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The Best Mouse - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Mouse

Mice are designed for different uses, and finding the right mouse to suit your needs can be a challenge without some guidance. If you're looking for a gaming mouse, you'll need an option with low click latency and great sensor performance so that it feels responsive and accurate. If you're looking for an office mouse, ergonomics will likely be more important since you're going to use it for hours each day. You may also prefer something wireless to get rid of cable clutter, or you may even prefer a vertical design. Not all mice are made with the same use or user in mind, so it's important to know what you're looking for.

We've tested over 260 mice, and below are our recommendations for the best mice to buy for different uses. If you're a gamer, see our recommendations for the best lightweight mouse, the best gaming mouse, the best MMO mouse, or the best FPS mouse.

  1. Best Mouse

    The Logitech MX Master 3S is the newest version in Logitech's MX Master lineup. Unlike previous versions, this mouse comes in three colors, but otherwise, it shares the same ergonomic right-handed shape with a thumb rest that includes an integrated gesture button. You can connect this mouse wirelessly via Bluetooth or its included USB receiver, and you can pair it with up to three devices at the same time. It also has an impressive advertised battery life of up to 70 days. Mice in the MX Master lineup also feature two dedicated scroll wheels. The side-mounted wheel handles horizontal scrolling, while the scroll wheel on top automatically switches between a precise notched scrolling mode and a much faster free-scrolling mode depending on how quickly you flick the wheel.

    With this most recent version, Logitech has added quieter click buttons and an improved sensor with a wider CPI range, which is especially useful if you use a 4K display. It also uses Logitech's newest BOLT USB Receiver rather than the older Unifying Receiver. Keep in mind that this new receiver is backward compatible with some but not all Logitech devices, so you may still need to plug in both receivers if you're also using an older Logitech keyboard.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Mouse

    Recent entries in Logitech's MX Master series are similar to each other, so if you don't need all the features of the newest version and are looking for a more affordable entry, we recommend the Logitech MX Master 2S. This version has some minor visual and shape differences, and its side buttons and side-mounted scroll wheel are in a different spot and don't stick out as far. It also has louder click buttons and uses an older micro-USB cable for charging rather than the newer USB-C cable with newer models.

    Otherwise, all of the foundational features that have made this lineup so popular are here, including its ergonomic, right-handed shape, dual scroll wheels, and multi-device pairing with up to three devices at the same time. Like other versions, its thumb rest also features a button to enable gesture controls, and its main scroll wheel toggles between a precise, notched mode and a much faster free-scrolling mode. It also has an advertised battery life of up to 70 days, just like the newest Logitech MX Master 3S.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Mouse

    If you're looking for a more affordable, mid-range option and want something versatile enough for gaming, work, or everyday browsing, we recommend the Razer Basilisk V3. It isn't as lightweight as mice designed exclusively for FPS titles; however, it has more programmable buttons, rock-solid build quality, and a comfortable right-handed shape that's well-suited for nearly all hand sizes and grip types. It has remarkable sensor performance and low click latency, so gaming in any genre feels extremely responsive. Using the companion software, you can reprogram buttons, precisely adjust your sensitivity levels, and customize the three RGB lighting zones to add a splash of color to your setup.

    The scroll wheel has both left and right tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling and a notched scrolling mode and a much faster scrolling mode which helps scroll quickly through websites or documents. If you're looking for a slightly less expensive wireless option in the same lineup, check out the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed. It doesn't have as many programmable buttons, its scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode, and it doesn't perform as well as the V3. However, it's a wireless model you can connect either with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Mouse

    On paper, the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED is a gaming mouse, but it's also an outstanding budget option for everyday browsing and light workloads. Its build quality resembles that of more premium-priced Logitech options, and it has a subdued look that fits easily into professional or home office environments. It has a somewhat egg-like shape that's comfortable for nearly all hand sizes, and it's easy to slip into laptop bags or pockets for use on the go. It uses Logitech's USB Unifying Receiver to connect wirelessly and has an advertised battery life of over 250 hours using a single AA battery. It also has robust customization software and a compartment for storing its USB when not in use. It's heavier than many recent gaming releases, but this is only an issue for gamers who exclusively play fast-paced, reaction-based games.

    Altogether, given its versatility and unmatched price to performance, this mouse remains the best all-around budget option on the market. If you'd prefer a more work-focused budget model, check out the Logitech M720 Triathlon. It's significantly less expensive than more premium Logitech work mice; however, it quietly offers many of the same features, including multi-device pairing with up to three devices, an ergonomic right-handed shape with an integrated gesture button, and a scroll wheel with a free-scrolling mode.

    See our review

  5. Best Mouse For Gaming

    The Razer Viper V2 Pro is the newest entry in Razer's extremely successful Viper lineup. It has the same low profile and symmetrical shape as previous Viper models but is much lighter and has an updated version of Razer's most recent flagship sensor. Like other Razer mice, it also uses optical switches for the left and right mouse buttons. These switches use a light beam to activate and don't suffer from potential double-clicking issues like the mechanical switches used on most other gaming mice. That said, Razer has removed some of the hallmark features found on previous mice in the series to make this version as lightweight as possible. It lacks rubber side grips, RGB lighting, and an optional wireless charging dock. Most notably, it now only has side buttons on the left side, while this lineup was previously known for having a pair of side buttons on either side.

    If you're interested in some of these legacy features and don't mind a somewhat heavier mouse, the Razer Viper Ultimate is an excellent alternative. It's also more affordable than ever before. We'd also like to make special mention of the similarly exceptional Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT, which is far and away the closest competitor for the Viper V2 Pro. It's only marginally heavier, and its shape is better suited for a wider range of hand sizes and grip types, but its sensor is a bit older and doesn't perform quite as well.

    See our review

  6. Best Mouse For MMO Gaming

    If you're an MMO or MOBA player, you've got a unique set of requirements for your mouse. Like any gamer, you need precision and performance, but you also need buttons. Lots of buttons. Our recommendation? The Razer Naga Pro. It has three swappable side panels, including a fully programmable 12-button panel to handle all the spells, macros, and abilities in your rotation. It has a comfortable right-handed shape with a pinky rest and feels very sturdy. There's also a left-handed version, though it's only available as a wired model. As far as performance goes, this mouse has remarkable click latency and sensor performance, much like other high-end Razer options.

    However, as is the case with nearly all MMO mice, it's pretty heavy. If you'd prefer something lighter, the newly-released SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is available at a similar price point. It uses a lightweight honeycomb body design, making it a full 23g lighter. Although, It doesn't perform as well as the Naga Pro and isn't quite as comfortable in hand because of its honeycomb design. The Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE is an outstanding option if you're looking for something more affordable. It also has a 12-button side panel that slides forwards and backward to accommodate different hand sizes, but you'll be giving up the freedom of a wireless connection as this model is wired-only.

    See our review

  7. Best Mouse For Travel

    For a portable option that focuses on the ability to take work and play just about anywhere, we recommend the Razer Pro Click Mini, a travel version of the Razer Pro Click. This mouse is more compact than the regular Pro Click and has a symmetrical shape, great whether you're right or left-handed. It feels very well-built, features multi-device pairing with up to four devices, nearly silent buttons, and rubberized side grips. Its scroll wheel has left and right tilt inputs, and you can toggle the scroll wheel between a precise notched scrolling mode or a free-scrolling mode, a feature the original Pro Click lacks. Uniquely, you can choose to power this mouse with either one or two AA batteries, though using one will give you less than Razer's advertised max battery life of 700 hours.

    While this isn't a dedicated gaming mouse, Razer's focus as a gaming mouse manufacturer is clear. Not only does it have outstanding sensor performance and remarkably low click latency, but it also has a maximum polling rate of 1000Hz and a wide CPI range. This mouse is more than capable of delivering great gaming performance in any genre, which sets it apart from other productivity-focused travel options. For a cheaper and much more straightforward travel option, we recommend the Logitech Pebble M350. It doesn't have anywhere near the same level of performance and has only basic productivity features, but it's very slim and portable and is significantly less expensive.

    See our review

  8. Best Mouse For Mac

    For Mac users, we recommend the Apple Magic Mouse 2. Its recognizable, ultra-slim design hasn't changed since its release in 2015, and it makes this mouse very portable and easy to slip into laptop bags. It feels remarkably well-built, with an aluminum frame and acrylic body. While unusual, the shape is also well-suited for all hand sizes, though it isn't as ergonomic as other popular options for Mac, including the Logitech MX Master 3S, which is a much more comfortable option if you're using your mouse for long stretches at a time. The glossy acrylic top is a Multi-Touch surface that acts like a trackpad. It registers left and right clicks when you tap the surface, and it supports gesture commands for scrolling and swiping between applications, websites, or documents.

    The Magic Mouse 2 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and recharges with an included USB-C to Lightning cable. Unfortunately, you can't use this mouse while it's recharging because the Lightning port is on the bottom. This issue has been a source of frequent criticism since its launch, but thankfully it isn't an issue you'll need to grapple with daily, as Apple advertises this mouse has a battery life of up to a month or more.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro: Like other Razer flagship models, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro has great click latency and sensor performance. Compared to Razer's Viper lineup, which have symmetrical shapes, this mouse has an ergonomic, right-handed shape that's well-suited for medium and larger hand sizes; however, it isn't as lightweight and doesn't perform quite as well as newer versions of the Viper. See our review
  • SteelSeries Rival 3: The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great alternative to the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED if you prefer a wired-only option and are looking for something lighter with similar performance at a comparable price point. There's also a wireless version, but it doesn't perform as well as the G305 and is typically more expensive. See our review
  • Razer Orochi V2: If you're a gamer on the go, the Razer Orochi V2 is an outstanding option. It's much more portable than most gaming mice, has great overall performance, and uses an AA or AAA battery for power. It also has outstanding battery life and Bluetooth support. That said, its compact design means it isn't as suitable for as wide a range of hand sizes and grip types as most gaming mice designed without travel in mind. See our review
  • Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse: The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is another popular productivity option with a vertical design intended to put less strain on hands and wrists. It's significantly less expensive than mice like the Logitech MX Master 3S, but it doesn't perform as well and lacks customization software. See our review
  • Logitech MX ERGO: The Logitech MX ERGO has a trackball you move with your thumb to control your cursor on the screen. It can be a helpful design if using a more traditional mouse is uncomfortable for you or if you have very limited desk space. That said, it's similarly priced to other MX-branded products like the MX Master series of mice, but it doesn't have nearly as many features and doesn't perform as well. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 30, 2022: We've revamped this article with a set of new categories and picks to provide better insight for users. We've also overhauled our Notable Mentions section to include fewer, more relevant recommendations.

  2. May 10, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.

  3. Mar 11, 2022: Replaced the GLORIOUS Model O as our pick for the 'Best Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse' as it feels sturdier, has somewhat better click latency, and is well-suited to a wider range of hand sizes. We've also added the Razer Basilisk V3, Razer Pro Click Mini, and the Pulsar Xlite to our list of Notable Mentions.

  4. Feb 11, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.

  5. Jan 13, 2022: Updated text for clarity, and checked that picks were still relevant and available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 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 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.