In the forty years that have passed since it was but a wooden block, the computer mouse has begun to take many forms. Nowadays, you have the choice between wired and wireless, stationary and travel-sized and even ambidextrous or ergonomic.
Whether for work or play, we’ve gathered the top mice in every category – from the gesture-wielded Apple Magic Mouse 2 to the U-shaped Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse. Now take notes as we venture out to find you the best mouse of 2017.
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.
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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.
As the name suggests, Anker's mouse sits vertically, so you hold it as if you're shaking hands with someone. It feels strange until suddenly it doesn't. The price means 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Logitech M330 Silent Plus features left and right buttons that barely squeak – ahem – click, when pressed. Using it for the first time is like booting up a fanless laptop for the first time – quiet, inconspicuous and curiously satisfying. With only three buttons, its silent and compact nature, comfortable design and leggy battery life make it a great choice.
Running for up to a year on a single battery and is that rare thing, a mouse that's 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.
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.
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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.
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