Best overall

Logitech M510

Logitech M510

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The M510 ($39.12) from Logitech is a solid choice with a balance between cost and ergonomics, packing some advanced features like a powerful receiver. Logitech states that the M510 can keep its 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, so it's ideal when you're traveling and don't have a mousepad.

Bottom line: The Logitech M510 is not only a superb wireless mouse, it's affordable.

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

Why the Logitech M510 is the best mouse

Logitech's M510 is our favorite pick 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 six different Logitech devices to save on USB ports. It doesn't use 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-and-backward combo on the side for thumb access. These can even be programmed so you have quick access to some functions in Windows 10 that could save you a 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.

It doesn't sport Bluetooth — you'll need to go for one of our other options in this roundup for that — but the M510 is a superb companion to any Surface PC.

Budget Mouse

VicTsing MM057

VicTsing MM057

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The MM057 ($9.99) by VicTsing is a super-affordable portable mouse with a small USB receiver. There are no drivers required — it's 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.

Bottomline: VicTsing produced a cheap and capable mouse. Costing just $9.99, what you receive is a solid performer that won't make you upset should you lose it.

One more thing: VicTsing will give you a full refund if you're not completely satisfied within 45 days, which we're certain won't be used by anyone who picks one up.

Surface Mouse

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Microsoft Arc Mouse

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Microsoft's new Arc Mouse (around $78) has a special trick: It folds flat to take up less space in your bag. Though slightly more expensive than other listings, 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. As an added bonus, it's made by Microsoft, a company that is responsible for some killer peripherals.

One more thing: This mouse connects via Bluetooth, which is ideal for true portability and negates the need to carry around extra dongles.

Gaming Mouse

Razer Orochi

Razer Orochi

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Razer is known for its high-end gaming accessories and peripherals, but the company is also betting big on mobile computing. The Razer Orochi ($55.55) is the company's most portable mouse, which is smaller than its dedicated gaming siblings and comes with a handy carry bag. Don't let the small size fool you, because the Orochi is a seriously good mouse to use on the go.

Bottom line: If you're a fan of Razer mice or wish to fork out on a more accurate pointer, the Orochi is your ideal partner.

One more thing: This mouse is Bluetooth-only. Simply connect it to your Surface and you're good to go.

Advanced Mouse

Logitech MX Master 2S

Logitech MX Master 2S

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The Logitech MX Master 2S (around $92) is the mouse for people who require a portable unit that does it all, replacing the older Logitech MX Master. You have the choice of using the supplied receiver (which can connect up to six devices) or Bluetooth, and up to three PCs can be paired at the same time, 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 2S.

One more thing: You can even use this mouse on glass, and you may find a time when no other surface is available.

Compact Mouse

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

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The Sculpt Comfort ($24.99) by Microsoft is a more affordable option to the Arc mouse, also featuring Bluetooth connectivity so you don't have to sacrifice a USB port to a dongle. From around $30, you get four-way scrolling for navigation on a mouse designed for comfort, while 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: You can press the Windows touch button on the side for quick access to apps and the Start menu.

Conclusion

There's no one mouse that's perfect for all Surface owners. Some folks prefer compact mice, while others enjoy ergonomics and extra functionality. That said, the Logitech M510 is a great option if you want to strike a balance between cost and ergonomics, all while packing some handy features.

Best overall

Logitech M510

Logitech M510

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The M510 ($39.12) from Logitech is a solid choice with a balance between cost and ergonomics, packing some advanced features like a powerful receiver. Logitech states that the M510 can keep its 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, so it's ideal when you're traveling and don't have a mousepad.

Bottom line: The Logitech M510 is not only a superb wireless mouse, it's affordable.

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

Updated September 13, 2017: We checked over the list to ensure we're recommending only the best portable mice for your Surface PC.