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The Best Mouse For Work - Fall 2023 Mice Reviews

Best Mouse For Work

There's plenty to look into when shopping for the best work mouse for your needs, but we suggest you start by looking at ergonomics first. Even minor differences in your mouse's size, shape, and design can help you work more comfortably for longer. Second, consider the work you'll be doing and determine what features you may need to improve your workflow. You'll need a high-quality scroll wheel if you work with documents and spreadsheets. If you're a programmer or design professional, having many easy-to-reach, programmable buttons for macros is helpful. Some other elements you'll want to keep in mind are whether you need wireless capabilities, multi-device pairing, or if you have a preference for how you recharge your mouse. Also, you may want a more compact and portable model if you plan to use your mouse on the go.

We've tested over 290 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 Mouse For Work

    The best mouse for work is the Logitech MX Master 3S. Not only does it look sleek and professional, but it also feels very sturdily built, with a dense, heavy body. It has a comfortable right-handed shape and a thumb rest with a hidden button that enables gesture controls. Compared to the previous MX Master models, it has an improved sensor with a higher CPI range, which will be a welcome change if you use a high-resolution monitor. Its most notable feature might be its pair of scroll wheels. The primary scroll wheel is almost silent, and you can set it to automatically switch to a faster free-scrolling mode when you scroll past a certain speed. The secondary scroll wheel on the left is designed to be used by your thumb and allows you to scroll horizontally, which is handy for browsing large spreadsheets. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with its Logitech BOLT USB receiver and has an impressive advertised battery life of up to 70 days.

    You can also wirelessly pair this mouse with up to three devices simultaneously, which is helpful if you need to use multiple devices throughout your workday. Unfortunately, this mouse is fairly large, and if you have small hands, you may find it difficult to reach all the controls without shifting your hand around. Overall, the premium design and wide array of extra features, some of which are rare for other productivity mice, make it our top pick and the best wireless mouse for work.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Mouse For Work

    For a solid mid-range pick, we recommend the Logitech Lift. Unlike the more conventional Logitech MX Master 3S, the Lift is a vertical mouse that you hold in a 'handshake position'. It can be a more ergonomic option, especially if you've experienced discomfort using a more conventional mouse. Like the MX Master 3S, it has quiet clicks and a scroll wheel that automatically switches between regular notched scrolling and a much quicker free-scrolling mode. This mouse is available in three colors that blend well into a variety of office and home setups. It connects via Bluetooth or with Logitech's Bolt USB receiver and is powered by a single AA battery, which Logitech advertises as being able to provide 24 months of battery life. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel as solidly built as the pricier MX Master 3S, but its shape is much better suited for those with small and medium-sized hands. There's also a left-handed version available.

    It's less portable than slimmer dedicated travel mice, but it's an outstanding choice if you're looking for an ergonomic model for work or everyday browsing. If you're not interested in a vertical design, we recommend checking out the Logitech MX Master 2S. It's very similar to the MX Master 3S, but the side buttons are less comfortable, and it uses an older micro-USB charging cable instead of USB-C. While it's available for cheaper than newer models, it's starting to get harder to find in stock from some retailers.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Mouse For Work

    If you're looking for the best mouse for office use on a budget, we recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon. It offers many of the same features as our top pick, the Logitech MX Master 3S, but it doesn't have the same premium-quality feel. It has a right-handed, ergonomic shape with a small thumb rest, a gesture button, and three side buttons, the third of which switches between paired devices by default. It has a rubberized coating for added grip and is well-suited for a range of hand sizes. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can pair it with up to three devices simultaneously. It uses a single AA battery for power and has an advertised battery life of up to 24 months. The scroll wheel also has a free-scrolling mode and left and right tilt inputs.

    Unfortunately, its tall shape and high palm rest make this mouse bulky, so it doesn't slip easily into laptop cases. Also, its mouse feet are on the thinner side and have sharp edges that can dig into softer mousepads. That said, it's a versatile option that combines many productivity features into an affordable package that's comfortable for just about all hand sizes.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Mouse For Work

    If you're looking for something much cheaper and simpler, check out the Logitech M100. Despite its inexpensive price point, it feels pretty sturdy, though admittedly less sturdy than the other Logitech mice on this list. As far as controls go, there are two primary click buttons and a basic scroll wheel. When shopping for this mouse, you may notice a similar-looking model called the Logitech B100. They're the same mouse; the only difference is that the B100 has different packaging intended to appeal to a more business-oriented audience.

    Unfortunately, it has a stiff rubber cable and tiny mouse feet that don't glide nearly as smoothly as our other recommendations. Besides that, it's small, but its shape is well-suited for using a palm grip if you have small or medium-sized hands. A fingertip grip works great for larger hands, but using this mouse for a full eight-hour work shift may be uncomfortable.

    See our review

  5. Best Portable Mouse For Work

    If you're looking for a work mouse to use while browsing your laptop on a train or between meetings, we recommend the Razer Pro Click Mini. Thanks to its compact, symmetrical shape, it's a portable option, making it easy to slip into laptop bags or even your pocket. It feels sturdy, and its scroll wheel has both left and right inputs and a free-scrolling mode. You can connect it wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth and pair it with up to four devices simultaneously. It can also run for up to 465 hours when using two AA batteries, so you won't have to swap those out very often. This mouse also has surprisingly good sensor performance and click latency compared to other options, so it can pull double duty as a compact gaming mouse after work.

    Unfortunately, while it has a symmetrical shape, it isn't a truly ambidextrous design, as there are only side buttons on the left. Also, this mouse is too small to comfortably use if you have extra-large hands. If you don't need the Razer's broad feature suite or higher-end sensor performance, we recommend the Logitech Pebble M350. It doesn't approach the same level of performance, but it has a very slim, portable design and is considerably cheaper.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech Signature M650: The Logitech Signature M650 is a budget wireless work model that's typically less expensive than the Logitech M720 Triathlon. It also comes in several sizes, including a large and left-handed variant. However, it lacks many features of the M720 Triathlon, including left and right scroll tilt inputs, multi-device pairing, and gesture support. See our review
  • Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse: The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is a vertical mouse that's typically less expensive than the Logitech Lift and is a better fit for larger hands. However, it doesn't perform quite as well and lacks Bluetooth support and multi-device pairing. See our review
  • Logitech MX Anywhere 3S: The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is a compact option with a symmetrical shape that offers some of the same features as the Logitech MX Master 3Sโ€”like quiet mouse clicks, gesture controls, and a free-scrolling metal scroll wheelโ€”all in a more portable package. It doesn't have a secondary scroll wheel like the MX Master 3S, and its shape isn't quite as comfortable for long stretches. See our review
  • Logitech MX ERGO: The Logitech MX ERGO has a trackball design. It means the mouse stays stationary on your desk, and you move the cursor by spinning a trackball with your thumb. It's a great ergonomic alternative if you have limited desk space or experience arm or shoulder pain using a regular mouse. However, it lacks some productivity features found on the similarly-priced Logitech MX Master 3S, including gesture support, free scrolling, and a secondary scroll wheel. See our review
  • Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 HERO is primarily a gaming mouse but is also a popular all-around option with some work-oriented features, including an 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. However, it lacks wireless capability, multi-device pairing, and gesture support, which the Logitech M720 Triathlon offers at a similar price point. See our review
  • Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED is advertised as a multi-genre gaming mouse but is also a popular option for work. It has a similar ergonomic shape to the Logitech MX Master 3S and has even more programmable buttons. However, it doesn't support gesture controls or have a second scroll wheel, and it uses disposable AA batteries for power, which may not be an advantage if you're only using it at home. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 31, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs.

  2. Sep 01, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

  3. Jul 06, 2023: We've reviewed our recommendations and haven't changed our primary picks with this update. However, we've replaced the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 in our Notable Mentions section with the new Logitech MX Anywhere 3S, which is the same price and offers a slightly upgraded sensor and quieter, more office-appropriate click buttons.

  4. May 02, 2023: We've gone through this article and confirmed the availability and pricing of all our picks. We haven't made any changes to our lineup with this update as all our picks continue to represent the best choices for their categories.

  5. Mar 03, 2023: We've confirmed all picks remain in stock but made no changes to our set of recommendations as each mouse remains the best options for their respective categories.

All Reviews

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