The best wireless mice are comfortable, accurate, and responsive. They free us from a tangle of cables and act as an extension of our will, whether we're pursuing the perfect spreadsheet or a tricky opponent in an online game. Until we find a way to think ourselves around the computer screen, the humble mouse remains our key to precise control.
We tested a wide variety of the top wireless mouse choices on the market. Logitech's MX Anywhere 3(available at Amazon for $79.99) came out on top thanks to its versatility, ease of use, and excellent battery life. We also found a special ergonomic mouse for wrist pain sufferers, and some great options for gamers.
You’ll find more in our best gaming mice guide and something to pair them within our guide to the best gaming keyboards. No matter your need or budget, there’s a wireless mouse on our list for you.
These are the best wireless mice we tested, ranked in order:
Logitech MX Anywhere 3
HP Wireless Mouse X4000
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE
Logitech MX Master 3
Logitech MX Vertical
Razer Basilisk Ultimate
Logitech G502 Lightspeed
Cooler Master MM731
Kensington SureTrack Any Surface Bluetooth Mouse
Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse
HP Wireless Mouse X3000
Apple Magic Mouse 2
Logitech MX Anywhere 3
Small but perfectly-formed, the MX Anywhere 3 packs a lot of features into its tiny frame. It also lives up to its name, tracking easily on any surface, including glass, with high precision.
Its rechargeable battery offers up to 70 days of life on a single charge. Plugging the included charging cable into a USB-C port for just one minute gives you three hours of use.
This mobile mouse connects wirelessly via its included USB dongle or Bluetooth, and it can pair with up to three computers via the Easy Switch button. Wired mice devotees can also plug it in and use it as a wired mouse.
The MX Anywhere 3 supports Logitech's FLOW software, which lets you copy and paste files across different computers. In testing, we moved files from a Bluetooth-connected Windows 10 desktop to a USB-connected MacBook Pro notebook by just clicking and dragging between the two screens. This amazing software easily transfers files between multiple computers without a storage device, hard-wired connection, or internet cloud storage.
This mouse also features our favorite scroll wheel option. You can switch between a click-style scroll (some call it detent) and a smooth scroll by pushing the wheel with your finger. It’s fast enough to scroll up to 1,000 lines per second.
Logitech Options software lets you customize the four mouse buttons (two on the left side, one up top, and the scroll wheel click). You can also set the sensor sensitivity in increments of 50, from 200 DPI all the way up to 4,000 DPI.
Our biggest complaint about this mouse (and the larger Logitech MX Master 3) is that there's no storage compartment for the USB dongle, making it easier to lose.The dongle may not be strictly necessary, but we’d like to store it securely as long as we have it.. But that's hardly a major concern, and for most people, this high-performance mouse excels.
DPI: 200-4,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth Dimensions: 3.96 x 2.56 x 1.35 in. Weight: 3.49 oz Battery: 70 days
The Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro is a reliable gaming wingman, combining unparalleled comfort and impressive features in a relatively affordable package. This right-handed mouse has a grippy texture on the palm rest and a thumb wing on the left-hand side. The panel on the right can be replaced with a pinkie wing to keep your fingers out of the way of the action.
Wireless connectivity is smooth as butter, with a choice of 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth connections, and the sensor tops out at 16,000 DPI with an unmatched 2,000 Hz maximum polling rate.
You can find gaming mice with a higher number of buttons, but the eight programmable buttons should be enough for most gamers. There are nine separate RGB lighting zones, and an indicator to show the DPI preset you’re currently on.
Once you’re past the learning curve, the customization in Corsair’s iCue software is excellent. Strong battery life, up to 50 hours, is bolstered by a USB-C port that lets you plug-and-play. If you don't mind spending more, the "SE" model supports Qi wireless charging, though the added cost wasn't worth it in our book.
What’s really amazing about the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro is the $79.99 price, which makes it an incredible value for the quality and feature set.
DPI: 16,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth Dimensions: 5 x 3.51 x 1.7 in. Weight: 4.48 oz. Battery: 50 hours
Clearly related to Logitech's MX Anywhere 3, the MX Master 3 is suitable for people with larger hands. A special thumb rest on the left side offers programmable buttons and a handy second scroll wheel. This mouse is fast and accurate, with a laser sensor that works on any surface and a maximum 8,000 DPI setting. The 2.4 GHz wireless USB dongle ensures no lag, and Bluetooth support acts as backup.
The Logitech Options software enables you to finetune sensitivity and customize the buttons. You can also pair with up to three devices at once, switching between them with a button press. Logitech’s Flow technology even lets you copy and paste seamlessly from one computer to another.
This supremely comfortable mouse can go a couple of months between charges and recharges quickly via the USB-C port. Compared to its predecessor, the MX Master 2S, the Master 3 is lighter with better scroll wheels, a more comfortable shape, and an upgrade to USB-C.
DPI: 20-8,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Dimensions: 4.92 x 3.32 x 2.01 in. Weight: 4.97 oz. Battery: 70 days
If you suffer from muscle strain, the Logitech MX Vertical is for you. This strange-looking device is designed to keep your hand at a comfortable 57-degree angle, like you’re going in for a handshake, so that you don’t contort your muscles as much throughout the day. In addition to the regular two buttons and scroll wheel, four customizable buttons can map to shortcuts or even macros.
Accuracy is excellent, thanks to a laser sensor that goes up to 4,000 DPI. Logitech claims that a full charge lasts four months, and the USB-C port charges quickly. You need to install the Logitech Options software to fully configure the mouse and get the most from it.
Logitech Flow drives the standout feature: the ability to pair with up to three computers simultaneously and switch between them with a button press. You can even copy/paste between computers.
DPI: 400-4,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth Dimensions: 3.09 x 3.11 x 4.72 in. Weight: 4.76 oz. Battery: up to 4 months claimed
Any gamer with cash to spare should cast an eye on the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, a stunning gaming mouse with its own charging dock. The mouse’s durable, right-handed design offers clever ergonomic features. Textured side panels add grip, and a thumb rest ensures comfort and control, especially for larger hands.
The 2.4 GHz wireless connection eliminates lag completely. Movement is tracked accurately across any surface, thanks to a sensor that tops out at 20,000 DPI.
Razer’s Synapse software lets you remap 11 programmable buttons, set up macros, and save up to five profiles in the onboard memory. You’ll also find a host of lighting effects for the mouse’s lighting zones, or you can use Chroma studio to create your own effects and apply them to the mouse or its charging dock.
Battery life is good enough to see you through a marathon gaming session, and it’s simple to pop the Basilisk onto the charging cradle when you’re done. You can also plug the cable directly to the Micro USB port if you prefer. This is a wonderful wireless gaming mouse that’s a joy to use, but the price will be too steep for most people.
DPI: Up to 20,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Dimensions: 5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 in. Weight: 3.77 oz. Battery: Up to 100 hours
The latest wireless version of one of the most beloved gaming mice ever, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed has everything. The classic angular design seems unaltered at first glance, but Logitech has shaved a few grams off the weight and packed in new technology. The 25,600-DPI sensor ensures silky-smooth performance, excellent responsiveness, and laser accuracy. The wireless receiver offers a reliable connection with no discernible lag.
What sets this mouse apart is the sheer range of customization options. The 11 programmable buttons enable macro and shortcut commands for different games with Logitech’s G hub software.
The rich RGB lighting comes with various lighting effects. You can also create your own, and sync with the gameplay on screen. This mouse even comes with a set of weights, so you can finetune the balance.
The Battery life isn’t great, especially when using the lighting effects, but you use it as a wired mouse with the USB-C cable provided. If you’re feeling particularly flush, you might consider the compatible Powerplay wireless charging mouse pad.
DPI: 100-25,600 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Dimensions: 5.20 x 2.95 x 1.57 in. Weight: 4.02 oz. Battery: up to 48 hours (default lighting), up to 60 hours (no lighting)
The Cooler Master MM731 continues Cooler Master’s reputation for great value at an appealing price. Its lightweight, compact design improves on its predecessor, the MM711, in every way possible. Weighing only 60 grams, it boasts hybrid wireless tech and a classic ergonomic shape that effortlessly conforms to your hands.
The Cooler Master MM731 connects to your computer via wireless dongle, Bluetooth, or USB. It was designed for right-handed users, but our left-handed tester had no problem using it. Button combinations on the mouse let you customize RGB options, or you can use the MasterPlus+ software and a USB connection/adapter to get set up. Either way, you’re good to go right out of the box.
The Cooler Master MM731 offers superior battery life to its gaming mouse competition. While the Razer Viper Ultimate boasts battery life upwards of 72.5 hours, the Cooler Master MM731 offers up 72 hours via its wireless USB adapter and an astounding 190 hours via Bluetooth connection. Its lightweight design in conjunction with the PTFE mouse feet and 19,000 DPI Pixart optical sensor provides a powerhouse combo unmatched at its price point.
Retailing for under $100, the MM731 excels in form and function, and value, beating out the competition without even trying.
DPI: up to 19,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.72 x 1.54 in. Weight: 2.08 oz. Battery: 72 hours wireless/190 hours Bluetooth
Kensington SureTrack Any Surface Wireless Bluetooth Mouse
A great option in the "track anywhere" category is the Bluetooth-only SureTrack model. If you travel a lot and find yourself in hotels with glass-topped desks, this is a great option—its small size won't weigh down your travel bag, you won't have to worry about losing a USB dongle, and it easily tracks on any surface.
The smaller design wasn't a hit with our larger-handed testers, but the small-hand contingent liked the feel of the mouse. The ambidextrous design means that you can use it right- or left-handed, but there aren't any additional customization options like with some of the other mice tested.
One feature we appreciated: The mouse sports an LED on its top that will light up when the battery is about to die, giving you some notice to find a replacement battery.
DPI: 1,200/2,400/4,000 adjustable Connectivity: Bluetooth Dimensions: 4.13 x 1.89 x 3.31 in. Weight: 2.5 oz. Battery: Uses 2 AA batteries
The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is simple but covers the basics well: the stiff scroll wheel, snappy click buttons, and freckled plastic glide easily across any surface. We didn’t have any problems with the Bluetooth connection, but beware that this mouse only works with Windows machines.
The mouse runs off a single AA battery, which Microsoft claims can last up to a year with regular use, so you’ll never have to worry about battery life. It exclusively connects via Bluetooth, eliminating concerns about lost USB dongles. The rugged plastic feels especially durable, making this an easy mouse to toss into your bag and go. At under four inches long, it’s best for users with smaller hands and a light grip; others may find its size to be a challenge.
Ultimately, this is a budget mouse that chooses to nail the basics rather than stretch itself too thin. While it doesn’t have extra programmable buttons or a crazy-high sensitivity, it’s easy to connect to a Windows PC, durable enough to take the tumbles of commuting, and cozy enough to use for a couple of hours at a time. If you’re just looking for a basic, reliable mouse to take everywhere you go, the Ocean Plastic Mouse is a great choice.
DPI: 1,000 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Dimensions: 3.95 x 2.29 x 1.50 in. Weight: 2.963 oz. Battery: Uses 1 AA, intended to last 12 months
This mouse offers the bare minimum features and options, and it's also the lowest-priced option we tested. The MSRP is $20, and you can often find it for less.
The X3000 was also the smallest mouse we tested—it was even too small for our smaller-handed testers, but it might work for kids. There are no customization features or extra buttons on this, either, and you're stuck with only a click scroll wheel. Forget about tracking on glass—it won't work.
DPI: 1,600 dpi Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Dimensions: 3.73 x 2.24 x 1.54 Weight: 2.82 oz. Battery: 2 AAs
Apple's latest mouse is a great option for use with newer Apple computers (OS X v. 10.11 or higher). It will work with older systems (and Windows if you really want to), but you don't get the mouse's greatest feature—the ability to use your finger as the scroll option on the surface of the mouse.
This feature makes scrolling over long web pages feel nice, and it changed how we handled the mouse. We wound up using only a thumb and ring finger to control the mouse's movement, saving the middle and index fingers for scrolling and clicking.
The Magic Mouse 2’s battery recharges with an included Lightning cable. It automatically pairs with Apple computers when plugged in, saving you from fiddly Bluetooth settings. Like many Apple products, the Magic Mouse 2 costs more than you'd expect—the $79.99 mouse falls in line with some high-end mice we tested, but with fewer features and almost no customization. The few existing custom features are interesting, but not actually useful.
If you're looking for an all-purpose mouse, this isn’t it, but Apple diehards will enjoy this mouse. Even our larger-handed brethren appreciated its feel and comfort.
DPI: 1,300 dpi Connectivity: Bluetooth Dimensions: .85 x 2.25 x 4.47 in. Weight: 3.48 oz. Battery: “about a month or more”
I am Simon Hill, and I have more than a decade of experience reviewing all sorts of consumer technology. I work on a computer all day and often play games into the night, so a good wireless mouse is essential to me.
I'm Keith Shaw, and I've reviewed consumer technology products for more than 15 years, including several varieties and sizes of computer mice in the pre-wireless days. This includes mice that operated with a hard rubber ball that you would routinely clean lint out of after a few months of use.
Matthew Prunty is a freelance gaming and tech journalist with over a decade of writing experience covering everything from video game hardware and software to smartphones and PC hardware. For over a decade, he has owned and operated his own multimedia website Gaming Evolution where he wrote features, reviews, conducted interviews, roundups, and more.
We used each mouse for at least three days, testing it on multiple different surfaces. Every wireless mouse worked through a normal day and then joined us for gaming sessions. We assessed the design, the comfort in both the short and long term for differently-sized hands, connectivity, ease of setup, and customization options. We also tested for accuracy, responsiveness, and battery life.
How to Choose a Wireless Mouse
Your mouse will either take batteries, or charge with a cable. A rechargeable mouse means buying fewer batteries over time, but as years go by, the internal rechargeable battery will eventually falter. Rechargeables also have the advantage of plugging in to use as a wired mouse when needed.
Most wireless mice use Bluetooth or 2.4GHz radio technology. 2.4GHz is stronger in most scenarios, and great for busy airports or coffee shops, where other peoples’ Bluetooth tech may interfere with yours. Bluetooth has advantages, too, though. It tends to draw less power, and you don’t need to use a USB port on a receiver, since most devices have internal Bluetooth capabilities.
Size, Weight, and Feel
Choosing the right size and weight for you is very subjective, so it’s a good idea to test mice out before you buy, whenever possible. Most wireless mice are designed for right-handed people, so southpaws have slightly fewer options. You’ll also want to take your preferred grip style into account.
Some wireless mice offer extra buttons that can be remapped using the manufacturer’s software. Many offer extra side buttons that you can map to specific shortcuts, to smooth out common tasks. Some may even allow you to create macros that trigger a series of actions with a single button press. Taking the time to configure a mouse with the shortcuts you need can boost your productivity, but if you aren’t going to use them, they may just get in the way.
RGB lighting seems to be a standard feature in gaming mice now. It’s easy to turn off if you don’t care for it, but if you like to enhance your gaming with a light show, plenty of prospective mice out there have customizable lighting options. Just remember that lighting will reduce your battery life.
If you plan to take your wireless mouse on the road, consider the weight and whether there’s a compartment to store the USB receiver in. Gaming mice can often store customized profiles onboard.
The majority of wireless mice will work happily on Windows or Mac, but if you’re using other platforms or need to switch between platforms, make sure the mouse’s software will allow it. For example, Logitech’s FLOW software makes it easy to switch between three different connected devices at the touch of a button.
Wireless Mouse Terms to Know
DPI: Dots Per Inch is the number of pixels your cursor can move across per inch of movement from your hand. While you may assume higher is better, it really depends upon your preferences, screen resolution, and the game you’re playing. DPI is particularly important for gaming mice, most of which offer several preset DPI levels you can select as required.
RGB: This stands for Red Green Blue, a popular option in gaming mice that lets you customize the color of the mouse’s lights. While most gaming mice have some RGB lighting, the number of zones and the available lighting effects differ across devices and brands.
Grip styles: Palm, Claw, and Fingertip are the three main grip styles you’ll hear about. Most people have a preferred grip style, but it’s not uncommon to change your grip throughout the day. Generally, larger, heavier mice favor a palm grip while smaller, lighter mice work well with a fingertip grip.
Polling rate: This refers to how often your mouse is checking its position and reporting it to your computer and is measured in Hertz (Hz). A polling rate of 1,000 Hz indicates that your mouse is reporting its position 1,000 times per second. If you like to use a high DPI, you’ll want a high polling rate to go with it.
Simon Hill is a freelance technology journalist with a decade of writing experience covering everything from smartphones to smart home gadgets. For the last few years, he served as Associate Editor at Digital Trends where he wrote features, reviews, analysis, how-tos, and more.
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