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Opinions differ on what makes a gaming mouse "good," per se, but we think Logitech’s M720 is the best mouse for Mac users largely because of its simple, accessible design, which will appeal to the widest possible group of users and applications. The size and ergonomics are better than most mice in its class, and it should be comfortable across a broad range of hand sizes. It’s also pretty affordable yet, thanks to its eight top and side buttons, it's quite versatile as well. Within Logitech's accompanying Mac-compliant software, you can fully customize it to perform a variety of tasks.
As the name “Triathalon” implies, this one can also maintain connections to up to three different devices, either using the Bluetooth LE capabilities available on all recent Macs, or Logitech’s USB Unifying Receiver, for those places where Bluetooth isn’t an option (and there’s even a slot inside to store the USB receiver so you can easily take it with you and not risk losing it). Three backlight numbers on the top also let you quickly see which device you’re controlling.
This means you can use the Triathlon with your iMac when you’re at your desk, and then just as easily toss it in your bag for use with your MacBook Air on the go.
It’s actually pretty easy to go wrong if you’re looking for a mouse on a budget, as there’s a lot of junk out there. Fortunately, the “AmazonBasics” lineup was created to solve this problem by offering reliable accessories at store brand prices. Case in point: The AmazonBasics Wireless Computer Mouse is a solidly built and reliable little mouse that costs less than the price of a decent lunch.
It’s a fairly no-frills mouse, but it meets all of the basic requirements — three buttons, smooth and reasonably precise optical tracking, and a scroll wheel — plus it’s wireless, too. Sadly, however, it’s not Bluetooth, so you’ll have to reserve a USB port for the included wireless “nano receiver” dongle. On the bright side, you won’t have to worry about Bluetooth pairing, as your Mac will detect it like any other wired mouse you’d plug in over USB.
The nano receiver is small enough that you can just leave it in your MacBook’s USB port, provided your MacBook has the older USB-A ports. For modern MacBooks that only offer USB-C connections, you’ll need to use an adapter cable. Fortunately, however, the mouse itself includes a compartment to stow it in when you’re not using it.
Underlining Jony Ive's signature knack for minimalism, Apple's own Magic Mouse brings to the table a touch-sensitive top surface, combining many trackpad-like features into a traditional mouse. Although it might seem basic to some, you know what they say about looks and deception.
Not only does the Magic Mouse connect to your Mac wirelessly via Bluetooth, but you can recharge it with nothing more than (an included) iPhone cable as well. The bad news is Apple continues to weirdly insist on putting the Lightning charging port on the bottom, meaning you won’t be able to leave it plugged in while you’re using it. Luckily, it doesn't need to be recharged all that often.
The aesthetic is sleek and clean, eschewing any buttons at all in favor of that aforementioned multi-touch surface. In System Preferences, you can enable it for right-clicks as well as gestures, including those found on an ordinary MacBook trackpad such as swiping between pages and pinch-to-zoom. Plus, since it was made by Apple, there’s no extra software to install on your Mac — everything to support the Magic Mouse is built right in.
These days, the mouse category extends far beyond tradition. In fact, you could argue wireless mice don’t even count anymore since they lack the tail that first inspired the name "mouse." Trackballs are another favorite cursor controller, seeing as they reverse the design to let your finger or thumb move the mouse ball, while the unit itself remains stationary.
Once known for its trackballs, Logitech has since discontinued its revered lineup. MX Ergo marks a return to form and is one of the most ergonomic pointing devices on the market. Since your hand doesn’t move, you’re far less at risk of repeated wrist and arm strain. What's more, an adjustable hinge makes it so you can tilt the MX Ergo into whatever position is most comfortable for you, saving you the trouble of contorting your wrist. According to Logitech, this reduces muscular strain by 20 percent over a standard mouse.
It has everything you'd expect from a Logitech pointing device, with a whole suite of buttons you can customize in Logitech’s Options software. The ability to pair with two different devices over Bluetooth (or the included Logitech USB Unifying receiver) comes in handy as well, and at the quick tap of a button located above the trackball, you can switch the MX Ergo into "precision mode," thereby dramatically slowing down the cursor to navigate a smaller area of the screen. For those trackball fans who have never quite adjusted to life with mice and trackpads, Logitech’s MX Ergo is the pointing device for you.
Logitech has a reputation for the durability and reliability of its products, and while a number of other companies are making gaming mice, Logitech’s G602 gets our nod for the top pick in this category due to the fact that it’s designed to take the kind of beating hardcore action gamers are likely to deliver.
Eleven completely programmable buttons are all reinforced and rated for 20 million clicks. Despite its less-than-inspired design, it's understated enough to pass as a traditional working mouse, perfect for gaming at the office (on your lunch break, of course). Two AA batteries will give you 250 hours of gaming, but the G602 can also run on a single battery, cutting down the playtime but also the weight.
In terms of performance, the G602 boasts up to a 2500 DPI tracking resolution, though you can dial it down to as low as 250 using the onboard buttons. Logitech clearly put a lot of thought into button placement, as all are easily accessible. Its 500Hz polling rate means tracking information refreshes on your Mac up to 500 times per second. As a result, noticeable lag is minimal. That said, you do have to use Logitech’s USB Unifying Receiver to hook it up to your Mac, ruling out Bluetooth entirely for the Logitech G602.
Among the most important features in a mouse for graphic designers and filmmakers are precision and accuracy as well as quick and easy access to frequently used controls for applying cuts, edits, filters, and effects. Since these are the same priorities shared by hardcore gamers, it’s no surprise to find that a Razer gaming mouse — the Naga Trinity, specifically — also makes one of the best picks for graphic design and video editing projects.
Don’t let that it’s often targeted at Windows users dissuade you either — Razer’s Synapse app for configuring the Trinity Naga is available for macOS and works just as well, providing the ability to fully customize the huge array of buttons found on the side of the mouse. This allows you to trigger key sequences from apps like Adobe Premiere, Illustrator, or Photoshop that you would otherwise have to punch in on your keyboard, dramatically speeding up your workflow if your job (or hobby) keeps you in apps like these all day.
The Synapse app also lets you have multiple profiles linked to the various apps you use on an everyday basis, so you can tailor the buttons to perform different actions in Premiere or Illustrator, and you can also flip between profiles when working in different modes — for example you might want to use one set of key assignments when assembling and editing in Premiere, but have them mapped differently when you’re laying down effects.
While not technically a mouse, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also include Apple’s Magic Trackpad on this list, since it’s an especially great choice for those who are used to working with MacBooks. If you’re regularly moving between a MacBook Pro on the go and an iMac on your desk, you’ll really appreciate the consistency of the user experience by being able to use the same gestures and control styles in both scenarios.
In fact, the latest version of this trackpad even includes Apple’s Force Touch, meaning it can detect the amount of pressure you apply in order to trigger different actions and even offers haptic feedback. With that, you can do things like automatically look up words, preview links, add items to your calendar, and perform even more advanced functions in apps like iMovie and GarageBand, where you can press down harder to rapidly scrub through a track.
Like the Magic Mouse, the Magic Trackpad houses a rechargeable battery and can be recharged from your Mac’s USB port with a standard USB to Lightning cable. While you shouldn’t need to recharge it often, you can also just leave it plugged in all the time if you want to avoid charging it at all and don’t mind the wire, which isn’t really all that obtrusive on a device that remains stationary on your desk.
Apple’s MacBooks have great trackpads — in fact, they’re second-to-none in our opinion — but if you prefer a traditional mouse that’s small enough to toss in with your MacBook Air, or even slip into your jeans pocket, Logitech’s T631 should fit the bill nicely.
Not only is it extremely small — at only 3.4 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches — but it also supports Bluetooth so you’ll be able to keep your MacBook’s USB ports free (Pretty important when you consider that the MacBook Air only has two USB-C ports, and you’ll need one of those for charging.) As an added bonus, the T631 also has Logitech’s multi-device pairing feature, thus you can simultaneously pair it with two different devices and easily switch between them, and you won’t have to go through the hassle of re-pairing it every time.
Even more slick, however, is that the T631 offers the kind of multi-touch gestures that were previously the exclusive domain of Apple’s Magic Mouse. Although you’ll have to configure the gestures using Logitech’s own Preference Manager, Logitech has done a respectable job of making this system preference panel look almost identical to Apple’s own Magic Mouse and trackpad configuration screen. In it, you’ll be able to configure the same range of multi-touch gestures, including swiping and scrolling gestures as well as pinch-to-zoom.