If you just want to free your desk of wires, any wireless mouse will do. But a great wireless mouse is more than just a convenient, clutter-free tool for interfacing with your PC. The best wireless mice combine heavily-researched ergonomics and finely-tuned productivity improvements to give you something that feels like a natural extension of your arm and still makes you more efficient.
Productivity mice are different from gaming mice. You may not need a high-polling-rate, low-latency mouse for work, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of factors to consider when choosing a wireless productivity mouse. These include multi-device control, built-in Bluetooth, and battery life — some wireless productivity mice boast months or even years of battery life.
This list focuses on productivity mice, but if you're looking to improve your game you can check out our list of best gaming mice. And if you're looking to get your desk perfectly uncluttered, you'll want to pair your pointer with one of the best wireless keyboards for ultimate freedom.
Tips for Picking the Best Wireless Mouse
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- Shape and comfort: Mouse shape and design play prominent roles in how effective a cursor-controlling tool it is. The best wireless mouse feels like a natural extension of your arm, rather than a clunky or cheap-feeling hunk of plastic hindering your productivity.
It's helpful to consider how you grip or hold your mouse to know where you'll want more or less height or width. Of course, the size of your hands will also play a role in choosing the best wireless mouse for you.
- Bluetooth or dongle: Some of the best wireless mice let you connect via Bluetooth, which won't eat up a USB port, or via a USB Type-A 2.4 GHz dongle. However, some wireless mice will make you choose between one or the other.
If you're only going to use your mouse with one PC, consider one that connects through a USB receiver — especially if you're going to game with it on the side. Generally, you can get a reliable, lag-free connection this way. Bonus points if there's dongle storage inside the mouse, so you don't lose it when it's not plugged in.
Bluetooth connections, meanwhile, let you easily connect to and switch between multiple PCs or even tablets and other devices. You will often get better battery life while using Bluetooth. Plus, more desktops and most laptops have Bluetooth these days. Bluetooth does come with a higher risk of perceptible lag, though.
- USB charging or batteries: USB-charging mice often cost more, but you'll never have to buy batteries. If the mouse charges over USB-C, it should also recharge quicker than alternatives while using an increasingly standard cable.
Mice running on AA or AAA batteries are usually cheaper than their rechargeable rivals, and batteries are easy to find if you run out unexpectedly and often last longer than the built-in batteries in most mice.
The Best Wireless Mouse You Can Buy Today
The Logitech MX Master 3S isn’t the cheapest mouse on this list, but it’s worth every penny because it will make you more productive if you make use of all its features. The 3S combines a comfortable, sculpted design with helpful features such as an electromagnetic scroll wheel, a separate thumb wheel, and a ton of customization options. It can also use the Logi Flow software to switch its connection seamlessly between three different devices — even carrying clipboard contents with it.
The MX Master 3S's scroll wheel is one of its most impressive features: It lets you toggle between a smooth or ratcheted feel with the press of a button — or automatically, based on how fast you spin it. A second thumb wheel on the left side lets you perform tasks such as zooming in and out of documents, scrolling horizontally in spreadsheets, and raising and lowering your system volume.
The mouse has six configurable buttons (seven if you include the scroll wheel's click), which you can set to do different things in different apps. So, for example, you could have the side buttons perform forward and back functions in your browser but act as Pg Up and Pg Dn in a word processor.
The MX Master 3S has two noticeable improvements over its very-similar predecessor, the MX Master 3. The sensor now goes all the way up to 8,000 DPI, which means that you can get much faster movement, a boon if you have multiple monitors to move your cursor through. And the right and left click buttons have quiet switches which will be barely audible to your coworkers or housemates.
The Logitech Lift is an ergonomic wireless mouse designed for users with small- to medium-sized hands — it’s not for everyone, but it’s nice to see an option for users who might not find the larger Logitech MX Vertical comfortable to use. The Lift also comes in both right-handed and left-handed versions, making it one of the only ergonomic mouse options for left-handed users (though while the right-handed version comes in pink, white, and graphite, the left-handed version only comes in the latter).
The Lift has a vertical design, which puts your hand at an “optimal” 57-degree angle — also known as the “handshake angle.” This angle is more natural than the typical horizontal angle mice normally have, but this design does lift your hand away from your desk. If you’re used to a regular mouse, it may take you some time to get used to this new position (and you may never get used to it, especially if you work with very precise movements — it’s harder to be precise when your hand is further from the desk).
The Lift is a productivity mouse; it works with Logitech’s Logi Options+ software and includes Logitech’s productivity features such as Logitech Flow, which lets you switch between three different PCs. Logitech Flow isn’t perfect — there’s a small delay between devices, but it’s an excellent feature for people who switch between a laptop and a desktop, or a laptop and a tablet.
The Lift's vertical design makes it less-than-ideal for precision tasks, such as gaming — gamers who want an ergonomic mouse should check out the incredibly comfortable Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro.
Read: Logitech Lift Review
The Lenovo Go Wireless Mouse is a cheaper take on the vertical mouse layout than the Logitech Lift and the Logitech MX Vertical, with a price that ranges from $30 - $50 depending on sales (which Lenovo frequently has). Despite this, it’s got a strong luxury feel thanks to the comfortable, stylish cork side finish, and it also has many of the Lift's and MX Vertical's strengths.
These include the natural, 57-degree "handshake position" angle and the many programmable buttons. There’s one fewer button here than on the MX Vertical, making for a total of 6, but the DPI is much more customizable than on Logitech’s mouse. Here, you get to set 3 specific numbers from 800 to 2400, and you can still swap between them on the fly with a single button press.
Another bonus here is that this mouse only requires one AA battery, as opposed to 2. It’s not a huge savings, especially since the purported battery life is 18 months long, but you’ll more easily be able to recharge this mouse by digging through your junk drawer.
Maybe the most unfortunate change here is to the side button placement. Rather than being in the divot where your thumb rests, like on the MX vertical, the side buttons here instead rest on the mouse’s top edge. You’ll have to strain your thumb to reach them, which hurts this device’s otherwise strong ergonomics.
Often, gaming gear is a cheap way to get your hands on a mouse with professional-level features. Razer is known mostly for its gaming peripherals, but it's also been dabbling in the productivity sphere by taking features it's known for in its gaming products and translating them to a line specifically for productivity.
Enter the Razer Pro Click Mini. This mouse is the second productivity focused pointer from Razer, and features quieter switches and a smaller footprint than the first. But unlike other productivity focused mice, it’s also got a high max DPI (12,000), a 1,000 Hz polling rate, 7 programmable buttons, and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. Plus, it’s got 5 onboard memory profiles and you can remap buttons, including the 4-way tilt wheel with both infinite and ratcheted scrolling, in Razer Synapse.
That makes this an especially powerful contender for the office, with lots of versatility and highly responsive input, although its sleek gray and white exterior and comfortable ergonomics mean it’s still at home in your boss’ line of sight.
It’s a bit of a shame that it uses AA batteries instead of being rechargeable, especially since those batteries do make it a touch heavier. But with a purported 465 hours of 2.4GHz battery life and 725 hours of Bluetooth battery life, it’s easy to just stuff this in your bag and forget about it for months on end.
What even is a “best mouse,” anyway? Don’t you just need a way to point your cursor without too much delay and without hurting your hands? If this sounds like you, the Logitech M510 will be your new best friend. Its no frills design makes it one of the most inexpensive mice on this list at $20, while its 2.4 GHz connectivity keeps it lagless. Meanwhile, its comfy, ambidextrous body should fit nicely into most hands and its two side buttons are accessible across palm, claw and fingertip grip styles. Its software, Logitech Options, is also robust enough that you can easily get more advanced with it later on, once you’ve started to see the light of fancy mice.
You can set the DPI up to 1000 with Logitech options, for instance, although it’s somewhat obliquely presented as a “pointer speed” slider that refuses to give actual numbers. You can also swap the left and right mouse button functions, easily view battery life and map any number of functions to 5 of the mouse’s buttons. These include keystroke assignments, common functions like copy or paste and even a “gesture” toggle that works with mouse movement to open up even more mappable actions. What’s even better is that you can set the mouse to have different profiles per application.
These Logitech Options features aren’t unique to the 510, but it’s good to know that you can still access them even if you go for the most basic of Logitech’s mice. Speaking of basic, this mouse glides well with its 4 rubber feet and boasts a 24 month battery off its two AAs. At 0.28 pounds, it’s also easy to lift and travel with.
All around, this is a great starter mouse, although its ambidextrous design leaves it with a somewhat underdeveloped thumb rest and it doesn’t have special features like an infinite scroll wheel.
The Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse is a thin little credit card of a pointer that presumes that the most comfortable form factor for a mouse is to have as little mouse in your hand as possible. This makes it great for travel and style, especially with its 8 available colors and Bluetooth connectivity. At 78 grams with batteries installed, it’s easy to carry around with you and push around a table. At the same time, its sleek rectangular exterior makes it difficult for certain grip types to handle it, and it doesn’t come with extra buttons or too much configurability.
With just a left button, a right button and a scroll wheel that can’t tilt to the side, this mouse isn’t meant for more than basic work. The scroll wheel’s push-in button can be remapped to input a key combination, open the screen snipping tool or even input a macro, but that’s the most advanced usability you’ll get out of this mouse. Otherwise, all its software will let you do is swap the left and right click, change how fast the wheel scrolls (and in which direction) and adjust your DPI.
The max DPI is higher on this mouse than what you’ll find on other productivity focused entries, though. The minimum DPI is 400 and the maximum is 1800, which means you’ll be able to easily track your cursor across all sorts of resolutions and monitor sizes.
There’s no doubt that the mouse’s lightweight nature lends it a certain level of comfort, as it doesn’t take much force to use, although it can feel bulky in the hands thanks to its rectangular shape. That’s a bit odd given how small the mouse is, and it doesn’t help that palm grip users don’t have much of a body to rest their palms on.
Still, this is a good mouse for Bluetooth devices, casual use, travel and those who prefer lightweight and small accessories that stay out of the way. It also looks good. But its functions are limited, and it’s not the most comfortable for all types of users.
The Microsoft Arc Mouse is a more ergonomic take on the Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse that nonetheless loses some functionality in the pursuit of greater comfort. It feels great in the hands, so much so that it might convince you to abandon a claw grip for a palm grip instead. However, its hair-trigger button (which doesn't physically distinguish between left/right click zones) and its lack of scroll wheel means it's not for everyone.
At $80, the Arc Mouse is more than three times the cost of the Modern Mobile Mouse, but is still affordable compared to other ergonomic mice on this list. It also carries over some of the benefits of the Modern Mobile Mouse — an uncomplicated, lightweight body, multiple color options, and easy portability (it can bend flat to fit into bags with no issue).
It's also got the same weaknesses as the Modern Mobile Mouse — and then some. Most noticeable and egregious is the lack of a scroll wheel or separate left and right click buttons. Taking the Modern Mobile Mouse’s lack of buttons a little further, the Arc Mouse opts to have one clickable touchpad for its input. Clicking the left side works as a left click and clicking the right side works like a right click (although you can swap these), while an optional three-finger-click option can serve as either a middle click or a keyboard combination of your choice. This can take some getting used to at first, as you find where the boundaries between the different options are, but it generally works.
Instead of a scroll wheel, the mouse wants you to flick your finger to scroll. This results in stilted scrolling that requires a lot of extraneous flicks, even on the highest sensitivity setting. Not only do you lose precision with this, but you also lose comfort, which goes against the point of the mouse.
Also a little disappointing is that bending the mouse flat also turns it off, so you can’t use it in this shape if you prefer. Further, the mouse is not built for fingertip or claw grippers.
Some people will love this mouse, either as a main pointer or as a backup while traveling. It's a niche pick, but so are most ergonomic mice.
The Logitech Ergo M575 Mouse is the hero your strained wrists have been waiting for. With it, you won’t need to move them at all. Just lay your hand on your mouse once, and you’re all set for eight hours straight without needing to move it again (aside from getting up to go to the bathroom). Of course, your thumb will be getting a workout the whole time.
That’s because this mouse uses a trackball to move the cursor. It’s not a new approach, but at $50 and with 2.4GHz and Bluetooth support, the Ergo M575 is more advanced than what you would have gotten in the ‘90s.
Using it will take some practice, of course, but it feels like a dream in your hand. It completely eliminates strain from repetitive motions, and the wide body perfectly contorts to my hand shape. Again, it does require my thumb to do a lot of movement, but if there’s anything decades of gaming has taught me, it’s that my thumbs are pretty resilient when it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome. The rest of my hand, not so much.
Of course, speaking of gaming, not being able to move the mouse’s body itself does come with some struggles. For instance, while this isn’t our best gaming mouse list, let’s not kid ourselves. You’re probably not constantly swapping between a gaming and work mouse with your home setup. If you were hoping to use this mouse to moonlight in games, think again. While its trackball can reach a DPI of up to 2000, it’s harder to do controlled flicks or steady tracking with it. Not common use cases on the job, but very common in games.
Clicking-and-dragging also takes some rewiring at first, as I’m not used to using both my thumb and my index finger when doing so. It took a bit of thought to remember to let go of my index finger when I was done dragging, but not my thumb. Similarly, it can be hard to precisely highlight text with a trackball.
Most of these issues, aside from the mouse not being well-suited to games, are easy enough to fix with practice. And once you do, your wrists will thank you. Your desk might thank you too. While the M575 is a bulky mouse, it also paradoxically has a small footprint because you don’t need to move it when using it. It doesn’t even need a mousepad, making it great for people with small desks or keyboard trays.
Like the Logitech M510, the M575 is compatible with the Logitech Options software, which lets you remap its three extra buttons, check battery level, swap the left/right click and adjust DPI. The customization on offer here is fairly robust, and allows you to set a button to open programs, control media, enter certain key combinations and the like. Plus, you can set the mouse to use different settings depending on which program you have open.
If you like trackball mice, this is one of the best modern options available.
At first glance, the Logitech Triathlon M720 mouse doesn’t appear to offer much for its $40 price that the more basic, $20 Logitech M510 mouse doesn’t already have. It’s got one extra button hidden away in its left thumb rest, which itself is more prominent than the thumb rest on the M510, plus a switch hidden under the scroll wheel that swaps it between ratcheted and smooth scrolling. But it’s also got one other additional, non-remappable button on its side with a “123” printed next to it. This button is where you’ll find the Triathlon’s unique use case, which is its ability to pair with up to 3 computers at once and swap between them on the fly either with that button or through Logitech Flow.
Logitech Flow is a unique piece of software that allows the Triathlon to easily treat multiple computers like one desktop simply by moving the cursor between their displays. This lets you copy and paste images and files easily, or even just use a laptop as a secondary or tertiary monitor without hassle. Think of it like a software solution for a KVM. All you have to do is pair the Triathlon to each of the PCs you want to use and make sure Logitech Options is installed on each.
In practice, it works almost flawlessly, plus you can add a Logitech keyboard into the mix if you have one. The only major issue is with connectivity standard limitations. To connect to a device, the M720 needs either Bluetooth or a Logitech Unifying Receiver. Since it only comes with a single unifying receiver, you can’t have all of your devices using 2.4 GHz unless you buy individual receivers separately. There’s no issue with connecting multiple Bluetooth devices, however, nor did I have a problem connecting one device via 2.4 GHz and one via Bluetooth.
Less of an issue is that a device’s mouse cursor does not disappear when you move your mouse off of it, which can be mildly annoying if you’re using a laptop as a secondary display.
If you need to quickly move files across devices or just simply do not own a secondary monitor but do have a laptop, Logitech Flow can be a boon to your productivity. But if all you need to do is connect a single mouse to multiple devices and swap between them on the fly, other Logitech mice can also do that.
Take the Ergo M575, which has both 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth compatibility. I easily connected the M575 to one device via 2.4 GHz and one device via Bluetooth, then swapped between them on the fly via the button on the bottom of the mouse that changes the M575’s connectivity standard. It’s a more hack-y solution, and requires you to turn the mouse over every time you want to swap devices rather than using an easy side button, but it does take away one of the Triathlon’s unique strengths.
Nonetheless, the Triathlon is still inexpensive compared to mice like the Ergo M575, and is a good choice if you’re just getting a Logitech productivity mouse and need to use it across multiple devices. It’s comfortable in the hand across all grip styles, easily remappable via the robust Logitech Options software and has access to an always-satisfying smooth scroll wheel.
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