Gone are the days when you had to make do with a mouse with two buttons and a scroll wheel. Today, mice pack a whole lot of features. From programmable buttons to ergonomic design and changeable DPI levels, you can do a lot. And needless to say, all these features help drive up your productivity levels while working. So whether it's sailing through long and boring spreadsheets or wheeling through PowerPoint presentations, the right office mouse will help you do all of them seamlessly.
So, here's our compilation of the best wireless mice for office use that you should buy this year.
If you want a snappy experience, you should check out the Logitech MX Master 3. The successor to the popular MX Master 2 comes with a bevy of buttons, six of which you can program as per your preference. Do you need to open the Calculator app at one go? Program the key on the thump pad. Yes, it's that simple. Designed primarily for multitasking, this mouse can fly between documents and websites with ease, even if you have a dual 4K monitor set up.
Don't let the design deter you from trying it, for the MX Master 3 is one of the popular ergonomic mice out there and is built for people with medium to large-sized hands. The thumb rest, along with the aptly-placed thumb pads and scroll wheels, let you go about your job seamlessly. If you want to fly through a long spreadsheet, you can unlock the vertical scroll wheel and get going.
It can track up to 4,000 dots per inch, thereby making it apt for office related work. In fact, it's one of the few mice that is known for its accuracy and precise timing.
This wireless mouse has a USB-C port. Apart from fast-charging the mouse, you can also use it for wired connectivity should you need it.
The MX Master 3 is just priced a little shy of $100, but the odds are that you will find a good deal for it during the holiday season. And well, if you do find one, it's best not to let it go.
Razer is usually known for their gaming mice. However, the company threw a surprise with the Razer Pro Click. This wireless mouse, designed both for casual gaming and office use, is touted to have an ergonomic design. The curved design, along with the rubberized edges, makes it comfortable to use. Unlike most of Razer's mice, this one has a minimalist design, and well, it comes with a bevy of customization options.
It supports Synapse, the in-house customization program using which you can map and remap all the buttons. So whether it's opening Adobe Premiere Pro in just a single click or creating a host of macros, you can do them all. Of course, if this is your first time using Synapse, there's a slight learning curve involved.
The Razer Pro Click is powered by the Razer 5G Advanced optical sensor, and which aids in its tracking and accuracy. For now, it can track up to 16,000 dots per inch. This pushes to way above the MX Master 3 when it comes to tracking. One of the advantages of this optical sensor is that the mouse doesn't suffer from a double-click issue - when you click once but the OS registers as a double click.
More importantly, the Pro Click gives you the flexibility of connecting up to three devices wirelessly, be it your laptop or PC.
The only issue with the Pro Click is that it comes with a MicroUSB port for charging. It bundles a huge battery that will see you through an average of 400 hours of usage on the upside.
In short, if you want a simple mouse that has an ergonomic design and precise accuracy without spending a lot, the Pro Click is the one you should have.
If you are critical of both the Logitech and the Razer mouse, you can have a peek at Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouse. This one packs minimalist looks, however, it has all the essential features such as a thumb rest, a vertical scrolling wheel, and a curved design. And it's the scrolling wheels that let you wheel smoothly through websites and documents, thus saving you both time and energy.
Like the MX Master 3, it too bundles a USB-C port at the front. And the strategical placement allows you to switch to the wired mode as should the battery die, or you forget to bring the Bluetooth 4.2 LE dongle.
The Microsoft Surface Precision is built for office use and packs a total of 5 buttons, all of which can be customized and remapped as per your convenience. It can track from 400 to 3,200 DPI. Though the number is a tad less, it's safe to say that it's decent for office use or regular home use.
And well, like gaming mice, you can switch between the different DPI levels. The Surface Precision Mouse is not as highly-priced as its counterparts above, and you can bag a good deal on it during the holiday season.
The Logitech MX Vertical may have an odd design, but let me tell you that it boasts a good ergonomic design. Here, the curved handle fits easily between the thumb and the rest of your hand, thereby preventing your hand and palm from straining. Instead, it brings home loads of comfort. Simultaneously, the scroll wheel and the left/right clicks located on the curved handle make it convenient to wheel through long PDFs and webpages.
Another highlight of this office mouse is its insane accuracy. It will take a bit of time to get used to the shape and the sensor's location to get the most out of this mouse.
It has a DPI of 4,000 DPI, which is decent enough to breeze through. It comes with its share of customization. For instance, you can customize the thumb pad buttons as per your convenience.
Again, it's a wireless mouse, and the compact size adds to its portability. The good news is that you can wire a USB-C cable should you run out of battery. The battery lasts for four months on a single charge.
The bottom line is—if you sit at hours in length on your desk and are looking for an ergonomic mouse, this will be your reliable mate.
Although it's a bit old, the Microsoft Arc Mouse still figures in our list, all thanks to its crazy portability options. This chic-looking mouse has a flat design, and when not in use, you can lay it completely flat on the table. Yes, you read that right. Apart from having a gorgeous and ergonomic design, it's lightweight and has a comfortable grip. The best part is that the Bluetooth disables on its own when it's unfolded.
Unlike some of the mice in this list, you won't find hordes of buttons in this one. Neither would you find fancy features like gesture support. The good news is that the scroll wheel lets you scroll both vertically and horizontally.
At the end of the day, the Arc Mouse is built for the Windows users. If you have a compact Windows notebook or a Surface Laptop, you can't go wrong with this one.
Do note that if you have fingertip grip, you might want to skip on this one.
The Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse is a good pick if you want an ergonomic mouse but do not want to spend a fortune on it. It strongly resembles the MX Vertical in design and looks. However, it costs a lot less. It has a lightweight design and bundles several buttons in the same layout as the MX Vertical.
A similar layout means you will get a DPI button as well. For now, you can switch between three DPI levels—800, 1200, and 1600.
However, the low price means that you will have to compromise on some of the features. For instance, you can't program the buttons. Plus, the sensor is not as accurate as the ones above, and at times, it tends to give inconsistent results. And yeah, it comes with a Micro USB port.
However, if accuracy is not a concern and you are looking for something short-term, this ergonomic mouse is worth a shot.
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The wrong mouse can bring down your productivity levels, and likewise, the right one can boost it. If you often find yourself multitasking and juggling between a fixed number of apps and programs, it's best to invest in one that allows you to remap and reprogram the buttons as per your choice.
If you are a macOS user, you should check out the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It has a compact design, which adds to its portability. And well, it has one of the unique designs, all thanks to its flat design.