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Best Wireless Mice

Updated August 2018
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

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    Shopping guide for best wireless mice

    Last Updated August 2018

    Most of us take our wireless mouse for granted, but the truth is that it’s one of our primary gateways to the internet, so having a reliable one is important. Whether you need a new mouse for your computer, or you just want a spare one to take along when you’re out and about with your laptop, you’ll need a mouse that you don’t have to worry about.

    Read our shopping guide to find everything you need to know to find the right wireless mouse for you. Then, when you’re ready to buy, check out our top models before purchasing.

    If you find a gaming mouse that you love, but you aren’t a gamer, that’s OK. Gaming mice can also function as standard mice, and most support “plug and play” functionality with major operating systems like Windows, OS X, and Linux.

    Bluetooth vs. RF wireless mice

    Wireless mice rely on one of two different wireless technologies: Bluetooth or radio frequency (RF). The term “wireless” generally refers to RF, but in some cases you’ll see the term applied to both Bluetooth mice and RF mice.

    Carefully consider the pros and cons of each before deciding what type of wireless mouse you want.

    • Bluetooth wireless mice connect with your computer’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities, so no adapters or dongles are needed to get up and running. However, Bluetooth mice can drain the battery slightly more quickly, so there’s definitely a trade-off.

    • RF wireless mice come with a USB dongle to connect to your computer, so they take up one of your available USB ports. RF mice are ideal for computers that don’t have built-in Bluetooth functionality. Just remember to never lose the USB adapter, as the mouse is useless without it.

    The gold standard now comes in multiple colors

    Logitech’s M510 wireless mouse may look familiar. It’s one of the most popular models available today due to the combination of reliability, functionality, and slick looks. We love that these mice are affordable and work well.

    Wireless mouse sensitivity

    A wireless mouse senses your movements by shining a light on the table or mouse pad and moving the cursor based on the light’s movement. Wireless mouse sensitivity translates to how much you have to move the mouse to get it to respond, and how precise you can be with your movements.

    Here’s what you need to know about wireless mouse sensitivity when comparing models.

    • The sensitivity of a mouse is reflected in its CPI (counts per inch) and DPI (dots per inch). In practice, the measurement methods are the same, so you can reliably compare CPI and DPI specifications between two different wireless mouse models.

    • The higher the CPI or DPI, the more sensitive the wireless mouse. This can be especially useful for situations in which low sensitivity is required (for example, on a desktop where there is no mouse pad available), as well as scenarios in which high sensitivity is required (for example, for digital artists who need a high degree of precision).
    EXPERT TIP

    Wireless mice rely on AA or AAA batteries. To avoid problems in the future, buy a few extra rechargeable batteries for your wireless mouse, and always keep a spare charged and ready.


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    If you’re left-handed, search for a wireless mouse that is for either hand or designed for lefties. Wireless mice designed for right-handed users can be uncomfortable for others to manipulate.


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    If you use the scroll wheel a lot, pay attention to user reviews for each mouseand, if possible, try before you buy. Some scroll wheels are easy to use, while others can be too stiff or too loose.


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    Some wireless mice use one battery, while others require two. We recommend looking at models that use two. While slightly heavier, these mice are known to last longer than the other.


    A class of their own: wireless gaming mice

    Computer gamers rely on complex controls with even more complicated button combinations. In the wireless mouse market, that means that you’ll likely encounter wireless mice that are specifically targeted to gamers, and these have a few unique benefits and drawbacks. Here’s what separates wireless gaming mice from the standard point-and-click crowd:

    • More buttons

    Most gaming mice have additional buttons that can be programmed with specific functionality. For example, in first-person shooter games, players often configure the gaming mouse so one button shoots, one reloads, and another pauses the game.

    • Higher sensitivity

    For games where precision is key, many gaming mice are more responsive and exact, giving gamers more control in their favorite titles.

    • Lighting

    No PC gaming desktop would be complete without LED backlighting in wild colors, and many gaming mice allow you to customize the color and behavior of the LED lighting.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Some RF wireless mice also include Bluetooth technology, so you can use them with multiple devices. Check for such compatibility.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    All wireless mice have an on/off button on the bottom. To conserve battery, switch off your mouse when not using it for extended time.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Some RF mouse-and-keyboard kits include a single USB dongle that connects both devices, helpful if you have limited USB ports.

    Wireless mice prices

    Wireless mice are all pretty affordable, but it’s important to know what you can get for a few dollars more. As you shop for a wireless mouse, keep these price ranges in mind.

    • Between $5 and $10

    You’ll find no-frills wireless mice from off brands in this price range. Most of these wireless mice are functional but not super durable. If you have a limited need for a mouse that points and clicks, you can find one cheap.

    • Between $10 and $20

    Expect to see brands you recognize and strong values in this price range. Most of these wireless mice will last several years, have a healthy battery life, and be perfect for everyday use. Unless you have a special need like a trackball or more buttons, you don’t need to spend more than $20.

    • Between $20 and $30

    In this price range, you’ll encounter the best wireless mice available. These models provide buttery smooth cursor movements, have luxury finishes, and will easily last a decade.

    Agile and adjustable

    The VicTsing MM057 has a truly unique feature: you can adjust the mouse’s sensitivity so it’s perfect for whatever surface you use it on. Add that to the solid construction, numerous color options, and shockingly low price tag, and we’ve got a winner.

    Tips

    • Minimize any obstructions between your wireless mouse and the wireless receiver. A wireless mouse is more reliable when there’s nothing interrupting the signal between the mouse and the receiver, and an unstable connection can quickly get frustrating.

    • If you plan on traveling a lot with your wireless mouse, buy one with built-in storage for the USB adapter. Many wireless mice have a special compartment under or near the batteries where you can store the USB adapter the mouse needs to connect to your computer. Always put the USB adapter back in the storage area when you're not using the mouse to make sure you never lose it.

    • If you have concerns about ergonomics, consider getting a wireless mouse with a trackball. To operate a trackball mouse, you revolve a small sphere to move the cursor and not the whole mouse. These models are definitely an acquired taste, but aficionados swear by the increased comfort. So whether you’re worried about carpal tunnel syndrome or you just want a mouse that doesn’t move around a whole lot, look into trackball mice.
    Some brands, such as Logitech, use the same USB adapters across all of their wireless mice and wireless keyboards, so you can easily switch between different models or order a replacement USB adapter if you ever lose yours.

    FAQ

    Q. Can I use a wireless mouse with a tablet?

    A. It depends. Most tablets are not designed to work with mice at all, but some Windows all-in-one computers are both tablet and laptop and can work with a wireless mouse. Tablets running iOS or Android won’t work with wireless mice.

    Q. If I buy a keyboard-and-mouse bundle, will the mouse be any good?

    A. Yes, usually. Keyboard-and-mouse bundles from name brands like Logitech, Dell, or AmazonBasics are often a good opportunity to get a lower price on the cost of both accessories, and the bundles feature the same mice (not cheaper alternatives) that they sell individually.

    Q. What are the main differences between wired and wireless mice?

    A. Most wireless mice perform just as well as their hardwired equivalents, but they rely on batteries, which is an ongoing expense. Wireless mice are also pricier than wired mice, but not by much. The cords on wired mice can fray or get tangled, so whenever possible, go with a wireless mouse.

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