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iPads are fantastic hybrid devices, filling a critical range of utility between the best laptops and the best smartphones, but if you plan on using one extensively for productivity, you're going to want to grab one of the best mice for iPad. A great mouse furthers the ability for your tablet to substitute for a full-size laptop on the fly, or pinch hit for one full time if you're really keen on portability.
Some of the best tablet accessories on the market, including a number of the mice on our list, connect via USB, a port that a number of iPads are sadly lacking. If, unlike 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini, yours didn't come with a Lightning-to-USB cable, check out our handy how-to on connecting USB Devices to an iPad. Otherwise, read on to find out about the best mice for the iPad.
Since the iPad is primarily an ultra-portable device that has limited mouse support right now, there are different priorities for choosing an ideal mouse, especially if you’re using it primarily — or exclusively — with your iPad. You’ll want it to be portable and relatively inexpensive, it needs to support Bluetooth, and it should have enough buttons to access more advanced features.
Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2S covers all of these bases in a pretty balanced way, making it our best overall pick for an iPad mouse, at least in the current state of iPadOS 13 (which is still in beta, to be fair). It’s just the right size to be portable while still remaining comfortable to use over long periods of time, it uses a rechargeable battery, it can pair with more than one device so you can use it with your computer as well, and it has five programmable buttons that you can customize in iPadOS 13.
It also has a 4000 DPI sensor that will track smoothly on any surface, even glass, so you’ll have a hard time finding a place where you won’t be able to use it — hence the name “Anywhere." And the battery will give you about to two months of use before you have to recharge it, another win for portability.
Unless you’re a hardcore iPad user, chances are you also have a MacBook (or another laptop), and perhaps even a desktop computer to contend with. In this case, there’s an advantage to being able to use the same mouse on all of your devices. Especially if you switch between them a lot, there’s a measurable productivity boost from not having to readjust to a different mouse style as you move between your computer, laptop, and iPad.
Logitech’s M720 Triathlon, as the name implies, will pair with up to three different devices, which should be as many as most people need for a single mouse, and it can do so over both Bluetooth as well as Logitech’s own Unifying USB Receiver for devices that don’t have Bluetooth LE capabilities. It can switch seamlessly between each mode.
However, there are other things that could make the M720 the best mouse for iPad. Its understated design will appeal to a wide range of users with different hand sizes, making it overall the most comfortable mouse to use in this price range. It also tracks well on almost any surface, and offers eight buttons, six of which are fully programmable, and can be customized to your liking, both in iPadOS 13 and on your Mac or Windows PC. There are also three illuminated numbers on top so you can quickly see which device you’re controlling, and a single button lets you quickly move from controlling your computer to your iPad and vice versa.
If you’re a frequent air traveller, or simply like to work in bed at night beside your partner, the “clickiness” of many mice could be a problem. Silence is often a big priority in a portable mouse, but creating a good quiet mouse is more of a challenge than you may realize since most users like to know when they’re clicking a button even if they, themselves, can’t hear it.
Logitech’s M590 excels in this area, with left and right buttons that still provide good haptic feedback without the accompanying noise. The buttons still feel responsive and not “mushy” yet they make nary a sound. Like most of Logitech’s other mice, the M590 pairs with up to two devices using either Bluetooth or Logitech’s own USB receiver, and it still provides five buttons that can be customized natively in iPadOS or on your Mac or PC with Logitech’s Options software.
Due to its smaller size, it’s slightly less comfortable than other Logitech mice, but not unreasonably so, and it still sports Logitech’s advanced tracking features. A single AA battery is included that should power it for up to two years of normal use.
iPadOS 13 will support any type of pointing device, so if you regularly use your iPad at a fairly stationary work surface, you might prefer a trackball or a trackpad for ergonomic reasons. While using a trackpad doesn’t make much sense with the iPad touchscreen (in our opinion, even using Apple’s own Magic Trackpad feels downright weird with the iPad), Logitech’s MX Ergo trackball is actually a pretty slick solution, particularly if you’re more of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro kind of user and are looking for a more wrist-friendly pointing device
It’s also handy if you’re using your iPad alongside a desktop computer since Logitech’s “Easy Switch” feature lets you pair it with two devices, which can use either Bluetooth LE or Logitech’s USB Unifying Receiver to connect. A button on top lets you quickly switch from one to the other, so you can be moving your pointer around Illustrator on your desktop one second, then switch to touching up a photo on your iPad with a single click.
It has a whole array of buttons that are fully customizable, even on iPadOS. You’ll even be able to take advantage of the advanced “precision mode” feature on your iPad, which slows down the pointer for more accurate tracking.
While it may sound strange to use a Microsoft mouse with an Apple iPad, Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is one of the cheapest and most reliable Bluetooth mice you can buy. In fact, it’s hard to find any Bluetooth mouse at this price — most budget wireless mice require that you connect a receiver to a USB port, a cumbersome undertaking on the iPad.
While undeniably bare-bones (it only has two buttons and a scroll wheel), the 3600 is still comfortable and ambidextrous, and most importantly for iPad users, it’s small enough to toss into your bag. A single AA battery powers it, and Microsoft even includes one in the box. It’s also much more solid than most mice in this price range, so it should be able to take a beating, and it tracks reliably on most surfaces, even fabric cushions.
While it’s a common complaint with this one that the scroll wheel isn’t customizable, that issue can be chalked up to the software driver and won’t matter at all for iPadOS. Plus, both of the two buttons are fully customizable. This one is a solid option if you’re looking for a basic pointing device just for standard cursor navigation when typing on a physical keyboard. Best of all, it’s available in a whole range of colors.
Let’s face it, if you’re toting around an iPad, chances are that traveling light is important to you, so If you’re looking for an ultra-thin and stylish mouse and don’t mind spending a few bucks more, Logitech’s T631 is the most compact mouse you can buy — it’s small enough to toss into a business folio with your iPad or even your jeans pocket.
At only 3.4x2.3x0.7 inches it’s pretty much the smallest and slimmest mouse you’re going to find supporting Bluetooth connectivity, and as an added bonus it also supports Logitech’s multi-device pairing feature, meaning you can simultaneously pair it with your computer at home or the office as well, allowing you to easily switch between using it with either. If you’re a Mac user, it has the added bonus of offering all of the same multi-touch gestures as Apple’s own Magic Mouse, although these won’t do anything for you on iPadOS right now.
Due to its ultra-slim profile, the T631 isn’t the most ergonomic mouse, but it’s not uncomfortable once you get used to it, and it’s also rechargeable over USB. In the event that it goes dead while you’re on the go, plugging it in for only a minute will give you an extra hour of use. If you expect to be using a mouse a lot with your iPad and ultra-portability is a priority, the T631 may be worth its higher asking price.
While Bluetooth mice are all the rage, if you really want a wired mouse, that’s an option too, especially if you’re using one of the higher-end USB-C-equipped iPad Pro models.
Macally makes a nice little USB-C mouse that has quite a few things going for it, including quiet clicking (it’s almost as quiet as Logitech’s M590, albeit a little bit less responsive) and the ability to plug right into your 2018-era iPad Pro without any dongles or adapters required. Of course, being a wired mouse, there’s also no need to worry about batteries, since it’s powered entirely by the USB-C port on your iPad Pro.
The optical sensor also supports multiple tracking resolutions, with a DPI button that lets you easily switch between 800, 1200, 1600, and 2400 DPI, so you can easily adjust the precision on the go, an especially useful inclusion as iPadOS 13 doesn’t offer this kind of tracking speed adjustment right now.