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The Best Mouse For Work - Spring 2022 Mice Reviews

Best Mouse For Work

There's plenty to look into when you're shopping for the best work mouse for your needs, but we suggest you start by looking at ergonomics first. Even minor differences in the size, shape, and overall design can help you work more comfortably for longer. Second, consider the kind of work you'll be doing and determine what features you want to improve your workflow. If you work with documents and spreadsheets, you'll want a high-quality scroll wheel. On the other hand, If you're a programmer or design professional, it's helpful to have a good number of easy-to-reach, programmable buttons for macros. Some other elements you'll want to keep in mind are whether you'd like wireless capability, multi-device pairing, or if you have a preference for how you recharge your mouse. Also, don't you'll want something compact and portable if you're planning on using your mouse on the go.

We've tested over 250 mice, and below are our top picks for the best work mice in multiple categories. If you're looking for a wider selection of different mice, see our picks for the best mice, the best wired mice, or the best wireless mice.

  1. Best Office Mouse: Logitech MX Master 3

    The all-around best work mouse we've tested is the Logitech MX Master 3. Visually, it looks sleek and professional, and it feels very solid and sturdy in hand. It has a comfortable right-handed shape with soft-touch latex covering for extra grip and a thumb rest with a hidden button that enables gesture controls.

    It has two separate scroll wheels made of solid, knurled metal. The top scroll wheel is nearly silent, and you can set it to automatically switch to a faster free-scrolling mode when you spin past a certain speed. The secondary scroll wheel on the left is for your thumb and allows you to scroll horizontally, a great feature if you work with spreadsheets or audio/visual timelines. This mouse connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with a USB receiver. It recharges with a standard USB-C cable, and it has an advertised battery life of up to 70 days. You can also wirelessly pair up to three devices simultaneously, which is helpful if you need to use multiple devices throughout your workday.

    Unfortunately, this mouse is fairly large. If you have smaller hands, you may have difficulty reaching the side buttons or thumb scroll wheel. This mouse offers top sensor performance in a package with a premium look and feel. It also has plenty of additional work-oriented features and an ergonomic shape that's comfortable for long periods of use. All this to say that it garners our choice as the best wireless mouse for work.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Logitech MX Master 2S

    While the newer entry in Logitech's MX Master series gets most of the attention, the previous generation Logitech MX Master 2S is still widely available and typically much less expensive. Its primary scroll wheel isn't as smooth or quiet as the scroll wheel on the Logitech MX Master 3, but the functionality of its automatic free-scrolling mode is the same. Unfortunately, it also uses an older micro-USB cable that doesn't charge as quickly. On the other hand, the feet are somewhat larger and glide more smoothly on mousepads and desks. The side buttons on the MX Master 3 have also been moved forward and downwards to be more accessible, and the thumb scroll wheel is slightly larger and protrudes further from the body. However, you might prefer the design of the MX Master 2S better if you prefer side controls that are more recessed into the mouse body where there's less chance you may accidentally press them.

    If you'd prefer having a quieter and more premium-feeling scroll wheel and a standard USB-C charging cable, get the MX Master 3. If you're looking for a more affordable option with mouse feet that glide more smoothly, go with the MX Master 2S.

    See our review

  3. Best Office Trackball Mouse: Logitech MX ERGO

    Trackball technology may seem old-fashioned, but modern trackball mice provide a comfortable, ergonomic alternative to more conventional designs. If you're interested in a work-oriented trackball option, the Logitech MX ERGO is the best we've tested.

    It feels very well-made and is ideal for a palm grip for all hand sizes. There's an included metal tilt plate that you can use to angle the mouse halfway between a customary palm-down position and a handshake position. This mouse sits stationary on your desk and has a pair of standard left- and right-click buttons, a scroll wheel with horizontal scrolling inputs, and a large trackball for your thumb to control the cursor. You can connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth or a USB receiver and pair it wirelessly with up to two devices at the same time. Logitech advertises this mouse has a full-charge battery life of around four months.

    Unfortunately, the design is bulky, and the unusual shape makes it an unlikely candidate for travel use. Also, the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode, which is unusual considering it's a staple feature for other mice in Logitech's exclusive MX productivity mouse lineup. Altogether, this mouse is a great design if you have limited desk space or want a more ergonomic option to reduce the strain on your body using a mouse for a long period.

    See our review

  4. Best Office Vertical Mouse: Logitech MX Vertical

    A standard, conventionally-shaped mouse isn't ideal for everyone, and using a vertical design with a handshake grip keeps your hand, wrist, and arm in a more neutral position which can prevent the tightening of joints in your wrist and arm and may reduce the likelihood of carpal tunnel injuries. If you prefer a vertical design for work, we recommend the Logitech MX Vertical.

    The sculpted shape is designed to fit inside your palm, leaving the outside of your hand to rest on your desk. It has a traditional pair of left- and right-click buttons and a scroll wheel. The build quality feels great; however, it's made entirely of plastic and doesn't feel as premium-feeling as other models in the lineup. You can connect it wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth and pair it with up to three devices simultaneously. Logitech advertises that it's got a battery life of four months on a full charge.

    Unfortunately, it's only available in a right-handed configuration, and the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode. Also, the software requires you to create a Logitech account if you want to save your custom settings, which is unusual. Altogether, this mouse is a standout choice if you're looking for a well-built desktop option that can reduce the overall strain on your body from using your mouse for long periods.

    See our review

  5. Best Office Mouse For Travel: Razer Pro Click Mini

    Looking for a reliable office mouse you can use on trains, planes, coffee shops, between meetings, or anywhere else? It sounds like you need a travel mouse. We recommend the Razer Pro Click Mini. While it's primarily an excellent choice for a portable productivity mouse, it also has excellent sensor performance and click latency compared to other options on this list. It makes it a great option if you're interested in a mouse that can do double duty as a compact gaming mouse when the workday is through.

    It has a clean, futuristic look and a very compact, symmetrical shape. It feels very sturdy and has a pair of side buttons on the left and a scroll wheel with both left and right inputs for horizontal scrolling and a free-scrolling mode. You can connect it wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It pairs with up to four devices simultaneously, and it has a lengthy advertised battery life of up to 465 hours if using two AA batteries. This mouse also allows you to use the mouse with a single AA battery if you prefer, and there's an internal storage space for the USB receiver, so you aren't as likely to lose the receiver in transit.

    Unfortunately, while it has a symmetrical shape, it isn't a true ambidextrous design as there are only side buttons on the left side. Also, this mouse is for use with a fingertip grip for small, medium, and large-sized hands, but this mouse is too small to use comfortably if you have extra-large hands.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Office Mouse: Logitech M720 Triathlon

    If you're on the hunt for the best wireless mouse for work and are on a budget, look no further than the Logitech M720 Triathlon. It has a right-handed, wedge-shaped shape with a small thumb rest and three buttons on the left, the third of which handily switches between paired devices by default. Covering its body is a rubberized finish that adds extra grip, and it's well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

    You can connect it wirelessly with Bluetooth or a USB receiver and can pair it with up to three devices at once. There's also a storage compartment for the USB receiver when it's not in use. It uses a single AA battery for power and has an impressive advertised battery life of up to 24 months. The scroll wheel also unlocks for free-scrolling and has left and right tilt buttons for horizontal scrolling. As is the case on the Logitech MX Master series, the thumb rest on this mouse also has a button that enables gesture commands.

    Unfortunately, its overall shape and high palm rest make this mouse pretty bulky, so it likely won't fit in laptop cases. Also, its mouse feet are on the thinner side and have sharp edges that cause a bit of scratchiness on mousepads and directly on desks. It's a versatile option that combines a huge number of features into an affordable package that's comfortable for just about all hand sizes.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Microsoft Arc Mouse: The Microsoft Arc Mouse has a unique, low-profile shape that flattens when you're not using it, so it's easier to travel with. However, it lacks a physical scroll wheel and isn't comfortable to use for extended periods. See our review
  • Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 HERO is a multi-genre gaming mouse, but it boasts impressive work-oriented features. It has a larger, ergonomic shape with a thumb rest, plenty of well-placed, programmable buttons, and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode. Unfortunately, it's fairly heavy and bulky, so it isn't ideal for travel. See our review
  • Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED is another multi-genre gaming mouse with features that make it a viable work option. It has a similar ergonomic shape to the G502 HERO and has even more programmable buttons. It also connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a USB receiver, and it uses an AA battery for power. Unfortunately, it's also quite heavy and bulky, so it isn't ideal for use on the go. See our review
  • ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK: The ELECOM HUGE M-HT1DRBK has a top-mounted trackball and a large, cushioned palm rest. It also has more programmable buttons than the Logitech MX ERGO, but it doesn't support Bluetooth. See our review
  • Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse: The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is typically less expensive than the Logitech MX ERGO, but it performs very similarly. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Bluetooth support, and it lacks customization software. See our review
  • Logitech Pebble M350: The Logitech Pebble M3350 is a very slim, compact option. It has a very flat profile that makes it easy to slip into pockets or bags. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and free-scrolling. Also, while it's suitable for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip, it isn't very comfortable to use for extended periods. See our review
  • Logitech M535: The Logitech M535 is a straightforward budget-friendly travel mouse that connects via Bluetooth and uses a single AA battery for power. Unfortunately, it's too small for larger-sized hands to use comfortably, and its scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode, although it does have left and right tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling. See our review
  • Logitech Signature M650: The Logitech Signature M650 is a wireless work-oriented model with a symmetrical shape. It has a scroll wheel that briefly unlocks for free-scrolling when you flick it quickly, but it doesn't run continuously like the scroll wheel on the MX Master series. This mouse also has both large and left-handed variants available. Unfortunately, you can't pair it with multiple devices simultaneously. See our review
  • Logitech M100: The Logitech M100 is an extremely straightforward, entry-level budget mouse for office work. It's very lightweight and feels well-built. Due to its short length and small size, it isn't ideal for larger hand sizes. It also lacks wireless connectivity, side buttons, and customization software. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 28, 2022: Confirmed the availability of all picks and made minor changes to the text for accuracy but made no changes to our current lineup of recommendations.

All Reviews

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