Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

Best Wireless Mouse for Surface PCs Windows Central 2019

The Surface Precision Mouse is an amazing pointer when paired with a Surface PC. It sports a solid design, is comfortable to use, can be connected via USB or used wirelessly, and has long-lasting battery life.

Best Overall

Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

The best mouse you can buy for a Surface PC

The Surface Precision Mouse by Microsoft is similar in many ways to the Logitech MX Master 2S, including looks and comfort. Where Microsoft has a little edge is with battery life, quieter buttons, and excellent software support. The mouse itself can be paired with up to three different PCs without the use of a separate dongle and can be connected via Bluetooth or cable.

Who should buy this mouse

Using a Surface PC while on the go is pretty straightforward with the trusty touchpad or touchscreen, but if you want to get some serious work done (especially on a Windows tablet), you'll need to throw in a wireless mouse. If you find yourself struggling to be productive while away from the desktop, you need this mouse.

Is it a good time to buy this mouse?

Now's a great time to purchase the Surface Precision Mouse since it's still relatively new, the price has dropped considerably, and it's still a superb mouse to use with your Surface PC.

Reasons to buy

  • Good ergonomic design
  • Excellent buttons and scroll wheel behavior
  • Wireless (Bluetooth) or wired (USB) options
  • Long battery life
  • Robust software that lets you run on three PCs at once

Reasons not to buy

  • Reliance on Bluetooth can be problematic for some
  • Not overtly better than Logitech MX Master 2S

Why the Surface Precision Mouse is the best Surface mouse

The Logitech MX Master 2S is an excellent mouse and is one of our favorites, but the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse just ever so slightly edges it out. That's not to say it's necessarily "better" than its Logitech competitor, which is why the MX Master 2S comes in as our recommended runner-up.

Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouse isn't affordable by any means. That said, you do get a lot of features.

Costing $99 at launch, Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouse isn't affordable by any means. That said, you do get a lot of features, including great software support, wireless and wired connectivity, enhanced comfort and styling, and great battery life.

Our Executive Editor, Dan Rubino, reviewed the Surface Precision mouse and came away torn between it and the Logitech mouse. Sporting both aluminum and plastic in the design, Microsoft has been able to create a mouse that not only has enough weight for use, but is light enough to carry around with a Surface PC and doesn't feel cheap.

The included software allows you to fine-tune the mouse (as well as other Microsoft mice and keyboards you may own) and makes personalizing the mouse to your needs a breeze. And you'll not need to charge the mouse for quite some time when in use since a single charge should last up to three whole months.

It's not perfect. The light-color design may lead to more frequent cleaning to avoid marks, and the reliance on Bluetooth technology may be a negative for some. Still, for the money, the Surface Precision Mouse is the best mouse for your Surface.

Alternatives to the Surface Precision Mouse

Not everyone may want to use the Surface Precision Mouse so we rounded up some great alternatives, each with their own selling points and unique features.

Runner-up

Logitech MX Master 2S

A master of mice on any Surface PC

The successor to the fantastic MX Master wireless mouse, which was itself a fantastic wireless mouse from Logitech, the newest MX Master 2S is a great option for any PC.

The Logitech MX Master 2S 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. 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.

Best Budget

VicTsing PPC015B

It's simple, affordable, and gets the job done

The PPC015B features dedicated buttons for standard functions like right- and left-click and scrolling, plus side buttons for other commands controlled by your thumb. It automatically powers off if your laptop shuts down or is inactive to save power and get the most from a single charge.

The PPC015B 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 PPC015B will keep going throughout your trip and then some.

Gesture Surface

Surface Arc Mouse

Affordable, yet feature-rich mouse for your travel

Microsoft's Surface Arc Mouse combines the familiarity of traditional mouse functionality with the addition of a touchpad, allowing you to perform a whole host of tricks. The mouse takes two AAA batteries, which can be swapped out for a rechargeable solution.

Microsoft's Arc Mouse has a special trick: It folds flat to take up less space in your bag. Though slightly more expensive than other listings, 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.

For Gamers

Razer Atheris

Game on!

Razer is the brand to go to for a portable gaming mouse and the Atheris is a fine pointer for use on the go. Should your Surface house a dedicated GPU and you wish to do a little gaming, this is the one to get.

Razer is known for its high-end gaming accessories and peripherals, but the company is also betting big on mobile computing. The Razer Atheris 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 Atheris is a seriously good mouse to use on the go.

Compact Pointer

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

Small and mighty

Microsoft's Sculpt Mouse is a small pointer with big features like a Windows touch tab for easy access to the Start menu, as well as being able to work just fine on most surfaces.

The Sculpt Comfort 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. For around $25, 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

There's no one mouse that's perfect for all Surface owners. Some folks prefer compact mice, while others enjoy ergonomics and extra functionality. Microsoft went with a compromise, which resulted in the Surface Precision Mouse. It's the option if you desire a balance between cost and ergonomics, all while packing some handy features.

Best Overall

Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

The best mouse you can buy for a Surface PC

The Surface Precision Mouse by Microsoft is similar in many ways to the Logitech MX Master 2S, including looks and comfort. Where Microsoft has a little edge is with battery life, quieter buttons, and excellent software support. The mouse itself can be paired with up to three different PCs without the use of a separate dongle and can be connected via Bluetooth or cable.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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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