cream of Logitech’s crop for high-end mice, and the company pulled out all the stops with the “Master” update to its much-loved MX Performance model. While the Master retains the basic shape of the MX line with its distinctive thumb rest flare, the body has been resculpted with a higher back and some eye-catching trim.
The scroll wheel now automatically switches between the gliding “fast scroll” mode and the more usable single-scroll function without the need to press a physical button, and a secondary scroll wheel lets you scroll horizontally with your thumb. Standard left, right, and middle buttons, plus forward and back buttons and a multi-tasting thumb button are all programmable in Logitech’s software.
But it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In addition to a new permanent rechargeable battery, the MX Master is one of the only mice on the market that works wirelessly over RF (with Logitech’s proprietary “Unifying” dongles, one of which is included) and Bluetooth, allowing dongle-free connection to most new laptops and tablets. A handy illuminated button on the bottom of the mouse allows you to switch between three devices, connected via dongle or Bluetooth, without any extra pairing.
The mouse only has two downsides. First, its $100 price tag, and second, its small and pointy forward and back buttons. If those are points of contention for you, the MX Performance (with more finger-friendly browser buttons) is still widely available, and often discounted now that its successor is on the market. Also, if you want a mobile version of this mouse, check out the superb MX Anywhere 2.
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Best mobile mouse: Logitech Marathon Mouse m705
The Marathon Mouse m705 is actually a few years old at this point, and it’s not technically a mobile mouse. Logitech and its competitors sell much smaller models, and this one is often paired with keyboards for desktop sets. But it’s my pick for a great laptop companion because it’s a fantastic traveller. Not only is it smaller and lighter than some of the more elaborate desktop mice available, it’s designed to last for positively ages on a pair of standard AA batteries. The specifications page says that it has a maximum life of three years (yes, years), so even with intense use you’re looking at months and months without a battery swap.
There are smaller mobile mice available, but I’ve found them to be uncomfortable in my medium-sized hands, barely better than a laptop trackpad. The Marathon Mouse m705 has that Goldilocks “just right” quality, a fast-scrolling wheel, forward and back browser buttons plus a multi-tasking button, and at the moment it has a very reasonable $50 MSRP (and can often be found even cheaper).
The only drawback is that it uses RF wireless and Logitech’s low-profile Unifying receiver, not Bluetooth, so you’ll need an open USB port on your laptop. The MX Anywhere 2 mouse has the same dual RF-Bluetooth functionality as the MX Master above, but it’s smaller and $30 more expensive than the Marathon Mouse m705 at the time of writing.
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Logitech Marathon Mouse m705
Best budget mouse: Anker Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse
If you’re looking for a wireless mouse on a budget, you’ll usually have to make do with the bare minimum — two buttons, a scroll wheel, and a big chunky USB receiver. Budget accessory brand Anker bucks that trend with its Full-Size Ergonomic Mouse. This low-cost competitor squeezes in in a curvy design with a thumb groove, forward and back browser buttons, and even an adjustable DPI button for on-the-fly sensitivity switching. The 2.4GHz USB receiver is low-profile, a major boon to laptop users.
True, the sensor is infrared (as opposed to the more accurate laser sensors on the other mice on this list), but you have to make cuts somewhere. At the time of writing, the Anker mouse is available for a rock-bottom $9.99 from Amazon, and more than 1,800 reviewers have given it an average of 4.3 stars out of five. If you want a full-featured mouse for about the cost of a movie ticket, you’d be hard-pressed to do better.
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Best ergonomic mouse: Handshoe Wireless
Handshoe made our roundup of best wireless mice two years ago, and there’s still no better option for an impressively-engineered ergonomic mouse. With a unique shell design that cups your entire hand to help prevent repetitive stress and low-force buttons, plus three size options for both left and right-handed users, no other mouse on the market is as dedicated to the idea of a comfortable design for extended computer use. The wireless model includes a rechargeable battery.
Though the Handshoe lacks browser buttons or a fast-scroll option, its laser sensor should track on most surfaces. The mouse is available directly from the manufacturer for a hefty $139, or at a slight discount from resellers like Amazon. That’s a sky-high price, but considering the specialized nature of the mouse, not an unreasonable one. Be sure to follow the measuring instructions on this page to correctly choose between the small, medium, and large models.
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Best trackball mouse: Logitech M570
Trackballs aren’t all that popular these days, so your options are limited, and even more limited if you want one that’s wireless. The Logitech M570 is the clear standout in the limited field of conventional stationary trackballs thanks to is standardized mouse shape that puts the ball comfortably under your thumb instead of jutting out beneath your index or middle fingers.
That design choice leaves your fingers free for mouse-style click buttons, plus smartly-placed browser buttons that leave your thumb on the ball. The M570’s ball pops out without any extra pieces or tabs for easy cleaning, and it works with Logitech’s Unifying RF receiver (handy if you share a desktop with a fan of a standard mouse). The retail price is reasonable at $60, but it can often be found for less.
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Since a mouse is such a personal input device, and your preferences for size, shape, weight, and materials are likewise personal, it’s good idea to track down a prospective mouse purchase at a brick-and-mortar retail store if possible to try it out beforehand. If you’re buying a mouse specifically for gaming, you might want to check out our breakdown of the best in that category, which also includes a couple of wireless options. Need even more options? Then check out our extensive collection of mouse reviews.