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 gaming mouse we've tested is the Razer Viper Ultimate. This well-built option is an excellent choice for gamers, thanks to its amazingly low click latency, wide and adjustable CPI range, and low lift-off distance. It's also good if you're planning to travel with it since it should fit into most laptop bags and has a built-in receiver slot, so you don't need to worry about the clutter of a cable.
It has an ambidextrous design with two side buttons on each side, which makes it suitable for both left and right-handed people. Almost all hand sizes should be able to use it comfortably with a fingertip grip, although small hands may struggle to reach the scroll wheel and side buttons. All of its buttons can be remapped with the Razer Synapse 3 software, and you can even save your preferred settings to the onboard memory to keep them when you switch computers.
Unfortunately, the software isn't available on macOS, and the side buttons don't work on this OS if you set it to "right-handed mode." Also, while it feels very well built, the left and right buttons squeak when you press them all the way down. Otherwise, it's an amazing wireless mouse, and it's among 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 you're browsing through long documents or webpages. 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 and office uses.
Unfortunately, since it's quite large, it might not fit in most laptop cases, and it's not well-suited for people with smaller hands. It's also a little pricey, so if you want a cheaper option, you may want to check out the Logitech MX Master 2S instead, which is similar but lacks some extra features. That said, the Logitech is an exceptional ergonomic mouse for office use, and it's among the best mice that we've tested.
If you're looking for a vertical office mouse, check out the Logitech MX Vertical. While it doesn't have gesture-based controls or a side horizontal scroll wheel like the Logitech MX Master 3, its vertical shape is more ergonomic overall and is designed to help reduce strain on your wrist, though we don't test for this. While the MX Vertical may take a bit of time to get used to, it aims to give you a more natural grip and should be a great companion for the office. However, it doesn't feel as premium as other mice in the MX family, and its wheel can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which is disappointing. On the plus side, you can connect it via Bluetooth or with its USB receiver and then easily switch between three connected devices. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
If you want a remarkable office mouse with more extra features for work, go with the MX Master 3, but if you want something with a vertical design, the MX Vertical should be a great alternative for you.
The best wireless mouse for Mac that we've tested is the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It feels remarkably solid and well-built, as it's made with a mix of aluminum and acrylic. It's specifically designed for Apple devices, and the entire top of the device has a tactile touch surface that allows you to enable gesture commands. You can also enable the one big button to act as both a left and a right click.
It has a very slim and compact design that's good for traveling since it fits into most laptop bags. It only connects via Bluetooth, so you don't have to worry about a receiver or a cable, and it automatically shuts down after a period of inactivity to help conserve battery life. Its lightning charging port is identical to many other Apple products, so you shouldn't need to pack too many wires when you're on the go.
Unfortunately, its slim profile isn't well-suited to anything but a fingertip grip, and it's not the most comfortable to use for long periods. Also, you can't change the polling rate or the CPI, though this should be fine for most everyday use. Overall, it's a good choice if you want a wireless mouse for your Mac, and it's the best mouse for MacBook Pro that we've tested.
The best wireless mouse for travel that we've tested is the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless. It isn't too heavy and is small enough to fit well into most laptop cases. It has space in the battery compartment to store its USB receiver, and it has great wireless versatility, as you can use it with Bluetooth or its USB receiver. It only requires one AA battery for power, and the CPI switch light indicates the battery life.
It has a wide CPI range that can be adjusted by increments of 100 and has practically no variation, which is remarkable. The click latency is also amazingly low, and the high polling rate should result in smooth cursor movements. All of its buttons can be reprogrammed within the iCUE software, and you can save your settings to the onboard memory. It's also fully compatible with macOS and Windows, so you can customize every aspect of the mouse on either operating system.
Unfortunately, it has a high lift-off distance, so the sensor might track your movements when repositioning it. Also, since it's quite small, people with larger hands may struggle to use it with a palm or a claw grip. All in all, this wireless mouse has amazing portability, and it performs very well, especially for its price.
The best budget wireless mouse we've tested is the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. Despite its lower price point, it feels very well-built as it's made of solid plastic and doesn't have any loose or wobbly parts. It has a small, ambidextrous design that feels comfortable and that's best-suited for a fingertip grip, though small and medium hands can also use it with a palm or a claw grip.
It only connects through its USB receiver and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. It has a total of six buttons, all programmable within the Logitech G Hub software, and you can also set a G Shift button to add another layer of commands. Its sensor has a wide CPI range with almost no variation, a high polling rate, and great click latency. Its lift-off distance is also low enough that the sensor shouldn’t track any movement when you're repositioning it.
Unfortunately, it's somewhat heavy for its size, and because it's rather small, people with larger hands may find it hard to use it with a palm or a claw grip. Additionally, it doesn't support Bluetooth and can't be used wired, which limits the connectivity options. Nevertheless, this is a great wireless mouse that performs very well, especially considering its price point.
Mar 04, 2021: While we originally recommended the Harpoon Wireless over the Logitech G305 due to its higher FPS Gaming score, we've now made the G305 our pick for Best Budget Wireless Mouse due to its more adjustable CPI and much lower lift-off distance. The Harpoon Wireless has been moved to Notable Mentions. We also added the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT, the Glorious Model O Wireless, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro, and the Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Dec 03, 2020: Replaced Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED with Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless for 'Best Budget Wireless Mouse' and replaced Razer Atheris with Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless for 'Best Wireless Mouse for Travel'.
May 15, 2020: Removed 'More Versatile Alternative' category.
Mar 17, 2020: Added the Razer Basilisk Ultimate as an 'Ergonomic-Shaped Alternative' to the 'Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming'.
Feb 25, 2020: Moved Logitech G305 to the 'Best Budget' category and made Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless 'More Versatile Alternative'.
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 wireless mice reviews. 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.