After all of this time working from home, you may have a decent office setup — a solid desk, comfortable office chair, and maybe even good lighting. But if you’re missing a dedicated wireless mouse (or keyboard), you’re probably more uncomfortable than you need to be. Instead of curling up your wrists like an armadillo to use your laptop’s trackpad, you want a mouse that’s to the side of your keyboard — and it should be responsive, to minimize movement and keep all that scrolling and clicking as seamless as possible. When we spoke to Carrie Schmitz, a certified health coach who’s currently a wellness-and-ergonomic research manager at Ergotron, for a story on ergonomic office equipment, she said that when you’re working you want your elbows tucked in so you’re not reaching far away and taking yourself out of a neutral posture. “The neutral posture is going to be one where you have the most amount of balance and power,” says Schmitz, “which means there’s going to be less stress and strain on your muscular skeletal system.” Using a laptop trackpad may not be a problem for short periods of time, but if you’re on your laptop all day, you could easily end up with sore wrists — unless you have a good wireless mouse. To help you pick the right one, we spoke to five experienced WFH professionals. Here are their favorites.
Best Overall Wireless Mouse
Four out of the five experts we spoke to recommend the Logitech MX Master 3. It’s widely praised for its customizable thumb Scroll Wheel, which allows you to quickly and precisely scroll up and down on the screen, whether you’re looking at documents, editing video timelines, or touching up a photo. Sara Dietschy, a tech YouTuber and video creator, says that she uses the MX Master 3 in both her office studio space and at home. “Having that horizontal scroll to move throughout a video timeline is huge for me, but for the average person who is in excel spreadsheets or editing web pages, it’s actually extremely helpful. It’s a big mouse that doesn’t feel cramped, like an Apple Magic Mouse,” she says. Justin Tse, a tech YouTuber, also likes the horizontal scroll and ergonomics, and points out that the MX Master 3 has a seven-day battery life. Tyler Stalhman, a photographer, tech YouTuber, and podcaster, has been using the Logitech MX series since college. “It’s a perfect balance of being a normal mouse with all the features you want and nothing extra. It’s not covered in extra clutter and junk you don’t need,” he says. “It feels great to have a mouse for a little more precision.” Another fan of the MX Master series is Matt Workman, a cinematographer who has worked on music videos for Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, and Diddy. He uses the 2S, a predecessor to the 3. The biggest difference between the two devices is the Master 3’s superior scrolling speed and USB-C charger. Both can connect to up to three devices seamlessly, making it easy to switch from your tablet to your computer.
Best Wireless Mouse for Travel
This mouse is “meant to be the portable laptop version” of the MX Master 3, Stalhman says. It works on nearly any surface, has a compact and comfortable shape, and a full charge can last up to 70 days, making it perfect for travel (once we’re all traveling again). “I bring this around in my backpack,” says Dietschy. “It’s more affordable and smaller. It can fit in a tiny bag or purse. And it’s the only small mouse I could find with a good horizontal scroll. It’s not a dedicated wheel you can control with your thumb but you can use the vertical scroll and tap left and right to get that horizontal scroll.”
Best Wireless Mouse for Gaming
According to our colleagues at The Verge, “The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is a great gaming mouse for discerning gamers who don’t want to compromise as well as people who have no idea what they should look for in a mouse.” It has 11 programmable buttons that can be changed depending on the game you’re playing. They say “it’s comfortable, feature-packed, and even though it’s wireless, it’s a fast and accurate performer that doesn’t feel at a disadvantage against opponents using wired mice.”
Best Wireless Trackpad
“I use the Apple Magic Trackpad for most of my day-to-day work, browsing the internet, video editing, and writing,” says Nicole Young, a photographer and author. “It functions similarly to a laptop. It has all of the same features as the traditional trackpad like force touch and multi-touch. It’s also noticeably more spacious than the traditional laptop trackpad, which means you don’t need to pick up your finger as often.
Best Inexpensive Wireless Mouse
The Logitech M525 is a compact, ergonomic wireless mouse that I have used for nearly four years. It has limited features, but it’s durable and small so it won’t take up too much desk real estate. It uses two AA batteries, which should last you about three years. It also has a smooth scroll wheel that doesn’t stutter or lag behind when navigating large documents or web pages. One of my least favorite things about the M525 is that it lacks the ability to easily swap between devices like some of the other mice experts recommended.