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Picking up one of the best wireless mice goes a long way towards eliminating that dreaded snake of cords sprouting from even the best desktop PCs or best Windows laptops. The wireless lifestyle is not only more convenient, it's also more portable. If you're the kind of person who takes your awesome mouse to the office with you, or even on vacation, wrapping a giant cord around a bulky piece of plastic and electronics gets old fast.
Luckily, going cordless these days doesn't mean sacrificing precision or having to deal with input lag. The mice we've featured on this list all sport the specs, like high CPI and IPS ratings, to perform just as well as their wired brethren, as well as features like extended battery life or ergonomic design so that you'll never long for a cabled model again. Even the best, most sophisticated sensors are now being ported over to wireless versions of the top manufacturer's flagship mice, so cutting the cord no longer means cutting corners.
Control up to three computers at once
If you're in the market for a wireless mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3 is the perfect option for both home and office use. It weighs just 4.97 ounces and features an ergonomic profile so it's comfortable to use for long work days. The center and thumb scroll wheels are made of machined steel for durability and style. The mouse has six buttons, including one that enables gesture-based commands and one that switches your scroll wheel from ratchet to free-spin. The mouse has app-specific controls for lots of different programs, including: Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, and Final Cut Pro.
It's compatible with Linux, Windows, and macOS based computers and can be linked to up to three devices at one time with Bluetooth or USB receiver connectivity. This makes it easy to operate and transfer files between multiple computers. The Darkfield Laser has a 4,000 DPI sensitivity to give you precision tracking on just about any surface, including glass up to four millimeters thick. The battery gives you up to 70 days of use on a single full charge, and just one minute of charge time gives you three hours of use; perfect for when you forget to charge it overnight and need to get to work quickly.
It works seamlessly across multiple devices
Works on nearly any surface
Nowhere to store USB receiver
Logitech’s Anywhere Mouse “works everywhere you do,” from office desks and kitchen islands to coffee shop tables and airplane tray tables. It can also navigate seamlessly between up to three computer screens, copying and pasting text and images from one screen to the next. It boasts a 4000 DPI laser sensor that gives you smooth tracking on almost any surface, including glass.
The mouse’s design is crafted for comfort and productivity, featuring hyper scrolling and customizable buttons via the Logitech Options Software. But what good is a wireless mouse without a reliable battery? The MX Anywhere 2S holds a charge for up to 70 days and can be topped up with a full day’s charge in just four minutes via microUSB. In testing, our reviewer noted the Anywhere "has a fantastic battery life, is incredibly comfortable for its size, offers plenty of customization and overall looks great."
"A compact wireless mouse that can fit in your pocket and work with multiple devices." — Gannon Burgett, Product Tester
Long battery life
The multitouch surface is one of a kind
Inability to use it while charging
Not comfortable in the hands for extended periods of time
Designed solely for Apple’s computer line, the Magic Mouse 2 is a typical Apple design that skips on buttons and scroll wheels and opts for a multi-touch surface instead. Swiping between Web pages or scrolling through documents requires nothing more than the brush of a finger with minimal desk resistance, thanks to an optimized foot design. The built-in battery lasts around 30 days before requiring a recharge through the included Lightning-to-USB cable (it'll fully charge in nine hours). Apple’s inclusion of multi-touch gestures such as swiping, scrolling and zooming are all a refreshing way to use the mouse. Weighing just 7.2-ounces, Apple’s unique take on the mouse offers a love-it-or-hate-it approach but if you love it, its feature-set is hard to resist. Our tester, Gannon, called the Magic Mouse 2 "a sleek and stylish wireless mouse" and praised its "unique multitouch top."
"Overall, the Magic Mouse 2 is indeed magical." — Gannon Burgett, Product Tester
Takes some getting used to
Logitech’s M570 wireless trackball mouse might not be the most eye-catching of the bunch, but its sculpted shape helps support and keep your hand in one place. The trackball bears all the workload weight with smooth, precise cursor control whether you’re working on your desk or any other room in the home or office. With battery life good for up to 18 months on one included AA battery, the 2.4GHz wireless connection works up to 30 feet away on both Windows and Mac operating systems. With a bevy of buttons and a unique design, there’s plenty of reason to think this mouse represents a new whole way of working online. Our own reviewer called the M570 "the most comfortable mouse out there" and praised it for its affordable price point.
"A retro mouse that brings back the trackball, improving long-term comfort and ergonomics." — Gannon Burgett, Product Tester
Side buttons limit usage to right hand only
Ergonomically, a well-designed mouse provides comfort and efficiency over long periods of use. That’s why we love the Logitech M510 so much. The mouse is contoured comfortably to support your hand and wrist and there are rubber grips on the side for your thumb and pinky. Unfortunately, the two buttons on the left side limit its users to righties only.
As for productivity, you can customize shortcut tasks for all of its buttons to make it easier to do tasks such as switch applications, open windows and tabs or jump to full screen. The laser tracks smoothly across every surface (barring mirrored ones like glass) and Logitech claims the battery lasts up to two years with daily use. If you’re a power user, you’ll be pleased to know that Logitech’s Unifying receiver plugs in via USB and connects to up to six devices, including keyboards, to free up previous ports.
Lasts up to three years on a single battery
Thumb buttons for convenient multi-tasking
Usage limited to right hand only
Logitech’s Marathon Mouse M705 is appropriately named with battery life (powered by one AA battery) that can last up to three years. The M705 is so power efficient that it can vastly outlast most wireless mouse options on the market by 2x the total battery life. Fortunately, battery life isn’t all the M705 does well. It has an ergonomic design with a sculpted shape that fits your hand naturally. Advanced tracking offers an ultra-responsive and accurate cursor control while working on various surfaces without skipping a beat. The three integrated thumb buttons offer quick and easy multitasking with quick swapping between applications. With an easy-to-swallow price tag and battery life that can last longer than your computer, there’s plenty of reason to give the M705 a look.
"When buying a wireless mouse, some of the most important features you should look at are resolution, multi-device connectivity, and ergonomics." — Rajat Sharma, Commerce Writer
Compact and lightweight
No On/Off switch
Measuring 1.3 inches thick and weighing just 3.52 ounces, the FD V8 travel mouse is remarkably sleek, making it an ideal travel companion for work trips. It also eliminates 90% of click noise, so you can work in public spaces without disturbing your neighbors.
The FD V8 mouse comes with a small receiver that plugs into your computer’s USB port. Its 2.4GHz wireless connection provides accurate cursor tracking (without a mouse pad), along with a hyper-fast rate of return speed (250Hz) at a max distance of 20 meters. Additionally, the device uses an energy-efficient battery, automatically powering down after 5 minutes of idling. It doesn’t need an on/off switch; the mouse wakes up with a quick click and is ready to go. On standby, the charge will last for about 36 months. The FD V8 mouse comes in five vibrant colors, each with a glossy finish to brighten up your workspace.
6 programmable buttons
If you take PC gaming seriously, the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is the perfect wireless mouse for you. This mouse features dual connectivity: Bluetooth for power efficiency and Hyperspeed wireless connectivity for ultra-low latency gaming. It also features frequency interference reduction technology so you won't have connectivity issues if you use a lot of wireless peripherals for one PC.
With six programmable buttons and up to 16,000 DPI sensitivity, this mouse can do just about anything. It has on-board memory to store up to five different profiles and has a DPI switch to adjust sensitivity on the fly. You can set button inputs and sensitivity levels in Razor's Synapse 3 program. The mouse has mechanical switches for all of the buttons for durability and reliable input reactions. Each switch is rated for up to 50million clicks. The mouse runs on a single AA battery, and it can give you up to 450 hours of use while using Bluetooth connectivity and up to 285 hours of use while connected with Hyperspeed.
11 programmable buttons
1ms reaction time
Not compatible with Qi wireless charging tech
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless mouse is a great choice for anyone willing to spend more to get a quality mouse. This mouse features 11 programmable buttons, including a tilting scroll wheel. You can customize your button layout and inputs with the Logitech G hub app. You can also use the app to set custom RGB lighting and colors. The DPI sensitivity switch allows you to go from 100 to up to 16,000 DPI on the fly. It also has a button to switch your scroll wheel from ratchet to free-scroll mode.
This mouse comes packaged with six weights that you can add and remove when you need to change how heavy your mouse is for a custom set-up. With Logitech's Lightspeed connection technology, this mouse has a blazing fast 1ms response time to give you that extra edge when gaming. On a full charge, the mouse gives you up to 60 hours of use, and just five minutes of charging gives you 2.5 hours of use. This is perfect for quick-charging during tournaments or when you need to work quickly. It's also compatible with Logitech's PowerPlay wireless charging mouse pads for infinite power.
If you're in the market for a wireless mouse that effortlessly blends comfort and compatibility, look no further than the Logitech MX Master 3. The ergonomic design brings together excellent aesthetics and functionality.
Our expert reviewers and editors evaluate mice based on design, sensitivity, performance, and features. We test convenience, comfort, and usability alongside reported specs like CPI and IPS. We also consider wireless performance where appropriate and each mouse as a value proposition—whether or not a product justifies its price tag, and how it compares to competitive products. All of the mice we reviewed were purchased by Lifewire; none of the review units were furnished by the manufacturer or retailer.
Rajat Sharma has been writing about consumer technology for over six years now. Having tested hundreds of gadgets, ranging from keyboards to smartphones, he knows exactly what makes a product good (or bad).
Gannon Burgett has more than a decade of experience as a tech and photojournalist, and has written for a number of top tech publications. His specific expertise in the area of PCs and peripherals is why we chose him to dive deep into the world of wireless mice and review five of the models that landed on this list.
Alan Bradley is a tech journalist with more than ten years of experience covering the industry. He's reviewed a number of top wireless mice personally and assembled wireless mice buying guides and roundups for several publications.
A computer mouse is like an extension of your hand. It’s an accessory that’s essential for general computer use and helps you work, game, or just browse the web with more accuracy and comfort. While wired mice are often the default for home shoppers and professionals, wireless mice can be just as effective and more convenient for a number of reasons.
Most obviously, wireless mice eliminate the distraction and hassle of cords. And since they’re free from the restriction of wires, they’re portable too. If you work remotely or fluctuate between the office and the occasional work-from-home day, a wireless mouse goes where you go. And even if you plan to stay put, many wireless mice come with connectivity options to get you set up on a main device and work with other accessories like wireless keyboards. You can also set up connections to multiple computers and move between devices as you see fit.
Wireless mice come in many styles, sizes, and price ranges. The recommendations on our list appeal to both general users and shoppers with more specific needs. There’s a lot to consider when purchasing such any computer accessory, but here are a few pointers to help you identify the wireless mouse features that will allow you to work, browse, and game most effectively.
Wireless mice aren’t just for PC users, but it’s generally a bit easier to find a variety of models that are PC- and Windows-ready. If you work with a MacBook, iPad, or Chromebook exclusively or in addition to a PC, pay attention to operating system compatibility. There are some wireless mice that offer seamless connectivity across platforms, and some crossover models are the best mice for Macs even if they're not marketed as such.
Along with OS flexibility, consider the programs and applications you use most frequently and the level of control you want. For example, if you’re a graphic designer or programmer, you can find devices with app-specific settings to help you work faster and easier. Many wireless mice also offer flexible and fast scrolling to help you quickly sift through long lines of content. And if you use multiple displays or devices, some wireless mice allow easy back-and-forth movement and file transferring too. Even if your primary use involves browser-based activities, certain products come with browser-centric controls for faster tab creation and navigating between them.
There are two main ways that wireless mice create a connection with your laptop or PC. The most common is via a wireless USB receiver, which is often generally referred to as a dongle. These are miniature USB devices that require access to one of your device’s USB Type-A ports and are almost invisible once put in place. The small profile makes it easy to plug in a USB receiver and still have easy access to other ports on your laptop without any interference. When you prompt an action with a click or scroll on the mouse, the command is sent to your device over the 2.4GHz wireless frequency.
Most wireless mice with a USB receiver have a handy compartment somewhere on the device itself to store the adapter when it’s not in use. There are models that don’t offer this convenience, though, so if you easily misplace small items, that could be a dealbreaker.
Of course, if you’d rather not fuss with any dongles at all, a Bluetooth wireless mouse could be ideal. Rather than communicating with your computer’s internal USB receiver, a Bluetooth mouse uses a different radio frequency technology. It connects to your laptop or PC’s internal Bluetooth antenna. The setup/pairing process is lengthier and Bluetooth connectivity can present its fair share of hiccups at times, including connection drops or sluggish performance. But there’s greater platform compatibility with a Bluetooth mouse. If you’re a Mac user and you don’t have USB Type-A ports at your disposal, a Bluetooth mouse offers a USB-free solution.
And if you use a Mac and a PC or you change machines and operating systems in the future, a wireless mouse with both USB and Bluetooth connectivity can help you cover your bases.
No one wants a sluggish and laggy mouse, but everyone handles this accessory differently. Generally speaking, mice that use the USB radio frequency are swifter than mice that connect over Bluetooth—meaning there’s less delay or latency. But what you consider fast or slow is individual to you. A helpful way to find the right blend of accuracy and speed is to look at specs that relate to a device’s precision with movement.
Modern mice use a source of light to sense movement on a surface. Optical mice use LED light as the light source and work best on a mouse pad or non-glass surface. Wireless mice with LED sensor technology are often more affordable than laser mice, and peak at a resolution of 3,000 CPI (counts per inch). Laser mice, on the other hand, use a laser instead of an LED. This kind of wireless mouse works well on any surface and is pricier than an optical mouse. The higher price goes hand in hand with more sensitivity too, since this type of mouse features resolutions of 6,000 CPI or higher.
CPI stands for counts per inch and describes the number of pixels your mouse covers on screen with one inch of movement. In other words, CPI describes how sensitive it is. Confusingly, CPI is often listed as DPI on manufacturer websites and product packaging. If you don’t find it listed as CPI, take note of the DPI value. CPI values range from 100 to a whopping 16,000 on gaming mice.
It’s easy to think that the higher the CPI, the better the mouse. But if the CPI rating is too high, you might end up with an over-sensitive mouse that doesn’t really serve you well. Laser-sensor models that boast 4,000 CPI or higher are jack-of-all-trades mice that offer plenty of precision for general use along with more specialized tasks like video and photo editing and gaming.
Other important factors that pertain to speed—mainly for gaming—are IPS and polling rate. IPS, or inches per second, describes a mouse’s ability to keep up with rapid movement. It’s basically the maximum speed the mouse can keep up with. Gaming mice feature IPS rates of 300 or higher.
Polling rate is how frequently and quickly the mouse reports its position to your laptop or PC. This is measured in seconds and expressed in hertz (Hz). For more serious gaming, a polling rate of 500Hz is popular, which means that the mouse checks in with the computer 500 times every second. Polling rates are usually customizable and span 125Hz to 1000Hz. Like CPI, higher polling rates don’t always equal better responsiveness. It’s best to find a balance between all factors that match your sensitivity and control preferences.
Scrolling speed and versatility are also helpful gauges of how well a wireless mouse fits into your setup at home or work. Most wireless mice offer a fair amount of control over how fast or slow scrolling action is—whether through a physical button or through your OS mouse settings. Many wireless mice also come with a toggle or button that gives you the option to scroll silently or match each movement with an accompanying click. Some wireless mice also feature fast-scrolling ability to scan lines and lines of content in a mere second as well as cover side-to-side movements.
Beyond scrolling controls, many wireless mice come with numerous and programmable buttons. Take advantage of manufacturer software to control everything from application-specific prompts, gesture controls for switching between desktops and apps, or even adjusting RGB lighting and highlights on the device itself.
One of the dreaded effects of a long day working at a computer is hand cramping. A mouse that doesn’t fit your hand or provide an ergonomic design could do much more harm than good.
Arriving at the best design for your hand is a very individual decision that may come with some trial and error. But it’s generally helpful to look for specs about how large a mouse is and whether it suits smaller hands if that’s what you’re working with. Even if you can operate a mouse that’s too small or large, it’s not really worth purchasing a device that’s unwieldy or causes preventable discomfort.
Consider the number of buttons for customizing and sensitivity settings that could make the workday easier. Wheels and trackballs could ease strain on your fingers as could the ability to use various hand grips. Figure out if you prefer more of a claw grip or a flat-palm approach and whether a thumb rest matters to you.
If the traditional mouse shape doesn’t work for you, consider a vertical mouse that’s designed to keep your wrist and arm in a strain-free, neutral position at all times. And if you’re ambidextrous and it’s important to you to be able to use a model with either hand, look for models that can switch back and forth as easily as you do.
If you don’t have petite hands, a smaller and more portable wireless mouse could be less of a draw. But the more ergonomic a model is, the more likely it will be larger and bulkier with more button and scrolling controls. Even if the design accents prevent a mouse from being easily stuffed in a slim pocket, wireless mice are generally lightweight. It’s possible to find both a sufficiently ergonomic and lightweight mouse that weighs well under a pound—and somewhere within the range of 5-8 ounces—and is easy to tote with you to and from work everyday or pack for traveling. If you’re always on the move, it’s in your best interest to find a wireless mouse with a USB receiver placeholder on the device or one that also offers Bluetooth operation. Otherwise, keeping track of the dongle could cramp your style.
Since wireless mice don’t use the power from your PC or laptop, many require batteries to operate. Lackluster battery life isn’t much of an issue with modern mice. Some last a full month to several months and even up to 2 years on a single AA battery. Certain models offer alternate charging options beyond physical battery replacement via other charging accessories. This could be more convenient or appealing if you have the space for these kinds of charging solutions (charging pads and cables) and don’t want to worry about having batteries on hand.
If you’re looking for a versatile mouse that can work and play, there are many brands that offer general functionality across operating systems. For gamers, designers, and software engineers, some of these manufacturers provide more options for accuracy and control than others.
It’s safe to say that Logitech is a powerhouse in the computer peripherals market. Along with many wired options, this company offers several different wireless models, a few of which are included in our roundup.
Many models cost around $25-$30 and fit the bill for straightforward use. Some are built for scrolling comfort, others for portability, and some even offer noise-free performance. Even many multi-device models are under $50, while the most innovative options range from $80-$100. These higher-end mice, like the Logitech MX3, offer sought-after features including ergonomic touches like trackballs and vertical builds, or highly customizable control with app-specific settings for coding and creative software like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. And if you’re looking for a gaming-specific mouse, Logitech has you covered with models like the G502 LIGHTSPEED.
The Microsoft brand serves up a few wireless options as well, from very simple and ultra-compact mice that cost under $15 or others that are more aesthetically pleasing and minimalist for under $30. The Arc Touch Mouse even starts flat when not in use for more portability and curves and uses haptic feedback from your fingers to pick up details like scrolling speed. This is the same kind of touch technology you see in your smartphone when it vibrates in response to taps.
There are a few models that are built with ergonomics in mind, too, but there is not much variety when it comes to customization. Only four current wireless models offer programmable buttons, scrolling flexibility, or MacOS compatibility. And there are no gaming-ready wireless mice or others from the brand that can handle heavier lifting for creatives.
Razer mice are built specifically for gaming. There aren’t as many wireless options compared to their wired products—just four in total—which is unsurprising. After all, wired mice are usually preferable for gaming since they offer more control and dependability. But the wireless mice Razer manufacturers come with the specs that gamers will appreciate, including optical sensors with up to 20,000 DPI sensitivity and IPS tracking speeds of up to 650. Prices aren’t through the roof either, ranging from $50-$150. And there’s even one model that comes with complete wireless power for continuous use via a charging pad.
The SteelSeries brand is another trusted one for gaming enthusiasts, but it’s more limited than Razer in terms of wireless mice options. There’s only one single wireless model, the Rival 650. While a single charge is supposed to supply over 24 hours of battery life, this product can also be fast-charged for 15 minutes and deliver an impressive 10 hours of play. It’s also RGB-customizable, which could be appealing for gamers who want to add a bit of flash to their battle station.
Some of the aforementioned brands also sweeten the deal with accessories that extend the functionality and convenience of their mice. Gaming mouse pads work in harmony with a gaming mouse to provide smooth movements, more traction when you want it, and play without performance issues like skipping or dropping. Some even enhance battery life by supporting more precise clicks.
Speaking of battery life, if you’re interested in continuous use from your wireless mouse, consider a laser mouse that’s compatible with a wireless charging system. Brands including Logitech, Corsair, and Razer offer mouse pads that provide the perfect surface for gaming and also wirelessly charge the mouse whenever you’re playing—or not.
Another unique accessory the Logitech brand offers is a unifying USB receiver. This small USB dongle is the tiniest they make and is compatible with any Logitech product that comes with a USB receiver. So if you misplace the one your mouse came with, this is an easy replacement. Plus, it’s compatible with up to six different devices, which means you can hook up multiple mice and keyboards to a single computer via this tiny accessory.
Everybody has different needs from a mouse, but main buying priorities should center around comfort and efficiency, especially if you’ll be using this product for specialized needs like gaming, coding, or photo editing. Even regular web browsing requires a fair level of comfort. Think about hand placements that feel most natural to you and the features that offer more ease—thumb rests, flexibility with different grips, scrolling motions, and quick-access buttons.
Connectivity and battery life are other big elements to consider. If you’re a Windows- or Mac-only user, maybe your needs are more specific, but flexibility with connectivity could give you room for changing work setups or switching back and forth between systems. And when it comes down to stats like CPI, IPS, and battery life, there aren’t necessarily magic numbers. It’s helpful to keep these figures in mind along with priorities like portability and customization to find a wireless mouse that delivers in all of the major ways you need it to.