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iPads are extremely versatile devices, and with a few additional accessories they can be transformed from a touchscreen mobile device to something resembling a laptop. If you already have a stand and a Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case, then a mouse is the last thing you need to complete your iPad workstation. It’s important to note that iPads don’t have ports to support wired mice, so you’ll need to find a wireless model.
Some wireless mice connect to your device using a tiny adapter that plugs into a USB port. iPads can’t support this connection, so you’ll need to find a model that’s Bluetooth compatible (it’s fine if it also supports wireless USB, but Bluetooth compatibility is a must). You’ll also want to consider factors like battery life and the ability to track on a multitude of surfaces. If you like to set up your iPad in different workspaces, you don’t want to have to bring a mousepad with you to your favorite coffee shop. And, of course, you’ll want to consider comfort. If you experience discomfort when using a standard mouse design, there are some great ergonomic options out there that support different hand positions. We’d also recommend checking out our full list of the best ergonomic mice if this is a priority for you.
If you don’t see what you need here, you can also read through our round-ups for the best wireless mice and the best travel mice on the market. We also have a guide to connecting your wireless mouse.
App-specific control profiles
Supports simultaneous connections
The Logitech MX Master 3 is a versatile Bluetooth mouse offering precise control and several interesting features. It features a right and left click with a “magspeed” scroll wheel in between that allows for super-fast and quiet scrolling. It also includes a set of thumb controls and gestures. One of the most interesting features of the MX Master 3 is the customizability of these gestures. You can set up app-specific “profiles” so that the controls function differently in programs like Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, and Final Cut Pro.
This mouse supports both Bluetooth and wireless USB connectivity. One of the most interesting features is the simultaneous connectivity with Logitech Flow, technology that allows you to pair the mouse with up to three devices at once and “flow” the cursor across all three devices. You could actually put your iPad next to your laptop and use the cursor between them like they were dual screens. This is a super interesting feature that might even make you reimagine your workstation setup. The MX Master 3 is also able to track on just about any surface, including glass.
Works across multiple surface
No built-in storage for USB receiver
This wireless mouse from Logitech is a fantastic all-purpose option that can connect to multiple devices and work on all kinds of surfaces. It has a standard mouse design with a left and right click, a center scroll wheel, and a pair of forward/back buttons on the side next to where the thumb rests. It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows devices and supports Bluetooth connectivity. And it can track on just about any surface — the 4000 dpi dark field sensor keeps your cursor on track even when you’re working on glass. The battery lasts for up to 70 days between charges. The MX Anywhere 2S can also pair with up to three different devices at once. You can use Logitech’s Flow technology to use your cursor across multiple displays at once.
This is a super basic mouse that’s reliable and Bluetooth-compatible, making it a solid budget choice for your iPad if you don’t need any extra bells and whistles. It has a standard left and right click and a center wheel with four-way scrolling (up/down and left/right). The design isn’t particularly ergonomic but it is symmetrical, meaning it can be used ambidextrously (with either the left or right hand). Its BlueTrack tracking technology uses a combination of optical and laser technology for reliable cursor movement on all kinds of surfaces except clear glass and mirrors.
This mouse is not rechargeable and relies on a AA battery instead. The upside: each battery lasts for about a year. If you want an inexpensive mouse to pair with your iPad, pick up the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 in black, blue, or red.
Adjustable hinge for custom angle
Unlike regular optical mice that slide around on your work surface, trackball mice are stationary and you control the movement of the cursor by rolling around the trackball with your thumb or finger. This design can be something of an acquired taste, but it’s known to be very precise and requires minimal space on your desk. These mice are also very ergonomic, and the Logitech MX Ergo is no exception. The surface of the mouse cradles your whole hand and there is a hinge on the bottom that allows you to adjust it to the most comfortable angle. It’s Bluetooth-enabled and can support simultaneous pairing with two different devices, meaning you could buy this mouse for your desk at home and use it between your laptop and your iPad, switching from one to the other with a simple button control on the mouse. If you primarily want to use this mouse with your tablet, note that it’s rather large and requires a bit of setup, so it doesn’t score well on portability.
Built-in USB storage
The Logitech M720 Triathlon is all about compatibility. It can pair with tons of different devices and operating systems beyond your iPad, making it a one-size-fits-all solution to your home office. It supports both Bluetooth and a unifying USB receiver, and the adapter stores conveniently inside the body of the mouse when not in use.
For its midrange price point, the M720 Triathlon has some great features that make it a really solid value. One of these features is Logitech’s Flow technology, which allows you to pair and then seamlessly move your cursor across three different device screens. This could be very handy if you have your iPad set up as an additional screen to accompany your laptop or desktop computer. The mouse runs on a AA battery, and while rechargeability is preferable, the M720 Triathlon lives up to its name and lasts two full years before the battery needs to be replaced.
Seamless integration with iPad
Not very ergonomic
Expensive for what it is
If you own multiple Apple devices, you know how seamlessly everything works together inside the Apple ecosystem. The same is true for the iPad and the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It connects to your tablet via Bluetooth and has the same clean aesthetic that defines the Apple brand. The multi-touch surface allows you to effortlessly swipe and scroll anywhere on the front part of the device and, despite the seamless look, it still has right and left click functions. That being said, this describes just about everything the Magic Mouse 2 does. It looks beautiful but is a little expensive for very straightforward functionality. It’s rechargeable via a USB-C port and lasts for up to 70 days between charges. One minute of charge provides up to 3 hours of use.
Reduces wrist pressure
Not designed for very small or very large hands
If you suffer from hand and wrist pain or notice that your muscles get fatigued after long periods at the computer, then it’s worth exploring some ergonomic mouse designs that might be more comfortable. The Logitech MX Vertical has the same controls as a regular mouse, but it reorients the hand and arm into a “handshake” position that takes pressure off the wrist, reduces muscle strain, and drastically cuts down on how much you need to move your arm when operating the mouse. It’s unusual looking — and the somewhat bulky design means it isn’t very portable — but people love how it feels. This Bluetooth mouse also features Logitech’s Flow technology, which allows you to pair it with up to three devices at once and seamlessly use your cursor across all three screens.
The Logitech MX Vertical measures 5 x 4 x 4 inches. As with many ergonomic mice, it’s designed to fit the “average” hand. That’s an elusive standard of measurement that unfortunately excludes people who don’t fall in the middle of the bell curve. If standard mice don’t fit your hands, you should check out the reviews before you buy — the shape of the MX Vertical means that your fingers have to line up with the controls for it to be comfortable.
Very basic functionality
Microsoft has injected some welcome creativity into the wireless mouse market with the Arc. This hyper-minimal design starts out flat when it’s powered off and then snaps up into a curve when it’s powered on. It weighs less than three ounces and is just 0.56 inches thick, making it the perfect travel mouse — it’s so slim that you could probably fit it into the same pocket as your iPad. The mouse’s whole front end is a scroll plane so you can swipe up and down on the surface like you would on a laptop trackpad.
The arc is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 only. It uses three AAA batteries and lasts for about six months at a time. If you’re someone who likes to coordinate your device’s accessories, you’re in luck: the Arc is available in eight colors including unusual entries like burgundy, lilac, and sage
Combines two accessories in one
Comfortable to use on your lap
If you don’t have a keyboard for your iPad, the Logitech K830 Media solves two problems with one device. This full keyboard has a touchpad built in, allowing you to type, click, and scroll all in one place. For iPad users, this kind of accessory is especially useful. When you’re on the go, it eliminates the need to carry around two different accessories. When you’re sitting at home, it allows you to prop up your iPad on a separate surface and type from your lap — the K830 Media can maintain a Bluetooth connection up to 33 feet away. You don’t have to find a flat surface, and you don’t need to pair multiple devices to your iPad.
One downside is that it’s pretty large: at 15.1 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches, it may not easily fit into smaller bags and backpacks. It’s also made entirely of plastic, which isn’t inherently a bad thing but does look a little cheap for a device that costs about $100.
The Logitech MX Master 3 is a Bluetooth mouse that offers an ergonomic design, seamless flow between devices, and customizable gesture profiles for different kinds of apps. The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is a cheaper alternative that offers a lot of the same features, including simultaneous pairing and tracking across all kinds of surfaces.
Emmeline Kaser is a tech writer and former editor for Lifewire. She was one of the first Lifewire editors to join Dotdash's product testing team, allowing her to edit and assign hundreds of tech product reviews.
Wireless Connectivity- Most Bluetooth mice will connect to modern iPads relatively easily, but since most iPads don't have a USB port, connecting a mouse via a USB receiver can be a bit more challenging. If you want to connect a wired USB mouse or a wireless mouse with a USB dongle, you’ll need a Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter.
Comfort and grip style- Are you right or left handed? Do you prefer a claw grip mouse, a palm grip, or a top grip? Make sure the mouse you choose will be comfortable, especially if you plan on using it for long periods or across multiple devices. Since you’ll probably be taking your iPad mouse with you on the go, you may want a smaller, more lightweight mouse that can easily fit in a bag.
Customization options- Do you want a mouse with programmable buttons? Maybe you want to be able to switch between continuous and ratcheted scrolling? Check out the customization options the mouse offers, the mouse’s companion software, and make sure it’s compatible with your device.