It’s true that touch screens have never been more important in our everyday and working lives but it’s equally true that computer mice — especially wireless mice — continue to be integral to the way we get things done. Yep, the humble wireless mouse is an enduring staple of our digital lives and choosing the best one can make us more productive and less frustrated. But how to you choose the best one?
There are several things to consider: price, the platform you are using the wireless mouse with (Windows or MacOS), ergonomics, the amount of buttons and how customizable a mouse is, the design, the size and portability, what surfaces the mouse will (and won’t) work on and so on. Especially important is the type of work you’ll be doing — are you a video editor, a designer, a casual web surfer or an executive? The best mouse for one type of person isn’t necessarily the best for others.
If you’re just interested in seeing the list of the 25 best wireless mice then scroll down a bit and you’ll hit it. If you want some context and guidance for making the best decision then keep reading.
Features vs Pricing in Wireless Mice
Let’s start with cost as the price of wireless mice ranges drastically. You’ll find cheap mice for under $10 and you’ll also find mice that cost more than $75 on the premium end of the spectrum. Does a more expensive mouse generally equate to a better mouse and does a cheaper mouse automatically mean it’s less capable? Like any product category, the answer is not exactly.
Certainly there are higher-priced mice that have a lot to offer. The top wireless mouse on this list is one such mouse. It’s packed full of features you won’t find in cheaper, more budget-friendly models. And yet you can find several wireless mice under $25 that offer perfectly acceptable basic functionality. The real question here is how many extra features do you need?
Do you need a mouse that works over longer distances? Or a mouse with additional buttons that can be customized? Do you crave a mouse with the best possible battery life? Do you need a mouse that will work on the biggest array of surfaces (including tricky surfaces like glass or carpet)? Do you want a mouse more grip? Do you care what color your mouse is or if it looks “cooler” than other mice or not? These are all examples of extra features you might be willing to pay extra for.
Bluetooth Mice (No “Dongles”)
Most wireless mice are Bluetooth mice these days, but not all. A Bluetooth mouse (or bt mouse) is great because you can connect directly to your computer or device by going through an initial setup rather than having to use a “dongle” (as they are weirdly called). Dongles work just fine but take up a USB port which you might prefer to have open for other accessories. Just something to keep in mind.
And while you might think that wireless mice are always better than wired mice, that’s not always the case. Just ask any serious PC gamer after any competetive advantage they can possibly get: wired gaming mice tend to be slightly faster (and more reliably) than wired mice.
The Best Brands for Wireless Mice
Logitech wireless mice are well represented on this lis, as are mice from Microsoft. This makes perfect sense as they are the dominant brand-name manufacturers in this product category. Apple, meanwhile, promotes the use of their latest mouse which I happen to love (and use daily); thus there is only one Apple mouse on this list. Still, the wireless mice represented here are all compatible with PCs and Macs, so even Apple users have plenty of great options to choose from.
Additionally you’ll find some alternative brands listed here that you might not have heard of before and they are typically positioned as budget/cheap alternatives to the name brand mice. Despite the lack of name recognition, companies with names like TekNet, VicTsing, Jelly Comb and JETech do make some very highly-rated wireless mice that are worth considering if you want to save some money.
One final thing before we dive into the list: I hope you didn’t arrive on this page by searching for wireless mouses instead of wireless mice (I won’t make fun of you, I promise), but even if you did I hope you are able to find what you are looking for!
The Top Contenders for Best Wireless Mouse
Now I’m not going to do a deep dive on each of the 25 mice on this list, but I will talk about a few of the very best (found at the very top of the list) to help you make an informed decision (since all other mice on this list should be compared and contrasted with them). Of course “the best” is going to depend on individual needs and circumstances, but here are my picks.
Logitech MX Master: The Best All-Around Wireless Mouse
The wireless mouse that I chose to rank first on this list — the Logitech MX Master — is a particular favorite of mine. If I weren’t a Mac user, this would absolutely be my mouse of choice. After extensive testing I have no problem recommending this mouse to anyone and everyone.
The dark field laster tracking is excellent. It works on just about any surface and that is important to me, personally. I used to have a desk with a glass surface and that’s not good for someone who dislikes mouse pads as much as I do. But the MX Master had no problem working on that or any other surface in my office. Additionally, I liked the extra buttons which were easy to personalize, the comfy scroll wheel, the interesting design and the reliability. If you buy it I think you’ll really like it. It’s really geared toward power-users but if you just like to have “the best” then this is right up your alley.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse 4000: The Best All-Around Wireless Mouse for Windows Users
If you’ve got a Windows-powered machine (a PC, a tablet, a 2-in-1) then I think the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse 4000 should be your default option. Now other mice can certainly do a great job for you, but I happen to really like the sleek and shiny black design, optimized form and, of course, that bold blue Windows button.
This Bluetooth mouse ditches the dongle concept completely, features a 4-way scrolling wheel (up, down, left and right), does a good job working on just about any surface and even works with most Android devices!
Apple Magic Mouse 2: The Best All-Around Wireless Mouse for Mac Users
I happen to be an Apple fan. I’ve got an iMac, an iPad an iPhone, an Apple Watch and Apple TV… the list goes on. The naturally the Apple Magic Mouse 2 has a lot of appeal for me. While some fault it for being too simple, it’s exactly that simplicity that I love most.
The buttons on this mouse are virtual — as is the scroll wheel. The entire surface is touch-responsive and that makes this mouse incredibly versatile and customizable. A two-fingered swipe behaves differently than a single-fingered swipe. This is useful for going back and forth while browsing the Web or for switching between virtual desktops. And if you want to use just one mouse button you can! You can do so much with this mouse it’s almost ridiculous, but admittedly the design and feel isn’t for everyone.
Amazon Basics Wireless Mouse: The Best Budget Wireless Mouse
There are definitely plenty of “cheap” wireless mice to choose from, but if you’re uncomfortable going with a “no name” brand, I’d say go for the Amazon Basics Wireless Mouse. This mouse is very highly rated and the basic in the name simply refers to the fact that this is a 3-button wireless mouse and nothing more. There are no programmable buttons and it doesn’t have the world’s most eye-catching design. Finally, it does make use of a dongle (or a “nano receiver” as Amazon calls it) which isn’t ideal, but for the price it’s more than forgivable.
The 25 Best Wireless Mice
- Logitech MX Master – Consistently recognized as the best all-around wireless mouse.
- Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse 4000 – The best all-around choice for Windows users.
- Apple Magic Mouse 2 – The best all-around choice for Mac users.
- TekNet Pro (M003) – So cheap, so popular. A lot of mouse for a little price.
- Amazon Basics Wireless Mouse – A very solid ultra-affordable wireless mouse from a recognizable brand.
- Evoluent Vertical Mouse C Right Wireless – Perhaps the most ergonomic mouse ever made.
- Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 – The battery on this mouse lasts for up to three years!
- VicTsing MM057 – Very high-rated, full-featured mouse at an incredibly affordable price.
- Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 – Compact mouse that works on a variety of tricky surfaces.
- Logitech Performance Mouse MX – Made to track on any surface — even glass — precisely.
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 – If you’re looking for a mouse with grip, look no further.
- Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse – Designed to maximize wrist comfort to Windows users.
- Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX – Compact mouse that’ll work on glass and has programmable buttons.
- Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 – A compact mouse that works on carpet and has a 15ft range.
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 – A full-size mouse with forward/back buttons.
- Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Mouse – A portable wireless mouse with a Windows button.
- Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse – Compact Bluetooth mouse with a rubber grip.
- Logitech MX Anywhere 2 – A compact wireless mouse that works on high-gloss surface.
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M310 – A full-size, very simple ambidextrous mouse.
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M525 – Ergonomic with a precise wheel and long battery life.
- ThinkPad Precision Wireless Mouse – Balances size, ergonomics and portability for a decent price.
- Dell WM514 Wireless Mouse – If you’re looking for a Windows alternative to Logitech and Microsoft mice.
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 – A simple mouse designed for Web scrolling.
- Jelly Comb Slim Wireless Mouse – Slim-profile, highly-rated and highly-affordable.
- JETech Wireless Mobile Mouse – Yet another cheap, highly-rated mouse but with lots of grip.