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The Best Mouse - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated May 29, 2024 at 10:39 am
Best Mouse

Mice are designed for different uses, so finding the best model to suit your needs can be challenging without some guidance. If you're looking for an office mouse, good ergonomics are important since you'll use it for hours each day. 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. You may also prefer something wireless to get rid of cable clutter. Not all mice have the same use or user in mind, so it's important to know what you're looking for.

We've tested over 325 mice, and below are our recommendations for the best models for different uses. If you're exclusively looking for work mice, see our recommendations for the best office mouse. Or, if you're looking for gaming options, see our recommendations for the best lightweight mouse, the best MMO mouse, or the best FPS mouse.

  1. Best Computer Mouse

    The best computer mouse we've tested is the Logitech MX Master 3S, the newest version in Logitech's MX Master lineup. This mouse has all the standout features of previous models in the series, including an ergonomic right-handed shape, a gesture button on the thumb rest, and two dedicated scroll wheels. The side-mounted scroll 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. You can connect the Logitech wirelessly via Bluetooth or its USB receiver, and it supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously.

    The new features this model brings to the table include quieter click buttons and an improved sensor that allows you to set higher sensitivity levels. It's helpful for 4k displays with much higher pixel densities that require higher sensitivity levels to produce cursor movements at a comfortable speed. It uses Logitech's newest BOLT USB Receiver rather than the older Unifying Receiver. 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 options at an upper mid-range price point, we recommend the Logitech MX Master 2S. Logitech has discontinued this model in North American markets, but it's still reliably in stock from some online retailers. That said, pricing can vary, and it's at its best value when it's around the $60 mark. Also, note that some retailers may list both 2017 and 2023 models of this mouse, with the 2023 model being called the Bluetooth Edition. The only difference is that the 2.4 GHz USB Unifying receiver isn't included, so the mouse is intended for use with a Bluetooth connection.

    Overall, the MX Master 2S has some minor visual differences from the newer Logitech MX Master 3S, 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 USB-C cable with newer models. Otherwise, the same features that have made this lineup so popular are here. It has an ergonomic, right-handed shape, dual scroll wheels, and multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously. 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.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Mouse

    If you're looking for a mid-range option that offers high-end gaming performance balanced with functionality for everyday use and light work, we recommend the Razer Basilisk V3. It doesn't have a secondary scroll wheel or wireless capabilities like the MX Master series mice above, but it's much better suited for gaming. It has a rock-solid build quality and a comfortable right-handed shape for nearly all hand sizes and grip types. This mouse also has more programmable buttons than other options on this list.

    Using the companion software, you can reprogram these buttons, precisely adjust your sensitivity levels, and customize the three RGB lighting zones to add some color to your setup. Performance-wise, it has remarkable sensor performance and low click latency, so gaming in any genre feels extremely responsive. The scroll wheel has both left and right tilt inputs and allows you to toggle between a notched scrolling mode and a much faster scrolling mode, which helps you navigate quickly through websites or documents.

    If you're looking for a wireless alternative in this price bracket, the Keychron M6 is only slightly more expensive and has an added thumb wheel, much like the MX Master series at the top of our list. The downside is that it feels cheaper than the Basilisk and doesn't quite offer the same sensor performance for gaming.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Mouse

    More premium options in Logitech's productivity-minded MX series get lots of attention, but if you're looking to spend a little less, we recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon, which quietly offers many of the same features at a more affordable price point. This mouse has an ergonomic, right-handed shape and is well-suited for most hand sizes. It has three easy-to-reach side buttons and an integrated gesture button hidden in the thumb rest. Like our top pick, the Logitech MX Master 3S, you can connect this mouse with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices simultaneously.

    Its scroll wheel has left and right inputs, and you can toggle between a controlled, notched scrolling mode and a much faster free-scrolling mode for easier navigation of long spreadsheets. However, unlike the more expensive MX Master series mice, it doesn't feel as premium overall and lacks a second thumb scroll wheel. Depending on where you're shopping for your mouse, you may see the similar-looking Logitech Precision Pro, which is the same mouse as the M720 Triathlon but has a darker-colored bottom plate. The Precision Pro was previously a Costco exclusive but has recently been on sale from other retailers and can be less expensive than the more common M720 Triathlon-branded variant.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Mouse

    For an even more affordable option, we recommend the Logitech M240. This mouse is about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to wireless mice for everyday browsing or light office work. This mouse connects via Bluetooth, is available in several different color options, and has a compact shape that makes it easy to carry around or throw into a bag or laptop case. Its slightly curved symmetrical shape also makes it a good option whether you're right- or left-handed, and its right- and left-click buttons are virtually silent—although the sound of the scroll wheel and the scroll wheel click are a bit louder.

    Unfortunately, unlike more expensive models on this list, it doesn't offer anything in the way of extra features. It doesn't even have side buttons, and the only button you can reprogram is the scroll wheel button. That said, if you're looking for a basic wireless mouse with solid build quality and no-fuss functionality at a price point that's hard to beat, this is the mouse for you.

    See our review

  6. Best Gaming Mouse

    If you're looking for the best gaming option, we recommend the Razer Viper V3 Pro. It's the successor to the Razer Viper V2 Pro, our previous top gaming pick, improving on its predecessor in several ways. It features a new, more subdued design and a familiar shape that's ideal for a wide variety of hand sizes and grip types. It's now even lighter and sports Razer's updated Focus Pro 35K sensor, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors we've ever tested. It supports a maximum wireless polling rate of 8000Hz out of the box and delivers some of the lowest click and sensor latency figures available, providing an incredibly responsive gaming experience.

    If you don't mind missing out on absolutely bleeding-edge performance, Razer's previous generation Viper V2 Pro is still an outstanding choice, and it's currently available for cheaper than ever. Lastly, we couldn't forgive ourselves for not mentioning the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro as a possible alternative. It delivers outstanding raw performance similar to our top pick, but it's designed exclusively for right-handed users and is a better option for larger-sized hands, especially if you prefer using a palm grip.

    Check out our comprehensive list of the best gaming mice for more recommendations.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Mouse For Gaming

    The best budget mouse for gaming we've tested is the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. Depending on the region of the world you live in, this mouse may be called the Logitech G304 LIGHTSPEED, but they're the same mouse. It's a gaming mouse on paper, but it's also one of the best general-use wireless mice we've tested at this price point. While it has impressive sensor performance and click latency, you don't need to be a gamer to appreciate what this mouse offers. Its build quality is great and resembles that of more premium-priced Logitech options. It also has a subdued look that blends seamlessly in professional settings or home desktops. It also comes in several colors to match your current decor or add flair. It also features dedicated side buttons that can be used for quick back and forward navigation.

    This mouse has a somewhat egg-like shape that's comfortable for nearly all hand sizes, so it's easy to slip into laptop bags or pockets for use on the go. It uses Logitech's LIGHTSPEED USB receiver to connect wirelessly and has an advertised battery life of over 250 hours using a single AA battery. There's also a small slot to store the USB receiver inside the mouse, so you don't lose it in transit. It's heavier than many recent gaming-oriented 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 one of the best all-around options on the market.

    See our review

  8. Best Travel Mouse

    For a portable option or a travel mouse for laptops, we recommend the Razer Pro Click Mini, a compact version of the Razer Pro Click. This mouse has a symmetrical shape, which is great whether you're right- or left-handed. It feels very well-built, features multi-device pairing with up to four devices, and has nearly silent buttons. 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 lacks. Uniquely, you can power this mouse with one or two AA batteries, though using one will give you less than Razer's advertised maximum battery life of 700 hours.

    While marketed more as an everyday use and productivity-focused mouse, it's also surprisingly capable of delivering impressive gaming performance, so it's worth considering if you're also a frequent laptop gamer. If you're a MacBook user, note that while this mouse is fully compatible with macOS, the customization software isn't. We recommend the Logitech Pebble Mouse 2 M350s for a cheaper, more straightforward travel option. 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

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2: The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2 is a close competitor to the Razer Viper V3 Pro. Its symmetrical shape is a bit more accommodating to a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. However, it has a lower maximum polling rate of 4000Hz, and its overall sensor performance doesn't match the Razer mouse's. It also doesn't feel as sturdy, and its stock mouse feet don't glide as smoothly. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2024: We've updated our top gaming pick from the Razer Viper V2 Pro to its newly-released successor, the Razer Viper V3 Pro.

  2. May 03, 2024: We've reviewed our recommendations and aren't making any pick changes with this update, but we've added a new special mention of the Logitech Pebble Mouse 2 M350s in the text of our 'Best Mouse For Travel' category.

  3. Apr 04, 2024: We've verified the pricing and availability of all our picks and added a new mention of the Keychron M6 in our 'Best Mid-Range' category as a wireless alternative to the Razer Basilisk V3 in the same price range.

  4. Mar 06, 2024: We've reviewed our picks to ensure their relevance and availability and haven't changed our lineup. We've added a disclaimer to the 'Best Mouse For Gaming' entry regarding the Razer Viper V2 Pro's scroll wheel issues.

  5. Feb 06, 2024: We've changed our pick for the best budget mouse category to the Logitech M720 Triathlon and moved the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED to a new category, the 'Best Budget Mouse For Gaming.' We've also made some minor changes for clarity and accuracy.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mice for most people. Whether you're looking for the best work mouse, the best travel mouse, or the best gaming mouse—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.