Ah, the underappreciated computer mouse. Even in the age of trackpads and touch screens, they remain one of the most important tools in your workgroup.
Whether you’re looking for a new mouse to replace your everyday driver or something for a more specific job, here’s a short list of great options. A few ground rules: Choose wireless mice that are compatible with major operating systems. Some come with an optional wireless connector that plugs into a USB port, but all offer direct Bluetooth connections for maximum compatibility and minimal fuss.
GREAT FOR EVERYDAY USE: Logitech MX Master Series
If you’re only here because you’re looking for a new mouse, this is the one.
The Logitech MX Master Series — currently backed by the $99 MX Master 3 — is a near-perfect combination of convenience, price, and features.
Yes, at $100, it’s not cheap. But if your work requires a lot of mouse, it is worth the coin. There’s even a Mac version, which features Apple-specific button customization.
The device itself is solid and comfortable for medium to large hands, with a slight right tilt that puts your wrist at a comfortable angle and a solid weight that feels excellent without being too heavy.
However, the real magic lies in the Logitech software. Called Logitech Options, they allow you great scrolling speed, thumb wheel sensitivity, button functionality, and a host of other settings so you can dial your mouse the way you want.
Flip your mouse over and you’ll find a specific button that lets you switch connections between three different computers, which is great if you have multiple devices on your desk that you use for different tasks.
Now, not to throw a curve ball in there at the last minute, but I personally find the previous version of this mouse, the MX Master 2S more comfortable than the latest design. I bought the MX Master 3 back when it came out but put it back and went back to my trusty 2S because I like the scroll wheel a little better. It’s not a huge, shocking difference but I kind of do. . . Well, I missed the old mouse. Although technically discontinued, the MX Master 2S can still be had on Amazon for about $60, which is a very good price.
The newer version has a slightly revamped scroll wheel, USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB on the 2S, and better positioning of the side buttons. I don’t use these side buttons for much of anything, but if you’re someone who likes to use them everyone Mouse buttons you have, a newer version might be a better fit for you.
Great for travel: Microsoft Arc Mouse
Love, love, love the $80 Microsoft Arc Mouse for its innovative design.
When not in use, it lays flat in order to take up minimal space in your bag. When it’s time to work, it pops up in a surprisingly comfortable arc.
In order to keep the mouse ultra-thin, Microsoft has ditched the hardware-based scroll wheel and instead is putting in a touch-sensitive scrolling area that lets you operate your finger horizontally or vertically to scroll up and down or side-to-side.
This mouse can work with Macs, though you’ll miss some of the touch gestures you get with Apple’s $79 Magic Mouse, like a two-finger double-click to open Mission Control.
However, if you are looking for a travel mouse that does it all, the Arc Mouse is a great choice. Shop also: Although for $80 directly from Microsoft, they can be found cheaper elsewhere. Certain colors start around $45 on Amazon, for example.
Perfect for Wrist Pain: Logitech MX Vertical
If you suffer from carpal tunnel or repetitive stress, take a look at the $100 Logitech MX Vertical. I own one of these and break it a few times a year when my wrist really starts to flare up.
It looks like a sea-going cargo ship and gets a little used to it, but once you unload it, it works wonders in terms of comfort. It has the same great software features as the MX Master series mentioned above as well.
If your wrists would rather you avoid using a traditional mouse altogether, check out Contour’s RollerMouse Red at $265, which is very different from the old-school mouse design. It takes the mouse completely out of your hand, replaces the bar in front of the keyboard and rolls up and down as you slide side by side to move the cursor around your screen.
Full disclosure: I don’t own this thing, but I have two friends who swear by it. It’s a ride to use, too: it’s more intuitive and precise than it may first appear.
Great for Southbowth: Kensington SureTrack
When it comes to computers, it’s hard to be left-handed. Your mouse choices may seem limited to real left-handed designs or funny limited offerings.
However, the $30 Kensington SureTrack is a surprisingly capable mouse that is Southern-friendly given its low price. It has an ergonomic design with solid buttons, built-in cursor speed control, and a smooth scroll wheel, works with almost any device, and comes in multiple colors.
I can’t attest to how it works in left-handed, unfortunately, but no complaints here from the right.
Great for trackpad fans: Remote Mouse
Mouse, schmouse. You can turn your phone into a large, glassy trackpad with the Remote Mouse app.
Available for iPhone and Android phones, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers, it works great as a standard alternative to moving a cursor and clicking a button, but it also has great built-in features: a media remote control, an app player, and More.
There is an ad-supported free version that offers a lot of functionality or a Pro version at $14 per year that syncs settings between multiple devices and provides more granular media and app controls.