The best mouse of 2017: 10 top computer mice compared

When you can get the best, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than the best mouse. Because, in 2017, it doesn’t matter if you’re a gamer or a number-cruncher, a student or a writer, you can’t remain stuck in the past or glued to a trackpad.

That’s right, even though you’ll still see the odd case where a mouse is graced with a good old-fashioned trackball, the top mice you’ll find today swap out the tech of yesteryear for today’s laser sensors. As a result, you can expect smooth sailing from the best mouse on our list.

Still, there’s a ton of variety to select from when it comes to computer mice. From travel buddies, like the Logitech MX Anywhere 2, to the gesture-based Apple Magic Mouse 2, you can bet on finding the best mouse for your needs below.

1. Logitech MX Anywhere 2

Versatile and feature-packed without going overboard

DPI: 1,600 | Interface: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless (pairs with up to three devices) | Buttons: 6 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: Scrolling wheel, Logitech Darkfield Laser Tracking, Unifying receiver, Easy-Switch tech, gesture function

Pairs with three devices
Compact and portable
Has a free-scrolling wheel
Non-removable battery
Can't use it wired

The MX Anywhere 2 is smaller than Logitech's flagship MX Master, making it a more travel-friendly option. Capable of connecting with up to three devices using Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless technology, this mouse is known for its quick setup and lasting battery life. In a mere 4 minutes, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 can be charged for an entire day’s use.

Logitech MX Master

2. Logitech MX Master

A veritable spaceship of a mouse

DPI: 1000 | Interface: Bluetooth (pairs with up to three devices) | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: Hand-sculpted comfort contour, Speed-adaptive scroll wheel, Thumb wheel, Darkfield Laster Tracking, Dual Connectivity, Rechargeable battery

Thumb wheel and adaptive scrolling
Pairs with 3 PCs
It's a lot of money for a mouse
May be a bit big for some

Logitech's flagship is a mighty mouse indeed. Hand-sculpted for comfort, the MX Master connects via Bluetooth or USB dongle and it can pair to up to three devices. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 40 days and goes from flat to a day of power in four minutes. Plus, you can even use it while it's charging.

Anker Vertical Mouse

3. Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

It looks weird, but it feels pretty good

DPI: 1000 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Vertical | Features: No

Good for RSI sufferers and prevention
Cheap as chips
Thumb buttons don't work on Macs
Unrefined

Judging by the mouthful of a name, Anker’s mouse is defined by its vertical orientation. Though it looks and feels somewhat sideways at first, the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse is only off-putting until you start to wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s built a little more cheaply than other ergonomic mice, but it’s ultimately an inexpensive means of preventing RSI.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

4. Apple Magic Mouse 2

As ever, Apple thinks different

DPI: 1300 | Interface: Bluetooth | Buttons: 0 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Features: Multi-touch

Looks fantastic
Multi-touch is clever
Expensive
Spectacularly uncomfortable (for us; your mileage may vary)

It has its critics, but the Magic Mouse has plenty of fans and the second iteration is a major improvement over the first generation. It boasts a trackpad-like multi-touch surface and moves more smoothly around your desk than the first version. Best of all, it no longer requires alkaline batteries thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery. 

Triathlon

5. Logitech Triathlon M270

A mouse designed for multi-taskers

DPI: 1000 | Interface: Bluetooth (pairs with up to three devices) | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: 24-month battery life on one-AA battery, Sculpted design, Free spinning scroll wheel, Easy-switch tech, Logitech Options Software

Pairs with up to three devices
Long battery life
Not as responsive as a wired mouse

Like the MX Master, the Triathlon M270 can pair with up to three devices using Bluetooth. What’s more, it uses the same free-spinning scroll wheel featured on the MX Master, letting you zip through documents or webpages. Logitech promises up to 24 months of use before the on one AA battery. The only drawback? Bluetooth makes for lower latency than a wired mouse.

6. Asus ROG Gladius II

A sophisticated gaming mouse for the modern player

DPI: 12,000 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 6 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Features: 50g acceleration, 1000Hz USB polling rate, removeable left and right buttons, Omron switches, RGB lighting

Feels great
Robust design
Expensive 
Lacks some features

Though it isn’t chock-full of buttons like most gaming mice in its price range, the Asus ROG Gladius II still shines. With only six buttons, this mouse is versatile, discreet and customizable, allowing you to change out its switches and personalize its stylish RGB lighting as you see fit. It’s lacking a few staples, such as swappable weights, but overall, it’s a solid get.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Gladius II 

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

7. Logitech M330 Silent Plus

It's as quiet as a....

DPI: 1,000 | Interface: 2.4GHz wireless | Buttons: 3 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: Quiet buttons, 10-meter wireless connectivity, 2 x AA batteries (claimed 24-month battery life)

Near-silent operation
Compact
Short on buttons
No Bluetooth connectivity

The seventh best mouse on our list is seen but not heard. Because it’s unusually compact as well as silent, it’s the kind of mouse that’s ideally used atop an airplane tray next to a snoozing neighbor. Just slip it in your laptop bag when the flight touches down and, weighing less than a quarter of a pound, you won’t have to worry about any additional strain on your back.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

8. Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

It's cheap! It's cheerful! It lasts forever!

DPI: 1000 | Interface: Bluetooth | Buttons: 2 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Features: No

Really, really cheap
Comfortable
Smaller than most mice
Basic

Running for up to a year on a single battery, this is a mouse designed for both left and right handed use. It doesn't have 32 billion buttons, a sensor capable of tracking atoms or the ability to turn into a car and save the universe, but if you want a good, comfortable, reliable mouse to take wherever you go the 3600 is a winner.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

9. Razer DeathAdder Chroma

When plain old death isn't enough

DPI: 10,000 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: lighting effects

Very comfortable
Very accurate
Lighting feels a bit gimmicky
Software can be a bit flaky

Offering high-end performance for a pretty reasonable price, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma's USP is its 16.8 million-colour lighting effects coupled with a 10,000 dpi optical sensor. It's blazingly fast, exceptionally accurate, offers on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and looks fantastic, which is probably why it's so popular among e-sports athletes.

Read the full review: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

10. Cherry MC 4000 Precision

A smooth ambidextrous mouse

DPI: 1,000 - 2,000 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Features: High-speed motion detection (1.5 meters per second), 360-degree sliding pad, two-color illumination

Ambidextrous design
Glides smoothly thanks to frictionless underside
Slightly too small for large hands

Better known for its mechanical keyboard switches, Cherry has made a no-frills mouse in the MC 4000 Precision. Featuring an ambidextrous symmetrical design, the MC 4000 lights up red or blue to indicate whether it's in 2,000 DPI mode (the former) or 1,000 (the latter), with the higher value modes being useful when using 4K and other high-resolution displays. 

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article