Best Mouse for Surface Go Windows Central 2021
The Surface Arc Mouse is an ideal mouse for your Surface Go thanks to its accurate tracking and lightweight, slim build that lets you easily carry it with you wherever you go.
Who should buy this mouse
Anyone looking to travel light should definitely check out this mouse. It's perfect for all-around productivity, it's lightweight, and it can snap in and out of a curved position to better fit your hand or pocket on your laptop bag.
Is it a good time to buy this mouse?
The Surface Arc Mouse is the latest revision of Microsoft's Arc series, released around the same time as the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro wave of 2017. Surface products hold onto their value over time, so it's unlikely there will be any major price drops in the near future.
Reasons to buy
- Unique foldable design
- Just 14 mm at thickest point
- Colors to match Go Type Covers
- Horizontal and vertical scrolling
- Premium quality
- Up to six-month battery life
- Advanced settings available with Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center app
Reasons not to buy
- Better options available for specific scenarios
- Not the most ergonomic
A portable mouse to match your Surface Go
The latest in Microsoft's Arc series of mice features the neat trick of being able to snap into a curved form to fit your hand when in use, and snap back to flat — it's just 14 mm at the thickest point — to slide into a pocket or sleeve. Considering the Surface Go is made for life on the move, this mouse is a perfect companion.
A wireless mouse that matches the build quality and portability of your Surface Go.
It turns off when snapped flat and immediately turns on when curved, helping conserve battery and hitting up to six months of life from the two AAAs inside. There's no need for dongles thanks to a Bluetooth connection, and you get about 30 meters of range.
There are no discernible buttons on the front, but rather a sort of touchpad look that allows for horizontal and vertical scroll and well as right- and left-click buttons. To match your Surface Go and its Type Cover, there are four color to choose from.
Alternatives to the Surface Arc Mouse
The Surface Arc Mouse might be the best option if you want good all-around function and portability, but there are a number of alternatives if you want something cheaper or something better suited to a specific scenario.
Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouse has a durable machined aluminum build with molded grips on the side, it has a rechargeable battery inside that lasts up to three months, and it weighs just 135 grams. It has an ergonomic shape to comfortably fit your hand, it has plenty of buttons, and it connects wirelessly with Bluetooth. If you're using multiple PCs at your desk, know that it can connect to your Surface Go and two other PCs at once for quick switching.
Logitech's MX Master 2S is another mouse that hits the top of many charts, thanks to comfy ergonomic design, plenty of features, and two-month life from the rechargeable battery. Flow software lets you connect and switch between multiple PCs at once, and the scroll wheels and buttons can be extensively customized. There's also the option for a 2.4 GHz dongle connection if you'd rather eschew Bluetooth.
The Surface Go, despite its size, makes a great companion in a workstation, and you might find yourself using a mouse for hours on end. If other classic ergonomic mice aren't alleviating wrist and forearm pain, it might be time to turn to a trackball. This is arguably the best option on the market, with smooth tracking (you can click a button for a low-DPI precision), sturdy base, and grippy exterior. Customize buttons and wheel with Logitech software, and connect up to two PCs at once with Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz dongle.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of people out there who still prefer a wired mouse even when they're not gaming — no worry about battery, dongles, or Bluetooth signals — and Microsoft's reissued IntelliMouse checks all the boxes. It sticks with the classic ergonomic design, it tracks well, and there are a ton of configuration options for the wheel and buttons.
It might only cost a tenner, but this mouse is quite impressive. It connects with a 2.4 GHz dongle, it has five stock DPI settings and can be customized, and it's built to comfortably fit your hand. A 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 15,000 review should quiet any concerns about quality.
Razer's Atheris is an ambidextrous wireless mouse that's lightweight, precise with up to 7,200 DPI, and comfortable thanks to ergonomic design. It's small enough to carry with you on the go, it connects with Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz dongle, and the batteries last for months. As far as Razer and gaming products go, the price isn't bad either.
There are plenty of great mice out there, and if you're looking for something for a specific use, there are many alternatives to the Surface Arc Mouse better suited for desktop, gaming, or ergonomic function.
However, the Surface Arc Mouse is your best all-around bet for a Surface Go companion. It's light, it has a unique design, it's built well, and there are colors to match Go Type Covers.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.
Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.
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