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Whether you’re on a desktop computer, or a laptop hooked up to an external monitor, one of your most-used computer accessories is a mouse. We’re past the age of trackballs and mess cables — it’s time to declutter your desk and go wireless.
You might not think there’s a lot to a computer mouse, but its shape, size, and buttons can actually shape the way you use your computer and maximize your comfort. Your choice of mouse may actually help improve your overall productivity too, by helping you avoid RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), and cleaning up your workspace.
We found mice that are a good fit for any type of user, whether you spend all day in productivity tools like the Microsoft Office suite, spend your nights playing against friends-turned-enemies in Fortnite, or do a little of both.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Wireless Mouse
There are many factors to think about when choosing the right wireless mouse for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Bluetooth or Wireless Adapter: Wireless mice can connect to your computer directly over Bluetooth, or by sending and receiving signals from an adapter plugged into a USB port. Bluetooth mice are more convenient because they don’t require any other accessory to work, and some newer computers may not have USB ports. That said, wireless mice that use an adapter may be more responsive because the wireless antenna they use is only communicating with one accessory; multiple Bluetooth accessories can be connected to a computer at one time, which can cause congestion.
Rechargeable Batteries: Most of our technology has moved from single-use batteries to rechargeable ones, but wireless mice haven’t made the leap. Most of them still require a pair of AA or AAA batteries, although we have included one rechargeable option in this guide if you’d like to be more environmentally friendly.
Additional Buttons: All computer mice have a right-click and left-click button, but most have additional ones that allow you to scroll faster, or remap them to reach different functions on your computer. You may not use these extras every day, but it’s always good to have options.
1. Logitech M317
This Logitech wireless mouse comes bundled with a wireless adapter that connects to your computer’s USB port (compatible with MacOS, Linux, and Windows), and has three buttons: right-click, left-click, and a scroll wheel.
The mouse’s small size makes it highly-portable and easy to hold, and a small cover on the bottom pops off to reveal slots for a single AA battery. The compartment also features a space to fit the mouse’s wireless adapter when it’s not in use, so you don’t lose it.
There aren’t any major faults to this wireless mouse beyond the fact that it may be a little too basic for some users. There’re no fun extras here; what you see is what you get.
Pros: Small size, space for the wireless adapter in its battery compartment.
Cons: No extra buttons or functionality
2. SATECHI M1
The Satechi wireless mouse connects to your computer via Bluetooth, so you don’t have to plug an adapter into your computer, and Satechi says you can use it from up to 32 feet away.
The M1 has a lithium ion battery the company says lasts up to 45 days per charge. To recharge it, plug the wireless mouse into your computer or a power adapter (like the one that came with your phone) with the included USB-C cable.
Aesthetically, the M1 stands alone. Its aluminum shell looks great, and its downward-sloping shape makes it easy to hold. But the emphasis on form may have led Satechi to pay it a little safe when it comes to function. The left-click, right-click, and scroll wheel are present, but it doesn’t have any customizable buttons, which would have made it an even better pick.
It’s easy to compromise function for form, but Satechi struck a good balance here.
Pros: Rechargeable battery, long range, modern look.
Cons: No extra buttons.
3. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse
The standout feature of Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is its distinctive, circular shape. Using a traditional mouse for several hours a day can lead to hand fatigue and cause RSI (repetitive strain injury), which over time will limit the amount you can move your fingers without feeling pain.
A wedge on the left-hand side of the mouse gives provides a natural area to place your thumb, so you can rest your entire hand on top of it instead of with a claw-like grip. It’s tilted slightly to the right, so your wrist remains in a more comfortable space, too.
Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse requires you to plug a wireless USB adapter into your computer to use, and is compatible with both MacOS and Windows. This wireless mouse’s lack of Bluetooth support is a mild disappointment, and so is the fact that it runs on AA batteries instead of a rechargeable one. But, those minor inconveniences are outweighed by the fact that this wireless mouse has more than three buttons.
The right-click and left-click buttons are still there, but they’re joined by a scroll click (push the scroll wheel down), scroll left and right (push the scroll wheel to the left and right), and Microsoft Button. The scroll left and right buttons can be used to go back and forward in a web browser to view different pages, and the Microsoft button brings up the Start Menu. These extra buttons can’t be remapped, so they’re not as useful to Mac users, but they’ll save you time if you’re on Windows.
If you’re at your computer for eight hours every weekday, it’s worthwhile to get a wireless mouse that will feel comfortable to use today, and may help prevent you from developing RSI in the future.
Pros: Built for comfort. We like the addition of the extra buttons.
Cons: No Bluetooth, extra buttons aren’t customizable on MacOS.
4. Razer Lancehead
Gamers rely on precision to help them stay competitive — any lag, down to the millisecond can make a huge impact on their performance. The optical sensor in the wireless version of Razor’s Lancehead mouse breaks the surface it’s sensing down to 16,000 DPI (dots per inch), so every subtle movement is sensed correctly.
It connects to your computer via a 2.4Ghz adapter, and has a rechargeable battery that Razer says can last up to 50 hours. To charge the Lancehead Mouse, connect it to your computer or a power adapter (like the one included with your smartphone) using the included cable.
If you’re looking for a wireless mouse with flair, Razer’s Lancehead is definitely the right choice. It has LED lights built into its sides and on the scroll wheel. You can use Razer’s software to change the lights into one of 16.8 million colors, or spectrum of ones you like. The LED lights can even be configured to change while you play a game.
Razer also designed the Lancehead with customizability in mind. It has nine buttons: right-click, left-click, scroll-click, then two additional buttons on the top, left, and right side of the mouse. Each button can be mapped to a different function on your computer (MacOS or Windows), or in a particular game. Accessing features without having to remember keyboard shortcuts, or physically mousing over to control them can save you time.
Complexity does come along with that level of customizability though, so the Razer Lancehead may be a little overkill if you’re sticking to everyday computer tasks like web browsing, watching videos, and posting on social media.
Pros: Precise optical sensor, rechargeable battery, customizable buttons
Cons: No Bluetooth, may be a little complicated for general use.