No matter what your situation or your budget, there is a mouse for you. You don’t need a guide to buy some cheap five-buck plastic that makes your cursor move, but for those who are looking for something more specific or just something worth buying, this list is for you.
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This has been my daily driver for a long time now. A gaming mouse, but with a specific purpose. While most gaming mice concentrate on twitch reaction games and shooters, the Naga Trinity is meant for RPGs and MMOs. A bunch of hot keys on the side next to your thumb sounds uncomfortable, but it really isn’t. Using a gaming mouse for every day computer use can be annoying, but not the Naga - it feels just right. If you are big into MMO gaming and want something tailored towards that, or you just want a comfortable daily driver, the Naga Trinity is for you.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite is yet another reliable product by Razer. If you just can’t spend the extra $20 to get your hands on the Mamba, the DeathAdder is a cheaper option that will not disappoint. Even amongst the best gaming mice the DeathAdder holds up amazingly well - you may even prefer this mouse over the others. It doesn’t have quite as many options, but it has enough. More importantly, the DeathAdder might be the most comfortable gaming mouse I have tried yet.
A sleek buttonless white glassy design, the Apple Magic Mouse 2 is the most stylish option on the list. With options to swipe side-to-side, tap it with multiple fingers, press, and hold, this mouse may look limited, but all of its features are hidden by gestures and multi-touch. The buttonless design might be a little annoying at first, but once you learn the multi touch you will fall in love. A great and beautiful mouse for everyday use that will also make you feel as if you’re from the future.
Small, cheap, and portable, this mouse gets the job done. The MX Anywhere 2 doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it’s a great option for those on a lower-end budget, or those who don’t like using their laptop mouse while traveling. This mouse gets extra points because of how easy it is to use on flights. If you know nothing about mice and aren’t looking to do anything crazy, or you travel a lot, pick this up.
From an overall perspective, this is the best trackball option on the market as it’s big, it’s comfortable, and it’s responsive. This mouse features four big customizable buttons surrounding a perfectly round trackball in the middle, which can also be customized. Personalizing sensitivity, response time, and almost any other option you’d like to personalize is possible. If it isn’t comfortable enough in its base form, it also comes with a detachable wrist rest. Like a dedicated employee, this mouse likes to be micro-managed, and it works exactly how you want it to work.
The cheaper trackball option, and somehow the one we prefer? That’s right! We said it. While technically not the best option it has the features it needs to be a real viable daily driver such as saving you a lot of money while keeping the advantages of a track ball. It also keeps the feel of a normal mouse. If you have bad wrists, are not in a situation to move a mouse around, or you just want to save some money while having a decent product, this is for you.
Everything about the MX Master 2S is designed for comfort. With a precise scrolling wheel with two different length options and side buttons that can move the screen horizontally, this mouse is designed to limit shifting and uncomfortable movement. Not only does it feel great in your hands, but the MX Master 2S is designed for the long haul. You will find the most comfortable position and you will stay in that position. The luxury car of mice, you will be hard pressed to find anything that feels this good.
Vertical mice are becoming more and more common due to their health benefits. It feels a bit awkward holding a mouse the same way you would hold a toy gun, but over time you will feel the lack of wrist stress, which is great. There are two buttons on the side, but other than that, there isn’t much here. At this low of a price, with this level of comfort, this feels like a steal. If all you care about is comfort, don’t break the bank, as the Anker will be more than enough.
The Razor Mamba is the greatest gaming mouse of all time. It will cost you a pretty penny, but it won’t be anywhere near as expensive as other mice of the same level of excellence. This mouse features sixteen thousand DPI, insane response time, and very sensitive touch. There is no need for batteries if you use the wireless version, which is awesome, but if you take your gaming seriously there is a wired version called the Tournament Edition. You could get something more expensive and newer, but it won’t be this good.
If you’re looking to buy a bunch of cheap mice for an office, or you just need a silent mouse, the Silent Plus is exactly what you’re looking for. Like the other budget options, it does not have a lot of crazy features, but it does exactly what it says it does. This mouse feels good, is excellent for the price, and a great option for limiting noise in a packed office.