The best ergonomic mouse you can buy

Fix your wrist aches and pains with one of these top ergonomic mice

Although desktop PCs have a number of advantages over modern, portable computing solution like laptops, tablets, and smartphones, using a mouse for hours every day can have a detrimental effect on your wrist. One of the best ways to alleviate that is to use a mouse that guides it into a more neutral position and offers better support. You need an ergonomic mouse.

But with so many designs out there, all with different features and looks, how do you know which is the best ergonomic mouse for you? Although there will always be personal preference involved with choosing a mouse, if you pick one of our favorites below you’re unlikely to go wrong.

The best

Logitech MX Master 2 ($100)

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The true purpose of an ergonomic mouse is to provide comfortable, full-hand support for the user and encourage good forearm posture while providing a solid input option for traditional computing tasks. The MX Master 2 is our favorite of not only all Logitech devices for this purpose but any mouse in general. With an expansive thumb rest and design that cushions and molds to the palm, it’s a supremely comfortable and functional mouse.

The MX Master 2 sports a sensitivity of 4,000 DPI and its wireless battery life of 70 days means you don’t need to continually worry about recharging the battery. With a great blend of features and comfort, it’s a fully-featured ergonomic mousing solution.

Exclusively available for right-hand users, the hand-sculpted design of the MX Master 2 is especially made to keep your wrist in as neutral position as possible in the horizontal orientation. It uses a laser sensor (rather than optical) so can track on any surface, recharges quickly (three minutes gives you a day of juice) and it can be paired over Bluetooth with up to three different devices.

All in all, the Master MX 2 is a well-made wireless mouse, with great support that doesn’t sacrifice traditional mousing functions.

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The rest

Evoluent VerticalMouse ($85+)

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Not every ergonomic mouse actually looks like a mouse. The Evoluent VerticalMouse comes from a line of thinking that the horizontal wrist position is the antithesis of a neutral forearm and wrist position, so it rectifies that by giving you a “VerticalMouse” instead.

Designed to be held with four fingers on one side and the thumb on the other, the VerticalMouse is effectively a traditional mouse mounted on its side. But along with the scroll wheel, left and right-click mouse buttons, there’s an additional center button — or far-right, depending on your perspective.

There is a significant learning curve with the VerticalMouse as it is very unlike most mice you will find elsewhere, but once you get used to it we found it very comfortable and supportive. It’s no good for gaming and with a price tag for the wired version as high as $85, it’s quite pricey for a niche-use mouse. Its DPI of 3,000 is adequate however, and if you’re at all concerned about giving it a try, Evoluent offers a 30-day trial period for new users.

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Microsoft Sculpt ($60)

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Taking a much more minimalist approach to ergonomic mouse design, Microsoft’s Sculpt mouse is a rounded blob of a mouse that’s designed to offer solid palm support without any extraneous features. It has a thumb rest to cushion your thumb into the side of the mouse, but it’s bulbous design, as we called it, is intended to teach you to lift your wrist off of your mat or desk when using it — encouraging the use of forearm muscles, rather than wrist tendons, to support your hand.

Effectively, the Sculpt aims to have you do the hard work of supporting your wrist and mousing hand yourself, rather than acting as an overall supportive tool for you.

The Sculpt has the usual pair of left/right-click buttons and a central scroll wheel that can move in four directions. It also has a side-mounted “Windows” button which gives Windows users quick access to the Start menu, and a secretive “back” button hidden near the rear of the mouse for faster browser navigation.

This wireless mouse is powered by just two AA batteries and connects up to your PC using an included 2.4GHz USB dongle.

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Razer DeathAdder Elite ($70)

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Many gaming mice use ambidextrous designs that are more catered to claw or finger-grip mouse styles, but there are a number that also offer good ergonomic support and the Razer DeathAdder Elite is one of them. One of the best mice we have ever reviewed, it offers amazing features for gamers, while still providing decent support for your wrist and hand, no matter you grip style.

With the classic DeathAdder look and feel, this mouse features a subtly shaped body to offer decent wrist support during long gaming sessions. Although it doesn’t have a rest for your thumb, it does have an indentation for you to grip with and there is plenty of shelf space for your fingers on the other side.

By virtue of being a gaming mouse first, this rodent has arguably the best specifications of all of the mice on this list. It sports a true 16,000 DPI optical sensor, with mechanical switches for long-life and support for Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting system. It also supports Razer’s powerful back-end software for key remapping and color customization.

Unlike many of the best ergonomic mice, Razer also produces a left-handed version of its DeathAdder Elite too.

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Logitech M570 ($50)

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Trackballs aren’t for everyone, but those who like them, really like them. Logitech’s wireless M570 trackball is one of the best, with fantastic wrist and hand support — the fact that it’s a trackball means you won’t be swinging it about across your desk either. Even if you did, you wouldn’t have to worry about wires, as this mouse is entirely untethered from your PC, connecting wirelessly over a miniature 2.4GHz USB adaptor.

With the ball located under your thumb, the M570 keeps your fingers free for use on the traditional left/right-click mouse buttons, as well as two additional back and forward buttons to the left of them, and a traditional scroll wheel. There’s also a battery life indicator for you to keep an eye on, but with as much as 18-months use from a single AA battery, you won’t need to pay much attention to it.

The laser sensor used to track the ball’s movements is adjustable, so you can customize its speed to your liking and if you should need to clean it, the ball pops out easily.

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