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The Best Mouse For Work - Summer 2022 Mice Reviews

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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 of your mouse can help you work more comfortably for longer. Second, consider the kind of work you'll be doing and determine what features you may need to improve your workflow. If you work with documents and spreadsheets, you'll want a high-quality scroll wheel. 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 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're planning on using your mouse on the go.

We've tested over 260 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. It looks sleek and professional and feels very solid and sturdy in hand. It has a comfortable right-handed shape and a thumb rest with a hidden button that enables gesture controls. Compared to the previous versions in the lineup, this version 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, a great feature if you work with spreadsheets or timelines. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with its Logitech BOLT USB receiver, and it has an impressive 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, and if you have small hands, you may find it difficult to reach all the controls without shifting your hand around. Overall, this mouse has a premium look and feel and has several extra features that are rare to find on other productivity mice, making it our pick for 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. It's a vertical mouse, which means you hold it in a 'handshake position.' It can be a more ergonomic option, especially if you've experienced discomfort using a more conventional mouse. It has very quiet clicks and a scroll wheel that automatically switches between notched scrolling and a much quicker free-scrolling mode. This mouse is available in three colors that blend well into office and home setups. It doesn't feel as premium as higher-end options like the Logitech MX Master series mice. However, its shape is much better suited for small and medium-sized hands, and there's a left-handed version available. This mouse connects via Bluetooth or with Logitech's Bolt USB receiver. It's powered by a single AA battery, and Logitech advertises up to 24 months of battery life. It isn't quite as portable as 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 Logitech MX Master 3S, but the side buttons are in a less comfortable position, and it uses an older micro-USB charging cable as opposed to 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 office mouse on a budget, we recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon. It doesn't feel as premium as the mice in Logitech's MX Master series but offers many of the same features. It has a right-handed, ergonomic shape with a small thumb rest 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 at once. 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 also has a button to enable gesture commands.

    Unfortunately, its shape and high palm rest make this mouse pretty 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 lots of 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. When shopping for this mouse, you may notice a very similar-looking model called the Logitech B100. They're the same mouse; the only difference is that the B100 has different packaging aimed at a business audience. Overall, this mouse is very inexpensive but doesn't feel flimsy. However, the plastic doesn't feel as high-quality as that used on the other Logitech mice. As far as controls go, there are two primary click buttons and a basic scroll wheel.

    Unfortunately, it has a stiff rubber cable and tiny mouse feet that don't glide nearly as smoothly as other options on this list. Besides that, it's fairly 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 it may not be very comfortable if you're planning on using this mouse for a full eight-hour work shift.

    See our review

  5. Best Travel Mouse For Work

    If you're looking for a work mouse that you can use on trains, between meetings, or anywhere else, we recommend the Razer Pro Click Mini. It's an excellent choice for a portable productivity mouse thanks to its compact, symmetrical shape, making it easy to slip into laptop bags or even your pocket. It feels very sturdy, and its scroll wheel has 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 and pair it with up to four devices simultaneously. It also has a lengthy advertised battery life of up to 465 hours when using two AA batteries. This mouse also has great sensor performance and click latency, so it can do double duty as a compact gaming mouse when you're finished working.

    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're looking for something much simpler, we recommend the Logitech Pebble M350. It doesn't approach the same level of performance or have the same wealth of features, but it has a very slim profile and is also significantly cheaper.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech Signature M650: The Logitech Signature M650 is a wireless work model with 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
  • 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 3: The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a small, premium-feeling wireless option with a symmetrical shape that offers several of the same features as the Logitech MX Master 3S in a more portable package. However, it doesn't support gesture controls and lacks a secondary scroll wheel. See our review
  • Logitech MX ERGO: The Logitech MX ERGO has a trackball design. It means the mouse itself stays stationary on your desk, and you move the cursor by spinning a trackball with your thumb. It's a great ergonomic alternative, but it lacks some of the productivity-focused features found on similarly priced picks on this list, like the Logitech MX Master 3S. See our review
  • Logitech G502 HERO: The Logitech G502 HERO is 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's a multi-genre gaming mouse above all else, and it lacks wireless capability, multi-device pairing, and gesture support. It also has a fairly aggressive gamer look that includes RGB lighting, so it may not be a good fit for all work environments. See our review
  • Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED: The Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED is another multi-genre gaming mouse that's also a viable work option. It has a similar ergonomic shape compared to the Logitech MX Master 3S and has even more programmable buttons. It also has Bluetooth support. However, it's heavy, uses disposable AA batteries for power, and doesn't support gesture controls or have a second scroll wheel. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 31, 2022: We've revamped the category names and our picks for this article to better represent the current market and to provide more insight for readers. We've also overhauled our Notable Mentions section to include fewer, more relevant recommendations.

  2. May 19, 2022: We've made minor adjustments to the text for accuracy and readability. We've also added a new category, 'Best Office Vertical Mouse For Smaller Hands,' with the newly released Logitech Lift as our pick.

  3. 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 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.

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