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The best mouse of 2017: 10 top computer mice compared

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When it comes determining the best mouse, no one knows better than you. You just don’t know it yet. Some people will say the best mice have to have wireless, while others will disagree. The same goes for ergonomics and so forth.

However, truthfully speaking, only you have the authority to decide what features your day-to-day necessitates. At the same time, you can use our guide as a starting point to learn about various rodents on the road and what they each uniquely offer.

No matter what kind of user you are, you can rest easy knowing that we’ve tested every mouse in every category that we could get our hands on in a global search for the best mouse you can buy in the US, UK and Australia.

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.

Logitech MX Master

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.

Anker Vertical Mouse

Judging by the mouthful of a name, Anker’s mouse is defined by its vertical orientation. Though it looks and feels somewhat sideways at first, the Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse is only off-putting until you start to wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s built a little more cheaply than other ergonomic mice, but it’s ultimately an inexpensive means of preventing RSI.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

When it isn’t busy making luxury smartphones you can unlock with your face, Apple is hard at work constructing one of the world’s weirdest computer mice. If you were doing a double-take looking at the specs, you saw right: the Magic Mouse 2 has zero buttons and endless fashion appeal. It’s also controlled by gestures, giving it all the allure of a trackpad as well as a mouse. 

Triathlon

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.

The third trackball mouse Logitech has put out since 2008, the MX Ergo Wireless is an anomaly in an industry that is otherwise crowded with optical laser mice. As such, it’s certain to charm those who haven’t quite moved on to the gesture-based desktop trackpads of the present. With the option to lay it flat or use it at a 20-degree angle, this mouse is uniquely satisfying.

Read the full review: Logitech MX Ergo Wireless

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.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Gladius II 

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The seventh best mouse on our list is seen but not heard. Because it’s unusually compact as well as silent, it’s the kind of mouse that’s ideally used atop an airplane tray next to a snoozing neighbor. Just slip it in your laptop bag when the flight touches down and, weighing less than a quarter of a pound, you won’t have to worry about any additional strain on your back.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

The new Surface Precision Mouse might be tempting, but one look at that price tag and our most frugal readers will want to turn their heads in the opposite direction, wherein the Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is hiding. This affordable vermin is one of the cheapest and reliable wireless mice you can buy and, to make matters better, it’s from a name you can trust.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

While Razer has started to attract first-person shooter players with the sensitivity-focused Razer Basilisk, for everyone else, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is the more utilitarian option. That’s because, with 16.8 million LED-backlit colors to choose from and a 10,000 DPI sensor, the DeathAdder Chroma is an impeccable value, ideal for aspiring eSports athletes.

Read the full review: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

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