Best Mouse 2020: The Top Mice For All Your Pointing and Clicking NeedsApril 9, 2020
We’ve also ensured all of our picks have one of the best modern conveniences: wireless connectivity. Some use Bluetooth while others use USB receivers, and some can still connect over a wired USB connection, but all of them will let you use them without having a wire getting in the way.
TL;DR – These are the best mice:
1. Logitech MX Master 3
Best All-Around Mouse
Logitech has the market for professional mice cornered, the MX Master 3 is its premier mouse. It’s designed with ergonomics in mind, so your hand will stay comfortable over a long day of work. But, comfort is only one aspect, as it’s also highly versatile.
The MX Master 3 features Logitech Darkfield Tracking to make it usable on most surfaces, so no worrying about it misbehaving on metal or glass. And, with both a USB receiver and Bluetooth, it can connect to a broad range of devices from Windows and Mac computers to iPads and Linux-powered machines. It also supports Flow, letting you seamlessly use this mouse with three devices at the same time. You’ll get up to 70 hours of runtime from the MX Master 3’s built-in battery, and if you’re ever low, you can get three hours of power back with just one minute of charging. Plus, you won’t find many scroll wheels as fancy as the MX Master 3’s MagSpeed Electromagnetic wheel, and there’s even a thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling.
2. Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse
Best Budget Mouse
If you don’t need a mouse all the time, it might not be as appealing to buy a serious pointer that’s crammed full of features. The Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse offers a simple and affordable option that should be more than enough mouse for most. It has a simple, ambidextrous design, and runs on a single AA battery.
As the name suggests, this mouse connects over Bluetooth and uses the Low Energy mode which helps it offer up to 12 months of battery life, so it should have a bit of charge ready whenever you might need it. One nice thing to see on a budget mouse is the inclusion of a clickable scroll wheel, making web browsing that little bit quicker.
3. Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed
Best Multipurpose Mouse
If you’re familiar with Razer, you might be a bit worried that its mice don’t have a home outside of gaming, but the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed is wonderfully understated and can slip under that radar thanks to its omission of RGB lighting.
What you get from the Basilisk X HyperSpeed is a highly accurate mouse that can run for ages on a single AA battery. It offers superb tracking with a USB receiver, but it also supports Bluetooth connectivity. That makes it a handy 2-in-1 that you can use for gaming at home with the dongle and take to work using its Bluetooth connection. It’s all the more impressive that this mouse comes in at under $60.
4. Logitech G604 Lightspeed
Best Mouse for Macros
The Logitech G604 is another one of those mice that shouldn’t be mistaken as only being at home in a gaming environment. The G604 has a comfortable design and a scroll wheel that mimics that of the MX Master 3 by having both a free-spinning and a ratchet mode. You also get the dual connectivity from a USB receiver and Bluetooth.
The Logitech G604 can run on a single AA battery for up to 5.5 months using Bluetooth or for 240 hours using the faster wireless connection. What helps the Logitech G604 shine outside of gaming is also what helps it shine in games: all the buttons. The G604 features 15 buttons in total, with six next to the thumb and an extra two near the left button. Paired with Logitech’s software, you can set up a whole host of macros to convince coworkers that you’re a spreadsheet wizard.
5. Logitech MX Vertical
Best Ergonomic Mouse
If you’ve got your hand basically glued to your mouse all day, you may have run into a bit of pain in your arm. That can come from having your arm rotated inward for so long, and it can lead to RSI after some time. That’s something an ergonomic mouse aims to alleviate, and the Logitech MX Vertical is a compelling example of this.
At first glance, it might not even look like a mouse. It has the profile of a sailboat because of its high peak, but that gives you a grip that will keep your arm from twisting far inward. Beyond that comfortable grip, the mouse supports multiple connection modes over its USB receiver, Bluetooth, or a wired connection. It also supports Flow for use between multiple devices at once. If you forget to keep the four-month battery charged, you can get an extra three hours of power in just a minute of charging.
6. SteelSeries Rival 650
Best Gaming Mouse
The best gaming mouse is actually the SteelSeries Rival 600 (read our review), but the Rival 650 (read our review) is its wireless twin, as it’s virtually identical in every other respect. You’ll get SteelSeries’ incredibly accurate TrueMove3+ sensor that combines a precise optical sensor with a depth sensor to fine-tune when the mouse detects lift off from a surface.
The Rival 650 offers both a wired and wireless connection, letting you continue to use it when the 24-hour battery is drained. You can customize the lighting as you like, and program the three thumb buttons for extra functionality.
7. Microsoft Arc Mouse
Best Portable Mouse
If portability is one of your major concerns, a big, lumpy mouse might not be the best option for you. Microsoft has the answer with its Arc Mouse. The design follows from the earlier Arc Touch mouse, with a bendable body that forms a curve when in use and lies flat when powered down. In fact, it’s bending it flat that turns the mouse off.
The Microsoft Arc Mouse runs for up to 6 months on two AAA batteries and connects exclusively using Bluetooth. You won’t have to worry about losing or forgetting any USB receiver dongle. You won’t find any true buttons on the top of this mouse, as it instead registers touches for both left and rick click as well as vertical and horizontal scrolling. While that may take some time to get used to, that lack of moving parts is less to worry about if you throw this mouse into your backpack. Of course, because it folds flat, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a pocket to slide the Arc Mouse safely inside.
8. Logitech MX Ergo
Best Trackball Mouse
When desk space is tight, a trackball mouse can be a winning ally, and the Logitech MX Ergo has what it takes. This mouse features a large trackball paired with a button for enabling precision mode, so you can move your cursor right where you need it. It offers a total of eight buttons, including a tiltable scroll wheel.
If you’re wondering where the Ergo in the name comes from, it has to do with a feature in the stand. This mouse has an adjustable tilt, which can let you change the angle you hold it at. The MX Ergo offers up to four months of battery life and can get a full day of power in one minute of charging. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and can sync across multiple devices using Flow.
9. Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
Best Small Mouse
So, you want a bunch of the great features you’re hearing about but in a smaller mouse? Enter the MX Anywhere 2S, a mouse compact enough to fit in smaller hands but capable enough to keep up with the bigger competitors.
The MX Anywhere 2S supports Logitech’s Flow software for syncing across multiple devices at once, and it can pair using the USB wireless receiver or Bluetooth. You’ll get up to 40 days of battery life from the mouse and can recharge it for up to a full day’s worth of power in just three minutes. While the mouse is small enough to go just about anywhere, it also has Logitech’s Darkfield sensor for accurate tracking on just about any surface, so you can take it and use it anywhere.
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