Best overall

Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

The Surface Precision Mouse by Microsoft ($82) 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.

Bottom line: The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse is the best mouse you can buy for a Surface PC.

One more thing: The Surface Precision Mouse is made from plastic and machined aluminum.

Why the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse is the best 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. Costing $99 at launch, Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouse isn't affordable by any means. That said, you do get a lot, 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 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. But 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.

Runner-up

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S (around $77) 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.

Budget Mouse

VicTsing MM057

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's new Arc Mouse (around $60) 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 Atheris

Razer is known for its high-end gaming accessories and peripherals, but the company is also betting big on mobile computing. The Razer Atheris (around $49) 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.

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

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

Compact Mouse

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort

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. 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 Surface Precision Mouse by Microsoft ($82) 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.

Bottom line: The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse is the best mouse you can buy for a Surface PC.

One more thing: The Surface Precision Mouse is made from plastic and machined aluminum.

Updated July 16, 2018: We checked over the list to ensure we're recommending only the best portable mice for your Surface PC.

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