The best wireless mouse

Detangle your desk with these mighty wireless mice

Wires are so last century. 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, and many specifically tailored — like the best gaming mice. So which one is the best? While that’s certainly a subjective question, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks for the best wireless mouse provided below.

Best overall — Logitech MX Master 2S ($100)

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Building atop the sterling legacy of its predecessor, the MX Master 2S is a sublime wireless mouse with great accuracy, comfort, and features. With a sensitivity that can be adjusted in 50 dots-per-inch (DPI) steps 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. A mere three minutes plugged in via micro-USB and you’ll have a day’s worth of juice to get you back working. The speed-adaptive scroll wheel will keep you efficient too, making it easier than ever to scroll right through long web pages and documents — or even side to side.

For those facing long days of mouse use ahead of them, Logitech has paid particular attention to the ergonomics of this mouse. There’s a reason it topped 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.

It’s also worth considering the original MX Master, though the newer version represents a nice upgrade.

Read full Logitech MX Master 2S review

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Best mobile mouse — Logitech MX Anywhere 2 ($70)

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If you’re looking for a wireless mouse so you’re not stuck using your laptop’s touchpad, this is the tail-free mechanical rodent for you. It sports a small profile so it’s easy to carry, but large enough so you don’t feel like you’re pushing a child’s toy. Its compact form is sculpted to fit your hand, and provides enough space on the left side to provide two additional buttons for your thumb’s pressing pleasure.

Given this mouse is built for mobile, you won’t find an arsenal of buttons. Outside the mentioned thumb buttons, the mouse only provides the standard left/right click buttons, and a middle clicker mounted behind the mouse wheel. This wheel can tilt left to right for horizontal scrolling, and provides two tactile-based modes. It has Click-To-Click for bump-based tactile feedback, and Free-Spin for a smooth spin.

With Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2, you can connect to your PC in three ways — via the provided USB cable, Bluetooth, or using the included Logitech Unifying Receiver (2.4GHz wireless). It supports the Logitech Easy Switch platform, meaning you can pair up to three compatible mice, and switch between them with a simple press of a button located on the bottom of the peripheral.

On the technical side, the mouse has a sensitivity between 200 and 4,000 dots per inch (DPI). It’s based on Logitech’s Darkfield laser tracking system that uses a laser to track any surface, resulting in a mouse that you can use anywhere, even on glass.

We love this mobile mouse because it’s a “focused” peripheral. It’s meant for on-the-go computing, and promises up to 70 days of use on a single charge. That’s right — it includes a built-in rechargeable battery, so when the level gets low, just plug it into your laptop’s USB port. You simply can’t go wrong with this sporty compact mouse.

Read full Logitech MX Anywhere 2 review

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Best ergonomic mouse — Evoluent VerticalMouse ($80+)

If ergonomics is your primary focus, the Evoluent VerticalMouse is our pick. We ran this bad boy through the gauntlet in 2016, and it’s still one of our favorite mice on the market.

Overall, the VerticalMouse looks like a dorsal fin protruding from your desk. The unit tapers toward the flared base, keeping your hand elevated and allowing you to more aptly keep your wrist aligned with your forearm. This positioning relieves physiological stress, potentially minimizing fatigue and the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The unit is divided into three main elements. With the right-handed model, the button and wheel are located on the right side of the device. The left side incorporates a rounded indentation for your thumb to rest along. This setup allows you to grip the mouse at a 90-degree abduction angle when compared to a standard mouse.

A series of blue LEDs along the top ridge of the mouse illustrate the current DPI level while in use. One of the biggest drawbacks with this model, however, is that the mouse wheel does not click. Perhaps Evoluent will tweak this slight design flaw in later iterations.

Read full Evoluent VerticalMouse review

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Best trackball mouse — Logitech M570 ($25)

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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).

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Best mouse for gaming — Logitech G903 Lightspeed ($120)

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Although many gamers will suggest that a wired mouse is better because it has better latency and reliability than a wireless mouse, Logitech begs to differ. Its G903 Lightspeed is its flagship wireless gaming solution and it combines a highly accurate sensor with wireless charging and heavy customization at both the hardware and software level.

By the numbers, the G903 offers 12,000 dots-per-inch sensitivity using the Pixart PMW3366 optical sensor. It also features zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration and support for surface tuning. The mouse weighs in at just 110g thanks to Logitech’s weight tuning of each component used, and the mechanical switches used for left/right click buttons are rated for upwards of 50 million clicks.

One of the most exciting features about the G903 though, goes beyond its traditional gaming chops. As a completely wireless mouse — though usable when being charged via USB — the G903 can be charged wirelessly too. Utilizing Logitech’s Powerplay system, you can charge your mouse while using it on a compatible Logitech mouse mat. The Power Core system that facilitates that charging can also act as a wireless receiver, which Logitech claims allows inputs on the G903 to be received as fast, or faster than some competitor wired mice.

All of this is backed up by Logitech’s software suite, which facilitates all of the key remapping and RGB backlighting configuration options you would expect from a modern peripheral maker.

Read full Logitech G903 Lightspeed review

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Best budget mouse — Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 ($20+)

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The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is an economic, no-frills alternative. The wireless mouse 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 Mobile Mouse 3500 uses the company’s BlueTrack Technology, which capitalizes on a combination of both optical and laser precision for reliable tracking on an array of surfaces. The symmetrical, ambidextrous design also makes the Mobile Mouse 3500 perfect for users of left or right-handed persuasion.

This Microsoft mouse can last up to eight months on a single charge too, which a welcome feature to say the least.

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