A high quality, modern computer mouse can prevent fatigue at work, improve your gaming performance, and make your computer more convenient to use. The computer mouse market also has some interesting innovations, including customizable buttons, built-in LEDs, and adjustable dpi.
Our top picks for the best computer mice are characterized by convenience, performance and quality. While we have something for everyone, based on our mouse experience, we recommend the Razer's Deathadder V2 as a top choice for almost any purpose.
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Best mouse overall: Razer Deathadder V2
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Why You Should Buy This: It's a fantastic all-rounder at an affordable price.
Who is it for: Anyone except left-handed (see end of this entry).
Why we chose the Razer Deathadder V2:
Razer has been at the top of our list of the best gaming mouse manufacturers for years. Razer's Deathadder V2 is a mouse that has awesome features, whether you're breaking enemies or working on a table. It's comfortable, accurate, and durable, and has a low-key style, which means you can probably get it approved as an Office upgrade.
The Deathadder V2 has a sensitivity of up to 20,000 dpi. But the more important element is that it is fully adjustable. Whichever type of mouse control you prefer, you can bend the V2 to your liking (an automatic calibration option is also available if you're more casual). It features mechanical mouse switches that are extremely durable and use light beam-based actuation for super-fast response. It even has full support for Razer's Chroma lighting system. So if you like RGB tweaks, Razer's software gives you full control – including the ability to just turn it off.
The side and main buttons on this mouse are also programmable so you can add macros or custom commands as you wish. It's even compatible with the Xbox One if you want to add that input option to your favorite console.
The Deathadder V2 may not be the perfect mouse for high-speed gaming or the best option for someone who wants a minimalist design, but it does meet so many criteria at a price that isn't astronomical that we're confident we can call it the best mouse of the world.
Note: If you are left handed, the Razer Deathadder V2 is not the mouse for you. However, Razer does have a left-handed version of the original Deathadder.
Best wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 3
Why You Should Buy This: It's accurate, comfortable, and customizable. It lasts for months on a single charge.
Who is it for: Right-handed people who want a comfortable, no-frills wireless mouse.
Why we chose the Logitech MX Master 3:
The Logitech MX Master has long been our wireless mouse of choice since its inception, but the newer MX Master 3 is even better. It can last up to 70 days on a single charge and is ergonomically solid enough to provide solid wrist support and comfort during use. It even supports sensitivities up to 4,000 DPI – more than enough for the average PC user.
One of the greatest strengths is the ability to couple up to three separate systems at the same time. So if you regularly switch from desktop to laptop, this mouse is perfect.
It's not the most exciting mouse, but the chic scroll wheel can scroll up to 1,000 lines in just a second. This can be useful for navigating Excel and web pages. Logitech also redesigned the thumb area and enlarged the buttons for back and forth. The Logitech Options software even lets you create custom profiles and customize the buttons on the mouse to control the software as needed.
Best gaming mouse: Steelseries Rival 710
Why You Should Buy This: It looks and plays the part with every modern game feature you could want.
Who is it for: Players who put style and substance on the same pedestal.
Why we chose the Steelseries Rival 710:
With DPI support of up to 16,000 and a display on the side, it could be argued that the Steelseries Rival 710 is utter overkill. But it is not. It's the gaming mouse that can do almost anything. The TrueMove3 sensor used in this mouse is one of the best we have ever tested. Although its sensitivity is higher than most, it is extremely accurate across the board and offers meticulously adjustable DPI steps that can be switched to on the fly.
While the side display looks a bit silly, it is a key component of Steelseries' feedback system. Along with in-mouse motors that provide haptic feedback, you can be notified on the display when your Ultimate is ready to fire or when your health is low. Or just use it to display GIFs that you want to show friends and viewers.
The mechanical switches are durable and last up to 60 million clicks, which means this mouse will be with you for years to come. They can also be fully programmed using the Steelseries software suite so that you and the built-in lighting can do what you want.
In a bold move, Steelseries also made the Rival 710 modular so you can swap out the sensor, cable, or cover to not only customize the mouse to suit your aesthetic and performance preferences, but to update it in the future when new options are released .
The best part is that the price isn't even ridiculous. Some competitors reach well over $ 100, but the Rival 710 remains a fantastic gaming mouse at no astronomical cost.
Best budget mouse: Logitech G203 Prodigy
Why You Should Buy This: It's compact, very affordable, and doesn't interfere with some of Logitech's key mouse functions.
Who is it for: Anyone on a tight budget.
Why we chose the Logitech G203 Prodigy:
There are plenty of mice available at low prices, but few come close to the quality of the Logitech G203. The price is often under $ 40 if you shop around. It offers many of the features you'd expect from a high-end gaming mouse and doesn't sacrifice much to make it super affordable. It also features sensitivity options up to 8,000 DPI, full RGB lighting for the Logitech G logo, and PTFE (unbranded Teflon) feet for smooth movement and durability.
Despite its affordable price, the G203 has a polling rate of up to 1,000 Hz for quick response to your movements and a built-in 32-bit ARM processor to process the built-in profile, which is fully customizable using Logitech's backend software . There are six programmable buttons in total, including the textured scroll wheel and DPI switch that lets you toggle between two preprogrammed settings in a snap.
The super high-end functions of our favorite game and all-round mice are missing, the G203 is well above its weight and is very inexpensive.
Best mouse for business: Microsoft Intellimouse
Why You Should Buy This: It's sleek, low-key, and performs far better than a mouse with this typical aesthetic.
Who is it for: Office workers or anyone who prefers a more professional mouse.
Why we chose Microsoft Intellimouse:
Microsoft Intellimouse has been a hit classic since it hit the market in the mid-1990s, and it even helped make the scroll wheel popular. This classic might not come with the latest technology from some newer mice, but it's worth a look, especially if you're okay with something reliable, simple, and affordable.
The Microsoft Classic Intellimouse has a proven design with gray and black accents, a DPI range of up to 3,200 and the same ergonomic shape as its predecessor. While the design of this mouse hasn't changed much, the technology inside it has certainly changed. It will now be equipped with a new sensor to improve tracking accuracy. A new white taillight helps modernize the overall look of the mouse. Because of this built-in light, it's easier to use even in the dark.
Like its contemporaries, this mouse supports a scan rate of 1,000 Hz for optimal responsiveness and has three assignable buttons. You can add macros, custom commands, and other features to these buttons to streamline your computing in the office. Even with all that this mouse has to offer, it clocks in just under $ 40So it's not a bad deal at all.