If you often travel or have a cluttered desk, a wired mouse can be a nuisance. In the past, wireless mice were often much less capable than 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 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.
We've tested over 30 mice so far, and below you'll find the best wireless mouse to buy in 2020. See our recommendations for the best mouse, the best mouse for gaming, and the best wireless mouse for gaming.
The best wireless mouse for gaming that we've tested so far is the Razer Viper Ultimate. It's a fairly straight-forward looking mouse that feels very well-built and has an ambidextrous design that's well-designed for people with small or medium-sized hands. The mouse can be used both wired or wireless and has impressively low latency either way.
The performance of this mouse is quite amazing. Although it's more geared towards FPS games due to its design, it can still be used for some light MMO gaming since it has eight buttons, with sets of two side buttons on each side of the mouse. However, this obviously won't be as many as dedicated MMO mice like the wired-only Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB. Nevertheless, for gaming, this mouse is great and it has a very large CPI range from 100 to 20,000, meaning every gamer should be able to fine-tune the mouse to their preferred sensitivity.
Unfortunately, while the mouse can be used comfortably in both palm or claw grip by small and medium hands, large hands will likely only get a comfortable grip with a claw or fingertip grip, while very large hands will have a hard time with anything other than fingertip grip. Overall, it's a premium-feeling mouse that has great CPI and latency performance for all levels of gamers. You can also take a look at the Logitech G Pro Wireless, which is very similar to the Viper Ultimate as those two are often compared.
If you're looking for something a bit more affordable and would like a good wireless mouse for gaming, then check out the Logitech G305 instead. It might not be as light as the Razer Viper Ultimate and only has a single set of two side buttons, but its performance is quite amazing regardless. It has a very low click latency and it feels responsive. It has a low-profile body shape, which is better suited for smaller hands too. Note that this mouse doesn't have a cable and uses an AA battery, which can last for about 250 hours of use according to the manufacturer.
If you want better overall performance and like having two side buttons on each side of the mouse, then get the Razer, but if you're on a tight budget and would like an affordable wireless gaming mouse, then get the Logitech.
The best wireless mouse for office use that we've tested so far is the Logitech MX Master 3. This great wireless mouse has a professional look and very premium feel that should be able to withstand daily use without too much wear and tear. It features a great mouse wheel that can be used as a standard incremented mouse wheel or can be unlocked for infinite scrolling to help get through long documents much quicker. It also features a second horizontal scroll wheel on the side which is useful for documents like Excel spreadsheets that require sideways scrolling.
Logitech's Options software is fully compatible with both Windows or macOS, meaning you can use and fully customize this mouse on either OS. Unfortunately, the high latency and low polling rate are disappointing, but shouldn't be noticeable in average daily use, and only gamers may notice a slightly unresponsive experience. On the upside, the mouse has a fairly wide CPI range, which is adjustable by increments of 50, which is great.
While the mouse's right-handed ergonomic design is comfortable, the mouse itself is quite large, and people with small hands may have a difficult time finding a comfortable fit regardless of grip type. It's also difficult to use with fingertip grip due to its large design and thumb rest. Overall, this mouse feels very premium and has a ton of features to make it a great choice for productivity and multimedia creation uses.
If you like the premium design of the Logitech MX Master 3 but prefer the less strain-induced design of vertical mice, get the Logitech MX Vertical. Its CPI isn't as customizable, and it doesn't have the horizontal side scroll wheel like the other Logitech office-oriented mice, but its unique vertical shape is designed to reduce strain on your wrist. While it's still part of Logitech's premium MX line, unfortunately, this mouse doesn't feel quite as well-built as the others. On the upside, when used in the palm grip as it's designed to be used, it should be suitable for everyone except those with very large hands as your fingers might go past the mouse's click-buttons.
If you prefer having more buttons and customization options and having a traditional but still ergonomic design, get the Logitech MX Master 3, but if you find that your wrist tends to get sore after long work days, the vertical design of the Logitech MX Vertical may be what you need.
The best wireless mouse for Mac that we've tested so far is the Apple Magic Mouse 2. This Bluetooth-only wireless mouse has a very premium look that's available in either silver or space gray to perfectly match your Apple devices. Its mix of glass and metal feels very well-built, and its low profile makes it great for easily tossing into your laptop case to take with you. While the shape of this mouse isn't designed for palm or claw grips, it works great in fingertip grip for any hand size. Note that most mice work with Mac, but the Apple Magic Mouse 2 is specifically designed for Mac as its entire surface is touch-sensitive, enabling you to make swiping gestures within macOS, like vertical and horizontal scrolling.
Most mice have an adjustable CPI setting, which is very useful for gaming, but this mouse doesn't. It has a set cursor sensitivity, although you can also play around in the macOS' settings and change the cursor speed to your preference. Its polling rate and latency are also worse than most gaming mice, but most people won't notice the difference in a work environment when browsing the web.
While there are better-performing mice out there for macOS, the mix of gesture controls and ease-of-use make this mouse a perfect addition if you want to stay within Apple's ecosystem. However, if you tend to use your mouse for both Windows PCs and Macs, or want something with better and more customizable performance, consider the Logitech G604 Lightspeed, though it isn't as portable and doesn't support all of macOS' swipe gestures.
The best wireless mouse for travel that we've tested to date is the Razer Atheris. This wireless mouse is one of the smallest we've tested so far and can easily be tossed into a laptop bag to take with you. It has a straightforward look that isn't too flashy and has two programmable side buttons to help you be more productive. The mouse even works with both Windows or macOS, though the software can't be installed on Mac, meaning you can't customize the buttons.
This design offers great performance for work and gaming. It has a wide and customizable CPI range and adjustable polling rate, which can all be modified inside the dedicated software. This enables you to find the best sensitivity for you when gaming. Also, since it's Bluetooth compatible, you can easily connect it to a Bluetooth-enabled device like most laptops. This is great for people who are looking for a mouse to bring on business trips but would like to play a few games in their downtime.
Unfortunately, the Atheris isn't rechargeable and relies on two AA batteries that add a bit of weight to the mouse. On the upside, this means you can quickly swap the batteries out if it dies while you're on-the-go. If you want something that's more lightweight and can be folded down to be even smaller, consider the Microsoft Arc Mouse, though it's designed for casual use and its lower performance will likely disappoint gamers.
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.
01/07/2020: Added the Logitech G305 as a 'More Affordable Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming'.