These let you connect to up to three devices by Bluetooth or through their included USB adapters, so you can quickly switch control between computers. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos.
Luckily, no matter your preferences, there are plenty of inexpensive options that are comfortable with good tracking and Bluetooth, a wireless receiver or both. It's also comfortable to use the buttons despite its small size and, perhaps most importantly, it can be used on just about any surface, including glass -- so don't worry about a mouse pad.
There's the standard “universal” version that works with Windows, macOS, iPadOS (13.4 or higher), Chromes and Linux computers via Bluetooth or Logitech's Unifying USB dongle, which is included. Shipping soon, both mice are available in pale gray and MX Anywhere 3 (with the dongle) is also offered in rose and graphite.
This simple mouse from Jelly Comb has both a USB receiver and Bluetooth, so you can connect using either. However, a button in the middle of the body on top quickly switches the DPI to give you greater cursor control on the fly.
Though it's listed as a Bluetooth mouse, there's a 2.4GHz USB receiver in the battery compartment, so you can just plug in and start working. The wedge-shaped design with its high, rounded back is comfortable to rest your palm on and the rubberized Y pattern on both sides gives your fingers something to grip.
A button to the back of the wheel lets you switch between five DPI settings, from 800 to 2,400, which is nice since you might not always have a lot of room to move. Sarah Too/Nettle MX Master 3 combines the customization of a gaming mouse in a comfortable, wireless design made for getting work done.
The mouse also supports Logitech's Flow feature letting you move your cursor between computers on the same network. Options like the $87 Logitech MX Ergo and the $33 Kensington Orbit offer more comfort but the same control you'd get with a regular mouse.
The ergonomic design of this wireless mobile mouse is lightweight and comfortable, and takes almost no time to adjust and find the buttons coming from traditional mice. Plus, one of the buttons is below the scroll wheel, and it lets you switch DPI settings on the fly if you want to speed up or slow down cursor movement.
Sarah Too/Notice that live up to the quality of Microsoft's other Surface hardware are worth their price, especially if you work on multiple Windows 10 PCs at the same time. Using Microsoft's Mouse and Keyboard Center software, you can not only program its customizable buttons, but connect the device to three different computers and seamlessly move your cursor between them, similar to Logitech's Flow feature.
The Surface Precision Mouse can be used wired as well with its USB charging cable, and is quite honestly one of the most comfortable mice we've ever used, too. Josh Goldman/Cretonne you dip below $10 you usually lose features like forward and back buttons or, um, comfort.
Wis fox's mouse has a comfortable curve to it for a more ergonomic fit and rubberized sides to give you some extra grip. A button on top lets you switch between three DPI settings to help you get around your monitor with less wrist movement.
It also comes in 14 colors, although you'll have to go with the gray version (pictured right) to stay under $10 (it has a 10% off coupon you can apply to get the price to $9). The majority make use of a 2.4GHz radio-based connection, which syncs with a USB dongle you plug into your PC or Mac.
Luckily, the 2.4GHz connection has become the de facto standard in modern mice: Even cheap gear tends to prefer it. If you want to connect to a device without a port for a 2.4GHz dongle, such as a phone or tablet, you’ll need Bluetooth.
Also, in some newer wireless mice, Bluetooth winds up draining less power than 2.4GHz, leading to longer battery life. In addition to its wireless -connection options, a good wireless mouse will also work as a wired mouse using the charging cable.
What kind of battery a mouse uses, how long it lasts, and even how it's charged can all vary, especially in high-end gaming gear. Most wireless mice feature built-in lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged using a micro-USB or, less commonly, a USB Type-C cable.
For some wireless mice, particularly low-end and midrange devices, manufacturers may opt to rely on disposable AA or AAA batteries, instead. Disposable batteries can go for very long stretches (often months, sometimes even years) without needing to be replaced.
If you don’t have any on hand, you're stuck until you scrounge some from the junk drawer or a TV remote, or go out to the store. It’s a nice value-add, since, at the end of the day, putting your mouse on a pad feels like less of a hassle than plugging in.
There are a few different kinds of wireless charging, which vary by brand, so it’s important to identify how the feature works. At least one company, Logitech, still relies on a proprietary charging technology, which adds unique benefits but makes the feature an expensive add-on, which isn’t ideal.
Depending on the model, this may be more of a hassle than moving your mouse to the live spot on a charging pad, but it’s often painless so long as you have room on your desk for the cradle. Most good mouse makers, whether their wares are wired or wireless, offer some kind of configuration software that allows you to customize how their products work.
At their most basic, configuration apps allow you to remap your mouse’s buttons, so they do different things when you click or press. If a mouse has backlighting (and most gaming mice do, these days) there should be a way to turn it off, as it drains a nontrivial amount of power.
The standards and expectations for how much control these apps give you vary quite a bit depending on whether you’re buying a productivity-minded model or a gaming mouse. Good gaming mice give you the ability to adjust this down to the dot and designate a number of preset tracking rates, which you can switch among on the fly using a button or toggle on the mouse.
Gaming mice should also offer robust controls for customizing the color and display pattern of their RGB backlighting through their apps. If you’re buying a wireless mouse, especially a wireless gaming mouse, make sure to check whether your primary computer's operating system is compatible with its configuration software.
Most mice, wired or wireless, will work with any device they can connect to for basic functions, but you shouldn’t pay a premium for a mouse unless you can access its full range of features, and you almost always need the software to do that. That said, many of the recommendations on this list are Mac-compatible, including the mice made by Logitech, Corsair, and Steel series.
Ideally the chassis of a mouse is designed to guide your hand into a specific position that makes it easy for your fingers to reach all of its inputs: click panels, buttons, the scroll wheel. This is in keeping with the idea that the vast majority of productivity features should work effortlessly.
In some high-end mice, like the Logitech MX Master 3, you will find additional customizations and shortcuts that make a seven-button mouse feel like it offers far more options, but more often than not, the difference between good and bad mouse buttons comes down to their placement, not their numbers. The number of buttons often corresponds to the type of mouse you’re buying: Esports mice are designed to minimize weight, so most keep it to six.
First-person shooter (FPS) mice often add extra dpi-switcher controls, so they tend to hit eight to 10. Specialized MMO mice have a ton of buttons to replicate the function keys on a keyboard, so they often have 15 or more.
To be clear, more isn’t always better: Adding buttons adds weight and, if poorly designed, creates uncomfortable movements that are slow to reach and can hurt your hand with overuse. Most modern mice have at least a decent optical sensor, which uses a small beam of infrared light (on older models it may be a visible red or blue light) to track its position relative to the surface where you keep the mouse (your desktop or mouse pad).
Most mainstream wireless mice have a good enough sensor to meet the average person’s needs. Any good mouse should hit at least 5,000dpi and deliver some ability to customize and/or store multiple sensitivity levels for when you need more precision versus more movement.
At the extremes, if you use multiple 4K monitors or connect your PC to a TV, you may want to make sure the level is 8,000dpi to 10,000dpi, just to be safe. It’s the perfect peripheral solution for you if you’re tired of spending time trying to untangle that messy ball of cables and wires behind your desk every few months.
Wireless mice are no longer plagued with latency and connectivity issues, unlike their predecessors. Wireless mice are a versatile solution for your pointing and clicking needs, so it might be time for you to invest in one.
Racer also gives it a whopping 16,000 DPI for the smoothest and fastest experience, and slaps on the multi-host connectivity because it knows that you’re a multitasking machine who uses several devices at once. Of course, being the modern professional or creator that you are, you do things in style, and this mouse has that covered as well with its gorgeous and sleek white on gray design.
This gaming mouse can run up to 450 hours on a single AA battery, for instance. If you don’t, and you do a lot of creative and productivity work on your computer, then this might just be the bestwirelessmouse for you.
(Image credit: Corsair) Specifications Interface: 2.4GHz Slipstream, Bluetooth, USB wired This wireless mouse is among the best gaming mice we’ve tested in 2021, holding its own against its top wired counterparts with its extremely low latency, ergonomics, accuracy and even connectivity range.
It also has quite a few nifty features under its belt including a switchable side grip, a USB wireless receiver compartment, three different connectivity modes and a very robust software, so you can personalize to your heart’s content. This is a serious wireless gaming mouse with high-end performance and an excellent battery life to boot.
In fact, that multi-touch feature alone makes it worth the investment, as it lets you perform trackpad-like functions like swiping and scrolling. Plus, it’s thin and light like Apple’s MacBook, so if you’re on the go, it’s easy to slip this in the small pocket of your backpack or laptop bag.
Rocking high-end performance, great tactile feedback and software support, nice RGB lighting and an awesome design that is just as cool as it is comfortable, this is kind of the perfect baseline of wireless gaming mice. Straddling the worlds of gaming and productivity is what the Hyper Pulse fire Dart does best.
This is a comfortable, luxurious and satisfying mouse with smart leatherette sides to further elevate your experience. Performance-wise, it certainly delivers as well, whether you’re fighting off enemies in Apex Legends and battling through your long list of work to-dos.
There’s not a lot of extra features here, and you might miss being able to connect via Bluetooth, but this mouse about minimalism and sticking to the basics.