I’ve used both wired and wireless mice in my computing lifetime. Since I switched to wireless, however, I’ve been much happier not worrying about the length of my cord, getting tangled with my other peripherals, or using up precious USB ports. My best investment was Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, which is designed specifically for Mac. It’s like a mini trackpad. There are other great options out there, too. If you don’t like the flat design of the Magic Mouse, check out the rest of our favorites below.
Apple Magic Mouse 2
Apple designed the $79 Magic Mouse to work seamlessly with its macOS operating system and it’s clear that the sleek-looking buttonless mouse is meant for the Mac. It’s multitouch surface lets you perform gestures like swiping to move between pages or scroll through websites. You can double-tap with one finger to zoom, double-tap with two fingers to call up Mission Control, and more. It really is an elegant means to navigate macOS. You can adjust the Magic Mouse in Settings on the Mac to speed up or slow down tracking, as well as adjust the click speeds and gesture options.
For the best performance with a wireless mouse on the Mac, nothing beats the specially designed Magic Mouse 2 with customizable features, available from Apple for $79.99.
Logitech MX Ergo
Some people don’t like the Magic Mouse because it has a low profile, so can feel a little cramped for some hands. If you need something more ergonomic, Logitech’s newly designed trackball mouse is where it’s at.
I have to admit, I had a difficult time getting used to the trackball mouse. Instead of moving your mouse around, you roll the trackball with your thumb. It takes some getting used to, but after your brain stops trying to move the mouse and lets your thumb do all the work, it becomes second nature.
Using the MX Ergo, I quickly discovered just how comfortable it is to keep my wrist in one place while navigating my computer. My only complaint is that side scrolling is a bit of a pain. Unlike the Magic Mouse, which uses trackpad style gestures, you actually have to click and scroll when trying to move sideways on websites or when switching between full-screen windows on Mac.
It has two programmable buttons that let you designate what they trigger. The trackball also has a speed switcher so you can slow down or speed up how fast your cursor moves across the screen. This is great for doing work that requires exact mouse clicks (you don’t accidentally over-scroll).
The MX Ergo is very comfortable and allows you to navigate your Mac without having to move your hand or wrist around on a mouse pad all day. It is a fantastic mouse for those looking for something more ergonomic than Apple’s Magic Mouse. It’s one of the more pricey models at about $100, but it’s totally worth it if you need a quality trackball style mouse. It’ll save your wrist from long-term damage.
Gamers know just how important it is to have precision timing when in the thick of it. Logitech’s G602 is the best wireless mouse for clicking with the speed and efficiency needed to get through the toughest dungeon, beat the baddest boss, or out-skill the most talented sporting opponent. It uses a 2.4 GHz connection with a 2-millisecond polling rate. The USB nanoreceiver is dedicated specifically to use the bandwidth for the G602 to ensure low-latency and immediate reaction. It has 11 programmable controls so you can press a button on the mouse to trigger in-game actions instead of having to reach up to your keyboard. It has an interchangeable operating mode so you can use Performance for up to 250 hours of dedicated gaming or Endurance to push through up to 1440 hours of regular computer activity. Like most of Logitech’s mice, it is designed with distinctive curves and slopes for a very comfortable fit in your hand, especially for those long gaming sessions. You can switch between five different DPI settings for targeting and maneuvering in a variety of different game genres.
Gamers looking for a wireless way to play should stop now. Logitech’s $40 G602 has low-latency performance, 250 hours of gaming battery life, and a comfortable shape.
Also known as the Triathalon Mouse, Logitech’s low-cost, high-powered wireless mouse is a great mid-range product. I actually have two of these, I love them so much. Why is it called the Triathalon Mouse? Because it has three, count ’em three, Bluetooth device connections. That means you can use it with your iMac Pro at home, your MacBook Pro on the go, and your PC at work. All you have to do is press the Bluetooth button on the side to switch between computers. With a super long battery life of almost two years, it’ll keep going long after you’ve gone on vacation. It has curved sides for right-handed comfort (sorry lefties) and is raised up just enough to fit comfortably when palmed. Overall, it is a fantastic mouse for its price range, at around $30. The scroll wheel can be customized with smooth or click style. Nice touch.
If you want to keep your workflow seamless with the same mouse across all your computers, the M720 is the best option because you can connect it to three different Bluetooth devices and switch between them with just the press of a button.
Do you have a favorite mouse that you’ll buy over and over again, for as long as it stays on the market? Let us know which mouse is your choice and why it stands out from the rest.
Updated January 2018: Updated pricing for the wireless mice on this list.