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The best wireless mice of 2018

Wires are so last century. For many, wireless mice have become the standard for computer interaction. If you’re going to have an input device that constantly moves around by its very design, why would you want anything getting in the way?

At this point, there are thousands of choices vying for your wireless dollar, ranging from under $ 20 to well over $ 100, and many specifically tailored to certain niches — like the best gaming mice. But which are the best wireless mice overall? While that’s certainly a subjective question, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks for the best wireless mouse provided below.

At a glance

Product Category Rating
Logitech MX Master 2S ($ 75) Best wireless mouse overall 4 out of 5
Microsoft Surface Mouse ($ 50) Best minimalist mouse Not yet rated
Logitech G Pro Hero ($ 150) Best mouse for gaming Recommended
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 ($ 70) Best mobile mouse 4.5 out of 5 
Evoluent VerticalMouse ($ 80+)  Best ergonomic mouse 3 out of 5
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 ($ 15) Best budget mouse Not yet rated

Logitech MX Master 2S ($ 75)

The best

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Building atop the sterling legacy of its predecessor, the MX Master 2S is a sublime wireless mouse with great accuracy, comfort, and features. With a sensitivity that can be adjusted in 50 dots-per-inch (DPI) steps from 200 all the way up to 4,000, it has support for fans of all sensitivities and use styles.

Its 500 mAh rechargeable battery can last up to 70 days, so you won’t need to worry about running out of juice anytime soon and it features fast recharging too. For those facing long days of mouse use ahead of them, Logitech has paid particular attention to the ergonomics of this mouse. There’s a reason it’s one of the top mice on our list of the best ergonomic mice too. It features great thumb and finger rests, with a shape that caters to different grip types and helps prevent repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel.

One of the best features though, is multi-device support. If you want to jump from laptop to desktop and back again, you can do it swiftly and easily with the MX Master 2S, as it can pair with up to three devices at once and switch between them at the touch of a button. With support for both Logitech’s unifying receiver and Bluetooth technology, you don’t even need to switch the wireless receiver over either.

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Microsoft Surface Mouse ($ 50)

The best minimalist mouse

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Although targeted towards Surface device owners who want a little more functionality than the standard touchpad offers, the Microsoft Surface Mouse is an equally capable wireless mouse on any other system you choose. It’s elegant, streamlined, ergonomic, and most importantly, lasts for as much as a year on a pair of AAA batteries.

Even though it’s a Microsoft product, the Surface Mouse is also compatible with MacOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows operating systems 10 and 8.1

Its switches and scroll wheel are rated for thousands of hours of use and an enormous number of actuations, but this mouse also ships out with a one year warranty, so you’re well covered if you face any short-term problems.

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Logitech G Pro Hero ($ 150)

The best gaming mouse

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Logitech has a lot more competition in the gaming peripheral space than some of its other markets, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less competitive. Its G Pro Hero is one of our favorite gaming rodents with good reason. It has a 1ms latency for its wireless connection, a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, and can track at up to 400-inches per second for high-speed gaming.

But even with all of that technology under the hood, it weighs in at less than three ounces, making it comfortable to use for all hand sizes, but not so lightweight that it’s easy to lose control of. Its ergonomic shape made it supremely comfortable in our long-gaming tests and thanks to tweaks to its overall shape, there was less accumulation of dirt and grime over time.

If you don’t like anything about the button mapping the mouse ships with, it has full support for Logitech’s programmable software, so you can remap any of the G Pro’s eight buttons to execute the exact commands you want. You can also tweak the polling rate, the RGB lighting of the G-Pro logo, and save it all to the mouse’s on board memory for use on different systems.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 ($ 60)

The best mobile mouse

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If you’re looking for a wireless mouse so you’re not stuck using your laptop’s touchpad, this is the tail-free mechanical rodent for you. It sports a small profile so it’s easy to carry, but large enough so you don’t feel like you’re pushing a child’s toy. Its compact form is sculpted to fit your hand, and provides enough space on the left side to provide two additional buttons for your thumb’s pressing pleasure.

Given this mouse is built for mobile, you won’t find an arsenal of buttons. Outside the mentioned thumb buttons, the mouse only provides the standard left/right click buttons, and a middle clicker mounted behind the mouse wheel. This wheel can tilt left to right for horizontal scrolling, and provides two tactile-based modes. It has Click-To-Click for bump-based tactile feedback, and Free-Spin for a smooth spin.

With Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2, you can connect to your PC in three ways — via the provided USB cable, Bluetooth, or using the included Logitech Unifying Receiver (2.4GHz wireless). It supports the Logitech Easy Switch platform, meaning you can pair up to three compatible mice, and switch between them with a simple press of a button located on the bottom of the peripheral.

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Evoluent VerticalMouse ($ 80+)

The best ergonomic mouse

If ergonomics is your primary focus, the Evoluent VerticalMouse is our pick. We ran this bad boy through the gauntlet in 2016, and it’s still one of our favorite mice on the market.

Overall, the VerticalMouse looks like a dorsal fin protruding from your desk. The unit tapers toward the flared base, keeping your hand elevated and allowing you to more aptly keep your wrist aligned with your forearm. This positioning relieves physiological stress, potentially minimizing fatigue and the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The unit is divided into three main elements. With the right-handed model, the button and wheel are located on the right side of the device. The left side incorporates a rounded indentation for your thumb to rest along. This setup allows you to grip the mouse at a 90-degree abduction angle when compared to a standard mouse.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 ($ 15+)

The best budget mouse

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The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 is an economical, no-frills alternative wireless mouse. It may not blow you away with adjustable click force or customizable accents, but if you’re in need of a wireless mouse and want to spend less than $ 20, this is your best bet.

The symmetrical, ambidextrous design make the Mobile Mouse 1850 perfect for users of left or right-handed persuasion, and its compact design makes it great for those on the go as a portable wireless mouse. Its nano-transceiver is similarly diminutive making it easy to stow away — just make sure you don’t lose it!

This Microsoft mouse can last up to six months on a single charge too, which is a welcome feature to say the least. It also comes with a three-year warranty, so if you run into any problems in the near or medium term, you’re well covered.

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