Best mouse 2024: The best mice for gaming, ergonomics, and more

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Choosing the best mouse for you and your PC largely comes down to personal preference. Like the perfect keyboard, only you can determine which is best for your needs. Our recommendations simply lay out the best mouse hardware available on the market right now, the majority of which we've personally tested, allowing you to choose from a shortlist of the very best pointers across different categories.

It's easy to buy a $10 mouse for your PC and call it a day, but you'd be doing an injustice that could hamper your overall experience. When buying a mouse, there are plenty of considerations to make. Do you want a wired or wireless connection? Do you need something that's small enough to tuck into a bag when traveling? Or do you need a mouse full of features and a high-end sensor for gaming?

Not all mice are made for the same purpose, but they can often cross over. For example, you'll notice that there are a few pricier gaming mice included here; while they're primarily intended for having fun, they're also generally very comfortable and accurate, making them suitable for just about any task. I use a gaming mouse all day long for work and for play with no issues. But there are also premium mice designed for a life of productivity, including our top pick.

Bottom line? No matter how you want to point, we have a great mouse for you.

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The best mice in 2024

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Read on to find complete breakdowns as to why these mice are so coveted, and ultimately why they're included here in a roundup of the absolute best products. We've personally tested and reviewed all but the Logitech M720 Triathlon and Razer Pro Click Mini, but their reputation and ratings speak for themselves; they're too good not to include in our roundup.

Best overall mouse

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Best mouse for most people

Specifications

Sensor: Darkfield, multi-surface
Connectivity: Wireless (2.4GHz, Bluetooth Low Energy)
DPI: Up to 8,000
Buttons: 7
Weight: 4.97oz (141g)
Dimensions: 4.92 x 3.32 x 2.01 inches (124.9mm x 84.3mm x 51mm)

Reasons to buy

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Premium build quality and immensely comfortable design
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Tactile buttons and ingenious electromagnetic scroll wheel
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Plenty of customizability for different apps
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Easy-to-use multi-device connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Wireless performance and tracking aren't as stable as the best gaming mice
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No option for left-handed users

Logitech's MX Master series of peripherals offers some of the best accessories around, and the latest MX Master 3S wireless mouse is an easy top pick for most people.

In our MX Master 3S review, Windows Central Staff Writer Zachary Boddy remarked that "It's reliable, packed with features, and comfortable to use; the [mouse] is so good it's genuinely difficult to criticize." It's a lot like the MX Master 3 that we also reviewed, except it has an improved sensor, new software features, and even quieter clicks.

The mouse relies on a Darkfield optical sensor that can work on multiple surfaces, and it offers between 200 and 8,000 DPI for smooth tracking. Like most Logitech accessories, it works across devices and platforms, with quick switching available.  An electromagnetic scroll wheel offers tactile or infinite scrolling, and it's extremely satisfying to use.

The mouse's software allows you to customize all buttons, and you can even set up profiles for individual programs. A built-in battery charges via USB-C, and you can get up to 70 hours of life from a charge.

As long as you aren't left-handed or want a pointer for competitive gaming, the MX Master 3S should be your first consideration when buying a new mouse.

Read our in-depth Logitech MX Master 3S review

Best budget mouse

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2. Logitech M720 Triathlon

Best budget mouse for most people

Specifications

Sensor: High Precision Optical
Connectivity: Wireless (2.4GHz, Bluetooth Low Energy)
DPI: Up to 1,000
Buttons: 8
Weight: 4.76oz (135g) with batteries
Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.91 x 1.78 inches (115mm x 74mm x 45mm)

Reasons to buy

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Eight total buttons, six customizable
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Works wirelessly across devices and platforms
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Long battery life from two AAs
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Comfortable grip for right-handed users

Reasons to avoid

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Not ambidextrous
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Don't buy it for gaming

The M720 Triathlon is another excellent mouse from Logitech, especially if you're looking to spend much less than the MX Master 3S demands. It's not as fully-featured as our top pick, but for more casual PC users who just want a reliable wireless mouse that won't matter too much.

The right-handed mouse is large enough to remain comfortable even in larger hands, and there are six buttons total that can be customized through Logitech's Logi Options+ software. The mouse can be paired with up to three devices at once, even across platforms, allowing you to quickly switch on the fly. It also works with a 2.4GHz receiver or Bluetooth for added compatibility.

You'll need to pop a AA battery into the mouse to get it working, but Logitech claims it will last up to two years ... not bad at all. This should ultimately be a popular choice for anyone who wants a quality mouse without overspending.

Best competitive gaming mouse

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Best mouse for competitive gaming

Specifications

Sensor: Focus Pro 30K Optical
Connectivity: Wireless (Razer HyperSpeed), Wired (USB-C)
DPI: 30,000
Buttons: 6
Weight: 2.2oz (63g)
Dimensions: 5 x 2.67 x 1.73 inches (128mm x 68mm x 44mm)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight design with comfy ergonomics
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Accurate and responsive optical sensor
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Long-lasting battery life
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Excellent gaming performance for competitive play

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively expensive
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HyperPolling wireless dongle costs extra

The DeathAdder V3 Pro isn't the latest mouse from Razer, but it remains the best option if you're interested in competitive gaming. It features Razer's stellar Focus Pro 30K optical sensor with up to a 30,000 DPI, and it offers 750 IPS and 70G acceleration for precise tracking in frenetic games. These specs also make it great for creative and development work.

It comes stock with a dongle with a 1,000Hz polling rate, but you can bump that up to 4,000Hz if you don't mind spending extra on a Razer HyperPolling dongle. It's not entirely necessary; former Windows Central Senior Editor Rich Edmonds remarked in his DeathAdder V3 Pro review that "Even at 1,000Hz, the DeathAdder V3 Pro is a beast both in and out of PC games."

The mouse, available in black or white colors, is super comfortable to hold, but it's primarily designed for right-handed users. The built-in battery charges with USB-C, and it should be able to run for up to 90 hours on a charge if you're using the standard USB dongle at a 1,000Hz polling rate.

Read our in-depth Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro review

Best wireless gaming mouse

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Best wireless gaming mouse

Specifications

Sensor: Optical
Connectivity: Wireless (2.4GHz), Wired (USB-C)
DPI: 26,000
Buttons: 6
Weight: 2.08oz (58.9g)
Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches (63.5mm x 124.4mm x 40.6mm)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable ambidextrous design with a great shape and soft texture
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Excellent wireless performance with 4,000Hz polling (8,000Hz wired)
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Deliciously smooth glide thanks to low-weight and additive-free PFTE feet
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Long-lasting rechargeable battery

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Bluetooth; 2.4GHz only for wireless
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Alienware Command Center software isn't perfect
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Relatively expensive

Alienware has recently stepped up when it comes to gaming peripherals, and its Pro Wireless Gaming mouse is an impressive option if you're looking for something that's ambidextrous and designed with comfort in mind.

Not only does it feel great in your hand, it offers smooth gliding and remains relatively lightweight. In our Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming mouse review, Staff Writer Zachary Boddy noted, "The design, construction quality, performance, ergonomics, and focus on the best possible core experience make the Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse a stupendously easy recommendation."

The mouse offers a 4,000Hz polling rate over a 2.4GHz wireless connection, jumping up to 8,000Hz if you connect with USB-C. It also offers a 650 IPS max speed and 50G max acceleration, making it great even for first-person shooters where precision is key.

A built-in battery goes for up to 120 hours if you're running at a 1,000Hz polling rate, dropping to about 32 hours at 4,000Hz.

See our in-depth Alienware Pro Wireless Gaming mouse review

Best ergonomic mouse

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5. Logitech MX Vertical

Best mouse to relieve wrist and forearm pain

Specifications

Sensor: TrackAnywhere Sensor
Connectivity: Wireless (2.4GHz, Bluetooth)
DPI: Up to 4,000
Buttons: 6
Weight: 4.8oz (136g)
Dimensions: 4.72 x 3.11 x 3.09 inches (120mm x 79mm x 78mm)

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomically designed
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Great help for carpal tunnel
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Unique design
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Gets really dusty
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Bulky
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Not for gaming

The Logitech MX Vertical won't be right for everyone, but those experiencing pain in their wrist or forearm will likely want to give it a shot. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious affliction that affects many PC users, and it's best that it doesn't go ignored.

This mouse changes the angle at which you use your pointer, allowing you arm and wrist to rest at a much more natural 57-degree angle. It might take a bit of getting used to, but it will likely become your favorite mouse before long, especially if it solves your pain problems.

In our Logitech MX Vertical review, Windows Central's Brendan Lowry remarked that the device is "an absolutely superb vertical mouse with incredible comfort, amazing performance, and a stylish appearance that users will love." The only major drawback is that it's a bit of a dust magnet due to the soft finish.

A 2.4GHz USB receiver is included, but you can also rely on Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The sensor hits up to 4,000 DPI for smooth tracking, and the built-in rechargeable battery will go for up to four months. Logitech's Flow feature is included, making it easy to quickly switch across devices and platforms.

Read our in-depth Logitech MX Vertical review

Best portable mouse

Razer Pro Click Mini

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6. Razer Pro Click Mini

The best mouse to take everywhere

Specifications

Sensor: Optical (Razer 5G)
Connectivity: Wireless (Razer HyperSpeed 2.4GHz, Bluetooth)
DPI: Up to 12,000
Buttons: 7
Weight: 3.9oz (111g) with two AA batteries
Dimensions: 4.25 x 2.47 x 1.35 inches (100.2mm x 62.7mm x 34.2mm)

Reasons to buy

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Runs on one or two AA batteries, long battery life
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Comfortable ambidextrous design
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Accurate sensor and reliable wireless connectivity
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Can be paired with multiple devices for quick switching

Reasons to avoid

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Might not be great for larger hands

Razer's Pro Click Mini is essentially a more portable version of the Pro Click mouse, offering a lot of the same high-end features in a package that's much easier to take with you everywhere you go.

Its primary switches are rated for 15 million clicks and are quiet enough that you won't disturb those around you, plus the scroll wheel can be used in tactile or free-spin mode depending on your preference. There are seven total buttons that can be customized to your liking, allowing you to boost productivity even if you're away from your desk.

Wireless connectivity is handled by Razer's HyperSpeed 2.4Ghz dongle, but it'll also work over Bluetooth. You can connect the mouse with up to four difference devices, and switching between them is as easy as possible.

The mouse doesn't have a built-in battery, instead relying on either one or two AA batteries. In any case, you can expect months of life without having to swap them out.

How to choose the best mouse for you

We chose the Logitech MX Master 3S as our top recommended mouse for a few reasons. It's incredibly powerful with an accurate sensor, offers plenty of features with programmable buttons, comes with Bluetooth support or a wireless dongle, and can switch quickly between multiple devices across platforms and operating systems. But how do we go about choosing the best mouse?

Choose the right type of mouse

Picking the right mouse for your needs is incredibly important since a mouse designed specifically for productivity isn't going to best a gaming mouse and vice versa. If you want to play PC games, but have something that will also work for, well, work then you'll need a great gaming mouse.

Productivity takes advantage of buttons that help with accessing functions quickly and a solid sensor for accurate mouse tracking. For creatives and other professionals, picking a mouse with all of these "serious" features is important to get everything done. The same goes for travelers, who will value battery life and Bluetooth connectivity over the best, most accurate sensor.

If you're looking for a high-quality mouse that can travel without everywhere, definitely give the Razer Pro Click Mini a second look.

Think ergonomically

Ergonomically designed mice are better for heavy use, because the designers took into account posture and how to combat repetitive strain injury, both of which are a cause for concern to anyone who uses a PC for multiple hours each day. Mice with a smooth shape and rests for your fingers will be better than smaller portable pointers.

If you're taking drastic measures to combat wrist and forearm pain, there's really no better ergonomic mouse than the Logitech MX Vertical.

High DPI isn't everything

DPI stands for dots per inch and it represents how many dots the mouse can capture per inch. The higher the number, the more sensitive the mouse is and the faster your cursor will move on screen. Usually, higher DPI settings are reserved for creatives and gamers who require highly sensitive mouse movement, but it doesn't necessarily mean the pointer is better because it has a higher DPI.

If you're looking for a great gaming mouse with a high DPI and otherwise impressive specs that can keep up with competitive play, the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro is a clear leader.

Wired vs. wireless

Wired, wireless, or Bluetooth? That's your call. Bluetooth is the best choice for those who need portable mice since it means you won't need to carry a dongle around with you, but wireless technologies drain mouse batteries. When tethered to your desk, a wireless mouse can be quickly charged with a dock, making this a non-issue for gamers and workstations.

Want a quality wireless mouse that doesn't break the bank? We can't help but recommend the Logitech M720 Triathlon thanks to its long battery life and comfy grip.

Cale Hunt
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Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond.

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