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The best mouse of 2021: 10 top computer mice compared

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Make life easier by upgrading to the best mouse of 2021. From working on reports and putting together emails to creating content, you will notice a marked improvement. Sure, a typical mouse can do an adequate job handling the basics, but a quality mouse is more reliable and accurate, not to mention that it will be more comfortable when using one.

Don’t discount how important a good mouse is. You’ll find it can make a huge difference in your day-to-day computing experience, particularly if you’re using it for long stretches of time. Your body will thank you too, as a quality one will be ergonomically designed to put less stress on your wrist and shoulders. On top of that, it will be more accurate and responsive, offering a more immersive experience, whether you’re playing on a gaming laptop or desktop computer, getting some video editing done, or just trying to get through your work.

So, make the most out of your setup by investing in the best mouse you can, whether it’s for your desktop, gaming, or your MacBook Pro. Here are our top picks in 2021, alongside our price comparison tool so you can find the best mouse deal available this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Logitech Mx Master 3 and its receiver against a white background

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1. Logitech MX Master 3

Best mouse for creatives

Specifications
DPI: 4,000
Interface: Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless
Buttons: 7
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: up to 70 days battery life, USB-C charging, Logitech Flow-enabled, app-specific customizations
Reasons to buy
+Rich in features useful for productivity and creative workloads+Ergonomics at the palm and thumb minimize fatigue
Reasons to avoid
-Bigger and heavier than your average mouse

The follow-up to the Logitech MX Master 2S takes the best things about the mouse and improves on them. If you do a lot of creative and productivity work on your computer, then this might just be the best wireless mouse for you. The Logitech MX Master 3 will help make your workflow more seamless, whether your work entails having several browser tabs and applications open or involves Photoshop and Lightroom for photo editing. It’s a tad pricey, but also totally worth it considering the overabundance of features – from the 7 buttons and dials to its 70-day battery life at full charge, connectivity to 3 devices, MagSpeed Smartshift Wheel and Darkfield Tracking. Plus, the Logitech MX Master 3 is also 5x more precise than your typical mouse. 

Read the full review: Logitech MX Master 3

Razer Pro Click and its detachable cable from above on a white background

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2. Razer Pro Click

Best premium mouse

Specifications
DPI: 16,000
Interface: Bluetooth
Buttons: 8
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: multi-host connectivity for up to 4 devices, 8 independently programmable buttons, 5G advanced optical sensor
Reasons to buy
+Precise ergonomics for those on the computer for hours at a time+Can connect to multiple devices for multi-tasking
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of USB-C port is inexcusable these days

Why go for the mediocre when you can have a productivity mouse that’s both stunning, feature-rich and extremely functional? If macros are your life – whether you use video editors a lot or heavily rely on graphics design – this is the mouse of your dreams, with 8 fully programmable buttons at your disposal. Razer also gives it a whopping 16,000 DPI for the smoothest and fastest experience, and slaps on the multi-host connectivity because it knows that you’re a multi-tasking machine who uses several devices at once. Of course, being the modern professional or creator that you are, you do things in style, and this mouse has that covered as well with its gorgeous and sleek white on gray design.

Read the full review: Razer Pro Click

Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse in mint at an angle on a white background

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3. Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse

Best mouse for Windows users

Specifications
DPI: unavailable
Interface: Bluetooth
Buttons: 4
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous
Features: Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, up to 33 feet in range, Battery level reporting
Reasons to buy
+Ambidextrous design makes it a great choice for lefties+Affordability is a plus for budget users
Reasons to avoid
-Non-rechargeable design is disappointing

Microsoft updated its Mobile Mouse and gave it a nice modern refresh – thus the name. It certainly looks like it, with a rounded rectangular look with a lower, thinner profile, a lighter weight, and an ambidextrous frame. But, that’s not all. It also features Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology so you can skip those pesky mouse pads, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with up to 33 feet in range. To match the aesthetic of your existing rig, it also comes in eight different shades. The best part? It’s only less than $50.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 in black against a white background

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4. Logitech MX Anywhere 3

Best portable mouse

Specifications
DPI: 200 - 4,000
Interface: USB receiver, Bluetooth
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: up to 70 days battery life, USB-C charging, silicone side grips, MagSpeed Electromagnetic scrolling
Reasons to buy
+Multi-device connectivity is a surprising but welcome feature+App-specific customizations help with more seamless workflows
Reasons to avoid
-Bottom pads don’t glide as smoothly

Whether you're working at cafes or have a small desk, this follow up to Logitech’s MX Anywhere mouse is an excellent pointing-and-clicking companion, especially if you’re a digital creator who values seamlessness. This wireless mouse isn’t just designed to be super portable; it’s also created to make your workflow go a lot smoother with fantastic features like three-device connectivity so you can switch from your laptop to your tablet to your phone with click of a tiny button, app-specific profiles and button customizations, and up to a whopping 70-day use on a full charge. Some might feel that over $50 is pricey of a tiny mouse, and others would probably want to also invest in a proper mouse pad, but it’s worth the added cost. It even comes with three different shades so it can match your aesthetic.

Read the full review: Logitech MX Anywhere 3

Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse in blue from above on a white background

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5. Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse

Best ergonomic mouse

Specifications
DPI: unavailable
Interface: Bluetooth
Buttons: 5
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: up to 30 feet in range, multi-device connectivity, up to 15 months battery life
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life is a godsend+Multi-device connectivity is great for multitasking
Reasons to avoid
-Non-rechargeable design is disappointing and wasteful

Ergonomic mice don’t have to come with a higher price tag. The Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse is proof of this. But it’s more than just a comfortable grip, natural hand position, and light weight that this Bluetooth mouse offers. It also comes with two programmable buttons, a battery life of up to 15 months, and multi-device connectivity – up to three devices can be connected at the same time. 

Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball from above against a white background

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6. Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball

Best trackball mouse

Specifications
DPI: up to 2000
Interface: USB receiver, Bluetooth
Buttons: 5
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: up to 2 years of battery life, made with certified post consumer recycled plastic
Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic design keeps finger and wrist issues at bay+Great for small desks due to its tall-not-wide design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most durable, according to long-time users

Take the pressure off your wrist and let your thumb steer for a change. The Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball’s thumb control is smooth, responsive, and keeps your wrist and arms comfortable and at rest. Adding to its comfort is the ergonomic shape of its palm rest, which reduces hand and arm fatigue. Sadly, it’s not rechargeable, but the fact that it gives you about 24 months of battery life does help. 

Apple Magic Mouse 2 in black against a white background

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7. Apple Magic Mouse 2

As ever, Apple thinks different

Specifications
DPI: 1300
Interface: Bluetooth
Buttons: 0
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous
Features: Multi-touch
Reasons to buy
+Looks fantastic yet clean and minimalist+Multi-touch is clever and unrivaled
Reasons to avoid
-Spectacularly uncomfortable (for us; your mileage may vary)

When Apple isn’t busy making very expensive phones and even more expensive PC powerhouses like the new Mac Pro 2019, it’s hard at work crafting one of the strangest yet most effective mice we’ve ever laid our hands on. 

If you find yourself doing a double take when looking at the specs, as there are no buttons on the Magic Mouse 2. This mouse is completely controlled by gestures, giving it all the benefits of a trackpad, as well as a mouse.

Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse and its receiver on a white surface against a white background

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8. Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Best vertical mouse

Specifications
DPI: 1000
Interface: USB
Buttons: 5
Ergonomic: Vertical
Features: No
Reasons to buy
+Good for RSI sufferers and prevention+Cheap as chips, which is what Anker is known for
Reasons to avoid
-Thumb buttons don't work on Macs

Don’t let its odd design and annoying tongue twister moniker fool you. The Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical mouse is only off putting until you get your hands on it. From the moment you start using this mouse, you’ll know it’s the best mouse for you. Sure, it’s built a little more cheaply than other ergonomic mice. But look at it this way: it’s an affordable way to prevent RSI. 

Razer Viper 8K at an angle on a white background

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9. Razer Viper 8K

Best wired gaming mouse

Specifications
DPI: 20,000
Interface: 2.4GHz Dongle and Bluetooth
Buttons: 8
Ergonomic: Ambidextrous
Features: Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor, HyperPolling Technology
Reasons to buy
+8,000Hz polling rate is hard to find, even today+Ambidextrous design makes it ideal for lefties as well as righties
Reasons to avoid
-Somewhat expensive, especially for a wired mouse

Competitive fast-paced games require a gaming mouse that can keep up, and for that, you’d want to take a look at the Razer Viper 8K. This is among the fastest and most responsive gaming mice out there, thanks to its 8,000Hz polling rate and <0.125ms click latency. It’s also inherited the Razer Viper line’s impressive build as well as the ambidextrous design that some of its models come with. You'll need a speedy monitor to get the full benefit from the Viper 8K though, but if you need the most responsive mouse possible, this is the best one for you.

Read the full review: Razer Viper 8K

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed from above against a white background

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10. Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

Best wireless gaming mouse

Specifications
DPI: up to 16,000
Interface: 2.4GHz Dongle and Bluetooth
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: Right-handed
Features: up to 450 hours battery life, 2.4GHz and Bluetooth dual connectivity, Razer 5G Advanced optical sensor
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting battery, especially for gaming peripherals+Excellent performance to rival wired counterparts
Reasons to avoid
-No wired backup might prove to be an inconvenience when wireless connectivity fails

Delivering top-notch wireless gaming performance with impressive accuracy and responsiveness, the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is, without a doubt, the best wireless mouse we’ve tested in 2021 so far. But, unlike their wired counterparts, wireless gaming mice need to tick a few other things to be truly good – namely, battery life, an affordable price and reliable connectivity. In those, this Razer peripheral excels as well. This gaming mouse can run up to 450 hours on a single AA battery, for instance. And, while it may not be the cheapest option out there, it’s certainly more than reasonable for anyone who’s serious about gaming.

Read the full review: Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

How we test mice

They might just be peripherals, but we take our mice testing seriously. After all, a computer can only be as good as it’s peripherals, and if you’re using a crappy mouse, your experience is never going to be as seamless.

So, we test every mouse that lands on our desk extensively, from its performance to its ergonomics to its features. First, we take a look at its design, not just how good it looks and how easy it is to use or setup, but how comfortable it feels in our hands – whether or not it’s too heavy, too light or just right, if it glides easily on most surfaces, and which grip styles it’s ideal for.

Then we test its performance, including speed, accuracy, and reliability, by using it in our day to day workloads and in gaming, especially if it’s a gaming mouse. We also check its buttons and scroll wheels to see how easy and comfortable they are to use. If you’ve been using a cheap mouse your whole life, you’ll certainly notice the difference between that and a great mouse. And, that’s what we look for here, regardless of whether it’s a productivity mouse or a gaming one, a wired mouse or a wireless one. If it’s wireless, however, we also test its connectivity, range and battery life.

Naturally, if a mouse has special features like customizable weight, programmable buttons, or RGB lighting, we check those as well to see just how good and useful they are. When all is said and done, we consider everything and compare it to the price to see if it’s a great value for our readers before we make our recommendation. 

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.