A desktop computer and computer mouse go hand-in-hand. Like peanut butter and jelly, one without the other just doesn’t make sense. While trackpads and touchscreens are on the rise for personal devices, the computer mouse reigns supreme in office space.
With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, our Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide is here to help. The MRW Systems team has carefully curated recommendations that will help you choose the best office computer mouse.
Before we dive in, keep this in mind: your mouse’s features should give you the most comfortable and accurate user experience possible.
So, before you purchase anything, we recommend you take what you need in consideration. If you are constantly on the go, perhaps a smaller, wireless mouse will do the trick. If your fingers get tired easily, then maybe a trackball is the best solution for you.
The Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide
Our roundup will include winners and runner-ups for the following categories:
- The Best Ergonomic Mouse
- The Best Budget-Friendly Mouse
- The Best Wireless Mouse
- The Best Trackballs
- The Best Presentation Mouse
The Best Ergonomic Mouse
No. 1: Logitech MX Master 2S
It should be no surprise that a Logitech is the first one on MRW’s Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide. Logitech offers a wide range of mice–they literally have something for everybody. This particular model is a masterpiece.
While most mice in this price range appeal to gamers and designers who require complex button setups, the Logitech MX Master 2S is different. This mouse is all about increasing your productivity.
The Logitech MX Master 2S offers speed-adaptive scroll wheel that auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scroll. What does that mean? It means you will be scrolling through documents in the blink of an eye.
The mouse also connects to Bluetooth and has a rechargeable battery with up to 70 days on a single charge.
While this device is pretty, it does come with one potential con. Although its size helps to “fill the hand” and provide a more ergonomic experience, it may take time to adjust to it. As such, this mouse may not be as comfortable for smaller hands.
Runner-Up: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4
Okay, I know this one looks weird. But if you’re looking for the ultimate comfort mouse, this device is one the best.
With this mouse, you place your hand vertically instead of horizontally. As a result, your forearm is static and doesn’t twist around too much. Also, the mouse is designed to keep your hand in a neutral position and prevent any wrist strain associated with standard mouse design.
But this device doesn’t just provide comfort; it also has a neat pointer speed button right under the main buttons. This feature allows you to adjust how quickly the cursor moves across the screen without having to go into your computer settings.
On the downside, it is tricky to keep clean. The plastic used on it tends to attract dirt.
The Best Budget-Friendly Mouse
Sometimes the best mouse is a simple mouse. Looks-wise, this mouse is inspired by its namesake… It’s nothing fancy.
But don’t be fooled. The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse has a modern, responsive sensor that allows users to ramp up the DPI to 3,200.
The downside: this mouse is not wireless. It’s also not the best choice if you have a lot of clicking to do. But if you just need a basic mouse to get some work done, this one is a great option.
Runner-Up: Logitech M330 Silent Plus
At only $16.95, this mouse is a great budget-friendly option! This mouse is unusually compact and quite quiet. The mouse weighs less than a quarter-pound, so it’s a perfect travel companion
Downsides: It’s a very basic mouse with only two buttons. And unlike the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse, it is not comfortable for long-term use.
It also lacks Bluetooth connectivity–it requires a USB. So, if you have limited (or zero) USB ports (I’m looking at you Apple), this mouse might not be a great option for you.
The Best Wireless Mouse
No. 1: Logitech Marathon Mouse M705
Logitech wireless mice have been a staple in the MRW office for years, but the Marathon M705 takes the cake. It’s not only inexpensive, but it’s also comfortable for a variety of hand sizes and grips.
The Marathon M705 back arch stands at 1.6 inches, which is more agreeable for small handed folks.
It tracks accurately on most surfaces – which is great, for professionals on the go. Its hyper-fast scrolling lets you fly through documents and web pages.
And just a fun side note, I’m currently using a Marathon M705 as a draft up Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide on our website.
The only downside is that the Marathon can’t connect via Bluetooth. Instead, it connects via USB.
Runner-Up: Logitech Triathlon M270
The Triathlon M270 is more versatile than Marathon M705. It can connect between three devices, which is pretty neat, especially if you have a desktop and laptop. There’s an easy-switch button on the mouse that makes this feature seamless.
It also can connect via USB or Bluetooth.
In comparison to the Marathon M705, it isn’t as comfortable or affordable. The mouse is bigger than the Marathon, so smaller-hand-folks beware. It also doesn’t track as nicely.
The Best Trackballs
This trackball mouse is very popular for two reasons. One, its trackball is responsive and smooth. The ball is almost the size of a pool ball, which makes it easier to move your cursor across high-resolution displays or across multiple monitors.
The second reason folks love this one is that it has four large buttons. The buttons have a crisp click and don’t feel mushy or hollow like some of its competition. Plus, four buttons give you the ability to assign a wide variety of program functions.
The only downside is that this mouse is HUGE. It takes up a lot of desk space and won’t fit inside a laptop bag easily. And if you have smaller hands, the ball might be too large to be comfortable and easy to use.
Runner-Up: Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball
If you prefer a thumb-operated trackball, this one is for you. The ball is smooth and easy to use. It is on the smaller side, so if you have larger hands you might want to be mindful of that. It also has Bluetooth and USB wireless capabilities.
The MX Ergo has eight programmable buttons–twice as many as the Kensington trackball. But these buttons are on the smaller size and may be overkill for some users.
The only thing this trackball lacks is fast scrolling. It is loud when it scrolls, too.
The Best Presentation Mouse
This gadget is something else. It can be used as a wireless mouse AND a wireless presenter with a laser pointer. Talk about versatility. And it’s easy to switch between the two modes.
The Lenovo Wireless N700 Mouse is a slim and mobile option for on-the-go productivity. This three-button device connects through a nano-dongle that uses 2.4G wireless technology or Bluetooth, for ease of control, as well as a laser sensor for precision tracking.
Cons? Well, it’s not the quickest mouse in the world. And the scrolling can be a little off at times. But it’s portability and versatility make up for that.
Runner-Up: Logitech Professional Presenter R800
The most important aspect of a presentation mouse is its wireless capabilities. The Logitech R800 will not let you down. There’s a little LCD display that indicates the strength of the wireless signal. That’s a super handy feature, especially if you like to walk around when you give presentations.
Two other handy features we love are its timer and vibrating alarm. You can set alarms at certain intervals to remind you to move along with the presentation. Because the alarms come in the form of vibrations, no one will be distracted by them.
The reason this mouse is a runner-up on our Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide is that it lacks one important feature. It does not have an on-screen cursor, so it’s really only good for PowerPoints and things like that. While this is a wireless mouse, it is not a Bluetooth device and requires a USB port.
Ready to point, click, scroll? I hope you found our Ultimate Computer Mouse Guide helpful. If anything, I hope you are scrutinizing your current mouse.
Remember, a good computer mouse can seriously help improve your overall computer-using experience, thus making you more productive and comfortable during the workday.