A portable wireless mouse is important for travelers who rely on productivity when not at a desk. We believe the Logitech M510 to be the best option available for Microsoft's Surface family of portable PCs.

Portable mice are the ideal option for PCs that can work on the move, be it a laptop or tablet. Microsoft's Surface line of tablets and 2-in-1 PCs are great before you even get to a wireless mouse, but throw one in and yours can be even more of a productivity powerhouse.

We'll be taking a look at some of the best wireless mice that will pair wonderfully with your Surface, should you be looking to add a portable pointer into the mix.

Best overall

Logitech M510

Logitech M510

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The M510 from Logitech is a solid choice with a balance between cost and ergonomics, packing in some advanced features like a powerful receiver. Logitech states that the M510 can keep charge for up to two years, depending on how much you use the peripheral. The on-board laser is also powerful enough to work on most surfaces too, ideal when you're traveling and don't have the mouse mad at hand.

Bottom-line: The Logitech M510 is not only a superb wireless mouse but affordable too.

One more thing: The USB receiver can connect to up to 6 compatible devices.

Why the Logitech M510 is the best mouse

Logitech's M510 is our favorite pick here due to its price and what you get from the mouse in terms of functionality. It's the best of both worlds.

Whether you're looking at the three-year warranty or the two-year battery life, the M510 has a lot going for it, and the mouse itself will only set you back $19.99. Even the receiver is special, allowing you to connect up to 6 different Logitech devices to save on USB ports. It's not Bluetooth, but Logitech's wireless system is much easier to get running.

It's portable and simple too. You have the usual three buttons (one on the scroll-wheel), as well as a forward/backward combo on the side for thumb access. These can even be programmed so you can have quick access to some function in Windows 10 that could save you few precious seconds. For those of you with large hands, you'll be pleased to learn the M510 is full-sized, unlike some laptop mice.

Sure, it doesn't sport Bluetooth — and you'll need to go for one of Microsoft's options in our round-up for that — but for what you get the M510 is a superb companion for any Surface PC.

Budget Mouse

VicTsing MM057

VictSing MM057

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The MM057 by VicTsing is a super-affordable portable mouse with a small USB receiver. Like many other solutions available, there are no drivers required, simply plug and play. Five DPI choices are available: 800, 1,200, 1,600, 2,000 and 2,400. The receiver and mouse are capable of communicating up to 15 meters away, so you won't feel chained to your Surface. And with up to 15 months of battery, the MM057 will keep going throughout your trip and then some.

Bottom-line: VicTsing has produced a cheap, cheerful and capable mouse ($9.99!).

One more thing: VicTsing will give you a full refund if you're not completely satisfied within 45 days.

Surface Mouse

Microsoft Arc Touch

Microsoft Arc Touch

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Microsoft's Surface Arc Touch mouse has a special trick: it folds flat to take up less space in your bag. Though slightly more expensive than other listings at $52, for that price you're investing in an official Microsoft pointer that turns on as soon as you curve the mouse. It takes full advantage of low-energy Bluetooth 4.0, with a range of up to 30 meters.

Bottom-line: It's cool-looking, stylish, touch-friendly and utilizes Bluetooth.

One more thing: There's no USB dongle required!

Advanced Mouse

Logitech MX Master

Logitech MX Master

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The Logitech MX Master is the mouse for those who require a portable unit that does it all. You have the choice of using the supplied receiver (which can connect up to 6 devices) or Bluetooth, and up to three PCs can be paired with just the push of a button to switch between them. The downside is all this functionality needs power: the mouse itself lasts up to 40 days on a charge, but this should be more than enough between top-ups through its Micro-USB port.

Bottom-line: If you need a powerful portable mouse, look no further than the MX Master.

One more thing: You can even use this mouse on glass.

Compact Mouse

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

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The Sculpt Comfort by Microsoft is a more affordable option to the Arc mouse, also featuring Bluetooth connectivity so you don't to sacrifice a USB port to a dongle. For $22.99, you get 4-way scrolling for navigation on a mouse designed for comfort, whilst being compact enough to take anywhere on your travels.

Bottom-line: Microsoft's Sculpt Comfort is ideal if you're looking for a compact but capable mouse.

One more thing: Press the Windows touch button on the side for quick access to apps and the Start menu.

Best overall

Logitech M510

Logitech M510

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The M510 from Logitech is a solid choice with a balance between cost and ergonomics, packing in some advanced features like a powerful receiver. Logitech states that the M510 can keep charge for up to two years, depending on how much you use the peripheral. The on-board laser is also powerful enough to work on most surfaces too, ideal when you're traveling and don't have the mouse mad at hand.

Bottom-line: The Logitech M510 is not only a superb wireless mouse but affordable too.

One more thing: The USB receiver can connect to up to 6 compatible devices.