The best mouse of 2017: Top computer mice compared

It wasn’t long ago that the PC mouse was no more than a two-button rodent used ignoring Clippy on Microsoft Office. Nowadays, especially with optical and laser mice having overtaken the market, prerequisites for the best mouse have been much more demanding. Gaming mice like the Corsair Glaive RGB are expected to implement hyper-sensitive sensors while non-gaming mouse makers have made refinements in other areas.

Touchscreen PCs are growing, but few can deny the benefits of a traditional mouse-driven system. Some of the top mice are ergonomic, reducing chances of developing repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), while others have adopted wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and 2.4GHz over USB.

With so much to choose from, the best mouse comes down to personal predilection more than anything. Do you need a mouse where ergonomics suit your ambidexterity? Maybe the touch-based gesture controls of the Apple Magic Mouse 2 tickle your fancy. Whatever the case may be, you can count on your needs being met by what we’ve concluded are the 10 top mice you can buy, including the absolute best mouse immediately 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: 7 | 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 mouse, making it a more travel-friendly option. However, we find that it's a more comfortable fit for a smaller hand and have been using it as our main rodent in the office.

It connects using Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless (using Logitech's dongle), can connect with up to three devices and sports low-latency tracking, aided by Logitech's Darkfield tech that makes the mouse usable on shiny surfaces. Like the MX Master, the scroll wheel can spin freely once you've depressed it, allowing you to scroll down long pages finger aches.

Logitech says that the Anywhere 2's non-rechargable battery will last up to 60 days on a single charge, which may be an overstatement but we haven't seen the mouse give up very often yet.

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, and you can use it while it's charging too. The scroll wheel's a two-state job with click-to-click and unrestricted speedy scrolling. There's a thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling and you can reprogram the buttons to suit your work.

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

Anker's mouse sits vertically, so you hold it as if you're shaking hands with someone. It feels strange until it doesn't: it's comfortable and doesn't make you twist your arm as normal mice do. It's cheap too, so a few corners have been cut - where other mice are a collection of curves, the Anker has a couple of sharp bits to jab the unwary - but it's a good and inexpensive choice for anyone who has or fears 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 – including this reviewer, who thinks it's the most spectacularly uncomfortable mouse ever made – but the Magic Mouse has plenty of fans and the second version is a big improvement over the first generation. It boasts a trackpad-like multi-touch surface and is smoother around your desk than the first version, and it doesn't require normal batteries thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery. Unfortunately, the position of the Lightning port means you can't use it while it's charging.

Triathlon

5. Logitech Triathlon M720

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 M720 can pair with up to three devices using Bluetooth, and you can switch between them easily. The Triathlon is also more affordable and much more comfortable to hold if you prefer a smaller rodent. It also gets the Master's free-spinning scroll wheel, letting you zip through documents or webpages. Logitech promises up to 24 months of use before the Triathlon runs out of charge on the AA battery. The only drawback? Due to Bluetooth, the Triathlon isn't quite as responsive as the wired Logitech Proteus G502 – our daily driver.

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

6. 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

Sometimes a peripheral comes along that can potentially bring a change in the market. Logitech's M330 Silent Plus, a prime example of this, features left and right buttons that barely squeak – ahem – click, when pressed. Using it for the first time is like the first booth for a fanless laptop – quiet, inconspicuous and curiously satisfying. Simply put, using the M330 feels great. 

With only three buttons, however, it isn't the most feature-packed mouse on the market, but its silent and compact nature, comfortable design and long battery life make it a great choice for everyone.

7. 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 

While the other gaming mouse comes loaded with buttons, the Asus ROG Gladius stands out. It has six buttons that can be customised according to your requirements.

The user also has full control over the lighting of the mouse. Apart from this, the ROG pouch allows users to carry it easily. 

Mad Catz R A T ProX Precision Gaming

8. Mad Catz R.A.T. ProX Precision Gaming

Quite possibly the maddest mouse ever made

DPI: 8200/5000 | Interface: USB | Buttons: 10 | Ergonomic: Right-handed | Features: swappable modules, analog strafe

Enormously customisable
Looks like a Transformer
Ruinously expensive
Overkill for most

If  you're going to spend Rs. 30k on a mouse, it might as well be a fun one, and the R.A.T. ProX is definitely that: it's the Transformer of mice, with swappable sensors, swappable scroll wheels, swappable palm rests and what Mad Catz calls "analog strafe", which enables the scroll wheel to act as an analog stick. It looks amazing, costs a fortune and if it were a game it'd be Broforce: ridiculously over-the-top, completely crazy and an absolute hoot.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

9. 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

We've a soft spot for the good old Microsoft Mouse, and the 3600 uses Bluetooth to deliver wireless connections without dongles. It runs for up to a year on a single battery and is a mouse that's designed for both left and right-handed use. It doesn't have a 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

10. 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

You just know that a mouse called Razer "DeathAdder" Chroma isn't going to come in pink with My Little Pony stickers. Offering high-end performance for a pretty reasonable price, the Chroma's USP is its 16.8 million-colour lighting effects, coupled with a 10,000 dpi optical sensor. It's blazing fast, exceptionally accurate, offers on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and looks fantastic, which is probably why it's so popular amongst e-sports athletes. It also has a seven-foot braided cable, which is handy if your PC is quite far away.

Read the full review: Razer DeathAdder Chroma