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Scrolling for the best wireless mouse? After researching 60 of the best wireless mice available today, we bought 15 top models and put them through nearly 100 hours of computer use. We judged each product on its ergonomics, connectivity, quality of the sensor, physical slide characteristics, features, and scrolling capabilities while doing everything from photo editing to internet surfing. Whether you're looking for robust features, ergonomics, or a sleek, portable design, read on to discover which wireless mouse belongs on your office desk or in your travel bag.
Wireless Connection: USB Dongle and Bluetooth | DPI: 200-8000
REASONS TO BUY
Connects to multiple devices
Multiple scroll wheels
REASONS TO AVOID
Ergonomics are hand-size specific
The Logitech MX Master 3S earns our highest praise as the all-around best-performing mouse in almost all of our testing metrics. It has an extremely comfortable ergonomic shape that you can use for hours without feeling any wrist or hand discomfort. It also has one of the most responsive and best overall sensors. This is one of the few mice we tested that you can use on a glass surface. The sensor is that good. It has two scroll wheels, one for up and down, and another for left and right. Having a side-to-side scroll feature isn't that unique, but this mouse's side-to-side scroll is much better than most mice we tested. This mouse allows for small movements in left and right scrolling, which is rare with this feature. The up-and-down scrolling is also super fast but still very accurate for shorter documents. This mouse is packed full of features. It has seriously silent clicking, forward and back navigation buttons, and is USB-C rechargeable.
While we think that the Master 3S's ergonomic shape is one of the most comfortable we've ever put our hands on, we suspect that might not be the case for everyone. If you have especially small or large hands, we think this mouse might not fit your hand as well. However, this is the case with all mice. If you find ergonomic mice comfortable and you're looking for a rechargeable wireless mouse with a great set of features, we highly suggest checking out this one.
The Tecknet Bluetooth Wireless Mouse is an all-around great performing mouse, performing just as well as many mice that cost nearly twice as much. We were pleasantly surprised by its ergonomic shape, high palm support, thumb depression, and textured grip. Given that this mouse is a Bluetooth design, we thoroughly tested its pairing function and found it consistently and quickly connected to our devices when we turned it on. While testing the mouse's latency, we found it on par with most of the mice in this review as well. This mouse provides a consistent and reliable connection, with no discernable lag for everything but gaming. The built-in DPI adjustment button is located on top of the mouse, just below the scroll bar. This button is easy to reach and a very useful feature. We found the 3200, 2400, and 2000 DPI settings to be too responsive for precision tasks like photo editing, but this is not a problem since it is so easy to adjust the DPI.
While we were generally very impressed with the Tecknet in every regard, it's worth noting that you'll have to supply your own AA batteries if you get this mouse. Though it isn't a huge deal, we were a little surprised that this didn't come with batteries, considering most mice we reviewed do. Also, as with most mice, this might feel small if your hands are larger than average. However, for a very inexpensive and high-performing wireless mouse, we think this is a great choice for almost everyone.
The Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse is the most comfortable vertical ergonomic mouse we tested and one of our overall favorite mice. Whether or not you're used to an upright mouse, this feels comfortable as soon as you put your hand on it. There is a textured rubber coating around the area where your thumb and palm rest, which makes it easy to grip the mouse. During testing, some vertical mice gave us the feeling that our hand was slipping downward. Well, this mouse's shape and grippy texture prevent that. It fits various hand sizes better than some ergonomic mice, too. The click action is great, it's not too easy to click while not requiring too much force, either. Also, the clicks on this mouse are some of the quietest of any of the mice we tested here. This mouse allows you to easily adjust the DPI with the button next to the scroll wheel, and the sensor is really great overall. This is one of the few mice we tested that works well on horizontal glass surfaces, which speaks volumes about its sensor.
While the Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse is very comfortable, it definitely does take some getting used to. The vertical "handshake" position requires a learning curve before you'll truly feel efficient with this mouse. All the buttons are easy to reach, and the more we use this mouse, the more we like it. But, the vertical design isn't as easy to use right off the bat as a traditional mouse. Also, this mouse is pretty big, so it's not as packable as a flat mouse for those frequently on the go. If you use your mouse a lot and want a better hand position while you're using it, this is an excellent option.
The Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball Mouse is the best trackball mouse we tested. This mouse performed very well in most every metric, but especially in ergonomics. Trackball mice use a ball to move the cursor around the screen rather than requiring you to move your arm. This mouse style has gained popularity in recent years, and we think Logitech nailed the design with this one. It has some of the best button placement on any mouse we tested, too. The scroll wheel is easy to reach, especially compared to some other less traditionally shaped mice. We found the forward and back buttons are placed in a much better spot than on some mice, too. We occasionally accidentally bump these forward and back buttons, often found right next to the thumb grip spot. However, on this mouse, the forward and back buttons are on top, next to the left click button. We found this spot to be much more convenient since we aren't ever inconveniently hitting the back button when we're in the middle of an important task.
The Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball Mouse is one of the bulkiest mice we tested here. However, this is a common tradeoff: the more ergonomic a mouse is, the less portable it is going to be. Also, we would love to see a sensitivity adjustment for the trackball built into this mouse. But you can adjust the sensitivity with your computer, so that's certainly not a deal breaker. Also, as with all alternative mouse designs, this mouse will require some getting used to. But if you're looking for a mouse that you don't have to move around on your desk, whether for comfort or for space-saving purposes, this is an excellent option.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse is an excellent ergonomically shaped mouse that won't take time to get used to, unlike some of the other ergonomic mice we tested. This mouse takes a traditional mouse design and makes a few changes to make it fit better in your hand. We found these subtle ergonomic features fit a wider variety of hand sizes than some mice with big, swooping curves for your thumb and pinky. This mouse has a simple thumb rest that looks more like a platform. It gently curves to almost level, leaving a nice shelf to rest your thumb. The forward and back browsing buttons on this mouse are some of the best we tested, too. These buttons don't stick out as far as on many ergonomic mice, but they're still easy to press. None of our testers ever accidentally bumped one of the side buttons on this mouse, which we can't say for many ergonomic mice with buttons near the thumb grip. Also, this mouse has an excellent sensor. It's very accurate, and noticeably more so than many of the other mice in our testing lineup. We were able to use this mouse on a wide variety of surfaces, from cloth, to wood, to stone.
Although the Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse does have elements that allow it to fit in your hand well, some might say this mouse isn't ergonomic enough. This mouse is almost shaped just like a traditional mouse with an additional thumb rest. However, while testing ergonomic mice for weeks on end, this mouse was one of our favorites to use. It simply fits more hands than many mice that appear more ergonomic. If you're looking for an affordable mouse that won't be too different from the mouse you're used to but will be more comfortable, we suggest you check out this one.
Wireless Connection: Bluetooth or USB | DPI: 12,000
REASONS TO BUY
Works with 1 or 2 batteries
Small and portable
REASONS TO AVOID
Side-to-side scroll is too fast
The Razer Pro Click Mini is a small and mighty mouse that you can take anywhere. It barely weighs three ounces and is small enough to slide into a briefcase or backpack. Even though this is one of the smallest mice we tested, it's also one of the most powerful. This mouse has some of the best latency we tested, and the sensor boasts an incredibly high 12,0000 dots per inch (DPI). While the average user absolutely doesn't need that many dots per inch, all of our testers agree that this is one of the most accurate mouse sensors we tested. You can pair with three separate devices using this mouse, and switch between each device with the push of a button. You also have the option to connect via Bluetooth or a USB dongle. When using the more energy-efficient Bluetooth connection, this mouse can last for an extremely long time. Razer claims that two AA batteries can last up to 14 years in this mouse. We obviously haven't been able to test that yet, but we'll get back to you with the results. What we can say is this mouse will run on a single battery, even though it has space for two.
The Pro Click Mini is a powerful and portable mouse, but it might feel too small for someone with larger hands. None of our testers had an issue with that, but it could be for someone. We also found the tilt-click side-to-side scrolling function on this mouse scrolled too quickly left and right. We were unable to scroll just a short distance between columns on a spreadsheet with this mouse. However, when we turned our scroll speed down in our computer's mouse settings, this problem was mostly alleviated. We found this issue to be common with most mice that used the scroll wheel for up/down and left/right scrolling. For those looking for an extremely portable and very capable mouse, this is one of the best.
Why You Should Trust Us
We have been testing wireless mice at GearLab since 2020. In that time, we have researched over 100 different models and bought and tested over 30 products side by side. Each product was put through the gamut of mouse demands, from speed-intensive use like gaming to detail-focused tasks like airbrushing a photo. Furthermore, each option was evaluated through several lenses to determine which mouse is best for certain shoppers. We spend hours clicking, dragging, scrolling, weighing, and measuring each mouse to help you find the best product for your needs and budget.
We test each mouse using the following five performance metrics:
Latency & Connectivity: (25% of overall score weighting)
Comfort & Ergonomics: (25% weighting)
Mouse Surface Slide & Sensor: (25% weighting)
Features: (15% weighting)
Scroll Capabilities: (10% weighting)
Leading this review's testing and research is Sam Schild. Sam has worn a lot of hats in his work life. He's worked as a newspaper journalist, an academic and college professor, a high school teacher, and an outdoor industry professional. In all of these roles, many of his duties were highly mouse-intensive. Whether he's editing photos, pouring through spreadsheets, crafting the perfect marketing messages, or working on his first novel, there's a mouse in his hand. With all that experience, Sam has grown quite knowledgeable about mice.
Zach Joseph also contributed a lot to this review. Zach wears several different administrative hats in the outdoor industry that are incredibly mouse-intensive, including graphic design, website construction, content management, audio engineering, and photo editing. After such a consistent tenure in mouse use, Zach has become incredibly knowledgeable about mice, their design considerations, and how to test their functionality.
Analysis and Test Results
We created several objective metrics to properly score each mouse for an accurate evaluation. We used these scores to stick each mouse against each other in a battle of connectivity, features, value, sensor quality, ergonomics, and scrolling capabilities to discover the best mice.
Every mouse we tested for this review works well for general tasks that your average computer user performs. However, some mice have special features that make tasks on a computer more efficient. Things like programmable buttons, the ability to pair with multiple devices, or better scrolling capabilities will add a lot of value to a mouse. These can save you time, which could save you money in the long run even if you spent more on a mouse up front.
Overall, we found the Tecknet Bluetooth Wireless Mouse is a great value overall. With an easy-to-access DPI adjustment button, a great sensor, and forward and back browsing buttons, this mouse is a great value, especially when you consider its price. We also think the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse is also a great value for a vertical ergonomic mouse. When you consider this mouse also has one of the easiest-to-access DPI adjustment buttons and great scroll capabilities, it only goes up in value. Also, if price is your number one concern, it's hard to argue that the Amazon Basics Wireless Mouse doesn't bring a lot of value to the table.
Types of Wireless Connections for Mice
As you hunt for a wireless mouse, you will likely notice two options for connecting the mouse to a computer: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz radio frequency (with a USB Dongle). These options achieve the same goal of connecting a mouse to a computer without any wires. But, there are some specific considerations for each connection method. Bluetooth connections are relatively simple. As long as a computer has a functioning Bluetooth attachment, you simply turn the mouse on and pair it with the computer. After the initial pairing, a Bluetooth mouse will automatically connect to the device whenever it is turned on and within range. However, a Bluetooth connection is up to eight times slower than a radio frequency. For this reason, Bluetooth is not recommended for activities like gaming, where dozens of commands each second are getting sent from the mouse. However, since Bluetooth is slower, it is less energy intensive. A mouse connected via Bluetooth will need to be recharged or have its batteries replaced less often than a USB radio frequency-connected mouse.
2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, on the other hand, requires a USB receiver dongle and is even faster to set up than Bluetooth. To connect a mouse via a USB dongle, insert the receiver into a USB slot on your computer and turn the mouse on. The mouse should be connected now. One consideration with radio frequency is that a USB dongle can serve as an entry point into your computer for the skilled hacker at the next coffee shop you're working in. Also, you will need a free USB drive to use a wireless mouse of this kind. If you have a newer Macbook Air that's USB-C only, the sleek look of those small USB-C receptacles on your computer will be ruined by a bulky USB 2.0 adaptor. However, a USB dongle-style connection will be significantly faster than a Bluetooth one.
Latency & Connectivity
A quality connection from the mouse to the computer is critical. We judged this metric by examining the mouse's ability to communicate with the computer. Any lagging with the cursor can render the mouse useless depending on the severity of the lag. Additionally, this metric considered how simple or reliable it was to initiate the Bluetooth or RF connection for a session. We kept a running note tab on each mouse for their connectivity for the entirety of the testing period. Even the slightest lags were noted, describing the conditions of the lag and what mouse activities were being used. We utilized gaming especially to judge this metric, though technically, no mice are gaming mice. Gaming allowed the connectivity to truly be tested with a high number of mouse commands needing to be registered on the computer.
Mice like the Razer Pro Click Mini and the Logitech MX Master 3S topped the list in this category for higher performance demands, like airbrushing a photo in editing software or light gaming. Since both of these can be used as RF mice, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they scored highly, with RF's method of information transmission being far superior to Bluetooth. When we were testing each mouse under more relaxed conditions than gaming, like emailing or web-browsing, almost every mouse scored similarly well, with only a few outliers falling to the back of the pack.
Comfort & Ergonomics
Whether a mouse is used for one hour of web browsing or eight hours of graphic design, comfort plays a huge factor. Our ergonomics category was weighted by using each mouse for several short and several extended sessions, noting fatigue and discomfort in the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulders.
We were careful to address each mouse's intended function, particularly if there is a clear specialty that the mouse is designed for. For example, if a mouse is clearly meant to be a travel mouse, we tested it for the same length of time as every other product, but with the understanding that it was designed for shorter sessions. We were objective in scoring every product but were particularly ruthless in scoring mice that were clearly intended for extended use.
The Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse and Logitech MX Master 3S outperformed almost every other mouse in the lineup when tracking the amount of hand and arm fatigue, with the Logitech M575 Trackball, the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse, and the Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse coming in just behind them. All of these mice were built with ergonomic design as a priority, and it shows, with the Logitech Lift and Anker mouse in a comfortable handshake position and the M575 in a position in between the handshake and the standard flat mouse alignments. These mice open up the group of muscles, bones, and ligaments on the Ulnar (pinky) side of the wrist, which commonly gets constricted with a standard flat mouse.
The balance in the ergonomics category that can be hard to manage is size versus comfort, given that some of the most ergonomic mice are also the bulkiest that we tested. The MX Master 3S and the Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic are the most comfortable options that don't attempt to redefine what a traditional mouse is shaped like. These two mice are much smaller and therefore more portable, too.
Mouse Surface Slide & Sensor
We judged this metric based on the physical ease of sliding a mouse and how well the mouse's sensor worked on different surfaces. We tested the surface slide characteristics of each mouse by simply sliding each mouse on different surfaces without a paired computer — solely focusing on the resistance (or lack thereof) of each mouse's slide. The sensor quality was examined by using each mouse on several different types of surfaces, from wood to glass, to see how they each performed. We didn't begin examining the sensor quality until we understood the mouse's connectivity so that lag wouldn't get confused with a sensor issue and vice versa.
Almost every mouse held up to the test with a similar level of physical ease of sliding, with a few exceptions regarding the sensor. The Logitech MX Master 3S and Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse were standouts in this category as well. We tested all sensors on glass surfaces, but these were the only two mice that worked on a vertical window (not that you'd really be doing that).
Most mice we tested worked well on horizontal glass surfaces, but the Amazon Basics Wireless Mouse and the Fenifox Slim Mini Portable Mouse didn't perform as well on this surface. This setback may be minor for many users given the anticipated surfaces they will be using, but worth considering nonetheless.
Also, we think it's worth noting that the Elecom 2.4G Wireless Trackball Mouse and Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse are the most versatile mice in this category since they will work exactly the same on every surface. The trackballs in these mice don't rely on moving the mice around at all. You can use these mice with the same results on every surface.
We tested every mouse's features to see how they stacked up against one another. Some features, like left and right clicks and a power source, come on every mouse. Then, there are the extra features that make each mouse different. These extra features include forward/back page buttons, a touchpad, four-way scrolling, programmable buttons, adjustable DPI, sleep mode, a foldable mouse body, a rechargeable battery, smart zoom, and more. We determined what features each mouse had and then addressed whether those features worked and whether they were relevant.
The Apple Magic Mouse offers a truly unique feature known as smart zoom, which dramatically boosted the mouse's score in this metric. Smart zoom allows the computer to zoom into wherever the cursor is — an incredibly helpful tool for dozens of applications.
Other mice like the Fenifox didn't have many flashy features, but as a travel mouse, it offered a simple left/right click, and a scroller, while still managing to sneak in an adjustable DPI button regardless of its micro-size.
There aren't many mice that we reviewed that are USB rechargeable, though a few are. The rechargeable mice we tested are the Apple Magic Mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3S, and the Fenifox Slim Mini Portable Mouse. While this feature isn't a dealbreaker, we found it quite convenient not to have to go and find new batteries, especially as more and more pieces of technology move away from AA and AAA batteries.
Of all the mice with replaceable batteries, we were most impressed with the versatility and claimed battery life of the Razer Pro Click Mini. Razer claims that two AAA batteries will last up to 14 years if you use the mouse with a Bluetooth connection. We haven't had over a decade to test this mouse yet, but we can confirm it works with only one battery.
The Elecom 2.4G Wireless Trackball Mouse stands out in this metric for having the most buttons. This mouse has 10 buttons in total, and eight of those buttons are programmable. That's a lot of buttons. When you combine this with the massive trackball on this mouse, this is a pretty feature-heavy mouse. It's also the biggest and heaviest mouse we reviewed, though.
While scrolling capabilities are certainly an important feature of a mouse, we found this feature to be especially helpful in many cases. So, we made it its own category. Most mice we tested have a scroll wheel, but those scroll wheels aren't all created equal. Also, some mice have left/right scrolling capabilities. We found this side-to-side scrolling very useful for editing photos, working in design programs, and when working with large spreadsheets with a lot of columns.
The Apple Magic Mouse stands out in this category with its touch glass design where the entire mouse top can be used to scroll in four directions. We found this mouse to be the easiest to scroll in any direction of any mouse we tested. The Microsoft Arc Mouse has similar four-way touchpad scrolling capabilities, but we didn't find the Arc Mouse worked as well as the Magic Mouse in scrolling overall.
Also, the Logitech MX Master 3S has a separate left/right scroll wheel near the thumb. This is a unique scrolling feature among all the mice we tested. Most left/right scroll features are set to move far left and right, with little control for small movements like you'd need in editing columns on a spreadsheet. This mouse allows for small increments of left/right scrolling but if your turn the wheel farther you can get that big movement scrolling too.
The Fenifox Slim Mini Portable Mouse is another standout in this category for having the smallest scroll wheel. The minuscule size of this scroll wheel makes it harder to operate.
With so many advances in technology and so many people working on the go these days, we hold high expectations for how a wireless mouse should perform, regardless of its intended use. With so many great options available, we hope this review helps you find exactly what you're looking for at a price you can afford.
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