If you often travel or have a cluttered desk, a wired mouse can be a nuisance. In the past, wireless mice often had much worse performance compared to wired mice and needed new batteries every few days. Luckily, wireless mice can now perform very similarly to their wired counterparts, even for gaming, and often have rechargeable batteries. Whether you're looking for a mouse to use daily to scroll through Excel spreadsheets, toss it into your bag to take with you on a trip, or help you win games, a good wireless mouse helps you interact with your computer more comfortably and enjoyably.
The best wireless mouse for gaming that we've tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This is an excellent choice for gamers and would even make for an amazing office alternative. Despite being made entirely of plastic, it feels very durable and well-built. Its ambidextrous design and low-back profile lend itself well to a fingertip grip, but claw and palm grips are also possible.
Regardless if you use it wired or not, the click latency is low enough that even most competitive gamers won't notice any delays. The performance is also remarkable, with one of the widest CPI ranges we've tested, and cursor movement is very smooth thanks to the maximum polling rate. You can customize the CPI and sensor, as well as the RGB logo from the impressive Razer Synapse 3 software.
Unfortunately, Synapse 3 isn't compatible with macOS, and some of the buttons don't work on Apple computers. Also, due to its bulky size, those with small hands won't be able to use it comfortably in a fingertip grip. Also, despite being wireless, you can't use it over Bluetooth, but you can use it while recharging the battery. Overall, this is one of the best gaming mice we've tested.
The best wireless mouse for office use is the Logitech MX Master 3. It's designed to be comfortable for long days at the office, thanks to its thumb rest and ergonomic shape. Its fantastic connectivity options allow you to use it via Bluetooth or USB receiver so you can easily switch between your personal laptop and work PC, and it's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
Its vertical wheel automatically unlocks itself for infinite scrolling when your scrolling through a long document or webpage, and there's a horizontal wheel on the left side that lines up with your thumb if you use it in a palm grip. It also has a unique thumb rest button that allows you to use gesture controls that you can set through the Logitech Options app. Although its click latency and CPI range aren't great for competitive gaming, both are decent for daily uses.
Unfortunately, since it's quite large, it might not fit in most laptop cases, and it isn't suited for people with small hands. It's also a little pricey, so if you want a cheaper option, the Logitech MX Master 2S is similar but lacks some features like automatic scroll unlock. Overall, the Logitech is an exceptional ergonomic mouse for office use and is among the best mice that we've tested.
If you like the professional design of the MX lineup but want something a bit more ergonomic, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. It doesn't have gesture commands with specific programs like the Logitech MX Master 3, but if you often feel pain in your forearm or wrist after using the computer for a while, its design can help to reduce the pronation of your arm. It puts your arm in a more neutral position, which aims to reduce pain. It's very comfortable to use when holding in a palm grip, although its body might be a bit big for people with smaller hands. On the upside, you can easily set your preferred sensitivity in its app, and it's quite versatile as it can be used wired, with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
If you prefer having more buttons and customization options and having a more traditional but slanted design, get the MX Master 3. However, if you find that your wrist tends to get sore after long work days, the vertical design of the MX Vertical may be what you need.
The best wireless mouse for Mac that we've tested is the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It's ideally suited for traveling due to its slim and compact profile, making it easy to stash in a laptop bag with your MacBook Pro. Its aluminum and acrylic design makes it feel well-built, and all hand sizes should have no problem using it in a fingertip grip.
It has wireless Bluetooth support and a rechargeable battery that Apple claims will last nine hours off a two-hour charge. It will also automatically shut down after a period of inactivity, so you don't need to worry about switching it off. Its touch-sensitive surface allows for horizontal and vertical scrolling via gesture control, but this feature is only available on macOS.
Unfortunately, it has mediocre ergonomics and isn't suited for palm or claw grip. The locked CPI is slightly high and can't be customized, while its low polling rate makes cursor movement more rigid. That said, if you want a portable mouse for your iPad Pro or MacBook, this is a good choice.
The best wireless mouse for travel that we've reviewed is the Razer Atheris. It's one of the smallest we've tested and it's perfect for sliding into your laptop bag when you're on-the-go. Because of its size, it's only suited for a fingertip grip with any hand size except extra large. It has an ambidextrous design with two left-side buttons, and all eight of its inputs can be programmed using the Razer Synapse 3 software.
The click latency is decently low, so you shouldn't notice any delay during day-to-day use. It has a wide CPI range, and although the max isn't as high as some other Razer mice, it should still be high enough to suit most people. Also, you can adjust it in increments of 100 to better suit your needs, but it isn't as precise as some other wireless gaming mice.
Unfortunately, its quite heavy despite its size, mostly due to its use of AA batteries. Also, it doesn't feel very well-built since its top cover is fairly loose, and you may need to click it back in place when it comes off while being used. Nevertheless, this is a great travel mouse thanks to its compact size and wireless connectivity options.
The best wireless mouse in the budget category that we've tested is the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. This gaming option offers tremendous value for its price point and can be used for everyday use. It's quite small and should fit into most laptop bags and cases, and it looks and feels solid and well-built. It's available in matte white or matte black and has a straightforward design with two side buttons.
While it might not have the latest Logitech sensor, its performance is still excellent. It has very low click latency thanks to its USB receiver and has a wide CPI range that can be adjusted by increments of 50 within the Logitech G HUB software. Its low profile, ambidextrous design is well-suited for FPS gaming. It's suitable for people with small or medium hands with any grip type, and those with larger hands should find it comfortable enough for claw or fingertip grip.
Unfortunately, it uses a disposable battery, which makes it a bit heavier and means it can't be recharged. On the upside, this means you can easily swap out the battery while on-the-go, and Logitech advertises a total battery life of around 250 hours, though we can't confirm this. It also lacks RGB lighting, which might disappoint some. If you're looking for something a bit more versatile, the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless can be used wired, with its USB receiver, or via Bluetooth, but is typically a bit more expensive.
10/09/2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity; no changes to product picks.
02/25/2020: Moved Logitech G305 to the "Best Budget" category and made Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless "More Versatile Alternative".
02/04/2020: Added the Razer Basilisk Ultimate as an 'Ergonomic-Shaped Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming'.
01/07/2020: Added the Logitech G305 as a 'More Affordable Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless mice for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper mouse wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no mice that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of wireless mice. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no mouse is perfect for every use, most mice are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.